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.
The Twin Cities Polish Festival returns along the Mississippi River, 43 Main Street SE, for three days. Friday, Aug. 12, 5-10 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 13, 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 14, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. This family friendly festival is free for all ages. There will be Polish food and beverages, cultural exhibits, arts and crafts, traditional folk dancing, Chopin Celebration Concerts and a Polish Filmfest. There will also be white Polish Tatra sheepdogs and a children’s play area. Two variety bands kick off the festival on Friday night, Riverside Hitmen and Riverside Swing Band. Saturday features local bands DyVersaCo and Doctor Kielbasa and two Michigan bands, DynaBrass and Box On. A polka dance contest will also be held on Saturday afternoon. On Sunday, polka dancing continues with DyVersaCo and DynaBrass bands. For more information, please visit www.tcpolishfestival.org.