7th annual antique appraisal is Sept. 13

Ever wondered what a family heirloom or garage sale find is worth? Find out at the seventh annual Edina Historical Society Antique Appraisal Event on Saturday, Sept. 13, at the Edina Senior Center.

Check-in begins at 9:30 a.m. The program begins at 10 a.m. Preregistration is strongly recommended.

The cost is $10 per item, with a limit of three items per person. To register, send your check payable to Edina Historical Society, 4711 W. 70th St., Edina, MN 55435. Include a brief description of the item. To receive confirmation of your registration, please include your e-mail or a self-addressed stamped envelope or postcard.

Local appraisers Bonnie Lindberg and James Marrinan will give oral appraisals of the objects, as well as provide interesting facts about their historic uses and unique qualities. Because of time limitations, appraisers cannot review dolls, watches or jewelry.


Longtime library closes to relocate

Excelsior's library is closing Aug. 16 in preparation for the new Hennepin County Library to open in September.

The library, which opened at 343 3rd St. in 1965, will close starting at 5 p.m. Aug. 16. The new $5.6 million library will open Sept. 13 at 337 Water Street. During the interim before the new library opens, library visitors can go to nearby Hennepin County libraries in Minnetonka at 17524 Excelsior Boulevard or at 12601 Ridgedale Drive, or at Wayzata's library at 620 Rice Street. For more information, contact the library's At-Home Service at 612-543-8850.

Requests with Excelsior Library can be picked up at the Minnetonka Library, 17524 Excelsior Boulevard. The book return at the Excelsior Library will also be closed; books and other library materials can be renewed or returned to any other Hennepin County Library. To renew by phone, call 612-543-8811.


Groundbreaking held for new clinic

Maple Grove celebrated a groundbreaking July 28 for a new Park Nicollet center.

The new Park Nicollet Regional Center, which is expected to open in late 2015, will be a three-story, 90,000-square-foot medical building next to Park Nicollet's existing clinic.

The new building will house outpatient services — including specialty clinics, primary care, behavioral health and diagnostic services — while the existing Park Nicollet building will be converted to a same-day surgery and endoscopy center, opening in early 2016. The $48 million project will allow Park Nicollet to offer these services in the northwest metro for the first time.


City hosts session on bees, butterflies

Residents can join local author Heather Holm for a bees and butterfly walk Aug. 6 and learn about pollinators.

–7:30 p.m. Aug. 6 at Lone Lake Park, 5624 Shady Oak Road in Minnetonka, starting at the lower parking lot by the lake. Participants will learn to identify pollinators that visit native plants, including identifying the plants used in the Lone Lake rain gardens and the pollinators the plants attract.

The event, which will be held rain or shine, is limited to 15 people. RSVP is required by calling Minnetonka Public Works at 952-988-8400 or register online at eminnetonka.com. Participants should wear appropriate outdoor clothing and sturdy footwear, and bring a water bottle, bug spray, camera and a notebook.


West Health opens new clinic

Penny George Institute for Health and Healing, part of Allina Health, is opening a new clinic in August at Abbott Northwestern — WestHealth.

The new 3,500-square-foot, $1.2 million outpatient clinic will include integrative care physicians, health coaching, nutrition counseling, exercise and fitness consultations, tobacco cessation, and acupuncture. It will also include stress and weight management programs and classes.

The public is invited to an open house from 3 to 6 p.m. Aug. 7 at 2805 Campus Drive, Suite 115 in Plymouth. Tours and refreshments will be provided. Registration is not necessary, and the event is free.

District 44B DFL primary forum set

The League of Women Voters Wayzata/Plymouth Area will host a candidate forum before the Aug. 12 primary. The event will include DFL primary candidates for state representative from District 44B, representing the northern part of Minnetonka, southwest Plymouth and Woodland.

The forum will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. Monday, July 28, at Plymouth City Hall, 3400 Plymouth Blvd. Invited DFL candidates are Jon Applebaum, Jon Tollefson and Tony Wagner.

Voters have two opportunities to submit questions to the candidates. Written questions will be accepted throughout the forum. The league also has an e-mail address, lwvwayzataplymouth@gmail.com, for voters to submit questions in advance. Questions can be submitted by e-mail until 5 p.m. the day of the event.

By League of Women Voter policy, the identity of the person asking the question is confidential. Any questions submitted via e-mail will remain confidential. Audience members will also have the opportunity to submit questions in writing at the event.


City hosts public safety open house

Robbinsdale's annual Public Safety Open House will take place Aug. 9.

The event will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Aug. 9 in Robbinsdale, closing down Hubbard Avenue North between 41st and 41½ Avenues N.


Sheriff hosts forum on heroin prevention

The Hennepin County Sheriff's Office will host a town hall forum July 31 to discuss the growing spread of heroin in the metro area and how the community can stop it.

The event, "Keep Heroin out of Hennepin County," will take place from 6:30-8 p.m. July 31 at Shiloh Temple at 1201 West Broadway Ave. N., in Minneapolis. The town hall forum is for any young adults, parents, educators or concerned citizens in the community.

The event is organized by or includes representatives from the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office, Minneapolis faith leaders, Hazelden's Betty Ford Foundation, RS EDEN, the Hennepin County attorney's office, North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale and the Minneapolis Police Department.