Events – Community Calendar

Senior Social/Health Talk
Tuesday, Nov. 21, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
2730 E. 31st St.
The presentation is entitled “Understanding Loss and Grief as We Age.” We can experience various losses as we age, such as mobility, vision, independence, control, and the death of loved ones. How we adjust and cope with losses can have a profound effect on our lives—both physically and emotionally. The program will be presented by Tony Del Percio, grief counselor.

Nokomis Tree Lighting
Saturday, Nov. 25, 4 to 6 p.m.
Oxendale’s Market
5025 34th Ave. S.
A magical evening at Oxendale’s. This event takes place on Small Business Saturday (the Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend).Support your local shops and cafes during the day, then stop by to see the lighting of the tree in Oxendale’s parking lot. Kids will enjoy getting their pictures taken with Santa (inside the store). Free giveaways, caroling and more. All dogs welcome! Additional information at

The Town Hall Forum: Crime and Punishment in Black America
Tuesday, Nov. 28, noon
Westminister Presbyterian Church
1200 Marquette Ave.
James Forman Jr. is a professor of law at Yale Law School, teaching and writing on criminal procedure, constitutional law, juvenile justice and education law and policy. He is the author of the book ”Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America.” A graduate of Brown University and Yale Law School, he served as a law clerk for Judge William Norris of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and for Justice Sandra Day O’Connor of the United States Supreme Court. After clerking, he worked for six years as a public defender in Washington, D.C., where he founded the Maya Angelou Public Charter School, an alternative school serving at-risk youth who have been incarcerated or have dropped out of school. The school now provides education for young people inside the District of Columbia’s juvenile prison.

Honoring and Understanding Our Veterans
Tuesday, Nov. 28, 7 p.m.
Church of the Holy Name (Garvey Hall/Lower Level),
3637 11th Ave. S.
Join us for a viewing of the PBS documentary “Proud to Serve,” which salutes our military men and women as it helps us understand their lives. This inspiring and moving program profiles those in combat as well as those behind the lines such as clerks, translators and mechanics.  Included are Senator Bob Dole, Shaquille O’Neal, Jessica Lynch and more.  How can we understand and honor the veterans in our community?  Bring a friend and join us for learning and lively discussion. No cost/no registration; coffee provided.  For more info:, 612-724-5465.

Health Wise: Sharpen
Your Critical Thinking
Thursday, Nov. 30, 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Minneapolis Central, 2nd floor Doty Board Room
300 Nicollet Mall, Mpls. 55401
Adjunct Associate Professor Gary Schwitzer of the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, and founder and publisher of the website, will help you learn how to protect your health and avoid misleading medical claims.
The event and registration can be found at

Winter Bazaar
Thursday, Nov. 30, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 1, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Dodge Nature Preschool, Entrance 2
1715 Charlton St., W. St. Paul, 55118
Featuring vendors with homemade crafts, bath and body products, kitchen items and more! Perfect for holiday gift-giving. While you shop you can also enter to win prizes. Proceeds will support Dodge Nature Preschool. Open to the public.

2-DAY Annual Holiday Bazaar
Saturday, Dec. 2 & Sunday, Dec. 3, 2 to 8 p.m.
ColorWheel Gallery
319 W. 46th St., Mpls. 55419
Free and everyone welcome.
Enjoy sweet treats as you shop for unique gifts, funky art & vintage treasures. Find multi-cultural, non-traditional holiday cards, books, angels and ornaments. UpCycled folk art, globally inspired fabrics, fashion & decor, Prince-inspired art & icons. Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and Christmas items. Local art, fabulous jewelry, body products, local artist coloring books and more! Featured Artists on Exhibit: Gretchen Seichrist, William Linmark and Tammy Ortegon.
Plus enjoy special guests …
* Saturday, Dec. 2, 5 to 6 p.m.: Live performance by thelonesomekid—Gretchen​ ​Seichrist, ​a​ ​local​ ​musician/songwriter/visual ​ ​artist​ ​who​ ​uses​ ​raw, intense​ ​lyrics​ with​ ​altered​ ​forms​ ​of​ ​blues,​ ​folk,​ ​rock,​ ​pop​ ​and​ ​punk​ ​music.​
* Sunday, Dec 3, 6 to 8 p.m.: Treat yourself to a chair massage. Cynthia Reuss is a massage therapist specializing in deep tissue & trigger point therapy ($1 a minute that will be donated).

The St. Albert the Great Christmas Boutique is Around the Corner
Saturday, Dec. 2, 2 to 6:30 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 3, 9 a.m. to noon
St. Albert the Great
2836 33rd Ave. S.
The Rosary Altar Society of St. Albert the Great invites you to their annual Christmas Boutique. Another opportunity for shopping will be Saturday, Dec. 9, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 10, 9 a.m. to noon.   Lots and lots of Christmas treasures await you, along with delicious St. Albert’s fudge, Christmas cookies and many, many bake sale items.

Communication Techniques & Holiday Tips
Tuesday, Dec. 5, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Minnehaha Senior Living
3733 23rd Ave. S.
The Alzheimer’s Association Presents “Communication Techniques & Holiday Tips” for visiting & caregiving loved ones with Alzheimer’s / Dementia from early stages to later stages.  There will be time for questions and answers during the program.

Essential Oils and Wellness
Tuesday, Dec. 5, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Corcoran Neighborhood Association
3451 Cedar Ave. S.
Free. Experience doTERRA Essential Oils! Private consults also available. Safe, natural, effective wellness options to help you live your best life! Contact Jennifer at for more info.

Winter Solstice Celebration
Thursday, Dec. 21, 7 to 8:30 p.m.
The Art Box
4200 E. 54th St.
Nourish your heart’s longing for renewal by tapping into the seed of potential that begins every year. This contemplative, participatory and embodied evening enters the fertile embrace of darkness as the starting point for new life.
Music, dance, movement meditations and reflective time are led by Emily Jarrett Hughes with guitarist Greg Herriges and the Wisdom Dancers. Everybody welcome, no experience necessary. Best suited for ages 12 and up. Cost is $10.

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