Pumpkinfest in St. Cloud

The Pumpkinfest in St. Cloud sounds like a fun way to start the weekend.  It takes place this Friday evening, from 4-7pm.  The event is free and all ages are welcome.  Food will be available for purchase

Bring your little ghosts, ghouls and goblins to join us at Lake George/Eastman Park for the annual spooktacular Pumpkinfest, Friday, October 20th from 4pm-7pm! The spine tingling evening includes trick or treat stations, petting zoo, painting in the pumpkin patch, hayrides and so much more. Check out Comedy Juggler Extraordinaire Alan Johnson on the performance stage at 4:30pm and 6pm (bring a lawn chair or blanket for seating)! Fun will be lurking around every corner during this FREE, safe, family-friendly event!

Your New Winter Hobby: Earn Cash with Opinion Outpost

As the weather gets colder here, we know that winter will be coming sooner or later. For lots of us that means more time inside to escape the cold and/or snow. This year you can use some of that extra “inside time” to earn a little extra cash by completing online surveys! Not only can you earn cash or store gift cards, but you’re also giving input that helps decide how products and services are created.

The trick to doing well with online surveys is to know which companies to sign up with. There are hundreds of survey sites out there, but many are basically scams that offer little if anything in the way of rewards and basically just require you to sign up for trial offers – not cool! I highly recommend you work only with legitimate research companies like Opinion Outpost.

Why should you sign up for Opinion Outpost?

It’s easy: Opinion Outpost members have the opportunity to make money by taking surveys online. These online surveys can be taken at home on the couch, in between classes at school, or anywhere else with an internet connection. Take surveys to earn points, and turn those points into cash. Take one or take a bunch; it’s really up to you!

It’s safe: Opinion Outpostis one of the most reputable brands in the business because they value their members’ safety concerns. You can earn cash or other survey rewards for your opinions without turning over too much personal information, keeping things private and secure. It’s free to sign up, no credit card required!

It’s fast: You’ll earn points for each survey you complete. Turn your points into money or gift cards to buy yourself or a loved one something nice, or save them up for larger purchases. With a low minimum redemption level, you’ll be claiming rewards in no time.

With Opinion Outpost, members earn cash or gift cards to popular brands like Amazon.com* from home or on the go, and users automatically earn entries in Opinion Outpost’s $10,000 quarterly prize draw** each time they take a survey.

Taking paid surveys online through Opinion Outpost is perfect for students, for stay-at-home parents, or really anyone looking to earn some extra cash. Sign up today!

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Rhythm on the Rails Concert Series in Shakopee

Tonight is the start of a concert series that will be taking place in downtown Shakopee.  The Rhythm on the Rails Concert Series are all free, and take place on Wednesday evenings from 6-10pm. The planned schedule is:

Rhythm on the Rails is a FREE five-week summer concert series taking place every Wednesday night from 6-10 pm right on Lewis Street in Downtown Shakopee. The series starts July 19 and runs through August 16, 2017. Rhythm on the Rails will feature live music, family fun, food/brew vendors, and much more!



National Get Outdoors Day Event

This Saturday June 1oth is National Get Outdoors Day.  REI is stepping up and helping those of us in the twin cities, enjoy the day. You can head to Powderhorn Park in Minneapolis from 11-3 for a whole list of free fun:

  • canoeing
  • fishing,
  • archery
  • roast marshmallows
  • play camp games
  • wilderness camping etiquette
  • fire arms safety at the laser shooting range
  • kids’ outdoor activities
  • climbing wall
  • cool off in the wading pool
  • enjoy food, live music, prize give-aways and more!

National Get Outdoors Day is a nationwide event that offers those new to outdoor activities an opportunity to try them out for FREE. Join us at Powderhorn Park to play outside! We are ready to have some fun outside and hope that you will join us. The event is completely free. There are numerous bus routes to reach the event by public transport. Plenty of parking is available on side streets.


Family Art Day at Intermedia Arts

Tomorrow is family art day at Intermedia Arts.  The free event takes place from 10-12:30.  Some of the family friendly activities include: printmaking, moving and singing, music, beatboxing, theater and more.  You can find the schedule and additional information on their website.

Family Art Day is an engaging celebration of all things art, featuring hands-on artmaking activities and engaging performances for families and youth of all ages! Join visual artists, performers, musicians, storytellers and more at this bi-annual, family-focused event! All ages and abilities welcome. Free and open to all children and families!

Holiday Saturdays at the MN History Center


Are you searching for a place to escape the cold weather, some place indoors?  Head to the Minnesota History Center for their Holiday Saturday event.  There will be art activities as well as music performances.  With three dates to choose from, hopefully one will fit your schedule.  December 17th, 24th or 31st.  The event and activities are all included in the admission price for the History Center.

Every Saturday during the holiday season enjoy crafting holiday cards, community concerts and a wintery StoryWalk around the History Center based on the MNHS Press book “North Woods Girl.”

  • Art activities: Noon-3 pm
  • Basilica of Saint Mary Mundus Choir performances (Sacred music from the Americas, Europe, Africa, and Asia): run 45 minutes and begin at 1 and 3 pm

Plus, do your holiday shopping at the museum stores for uniquely Minnesota gifts, visit Market House by D’Amico for coffee and snacks at breakfast and a full menu at lunch, and explore the History Center exhibits, including the special exhibit Gridiron Glory: The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Kellogg Hubbard Library. StoryWalk® is a registered service mark owned by Ms. Ferguson.

Sat., Dec 24, 2016, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Sat., Dec 31, 2016, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Japanese Lantern Lighting Festival

Japanese Lantern Lighting Festival

We attended the Japanese Lantern Lighting Festival last year and hope to attend this year as well.  If you’ve never been, it’s really something to see and pictures don’t do it justice.  It takes place this Sunday, August 21st at the Como Conservatory in St. Paul.

Japanese Lantern Lighting Festival

New for 2016, we are expanding the footprint of the festival, adding more food vendors, entertainment, exhibitors,  porta-potties, and thanks to Metro Transit, we can offer free rides to Como!

Bonsai, martial arts, Ikebana, singing, dancing, drumming, delicious food and other aspects of Japanese culture will take center stage at the 18th annual Como Park Japanese Lantern Lighting Festival, a family-friendly event, reminiscent of Japan’s annual Obon holiday, on Sunday, August 21, 2016 from 3:00pm-9:00pm on the grounds of the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory in Como Park. Admission is $5.00 per adult (13+), $3.00 per child (ages 3-12) and Seniors (ages 65+), free for children under 3. Free shuttle bus service will be available until 10:30pm from a staffed off-site parking lot at the District Service Center located at 1930 Como Ave. Sorry, no pets will be allowed on festival grounds.

Thanks to Metro Transit, we can also offer you a free ride to the Japanese Lantern Lighting Festival on August 21st. Just click HERE, answer 2 questions and get your pass!

If you’d like to skip the line you can purchase advanced adult tickets by clicking HERE.  Advanced children and senior tickets can be purchased HERE.

Prepare for Summer Road Trips

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Now that summer is here in Minnesota it means time for enjoying the warm weather and taking a few road trips or a drive for a weekend up North. To prepare for your road trip you want to make sure your car is in good condition, including up to date on its oil changes! In today’s busy world, there is little time to make a trip to the store. Why fight the crowds?

Save time and money by fulfilling your DIY oil needs on Walmart.com. Their amazing selection of items, including exclusive specialty automotive items, can be found just a click away.


On Walmart.com you can find many Pennzoil Platinum products currently on rollback (for a limited time), including Pennzoil Full Synthetic and Pennzoil Platinum High Mileage. Based on your car’s needs and the number of miles, one of these two oils is right for you.

  • Platinum Synthetic: With Pennzoil’s PurePlus™ Technology, the Platinum® motor oil is proven to keep pistons up to 40% cleaner than the toughest industry standard. (Use if < than 75,000 miles)
  • High Mileage: Perfect for the vehicle with over 75,000 miles as it helps to reduce leaks and oil consumption in a well-used car.

Save yourself a trip to the store and get your oil on rollback at Walmart.com today!

Prepare Your Car for Summer Road Trips

Summit Avenue Walking Tour

Summit Avenue Walking Tour

Are you interested in learning more about St. Paul?  Perhaps you have an interest in architecture or history?  If you said yes, then the Summit Avenue Walking Tour would be a great activity to check into.  There are several upcoming dates to choose from, including this Saturday, May 21st.  You can purchase tickets in advance on the website. The tour takes 90 minutes and covers 1.5 miles.  It begins at the James J. Hill House. 

Summit Avenue Walking Tour

Take a 90-minute walking tour of the Summit Avenue neighborhood, named one of America’s “Great Streets” in 2008. The tours highlight the Gilded-Age mansions that line the elite avenue and the people who owned them and built them. Guides will talk about the architecture, social history and current preservation issues of the historic neighborhood.

The tour covers 1.5 miles starting at the James J. Hill House, proceeding west on Summit Avenue, returning via side streets and alleyways and concluding outside the Cathedral of St. Paul. All areas are handicapped accessible, but some side streets are cobblestone and have historic stone curbs. Call for group tour information.

Tours begin at 11 am and 2 pm on Saturdays, and 2 pm on Sundays.

Macy’s Culinary Council Chef Takashi Yagihashi Cooking Demo March 23

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We always know that spring is just about here in Minnesota when Macy’s hosts their annual flower show! What makes flower show time extra fun is all the other events Macy’s plans around the occasion. One that I am particularly looking forward to this year is a cooking demonstration by Macy’s Culinary Council Chef Takashi Yagihashi at noon on Wednesday, March 23 in the lower level Culinary Kitchen of Macy’s Downtown Minneapolis.

If you have visited Chicago, you may have had the opportunity to visit Takashi Yagihashi’s namesake restaurant Takashi or the rustic Japanese noodle restaurant Noodles by Takashi Yagihashi at Macy’s on State Street, Slurping Turtle, or Tabo Sushi by Takashi in Chicago’s Plum Market. Even if you haven’t been to Chicago recently, you may know Takashi from his accolades including being featured by Food and Wine as one of America’s ten “Best New Chefs” selection as “Best Chef Midwest” by the esteemed James Beard Foundation in 2003. He also has a popular cookbook, Takashi’s Noodles, with over 75 recipes for both traditional and inventive hot and cold Japanese noodle dishes.

Takashi Yagihashi Noodles Cookbook

Takashi’s cooking demonstration will give you the opportunity to pick up some culinary tips to impress your family and friends while this esteemed chef prepares some of his favorite award-winning dishes. Plus you’ll even have a chance to enjoy delicious samples! I have been to several of the Culinary Council cooking demonstrations and they are always a lot of fun.

As an additional bonus, with any purchase of $35 or more in the Home department, receive a $10 Macy’s gift card and a copy of Takashi’s Noodles, which he will sign directly after the event.

Tickets to the event are free, but you should RSVP by calling 1-877-556-2297 from 10am-4pm Monday through Saturday, and Sunday 12:00-4:00pm. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/Takashi16

Learn about the Council by logging on to macys.com/culinarycouncil and follow them on twitter @culinarycouncil