Dierking, Jarvenpa to read their poems in Edina

Finnish-American poets Kirsten Dierking and Diane Jarvenpa will read from their work at 10 a.m. on Nov. 18 at the Edina Senior Center, 5280 Grandview Square. The free program, sponsored by the Edina Poetry Club, is open to all. Dierking, the author of "Tether," "Northern Oracle" and "One Red Eye," frequently reads on MPR's "The Writer's Almanac" and has been a guest on "A Prairie Home Companion." Jarvenpa, who is also a singer-songwriter, is the author of "Divining the Landscape," "Ancient Wonders: The Modern World" and "The Tender Wild Things," which received the Midwest Independent Publishers book award.


Free yoga classes set for service members

Spirit of the Lake Yoga & Wellness Center, a veteran-owned business in Excelsior, will host free yoga classes on Veterans Day for active duty service members, veterans and the public.

The hourlong yoga classes start at 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. Wednesday at the center, 244 Water St. Donations will be accepted to support the Veterans Yoga Project, which supports recovery and promotes resilience among veterans, their families and their communities.


Choral ensemble to sing to Woman's Club

The Woman's Club of Hopkins will hold its next luncheon meeting Nov. 17, at Mizpah United Church of Christ, 412 5th Av. N.

Lunch will be served at noon, followed by a short business meeting, with a program at 1 p.m. Philip Brown, choral conductor at Hopkins High School, will direct one of his ensembles in singing a medley of their favorite songs.

The cost is $12, and reservations should be made by Nov. 13. For more information and to make a reservation, call 952-933-6325.


Prostate cancer group to meet

The University of Minnesota prostate cancer support group will meet from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Hope Lodge, 2500 University Av. SE.

Dr. Sean Elliot, a U urologist, will discuss prostate cancer treatments and their side effects, urinary incontinence and erectile dysfunction. Spouses, family members and friends are welcome. There is no charge, and light refreshments are served. For more information, call 612-388-3588.


Fundraiser benefits ICA Food Shelf

The ICA Food Shelf will host "The Great Taste," the Minnetonka-based organization's largest fundraiser event of the year to support its programs, including food support, employment services and financial assistance for struggling local families.

The event will take place at 5 p.m. Thursday at the Hopkins Center for the Arts. The event includes appetizers and cocktails provided by area restaurants, a silent and live auction, a full dinner, desserts and coffee. To buy tickets or get more details, go to icafoodshelf.org.


Campaign raises money for IOCP

Plymouth-based Interfaith Outreach and Community Partners (IOCP) will host its 20th annual Sleep Out campaign to raise money to support west metro families.

The Sleep Out event took place Nov. 7, but the fundraising will continue from 4:30 to 9 p.m. on Thursday with a "Give to the Max Day" Rally at the Lunds & Byerlys Kitchen in Wayzata. And on Dec. 18, "Shop with a Purpose Day" will give customers special deals and proceeds to the campaign.

The Twin Cities suburbs are the seventh-fastest-growing suburban poor population in the United States. IOCP provides emergency services, employment and education opportunities for people living in west suburban Hennepin County and the Sleep Out campaign aims to raise $2.2 million.

For more details, go to iocp.org/events/worlds-greatest-sleep-out or givemn.org/organization/IOCP.


Community meeting on lakefront project

Wayzata is moving forward with its large lakefront improvement project with plans to introduce the community to a recently hired design team on Monday.

The first of three Lake Effect community meetings will take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Wayzata's Boatworks building, 294 Grove Lane E.

The meeting will introduce the design team selected in September and led by Denver-based landscape architecture and urban design firm Civitas, and gather input on the design process.

The next community meetings are scheduled for Jan. 12 and Feb. 23. For information, go to wayzatalakeeffect.com.