Nancy Carlson and VocalEssence at Tales & Tunes

I love to share events where music and reading come together.  A fun Tales and Tunes event takes place Saturday, March 30th.  Together VocalEssence and Author Nancy Carlson will bring entertainment to kids and families.  Admission for children is free with the purchase of a $15 adult ticket.  The event takes place at the Plymouth Congregational Church.  

More specifics about the Tales and Tunes event:

Two Performances:
Saturday, March 30, 2019 at 9:30-10:30 AM
Saturday, March 30, 2019 at 11:30 AM-12:30 PM

Guild Hall, Plymouth Congregational Church
1919 LaSalle Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Members of the VocalEssence Ensemble Singers and Singers Of This Age
Nancy Carlson, author

Let’s create together! In this musical story time, your little ones can roll up their sleeves and make a craft, sing along to nursery rhymes with our singers, and hear acclaimed local author Nancy Carlson read some of her most-loved books. Listen to brand new songs written by teen moms through our Lullaby Project, and create a song with us that you can take home.

All ages welcome. Children and youth ages 0-17 are free, with the purchase of an adult ticket.

It’s Tapping Time – Learn to Make Maple Syrup for Free in Roseville March 23rd – 24th


Have you ever tapped trees for sap? Well, spring is the time to try it out!

As if by magic, sap flows from a tree and turns into a luscious springtime treat. Visit Harriet Alexander Nature Center (HANC) for “It’s Tapping Time” to learn the secret of making maple syrup.

This free event takes place Saturday, March 23rd or Sunday, March 24th from 10 am – 4 pm at HANC, 2520 North Dale St. Roseville. Come along as volunteers tap maple trees, collect sap and boil it to make delicious maple syrup. Learn about traditional syruping methods, enjoy Native American stories, and taste maple treats. No charge for this sweet family outing!

Exultate Festival Choir and Orchestra – 50% Off Tickets

Any choir nerds in the house? (Raising my hand here!) Right now there are discount tickets available via Goldstar for three upcoming Exultate Festival Choir & Orchestra concerts! Tickets are $10 (50% off), plus service fees for the following three concerts:

Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Maple Grove on Friday, April 12 at 7 pm

Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church in St. Paul on Saturday, April 13 at 7 pm

Annunciation Catholic Church in Minneapolis on Sunday, April 14 at 2 pm

Note that students and young people under 30 can get discount tickets through their website, so keep that in mind as you figure out how many tickets you’ll need to purchase through Goldstar.

The monumental Mass in B Minor of Johann Sebastian Bach will be performed by the Exultate Festival Choir and Orchestra. This work, the pinnacle of choral music, was one of the final works written by the great master. The magnificent creation of movement after movement woven together to form the five chief parts of the Mass must be experienced. In addition to the music, Bach’s personal Bible will be on display along with artifacts surrounding his life, his faith and the Mass in B Minor. Your ticket to the concert allows you to view this marvelous exhibit.

Apple Pruning at the LeDuc

Do you have apple trees and not quite sure what to do with them?  Perhaps you would like to learn how or when to prune them?  An free event tomorrow at the LeDuc Historic Estate in Hastings is where you want to be to learn about apple trees.  It takes place from 9-12.

A little more about the apple tree pruning event:

John McPherson, former Orchardist at Carpenter Nature Center, will be conducting a demonstration/workshop on pruning apple trees in the LeDuc orchard.

This event is free and open to the public.


Free Ink Day at Highpoint – Saturday, March 23rd

Are you artistic, or perhaps you want to be and keep searching for that creative part of you? Even if you’re not artistic, it’s still fun to try new things. Everyone can be creative!

This Saturday is the chance to do some hand-on printmaking and creative fun. Highpoint Center for Printmaking is located in Minneapolis, and just three times a year offers its “Free Ink Day”. If you’re curious what it is about, the next one is coming up this Saturday, March 23rd from 12 – 4 pm.

Free Ink Day at Highpoint

What is Free Ink Day?

Three times a year Highpoint invites the community to an afternoon of hands-on printmaking and creative fun. At these free, public events visitors of all ages can drop in anytime during the afternoon to make unique, hand-made artwork. All materials for the planned activity are non-toxic and supplied by Highpoint (while supplies last), and no registration is necessary – just drop in, bring your creativity, and be ready to get inky! Staff and volunteers will be able to answer any questions along the way.

Bowlero Discounted Bowling, Shoe Rentals, and Arcade Games via Groupon

I took a bowling class in college to meet my “physical activity” requirement. (Score!) I can’t say that I’m a champion bowler…because I’m not…but it’s still fun to hit the lanes every once in a while.

You can enjoy a discount on bowling and shoe rentals at Bowlero (four Minnesota locations – Blaine, Brooklyn Park, Eden Prairie, and Lakeville) when you buy through Groupon! Options include:

  • $20 for two hours of bowling and shoe rentals for two guests – $10/person
  • $38 for two hours of bowling and shoe rentals for four guests – $9.50/person
  • $56 for two hours of bowling and shoe rentals for six guests – $9.33/person



Bowlero takes bowling to the next level with their state-of-the-art arcade, multi-player laser tag. and epic eats. Each location features bowling lanes decked out with black lights, plush lounge seats, and HD video walls. Here the menu is nationally-recognized and comes stuffed with everything from oversized share-ables to classic burgers and sandwiches each with their own spin. Come enjoy a game of bowling and stay for the featured bites, games, and alluring visuals.

After you purchase your Groupon, you’ll need to redeem it by June 6th, 2019. Call in advance to confirm availability; advanced reservations are not available. Also note that the Groupon is not valid Saturdays after 6 pm.

And if you plan to play arcade games while you’re there, you’ll want to buy a discounted game card via Groupon, as well. Pay $12 for a $25 arcade game card with 50 credits. Note that this Groupon needs to be redeemed by April 11th, 2019.

Free Emerald Ash Borer Field Workshops

Many of us are familiar with the term EAB or Emerald Ash Borer. It’s been affecting so many of our trees in MN in the recent years.  If you would like to learn more about it, we found some free workshops that are open to the public.

The workshops are put on by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) Staff.  With three different locations there just might be one near you.   The three locations are:  Duluth, Clearwater and one in the Twin Cities at Fort Snelling.

Duluth:  April 2-4

Clearwater:  March 28-29

Twin Cities (Fort Snelling):  March 28-29


More specifics on EAB and the workshops:

Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) Staff will be leading free EAB Field Workshops in the Twin Cities Metro Area, Clearwater, and Duluth.  These hour long outdoor workshops will provide an opportunity to get a firsthand look at EAB infested trees and will assist the community in becoming familiar with early detection.  General EAB biology, distribution, management, regulation, and treatment will also be covered.  Workshops are provided free of charge through support from the US Forest Service.  Maps and parking instructions will be provided by email with registration confirmation.

Register online here or by calling 651-201-6097 Maps and parking instructions will be provided by e-mail with registration confirmation.  Workshop sessions are offered daily starting at 9:00am, 10:30am, and 1:00pm.



MN Zoo Farm Babies – March 22nd through April 30th

One of our favorite events is coming up soon, the MN Zoo Farm Babies! All the cuteness will help us forget about the long winter and help us to welcome spring.

The Farm Babies event is included with the regular zoo admission – there are no additional fees.

MN Zoo Farm Babies

March 22 – April 30, 2019
9 am – 4 pm – Open Daily

Come out and enjoy the sights and sounds of spring at the Wells Fargo Family Farm. Cuteness abounds with baby chicks, piglets, lambs, calves, goat kids, and bunnies. Check out the special “egg” treats for the animals. This fun form of enrichment will include colored Jell-O eggs, piñatas, and hard-boiled eggs.

Weekend Activities:

  • Tram rides 11 am – 1 pm
  • Family activity 11 am – 2 pm
  • Animal story time – 10 am and 1 pm
  • April 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27 & 28 – Guild of Metalsmiths demonstrations
  • April 13, 14, 27 & 28 – Square dance demonstrations
  • April 19 & 20 – Animal “Egg” Enrichment throughout the Zoo
  • April 20 – “Peter Rabbit” costume character 10 am – 1 pm

Free “Movies Under the Domes” Movie Nights at the Minneapolis Convention Center

Once a month, enjoy a feature film in the auditorium of the Minneapolis Convention Center for FREE as part of their Movies Under the Domes series! The next free movie night is coming up TONIGHT, so we wanted to give you the heads up as you will need to register in advance for your complimentary tickets.

Upcoming films include:

  • March 21st – Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (PG-13)
  • April 25th – Moana (PG)
  • May 16th – Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (PG)

Date night, family night or a hang-out-with-friends night, each Movies Under the Domes evening is free to the public. Movie-goers must RSVP through Eventbrite for General Admission tickets, as seating is limited. The first 100 people through the door at all movies will receive a free two-pack set of Pepsi stainless steel straws.

In addition to free feature films, guests can relax in the MCC Craft Bar and Lounge, which will have Minnesota craft brews and light snacks available for purchase. Those under age 21 can purchase snacks and beverages outside the Craft Bar and Lounge, including Niki’s ice cream sandwiches. These treats are hand-crafted with fresh-baked cookies, made from scratch at the MCC, and featuring Minnesota’s own Bridgeman’s ice-cream.

Get your tickets HERE!

Meat of the North Pork Passport

What’s your favorite meat?  I have to admit, I will drive out of the way for a good BBQ place or a place that smokes their meat.  We love to explore small local non-chain places when we are wandering, so I was excited to learn about the Meat of the North Pork Passport program.  It’s a passport program that highlights 11 different premier pork restaurants throughout MN.

Here’s how the passport works:

Visit at least SEVEN of Minnesota’s premier pork restaurants within 24 MONTHS:
2. Enjoy a tasty pork meal
3. Stamp your Pork Passport each time
4. Send completed form and passport to Minnesota Pork Board and receive a FREE Meat of the North T-Shirt.

Meat of the North Pork Passport

Explore the great state of Minnesota with your map to delicious pork!

Minnesota’s pig farmers are committed to raising healthy pigs and providing delicious pork for you, your family, and all Minnesotans. The tasty pork you will find at each of these eleven locations is provided by the amazing chefs who embrace the Meat of the North: Pork.