Isanti to offer family movie nights, nature detectives club

Steve Lindell, with the Cambridge-Isanti Hockey Association, presents a $500 check to Isanti Mayor George Wimmer (right) during the Jan. 21 council meeting to help fund maintenance of the ice rink.

Steve Lindell, with the Cambridge-Isanti Hockey Association, presents a $500 check to Isanti Mayor George Wimmer (right) during the Jan. 21 council meeting to help fund maintenance of the ice rink. Photo by Rachel Kytonen

Isanti is gearing up to offer fun, family programming through the Isanti Parks, Recreation & Culture Board.

During the Isanti City Council meeting Jan. 21, the council approved a resolution for funding a parks, recreation and culture brochure, as well as funding for parks programming.

The brochure will be printed by ECM Publishers Inc. and will be a 12-page color brochure highlighting city parks, city facilities, community events, programs and activities. Approximately 2,200 copies of the brochure will be inserted into the city’s newsletter, the Isantian.

Isanti Mayor George Wimmer explained several family-friendly activities will be offered through the parks, recreation and culture board.

“We are continuing to look for different ways to market our community,” Wimmer said. “We are looking for ways to tie-together and market our downtown, celebrate our

community and bring people in so they can meet their neighbors and other members of the community. During our street dances this past summer, we had neighbors meeting each other for the first time. Our community center also holds activities for our young, as well as our senior population, so it’s also a place that draws everyone together so our community can continue to grow together for generations to come. We would like to see all generations of our community using the community center.”

The first event is the formation of a Nature Detectives Club. The program is geared toward ages 4-7, but all are welcome. The kids will explore activities and games while learning about nature and animals. The program will be offered year-round (except in July), and each month will have a different theme and take-home activity or craft.

The club will meet from 9-10:30 a.m. the first Saturday of the month beginning April 5. Cost is $4 per child.

This summer, community members can look forward to “From Lands to Legacy Series.”

This series will be offered from 9-10 a.m. June 21, July 19 and Aug. 16, and the cost is $4 per person or $12 per family. The entire family is welcome to this series on how Isanti’s land has been shaped throughout history and the Native American heritage that is present. Each series will include history, storytelling, activities and a guided tour through Legacy Park.

Beginning in October, the community is invited to free family movie nights at the Isanti Community Center. Movies will be offered the third Friday of the month from October through April. Concessions will be available for purchase.

For more information and detailed information on any of the activities, contact Community Events and Parks Coordinator Josi Wood at 763-444-5512 or email isantiparks@cityofisanti.us.

Registration is recommended for the “Lands to Legacy Series” and the “Nature Detectives Club.” You will receive a $1 early registration discount if you register at least two weeks prior to the program.

More information can also be found at www.cityofisanti.us and clicking on “Community Center” or visiting “Isanti Events & Community Center” on Facebook.

In other action, the council:

• Heard from Wimmer, who reported Isanti Police Chief Ron Sager has announced his intention to retire at the end of February. Sager’s formal resignation will be accepted at a future council meeting.

• Approved an amendment to the conditional use permit as requested by Verizon Wireless for placement of antennas on a telecommunication tower and an accessory structure at 501 West Dual Blvd. NE.

• Approved funding and placement of benches and picnic tables at Legacy Park at a cost of $3,854.

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