Perennials on sale

Calling all green thumbs. Perennials for sun and shade, annuals, herbs, tomato plants, shrubs and more will be for sale from 9 a.m until 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 21, at the Anoka County Master Gardener Plant Sale. The sale will be held in the atrium of the Anoka County Government Center at 2100 3rd Av. in Anoka. Call 763-755-1280 for more information.

Property tax help for seniors, handicapped

Senior citizens and people with disabilities seeking help in applying for the homeowners/renters Minnesota property tax refund form M1PR can contact Anoka county staff and trained volunteers. Call the county tax line at 763-422-6923.

Assistance will be given at the following sites and times. Bring your federal form 1040, if you filed one. Homeowners should bring a copy of their 2009 real estate tax statement. Renters need a certificate of paid rent, provided by a landlord.

District 1: St. Francis City Hall, 1-3 p.m. May 6, and Ramsey City Hall, 9:30-11:30 a.m. May 7.

District 2: Ham Lake Senior Center, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Monday; Coon Lake Beach Senior Center, 10 a.m. to noon May 21; East Bethel City Hall-Senior Center, 10 a.m.-noon May 27.

District 3: Spring Lake Park Community Center, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Tuesday; Fridley American Legion Post 303, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. May 13; Mary Ann Young Senior Center in Blaine, 1-3:30 p.m. May 15.

District 5: Coon Rapids Senior Center, 1-3 p.m. today.

District 6: Columbus City Hall, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. May 7; Linwood Senior Center, 9:30-11:30 a.m. May 11; Lexington City Hall, 1-3 p.m. May 18.

District 7: Coon Rapids Senior Center Training Room, 1-4 p.m. Friday.


Forum will address senior issues

A forum will be held until noon today for people 55 years and older in the Brooklyn Park Community Activity Center.

The forum, beginning at 8:30 a.m., will feature more than 45 informational tables, door prizes, refreshments and speakers on key senior issues. Medicare sales representatives will be available.

Speakers include: Deb Vevera from North Memorial will discuss the signs, symptoms and prevention of diabetes; Karen Skoog of Silver Sneakers will demonstrate seated yoga to improve stretching and flexibility; and Charles Ferguson of the Minnesota attorney general's office will address the issue of reverse mortgages.

The forum, at 5600 85th Av. N., is sponsored by the Northwest Hennepin Human Services Council.

For more information, contact Myrna Kragness or Anita Perkins at 763-503-2520.


Twins offer free clinics for kids

The Minnesota Twins will offer free baseball and softball clinics to kids ages 6 to 16 on Saturday, May 9, at the Family Service Center at 400 10th St. NW. in New Brighton.

The Play Ball! Minnesota Youth Clinics, sponsored by Great River Energy, are divided into two 90-minute sessions; the first session is for ages 6 to 9 and the second for ages 10 to 16. Parents are encouraged to participate. Children ages 6 to 9 years should report at 10 a.m.; youths ages 10 to 16 should arrive at 11:30 a.m.

The Play Ball! Minnesota program was created in 1961 by longtime Twins scout Angelo Giuliani. All boys and girls attending the clinics will receive a coupon redeemable for discounted Twins tickets and other free prizes. For more information, call 651-638-2130.

Home makeovers for seniors, disabled

Low-income seniors and disabled homeowners are eligible to have the exterior of their homes spruced up in the metrowide Paint-A-Thon this August.

Homeowners must live in Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott or Washington county and meet income limits to qualify. There's no cost, though applications are ranked according to financial need, condition of the home and availability of volunteers.

The deadline for applications is May 8. Applications are available online at Contact Deidre Pope at 612-721-8687 for more information.

Free hearing tests

Today is International Noise Awareness Day and several audiologists in the north metro are offering free hearing screenings; some locations are by appointment only. Locations include:

• SoundPoint Audiology, two locations: 3812 Coon Rapids Blvd., Coon Rapids, 763-515-8228. Shoreview Medical Center, 4625 Churchill St. #201, Shoreview. 651-967-7291. Both 9 a.m.-4 p.m. by appointment.

• East Central Audiology, 1068 S. Lake St., Suite 108, Forest Lake, 651-464-8486, 9 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. by appointment.

• Fairview Lino Lakes Clinic, 7455 Village Drive, Lino Lakes, 763-717-3400, 8:30 a.m.-noon.

• Hearing Help Audiology Clinic, 2904 Johnston St. NE., Minneapolis, 763-559-0603, by appointment only.

For a full list of locations, go to


Town hall meeting will address '09 goals

The city of Arden Hills will hold its town hall meeting on Monday at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall at 1245 W. Hwy. 96.

The town hall meeting will address the five main goals for the city for 2009: the purchase of land on the TCAAP site; the B2 redevelopment plan along County Road E, west of Lexington; infrastructure maintenance; police and fire services; and protecting and preserving neighborhoods, City Administrator Ron Moorse said. The city's service philosophy will also be a topic of discussion. The meeting is expected to last about an hour and a half, and residents will have time to ask questions.


Spring Clean Up Day

The city's Spring Clean Up Day is set for 9 a.m. til noon on Saturday, May 9, at the Public Works Garage at 2466 Bronson Drive.

Household hazardous wastes, including used oil, batteries, paint, and fluorescent bulbs, can be dropped off for no charge. Fees apply to some other items, including furniture, appliances and electronics. Leaves and grass clippings will not be accepted.

Residents must present a valid driver's license with a Mounds View address to participate. For more information, call Veolia Environmental Services, contracted by the city to run the event, at 651-487-8546.


Town Hall meeting and community fair

The city will hold its 32nd annual town hall meeting on Saturday from 8 a.m. til noon at the Family Service Center, 400 10th St. NW.

The event kicks off with a community fair from 8 a.m. til 8:45 p.m. Presentations by city staff are scheduled every half-hour, starting at 9 a.m. with "Northwest Quadrant -- Continuing the Journey'' by City Manager Dean Lotter. Other presentations are:

• 9:30 a.m.: "Lateral Connections and the Homeowner's Responsibilities.''

• 10 a.m.: "Closed Bond Fund and the Community Reinvestment Fund: How the City of New Brighton Uses Smart Money Management to Save Taxpayer Dollars.''

• 10:30 a.m.: "Building Permits and Why They are Needed.''

• 11 a.m.: "The Benefits of Parks, Trails and Community Centers.''

• 11:30 a.m.: "Crime Prevention: A Multi-faceted Effort.''


Groundbreaking party for library expansion

The multimillion-dollar expansion of the Roseville Library kicks off Saturday morning at 8:30 with an official groundbreaking at 2180 Hamline Av.

The same day, the library's temporary location at 2680 Arthur St., near Rosedale Center, will open at 10 a.m. Events will run all day, until 5 p.m., including a performance by Eric the Juggling Magician at 11 a.m. and family Wii games starting at 1 p.m.

The festivities will include refreshments, door prizes and activity books for the kids.

Compiled by Paul Levy, Jim Adams and Kathleen Clonts.