Union Depot Train Days

Union Depot Train Days

Union Depot Train Days takes place this coming weekend, April 30-May 1st.  It’s a great family friendly event that includes:  music, train equipment, special events, activities and more. The best part, it’s a free event and Metro Transit is offering free rides if you download the pass.  There’re a few ticketed events, you may want to plan for.

Saturday, April 30, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sunday, May 1, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m

Union Depot Train Days

Enjoy a fun and educational experience as we highlight the history and future of passenger train travel, the historic and current role of freight railroads in our region, and changing transportation trends and needs. All will enjoy a wide variety of free transportation-inspired activities.

Union Depot Train Days

Diary of a Wimpy Kid the Musical at Children’s Theatre Company

Disclosure TicketsDiary of a Wimpy Kid the Musical at Children's Theatre Company Review
First of all, let me just say that my 7-year-old nephew is a HARSH critic when it comes to the stage. Since he was about 3 we have been taking him to theater productions and he has no qualms about expressing his feelings about a performance. Unfortunately, that is sometimes DURING the performance in the form of his repeated whispers asking if we can leave.

There were no whispered pleas during Diary of a Wimpy Kid the Musical at Children’s Theatre Company. In fact, he LOVED it!! He is already a fan of the book series and seeing it come to life on stage was a treat. Obviously he isn’t the only one who feels that way because the Children’s Theatre Company just announced that it is extending the run of Diary of a Wimpy Kid the Musical through June 12!

Greg Heffley is in survival mode. All. The. Time. From bullies to his big brother to his height-challenged stature, he’s the wimpy kid we can all relate to. The beloved series hits the stage in a brand-new musical with Rowley, Manny, and of course, Rodrick joining in the mayhem. A ridiculous amount of fun for anyone who has survived, is surviving, or hopes to survive middle school, inspired by the award-winning and bestselling book series.

 

 

Tickets:
The Ticket Office is accessible by phone two hours prior to most performances. These posted hours are subject to change.
Email: tickets@childrenstheatre.org (inquiries only, no ticket processing)
Phone: 612.874.0400
Website: childrenstheatre.org
Lap passes available for children newborn to age 3
ASL/Audio-Described performance: May 20 at 7pm
ASL performance: May 22 at 5pm
Single tickets range from $15-80
Group tickets up to 25% off regular tickets for groups of ten or more

Bruegger’s Bagels Pays Tribute to Prince

Bruegger’s Bagels Pays Tribute to Prince

If you’re like me, you think bagels should be one of the food groups.  So many great options to choose from these days.  They make a perfect breakfast or snack!  Tomorrow April 28th is a great day for a bagel and to support a local music program. Twin Cities area Bruegger’s Bagels will bake purple bagels in honor of Prince and donate proceeds from the sale of each bagel to the MN Music Coalition, which is the only statewide nonprofit devoted solely to supporting Minnesota’s popular musicians, including pop, rock and R&B artists.  Sounds like a great way to raise money and support an amazing program. 

Bruegger’s Bagels Pays Tribute to Prince

Bruegger’s Bagels Pays Tribute to Prince with April 28 Fundraiser

Purple bagel to benefit Minnesota Music Coalition

What:            As a member of the Minneapolis community for more than 32 years, Bruegger’s Bagels joins in mourning the death of the city’s favorite son, Prince. It will pay tribute to him with a fundraiser for a cause he championed throughout his life – the Minnesota Music Coalition.  “The Minnesota Music Coalition is proud to partner with Bruegger’s to celebrate Prince’s life and the local music scene that he helped build. Sales of this bagel will continue that legacy by supporting our statewide program to provide mentoring and music industry training to the next generation of pop, rock and R&B artists,” said Ellen Stanley, Executive Director, MMC.

On Thursday, April 28, Bruegger’s Bagels will bake purple bagels in his honor and donate proceeds from the sale of each bagel to The Minnesota Music Coalition (MMC) which is the only statewide nonprofit devoted solely to supporting Minnesota’s popular musicians. By giving artists the skills, resources and opportunities to have successful careers, MMC makes Minnesota the best place for musicians to live and work. For more information about MMC’s artist programs visit www.mnmusiccoalition.org.

Where:           All 34 Minneapolis-area locations.   See below or visit brueggers.com for the location nearest you.

When:           Thursday April  28, 6 a.m. – close, while supplies last.

7745 150th St W Apple Valley MN 55124 952-891-2422
651 Nicollet Mall, #139 Minneapolis MN 55402 612-339-3311
7801 Southtown Center Bloomington MN 55431 952-703-0443
Sun Ray Shopping Center
2133 Hudson Road, Suite 3
St. Paul MN 55119 651-578-0580
Leisure Lane Shopping Center
7101 France Avenue
Edina MN 55435 952-926-2696
3809 West Old Shakopee Rd. Bloomington MN 55431 952-881-4898
9641 Anderson Lakes Parkway Eden Prairie MN 55344 952-829-9532
121 South Eighth Street
Suite 260, Skyway Level
Minneapolis MN 55402 612-238-3500
338 South Avenue Bloomington MN 55425 952-854-5326
13384 Bass Lake Road, Suite #104 Maple Grove MN 55311 763-559-6968
50  South 10th Street , Skyway level Suite 230  Minneapolis MN 55402 612-338-3577
1500 W Lake St Minneapolis MN 55408 612-823-2756
3558 Winnetka Ave N New Hope MN 55427 763-545-6783
1808 S Plymouth Rd Minnetonka MN 55305 952-545-4114
Park Village
5400 Excelsior Blvd Suite A
St. Louis Park MN 55416 952-927-6286
North Oaks Village Center
111 Village Center Drive
North Oaks MN 55127 651-486-7135
4000 Annapolis Lane, Suite 109 Plymouth MN 55447 763-553-9893
Roseville Shopping Center
2712 Lincoln Drive
Roseville MN 55113 651-635-0185
1650 Park Place Blvd, Suite 100 St. Louis Park MN 55416 952-545-0398
1179A E Wayzata Blvd Wayzata MN 55391 952-476-6587
12525 Ulysses St, Suite 100 Blaine MN 55434 763-862-7830
800 Grand Ave St. Paul MN 55105 651-221-1909
2136 Ford Parkway St. Paul MN 55116 651-699-8011
1601 County Rd. 42 West Burnsville MN 55306 952-898-1999
2233 Energy Park Dr, Suite 100 St. Paul MN 55108 651-646-8632
1 West 7th Place St. Paul MN 55102 651-225-4363
City Center Plaza
8320 City Centre Dr., Suite A
Woodbury MN 55125 651-735-7711
Cedar Cliff Shopping Center
2149A Cliff Road
Eagan MN 55122 651-405-8895
Stillwater Market Place
1970 Market Dr
Stillwater MN 55082 651-439-3090
437 Commerce Drive, Suite 100 Woodbury MN 55125 651-264-9512
4412 France Ave S Edina MN 55410 952-927-9446
4953 Penn Ave S Minneapolis MN 55409 612-929-6634
4554 Nicollet Avenue South Minneapolis MN 55419 612-822-5401
228 East Hennepin Avenue Minneapolis MN 55414 612-617-9617
720 Washington Avenue SE Minneapolis MN 55414 612-378-2145

May Day Parade

May Day Parade

If you’ve never been to the May Day Parade in Minneapolis, it’s really amazing.  This year marks the 42nd annual event.  It’s a parade like no other, and creativity that’s unbelievable.  Music, Art, Masks, Puppets and more will be in the parade.  It begins at noon and you can find the route and information here.

May Day Parade

The 42nd Annual MayDay Parade and Festival: Sunday, May 1, 2016

THE PARADE WILL BEGIN AT NOON.

Blossom in Your Community

photo by Kirt Boston

There are three parts to our MayDay event: the Parade, the Tree of Life Ceremony, and a Festival in Powderhorn Park in South Minneapolis until dusk.

Every spring, the MayDay Parade explodes onto Bloomington Avenue! We own the street for the day, dancing and playing instruments with fiery verve. We tell our story, section by section, each designed musically and visually by MayDay staff artists as a walking theatrical performance. The Free Speech Section follows, where community groups proclaim their names and causes. All together, 2000 participants march, boogie or roll down Bloomington every year!

Meanwhile, tens of thousands more line the streets, enjoying the spectacle and each other. People are everywhere – on rooftops and on lawns, toting babies in backpacks and toddlers in wagons, or sitting knee to knee along on the curbs. Everybody greets neighbors from near and far with a “Happy MayDay!!” The city feels intimate, overflowing with goodwill and spring fever.

Oliver Kelley Spring on the Farm

Oliver Kelley Spring on the Farm

Spring is such a great time of year.  The green grass comes back, the flowers bloom and it’s time for farm babies.  Oliver Kelley Spring on the Farm takes place this coming weekend. Saturday April 30th from 10am-5pm, then again on Sunday May 1st from noon-5pm.

Cost
Included with site admission of $9 adults, $7 seniors and college students, $6 ages 5-17, free age 4 and under and MNHS members
Oliver Kelley Spring on the Farm

Spring is on the way, and the Oliver Kelley Farm is starting to come alive. Visit this weekend to see this year’s baby animals, help with the early spring planting in the garden and fields, cook up the last of the root cellar produce and explore the nature trails.

Oliver Kelley Spring on the Farm

 

Detroit Lakes Festival Of Birds

Detroit Lakes Festival Of Birds

We are fortunate to live in a state with an amazing variety of birds.  The changes in weather, as well as the time of year have an impact on the birds we have.  The 19th annual Festival of Birdswill be held in Detroit Lakes, May 19-22, 2016.  There will be speakers, seminars, a dinner and more.  If you are a photographer or just enjoy bird watching, it sounds like a great event.  Early registration is encouraged.  More information can be found here.

Detroit Lakes Festival Of Birds

More than 275 different types of birds can be found in Becker County. In recent years, birders have checked these species off their list: Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher, Gray-cheeked Thrush, Rough-legged Hawk, Chestnut-collared Longspur, LeConte’s and Nelson’s Sharp-tailed Sparrows, Rock Wren, Golden-winged and Northern Parula Warblers, Alder Flycatcher and Black-backed Woodpecker.

Detroit Lakes Festival Of Birds

 

 

Warden’s House Museum Annual Open House

Warden's House Museum Annual Open House

Are you still trying to decide what to do today?  You could head to Stillwater for the Warden’s House Museum Annual Open House.  This year marks the 75th Touring season for this historical place. The open house event, will take place from 12-4pm. You can enjoy music, while also getting a peek at the new exhibits.  Admission is free for this event, typically there is a small admission to enter.

Warden's House Museum Annual Open House

The museum consists of 14 rooms decorated in the late 19th and early 20th century style. Many rooms are like that of a upper middle class household while other rooms house exhibits showcasing various elements of Washington County history such as the lumbering industry, the 1965 St. Croix Valley Flood, the Civil War, and of course, the Old Stillwater Prison.

Purple Rain Screenings

Purple Rain Screenings

People all around the world are mourning the loss of Prince.  Several different places in MN, will be showing Purple Rain, as a tribute to this amazing singer and song writer.

The Star Tribune wrote a great article, listing various places to see Purple Rain.

The following theaters will screen the late pop star’s 1984 film “Purple Rain” this week.

Theatres at the Mall of America: The movie screens for free Saturday at 5:20 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 9:50 p.m.

Target Field Station: Free “Purple Rain” viewing party at Target Field Station, just outside of the ballpark. Music at 6:30 p.m., movie at 8 p.m.

St. Anthony Main: Sunday through Thursday, with four regularly-programmed shows per day for all five days — 1:05 p.m., 4:05 p.m., 7:05 p.m., 9:55 p.m.

Uptown Theatre: April 29, midnight screening. Tickets here.

Chanhassen Five Star Cinemas: This week only, starting Fri. Tickets here.

• Two of the country’s largest movie theater chains — AMC and Carmike — are bringing the 1984 film back to screens starting Sunday and running through Thursday.

Minneapolis
AMC Arbor Lakes 16
AMC Coon Rapids 16
AMC Eden Prairie Mall 18
AMC Inver Grove 16
AMC Rosedale 14
AMC Southdale Center 16

Minnesota:
Carmike 15 Apple Valley, MN
Cinema 6 Mankato, MN
Wynnsong 15 Mounds View, MN
Oakdale 20 Oakdale, MN

Purple Rain,” starring the late pop star, was first released in 1984 and earned Prince an Academy Award for Best Original Song Score. The accompanying album also produced two no. 1 singles –“When Doves Cry” and “Let’s Go Crazy–and went platinum 13 times over.

Purple Rain Screenings

Party for the Planet at Como Zoo

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It’s time for the annual Party for the Planet at Como Zoo.  A free event to celebrate Earth Day.  Fun for the whole family April 22nd-24th. There will be: activities, crafts and education programs that explore animals, plants and people that depend on this big blue ball we call earth.  Metro Transit is also offering free passes here.

Party for the Planet at Como Zoo

It’s A “Party for the Planet” presented by Xcel Energy
A three-day Earth Day celebration April 22 through 24

April 22, 2016 marks the 46th 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 “Party for the Planet”presented by Xcel Energy, celebrating Earth Day all weekend long, beginning 10:00am Friday. Throughout the free, family-friendly weekend, visitors are invited to learn about everything from composting to upcycling at a series of activity stations across the Como campus. Our presenting sponsor Xcel Energy will also be on hand to explore how reducing energy consumption at home can improve the wild habitats around the world. This year, we have teamed up with Metro Transit to offer free ride passes to Como. Be sure to stop by Como’s Visitor Center between 10am – 4pm to check out cool conservation stations.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle at Como

Party for the Planet isn’t just fun and games—it’s also a great way to learn more about simple ways you can make a difference. Some ideas:

• Stop by Xcel Energy’s “Power Ride Bike” interactive station about energy use or challenge yourself with a fun game of “Connect with Efficiency”, staffed by Xcel Energy professionals.

•Check out the Nice Ride Station at Como, part of the country’s largest bike sharing system. See how you can plan your next visit with pedal power!

•Have an old cell phone? Drop it in our recycling collection bin in the Visitor Center. Como partners with Eco-Cell for this recycling effort, where proceeds help invest in preserving one of the most critically endangered species on earth, the orangutan. Recycling these items at Como prevents toxic batteries from harming our earth when land-filled and helps to reduce the need to mine coltran, a product used in making cell phones and small handheld electronics that is often illegally mined in an area of Africa that is home to endangered gorillas.

• Ride the Metro Transit for free to Como! To download your free pass, simply click HERE

Party for the Planet – Daily Schedule
10:30 Polar Bear Program……………………………………….Polar Bear Odyssey
11:00 Zookeeper Talk:
Friday: Tigers…………………………………………………………Cats Building
Saturday: Penguins……………………………………………..…….Aquatics Building
Sunday: Millipedes……….…………………………………………..Tropical Encounters
11:30 Gorilla Program…………………………..………………Gorilla Forest
12:00 Story Time: Bear Wants More…………………………..Visitor Center Lobby
1:00 Gardener Talk: Greening up the Conservatory…………Exhibit Gallery Lobby
2:00 Gorilla Program ………………..…………..………………Gorilla Forest
2:30 Polar Bear Program…………………………………………Polar Bear Odyssey

On Sunday, April 24 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!

Hey party animals, it’s cool to conserve!

Party for the Planet at Como Zoo

Earth Day Expo 2016, Coffman Front Plaza

Earth Day Expo 2016, Coffman Front PlazaEarth Day is being celebrated tomorrow, and there are several events taking place throughout the weekend.  If you’re free tomorrow, head to Coffman Front Plaza at the U of M in Minneapolis for the Earth Day Expo 2016.

Earth Day Expo 2016, Coffman Front Plaza Come celebrate Earth Day with live music, free food, interactive booths, and more! The first portion of the event from 11:30 am to 1 pm is hosted in conjunction with the Spring Jam™ Warm-Up Concert to provide music and free food. During this time environmental student groups will be celebrating Earth Day by hosting engaging activities. The second portion of the event from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm is an environmental fair including environmental groups from all over the Twin Cities. Be sure to check out z.umn.edu/earthday2016 for a detailed list of Earth Day activities! Special thanks to MSA Sustainability Committee, Students for Sustainability, Office of Sustainability, and Sustainability Education!

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