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.

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 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.



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.

Galleria Garden Party with Flowers by Bachman’s

Galleria Garden Party by Bachmans

If you find yourself missing the tradition of the flower show at Macy’s, you can make the Galleria flower show an annual event.  The Galleria and Bachman’s have teamed up to bring you an artistic floral event.

This year’s them is Garden Party: An Uncommon Floral Experience, located throughout the Galleria and it’s free, no admission.  Get your eyes and nose ready, from March 24-April 7th.  Sometimes it can get busy, so if you don’t like crowds pick an off time, like an early morning or later in the evening.

When we walked through the flower show last spring, I was surprised by the smell, reminding us that spring is closer than we think.

Bachman's Galleria Garden Party

There’s free parking at the Galleria as well as some great places to eat and of course the shopping!  You can make it a full afternoon, enjoying the sites and smells as you wander inside the mall.

Burnsville Lions Skate Park

Burnsville Lions Skate Park

One of our neighbors is always on his skateboard, he loves that thing.  I tried it once and failed miserably, could have been my age or just lack of balance or both.  Do you or your kids love to skateboard?  Check out the Burnsville Lions Skate Park.

It’s totally free which is always nice, however you do need to bring your own skateboard or scooter.  I especially love places like this because it means kids are outdoors and off of their phones and screens!

Burnsville Lions Skate Park

Details about the Skate Park:

The Burnsville Lions Skate Park, located in Civic Center Park between 130th and 134th streets on Civic Center Parkway. A 11,500 square foot outdoor facility for inline skates, skateboards, scooters and bikes.

Access to the park is free and open to the general public. The facility is NOT supervised. Use at your own risk. Know your abilities.


North Metro Home & Outdoor Adventure Expo

With the snow melting and rain becoming more common than snow, it’s time to plan for spring and summer.  The North Metro Home & Outdoor Adventure Expo is a great place to get ideas for outdoor fun and maybe some updates on your home.

The Expo takes place in Blaine, this coming Saturday from 9-3.  No admission or tickets however they would appreciate  nonperishable food donations for local food shelves.

Event Description:
Experience dozens of unique vendors, including features on luxury vinyl flooring, travel ideas, beautiful portrait photography, unique plants and gardens, hunting tips, and winter activities.

Como Planetarium

With Spring Break here or approaching soon, you might be looking for stay-cation ideas?   The Como Planetarium is a great idea, it’s located in St. Paul and offers some great shows, the kind that are educational but disguised as fun!

The Planetarium offers shows to the public each Tuesday evening during the school year.  It’s strongly recommended that you purchase tickets in advance, as each show only seats 55 people.  Plus at $5 per ticket for the 45 minute show, it’s an awesome thrifty price!  *They occasionally offer special events that are priced a little higher.

Dates of shows for March and April are:  Mar 19, Mar 26, Apr 2, Apr 9, Apr 16 & Apr 23,  You can also check their schedule here. 

A little more about the Planetarium:

Como Planetarium is a 55-seat planetarium that specializes in educational experiences. We have been in operation since 1975 and we operate both our ‘classic’ star ball and an updated system. We are located in Como Elementary School (we are not located in Como Park…nearby…but not in). Our state-of-the-art system provides the opportunity for visitors to take virtual trips though the solar system, as well as enjoy quality film productions on our 30 ft. diameter screen.

Astronomy is fascinating-at every age! We support learning through public educational presentations and telescope events. Attend a Tuesday evening public show during the school year $5 per ticket (free parking).

5:30 pm for Preschool age and 7:00 pm General Audiences

HardsMalta Festival & Pond Skim

Have you heard of the word Härdsmälta? It’s Swedish for meltdown!  On the fun side of this crazy weather and melting snow, there has to be some fun right?  The Härdsmälta takes place at the Hyland Ski Area in Bloomington from 1-3 on tomorrow (March 16).  It’s a free event but they do ask that you bring two 2 non-perishable food items for the food-shelf. 

A little bit more information about this event:  

We are expanding our annual pond skim to have more of everything this year! More food, more demos, beer, a bigger pond, and more prizes!
-Live DJ
-Fire Pits
-Costume Contest
-Hyland Hills Swag

It’s a free event, as long as you bring 2 non-perishable food items to donate to our local food shelf.



Maple Syrup Festival at CSB/SJU

Are you still searching for a fun maple syrup event? The Maple Syrup Festival at CSB/SJU (College of St. Benedict and St. Johns University) is coming up on Saturday March 30th.  There’s a small admission fee and tickets can purchased in advance here on their website or when you arrive. Both events are fun for the whole family:

  • Sap collecting
  • Syrup cooking
  • Horse-drawn rides
  • Demonstrations
  • Hot maple syrup sundaes await the whole family during this annual rite of spring.

Before You Come:

  • The festivals are ENTIRELY OUTDOORS – rain, snow, or shine. Please dress for the weather.
  • It is usually extremely muddy, snowy, and occasionally icy out at the sugar shack. We HIGHLY recommend wearing boots.
  • Please LEAVE DOGS AND PETS AT HOME. While we love them too, they are not allowed in the Abbey Arboretum.
  • All the activities are going on throughout the festival between 11 p.m. and 4 p.m.