The Columbia Heights Police Department will have Coffee With a Cop, Wednesday, March 8, 2017, 5:15-6:45 p.m., at Saint Matthew’s Church, 4101 Washington Ave. NE. There is no agenda at the meet-and-greet event, which will have 3-5 police officers in attendance. Everyone is welcome.
The Columbia Heights Police Department will have Coffee With a Cop, Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, 6:30-8 p.m., at the Community Grounds, 560 40th Ave. NE. There is no agenda at the meet-and-greet event, which will have 3-5 police officers in attendance. There will be a playroom, cookies and hot cocoa for the kids. Decaffeinated coffee will also be served. This event is a chance for the public to meet their officers, everyone is welcome.
Immaculate Conception Church and School, 4030 Jackson St. NE, Columbia Heights, will be hosting a Bingo and Turkey Raffle in their church hall, Sunday, Nov. 20, 12:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Play bingo for cash. Cards, 50 cents each. Snacks and beverages will be available for purchase. For more information call 763-788-9062, or visit www.ICCSonline.org.
Friday, Nov. 18, 6-9:30 p.m. at John P. Murzyn Hall, 530 Mill St. The event is sponsored by the Columbia Heights (CH) Recreation Department, CHAF, the CH Lions, and Silent Auction items: Discount 70. There will be free wine and beer tasting from CH Top Valu Liquor Stores, as well as local musician performances by “New Dawn” and “Scott Skaja and Friends,” and a CH Lion’s Club Bar. Admission is free and $2 per ticket for each food sample sold at the door. Sample foods from local Columbia Heights restaurants such as El Tequila Mexican Grill, Sarna’s Classic Grill, Basha Mediteranean Wood Grill, Royal Orchid, Miller’s Corner Bar and Grill, Karta Thai, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Tasty Pizza, Heights Bakery, Kevin Lindee Chocolatier, Adelita’s Panaderia Bakery, and Community Grounds. For questions call Liz Bray at 763-706-3733.
Share the magic of books with a child who might not otherwise receive a book during the holidays. Columbia Heights Library will be accepting books as part of Anoka County’s Project Bookshelf during the month of November. Donated books are distributed to children and young adults in need through the SACA Food Shelf. To participate, bring new, unwrapped books for children and young adults to Columbia Heights Library, 3939 Central Ave. NE, through Dec. 10. This project is co-sponsored by the Friends of Columbia Heights Library.
The 10 Annual Columbia Heights High School Alumni Scholarship Foundation present, The Alumni of Distinction Dinner, Thursday, Oct. 27 at Jax Cafe, 1928 University Ave. NE. This year’s honoree is Medal of Honor recipient and Columbia Heights High School Graduate, Private First Class James D. LaBelle. LaBelle was a 17-year-old student at Columbia Heights High School when he enlisted in the U.S. Marines to serve in World War II. At the Battle of Iwo Jima, he saved the lives of his fellow Marines by diving on a grenade. By his heroic actions, at the age of 19 he sacrificed his life for which he was awarded the Medal of Honor. At the June 2016 commencement, Columbia Heights High School Principal Dan Wrobleski posthumously awarded Pfc. LaBelle his high school diploma and announced he was the 2016 Alumni of Distinction. The evening starts with a social hour and silent auction at 5:30 p.m. with the dinner and program beginning at 6:30 p.m. The cost for this year’s dinner is $75 per person or $140 for a couple. Tables of 10 are also available at $675. Of the cost, $40 for each person is not tax-deductible. Reservations and more information can be made through Wednesday, Oct. 17 by calling 763-528-4601 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Silent Auction donations are also being accepted; please call 763-242-5316. Proceeds from the evening go toward funding scholarships for Columbia Heights High School students. Since its inception, the Foundation has contributed more than $300,000 in scholarships.
HeightsNEXT, an informal group for Columbia Heights residents and stakeholders who want to create a more welcoming, vibrant, and sustainable community, will meet Saturday, Sept. 24, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Columbia Heights Library, 3939 Central Ave. NE (note: this is a change from the Public Safety Building location previously printed).
Columbia Heights Public Library, 3939 Central Ave NE Columbia Heights, will be having various events throughout July for children and teens. Toddler Storytime: Mondays, 10:30-11 a.m. Preschool Storytime: Tuesdays, 10:30-11 a.m. Mad Lab: Tuesday, July 26, 2-4 p.m. Entering grades K-5, registration required. American Girl Tea Party: Wednesday, July 27 at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Registration for one time slot required. Manga Workshop: Thursday, July 28, 2:30 p.m. Entering grades 6-12, registration required. Teen Advisory Board: The group meets on the first Monday of each month from 4-5 p.m. The next meeting will be Aug. 1.