Credit River Antique Tractor Club Show

Even if you didn’t grow up on farm, tractors are still a huge part of our history and lives.  This weekend July 14, 15, and 16th is the Credit River Antique Tractor Club Show, taking place at the Cedar Lake Regional Park near New Prague. It’s a free admission and also free parking event. Some of the activities taking place each day include:

  • Parade each day at 1pm
  • Blacksmith
  • Ropemaking
  • Flea Market
  • Crafts
  • Food
  • Antique Farm Equipment Display




THE EMOJI MOVIE Truck Tour at Mall of America Thursday

THE EMOJI MOVIE Truck Tour is making its way to Minnesota! Join in on the celebration the upcoming release of THE EMOJI MOVIE with Hi-5 & Gene, characters from the upcoming film. The Emoji Movie glass truck activation will be at Mall of America this Thursday, July 13 from 2pm-8pm in the North Lot for a day filled with fun activities including a boomerang photo booth in the ball pit, corn hole games, a selfie station, giveaways and more! THE EMOJI MOVIE hits theaters July 28.



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About the movie:

This animated comedy takes place in Textopolis, a world inside a smartphone that’s inhabited by various emojis. There, an emoji named Gene (voiced by T.J. Miller) is ashamed that he has multiple facial expressions while his colleagues only have one each, and he embarks on a quest to be like everyone else. James Corden, Ilana Glazer, Jennifer Coolidge, Patrick Stewart, and Maya Rudolph also lend their voices to this film from Sony Pictures Animation.

Becky’s Believers Book Sale in Bloomington

We love book sales, okay it might be a close tie with estate sales and garage sales but the common theme with my girls is that they all have books!  You can never have enough books and just when I think we do, I’m pretty sure they multiply during the night while we sleep.

There’s another large book sale coming up in Bloomington, the proceeds will go to Hope Lodge, a free place to stay for cancer patients getting treatment.  The book sale is called Becky’s Believers Book Sale, and it takes place in the gym of the Redemption Lutheran Church.  Hardcovers are $1, paperbacks are 50 cents.  They will also have records, games, movies and music.

The sale takes place

July 15 from 9-3

July 16 from 11-2

927 E Old Shakopee Rd.  Bloomington

Shockwaves Water Ski Show in Plymouth

If you’ve never seen a water ski show, now is the time to go.  On Monday July 10th the Shockwaves  will have a show in Plymouth at the Parkers Lake Park in Plymouth.  It takes place from 7-8:30.

Grab your lawn chairs or blankets and join us for a free water ski show featuring the Shockwaves (Shakopee-Prior Lake Water Ski Team) July 10 at Parkers Lake.
The show features music, costumes and water ski entertainment, including jumps, pyramids and choreographed moves.
Arrive early to claim a good seat, as beach-front space and event parking is limited.
Bring snacks / picnic dinner. Ice cream and kettle corn will be available for purchase.
A second water ski show is set for Tuesday, Aug. 15.
Weather Hotline: 763-509-5205

St. Paul Dragon Festival 2017 – Lake Phalen Park

St. Paul Dragon Festival 2017 - Phalen Park

The 2017 Dragon Festival takes place this coming weekend July 8-9th at Lake Phalen and Lake Phalen Park in St. Paul.  If you’ve never been to it, the Dragon Festival is a great family friendly fun, artistic, and colorful event.  There is Free Admission – Free Performances – fun Children’s Activities.

Martial Artist Demonstrations

The Dragon Festival Planning Committee is committed to providing festival goers with a uniquely Asian and Pacific Islander inspired event. Martial arts performers provide festival goers with a multitude of experiences, performances and awesomeness. See a showcase of a variety of different types of martial artists from professionals to even people just like you. Our hope is to bring awareness to our attendees of the practice of Martial Arts from all different parts of Asia that are prevalent in our own community.
Children’s Activities

Dragon Festival comes alive for the young crowd!  From Boat Races on the lake, to Martial Arts demonstrations, Singing and Dancing at the performance stage, to all sorts of activities sponsored by our vendors and supporters.  Some of our sponsors offer activity challenges, with awards and prizes!  There are activities for kids of ALL ages!

Be sure to swing by the North side of the park again this year too!  We have the Bouncy Castles back!  Please note, the bouncy castles are not free, they do require the purchase of a ticket.  Tickets are available by the hour or all-day unlimited.

Three Rivers Park Dragon Fly Festival

The Three Rivers Park Dragon Fly Festival is coming up this Saturday July 8th.  It takes place at the Eastman Nature Center in Dayton.  This event is a time to learn about dragon flies, make some crafts, catch some dragon flies and more.  It’s a fun for all ages event.  There is a small admission fee of $5 per person.  It takes place from 10-1 and you can drop in anytime, you do not have to be there right at 10.

Dragonfly Festival – Celebrate dragonflies and their life cycles. Visit the dragonfly tent, catch some of these insects, and learn how your actions affect their health. Explore with microscopes; make a craft. $5/person. Ages: All.  Saturday, July 8, 10 am – 1 pm.


Dakota Valley Summer Pops Orchestra Concert at Caponi Art Park

We have mentioned Caponi Art Park in Eagan a few times in the past.  They offer a wide range of free or inexpensive activities and events in a beautiful setting.  This coming Sunday, July 9th Dakota Valley Summer Pops Orchestra Concert at Caponi Art Park will take place at 6:30pm.  Tickets are $5 for 12 and over and can be purchased here.  Even if you can’t make it for one of the special events, pick a day and explore the park for what it it is, you won’t be disappointed at this hidden gem.

Dakota Valley Summer Pops Orchestra

A family-friendly evening of American music featuring Broadway and Hollywood show tunes and works by composers such as Aaron Copland and John Williams.

Event tickets: $5/person, children 12 and under free!

Since 1986, the Dakota Valley Symphony has brought together skilled volunteer musicians to perform and promote diverse symphonic musical experiences of all periods and styles. Performing concerts around the south suburban Twin Cities area, the symphony has a 60-member orchestra, a 40-member mixed chorus and a 90-member summer pops orchestra and chorus, all under the direction of founder and music director Stephen J. Ramsey.

Kayaking in Southern Minnesota

Just this past weekend, on a bright sunny day we decided to give kayaking a try.  All four of us have tried it at a friends cabin, just skirting some lake shore.  This time we decided to step it up a notch, we rented some kayaks and headed down the Zumbro River.

I wish I could I tell you that we found a secret free adventure, we did not.  What I can tell you is that we found one of the least expensive options.  We found some discounts for places that offer kayaking on lakes but we wanted to go down a river.  We chose a smaller business called Zumbro Falls River Ratz, as they were the least expensive we found for what we wanted to do.  We each wanted our own kayak, not tandem for this excursion.  The company we chose offers several different kayak options as well as tubes and canoes.  The Zumbro Falls River Ratz is a company that offers transportation, another thing we were looking for.  They drove us up the river and then we kayaked down, ending up where our vehicle was parked.  Thankfully we chose an almost perfect day, nice and sunny and not too hot.  It took us a little over two hours to go the six miles route on the river.

Just a few tips if you decide to give kayaking a try:

  • Make sure you’re prepared with the right type of payment, the company we chose is cash only.
  • Check the water conditions or weather with the place you want to rent from the day of day or day before
  • Wear Sunscreen
  • Be prepared that you will get a little or perhaps a lot wet, sort of your chose which one will happen.
  • If you want to bring lunch or a camera make sure to bring waterproof containers
  • The right footwear, especially if you plan to get out during the ride
  • Watch for wildlife along the route, we spotted:  turtles, a beaver, as well as several different birds and bugs.

We all enjoyed our day and will either be back to this same company and location yet this summer, or we just might branch out and try a completely different river in MN.

If you’ve rented kayaks in MN, is there a company or location you would recommend?  We still have a lot of summer left and would love to go exploring so please share your tips and suggestions. 


Music in Plymouth on July 5th

The Music in Plymouth on July 5th is a not to be missed event.  Not only does it include the Minnesota Orchestra, the Okee Dokee Brothers along with the R Factor will also be there.  A great line up and something for everyone.  It’s not just music, there’ll be fire dancers and then after that it will be followed by the grand finale, an amazing firework display.  

Plymouth’s annual community event features the Minnesota Orchestra, food, fireworks and fun.

Entertainment begins at 5:30 p.m. and includes the Okee Dokee Brothers and the R Factor.

Following the opening lineup, the Minnesota Orchestra will take the stage for a world-class performance of classic and modern scores. Roving entertainers will stroll through the crowd throughout the event.

After the orchestra, fire dancers will captivate by combining flames, illuminated body movement and intricate partner choreography in a show leading up to the evening’s grand finale – the annual fireworks display.

A variety of concessions will be available for purchase and attendees can bring picnic suppers.

Participants are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets, though staking or roping off seating areas is prohibited.

Free shuttle service is available from West Lutheran High School (34th Ave. N. and Fernbrook Lane) and Plymouth Creek Elementary School (Vicksburg Lane and 41st Ave. N.). Shuttle service begins at 5 p.m. and runs throughout the event.

Farmers Markets

Photo credit: MFMA website

Each year I attempt a garden.  I sure don’t have my Grandma’s green thumb that’s for sure.  Tomatoes seem to grow plentiful but they aren’t my favorite to eat.  Would love for our green peppers to grow better than they do, they seem to prefer to the fall months for some reason.  Thankfully there are Farmers Markets where there’s plenty of fresh produce, fruit, flowers and other local items to be found.

Take a look at the locations and schedules, some of the markets have special events and you may even be able to pick up lunch or dinner while you’re shopping.