Gordon Franks and Pat Worley are more than black belts. They’re ninth-degree black belts who share their chosen martial art with youngsters and adults alike through USA Karate, the school they cofounded. The school - which opened in 1973 and has been operating for more than 40 years - was featured on the local CBS station and teaches self-defense techniques that help students graduate to higher-level belts and translate into increased agility, coordination, and self-confidence.
A nonprofit Christian fundraising group for youth ministries in the Twin Cities, Fishing for Life hosts the Fish Fair each year to net assets for its cause while attendees snack on fried fish. Budding freshwater huntsmen can learn the fine points of lure making or fly tying and others can try their hands at archery or laser shooting. As young whippersnappers ricochet around the bounce houses and dance to live music, their mellower companions can listen to a tall tale at story time or create a brush-by-brush replica of Mona Lisa Eats a Burrito at the arts-and-crafts table. Boy Scouts in attendance can earn a fishing merit badge with their participation, as each amateur ichthyologist can attempt to catch his or her own dinner at the trout pond.
Designed by prolific course architect Joel Goldstrand, Rum River Hills Golf Club's 18-hole course weaves through 6,308 yards of water-lined fairways and undulating greens. Water hazards present challenges from the very first tee, where aggressive players may choose to lay up or drive balls over a pond to cut the corner off of a fairway that dog-legs right, setting up a favorable approach onto a green 413 yards away. Rum River Hills tests players’ short game with undulating greens that take golf balls through more sharp turns than a golf cart driving through a grocery store.
A full-length driving range allows players to warm up before they take to the course, and the club's PGA instructors offer lessons for those looking to improve their swing mechanics. After a day at the links, course patrons can drop in at McDuff's Restaurant, which serves an expansive menu of salads, burgers, steaks, and pizzas. Inside the sunlit dining room, 11 TVs let guests catch up with live sports, while outdoor patio seating caters to those hoping to reverse engineer the technology of the lawn mowers maintaining the course below.
Course at a Glance:
* Designed by Joel Goldstrand
* 18-hole, par 71 course
* Length of 6,308 yards from the farthest tees
* Course rating of 71.0 from the farthest tees
* Slope rating of 117 from the farthest tees
* Four tee options
Every year for a quarter of a century, the Anoka Knights of Columbus have performed a grim duty for the community. Come October, the cabal constructs a home that summons the local undead, giving them free rein to terrorize all those who trespass so the rest of Anoka may be spared.
Whether you are looking for a slice of pizza or a whole pizza pie, Anoka's Serum's Good Time Emporium offers a wide variety of pizza types and sizes.
Life is all about choices, and they are not limited here with plenty of gluten-free and low-fat dishes.
Serum's Good Time Emporium also provides alcohol, so diners don't have to worry about bringing their own bottle.
You won't need to get a sitter before heading to Serum's Good Time Emporium — kids are more than welcome at this family-friendly establishment.
Enjoy discounted food and drinks at Serum's Good Time Emporium's happy hour.
Patio tables and chairs are ready for Serum's Good Time Emporium diners who prefer their meals al fresco.
Live music is common at Serum's Good Time Emporium, as is a DJ.
Music lovers can enjoy live performances at Serum's Good Time Emporium as well.
Serum's Good Time Emporium features live DJs that are sure to amp up your evening.
The pizzeria can fill to capacity on the weekends, so don't forget to call ahead to reserve your table.
If you need to get somewhere fast, the pizzeria also serves up grub to go.
The lot adjacent to Serum's Good Time Emporium provides free parking for diners.
Serum's Good Time Emporium offers safe bike parking outside.
An average meal at Serum's Good Time Emporium will set you back about $30.
Visit Billy's Bar and Grill and indulge in some good old-fashioned American cuisine.
None of the fare at Billy's Bar and Grill is low-fat, so you'll have to put the diet aside for a visit here.
Billy's Bar and Grill guests can also take advantage of the many drink options offered here.
Make those early evening hours happy ones and swing by for some discounted food and drink deals after work.
For some fresh air during the non-winter months, dine outside on Billy's Bar and Grill's patio.
Carry-out is also available for those who prefer to enjoy Billy's Bar and Grill's cooking from the comfort of their own home.
At Billy's Bar and Grill, you can easily find street parking just steps away from the door.
Expect your bill at Billy's Bar and Grill to come in at around $30 per person.
Morning, noon, or night, you can head on over to Billy's Bar and Grill since they serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner.