Thursday, June 19, 2008

What to Do This Weekend

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Here are some weekend activities for the Twin Cities area, the biggest event this weekend is the Back to the 50's Car Show at the Fair Grounds.


Back to the 50's Weekend
Minnesota State Fairgrounds
St. Paul MN
Step back in time with the biggest car show in Minnesota. Bring your sun screen! Check out their website for show times and other events for the whole weekend.
Runs Friday - Sunday
Time: 8:00AM - 10:00PM
Cost: Adults $10, Kids 12 and under free with paid adult
Get $2.00 discount cards at O'Reilly Auto Parts Stores

Minnesota Sinfonia Great Summer Festival
43rd Street & East Lake Harriet Parkway
Minneapolis, MN 55410
Artistic Director Jay Fishman leads the Minnesota Sinfonia in one of its popular child-friendly classical music concerts, accompanied by vocalist Debby Duncan. Takes place at the Lake Harriet Bandshell on the northwestern edge of the lake.
Time: 7:30pm
Cost: Free

Five Fridays: Spellbound
90 West Fourth Street
Saint Paul, MN 55102
Bring lawn chairs and blankets - and bug spray! - over to the library, to watch outdoor screenings of films based on comics, plays and books in the Kellogg courtyard. This week's film is Hitchcock's Spellbound, starring Gregory Peck. Cancelled in the event of rain.
Ages: 12 to 18
Time: Dusk
Cost: Free

Love's Labour's Lost

Powderhorn Park & Recreation Center
3400 - 15th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55407
Cromulent Shakespeare Theatre presents its annual parks production.
Ages: 5 to 18
Time: 7pm
Cost: Free


Meet Elizabeth Atkinson
The Red Balloon Bookshop
895 Grand Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55105
Author Elizabeth Atkinson presents her new book for middle schoolers about peer pressure and fitting in, From Alice to Zen and Everyone in Between.
Ages: 11 to 18
Time: 2pm
Cost: Free

Barb Ryman
Lake Harriet
43rd Street & East Lake Harriet Parkway
Minneapolis, MN 55410
The park board presents a free folk music concert at the Lake Harriet Bandshell on the northwestern edge of the lake, as part of its annual summer entertainment series. Bench and lawn seating, and concessions, are available.
Time: 7:30pm
Cost: Free

Eagan Art Festival
Eagan Community Center & The Blast
Eagan Community Center, 1501 Central Parkway
Saint Paul, MN 55121
The 14th annual festival features a juried artists' marketplace, food vendors, and live entertainment, including performers and activities specifically for children. Visit the website for a complete schedule.
Occurs every day from 6/21/08 - 6/22/08
Time: Sat 9am-5pm; Sun 10am-5pm
Cost: Free admission; fee for some activities

Saturday Live: Earth Is No Ordinary Planet
Saint Paul Central Library
90 West Fourth Street
Saint Paul, MN 55102
Learn how the Earth spins and orbits, and how that impacts seasons, through hands-on demonstrations and activities presented by the Science Museum, part of the library's Saturday Live series.
Ages: 3 to 18
Time: 11:15am
Cost: Free

Discover Saturday: Paws to Read
Central Library
300 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55401
Kids can snuggle with specially-trained dogs and read. Takes place in the Star Tribune Imagination Activity Room on the first floor.
Ages: 5 to 12
Time: 2pm-4pm
Cost: Free

Solstice River XII

Nicollet Island Park
Nicollet Island
Minneapolis, MN 55401
This special annual site-specific dance and art happening is meant to be viewed from the Stone Arch Bridge on the longest day of the year. The performance celebrates art, community, and ecology, and this year, pays tribute to those who lost their lives in the 35W bridge collapse.
Time: 8pm
Cost: Free


Theodore Wirth Park
1339 Theodore Wirth Parkway
Minneapolis, MN 55411
This celebration of the ending of slavery marks the day, more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation, on June 19, 1865, that news of freedom finally reached slaves in Texas. Live dance, spoken word, gospel, reggae, rap, and other performances take place on three stages in the park, along with other activities (including a game area) and exhibitions. A parade starts at Penn and Plymouth Avenues at 10am, and heads south on Penn, then west on Glenwood into the park. The community is also invited to a free breakfast at Pillsbury Oak Park Center at 1701 Oak Park Avenue North (7am-10am).
Time: Breakfast 7am-10am; Parade 10am; Festival 11am-7pm
Cost: Free

Roll the Dice Bicycle Rally

West Medicine Lake Park
1920 West Medicine Lake Drive
Minneapolis, MN 55441
Plymouth Parks & Recreation kicks off summer with a family event featuring a bike ride around the lake (kids must be accompanied by adults and wearing helmets). Prizes are awarded based on a roll of the dice - it's not a race! Register in advance by phone at 763.509.5200, or on-site starting at 9:30am on the day of the ride. Riders must finish by 11am to qualify for prizes.
Ages: 6 to 12
Time: 9:30am-11am
Cost: Free

Young Eagles Flights

Young Eagles at Airlake Airport
8140 220th Street West
Lakeville, MN 55044
Young Eagles offers kids a chance to fly - for free! - in a private airplane with a qualified pilot. The national program was launched in 1992, and more than 1.2 million young people have participated since; the local chapter offers the rides on the third Saturday of every month, weather-permitting. A brief "ground school" lesson in aerodynamics and safety is also included. Call 952.831.5142 or 952.432.4231 in advance to reserve a spot.
Ages: 8 to 17
Time: 9am-12n
Cost: Free

Fanciful Fan

Lakeshore Learning Store
Lakeshore supplies everything kids need to make this free craft right in the store; expect the project to take 10 to 30 minutes. Parents must remain on-site. Offered at all Lakeshore locations.
Ages: 3 to 10
Time: Stop in anytime between 11am-3pm
Cost: Free


Northern Winds Concert Band

Centennial Lakes Park
7499 France Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55435
Edina presents a free concert at the amphitheater at the southern end of the lake.
Time: 7pm
Cost: Free

Acoustic Sunrise Concert: Ben Glaros

Minneapolis Institute of Arts
2400 Third Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55404
This free concert at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts is part of a series presented every other Sunday.
Time: 11am-1pm
Cost: Free

Miranda Cosgrove

Mall of America
60 East Broadway
Minneapolis, MN 55425
Miranda Cosgrove appears in honor of the release of iCarly - Music From and Inspired by the Hit TV Show. Find her in the Rotunda. See the website for signing guidelines; wristbands are required to enter the autograph line.
Ages: 8 to 14
Time: 2pm-5pm
Cost: Free

Family Day
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
3675 Arboretum Drive
Chaska, MN 55318
Celebrate the arboretum's 50th birthday with a 1K Family Fun Run (10:30am), Raptor Center presentations (11am & 1:05pm), free cake and ice cream (11am-3pm), and performances by Swedish fiddler Ross Sutter (12:10pm & 2:15pm). Kids get free gift bags and Coke products, while supplies last. The event also offers a great chance to view the arboretum's new Treeology exhibit.
Time: During arboretum hours
Cost: Free

Basilica Tours
Basilica of St. Mary
17th Street & Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55405
Visitors can join guided tours of the landmark 100-year-old Basilica of St. Mary (meet at the front of the building, beneath the pulpit) following 9:30am and 11am Sunday masses. Self-guided tour brochures are also available at the back of the church.
Time: See description for schedule
Cost: Free

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