Concert band to mark its 30th anniversary

The Hopkins Westwind Concert Band will celebrate its 30th anniversary with a concert at 7 p.m. Sunday, June 2, at the Hopkins Center for the Arts, 1111 Mainstreet in Hopkins.

Conductor emeritus Don Bates will take the podium for several pieces, and then interim conductor Scott Kosloski will take over.

The Westwind Big Band will entertain before the concert.

Tickets are free but must be reserved by calling the box office at 952-979-1111.


Senior program plans ‘Evening in Paradise’

The St. Louis Park Senior Program and Parktacular 2013 will sponsor “An Evening in Paradise” Thursday, June 13, at the Marriott Minneapolis West, 9960 Wayzata Blvd.

The event begins with registration and a social hour at 4:30 p.m. Dinner will be at 5:30, followed by music and dancing with the Cyril Paul Calypso Monarchs. A door prize drawing will be held at 7:45 p.m.

Register by June 7. Cost is $15 per person. For transportation, call BettyAnn at 952-939-1606. For more information, call 952-924-2500.


Nonprofit hosts 5K run/walk fundraiser

Blair’s Tree of Hope Foundation is hosting its second annual 5K run/walk event on Sunday, June 23, to support the organization.

The event will be held at Bunker Hills Regional Park Reserve in Andover. All participants will get a commemorative T-shirt and finisher’s medal. Refreshments are available before and after the race.

Check-in runs from 8-9:15 a.m. with the run starting at 9:30 a.m. Registration costs $30 before June 1 and $35 after June 1; admission for children under the age of 10 is $10 and admission for children under the age of 3 is free. To register, go to http://bit.ly/143akso. To volunteer at the event, contact Grace at 763-355-4298 or e-mail misfitfitness@gmail.com.

Stanek to speak to Republican seniors

Hennepin County ­Sheriff Rich Stanek will speak to the Republican Seniors of Minnesota luncheon meeting on Tuesday, June 4.

Stanek will discuss his experiences as a member of President Obama’s Gun Control Conference in Washington, D.C. He also will cover the question of “sanctuary cities” and other law enforcement issues.

The seniors’ meeting begins at 10 a.m. with a business session, followed by the guest speaker. A noon lunch is served from a menu ranging in price from $6 to $11 per person. There is a minimum basic charge of $3 for those not ordering lunch.

The meeting is held at Poor Richard’s Commonhouse, 8301 Normandale Blvd. in Bloomington. For more information, call 952-828-1943.


‘Minnesota miracle’ is focus of forum

The Edina Democratic Forum will present Tom Berg, a Minneapolis attorney who was a state legislator during the 1970s, talking about the so-called “Minnesota miracle” on Tuesday, May 28.

Berg will discuss how, “through friendships and cooperation,” policy and program changes paved the way for the “miracle.”

The session will be held at Davanni’s Pizza meeting room at 5124 Gus Young Lane in Edina. A social hour starts at 6:30 p.m. and the forum at 7 p.m.


Nonprofit gets city human rights honor

The Eden Prairie Human Rights and Diversity Commission gave out its annual Human Rights award on Tuesday to Hammer Residences, Inc., an Eden Prairie nonprofit serving adults and children with developmental disabilities throughout the Twin Cities.

The award is given each year to an individual or business that has made significant contributions to the city in the areas of human rights and diversity.

There is no monetary stipend, but recipients’ names are engraved on the Human Rights Award plaque in the Housing and Community Services office located in the Eden Prairie Center mall.


Wine event to support sailing center

A wine-tasting event will take place next month to support the nonprofit Wayzata Community Sailing Center.

The sixth annual “Wine on Wayzata Bay” will take place from 6:30-9:30 p.m. on Friday, June 28, at the Wayzata Yacht Club. It will include more than 150 wines, hors d’oeuvres from local restaurants, live music, a silent auction and sailboat rides.

Tickets cost $45 before the event or $60 the day of the event. For more information, go to www.wineonwayzata bay.com.


Environmental quality fair at middle school

The city of Plymouth will hold an environmental quality fair from 5-8 p.m. Thursday at Zachary Lane Elementary School.

Participants will learn about animal habitat, recycling, insects, trees, energy conservation, gardening and water.

The event will include the International Wolf Center, the University of Minnesota’s Bee Lab and the Minnesota Zoomobile. The zoo will bring Minnesota native animals, including the great horned owl, bull snake, Blanding’s turtle, western hognosed snake and opossum, as well as foreign species such as the African millipede.

Pizza will be available for a small donation. To help make this a zero-waste event, visitors should bring their own water bottles and bags to carry home materials they pick up at the fair.


Annual rummage sale is June 6-7

The annual rummage sale will be held at St. George Catholic Church, 133 N. Brown Road in Long Lake, on June 6-7.

The sale will run from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 6, and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, June 7.

Friday is “Bag Day,” when all the items you can stuff in a shopping bag are sold at $4 per bag, and large items and “better goods” are half price.

The sale will feature five large rooms full of items, and snacks are available. For more information, call 952-473-1247.

Staff reports