Evening Bat Chat and Walk

The Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge is hosting an Evening Bat Chat and Walk.    It takes place this coming Friday, July 28th from 7:30-9:30.  Bats are very helpful animals, especially if you aren’t a fan of mosquitoes.  This sounds like a great event to learn a bit more about them, possible see some and learn what we can do to help the bat population.

Friday, July 28
7:30- 9:30 p.m.
Bloomington Education and Visitor Center

Come hear about how bats benefit us in our daily lives and what bat species can be found in your own backyard. We will be surveying for bats using acoustic devices that allow us to record bat calls and instantly determine what species they are! We will start with a presentation about Minnesota bats and surveys will be conducted around the visitor center after dusk. Please bring a flashlight or head lamp and bug spray.

**For those that joined us at the June Bat Chat and Walk- we will be showing additional pictures of bat surveying from this summer in Northern MN ~8:15 p.m. Otherwise, if you would like to skip the talk altogether, please meet us in front of the Visitor Center ~8:45 p.m. and we will see if we can hear/see some new bat species!

NE Dog Parade – North-East Minneapolis

Bring a dog, borrow a dog or just mark your calendar to watch all the dogs.  It’s time for the NE dog parade.  It takes place this Friday, July 28th in North-East Minneapolis from 5-7.  You can find more details on the event page.

On Friday, July 28th, dogs will be taking over the streets of Northeast once again! Join us for the annual NE Dog Parade.

Dogs, please bring your humans and meet across from Wilde Cafe at 5:00 for socializing, tail wagging, and activities. At 6:00 Officer Elliot Wong will take us for a walk through the business district, and then we will circle back to the riverfront for more doggy camaraderie. There will be prizes for best trick and a costume contest, so it’s time to dust off those capes and tutus and start training your humans!

Chateau Jazz Festival – Chateau St. Croix Winery

We do our best to stick with events, festival and locations in Minnesota.  Occasionally we do see something with a location across the border that grabs our attention and we feel deserves a mention.

The Chateau Jazz Festival takes place this Saturday, July 22nd from 12-6pm. The Chateau St. Croix Winery is located just outside of Saint Croix Falls Wisconsin.  If you’ve never been, it’s worth a bit of wandering to check it out.   The Jazz Festival is FREE admission.

Enjoy food from local food trucks, tour the winery and of course drink delicious Chateau wine. For those guests who prefer beer, we will offer a selection of local craft beers by the bottle. This is the perfect mid-summer event!

Music:
Babatunde Lea Quintet – 12:00pm
Steve Kenny Quartet – 1:30pm
Twin Cities Latin Jazz Ensemble – 3:00pm
Atlantis Quartet – 4:45pm
Andrew Wallesch – 1:00pm, 2:30pm, 4:15pm

Food Vendors:
A Wandering Fire – Wood Fire Pizza’s
Jessica’s Cucina – Wraps, Soups and more

Summer Concert at Dodge Nature Center

The Dodge Nature Center will be hosting The Fabulous Fairlanes for a concert tomorrow evening, July 21st.  The concert is scheduled from 7-8:30pm.  This is a free concert and geared towards all ages.  Bring the family for an evening of great music and fun.  They would appreciate an RSVP just to have an idea of how many to expect.

The Fabulous Fairlanes are a popular St. Paul a capella doo wop quartet that sing music from the 50’s to today. This is their first performance at Dodge Nature Center. Come enjoy a wonderful doo wop as you watch what goes on in the summer eve in our prairie. We offer ice cream cones for a minimal fee and will “pass the hat” to compensate our amazing performers. Join us for a family friendly musical evening. Come early and picnic if you wish.

Location: Dodge Nature Center, Main Office Entrance 1, 365 Marie Ave. W. in West St. Paul

 

Old Fashioned Raspberry Shake Recipe + Driscoll’s Minnesota Berry Together Sweepstakes

It’s not a surprise that we Minnesotans are a bunch of raspberry lovers, but now there is hard data to back it up. According to Driscoll’s, the Twin Cities is the leading market for raspberries (measured by consumption per household), with residents enjoying 153% more raspberries than the national average! Does your family love raspberries? Ours does and they have been a part of our special moments and favorite foods ever since I can remember.

During the summer, raspberries were often the star of dessert at my grandparents house. My grandma would prepare them by sprinkling with sugar and letting them sit in the refrigerator, would turned them into an easy raspberry sauce, which we put over ice cream or a slice of poundcake.

In our own house, raspberries were a summer staple too. The way my mind remembers it, Mom did most of the regular cooking for meals in our house. But when it came to treats, then Dad took over. He made the most delicious raspberry filled crepes! I always thought that crepes seemed like a fancy food, but he swore that they weren’t that hard to make. But, since Dad was a big ice cream fan, as well as a raspberry fan, he was even more likely to make us raspberry shakes. This is my version of Dad’s recipe, which just happens to be the best raspberry shake recipe ever.


 

Best Raspberry Shake Recipe Ever

 
Ingredients:

3 cups reduced fat ice cream
1 cup milk (I use 1%)
1 package (6 ounces or 1 1/4 cups) Driscoll’s Raspberries

Directions:

Place ice cream and milk in blender.
Blend until smooth.
Add raspberries to blender.
Blend on low speed for 10 seconds.
Pour into glasses and serve immediately.

While many kids love shakes, even more seem to love ice pops. Well, guess what? This recipe is super easy to turn into Raspberry Shake Freezer Pops! All you do is let the shake melt a bit after making (or start out with 1/2 cup extra milk for a more runny concoction) and then pour the shake mixture into an ice pop mold. Let freeze until hardened and then, voila! Yummy Raspberry Shake Freezer Pops for the kids. (Or the adults because really, who doesn’t love a homemade freezer pop?


 

Enter for a chance to win:

 
If you live in our raspberry-loving state of Minnesota, enter Driscoll’s Minnesota Berry Together Sweepstakes for a chance to win a dream getaway at Madden’s Resort & Spa in Brainerd, MN. One grand prize winner will win a magical 4-night stay at Madden’s on Gull Lake. The stay includes a Berry Bonanza Day featuring fresh Driscoll’s berry treats and exclusive surprises. Four first prize winners will receive Driscoll’s berries for a year! Enter here for your chance to win. Those in all 50 states can enter the Driscoll’s #BerryTogether sweepstakes by sharing a favorite everyday Driscoll’s moment on Twitter or Instagram using #BerryTogether for a chance to win a trip to Monterey, California, or berries for a year! (See details here.)

Rhythm on the Rails Concert Series in Shakopee

Tonight is the start of a concert series that will be taking place in downtown Shakopee.  The Rhythm on the Rails Concert Series are all free, and take place on Wednesday evenings from 6-10pm. The planned schedule is:

Rhythm on the Rails is a FREE five-week summer concert series taking place every Wednesday night from 6-10 pm right on Lewis Street in Downtown Shakopee. The series starts July 19 and runs through August 16, 2017. Rhythm on the Rails will feature live music, family fun, food/brew vendors, and much more!

 

 

Munsinger Art Fair in the Garden

If you’ve never been to Munsinger Gardens in St. Cloud, you really should add it to your list of must do’s this summer.  A beautiful garden that sits right along the Mississippi River.  This Thursday, July 20th there are several more reasons to visit the gardens.  It’s time for the Munsinger Art Fair in the Garden.  There’s no admission to the Art Fair, taking place from 10am-7pm.

Celebrate summer at the annual “Art Fair in the Gardens” at Munsinger Clemens Gardens, Kilian Boulevard & 13th St. SE, St. Cloud, MN on Thursday July 20, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Artwork is for sale from Minnesota artists skilled in garden art, pottery, photography, oil painting, watercolor painting, jewelry, stained glass, sculpture, woodworking, weaving and more. Booths are set up right in the Gardens so you will be able to enjoy the flowers as you shop.

There will be live music at the Gazebo by Paul Imholte from 11:30-1:30, John Hollingsworth from 2:30-4:30 and OK Factor from 5:00-7:00. Carlos Quinche will play native flutes in Clemens Gardens from 11:30 to 6:00.

Food and beverages will be for sale on site all day from Erberts and Gerberts, Good Earth Food Co-op, Kettle*Licious Kettle Korn and West Side Liquor. For more information go to munsingerclemens.com or find us on Facebook at Munsinger Clemens Botanical Society.

This is a free public event sponsored by Munsinger Clemens Botanical Society. Music performances are funded, in part, by an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature, through a grant from the Central Minnesota Arts Board with money from the State’s general fund.

Open Streets Minneapolis: Lake + Minnehaha

We love the Open Street Events that take place in Minneapolis.  We don’t live in Minneapolis, so it gives us a chance to explore different areas.  If you have’t been to any of them, the Open Streets Minneapolis: Lake + Minnehaha is coming up.  It takes place this coming Sunday, July 23rd from 11-5.  The road will be closed to cars, and open to pedestrians, bikes and etc.  Part of this area has had some construction so missed out on the Open Street events for a few years.  This will be the first one since 2013.

Back again (and for the first time on Minnehaha since 2013), Minneapolis residents will have the opportunity to explore and enjoy their neighborhood streets without the presence of motorized traffic at Open Streets Lake + Minnehaha!

Open Streets events bring together local businesses, families, and neighbors to bike, walk, socialize, play and shop in their communities in a car-free environment.

Open Streets offers a number of fun, family-friendly events put on by local businesses and event partners! From group yoga and exercise in the streets to live music and kids play zones; there’s something for everyone at Open Streets!

What will YOU create on the street at Open Streets?

Open Streets Lake + Minnehaha
Sunday, July 23rd, 2017 11:00am – 5:00pm
From Elliot Avenue to Minnehaha Ave; along Minnehaha Ave until 46th St.

 

MN Food Truck Festival – ANOKA

It’s time to start planning for next weekend, July 22nd is the MN Food Truck Festival – ANOKA.  Taking place from 12-10pm.  No admission fees.  With at least 35 different trucks on had selling almost every kind of food that we can think of, I know where I’ll be for lunch.

Free event featuring more than 30 food truck fares!

One of the Twin Cities most popular & delicious free events – The Uptown Food Truck Festival – will invade downtown Anoka on Saturday, July 22nd.

You’ll be able to sample food truck delicacies all day long, with hours from 12 p.m. – 10 p.m.

More than 30 food trucks will be selling their unique street eats with global cuisines ranging from Indian to British to Japanese to locally grown pork. Food trucks will line up on Jackson Street between 1st Ave. and 2nd Ave (right near city hall).

$5 Pair Share: Each food truck will offer a signature dish at $5 to increase the epicurean opportunities for you and a friend.

Live music will add to the atmosphere and youll be able to enjoy locally handcrafted beers. Other beverage options will also be available. The event is free. Each beer sold will benefit local charity Anoka County Brotherhood Council – ACBC Food Shelf and Feed My Starving Children by providing a meal to someone in need.

 

2017 International Festival of Burnsville

 

This year marks the 10th year for the International Festival of Burnsville.  A free event, taking place tomorrow July 15th from 3-9pm. It takes place rain or shine in the Nicollet Commons.

  • Free Live Performances
  • Family Activities
  • Ethnic Food
  • Free Art and Cultural Exhibit

The International Festival of Burnsville was established in 2006 to celebrate the city’s cultural diversity. The Festival takes place at Nicollet Commons Park each summer and features a range of music and dance groups representing cultures around the globe.  In addition to music, guests and their families can purchase food, admire culture displays, and engage in kid-friendly activities.