Temple celebrates new peace garden

The Hindu Society of Minnesota is holding a groundbreaking ceremony for its new Garden for Peace & Reflection, 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, at 10530 Troy Lane N., Maple Grove. The project marks the 10-year anniversary of the Hindu community's compassionate response to an act of vandalism against the temple right before it opened in 2006. After the incident, the community publicly forgave the two men — who destroyed sacred statues and caused $200,000 in damage — and asked the courts to be lenient in their sentences. The community will create a garden on top of where the statues are buried, featuring water fountains, trees and shrubs. The garden will be open to the public.

Elm Creek Park hosts night bike racing

Elm Creek Park Reserve will hold a night-racing event Oct. 14, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Bikers will get to ride through about 10 miles of single-track trails lighted by mounted mountain bike lights. Preregister cost is $12 or $15 at race day. To preregister, call 763-559-6700 and reference activity number #423635-00. Race day registration begins at 5:30 p.m.; race start is at 6:30 p.m. This race is for people ages 14 years old and older.


Halloween event coming to Lions Park

Haunted Acres, a frightening fundraiser for the Hamel and Corcoran Lions Clubs and the Corcoran Jaycees, will be terrifying people from 7 to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights from Oct. 16 to Halloween. Haunted Acres is located at the Corcoran Lions Park, at the intersection of County Roads 101 and 10. Admission is $10, or $9 with donation of a nonperishable food item. Acting roles are still available. For more information, go to


Church to host women's Bible study

Our Savior Lutheran Church and School in Excelsior will host a women's Bible study through November. The Bible study will feature speaker Beth Moore's "Children of the Day" series. Participants will meet from 9 to 11 a.m. or from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays. It goes from Sept. 29 through Nov. 24. Materials are $18. For more information, call 952-906-1596.


Southside Singers seek more voices

The Minneapolis Southside Singers are seeking more singers as they prepare for holiday performances and sing regularly at senior homes. No auditions are necessary. The singers, all over 55, rehearse from 1 to 3 p.m. Mondays at Trinity Lutheran Church of Minnehaha Falls, 40th Avenue S. and 52nd Street. For more information, call 612-729-4984.


Gale Woods Farm celebrates fall

Three Rivers Park District and Gale Woods Farm will host a harvest hoedown on Saturday, Oct. 10. The event includes a string band, folk dancing lessons, a wagon ride, animals and farm-raised food concessions. Cost is $8; children 17 and younger must be accompanied by a registered adult. For information, go to


New brewery opening next year

Unmapped Brewing Co., is slated to open near Lake Minnetonka this spring at a location to be announced. The owners are Minnetonka High School graduate Megan Park and her husband JD, both home brewers. The brewery will sell equity ownership with the benefit of free beer for life to any Minnesotan 21 or older. For more details, go to


Fire department open house is Oct. 10

The Plymouth Fire Department will hold its annual open house Oct. 10 from noon to 3 p.m. at Fire Station III, 3300 Dunkirk Lane N. The event includes a kitchen grease fire demonstration. For more information, call 763-509-5198 or go to


Sochacki Park hosts family archery event

Three Rivers Park District will host a family archery event Oct. 17 at Sochacki Park in Robbinsdale, 10 a.m. to noon. Participants will learn the basics of shooting safely and accurately with skilled instructors; equipment is provided. Cost to participate is $7 with a 20 percent discount to groups of four or more; reservations are required by calling 763-559-6700 and referencing activity number #429901-04. This program is for ages 8 and older; children ages 17 years and younger must be accompanied by a registered adult.