Events – Community Calendar

Women in the Woods: Bee-youtiful
Tuesday  & Wednesday, Aug. 13 & 14, 7  to 9 p.m.
Dodge Nature Center, Farm Entrance 3
1701 Charlton St. in West St. Paul, 55118
Honey bees have a female-dominated society. Join Dodge Naturalist, Pam Welisevich, to learn about the myths that buzz around bee life and about bee impostors. ‘Tis the season to harvest honey and this golden treat has many health benefits. Taste a sample during your visit, courtesy of the nature center honey bees. Become more comfortable and knowledgeable about the natural world by joining other women interested in getting outside. Start with a glass of wine and social time before going to the woods to fine tune your survival skills.
This program is for adult women ages 21+. Preregistration is required. Cost: $20 per person. 651-455-4531,

Art Works Eagan
Song Writing for Wellness
Mondays (Aug. 12, 19 & 26; Sept. 9, 16, 23 & 30; Oct. 7, 14 & 21), 7  to 8:30 p.m. 
3795 Pilot Knob Road, Eagan 55122
Come join us at Art Works and learn to express yourself through music! No experience needed! With instructor Tim Cheesebrow, you will be given all the tools and help you need to find that hidden songwriter in you! As a finale to the class, participants will have the option to have their compositions played by a professional band. However, participants can also choose to never have their compositions played publicly. This class offers each participant the ability to learn and express freely with no pressure for an end product or performance.
For those students that would like to hear their compositions performed, there will be a dress rehearsal on November 1, in preparation for a live performance scheduled at Art Works on November 3!
The class costs $160 per person, but for people with military service history, we are pleased to offer a “pay as you can” registration fee. We are able to completely subsidize the class cost for several participants. Any amount you can pay will stretch our available funds to help more participants!
Phone 651-330-4242
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Wild Fruits of Summer
Saturday, Aug. 17, 1  to 3 p.m.
Midtown Greenway and 27th Ave. S., Mpls. 55406
Discover the richness of foraging in the city! Join Maria Wesserle and Four Season Foraging as we learn about common wild fruits that grow in urban areas, including wild plums, raspberries, cherries and aronia. Wild plums and aronia should (hopefully!) be ripe and ready to harvest. We will also discuss other common wild edibles found along the way. Meet at the intersection of the Midtown Greenway and 27th Ave S. in Minneapolis. Sliding scale $15-$35. Registration required. For more details, please email or call 612-440-5958.

Dakota Sacred Site Tours
Sunday, Aug. 18, 1 to 5 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 29, 1 to 5 p.m.
St. Peter’s Catholic Church
1405 Sibley Memorial Hwy., St. Paul 55150
Healing Minnesota Stories and the Minnesota Council of Churches are excited to announce dates for open Dakota Sacred Site Tours. These tours visit sites in the Twin Cities sacred to the Dakota people. Participants will learn about the history of our land in a way that facilitates healing. To register for one of these transformative experiences, please contact Rev. Jim Bear Jacobs, Director of Racial Justice, at

Twin Cities Iranian Culture Week
Sunday – Sunday, Aug. 18 – 25, 4 to 9:30 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 18, 7 to 8:30 p.m. (opening reception)
Artspace Jackson Flats
901 18 1/2 Ave. NE, Mpls. 55418
Iran has been in the news lately, but most Minnesotans know very little about that ancient civilization’s rich cultural heritage. Minnesota’s Iranian-American community wants to change that.
Twin Cities Iranian Culture Week will showcase local Iranian-Americans whose creative work in art, music, crafts and scholarship reflects that heritage. Highlights will include a multimedia art exhibition, lectures on Iranian history and culture, performances of Iranian music and poetry, a sampling of Iranian foods, and a crowd-sourced digital display of photographs by Minnesotans who have visited Iran.

Hosmer Library Reopening Celebration
Monday, Aug. 19, 5:30 to 8 p.m.
347 East 36th St., Mpls. 55408
Hosmer Library reopens on Thursday, Aug. 15, at 9 a.m. following a yearlong renovation. In recognition of the reopening, all are welcome to join county officials, library staff and neighbors for remarks and a ceremonial ribbon-cutting on Monday, Aug. 19 at 5:30 p.m. Immediately following the ceremony, Kalpulli Ketzal Coatlicue will kick off the community celebration with a traditional Aztec dance performance. From 6 to 7 p.m., try the Picture Wagon mobile photo booth, enjoy an outdoor story stroll and scavenger hunt for families, and join the library’s Teen Tech Squad for a workshop. “For over 100 years, Hosmer Library has been providing library service to our residents,” said Hennepin County Commissioner Angela Conley. “Now that the renovation is complete, that service tradition continues in a reimagined space. I’m looking forward to celebrating with the community.”

Makers Mornings
Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. (Next one is Aug. 20)
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Ave.
Join other makers for this new weekly opportunity to work, share and learn in a relaxed, communal setting. Whether you knit, carve, weave, sew, spin, crochet or do some other fascinating thing with your hands, we invite you to bring a project to work on. All are welcome, regardless of level of ability or craft of choice! Come for as long as you like and bring your own works-in-progress, materials and tools. This group will meet in ASI’s Lindberg Stuga, or outside, weather permitting.

Touch-a-Truck Event
Wednesday, Aug. 21, 4 to 6:30 p.m.
2841 S 5th Ave, Mpls, 55408
Join us for our 35W@94: Downtown to Crosstown Project Touch-a-Truck event to touch and explore vehicles of all kinds!
Kids will get to climb behind the wheel, get up close, and see what it’s like to drive a real dump truck or snowplow! Attendees will also get a coupon for $2 off a slice of pizza from Urban Ventures Farm Stand Pizza Oven. MN Nice Ride and Adaptive Cycle will be onsite providing information on bike commuting and MnDOT representatives will be at the event talking about the project. Free family fun for people of all ages. Come experience what big trucks are really like.
This event is part of the 35W@94: Downtown to Crosstown project between 43rd St. and 15th St. in Minneapolis.
More information:
To request an ASL or foreign language interpreter: 651-366-4720. To request other reasonable accommodations: 651-366-4718 or call the Minnesota Relay service toll-free at 1-800-627-3529 (TTY, Voice or ASCII) or 711 or email your request to

Mississippi Market’s $3 Community Dinners
Thursday, Aug. 22, 5  to 7:30 p.m.
740 7th St. E., St. Paul 55106
Mississippi Market is pleased to announce the return of its $3 Community Dinners​ this summer. These events will be held on the fourth Thursdays of July and August from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the co-op’s East 7th store. Each dinner will feature an affordable Market Made meal, live music from local musicians, free food samples, community partners, raffle prizes and more. Vegan and gluten-free options will be available at both dinners. Save the dates to celebrate community with good food, great people and live music. All are welcome!
July 25: Garlic Rosemary Chicken or BBQ Tofu & Potato Salad
August 22: BBQ Pulled Pork or Jackfruit Sandwich & Coleslaw

Nighttime Nature Fun
Thursdays, through Aug. 29, 9  to 11 p.m.
Coldwater Spring
5601 Minnehaha Park Drive South
Join park ranger Sharon Stiteler and entomologist Jessica Miller as they set up black lights and sheets to see what moths and insects visit Coldwater Spring at night. We might also hear other night active critters like deer, owls, raccoons or even coyotes.
Take the trail from the main entrance at Coldwater toward the dog park. Head toward the big lights and that is where the fun will be underway.

Minneapolis Monarch Festival
Saturday, September 7, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Lake Nokomis Community Center
The annual Monarch Festival – Festival de la Monarca celebrates the monarch butterfly’s amazing 2,300 mile migration from Minnesota to Mexico with music, food, dance, hands-on art, native plant sales and plenty of opportunities to get up close with monarch butterflies, learn about their habitats, and what you can do to make a difference.
The Festival will be held just east of the Lake Nokomis Community Center in the area bounded by E. Minnehaha Parkway, Woodlawn Boulevard, and E. Nokomis Parkway.

WAMM Second Monday Movies
Mondays, Sept. 9 & Oct. 14, 7 p.m.
Peace and Justice Building
4200 Cedar Ave. S., Mpls. 55407
“The Suffragette” was shown in August. The last two in this series of three films about women activists are Rachael Carson (September) and  Emma Goldman (October).
All are welcome! Always free and open to the public. Free popcorn. A chance to discuss the film follows the showing.

Regina High School Class of 1969 50th Reunion
Saturday, Sept. 14
Minneapolis Marriott Hotel
Calling all graduates of Regina High School Class of 1969! Our 50th Reunion will be held on Saturday, Sept. 14 at the Minneapolis Marriott Hotel. For further information, please go to or call 612-729-3500

Ride the Cyclone at  Jungle Theater
Wednesday – Friday, Sept. 11 – 13, 7:30 p.m. (previews)
Saturday, Sept. 14, 7:30 p.m. (opening night)
Thursday, Sept. 26, 7:30 p.m. (audio-described)
Sunday, Oct. 20, 7:30 p.m.  (closes)
Jungle Theater
2951 Lyndale Ave. S., Mpls. 55408
The Jungle Theater kicks off its 2019–2020 season in September with the regional premiere of “Ride the Cyclone,” a funny and charmingly dark musical that The New York Times labels “delightfully weird and just plain delightful.” Wildly original, the new musical is part comedy, part tragedy and wholly unexpected.
In this hilarious and outlandish story, directed by Artistic Director Sarah Rasmussen, the lives of six teenagers from a Canadian chamber choir are cut short in a freak accident aboard a roller coaster. When they awake in limbo, the Amazing Karnak, a mechanical fortune teller (Jim Lichtscheidl, “Small Mouth Sounds,” “Little Women”), invites each to tell the story of a life interrupted—with the promise of a prize like no other—a chance for one of them to return to life. The six teenagers – who sing their hearts out – are portrayed by Shinah Brashears, Gabrielle Dominique, Michael Hanna, Becca Hart, Jordan M. Leggett and Josh Zwick. A four-piece band, with Mark Christine (keyboards/“Fly by Night”) serving as conductor, accompanies the cast.
The original musical by Canadian writers Jacob Richmond and Brooke Maxwell started out as a 2010 Fringe Show in Toronto before going on as a full-stage production and Canadian tour. In the U.S., the show has received rave reviews in Chicago, New York, Seattle and Atlanta. Tony Award-winning Broadway producer Kevin McCollum developed and produced the show in the U.S.
The Jungle is the first regional theater given the rights to produce its own original version of the musical comedy; McCollum is serving as an advisor for the Jungle’s show. “It means a lot to earn the trust of a respected and successful Broadway producer,” said Rasmussen. “I’ve been obsessed with this musical for a few years, and we are thrilled to create a Jungle production of ‘Ride the Cyclone’ and bring it to Twin Cities audiences.”
Tickets are $40 – $50. Preview performances are $15. Rush tickets are offered every night of the week, based on availability two hours prior to the performance, and there is special Friday night pricing for students, 55408 neighborhood residents and employees, and those under 30 years of age. Tickets and more information are available at 612- 822-7063 or Connect with the Jungle on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram: @jungletheater

Rain Taxi presents a book launch event with poets
Saturday, Sept. 14, 7 p.m.
Hook & Ladder Theater’s Mission Room
Join us as we kick off our Fall 2019 Rain Taxi Reading Series with two stellar poets on Saturday, September 14. This event serves as the book launch for Twin Cities poet Steve Healey’s newest collection, “Safe Houses I Have Known,” published by local Coffee House Press. Healey will be joined by National Book Award-winning Chicago poet and translator (and child of Chilean immigrants) Daniel Borzutzky, author of “Lake Michigan” and “The Performance of Becoming Human.”
The event will also debut the Fall print edition of Rain Taxi Review of Books (our 95th issue!), and it’s all free and open to the public! Books by the poets will be available for purchase and signing.
More info about the authors and this event can be found here:

Sandbox Theatre’s “Bone Mother”
Sept. 19 – 27, 7:30 p.m.
The Museum of Russian Art
5500 Stevens Ave. Mpls. 55419
Sandbox Theatre, in partnership with The Museum of Russian Art, will perform their all-new production, “Bone Mother,” on September 19-27 at The Museum of Russian Art.
A world premiere show in a one-of-a-kind venue, “Bone Mother” is folklore come to life in the air above you. A new play created from scratch by Sandbox’s aerial wing, The Swingset, “Bone Mother” is an examination of femininity’s untamable perseverance, its kinship with nature, and its expression through a spectrum of gender—all in the face of society’s history to deny, ignore, repress and vilify its progress.
In the depths of a dark Russian forest, in a house perched atop chicken legs and surrounded by a fence of flaming skulls, lives a hideous old crone named Baba Yaga. Do you dare enter? In the forest there are wild things—ostracized, forgotten, shadow things. And you. Who will you be in the moonlight?
In mythology, as in our society, women who don’t fit in have long been dismissed as witches and reviled as evil. But can naming it “evil” really be fear of its power? Its influence? Its wisdom? Why must women cultivate fear to be seen and heard?
Production Schedule – all performances at 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, September 19 – Preview and Press performance
Friday, September 20 – with Opening Night Reception to follow
Saturday, September 21 – ASL Interpreted performance
Sunday, September 22 – with post-show discussion with the music-makers of “Bone Mother”
Wednesday, September 25 – Pay-What-You-Will ($5 and up)
Thursday, September 26 – ASL Interpreted performance, with post-show discussion with “Bone Mother” makers and members of the TMORA staff
Friday, September 27 – with Closing Night Reception to follow
Tickets: $5-$40
Discounts available for TMORA members, Students, Seniors and Sandbox subscribers.

Ananya Dance Theatre World Premiere
Friday & Saturday, Sept. 20 & 21, 7:30 p.m.
ASL- Friday, Sept. 20
The O’Shaughnessy at St. Catherine University
2004 Randolph Ave., St. Paul 55105
Ananya Dance Theatre (ADT), the leading creator of contemporary Indian dance in the global arts and social justice movement, brings its seventh inspiring production and collaboration to The O’Shaughnessy. They’ll unravel time and unwritten histories in “Sutrajāl: Revelations of Gossamer” as a poet, one of the few surviving humans in an imagined Broken City, bears witness.
In this compelling dance performance, the narrative centers on the life-forms that flicker in and out in the circuitous streets and despair-laden corners of the Broken City. Who were the folks who danced all night at the Global Feminist Funk Underground Club, now haunted and empty? Who were the people who lived their lives fully here before they disappeared? How did they labor? Love?
Throughout Sutrajāl (which means “network of connections” in Bengali), the artists of ADT connect their performance with a philosophy of social justice, creating original dance theater about the extraordinary work and dreams of women around the world, and to inspire audiences through visual and emotional engagement.
Sutrajāl is conceived and choreographed by ADT founder Ananya Chatterjea in collaboration with the artists of ADT, stage director Marcus Young and with the support of guest artists Tish Jones and Douglas R. Ewart and guest dramaturg Sharon Bridgforth. Her creative team includes Renée Copeland (sound design and score composition), Kevin A. Jones (lighting design), Annie Cady (costume design) and Chelsea M. Warren (scenic design).
The performance is part of the Women of Substance series.
Tickets are $19-$32 (discounts for students, seniors, military, MPR, TPT, groups).
Ticket Office: or 651-690-6700.

Amitav Ghosh
Thursday, Sept. 26, 7:30 p.m.
Grace-Trinity Community Church
1430 West 28th St., Mpls. 55408
Rain Taxi presents the award-winning author of the best-selling Ibis Trilogy, Amitav Ghosh, to the Twin Cities. Ghosh presents his new novel, “Gun Island,” a globetrotting, folklore adventure novel about family and heritage. This event is free and open to the public!
Attendees can visit our event page at to RSVP and be entered into a prize raffle at the event, as well as pre-purchase a signed copy of “Gun Island,” which includes a reserved seat.
About “Gun Island”: On a visit to his birthplace, Kolkata, a Brooklyn-based dealer in rare books finds his life becoming entangled with an ancient legend about the goddess of snakes, Manasa Devi. While visiting a temple deep within the vast mangrove forests of Bengal, he has a disturbing encounter with the most feared, and revered, of Indian snakes, a King Cobra. This is followed by a series of increasingly uncanny episodes that seem to dissolve the borders of the human and non-human.
Peopled with a diverse cast of characters, and set in places that range from the Sundarbans to Los Angeles and Venice, Amitav Ghosh’s “Gun Island” is a beautifully realized novel that effortlessly spans space and time. It is the story of a world on the brink, of increasing displacement and unstoppable transition. But it is also a story of hope, of a man whose faith in the world and the future is restored by two remarkable women.
About the author: Amitav Ghosh is the author of the acclaimed and bestselling Ibis trilogy, which includes “Sea of Poppies” (short-listed for the 2008 Man Booker Prize), “River of Smoke,” and “Flood of Fire,” all published by FSG. His other books include the novels “The Circle of Reason,” which won the Prix Médicis étranger, and “The Glass Palace,” as well as the 2016 nonfiction book “The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable.” Ghosh was awarded the Padma Shri by the Indian government in 2007, was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2009, and received the Jnanpith Award in 2019.
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