Pletschers’ Greenhouse Celebrates 97 years

Don’t we all hope to be 97 years old and not look a day older than 20?  Pletschers’ Greenhouse, located in New Brighton, will be having an open house this Sunday from 11-5 to celebrate 97 years in business.

Come help us celebrate our celebrating our 97th Year! Our annual open house the one day a year where we open up our greenhouses to the public. Where you get to see where we grow our fabulous plants, great refreshments, door prizes and specials in the garden center.

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.

 

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

 

Twin Cities Spring Babies Festival 2017

The Twin Cities Spring Babies Festival is something new for 2017, however if you’ve been to the Twin Cities Harvest Festival and Maze, it’s at the same location.  It will take place weekend in April, beginning the 14th, but closed on Easter Sunday.   Hours will be 10-5.  You can purchase discount tickets online or regular price at the gate.

Fun For All!

Come and experience the inaugural 2017 Twin Cities Spring Babies! From cute baby animals to a kids corn pit, everyone’s sure to have a great time! Enjoy petting or holding adorable baby animals that include bunnies, chicks, lambs, horses, calves and much more. So bring the whole family for a fun day in the field. The baby animals are inside, so come rain or shine. See you soon! Click here to buy your tickets now!

Included in the ticket price:

  • Baby Farm Animals Petting Zoo
  • Kids Corn Pit
  • Straw Bale Maze
  • Hayride
  • Kids Play Area

For a little extra:

  • Food Vendors*
  • Pony Rides*
  • And more!

*Not included in the ticket price. Additional cost applies.
**Dogs/pets are not allowed. Be sure to dress appropriately for spring on the farm.