By Parks & Recreation
It may be busy at the North Pole, but Santa and his helpers are making a special stop in Maple Grove! Join them for a fun evening of skating, holiday music and lighting of Central Park with the Rotary on Saturday, December 14, from 4:30 to 8:00 p.m. The event is free. Bring a non-perishable food item to donate to CROSS and receive a free hot chocolate courtesy of Maple Grove Hy-Vee. Skate rentals are available for $6 a pair. Don’t forget a camera for fun photos with Santa!
Schedule of Events:
4:30pm – Maple Grove Crimson Harmony Choir Performance
4:45pm – Delegates Speaking
5:00pm – Lighting of Central Park by the Rotary and Santa Arrives
5:00-8:00pm – Visit with Santa and Skate the Loop
In Minnesota’s winter months, snow and ice can prove to be anything from a nuisance to a hazard. Between snowstorms and freezing temperatures, we often seek relief from salt to make driveways and sidewalks more accessible. It’s important to keep in mind that salt doesn’t disappear when the snow and ice eventually melts. Instead, salt washes into our local lakes and rivers and eventually seeps into our drinking water supply disturbing the environmental balance.
You can be prepared for everything winter throws your way by following these simple tips to limit salt use:
- Set a schedule. During larger snow events, try to shovel every one to two hours depending on how long the snow event is expected to last. Not only will it lighten your load, but this will also help to prevent ice from forming under the snow.
- No Shovel? No Problem. If your snow blower is out of commission or if you don’t have a shovel handy, try placing a plastic tarp over walkways, sidewalks, or even your vehicle. When the flurries stop, remove the tarp to reveal a clear path.
- Use a Leaf Blower. Leaf blowers are perfect for removing light, fluffy snow. Just point and blow the snow away.
- Build traction. Use sand or even birdseed for traction. Although the grains won’t melt the snow or ice, they may provide a better grip on icy surfaces. Kitty litter and ashes are another option but can be messy when the snow begins to melt.
- Use salt sparingly. One heaping coffee mug of salt is enough to cover 250 feet or roughly two parking spaces.
By Parks & Recreation
Music lovers are counting the days until Maple Grove’s first-ever live music festival at Central Park. Concert on The Lawn, September 14, 2019, will feature four bands on one stage. Gates will open at 4:00 p.m. with music starting at 5:00 p.m. Tickets are available at maplegrovemn.gov/event/thelawn General admission tickets are $25 in advance and $35 at the gate. Patrons are invited to bring chairs and blankets to enjoy the afternoon and evening in Central Park. Seated VIP tickets are also available.
Festival openers are Kat Perkins, who has performed extensively in the Twin Cities and on NBC’s The Voice, plus high-octane rock ‘n’ rollers The 4onthefloor, playing bass drum-driven rock and blues.
New Power Generation features the music of Prince with special guest B. Slade. Gear Daddies will headline the concert with their Minnesota-influence brand of Americana/rock music.
The event welcomes music fans of all ages. Multiple food trucks will be on site and beer will be served at several stations throughout the park. For more information about parking, free shuttle service, and the schedule of musicians, please visit the event website.
By Parks & Recreation
The crisp air of a fall evening, a cold drink, and live music. Does it get any better than that? We don’t think so either. Maple Grove’s newest event, Concert on the Lawn, is bringing all this – right in your backyard.
Join us for a night of fun at Central Park on Saturday, September 14. The Concert on the Lawn boasts a great line-up featuring the Gear Daddies, New Power Generation featuring the music of Prince with guest vocalist B.Slade, with special guests The 4onthefloor, and Kat Perkins. Gates open at 4:00pm, music begins at 5:00.
Early-bird general admission tickets on sale now through June 14 at just $20. Prices go up to $25 on June 15. Purchase now at www.maplegrovemn.gov/thelawn.
By Public Works
Winter is finally in the rear view mirror as we turn our attention to our yards. The most important thing you can do to keep your lawn healthy and green is proper watering. This can be accomplished with minimal water waste by implementing the following water-saving practices.
The City requires all automatic lawn irrigation systems that are connected to the municipal water system to be equipped with a rain sensor. This device senses when it is raining and prevents the system from operating at that time. Keep an eye out during rain storms to ensure the sensor is in operating condition.
Maintain your irrigation system to ensure sprinklers are performing correctly and spraying over lawn and plantings rather than sidewalks, driveways, and streets.
Maintain your lawn with a mowing height of about three to four inches. The taller grass tolerates heat better than shorter grass and will typically require less water. Lawns typically do not need more that one inch of water per week. To help promote root growth, watering should be limited to once or twice per week. Watering in the morning will allow the water to soak in and not evaporate.
For more information, contact the City of Maple Grove Public Works Department at 763-494-6370 or visit the City of Maple Grove website at www.maplegrovemn.gov.