Spooktacular Carnival in Anoka on Saturday, October 25th


Anoka, MN is known as “The Halloween Capital of the World” and celebrates with many festivities this month, including a Spooktacular Carnival this Saturday, October 25th from 10:00am – 1:00pm at the Anoka Armory.

Free admission. There will be children’s games and game tickets are $.25 or 5 for a $1.00. If you donate a food shelf item, you can get 1 FREE game ticket for each one donated (maximum 5 tickets).

Concessions will include hot dogs, walking tacos, pop, hot chocolate and coffee for purchase.

Free Pumpkin Fest at 50th & France in Minneapolis on Saturday, Oct. 25th


Pumpkin Fest is a fun, family-oriented day filled with festive activities at 50th & France in Minneapolis this Saturday, October 25th from 11:00am – 1:00pm.

Activities include: trick-or-treating, face painting, balloon twisters, cake walk, horse drawn trolley rides, pin the face on the pumpkin, monsters and minions zone, Spaulding zone, costume contest, and fire truck tours next to Lund’s. Enjoy warm drinks compliments of Caribou Coffee. Trick-or-treating starts at 10a.m. and all other activities are scheduled Saturday, October 25 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Trick-or-Treating begins

11:00AM – 1:00PM
Fire Truck Tours
Balloon Twisters
Cake Walk
Pin the Face on the Cat
Horse-Drawn Trolley Rides
Face Painting
Witches’ Lair

Parade led by the Edina High School Band
Costume Contest for children and a special Costume Contest for dogs

Free Saint Paul Civil Symphony Concert at Landmark Center in St. Paul – October 19



Come to the Landmark Center in St. Paul this Sunday, October 19th for a free Saint Paul Civic Symphony concert in the Musser Cortile. It’s their first concert of the season at it’s at 1:00pm.

Program includes “Music of Magic and Majesty”

Mussorgsky – Night on Bald Mountain (arr. Rimsky-Korsakov)
Holst – “The Perfect Fool” Ballet Music
Dvorak – Symphony No. 7 (op. 70)


Victorian Ghost Stories at the James J. Hill House

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This looks like a spooky way to celebrate the Halloween season! Experience Victorian Ghost Stories at the James J. Hill House. Costumed actors will spook you with dramatic readings of 19th-century ghost stories in the dimly-lit parlor of the James J. Hill House. The rugged historic residence is the perfect location for this line-up of eerie tales from the likes of Edgar Allan Poe, Edith Wharton and the Brothers Grimm. The program also includes works by lesser-known authors of the period, as well as some “true” ghost stories. The presentation will be followed by a tour of the Hill House, and hot cider will be served. Hurry and grab half-price tickets through Goldstar. (Only $6 plus ticket fees.)

Wargo Nature Center Fall Festival in Lino Lakes – Sunday, October 19th



Wargo Nature Center in Lino Lakes celebrates fall with their Fall Festival this Sunday, October 19th from 2:00 – 4:00pm.

Join them as they crank up the cider press, play pioneer games and have self-guided nature activities available for you and your family. This event is FREE!

FREE Showerheads and Faucet Aerators for CenterPoint Energy Customers

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CenterPoint Energy is offering free energy-saving showerheads and faucet aerators to help you reduce your energy usage and save money. The free showerheads and aerators are easy to install and designed to reduce your hot water use and lower energy costs without sacrificing comfort.

Showerheads are available in the finish of your choice, chrome or ivory
Kitchen and bathroom-style faucet aerators are available

Order up to three energy-saving showerheads and three faucet aerators at CenterPointEnergy.com/LowFlow.

This offer is available to only CenterPoint Energy residential natural gas heating customers.

You may receive a maximum of three showerheads and three faucet aerators per customer/household. Showerheads and aerators ordered in previous years count toward this limit. Please allow six to eight weeks for delivery. Complete installation instructions are included. Units fit most plumbing fixtures.

*Available only to CenterPoint Energy residential natural gas customers in Minnesota, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Mississippi and the Texas communities of Texarkana, Wake Village, Red Water and Nash. (In Minnesota, non-heating customers are not eligible.)

Walktoberfest: Celebrating the Walker’s 75th Anniversary with Free Admission & Events Oct 16 – 19


Walktoberfest is the 75th anniversary celebration of The Walker Art Center. All weekend long it opens its doors with extended hours and free gallery admission for all to celebrate its 75th anniversary as a public art center. Enjoy nonstop activities throughout the weekend, including the opening of the exhibition Art at the Center: 75 Years of Walker Collections. Celebrate the history of cinema with free screenings of films from the Ruben/Bentson Collection. The Grove at Open Field features a beer garden with local brews, bites, and music all weekend long.

Free admission Thursday–Saturday, 10 am–10 pm; Sunday, 10 am–5 pm.

Free Family Fun – Kids and grown-ups explore their creative side with family activities, artist-led projects, and art-making inspired by the Walker’s collections. (Friday–Sunday, 10 am–4 pm)

Free MN Sinfonia Concerts this Weekend in St. Paul & Minneapolis



The Minnesota Sinfonia is offering six free admission programs in the Twin Cities from October 2014 until April 2015.

This weekend, October 17 & 19, enjoy 2 performances of Polonsky Plays Mozart featuring Anna Polonsky, piano:

Oct 17 (Fri) 7 p.m.  |  Johnson High School, 1349 Arcade Street, St. Paul

Oct 19 (Sun) 2 p.m.  |  Basilica of Saint Mary, 88 North 17th Street, Minneapolis

The Minnesota Sinfonia is a Minnesota-based non-profit dedicated to serving the musical needs of Minnesotans, focusing on children, seniors and those with limited financial means.

Light Up the Night Bonfire and Parade in Anoka on Saturday


Anoka, MN is known as the Halloween capital of the world (at least around here!) with many events happening in the month of October.

This Saturday, October 18th head to Anoka for their annual Light Up the Night Bonfire and Parade starting at 7:00 p.m. There will be food vendors, a parade down Main St. and a bonfire following the parade.

There are also other fun events on Saturday including “Halloween Fun at the Library” and a Pumpkin Carving Contest.

Cafe Donuts: 2 Dozen Donuts for $12.50!


If you love Dunkin’ Donuts and are sad that we don’t have locations in Minnesota, then you will want to visit Café Donuts in Champlin. They make all the same type of doughnuts as Dunkin’ Donuts…..but BETTER! My favorite is the Vanilla Kreme (that’s it on the right side of the picture above), but their Cocoa Puff donut is a close second!

Right now you can get a Groupon for Two Dozen Donuts at Café Donuts for only $12.50. Limit 2 per person. Expires 120 days after purchase. Must use promotional value in 1 visit. Pick these up on your way to work and be the office hero!