Minnetonka residents can learn a little more about how their city works at Tuesday’s Minnetonka Fire Department and City Open House.
Attendees will be able to enjoy department tours and entertainment. Kids 4 years old and older can ride in fire trucks. There will be free hot dogs, cookies, pop and lemonade. The night concludes with a fireworks show at the outdoor amphitheater.
The event starts at 5 p.m. at the Minnetonka Civic Center campus (14600 Minnetonka Blvd.). The fireworks show, which was rescheduled after being rained out at the Summer Festival in June, starts at 8 p.m. at the outdoor amphitheater.
Here is the full schedule, courtesy of the city:
- Take a tour of the Minnetonka Police Department’s jail and visit with members of the city’s Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team. (Police Department)
- Get moving with activities sponsored by Recreation Services. (Community Center lower level)
- View this year’s photo contest entries and vote for your favorite (Community Center lower level)
- Ride in a fire truck, ages 4 and over. (5–7:30 p.m., Fire Station) Please note: Due to large volumes of traffic expected for the fireworks, fire truck rides will end this year at 7:30 p.m.
- Sit inside heavy equipment from the public works department and enjoy a treat! (Community Center south entrance)
- Enjoy musical entertainment (Community Center, upper level)
- Visit the House of Germs and learn how to stay healthy! (Community Center)
- Browse displays from city departments and boards and commissions; as well as community organizations. (Community Center lower level)
- See woodcarving demonstrations (Community Center upper level)
- Snack on free refreshments, including all–beef hot dogs and pop (5–7:30 p.m., Fire Station) and cookies, popcorn, and lemonade. (5–7:30 p.m., Community Center upper level)
- Fireworks at 8 p.m. at the outdoor amphitheater on the Minnetonka Civic Center Campus. In case of inclement weather, call 952.939–TELL (8355) for fireworks status.
Because of the fireworks, the city expects crowds and encourages residents to carpool or bike whenever possible.
Other events coming up this week:
- Learn About Light Rail: The time for Minnetonka to vote on light rail is fast approaching, and local officials are scheduled to spend Monday’s meeting review issues surrounding the project. The discussion starts with a bus tour of key sites at 5 p.m. Council members and staff will then discuss the project at a study session at 6:30 p.m. in the Minnehaha Room at the Minnetonka Community Center.
- It’s Fire Prevention Week: Fire Prevention Week runs through Oct. 13. This year’s theme is “Prevent Kitchen Fires.” Click here to see some tips from the Minnetonka Fire Department on how to stay safe in the kitchen.