August 2012 events calendar for the Camden neighborhood



Ongoing Mondays – The Northside Arts Collective board of directors meets on the first Monday of each month, at 6:30 p.m. Email info@ for location.

Ongoing Mondays – Artist Roundtable meets monthly on the third Monday of each month at 6:30 pm. Email or visit for location.

Ongoing Thursdays – Northside Writers Group Meeting, 7-9 p.m. New members always welcome. Any skill level acceptable. We are interested in your enthusiasm, in your story, in your willingness to write. Homewood Studios, 2400 Plymouth. Info: Debra Stone at stone.debra or George Roberts at

Ongoing – Camden Music School fall registration opens August 13; term runs 9/10-11/17. Joyful spirit by a top-notch teaching staff. Sign up for vocal and instrumental lessons, Musikgarten early childhood music classes (newborn to age 8), music theory, ensembles (hand drums, rock ‘n roll and choir). Scholarships/family discounts available; due 5 p.m. Sept. 4. Info: 612-618-0219 or

Church Events

Ongoing August – Salem’s Joyful Noise Music Camp, 4-8 p.m. daily. Sing, dance, drum and praise God in the noisiest ways possible! Free. Get a t-shirt, materials and daily dinner. Camp concludes w/concert on Aug. 17 at 7 p.m.; worship on Aug. 19 at 9:30 p.m. For kids entering 3-5th grade, live Northside, and love to make music! Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church, 4150 Dupont; camp staff highly-qualified in music and dance. Info: music@salem-elca. org; 612-521-3644; or Camp limited to 30 participants!

Ongoing – Clothes Closet at North United Methodist Church, 44th and Fremont, from 9 a.m.-noon the first three Saturdays of each month and the first Monday each month from 6-8 p.m. with free bag lunch from Mobile Loaves and Fishes. One Saturday per month dental checks, blood pressure readings, vision screening and medication checks available. Donations accepted when open or see if there is some clothing you may need. If unable to get to NUMC during open times, call the church at 612-522-4497.

Ongoing third Sundays – Breakfast and a Bag. The Joint Ministries of Evangelist Temple, Brooklyn Center Hispanic Seventh Day Adventist and Gethsemane Lutheran host a free community breakfast from 8-10 a.m. at Gethsemane Lutheran Church on 47th and Colfax. When you are finished with breakfast and coffee you are welcome to take a bag of groceries home with you.

Sunday, 8/19 – Christ English Church Outdoor Worship & Picnic, North Mississippi Regional Park, 5114 North Miss. Dr. 9:30 a.m. Bring a dish to share and white elephant gift for bingo.

Sunday, 8/26 – St. Bridget’s Parish Community first Heart of the Northside Festival: Merger Magic, celebrating the recent merger of St. Austin and St. Bridget Churches. Pig roast, games, food, fellowship and fun! 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at St. Bridget, 3811 Emerson Ave. N.

Classes, Workshops, Services

Third Tuesdays – Seniors with diabetes support group, 10-11:30 a.m., Webber Park Community Center, 4141 Webber Pkwy. Call Dot Hase, 521-1182, or American Diabetes Assn., 593-5333. Free.

Ongoing Wednesdays – TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) 6 p.m., Webber Park.

Community & Cultural Events

Ongoing Tuesdays – Camden Running Club at 6 p.m. All running abilities welcome. Running distances determined by those runners in attendance. Contact Eric Nystrom at

Ongoing Thursdays – Sign up for Medical Assistance every 2nd Thursday, Webber Park Library, 4310 Webber Parkway, 12:30-3:30 p.m. Are you currently without health insurance? Stop by to see which free or low cost health care program you’re eligible for. Free screening and application assistance for Medical Assistance and Minnesota Care programs. Call 612-384-4501.

Ongoing – Safely get rid of household hazardous materials. Paint, aerosol cans, pesticides, batteries, mercury items (thermostats and fluorescent bulbs); everyday products cannot go in the trash. Hazardous wastes harm humans, wildlife, air and water. August 16-18 at Pillsbury School, 2231 Garfield St. N.E. Visit

Ongoing Thursdays – Camden Farmers Market. Get fresh locally grown produce, 3-7 p.m., at the Warren, 4400 Osseo Rd.

Ongoing Saturdays – Camden Garden Club meets the third Saturday of each month at 9:30 a.m. at the Kroening Interpretive Center in North Miss. Regional Park. We develop and maintain beautiful flower gardens in the Camden Community. If you would like to give back to your community through gardening, come join us. Email

Monday, 7/30 –Make it easier to walk, increase safety and help improve health. 7-8:30 p.m. 1931 West Broadway. Meeting to generate ideas about safe walking, convenient/enjoyable transportation choices; develop a vision for improving and enhancing the county environment; collect input about sidewalk gaps, difficult intersection crossings and walking conditions; collect input on prioritizing improvements. Draft plan released this fall; project completed in mid-2013.

Sunday, 8/5 – Victory Garden Tour. Begins with a community picnic at noon, Loring Schoolyard Garden, 44th and Thomas. Pick up tour guides there; tour gardens 1-4 p.m.; take the self-guided tour of this year’s gardens.

Tuesday, 8/7 – National Night Out. Have fun, get the neighbors together and meet new folks on your block. It’s a great way to communicate and have a good time! Register at for info.

Tuesday, 8/7 – Pillsbury United Communities Camden Neighborhood Center hosts a big bash on National Night Out, 1210 37th Ave., 5-7 p.m. National Night Out is a yearly festival where neighbors connect with one another. If you don’t have a nearby block club event come and celebrate with Pillsbury.

Thursday, 8/9- UCare health and wellness fair; features national speakers, resource expo geared to people with disabilities and their families, friends and caregivers. Free. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Earle Brown Heritage Center, 6155 Earle Brown Dr., Brooklyn Center.

Saturday, 8/11 – Shingle Creek Neighborhood Garden Day Celebration, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Shingle Creek Common Ground Community Garden, 51st and Newton. Celebrations at all gardens vary in time and activities. Contact Margaret at Gardening Matters at or 612-821-2358.

Saturday, 8/11 – Lind Community Garden Tour. Free tour of the award-winning community garden, 51st and Dupont, 9-11 a.m. Got questions about your garden at home? Come and Ask A Gardener for free! Light refreshments served.

Saturday, 8/11 – Bring a blanket/lawn chair to Victory Park (4416 Upton) for Academy Award winning movie The Help. Free popcorn and lemonade. Movie begins at dusk.

Sunday, 8/12 – Kids Cook Pot-luck Picnic and Pie Auction. Pizza, potluck and pies. All pie auction proceeds support Loring School Kids Cook Program. 5-8 p.m. Loring Schoolyard Garden, 44th and Thomas.

Thursday, 8/23 – Fare for All Express, 5-7p.m. Save up to 40% on frozen meats and fresh fruits and vegetables. Open to everyone. North Community YMCA, 1711 West Broadway Ave. Info: 763-450-3880 or

Saturday, 9/9 – Harvest Fest. A fantastic day with open streets to make all of Lowry open to pedestrians, bikes and fun music and activities all day! Fest is bigger and better with food, kids’ zone, artists’ booths, car show, biggest vegetable contest, farmers market, info tables, harvest-themed dessert baking contest and of course live music!

Saturday, 9/29 – The Amazing Walk! A 5K walk with challenges and activities along the way. 9-11:30 a.m. at North Mississippi Regional Park. $10 registered in advance, $15 day of event. Free for ages 5 and under. Groups of 10 eligible for 50% discount. 952-288-3364.


August events at Webber Park Library, 4310 Webber Pkwy., 612-543-6750, -Webber offers free programs for everyone. Find Family Story Time (for kids 2 and up) and Friends of Webber Library Aug. 6, 6-7 p.m. Find job search assistance on Aug. 9, 1 p.m. Free one-to-one assistance with a job search representative. Adventures of the B. Safe Bear, Aug. 16, 2-3 p.m., K-grade 2.

August events at North Regional Library, 1315 Lowry Ave. N., 612-543-8450, – There’s so much happening at North regional Library that we can’t even list it all. Learn how to start a business or the basics of running a business; find a job; help your child read; play games or just have fun reading – check out the full list at


Ongoing – Loppet Adventure Camp. Explore Theodore Wirth Park trails. Youth spend days canoeing, mountain biking, orienteering and exploring the woods. Week-long day camps thru summer. Ages 9-13. Aug. 6-10. Cost $180. Scholarships available. Contact Allie 612-604-5333.

Ongoing – Loppet Run Club meets bi-weekly for hill and over-distance workouts, practicing exclusively on the trails in Theodore Wirth Park. Learn the joys of trail running, improve your strength and ability. Mon. 6 p.m. and Sat. 8 a.m. Jul. 9-Sept. 17. $50.

Ongoing – Cleveland Park Youth Program. Youth of all ages welcome M-F, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. for summer youth program. Free programs; includes field trips on Fridays and breakfast (10 a.m.) and lunch (1:30 p.m.) served daily. Call 612-588-1155.

Sunday, 8/5 – Free Family Funday: Rocks Rock from 1-3 p.m., North Mississippi Regional Park. Crazy about rocks? View a rock collection and learn about local rocks in the river! Free, all ages.

Saturday, 8/11 – 3rd Annual Truck Extravaganza, Webber Park, 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. A honking good time! Fun includes: Kids dig for toy trucks; prizes (raffle and “honk off” every hour); lunch (hot dogs, chips, lemonade popsicles); games; tattoos; crafts; inflatable; and lots of trucks. Info: 612-521-2100. Many things to see and do for kids. Info: 612-521-2100.

Saturday, 9/15 – 8th Annual Riverfest and Heritage Day. Celebrate the Mississippi River and rich Camden history 1-5 p.m., Carl Kroening Interpretive Center, 4900 Mississippi Court N. Have a blast with pioneer games, wagon rides, local history displays, DNR fish tank, bring your own fish t-shirts, cast a pole and fish, or bring your own and make your own fish t-shirts! Enjoy the wildly acclaimed Okee Dokee Brothers. After traveling the Mississippi River, they’re singing and sharing stories about their adventures. Returning is Jacques the Voyageur, a French fur trader and river voyageur whose adventurous tales enthrall adventurers of all ages! Info