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Parks and Recreation Fall 2012

CONTENTS General Information..................... 2-3 Special Events................................. 4 Youth Programs/Activities............. 5-9 Tenns Programs/Activities.............. 10 Adult Programs/Activities...........11-13 Community Outings....................... 14 Senior Center................................ 15 Blaine World Fest.......................... 16 Sounds of the City......................... 16




Recreation Department


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.


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.



Recreation Hotline




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

Park Maintenance 763-785-6165



Simply fill out the registration form provided in this brochure and send it along with payment.


Fill out the registration form provided in this brochure and fax it along with credit card information to 763785-6191.


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.



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.

Blaine City Hall


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

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.


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


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: • • • •

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.



Recreation Staff

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.


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.

Large shelters are available to rent for family or group gatherings at Aquatore (2), Lakeside Commons and Town Square Parks. A facility use application must be completed and rental fees apply. Applications, fee schedule and guidelines are available online or at the office.

WEATHER POLICY When inclement weather arises, parents or participants may go to for the latest updates about programs and events being canceled, delayed, or rescheduled. Also during normal office hours (M-F 8 - 4:30 p.m.) parents or participants may call the Parks and Recreation Office at 763785-6164 or our 24-hour hotline at 763-717-2709.

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.

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

HELP END PARK VANDALISM 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.

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 fourth Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at Blaine City Hall. Interested individuals are invited to attend a meeting and participate in events. Call 763-785-6164 for more information.

general information



Blaine/Spring Lake Park Athletic Association Football, lacrosse, and volleyball. Blaine Area Little League Baseball for boys and girls ages 4-15. Blaine Backcourt Club In-house and traveling basketball program for boys and girls grades 2-8 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 Traveling Baseball Baseball for boys ages 10-15. Blaine Youth Hockey Association In-house and traveling program for boys and girls ages 5-15 serving the Blaine High School attendance area. Blaine Youth Lacrosse Lacrosse for boys grades 3-8 and girls grades 4-8 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 ages 5-19 serving the Centennial High School attendance area. Centennial Basketball Association In-house and traveling program for grades 2-8 serving the Centennial High School attendance area. Centennial Youth Hockey Association In-house and traveling programs for ages 5-15 serving the Centennial High School attendance area. Spring Lake Park Traveling Basketball Club Traveling basketball program for grades 5-9 serving the Spring Lake Park High School attendance area. Spring Lake Park Youth Hockey Association In-house and traveling program for ages 4-15 serving the Spring Lake Park High School attendance area.


special events

Barnyard Boogie

Princess Party

ages 8 and under w/parent/adult

Interact with a donkey, pony, goats, sheep, rabbits, chicks and ducks! Wear overalls and get dancing to your favorite songs played by our family friendly deejay. Kids will also be able to 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. 21 or boogie! or when spaces fill.

DATE: Friday, Sept. 28 TIME: 6 – 7:30 p.m. FEE: $8/child

Sponsored by QC Dance 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, 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. 140. Register now spaces fill really fast!

DATE: Saturday, Nov. 10 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 their parents, can search the grounds for one pumpkin of their choice, celebrate by dancing under the stars with our family deejay, make a S’more, and play Flashlight Bingo! Fee includes a treat bag, one pumpkin, one craft, and refreshments. Come in a costume for our costume contest and bring a flashlight! Registration is required, Max.200. Event held at Aquatore Park. Registration deadline is October 20 or when spaces fill.

DATE: Saturday, Oct. 27 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! 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 bring your own camera for pictures with Santa. Extra adults may attend for $2 each. Preregistration is required and limited to 25 children per time slot. Event held at Blaine City Hall Atrium.

SESSION 1 DATE: Saturday, Dec. 8 TIME: 9, 10, 11 a.m. OR noon FEE: $10/child


SESSION 2 DATE: Saturday, Dec. 15 TIME: 9, 10, 11 a.m. OR noon FEE: $10/child

Join us for the 11th 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, a coloring contest, live holiday music, hay rides, 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 to spend time with Santa, please register for A Morning at the North Pole. Volunteers needed. For more information or to volunteer, call 763-717-2723.


Monday, Dec. 3 6:30 – 8 p.m. FREE!

ages 2 to 7 & parent/adult

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


Thursdays, Sept. 27 – Oct. 25 6 – 7 p.m. $20

MAYER ARTS Mayer Arts belief about teaching is not only providing training for those who are serious about learning but also to just have 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!


Arts & Crafts Workshops

The Lion King


Kris Holtmeyer owns and operates Artistic Moments, a Minneapolis-based on-site fine arts instructional business. She personally teaches all of her 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.

Wooden Sled Ornaments ages 5 to 11

Are you looking for a fun and creative art activity? Learn how to paint ornate and decorative designs on a festive miniature wooden sled. Design your own unique and individual pattern. You will use acrylic paints and detail paintbrushes to create a beautiful work of art on your sled. A liquid sealer will be applied to your completed project to protect your work. You will choose a colorful ribbon to attach to your sled, which will compliment your brushwork. Display your sled at home, or give it as a gift to someone special in your life! All artistic abilities are welcome. Max. 20. Class held at Blaine City Hall Lunchroom. Register by November 28. Instructor: Kris Holtmeyer.


Wednesday, Dec. 5 6:30 – 8 p.m. $20

ages 4 to 8

We just can’t wait to be King! In this musical theater camp we will learn songs, dances and lines from The Lion King and put them together in a show. We will also play fun creative games with scarves, animals and parachutes! Please wear comfortable shoes and clothes that are easy to move in. Friends and family are invited to observe a special performance on the last day of class. Hakuna Matata! Max. 20. Program held at the Sunnyside Park building. Register by Sept. 7.

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun! ages 8 to 12

The new girl in school dreams of becoming a dancer on Dance TV. Can she make her dreams come true? Find out in this fun musical theater class. We will learn music and choreography from Girls Just Wanna Have Fun and put together a show that we will perform on the last day of class. Bring your enthusiasm and get ready to shine! All levels are welcome. Everyone will receive solo speaking lines. Please 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. Let’s just have FUN! Max. 20. Program held at the Sunnyside Park building. Register by Sept. 7.


Saturdays, Sept. 15 – Dec. 15 (no class Oct. 20 & Nov. 24) ages 4 to 8: 10 – 11 a.m. ages 8 to 12: 11 a.m. – noon $120

Cookie Decorating

ages 2 ½ to 8 & parent/adult You and your child will have a great time decorating cookies for the holidays. We will supply one dozen cookies and all of the toppings! Bring a container to take your cookies home. Dress for the mess! Max. 14. Event held at the Blaine City Hall lunch room. Registration deadline is November 29 or when spaces fill.


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




Fall: Living Rhythm

ages 7 to 12

Have you ever wanted to star in a play you helped create? Join us this fall, as students learn all about theatre by doing it themselves! Children are guided, by the instructors, through a process where they play theatre games, create a story, and work together to make that story into a working theatrical production. The participants create their own character, plot, props, costumes, title, and everything else that’s needed to make the production complete. You get to play the part you have always dreamed of! The final stage is a performance of their original play for parents, family, and anyone else who wishes to come. Max. 20. Class held at the Blaine Baseball Complex building. Register by Sept. 21.


Saturdays, Sept. 29 – Dec. 8 (no class Nov. 24) 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. $168

ages 9 to 13

CRASH! BOOM! SPLAT! POP! Ever met a child who did not LOVE to pound, stomp, clap or make noise as loudly as possible? In our new for 2012 program, we turn all of that energy into a show! Using rhythm oriented instruments and objects (eg. Stomp) this class will introduce the students to some fundamental music structures such as counting & time signature, tempo, simple and semi-complex beats and dynamics. With these building blocks, the class creates an original show for family and friends on the final day. Max. 20. Class held at the Blaine Baseball Complex building.


Saturdays, Sept. 29 – Dec. 8 (no class Nov. 24) 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. $168


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 will guide parent and child through play and exercise activities. Please wear comfortable attire and tennis shoes. This class is perfect for children not ready to separate from mom or dad. Max. 15. Register by Sept 26.


Wednesdays, Oct. 3 – Nov. 7 5:30 – 6 p.m. Saturdays, Oct. 6 – Nov. 10 9:30 – 10:05 a. m. $44

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. Please wear leotard (skirt attached is acceptable if not too long) or exercise/ comfortable stretchy attire and ballet slippers. This class is perfect for the child who is comfortable separating from mom or dad. Max. 15. Register by Sept. 26.




AGES 2 ½ TO 3 Wednesdays, Oct. 3 – Nov. 7 6:05 – 6:40 p.m. AGES 4 TO 5 Wednesdays, Oct. 3 – Nov. 7 6:45 – 7:20 p.m. AGES 3 TO 5 Saturdays, Oct. 6 – Nov. 10 10:10 – 10:45 a.m. $44

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. 15. Register by Sept. 26.

DATE: Wednesdays, Oct. 3 – Nov. 7 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. 15. Register by Sept. 26.

DATE: Wednesdays, Oct. 3 – Nov. 7 TIME: 6:30 – 7:10 p.m. FEE: $44

Our Mission is to develop happy, healthy children by providing a fun, safe, and parent friendly environment. By using positive teaching practices we strive to help your child develop a strong sense of self worth. Our ultimate goal is for your children to develop a life long passion for health and sport. Blaine Parks & Recreation has teamed up with Perpetual Motion Gymnastics in Blaine to provide a great schedule of fun and exciting recreation gymnastic classes at a great price. Kids will have a great time jumping, running and tumbling as they learn the basics of gymnastics! All classes held at Perpetual Motion Gymnastics 12440 Aberdeen St NE Suite 101, Blaine, MN 55449,

Cyclones age 3

This program provides an introduction to motor skills, balance, body awareness & group interaction in a fun and safe environment. Max.10. Register by Aug. 29.


Fridays, Sept. 7 – Oct. 26 4:30 – 5:15 p.m. $124

Tornados ages 4 to 5

A program for 4-5 yr. olds who have had no or limited gymnastics experience. Your child will learn basic tumbling, flexibility, strength, and coordination in a fun and exciting atmosphere. Max.10. Register by Aug. 29.




Fridays, Sept. 7 – Oct. 26 4:30 – 5:15 p.m. $124

Beginner ages 6 to 10

For youth that are interested in the introduction of gymnastics. Events include bars, beam, tramp, and floor. Focus will be to learn the basics of gymnastics in a fun and safe environment! Max. 20. Register by Aug. 29.


Fridays, Sept. 7 – Oct. 26 4:15 – 5:15 p.m. $144

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. Share the delight of making music in these joy-filled, research-based classes! Infants, toddlers and preschoolers participate at their own developmental level, sharing songs, instrument play, rhythmic rhymes and movement activities in a relaxed, playful, non-performance-oriented setting. Classes are mixed-age so siblings can participate together. Music Together classes are based on the recognition that all children are musical. They can learn to sing in tune, keep a beat and participate with confidence, provided that their early environment supports such learning. This curriculum supports children’s overall development—their cognitive, social, physical, verbal and music development. Receive an illustrated songbook filled with music-making ideas and two new CD’s—one for home and one for on-the-go or

grandma’s house. 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. 24, 2012. 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, call or e-mail director Clarice Auluck-Wilson at 651-439-4219, or, or visit ALL classes held at the Blaine Baseball Complex building. Registration online only at or by phone at 651-439-4219. Registration will not be accepted at the Park and Recreation office.


Wednesday, Sept 12 6:15 p.m.


Thursday, Sept. 13 9:30 a.m.


Wednesday, Sept. 19 5:15 p.m.


Thursday, Sept. 20 10:30 p.m.


Wednesdays, Sept. 26 – Dec. 5 (no class Nov. 21) 5:15 or 6:15 p.m.


Thursdays, Sept. 27 – Dec. 6 (no class Nov. 22) 9:30 or 10:30 a.m.


$170 first child $98/additional child under 8 mos. FREE w/ registered sibling




Video Game Creation: Nintendo Characters

grades 1 to 5

BATMAN, SUPERMAN, SPIDERMAN or WONDER WOMAN! Pick your characters to star in your own mini-movie ...the possibilities are endless. Action figures, legos, backdrops and props will be available for filming in class. Handle all of the technical details including using a digital movie camera, filming scenes, stop-motion animation, downloading footage to the computer, digital editing and adding finishing special effects and transitions to the movie. In this exciting handson learning class, our instructors will take your student through the entire digital film making steps from start to finish using Frames Software. Student groups’ final projects will be available online for all to see, or students may bring a USB jump drive the last day to take home their films immediately. Student photography release must be signed for class. Max. 20. Class held at National Sports Center Classroom. Register by Oct. 26.


Saturdays, Nov. 3 & 10 9 a.m. – noon $72

COMPUTER grades 1 to 4

Create your own customized Video Game using Nintendo Characters. Program your characters to move and interact with one another. Students will learn to change backgrounds, add audio effects, create a pong game, and other games. 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 time remaining students will have the opportunity to customize their own game animation. Student will be able to use different Nintendo characters such as: Pokémon, Super Mario Brother, Lego Star Wars, Sonic the Hedgehog to create their video game animations. Games will be available online or students can bring in a USB drive on the last day. Max. 20. Class held at the National Sports Center Classroom. Register by Nov. 9.


Saturday, Nov. 17 9 a.m. – noon $36


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

Color Lab ages 3½ to 5

Experiment with color using Tub Tints® and pipettes to create your own secondary colors. See colors change due to a chemical reaction. Roy G. Biv helps you learn about the color spectrum. Make your own chromatography rainbow picture. Take home diffraction rainbow glasses. Max. 15. Program held at Blaine City Hall Cloverleaf room. Register by Sept 28.


Saturday, Oct. 6 9 – 9:45 a.m. $15

The World of Animals grades K to 2

Explore the world of animals on the land and in the sea. Campers conduct hands-on experiments to gain a better understanding of the adaptations of animals that live in different habitats. Make a model magic animal track and an ocean in a bottle to take home. Max. 20. Program held at Blaine City Hall Cloverleaf room. Register by Sept 28.



Saturday, Oct. 6 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. $27

Sea, Sand & Surf ages 3½ to 5

Children will explore the science of the sea as they learn what sand is made from, how shells are used by animals for protection, and what types of animals live in the ocean. They will make their own model ocean in a bottle to take home. Max. 15. Program held at Blaine City Hall Cloverleaf room. Register by Oct. 5.

DATE: Saturday, Oct. 13 TIME: 9 – 9:45 a.m. FEE: $15

Codes & Dead Drops grades 2 to 5

Learn the secrets of clandestine communications. Learn many different secret codes and a little of the history behind them. Discover how to hide your writing with special secret invisible inks. Learn how to make your secret message stand out using the right colors and a pair of 3D glasses. Experiment passing your messages using a spy technique called a “dead drop”. Take home your own Secret Code Breaker kit. Max. 20. Class held at Blaine City Hall Cloverleaf room. Register by Oct. 5.

DATE: Saturday, Oct. 13 TIME: 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. FEE: $27

Robotics: Star Wars Droids grades 1 to 5

All New Models! Bring Star Wars inspired inventions to life, with the Star Wars Lego Mindstorms Robotics Developer kit. We will start with a simple droid mechanism, and then move on to more ambitious droids that move and walk. This modular building system lets you build using subassemblies, making it easy to create and customize our robotic droids. All these great robotic inventions are powered by the Micro Scout, the smallest LEGO microcomputer, equipped with light sensor, and 6 robotic programs to control our droid creations. Possible Models include: Droid Vehicle, Trainer Droid, Bi-Ped Walker, our version of R2D2 and more! We will experiment with robotic programs that avoid light, seek light, and are controlled by lights, act as alarms and more. Max. 20. Class held at Schwan Center Gold Room B. Register by Nov. 23.


Saturday, Dec. 1 & 8 9 a.m. – noon $72

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. The instructor is a Minnesota-licensed 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 at Blaine City Hall Cloverleaf room. Register one week prior to program start date. Instructor: Laurel Benedict.


Saturdays, Sept. 22 – Nov. 3 (no class Oct. 20) ages 7 to 10: 1 – 1:45 p.m. ages 11 & up: 2- 2:45 p.m. $60

Babysitting Class ages 11 & up

Learn to be responsible babysitters by examining safety guidelines, child development, finding jobs, rates and first aid. Handson experience 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 Blaine City Hall Sanctuary Room. Register at least one week prior to class start date. Instructor: Molly Cirillo. Must be 11 by date of class.


Saturday, Nov. 17 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. $60

LEGO Machines: Catapults & Levels grades 1 to 5

NEW PROJECTS! NEW CURRICULUM! Build motorized windshield wipers and a piano player. Design and build your own catapult and compete in a MARSHMALLOW LAUNCH contest with your classmates. Challenge every aspect of your creativity and intellect while learning the basics of engineering and physics. Each class students are given a different project to build, test and modify, then we use those projects to investigate basic engineering concepts. Please visit for more details. Max. 16. Program held at the Blaine City Hall Cloverleaf Room. Register by Oct. 28.


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DATE: Saturdays, Nov. 3, 10 & 17 TIME: 10 a.m. – noon FEE: $51

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, September 19, 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. 19 – Dec. 19 ages 8 & under: 6:45 – 7:30 p.m. ages 9 & up: 7:45 – 8:30 p.m. $4 enrollment fee (due at registration) $6/class (can pay weekly) or $64 for entire program

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 per class. Program held at Westwood Middle School Gym Balcony. Instructor: Mr. Bill Frauly, 3rd DAN black belt.

AGES 5 to 7 & PARENT/ADULT DATE: Mondays, Sept. 17 – Dec. 3 (no class Oct. 15, Nov. 19) TIME: 6:15 – 6:45 p.m. FEE: $30/parent/child AGES 8 to 12 & 13 to ADULT DATE: Mondays & Wednesdays, Sept. 17 – Dec. 5 (no class Oct. 15, 17, Nov. 19, 21) TIME: ages 8 to 12: 6:45 – 8 p.m. ages 13 & up: 8 – 9:15 p.m. FEE: $60




ages K to 5 We have a busy day planned with activities that include; open gym, indoor playground, swimming, and arts and crafts time! We have well trained staff that will make sure your kids have a fun and safe time! Please bring a swimsuit, towel, lunch and two snacks. Parks & Recreation Van leaves from Blaine City Hall. Max. 15. Register by Oct. 11.


Thursday, Oct. 18 8:45 a.m. – 4 p.m. $30

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 trampolinedodgeball 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. www.minneapolis.


ages K to 5 Looking for something for your kids to do on MEA Break? We have a fun-filled day planned to keep your kids busy! We first will go to Pump it Up and pounce our way to a jumping good time. After an hour and a half of jumping we will eat lunch which will be pizza and a beverage. The kids will then go to Anoka County Farms for pumpkin painting, hay maze, pony rides, inflatables, and much more! Lunch included. Bring snack if you would like. Staff is well-trained and ready to make sure your kids have a lot of fun! Must fill out waiver form for Pump it Up the day of the trip. The Park & Recreation Van leaves from Blaine City Hall. Max. 15. Register by Oct. 11.

DATE: Friday, Oct. 19 TIME: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. FEE: $30

Friday Hang Out & Open Gym Teens (grades 5 to 8)

Don’t be bored on Fridays. Join us after school for Friday Hang Out and Open Gym. We will have two gyms open plus the cafeteria for teens. Bring your friends, or come by yourself, 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.



Fridays Sept. 21, Oct. 5, Nov. 9 & Dec. 7 3:15 p.m. – 5 p.m. $2 (pay at the door)

Thursday, Oct. 18 noon – 4:30 p.m. $18

Tour Target Field & TCF Bank Stadium ages 10 to 15

Experience the magnificence of Target Field on a behind-the-scenes tour that includes areas typically restricted to Twins players and staff. You’ll explore Minnesota’s rich baseball history, discover the unique details of the ballpark and browse the extensive memorabilia displays. We will walk through exciting spaces, including: team dugouts, the actual playing field, Metropolitan Club, event suites, Target Field gallery, and the visitors clubhouse and batting cage. We also will walk through and stand in the press box to take in a breathtaking view of the Minneapolis skyline from inside the stadium. After Target Field, it’s off to TCF Bank Stadium, located on the campus of the University of Minnesota. Considered one of the best all around sports venues in the country. Get a behind the scenes look at TCF Bank Stadium, from the President’s Suite to the largest locker room in sports, you will get to see the Golden Gopher Football’s new home! You will get a chance to walk on the field, walk through the game day tunnel, check out T. Denny Sanford Athletics Hall of Fame, and the Indoor Club. Bring some money for Goldy’s Team Store. Target Field trip will be cancelled if Twins have a home playoff game on Oct. 19. Fee includes tour fees, chaperones and transportation. Depart from Blaine City Hall. Bring a bag lunch to eat outside on the stadium plaza. Max. 14.

DATE: Friday, Oct. 19 TIME: 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. FEE: $22

Develop your artistic skills, learn new ones or just network with other artists in the community in a fun and supportive environment. Sponsored by the Blaine Arts Council. Bring your own painting or drawing materials; tables are provided. Class is open to artists of all levels and meets in the Blaine City Hall cafeteria. No need to register, just show up. If the weather is good, artists may venture outdoors for the evening.


Tuesdays, Sept. 4 – Dec. 18 5 p.m. FREE!

Minnesota Birds in Trouble A number of Minnesota bird species are experiencing declining populations. This program will utilize digital photos to illustrate the species of concern. Causes of the declines will be discussed. Class meets at Blaine City Hall. Instructor: Bob Holtz. Max. 20.


Mastering Home Electronics

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. 17 – Nov. 5 (no class Oct. 15) 7 – 9:30 p.m. $26

Basic Home Organization You will learn seven basic steps to organizing your home. Learn how to set priorities, decide what belongs in each room, and set up rooms for your lifestyle. This class is for you if your home becomes cluttered quickly. If you plan to move, this class will give you a fresh start in your new home. Class held at Blaine City Hall. Led by a professional organizer from Smarter Spaces LLC. Max. 12.


Tuesday, Oct. 9 7 – 8:30 p.m. $6


Artist Gatherings

Do you feel overwhelmed by your home entertainment system? Do you want help understanding all the audio and video component connections? Want to get the most out of your television and movie watching experience with a system everyone can confidently use? Class meets at Blaine City Hall. Max. 20. Instructor: Andrew Kuempel. Designed for the novice and moderately tech savvy adults, this class will take the mystery out of home entertainment by providing: • Home entertainment system optimization suggestions • Understanding of audio and video component connections • One on one consultation for your home entertainment needs • Demonstrations to make you feel more in control of your electronics

DATE: Tuesdays, Oct. 23, 30 & Nov. 13 TIME: 7 – 8 p.m. FEE: $23

Monday, Oct. 8 6 – 8 p.m. $10

Adult 4-Person Basketball League A four on four basketball league designed for adults to play for fun. Games are full court with an official. This is a 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. Register by August 31.


Wednesdays beginning Sept. 12 $200/team

Adult 5-Person Basketball League Officiated men’s basketball league. Players must be at least 18 years old. Games played at Westwood Middle School. Includes 10 games plus playoffs. Two officials per game and scorekeeper. Register by Nov. 2.


Wednesdays beginning Nov. 14 $450 Blaine team $500 non-resident team

Adult Volleyball Leagues 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 Elementary in Fridley. Register by Oct. 19 for women’s and Nov. 16 for Co-Rec.


Women’s: Mondays beginning Nov. 5 Co-Rec: Wednesdays beginning Dec. 5 $200/team

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



Jazzercise Every jazzercise fitness class combines 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, resistance training, pilates, yoga and kickboxing. Start dancing yourself fit and change the shape of your body today! Classes are ongoing; register online or at the door. Jazzercise 60 minutes - 600 calories - One Hot Dance Floor! Visit for optional pricing and on-line registration. Classes are ongoing; register online or at the door. Classes held at the Sunnyside Park Building. Questions: or 763-706-8725.


Tues., Fri., & Sat. (ongoing year round) Tues. & Fri.: 6 – 7 p.m. Sat.: 8 – 9 a.m. $36/month

Home Safety Challenge Homeowners come try the Home Safety Challenge. Protect your family and loved ones!!! Make your home, work and community safer by 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 how to spread this great wisdom to others in your life. You can challenge your group or organization! Every participant attending will receive a flameless candle for their home. This challenge is the only one of its kind in Minnesota! Preregistration required. Class taught by very qualified instructors from SBM Fire Department. Class held at Fire Station 3.

DATE: Thursday, Sept. 13 TIME: 7 – 8 p.m. FEE: $7

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. Class does not meet the needs of health care providers. 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. Refund policy applies. Max. 12. Held at SBM Fire Station 3. Must sign up for classes prior to class date. Classes are taught by certified instructors with the SBM Fire Department.


Thursday (choose one night) Sept. 20 OR Nov. 15 6 – 10 p.m. $32

Heartsaver Facts First Aid A four-hour course ideal for anyone 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. Fanny pack and first aid kit provided. Class does not meet the needs of health care providers. Held at SBM Fire Station 3. Cost includes AHA First Aid manual. Max. 12. Class is taught by certified instructors from the SBM Fire Department.



Thursday, Sept. 27 6 – 10 p.m. $45

Zumba is a Latin-inspired fitness class that incorporates music and dance movements creating a dynamic, exciting, effective, and non-intimidating learning environment. Zumba is not only great for the body, its also great for the mind. It is truly EXERCISE IN DISGUISE! This class is appropriate for all skills and fitness levels, no dance experience necessary! Please bring a towel, water and a great attitude. Max 14. Class held at the Sunnyside Park Building. Certified Zumba Instructor: Angela Nelson.


Session 1: Tuesdays, Sept. 11 – Oct. 9 OR Thursdays, Sept. 13 – Oct. 11 Session 2: Tuesdays, Oct. 23 – Nov. 27 OR Thursdays, Oct. 25 – Nov. 29 (no class Nov. 20 OR 22) 7:15 – 8:15 p.m.




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

Kettlebell Basics/Club Learning proper kettlebell technique is very important for your safety and success. The HKC certified kettlebell instructor will introduce you to the Deadlift, Swing, Clean, Press, Goblet Squat and more. The first class will be 90 minutes and dedicated to your personal technique training. The next four classes will be 30 minute workouts as Kettlebell Club. Make your fitness training safe, effective, rewarding, and fun. Kettlebells will be supplied. “Training is done barefoot or in flat soled shoes such as Vibrams.” This class is a great solution to staying fit during your busy schedule. Class is taught by experienced instructors from QC Dance Studio. Max 10.


Thursdays, Oct. 4 – Nov. 1 8 – 8:30 p.m. (8 – 9:30 p.m., Oct. 4) $60

Love to Dance? Join the Party! 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. With Zumba, the fun comes first, and the physical benefits follow. Zumba Gold is like a basic Zumba class with lower impact. The class will be a fat burning, body shaping, fun workout! Max 25.


Session I: Wednesdays, Oct. 3 – Nov. 7 (no class Oct. 31) Session II: Wednesdays, Nov. 14 – Dec. 19 (no class Nov. 21) 7:15 – 8 p.m. $25/session


Wednesdays, Sept. 26 – Oct. 24 7 – 8 p.m. $38

Women’s Self-Defense & Empowerment Class ages 18 & up

Build your confidence and empower yourself. Anyone can be a crime victim, but there are real and practical ways you can protect yourself and your family. This class provides a safe and comfortable atmosphere for women to explore safety concerns. The class will include both discussion and the opportunity to learn physical techniques. Wear comfortable clothing and bring water. Come prepared to learn and connect with other women in your community. This class is for all experience levels and abilities. Techniques will be modified to accommodate physical limitations. Max: 12. Class held at the Sunnyside Park Building. Instructor: Melynda Nelson.


Traditional Hatha Yoga Join us for Traditional Hatha Yoga with an experienced and qualified instructor. This class is an asana-based (posture) format that integrates the ethical foundations of yoga, utilizing pranayama (breath work), alignment and meditation. Whether you are a beginner and want to start with a solid foundation, or just wanting a gentle calming class, this is the class for you. Wear loose, comfortable clothing and arrive 10 minutes early. Max. 15. Class held at the Sunnyside Park Building. Instructor: Hiyala Indiga,

DATE: Wednesdays, Sept. 26 – Nov. 14 TIME: 5:45 – 6:45 p.m. FEE: $56

Hands on Energy Healing This is an opportunity to learn a variety of natural healing techniques to obtain relief from pain, accomplish stress reduction and promote healing. This ancient healing form is easy to learn, non-invasive and can be done anywhere. Kathy is an ordained Minister of Healing, a Reiki Master and practices a wide variety of healing modalities including sound healing. She has a private practice in St. Paul. Class held at Blaine City Hall. Max. 12. Instructor: Kathy Wilken.


Wednesdays, Sept. 26 – Oct. 24 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. $50

Heat Yoga

10190 Baltimore Street NE, Suite 300 HEAT Yoga offers a therapeutic practice that is beneficial for ALL levels of ability, from the first timer to the seasoned yogi! The series includes vinyasa and a variety of postures to help improve flexibility, strength, posture, balance and mind-body awareness, while enjoying a deep sense of calm. The heat allows for a safe, deep loosening of the muscles and joints, mobilizes and strengthens the spine and stimulates and detoxifies the internal organs. Max. 18.

DATE: Sundays, Sept. 30 – Nov. 4 TIME: 7 – 8 p.m. FEE: $60


Mindful Practices – Meditation & Yoga Learn to become present in your life through the practice of mindful movement, including meditation and yoga. In this class, you will learn specific techniques to help you slow down, and enter the gentle bliss of the present moment. Instructor will read excerpts from “Wherever you go, there you are” by Jon Kabat Zin. We will focus on yoga postures that prepare the body for sitting and also explore various meditation postures. Learn how to achieve a state of deep calm through breathing practices, how to work with thoughts as they arise while meditating and how to access greater peace and joy throughout your day. Max. 20. Instructor: Hiyala Indiga, Class held at the Sunnyside Park Building.

Mondays, Oct. 1 – Nov. 5 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. $50

Bellydancing all skill levels

Learn the elements and fundamentals of this beautiful dance. We will 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 your hips. Class held at the Sunnyside Park Building. Max. 15. Experienced instructor: Nancy Mikrut.


Mondays, Oct. 8 – Nov. 12 6:15 – 7:15 p.m. $45

Moms on the Run Boot Camp

This 9-week class on Wednesday and Sunday evenings provides a comprehensive workout combining strength training, cardiovascular work and stretching for the busy woman. New this year - Strength training will be worked right into our cardio intervals for optimal muscle toning and enhanced metabolism. The 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. Bring a pair of 5 lb. dumbbells and an exercise mat. Held at the beautiful trails around the beach at Lakeside Commons Park. Instructor: Stephanie Sample. “Running only” option available. For more information on this option and more see

DATE: Wed. and/or Sun., Sept. 5 – Nov. 4 (no class Oct. 31) TIME: 6 – 6:50 p.m. FEE: $85/once per week or $125/twice a week

Moms on the Run Holiday Boot Camp

We move indoors to stay in shape over the holidays! Our 6-week 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. Class held at Sunnyside Park Building. Instructor: from Moms on the Run TBD. Max. 15. For more information see


Wednesdays, Nov. 7 – Dec. 19 (no class Nov. 21) 7 – 7:45 p.m. $59


community outings


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

Playing with Fire St. Croix Festival Theater Based on the 1818 novel “Frankenstein or the Modern Prometheus,” this adaptation is faithful to Mary Shelley’s original story about the madly intelligent Victor Frankenstein and the creature he created. In a confrontation that, at times, mirrors parent and child, scientist and experiment, rejection and love, and even good and evil, Victor faces his creature during the final moments of life. A story about what it means to be human, this production is appropriate for young adults and older. We will arrive in St. Croix for a narrated boat tour and box lunch prior to the show-Included in cost. Registration due by Sept. 24.

DATE: Thursday, Oct. 4 TIME: Depart 9 a.m. Return 5:15 p.m. FEE: $41

Perfect Wedding Old Log Theater A man wakes up in the bridal suite on his wedding morning to find an attractive girl in bed beside him. Then his bride-to-be arrives to dress for the wedding and in the ensuing panic that girl is locked in the bathroom. The crisis accelerates to nuclear levels by the time the mother of the bride and others arrive. This is a rare combination of riotous farce and touching love story that has evoked laughter across the world. Lunch will be served prior to the show. Registration due by Oct. 2. Choose your meal at registration.

DATE: Wednesday, Oct. 24 TIME: Depart 10 a.m. Return 4:45 p.m. FEE: $40

Lombardi History Theater Straight from Broadway, this engaging new play tells the tale of the greatest football coach in NFL history. Vince Lombardi, for whom the Super Bowl trophy is named, coached his legendary Green Bay Packers to victory in two NFL championships and the first two Super Bowl games. His passion for the game and ability to motivate players made him an iconic figure in the world of football and beyond. This new play gives audiences insight into one of the game’s greatest legends through the eyes of his players, his wife, and the media. Lunch on your own after the show at Macy’s River Room. Registration due by Sept. 26.

DATE: Thursday, Nov. 1 TIME: Depart 8:45 a.m. Return 3:15 p.m. FEE: $25

CASINO TRIPS St. Croix Casino – Turtle Lake Register by Aug. 29.


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

St. Croix Casino – Danbury (Hole in the Wall) Register by Oct. 3.


Wednesday, Oct. 10 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. $5 ($5 back at casino)

Treasure Island Casino Register by Oct. 29.


Monday, Nov. 5 8:30 a.m. – 4:15 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.




Harvest Dinner – Thursday, Sept. 13, 5:30 p.m.

Lutefisk Dinner – Friday, Nov. 9, 5:30 p.m.

Serving a delicious family style Beef Pot Roast Dinner with all the trimmings. During and following dinner enjoy entertainment by the lively “Four Plus One Band”. Pre-registration and payment is required. Cost is $7 per person. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, August 15th at 8:15 a.m. and typically sells out in minutes. There is a 12 ticket purchase per person limit.

Do you enjoy a good Scandinavian meal? Then register for our annual Lutefisk and Swedish Meatball Dinner. Space is limited, so early registration is recommended. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, Oct. 10, at 8:15 a.m. Call for further details.

Flu Shots – Monday, Sept. 24, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Sponsored by CVS Pharmacy and open to the community. It will be held at the Senior Center. Advanced sign-up is required. There is no charge if you present your Medicare Part B or Medical Assistance Card, and possibly some other insurance cards, otherwise, the cost for the flu shot is about $31.99.

OCTOBER “The Jug Band” – Wednesday, Oct. 3 – 11 a.m. Woodcarving Workshop – Weekend of Oct. 5 – 7 Advance registration required. Call Alice at 763-531-8005 for details or to register. Class size is limited.

Oktoberfest Week of Fun Monday, Oct. 8, 1 p.m. – Prize and Penny Bingo Tuesday, Oct. 9, 9 – 11:45 a.m. – Mini Wii Tournament 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. Wednesday, Oct. 10, 8:15 a.m. – Lutefisk Tickets Dinner tickets go on sale at 8:15 a.m. for dinner held on Friday, Nov. 9. Thursday, Oct. 11, 1 p.m. – Cribbage Tournament 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. 16, 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Jewelry of all types, shapes, colors and designs will be sold at reasonable prices. Proceeds go to the Senior Center for entertainment and activity expenses. Jewelry donations are accepted now until one week prior to the sale. Open to the public.

Making Memories from Your Stuff – Friday, Oct. 26, 11 a.m. Sponsored by Catholic Elder Care.

Halloween Costume Party & Birthday Party – Wednesday, Oct. 31, 11 a.m. Don your fun party attire and plan on a “spooktacular” time as we enjoy special refreshments and enterinament by strolling accordionist, Steve Weninger. Register in advance for the noon luncheon.

Monthly Birthday Parties Join us each month to honor birthday celebrants on the last Wednesday of each month beginning with 11:00 a.m. entertainment, a lovely noon meal (register 3 days in advance), and 1:00 p.m. prize bingo. Dates are: Sept. 26, Oct. 31, Nov. 28, and Dec. 26.

Volunteers of America Thanksgiving Dinner – Tuesday, Nov. 13, 11 a.m. This wonderful annual event will include 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.

Tree Trimming – Thursday, Nov. 29, 9:30 a.m.

senior center


Help us decorate for the holidays and enjoy fun refreshments and piped in holiday music.

DECEMBER Santa’s Food Shelf Pick Up – Tuesday, Dec. 4 Help us fill the neighborhood pantry by bringing in nonperishable items the month of November, for Santa and his Fire Truck Friends to pick up.

Coping with the Holiday Blues – Wednesday, Dec. 12, 11 a.m. Volunteers of America Holiday Dinner – Tuesday, Dec. 18, 11 a.m. The halls are decked in plenty of time to enjoy this lovely luncheon. Special entertainment with Clayton Toman’s One Man Band will start the celebration, along with light party snacks, followed by a delicious noon meal. Register at least three days ahead for the event.

New Year’s Party – Monday, Dec. 31, 11 a.m. Ring in the New Year with us at noon. There will be fun refreshments and music by David Allen 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.

Defensive Driving Refresher Classes These classes fill 6-8 weeks in advance, so plan accordingly if you need the 4 hour refresher. The cost is just $12 for AARP members, and $14 for non AARP members. Upcoming class dates are: Sept. 6, Oct. 4, Nov. 1, and Dec. 6. Advanced registration and payment are required.

Check out all the other events taking place throughout the months. Stop by the Senior Center for a newsletter, print one off online at or sign up to be on the mailing list. For more information or if you have questions about our programs, call 763-786-9375.


10801 Town Square Drive N.E. Blaine, MN 55449-8101 (763) 784-6700

Blaine World Fest

Join the City of Blaine and residents from across the north metro on Sept. 15 at the 5th 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 third 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.


Saturday, Sept. 15 1 – 5 p.m. $5 for one set of tickets good at all participating food vendors. All other activities and entertainment are FREE!

Informational Learning Booths from:

iAsianLanguage Institute AFS (Foreign Exchange Student Program) Anoka County Child and Teen Checkups Chinese Heritage Foundation Friends Cilongo Foundation Emma B. Howe Family YMCA – Diversity Committee Guatemalan Exhibit Hawaii NailSpa Hmong Folk Art, Inc. Phancy Face Painting, Airbrushing … Plus Tarkanfi – Start Walking

Enjoy Cultural Entertainment by: Art of Dance CAAM Chinese Dance Theatre Kalpulli Yaocenoxtli - Trad’l Mexica Aztec Dance & Drum Group QC Dance Studio – Appalachian Clog Renee Dance Studio – Latin Dance/Afro Caribbean Shamrock School of Irish Dance Unlimited Next Level Drill & Dance Team

Sample Ethnic Foods Courtesy of: Acapulco Chili’s China Inn Dixie Blue Dosa King Glockenspiel & Deutschland Meats HotWokDelivery JJ Murphy’s Irish Pub - Blaine Umbria Pizza

This activity is funded, in part, by appropriations from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the State’s general fund, and its arts and cultural heritage fund that was created by a vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.


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. 16

Joe Meyer Finesse Band (Pop, Motown & Blues)

Nov. 13

Stomp N’ Dixie

(Razzmatazz Dixie Music)

platinum sponsor

gold sponsors

silver sponsor Blaine Youth Hockey

bronze sponsors



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

Anchor Bank NA

$5 Pizza (Blaine Town Square), Corrective Care Chiropractic, Anchor Bank, 21st Century Bank

Blaine Recreation Connection - 2012 Fall