National Get Outdoors Day Event

This Saturday June 1oth is National Get Outdoors Day.  REI is stepping up and helping those of us in the twin cities, enjoy the day. You can head to Powderhorn Park in Minneapolis from 11-3 for a whole list of free fun:

  • canoeing
  • fishing,
  • archery
  • roast marshmallows
  • play camp games
  • wilderness camping etiquette
  • fire arms safety at the laser shooting range
  • kids’ outdoor activities
  • climbing wall
  • cool off in the wading pool
  • enjoy food, live music, prize give-aways and more!

National Get Outdoors Day is a nationwide event that offers those new to outdoor activities an opportunity to try them out for FREE. Join us at Powderhorn Park to play outside! We are ready to have some fun outside and hope that you will join us. The event is completely free. There are numerous bus routes to reach the event by public transport. Plenty of parking is available on side streets.

 

Summer Open House at Buck Hill

Buck Hill has fun all year round.  Downhill skiing on snow in the winter and then on artificial snow in the summer.  This Friday, June 9th from 4-8pm you can enjoy a lot of fun at the Summer Open House.  Check out some of the activities:

• Ride Our Trails and Mountain Bike Skills Park
• Food and Beverages Available from Black Diamond Restaurant and Bar
• Free Face Painting
• Demo the Latest Mountain Bikes from Valley Bike & Ski and Penn Cycle
• Electric Longboard Demos from Zombie Boardshop
• Learn More About Our Summer Action Sports Camps for Kids
• Ski, Snowboard or Tube on the Neveplast Artificial Snow
• FREE EVENT! You Must Provide Your Own Ski or Snowboard Equipment

 

Mill Towns State Trail Grand Opening

This past weekend we spent the day biking at one of Minnesota’s bike trails, and there are many.  You can add another to the list as the Mill Towns State Trail Grand Opening takes place this Saturday, June 3rd.  The festivities will take place at Lake Byllesby Park, just west of Cannon Falls.  The event will celebrate the newest trail segment of the Mill Towns State Trail made possible by Dakota County, Goodhue County and the Minnesota DNR. From 2-5pm there will be a ribbon cutting as well other fun activities:

  • bikes available to check out
  • pedicabs for free pedicab rides
  • a bike decorating station
  • naturalists talking about birding
  • plus more fun!

The Play Ball Minnesota Youth Clinics

Play Ball Minnesota Youth Clinics is a program that was started back in 1961, and continues today.  It’s a free program that takes place in many communities throughout MN.  The program is a way to promote baseball and softball to boys and girls throughout the region.  There are two age group options, 6-9 and 10-13.  Check out the complete list of locations to find one near you, here on the program website.

The spring and summer of 2017 is the 57th season the Minnesota Twins, Twins Community Fund and Play Ball! Minnesota, in partnership with Great River Energy, will offer free youth baseball/softball clinics. Created in 1961 by longtime Twins scout Angelo Giuliani, the clinic program serves as a way for Play Ball! Minnesota to promote the baseball and softball to boys and girls throughout the region.

The Play Ball! Minnesota Youth Clinics have always been, and will continue to be, available to participants and communities free of charge. Funding for the Play Ball! Minnesota Youth Clinics is provided by the Twins Community Fund and Great River Energy. No advanced registration is required to participate in a clinic, but participants must complete a waiver form before they will be allowed to participate.

The current baseball clinic format was developed by former Twins general manager, and amateur baseball supporter, Terry Ryan and former Twins executive Bob Gebhard. The current softball clinic format was developed by Terry Ryan Award winner and longtime softball instructor Jim Berbee. Clinics are broken up into two sessions (unless otherwise noted); the first session is for 6-9 year olds, and the second for 10-13 year olds.

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).

Buck Hill Spring Thing

With Spring just around the corner, Buck Hill has decided to host a Spring Fling.  It takes place Saturday-Sunday (March 18-19). With the recent snow and warmer temps on the way, it’ll be a great weekend to have some fun on the hill.   There’ll be deals on skiing, food and drink specials, and a pond skip.

Join us for the Buck Hill Spring Thing! We are celebrating another great season of winter fun at Buck Hill with fun events and specials for the whole family. LET’S PARTY!

• Bring 3 non-perishable food item donations and an all day ski or board ticket is only TEN BUCKS on Saturday March 18th and Sunday March 19th.

• St Patrick’s Day food and drink specials ALL WEEKEND at Black Diamond at Buck Hill

• POND SKIP! Sunday, March 19th at 1pm – All skiers and boarders are welcome (bring dry clothes). Pond skip in a Hawaiian shirt and get a FREE waffle from Malcolm’s. Pond skip registration form

• SNOW TUBING is open from 10am-6pm both Saturday & Sunday!

Try Hockey For Free Day, February 25th

There’s no denying we live in a Hockey State.  I grew up in a small rural area, part of the experience was watching the games take place at the cold rink.  Try Hockey For Free Day, February 25th is a day for kids between the ages of 4-9 to have an opportunity to try hockey at no cost.  With 26 locations around the state, it means there’s likely one close by.  Check out the list of locations, as well as how to register in advance on the website.

On Saturday, February 25th, 2017, Minnesota Hockey and 27 local associations across the state will encourage kids, ages 4 to 9, to come to a local participating rink and try youth hockey at no cost as a part of USA Hockey’s national Try Hockey For Free day in coordination with Hockey Weekend Across America.

Each host site will have a limited amount of equipment available. All participants are required to have a minimum of a helmet, skates and gloves. If you will need help with equipment, we encourage you to contact the event host where you will be participating in advance.

For more information on Try Hockey For Free Day and what to expect, you can contact Minnesota Hockey for more information.

A current list of host locations is shown below. To register, visit www.tryhockeyforfree.com or click on the button below.

Lunar Eclipse Snowshoe Walk at Afton State Park

We keep hoping for a little more snow in the metro area, hopefully the forecast is correct that some is on the way.  More snow means the Lunar Eclipse Snowshoe Walk at Afton State Park will be a great event to participate in.  It takes place this coming Friday, February 10th.  Hours are from 6:30-8.   You can use your own snowshoes if you have them, or reserve a pair from the park.

 

 

Trails by Candlelight

UPDATE: Unfortunately, this even has been canceled:

“At this time, trail conditions park-wide have deteriorated further after the precipitation received Monday and Tuesday this week. Currently, all trails are rated as: icy to dangerously icy in most places, and are not safe for use for the Trails By Candlelight event. In addition to unsafe event trail conditions, local weather predictions anticipate rain all day and into the evening on Saturday, February 11, which will further deteriorate trail conditions and disintegrate and extinguish luminaries.

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There’s something about being outdoors at night, with the white snow beneath you.  Something magical and something mysterious. The Trails by Candlelight event at Lebanon Hills Regional Park is a a great event to enjoy a magical winter evening.  It takes place Saturday Feburary 11th from 6-9pm.  There is an admission of $10 per person, cash preferred at the time of arrival.

Trails by Candlelight

More than 1,500 luminaries will line more than 2 miles of hiking and snowshoeing trails and nearly 4 miles of cross-country ski trails at the Trails by Candlelight event in Lebanon Hills Regional Park.

Enjoy candlelight hiking, snowshoeing, sledding a lit hill, ice skating, kicksledding, bonfires and food trucks.

Date: Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, 6-9 p.m.

Location: Visitor Center, Lebanon Hills Regional Park

Admission: $10/person. Tickets at the door only. Ages 5 and younger are free.

Cash payment is preferred, checks and credit cards (Visa, Mastercard and Discover) will be accepted.

Plan ahead to fast-track the admissions line. Bring cash for ticket payment and a signed Event Waiver for each person attending.

Parking
Free parking is available onsite or at Woodcrest Church (525 Cliff Road) with a free shuttle to and from the event. Shuttle rides will start at 5:45 p.m.  The last shuttle ride back to the Woodcrest Church leaves the Lebanon Hills Visitor Center at 9:45 p.m.

Food
Hot concessions will be available to purchase from Xstream Cuisine and Kabomelette.

What to bring
Bring your own sled, skis and snowshoes. Snowshoe and ski rental will also be available for an additional fee. The last rental of the night goes out at 8 p.m. Dogs, except for assistance and guide dogs, are not permitted at the event.

TwinsFest – Target Field January 27 – 29

Although tickets for TwinsFest went on sale several months back, we know some of you of more spur of the moment or need to budget for things.  We are here to tell you, TwinsFest tickets can still be purchased and there’s still an opportunity to attend this great annual event. The brunch with T.C. is the only portion that’s sold out, however there’s still plenty of fun to be had if you decide to attend.  You can go here to the website to: purchase tickets, find the daily schedule, as well as the list of players that plan to attend.

Friday, January 27, Saturday, January 28, and Sunday, January 29

  • Player Autographs
  • Photo Opportunities
  • Sports Memorabilia and Card Show
  • Special Panel Discussions
  • T.C. Digital Clubhouse in the Twins Clubhouse
  • White Glove Tour of the Twins Archive Room
  • Twins Yard Sale
  • Cuts in the Cage and T-shirt Cannon Challenge in Twins Batting Cages
  • Interactive Activities including BINGO, human foosball, reading with Twins mascot T.C., Fan Feud, velocity testing in the speed pitch cage
  • Kid’s Day Sunday with more activities and opportunities geared towards children

TwinsFest will feature numerous new interactive activities and behind-the-scenes fan experiences that celebrate Twins baseball and Target Field.

New to this year’s event, the Metropolitan Club will host TwinsFest’s first-ever beer garden. An engaging and energetic space for families and friends to connect at TwinsFest, this new attraction will feature a selection of craft beers, yard games, pub games, a radio stage hosted by Go Media, classic arcade games and many other interactive activities for families.

As in years past, more than 60 current, former and future Twins players are expected to appear throughout the course of the weekend.