Castle-cam lets you see progress on field

A Castle Field webcam is providing fresh images every 30 seconds of the site where the new Castle Field ballpark is being built. The new baseball field near Anoka High School is scheduled to open on a limited basis next spring and be ready for an official opening in April 2014.

The webcam is provided by, the community television operation serving Anoka, Andover, Champlin and Ramsey. To see the webcam's photos, go to

'Concert in the Park' season closes Sunday

The Legendary Percolators Live Band will play at 7 p.m. Sunday at George Green Park, 1498 Sixth Av. in Anoka. It's the 12th and final performance scheduled for this summer's "Concert in the Park" series. The Percolators play '60s rock, country music, blues, R&B, ballads and more, according to the city's biography of the 20-year-old band. The concert is weather-permitting.


Open house set for University Av. project

Anoka County engineers and planners will be on hand to answer questions, provide information and hear comments about the 2014 reconstruction project on University Avenue, running from Northdale Boulevard to Main Street. The open house will be 4:30-6:30 p.m. next Wednesday, Aug. 29, at Blaine City Hall, 10801 Town Square Dr. NE.


Opportunities available for citizens to serve

The Brooklyn Center Housing Commission has one vacancy and the city's Charter Commission has three, and Brooklyn Center is seeking to fill those jobs. In addition, volunteers are being sought for the New Neighbor Welcome Program. Further information is available at the city's website,, or by contacting City Clerk Sharon Knutson at or 763-569-3306.


'Happy Feet 2' is Friday Movie in the Park

A free screening of "Happy Feet 2," a computer-animated movie featuring Mumble the penguin and his family, will be presented at dusk Friday at Central Park. The park is located at 8440 Regent Av. N. in Brooklyn Park.


Police Academy begins next month

The Crystal and New Hope police departments will be offering their annual Citizens Police Academy on six Thursdays in September and October. The academy is for adults who live or work within the Crystal or New Hope city limits.

Among the topics to be covered are patrol tactics, investigations, narcotics, crime scene processing, juvenile crime, gangs, use of force, canine demonstrations and crime prevention strategies.

The sessions will be held 6-9 p.m. on Sept. 13, Sept. 20, Sept. 27, Oct. 4, Oct. 11 and Oct. 18. The course is free, but space is limited. A brief background check will be done on participants.

For further information, call New Hope Police Sgt. Doug Brunner at 763-531-5170, or Crystal Police Sgt. Mark Peterson at 763-531-1033. You can also go to


Prostate cancer group to meet today

A prostate cancer support group will meet at 5:30 p.m. today, Aug. 22, at the North Memorial Outpatient Center, 3435 W. Broadway in Robbinsdale.

Robert McDonald of Augusta Medical Systems will discuss erectile dysfunction, its causes and treatments.

The event is free, and wives and friends are welcome to attend. Call 612-388-3588 for more information.


'Homespun' events at Eidem Homestead

"Homespun on the Homestead," an afternoon market followed by an evening concert, will be held at the historic Eidem Homestead this Thursday and next Thursday, Aug. 30. The market runs 3-7 p.m. and is accompanied by old-fashioned children's games and crafts, among other things. The concert begins at 7 p.m. The homestead, which dates to the 1870s, is located at 4345 101st Av. N. in Brooklyn Park.