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!

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.

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!

Minneapolis Institute of Art Third Thursday – March 21st

Need a cheap date night? Mark your calendars for Third Thursday events at the Minneapolis Institute of Art! Admission to Mia is always free, but on the third Thursday of every month, you can visit from 6 – 9 pm to experience Mia’s diverse art collection along with unique programs, drinks, and live music.

Upcoming Third Thursday events include:

March 21 – Third Thursday: Women Artists
This March, join in a celebration of women in art and music. Experience pop-up performances and a live DJ spinning tunes throughout the museum. Craft your own cassette tape or album cover. Tour the galleries for music-inspired artworks and women artists in Mia’s collection.

April 18 – Third Thursday: Inspired by Mia
Due to the colossal de-installation of “Egypt’s Sunken Cities” from our lobby, this month’s Third Thursday event invites you to spend more time exploring the galleries! Agra Culture cafe will be open and serving beverages, and you can get Inspired by Mia to create your own masterpiece in the studios.

Free Movies, Popcorn, and Axe Throwing at Emagine Monticello Grand Re-Opening – Thursday, 3/21

Emagine Monticello

Got plans for Thursday? You do now! Emagine Monticello is having a Grand-Reopening Celebration in which you can enjoy a free movie, free popcorn, and axe throwing all day long.

Emagine Monticello now features 12 auditoriums with luxurious heated leather recliners, enhanced concessions, and a full bar with local craft beer, cocktails , and wine. Plus, you can enjoy axe throwing at Minnesota Axe in the same building! It’s an indoor competitive sport similar to darts, except you throw 1.5-pound hatches at wooden targets marked with a bullseye and score points based on where the axe sticks.

Minnesota Axe Monticello

Here’s the schedule of events for Thursday, March 21st:

  • 10:30 am – 8 pm: FREE movies, popcorn, live entertainment, and axe throwing
  • 4 pm: Official ribbon cutting with Monticello Chamber, executives from Emagine Entertainment, and Minnesota Axe
  • 6 pm: Live entertainment by local band, Slowspeed

Emagine Monticello

Emagine Monticello and Minnesota Axe are located at 9375 Deegan Ave in Monticello. Limit one movie, one popcorn, and one axe-throwing session per guest.

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.