Lakeville’s Pan-O-Prog

It’s July and that means time for the 51st annual Pan-o-Prog celebration in Lakeville.  You might be wondering what Pan-O-Prog means, it stands for Panorama of Progress.  This year you will find events taking place from July 1st-9th.  There are events for the whole family, some just for kids and then a few that are geared for adults only.  Just depends what you are looking for:  a kiddie tractor pull, dancing the night away, or possibly watching a pet show, there’s a wide variety of events.  Take a look at the full schedule here on the website

Panorama of Progress, or PAN-O-PROG as the weeklong festival is commonly known, began largely due from the success of the development of Lakeville’s Airlake Industrial Park. Sensing the future growth of the city, community leaders looked for a way to observe. Since 1967 Lakeville has been celebrating its successes as PAN-O-PROG!

Over 50 celebrations, events and activities take place during the week of July 4. By the masses, residents line up to watch the grand parade, classic car cruise and 4th of July fireworks!

Other impressive events include tournaments, pageants, battle of the bands, cookouts, orchestra in the park, crafts, outdoor dances pet and talent shows, medallion hunt and all varieties of entertainment! There is something for all age groups and food for all tastes. Come join the celebration!

Bloomington Summer Fete

Join in the fun on Monday July 3rd, it’s time for the Bloomington Summer Fete.  Although it’s not the actual 4th of July, it might as well be, there’s lot’s of fun planned for all ages.  Music, activities for kids, food for purchase and of course fireworks. Check out the schedule:

5 – 9 p.m.
Kids’ Carnival Area

The 84th Street region will kick off with the Kids’ Carnival Area at 5 p.m. featuring more inflatable attractions than ever before with a few specialty attractions!

Wristbands: An inflatable-only wristband may be purchased for $15.

Tickets: One ticket may be purchased for $1. Tickets are an alternative to wristbands. All inflatables will require two tickets; other specialty attractions will require more.

5 – 8:40 p.m.
Music on the 84th Street Kids Stage

The 84th Street Kids’ stage will once again feature the best in family entertainment.

  • 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. – Rachel Kroog’s Summer Fun ShowRachel’s various themes include: the power of kindness, the value of respect, our spiritual connection to the earth and its animals, and the ability to make our dreams come true.
  • 6:20 – 7:20 p.m. – Rachel Kroog’s Patriotic ShowCelebrate America’s Independence with this fun and interactive kids show!
  • 7:40 – 8:40 p.m. – Normandale Community College Jazz Ensemble

5 – 10 p.m.
Music on the Main Stage

The main stage at the Bandshell is headlined by the biannual favorite, the Bloomington Medalist Band.

  • 5:00 – 8:15 p.m. – Pop ROCKSPop ROCKS is not just a band; they are a high energy live music show that plays the biggest dance party hits made to fill the floor!
  • 8:40 – 10:00 p.m. – Bloomington Medalist BandAs one of Summer Fete’s traditional performers, the Bloomington Medalist Band performance has always been a great way to cap off an evening of celebration and fun.

Dusk
Fireworks!

Topping off the evening is the annual Summer Fete fireworks display. It starts around dusk – shortly after 10 p.m.

The pyrotechnics this year promise to continue to be one of the best in the state. Bloomington’s fireworks displays are one of the few to feature 10-inch shells.

The Fireworks display is visible from all around the event site. Look towards the Hyland Lake Ski Jump to see the aerial display launched from Chalet Road.

 

 

Burnsville Music in the Park

Burnsville Music in the Park is a series of free music concerts throughout the summer.  It takes place at the Nicollet Commons Park right in the center of the city.  The free concerts will be on Sundays from 7-9pm.

July 2: La Viña (Latin gospel)
July 9: Lee Engele and Reynold Philipsek (jazz)
July 16: Northern Winds Concert Band (symphonic band)
July 23: Maryann Sullivan and Corner Jazz (jazz)
July 30: Mariachi Mexico (mariachi)
Aug. 6: Brio Brass (rockin’ brass band)

Minneapolis SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING Red Carpet Premiere with Local Hero Peter Pearson and MN Viking Xavier Rhodes

Local Hero Peter Pearson and MN Viking Xavier Rhodes

Tuesday, June 27, marked the Minneapolis red carpet premiere of SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING at AMC Southdale. Spider-Man wasn’t the only superhero on hand for the celebration! Local superhero Peter Pearson, a 4th grade teacher, dad and husband from Blaine, MN battling Hodgkin’s Lymphoma for the third time, was honored with the presentation of a Spider-Man: Homecoming local hero to superhero medal, presented by KFAN’s Paul Lambert and Minnesota Vikings’ Xavier Rhodes.

Pete Pearson Interview with The Jason Show

Movie fans and Peter’s family were there to cheer him on and have their picture taken on the red carpet. There were also fun activities for the kids to make their own Spider-Man mask and receive SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING temporary tattoos.

Paul Lambert and Peter Pearson then kicked off the movie, with Peter saying, “Throughout the past four years I have had some amazing experiences and one of them happened to be today. Thank you to the people at 18/8 Fine Men’s Salon, Banana Republic, The Jason Show, everybody that helped me out today. It was an awesome day and I cannot wait to see SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING! ”

Pete Pearson and His Parents

Check ThriftyJinxy.com for a review of SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING on July 7th. All I can say for now is YOU WILL WANT TO SEE IT! Avoid the lines on opening weekend and buy advance tickets for SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING here.

About the movie:

A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Captain America: Civil War, begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging super hero in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.). Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine – distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man – but when the Vulture (Michael Keaton) emerges as a new villain, everything that Peter holds most important will be threatened.

Smurfs: The Lost Village Prize Pack Giveaway + See Them at the Twin Cities Color Run!

Good news for Smurfs fans! SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE is available on Vudu June 20th and on Blu-ray and DVD July 11th. To celebrate we are giving away a smurfy prize pack including a digital copy of the film, a lunchbox, and Little Bites! Also, be sure to catch the Smurfs at the Twin Cities Color Run Saturday, July 9!

In this fully animated, all-new take on the Smurfs, a mysterious map sets Smurfette and her best friends Brainy, Clumsy and Hefty on an exciting and thrilling race through the Forbidden Forest filled with magical creatures to find a mysterious lost village before the evil wizard Gargamel does. Embarking on a rollercoaster journey full of action and danger, the Smurfs are on a course that leads to the discovery of the biggest secret in Smurf history!

While you enjoy watching SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE with your family at home, how about whipping up this yummy Smurfberry Pie Smoothie Recipe?  If you can’t get your hands on any smurfberries, feel free to substitute blueberries!

About SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE:

Make it a family movie night with the beloved blue creatures in the fully animated, all-new take on The Smurfs when Sony Pictures Animation’s SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE debuts on digital June 20 and on 4K Ultra HD™/Blu-ray™ + Digital, Blu-ray + Digital and DVD July 11 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Boasting an “A” CinemaScore with general audiences and a rare “A+” with those under the age of 18, SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE follows Smurfette and her friends Brainy, Clumsy and Hefty on an exciting and thrilling race through the Forbidden Forest filled with magical creatures to find a mysterious lost village before the evil wizard Gargamel does. Embarking on a rollercoaster journey full of action and danger, the Smurfs are on a course that leads to the discovery of the biggest secret in Smurf history!

SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE features an all-star voice cast, including platinum-selling recording artist Demi Lovato (Camp Rock franchise) as Smurfette, Emmy®-nominated comic actor Rainn Wilson (“The Office”) as Gargamel, Joe Manganiello (Magic Mike) as Hefty Smurf, Jack McBrayer (“30 Rock”) as Clumsy Smurf, Danny Pudi (”Community”) as Brainy Smurf, Michelle Rodriguez (The Fate of the Furious) as SmurfStorm, Ellie Kemper (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”) as SmurfBlossom, Ariel Winter (“Modern Family”) as SmurfLily, with Mandy Patinkin (“Homeland”) as Papa Smurf and Academy Award® winner Julia Roberts (Best Actress, Erin Brockovich, 2000) as SmurfWillow.

SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE is bursting with bonus materials on the Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD, DVD and digital releases. Along with filmmaker commentary, there are 10 fun and interactive featurettes, including Meghan Trainor’s “I’m A Lady” music video and “Lost Village Dance Along” where you can join in the Smurf dance party. Get ready to represent your Smurf style with “Smurfify Your Nails” and create a Lost Village inspired manicure, then go inside “Baker Smurf’s Mini Kitchen” to follow along and guess what’s cooking, plus get step-by-step tutorials on how to draw your favorite Smurfs with three “how to” videos. Fans can also go behind the scenes as Demi Lovato auditions for the film and goes through a pretty tough interview with Smurfette herself in “Demi Lovato Meets Smurfette.”

Making an animated movie is no easy task, but in “Kids At Heart! The Making of Smurfs: The Lost Village,” you’ll get a lighthearted look at how the film was made with both interviews from the cast and animators as well as silly re-enactments featuring adorable kid versions of the talented team. And “Making the Song ‘You Will Always Find Me in Your Heart’” goes into the studio with singer Shaley Smith, composer Christopher Lennertz and songwriter KT Tunstall as they record the film’s pivotal song, while in “The Sound of The Smurfs,” fans hear from composer Christopher Lennertz on how he created a magical score to accompany this colorful and exciting adventure. Lastly, don’t miss the sneak peek at Sony Pictures Animation’s highly anticipated film, The Emoji Movie.

Exclusive to the Blu-ray are deleted scenes as well as “The Lost Auditions,” where the superstar cast, each one already perfect for their roles, explore other ideas about which role they should play. And fans of all ages will enjoy going behind-the-scenes with Meghan Trainor as she films the videoto her hit “I’m A Lady,” available exclusively on the digital release of SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE at iTunes, Vudu and Xfinity.

SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE is also available on July 11 in THE SMURFS 3-MOVIE BLU-RAY COLLECTION, which includes The Smurfs and The Smurfs 2.

Reader Giveaway: One lucky Thrifty Minnesota reader will win a a smurfy prize pack including a digital copy of the film, a lunchbox, and Little Bites. To enter, just complete the entry form below by 11:59pm ET on 7/3/16. Good luck!

Smurfs: The Lost Village Prize Pack Giveaway

Open Eye Figure Theatre Free Puppet Shows

This summer is the 15th year for the Open Eye Figure Theatre Driveway Tour.  The Driveway Tour is a way to experience a puppet show in a variety of locations.  In the past we have attended them in people’s yards, in a park and at the local library.   You can find the schedule and locations here.  There are four different rotating shows that are part of the Driveway Tour schedule.

The 15th Annual Driveway Tour

All summer long we perform puppet shows in backyards, front yards, parks throughout the Twin Cities, bringing communities together with original family-friendly theatre. Since 2003, the Driveway Tour has reached over 50,000 people in more than 620 neighborhoods.

How Do I Attend a Driveway Tour Show?

The Driveway Tour is hosted within communities all around the metro area. All shows are free and open to anyone who wants to attend.

Open Eye Figure Theatre

Wandering the State Forest Areas of Minnesota

The best part about Minnesota is the variety of landscape it offers.  Sure, we don’t have an actual mountain range but we still have plenty of areas to climb on rocks.  There are pine trees, prairies and everything in between.  Lakes, rivers, and even some puddles to be found.  If you want to go exploring, check out the State Forest areas around Minnesota.  A great, budget friendly and thrifty way to enjoy a bit of nature.  If you go to the website, you can get more information on all the different places you can explore.

 

State forests

You can enjoy a variety of outdoor activities – hiking, camping, wildlife viewing – in any of Minnesota’s State Forests.

State forest campgrounds and day-use areas are developed with a minimum of disturbance to the natural environment and are often in remote locations. This means that they are less likely to be as accessible as many state park campgrounds and facilities. Also, state forests do not have full-time staff available.

 

What we offer:

  • 1000 campsites at 46 campgrounds,
  • 44 day-use areas,
  • about 900 miles of trails, and
  • 142 water accesses.

Campgrounds

There are two types of campgrounds in state forests, developed and primitive.

Developed campgrounds charge a fee and have at least one accessible campsite with a level surface, accessible picnic table, and fire ring. Accessible paths lead from the campsite to a well and accessible vault toilet.

Primitive camp sites are also available at no charge. Most of these do not have accessible features.

  • State forest campgrounds do not have electric hookups or showers.
  • Most drinking water is provided from hand-pumped wells. Some campgrounds have accessible wells with a concrete pad and level approach.
  • Reservations at state forest campgrounds are not required or accepted.

Day Use Areas

Many state forests have day-use areas equipped with picnic tables, fire rings, drinking water, and toilets. They are often located on lakes and have hiking trails, boat access, and swimming beaches. Some have accessible picnic tables, vault toilets, and wells. Overnight camping is not allowed at day-use areas.

SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING Minneapolis Premiere – Get Your Passes!


We have superheroes among us! Tomorrow, June 27, local Minneapolis superhero Peter Pearson, a 4th grade teacher, dad and husband from Blaine, MN battling Hodgkin’s Lymphoma for the third time, will be honored with a Minneapolis premiere of SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING. The premiere will be at AMC Southdale with red carpet photo opportunities and family activities starting at 6pm, followed by an advance screening of SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING at 7pm.

For a chance to attend, CLICK HERE for your chance to download a family-four pack of passes to the screening (while supplies last). Be sure to arrive early for family activities, red carpet photo opportunities and more!

About the movie:

A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Captain America: Civil War, begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging super hero in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.). Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine – distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man – but when the Vulture (Michael Keaton) emerges as a new villain, everything that Peter holds most important will be threatened.

Summer Concert Series in Farmington

Photo from the Farmington Independent Newspaper

The Summer Music in the Park Series takes place on the last Thursday of the month in Farmington.  This means bring your chair or blanket and get ready to enjoy an evening of free music.  With some nice cool temps in the forecast this week, it just might be the perfect time to meet up with friends at the Rambling River Park.  You can find more information here.

 

Concert lineup:

• Thursday, June 29: Woodshop the Band, a skiffle or jug band from Minneapolis, will play old, new country, rock, punk and blues tunes. The event is sponsored by Chemquest and Farmington Liquors.

• Thursday, July 27: Darlene & The Boys band are back to bring the highest quality performance. Darlene performs on TV, radio and has delighted to give stage shows alongside stars from the Grand Ole Opry. The concert is sponsored by Chemquest, Farmington Liquors and Impact Auto.

• Thursday, August 31: The Bazillions band will perform kid-friendly rock ‘n roll tunes. The event is sponsored by Chemquest, Farmington Gymnastics Center, Park Dental and Xpress Coin Laundry.

Blaine Festival Car Show at Northtown Mall

Do you know someone you who loves cars? Tomorrow, June 25th is the Blaine Festival Car Show at Northtown Mall.  It takes place from 10am-3pm.  There’ll be live music, cars, food and more.   Fun for the whole family.   The event is free for spectators.

Northtown Mall is proud to sponsor the Blaine Festival Car Show to support Invisible Wounds Project on Sunday June 25th. There will be live music from Jack Knife and the Sharps (JKATS), food from Chili’s and fun for the whole family! All proceeds to benefit the Invisible Wounds Project charity. Trophies awarded to the Top 20 vehicles based on participant and spectator voting. Free to spectators.