Spring Into Pahl’s Open House

It might not look like spring and it might not feel like spring, but it is.  This Saturday April 13th you can Spring Into Pahl’s Open House, a chance to smell fresh flowers and if nothing else pretend there’s not snow on the ground.  Pahl’s is located in Apple Valley and a favorite for our kids, they almost always have free popcorn.

Pahl’s Market Spring Open House

Saturday, April 13th 9am – 5pm 

Come and celebrate Spring’s arrival with a fun-filled day of cheerful seminars, blooming greenhouse tours and super savings!
Enjoy 20% OFF almost everything at Pahl’s during our Spring Open House!
(excludes gift cards, landscape services, bulk material and delivery charges)

Textile Center’s Textile Garage Sale

Textile Center's World's Largest Textile Garage Sale

Do you have a job or hobby where you use textiles?  Or perhaps you just have a project that you are looking for something specific? We found the perfect event coming up, the Textile Center’s Textile Garage Sale.  This giant one stop shop for textiles takes place April 11-13th.  The event is taking place in connection with the University of Minnesota’s Reuse it program.  You can find the hours, location and additional information here. 

Some specifics on the sale:

Here’s how it works: Individuals and businesses donate fabric, yarn, thread, notions, kits, patterns, magazines, books, beads, buttons, sewing machines, tools, looms, specialty equipment – filling a warehouse of textile finds! These treasures are then resold at garage sale prices to YOU. Donations are tax deductible and it all benefits Textile Center’s programs.


Kids Gardening Weekend at Sailer’s Greenhouse


Our kids have always enjoyed gardening and spring is their favorite time of year.  It might be the dirt or the worms in the dirt, not sure which is more fun.  Do you have kids that enjoy gardening and watching things grow?

The upcoming Kids Gardening Weekend at Sailer’s Greenhouse in Shakopee takes place April 13th-14th.  The event is a time and place where kids can design & create a miniature garden.  The class fee is reasonably priced at only $12.00 (**read below for additional price details).  You do need to register in advance to reserve a spot and can do that here. 

Some important details about the event:

Please register though our Eventbrite page which day you will be attending and the number of children making containers. You MUST register if you wish to attend.

Cost: $12.00 class fee. The class fee includes pot and soil. Kids choose from different brightly colored bowls. You will have the option to have our fun artist decorated and personalize the pot. Fairy garden accessories and plants are purchased additionally. You pay for whatever materials you use. Average cost of a garden is $35.00. You set the price by choosing the amount of materials you use in the garden.

Please DO NOT bring in outside material. Feel free to add them when you get home.

Record Store Day

Record Store Day

Next Saturday, April 13th is host to the 12th annual Record Store Day – a day to celebrate music, records and fun. There are record stores all around the metro, as well as outstate MN that are hosting events on April 13th.

Some of the stores such as Hymies will be hosting live music throughout the day.  Or check out a special Record Store Day Bus Crawl to some great locations! You can check out all the stores that are participating here.


A little background on Record Store Day from the Record Store Day website

Record Store Day was conceived in 2007 at a gathering of independent record store owners and employees as a way to celebrate and spread the word about the unique culture surrounding nearly 1400 independently owned record stores in the US and thousands of similar stores internationally. The first Record Store Day took place on April 19, 2008. Today there are Record Store Day participating stores on every continent except Antarctica.

This is a day for the people who make up the world of the record store—the staff, the customers, and the artists—to come together and celebrate the unique culture of a record store and the special role these independently owned stores play in their communities. Special vinyl and CD releases and various promotional products are made exclusively for the day. Festivities include performances, cook-outs, body painting, meet & greets with artists, parades, DJs spinning records, and on and on. In 2008 a small list of titles was released on Record Store Day and that list has grown to include artists and labels both large and small, in every genre and price point. For several years, 60% or more of the Record Store Day Official Release List came from independent labels and distributors. The list continues to include a wide range of artists, covering the diverse taste of record stores and their customers.

Saturday at Northern Soda Company

Northern Soda Company

Minnesota is home to about a zillion breweries but did you know it’s also home to a craft soda company?  It’s called Northern Soda Company and it’s located in Arden Hills.

Each Saturday from 10-2, they host an open house where you can sample some of the flavor options and even purchase some of the soda.  It’s so important to support small local companies and I love to see where things are actually made!

**If you can’t make it during one of their open house events, the soda is becoming widely known and therefore available in several places around MN.

Northern Soda Company

A little bit more about Northern Soda Company

Soda. the way It’s supposed to be.

We believe the perfect soda is hand-crafted in small batches by actual human beings.  It’s made from fresh, high quality ingredients that are carefully selected to create incredible flavor.  It’s sweetened with the perfect amount of real sugar and doesn’t have extra preservatives or bizarre chemicals

It’s bubbly, it’s crisp, it’s refreshing —

and it’s exactly what we make!!

Golfing Opens up for the Season at Three Rivers Park District

Three Rivers Park District Golfing

Is your favorite golf course open for the season?  Some have opened, while others are waiting to make sure the snow is officially gone.  If you happen to be like our neighbor, swinging the clubs in his driveway and waiting for the course to open, we have good news for you.  Golfing opens up for the season at Three Rivers Park District and they have four different locations to choose from.


Iron Range Earth Fest

Mountain Iron

The Iron Range Earth Fest takes place April 13th in Mountain Iron.   Hopefully by sharing this a little early those of you that don’t live close can plan for it.  The event is free, no admission or reservations needed.  You can even make it a vacation and stay over on Friday the 12th and enjoy the kick off events.  Some of the activities include:

  • Demos and Exhibits
  • Live Music
  • Children’s Activities
  • Green Inovators Expo
  • Local Lunch
  • Silent Auction
  • Plus more, check out the website for additional information. **Plus a discount on your hotel.



Art in Bloom

With our recent days filled with warmer weather, and the vortex behind us we have to think it’s finally spring here in in MN!   Spring also means it’s time for the annual Art in Bloom at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.  Art in Bloom is a four day festival of fresh floral arrangements inspired by fine art, and it takes place April 11-14.  There’ll be tours, lectures, demonstrations, fashion show, a family event and much more.  Check out the schedule and more specific information here on their website.

For four days the floral arrangements of over 150 designers  are displayed next to the artworks that inspired them throughout the museum. Free tours are available every day of the event. Art in Bloom also includes lectures, luncheons, workshops, parties and children’s activities. Some of these require a ticket and include a fee. See our Events page for a full list.

Art in Bloom raises funds to support Mia including bus transportation for school children, special exhibitions, art acquisition, education and programs throughout the community.

Fine Forgiveness Week at Dakota County Libraries

If your house is like mine you probably have a special area for library books.  Even with the special area, things happen and fines happen. The fines aren’t big they are still fines and money owed to the library.  For one week, if you are in Dakota County you can have those library fines forgiven.  The Fine Forgiveness Week at Dakota County Libraries takes place April 6-13.

*This does not include fines for lost items.  Also you will need to either log into your account or visit a library to discuss your fines in order for them to be forgiven.


Apple Valley Home & Garden Expo

The calendar says spring is here, although there might still be some stubborn snow piles around.   It’s time to get ready and plan for the spring we all know and love in MN.  The Apple Valley Home and Garden Expo is a great event to help in the planning.  The expo takes place next Saturday, April 6th from 9-3.  You can find more information here.

Some specifics about the expo:
– Over 100 local vendors
– Live animals from the Minnesota Zoo from 11 am – 1 pm
– Meet & greet w/ Elizabeth Ries from Twin Cities Live 10 am – 12 pm
– FREE Culver’s custard
– Fire trucks
– Bouncy house