Local Business Owners: You’re Invited to Microsoft’s Accelerate Your Business Event

Are you a business owner in the Twin Cities area? If so, you’re invited to attend Microsoft’s Accelerate Your Business event on Wednesday, May 10th, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis Hotel. It is a complimentary event featuring networking, education and best practice sharing, all designed for small and medium sized business owners.

The event’s keynote speaker Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of Reddit and bestselling author of Without Their Permission: How the 21st Century Will Be Made Not Managed, will be discussing the success story of reddit.com’s evolution from a dorm-room idea to the company it is today. This keynote is just part of an impressive line-up of speakers, interactive networking experiences and a showcase of the latest technology to achieve your full business potential.

At Microsoft’s Accelerate Your Business event, national media personalities, Carol Roth and Gene Marks will lead discussions on entrepreneurial essentials like customer loyalty and game-changing technology. Then Microsoft’s Gary Fowle will showcase the technology that’s not just hot but essential to maximize your company’s productivity and profits.

This event is tailored for small and medium business owners, C-level leaders and key senior managers that can expect to be challenged, expect to be entertained and expect to be informed.

Accelerate Your Business is a complimentary event and will be capped at capacity, so register early to reserve your spot!

Art in Bloom

With our recent days filled with beautiful weather, we have to think it’s finally spring here in in MN!   Spring also means it’s time for the annual Art in Bloom at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.  Art in Bloom is a four day festival of fresh floral arrangements inspired by fine art, and it takes place April 26-29.  There’ll be tours, lectures, demonstrations, fashion show, a family event and much more.  Check out the schedule and more specific information here on their website.

View fresh floral creations and the artworks that inspired them. Enter a world of timeless art and fresh flowers during the 34th annual Art in Bloom—a four-day festival of fresh floral arrangements and fine art, presented by Friends of the Institute at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Delight in 165 floral designs that interpret objects from Mia’s collection. A Twin Cities rite of spring!

Family Art Day at Intermedia Arts

Tomorrow is family art day at Intermedia Arts.  The free event takes place from 10-12:30.  Some of the family friendly activities include: printmaking, moving and singing, music, beatboxing, theater and more.  You can find the schedule and additional information on their website.

Family Art Day is an engaging celebration of all things art, featuring hands-on artmaking activities and engaging performances for families and youth of all ages! Join visual artists, performers, musicians, storytellers and more at this bi-annual, family-focused event! All ages and abilities welcome. Free and open to all children and families!

2017 Party for the Planet at Como Zoo

This year is the 47th anniversary of Earth Day.  Reuse, recycle and reduce.  Party for the Planet is an annual event at Como Zoo.  it takes place tomorrow and Sunday April 22nd and 23rd beginning at 10:00.  It’s important to note that the shuttle will also start for the 2017 season, check out information here here so you can plan ahead.

April 22, 2017 marks the 47th anniversary of Earth Day, a global celebration that also reminds us what we can do to protect the planet’s most precious resources. At Como Park Zoo and Conservatory, we invite the public to a free, family-friendly “Party for the Planet: Conservation Superheroes” weekend presented by Xcel Energy. Dress as your favorite Superhero and then come discover ours! Visit our Conservation Stations to see and learn more about our animals with the POWER OF FLIGHT! MASTERS OF DISGUISE! SUPER BUILDERS! Activities, crafts, and cool conservation stations will be set up both Saturday and Sunday from 10am – 4pm.

Our presenting sponsor Xcel Energy will be unveiling, for the first time ever, their new 110sq foot Tiny House. You’ll have to see it to believe it and all the remarkable energy efficient features packed into it. Step inside the Xcel Tiny House and learn how you can bring energy efficiency and renewable energy options into your home, no matter what size it is.

Party for the Planet – Daily Schedule
10:30 Polar Bear Program……………………………………….Polar Bear Odyssey
11:00 Zookeeper Talk……………………..…………………..Wyoming Toads
11:30 Primate Program…………………………..………………Primate Building
12:00 Story Time: One Plastic Bag……. …………………………..Visitor Center Lobby
1:00 Gardener Talk: Million Shades of Green……Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
2:00 Gorilla Program ………………..…………..………………Gorilla Forest
2:30 Polar Bear Program…………………………………………Polar Bear Odyssey
All Day: Endangered Species Drawings……………………..………Exhibit Gallery
All Day: Final days of the Spring Flower Show……………………Sunken Garden

On Saturday, April 22 at 1:30, The Merry Minstrels (kids from St John the Baptist school in New Brighton, MN) will be entertaining the crowds with English Morris Dancing!

Celebration 2017 – Celebrate Prince with Paisley Park and Minneapolis Landmarks

Celebration 2017 is a time to honor and mark the passing of Prince.  Today through April 23rd Paisley Park will have some special events taking place.  Some of the events are advance ticket only, however you can still get in on the action by checking out several local landmarks that will be purple for the occasion.  Buildings and landmarks scheduled to turn purple include the I-35W Bridge, Hennepin County Lowry Avenue Bridge, U.S. Bank Stadium, IDS Center, and Target Field.  Paisley Park encourages cities and landmarks around the world to join in this purple tribute by lighting buildings, bridges, and landmarks purple on April 20 and April 21!  Fans are also encouraged to wear purple on April 21 and upload pictures to social media using #PaisleyPark.

Celebration 2017, April 20th to 23rd, 2017

CELEBRATION 2017 will honor and celebrate the life and legacy of Prince, as the world marks the first anniversary of his passing. Bringing together musicians, creative personnel, special guests and friends who worked closest with Prince and knew him best, these four days will feature live music, panel discussions and presentations on Prince’s tremendous talent, influence and importance as a composer, musician, producer, live performer and filmmaker.

 

 

“Fake News:” What is It? How Do I Identify It? – Minneapolis Central Library Event

With the media coming to us in all directions, it’s becoming more and more difficult to decipher real and fake news. “Fake News:” What is It? How Do I Identify It is an event that’s coming up next week, April 25th at the Minneapolis Central Library.  It’s a free event but they do ask that you register in advance, and the link is here.

So-called “fake news” is big news these days, and it is a problem as old as journalism itself. University of Minnesota Journalism Ethics Professor Chris Ison will help you understand what it is, provide some historical context for this most current proliferation, and share practical strategies you can use to help identify quality journalism.

FREE Sunset Yoga class in Eagan

Have you ever done yoga?  If you haven’t, now is the chance to try it for free.  This Sunday April 23rd the Eagan Fitness Center is partnering with the National Park Service ParkRx Day, and will be hosting a FREE Sunset Yoga Class.  It will take place from 6:30-7:30 at the Eagan Community Center.  Hopefully the weather will cooperate for it to be outside, otherwise it will be moved indoors.

The Eagan Fitness Center is partnering with the National Park Service ParkRx Day to provide a FREE Sunset Yoga class. National ParkRx Day is a national celebration promoting the growing movement of prescribing park and nature to patients to improve human health. Celebrate with us on Sunday, April 23 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at the Eagan Community Center. Class will be outside or in the gymnasium (weather dependent).

Food Truck Rally – Maplewood Mall

Food Truck Rally - Maplewood Mall

The food truck rally is coming up this weekend.  It takes place at the Maplewood Mall, Saturday April 22nd, from 10-6.  There’s no admission, free parking will be available.  You choose which food to purchase on your own.  With over 25 trucks scheduled to be there, surely there’ll be something for everyone to enjoy.  There will be music and kids activities as well. You can find the list of scheduled food trucks here on the event page.  I think I know where we are headed for lunch and dinner on Saturday!

Bring your appetite, a few friends and your enthusiasm.
Food costs range from $3 to $18 with the average entree cost being $6 to $8. 
Every truck will have at least one $5 entree offer.
Fresh food – Cooked to order!
Free Admission / Free Parking / Kid Activity Area / Music / Beer Garden
This event is free to the public and all attendees will purchase their food from the food trucks independently.

 

Disneynature Born in China Free Advance Screening Tuesday AMC Rosedale

We are big fans of the Disneynature movies and their latest film, Born in China, is coming to theaters just in time for Earth Day. BUT, you have a chance to see it early with a special advance screening Tuesday, April 18th at 7PM at AMC Rosedale. Download a pass to admit 4 people HERE. Please be aware that seating is given on a first come, first serve basis, so make sure to arrive early!

 

 

About the movie:

Narrated by John Krasinski (“13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi,” NBC’s “The Office,” “Amazon’s “Jack Ryan”), Disneynature’s new True Life Adventure film “Born In China” takes an epic journey into the wilds of China where few people have ever ventured. Following the stories of three animal families, the film transports audiences to some of the most extreme environments on Earth to witness some of the most intimate moments ever captured in a nature film. A doting panda bear mother guides her growing baby as she begins to explore and seek independence. A two-year-old golden monkey who feels displaced by his new baby sister joins up with a group of free-spirited outcasts. And a mother snow leopard—an elusive animal rarely caught on camera—faces the very real drama of raising her two cubs in one of the harshest and most unforgiving environments on the planet. Featuring stunning, never-before-seen imagery, the film navigates China’s vast terrain—from the frigid mountains to the heart of the bamboo forest—on the wings of red-crowned cranes, seamlessly tying the extraordinary tales together. Opening in U.S. theaters on Earth Day 2017, “Born in China” is directed by accomplished Chinese filmmaker Lu Chuan, and produced by Disney’s Roy Conli and renowned nature filmmakers Brian Leith and Phil Chapman.

The Long Prairie Drive-In Open for 2017 Season

Yes it’s April and yes the Long Prairie Drive-In is open for the 2017 season.  The Long Drive-In, is located on the edge of Long Prairie in central MN.  It’s been around since 1956 and is one of the few Drive-In theaters left in MN.  It’s only open on weekends and you can find information, directions as well as the the schedule here on their website.  We mentioned this last year, but the drive-in also has camping, so if you need to road trip, that’s a great option as well.

Welcome to The Long Drive-In Theatre! The Long Drive-In has been a favorite summer destination for central Minnesota since opening in 1956. Generations of theater-goers have had the opportunity to enjoy movies under the stars from the comfort of their car, lawn chair, or blanket.

GATES OPEN 6:30 on the nights we have movies (Weekends only) 

Enter the Drive-In before nightfall to ensure you catch the entire movie. The second movie follows the first after a brief intermission for snacks. Please see the “movies & menu” tab for concession prices. We do NOT close due to rain. We only close if it is life threatening weather. To ensure if we are open or closed, call (320)732-3142 for the answering machine.

PRICE (includes both movies)

Adults: $6.00 **6-11: $3.00 **5 & under: Free