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Construction Plans Approved for Water Treatment Plant 4......................................4
3M Open Set for July 1-7 The PGA Tour is coming to Blaine. This year will mark the first year of the 3M Open at the TPC of the Twin Cities in Blaine. For many years Blaine was the host to the 3M Championship, a Champions Tour (Senior Tour) event. Beginning this summer, the regular PGA Tour will be coming to Blaine as the city plays host to some of the best golfers in the world. During late 2018 and early 2019, the TPC golf course in Blaine has undergone reconstruction in order to increase the difficulty and add the length needed to challenge PGA Tour players. The tournament begins on Thursday, July 4 with other events taking place earlier that week. The 3M Open expects to bring 150,000 visitors to Blaine. As part of the events surrounding the 3M Open, there will be a concert at the National Sports Center on July 5 featuring the Zac Brown Band, with a fireworks display after the concert. For more information, visit BlaineMN.gov/3MOpen
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Blaine Honored With Top Awards The City of Blaine was recently celebrated by SportsEvents Media Group and the Minnesota Real Estate Journal. Blaine received a Readers’ Choice Award from SportsEvents Media Group for being a top sports events destination. The award is given annually to cities across the country with sports destinations and venues that focus on youth and amateur sports. The National Sports Center positions Blaine to be able to host an impressive number of sporting events each year. The Minnesota Real Estate Journal named Blaine as one of four finalists for their city of the year award. Blaine’s nomination highlighted several development projects that were started or completed in 2018 as well as new programs and incentive deals that staff created to support business and new development in Blaine. Two more reasons why Blaine is a great place to live, work and grow.
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City Council Tom Ryan 12147 Radisson Road NE Blaine, MN 55449 763-757-3390 TRyan@BlaineMN.gov
WARD 1 Wes Hovland 8650 Van Buren Street NE Blaine, MN 55434 763-228-1117 WHovland@BlaineMN.gov Dick Swanson 926 - 97th Lane NE Blaine, MN 55434 763-370-2557 DSwanson@BlaineMN.gov
WARD 2 Julie Jeppson 1702 - 116th Avenue NE Blaine, MN 55449 763-354-4709 JJeppson@BlaineMN.gov Jess Robertson 4175 - 114th Lane NE Blaine, MN 55449 612-964-0503 JRobertson@BlaineMN.gov
WARD 3 Andrew Garvais 12744 Petersburg Street NE Blaine, MN 55449 612-229-8890 AGarvais@BlaineMN.gov Richard Paul 1560 - 123rd Lane NE Blaine, MN 55449 763-390-1499 RPaul@BlaineMN.gov
CITY MANAGER Clark Arneson 763-785-6120 CArneson@BlaineMN.gov
Historical Society June 11 6:30PM | City Hall Sanctuary Room Mayor’s Office Hours May 14 | June 11 2:30 - 5PM | Laddie Lake Room Natural Resources Conservation Board* May 21 | June 18 7PM | City Hall Council Chambers
City Council Workshops May 6 | May 13 | May 20 June 3 | June 10 | June 17 6PM | City Hall Cloverleaf Farm Room Arts Council May 14 | June 11 5:30PM | City Hall Lunch Room
City Council* May 6 | May 20 | June 3 | June 17 7:30PM | City Hall Council Chambers
For more information, visit WaltersRecycling.com or call 763-780-8464.
Planning Commission* May 14 | June 11 7PM | City Hall Council Chambers Park Board* May 28| June 25 7PM | City Hall Council Chambers Traffic Commission* May 7 | June 4 6:30PM | City Hall Council Chambers *Meetings can be seen live on cable channel 16.
Police & Fire................................................. 911 Police (non-emergency) ... 763-785-6168 Fire (non-emergency)........ 763-786-4436 Public Works Aft. Hours.... 763-427-1212 Anoka County Dispatch..... 763-427-1212 Building Inspections.......... 763-785-6170 City Cable Channel 16 ...... 763-785-6192 City Clerk ............................ 763-785-6122 City Hall............................... 763-784-6700 City Manager...................... 763-785-6120 Communications................ 763-785-6181 Community Standards...... 763-785-6187 Community Outreach........ 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 North Metro TV.................. 763-780-8241 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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May is American Wetlands Month Celebrate at the Blaine Wetland Sanctuary Located at 11980 Lexington Avenue NE
Since 1991, our nation has recognized American Wetlands Month as a time to celebrate the vital importance of wetlands to ecological, economic, and social health. Wetlands help improve water quality and supply, reduce flooding, and provide critical habitat. There are eight types of wetlands. Some wetlands are dry for much of the year and others are covered by several feet of water. It is estimated that Minnesota has lost about 50 percent of its original wetland acreage. The city has committed to restoring a 500 acre parcel known as the Blaine Wetland Sanctuary. The National Mitigation and Ecosystem Banking Conference will be taking a tour of the Blaine Wetland Sanctuary on Tuesday, May 7. Conference visitors will learn more about the work to restore this area from an invasive dominated, fire suppressed condition, to diverse native dominated herbaceous community including over a dozen rare and protected plants species unique to the Anoka Sandplain. Several local school field trips will be doing hands on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) learning at the Blaine Wetland Sanctuary.
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Register for a class or two held at the Blaine Wetland Sanctuary. Insect Hunt, all ages
Reptiles and Amphibians, all ages
Join a naturalist from Wargo Nature Center on an insect hunt at the Blaine Wetland Sanctuary. They will help you with sweep nets to catch and identify insects.
Learn which reptiles and amphibians live in Blaine. Participants will get a chance to catch and hold some of the cool critters!
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Thursday, July 18, 6-8pm $5/person, Activity #7172 $10/family, Activity #7173
Attend the resilient yard workshop sponsored by Rice Creek Watershed District and Blue Thumb. Visit the Blaine Wetland Sanctuary and look for birds, wildlife, and pollinators. Visit the wetland display at Blaine City Hall. Educate a friend or family member about wetlands and why they matter. Find out if there is an opportunity to volunteer to help restore a wetland. See if your children’s schools can take a field trip to a local wetland or if someone can come to the school and talk about wetlands. Get an open space passport from the city website or city hall. Do not drain, fill, or excavate any low areas on your property without finding out if the area is wetland. For more information, visit BlaineMN.gov/WetlandSanctuary
Registration Now Open Are interested in learning more about safety services? Do you live or work in Blaine? Registration is now open for the 2019 Blaine Citizens Academy! The eight-week course, hosted by the City of Blaine Safety Services Division, is a great opportunity for individuals to learn more about the structure and operations of the Police, Fire, and Community Standards departments while participating in a variety of exciting and fast-paced activities in a safe and fun environment. Class is held Wednesday evenings, Sept. 4 to Oct. 23, 2019 from 6:30 to 9:30PM. The academy meets at a different location each week depending on the activities scheduled. Course topics and hands-on activities include: police use of force, motor vehicle extrication, firefighting, crime prevention, fire prevention, housing maintenance, code compliance, criminal investigations, fire investigations, drug awareness, traffic stops, and other emergency response.
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Hydrant Flushing Hydrant flushing is scheduled for
May 13-17 7:30AM to 4PM For helpful links and answers to commonly asked questions, visit BlaineMN.gov/HydrantFlushing, contact Public Works at PW@BlaineMN.gov, or call 763-785-6165.
are invited to apply. Class size is limited and all applicants must pass a criminal history background check. Applications can be found on the City of Blaine website and will be accepted until the class fills, so register early. For more information, please contact Deputy Fire Marshal, Todd Miller at 763-785-6173 or TMiller@BlaineMN.gov or Support Services Manager, Wende Ferguson at 763-785-6112 or WFerguson@BlaineMN.gov. BlaineMN.gov/CitizensAcademy
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Peddlers & Solicitors Throughout the year door-to-door peddling, soliciting, and canvassing raises questions from Blaine residents. While most of these activities are regulated by the city, they cannot be prohibited entirely. A canvasser, for example, may go door-to-door without a permit from the city. A canvasser may be a person asking for signatures on a petition, requesting support for a political candidate or position, seeking donations for a religious organization or fundraising for a high school booster club. All peddlers and solicitors are: • •
Required to obtain a city-issued permit, carry it at all times, and show it on request. Restricted to operating between the hours of 9AM and 7PM, Monday through Saturday.
For your safety owners and occupants should: • • • • •
Not let a peddler, solicitor, or canvasser into your home, even if they have a permit. Direct complaints about business practices to the Better Business Bureau at 651-699-1111. Check contractor references at dli.mn.gov. Help in filing insurance claims can be found at mn.gov/commerce. Report suspicious persons or activities to the police department at 763-427-1212 or by dialing 911.
Construction Plans Approved Water Treatment Plant 4
The Blaine City Council has approved a contract for construction of Water Treatment Plant 4. When completed, the plant will provide water treatment for future growth in the northeast portion of the City. The plant will be located on a 10 acre parcel at Lexington Avenue and 122nd Avenue NE, next to the new water tower. Water Treatment Plant 4 will treat raw groundwater for iron and manganese removal. The plant will improve the quality of the groundwater to comply with primary and secondary drinking water standards. Construction will start this summer and the 60,500 square foot plant should be completed and operational by 2022. The low bid on the proposal was received from Gridor Construction at a total cost of $24,668,600.
Please join in helping make Blaine neighborhoods safer by promptly reporting unlicensed solicitors.
For more information, visit BlaineMN.gov/PublicWorks
Interstate 35W MnPASS Project Underway
For more information, visit BlaineMN.gov/BlaineActivityCenter
The project includes construction of noise walls at seven distinct locations. This work will be coordinated with road construction. As part of planning for construction impacts on local roadways, MnDOT met with city officials to review local roads and intersections to develop temporary traffic changes to manage additional traffic on local roads. Construction this year will focus on the southbound side of I-35W. MnDOT will work in the middle of I-35W during the 2020 construction season and will wrap up the project by building the northbound side in 2021. When completed in the fall of 2021, the project will extend the lifespan of I-35W and bridges along the corridor and provide a smoother road surface. It also will provide long-term, sustainable travel options for all motorists and transit, reduce congestion and increase safety on the highway as well as providing reliable travel times for commuters during peak periods.
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The new facility will be located adjacent to the existing building in Aquatore Park. Once the new structure is finished the existing senior center will be demolished. Construction on this facility will be halted the week of the Blaine Festival the last week in June, to allow the Blaine Festival activities to take place without interference from construction.
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The Blaine City Council awarded the bid for the construction of the new Mary Ann Young Center to Ebert Construction. The bid of $3,709,000 was the lowest of the six bids received for this project. A groundbreaking ceremony was held on April 18 and construction is underway. The new facility is scheduled to be completed in December of this year.
New Senior/ Activity Center Update
MnDOT has begun an ambitious three year project to construct MnPASS express lanes, repave I-35W and ramps between the interstate and local roads, and repair bridges between Ramsey County Road C in Roseville and Sunset Avenue on the border of Blaine and Lino Lakes. The I-35W bridges over County Road C and County Road I will be replaced. MnDOT will build one MnPASS lane in each direction in the middle of existing I-35W between County Road C in Roseville and Lexington Avenue in Blaine.
2018 Blaine Drinking Water Report Consumer Confidence Drinking Water Report By law, all community water systems are required to distribute their drinking water report to customers before July 1 of each year. This annual report, known as the Consumer Confidence Report (CCR), includes results of water monitoring conducted on the city’s drinking water from the previous year, in this case 2018.
BLAINE RECYCLING SATURDAYS 10am — 2pm
3rd Saturday of Each Month Drop-Off Location Green Lights Recycling Enter at 1525 - 99th Lane NE
A paper copy of this report is available upon request. To view the report online, visit
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.
For more information, contact the Public Works Department at 763-785-6165 or visit
Recycling drop-off day is funded by the Anoka County Board of Commissioners and State SCORE funds (Select Committee on Recycling and the Environment).
Green Lights Recycling
763-785-0456|GLRNow.com Cash or Check Only
Friendly Pet Reminders Please Clean Up After Your Pets Pet owners are required to clean up after their dogs when taking them for a walk. Dog owners must carry a plastic bag or some other means of picking up after their dog whenever they are off their own property. Please be a courteous pet owner and clean up after your pet. Dogs Must be Leashed When Out for a Walk Dogs in the City of Blaine must be on a leash and under control while off the owner’s property.
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Aquatore Dog Park
Are you looking for a great way to socialize and exercise your pet? Visit the Aquatore Dog Park located at 9150 Central Avenue NE. Park amenities including fencing with separate large and small dog areas, shelter with heater/power, picnic tables, clean bag containers, drinking fountains, and security lighting.
Randy’s offers free paper shredding. Please note, there may be long wait times for shredding.
For more information, visit BlaineMN.gov/AquatoreDogPark
Annual Stormwater Review Blaine residents are invited to attend the annual public meeting regarding Blaine’s Stormwater Pollution Prevention Program. The purpose of the meeting is to inform residents on the activities conducted by the city in the past year, to be compliant with the Stormwater Pollution Prevention Program, and to allow for input on the stormwater program.
For more information contact Water Resources Manager Rebecca Haug at 763-785-6188 or RHaug@BlaineMN.gov.
Collects mattresses, box springs, carpet, appliances, florescent lamps, electronics, rechargeable batteries, and tires. Free items include scrap metal and vehicle batteries. Items with a small fee: • Mattresses/box springs are $20 each. • Most appliances are $10 each. • Most electronics are between $2 and $50 depending on size. • Carpet - $6/ roll (up to 7 rolls). Drop off tires and rechargeable batteries for a small fee. See the complete list of fees at BlaineMN.gov/ RecyclingSaturdays
Stormwater Review Meeting Tuesday, June 4 6 – 7PM Blaine City Hall, Cloverleaf Farm Room A BlaineMN.gov/SWPPP
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.
Walters Recycling & Refuse 763-780-8464 |
WaltersRecycling.com/Blaine Contact Walters to report missed garbage, recycling or yardwaste pick-up.
City Recycling Information 763-785-6192 | BlaineMN.gov/Recycle
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Playnet Blaine Coming to a Playground Near You Ages 3 ½ - 11 The summer playground program is coming to a park near you. This supervised and structured program focuses on fun, physical fitness, socialization and exploring creativity by: offering age-appropriate active games and sport-related activities; encouraging kids to meet other kids in the neighborhood; and providing planned arts and crafts projects and drama activities based on weekly themes. Choose the park, days, and time and enjoy Playnet! For more information, please call 763-785-6164 or visit BlaineParks.com.
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Little School Ages 3 to 5 Each class will have an assistant, making the leader to child ratio even better. Children will participate in activities appropriate for their age level, like arts and crafts, story-time, nature study, safety, and creative movement. This class is designed for preschool children; those who have attended kindergarten are not eligible to register even if they fall within the age range. Ages as of September 1, 2019. Children must be toilet trained. Parents will take turns bringing snack. Program held at Jefferson Elementary School Room 108. Age 5: Mondays & Wednesdays, June 17 – August 14, 9AM-12PM, $140 RES; $154 NR – Activity#7188 Age 4: Tuesdays & Thursdays, June 18 – August 15, 10:30AM-12:30PM, $121 RES; $133 NR – Activity#7189 Age 3: Tuesdays & Thursdays, June 18 – August 15, 9-10:15AM, $100 RES; $110 NR – Activity#7190
Perpetual Motion Blaine Parks and Recreation has teamed up with Perpetual Motion Gymnastics to provide a great schedule of fun and tumbling to help learn the basics of gymnastics. All classes held at Perpetual Motion Gymnastics, 12440 Aberdeen Street NE, Suite 101. There is something for ages 16 months to 10 years! For more detailed information including dates, times, and fees, please call 763-785-6164 or visit BlaineParks.com.
Summer 2019 Online Registration The Summer 2019 Recreation Connection catalog is available to browse at
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QC Dance Youth Classes To provide quality dance instruction and a variety of fun opportunities to learn and demonstrate dance skill while building self-esteem. To encourage academic excellence as well as other involvements that contributes to the development of a multi-talented, well rounded individual. To offer class choices for all ages that promotes a healthy lifestyle. All classes held at QC Dance, 9967 Ulysses Street NE. Classes offered this summer: Intro to Dance, Ballet, Tap & Kids Jazz, Little Hip Hoppers, Hip Hop, Dance Team Prep & Technique, Tummy Time Infant Movement, Mommy & Me, and Tutus for Tots. For more detailed information including dates, times, and fees, please call 763-785-6164 or visit our webpage at BlaineParks.com.
Ninja, Nerf & Open Gym Ages 5 to 18, Jam Hops Enjoy two hours in the gym on Ninja obstacles, play Nerf games and activities, and open gym time on all the fun equipment including trampolines, bars, beams, foam pits, a tumble trak, climbing ropes, warped wall, rock climbing wall and much more!
Stay Connected BlaineParks.com More information about Parks and Recreation is available at 763-785-6164 or in the current Recreation Connection online.
Saturday, June 22, 10AM-12PM $16/child, Activity #7231 $40/family, Activity #7232
Tech Academy Minnesota’s premier STEM camps and classes provider! Tech Academy provides an exciting learning environment specializing in Technology (STEM) Education for children and teens ages 4-15. Camps are kidfriendly and promote hands-on learning experiences with time to experiment to foster creativity. Classes are held at Blaine City Hall in Cloverleaf Room B. Intro to Coding with Super Heroes, entering Grades 1 to 3 June 18-19, 9AM-2PM $108 RES; $118NR, Activity #7251
Multi-Player Minecraft: Map Builder, entering Grades 2 to 6 June 25-26, 9AM-2PM $108RES; $118 NR, Activity #7252
Tech Tac Toe Tech Tac Toe camps are designed to expose children to technology, encourage a supportive atmosphere, facilitate self-paced learning, foster collaboration, spark creativity, and expose kids to the increasingly complex world of technology. Fortnite – Game Design, Ages 8 to 12 June 10-13, 9-11:55am $120 RES; $132NR, Activity #7257
Ultimate Hovercrafts – Air Blast Engineering, Ages 7 to 11 June 24-27, 1-4pm $105 RES; $115 NR, Activity #7299
Glam Lab – Fun Science for Girls, Ages 6 to 10 June 17-20, 1-4pm $120RES; $132 NR, Activity #7258
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Guitar Ages 7 & up
These lessons focus on having fun, learning and building skills. Beginning group lessons are a great way to learn basic chords and instrumentals while having a good time. Intermediate guitar is for those who have already learned the basics. Must have your own guitar. Held at Blaine City Hall Cloverleaf Room A. Register by June 5. Wednesdays, June 12-July 17 Beginner, Ages 7-10, 6-6:45PM, Activity #7266 Intermediate, Ages 11 & up, 7-7:45PM, Activity #7267 $70 RES; $77 NR
Paddle Boarding Ages 12 & up Just when you think you have experienced every possible way to enjoy getting out on the water, here comes stand up paddle boarding! Fun, new, easy, cool, and a great workout! What else is there to say? Picture a beefed up surf board that is stable and a long canoe paddle to propel yourself. Class sizes are very small and the instruction is short and easy, so most of the time is spent out on the water. No experience necessary. Max 6. Class held at Lakeside Commons Park next to the boathouse. *Participants under 18 must have parent or guardian sign waiver before class. Tuesdays, June 18, July 16, and August 6 Ages 12-15: 5:30-7PM, Activity #7326 Ages 16 & up: 7-8:30PM, Activity #7327 $30 RES; $33, Activity #7257
All community outings depart from and return to the Mary Ann Young Senior Center. Outings include lunch and ticket unless otherwise noted. For more detailed descriptions of these trips, please call 763-7869375or visit BlaineParks.com.
Youth Sports Ages 3 to 9 A variety of youth sports including Pre-Games, Preschool T-Ball, Little Feats Soccer, Evening T-Ball, Parent/ Child T-Ball, Mighty Mites Softball, Recreational Soccer, Tennis, and Sports Sampler. For more detailed information including dates, times, and fees, please call 763-785-6164 or visit BlaineParks.com.
The day in Duluth will start with a 75 minute narrated tour aboard the Vista Fleet. From the boat tour, the group will head to Canal Park for a couple hours. The day will end with a self-guided tour at Glensheen Mansion. Register by May 10. Trip includes transportation, boat cruise, and Glensheen tour. Thursday, May 30, 6:55AM-7PM $78, Activity #7342
Lake Minnetonka Boat Cruise
Skyhawks Sports Camps Ages 4 to 12 The progression of camps and programs, led by 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 they go the extra mile to focus on safety and have a long standing proven safety track record. Skyhawks offers the following camps: track and field, ninja warrior, basketball, multi-sport, volleyball, beginning golf, and floor hockey. For more detailed information including dates, times, and fees, please call 763-785-6164 or visit BlaineParks.com.
Monday, June 24, 9:40AM-2:45PM $42, Activity #7343
Lake Harriett Streetcar
Mad Science strives to spark the imagination and curiosity of children everywhere. The goal is to provide children with fun, entertaining, and educational activities that instill a clearer understanding of what science is really about and how it affects the world around us. Held at Town Square Park Shelter. Science Kaleidoscope Grades 1 to 5 June 24-27, 9AM-12PM $128 RES; $138NR, Activity #7255
A 90 minute lunch cruise on Lake Minnetonka, cruising with Al and Alma’s. The trip will include lunch, a sandwich, salad, chips, and dessert. Coffee or tea included, other beverages will be available for purchase. On the way home there will be a stop for a treat at Honey & Mackies Ice Cream in Plymouth. Fee includes, transportation, boat trip and lunch. To receive this great price for the boat and lunch, there is an early registration deadline of May 20. Please register early to secure your spot.
Rocket Blast Off Grades 2 to 6 July 8-11, 9AM-12PM $128RES; $138 NR, Activity #7256
The 30 minute ride will step back in time, with time for lunch on your own, or you are welcome to bring your own picnic lunch. The last stop is the St. Paul Cathedral for a guided tour. Please register by July 2, no refunds thereafter. Tuesday, July 16, 9AM-3PM $38, Activity #7344
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Night to Unite Registration Now Open
Join neighbors across the City of Blaine on Tuesday, August 6, 2019 for the annual Night to Unite celebration. Enjoy a summer evening with neighbors to celebrate your community. Night to Unite is the best Tuesday of the year in which the police and fire departments are out in full force visiting block parties and strengthening community partnerships. The city public works department will again be joining the celebration and making visits to neighborhood parties with their special monster trucks. McGruff the Crime Dog, along with specialty units within the police department, will also be out that night. Take your neighborhood block party to your local park and join with other block parties for an added bonus of getting to know your greater community, make new friends, and a visit from police, fire, and others. Don’t know other party hosts in your area, no problem. Check out the map on the website for parties near you or give us a call. It is free to register as a block party host, and the city will provide you with some ideas and items to help with planning a block party. Each party will receive door hangers, nametags, t-shirts for the organizers, informational forms, and a few other goodies. Registration deadline is July 22, 2019.
Summer Concert Series BlaineEvents.com/PerformanceinthePark
WorldFest Moves to September Blaine’s celebration of community diversity is moving to September. Saturday, September 14 1 to 4pm Town Square Park 10802 Town Square Drive NE
For more information, visit BlaineMN.gov/N2U
2019 Blaine WorldFest Photo by Sarah Grace Photography
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Red Rock Swing Band 7pm The Teddy Bear Band, children’s 10:30am Family Fun Night, family, free games, food 6pm Vinnie Rose, variety 7pm Tricia and The Toonies, children’s 10:30am QC Dance, dance recital 7pm Wendinger Band, polka 6pm The Alphabits, children’s 10:30am Echo’s of Elvis, tribute 7pm
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Will Hale Tad Pole Parade, children’s Harmonic Relief, show choir Wendinger Band, polka Bob the Beachcomber, children’s Inside Out, classic rock The Backyard Band, Bark in the Park Kids Dance, children’s dance party Brueske, classic jazz & broadway
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Now accepting applications for food vendors, sponsors, cultural exhibits and volunteers. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.
Blaine Festival June 27-30
Aquatore Park - Corner of Hwy 65 & Hwy 10
Blaine Festival Parade New Route in 2019! Due to road construction on a portion of Jefferson Street NE the Blaine Festival parade will have a new route this year. The parade will head down Oak Park Boulevard NE starting at Paul Parkway NE. Once the parade reaches Jefferson Street it will head south on Jefferson and conclude at 113th Avenue NE. Blaine Festival Parade Saturday, June 29, Noon
City Fireworks Display The City of Blaine annual fireworks display will take place in conjunction with the Blaine Festival this year. Bring the whole family out to view the large fireworks extravaganza. Blaine Fireworks Saturday, June 29, 10PM National Sports Center FREE Admission & Parking Rain or Shine
For complete schedule, visit