Rondo Library Reopens

One of the busiest libraries in St. Paul was closed this past summer, for remodeling.  This Saturday, November 18th is the grand reopening celebration for the Rondo Library.  The celebration event takes place from 1-4.

Join us in celebration for Rondo Community Library’s grand reopening on Saturday, November 18, 1-4 p.m.

Enjoy music by DJ Michel.Be and sweet potato pie and cider. Make handmade paper with Mary Hark, enjoy demos of new library equipment (including a 3D printer!), and play bingo for prizes. Every Body’s In, a community partner organization, joins us to celebrate community mentors. Find out how you can share your skills and passions to support our local youth!

The library will open at 1:00 p.m. for the grand reveal by Mayor Chris Coleman. After 2 p.m., overflow parking will be available in the Saint James AME lot at Dale Street and Central Avenue.


Rice Park Tree Lighting

With the snowflakes falling last night I can finally say, the holidays are around the corner.  Prior to that, I was really hoping winter wasn’t quite here and the holidays were months away.  Yes indeed, sooner than later.  It also means, mark the calendars for upcoming holiday and winter events.

Next Saturday, November 18th, is the Rice Park Tree Lighting event.  The lights will stay lit until mid March, which means plenty of opportunity to see and enjoy the beautiful scene.

Date: Saturday, November 18 2017

Saint Paul will officially kick off the holiday season with the grand opening of Wells Fargo WinterSkate and Rice Park powered by Xcel Energy.

Location: Rice Park

Time: 3:30 PM to 10:00 PM

109 W 4th Street , Saint Paul, Minnesota 55102Those who attend the free grand opening event will be the first to skate on the free, outdoor, artificially-chilled ice rink in downtown Saint Paul as well as view the 11th annual lighting of Rice Park and the city’s holiday tree will be lit with 15,000 LED lights. There will be musical performances, photo opportunities, fireworks and more.

  • Wells Fargo WinterSkate Rink open November 18 – February 4, 201
  • Grand Opening – Saturday, November 18, 2017
  • Festivities begin at 3:30pm
  • Photo Opportunity with Live Reindeer and Sleigh
  • Teddy Bear Band
  • Skating Performances
  • Fireworks in Rice Park at 6:30pm
  • Ribbon Cutting at the Wells Fargo WinterSkate Rink at 7:00pm
  • Rink opens for Skating at 7:15pm

Girls, Science, and Technology at the Science Museum of Minnesota

Tomorrow is the day for Girls, Science, and Technology at the Science Museum of Minnesota.  A day for girls to explore and learn about science.  The event takes place from 10-4.  See all the information regarding admission below.

Saturday, November 11

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Tomorrow’s scientists start today
Join Fox 9 and prominent female scientists from around the state for this important community event. It’s a brilliant and fun opportunity for girls to be introduced to the exciting worlds of science and technology through hands-on demonstrations and activities.

Buy your tickets in advance
Avoid the lines and get right to the fun! This is a popular event so we highly recommend purchasing tickets in advance. Call the Science Museum’s Box Office at (651) 221-9444 to make your purchase and tickets will be emailed to you.

Four kids free with full-price adult admission
Admission to the event is included in museum admission. On November 11, get up to four kids free with full-price adult admission. Discount not available online. Note: museum admission does not include the Rocky Mountain Express Omnitheater film.

Twin Cities Birth & Baby Expo

Babies, Parenting and raising kids. The Twin Cities Birth & Baby Expo is the place to be on Saturday.  The Expo is from 9:30-3 in St. Paul.  A free event that includes:  Speakers, classes, special events, exhibits and more.  You can find more specifics here on the event website.

Sorting through all your options for pregnancy, birth, and parenting can be a big challenge!

That’s why, since 2009, the Twin Cities Birth and Baby Expo has been bringing together under one roof expert speakers, educational events, and plenty of exhibitors that offer healthy and empowering services and products every year. Join us to explore, learn, and celebrate the transformative experience of growing your family!

The Expo is packed with speakers, presentations, classes and other special events, making it more like a conference while still having the same number of high-quality exhibitors.

Special events will be scheduled to run all day long so no matter when you come, you are bound to learn something new!

Night Trains – Twin City Model Railroad Museum


This Saturday is the start of the Night Train Season.  The Twin City Model Railroad Museum hosts a night train event on Saturday evenings, beginning November 4th through February 24th (2018).  These are not trains you ride, instead it’s a huge city of miniature/model trains.  Admission is $15 for adults and kids 4 and under are free.  *They also have group/family rates.  See more on that below.  This would be a great activity to have as a yearly tradition, with friends or family.

Night Trains season is a special Holidays tradition at the Twin City Model Railroad Museum. Night Trains will begin on Saturday, November 4th and will runs every Saturday evening from 6:00 to 9:00 pm through the last Saturday in February (Saturday, February 24th, 2018).

Night Trains Season comes to museum layouts in a magical way, the lights are turned down, the buildings and street lights glow warmly, setting the scene for specially lighted models of vintage passenger trains. The make believe town of Matlin is buried in a blizzard, and throughout the Museum the layouts are adorned with miniature Christmas lights and decorations.


$15 for Individuals

Family and Group Rates (Groups of 3 or more, max 10) available: The first two visitors pay full price ($15) and each additional member of the group pays half price ($7.50). Examples: 4 Guests: $45, 6 Guests: $60, 10 Guests: $90. This equals a great savings for your family or group!

Children 4 and under FREE

Native American Family Day at the Minnesota History Center

Occasionally the Minnesota History Center offers a free admission day, with a specific theme.  This coming Saturday, November 4th happens to be the next free admission event day.  The theme for the all day event is Native American Family Day, an opportunity to learn about the Native American Culture and Heritage.  It takes place from noon-4pm.  There will be activities going on throughout the History Center.  You can find more specifics about the History Center as well as the special event here on their website.

Enjoy free admission during this special day featuring speakers and artists from local Native American communities who will share their histories and cultures.

Plus, explore the exhibit “Renewing What They Gave Us” which features original beadwork, birch bark and textile pieces by Native American artists from the Upper Midwest, who spent six months in residence exploring the MNHS collections.

Sunday at Landmark: Great Pumpkin Halloween Festival

Given the weather that rolled into our area, you might be searching for indoor activities.  The Sunday at Landmark: Great Pumpkin Halloween Festival is a great option for tomorrow.  It takes place downtown St. Paul at the Landmark Center from 1-3.  It’s a free event for the whole family.


Oct 29 – Sunday kids
Sunday at Landmark: Great Pumpkin Halloween Festival
1-3 pm; Free

Bring the kids or grandkids for the Great Pumpkin Halloween Celebration.  It’s a great opportunity to test out the kids’ (and parents’) Halloween costumes before the big night.  Kids can also win prized in a scavenger hunt, make trick-or-treat bags, and dance along to the afternoon’s musical entertainment.

Gibbs Halloween

Are you still looking for some Halloween fun? Perhaps something fun but not scary?  The Historic Gibb Farm is hosting a fun festival tomorrow from 10-4pm.  Located in St. Paul, not too far from the State Fairgrounds.  The festival is something the whole family can enjoy. You can find more specifics on the website.

Gibbs Farm Halloween Festival!

Included in general admission:
$8 adults, $7 seniors 62+, $5 children 3 and up
Free for RCHS members

Halloween fun for everyone!

Come trick-or-treat at the historic Gibbs Farm House, hunt for pennies in a haystack, participate in a costume contest, and listen to “spooky” stories in a one-room schoolhouse. Crafts, games, treats galore!

*NEW THIS YEAR*- The Great Gibbs Trick or Treat Quest
A fun hands-on trick or treat experience through the historic Gibbs Farmhouse.

Need something more substantial for an entire day of Halloween fun? Grab a bite from R. A. Mac Sammy’s food truck which specializes in macaroni and cheese and a variety of sandwiches! Or, feel free to bring your own picnic lunch. Picnic tables are available. Please, no grills.

The spooky fun starts at 10:00am and goes until 4:00pm.  No need for reservations, stop by anytime.  Activities, treats, and tours are included in admission. Bring your Ramsey County Historical Society Membership card for free admission!

The Halloween Festival is a great time to sign up for an annual membership. Ramsey County Historical Society Members get free admission to Gibbs Farm, including festivals! Other perks include our award winning magazine, discounts in the gift shop, on day camps, and RCHS events offered throughout the year.

Pearson’s 6th Annual Halloween Bash

This coming Tuesday, October 24th, is the 6th Annual Halloween Bash at the Pearson’s Candy Company.  Located in St. Paul, Pearson’s is home to my favorite candy bar, the Salted Nut Bar.  They make several other types of candy as well and have been around for many years.  The kids are welcome to dress up in costume for the Halloween Bash.  It takes place from 4-7 on Tuesday.

Get ready for the spookiest night of the season: Pearson’s Annual Halloween Bash is back!

Join us at our iconic factory on West 7th in St. Paul to celebrate.

This FREE celebration will include a hay barrel maze, halloween crafts, games, photo booth and of course – lots of candy!

To fill your Halloween stash, you’ll be able to purchase bulk candy while directly supporting Ronald McDonald House Charities, Upper Midwest. WE ACCEPT CREDIT CARDS FOR CANDY PURCHASES!

Costumes are encouraged!

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Twin Cities Book Festival

The Twin Cities Book Festival takes place this Saturday, from 10-5 at the State Fairgrounds in St. Paul.  Our girls attended this event last year and really enjoyed it.  They had a chance to meet one of their favorite young adult authors and get his autograph.  It’s a free event, which if course makes it even more fun.  Take a look at the schedule of events here on the website.

Progress Center and Fine Arts Building–FREE!
All day book fair, readings and talks, children’s programs, used books & records, and more! Info at:

The Twin Cities Book Festival—brought to you by Rain Taxi—is not only the largest and most important literary gathering in the Upper Midwest, it is the annual get-together for the Twin Cities’ devoted literary community. This FREE, day-long festival brings people together to celebrate our vibrant literary culture. The festival welcomes ‘rock star’ authors, local literary heroes, publishers, magazines, booksellers—all of whom connect over great books and conversations.