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Blaine CityConnect Night to Unite a Huge Success

The 2019 edition of Night to Unite was held on Tuesday, August 2nd, and it was another successful evening of bringing together the community as a whole. Night to Unite is a community building event designed to encourage residents to spend an evening outside with their neighbors getting to know each other. It’s also an opportunity for various City departments to visit with residents of all ages and talk about crime trends, current and future development, road projects, introduce the K-9 Units, demonstrate City equipment, and more. Night to Unite also gives the citizens of Blaine a chance to show support for Blaine police officers, public works employees, City staff, and Spring Lake Park - Blaine - Mounds View firefighters. Many Blaine residents took the opportunity to express their thanks and support to our officers this year. This year, Blaine was host to 145 registered block parties and many more that didn’t register. This is the most block parties Blaine has ever had and translates to well over 5,000 people participating! As our city’s growth continues, so will the number of block parties each year. We would like to thank the block party hosts for organizing a block party in their neighborhood. Night to Unite is always the first Tuesday in August. Mark your calendars for August 6, 2019.

September/October September/October 2018 2018


2018 Election Day is Tuesday, November 6 The General Election will be held on Tuesday, November 8. All polling places will be open from 7AM to 8PM. To find out where you vote go to and click on Election Day Voting. After entering your house number and street you will be able to see where you vote, driving directions, a sample ballot, and much more. For more information, including polling locations and where you vote, visit the City’s website at or contact City Hall at or 763-717-2737.

What’s on the Election Day Ballot in 2018?

View the Flickr Photo Recap at Visit the official Blaine Night to Unite website at Questions? Contact Kim Kiley at or call 763-785-6186.

All Minnesota voters will have these races on their ballot: • U.S. Senator • U.S. Senator (special election) • U.S. Representative • Governor & Lt. Governor • Secretary of State • State Auditor • Attorney General • State Representative • Judicial offices In addition to county, school, and hospital district races, Blaine voters will elect Councilmembers in Wards 1, 2 and 3. A sample ballot is available at

2 City Council*

September 6 | September 20 | October 4 | October 18 7:30PM | City Hall Council Chambers

10801 Town Square Drive Blaine, MN 55449 763-784-6700 763-785-6156 (fax)


September 6 | September 13 | September 20 October 4 | October 11 | October 18 6:30PM | City Hall Cloverleaf Room

Arts Council

September 11 | October 9 5:30PM | City Hall Lunch Room

Historical Society

October 9 6:30PM | City Hall Sanctuary Room

Natural Resources Conservation Board* September 18 | October 16 7PM | City Hall Cloverleaf Farm Room

Planning Commission*

September 11 | October 9 7PM | City Hall Council Chambers

Park Board*

September 25 | October 23 7PM | City Hall Council Chambers

MAYOR Tom Ryan

12147 Radisson Road NE Blaine, MN 55449 763-757-3390


Blaine City Hall


City Council Workshops

Traffic Commission*


*Meetings can be seen live on cable channel 16.

For more information, visit or call 763-780-8464 .

September 4 | October 2 6:30PM | City Hall Council Chambers

WARD 1 Wes Hovland

8650 Van Buren Street NE Blaine, MN 55434 763-228-1117

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WARD 2 Dave Clark

Julie Jeppson

1702 - 116th Avenue NE Blaine, MN 55449 763-354-4709

WARD 3 Jason King

424 - 122nd Avenue NE Blaine, MN 55434 763-360-5266

Andrew Garvais

12744 Petersburg Street NE Blaine, MN 55449 612-229-8890

CITY MANAGER Clark Arneson



10833 Fillmore Street NE Blaine, MN 55434 612-940-5207

Police & Fire............................................................ 911 Police (non-emergency) ....................... 763-785-6168 Fire (non-emergency)........................... 763-786-4436 Anoka County Dispatch........................ 763-427-1212 Building Inspections............................. 763-785-6170 Cable Channel 15.................................. 763-780-8241 City Cable Channel 16 .......................... 763-785-6192 City Clerk ............................................... 763-785-6122 City Manager......................................... 763-785-6120 Community Standards.......................... 763-785-6187 Crime Prevention.................................. 763-785-6113 Economic Development....................... 763-785-6180 Engineering........................................... 763-785-6172 Fire Inspections .................................... 763-785-6187 Forestry ................................................. 763-717-2660 Housing Services .................................. 763-785-6146 Human Resources ................................ 763-785-6109 Job Line ................................................. 763-717-2679 Newsletter ............................................ 763-785-6192 Operator................................................ 763-784-6700 Parks & Recreation .............................. 763-785-6164 Planning & Zoning ................................ 763-785-6180 Public Works.......................................... 763-785-6165 Recycling & Solid Waste ....................... 763-785-6192 Senior Citizens Center ......................... 763-786-9375 Sewer Backup........................................ 763-785-6165 Streets ................................................... 763-785-6165 Stormwater............................................ 763-785-6188 Utility Billing ......................................... 763-785-6141 Water & Sewer System ........................ 763-785-6165 Web........................................................ 763-717-2638

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September/October 2018

September is National Preparedness Month

September is National Preparedness Month (NPM). The goal of NPM is to remind us that we all must prepare ourselves and our families for emergencies now and throughout the year. The Emergency Management Division of the Blaine Police Department will provide helpful information throughout the month of September with the following focus topics each week: Week 1: Sept 1—8 Make and Practice Your Plan Week 2: Sept 9—15 Learn Life Saving Skills Week 3: Sept 16—22 Check Your Insurance Coverage Week 4: Sept 23—29 Save For an Emergency September 15 National Day of Action For more information, visit for free emergency preparedness information and resources available in multiple languages. Stay Connected. Like or Follow us @BlainePoliceMN For more information, visit us online at

Absentee Voting Blaine residents may vote in-person before Election Day at either Blaine City Hall or at Anoka County Elections Office. Absentee voting begins September 21 during regular office hours and City Hall will also be open on Saturday, November 3 from 10AM to 3PM and until 5PM on Monday, November 5, and until 7PM during the City Block party at City Hall. You can also vote absentee by U.S. mail by requesting an absentee ballot application at, Anoka County Elections, or through City Hall. Complete and return your application as early as possible by any of the following methods: Mail: Anoka County Elections, 2100 3rd Avenue, Suite C130, Anoka, MN 55303 Fax: 763-324-1160 Email: Send a scanned image of your application to An absentee ballot will be mailed to you within 2 business days with voting instructions and a return envelope. Be sure to follow the instructions carefully and return the ballot as soon as possible. For more information contact or 763-717-2737.

Our Election Judges Count! Thank you to all who served as election judges in the Primary Election! Serving as an election judge is an excellent way to get involved in your community. You will learn election procedures and help ensure that elections are administered in a fair manner. Election judges are paid an hourly wage and are essential to our democracy. Interested in learning more? Visit the City’s website at or contact City Hall at or 763-717-2737.


Save Time on Election Day Register to Vote Today Is there a registration deadline? Unlike many states, in Minnesota you can wait until Election Day to register to vote. However, to save you time we encourage you to register before Election Day either online at or by completing a Voter Registration application. The deadline to preregister to vote is October 23 - it will save you time at the polling place! Who can register and vote in Minnesota? You must be: • A U.S. citizen • At least 18 years old on Election Day • A resident of Minnesota for 20 days • Finished with all parts of any felony sentence • You can vote while under guardianship unless a judge specifically has revoked your right to vote. • You cannot vote if a court has ruled that you are legally incompetent. Do I have to register if I move or change names? You must re-register each time you change address, change your name or have not voted at least once during a four-year period. You can easily update your registration by completing a new registration application. Can I register when I renew my driver’s license or state ID? You will automatically be registered to vote when you renew or apply for a driver’s license or state ID. Can I register when I change addresses with U.S. Postal Service? If you move to a new Minnesota residence, you can submit a United States Postal Service (USPS) change-of-address form. USPS will notify election officials of the change. If election officials can match the record in their system, they will update your address and mail a green confirmation postcard to you. For more information about Voter Registration, visit or or contact City Hall at or 763-717-2737.


Don’t Rake Your Leaves in the Street

Many of our residents live in fully wooded areas. As the leaves from the trees turn color and fall, they provide both a beautiful show and plenty of cleanup effort. Please keep in mind that all decaying plant material that ends up in the City’s ponds and streams contributes to greater phosphorous load and poorer water quality. Please do not rake leaves into the street. Your cooperation is requested. You may bring your leaves and grass to the Anoka County Compost Sites.

Help Improve Our Landscapes and Learn About Health Ecosystems Learn how to identify two invasive buckthorns and other invasive species, compare them to desirable Minnesota native trees and shrubs, and learn how to effectively treat and remove them. Common and glossy buckthorn are native to Eurasia and were introduced to North America as ornamental plants. In Minnesota, buckthorn lacks natural controls like insects and disease that would slow their growth. Buckthorn and other invasive plants out-compete native plants for nutrients, light and moisture and can form dense stands that degrade wildlife habitat and are hard for humans to traverse. At this workshop, Anoka Conservation District (ACD) will help you identify several woodland invasive species, compare them to look-alikes, and will lead an outdoor hands-on demonstration of removal techniques. Dress for the weather. Following the training workshop, attendees can purchase herbicide at a low cost and borrow herbicide application equipment from ACD. You will be all set to effectively remove invasive buckthorn on your property and help restore native habitats!

Clean Water Starts at Home

Sewer Backup Concerns?

Residents experiencing a sewer backup should immediately contact the City of Blaine Public Works Department. Public Works will check the sewer main for blockages, as tree roots in the line can cause backups for neighbors as well. Residents with questions regarding their water should contact the Public Works Department. Call 763-785-6165, during normal business hours from 7AM to 3PM, otherwise call 763-427-1212.

Martin–Island–Linwood Regional Park Pavilion 22480 Martin Lake Road NE, Wyoming Date: Thursday, Sept. 13 Time: 6 – 8PM Springbrook Nature Center 1100 85th Ave NW, Fridley Date: Wednesday, Sept. 19 Time: 6 – 8PM

Turf grass has a growth spurt in the fall to store up energy for winter. You can help your grass, save on your water bill, and prevent water pollution all at the same time: 1. Mulch leaves and grass with your lawnmower to return nutrients to the soil and to help keep them off the streets…and out of our waters! This is so important, in fact, that there is an ordinance against such ‘Illicit Discharges’ in our stormwater (Blaine Ordinance: Sec. 34-568). 2. Aerate your lawn late August, early-September - How? Use a core aerator, available for rent at many home & garden stores and offered by some lawncare services. Water and air can reach the grass roots more easily with aeration. 3. Wait to fertilize until after aeration - If you use fertilizer, use it after aerating your lawn. Then it can be absorbed and saved by plants for spring. Fertilizing once per year should be enough. If you regularly mulch your clippings and leaves, you may not need to fertilize! Test your soil at UMN Extension by contacting them at 612-625-3101: or at http://soiltest.cfans. 4. If you use herbicides, fall is the best time to treat for perennial broadleaf weeds. However, these chemicals can be pollutants- see page 5 of the July/August City newsletter for tips about saving on herbicide use. Healthy lawns can look great and also be good for water quality by absorbing rainfall! Information provided by Coon Creek Watershed District 763.755.0975 or email:! For more information provided by the Coon Creek Watershed District at or 763-755-0975.


September/October 2018


3rd Saturday of Each Month New Drop-Off Location Green Lights Recycling Enter at 1525 - 99th Lane NE

The City of Blaine sponsors a recycling drop-off day the third Saturday of each month. You do not need to be a Blaine resident to bring items to the drop-off day. Please note, no garbage will be accepted.

Don’t Wish-cycle, Recycle

Recycling has become so ingrained in our lifestyle habits that many of us are trying to recycle materials that we think are or might be recyclable, but which in fact are not. This is what is known as “Wish Cycling”, putting things in the recycling container that we HOPE are recyclable. An example of this might be to put a plastic toy in the recycling cart since plastic bottles are accepted in our program. Plastic toys end up contaminating the plastics and get thrown away after being separated for the other recyclables. It is Time to Get Back to the Basics of Good Recycling The fact is that some recycling actions make a bigger impact than others. Please remember these three basic rules the next time you recycle: 1. Recycle all empty plastic bottles, cans, paper cartons, clean paper and cardboard boxes. See the list below for acceptable items. 2. Remove food debris, liquid, plastic film and greasy or hazardous items from your recycling. 3. Place recyclables directly in your cart. Do not bag them. Return plastic bags to a local grocer or retailer. Go to for options. In Blaine’s curbside recycling program we currently ONLY ACCEPT: • Paper (clean, staples OK): mail, office and school papers, magazines and catalogs, newspapers and inserts, phone books. • Boxes (flatten): cardboard, cereal, cracker and pasta boxes, shoe, gift and electronic boxes, toothpaste and other toiletry boxes, tissue boxes. • Plastic bottles and jugs (empty, rinse, caps on): water, soda and juice bottles, milk and juice jugs, ketchup and salad dressing bottles, dish soap bottles and detergent jugs, shampoo, soap and lotion bottles. • Metal (empty, labels OK): aluminum, tin, and steel food cans, beverage cans. Also aluminum clean foil. • Glass (empty, labels OK): food and beverage bottles and jars. • Cartons (empty, rinse): milk cartons, juice cartons, juice boxes, soup, broth and wine cartons. PLEASE DO NOT BAG YOUR RECYCABLES IN PLASTIC BAGS, THEY ARE A CONTAMINANT. Leave these out, since they... • Get tangled in or damage sorting equipment: plastic bags, ropes, hoses, shredded paper, chains, scrap metal, and other bulky items. • Harm workers: medical sharps, diapers, batteries, hazardous products. • Are not recyclable: foil drink pouches, chip bags, candy wrappers, dishes, vases, mirrors, plastic straws and utensils, refrigerator and freezer boxes, Styrofoam, pizza boxes, black food trays and egg cartons. If you think something is recyclable and it is not on this list, please put it in your trash. By keeping our recycling free of contaminants, we make it easier to sort and send to market, which keeps all of our costs down. When in doubt, throw it out.

Green Lights Recycling 763-785-0456 | Collects mattresses, box springs, carpet, appliances, florescent lamps, electronics, rechargeable batteries, and tires. Free items include scrap metal and vehicle batteries. There is a small fee for some items: • Mattresses/box springs, $21 each. • Most appliances, $9 each. • Most electronics, between $2 and $50 depending on size. • Carpet - $4/ roll (up to 7 rolls). Drop off tires and rechargeable batteries for a small fee. See the complete list of fees at

Randy’s Environmental Services 763-972-3335 | Offers free paper shredding. There may be long wait times for shredding.

Bikes 4 Kid Drop off any size bicycle that you no longer want. Bikes will be refurbished or have their parts used in refurbishing other bikes. Bikes are then donated to people in need. There is no charge to drop of a bike. Bikes for Kids is part of The Robert & Wilma Burbach Bike Foundation.

Other City Recycling Opportunities 763-785-6192 | Walters Recycling & Refuse 763-780-8464

For information regarding curbside yardwaste service or to report missed garbage, recycling or yardwaste pick-up. Recycling drop-off day is funded by the Anoka County Board of Commissioners and State SCORE funds (Select Committee on Recycling and the Environment).

Photography by Heidi Andrea


22nd Annual Blaine Safety Camp a Success

Two-Day Camp Focuses on Reducing the Number of Accidental Injuries and Deaths Among Children Another collection of Blaine soon-to-be fourth graders now possess the knowledge and tools to live safe, healthy lives after the 22nd Annual Blaine Safety Camp. On July 10 and 11, 160 local children gathered at SBM Fire Station #3 for the comprehensive educational program. Organized by the Blaine Police, SBM Fire, and Blaine Parks and Recreation Departments, Safety Camp is designed to reduce the number of accidents and injuries among young children while providing the skills needed to manage emergency situations. The two-day Safety Camp went precisely as planned, instructing campers on a variety of safety-related topics ranging from first aid to brain injury

prevention while mixing in enough fun and excitement to make the experience one the children will never forget! Our Camp Counselors: Invaluable to the Safety Camp experience were our counselors who included: • Firefighters • Police Officers • Paramedics • Parks and Recreation Staff

Safety Camp kicked off with programs on: • Electrical Safety: Workers with Connexus Energy displayed the hazards and deadly power of electricity in a shocking electrical safety presentation. • Injury Prevention: Representatives from Allina Health hosted an interactive injury prevention and first aid presentation. • Self-Control: Kids were treated to an interactive and engaging presentation on the importance of controlling our responses and feelings. • Burgers and Dancing: After a hearty lunch and dancing off extra energy to music from a kid’s deejay, campers jumped right into four afternoon sessions. • Fire Safety: SBM Fire Department firefighters showed us how to react in case of a home fire. • Internet Safety: Campers were taught about the dangers associated with talking to people online and sharing personal information. • Don Bania, Jr.: An annual guest at Safety Camp, Don shared his inspiring story. Don is a quadriplegic as a result of a motorcycle accident, who developed his artistic skill by learning to draw with his mouth. He also revealed to campers that he designed and drew the Safety Camp logo for their camp shirts. • Drugs Steal the Magic: Magician Brian Richards entertained children with his energizing and entertaining act.

The next morning picked up where the previous day left off: • Animal Safety: An animal expert shared several creatures with campers while discussing animal safety. • Personal Safety: Campers were trained in personal safety learning about the buddy system, checking first, and listening to your uh-oh feeling. • Bicycle Safety: A bicycle stunt professional used his bicycle and message to inspire students to live out their dreams, resisting peer pressure, and wearing a helmet. • K9 Presentation: Blaine Police Officer Reggie Larson and his K9 partner Rex treated campers to a drug sniff and criminal apprehension demonstration. Also discussing that K9 are trained with a positive reward, not aggression. • Pizza Lunch and Water Safety: A pizza lunch energized the campers for a fun afternoon of water safety at Roosevelt Community Pool. • Bicycle Helmet Fitting and Booster Seat Measurement: Upon returning all campers were measured for booster seats and fitted for free bike helmets. One of the goals of Safety Camp is also to educate parents on the state’s booster seat law, which requires children to sit in booster seats if under specific height and weight guidelines. Bike helmets and instruction on a proper fit have been given to campers at each Safety Camp since the beginning of the program 22 years ago •

Ice Cream Social and Awards Ceremony After the two busy days of safety education, it was time to surprise the campers with the true identity of their counselors and for campers to relax and be rewarded for their dedication to keeping themselves and their families and friends safe. Campers were presented with a medal and certificate proclaiming successful completion of 2018 Blaine Safety Camp at an awards ceremony, emergency vehicle display and ice cream social at Spring Lake Park High School. Blaine Safety Services thanks the many employees, volunteers and sponsors for making 2018 Safety Camp an extraordinary success. A special thank you also goes out to all the campers for their enthusiastic participation.

Information about 2019 Safety Camp will be available in the Parks and Recreation Department’s Summer Recreation Connection next spring. Don’t forget to check out our video, photo slide show, and photo recap at Thank You to Our Sponsors ALLEGRA Design, Print & Mail, Allina Health, Allina Medical Transportation, Big Dipper Creamery, Blainbrook Bowl, Blaine Festival, Blaine Police Federation, Blaine Public Safety Association, Blaine Youth Hockey Association, Connexus Energy, Fridley VFW Auxiliary #363, Tom Helling Memorial, McDonald’s of Blaine, Stanley and Patricia Peterson Family, Rotary Club of Blaine and Ham Lake, SAFE KIDS Anoka County, Spring Lake Park Community Education, and Spring Lake Park Lions Club

In a fun twist, the professional identity of each counselor was withheld from the kids to set up a surprise reveal at the awards ceremony at the end of camp.

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September/October 2018

Princess Party A GES 8 AN D U N D E R W IT H AN AD U L T

parks & recreation


Your little princess can meet Belle, Cinderella, and Elsa at our Princess Party! We will have crafts, balloon artist, facepainting, hair-dos, photo opportunities, games, stage, refreshments, a deejay, and lots of dancing! Come in your favorite princess dress and don’t forget your camera! Event held at Blaine City Hall. Max. 200. Register now spaces fill quickly! Saturday, November 10, 6—8PM $10 resident; $11 non-resident

Babysitting Class

Fall 2018 Online Registration Browse our catalog and register online at

AGES 11 & UP Learn to be responsible babysitters by examining safety guidelines, child development, finding jobs, rates, and first aid. Must be age 11 by date of class. Bring a doll, lunch, and beverage. Class held at Blaine City Hall Cloverleaf Room A. Saturday, October 13 OR November 3, 9AM—4 PM $80 resident; $88 non-resident

Flashlight Pumpkin Hunt & Family Dance FOR FAMILIES W/CHILDREN AGES 10 & UNDER Pumpkins are hiding and waiting to be found at Aquatore Park! Children along with their parents can search the grounds for one pumpkin of their choice, celebrate by dancing under the stars with hour family deejay, make a S’more, and play glow games. Fee includes a treat bag, one pumpkin, one craft, and refreshments. Come in costume for our costume contest. Bring a flashlight! Held at Aquatore Park. Friday, October 19, 7 – 8:30PM. $10 resident; $11 non-resident

More information about Parks & Recreation programs is available at 7637 8 5 -6 1 6 4 or in the current Recreation Connection online at FACEBOOK.COM/ BLAINEPARKSMN


A Morning at the North Pole

A GE S 1 0 & U N D E R W ITH A N A D ULT

Spend a morning with your family at the North Pole! Don’t miss out on this memorable event. We will take a picture of your kids with Santa and email it to you OR bring your own camera for pictures with Santa. Fee includes a continental breakfast for one child and one adult, crafts for one child, and a visit with Santa. Registration is required and limited to 30 children per time slot. Event held at Blaine City Hall Atrium. Saturday, December 1 $10 resident; $11 non-resident 9 AM, 10 AM, 11 AM, and Noon

Saturday, December 8 $10 resident; $11 non-resident 9 AM, 10 AM, 11 AM, and Noon



Holiday Concert Fall Funology with Phenology

Lake Country Chorus & North Star Chorus

ALL AGES Pheology is the study of how plants and animals change with the seasons. We’ll use games, belly biology, and engineering design challenge to explore how energy moves through the system and what fall has in store for the fen. Held at the Blaine Wetland Sanctuary, 11980 Lexington Avenue. Saturday, September 15, 10:30—11:30AM $5/person OR $10/family

Sunday, November 25 7:30PM Blaine City Hall Atrium Join us for our annual holiday concert featuring the Lake Country Chorus of Sweet Adelines and the North Star Men’s Chorus at Blaine City Hall. This FREE concert is a great way to kick off your holiday season. Complimentary coffee and cookies available. For more information, visit

The mission of Mayer Arts is to not only provide training for those who are serious about learning but also to offer classes that are tons of fun! We teach proper technique, terminology, body awareness, and an appreciation for the arts. Our goal is that students will not only find a love for the arts but also build healthy habits and self-esteem; skills that will be helpful to them for the rest of their lives!


AGES 4 TO 8 Remember Me ! Let’s learn songs from Coco and put together our own musical! Everyone will learn how to put together a professional show from start to finish. Learn how to properly speak your lines, block a scene, develop your character, and much more! We will also play fun creative games with scarves, animals, and parachutes! No experience necessary. All that is needed are omfortable clothing and lightweight tennis shoes or dance shoes. Friends and family are invited to a special performance beginning the final 30 minutes of the final class! Max. 20. Program held at the Sunnyside Park building. Saturdays, November 10 & 17 9:30AM—12:30PM $64 resident; $70 non-resident

A Wrinkle in Time

AGES 7 TO 12 Is there another time outside our own? Let’s explore this wonderful story, add singing and dancing, and turn it into a musical! Everyone will learn how to put together a professional show from start to finish. Learn how to properly speak your lines, block a scene, develop your character, and much more! We will also play fun creative games! No experience necessary. All that is needed are comfortable clothing and lightweight tennis shoes or dance shoes. Friends and family are invited to a special performance beginning the final 30 minutes of the final class! Max. 20. Program held at Sunnyside Park Building. Saturdays, November 10 & 17 1:30—4:30PM $64 resident; $70 non-resident

September/October 2018

Our progression of camps and programs, led by our expert staff, are geared toward youth looking for a sport introduction or those who want to refine and master their sport-specific skills. Skyhawks Sports has proven to be the leader in youth sports since 1979. One of the things that makes Skyhawks trustworthy is that we go the extra mile to focus on safety, and we have a longstanding proven safety track record and processes to prove it.

Soccer Camp

AGES 4 TO 6 Emphasis is placed on individual soccer skills, ball control and concept of the game. The weekly class consists of fun skill building games, a soccer concept of the day, and most weeks concludes with a controlled small-sided scrimmage. Max 20. Program held at Airport Park field 1. Tuesdays, September 25—October 16 5:30—6:30PM, $55

Flag Football Camp

AGES 6 TO 8 This flag football class emphasizes individual skill development, game strategy, teamwork, character building, and most importantly… Fun! Each week will consist of skill development, along with time devoted to playing a game. Participants should bring appropriate athletic wear. Max 20. Program held at Airport Park field 1. Tuesdays, September 25—October 16 6:45—7:45 PM, $55


Show us your best shot! From people, pets, and places to celebrations and locations, you are invited to show us your Impressions of Blaine! Impressions of Blaine Photo Contest is held quarterly, capturing the best that Blaine has to offer each season. Enter your submissions online.

Summer Photo Contest Finalists Announced September 7 People’s Choice Voting September 7—30 Winners Announced October 5 Fall Photo Contest Sumission Dates November 1—30


Group Guitar Lessons AGES 7 & UP Our lessons focus on having fun, learning, and building skills. Beginning group lessons are a great way to learn basic chords and instrumentals while have a good time. Intermediate guitar is for those who have already learned the basics of guitar. Must have your own guitar. Program held at Blaine City Hall, Cloverleaf Room. Saturdays, September 22—October 27 Beginner Ages 7—10, 1—1:45PM Intermediate Ages 11 & up, 2—2:45PM $70 resident; $77 non-resident

$25 Gift Card Winner in Each Category per Season $100 Gift Card Photo of the Year

Photo Categories People & Familes Community Activities & Events Wildlife & Nature City Landmarks Pets Throwback Thursday For more information and to enter, visit ImpressionsofBlaine


Classes held at Blaine City Hall Cloverleaf Room B. For more detailed information, please call 763-785-6164.

Advanced Minecraft: Command Block

Jam Hops Classes & Clinics

“Inspring Kids to Become LIFE CHAMPIONS” All Classes, events, and camps held at Jam Hops located at 1460 – 133rd Lane NE Ham Lake. An annual online waiver is required for participation and must be completed by each child’s parent or guardian at SummerCamp,,, or 763-413-0647.

GRADES 2 THRU 6 Get ready to wire up your Minecraft worlds with Command Blocks and Redstone! Even if you’re a seasoned Minecraft pro, there’s plenty for you and your team to learn. From basic traps to powered machines, Redstone offers Minecraft players a whole new range of opportunities to create amazing things. Minecraft’s Command Block is Psuedoprogramming language that consist of logic and execution written in text. We’ll learn to spawn creatures, teleport over all your world, and make multiplayer games.. Thursday, October 18, 9AM—3PM $78 resident; $88 non-resident

Game Coding Mario Frogger

GRADES 3 THRU 7 New Class! Create & Share by creating an interactive 2D video game. Using MIT’s award-winning Scatch, to teach principles of object-oriented programming. Scratch is a powerful yet simple block-based language. We will re-create a classic Frogger game using popular Nintendo Characters. Friday, October 19, 9AM—3PM $78 resident; $88 non-resident

Engineering Crazy Gears & Wheels

Come out and experience the FUN and ENERGY at these camps, clinics and classes: • • • • • •


For detailed information about these activities and to register, visit our website at BLAINEPARKS.COM or call 763-785-6164.

GRADES K THRU 3 If you love Legos, making things move, building and experimenting- this class is for you. Learn about engineering and the physical science principles behind different action machines. Working in teams, students will build crazy wheeled and geared contraptions that spring into action. Have fun while you learn the principles of mechanical engineering and simple machines. Make tops, spinners, zip lines, rubber band powered cars, crimping cars, and other crazy contraptions. Saturday, November 17, 9AM—3PM $78 resident; $79 non-resident

Adult Sports Co-Rec Volleyball

Blaine and Fridley teams will combine to form a cooperative league. Players must be at least 18 years old. Games held at Roosevelt Middle School and Hayes Elementary in Fridley. Unofficiated. Register by November 9. Game times vary in the evening. Wednesdays, December 5—March 6 $250/team

5-Person Basketball

Players must be at least 18 years old. Games played at Westwood Middle School. Includes 12 games plus playoffs. Two officials per game and a scorekeeper. Register by October 26. Game times vary in the evening. Games start November 7. Wednesdays, November 7—March 13 $550 resident; $600 non-resident

For detailed information about these activities and to register, visit our website at BLAINEPARKS.COM or call 763-785-6164.

September/October 2018

All classes held at QC Dance, 9967 Ulysses Ave NE www.

Youth Dance

Adult Dance/Fitness

Intro to Dance

Wedding Dance Workshop

A delightful introduction to the art of dance with ballet basics, creative movement, fun with props, and tumbling, all in a professional dance setting. Ages 2 ½ - 3 Wednesdays, October 3—November 14 5:35—6:10PM Ages 4 & 5 Wednesdays, October 3—November 14 6:30—7:05PM Ages 3 – 5 Saturdays, October 6-November 10 9:30—10:05AM $50 resident; $55 non-resident

Mommy & Me

Parents and tots enjoy an exercise/ activity class together. Tots enjoy playful songs, fun props, and tumbling. Ages 0 to 3 & parent/adult Wednesdays, October 3—November 14 5—4:30PM $50 resident; $55 non-resident

Little Hip Hoppers

Students will learn the latest styles of dance through body isolations, funky-styled steps, and contemporary moves to the latest approved pop and hip hop music. Ages 4 to 6 Wednesdays, October 3—November 14 6:15—6:50PM $50 resident; $55 non-resident

Hip Hop

Students will learn the latest styles of dance through body isolations, funky-styled steps, and contemporary moves to the latest approved pop and hip hop music. Ages 7 to 11 Wednesdays, October 3—November 14 7:10—7:45PM $50 resident; $55 non-resident

Whether you are the bride, the groom or a guest at a wedding, this workshop will give you the skills needed to get out on that dance floor! The basics and some fun patterns will be covered in Waltz, Swing, Nightclub Two Step, Slow Dance, and a little Polka! Saturday, September 8, 10AM—Noon $20 resident; $22 non-resident


The perfect class for adults. Great for posture, strengthening and flexibility. A non-strenuous full body work-out. Every adult will love this class! Wednesdays, September 9—October 24 8—9 PM, $50 resident; $55 non-resident


Zumba® is a Latin-inspired fitness class that incorporates music and dance movements creating a dynamic, exciting, effective, and non-intimidating exercise environment. Zumba® is great for the body and mind. It is truly EXERCISE IN DISGUISE! Session 1: September 13—October 11, Thursdays, 8—8:45 PM Session 2: October 18—November 15, Thursdays, 8—8:45 PM $30 resident; $33 non-resident

Zumba Gold

This specialty course is designed for those just starting their journey to a fit and healthy lifestyle or the older active adult. Zumba® fitness is for everyone, all shapes and sizes and just about any age. This class allows you to have fun while safely losing pounds and inches . Session 1: September 12—October 10, Wednesdays, 7:45—8:30 PM Session 2: October 17—November 21, Wednesdays, 7:45—8:30 PM $30 resident; $33 non-resident


Community Outings All outings depart from and return to the Mary Ann Young Senior Center, 9150 Central Avenue NE, Blaine.

Church Basement Ladies, You Smell Barn

From the basement to the barn, your beloved Church Basement Ladies are back and getting busy with life outside the kitchen. After the last hot dish is served, the coffee pot is drained, and the JELL-O molds are put away, these steadfast women head to their homesteads, peel off their good girdles, and get on with their daily chores. Price includes lunch, with full soup and salad bar, turkey and mashed potato, vegetable, bread, pie, and coffee or lemonade; show ticket at the intimate Ames Center in Burnsville; and transportation. Registration deadline October 1. No refunds thereafter. Tuesday, October 30 10:15AM—4:30PM, $76

Holiday Shop

This is a shopping trip you don’t want to miss! Whether you are looking for gifts or just fun items for yourself, this is the trip to take, and you don’t need to worry about finding parking. The day will start at Home Essentials Boutique. With over 175 juried vendors, you will always find fabulous furniture, original florals, exceptional gourmet foods, and one-of-akind gifts at affordable prices. The boutique will open an hour early just for our bus trip and provide us with extra-special goodies. We will then visit Bachman’s to view all the beautiful holiday decorations and unique gift items. Our last stop will be the Mall of America for lunch on your own and shopping at your leisure. This trip will surely help to get you into the festive holiday mood with all the beautiful decorations! The trip includes three stops and as much walking as you care to do. Register by November 2. No refunds thereafter. Friday, November 16 8AM—4:15PM, $37

PRSRT STD U.S. Postage PAID TWIN CITIES, MN Permit No. 29418 10801 Town Square Drive NE Blaine, MN 55449—8101 763-784-6700





Wednesday, September 26 3 to 7 PM The Blaine Block Party is a festive and interactive way for you to explore your city and services provided. Events will be occurring both inside and outside at Blaine City Hall, 10801 Town Square Drive. Event is rain or shine! Concessions available.

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Meet your elected officials Find out what your City departments do Learn about important community developments Learn about local community groups FREE document shredding

Absentee voting open until 7PM.

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Fun and Free Activities

Explore Emergency Services

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Meet firefighters and police officers Explore emergency vehicles Spray water from a fire hose Tour the jail Gain valuable safety info Sign up for Tip411

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Try on City uniforms Climb on big rigs Take a turn on inflatables Facepainting Balloon artist Musical entertainment Fun, hands on activities Concessions for sale

Blaine CityConnect  

September/October 2018

Blaine CityConnect  

September/October 2018