Sauerkraut Supper and Mardi Gras Dance at Holy Cross Catholic Church Kolbe Hall, 1621 University Ave. NE, on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 4-8 pm. This year’s menu includes homemade sauerkraut, Polish sausage, pork loin, potatoes, rye bread, paczki, coffee/milk. Tickets are sold at the door. Adult, $15, child (under 12) $6. Take-out is available. After dinner, enjoy dancing to live music by Craig Ebel and DyVersaCo. Don’t miss the crowning of Sauerkraut King and Queen at 6:30 pm in Kolbe Hall.
Southern Anoka Community Assistance (SACA) Food Shelf and Thrift Store announces the 6th Annual Columbia Heights Fire and Ice Plunge, Saturday, Jan. 25, noon-3 pm at Silver Lake Beach in Columbia Heights, 4305 NE Stinson Blvd. Free admission, family friendly, heated tents, games, prizes and fun. The Columbia Heights Fire and Ice Plunge is a 100% volunteer cooperative effort led by: SACA Food Shelf and Thrift Store, Columbia Heights Lions, Columbia Heights Athletic Boosters, and the Columbia Heights Fire Department.
The organizations are bonded by a strong desire to create real action in the community to help those in need/neighbors. Fundraising efforts provide direct donations to SACA, which uses a proven and effective system for delivering assistance to the immediate neighborhood. Each dollar donated equates at least eight pounds of food. Additional proceeds from purchases at the event go to support equipment purchases for the Columbia Heights Fire Department and youth sports activities in the community. Minimum jump donations are $40/adult and $20/youth (under 18).
Support the St. Anthony Village High School Bands by shopping at Barnes & Noble Har Mar, 2100 Snelling Ave. N. in Roseville on Saturday, Dec. 14. Barnes & Noble will contribute a percentage of every sale from 9 am-10 pm. Be sure to mention St. Anthony Bands at checkout. The jazz band will perform from 1-2:30 pm.
Community United Methodist Church of Columbia Heights presents a benefit concert featuring “The Camerata Brass Ensemble,” Saturday, Nov. 2, 4 pm. Donations will go to The Sheridan Story in Columbia Heights and will be used to fight hunger in the community in collaboration with area schools. Come share in community, music and dessert. 950 Gould Ave, behind the Heights Theater, off Central Ave, handicapped accessible. Info: 763 788 9009, communitymethodistchurch.org.
Wildflyer Coffee, a Minneapolis nonprofit coffee company that creates employment opportunities for youth experiencing homelessness and housing instability, is hosting a launch party to kick off an Indiegogo Campaign to open its first coffee shop Friday, Oct. 18, doors at 6 pm, music at 7 pm at 56 Brewing, 3055 NE Columbia Ave., Suite 102. The coffee company is collaborating with local musicians MPLS DREW, Lavender Daughter, Audiyo Element, and the Immaculate Beings, artists who are diverse in music styles but united in their desire to help Wildflyer Coffee in this effort. The event is free, but donations are appreciated. For more information about Wildflyer Coffee, visit wildflyercoffee.com.
Mrakmur presents: “Mystery of Cats,” Cat Art Festival, Sunday, June 30, 12-8 pm, A-Mill Artist Lofts, 315 SE Main St., Mpls. It’s all about cats, cats and nothing but the cats. The event will feature cat-themed artwork exhibition and market (50+ local artists), cat non-profits and rescues, cat music and cat videos, cat tarot, live painting and face painting, arts and crafts station, silent auction (all proceeds go to Diabetic Cat Help, diabeticcathelp.com). Free and open to the public. Info: facebook.com/events/1236313469850470/, mrakmur.com/mysteryofcats.
A fundraiser for the Northeast Farmers Market and TC Food Justice, 4-mile fun run/walk/stroll, and foodie rally all in one, Saturday, June 22. Runners start in Northeast at the iconic Pioneers Statue in B.F. Nelson Park, then wind along the Mississippi River through the St. Anthony West, Nicollet Island, and St. Anthony Main districts. After crossing the Stone Arch Bridge, they’ll enjoy a different view of the riverfront, then pause under the Hennepin Avenue Bridge for a drink of water. The second half of the run will take you through the wooded west side riverfront parks and Boom Island Park, and then it’s back to B.F. Nelson for refreshments. Awesome clothing from Mill City Running will be given away for: First male, First female, First pet, Best finish line celebration, Best food costume. Info and registration: active.com/minneapolis-mn/running/distance-running/nefm-foodie-4-mile-2019.
Returning for a second year, HeightsNEXT, in partnership with Top Valu Liquor, is bringing back its Cheers for Beers fundraiser Fri, May 17, 6-9 pm at Murzyn Hall, 530 Mill St NE in Columbia Heights. More than 35 breweries will help the event live up to its name, and all brews poured at the event will be available for purchase at each of the three Top Valu municipal liquor stores in town. A silent auction will assist in fundraising and a DJ will provide music. There will also be food trucks on-site. Local breweries and cider houses will compete for a “Best Local Brew” award. Tickets for this 21+ event are $35 at any Columbia Heights Top Valu Liquor store or online at cheersforbeersmn.com. Tickets are $40 at the door. Ticket includes a sampling glass and unlimited beer-tastings. HeightsNEXT will provide $5 vouchers for discounted Lyft rides home.