The snow is coming down and deep freeze temperatures are on the way but we are hearty Minnesotans and we continue on. Take a few minutes to enjoy the beauty of the snow on the trees as you drive by a park or venture out to experience the wonder of winter first hand. Dark comes early at this time of year but the trail around West Arbor Lake is both plowed and lit (of course, road plowing comes first!) so put on your boots and take a walk in the snow.
Questions will be coming soon about the outdoor rinks – we’re working on it! Rink flooding has begun and weather permitting, the rinks should be ready for skating before the end of the month. Call 763-494-5959 for updated rink information.
CANDLELIGHT MEMORIAL – Update
The annual candlelight memorial planned for Friday, December 6 at 7pm at the Maple Grove Arboretum (9400 Fernbrook Lane) will NOT be cancelled although the event will be shortened due to the extreme cold. If you are coming to the candlelight memorial, come to the picnic pavilion, for a little protection from the wind. The music and microphone will be set up there. Candles will be passed out after the poem, “We Remember Them,” is shared; all can place their flowers at the angel statue.
The Friends of the Angel volunteers will have cookies and warm drinks ready for all in the warm building across the street at Arbor View.
If the extreme cold is too much for your young ones or yourself, feel free to visit the statue anytime over the weekend as the path is cleared. Let the flowers at the statue be your reminder that hope and healing is in the hearts of many.
Some traditions continue on no matter what the weather. On Friday, December 6 at 7pm all who are grieving the loss of a child are invited to meet at the Maple Grove Arboretum (9400 Fernbrook Lane) for the annual candlelight memorial. This event will NOT be cancelled but will be shortened this year due to the forecasted temperatures. Candles will be provided and you are invited to bring a flower of remembrance to leave at the base of the statue as part of the memorial. Please know that you may also leave a flower of remembrance at any time on Friday or Saturday.
SLEIGHBELLS AND SPARKLE PARADE – Update
The Sleighbells and Sparkle Parade has been cancelled due to the extreme cold forecast for Saturday evening. Please participate in other Hometown Holiday on Main Street activities that will continue from 4-8pm at the corner of Main Street and Arbor Lakes Parkway including horse-drawn carriage rides, holiday music, hot drinks and cookies, holiday crafts and refreshments at the Maple Grove Arts Center and visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus. The tree lighting will be at 5pm at the corner of Main St. and Arbor Lakes Pkwy. For more information visit www.arborlakes.net.
The annual winter parade is scheduled for 5pm on December 7. It runs on Main Street from Schuler Shoes to Arbor Lakes Pkwy and turning left to the Government Center parking lot. Santa will magically light the tree as he turns the corner. Be sure to enjoy the carriage rides and other Main Street events as well. Last minute weather announcements will be at www.maplegrovedays.com and www.arborlakes.net. These activities are hosted by Maple Grove Community Organization and Arbor Lakes Business Association.
NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY, 6-10pm
One more tradition and a great way to kick off 2014 – bring your whole family and your friends too for an evening of music, dancing, crafts, inflatables and more. J-Star of The Zinghoppers TV show will be entertaining and of course the pool, ice arena, Maple Maze and teen center will all be available. Tickets are only $9 in advance or $12 at the door. This is one fun event! Check out the New Year’s Eve Party Flyer for more information.
That’s just a sampling of what Parks and Recreation has to offer. The winter brochure has even more. If you live in Maple Grove, you should receive it in the mail by December 8. Check out the Winter 2014 Parks and Recreation Brochure online.