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R.T. Rybak's Next Act

Will he use his talent and charisma to bridge the achievement gap in education or widen a rift and wreck his political future?


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Photos by Thomas Strand

R.T. Rybak received his education in economic divides back when he was a youngster, before “experiential learning” was in vogue. After his day at the tony suburban private school Breck, he would travel to the drugstore his family owned on the corner of Chicago and Franklin in Minneapolis. Occasionally, he accompanied his mother on delivery runs in the neighborhood and saw kids living in dirty, rundown apartments without enough to eat—a world apart from his comfortable home east of Lake Harriet, and farther still from the luxurious homes of Breck friends he’d visited.

“It was impossible not to be overwhelmed by a sense I was lucky and that there was a lot more need and hurt with kids my own age than I’d known,” he says. “It really opened my eyes.”

Those bright-blue high beams shine with compassion from perhaps the most familiar face in the city. During his dozen years as mayor, Rybak got to know some of those kids who came from the other side of the proverbial tracks. He ticks off the names—Wes Alcenat, Kafia Ahmed, Alex Glaze—of kids who improbably overcame the odds of homelessness or violence to thrive in school and find a better future. And he got to know the families of other kids, such as Tyesha Edwards, the 11-year-old girl killed by a stray bullet in 2002 while doing her homework in her family’s south Minneapolis dining room. He internalized their successes, their pain. And he came to understand how the economic and racial divide in the Twin Cities had led to a notoriously expansive achievement gap in educational outcomes.

He leans forward, his voice earnest: “I took this job because I felt I needed to,” he says. “It’s very personal.”

The first stop in Rybak’s post-mayoral career is that of executive director of Generation Next, a nonprofit coalition of movers and shakers from the worlds of business, education, and government with the explicit goal of closing the achievement gap for students of color in the Twin Cities. He knows the odds are stacked against success. And he’s also aware of the rap against him: that he came to the cause late, that it wasn’t until his third and final term as mayor that he gave schools all of the attention they deserved. Rybak knows the controversy he’s generated by championing policies that set him against his party. More than anything, he has to know the fate of his political future could ride on what happens next.


Minnesota has had Kirby, Hubert, Garrison, and Jesse, but never a man so recognized that a pair of initials suffices. R.T. Rybak achieved a remarkably high visibility during three terms as mayor of Minnesota’s largest city, befriending President Obama, crowd surfing at parades, and tweeting incessantly. He possesses a rare charisma that leaves even those who disagree with his positions liking him personally. His talents served him well in various careers before politics as a journalist, internet pioneer, and activist.

Today, the trappings of his professional life are markedly humble. A tour of the Generation Next offices tucked in a corner of the Greater Twin Cities United Way headquarters in downtown Minneapolis doesn’t take long. There’s a room with a white board, a conference table, and cubicles along the edges—looking every bit like a startup company—for the five young staff members he introduces. His office barely has space for a desk and a round table. On the wall is a photo of Tyesha Edwards’ grave marker. (“I don’t want to forget her.”)

The achievement gap, what Rybak calls “the shame of this community,” marks the disparity of test scores and graduation rates drawn along racial and ethnic lines. The gap isn’t because its most privileged students are topping the charts. Statewide, a middling 85 percent of white students graduated from high school in 2013, contrasted by an appalling 58 percent of Hispanic students and 57 percent of African-American students. The statistics are especially stark in Minneapolis, where graduation rates fell as low as 37 percent for Hispanics and African Americans and 25 percent for American Indians. The gap in Minneapolis widened on Rybak’s watch.

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“I come at this from a moral perspective,” he says. “It’s just deeply wrong that you can predict the likelihood of a child’s success in my hometown based on their race.”

Generation Next is by no means the first group to take on the problem. A recent University of Minnesota study found there were some 500 different efforts aimed at closing the achievement gap. Generation Next aims to identify which measures are working best and unify their implementation.

Rybak lays out the nonprofit’s plans: comprehensive health and developmental screenings of all children at age 3 to better ensure their readiness for kindergarten; common practices and protocols for all literacy tutors so that students can meet third-grade reading benchmarks; and seeing that every student develops a post-high school-plan for college or a career.

“There are multiple factors that are going to take multiple actions, but winning this battle is doable,” he says. “We can solve this.”

The scope is undeniably ambitious, yet Rybak has the deep network necessary to bring together a wide range of stakeholders in the community, government, education, and business. He’s as comfortable at a school-board meeting as a corporate boardroom or a corner barbershop. Whether it’s convincing friends to sign up for the City of Lakes Loppet, or persuading Target to donate $1.1 million to reward best practices in schools, his passion can be contagious. Still, his selection as Generation Next’s chief surprised many.

For starters, Rybak hadn’t distinguished himself as the Education Mayor. While the office has no authority over the superintendent, the school board, or schools, he admits that he could have been more proactive in addressing the city schools’ deficiencies. Yet by his second term he was working closely with new superintendent Bernadeia Johnson, backing her reform efforts. He had already implemented his signature legacy, STEP-UP, a program that has helped 18,000 students—the majority of them impoverished—land summer internships and jobs.

In order to take his new nonprofit job, Rybak turned down opportunities to work in Washington (he declines to give specifics). As the first mayor of a major city to support Obama’s presidential bid, Rybak has met with the president in the Oval Office and enjoys perhaps the closest relationship with him of any Minnesota politician.

A clue to Rybak’s motivation is his description of the “uncompleted work” from his time as mayor, where he says there were always other issues competing for his attention—budgets, crime, development, property taxes, as well as crises such as the northside tornado and I-35W bridge collapse. He describes his current position with the satisfaction of being able to provide “the laser focus” it needs.

While the Minneapolis Public Schools are also connecting with many of Generation Next’s partners, Superintendent Johnson, who is also a member of the organization’s leadership council, welcomes the support. “The beauty and power of Generation Next is that you convene all of those people at one time and get them talking about collective impact,” she says.

Pam Costain, head of AchieveMpls, which administers STEP-UP, adds that Rybak is right for the job because of his past experience and personal commitment. “He understands the gravitas of the situation that some others don’t,” she says.

Rybak insists that no political ambition lies behind his work at Generation Next. Still, it won’t be difficult for some to perceive the move at least in part as burnishing policy credentials before reentering the political fray. Rybak disagrees.

“Taking this job would have been one of the five worst political decisions I could make—with the other four being breaking the law in some way,” he says. “This is not a political move.”
 



Tucked away in his small office, Rybak admits he misses the influence he left in the mayor’s office. “There are moments when I walk into the room and I’m not called upon to speak or when there’s a problem and I’m not asked to help, and that’s somewhat frustrating,” he says.

That doesn’t surprise Linda Houden, a friend of Rybak’s for the past four decades. “It’s in his DNA to be part of what’s happening,” she says.

Rybak seemed so ubiquitous as mayor, and indefatigable, that the heart attack he suffered after cross-country skiing last January came as a shock (the humorous rhyme he tweeted about it—“My cardiac surprise/Gave me quite a start/But it proves this politician/Has a great big heart”—seemed more in character). He turns 59 this month, says he’s healthier than ever (he was back skiing within weeks of having a stent inserted), and has no thought of retiring. “Oh no. I’m just warming up,” he says. “My best work is ahead of me.”

That could include another gubernatorial run in 2018 (Rybak campaigned for governor in 2010 but did not win the DFL endorsement). He remains one of five vice chairs of the Democratic National Committee. And he admits that another bid for governor interests him.

But his current role could well undermine that possible political future. “Eliminating the achievement gap is a very daunting task,” says Ken Martin, chair of the Minnesota DFL “It’s also very high-risk if he does it in a way that ends up angering some people, especially those people whose help he needs if he is to run for governor.”

Rybak already has alienated some by endorsing and campaigning for his longtime friend Don Samuels in this fall’s Minneapolis school-board race, in opposition to DFL-endorsed candidates. “Being the vice chair of the Democratic National Committee, it would not make sense that he would be working against his local party, which is actually what he is doing,” says Rebecca Gagnon, an incumbent Minneapolis schools board member backed by the DFL in her bid for reelection.

By aligning himself with Samuels and others in the Generation Next coalition, Rybak has further piqued the faction of the Minnesota DFL that equates reform with union busting. Rybak has never proposed that education unions be dissolved, though in an interview while still mayor he said that “seniority and experience can’t be the chief determinant” in making staffing cuts. Many considered that a sacrilegious attack on the unions, even while the state has been developing a sophisticated data analysis of teacher performance that the Minneapolis school district has been gradually implementing to evaluate teachers (and ultimately use in deciding who stays and who goes, regardless of seniority).

“There are a lot of reformers R.T. is associating with that are trying to take down the teacher’s union,” Martin says. “That’s something our party does not support. We support the unions.”

Martin perhaps overstates Rybak’s allegiances and his ultimate political position, but if the party people believe Rybak doesn’t support the unions, they are unlikely to support him.

It’s true that, at times, Rybak has adhered more to his passions than to party etiquette, and the rift between him and the Minnesota DFL is real. He won the party’s endorsement in the 2009 mayoral race, but that was after two victories (in 2001 and 2005) without it. While running without DFL endorsement worked for Rybak at the mayoral level, it would be unlikely to succeed statewide. His position as a national Democratic chair lends him influence, but his term ends in 2016—the same year that his powerful ally Obama leaves office. Bottom line: If Rybak wants to be governor, he’s going to need the Minnesota DFL’s backing—not all of it, but enough of it. And he might be jeopardizing that, as Martin cautions.

Yet Rybak still enjoys a strong following in the party and may very well be able to overcome any hard feelings—because of the same charisma, experience, and talent that have led Generation Next to place its belief in him.

“I don’t think R.T. has burned too many bridges to preclude him from running for governor,” says Richard Mammen, outgoing chair of the Minneapolis school board. “A lot of people like R.T.”
 



In August, Rybak emceed the Generation Next policy rollout in front of an overflow audience at the Humphrey Institute, an event that feels less like a press conference than a pep rally. After 90 minutes, General Mills exec and Generation Next co-chair Kim Nelson’s closing remarks inspire a hearty round of applause: “I want to thank R.T., the tremendous R.T. and his staff, who have brought a tremendous amount of momentum.”

The audience spills out into the lobby, and there he is in the thick of it: shaking hands, greeting everyone, beaming. Reporters record his comments, a TV crew pulls him aside for an interview. He seems to relish this, the chance to push his agenda in the spotlight. It’s just like old times—and maybe the future as well.
 


Public and charter Schools’ High school Graduation Rate (2012–2013)

Minneapolis

  • Overall—50%
  • American Indian—25%
  • Asian—67%
  • Black—37%
  • Hispanic—37%
  • White—70%

St. Paul

  • Overall—73%
  • American Indian—51%
  • Asian—76%
  • Black—65%
  • Hispanic—67%
  • White—83%

How does the Twin Cities Compare to other American cities? 

Minneapolis St Paul Education Comparison

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Disney's Newsies, the exciting musical that took Broadway by storm, is coming to Chanhassen Dinner Theatres! Inspired by the real-life Newsboys Strike of 1899 in New York City,...

Cost: $50-89

Where:
Chanhassen Dinner Theatres
501 W. 78th St.
Chanhassen, MN
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Explore the winding streets, impressive homes, and creek environment of the neighborhood originally known as Washburn Park. Learn about landmark sites such as the Washburn Water Tower, the Harry...

Cost: $10

Where:
Washburn Library
5244 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55419
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Sponsor: Preserve Minneapolis
Contact Name: Rasa Zeltina
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August 17th at 7:00pm Ft. Live Music by Ameet August 18th at 12:00pm Pre-show Bollywood Brunch available for purchase August 19th at 2:00pm Ft. Poets of Minneapolis August 24th at 7:00pm Ft....

Cost: $10, $18, $50

Where:
Anne Simley Theatre
1530 W Taylor Ave
St. Paul, MN  55104
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Contact Name: Bollywood Dance Scene
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In this charming musical, quirky sixth-graders battle for the ultimate title: spelling champ of Putnam Valley Middle School! With each new word, the earnest combatants reveal their passions, fears...

Cost: $15-$35

Where:
Commonweal Theatre Co
208 Parkway Ave N
Lanesboro, MN  55949
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Sponsor: Commonweal Theatre Co.
Telephone: 800-657-7025
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Marsha Norman's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, 'Night Mother, is coming to Artspace's Grain Belt Warehouse in Northeast Minneapolis.  Starring Sally Wingert and Sara Marsh,...

Cost: General Admission: $34; Under Age 30 Admission: $15

Where:
Grain Belt Warehouse
77 13th Ave. NE, Studio 202
Minneapolis, MN  55414
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Sponsor: Dark & Stormy
Telephone: 612.401.4506
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Visitors can now capture a sunset over the Sawtooth Mountains at Lutsen Mountains, thanks to new Sunset Sunday gondola rides, now thru Sunday, Oct. 7.  “The view from the top of the mountain...

Cost: $22 Adults (13+), $14 Child (6-12), $19 Senior (65+), Tots 5 and under FREE

Where:
Lutsen Mountains
445 Ski Hill Road
Lutsen, MN  80549
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Sponsor: Lutsen Mountains
Telephone: 218-406-1300
Contact Name: Jim Vick
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Homewood Studios' Permanent Guest Curator, Neal Cuthbert, has been in long conversation with his friend Michael Sommers who, in addition to being one of the visionaries and co-founders of Open Eye...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Homewood Studios
2400 Plymouth Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN  55411
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Sponsor: Homewood Studios
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Even if you know the Romeo and Juliet story of West Side Story, you haven't seen it like this. Its streets are grittier, but it still flies high with new chroeography by Maija...

Where:
Guthrie Theater
818 S. Second St.
Minneapolis, MN  55415
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Sponsor: Guthrie Theater
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Eagles Over the Water: A Preview of the National Eagle Center's Collection of Eagles in American Culture at the Minnesota Marine Art Museum in Winona shows just a glimpse of the Preston...

Where:
Minnesota Marine Art Museum
800 Riverview Drive
Winona, MN  55987
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Sponsor: Minnesota Marine Art Museum
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Minneapolis museums house two iconic works of photorealism—Chuck Close’s huge self-portrait at the Walker and another of a guy named Frank at Mia. Countless strokes of acrylic paint...

Cost: Free

Where:
Minneapolis Institute of Art
2400 Third Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55404
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Eagles Everywhere at the National Eagle Center in Wabasha shows a glimpse of the recently donated Preston Cook Collection, which features 20,000-plus pieces of fine art, artifacts, and...

Where:
National Eagle Center
50 Pembroke Ave. S
Wabasha, MN  55981
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Sponsor: National Eagle Center
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Sensory Friendly Sunday is a monthly, free event for kids, teens, and adults in the Autism Spectrum Disorder or anyone with sensory sensitivities. On the first Sunday of every month, the gallery is...

Cost: Free

Where:
Walker Art Center
725 Vineland Place
Minneapolis, MN
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You've probably spent countless hours in front of a screen watching a hero save the world, solve a mystery, plan a prison break or repair a spaceship to return home. Now it's your turn! The Escape...

Cost: $34.99

Where:
Mall of America
300 East Broadway
Bloomington, MN  55425
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Engage your campers in engineering and design summer camps at The Works Museum! Featuring 17 NEW camps and favorites like LEGO Robotics, Code Camp, architecture, and more, summer camps at The Works...

Cost: $77-185

Where:
The Works Museum
9740 Grand Ave S
Bloomington, MN  55420-4225
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Telephone: 952-888-4262
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Join us for Teen Time at Sawdust Savvy, a DIY workshop for your 11-16 year olds! Teen Time includes: a special teen/tween-friendly Sawdust Savvy craft and a healthy snack. Participants will make...

Cost: 30.00

Where:
Sawdust Savvy
324 S Main St
Suite 7
Stillwater, MN  55082
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Sponsor: Sawdust Savvy
Telephone: 651-705-6614
Contact Name: Annie or Lindsay
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August is the Sunday of Summer and time to enjoy the thoughtful work of three local luminaries. Visit Northern Clay Center to view the August Featured Artists Exhibition, featuring ceramic artists...

Cost: Free and open to the public

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Ave E
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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Telephone: 161-233-98007
Contact Name: Northern Clay Center
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Now through September 2, all Mattress Firm stores in Minneapolis will be accepting school supplies to provide to local foster children and teens with the tools they need to succeed. All donations...

Cost: FREE

Where:
All 36 Mattress Firm locations in Minneapolis
Minneapolis, MN


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Fantasy Gifts will be hosting a Flow Drive at all 8 Minnesota locations. Drop off unused and unopened packs of feminine hygiene products to any of our 8 Minnesota Locations during the Months of...

Cost: Free

Where:
, MN


Sponsor: Fantasy Gifts & Support Women.Period
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Step into the 2,500-square-foot greenhouse and be surrounded by up to 400 butterflies from Asia, Africa, and the Americas. Every day at noon, you are able to pay $1 to release your own personal...

Cost: Free

Where:
Como Park Zoo & Conservatory
1225 Estabrook Drive
St. Paul, MN  55103
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Sponsor: Como Park Zoo & Conservator
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Opening Reception: Saturday, July 21, 2-5 pm In Minnesota, sky, land and water are akin to the primary colors when it comes to landscape painting. The  17 artists in this exhibition have been...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 161-237-77800
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Make waves this summer at the first-ever Howl N’ Splash Summer Bash at Great Wolf Lodge Minnesota.  The celebration kicks off July 15 and runs through August 25, 2018. The six-week series of...

Cost: Complimentary - Included as part of an over nights stay

Where:
Great Wolf Lodge Minnesota
1700 American Blvd
Bloomington, MN  55425
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Sponsor: Great Wolf Lodge
Telephone: 312-374-8572
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Night Art Gallery offers over 300+ original artworks from 30+ concurrent artist exhibitions where visitors can view many styles such as; traditional, abstract, mixed media, photography, pop culture...

Cost: $8.00

Where:
Night Art Gallery
12732 Lake Blvd
Lindstrom, MN  55045
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Sponsor: Night Art Gallery
Telephone: 612-235-3646
Contact Name: Brad
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The historic Trout Air Fishing Experience at Running Aces Casino & Racetrack will open for the season on Saturday, May 5. The popular Trout Air Fishing Experience provides fishing enthusiasts with...

Cost: $10 per pound of Trout plus $2 Pole Rental and Bait

Where:
Running Aces Casino & Racetrack
15201 Running Aces Blvd
Columbus, MN  55025
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Disney's Newsies, the exciting musical that took Broadway by storm, is coming to Chanhassen Dinner Theatres! Inspired by the real-life Newsboys Strike of 1899 in New York City,...

Cost: $50-89

Where:
Chanhassen Dinner Theatres
501 W. 78th St.
Chanhassen, MN
View map »


Website »

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Take a journey through the late Betty Woodman’s studio and explore her world of influence in this evening viewing of two videos. Everyone is welcome to join as Northern Clay Center celebrates the...

Cost: Free and open to the public

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Ave E
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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Telephone: 161-233-98007
Contact Name: Northern Clay Center
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Marsha Norman's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, 'Night Mother, is coming to Artspace's Grain Belt Warehouse in Northeast Minneapolis.  Starring Sally Wingert and Sara Marsh,...

Cost: General Admission: $34; Under Age 30 Admission: $15

Where:
Grain Belt Warehouse
77 13th Ave. NE, Studio 202
Minneapolis, MN  55414
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Sponsor: Dark & Stormy
Telephone: 612.401.4506
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Lieder recital with Maria Jette, soprano, Dan Dressen, tenor, Christina Baldwin, mezzo-soprano, Jake Endres, baritone, Sonja Thompson, piano and Nicola Melville, piano.Works by Bernstein, Gunnar De...

Cost: Tickets will be available for $5 at the door!

Where:
Weitz Center for Creativity, Carleton College
320 3rd St. E
Northfield, MN  55057
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Sponsor: Bridge Chamber Music Festival
Telephone: 208-293-5421
Contact Name: Joel Rinckwald
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Visitors can now capture a sunset over the Sawtooth Mountains at Lutsen Mountains, thanks to new Sunset Sunday gondola rides, now thru Sunday, Oct. 7.  “The view from the top of the mountain...

Cost: $22 Adults (13+), $14 Child (6-12), $19 Senior (65+), Tots 5 and under FREE

Where:
Lutsen Mountains
445 Ski Hill Road
Lutsen, MN  80549
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Sponsor: Lutsen Mountains
Telephone: 218-406-1300
Contact Name: Jim Vick
Website »

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Homewood Studios' Permanent Guest Curator, Neal Cuthbert, has been in long conversation with his friend Michael Sommers who, in addition to being one of the visionaries and co-founders of Open Eye...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Homewood Studios
2400 Plymouth Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN  55411
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Sponsor: Homewood Studios
Website »

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Minneapolis museums house two iconic works of photorealism—Chuck Close’s huge self-portrait at the Walker and another of a guy named Frank at Mia. Countless strokes of acrylic paint...

Cost: Free

Where:
Minneapolis Institute of Art
2400 Third Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55404
View map »


Website »

More information

Even if you know the Romeo and Juliet story of West Side Story, you haven't seen it like this. Its streets are grittier, but it still flies high with new chroeography by Maija...

Where:
Guthrie Theater
818 S. Second St.
Minneapolis, MN  55415
View map »


Sponsor: Guthrie Theater
Website »

More information

Eagles Over the Water: A Preview of the National Eagle Center's Collection of Eagles in American Culture at the Minnesota Marine Art Museum in Winona shows just a glimpse of the Preston...

Where:
Minnesota Marine Art Museum
800 Riverview Drive
Winona, MN  55987
View map »


Sponsor: Minnesota Marine Art Museum
Website »

More information

Eagles Everywhere at the National Eagle Center in Wabasha shows a glimpse of the recently donated Preston Cook Collection, which features 20,000-plus pieces of fine art, artifacts, and...

Where:
National Eagle Center
50 Pembroke Ave. S
Wabasha, MN  55981
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Sponsor: National Eagle Center
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Cost: Admission is free but pre-registration is appreciated

Where:
Bloomington Civic Plaza
1800 W Old Shakopee Rd.
Bloomington , MN  55431
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Sponsor: Hosted by the Bloomington Chamber in partnership with the Bloomington Police Department.
Telephone: 612-370-9123
Contact Name: Anna Stinson

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Sensory Friendly Sunday is a monthly, free event for kids, teens, and adults in the Autism Spectrum Disorder or anyone with sensory sensitivities. On the first Sunday of every month, the gallery is...

Cost: Free

Where:
Walker Art Center
725 Vineland Place
Minneapolis, MN
View map »


Website »

More information

You've probably spent countless hours in front of a screen watching a hero save the world, solve a mystery, plan a prison break or repair a spaceship to return home. Now it's your turn! The Escape...

Cost: $34.99

Where:
Mall of America
300 East Broadway
Bloomington, MN  55425
View map »

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Digital Summit Minneapolis brings * Amazing Content - 45+ sessions on the latest digital trends & best practices from industry educators, plus keynotes from The Onion Founder, Scott Dikkers and...

Cost: $295 - $995 (lowest price with earlybird pricing)

Where:
Minneapolis Convention Center, Main Auditorium
1301 Second Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Engage your campers in engineering and design summer camps at The Works Museum! Featuring 17 NEW camps and favorites like LEGO Robotics, Code Camp, architecture, and more, summer camps at The Works...

Cost: $77-185

Where:
The Works Museum
9740 Grand Ave S
Bloomington, MN  55420-4225
View map »


Telephone: 952-888-4262
Website »

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August is the Sunday of Summer and time to enjoy the thoughtful work of three local luminaries. Visit Northern Clay Center to view the August Featured Artists Exhibition, featuring ceramic artists...

Cost: Free and open to the public

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Ave E
Minneapolis, MN  55406
View map »


Telephone: 161-233-98007
Contact Name: Northern Clay Center
Website »

More information

Fantasy Gifts will be hosting a Flow Drive at all 8 Minnesota locations. Drop off unused and unopened packs of feminine hygiene products to any of our 8 Minnesota Locations during the Months of...

Cost: Free

Where:
, MN


Sponsor: Fantasy Gifts & Support Women.Period
Website »

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Step into the 2,500-square-foot greenhouse and be surrounded by up to 400 butterflies from Asia, Africa, and the Americas. Every day at noon, you are able to pay $1 to release your own personal...

Cost: Free

Where:
Como Park Zoo & Conservatory
1225 Estabrook Drive
St. Paul, MN  55103
View map »


Sponsor: Como Park Zoo & Conservator
Website »

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Now through September 2, all Mattress Firm stores in Minneapolis will be accepting school supplies to provide to local foster children and teens with the tools they need to succeed. All donations...

Cost: FREE

Where:
All 36 Mattress Firm locations in Minneapolis
Minneapolis, MN


Website »

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Opening Reception: Saturday, July 21, 2-5 pm In Minnesota, sky, land and water are akin to the primary colors when it comes to landscape painting. The  17 artists in this exhibition have been...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
View map »


Telephone: 161-237-77800
Website »

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First organized in 1967, the original Barbary Coast Band performed at Jimmy's on the Levee for about five years, after which they spread their talents to performing at the Minnesota State Fair,...

Cost: $25–$28

Where:
Ives Auditorium
Minnesota Masonic Heritage Center
11411 Masonic Home Dr
Bloomington, MN  55437
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Make waves this summer at the first-ever Howl N’ Splash Summer Bash at Great Wolf Lodge Minnesota.  The celebration kicks off July 15 and runs through August 25, 2018. The six-week series of...

Cost: Complimentary - Included as part of an over nights stay

Where:
Great Wolf Lodge Minnesota
1700 American Blvd
Bloomington, MN  55425
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Sponsor: Great Wolf Lodge
Telephone: 312-374-8572
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Join us in celebrating diversity within the brewing community by attending one (or more!) of our partnering fundraisers being held to support the new PRIDE In Brewing Scholarship. Each of the...

Cost: 0

Where:
612 Brew
945 Broadway St. NE
Minneapolis, MN  55413
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Telephone: 651-528-8752

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Night Art Gallery offers over 300+ original artworks from 30+ concurrent artist exhibitions where visitors can view many styles such as; traditional, abstract, mixed media, photography, pop culture...

Cost: $8.00

Where:
Night Art Gallery
12732 Lake Blvd
Lindstrom, MN  55045
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Sponsor: Night Art Gallery
Telephone: 612-235-3646
Contact Name: Brad
Website »

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Disney's Newsies, the exciting musical that took Broadway by storm, is coming to Chanhassen Dinner Theatres! Inspired by the real-life Newsboys Strike of 1899 in New York City,...

Cost: $50-89

Where:
Chanhassen Dinner Theatres
501 W. 78th St.
Chanhassen, MN
View map »


Website »

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Online Wildlife class August 22th 1. unique wildlife in United States.2. courtship and behavior3. learn how to identify wildlife4. learn how to identify wildlife by their habitat5. Learn about...

Cost: $40.00 per adult, $10.00 per child $55.00 per family or group

Where:
google class
Minneapolis Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN  55111
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Sponsor: online community ed and in person classes
Telephone: 208-351-3407
Contact Name: dallin saurey
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The Women's Association of the Boys & Girls Clubs invites you to join us for Happy Hour at the Lake.  Enjoy an evening of live music, appetizers, drinks and a silent auction.  This fundraising...

Cost: $60 per person and & $110 per couple

Where:
Lafayette Club
2800 Northview Road
Minnetonka Beach, MN  55361
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Sponsor: Women's Association of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities
Telephone: 651-200-4102
Contact Name: Alexandra Westman
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Join us for our weekly Trivia Night, with “THE WORLD’S BEST BAR TRIVIA” presented by Trivia Mafia. Come have a pint and stretch your brain! Featuring $1 off all beers. Prizes 1st Place:...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Big Wood Brewery
2222 4th Street
White Bear Lake, MN  55110
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FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER, GLENSHEEN IS INTRODUCING WINE WEDNESDAYS! Drink wines from a different region around the world each week while learning a thing or two about wine culture and the...

Cost: Free entry, wine available for purchase at cash bad

Where:
Glensheen Mansion
3300 London Road
Duluth, MN  55804
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Telephone: 218-726-8910

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FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER, GLENSHEEN IS INTRODUCING WINE WEDNESDAYS! Sample wines from a different region around the world each week while learning a thing or two about wine culture and the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Glensheen Mansion
3300 London Road
Duluth, MN  55804
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Telephone: 218-726-8910

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Marsha Norman's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, 'Night Mother, is coming to Artspace's Grain Belt Warehouse in Northeast Minneapolis.  Starring Sally Wingert and Sara Marsh,...

Cost: General Admission: $34; Under Age 30 Admission: $15

Where:
Grain Belt Warehouse
77 13th Ave. NE, Studio 202
Minneapolis, MN  55414
View map »


Sponsor: Dark & Stormy
Telephone: 612.401.4506
Website »

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Aida Shahghasemi / minneapolisAida Shahghasemi studied Psychology and Anthropology at University of Minnesota with a focus on the restrictions of the voices of female vocalists in Iran, where she...

Cost: $8

Where:
Icehouse
2528 Nicollet Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55404
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Visitors can now capture a sunset over the Sawtooth Mountains at Lutsen Mountains, thanks to new Sunset Sunday gondola rides, now thru Sunday, Oct. 7.  “The view from the top of the mountain...

Cost: $22 Adults (13+), $14 Child (6-12), $19 Senior (65+), Tots 5 and under FREE

Where:
Lutsen Mountains
445 Ski Hill Road
Lutsen, MN  80549
View map »


Sponsor: Lutsen Mountains
Telephone: 218-406-1300
Contact Name: Jim Vick
Website »

More information

Homewood Studios' Permanent Guest Curator, Neal Cuthbert, has been in long conversation with his friend Michael Sommers who, in addition to being one of the visionaries and co-founders of Open Eye...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Homewood Studios
2400 Plymouth Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN  55411
View map »


Sponsor: Homewood Studios
Website »

More information

Eagles Over the Water: A Preview of the National Eagle Center's Collection of Eagles in American Culture at the Minnesota Marine Art Museum in Winona shows just a glimpse of the Preston...

Where:
Minnesota Marine Art Museum
800 Riverview Drive
Winona, MN  55987
View map »


Sponsor: Minnesota Marine Art Museum
Website »

More information

Eagles Everywhere at the National Eagle Center in Wabasha shows a glimpse of the recently donated Preston Cook Collection, which features 20,000-plus pieces of fine art, artifacts, and...

Where:
National Eagle Center
50 Pembroke Ave. S
Wabasha, MN  55981
View map »


Sponsor: National Eagle Center
Website »

More information

Minneapolis museums house two iconic works of photorealism—Chuck Close’s huge self-portrait at the Walker and another of a guy named Frank at Mia. Countless strokes of acrylic paint...

Cost: Free

Where:
Minneapolis Institute of Art
2400 Third Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55404
View map »


Website »

More information

Even if you know the Romeo and Juliet story of West Side Story, you haven't seen it like this. Its streets are grittier, but it still flies high with new chroeography by Maija...

Where:
Guthrie Theater
818 S. Second St.
Minneapolis, MN  55415
View map »


Sponsor: Guthrie Theater
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

You've probably spent countless hours in front of a screen watching a hero save the world, solve a mystery, plan a prison break or repair a spaceship to return home. Now it's your turn! The Escape...

Cost: $34.99

Where:
Mall of America
300 East Broadway
Bloomington, MN  55425
View map »

More information

Sensory Friendly Sunday is a monthly, free event for kids, teens, and adults in the Autism Spectrum Disorder or anyone with sensory sensitivities. On the first Sunday of every month, the gallery is...

Cost: Free

Where:
Walker Art Center
725 Vineland Place
Minneapolis, MN
View map »


Website »

More information

Digital Summit Minneapolis brings * Amazing Content - 45+ sessions on the latest digital trends & best practices from industry educators, plus keynotes from The Onion Founder, Scott Dikkers and...

Cost: $295 - $995 (lowest price with earlybird pricing)

Where:
Minneapolis Convention Center, Main Auditorium
1301 Second Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55403
View map »

More information

Engage your campers in engineering and design summer camps at The Works Museum! Featuring 17 NEW camps and favorites like LEGO Robotics, Code Camp, architecture, and more, summer camps at The Works...

Cost: $77-185

Where:
The Works Museum
9740 Grand Ave S
Bloomington, MN  55420-4225
View map »


Telephone: 952-888-4262
Website »

More information

Step into the 2,500-square-foot greenhouse and be surrounded by up to 400 butterflies from Asia, Africa, and the Americas. Every day at noon, you are able to pay $1 to release your own personal...

Cost: Free

Where:
Como Park Zoo & Conservatory
1225 Estabrook Drive
St. Paul, MN  55103
View map »


Sponsor: Como Park Zoo & Conservator
Website »

More information

August is the Sunday of Summer and time to enjoy the thoughtful work of three local luminaries. Visit Northern Clay Center to view the August Featured Artists Exhibition, featuring ceramic artists...

Cost: Free and open to the public

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Ave E
Minneapolis, MN  55406
View map »


Telephone: 161-233-98007
Contact Name: Northern Clay Center
Website »

More information

Now through September 2, all Mattress Firm stores in Minneapolis will be accepting school supplies to provide to local foster children and teens with the tools they need to succeed. All donations...

Cost: FREE

Where:
All 36 Mattress Firm locations in Minneapolis
Minneapolis, MN


Website »

More information

Discover the magic of making movies together! You and your young engineer will work together to become stop-motion filmmakers.  Design a set, pick out characters, and create a story that's...

Cost: 13.50

Where:
The Works Museum
9740 Grand Ave
Bloomington, MN  55420
View map »


Telephone: 952-888-4262
Website »

More information

Fantasy Gifts will be hosting a Flow Drive at all 8 Minnesota locations. Drop off unused and unopened packs of feminine hygiene products to any of our 8 Minnesota Locations during the Months of...

Cost: Free

Where:
, MN


Sponsor: Fantasy Gifts & Support Women.Period
Website »

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Culture is a fact yet how we define and capitalize on it at work is continually socially constructed. Cultural competence starts with self. This seminar focuses on the personal self, relative to...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Online
, MN


Sponsor: AON
Telephone: 612-849-2057
Contact Name: Austin Crossman

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Thursdays on First & 3rd Summer Market & Music Festival is a weekly outdoor market of over 100 art, craft and food vendors and live entertainment every Thursday throughout the summer. Thursdays on...

Cost: Free

Where:
Peace Plaza
1st Avenue SW & 1st Street SW
Rochester, MN  55902
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Sponsor: Rochester Downtown Alliance
Telephone: 507-216-9882
Contact Name: Bill Fay
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About: Speaking is one of the most important skills you need to market your message, engage an audience, and consistently grow your business. If you're up to your eyeballs with coffee networking...

Cost: $25-$45

Where:
Media Relations, Inc.
350 W. Burnsville Parkway, Suite 350
Burnsville, MN  55337
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Contact Name: Jenn Pollard
Website »

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Opening Reception: Saturday, July 21, 2-5 pm In Minnesota, sky, land and water are akin to the primary colors when it comes to landscape painting. The  17 artists in this exhibition have been...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
View map »


Telephone: 161-237-77800
Website »

More information

24th ANNUAL Karitos Worship & Arts Conference '18 “FRESH OIL, NEW WINE”   Parklawn Assembly of God 3725 N Sherman Blvd Milwaukee, WI 53216   Thursday August 23rd at 1:00PM - Saturday...

Cost: $150 - $200

Where:
Parklawn Assembly of God
3725 N Sherman Blvd
Milwaukee, WI  53216
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Telephone: 847-925-8018

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Make waves this summer at the first-ever Howl N’ Splash Summer Bash at Great Wolf Lodge Minnesota.  The celebration kicks off July 15 and runs through August 25, 2018. The six-week series of...

Cost: Complimentary - Included as part of an over nights stay

Where:
Great Wolf Lodge Minnesota
1700 American Blvd
Bloomington, MN  55425
View map »


Sponsor: Great Wolf Lodge
Telephone: 312-374-8572
Website »

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Night Art Gallery offers over 300+ original artworks from 30+ concurrent artist exhibitions where visitors can view many styles such as; traditional, abstract, mixed media, photography, pop culture...

Cost: $8.00

Where:
Night Art Gallery
12732 Lake Blvd
Lindstrom, MN  55045
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Sponsor: Night Art Gallery
Telephone: 612-235-3646
Contact Name: Brad
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Join us for a class sampler. 20 minute Bootcamp Class, 20 minute Pilates Class, 20 minute Barre Class and a 20 min Cycle Class. Cocktails will be served after classes. A great way to work out, meet...

Cost: Free

Where:
St. Paul JCC
1375 St. Paul Ave
St Paul, MN  55116
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Telephone: 651-255-4737
Contact Name: Sara Greenberg
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Disney's Newsies, the exciting musical that took Broadway by storm, is coming to Chanhassen Dinner Theatres! Inspired by the real-life Newsboys Strike of 1899 in New York City,...

Cost: $50-89

Where:
Chanhassen Dinner Theatres
501 W. 78th St.
Chanhassen, MN
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Online Wildlife class August 22th 1. unique wildlife in United States.2. courtship and behavior3. learn how to identify wildlife4. learn how to identify wildlife by their habitat5. Learn about...

Cost: $40.00 per adult, $10.00 per child $55.00 per family or group

Where:
google class
Minneapolis Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN  55111
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Sponsor: online community ed and in person classes
Telephone: 208-351-3407
Contact Name: dallin saurey
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August 17th at 7:00pm Ft. Live Music by Ameet August 18th at 12:00pm Pre-show Bollywood Brunch available for purchase August 19th at 2:00pm Ft. Poets of Minneapolis August 24th at 7:00pm Ft....

Cost: $10, $18, $50

Where:
Anne Simley Theatre
1530 W Taylor Ave
St. Paul, MN  55104
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Contact Name: Bollywood Dance Scene
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Renown St. Olaf faculty present works by Schumann, Brahms and Dvorak. This performance will feature Francesca Anderegg, violin, Charles Gray, viola, David Carter, cello, and Esther Wang, piano.  

Cost: Tickets will be available for $5 at the door!

Where:
Urness Recital Hall, St. Olaf College
1500 St. Olaf Ave
Northfield, MN  55057
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Sponsor: Bridge Chamber Music Festival
Telephone: 208-293-5421
Contact Name: Joel Rinckwald
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Is there anything more fulfilling than finally getting your house truly, deeply clean? We may never know because The Clean House is a side-splitting comedy about a cleaning lady who’d rather...

Cost: $15-$35

Where:
Commonweal Theatre Co
208 Parkway Ave N
Lanesboro, MN  55949
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Sponsor: Commonweal Theatre Co.
Telephone: 800-657-7025
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Marsha Norman's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, 'Night Mother, is coming to Artspace's Grain Belt Warehouse in Northeast Minneapolis.  Starring Sally Wingert and Sara Marsh,...

Cost: General Admission: $34; Under Age 30 Admission: $15

Where:
Grain Belt Warehouse
77 13th Ave. NE, Studio 202
Minneapolis, MN  55414
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Sponsor: Dark & Stormy
Telephone: 612.401.4506
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With all the craziness going on in the world, wouldn’t you like a day off, too? Play hooky with us at our hilarious new sketch comedy revue, as we continue our 60th anniversary season with...

Cost: $20-$30

Where:
Brave New Workshop Comedy Theatre
824 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Visitors can now capture a sunset over the Sawtooth Mountains at Lutsen Mountains, thanks to new Sunset Sunday gondola rides, now thru Sunday, Oct. 7.  “The view from the top of the mountain...

Cost: $22 Adults (13+), $14 Child (6-12), $19 Senior (65+), Tots 5 and under FREE

Where:
Lutsen Mountains
445 Ski Hill Road
Lutsen, MN  80549
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Sponsor: Lutsen Mountains
Telephone: 218-406-1300
Contact Name: Jim Vick
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Sunday, August 19th at 6:00pm Thursday, August 23rd at 9:00pm BollyProv is a Bollywood-inspired improv comedy group that will be bringing a flavor of Bollywood movies to improv. Like any...

Cost: $10

Where:
HUGE Theater
3037 Lyndale Ave S
Minnepolis, MN  55408
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Contact Name: Bollywood Dance Scene
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Homewood Studios' Permanent Guest Curator, Neal Cuthbert, has been in long conversation with his friend Michael Sommers who, in addition to being one of the visionaries and co-founders of Open Eye...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Homewood Studios
2400 Plymouth Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN  55411
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Sponsor: Homewood Studios
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Eagles Everywhere at the National Eagle Center in Wabasha shows a glimpse of the recently donated Preston Cook Collection, which features 20,000-plus pieces of fine art, artifacts, and...

Where:
National Eagle Center
50 Pembroke Ave. S
Wabasha, MN  55981
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Sponsor: National Eagle Center
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Even if you know the Romeo and Juliet story of West Side Story, you haven't seen it like this. Its streets are grittier, but it still flies high with new chroeography by Maija...

Where:
Guthrie Theater
818 S. Second St.
Minneapolis, MN  55415
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Sponsor: Guthrie Theater
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Eagles Over the Water: A Preview of the National Eagle Center's Collection of Eagles in American Culture at the Minnesota Marine Art Museum in Winona shows just a glimpse of the Preston...

Where:
Minnesota Marine Art Museum
800 Riverview Drive
Winona, MN  55987
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Sponsor: Minnesota Marine Art Museum
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Minneapolis museums house two iconic works of photorealism—Chuck Close’s huge self-portrait at the Walker and another of a guy named Frank at Mia. Countless strokes of acrylic paint...

Cost: Free

Where:
Minneapolis Institute of Art
2400 Third Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55404
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WHAT:                                 Good Morning Minneapolis: The Future Workforce WHO:                                   Hosted...

Cost: Admission is $30 and pre-registration is required

Where:
Minneapolis College
1501 Hennepin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Sponsor: Hosted by the Minneapolis Regional Chamber in partnership with the minneapolis downtown council and Meet Minneapolis
Telephone: 612-370-9117
Contact Name: Shannon Lukes

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Sensory Friendly Sunday is a monthly, free event for kids, teens, and adults in the Autism Spectrum Disorder or anyone with sensory sensitivities. On the first Sunday of every month, the gallery is...

Cost: Free

Where:
Walker Art Center
725 Vineland Place
Minneapolis, MN
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You've probably spent countless hours in front of a screen watching a hero save the world, solve a mystery, plan a prison break or repair a spaceship to return home. Now it's your turn! The Escape...

Cost: $34.99

Where:
Mall of America
300 East Broadway
Bloomington, MN  55425
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Engage your campers in engineering and design summer camps at The Works Museum! Featuring 17 NEW camps and favorites like LEGO Robotics, Code Camp, architecture, and more, summer camps at The Works...

Cost: $77-185

Where:
The Works Museum
9740 Grand Ave S
Bloomington, MN  55420-4225
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Telephone: 952-888-4262
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Now through September 2, all Mattress Firm stores in Minneapolis will be accepting school supplies to provide to local foster children and teens with the tools they need to succeed. All donations...

Cost: FREE

Where:
All 36 Mattress Firm locations in Minneapolis
Minneapolis, MN


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Fantasy Gifts will be hosting a Flow Drive at all 8 Minnesota locations. Drop off unused and unopened packs of feminine hygiene products to any of our 8 Minnesota Locations during the Months of...

Cost: Free

Where:
, MN


Sponsor: Fantasy Gifts & Support Women.Period
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Step into the 2,500-square-foot greenhouse and be surrounded by up to 400 butterflies from Asia, Africa, and the Americas. Every day at noon, you are able to pay $1 to release your own personal...

Cost: Free

Where:
Como Park Zoo & Conservatory
1225 Estabrook Drive
St. Paul, MN  55103
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Sponsor: Como Park Zoo & Conservator
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August is the Sunday of Summer and time to enjoy the thoughtful work of three local luminaries. Visit Northern Clay Center to view the August Featured Artists Exhibition, featuring ceramic artists...

Cost: Free and open to the public

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Ave E
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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Telephone: 161-233-98007
Contact Name: Northern Clay Center
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Opening Reception: Saturday, July 21, 2-5 pm In Minnesota, sky, land and water are akin to the primary colors when it comes to landscape painting. The  17 artists in this exhibition have been...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 161-237-77800
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24th ANNUAL Karitos Worship & Arts Conference '18 “FRESH OIL, NEW WINE”   Parklawn Assembly of God 3725 N Sherman Blvd Milwaukee, WI 53216   Thursday August 23rd at 1:00PM - Saturday...

Cost: $150 - $200

Where:
Parklawn Assembly of God
3725 N Sherman Blvd
Milwaukee, WI  53216
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Telephone: 847-925-8018

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Make waves this summer at the first-ever Howl N’ Splash Summer Bash at Great Wolf Lodge Minnesota.  The celebration kicks off July 15 and runs through August 25, 2018. The six-week series of...

Cost: Complimentary - Included as part of an over nights stay

Where:
Great Wolf Lodge Minnesota
1700 American Blvd
Bloomington, MN  55425
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Sponsor: Great Wolf Lodge
Telephone: 312-374-8572
Website »

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A summer tradition since 1963 that gets better with age. Come and experience legendary Greek hospitality (philoxenia), at the 55th annual Original Rochester Greek Fest. Join us for great food,...

Cost: free

Where:
Holy Anargyroi Church Grounds
703 West Center Street
Rochester, MN  55902
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Sponsor: Sts. Kosmas & Damianos Greek Orthodox Church
Telephone: 507-282-1529
Contact Name: Church Office
Website »

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The historic Trout Air Fishing Experience at Running Aces Casino & Racetrack will open for the season on Saturday, May 5. The popular Trout Air Fishing Experience provides fishing enthusiasts with...

Cost: $10 per pound of Trout plus $2 Pole Rental and Bait

Where:
Running Aces Casino & Racetrack
15201 Running Aces Blvd
Columbus, MN  55025
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Night Art Gallery offers over 300+ original artworks from 30+ concurrent artist exhibitions where visitors can view many styles such as; traditional, abstract, mixed media, photography, pop culture...

Cost: $8.00

Where:
Night Art Gallery
12732 Lake Blvd
Lindstrom, MN  55045
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Sponsor: Night Art Gallery
Telephone: 612-235-3646
Contact Name: Brad
Website »

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Disney's Newsies, the exciting musical that took Broadway by storm, is coming to Chanhassen Dinner Theatres! Inspired by the real-life Newsboys Strike of 1899 in New York City,...

Cost: $50-89

Where:
Chanhassen Dinner Theatres
501 W. 78th St.
Chanhassen, MN
View map »


Website »

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Online Wildlife class August 22th 1. unique wildlife in United States.2. courtship and behavior3. learn how to identify wildlife4. learn how to identify wildlife by their habitat5. Learn about...

Cost: $40.00 per adult, $10.00 per child $55.00 per family or group

Where:
google class
Minneapolis Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN  55111
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Sponsor: online community ed and in person classes
Telephone: 208-351-3407
Contact Name: dallin saurey
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Nick Kosevich and his team at Bittercube Hand-Crafted Bitters will join Hewing to continue their four-part summer cocktail series. The evening will feature a specialty cocktail menu with brandy old...

Cost: $15

Where:
Hewing Hotel
300 Washington Ave N
Minneapolis, MN  55401
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Telephone: 651-468-0400
Contact Name: Alexandra Dorn
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Gather your friends, We've got the tools! Join us for a 3 hour instructor led workshop where you get the chance to use power tools, stain and stencil your own DIY project. Choose from: Planked...

Cost: 59.00 and up

Where:
Sawdust Savvy
324 S Main St
Suite 7
Stillwater, MN  55082
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Sponsor: Sawdust Savvy
Telephone: 651-705-6614
Contact Name: Annie or Lindsay
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Grand Rapids, MN native Sam Miltich fills the hall with the lush sounds of string-based jazz from the 1930's - 1950's with a tribute to the music of Django Reinhardt and his Hot Club of France.  

Cost: Tickets will be available for $5 at the door!

Where:
Urness Recital Hall, St. Olaf College
1500 St. Olaf Ave
Northfield, MN  55057
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Sponsor: Bridge Chamber Music Festival
Telephone: 208-293-5421
Contact Name: Joel Rinckwald
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In this charming musical, quirky sixth-graders battle for the ultimate title: spelling champ of Putnam Valley Middle School! With each new word, the earnest combatants reveal their passions, fears...

Cost: $15-$35

Where:
Commonweal Theatre Co
208 Parkway Ave N
Lanesboro, MN  55949
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Sponsor: Commonweal Theatre Co.
Telephone: 800-657-7025
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Marsha Norman's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, 'Night Mother, is coming to Artspace's Grain Belt Warehouse in Northeast Minneapolis.  Starring Sally Wingert and Sara Marsh,...

Cost: General Admission: $34; Under Age 30 Admission: $15

Where:
Grain Belt Warehouse
77 13th Ave. NE, Studio 202
Minneapolis, MN  55414
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Sponsor: Dark & Stormy
Telephone: 612.401.4506
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Growing up in an environment where everybody wanted to get into the music industry, Kevin Craft wasn’t passionate about singing or rapping, on the other hand, he did realize that he was a natural...

Cost: $20

Where:
Royal Comedy Theatre
809 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN  55343
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Sponsor: Royal Comedy Theatre
Telephone: 161-266-60809
Contact Name: Mike Edlavitch
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With all the craziness going on in the world, wouldn’t you like a day off, too? Play hooky with us at our hilarious new sketch comedy revue, as we continue our 60th anniversary season with...

Cost: $20-$30

Where:
Brave New Workshop Comedy Theatre
824 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Visitors can now capture a sunset over the Sawtooth Mountains at Lutsen Mountains, thanks to new Sunset Sunday gondola rides, now thru Sunday, Oct. 7.  “The view from the top of the mountain...

Cost: $22 Adults (13+), $14 Child (6-12), $19 Senior (65+), Tots 5 and under FREE

Where:
Lutsen Mountains
445 Ski Hill Road
Lutsen, MN  80549
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Sponsor: Lutsen Mountains
Telephone: 218-406-1300
Contact Name: Jim Vick
Website »

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Homewood Studios' Permanent Guest Curator, Neal Cuthbert, has been in long conversation with his friend Michael Sommers who, in addition to being one of the visionaries and co-founders of Open Eye...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Homewood Studios
2400 Plymouth Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN  55411
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Sponsor: Homewood Studios
Website »

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Eagles Everywhere at the National Eagle Center in Wabasha shows a glimpse of the recently donated Preston Cook Collection, which features 20,000-plus pieces of fine art, artifacts, and...

Where:
National Eagle Center
50 Pembroke Ave. S
Wabasha, MN  55981
View map »


Sponsor: National Eagle Center
Website »

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Even if you know the Romeo and Juliet story of West Side Story, you haven't seen it like this. Its streets are grittier, but it still flies high with new chroeography by Maija...

Where:
Guthrie Theater
818 S. Second St.
Minneapolis, MN  55415
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Sponsor: Guthrie Theater
Website »

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Minneapolis museums house two iconic works of photorealism—Chuck Close’s huge self-portrait at the Walker and another of a guy named Frank at Mia. Countless strokes of acrylic paint...

Cost: Free

Where:
Minneapolis Institute of Art
2400 Third Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55404
View map »


Website »

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Eagles Over the Water: A Preview of the National Eagle Center's Collection of Eagles in American Culture at the Minnesota Marine Art Museum in Winona shows just a glimpse of the Preston...

Where:
Minnesota Marine Art Museum
800 Riverview Drive
Winona, MN  55987
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Sponsor: Minnesota Marine Art Museum
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Our purpose is to have FUN, and our goal is to raise awareness and funds for Kidney Cancer Research.  We do this by climbing, running, walking the stairs at TCF Bank Stadium.  Not into stairs,...

Cost: $45.00/$20.00

Where:
TCF Bank Stadium
420 SE 23rd Ave.
Minneapolis, MN  55455
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Sponsor: Team8, Inc.
Telephone: 612-804-7655
Contact Name: Julie Card
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MMAF is proud to present its 14th annual Say Thanks Day 5K Run and 1-Mile Walk at the Boy Scout Base Camp at Fort Snelling. The site is easily accessible from Highway 62/55. Participants will run...

Cost: 20-25

Where:
Boy Scout Base Camp
, MN

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You've probably spent countless hours in front of a screen watching a hero save the world, solve a mystery, plan a prison break or repair a spaceship to return home. Now it's your turn! The Escape...

Cost: $34.99

Where:
Mall of America
300 East Broadway
Bloomington, MN  55425
View map »

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Sensory Friendly Sunday is a monthly, free event for kids, teens, and adults in the Autism Spectrum Disorder or anyone with sensory sensitivities. On the first Sunday of every month, the gallery is...

Cost: Free

Where:
Walker Art Center
725 Vineland Place
Minneapolis, MN
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The Walk to Defeat ALS is the #1 way to unite and fundraise for those living with ALS. Each year, fundraising through the Walk drives bold and urgent innovation as we march together toward a cure...

Cost: free

Where:
Silver Lake Park East
705 E Silver Lake Drive
Rochester, MN  55906
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Sponsor: ALS Association of MN/ND/SD
Telephone: 612-672-0484
Contact Name: Ashley
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30th Annual The Summer Spectacular Car show with shopping in 2 barns! The first 100 shoppers in building 19 will get a FREE shopping bag and 8 of those bags contain a MYSTERY PRIZE! Event is $5...

Cost: 5.00

Where:
Dakota County Fairgrounds
4008 220th St W, Farmington, MN 55024
Farmington, MN  55024
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Sponsor: Gypsy Dreams
Telephone: 651.335.7309
Contact Name: Cathy
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MINNESOTANS’ MILITARY APPRECIATION FUND CELEBRATES ‘SAY THANKS DAY’ Aug. 25 event shows appreciation for troops, includes 5K run/walk, live music, and family fun...

Cost: 20

Where:
Boy Scout Base Camp Fort Snelling
, MN

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Step into the 2,500-square-foot greenhouse and be surrounded by up to 400 butterflies from Asia, Africa, and the Americas. Every day at noon, you are able to pay $1 to release your own personal...

Cost: Free

Where:
Como Park Zoo & Conservatory
1225 Estabrook Drive
St. Paul, MN  55103
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Sponsor: Como Park Zoo & Conservator
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Fantasy Gifts will be hosting a Flow Drive at all 8 Minnesota locations. Drop off unused and unopened packs of feminine hygiene products to any of our 8 Minnesota Locations during the Months of...

Cost: Free

Where:
, MN


Sponsor: Fantasy Gifts & Support Women.Period
Website »

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Now through September 2, all Mattress Firm stores in Minneapolis will be accepting school supplies to provide to local foster children and teens with the tools they need to succeed. All donations...

Cost: FREE

Where:
All 36 Mattress Firm locations in Minneapolis
Minneapolis, MN


Website »

More information

August is the Sunday of Summer and time to enjoy the thoughtful work of three local luminaries. Visit Northern Clay Center to view the August Featured Artists Exhibition, featuring ceramic artists...

Cost: Free and open to the public

Where:
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Ave E
Minneapolis, MN  55406
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Telephone: 161-233-98007
Contact Name: Northern Clay Center
Website »

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Learn about the unique tapestry of people, cultures, and events on the “The Northside” as you are guided on a bus journey by a historian and story teller who has lived and taught in the...

Cost: $25

Where:
Utepils Brewing
225 Thomas Ave N
Minneapolis, MN  55405
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Sponsor: Preserve Minneapolis
Contact Name: Rasa Zeltina
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Learn about the unique tapestry of people, cultures, and events on the “The Northside” as you are guided on a bus journey by a historian and story teller who has lived and taught in the...

Cost: $25

Where:
Utepils Brewing
225 Thomas Ave N
Minneapolis, MN  55405
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Sponsor: Preserve Minneapolis
Contact Name: Tour Coordinator
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Gather your friends, We've got the tools! Join us for an instructor led workshop where you get to use power tools, stain and stencil your DIY project. In beautiful downtown Stillwater. Sawdust...

Cost: 59.00 and up

Where:
Sawdust Savvy
324 S Main St
Suite 7
Stillwater, MN  55082
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Sponsor: Sawdust Savvy
Telephone: 651-705-6614
Contact Name: Annie or Lindsay
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Come join us every Saturday from May-October 2018! Minnesota Brewery Running Series hosts a 5K at a different Minneapolis Brewery every weekend. All events include 5K-ish fun run, free beer, free...

Cost: 30

Where:
Minneapolis Breweries
, MN


Sponsor: Brewery Running Series
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Opening Reception: Saturday, July 21, 2-5 pm In Minnesota, sky, land and water are akin to the primary colors when it comes to landscape painting. The  17 artists in this exhibition have been...

Cost: Free

Where:
Groveland Gallery
25 Groveland Terrace
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Telephone: 161-237-77800
Website »

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Join Tangletown staff at our August workshop where you’ll mount your very own Staghorn Fern onto a rustic wooden board while enjoying a complimentary beverage. We’ll teach you the proper method...

Cost: $49.00

Where:
Tangletown Gardens
5353 Nicollet Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55419
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Sponsor: Tangletown Gardens
Telephone: 612-822-4769
Contact Name: Erin Kjar
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24th ANNUAL Karitos Worship & Arts Conference '18 “FRESH OIL, NEW WINE”   Parklawn Assembly of God 3725 N Sherman Blvd Milwaukee, WI 53216   Thursday August 23rd at 1:00PM - Saturday...

Cost: $150 - $200

Where:
Parklawn Assembly of God
3725 N Sherman Blvd
Milwaukee, WI  53216
View map »


Telephone: 847-925-8018

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Make waves this summer at the first-ever Howl N’ Splash Summer Bash at Great Wolf Lodge Minnesota.  The celebration kicks off July 15 and runs through August 25, 2018. The six-week series of...

Cost: Complimentary - Included as part of an over nights stay

Where:
Great Wolf Lodge Minnesota
1700 American Blvd
Bloomington, MN  55425
View map »


Sponsor: Great Wolf Lodge
Telephone: 312-374-8572
Website »

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In this charming musical, quirky sixth-graders battle for the ultimate title: spelling champ of Putnam Valley Middle School! With each new word, the earnest combatants reveal their passions, fears...

Cost: $15-$35

Where:
Commonweal Theatre Co
208 Parkway Ave N
Lanesboro, MN  55949
View map »


Sponsor: Commonweal Theatre Co.
Telephone: 800-657-7025
Website »

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The Summer Beer Dabbler returns to CHS Field on August 25 to bring you fun, sun, and, most importantly, beer from more than 140 local and national craft breweries.   The Summer Beer Dabbler will...

Cost: 50

Where:
CHS Field
360 N. Broadway St.
St. Paul, MN  55101
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Telephone: 651-528-8752

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Gather your friends, We've got the tools. Join us for our 3 hour instructor led DIY workshop. Where you can pick your project, use power tools, stain and stencil all while making memories. Your...

Cost: 59.00 and up

Where:
Sawdust Savvy
324 S Main St
Suite 7
Stillwater, MN  55082
View map »


Sponsor: Sawdust Savvy
Telephone: 651-705-6614
Contact Name: Annie or Lindsay
Website »

More information

A summer tradition since 1963 that gets better with age. Come and experience legendary Greek hospitality (philoxenia), at the 55th annual Original Rochester Greek Fest. Join us for great food,...

Cost: free

Where:
Holy Anargyroi Church Grounds
703 West Center Street
Rochester, MN  55902
View map »


Sponsor: Sts. Kosmas & Damianos Greek Orthodox Church
Telephone: 507-282-1529
Contact Name: Church Office
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Spirit enthusiasts unite as you embark on a journey to warm up your taste buds in the great season of summer. Get ready for a fun filled event with an opportunity to taste a variety of spirits!...

Cost: $20 – $80

Where:
To Be Announced
To Be Announced
Minneapolis, MN  55402
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Sponsor: Be Social Scene
Telephone: 312-600-9035
Contact Name: William Holderman

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The historic Trout Air Fishing Experience at Running Aces Casino & Racetrack will open for the season on Saturday, May 5. The popular Trout Air Fishing Experience provides fishing enthusiasts with...

Cost: $10 per pound of Trout plus $2 Pole Rental and Bait

Where:
Running Aces Casino & Racetrack
15201 Running Aces Blvd
Columbus, MN  55025
View map »

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Night Art Gallery offers over 300+ original artworks from 30+ concurrent artist exhibitions where visitors can view many styles such as; traditional, abstract, mixed media, photography, pop culture...

Cost: $8.00

Where:
Night Art Gallery
12732 Lake Blvd
Lindstrom, MN  55045
View map »


Sponsor: Night Art Gallery
Telephone: 612-235-3646
Contact Name: Brad
Website »

More information

Online Wildlife class August 22th 1. unique wildlife in United States.2. courtship and behavior3. learn how to identify wildlife4. learn how to identify wildlife by their habitat5. Learn about...

Cost: $40.00 per adult, $10.00 per child $55.00 per family or group

Where:
google class
Minneapolis Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN  55111
View map »


Sponsor: online community ed and in person classes
Telephone: 208-351-3407
Contact Name: dallin saurey
Website »

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Disney's Newsies, the exciting musical that took Broadway by storm, is coming to Chanhassen Dinner Theatres! Inspired by the real-life Newsboys Strike of 1899 in New York City,...

Cost: $50-89

Where:
Chanhassen Dinner Theatres
501 W. 78th St.
Chanhassen, MN
View map »


Website »

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High Brow and the Shades provide high energy dance music from the last five decades. High Brow and the Shades entertains everyone in your audience, young, old, and everyone in-between and engages...

Cost: Food and Beverage

Where:
Saint Henry's Catholic Church
1001 East 7th Street
Monticello, MN  55362
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Sponsor: Saint Henry's Catholic Church
Telephone: 763 295 2402
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Puddles Pity Party takes the fifth annual Schindler Celebration concert to emotional heights and depths on ​Saturday, August 25​ at the Paramount Theatre​ in Austin. The show is the...

Cost: $25, $30 day-of

Where:
Paramount Theatre
125 Fourth Ave. NE
Austin, MN
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Sponsor: Austin Area Commission for the Arts and Mayo Clinic Health Systems
Contact Name: Laura Helle
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Is there anything more fulfilling than finally getting your house truly, deeply clean? We may never know because The Clean House is a side-splitting comedy about a cleaning lady who’d rather...

Cost: $15-$35

Where:
Commonweal Theatre Co
208 Parkway Ave N
Lanesboro, MN  55949
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Sponsor: Commonweal Theatre Co.
Telephone: 800-657-7025
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Marsha Norman's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, 'Night Mother, is coming to Artspace's Grain Belt Warehouse in Northeast Minneapolis.  Starring Sally Wingert and Sara Marsh,...

Cost: General Admission: $34; Under Age 30 Admission: $15

Where:
Grain Belt Warehouse
77 13th Ave. NE, Studio 202
Minneapolis, MN  55414
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Sponsor: Dark & Stormy
Telephone: 612.401.4506
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ARTIST: The Talbott Brothers  VENUE: The Warming House ADDRESS: 4001 Bryant Ave S Minneapolis, MN 55409 DATE: Saturday, August 25, 2018 DOORS: 7:30pm SHOW: 8:00pm AGES: All Ages TICKET...

Cost: $10

Where:
The Warming House
4001 Bryant Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55409
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With all the craziness going on in the world, wouldn’t you like a day off, too? Play hooky with us at our hilarious new sketch comedy revue, as we continue our 60th anniversary season with...

Cost: $20-$30

Where:
Brave New Workshop Comedy Theatre
824 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN  55403
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Growing up in an environment where everybody wanted to get into the music industry, Kevin Craft wasn’t passionate about singing or rapping, on the other hand, he did realize that he was a natural...

Cost: $20

Where:
Royal Comedy Theatre
809 Mainstreet
Hopkins, MN  55343
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Sponsor: Royal Comedy Theatre
Telephone: 161-266-60809
Contact Name: Mike Edlavitch
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Visitors can now capture a sunset over the Sawtooth Mountains at Lutsen Mountains, thanks to new Sunset Sunday gondola rides, now thru Sunday, Oct. 7.  “The view from the top of the mountain...

Cost: $22 Adults (13+), $14 Child (6-12), $19 Senior (65+), Tots 5 and under FREE

Where:
Lutsen Mountains
445 Ski Hill Road
Lutsen, MN  80549
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Sponsor: Lutsen Mountains
Telephone: 218-406-1300
Contact Name: Jim Vick
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Event Charity: Special Olympics of Minnesota For more information, please visit https://mnruns.com/thegloruntwincities.

Cost: $70

Where:
Normandale Lake Bandshell
5901 W 84th St
Bloomington, MN  55438
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Sponsor: All Community Events
Telephone: 224-757-5425
Contact Name: Peter Starykowicz
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Homewood Studios' Permanent Guest Curator, Neal Cuthbert, has been in long conversation with his friend Michael Sommers who, in addition to being one of the visionaries and co-founders of Open Eye...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Homewood Studios
2400 Plymouth Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN  55411
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Sponsor: Homewood Studios
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Eagles Everywhere at the National Eagle Center in Wabasha shows a glimpse of the recently donated Preston Cook Collection, which features 20,000-plus pieces of fine art, artifacts, and...

Where:
National Eagle Center
50 Pembroke Ave. S
Wabasha, MN  55981
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Sponsor: National Eagle Center
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Eagles Over the Water: A Preview of the National Eagle Center's Collection of Eagles in American Culture at the Minnesota Marine Art Museum in Winona shows just a glimpse of the Preston...

Where:
Minnesota Marine Art Museum
800 Riverview Drive
Winona, MN  55987
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Sponsor: Minnesota Marine Art Museum
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Even if you know the Romeo and Juliet story of West Side Story, you haven't seen it like this. Its streets are grittier, but it still flies high with new chroeography by Maija...

Where:
Guthrie Theater
818 S. Second St.
Minneapolis, MN  55415
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Sponsor: Guthrie Theater
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Minneapolis museums house two iconic works of photorealism—Chuck Close’s huge self-portrait at the Walker and another of a guy named Frank at Mia. Countless strokes of acrylic paint...

Cost: Free

Where:
Minneapolis Institute of Art
2400 Third Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN  55404
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