Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) will host a free virtual Alzheimer’s educational conference, specifically for Minnesota residents, on Tuesday, March 16. The conference is part of AFA’s Educating America Tour. Leading medical, dementia care and elder law experts, a couple of whom are from Minnesota, will discuss a variety of Alzheimer’s-related topics including long term care and legal planning, how mindfulness can help with family caregiving, and caregiver tips and strategies. Attendees will learn about research, resources, and valuable programs and services. There will also be a performance by Minnesota’s Giving Voice Chorus. The conference will be held 10 am-12:30 pm CST. View the agenda and register at https://alzfdn.org/event/educating-america-tour-minnesota-2/. This provides a link to the virtual conference.
Drive thru-community dinners, the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month through the end of 2021, at Community United Methodist Church, 950 Gould Ave. NE. Meals are free, good will donations accepted. Pick-up is from 5:30-6:30 pm. The church is located behind the Heights Theater. Info: communitymethodistchurch.org, 763-788-9009. No sign-up required.
The Three Rivers Park District will be canceling all programs, events and reservations through Thursday, May 21. Guests impacted by these cancelations will be contacted via email or phone with additional information on refunds and rescheduling.
Their parks and trails remain open. Please practice social distancing and follow the CDC’s recommended guidelines for personal hygiene and etiquette during your visit. Play areas and most of their buildings will remain closed until further notice. Permanent restrooms are closed, but portable restroom facilities have been placed throughout the parks. They encourage visitors to plan ahead and assume access to restrooms and drinking water will be limited. Call 763-559-6700 with questions.
Silverwood Park, 2500 County Road E., St. Anthony. Children 17 and younger need to be accompanied by an adult for some programs. Info and registration: 763-559-6700 or threeriversparks.org.
Tuesday, Sept. 17, 4:30-7 pm. (Rain date: Thursday, Sept. 19.) MPS Culinary Center, 812 Plymouth Ave. N. Celebrate and learn about local food in the school district and community. Everyone is welcome. This free event will include delicious local foods, family-friendly activities, farm animals, a corn shucking contest and more.
Columbia Heights Public Schools (CHPS) is participating in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). Meals will be provided to all enrolled children without charge and are the same for all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service. Meals will be provided, on a first-come, first-serve basis, at the following sites, times and dates/days during the summer as follows:
Columbia Heights High School: 1400 49th Ave. NE, Monday-Friday, June 11-Aug. 29*, Breakfast: 7:30-8:30 am, Lunch: Noon-12:55 pm.
Highland Elementary: 1500 49th Ave. NE, Monday-Friday, June 11-28*, Breakfast: 7:30-8:05 am.
Columbia Academy: 900 49th Ave. NE, Monday-Friday, June 11-28*, Breakfast: 7:30-8:30 am,
Lunch: 11:15 am-12:40 pm.
Valley View Elementary: 800 49th Ave. NE, Monday-Friday, June 11-28*, Breakfast: 7:30-8:30 am, Lunch: 10:35 am-Noon.
Family Center: 1440 49th Ave. NE, Monday-Friday, June 11-Aug. 29*, Snack: 4-5 pm.
Metro Heights ALC: 7122 University Ave. NE, Fridley, Monday-Friday, June 11-July 26**, Breakfast: 9:07-9:21 am, Lunch: 12:11-12:41 pm.
Closed Dates: *Closed July 4, **Closed July 1-5.
Info: contact the CHPS Food Services Manager, 763-528-4527.
Did you know that five percent of all children develop Amblyopia, a treatable disorder that can result in permanently reduced vision when not addressed at an early age? The Minneapolis Northeast Lions Club will offer a free eye screening to children ages 6 months to 6 years old at this year’s Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast. Join them Sunday, April 28, from 9 am-1 pm at the NE Armory and Community Center, 1025 Broadway St. NE. Tickets are sold in advance and at the door.
St. Timothy’s Lutheran Church, 825 51st Ave. NE, Columbia Heights will serve a free community dinner on Tuesday, April 9, 5:30-6:30 pm. This month’s dinner will include sloppy joes, green beans, orange tapioca salad, and cookies for dessert. All are welcome. St. Timothy’s serves a free community dinner on the second Tuesday of each month. For more information call 763-571-9721.