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  • "Blended 和 (Harmony): The Kim Loo Sisters" at the History Theatre (Southwest)

    Making their way from Minneapolis to the flashing lights of Broadway in the 1930s, experience the story of the remarkable Kim Loo Sisters. Starting at a young age this quartet gained popularity during the swing era and performed across the country, on the silver screen of Hollywood, and overseas at USO shows. This new musical is an homage to family, love, their Chinese and Polish American heritage, and the bond of these talented sisters through their lives on and off the stage. Celebrate Mother's Day sharing this uniquely American story of family, love, and the swinging music of the 1930s. Seats are in Center Main Floor. Read more about the show here: Bringing the Kim Loo Sisters Back to the Stage Book and lyrics by Jessica Huang; Music by Jacinth Greywoode; Directed by Lily Tung Crystal Co-commissioned and co-produced with Theater Mu Production held in downtown St. Paul at the History Theatre. Register online or call 612.668.3100. If event is full, please enroll for the waitlist. We will contact you if a space becomes available.
  • "The Lilies of the Field" at Open Window Theater (Southwest)

    Join us at Open Window Theater for a literary and cinematic classic, The Lilies of the Field -- the story of an itinerant African American worker in the early 1960s who encounters a small group of East German nuns in a parched valley of the American Southwest. An Army vet and a Baptist, Homer Smith offers to help the struggling Roman Catholic nuns build a fence. The problem? They can’t afford to pay him. But the Mother Superior has something much bigger in mind. She believes Homer was sent to them by God to build a chapel. In 1963, Sidney Poitier became the first-ever black man to receive the Best Actor Academy Award for his portrayal of Homer Smith in the highly acclaimed film. In 2020, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” Meet Community Ed Staff at Will Call to pick up your tickets. Open Window Theater is located at 5300 S Robert Trail #400, Inver Grove Heights, MN 55077. After March 15th you can transfer your tickets but no refunds or cancelations are available. If event is full, please enroll for the waitlist. We will contact you if a space becomes available.
  • "White Christmas - The Musical" at Chanhassen Dinner Theater (Southwest)

    Join us at Chanhassen Dinner Theater for the matinee of Irving Berlin's classic holiday show "White Chrismas". Veterans Bob Wallace and Phil Davis have a successful song-and-dance act after World War II. With romance in mind, the two follow a duo of beautiful singing sisters en route to their Christmas show at a Vermont lodge, which just happens to be owned by Bob and Phil’s former army commander. With a dazzling score featuring well-known standards including “Blue Skies,” “I Love A Piano,” “How Deep Is the Ocean” and the perennial title song, White Christmas is an uplifting, wholesome musical that will delight audiences of all ages. Your ticket includes Sit-Down Lunch, Show, Tax & Gratuity. Appetizers and drinks available to purchase at the table directly with your wait staff. Lunch Seating begins at 11:00 am. "White Christmas" Performance begins at 1:00 pm Meet Minneapolis Community Ed Staff at Will Call to pick up your tickets. Location: The Chanhassen Dinner Theater is located at 501 W 78th St, Chanhassen, MN 55317 NOTE: After Oct 1st you can transfer your tickets but no refunds or cancelations are available. If event is full, please enroll for the waitlist. We will contact you if a space becomes available.
  • Asian Museum of Asmat Art Guided Tour (Southwest)

    Join us for a guided tour of the current exhibition: Change: The Evolution of Asmat Art. Art helps us reexamine the past and imagine the future. This exhibition considers how changes in Asmat society led to new art forms and the alteration of traditional practices. It looks at the current situation in Papua and questions how visual culture from Asmat may be affected in the future. Accompanying this display is a series of drawings by Sarah Nelson. The illustrations depict animals that have historical significance for Asmat people and play an important role in their visual culture. Many of these species are currently under threat due to deforestation and other environmental issues in this region. We encourage viewers to consider their own relationships with nature as they reflect on content shared in the museum. The Asian Museum of Asmat Art is located on the 2nd floor (room 205) of the Anderson Student Center on the St. Paul campus of the University of St. Thomas - 2115 Summit Ave. St. Paul, MN 55105. If tour is full, please add your name to the wait list. We will notify you if space becomes available.
  • Bus Tour - Thoreau in Wild Minnesota with Jim Walsh (Southwest)

    In the spring of 1861, writer/philosopher/poet/naturalist Henry David Thoreau traveled to Minnesota for the first and only time. Seven years prior, Thoreau published his landmark book “Walden,” which championed nature, the woods, and the act of staring at a body of water for internal and spiritual self-awareness. The next year, Thoreau would die from his lifelong bout with tuberculosis, at 44 years old. Other than botanical notes, Thoreau never had a chance to write about his Minnesota visit. What would he have had to say about our great lakes and big river? Thoreau fan and writer/songwriter/author Jim Walsh has long wondered as much; now in the spring of 2024, join Walsh as he leads a tour of Twin Cities landmarks visited by naturalist/writer/poet Henry David Thoreau during his trek to Minnesota in the spring of 1861. 12:45 pm Board Coach Bus 1:00 pm Bus Departs 4:00 pm Return to Southwest High School PICK UP LOCATION: Southwest High School - 3414 W. 47th Street, Mpls, MN 55410 Park & meet in the Chowen Ave. lot on the West side of the school between 46th & 47th Streets. NOTE: The correct price for this 3-hour bus our is $69. If tour is full, please enroll for the waitlist. We will let you know if space becomes available.
  • Bus Tour: Cranberry Festival in Warrens, WI w/ Dave Bredemus (Southwest)

    The roads of central Wisconsin will be full of scarlet maples, yellow birch, and deep red sumac. We will learn about the history, culture and natural features of this area from historian Dave Bredemus on our trip to the Warrens Cranberry Festival. Warrens Cranberry Festival is the world's largest cranberry festival. There is something for everyone - 2024 will mark the festival’s 52nd year! The festival boasts over 850 arts and crafts booths, 350 flea market booths, and 100 farm market vendors. The festival also has over 100 food vendors. We will tour the cranberry museum and have a delicious cranberry ice cream cone at the museum. A tour of a cranberry bog is also included. If interested, you’ll have a chance to watch the grande parade, with Wisconsin’s largest collection of high school bands. On the ride to Warrens, Wisconsin, historical narration will be provided. Our motorcoach bus will have plenty of space underneath to store any purchases. NOTE: Lunch is on your own at the festival as well as a fast food stop on the way home. TIME: 7:45 am Board Bus 8:00 am Bus Departs Southwest High School 8:30 pm @ Return to Southwest High School PICK UP LOCATION: Southwest High School - 3414 W. 47th Street, Mpls, MN 55410 NOTE: Only transfer of registration available after August 29th. No refunds. If tour is full, please enroll for the waitlist. We will notify you is a spot becomes available.
  • Bus Tour: Dakota-Led Cultural Experience to Southwest Minnesota w/ Marlena Myles & Graci Horne (Southwest)

    Join Dakota artists Marlena Myles and Graci Horne as we travel through Southwestern Minnesota exploring Dakota history and culture. Stops include Traverse des Sioux & Treaty Site History Center in St. Peter, the 46th annual Wacipi (Powwow) at the Lower Sioux Agency with visits to their Cultural Arts Incubator & Historic Sites, Pipestone National Monument and Jeffers Petroglyphs. Marlena and Graci's stories will connect us with the history, the land, the people, the present, and future from as told from their Dakota perspective. SATURDAY: 7:45 am Board Motorcoach Bus 8:00 am Bus Departs Meet Motorcoach at Southwest High School located at 3414 W 47th Street, Mpls, MN 55410. Park in West lot located on Chowen Ave. between 46th & 47th Streets. SUNDAY: Bus returns @ @ 6:30 pm Price includes transportation, lodging, meals, and all admissions. Ages 18+. ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS: Single Occupancy * Royal River Casino & Hotel - Includes Breakfast Double Occupancy * Royal River Casino & Hotel - Includes Breakfast NOTE: Only transfers available after May 15th. If tour is full, please add your name to our waitlist. We will contact you if a spot opens up.
  • Bus Tour: Duluth - Cool & Unique w/ Dave Bredemus (Southwest)

    Many of us have been to Duluth before, but on this trip we'll visit historic locations and special interest stops, rarely visited before -- all during the 'air conditioned' Duluth summer. On this full-day tour we'll... • See a Frank Lloyd Wright, design, gas station. • Tour the Fond du Lac Indian Reservation, where we will tour the first church built for Ojibwe people in Minnesota • Travel through one of Minnesota’s most scenic parks, Jay Cooke State Park • Explore many of Duluth neighborhoods with stops at scenic overlooks known only to locals • Tour Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum, full of historical manuscripts all displayed in a historic church • Enjoy a short walk through a neighborhood that is Duluth’s answer to Saint Paul's Summit Avenue • Visit a church that has the largest collection of Tiffany windows in the Upper Midwest * See many other attractions and historic sites on our motorcoach tour throughout the city * Enjoy lunch at one of the more unique restaurants in Minnesota * Includes all admissions, tours, lunch & a bakery stop. NOTE: Fast food dinner stop on the way home is on your own. TIME: 7:15 am Board Bus 7:30 am Bus Departs Southwest High School 8:30 pm @ Return to Southwest High School PICK UP LOCATION: Southwest High School - 3414 W. 47th Street, Mpls, MN 55410 NOTE: Only transfer of registration available after June 13th. No refunds. If tour is full, please enroll for the waitlist. If there is enough interest, we will move to a bigger bus.
  • Bus Tour: Mason City & Surf Ballroom w/ Dave Bredemus (Southwest)

    Travel down interstate 35 south a little over 2 hours. We’ll cross the border into Iowa and spend a fascinating day touring a different “Twin Cities”: Mason City and Clear Lake Iowa. In Mason City we will partake in a walking tour of the Rock Glen neighborhood which is full of prairie-style architecture. Mason City has some Frank Lloyd Wright structures. We will tour two of them: the Stockman House and the Park Inn Hotel -- the last remaining Frank Lloyd Wright hotel. We will tour the Meredith Wilson home and neighborhood, as well as, the nearby YWCA that is being restored at an arts venue and artist residence. Enjoy time on your own for lunch and to explore downtown Mason City. In Clear Lake we will visit rock ‘n’ roll icon the Surf Ballroom. This ballroom has been an important historic landmark since the 1930s. Created to resemble an ocean beach club, murals were hand-painted to depict pounding surf, swaying palm, trees, sail boats, and lighthouses. Buddy Holly played his last concert here before his fatal plane crash in 1959, forever known as the day the music died. Learn the story of major recording stars that have visited the Surf Ballroom, or played a concert here at some point during their career. Includes Motorcoach tours of Mason City and Clear Lake, all museums, tours, and attractions plus a bakery stop. Lunch in Mason City is on your own. TIME:- 7:15 am Board Bus 7:30 am Bus Departs Southwest High School 6:30 pm @ Return to Southwest High School Pick-Up & Drop Off Location: Southwest High School - 3414 W. 47th Street, Mpls, MN 55410 NOTE: Only transfer of registration available after May 22nd. No refunds. If tour is full, please enroll for the waitlist. If there is enough interest, we will move to a bigger bus.
  • Bus Tour: St. Paul's Ethnic Progressive Dinner w/ Dave Bredemus (Southwest)

    The Twin Cities, one of the most racially diverse urban areas, is a smorgasbord of ethnic delicacies and foreign cuisine with food from many nations and ethnic groups. Enjoy a multi course, progressive dinner of delectable, finger foods, appetizers, salads, main courses and desserts at the best and most unique ethnic restaurants. The tour will take you to the crossroads of the world, presenting unique spices, international flavors, and specialty foods shaped by each country’s geography, plant lore, and agricultural customs and eating preferences. Don’t miss this chance to fill your curiosity, as well as your stomach! Ages 21+. TIME: 1:45 pm Board Bus 2:00 pm Bus Departs Southwest High School 6:30 pm @ Return to Southwest High School PICK UP LOCATION: Southwest High School - 3414 W. 47th Street, Mpls, MN 55410 NOTE: After September 15th, only transfer of registration is available. If tour is full, please add your name to the wait list. We will notify you if space becomes available.
  • Carlson's Llovable Llama Farm (Southwest)

    Carlson's Llovable Llama Farm boasts over 90 personable and curious llamas. Come learn about all their sweet and unique characteristics, see baby llamas and even take a llama on a trail walk. There is also a gift shop for llama yarn and toys. Carlson's Farm is located at 8380 Cty Rd 10 E. near Waconia. Transportation is on your own. Ages 16+.(Ages 5+ can register with an accompanying adult.) Register online or call 612.668.3100. NOTE: If class is full please add your name to the wait list. If there is enough interest, we will set up another class. Thank you.
  • Disney's "The Little Mermaid" Minneapolis Community Education Summer Musical

    Save the date for Minneapolis Community Education's citywide summer production. Tickets available starting June 1. Details at: ce.mpschools.org/adults/summer-musical
  • Family Dance Party (Southwest)

    Calling rock-'n'-rollers of all ages! Dance to an evening of great music from the 50s to today, spun by DJ Dave. Win prizes from contests like the limbo, hola-hoop, air guitar and dance-off, and refuel your grooving bodies with dinner and snacks from "Porky's Drive-In." Cost is $3 per person and a food shelf donation. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Enter door #1 or #15. (Prior registration not required, just show up the night of! The event is not full, just not open for online registration).
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  • Gai Noi Private Tasting Dinner & Stories w/ Chef Ann Ahmed - May 8 (Southwest)

    Inspired by her travels and the culinary tradition and landscape of her ancestors, Chef Ann Ahmed invites you to join her on a culinary tour of Laos, by way of story and meal, on the enclosed, tropical inspired Rooftop at Gai Noi. This communal, family-style dining experience will feature an immersive, multi-dish, three-course menu that captures the essence and vibrancy of Laotian cuisine, and will be accompanied by conversation and story with Chef Ann. Please note that to maintain the cultural integrity and authenticity of the cuisine, we regretfully cannot accommodate any dietary restrictions or allergies. Beverages will be available for purchase directly from Gai Noi. Includes dinner and gratuity. NOTE: Ann is nominated for James Beard Award - Best Chef Midwest. Gai Noi is located at 1610 Harmon Pl, Minneapolis, MN 55403. If event is full, please enroll for the waitlist. We will contact you if a space becomes available.
  • Gai Noi Private Tasting Dinner & Stories w/ Chef Ann Ahmed - Sept. 30 (Southwest)

    Inspired by her travels and the culinary tradition and landscape of her ancestors, Chef Ann Ahmed invites you to join her on a culinary tour of Laos, by way of story and meal, on the enclosed, tropical inspired Rooftop at Gai Noi. This communal, family-style dining experience will feature an immersive, multi-dish, three-course menu that captures the essence and vibrancy of Laotian cuisine, and will be accompanied by conversation and story with Chef Ann. Please note that to maintain the cultural integrity and authenticity of the cuisine, we regretfully cannot accommodate any dietary restrictions or allergies. Beverages will be available for purchase. Includes dinner and gratuity. NOTE: Ann is nominated for James Beard Award - Best Chef Midwest. Gai Noi is located at 1610 Harmon Pl, Minneapolis, MN 55403. If event is full, please enroll for the waitlist. We will contact you if a space becomes available.
  • Gangsters on Grand - St. Paul Walking Tour (Southwest)

    St. Paul’s Grand Avenue neighborhood owes much of its original growth and development to the streetcar line that ran daily through it’s vibrant center. But in the dirty thirties Grand was also impacted by an ad-hoc collective of the nation’s most wanted criminals who lived openly along the Avenue ! This behind-the-scenes walking tour offers a glimpse into the more domestic corners of the day-to-day lives of the notorious Gangsters and Mobsters who undoubtedly paid stolen money to live large along St. Paul’s Grand Avenue. Walk along and hear about how their sinful misadventures intersected with one of the most vibrant streets in the saintly city! Tour Walk is 1.2 miles Tour begins and ends outside near the front of La Cucaracha Restaurant - 36 S Dale St South, St Paul, MN 55102. If event is full, please enroll for the waitlist. We will contact you if a space becomes available.
  • Guide to the Gilded Age: Summit Avenue Walking Tour (Southwest)

    Join Sister Celeste on this historic walking tour as she goes “off campus” to explore the vast homes and singular landscapes on Summit Avenue and the Hill District’s southern edge. Learn about the conventions that shaped the Gilded Age and forever changed St. Paul’s cityscape. A product of the Victorian Era who was “in the world but not of it”, Sister Celeste reveals the concealed messages that were hiding out in the open in the palatial homes and beautifully maintained gardens of some of the city’s earliest and most prestigious citizens. This tour unveils how the hidden languages of flowers, fans, and gems conveyed secret messages in a society that demanded buttoned-down decorum over uncovered passion in polite society. But all that glitters is not gold for everyone in the Gilded Age! Learn how first wave immigrants often worked behind the scenes to present a seamless image for the elite and were mindful to protect their Master's jealously guarded reputations. Explore the lasting influence of a host of noted architects who left their calling cards on the nation's longest Victorian Boulevard. View the handiwork of Master Builders and celebrated architects including Cass Gilbert, J. K. Taylor, A. Gauger, Clarence Johnston, Thomas Holyoke and landscape architect Horace Cleveland . Tour starts and finishes at Summit Avenue and Ramsey Hill's Overlook Park (aka Lookout Park) in St. Paul. How Long: 90 Minutes Length: 1.3 Mile Meeting Location: Summit Avenue and Ramsey Hill's Overlook Park (aka Lookout Park) in St. Paul If event is full, please enroll for the waitlist. We will contact you if a space becomes available.
  • Historic Nicollet Island Walking Tour (Southwest)

    Nicollet Island may be most widely known as home to the Grain Belt Beer sign, re-lit in 2017. But the island's greatest claim to fame is as the site of the first bridge anywhere to cross the Mississippi River, in 1865. The following year, a referendum that would have made the island a public park failed. Instead the island developed as a microcosm of the city, with its own industrial, commercial and residential zones. Then in the 1970s and 1980s, the city succeeded in making much of the island into parkland after all. The tour takes in the entire 40-acre island, from the south tip overlooking St. Anthony Falls to the intact 19th century neighborhood at the north tip. Meet at . NOTE: This tour is @ 1 mile. There is one set of steps (just a few) and a gravel path that might be hard for a wheelchair on part of it, otherwise the route is accessible If event is full, please enroll for the waitlist. We will contact you if a space becomes available.
  • Historic Wabasha Street Caves (Southwest)

    Come hear and see the history of these sandstone caves. You will explore the original mined caves and see the finished caves (once a romantic night club called The Castle Royal). Hear the legends of the mobster massacres and ghostly lore in the most unique setting from Chicago to San Francisco. Caves are handicap accessible with ramps and bathrooms. Transportation to the caves is on your own. Ages 16+ . The Wabasha Street Caves are located at 215 Wabasha St S, St Paul, MN 55107. Register online or call 612.668-3000. If event is full, please enroll for the waitlist. We will contact you if a space becomes available.
  • Khâluna Private Tasting Dinner & Demo w/ Chef Ann Ahmed - Spring 24 (Southwest)

    Join us at Khâluna for a personal tour of Asia with Chef Ann Ahmed at the helm. In this immersive dining experience and cooking demonstration, guests will have the opportunity to explore the taste, smell, and style of food reminiscent of SE Asia; a culinary adventure transporting guests across oceans and continents alike. This experience will feature a 3-course menu composed of four small plates, four entrees, and dessert that will be shared family style at the table, emblematic of the dining style most popular in SE Asia. Chef Ann will also be leading a cooking demonstration of one of the entrees and sharing her chef tips and tricks as well as her own personal culinary journey. We can’t wait to welcome you into the kitchen! Includes dinner and gratuity. (Additional beverages are available to purchase directly from the restaurant). NOTE: Ann is nominated for James Beard Award - Best Chef Midwest. Khâluna is located at 4000 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55409 If event is full, please enroll for the waitlist. We will contact you if a space becomes available.
  • La Bohème - MN Opera (Southwest)

    Finding love. Choosing family. On a bitterly cold winter’s night in the heart of Paris, a young woman’s search for a candle light fatefully sparks one of the most enduring love stories of all time. But can a love so great be sustained? Join Mimì, Rodolfo, and their bohemian friends as they find levity and joy amidst the hardship and struggle of a life in pursuit of art. Featuring some of the most captivating music ever written, Puccini’s La Bohème weaves moments of warmth and ecstasy together with anguish and heartbreak in this enduring story of love, loss, and life. Optional educational lecture one hour before the performance. Performance held at The Ordway. Register online or call 612.668.3000. Only transfers available after April 5th.
  • MPS Culinary Center-Central Kitchen Tour (Southwest)

    Ever wonder how Minneapolis Public Schools serves 40,000 meals & snacks daily? Have you ever seen a deep freezer the length of a football field? Or a 400 gallon kettle full of spaghetti sauce? Join us at the MPS Central Kitchen and learn about our True Food approach, nutrition philosophy, and commitment to serving local foods.
  • Midnight-to-Dawn Metro Bike Tour #45 (Southwest)

    Insomniacs and bicycling lovers unite. Enjoy a 42- or 28-mile ride through the metro on the "Midsummer's Night Dream-of-a-Ride." Make a stop at late-night shops like Mel-O-Glaze Bakery on your way to the sunrise finish and gourmet breakfast. Registration by July 1. Cost includes breakfast and t-shirt. Cancellation for partial refund must be made by July 1.
  • Minneapolis Pioneers & Soldiers Cemetery Walking Tour (South)

    Get a historic overview and hear stories about the fascinating people buried in Minneapolis Pioneers & Soldiers (formerly Layman's) Cemetery, the oldest existing cemetery in Minneapolis and one of the few cemeteries in Minnesota listed in the National Register of Historic Sites. Class held at Minneapolis Pioneers & Soldiers Cemetery, 2945 Cedar Ave.