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Blaine Recreation Connection

Parks and Recreation Fall 2011

Contents General Information..................... 2-3 Special Events................................. 4 Youth.......................................... 7-9 Teens........................................... 10 Adults.......................................10-14 Community Outings....................... 14 Senior Center................................ 15 World Fest, Sounds of the City....... 16





Rec. Department

763-785-6164 and

Our Mission

The Parks and Recreation Department strives to provide community programs and services where unmet interests and needs exist, and to promote cooperation with schools, athletic and civic organizations, community agencies and interested individuals in the areas of education, recreation and social and cultural pursuits.

registration Online

Visit the Parks and Recreation homepage at and find the online registration link. A username and password are needed to register; click on “Individual Account Setup.” Only credit card payments are accepted online. Online registration is available at no additional charge.

Rec. Hotline




Simply fill out the registration form provided on our website and send it along with payment.


Mary Ann Young Senior Center 9150 Central Ave. NE 763-786-9375

Park Maintenance 763-785-6165



Fill out the registration form provided on our website and fax it along with credit card information to 763-785-6191.

Drop Box

Place registration form and payment in the after hours drop box on the south side of Blaine City Hall. Registrations placed in the drop box will be processed the following business day.


Blaine City Hall

10801 Town Square Drive Blaine, MN 55449-8101 763-784-6700

In Person

Residents may register in person at the Parks and Recreation office at Blaine City Hall, Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

No phone registrations No phone registrations, please.


Cash, check and credit card payments are accepted. Specific modes of registration may require a certain type of payment.


Some programs and activities may require a minimum number of participants. You will only be notified if the class/activity is full or canceled. You will not receive a confirmation letter or call.


Refunds are given if programs are canceled or if registration fails because the activity is full. Refunds cannot be guaranteed after deadlines or if the program has begun. Trip refunds are subject to specific policies on a per-trip basis based on advanced purchases. Participants must contact the Parks and Recreation Department to request a refund. Refunds will not be given after a program is complete.

Day Care

Providers are welcomed to enroll children in activities. Parents must sign individual registration forms.

Age Groups

Activities are designed to meet developmental guidelines. The Parks and Recreation Department does not allow children to register for activities above or below their grade/age.

Participant Code of Conduct All participants are expected to exhibit appropriate behavior at all times while participating, spectating or attending any program or activity conducted or sponsored by the City of Blaine Parks and Recreation Department. The following guidelines are designed to provide safe and enjoyable activities for all participants: • • • • Parks and Recreation staff

Show respect to all participants and program staff. Take direction from program staff/supervisors. Refrain from using abusive or foul language. Refrain from causing bodily harm to self, other participants or program staff/supervisors. • Refrain from damaging equipment, supplies or facilities.

Failure to follow these rules may result in a suspension of participation. The City of Blaine Parks and Recreation Department strives to make your participation fun-filled, rewarding, educational and safe. We thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Weather Policy

Every attempt will be made to inform participants of program cancellations due to inclement weather. When weather is a factor, parents or participants may call the Parks and Recreation Department at 763-785-6164 or our 24-hour hotline at 763-717-2709 for updated program information.

Photo Policy

Photographs of program or park participants are periodically taken. These photos may appear in the local newspapers and/ or Parks and Recreation Department publications. If you do not want your photo used, please tell the photographer.


Want to improve parks and trails? Consider adopting a park as a family, neighborhood group or community service organization. As a partner with the City of Blaine, your group can help accomplish needed park and trail improvements. Fun and challenging activities may include monthly cleanup, planting flowers or creating new landscape features or maintaining landscapes. Talk with others about taking on a project in your neighborhood. Contact 763-785-6162 for more information.

Park Shelter Permits

Shelters at Aquatore, Lakeside Commons and Town Square parks are available for rental. A facility use application must be completed and rental fees apply. Applications are available online or at the office.

Park Repairs

Please notify park maintenance at 763-785-6165 about damage, vandalism or equipment cleanliness issues.


The Blaine Police Department and Park Patrol need your help to prevent vandalism and apprehend those who vandalize parks and recreation facilities. Vandals destroy what tax dollars have created. Costs associated with repairing vandalized property takes money away from recreational programs and facilities. Help stop vandalism. Always call 9-1-1 to report a crime in progress, including vandalism. To report a crime that occurred in a park but does not require immediate police response, call 763-427-1212. Calls are accepted 24 hours a day and you can remain anonymous.

Park Board Meetings

Regular meetings of the Blaine Park Board are conducted on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at Blaine City Hall. All residents encouraged to attend. Persons wishing to present a discussion topic should contact Parks and Recreation in advance at 763-785-6162.

Blaine Arts Council

The Blaine Arts Council is a volunteer organization open to all interested individuals. Its mission is to promote, advance and celebrate the arts in the community for the appreciation and participation of residents. The council sponsors ongoing art exhibitions at Blaine City Hall and organizes special arts events throughout the year. Council meetings are the second Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at Blaine City Hall. Interested individuals are invited to attend a meeting and participate in events. Call 763-717-2723 for more information. Council does not meet in June, July or August.

general information


All programs listed in this brochure are open to people with disabilities. If you need assistance or inclusion services, please call 763-785-6164. Inclusion services must be set up at least three weeks prior to program start.

Area Youth Athletic Associations Blaine/Spring Lake Park Athletic Association In-house basketball, football, lacrosse, volleyball. 763-757-5447 or

Blaine Area Little League

Baseball for boys and girls ages 4-15.

Blaine Backcourt Club

Traveling basketball program for boys and girls grades 4-8 serving the Blaine High School attendance area.

Blaine Soccer Club

In-house and traveling soccer for boys and girls ages 3-19. 763-792-7369 or

Blaine Youth Hockey Association

In-house and traveling program for boys and girls ages 5-15 serving the Blaine High School attendance area.

Centennial Lakes Little League

Baseball program for youth ages 5-18 serving the Centennial High School attendance area.

Centennial Soccer Club

In-house and traveling program for serving the Centennial High School attendance area for ages 5-19.

Centennial Basketball Association

In-house and traveling program serving the Centennial High School attendance area for grades 2-8.

Centennial Youth Hockey Association

In-house and traveling programs serving the Centennial High School attendance area for ages 5-15.

Spring Lake Park Traveling Basketball Club

Traveling basketball program serving the Spring Lake Park High School attendance area for grades 5-9.

Spring Lake Park Youth Hockey Association In-house and traveling program serving the Spring Lake Park High School attendance area for ages 4-15


special events

Barnyard Boogie ages 8 and under w/parent/adult

Interact with a donkey, pony, goats, sheep, rabbits, chicks and ducks. Wear overalls and dance to your favorite songs played by our family-friendly deejay. Kids can also make an animal craft and get an animal temporary tattoo. Refreshments provided. Registration is required. Max. 120. Event held at Aquatore Park. Registration deadline is Sept. 24. boogie!

DATE: Saturday, Oct. 1 TIME: 10 – 11:30 a.m. FEE: $8/child

Princess Party

ages 8 and under w/ parent/adult Your little princess can meet Belle and Cinderella at our Princess Party. We will have crafts, nail painting, a photo opportunity, refreshments, a deejay, games, stage and lots of dancing. Come in your favorite princess dress and don’t forget your camera. New this year, the party will be held at Blaine City Hall. Max. 140. Register now – spaces fill fast.

DATE: Saturday, Nov. 5 TIME: 6 – 7:30 p.m. FEE: $9/child

Flashlight Pumpkin Hunt & Family Dance families w/children ages 10 & under

Pumpkins are hiding and waiting to be found at Aquatore Park. Children, along with parents, can search the grounds for one pumpkin of their choice, celebrate by dancing under the stars with our family-friendly deejay, eat a s’more and play flashlight BINGO. Fee includes a treat bag, one pumpkin, craft and temporary tattoo. Come in a costume for our costume contest and bring a flashlight. Registration is required. Max. 200. Event held at Aquatore Park. Register by Oct. 17.

DATE: Saturday, Oct. 22 TIME: 7 – 8:30 p.m. FEE: $9/child

A Morning at Winter Holiday Celebration the North Pole all families & ages ages 10 & under w/ parent/adult Spend a morning with your family at the North Pole. Parent and child will enjoy a continental breakfast, craft time and visit with Santa. Don’t miss out on this memorable event. Fee includes a continental breakfast for one child and one adult, a craft for one child and a visit with Santa. We will take a picture of your kids with Santa and email it to you, or you can bring your own camera for pictures with Santa. Extra adults may attend for $2 each. Registration is required. Limited to 25 children per session. Event held in the Blaine City Hall atrium.


DATE: Saturday, Dec. 3 TIME: 9, 10, 11 a.m. OR noon FEE: $10



DATE: Saturday, Dec. 10 TIME: 9, 10, 11 a.m. OR noon FEE: $10

Join us for the 10th annual Winter Holiday Celebration at Blaine City Hall. There will be a variety of great activities for the whole family. Enjoy holiday entertainment, stories, crafts, hay rides a coloring contest, live holiday music, refreshments and much more. All activities are free and run continuously throughout the evening. Santa will visit the event, but will not be available for individual visits or photographs. If you are looking to spend time with Santa, register for A Morning at the North Pole listed at left. Volunteers needed. For more information or to volunteer, call 763-717-2723.

DATE: Monday, Dec. 5 TIME: 6:30 – 8 p.m. FEE: FREE!

Kris Holtmeyer owns and operates Artistic Moments, a Minneapolis-based on-site fine arts instructional business. She personally teaches all classes and has a successful approach working with accelerated, regular and special education students. Kris’ encouraging methods enable artists to feel confident and successful with self-expression in a non-competitive environment. Her enthusiastic delivery and patient instructional support allows artists of all ages to have fun while demonstrating their own unique creativity in the visual arts.

Spooktacular Jack-O-Lanterns

Winter Wonderland Lego Art

Autumn has arrived! Join us for this fun and festive Jack-O-Lantern painting class. Use templates to design a funny, scary or unique face for your Jack-O-Lantern. You will learn to mix and apply colorful acrylic paints to your reusable pumpkin. Next, you will apply a coat of liquid sealer to preserve your artwork for years to come. Give your pumpkin a name and watch it come to life. All artistic abilities are welcome. Max. 20. Class held at the Blaine City Hall lunchroom. Register by Oct. 10.

Do you like to play with Legos? If yes, join us for this fun and creative 3D class as we explore the world of Legos. Use your imagination to design your very own winter-themed sculpture that you can display throughout the snowy season. Choose from a variety of colors to create your keepsake – the sky is the limit. All artistic abilities welcome. Max. 20. Class held at the Blaine City Hall lunchroom. Register by Nov. 24.

ages 5 to 11


Monday, Oct. 17 6 – 7:30 p.m. $20

Spooktacular Painting ages 5 to 11

Halloween is just around the corner and it’s time to decorate the house. Join us for a fun and creative Halloween canvas painting class. Choose a favorite Halloween theme from a variety of pictures or bring your own Halloween picture to class. Learn to use a fun and easy method to draw your picture onto canvas board and have fun mixing and applying colorful acrylic paints to your drawing. It will be ready to hang in time for Halloween. Max. 20. Class held at the Blaine City Hall lunchroom. Register by Oct. 17.


Monday, Oct. 24 6 - 7:30 p.m. $20

ages 5 to11

DATE: Thursday, Dec. 1 TIME: 6 – 7:30 p.m. FEE: $20

Holiday Ceramic Ornaments

ages 3 to 11 & parent/adult Explore the world of ceramics as you choose your favorite wintertime figurine and learn to add colorful acrylic paints to turn your project into a festive work of art in time for the holidays. You will seal your completed project with a non-toxic liquid varnish and it will go home with you the same day. All ceramic pieces are fired in a kiln and cleaned prior to the class. Bring an old paint shirt – we may get messy. All artistic abilities are welcome. Max. 20. Class held at Blaine City Hall Lunchroom. Register by Dec. 8.

DATE: Thursday, Dec. 15 TIME: 6 – 7:30 p.m. FEE: $20

Cookie Decorating

Arts & Crafts Workshops

You and your child will have a great time decorating cookies for the holidays. We will supply one dozen cookies and all the toppings. Bring a container to take your cookies home. Dress for the mess. Max. 14. Event held at the Blaine City Hall lunchroom. Register by Dec. 1.

Participants will create a seasonal craft with adult help. Kids will take home two projects each week. This is a great class for children to learn creativity and let their imaginations run wild with ideas for all of the fun art projects we have planned. Join the fun. Max. 10. Class held in the Blaine City Hall lunchroom. Instructor: Robin Rice.

ages 2 ½ to 7 & parent/adult

DATE: Thursday, Dec. 8 TIME: Session 1: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Session 2: 6:45 – 7:45 p.m. FEE: $9


Artistic Moments

ages 2 to 7 & parent/adult

DATE: Thursdays, Sept. 29 – Oct. 27 TIME: 6 – 7 p.m. FEE: $25



Family Outing: Shrine Circus at Target Center all families

From the moment the lights go down, you’ll enjoy the finest in aerial tricks, performing elephants, tigers and more. From the delightful antics of the Shriner clowns to the spellbinding feats of acrobats, you won’t want to miss one exciting moment of this magical family show. Tickets are lower level seating. Transportation is not provided. You will be notified when tickets arrive at the Parks and Recreation Office. Register by Oct. 3. Max. 50.

DATE: Friday, Oct. 21 TIME: 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. FEE: $10/person (24 months and up)

School’s Out Activity: Shoreview Community Center grades K to 5

We have a busy day planned with activities that include open gym, an indoor playground, swimming and arts and crafts time. We have a well-trained staff that will ensure your kids have a fun and safe time. Bring a swimsuit, towel, lunch and two snacks. Parks & Recreation van leaves from Blaine City Hall. Max. 15. Register by Oct. 13.

DATE: Thursday, Oct. 20 TIME: 8:45 a.m. – 4 p.m. FEE: $30

Pump It Up & Anoka County Farms grades K to 5

Looking for something to do on MEA Break? We have a funfilled day planned to keep kids busy. We will first go to Pump It Up and bounce for an hour and a half before eating a pizza lunch. After that, it’s on to Anoka County Farms for pumpkin painting, a hay maze, pony rides, inflatables and much more. Lunch is included. Bring a snack if you like. Staff is well-trained and ready to make sure your kids have tons of fun. Must fill out waiver form for Pump It Up. The Park & Recreation van leaves from Blaine City Hall. Max. 15. Register by Oct. 14 .

DATE: Friday, Oct. 21 TIME: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. FEE: $30

Dodgeball Dynamo ages 8 to 14

Bored on a Saturday? Spend two hours dodging, throwing, catching and having a blast. We will play traditional Dodgeball, Dr. Dodgeball, Pin Guard, Scramble and much more. Bring all your friends. Max. 20. Program held at the Centennial Elementary School gym. Registration deadline is one week prior to class date.


DATE: Saturdays, Oct. 15 OR Nov. 12 TIME: 10 a.m. – noon FEE: $9/class

Cheer America ages 4 and up

Get active and have fun in this class. Students will learn popular junior high and high school cheers, chants, choreographed pom/dance routines, parade marching techniques and other performance skills. This program promotes physical fitness, self-esteem, teamwork and learning from an adult role model. At the end, students will perform a group recital for families and friends. Students will also receive a certificate and medal. Open house and registration on Wednesday, Sept. 21, at the National Sports Center in the Schwan’s Super Rink Dance Studio. Registration will not be accepted at Blaine City Hall. Class held at the Schwan’s Super Rink Dance Studio.


Wednesdays, Sept. 21 – Dec. 14 ages 8 and under: 6:45 – 7:30 p.m. ages 9 and up: 7:45 – 8:30 p.m. $4 enrollment fee (due at registration) $6/class (can pay weekly) or $64 for entire program

Group Guitar Lessons ages 7 and up

Dust off that guitar and come learn how to play it. Our 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 of guitar. Participants will learn basic picking patterns, start tackling bar chords, as well as some scales and blues patterns. The instructor is a Minnesotalicensed K-12 music teacher and has years of experience teaching a variety of instruments. Must have your own guitar (bring amplifier for electrics). Max. 10. Program held in the Cloverleaf Room at Blaine City Hall. Register one week prior to program start date. Instructor: Laurel Benedict.

AGES 7 to 10 DATE: Saturdays, Sept. 24 – Nov. 5 (no class Oct. 22) TIME: 1 – 1:45 p.m. FEE: $60 AGES 11 & Up DATE: Saturdays, Sept. 24 – Nov. 5 (no class Oct. 22) TIME: 2- 2:45 p.m. FEE: $60

Parent/Child Friday Hang Out & Open Gym grades 4 to 8

Don’t be bored on Friday nights. Bring your friends to Roosevelt Middle School and play kickball, dodgeball, beach volleyball or shoot hoops. Or hang out in the cafeteria, make crafts, listen to music and play games. Snacks will be served. No need to register; just show up that night.

DATE: Fridays Sept. 23, Oct. 7, Oct. 28, Nov. 11, Dec. 2 TIME: 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. FEE: $2 (pay at the door)

ages 3 to 6, 5 to 7, or 8 to 12


Lemonade Mouth

We see the light in this musical theater class, where we learn songs, dances and lines from Tangled and put them into a show. We will also play fun, creative games with scarves, animals and parachutes. Wear comfortable shoes and clothes that are easy to move in. Friends and family are invited to view a special performance on the last day of class. Max.20. Program held at the Sunnyside Park building. Register by Sept. 9.

Learn music and choreography from Lemonade Mouth and create a show to perform. Bring enthusiasm and get ready to shine. All levels are welcome. Everyone receives solo speaking lines. Wear lightweight tennis shoes, ballet slippers or jazz shoes. Friends and family are invited to observe a special performance on the last day of class. Max.20. Program held at the Sunnyside Park building. Register by Sept. 9.

ages 3 to 6 & 5 to 7

ages 8 to 12

Mayer Arts’ belief about teaching is not only providing training for those serious about learning but also to have fun. We teach proper technique, terminology, body awareness and an appreciation for the arts. Our goal is for students to not only find a love for the arts but also build healthy habits and self-esteem, helpful skills for the rest of their lives.


Musical Theater: Tangled & Lemonade Mouth

DATE: Saturdays, Sept. 17 – Dec. 17 (no class Oct. 22 & Nov. 26) TIME: ages 3 to 6: 9:15 – 10 a.m. ages 5 to 7: 10 – 11 a.m. ages 8 to 12: 11 a.m. – noon FEE: $120

QC Dance

All dance courses on this page are held at QC Dance Studio, located at 1051 109th Ave.

Mommy & Me

ages 0 to 3 & parent/adult Parents and tots enjoy an exercise/activity class together. Rockin’ tots enjoy playful songs, fun with props and tumbling. Dads are welcome, too. Our instructor guides parent and child through play and exercise activities. Wear comfortable attire and tennis shoes. This class is perfect for children not ready to separate from mom or dad. Max. 15. Register by Oct. 1.


Wednesdays, Oct. 5 – Nov. 9 5:30 – 6 p.m.

DATE: Fridays, Oct. 7 – Nov. 11 TIME: 10 – 10:30 a. m. FEE:


Intro to Dance ages 2 ½ to 5

A delightful introduction to the art of dance with ballet basics, creative movement, fun with props and tumbling – all in a professional dance setting. Wear leotard (skirt attached is okay if not too long) or exercise/comfortable stretchy attire and ballet slippers. Class is perfect for children comfortable separating from mom or dad. Max. 15. Register by Oct. 1.


Ages 2 ½ to 3 Wednesdays, Oct. 5 – Nov. 9 6:05 – 6:40 p.m.


Ages 4 to 5 Wednesdays, Oct. 5 – Nov. 9 6:45 – 7:20 p.m.

Ages 3 to 5 DATE: Fridays, Oct. 7 – Nov. 11 TIME: 10:35 – 11:10 a.m. Ages 3 to 5 DATE: Saturdays, Oct. 8 – Nov. 12 TIME: 9:30 – 10:05 a.m. FEE:


Little Hip Hopper ages 4 to 6

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. Wear comfortable clothes and sneakers. Max. 20. Register by Oct. 1.

DATE: Wednesdays, Oct. 5 – Nov. 9 TIME: 5:50 – 6:25 p.m. FEE: $44

Hip Hop

ages 7 & up 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. Wear comfortable clothes and sneakers. Max. 20. Register by Oct. 1.

DATE: Wednesdays, Oct. 5 – Nov. 9 TIME: 6:30 – 7:10 p.m. FEE: $44

Ballerina Beginnings ages 6 to 9

Ballet consists of graceful, flowing and precise movements. Classes include barre and center work teaching the proper technique of movement, ballet terminology and dance appreciation. Wear a black leotard, pink tights and pink ballet slippers. Max. 15. Register by Oct. 1.

DATE: Thursdays, Oct. 6 – Nov. 10 TIME: 5:45 - 6:30 p.m. FEE: $44



Music Together ages birth to kindergarten

Music Together is an internationally recognized early childhood music and movement program for children from birth to kindergarten and the grown ups who love them. In class, you’ll move, sing, play rhythm instruments and share 45 minutes of pure fun with your child each week for 10 weeks. Families receive CDs and songbooks of the session’s song collection so the fun and learning continues at home and there is a brand new song collection each session. The cost of these take-home materials is included in tuition. All classes are mixed-age so siblings can participate together. Infants under eight months on the first day of the session are free with a paying sibling. The cut off birth date for infant siblings to be free of charge is Jan. 25, 2011.


Wednesday, Sept. 14 5:15 p.m.

DATE: Thursday, Sept. 15 TIME: 10:15 a.m. DATE: TIME:

Wednesday, Sept. 21 6:15 p.m.

DATE: Thursday, Sept. 22 TIME: 11:15 a.m.


Visit a FREE demonstration class before the fall session starts to find out if Music Together is a good fit for your family. For more information or specific questions about the classes, contact Director Clarice Auluck-Wilson at 651-439-4219 or, or visit Wednesday evening classes are held at the Blaine Baseball Complex building. Thursday morning classes held at the Sunnyside Park building.


Register online only at www.MusicTogetherClasses. com or by phone at 651-439-4219. Registration will not be accepted at the Park and Recreation office.


Wednesdays, Sept. 28 – Nov. 30 (no class Nov. 23) 5:15 or 6:15 p.m.

DATE: Thursdays, Sept. 29 – Dec. 1 (no class Nov. 24) TIME: 9:15, 10:15 or 11:15 a.m.

$168 first child $96/additional child under 8 mos. FREE w/ registered sibling

Mad Science Super Saturdays

All classes held in the Cloverleaf Room at Blaine City Hall.

Dandy Dinosaurs

Space Day

Discover how dinosaurs lived and what they had for dinner. As junior paleontologists, take part in a simulated dinosaur dig. Take home a cast of a Tyrannosaurus Rex tooth. Max. 15. Register by Sept 23.

Discover how astronauts live and work in space. Build a telescope and use it to search the night sky. Simulate a test for life on a far away planet. Design a spacesuit, repair a satellite, eat space food, launch a model rocket and communicate with your astronaut friends from Mission Control. Max. 20. Register by Sept. 23.

ages 3½ to 5

DATE: Saturday, Oct. 1 TIME: 9 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. FEE: $14

Water Wonders ages 3½ to 5

Experiment with fun water activities. Discover the meaning of the words float, sink, density, absorption and surface tension. Turn little water droplets into big drops. Go home with your own Sparkle Tube. Max. 15. Register by Sept 30.

DATE: Saturday, Oct. 8 TIME: 9 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. FEE: $14


grades 1 to 3

DATE: Saturday, Oct. 1 TIME: 9 a.m. – noon FEE: $29

Donut Caper grades 2 to 5

Use chemistry to identify blood types (using synthetic samples) and to identify the mystery suspects’ beverages. Decipher DNA evidence to solve the mystery. Take home a Fingerprint Finder to look for glow-in-the-dark fingerprints. Max. 20. Register by Sept. 30.

DATE: Saturday, Oct. 8 TIME: 9 a.m. – noon FEE: $29

grades 1 to 5

Build a LEGO-eating alligator and use a computer program to make it chomp until it’s full. Build a motorized race car, program it to accelerate at a different speed every three seconds and launch it. Eight to ten different projects will be built, programmed and tested throughout the session. For more details, visit YEL at Max. 16. Program held at the Blaine City Hall Cloverleaf Room. Register by Oct. 28

DATE: Saturdays, Nov. 5, 12, 19 TIME: 10 a.m. – noon FEE: $51

Babysitting Class ages 11 & up

Learn to be responsible babysitters by examining safety guidelines, child development, finding jobs, rates and first aid. Hands-on practice with diapers and bottle-feeding are included. Participants receive a packet of materials, and certificates are awarded to all students who pass the exam. Bring a doll, lunch and beverage. Max. 14. Class held at the Blaine City Hall Sanctuary Room. Register at least one week prior to class start date. Instructor: Molly Cirillo.


Youth Enrichment League: LEGO WeDo Robotics

DATE: Saturdays, Oct. 29 OR Nov. 12 TIME: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. FEE: $50

Video Game Animation: Exploring Movement grades 1 to 5

Junior Engineering: Levers grades K to 3

If you have a learner who likes building things and figuring out how things work, they will love this class. Join us as we explore, investigate and solve problems while we learn about the building blocks of engineering – simple machines. Students working in pairs will enjoy hands-on activities using LEGO levers and special Technic engineering components that incorporate math, science and creativity. Students will work through building models that demonstrate mechanical and physical engineering and introductory lever concepts. They will then use what they learned to solve challenges. Learning projects may include mini lever concept models, a moving dragon and scale. Max. 20. Class held at the Schwan Center Gold Room B. Register by Oct. 7.

DATE: Saturday, Oct. 15 TIME: 9 a.m. – noon FEE: $29

WeDo Robotics Robo-Quest grades 1 to 5

Work and create with special robotic LEGO elements, including gears, levers, motor, tilt sensor, detect sensor and LEGO hub. Designed by experts at MIT, this unique system teaches students about simple machines, engineering, programming and much more. Working in pairs, student will use the LEGO Education WeDo Robotics System and software to engage in activities that will inspire critical thinking, problem solving and creativity. Our amazing models may include a dragon, fortress and magic hat. Max. 20. Class held at a National Sports Center classroom. Register by Oct. 14.

DATE: Saturday, Oct. 22 TIME: 9 a.m. – noon FEE: $33

Dive into the world of two-dimensional video game design and animation by creating characters that move and interact with one another. Working in pairs, students will create a dynamic video animation game using Scratch, the innovative programming language created just for students by the MIT Media Lab. The first part of each class will be instructor-led; with the remaining time, students will have the opportunity to solve challenges and develop their own game animation. Students will learn how to animate sprites (characters) and make sprites react to different actions, teaching them to walk, run, dance, turn around and respond to keyboard input. Games will be available online; students should also bring in a USB drive on the last day. Max. 20. Class held at a National Sports Center classroom. Register by Oct. 28.

DATE: Saturday, Nov. 5 TIME: 9 a.m. – noon FEE: $33

Jedi & Imperial Droids grades 1 to 5

Combine Star Wars, robotics and engineering in this class, where you will use the Micro Scout Lego Mindstorm Robotics System’s microcomputer for the brain of your droids. Use the built-in light sensor, motor and sound to bring your droids to life. Create familiar Star Wars droids or use the Force to create droids of your own. In this exciting hands-on class, students work in pairs using the Robotic Mindstorms Droid and Darkside developer kit to build and experiment with up to eight different models. Learn about robotics and engineering as we build the base models, then customized your droid. Max. 20. Class held at the Schwan Center Gold Room B. Register by Nov. 4.

DATE: Saturday, Nov. 12 TIME: 9 a.m. – noon FEE: $29



Teen OUTINGS Science Museum ages 10 to 15

Enjoy a day of exploring at the Science Museum of Minnesota. We start with the Omni Theater show “Amazon,” traveling through the rainforest teeming with exotic animals. Meet the Zoë, an indigenous tribe that makes their home in the rainforest, and learn about the medicinal qualities of native plants. During the second part of the day, we will take in the new exhibits. The first exhibit is Nature Unleashed: Inside Natural Disasters, which uncovers the causes of natural disasters and looks at how people cope and adapt in the aftermath. A second new exhibit is Identity: An Exhibition of You which explores the physical, psychological, and social elements in your life that make you tick. Bring a bag lunch. Transportation leaves from Blaine City Hall. Max. 20.


Wednesday, Oct. 19 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. $16

Tae Kwon Do ages 5 to adult

Tae Kwon Do is a modern martial art based on Korean tradition that incorporates techniques of kicking, punching and blocking. Learn self-defense and controlled movements through sparring. This is a great class to develop discipline, strength, stamina and flexibility. Join at any time – fee will be prorated. Please wear comfortable clothing. Testing and uniforms are available for an extra fee through the instructor. Max. 20. Program held at the Westwood Middle School gym balcony. Instructor: Mr. Bill Frauly, 3rd DAN black belt.

AGES 5 to 7 & PARENT/ADULT DATE: Mondays, Sept. 19 – Dec.5 (no class Oct. 17, Nov. 21) TIME: 6:15 – 6:45 p.m. FEE: $30/parent/child DATE: TIME: FEE:

AGES 8 to 12 & 13 to ADULT Mondays & Wednesdays, Sept. 19 – Dec. 7 (no class Oct. 17, 19, Nov. 21, 23) ages 8 to 12: 6:45 – 8 p.m. ages 13 & up: 8 – 9:15 p.m. $60

Friday Night Hang Out & Open Gym grades 5 to 8

Don’t be bored on Friday nights. Bring your friends to Roosevelt Middle School and play kickball, dodgeball, beach volleyball or shoot hoops. Or hang out in the cafeteria, make crafts, listen to music and play games. Snacks will be served. No need to register; just show up that night.


DATE: Fridays Sept. 23, Oct. 7, Oct. 28, Nov. 11, Dec. 2 TIME: 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. FEE: $2 (pay at the door)

Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park & Lunch at Green Mill ages 10 to 15

Join us for an afternoon of fun in the 14,000-square-foot indoor trampoline park. Sky Zone has created and built the world’s first three-dimensional walled playing fields, a field so original and unique it was awarded a patent. We will experience the open jump court, the trampoline-dodgeball and basketball courts and bounce, fly and flip high in the sky and land on a gentle pit of foam. Lunch at Green Mill in Plymouth is included before spending an hour and half at Sky Zone. Transportation leaves from Blaine City Hall. Max. 20.

DATE: Thursday, Oct. 20 TIME: 11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. FEE: $17

Comfort Measures in Labor, Presented by The Learning Curve This class will equip mothers and their partners with some of the many tools that will help them through the transformative process of labor and birth. The information shared in this class is based on the age-old knowledge of birthing women and is presented by Kate Andrew and Natalie Wilson, two birth professionals and mothers who are passionate about families and their beginnings. Note: This is an active class, so please wear comfortable clothing and bring pillows to use during a portion of the lesson. Light refreshments will be provided. Max. 6 couples per class. Class held at the Blaine City Hall Cloverleaf Room. Register two weeks prior to class date. Instructors Kate Andrew: Owner and operator of The Learning Curve, DONA trained Birth Doula practicing since 2005, trained as a Childbirth Educator at Bastyr University (Seattle, WA) and Midwifery student at Midwives College of Utah (Salt Lake City, UT). Natalie Wilson: Having graduated from the College of Saint Catherine with a degree in nursing, Natalie has six years experience working in NICUs across the country.

DATE: Saturday, Sept. 24 TIME: 10 a.m. – noon DATE: TIME:

Wednesday, Oct. 19 7 – 9 p.m.


Wednesday, Nov. 16 7 – 9 p.m.

DATE: Saturday, Dec. 17 TIME: 10 a.m. – noon FEE: $45/session

Artist in the Park

Follow Cheryl’s step-by-step process in creating a watercolor painting. Reference photo will be provided. Learn unique characteristics of transparent watercolor as you use washes and glazes to layer colors. Materials needed: drawing pencils, eraser, pencil sharpener, watercolor brushes (1 flat 1-2”, 2 or more round brushes—the larger the better), palette, transparent watercolor paints (warm and cool shade of each primary is recommended), art board and masking tape (or watercolor block) and a jar for water. Class held at Blaine City Hall. Max. 12. Instructor: Cheryl Barr.

Network with other artists in the community at various Blaine parks. Bring your own painting or drawing materials; picnic tables and shelter are provided. These FREE classes meet Tuesday evenings from 5 p.m. until dusk. Sponsored by the Blaine Arts Council. No need to register, just show up.

DATE: Tuesdays, Oct. 18 – Nov. 1 TIME: 6:30-8:30 p.m. FEE: $45

Digital Photography This class provides an in-depth look at digital concepts, terminology, color management and techniques leading to an understanding of creating images of beauty. Emphasis is laid on creating well-balanced images based on various compositional techniques. One additional class will meet at a local park to explore winter photography. Held in the Cloverleaf Farm Room at Blaine City Hall. Max. 10. Instructor: Vijay Karai.


Wednesdays, Sept. 28 – Oct. 26 6 – 8 p.m. $25

Digital Photo Memory Book Class In this computer class you will create a bound, high quality photo memory book using free software provided by a leading scrapbooking company. A laptop is desired but not required. We will learn to take your pictures off your computer, DVD, USB flash drive or digital camera and put them into storybooks that you can give as gifts or keep yourself. This is a quick, easy and creative way to display and share your memories into unique storybooks. Bring 25-75 of your digital or scanned photos to class. You will also receive a copy of this software to take home and install on your home PC if you do not have a laptop. Class held at Blaine City Hall. Instructor: Kerrie Robbins. Max. 12.

DATE: Tuesdays, Oct. 4 & Oct. 11 TIME: 6 – 9 p.m. FEE: $24

Rosemaling Learn painting techniques and history of a traditional Norwegian art. Beginner to intermediate levels. Beginners will purchase supplies after first class; intermediates should bring supplies and projects. Class held at Westwood Middle School, Room 164. Register by Sept. 13. Max. 20. Instructor: Kathy Johnson.


Mondays, Sept. 19 – Nov. 7 (no class Oct. 17) 7 – 9:30 p.m. $26

Sept. 6 & 13 – Lakeside Commons Park (beach) Sept. 20 & 27 – Pioneer Park Oct. 4 & 11 – Pine Grove Gardens Oct. 18 & 25 – Blaine City Hall


Watercolor Step-by-Step

Raptors Many raptors migrate through our area in the fall as they travel to their winter homes. Some even go as far as Argentina. This program will use digital photos to illustrate key features to note when identifying hawks, eagles and owls. A great class for all ages. Class meets at Blaine City Hall. Max. 15. Instructor Bob Holtz.

DATE: Tuesday, Sept. 13 TIME: 7 – 8:30 p.m. FEE: $6

Home Improvement Classes at Home Depot All classes held at the Blaine-Northtown Home Depot location at 99 Northtown Drive. Check in with an associate at the service desk for class location.

Fall Planting Workshop: This clinic will provide participants with information on fall planting, with an emphasis on planting bulbs, lawn and trees. Max. 15. The instructor will demonstrate planting a lawn from seed and sod, planting bulbs and planting a tree.

DATE: Thursday, Sept. 15 TIME: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. FEE: $5

Tiling Floors & Walls This workshop teaches participants to install ceramic tile over backerboard on floors and walls. In addition, the participants learn the basics of tile selection as well as discover how to avoid common installation problems, and learn how to qualify for an installation lifetime warranty. Max. 15.

DATE: Thursday, Oct. 20 TIME: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. FEE: $5



Bellydancing all skill levels

Learn the elements and fundamentals of this beautiful dance, with focus on dance techniques, simple combinations and veils. We will learn a short choreography with the option to perform. Wear comfortable exercise attire; we will be dancing barefoot or bring dance slippers. Bring a belly dance hipscarf or something to tie around hips. Hipscarfs will be available for purchase from the instructor. Class held at the Sunnyside Park building. Instructor: Nancy Mikrut.


Mondays, Oct. 3 – Nov. 7 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. $45

CPR Certification: Infant, Child & Adult This four-hour course is designed to meet the needs of lay rescuers learning CPR to protect family members, friends and co-workers. Curriculum includes infant, child and adult CPR, relief of foreign body airway obstruction and AED (defibrillator). Course meets day care certification requirements. Face shield provided. Upon successful completion of practical skills testing, participants receive a course credential card. Classes are taught by certified instructors from the SBM Fire Department. Held at Fire Station 3. Max. 12. Refund policy applies.

DATE: Thursday (choose one night) Aug. 25, Sept. 22, Oct. 27 OR Nov. 17 TIME: 6 – 10 p.m. FEE: $32

Heartsaver Facts First Aid A four-hour course ideal for anoyone interested in or required to implement First Aid training in an environment serving adult populations. Upon successful completion of practical skills testing, participants receive a course credential card. Class is taught by certified instructors from the SBM Fire Department. Held at Fire Station 3. Fanny pack and first aid kit provided. Cost includes AHA First Aid manual. Max. 12.

DATE: Thursday, Oct. 20 TIME: 6 – 10 p.m. FEE: $45

Home Safety Challenge Homeowners are invited to try the Home Safety Challenge. Protect your family and loved ones by keeping your home, work and community safe through what you learn. You will learn the top causes of fire, injury and crime and then apply to your life. Armed with this knowledge, learn to spread this great wisdom to others in your life. Each participant will receive a flameless candle for their home. This challenge is the only one of its kind in Minnesota. Class taught by qualified instructors from SBM Fire Department. Class held at SBM Fire Station 3. Max. 12.


DATE: Tuesday, Oct. 18 TIME: 7 – 8 p.m. FEE: $8

Moms on the Run - Boot Camp A comprehensive workout combining strength training, cardio work and stretching for busy women. Emphasis on cardio interval training and muscle toning for an enhanced metabolism. Cardio portion is appropriate for both runners and walkers and is also a great introduction to running for beginners. Children in jogging strollers are welcome at the discretion of the mom. Dress for the weather and bring a pair of five-pound dumbbells and exercise mat. Class held at the beach at Lakeside Commons Park. Max. 30. Instructor: Shannon Schlender.

DATE: Wed. and/or Sat., Sept. 7 – Nov. 5 TIME: Wed. 6 – 7 p.m.; Sat. 8 – 9 a.m. FEE: $85/once weekly or $125/twice weekly

Moms on the Run Holiday Boot Camp We move inside to stay in shape over the holidays. Our indoor boot camp combines cardio and strength training with resistance bands to tone up and avoid the dreaded holiday weight gain. Weekly nutrition challenges will keep you motivated. Bring a resistance band with handles and an exercise mat. Instructor: Stephanie VanHeel. Meets at the Sunnyside Park building. www.


Wednesdays, Nov. 9 – Dec. 14 7 – 7:45 p.m. $59


Classes are held at QC Dance Studio at 1051 109th Ave.

Salsa, Merengue & Bachata Combine three dances into one great class. Salsa is a fast, fun and popular dance with origins in Cuba and Puerto Rico. Merengue, the national dance of the Dominican Republic, is an easy dance with quick steps and hip action. Bachata also has origins in the Dominican Republic. Partner not required, but equal male to female ratio is not guaranteed. Wear loose comfortable clothing. Avoid rubber-soled shoes. Max. 15.

DATE: Fridays, Oct. 7 – Nov. 11 TIME: 7:30 – 8:20 p.m. FEE: $55/person or $99/couple

Hip Hop Fit A hip hop warm up and workout to music that makes you move. Learn basic dance moves and enjoy freestyle while getting a cardio workout. No dance experience necessary. Come ready to move. Join with a friend or meet new ones. Max. 20.


Wednesdays, Oct. 5 – Nov. 9 7:15 – 8 p.m. $44

Kettlebell Basics Russian kettlebell is challenging and fun training consisting of motion swings and lifts used to gain strength, cardiovascular endurance with fat loss and toned and lean muscle building. The kettlebell varies in weight and looks like a cannonball with a handle. Total body wellness will be addressed. Beginners are welcome. Wear loose-fitting clothes and bring a water bottle. Kettlebells provided. Max. 12.

DATE: Tuesdays, Oct. 4 – Nov. 8 TIME: 7:30 – 8:15 p.m. FEE: $60

Learn to become present in your life through the art of meditation. Learn to properly sit comfortably for meditation, how to achieve a state of the deep calm through mindful breathing, work with thoughts as they arise while meditating and how to access greater peace and joy throughout your day. We will focus on yoga postures that prepare the body for sitting and also explore various traditional and non-traditional meditation postures. Class held at the Blaine Baseball Complex building. Max. 14. Instructor: Hiyala.


Mondays, Oct. 3 – 31 7 – 8 p.m. $38

Traditional Hatha Yoga Join us for traditional hatha yoga with an experienced and qualified instructor. This class is an asana (posture)-based format that integrates the ethical foundations of yoga, utilizing pranayama (breath work), alignment and meditation. If you are looking to take your yoga practice further or are a beginner and would like to start with a solid foundation, this is the class for you. Bring a yoga mat and water. Wear loose, comfortable clothing and arrive 10 minutes early. Class held at the Sunnyside Park building. Max. 15. Instructor: Hiyala.


Wednesdays, Sept. 28 – Nov. 16 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. $56

ZUMBA ZUMBA is a dance fitness sensation that incorporates music from around the world into an hour-long group class. You can burn up to 800 calories in an hour depending on your exertion and fitness level. Dance to the hottest Latin, pop and reggae music using interval training which is great for your body and heart. No dance experience necessary. This class is appropriate for all ages, skills and fitness levels. Please bring a towel, water and a great attitude. Class held at the Sunnyside Park building. Max. 14. Instructor: Angela Nelson.

DATE: Session 1: Thursdays, Aug. 25 – Sept. 22 Session 2: Thursdays, Oct. 6 – Nov. 3 TIME: 7:15 – 8:15 p.m. OR 8:30 – 9:30 p.m. FEE: $34/session

T’ai Chi Chih A moving meditation of gentle moves for all ages. This class promotes greater health, heightens energy flow, reduces stress and reveals an inner serenity. T’ai Chi Chih is not a martial art and is completely non-violent. Does not require a particular level of physical fitness or coordination. A supplemental fee may be paid to the instructor to receive 10 Continuing Education Units approved by MN Board of Nursing. Accredited instructor: Ron Barker. Class held at the Blaine Baseball Complex building. Call instructor at 763-572-1115 for more information. Max. 12.


Mondays, Sept. 26 – Nov. 14 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. $50

Jazzercise Burn up to 600 calories in one fun and powerfully effective 60-minute total body workout. Jazzercise group fitness classes combine dance-based cardio with strength training and stretching to sculpt, tone and lengthen muscles for maximum fat burn. Choreographed to today’s hottest music, jazzercise is a fusion of jazz-dance, zumba, resistance training, pilates, yoga and kickboxing. Dancing yourself fit and change your body shape. Class held at Sunnyside Park building. Classes are ongoing; register online or at the door. Questions: or 763-706-8725. Special rates online:


Mindful Practices – Meditation

DATE: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays TIME: 6 – 7 p.m. FEE: $35/month

Get Fit Health & Fitness Challenge This program is designed to help boost fitness activity in a fun and rewarding way. Enjoy the city’s beautiful trails, walking/biking paths and health and fitness classes while increasing your endurance, energy and improving overall health. The long-term health benefits are endless. Trail distance maps will be available from the Blaine Parks & Recreation Department at Blaine City Hall. To get started, pick up a Personal Log Sheet from the Parks & Recreation Department or print the online sheet.

How to Reach Your Goal: Biking 4 Miles = 1 Fitness Point Walk / Jog / Run 1 Mile = 1 Fitness Point Swimming 1 Mile = 4 Fitness Points Complete a Blaine Park & Recreation Health & Fitness Class = 7 Fitness Points (Call 763-717-2723 to see which Blaine Parks & Recreation Classes qualify) Bronze Fitness Club – 100 fitness points

Complete 100 Points in any combination during a fourmonth period and receive a Bronze Fitness Club T-shirt and certificate. You must keep a record of your distance and achievements on a personal log sheet. Upon completing 100 fitness points, bring the log sheet and $10 to the Recreation Department to receive your T-shirt and certificate.

Silver Fitness Club – 500 fitness points

If you want to keep going, aim for the Silver Fitness Club. The rules are the same, except 500 fitness points must be reached within a 12-month period. After reaching your goal, bring the log sheet and $22 to receive your Silver Fitness Club sweatshirt and certificate.

Gold Fitness Club – 1,000 fitness points

Are you ready for the ultimate challenge? Try for the Gold Fitness Club. The rules are the same as the Silver and Bronze clubs, except 1,000 points must be reached within an 18-month period. Upon reaching the goal, bring in your log sheet and $35 to receive your Gold Fitness Club certificate and jacket (jackets will be ordered bimonthly). Those attaining their goals and becoming part of the Bronze, Silver and Gold Fitness Clubs will also be listed on the Parks & Rec website.


adults / community outings

Adult 4-Person Basketball League

Adult Volleyball Leagues

A four-on-four basketball league designed for adults to play for fun. Full court games with an official. Great warm up for the upcoming winter season. Ten players per team and all players must be 18 years or older. Games played at Westwood Middle School. Registration open now through Sept. 2.

Non-officiated co-rec and women’s fun volleyball leagues. In co-rec, Blaine and Fridley teams will combine to form a cooperative league. Players must be at least 18 years old. Both leagues play at Roosevelt Middle School; co-rec also plays at Hayes Middle School in Fridley. Register by Oct. 21 for women’s and Nov. 18 for co-rec.


Wednesdays beginning Sept. 14 $200/team

Adult 5-Person Basketball League

Women’s: Mondays beginning Nov. 7 Co-Rec: Wednesdays beginning Dec. 7 $200/team

Officiated men’s fun basketball league. Players must be at least 18 years old. Games at Westwood Middle School. Includes 10 games plus playoffs, two officials per game and scorekeeper. Register by Nov. 4.


Wednesdays beginning Nov. 23 $450 Blaine team $500 non-resident team

All adult team registration materials are available at the Parks and Recreation office at Blaine City Hall.

Community Outings

All community outings depart from and return to Blaine City Hall and include motor coach transportation.

Wagons & Fiddles We visit a personal museum in Alexandria, where the owners live and have classic cars, dolls and even Elvis on display. We then take a ride through the hills on a covered wagon. Lunch is included at the Hills’ dining room. To end the day, we enjoy entertainment with Mariah on the fiddle, Chase on the guitar and dad and grandma also performing. Register by Sept. 14.


Wednesday, Sept. 28 6 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. $69

History Theater: Beyond the Rainbow The incomparable Jody Briskey returns as Judy Garland at Carnegie Hall in her legendary 1961 comeback concert. Garland leads audiences through a whirlwind of memories, starting with her childhood days in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, and on to MGM, marriages and divorces and finally to Carnegie Hall. Lunch at Old Country Buffet in St. Paul. Register by Oct. 6.

DATE: Thursday, Oct. 20 TIME: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. FEE: $58



Plaid Tidings at the Chanhassan Dinner Theater Enjoy lunch before seeing “Plaid Tidings” in the fireside theater. This edition of Forever Plaid is filled with holiday favorites. Sung in four-part harmony are Christmas favorites mingled with other 50s hits. The Plaid Boys give their version of The Ed Sullivan Show, featuring the Rockettes, the chipmunks and the Vienna Boys Choir. Register by Oct. 25.


Wednesday, Nov. 9 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. $68

Christmas Party at Turtle Lake Christmas treats, gifts, surprises, a wonderful sit down lunch and time to gamble are included on this festive day. Receive $5 on your player’s card; bring an unwrapped toy and receive an additional $5 on the card. Register by Nov. 22.

DATE: Tuesday, Dec. 6 TIME: 8:45 a.m. – 6 p.m. FEE: $39

Branson Christmas Tours Nov. 27 - Dec. 1

Vacation for five days and four nights. Days 1 and 4 in Kansas City; Branson on Days 2 and 3. Tour includes deluxe motor coach, tour manager, luggage handling, coffee/roll break, Branson area tour, shopping time, five musical shows, six meals (four breakfasts, two dinners), Branson Festival of Lights and Kansas City Holiday Lights of Crown Center & Country Club Plaza. Shows scheduled: Miracle of Christmas, Branson Belle, Twelve Irish Tenors, Shoji Tabuchi Show and The Brett Family. For more information, call 763-785-6164.

Monthly Birthday Parties

Join us the last Wednesday of each month to honor birthday celebrants. Parties include entertainment at 11 a.m., a lovely noon meal (register two days in advance) and prize bingo at 1 p.m. Dates are: Sept. 28, Oct. 26, Nov. 30 and Dec. 28.

Defensive Driving Refresher Classes

These classes fill 6-8 weeks in advance, so plan accordingly if you need the four-hour refresher. Cost is $12 for AARP members and $14 for non-members. Upcoming class dates are: Sept. 8, Oct. 6, Nov. 3 and Dec. 1. Advanced registration and payment are required.

september Harvest Dinner – Thursday, Sept. 22

We will serve a delicious family-style beef pot roast dinner with all the trimmings at 5:30 p.m. During and following dinner, enjoy entertainment by the lively Four Plus One Band. Pre-registration and payment is required. Cost is $7/ person. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, Aug. 17 at 8:30 a.m and will likely sell out that morning. Limit 12/person.

Flu Shots – Monday, Sept. 26

NOVEMBER Volunteers of America Thanksgiving Dinner Tuesday, Nov. 15

This wonderful annual event will begin at 11 a.m. with light refreshments and special entertainment. Register in advance for the noon meal and plan on a great time. Our weekly 500 card group will begin at 1:15 p.m. instead of 1 p.m. to allow for adequate clean up time following this popular dinner.

Fall Prevention Session – Thursday, Nov. 17

Join SBM Fire Department staff at 11 a.m. for an informational session about this important topic. Advanced registration is preferred.

Lutefisk Dinner – Saturday, Nov. 19

Do you enjoy a good Scandinavian meal? Then register for our annual Lutefisk and Swedish Meatball Dinner, which begins at 5:30 p.m. Space is limited, so early registration is recommended. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, Oct. 12, at 8:15 a.m. Call for further details.

December Tree Trimming – Friday, Dec. 2

Open to the community, this flu shot clinic is sponsored by a local CVS pharmacy from 9 – 11:30 a.m. Advanced sign up is required. No charge with Medicare Part B or Medical Assistance Card; otherwise, the cost is $29.99.

Help us decorate for the holidays at 9:30 a.m. Enjoy fun refreshments and piped in holiday music.


The halls are decked in plenty of time to enjoy this lovely luncheon. Special entertainment will start the celebration at 11 a.m., along with light party snacks, followed by a delicious noon meal. Register at least three days ahead for the event.

Woodcarving Workshop – Weekend of Sept. 30 - Oct. 2 Advance registration required. Call Alice at 763-531-8005 for details or to register. Class size is limited.

Oktoberfest Week of Fun

Monday, Oct. 10 – Prize and Penny Bingo – 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11 – Mini Wii tournament from 9 to 11:45 a.m. Specialty meal at noon and 500 card tournament at 1 p.m. (sign up in advance). Tournament cost is $1.50/person, includes special refreshments and payback prizes. Thursday, Oct. 13 – Cribbage Tournament – Begins at 1 p.m. sharp. Cost is $2/person; must sign up one week in advance with partner. Great refreshments available and cash prizes will be awarded.

Jewelry Sale – Tuesday, Oct. 18

Jewelry of all types, shapes, colors and designs will be sold at very reasonable prices from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Proceeds go to the Senior Center for entertainment and activity expenses. Jewelry donations are being accepted now until one week prior to the sale. This is open to the public and all ages are encouraged to check out the great deals.

Halloween Costume Party – Monday, Oct. 31

Don your fun party attire and plan on a spooktacular time as we enjoy special refreshments and fun music at 11 a.m. Register in advance for the noon luncheon.

senior center

Mary ann Young Senior Center

Volunteers of America Christmas Dinner Tuesday, Dec. 13

New Year’s Party – Friday, Dec. 30

Ring in the New Year with us at noon. There will be fun refreshments and music at 11 a.m. and a toast to the New Year at noon, so sign up in advance and be sure to come early to fully enjoy this event.

CaSINO TRIPS St. Croix Casino – Turtle Lake Register by Aug. 31.


Wednesday, Sept. 7 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. $5 ($5 back at casino)

Treasure Island Casino Register by Nov. 7.


Monday, Nov. 14 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. $5 ($3 food coupon & 10 pull tabs)

All casino trips depart from and return to the Senior Center and include motor coach transportation and coffee and donuts prior to departure.


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Blaine World Fest

Join the City of Blaine and residents from across the north metro on Sept. 17 at the 4th Annual Blaine World Fest at Town Square Park. This popular event is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the growing cultural and ethnic diversity that exists in our community by enjoying music, dance, cultural learning booths, demonstrations and delicious ethnic food. World Fest has grown each year to include new and exciting opportunities and festivities. For the second consecutive year, Blaine Parks & Recreation will host a diversity essay contest for students, giving kids an opportunity to express what diversity means to them. More information is available at 763-717-2723. Be sure to bring a lawn chair. This activity is made possible, in part, by funds provided by the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council through a grant from the McKnight Foundation and an appropriation by the Minnesota Legislature.


Saturday, Sept. 17 1 – 5 p.m. $5 for one set of tickets good at all participating food vendors. All other activities and entertainment are FREE!

Enjoy Cultural Entertainment by: Aztec Dance Troupe CAAM Chinese Dance Theatre Rince na Chroi School of Irish Dance The Dancing Glitters Titambe West African Dance Ensemble The Twin Cities Nyckelharpalag Unlimited Next Level Drill and Dance Voice of Culture Zumba Demonstration

Sample Ethnic Foods Courtesy of: Acapulco Buca Carbone’s Pizzeria Blaine Chili’s China Inn Dosa King Glockenspiel & Deutschland Meats HotWokDelivery Jimmy John’s Umbria Pizza

Sounds of the City

Free Indoor Concert Series Blaine City Hall Atrium Residents are invited to Blaine City Hall to enjoy a series of free concerts performed by top-notch performers. Relax in the comfort of the atrium and take in the monthly art display. Concerts begin at 7 p.m.

Oct. 18

St. Peter Street Stompers New Orleans Jazz Band (20’s, 30’s & 40’s New Orleans jazz)

Nov. 15

The Fairlanes

(50’s & 60’s acapella & doo wop)

Informational Learning Booths from: Anoka County Health Child & Teen Check-up Program Chinese Heritage Foundation Friends Cilongo Foundation Emma B. Howe Family YMCA Diversity Committee Eritrean Community of Blaine Glimpses of India Hmong Folk Art, Inc iAsianLanguage Institute Phancy Face Painting, Airbrushing & Henna The Minnesota Indonesia Society Gold Sponsors

platinum sponsor

gold sponsors

Silver Sponsor Blaine Youth Hockey

bronze sponsors

Silver Sponsors

21st Century Bank • Manning Transfer • Allegra Design - Print - Mail

Bronze Sponsors

Heng Massage • Print Central

21st Century Bank American Joe Coffee & Ice Cream Anchor Bank Boundary Waters Bank Corrective Care Chiropractic Jordan A Salon & Spa

Blaine Recreation Connection - 2011 Fall  
Blaine Recreation Connection - 2011 Fall