100 Year Schedule of Events


August 2020

Aug 27 - Back to School Drive | Murzyn Hall | 3 to 7 pm

The Columbia Heights Police Department, in partnership with local organizations, is hosting a school supply distribution & supply drive on Thu, Aug 27, at Murzyn Hall. The event is scheduled for 3 to 7 pm, rain or shine.

Participating organizations will be giving away backpacks filled with school supplies, housing assistance resources, informational handouts, and free pizza courtesy of T-Rock Pizza. Attendees are encouraged to drive-up, but walk-ups are also welcome. Please wear a mask and follow social distancing guidelines. 

September 2020

Sept 12 - Bike Fix-it Clinic | Columbia Heights Public Library | 11 am to 1 pm

Join volunteer bike hobbyists for a Bike Fix-It Clinic at the library’s bike fix-it station! Drop-in anytime between 11:00 and 1:00 for help with tune-ups, tire repair, changing tires, adjusting brakes and derailleurs, and any bike maintenance questions. Free. No registration required. Please wear a mask and maintain a six-foot social distance.

Sept 18 - Movie Night at McKenna | McKenna Park | Movie starts at 7:30 pm

Bring your family and a blanket to McKenna Park on Fri, Sept. 18, at 6:30 pm (movie starts at 7:30) for a showing of Abominable! Seating is limited due to COVID precautions. FREE! Pre-registration is required, please indicate # of family members attending. Check the City’s Facebook page @columbiaheightsmn or website columbiaheightsmn.gov for updates and further details. Register online www.chreconline.org Activity #1802-F20 to secure a physically distanced family space.

Sept 26 - Family Discovery: Native Pride Dancers | Huset Park East | 10:30 to 11:15 am

The Library and Rec Department have teamed up to offer socially-distanced outdoor performances in the parks. Pack your picnic blanket or folding chair and join us as we discover together at Huset Park East (3965 Jefferson St). This month we are excited to present a performance by Native Pride Dancers that will include storytelling, drumming, and dance.

October 2020

Oct 21 - Bootstrap Book Online Discussion | Zoom | 6:30 pm

In honor of Columbia Heights' 100th anniversary! Please join us for a book discussion of the locally published book “Columbia Heights: Bootstrap Town,” by Irene Parsons. The book was published in 1986 by the City of Columbia Heights and the Chamber of Commerce. Bootstrap Town is available to read online at no cost at www.heights100.com, or for checkout at the library. You will need an Internet enabled device or computer to participate via Zoom Meetings. Register online or call the library.

Oct 24 - Adopt A Highway Cleanup - 9 am and Paper Shredding - 10 am to noon | Murzyn Hall

The Columbia Heights Lions Club is hosting an Adopt A Highway Cleanup and Paper Shredding event. To help with the highway cleanup please contact Adopt a Highway Coordinator Nick Novitsky. The paper shredding is free and is done on-site. SACA will also be collecting donations at the event.

Oct 28 to Nov 3 - Bakken Museum Virtual Programming Week | Online

In honor of the Columbia Heights centennial, the Columbia Heights Public Library is partnering with the Bakken Museum for a week of virtual programming, Oct 28 to Nov 3. The Bakken Museum was founded by, Columbia Heights resident and Medtronic co-founder, Earl Bakken. Legend has it Mr. Bakken drew his inspiration from seeing Frankenstein at the Historic Heights Theater as a kid. Hopefully, the Bakken Museum virtual programming week inspires you!

A Bee's Code - https://anokacounty.libcal.com/event/7146135

Small Stuff, Big Deal - https://anokacounty.libcal.com/event/7146148

War of the Currents - https://anokacounty.libcal.com/event/7146120

Oct 29 - Boo Drive-Thru | Huset Park on Jefferson St NE, from 40th Ave and Huset Parkway | 5 to 8 pm

The City’s annual Truck or Treat event is doing things a little differently this year due to COVID precautions. The special “Boo Drive-Thru” event will take a drive-through approach along a lit path. City trucks, police cars, fire trucks, snow plows, and a number of other vehicles will be on display and showing off their lights as visitors drive along a guided route to view each of the stations. City officials will also be handing out candy! The guided drive is expected to take about 10 minutes. This is a family-friendly event. 

November 2020

Nov 14 - Family Discovery: Geocaching | Silverwood Park | 11:30 am to 12:15 pm

Meet us at Silverwood Park (2500 County Rd E, St Anthony, MN 55421) for Geocaching fun with Three Rivers Park District staff!  Geocaching is a family-friendly, high-tech treasure hunt that combines respect for the environment with a sense of adventure. This activity involves placing or looking for a cache using global positioning system (GPS) equipment.

December 2020

Dec 1 - Columbia Heights Inaugural Snow Sculpture Contest Begins

January 2021

Jan 6 - Columbia Heights Centennial Coloring Page Contest Begins

Jan 27 - Columbia Heights Trivia Night

February 2021
Feb 6 - City Services Expo

Feb 20 - Minnesota Streetcar Museum Presentation | Zoom | 1 pm

Aaron Isaacs, of the Minnesota Streetcar Museum, will be giving a presentation on the history of streetcars in Minnesota.

Columbia Heights was once home to streetcars from 1893 to 1951. One streetcar line came into Columbia Heights via Central Avenue and then turned onto 40th and ran down to 5th street. Another streetcar line turned onto Reservoir Blvd and traveled north to the Minneapolis Filtration Plant.

The town was to be served by the Central Avenue Electric Car Line on the east side, and the Electric Street Railway would be extended when and where needed. Thomas Lowry later extended a double streetcar track on Central Ave. from 29th to 40th Avenues, and a single track along 40th Ave. to 5th St. in 1916 (abandoned in 1954.)

This public transportation established the intersection of 40th and Central and the stretch of land from Central west to 5th St. as the nucleus of the budding town, as planned by the Minneapolis Improvement Co. NE. A five-cent fare was the cost of a streetcar ride. Before the 1890s, streetcars were powered by horses and mules, and the grassy slopes of Columbia Heights provided pasture for many of the animals which pulled streetcars in Minneapolis.

March 2021

March 1 - Columbia Heights Inaugural Snow Sculpture Contest Ends

March 6 or 13 - Coloring Page Contest Winners Announced

March 29 - Spring Family Fun Night

April 2021

April 10 or 17 - Public Safety Open House

April 30 - Sister City Tree Planting Ceremony

May 2021

June 2021

June 24 - Community Picnic

June 25 - Jamboree Parade

June 26 - Jamboree Fireworks

July 2021

July 17 - Centennial Carnival Event

July 21 - Bootstrap Book Movie and Reception

July 24 - Roaring '20s Dinner/Dance hosted by Columbia Heights Lions

*Please note that any event listed is subject to change. Please email Will Rottler (wrottler@columbiaheightsmn.gov) for any questions.*