Haven Homes in Maple Plain is hosting their fifth annual Community Pig Roast on Thursday, Aug. 29. The free event is open to everyone looking to enjoy pulled pork.

According to Quality in Living Specialist Katelyn Roiland, a whole pig is not used because it can be hard to manage. So, the event has stuck with pulled pork and included all the fixings. Dinner will be served from 5:30-7:30 p.m. and live music will be playing throughout the entire dinner. Prize drawings and face painting will also happen throughout the evening.

Live music will be performed by Swanny Rose and Matt Huttner, Minneapolis-based musicians. Rose travels throughout the Midwest playing covers and originals she describes as “Americana Soul.” She uses her talents in a variety of duets and bands including her variety cover band, Big Sexy, alongside fronting her long-time original band, MelloRoar.

“Every year it’s gotten bigger and bigger. We’re really excited to see how it grows...It’s exciting not a lot of buildings are able to offer a free community picnic and we’re happy to be able to keep ours that way,” Roiland said.

Past events have included a monarch butterfly release. Guests could purchases a monarch in memory or to honor someone; however the release will not be featured at the event this year.

According to Roiland, a groundbreaking ceremony will take place before dinner begins at the building site for the upcoming new Haven Homes location instead of the butterfly release. The ceremony will also be streamed live on the Haven Homes Facebook page. Guests will also have the opportunity to view drawings and plans for the upcoming building.

The City of Maple Plain approved a site development agreement on March 25 with Haven Homes to build the new senior living facility north of Hwy 12 near the park and ride. According to Roiland, the 200,000-square-foot multi-level location will offer the same services at the first location. Construction is expected to take 18 months.

“We’re very excited. It’s going to be a whole campus. It will include assisted living, independent living, adult day center and memory care as well as a rehab center and skilled nursing...We wanted to grow a little bit. We’ve seen the need for more senior services and we wanted to be able to offer that,” she said.

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