Community Briefs: Thanksgiving dinner, Vets Day programs and specials and a talk on heroin among items

Central to host Thanksgiving meal on holiday

Central Lutheran Church will again be hosting the Thanksgiving Day Dinner from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 28. All are welcome to attend and no reservations are required.

For those that would like to arrange to pick up meals that day, call Kristen Norby at 612-325-2410.


Tickets on sale for Hockey Day Minnesota

Tickets are now available online for Hockey Day Minnesota. Go to to purchase your tickets for the Jan. 18 event. Organizers for the event met recently and learned that merchandise and apparel will soon be for sale as well.


Grief during holidays to be addressed

Are you holding back tears while others celebrate the holidays?

Guardian Angels Senior Services will sponsoring a workshop to offer a time to reflect, share, pray and recover balance when someone beloved is missing; memories can be painful and holiday celebrations bittersweet.

The event is from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 1326 Fourth St. NW in downtown Elk River.

The workshop will be led by experience grief counselors Betty Zehringer, Mary Dare and Guardian Angels Chaplain the Rev. Margaret Quill. The workshop is free. To reserve a spot, call the Guardian Angels Care Center at 441-1213.


Leighton to speak on Nov. 12 after Legion dinner

Korean War veteran and Elk River native Russell Leighton will speak at a Veterans Day event sponsored by the Elk River American Legion.

The dinner and ceremony will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 12 — the day after Veterans Day — at the Legion, 525 Railroad Drive. The public is invited to attend. There is no charge.

A social hour begins at 5:30 p.m. and the dinner is at 6:30 p.m., followed by the ceremony.

Leighton served in the Army and was wounded during a burst of small arms fire on a Korean hillside in the fall of 1951. He received the Purple Heart.


Sgt. Vita to speak at Twin Lakes program

Twin Lakes Elementary School, 10051 191st Ave. NW, will honor veterans on Monday, Nov. 11. The community is welcome to attend. There will be a coffee and donuts reception at 8:30 a.m., with a flag-raising ceremony at 9:30 a.m. by the Elk River Police Color Guard.

There will also be a program in the gym when veteran guests are introduced and students read essays and sing patriotic songs.

The guest speaker will be Sgt. Bryan Vita of the Elk River Police Department. He will share his experiences as a father of sons in active service. A shuttle will run 8:15-9:15 a.m. between Twin Lakes Christian Church, 18912 Twin Lakes Road NW, and the school. The shuttle will return people to their car after the program.  For more information, call the school at 763-274-7242.


Parker to honor veterans Nov. 11

Parker Elementary in Elk River will continue its tradition of honoring veterans with a ceremony Monday, Nov. 11. The program begins at 9:30 a.m. with Parker and Lincoln Elementary students and guests assembled outside by the Parker flagpole. The Color Guard will present the colors, the flag will be raised, taps played, the Pledge of Allegiance will be recited, and a song will be sung. Parker students and guests will then move inside the gym for a short program.

Veterans are welcome to attend this remembrance. Contact the Parker school office at 763-241-3500 for more information or go to and click on “Veterans Day 2013” under “Quick Links.”


Edina Realty reaches out to vets

In honor of Veterans Day, Edina Realty is expanding its Veterans to Realtors Program to include spouses of veterans.

This unique program offers $1,500 worth of real estate training, technology tools and marketing support to veterans and now their spouses, helping them launch a new career in real estate.


Marcus Theatres invites veterans, active military

To thank America’s veterans and other active members of the military for their sacrifice and service, active military personnel and veterans will be admitted on Veterans Day to see “Honor Flight: One Last Mission” for free by showing proper military identification.

Marcus Theatres’ has an Elk River location where the movie will be played.

This invitation to see the documentary about World War II vets visiting their memorial in Washington, D.C., is valid only on Veterans Day.  The special showing is at 2:35 and 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 11.

Admission for all other showings of this documentary will be $5 for all tickets. The film will be shown at 1:35 p.m. Nov. 12, at 3:55 p.m. Nov. 13 and at 2:45 p.m. and 4:50 p.m. Nov. 14.


Part of trail closed for deer season

Approximately 1 mile of the northerly most portion of the Great Northern Trail in Elk River will be closed during the Minnesota  firearms deer hunting season, Nov. 9-17. Pedestrian and bicycle traffic will be prohibited along this portion of the trail during that time.

Visit to see a map of the closed trails. For more information, call the Elk River Police Department at 763-635-1200.


National expert will address drug use

Drug abuse expert and author Carol Falkowski will discuss the far-reaching and increasingly dangerous nature of substance abuse among today’s youth at a public forum for parents titled “Heroin in Our Community: What Everyone Needs to Know.”

This educational forum will be held from 7-8:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 11, at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, 19001 Jackson St., East Bethel.

There is no cost to attend, and it is open to all interested community members, with a focus on parents.

A question-and-answer period will feature a panel of local community members including:

•Michelle Anderson, St. Francis Community for Drug Awareness.

•St. Francis Police Chief Jeff Harapat.

•A mother who lost her son to heroin overdose death.


Elk River Sport Clips to give vets free cuts

Sport Clips in Elk River will be giving free haircuts to all veterans on Veterans Day.

The store is located at 18209 Carson Court NW. The store is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays.

For more information, call 763-441-7911.