Fire department open house

Learn about safety, see fire trucks, meet neighbors and more at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12 at the fire station, 879 4th St. SW.

Booya time at the Legion

Enjoy a bowl of stew and stay for the music, bake sale, meat raffles and poker starting at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12 at American Legion Post 225, 355 W Broadway Ave. TJ the DJ all day long; Texas Hold ’em tournament starts at 6 p.m. with $150 in prizes.

Red Cross blood drive

The Forest Lake Community Blood Drive will be held from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 14 at the St. Peter’s Catholic Church gym. To schedule an appointment call 651-303-2801. Walk-ins welcome. Bring photo ID.

Small business lobbyist to speak

Mike Hickey, state director of the National Federation of Independent Business, will speak at the Lakes Area Business Association meeting at noon on Wednesday, Oct. 16 at Vannelli’s by the Lake, 55 S. Lake St. Hickey, who lobbies for small businesses and their owners, will give an update on business legislation at the state capital. Non-members welcome. Free, or $10 for lunch. Call 651-464-5390 to reserve a spot.

Teen lock-in for junior high students

School District 831 Community Education and the Lakes Area Youth Service Bureau will host a lock-in for students in grades 7 to 9 from 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17. to 5:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 18 at Lake 5 Movie Theatre, Southwest Junior High Pool and Stars & Strikes Entertainment Center. $55 includes transportation, activities and snacks; bring swimsuit, towel, and cash for games. Pre-registration required at 651-982-8110.

Purdy to speak at Chamber of Commerce

Dave Purdy of Wealth Management Midwest will speak on lessons learned in 25 years of financial advising at the Forest Lake Area Chamber of Commerce meeting from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 17 at Stella’s on 97, 7050 Scandia Tr. $20 for members and $25 for non-members.
Reservations due by noon on Friday, Oct. 11 at

Garage sale for Great Danes

Debbie Bennett will host a garage sale to benefit Great Dane Rescue of Minnesota and Wisconsin from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 18 and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19 at 7770 N 214th St. Dog treats and human treats also for sale. Call 612-554-4460 for more information.

Tip a cop for Special Olympics

Members of the Forest Lake Police Department will help serve meals and clear tables from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 24 at Famous Dave’s, 43 SW 19th St. All tips received by law enforcement will be donated to Special Olympics.

Lakes Area Women in Business to meet
Local business women will meet to network, connect, empower, educate and grow at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday Oct. 24 at Vannelli’s by the Lake, 55 South Lake Street. For more information visit