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National Get Outdoors Day -- Powderhorn Park
Monday, June 6, 2011 8:25 AM

There are lots of fun things to do outdoors and Minneapolis is a great place to do them. Plus, you don’t need to be an expert to get started, because on Saturday, June 11 (11 AM-3 PM), the Minneapolis Park & Recreation board is teaming up with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to host a day of Outdoor Family Fun. Get hands-on instructions in a variety of activities: Paddle a voyageurs canoe on Powderhorn Lake. See live fish and learn how to catch them from shore. Experience a high-tech treasure hunt (geocaching). Learn to set up a tent, start a fire and camp. Go on a photo safari....and more! For more info email or call 612-370-4960.

Find Your Voice with the Twin Cities Girls Chorus
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 8:25 AM

The Twin Cities Girls Chorus is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the music education of girls in grades 1- 10. We rehearse weekly and perform creative and exciting music throughout the year, including collaborations with the Minnesota Orchestra, the Twin Cities Women’s choir and more. Don’t miss your chance to explore your musical talents while you develop leadership skills and make new friends! Upcoming 2011-12 5th Anniversary Season Audition Night

  • When: Monday, June 6, 2011, 5:00 to 7:00 PM
  • Where: Pilgrim Lutheran Church, 3901 1st Ave So, Minneapolis, MN

For more information and to schedule an audition, RSVP through our website at or call (612) 280-1688.

Young Dance Company Auditions!
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 8:20 AM

The Young Dance Performing Company is holding auditions for boys and girls, ages 7-18, for the 2011-12 season (September - May). Company members attend dance classes twice a week, work with professional artists, and perform at venues around the Twin Cities. We encourage anyone excited about dance to audition; no experience necessary. Auditions are Tuesday May 31, 5-6 p.m. at the Center for Performing Arts. For more information or to register, go to or call (612) 423-3064.

Meet the School Board
Wednesday, May 11, 2011 10:00 AM

Here’s a unique opportunity to ask questions of members of the MPS School Board and Superintendent Johnson in a small setting. The League of Women Voters Minneapolis is sponsoring a School Board Breakfast on Wednesday, May 18, from 8 AM to 9:30 AM at Webster School, 425 5th St. N.E. Coffee, juice and a light continental breakfast will be served. The morning will feature an informal Q & A discussion. Space is limited, so please RSVP to Jennifer Bennett, Barton parent at 827-3636.

Help Save Lives at the Be The One Run
Sunday, May 1, 2011 6:30 PM

Join other Barton families at the Be The One Run at Lake Harriet on May 21st! This six city event helps give patients with leukemia, lymphoma and other life-threatening diseases a second chance at life. Funds are used to help patients with treatment costs, fund transplant research and to assist in expanding and diversifying the Be The Match Registry of marrow donors. Everyone can participate! There is an event for every fitness level: 5K run/walk and tot trot. Let's gather as a community and get some exercise for a good cause! For more information and to register, please visit: Questions: email Read Fritsch at

Miller Music Fest
Saturday, April 30, 2011 7:30 AM

The 2nd Annual Miller Music Fest is just 10 days away. Beginning April 25th, you can go home with one of Jeff’s six incredible albums and listen to his wonderful music in the comfort of your home or car. Be one of the first 100 people to purchase your tickets online or reserve over the phone, and when you check in at the registration table there will be a special gift included with your tickets. Get your tickets by visiting or by clicking here! If you have any questions, please feel free to call 612.668.3483 or email Jeff at 

Recycle Your Bicycle!
Tuesday, April 26, 2011 6:35 PM

Saturday, May 7th, 10 AM – 1:00 PM at Burroughs Community School. All you need to do is bring a bike that is not being used and we will connect it with someone in need! The bike drive will benefit Sibley Bike Depot, a local non-profit community bike shop. For more information visit their website at:

Join the Minneapolis Youth Chorus for some Sunshine, Songs & Swing
Tuesday, April 26, 2011 6:35 PM

Saturday, April 30 , 2011, 7:30 PM at the MacPhail Center for Music,  Antonello Hall, 501 S 2 Street, Minneapolis, MN
The Minneapolis Youth Chorus draws its membership from MPS students in grades four through eight. The aim of the Chorus is to develop its members' musical gifts in a setting dedicated to celebrating diversity and pursuing artistic excellence.

Soup with the Supe
Tuesday, April 19, 2011 4:15 PM

An Evening with Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson, Thursday, April 21, from 6-8 PM. North Commons, 1800 James Ave. North
Come enjoy dinner and conversation with Minneapolis Public Schools Superintendent Johnson and her leadership team to learn more about her vision for our schools. Food and childcare provided at no charge for ages 3 and up. Spanish and Somali interpreters available. This event is hosted by the Parent and Community Council for Area A. For more information, please contact Lynne Crockett, Area A Community Liaison, at or at 612- 242-7144. Everyone welcome!

Briefing on Proposed State Budget
Monday, April 18, 2011 1:00 PM

Concerned about the direction of the education omnibus bills at the Capitol?

The House DFL Caucus is holding a budget briefing this Wednesday, April 20 at 4pm, at Arlington High School in St. Paul. This briefing will provide information about the impact of the proposed GOP budget. After brief remarks from Commissioner Cassellius and Legislative leaders, they will take questions from the audience. Members attending include: Mindy Greiling, Nora Slawik and Debra Hilstrom. We invite you and others to attend.

A full house at this event will show all legislative leadership the level of concern about these proposals. It will also inform the governor's office of your priorities. This will probably be the only such public forum specific to education in the Twin Cities this session!

The meeting will take place in the Great Hall, Washington Technology Magnet, Arlington High School (1495 Rice Street, St. Paul, MN 55117) at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 20, 2011.

Join the Minneapolis Youth Chorus
Sunday, April 17, 2011 2:35 PM

The Minneapolis Youth Chorus, a partnership between the Minnesota Chorale and the Minneapolis Public Schools, is accepting new singers for its fifth season, which begins this June. MYC seeks to enrich the lives of participants by providing them with opportunities to develop their musical gifts in an environment dedicated to the celebration of diversity and the pursuit of artistic excellence. The program is offered at no charge to participants: all costs are borne by the Minnesota Chorale.

Admission to the chorus takes place via annual voice checks. This year, voice checks for current 3rd, 4th and 5th grades will be held at Jefferson Community School on two Mondays, April 18 & 25, from 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. in the lower level band room. Voice checks include solo singing a simple melody, learning an easy descant to accompany the melody, and singing a familiar canon as a three-part round. No prepared song or reservation is necessary for the voice check. Students may simply arrive at Jefferson School with a parent or guardian.

MYC's fifth season for new and returning singers begins the week of June 20 - 24 with an annual Choir Camp. Beginning in September, regular weekly rehearsals will begin on Thursdays from 4:45 - 6:30 p.m at Jefferson School, plus one sectional per month on Saturday mornings. For further information, please visit

Dr. David Walsh: The Impact of Parenting on the Adolescent Brain and School Success
Friday, April 15, 2011 7:15 PM

David Walsh is the president and founder of the National Institute on Media and the Family based in Minneapolis, MN. Psychologist, educator, author and parent of three, Dr. Walsh is an authority on parenting, family life and the impact of media on children and teens. He has written eight books including the national best seller Why Do They Act That Way? A Survival Guide to the Adolescent Brain for You and Your Teen (Free Press, 2004).

Join us for an entertaining and informative evening with Dr. Walsh speaking on understanding our children’s brains and how to help them succeed in school. For information on transportation and childcare please contact: Dick Sullivan @ 952-428-1773. 

  • When: April 21, 2011
  • Where: Washburn High School Auditorium
  • Refreshments: 6:30 pm
  • Presentation: 7 PM- 8:30
  • Book signing: 8: 30
Area C (z3) Parent Advisory Council Special Education Event
Tuesday, April 12, 2011 7:30 PM

The Community Transition Interagency Committee (CTIC) in partnership with Minneapolis Public Schools would like to invite you to participate in a very special event.

This event will allow youth who are transition aged and their families to come together with the agencies and services that support and empower them.

Friday, April 15 from 4:00-7:00pm
Webster complex - 425 5th Street NE

Highlights of the event:

  • Participation in this event is FREE for all families.
  • Meet current youth from the programs who can answer your questions!
  • A schedule of workshops is included on a variety of topics of interest to youth and families.
  • Food will be served.
  • Get information on transition education programs, employment, family services, recreational services and MORE!

Plan to join staff of the Minneapolis Community Transition Interagency Committee (CTIC) along with Minneapolis Public Schools for a night of informative fun, conversation, and prizes!

No need to register, everyone is welcome to attend!

YMCA Healthy Kids Day
Tuesday, April 12, 2011 7:25 PM

Join us for HEALTHY KIDS DAY™ this Saturday, April 16 from 9am – Noon at all area Ys. The event is free and open to the public. Keep Kids Active & Healthy This Summer

  • Talk to the experts about Y Summer Programs
  • Learn more about the Y’s Healthy Family Home Resources
  • Enjoy Family and Youth Fitness Samplers

Special Deals on Camp & Summer Programs April 15–17 ONLY:

  • $50 OFF (no registration fee) on Summer Power and Summer Uproar
  • $25 OFF per session on Overnight Camps, Teen Wilderness and Family Camps
  • $10 OFF Day Camp, Extreme and Summer Sports Sessions

Plus, receive $5 off swim lessons this spring and summer (Session 3 or 4) when you register for summer programs between April 15-7.

Parent Education Opportunity
Thursday, April 7, 2011 8:25 AM

Presentation on “What We Need to Know about the Emerging Science of Sex Differences” with Dr. Leonard Sax, psychologist, family physician and author. Dr. Sax will present the relevant research while making practical recommendations. Dr. Sax’s most recent publication, Girls on the Edge, is the companion volume to the earlier book, Boys Adrift. Atlantic magazine editor Caitlin Flanagan refers to Girls on the Edge as “the best book about the current state of girls and young women in America... offers astonishing and troubling new insight.” In addition to conveying the current research and thinking about the emerging science, Dr. Sax will offer practical advice to parents, educators and communities who serve boys and girls. Dr. Sax’s books will be available for purchase (at a discount). Parkway Theater – South Minneapolis 4814 Chicago Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55407. Thursday, April 14, 2011 from 7:00 to 9:00 PM. Registration cost: $10 per person. Register online at: ourwork.html

Minnesota Sinfonia Concert
Wednesday, March 30, 2011 11:35 AM

Free Admission. Children always welcome! Saturday, April 2, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. Basilica of Saint Mary, 88 17th St. N., Minneapolis. Piano Magic featuring Igor Lovchinsky performing Chopin’s Piano Concerto No.2.

Edina Swim Club Gators Splash Night Tryouts
Wednesday, March 30, 2011 11:30 AM

The Edina Gators welcomes all communities to attend our tryouts to be held at South View Middle School, 4725 South View Lane, Edina, 55424 on Monday, April 11th at 6:30 PM. Splash Night is for all swimmers ages 6 through 18 – boys and girls. The Edina Swim Club ability prerequisites are 25 yards of freestyle, 25 yards of backstroke, float face up and face down and demonstrate rhythmic breathing while in a standing position. Swimmers must meet the Splash Night prerequisites to be placed on the team.

A deposit for team placement is mandatory at Splash Night. Please find more details regarding Splash Night, and registering your swimmer for Splash Night, on our website Questions please email Patty Clark, Business Manager, at or call 952-831-3814. We are looking forward to an exciting year!! Don’t miss this chance to be a part of the Edina Gators.

Invitation from Leonardo’s Basement to Science-Minded Uppers
Thursday, March 17, 2011 9:00 AM

Apply to join the Leonardo’s Basement Teen Renewable Energy Challenge Team! The Challenge is a pilot project involving KidWind, High Tech Kids and Leonardo’s Basement. You will:

  • Research wind technology.
  • Design a 40” x 40” turbine.
  • Test your turbine in a wind tunnel and share your research with energy experts.
  • Build a small solar-powered boat and race other teams. 

About 25 teams will compete at the Renewable Energy Challenge and Festival on May 7. You must be in grades 7-12 to participate. For more details contact:

Minnesota Sinfonia Concert
Wednesday, March 16, 2011 10:50 AM

Come hear a concert of Great Opera Overtures & Choruses. Free Admission. Children always welcome! Sunday, March 19 at 2 PM, Basilica of Saint Mary, 88 17th St. N., Minneapolis.

LBDC Seeks Dancers
Tuesday, March 8, 2011 4:10 PM

Laura Balfour Dance Company is looking for two boys ages 10-14 to participate in our Youth Company, a child-based dance company that performs in schools, galleries and festivals. There would be no charge for participants. If you are a boy who would love to dance and would like the opportunity, please call LBDC for further information (612) 920-8736. There are opportunities within the company for girls as well if you would like to hear more about that.

Teen Driving Information
Tuesday, March 8, 2011 1:00 PM

Everything you wanted to know about Teen Driving but were afraid to ask! Monday, March 14, 2011, 7:00 p.m. at South High - l9th Avenue & E 32nd Street. New rules for permits, licenses, who can be in the car and info on insurance, plus scary movies and sappy music. Call 612-718-5954 for more information. Poster (pdf)...

Linden Hills Park Rec Plus Summer 2011 Registration
Wednesday, March 2, 2011 10:45 AM

On Tuesday, March 15th from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM, come and join us at Linden Hills Park (43rd & Xerxes Ave. So.) for a Rec Plus Open House. Come meet our Rec Plus Coordinator Brittany Walsh and find out about our Summer and/or After-School Programs. Feel free to stop by anytime between 5:30 and 7:00 PM. Other opportunities that night will include Summer Rec Plus registration, learning more about School Year Rec Plus (registration begins mid-April), meeting other families in our program and playing family Wii games. Bring your friends and other families you know and let them share a summer of fun and adventure together. There are flyers available at the main office. If you have questions, contact Brittany at Linden Hills Park, 612-370-4913 or

YMCA Rally Days *** Extended ***
Tuesday, March 1, 2011 4:25 PM

*** YMCA Rally Days Online Registration EXTENDED until Tuesday, March 8 at 12 noon. Save $10 - $50. ***

Get special deals on YMCA Summer Programs at YMCA Rally Days: Friday, March 4 – Sunday, March 6

  • $50 off (no registration fee) on Summer Power (ages 5 – 12) and Uproar (ages 12 – 14)
  • $25 off Overnight and Teen Wilderness Camp sessions
  • $10 off Day Camp, Summer Sports and Extreme session-check your local branch for details

Membership is not required for YMCA Summer Programs.

Community Meeting Announcement
Thursday, February 24, 2011 3:40 PM

Jennifer Sommerness, a parent at LHCS and an independent educational consultant, will be hosting a community meeting to discuss inclusive practices in neighborhood schools on Wednesday, March 2nd, from 6:00 to 8:00 at the Lynnhurst Park building. All are welcome. Come and be a part of the conversation - it will be worth your while! Children are welcome to come and play in the common area outside the meeting room, there are ping-pong, fooseball and air hockey tables for them to keep busy while we meet.

YMCA Summer Camps
Thursday, February 17, 2011 8:10 PM

The Greater St. Paul and Minneapolis YMCA offers a wide range of summer camp activities in a variety of locations throughout the Twin Cities. YMCA Overnight Camps have openings and scholarships available for this summer (flyer).

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