Weekend Best Bets: January 2-4

What you need to see, do, hear, and experience this weekend.

Friday, January 2

Ease Into It

WHAT: Flapjack 5-Mile
WHERE: Mill City Running, Mpls.
WHEN: 6:30 a.m.
So your New Year’s resolution is to get in shape—but you have all year for that. (No need to rush things.) Better to work your way up to that six minute mile, so kick off the year at Mill City Running’s weekly Flapjack 5-Mile run, where runners of all skill levels can get in a little early-morning exercise before returning to the shop for pancakes. For details, go to millcityrunning.com.

Date-Night Delectables

WHAT: Date Night: Healthier Indulgences
WHERE: Whole Foods, Mpls.
WHEN: 6 p.m.
This hands-on class will help you and your honey learn that good food can be good for you, too. Spend a few hours working with fresh produce, whole grains, and lean proteins to whip up dishes such as winter-squash carbonara and double chocolate torta. You’ll get to indulge and will pick up plenty of tips so that 2015 is the year of the whittled-down waistline. To register, go to wholefoodsmarket.com.

Saturday, January 3

Military Memorial

WHAT: Always Lost: A Mediation on War
WHERE: Minneapolis Community and Technical College, Mpls.
WHEN: 7 a.m.
Take some time this weekend to remember those coming home from war. Always Lost: A Meditation on War is a traveling memorial exhibit composed of thousands of photographs of U.S. military veterans and various accompanying literary works. Head up to the MCTC Helland Student Center’s third floor to check out the exhibit (a note of caution: some photos may be graphic) and then to the adjacent private space to reflect. To learn more, go to minneapolis.edu.

Moonlight Adventures

WHAT: Snowshoe by Full Moon
WHERE: Oakdale Discovery Center, Oakdale
WHEN: 5 p.m.
Slip out of the Cities for a few hours to have a moonlight adventure at the Oakdale Discovery Center. Strap on a pair of snowshoes (bring your own or borrow ’em from the nature center) and traipse along the luminary-lit trail under the stars before heading back to the bonfire for hot chocolate and roasted marshmallows. To register, go to active.com.

Sunday, January 4

Singing on a Sunday

WHAT: Minnesota Boychoir Annual Winter Concert
WHERE: Landmark Center, St. Paul
WHEN: 1 p.m., 3:30 p.m.
Settle in and listen to the sweet sounds of the Minnesota Boychoir this afternoon at its annual winter concert. The group of 7–18-year-olds represents some of the most talented young men in the metro area, and they’ll be crooning a handful of winter favorites. For ticket info, go to boychoir.org

Tea for Two

WHAT: Afternoon Tea
WHERE: The Saint Paul Hotel, St. Paul
WHEN: 2 p.m.
Spend a civilized afternoon at the elegant Saint Paul Hotel lobby indulging in a traditional English afternoon tea. The hotel does it right: The two-hour event consists of five courses, and it’s a dress-to-impress crowd, so put on your finest and pass the petit four platter. To make reservations, go to saintpaulhotel.com.

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