The Town Hall Forum: From Polarization to Conversation
Tuesday, Feb. 14, noon
Westminister Presbyterian Church
1200 Marquette Ave.
Irshad Manji is the founder of the Moral Courage Project, headquartered at the University of Southern California and committed to helping people identify, express and act according to their values. In 2013, MCP launched its award-wining You-Tube channel, which features stories of people taking action in in pursuit of the common good. MCP’s founder first came to prominence for her work as an Islamic reformer. Her book “The Trouble with Islam” was an international bestseller. A graduate of the University of British Columbia with a degree in the history of ideas, she describes herself as African by birth, Canadian by citizenship and American by immersion. She is an outspoken advocate for human rights, social justice, diversity and inclusion.

The Ugly Truth about the Beauty Industry
Wednesday, Feb. 15, 7 to 9 p.m.
Think Bank Community Room
3655 Hazelton Rd., Edina 55435
Come to the Holistic Moms Network meeting to learn about the beauty industry and ways to decipher labels on cosmetics, skin care and personal care products. Understand the regulation within this industry and ways to find the cleanest, least harmful products for yourself and your family. Sara Grochowski will lead the discussion. Sara is the founder and a member of our Holistic Moms Network chapter, a CPA, a yoga instructor and an educator for Beautycounter, a company committed to getting safer products into the hands of everyone.
Holistic Moms Network is a non-profit national organization that connects people who are passionate about holistic health and green living. The Twin Cities Chapter holds monthly meetings the third Wednesday of each month, 7-9 p.m. Meetings are free and open to the public. No matter where you are on your parenting or holistic journey, you are welcome! Children are welcome. For more information email or visit

Family Funday: Winter Arts and Animals
Sunday, Feb. 19, 1 to 3 p.m.
North Mississippi Regional Park
5114 N. Mississippi Dr., Mpls. 55430
Let nature inspire your creation of winter themed art work to take home. Meet some MN animals up-close and personal including the newest member of our team, the fox snake! This will be the last chance to cast your vote for her name. We will announce the winning name at the end of the program. FREE for all ages. Kids under 12 must be accompanied by a registered adult.

WAMM Annual Meeting
Saturday, March 4, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral
519 Oak Grove St., Mpls. 55403
Women Against Military Madness (WAMM)’s annual meeting will feature U.S. Army Colonel (Ret.) and former State Department officer Ann Wright. With a law degree from the University of Arkansas and a master’s degree in national security affairs from the U.S. Naval War College, Wright became a U.S. diplomat in 1987. She served as deputy chief of mission at the U.S. embassies in Afghanistan (which she helped open following the 2001 U.S. invasion of Afghanistan), Sierra Leone (an embassy she helped close and then reopen again due to a civil war), Micronesia and Mongolia. She also served at U.S. embassies in Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Grenada and Nicaragua. She received the State Department’s Award for Heroism for her actions in evacuating Americans and members of the international community during the civil war in Sierra Leone in 1997. She resigned from the Department of State on March 19, 2003, in opposition to the Iraq war. Since then, Wright has worked to end U.S. wars, lecturing and traveling all over the world. Her peace activism has taken her to conflict-burdened areas of the world on peace missions to Gaza, West Bank and Israel, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, Cuba, North and South Korea with Women Cross the DMZ, and visits to Okinawa and Japan as well as participation in Gaza Freedom Flotillas.
Besides Col. Wright’s presentation, expect the following: the WAMM annual report written and performed by Phyllis Goldin and Wanda Brown, raffle prizes, a light tasty brunch, spoken word, membership renewal, action cards and an opportunity to meet new board members!!

Save the Date! MayDay Community Meeting
Tuesday, March 21, 7 to 9:30 p.m.
In the Heart of the Beast Theatre’s home base, the Avalon Theatre
1500 E. Lake St.
We invite you to join with neighbors and MayDay artists in a conversation about where we are as a community right now: our hopes, concerns and images that resonate and inspire as we look toward this New Year.
The MayDay staff presents their ideas for a theme garnered from the ideas shared at the first community meeting. Meeting participants then give feedback—asking questions, offering ideas, and helping network possibilities for furthering the theme.