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.
The Queen of May Dinner and Auction will benefit the Immaculate Conception Catholic School in Columbia Heights, Friday, May 3, 5:30 pm in the church hall at 4030 Jackson St. NE. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, dinner, a silent auction, and an exciting live auction with a professional auctioneer. $60 reserved seat tickets are required and available to purchase in the parish office, online: ICCSonline.org, or by phone: 763-788-9065 ext. 221. Info: school.iccsonline.org/qom.
Little Voyageurs’ Montessori School will host their 13th annual spaghetti dinner, silent auction, and raffle drawing on Friday, April 26, at St. Timothy’s Lutheran Church, 825 51st Ave. NE, Columbia Heights. Dinner will be served from 5-7. The silent auction closes at 7:30. Dinner tickets are $10 each and $5 for children 12 and under.
Activities include a bouncy house, face painting, and carnival games. There will also be a fire truck and a police cruiser for children to explore while having the opportunity to interact with firefighters and a police officer. The silent auction has a variety of items including: zoo and water park passes, gift baskets, vouchers for a variety of classes and activities (includes Escape Room, Battle Axed, Arthur Murray dancing), certificates for dining, entertainment, and much more. The raffle drawing will be held at 7:30 pm for over 60 prizes including a gift certificate for R. J. Moeller. Need not be present to win. Raffle tickets ($2) are available at the dinner.
On Wednesday, April 3, 3-11 pm, Feline Rescue invites you to drink beer for a great cause at Indeed Brewing Company, 711 15th Ave. NE. Order a round or two, and wave your paws in the air knowing the evening’s net proceeds will be donated to Feline Rescue as part of the “Indeed We Can” charitable initiative. This is the fourth year Feline Rescue has been a beneficiary of “Indeed We Can,” and the event is one of the highest attended in the series.
Guests will enjoy cat-themed scratch-offs, door prizes, eats from Simply Steve’s food truck, and a slide show video loop about Feline Rescue and the work the organization does to give cats happy, healthy lives. Feline Rescue volunteers will be on hand to answer any questions, just look for the folks with name tags. Info: indeedbrewing.com/indeed-we-can, felinerescue.org.
The St. Anthony Band Boosters will host a Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, March 24, 8:30 am-12:30 pm at St. Anthony Village High School, 3303 33rd Ave NE (in the commons area). There will be music from 8th grade and High School Jazz Bands. Tickets are $8 for adults, $7 for seniors, children five and under eat free. The menu includes pancakes, sausage, fruit toppings, Dunn Bros. Coffee, orange juice and milk. Auction items and pops concert tickets will also be available.
Uppercut Boxing Gym, 1324 Quincy, St. NE. Saturday, March 9. Doors: 5:30 pm, Event: 7 pm. $30 general, $60 VIP reserved seats. Tickets available for purchase at Uppercut and Central Ave Liquors, cash only.
Unite + Fight is a charity boxing event where police officers, firefighters, and paramedics fight for a fellow first responder in crisis. Every year, nearly 50 public servants from metro area departments, from fire departments in Minneapolis and Monticello to police departments in Brooklyn Park and St. Paul, compete to raise money for a selected recipient who is nominated by their peers. The 2019 beneficiary is Officer Emily Krob of Brooklyn Park Police Department.
Last October, Krob was diagnosed with rhabdomysarcoma, a cancer of the soft tissue that is rare in adults. She is currently undergoing chemotherapy. Additional treatment will consist of radiation and surgery, lasting at least one year. As a result of her treatment, she has been placed on medical leave from the job she loves.
Krob’s co-workers are stepping up to support her in this event. Nearly one-third of the fights will feature police officers from Brooklyn Park. Krob is no stranger to Unite + Fight. In 2013 and 2015, she stepped into the ring to fight for St. Paul first responders, a testament of her tough, selfless nature.
Krob’s story, including highlights of her fights as well as the history of Unite + Fight, is featured in a video that’s going viral on Facebook. The video features dramatic opening and closing sequences narrated by local broadcaster Jason DeRusha with Unite + Fight boxers Steph Johnson of Minneapolis Fire Department and Todd Ewing of Brooklyn Park Police Department. See the video on the Unite + Fight Facebook page: facebook.com/uniteandfight2019/.
The popular event is hosted at Uppercut Boxing Gym and regularly draws a crowd of more than 1,000 people. Unite + Fight 2018 will feature two dozen amateur boxing matches; a cash bar sponsored by Central Avenue Liquors, Skaalven Distillery, and Fulton Brewery; and food prepared by Chowgirls Killer Catering and served by North Star Roller Derby girls. Additional sponsors include Upper Midwest Golden Gloves, Monticello Lion’s Club, Minneapolis Police Federation, Thousand Hills Lifetime Grazed Beef, and Gerhard’s Brats.