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  • "Dinner for One" at The Jungle Theater (Southwest)

    Inspired by an iconic slapstick comedy sketch and New Year’s Eve tradition in Europe for over 60 years, DINNER FOR ONE tells the story of a butler helping his employer celebrate her annual dinner party. Unpredictable mishaps and a little too much wine result in a hilarious evening full of physical comedy, music, and human connection. Returning for a second year, this production is a hilarious and heartfelt celebration of love, loss, found family, and live music. The play is created in collaboration with local theater stars Christina Baldwin, Sun Mee Chomet, Jim Lichtscheidl, and musician Emilia Mettenbrink. Meet Minneapolis Community Ed Staff at Will Call to pick up your tickets. Location: The Jungle Theater is located at 2951 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408. NOTE: After Nov 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.
  • "The Railroads That Changed Minneapolis" Walking Tour (Southwest)

    Four major national rail lines met and ran through downtown Minneapolis at the height of the flour milling era, building the city into a true metropolis. Who were the Rail Barons of these lines? How did these rails shape our city? What are spur lines and where did they run? Visit the sites of those lines crossing the Stone Arch Bridge or running along 2nd St. and delivering passengers to two major depots on this walking tour of 1 ½ hours. Meet at the Chicago Mall on 2nd St. and Chicago between the Guthrie and the Mill City Museum. The walk is about a mile in distance and will be done rain or shine. If tour 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.
  • 1,000 Nesting Dolls at The Museum of Russian Art (Southwest)

    Join us for a unique, interactive guided tour experience at The Museum of Russian Art. Get a behind-the-scenes perspective on the epic exhibition featuring Russia's most famous toy. You'll hear from our curator and explore three floors of art spanning several hundred years of history and culture. Free parking is available in the lot across the street (Diamond Lake Road), next to Mayflower Church. Street parking is also available. Meet in the main lobby of the museum located at 5500 Stevens Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55419 If event is full, please add your name to the waitlist. We will notify you if a spot becomes available.
  • Bird Watching with Kao, DNR Naturalist - Fort Snelling State Park (Southwest)

    Fall in love with Fort Snelling State Park! Join DNR Naturalist Kao Thao for Bird Watching in the Park! Kao will discuss plant species found within the park, history, geology, wildlife and share stories past and present. NOTE: Binoculars provided or you can bring your own. Place: Fort Snelling State Park, We will meet inside the Thomas C. Savage Visitor Center Address: 101 Snelling Lake Road, St. Paul MN 55111. **The entrance to Fort Snelling State Park is on highway 5 and Post Road (Adjacent to the MSP International Airport). DO NOT go to the Historic Fort Snelling (Bloomington Road). Keep in mind that it will take at least 10-15 minutes to drive from the park’s entrance building (Contact Station) to the Visitor Center. NOTE: State Park pass not included. Daily pass is $7 per vehicle. If class is full, please enroll for the waitlist. We will contact you if a space becomes available.
  • Bus Tour - Thoreau in Wild Minnesota with Jim Walsh - May 31, 2025 (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. Stops include Nicollet and Hennepin Islands and Bde Maka Ska. 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: "University Ave - One Street, Many Dreams" with Dave Bredemus (Southwest)

    Ramsay County Historical Society produced a video called University Avenue: One Street, a thousand dreams. This tour will explore University Avenue from its beginning near Railroad Island in St. Paul to its Minneapolis terminus in Northeast Minneapolis. University Avenue has always been eclectic, unruly, noisy and gritty. It’s fortunes have changed over the years many times , it’s main purpose has stayed the same, a vital link between Minneapolis and St. Paul. This 133 year old street has gone from dirt to paved, horsedrawn carriages to steam powered rail to the modern street car. We will visit famous churches, industrial sites, businesses, theaters and shops along the way. Many of the ethnic groups that have settled near University Avenue and on it with their businesses will also be visited. In St. Paul, we will learn about Kittsondale,Town House, Milky Way, candy bar, Iris Park, Minnesota Transfer Railway just to name a few spots. In Minneapolis, we will visit historical locations at the University of Minnesota, first computers location, CanCan Wonderland, Territorial Road, famous bakeries, Prospect Park water tower, Frank Lloyd Wright home and many locations and oddities as University Avenue travels through Northeast Minneapolis. Ages 18+. TIME: 10:15 am Board Bus at Southwest High School - 3414 W. 47th Street, Mpls, MN 55410 10:30 am Bus Departs 4:30 pm @ Return to Southwest High School PICK UP LOCATION: Southwest High School - 3414 W. 47th Street, Mpls, MN 55410 NOTE: After Oct 14th, 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.
  • Bus Tour: Cranberry Festival in Warrens, WI (Southwest)

    Enjoy the roads of central Wisconsin, full of scarlet maples, yellow birch, and deep red sumac as we travel to Warrens, Wisconsin. 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. 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: Rondo - A Celebration of Art, History & Culture with Dr. Artika Tyner (Southwest)

    Step back in time and explore the vibrant history and cultural richness of Rondo, St. Paul's historic African American neighborhood, on our immersive bus tour. Led by Dr. Artika R. Tyner (award-winning author, civil rights attorney, and Rondo native), this tour takes you on a journey through the heart of Rondo, where you'll learn about its history as a bustling community filled with thriving businesses, arts, culture, and close-knit families. As we wind through the streets, you'll hear captivating stories of resilience, creativity, and community engagement, from the challenges faced during the construction of Interstate 94 to the vibrant cultural scene that once flourished here. Alongside its rich history, Rondo was also a hub of arts and culture, nurturing talented musicians, artists, and writers who left an indelible mark on the city's cultural landscape. You'll visit significant landmarks, including historic churches, schools, and businesses, each with its own fascinating tale to tell. Along the way, you'll also have the opportunity to meet local residents and community leaders, gaining insight into the ongoing efforts to preserve Rondo's legacy and build a brighter future. Whether you're a history buff, a cultural enthusiast, or simply curious about this important chapter in St. Paul's past, our Rondo bus tour offers a unique and memorable experience for all. Join us as we celebrate the past, present, and future of this beloved neighborhood, steeped in history, creativity, and community. - 9:45 am Board Motorcoach at Hallie Q Brown Community Center located at 270 N Kent St, St Paul, MN 55102 - 10:00 am Bus Departs - 1:00 pm @ Return to Hallie Q Brown OPTION: Support the "Planting People Growing Justice" Literacy Program by ordering a copy of Dr. Tyner’s book “Joey and Grandpa Johnson’s Day in Rondo". Fee includes coach bus, guides & light refreshments, A portion of tour proceeds will support participating Rondo businesses. Note: Only transfer of registration after Oct 5th. No refunds. If the tour is full, please add your name to the waitist.
  • Bus Tour: Sister Celeste's All Hallow's Eve Ghost Tour (Southwest)

    Join Sister Celeste, the original roamin’ Catholic, as she journeys toward her final resting place. Along the way, Sister tells tales of otherworldly behavior surrounding the dearly (and not so nearly) departed and serves up a host of stories and lore that will have you reaching for your glow-in-the-dark rosary! The tour includes fascinating information about the true history of Hallows’ Tide and a final stop at a Sister’s favorite cemetery. - 12:45 pm Board Minnesota Coach Bus - 1:00 pm Bus Departs PICK UP LOCATION: Keg & Case Market area: located 928 7th St W, St Paul, MN 55102 We will return around 4:00 pm. If event is full, please add your name to the waitlist. We will notify you if space becomes available.
  • Bus Tour: St. Paul's Ethnic Progressive Dinner with 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 covering Cambodian, El Salvadorian, Palestinian, and Kurdish cuisines. 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.
  • Bus Tour: Stories of the Rondo Neighborhood Before the I94 Change" with Frank M. White (Southwest)

    Join historian Frank M White on this fascinating journey through the early years of St. Paul's Rondo neighborhood. From the beginning, Rondo was a haven for people of color and immigrants. Learn of the neighborhood's immigrant namesake who faced discrimination due to his wife’s mixed white and indigenous heritage. French Canadians, German, Russian, Irish, and Jewish families all followed his lead in the late 19th century and found homes there. Beginning in the 1910s and 1920s, Rondo experienced a social and cultural boom. Music and theater flourished. African American newspapers such as the Appeal, the Northwestern Bulletin, and the St. Paul Recorder represented Rondo’s interests and needs. In 1913, St. Paul established its chapter of the NAACP, making it a center for civil rights activity. One member of the chapter, Rondo resident Roy Wilkins, later led the national NAACP. Frank grew up in Rondo. He will share stories from his extensive research as well as personal stories living in the neighborhood. Meet the Motorcoach Bus at Hallie Q. Brown Community Center located at 270 N Kent St, St Paul, MN 55102. 9:45 am Board Motorcoach Bus 10:00 am Bus Departs Fee includes coach bus, guides, and light refreshments. Note: Only transfer of registration after Sept. 15. No refunds. If the tour is full, please add your name to the waitist.
  • 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.
  • Cedar-Riverside Walking Tour (Southwest)

    No other neighborhood in Minneapolis has impacted our city’s music and theater life, diverse demographics, higher education opportunities, and unique skyline as has the Cedar Riverside neighborhood. As we walk through the blocks centered on Cedar and Riverside Avenues, we’ll learn about the liquor patrol zone, immigrant homes, West Bank bars, the food co-op movement, Dania Hall, protests and rent strikes, mosques, markets, a settlement house and those colorful high rise buildings next to 35W. Bring your own stories to share with tour leader Maureen Trepp, lifetime Mpls. resident, historian and frequent Cedar Riverside visitor. Meet at the outdoor entry to the Humphrey Institute on 19th Ave. So. and 3rd St. E. at 10:00 a.m.. The tour lasts 1 ½ hours and is about a mile in length. There are 2 Blue line and 1 Green line light rail stops in the neighborhood and a parking ramp on 19th Ave. along with street parking. If tour is full, please enroll for the waitlist. We will contact you if a space becomes available.
  • Dance Theatre of Harlem - Northrop at the UMN (Southwest)

    A singular presence in the ballet world, Dance Theatre of Harlem presents a powerful vision for ballet in the 21st century. This multiethnic company performs a forward-thinking repertoire that includes treasured classics, neoclassical works by George Balanchine and artistic director Robert Garland, as well as innovative contemporary works that use the language of ballet to celebrate founder Arthur Mitchell’s belief that ballet belongs to everyone. The mixed program at Northrop includes renowned choreographer William Forsythe’s Blake Works IV (The Barre Project), created specifically for Dance Theatre of Harlem and set to the electro-soul music of British composer James Blake. This will be a Relaxed Matinee: During a Relaxed Matinee, house lights will remain at a glow, sound levels will be lowered, and the audience will be warned of any surprises. Attendees can come and go as needed, assisted by ushers trained to accommodate movement and sound. Pre-show Fun on Saturday: Starting at 1:00 pm, join us for a multigenerational celebration of all things ballet! Learn about local ballet classes, check out our kid-friendly coloring corner, and enjoy a Tutu Touching Exhibit (that’s right, you’ll get to touch all kinds of fun ballet costumes!). Performance held at Northrop at the UMN - 84 Church St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455. Seats are located in Orchestra Center. Only transfer of registration after Sept 14. Transportation is on your own. If event is full, please enroll for the waitlist. We will contact you if a space becomes available.
  • Diane's Place Private Tasting Dinner & Stories with Chef Diane Moua - Fall 24 (Southwest)

    Join us at Diane's Place for a private tasting dinner with Chef Diane Moua where she honors her Hmong heritage with bold Southeast Asian pastries. Includes dinner and gratuity. (Additional beverages are available to purchase directly from the restaurant). NOTE: Diane is a James Beard Award five-time nominee for her work as a pastry chef. Event is from 5:30-8:30 at Diane's Place inside the Food Building. Diane's Place is located at 117 14th Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413. If event is full, please enroll for the waitlist. We will contact you if a space becomes available.
  • East Phillips Neighborhood Institute Community Celebration (Southwest)

    The East Phillips Neighborhood Institute (EPNI) will be celebrating the transference of ownership of the historic, and highly contested, Roof Depot building into the community's hands. This is the first step in the redevelopment of the vacant warehouse into an urban aquaculture farm, solar energy producer, small business hub, and community center. This event will be a block party-style event with food, music, and dancing. The event will begin with a ceremony, and a presentation by EPNI and allies who have supported the vision for sustainable development at the Roof Depot site for 10 years. Press Release Event : 11:00 am to 5:00 pm Opening Ceremony and Presentation: 11:00 am Presenters: Daniel Colten Schmidt, Joseph Vital, Dean Dovolis, Cassandra Holmes, and Karen Clark. This free event will be held in the Roof Depot parking lot: 2717 Longfellow Ave S. Minneapolis, MN.
  • Fall Colors Walk with DNR Naturalist - Fort Snelling State Park (Southwest)

    Join DNR Naturalist Kao Thao at Fort Snelling State Park for a fall walk -- the time of the year when green chlorophylls dwindles away and leaves are showing their true colors. Kao will discuss the changing colors, plant species found within the park, history, geology, wildlife and share stories past and present. Meeting Place: Fort Snelling State Park, Thomas C. Savage Visitor Center and trails. Meet at the Visitor Center Amphitheater. Our walk will be 1-1.5 miles. Address: 101 Snelling Lake Road, St. Paul MN 55111. *The entrance to Fort Snelling State Park is on highway 5 and Post Road (Adjacent to the MSP International Airport). DO NOT go to the Historic Fort Snelling (Bloomington Road). Keep in mind that it will take at least 10-15 minutes to drive from the park’s entrance building (Contact Station) to the Visitor Center. NOTE: State Park entrance fee ($7 daily) is not included in class fee. If class is full, please enroll for the waitlist. We will contact you if a space becomes available.
  • Fly Fishing: Introduction (Southwest)

    Go Fly Fishing with Derrick Hanson from "Fish the Driftless"! This five-hour course includes both dry land and on-the-water fishing. Day begins with a one-hour introduction to fly fishing where your instructor will provide an overview of the basics of fly fishing. You’ll discuss the gear, flies, and learn to tie common fishing knots. Following the class is a thirty-minute dry land casting lesson where you’ll learn and practice the basic overhead fly cast. Following the casting lesson, you’ll get fitted with waders/boots and hit the stream where you’ll have the chance to put everything you learned into practice. Location: Wisconsin, 1-1:30 hr drive from Twin Cities (exact location will be communicated to students prior to event). Cost Per Person: $175 (Plus, one day WI fishing license and trout stamp @ $25) NOTE: Space is limited to 6 participants. If class is full, please enroll for the waitlist. We will contact you if a space becomes available.
  • Gai Noi Private Tasting Dinner & Stories with 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.
  • 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.
  • Marc Heu Patisserie Paris Tasting & Demo with Chef Marc Heu (Southwest)

    desc. coming Includes tasting buffet and gratuity. NOTE: Chef Marc is nominated for James Beard Award - Best Pastry Chef Midwest. Marc Hue Patisserie Paris is located at 156 Dale St N, St Paul, MN 55102. If event is full, please enroll for the waitlist. We will contact you if a space becomes available.
  • Mill City Farmers Market Tour, Cooking Demo & Sampling (Southwest)

    Join MPS Community Education on Saturday, September 7th for a behind-the-scenes tour and conversation with Ella Daniels, the new Executive Director of the Mill City Farmers Market. We'll meet in front of Farmers Bar + Kitchen at 9:30 am and walk through the farmers market with Ella Daniels, learning about the market’s vendors and programs. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in Mill City Cooks, a live cooking demonstration and food sampling program offered every first and third weekend at the Mill City Farmers Market. Following the tour, there will be a brief Q&A inside the Mill City Museum Rail Corridor focused on MCFM's mission and impact, including Next Stage Grants, which has provided over $395,000 in micro-grants to local, sustainable farmers and food producers since 2013. Afterward, each attendee will receive $10 in market tokens and are welcome to shop and enjoy the rest of the morning at the market! Space is limited. Group meets at 9:30 am in front of Farmers Kitchen + Bar located at 750 S 2nd St Suite 100, Minneapolis, MN 55401. If tour is full, please enroll for the waitlist. We will contact you if a space becomes available.
  • Minnehaha Falls Walking Tour (Southwest)

    Creation of Minnehaha Falls, the Dakotas, explorers, soldiers, tourists, celebrities, neighbors, poets, millers, politicians, celebrants, artists, musicians, wild animals, carnivals, children, Scandinavians, foodies, churches, activists, governors, runners, a hermit and even more will be revealed on this ¾ mile walk through Minnehaha Falls Park. Maureen Trepp, long time resident and Mpls. historian, will share the history of the land, culture, and people who have lived in and enjoyed this unique and much visited public park. Group will meet at the bridge over the top of Minnehaha Falls at 6:30 for a 1 ½ hour tour. There are 2 Blue light rail line stops near the park and parking in a pay lot on the north end of the park. If tour is full, please enroll for the waitlist. We will contact you if a space becomes available.