Classes


Creating a Writing Life

05-13-2021

Presented by Creative Writing Classes & Consultation at Online/Virtual Space
Upcoming Dates: Wed, May 05 @ 7:00 pm Thu, May 06 @ 7:00 pm Wed, May 12 @ 7:00 pm + 1 more dates and times

Thu, May 13 @ 7:00 pm - less dates and times

Spring 2021 class on Zoom:
Eight Wednesdays March 24-May 12  at 7 p.m.
Eight Thursdays March 25-May 13 at 7 p.m.

Cost: $105 per winter term
To register or for more details, please visit artfulbusinesswriting.com

This is a class for adults to...

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Spring 2021 class on Zoom:
Eight Wednesdays March 24-May 12  at 7 p.m.
Eight Thursdays March 25-May 13 at 7 p.m.

Cost: $105 per winter term
To register or for more details, please visit artfulbusinesswriting.com

This is a class for adults to write memoir, poetry, fiction or all three!
Class size maximum is 12 students.

I also offer writing and editing for individuals working on creative projects, businesses and nonprofits.

Thanks to those who've already registered! - Elissa

Elissa Cottle
Master of Fine Arts in Writing
Editing & Writing Services
Creative Writing Classes & Consultation
ArtfulBusinessWriting.com
612-925-2249

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Evening Yoga in the Park

09-30-2021

Presented by Washington County Parks at Lake Elmo Park Reserve, Lake Elmo
Upcoming Dates: Thu, May 06 @ 6:00 pm Thu, May 13 @ 6:00 pm Thu, May 20 @ 6:00 pm + 19 more dates and times

Thu, May 27 @ 6:00 pm Thu, Jun 03 @ 6:00 pm Thu, Jun 10 @ 6:00 pm Thu, Jun 17 @ 6:00 pm Thu, Jun 24 @ 6:00 pm Thu, Jul 01 @ 6:00 pm Thu, Jul 08 @ 6:00 pm Thu, Jul 15 @ 6:00 pm Thu, Jul 22 @ 6:00 pm Thu, Jul 29 @ 6:00 pm Thu, Aug 05 @ 6:00 pm Thu, Aug 12 @ 6:00 pm Thu, Aug 19 @ 6:00 pm Thu, Aug 26 @ 6:00 pm Thu, Sep 02 @ 6:00 pm Thu, Sep 09 @ 6:00 pm Thu, Sep 16 @ 6:00 pm Thu, Sep 23 @ 6:00 pm Thu, Sep 30 @ 6:00 pm - less dates and times

Poses and breath work will improve your well-being, reduce stress, and increase flexibility. Open to all levels of yoga. Classes held at the North Pavilion south of the gazebo by the baseball diamond. You will find plenty of available parking....

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Poses and breath work will improve your well-being, reduce stress, and increase flexibility. Open to all levels of yoga. Classes held at the North Pavilion south of the gazebo by the baseball diamond. You will find plenty of available parking. Please dress comfortably, bring a yoga mat, water, and arrive 5-10 minutes ahead of class time.

Space is limited and reservation are required.

Individual yoga classes are $8/person each; a parks vehicle permit is also required ($7/daily or $30/annual) and is not included in the individual class or season pass price.

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How to Be a Pest Detective

05-06-2021

Presented by River Market Co-op at Online/Virtual Space
Upcoming Dates: Thu, May 06 @ 7:00 pm

It is practically impossible not to have some garden pests chewing on plants but not all pest damage is significant enough to warrant action. U of M Extension Master Gardener volunteers are eager to share research-based gardening best practices...

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It is practically impossible not to have some garden pests chewing on plants but not all pest damage is significant enough to warrant action. U of M Extension Master Gardener volunteers are eager to share research-based gardening best practices that promote healthy landscapes, healthy foods, and healthy lives with the people in their community.

Instructor: Ramsey County Master Gardener

Cost: $5/free for co-op owners

This class will be offered online via Zoom app so you won't have to leave your house. You can register for any of the online classes on River Market website: http://www.rivermarket.coop/news/classes/

After registration, an email link to join this presentation through Zoom will be emailed to you as well as a handout that we will be using in the class.

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Herons and History Guided Kayak Tours

08-06-2021

Presented by Wahoo Adventures at St. Croix River, Stillwater
Upcoming Dates: Fri, May 07 @ 8:30 am Fri, May 14 @ 8:30 am Fri, May 21 @ 8:30 am + 10 more dates and times

Fri, May 28 @ 8:30 am Fri, Jun 04 @ 8:30 am Fri, Jun 18 @ 8:30 am Fri, Jun 25 @ 8:30 am Fri, Jul 02 @ 8:30 am Fri, Jul 09 @ 8:30 am Fri, Jul 16 @ 8:30 am Fri, Jul 23 @ 8:30 am Fri, Jul 30 @ 8:30 am Fri, Aug 06 @ 8:30 am - less dates and times

Fun for the whole family!  View local wildlife and hear lumber-era stories from your scenic VIP seat!  This is a chance to see herons, egrets, cormorants, islands, turtles, and a lumber era cave and boom area.  No experience...

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Fun for the whole family!  View local wildlife and hear lumber-era stories from your scenic VIP seat!  This is a chance to see herons, egrets, cormorants, islands, turtles, and a lumber era cave and boom area.  No experience necessary.

Includes: 90-minute guided river tour, lesson, safety overview, all gear, snack and water. $55pp

Kids 10 and under will share a kayak with an adult. ($35/kids)

Meet at Boomsite Private Marina at 9369 St Croix Trail N, Stillwater, MN 55082.  This is NOT the PUBLIC DNR Boomsite launch.

Call us for your own private and custom tour for friends and family on other dates and times.

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Building a Petunia Tower

05-08-2021

Presented by Stillwater Public Library at Stillwater Public Library, Stillwater
Upcoming Dates: Sat, May 08 @ 11:00 am

Get your patio looking great this summer with a petunia tower!  Washington County Master Gardeners Pam Moris and Patty Medlicott will explain what is needed for materials and then will demonstrate how to build and plant a petunia tower. ...

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Get your patio looking great this summer with a petunia tower!  Washington County Master Gardeners Pam Moris and Patty Medlicott will explain what is needed for materials and then will demonstrate how to build and plant a petunia tower.  Afterwards, they will answer questions.

This program is via Zoom. Space is limited; registration is required at https://washcolib.libcal.com/calendar/stillwaterpubliclibrary/petuniatower. An email will be sent after registration with the Zoom meeting details.

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YOGA IN THE VINES

08-29-2021

Presented by Saint Croix Vineyards at Saint Croix Vineyards, Stillwater
Upcoming Dates: Sun, May 09 @ 10:00 am Sun, May 16 @ 10:00 am Sun, May 23 @ 10:00 am + 14 more dates and times

Sun, May 30 @ 10:00 am Sun, Jun 06 @ 10:00 am Sun, Jun 13 @ 10:00 am Sun, Jun 20 @ 10:00 am Sun, Jun 27 @ 10:00 am Sun, Jul 04 @ 10:00 am Sun, Jul 11 @ 10:00 am Sun, Jul 18 @ 10:00 am Sun, Jul 25 @ 10:00 am Sun, Aug 01 @ 10:00 am Sun, Aug 08 @ 10:00 am Sun, Aug 15 @ 10:00 am Sun, Aug 22 @ 10:00 am Sun, Aug 29 @ 10:00 am - less dates and times

Live Your Truth Yoga will offer Yoga in the Vines at SCV. Ticket includes a complimentary glass of delicious SCV wine after yoga.

Sign-up and Tickets: http:// Https://buytickets.at/liveyourtruthyoga

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Live Your Truth Yoga will offer Yoga in the Vines at SCV. Ticket includes a complimentary glass of delicious SCV wine after yoga.

Sign-up and Tickets: http:// Https://buytickets.at/liveyourtruthyoga

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Spring Clean Up: Garlic Mustard ID & Removal

05-15-2021

Presented by St. Croix River Association at Interstate State Park - Wisconsin, Saint Croix Falls
Upcoming Dates: Sat, May 15 @ 10:00 am

Learn how to spot this woodland invasive species and report it on your phone using the EDDMapS and iNaturalist apps. Then practice your new identification skills by joining in a hands-on pull of garlic mustard. You’ll learn something new and...

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Learn how to spot this woodland invasive species and report it on your phone using the EDDMapS and iNaturalist apps. Then practice your new identification skills by joining in a hands-on pull of garlic mustard. You’ll learn something new and help the park on a spring Saturday!

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River Ramblers - Get Outside, Paddle, & Learn

08-21-2021

Presented by St Croix 360 at Arcola Mills, Stillwater
Upcoming Dates: Sat, May 22 @ 9:00 am Sat, Jun 19 @ 9:00 am Sat, Jul 24 @ 9:00 am + 1 more dates and times

Sat, Aug 21 @ 9:00 am - less dates and times

Get Outside, Paddle, & Learn

Basecamp is Arcola Mills, the historic 1847 mansion and sawmill ruins.  Afterwards, we will relax with a river view picnic lunch as we continue the conversation.  No paddling experience needed.

May 22 - Birds,...

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Get Outside, Paddle, & Learn

Basecamp is Arcola Mills, the historic 1847 mansion and sawmill ruins.  Afterwards, we will relax with a river view picnic lunch as we continue the conversation.  No paddling experience needed.

May 22 - Birds, Bugs, & Blooms

June 19 - River Haikus

July 24 - Slow Poke Paddle

August 21 - History of Arcola area

All-Inclusive for $79

9am to 1pm

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Winemaker's Barrel Tasting

05-30-2021

Presented by Saint Croix Vineyards at Saint Croix Vineyards, Stillwater
Upcoming Dates: Sat, May 29 @ 12:00 pm Sun, May 30 @ 12:00 pm

As a free add-on to each paid wine flight, get samples of our delicious red wine and port from the barrel!

As a free add-on to each paid wine flight, get samples of our delicious red wine and port from the barrel!

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Art Classes @ Franconia Commons: Soft Sculpture

05-29-2021

Presented by Franconia Sculpture Park at Franconia Sculpture Park, Franconia
Upcoming Dates: Sat, May 29 @ 1:00 pm

Art Classes @ Franconia Commons
Soft Sculpture with Allison Baker
More information and tickets: https://www.franconia.org/art-classes-franconia-commons/

Whether youre 7 or 70, these workshops are designed for you to explore your creativity and...

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Art Classes @ Franconia Commons
Soft Sculpture with Allison Baker
More information and tickets: https://www.franconia.org/art-classes-franconia-commons/

Whether youre 7 or 70, these workshops are designed for you to explore your creativity and learn more about various sculptural techniques from top contemporary artists in a fun, safe, and supportive setting. Sign up for the class that speaks to you or enroll in all six for a series discount!

*Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all classes will require participants to wear masks and socially-distance. Franconia Commons has excellent ventilation and will uphold the strictest health standards for the safety of our artists and students.

All classes are held on Saturdays from 1pm-4pm and cost $30/each, including all art supplies. Full series is $150. If you'd like to enroll in the full six class series, please call 651.257.6668 to register and receive the discounted rate.

May 29: Soft Sculpture with Allison Baker
Allison Baker is a current Franconia artist. She has an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and a BFA in Sculpture from Indiana University. Students will be able to create a soft sculpture of their design inspired by Allison’s art, utilizing a variety of materials and techniques. Please feel free to bring in your own fabrics or materials to incorporate in your final sculpture!

Coming up:

June 12: Sound Sculpture with Lee Noble

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the East Central Regional Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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Morning Yoga in the Park

08-21-2021

Presented by Washington County Parks at Lake Elmo Park Reserve, Lake Elmo
Upcoming Dates: Tue, Jun 01 @ 9:30 am Tue, Jun 08 @ 9:30 am Tue, Jun 15 @ 9:30 am + 9 more dates and times

Tue, Jun 22 @ 9:30 am Tue, Jun 29 @ 9:30 am Tue, Jul 06 @ 9:30 am Tue, Jul 13 @ 9:30 am Tue, Jul 20 @ 9:30 am Tue, Jul 27 @ 9:30 am Tue, Aug 03 @ 9:30 am Tue, Aug 10 @ 9:30 am Tue, Aug 17 @ 9:30 am - less dates and times

Poses and breath work will improve your well-being, reduce stress, and increase flexibility. Open to all levels of yoga. Classes held at the North Pavilion south of the gazebo by the baseball diamond. You will find plenty of available parking....

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Poses and breath work will improve your well-being, reduce stress, and increase flexibility. Open to all levels of yoga. Classes held at the North Pavilion south of the gazebo by the baseball diamond. You will find plenty of available parking. Please dress comfortably, bring a yoga mat, water, and arrive 5-10 minutes ahead of class time.

Space is limited and reservation are required.

Individual yoga classes are $8/person each; a parks vehicle permit is also required ($7/daily or $30/annual) and is not included in the individual class or season pass price.

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Sunset SUP

08-31-2021

Presented by Washington County Parks at Square Lake Park, Stillwater
Upcoming Dates: Tue, Jun 01 @ 7:00 pm Tue, Jun 08 @ 7:00 pm Tue, Jun 15 @ 7:00 pm + 10 more dates and times

Tue, Jun 22 @ 7:00 pm Tue, Jun 29 @ 7:00 pm Tue, Jul 06 @ 7:00 pm Tue, Jul 13 @ 7:00 pm Tue, Jul 20 @ 7:00 pm Tue, Jul 27 @ 7:00 pm Tue, Aug 03 @ 7:00 pm Tue, Aug 10 @ 7:00 pm Tue, Aug 24 @ 7:00 pm Tue, Aug 31 @ 7:00 pm - less dates and times

In this-75 minute class, the group will start at the boat launch at Square Lake Park to be fitted for equipment and have a brief introduction to SUP. The group will head out into the sunset, across the lake for a guided paddle. All equipment and...

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In this-75 minute class, the group will start at the boat launch at Square Lake Park to be fitted for equipment and have a brief introduction to SUP. The group will head out into the sunset, across the lake for a guided paddle. All equipment and instructions are provided.

Space is limited. Advance registration required.

$40.00 per person, per class.
A Washington County Parks vehicle permit is required ($7/daily or $30/annual).
Tuesdays, 7:00 - 8:15 p.m.

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Plochet a Basket (Crochet with Plastic Bags)

06-05-2021

Presented by Marine Mills Folk School at Online/Virtual Space
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Jun 05 @ 10:00 am

Minnesotan author Kao Kalia Yang’s book ‘The Latehomecomer’ has been chosen as one of the national NEA Big Read recommended books this year!  ArtReach and other local organizations are offering a series of events as part of the Big Read...

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Minnesotan author Kao Kalia Yang’s book ‘The Latehomecomer’ has been chosen as one of the national NEA Big Read recommended books this year!  ArtReach and other local organizations are offering a series of events as part of the Big Read program of the St. Croix Valley.  Marine Mills Folk School is pleased to participate in this program and offer this class.

Join Cara Corey, a maker on a mission to lessen waste and have fun doing it.  She will teach students this fun skill to use again and again, as we all know there is an unlimited supply of materials!

You will learn how to turn plastic bags into “plarn” -plastic yarn-that you can crochet with, just like regular yarn. Experimentation is encouraged. You can create this simple storage basket during the class and use any extra time to work on other items. Plarn is great for dish scrubbers, bags, baskets, rugs and more.

Student to provide for class:

10 regular size or larger plastic bags. The larger the better!
Size J/10 crochet hooks

Online Class General Information:

Each registration is for one “device” (one computer, tablet, phone).  This is to ensure we don’t have more people registered than the instructor is comfortable with having in a class.  Please be respectful of this guideline and purchase multiple class spots if more than one person from your household is interested in attending.
You will need a reliable Internet connection as well as a computer or device with which to access the online class.  Please arrive 10 minutes before class begins, to ensure your connection and device are ready when the class begins.
If the class lists ‘Materials Needed’, you will want to purchase those materials and have them available as well
Each class will be held using Zoom technology.  You will receive a link and a password and information on how to log on,  prior to the class.  You will be able to view and ask questions during the class.

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Paj Ntaub – Introduction to Traditional Hmong Embroidery

06-06-2021

Presented by Marine Mills Folk School at Online/Virtual Space
Upcoming Dates: Sun, Jun 06 @ 1:00 pm

Minnesotan author Kao Kalia Yang’s book ‘The Latehomecomer’ has been chosen as one of the national NEA Big Read recommended books this year!  ArtReach and other local organizations are offering a series of events as part of the Big Read...

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Minnesotan author Kao Kalia Yang’s book ‘The Latehomecomer’ has been chosen as one of the national NEA Big Read recommended books this year!  ArtReach and other local organizations are offering a series of events as part of the Big Read program of the St. Croix Valley.  Marine Mills Folk School is excited to work with local teacher and embroidery artist Yee Yang to offer this beginning class on Paj Ntaub (‘pa dau’ – flower cloth), traditional embroidery.

Admired traditional Hmong embroidery for years, and wondered what the patterns and stories might mean?  This is the class for you!  This traditional needlework dates back several centuries.  Hmong Paj Ntaub (pa’dau) symbols are the language & knowledge system of the Hmong people …. they are the oral storytelling of the Hmong culture, practices, values, and traditions.  This skill of sewing paj ntaub and preserving the Hmong culture is still practiced today and in this class, you will get an opportunity to learn this skill and make your own paj ntaub!

Join Yee as she guides you with beginning instruction on embroidery stitches as well as the design and sewing of your own creative paj ntaub work of art!  She’ll also share some of the history and cultural traditions associated with this traditional skill. This class is primarily designed for adults, but teenagers who are interested to learn more of this cultural heritage embroidery skill will also enjoy the class.

Pajntaub is a celebration of teamwork, hard work, dedication, and reflects Hmong family, and community – join Yee in this celebration of Hmong culture and learning!

Note: A Kit with class materials will be mailed to each student by the instructor.  The cost of the kit with shipping ($15) is included in the class registration fee.  Registration will close Saturday May 30, to ensure the kit is received in time for the class.

Students will need the following, in order to fully participate in the class:

Kit, to be mailed prior to the class by Instructor
Reading glasses, if necessary
Scissors

Materials included in the Kit:

Needle
Thread
Plastic cross stitch canvas grid
Fabric Cross stitch
Pajntaub visual pictures

Online Class General Information:

Each registration is for one “device” (one computer, tablet, phone).  This is to ensure we don’t have more people registered than the instructor is comfortable with having in a class.  Please be respectful of this guideline and purchase multiple class spots if more than one person from your household is interested in attending.
You will need a reliable Internet connection as well as a computer or device with which to access the online class.  Please arrive 10 minutes before class begins, to ensure your connection and device are ready when the class begins.
If the class lists ‘Materials Needed’, you will want to purchase those materials and have them available as well
Each class will be held using Zoom technology.  You will receive a link and a password and information on how to log on,  prior to the class.  You will be able to view and ask questions during the class.

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Art Classes @ Franconia Commons: Sound Sculpture

06-12-2021

Presented by Franconia Sculpture Park at Franconia Sculpture Park, Franconia
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Jun 12 @ 1:00 pm

Art Classes @ Franconia Commons
Sound Sculpture with Lee Noble
More information and tickets: https://www.franconia.org/art-classes-franconia-commons/

Whether youre 7 or 70, these workshops are designed for you to explore your creativity and...

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Art Classes @ Franconia Commons
Sound Sculpture with Lee Noble
More information and tickets: https://www.franconia.org/art-classes-franconia-commons/

Whether youre 7 or 70, these workshops are designed for you to explore your creativity and learn more about various sculptural techniques from top contemporary artists in a fun, safe, and supportive setting. Sign up for the class that speaks to you or enroll in all six for a series discount!

*Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all classes will require participants to wear masks and socially-distance. Franconia Commons has excellent ventilation and will uphold the strictest health standards for the safety of our artists and students.

All classes are held on Saturdays from 1pm-4pm and cost $30/each, including all art supplies. Full series is $150. If you'd like to enroll in the full six class series, please call 651.257.6668 to register and receive the discounted rate.

June 12: Sound Sculpture with Lee Noble
Lee Noble is a recent Franconia Artist-in-Residence and MFA graduate from MCAD. His expertise is in music and sound, and for this class, students will create their very own sound sculpture using contact mics.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the East Central Regional Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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Knit the River 2021!

09-19-2021

Presented by Darn Knit Anyway at Stillwater River Boats, Stillwater
Upcoming Dates: Tue, Jun 15 @ 4:30 pm Sun, Sep 19 @ 11:30 am

We are going to cruise in 2021! YES, WE ARE!!

We have 2 cruise opportunities.

Tuesday, June 15th, 2021
Cruise time from 5 - 7:30pm
Boarding begins at 4:30
The boat leaves at 5pm promptly.

AND/OR

Sunday, Sept 19th, 2021
Cruise time from 12...

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We are going to cruise in 2021! YES, WE ARE!!

We have 2 cruise opportunities.

Tuesday, June 15th, 2021
Cruise time from 5 - 7:30pm
Boarding begins at 4:30
The boat leaves at 5pm promptly.

AND/OR

Sunday, Sept 19th, 2021
Cruise time from 12 – 2:30pm
Boarding begins at 11:30am
The boat leaves at noon promptly.

Your ticket includes a 2.5-hour river cruise, meal, lots of door prize drawings, a Knit The River keepsake, and new this year, a store onboard, trunk shows from some great vendors!

A few notes about the cruises this year:

  • As you can expect, there are some Covid precautions we will be taking.  We will be limiting the number of tickets so we can be as socially distant. This will also help us maintain some distancing should we have to vacate the top and front decks due to inclement weather.
  • The meals will be box meals instead of a buffet. We will send you a menu a few weeks before each cruise to get your box lunch order.
  • We'll ask that you mask up when you arrive at the boat and move around the boat. When you are seated, eating, and drinking, you can remove your mask.
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Hmong Cooking with Chef Vang and Cooks of Crocus Hill - now on June 16

06-16-2021

Presented by Cooks of Crocus Hill at Online/Virtual Space
Upcoming Dates: Wed, Jun 16 @ 6:00 pm

In this Cooks of Crocus Hill online course led by Chef Vang, you’ll learn about authentic Hmong cooking techniques and savor at home the comforting and lively flavors of Chef Vang’s recipes.  Registrants will receive a pre-event list of...

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In this Cooks of Crocus Hill online course led by Chef Vang, you’ll learn about authentic Hmong cooking techniques and savor at home the comforting and lively flavors of Chef Vang’s recipes.  Registrants will receive a pre-event list of ingredients and supplies to gather in preparation for instruction.

Chef Yia Vang is the chef behind pop-up restaurant Union Hmong Kitchen in St. Paul and the soon-to-open Vanai restaurant in Minneapolis.  One of seven siblings, Chef Yia Vang was born in a Thai refugee camp where he lived until his family resettled in central Wisconsin. A trained chef who started his career working as a dishwasher, Yia uses food to celebrate his parents’ legacy and tells his family’s story.  Through sourcing what is in season and combining local traditions with those from his family and cultural traditions, Yia brings Hmong flavors to American palates and invites people to change how they think about food by considering the influences in each bite.

Yia is the host of TPT’s Relish series and has been featured onNational Geographic and CNN’s United Shades of America. Among other accolades, he was the cover story of the May 2020 issue of “Bon Appetit” magazine. Yia was also named  MSP Magazine's “Chef of the Year 2019" and was recently voted “Best Chef 2020” in City Pages “Best-of” issue.

This event is offered as part of ArtReach St. Croix’s NEA Big Read in the St. Croix Valley. We encourage you to join your St. Croix Valley neighbors in reading THE LATEHOMECOMER by Kao Kalia Yang. In June 2021, we will celebrate the arts with activities related to themes found in the book. More information is available at https://www.ArtReachStCroix.org/BigRead. See www.arts.gov/national-initiatives/nea-big-read/latehomecomerfor reader resources and discussion questions.

NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. NEA Big Read in the St. Croix Valley is presented by ArtReach St. Croix in conjunction with core program partners including Valley Bookseller, Marine Mills Folk School, Twin Cities PBS (TPT), Stillwater Public library and otherlibrary branches located between St. Croix Falls, WI, and Hastings, MN.

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Creating a Writing Life

05-13-2021

Presented by Creative Writing Classes & Consultation at Online/Virtual Space
Upcoming Dates: Wed, May 05 @ 7:00 pm Thu, May 06 @ 7:00 pm Wed, May 12 @ 7:00 pm + 1 more dates and times

Thu, May 13 @ 7:00 pm - less dates and times

Spring 2021 class on Zoom:
Eight Wednesdays March 24-May 12  at 7 p.m.
Eight Thursdays March 25-May 13 at 7 p.m.

Cost: $105 per winter term
To register or for more details, please visit artfulbusinesswriting.com

This is a class for adults to...

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Spring 2021 class on Zoom:
Eight Wednesdays March 24-May 12  at 7 p.m.
Eight Thursdays March 25-May 13 at 7 p.m.

Cost: $105 per winter term
To register or for more details, please visit artfulbusinesswriting.com

This is a class for adults to write memoir, poetry, fiction or all three!
Class size maximum is 12 students.

I also offer writing and editing for individuals working on creative projects, businesses and nonprofits.

Thanks to those who've already registered! - Elissa

Elissa Cottle
Master of Fine Arts in Writing
Editing & Writing Services
Creative Writing Classes & Consultation
ArtfulBusinessWriting.com
612-925-2249

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Evening Yoga in the Park

09-30-2021

Presented by Washington County Parks at Lake Elmo Park Reserve, Lake Elmo
Upcoming Dates: Thu, May 06 @ 6:00 pm Thu, May 13 @ 6:00 pm Thu, May 20 @ 6:00 pm + 19 more dates and times

Thu, May 27 @ 6:00 pm Thu, Jun 03 @ 6:00 pm Thu, Jun 10 @ 6:00 pm Thu, Jun 17 @ 6:00 pm Thu, Jun 24 @ 6:00 pm Thu, Jul 01 @ 6:00 pm Thu, Jul 08 @ 6:00 pm Thu, Jul 15 @ 6:00 pm Thu, Jul 22 @ 6:00 pm Thu, Jul 29 @ 6:00 pm Thu, Aug 05 @ 6:00 pm Thu, Aug 12 @ 6:00 pm Thu, Aug 19 @ 6:00 pm Thu, Aug 26 @ 6:00 pm Thu, Sep 02 @ 6:00 pm Thu, Sep 09 @ 6:00 pm Thu, Sep 16 @ 6:00 pm Thu, Sep 23 @ 6:00 pm Thu, Sep 30 @ 6:00 pm - less dates and times

Poses and breath work will improve your well-being, reduce stress, and increase flexibility. Open to all levels of yoga. Classes held at the North Pavilion south of the gazebo by the baseball diamond. You will find plenty of available parking....

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Poses and breath work will improve your well-being, reduce stress, and increase flexibility. Open to all levels of yoga. Classes held at the North Pavilion south of the gazebo by the baseball diamond. You will find plenty of available parking. Please dress comfortably, bring a yoga mat, water, and arrive 5-10 minutes ahead of class time.

Space is limited and reservation are required.

Individual yoga classes are $8/person each; a parks vehicle permit is also required ($7/daily or $30/annual) and is not included in the individual class or season pass price.

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How to Be a Pest Detective

05-06-2021

Presented by River Market Co-op at Online/Virtual Space
Upcoming Dates: Thu, May 06 @ 7:00 pm

It is practically impossible not to have some garden pests chewing on plants but not all pest damage is significant enough to warrant action. U of M Extension Master Gardener volunteers are eager to share research-based gardening best practices...

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It is practically impossible not to have some garden pests chewing on plants but not all pest damage is significant enough to warrant action. U of M Extension Master Gardener volunteers are eager to share research-based gardening best practices that promote healthy landscapes, healthy foods, and healthy lives with the people in their community.

Instructor: Ramsey County Master Gardener

Cost: $5/free for co-op owners

This class will be offered online via Zoom app so you won't have to leave your house. You can register for any of the online classes on River Market website: http://www.rivermarket.coop/news/classes/

After registration, an email link to join this presentation through Zoom will be emailed to you as well as a handout that we will be using in the class.

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Herons and History Guided Kayak Tours

08-06-2021

Presented by Wahoo Adventures at St. Croix River, Stillwater
Upcoming Dates: Fri, May 07 @ 8:30 am Fri, May 14 @ 8:30 am Fri, May 21 @ 8:30 am + 10 more dates and times

Fri, May 28 @ 8:30 am Fri, Jun 04 @ 8:30 am Fri, Jun 18 @ 8:30 am Fri, Jun 25 @ 8:30 am Fri, Jul 02 @ 8:30 am Fri, Jul 09 @ 8:30 am Fri, Jul 16 @ 8:30 am Fri, Jul 23 @ 8:30 am Fri, Jul 30 @ 8:30 am Fri, Aug 06 @ 8:30 am - less dates and times

Fun for the whole family!  View local wildlife and hear lumber-era stories from your scenic VIP seat!  This is a chance to see herons, egrets, cormorants, islands, turtles, and a lumber era cave and boom area.  No experience...

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Fun for the whole family!  View local wildlife and hear lumber-era stories from your scenic VIP seat!  This is a chance to see herons, egrets, cormorants, islands, turtles, and a lumber era cave and boom area.  No experience necessary.

Includes: 90-minute guided river tour, lesson, safety overview, all gear, snack and water. $55pp

Kids 10 and under will share a kayak with an adult. ($35/kids)

Meet at Boomsite Private Marina at 9369 St Croix Trail N, Stillwater, MN 55082.  This is NOT the PUBLIC DNR Boomsite launch.

Call us for your own private and custom tour for friends and family on other dates and times.

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Building a Petunia Tower

05-08-2021

Presented by Stillwater Public Library at Stillwater Public Library, Stillwater
Upcoming Dates: Sat, May 08 @ 11:00 am

Get your patio looking great this summer with a petunia tower!  Washington County Master Gardeners Pam Moris and Patty Medlicott will explain what is needed for materials and then will demonstrate how to build and plant a petunia tower. ...

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Get your patio looking great this summer with a petunia tower!  Washington County Master Gardeners Pam Moris and Patty Medlicott will explain what is needed for materials and then will demonstrate how to build and plant a petunia tower.  Afterwards, they will answer questions.

This program is via Zoom. Space is limited; registration is required at https://washcolib.libcal.com/calendar/stillwaterpubliclibrary/petuniatower. An email will be sent after registration with the Zoom meeting details.

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YOGA IN THE VINES

08-29-2021

Presented by Saint Croix Vineyards at Saint Croix Vineyards, Stillwater
Upcoming Dates: Sun, May 09 @ 10:00 am Sun, May 16 @ 10:00 am Sun, May 23 @ 10:00 am + 14 more dates and times

Sun, May 30 @ 10:00 am Sun, Jun 06 @ 10:00 am Sun, Jun 13 @ 10:00 am Sun, Jun 20 @ 10:00 am Sun, Jun 27 @ 10:00 am Sun, Jul 04 @ 10:00 am Sun, Jul 11 @ 10:00 am Sun, Jul 18 @ 10:00 am Sun, Jul 25 @ 10:00 am Sun, Aug 01 @ 10:00 am Sun, Aug 08 @ 10:00 am Sun, Aug 15 @ 10:00 am Sun, Aug 22 @ 10:00 am Sun, Aug 29 @ 10:00 am - less dates and times

Live Your Truth Yoga will offer Yoga in the Vines at SCV. Ticket includes a complimentary glass of delicious SCV wine after yoga.

Sign-up and Tickets: http:// Https://buytickets.at/liveyourtruthyoga

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Live Your Truth Yoga will offer Yoga in the Vines at SCV. Ticket includes a complimentary glass of delicious SCV wine after yoga.

Sign-up and Tickets: http:// Https://buytickets.at/liveyourtruthyoga

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Spring Clean Up: Garlic Mustard ID & Removal

05-15-2021

Presented by St. Croix River Association at Interstate State Park - Wisconsin, Saint Croix Falls
Upcoming Dates: Sat, May 15 @ 10:00 am

Learn how to spot this woodland invasive species and report it on your phone using the EDDMapS and iNaturalist apps. Then practice your new identification skills by joining in a hands-on pull of garlic mustard. You’ll learn something new and...

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Learn how to spot this woodland invasive species and report it on your phone using the EDDMapS and iNaturalist apps. Then practice your new identification skills by joining in a hands-on pull of garlic mustard. You’ll learn something new and help the park on a spring Saturday!

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River Ramblers - Get Outside, Paddle, & Learn

08-21-2021

Presented by St Croix 360 at Arcola Mills, Stillwater
Upcoming Dates: Sat, May 22 @ 9:00 am Sat, Jun 19 @ 9:00 am Sat, Jul 24 @ 9:00 am + 1 more dates and times

Sat, Aug 21 @ 9:00 am - less dates and times

Get Outside, Paddle, & Learn

Basecamp is Arcola Mills, the historic 1847 mansion and sawmill ruins.  Afterwards, we will relax with a river view picnic lunch as we continue the conversation.  No paddling experience needed.

May 22 - Birds,...

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Get Outside, Paddle, & Learn

Basecamp is Arcola Mills, the historic 1847 mansion and sawmill ruins.  Afterwards, we will relax with a river view picnic lunch as we continue the conversation.  No paddling experience needed.

May 22 - Birds, Bugs, & Blooms

June 19 - River Haikus

July 24 - Slow Poke Paddle

August 21 - History of Arcola area

All-Inclusive for $79

9am to 1pm

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Winemaker's Barrel Tasting

05-30-2021

Presented by Saint Croix Vineyards at Saint Croix Vineyards, Stillwater
Upcoming Dates: Sat, May 29 @ 12:00 pm Sun, May 30 @ 12:00 pm

As a free add-on to each paid wine flight, get samples of our delicious red wine and port from the barrel!

As a free add-on to each paid wine flight, get samples of our delicious red wine and port from the barrel!

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Art Classes @ Franconia Commons: Soft Sculpture

05-29-2021

Presented by Franconia Sculpture Park at Franconia Sculpture Park, Franconia
Upcoming Dates: Sat, May 29 @ 1:00 pm

Art Classes @ Franconia Commons
Soft Sculpture with Allison Baker
More information and tickets: https://www.franconia.org/art-classes-franconia-commons/

Whether youre 7 or 70, these workshops are designed for you to explore your creativity and...

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Art Classes @ Franconia Commons
Soft Sculpture with Allison Baker
More information and tickets: https://www.franconia.org/art-classes-franconia-commons/

Whether youre 7 or 70, these workshops are designed for you to explore your creativity and learn more about various sculptural techniques from top contemporary artists in a fun, safe, and supportive setting. Sign up for the class that speaks to you or enroll in all six for a series discount!

*Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all classes will require participants to wear masks and socially-distance. Franconia Commons has excellent ventilation and will uphold the strictest health standards for the safety of our artists and students.

All classes are held on Saturdays from 1pm-4pm and cost $30/each, including all art supplies. Full series is $150. If you'd like to enroll in the full six class series, please call 651.257.6668 to register and receive the discounted rate.

May 29: Soft Sculpture with Allison Baker
Allison Baker is a current Franconia artist. She has an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and a BFA in Sculpture from Indiana University. Students will be able to create a soft sculpture of their design inspired by Allison’s art, utilizing a variety of materials and techniques. Please feel free to bring in your own fabrics or materials to incorporate in your final sculpture!

Coming up:

June 12: Sound Sculpture with Lee Noble

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the East Central Regional Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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Morning Yoga in the Park

08-21-2021

Presented by Washington County Parks at Lake Elmo Park Reserve, Lake Elmo
Upcoming Dates: Tue, Jun 01 @ 9:30 am Tue, Jun 08 @ 9:30 am Tue, Jun 15 @ 9:30 am + 9 more dates and times

Tue, Jun 22 @ 9:30 am Tue, Jun 29 @ 9:30 am Tue, Jul 06 @ 9:30 am Tue, Jul 13 @ 9:30 am Tue, Jul 20 @ 9:30 am Tue, Jul 27 @ 9:30 am Tue, Aug 03 @ 9:30 am Tue, Aug 10 @ 9:30 am Tue, Aug 17 @ 9:30 am - less dates and times

Poses and breath work will improve your well-being, reduce stress, and increase flexibility. Open to all levels of yoga. Classes held at the North Pavilion south of the gazebo by the baseball diamond. You will find plenty of available parking....

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Poses and breath work will improve your well-being, reduce stress, and increase flexibility. Open to all levels of yoga. Classes held at the North Pavilion south of the gazebo by the baseball diamond. You will find plenty of available parking. Please dress comfortably, bring a yoga mat, water, and arrive 5-10 minutes ahead of class time.

Space is limited and reservation are required.

Individual yoga classes are $8/person each; a parks vehicle permit is also required ($7/daily or $30/annual) and is not included in the individual class or season pass price.

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Sunset SUP

08-31-2021

Presented by Washington County Parks at Square Lake Park, Stillwater
Upcoming Dates: Tue, Jun 01 @ 7:00 pm Tue, Jun 08 @ 7:00 pm Tue, Jun 15 @ 7:00 pm + 10 more dates and times

Tue, Jun 22 @ 7:00 pm Tue, Jun 29 @ 7:00 pm Tue, Jul 06 @ 7:00 pm Tue, Jul 13 @ 7:00 pm Tue, Jul 20 @ 7:00 pm Tue, Jul 27 @ 7:00 pm Tue, Aug 03 @ 7:00 pm Tue, Aug 10 @ 7:00 pm Tue, Aug 24 @ 7:00 pm Tue, Aug 31 @ 7:00 pm - less dates and times

In this-75 minute class, the group will start at the boat launch at Square Lake Park to be fitted for equipment and have a brief introduction to SUP. The group will head out into the sunset, across the lake for a guided paddle. All equipment and...

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In this-75 minute class, the group will start at the boat launch at Square Lake Park to be fitted for equipment and have a brief introduction to SUP. The group will head out into the sunset, across the lake for a guided paddle. All equipment and instructions are provided.

Space is limited. Advance registration required.

$40.00 per person, per class.
A Washington County Parks vehicle permit is required ($7/daily or $30/annual).
Tuesdays, 7:00 - 8:15 p.m.

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Plochet a Basket (Crochet with Plastic Bags)

06-05-2021

Presented by Marine Mills Folk School at Online/Virtual Space
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Jun 05 @ 10:00 am

Minnesotan author Kao Kalia Yang’s book ‘The Latehomecomer’ has been chosen as one of the national NEA Big Read recommended books this year!  ArtReach and other local organizations are offering a series of events as part of the Big Read...

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Minnesotan author Kao Kalia Yang’s book ‘The Latehomecomer’ has been chosen as one of the national NEA Big Read recommended books this year!  ArtReach and other local organizations are offering a series of events as part of the Big Read program of the St. Croix Valley.  Marine Mills Folk School is pleased to participate in this program and offer this class.

Join Cara Corey, a maker on a mission to lessen waste and have fun doing it.  She will teach students this fun skill to use again and again, as we all know there is an unlimited supply of materials!

You will learn how to turn plastic bags into “plarn” -plastic yarn-that you can crochet with, just like regular yarn. Experimentation is encouraged. You can create this simple storage basket during the class and use any extra time to work on other items. Plarn is great for dish scrubbers, bags, baskets, rugs and more.

Student to provide for class:

10 regular size or larger plastic bags. The larger the better!
Size J/10 crochet hooks

Online Class General Information:

Each registration is for one “device” (one computer, tablet, phone).  This is to ensure we don’t have more people registered than the instructor is comfortable with having in a class.  Please be respectful of this guideline and purchase multiple class spots if more than one person from your household is interested in attending.
You will need a reliable Internet connection as well as a computer or device with which to access the online class.  Please arrive 10 minutes before class begins, to ensure your connection and device are ready when the class begins.
If the class lists ‘Materials Needed’, you will want to purchase those materials and have them available as well
Each class will be held using Zoom technology.  You will receive a link and a password and information on how to log on,  prior to the class.  You will be able to view and ask questions during the class.

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Paj Ntaub – Introduction to Traditional Hmong Embroidery

06-06-2021

Presented by Marine Mills Folk School at Online/Virtual Space
Upcoming Dates: Sun, Jun 06 @ 1:00 pm

Minnesotan author Kao Kalia Yang’s book ‘The Latehomecomer’ has been chosen as one of the national NEA Big Read recommended books this year!  ArtReach and other local organizations are offering a series of events as part of the Big Read...

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Minnesotan author Kao Kalia Yang’s book ‘The Latehomecomer’ has been chosen as one of the national NEA Big Read recommended books this year!  ArtReach and other local organizations are offering a series of events as part of the Big Read program of the St. Croix Valley.  Marine Mills Folk School is excited to work with local teacher and embroidery artist Yee Yang to offer this beginning class on Paj Ntaub (‘pa dau’ – flower cloth), traditional embroidery.

Admired traditional Hmong embroidery for years, and wondered what the patterns and stories might mean?  This is the class for you!  This traditional needlework dates back several centuries.  Hmong Paj Ntaub (pa’dau) symbols are the language & knowledge system of the Hmong people …. they are the oral storytelling of the Hmong culture, practices, values, and traditions.  This skill of sewing paj ntaub and preserving the Hmong culture is still practiced today and in this class, you will get an opportunity to learn this skill and make your own paj ntaub!

Join Yee as she guides you with beginning instruction on embroidery stitches as well as the design and sewing of your own creative paj ntaub work of art!  She’ll also share some of the history and cultural traditions associated with this traditional skill. This class is primarily designed for adults, but teenagers who are interested to learn more of this cultural heritage embroidery skill will also enjoy the class.

Pajntaub is a celebration of teamwork, hard work, dedication, and reflects Hmong family, and community – join Yee in this celebration of Hmong culture and learning!

Note: A Kit with class materials will be mailed to each student by the instructor.  The cost of the kit with shipping ($15) is included in the class registration fee.  Registration will close Saturday May 30, to ensure the kit is received in time for the class.

Students will need the following, in order to fully participate in the class:

Kit, to be mailed prior to the class by Instructor
Reading glasses, if necessary
Scissors

Materials included in the Kit:

Needle
Thread
Plastic cross stitch canvas grid
Fabric Cross stitch
Pajntaub visual pictures

Online Class General Information:

Each registration is for one “device” (one computer, tablet, phone).  This is to ensure we don’t have more people registered than the instructor is comfortable with having in a class.  Please be respectful of this guideline and purchase multiple class spots if more than one person from your household is interested in attending.
You will need a reliable Internet connection as well as a computer or device with which to access the online class.  Please arrive 10 minutes before class begins, to ensure your connection and device are ready when the class begins.
If the class lists ‘Materials Needed’, you will want to purchase those materials and have them available as well
Each class will be held using Zoom technology.  You will receive a link and a password and information on how to log on,  prior to the class.  You will be able to view and ask questions during the class.

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Art Classes @ Franconia Commons: Sound Sculpture

06-12-2021

Presented by Franconia Sculpture Park at Franconia Sculpture Park, Franconia
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Jun 12 @ 1:00 pm

Art Classes @ Franconia Commons
Sound Sculpture with Lee Noble
More information and tickets: https://www.franconia.org/art-classes-franconia-commons/

Whether youre 7 or 70, these workshops are designed for you to explore your creativity and...

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Art Classes @ Franconia Commons
Sound Sculpture with Lee Noble
More information and tickets: https://www.franconia.org/art-classes-franconia-commons/

Whether youre 7 or 70, these workshops are designed for you to explore your creativity and learn more about various sculptural techniques from top contemporary artists in a fun, safe, and supportive setting. Sign up for the class that speaks to you or enroll in all six for a series discount!

*Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all classes will require participants to wear masks and socially-distance. Franconia Commons has excellent ventilation and will uphold the strictest health standards for the safety of our artists and students.

All classes are held on Saturdays from 1pm-4pm and cost $30/each, including all art supplies. Full series is $150. If you'd like to enroll in the full six class series, please call 651.257.6668 to register and receive the discounted rate.

June 12: Sound Sculpture with Lee Noble
Lee Noble is a recent Franconia Artist-in-Residence and MFA graduate from MCAD. His expertise is in music and sound, and for this class, students will create their very own sound sculpture using contact mics.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the East Central Regional Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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Knit the River 2021!

09-19-2021

Presented by Darn Knit Anyway at Stillwater River Boats, Stillwater
Upcoming Dates: Tue, Jun 15 @ 4:30 pm Sun, Sep 19 @ 11:30 am

We are going to cruise in 2021! YES, WE ARE!!

We have 2 cruise opportunities.

Tuesday, June 15th, 2021
Cruise time from 5 - 7:30pm
Boarding begins at 4:30
The boat leaves at 5pm promptly.

AND/OR

Sunday, Sept 19th, 2021
Cruise time from 12...

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We are going to cruise in 2021! YES, WE ARE!!

We have 2 cruise opportunities.

Tuesday, June 15th, 2021
Cruise time from 5 - 7:30pm
Boarding begins at 4:30
The boat leaves at 5pm promptly.

AND/OR

Sunday, Sept 19th, 2021
Cruise time from 12 – 2:30pm
Boarding begins at 11:30am
The boat leaves at noon promptly.

Your ticket includes a 2.5-hour river cruise, meal, lots of door prize drawings, a Knit The River keepsake, and new this year, a store onboard, trunk shows from some great vendors!

A few notes about the cruises this year:

  • As you can expect, there are some Covid precautions we will be taking.  We will be limiting the number of tickets so we can be as socially distant. This will also help us maintain some distancing should we have to vacate the top and front decks due to inclement weather.
  • The meals will be box meals instead of a buffet. We will send you a menu a few weeks before each cruise to get your box lunch order.
  • We'll ask that you mask up when you arrive at the boat and move around the boat. When you are seated, eating, and drinking, you can remove your mask.
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Hmong Cooking with Chef Vang and Cooks of Crocus Hill - now on June 16

06-16-2021

Presented by Cooks of Crocus Hill at Online/Virtual Space
Upcoming Dates: Wed, Jun 16 @ 6:00 pm

In this Cooks of Crocus Hill online course led by Chef Vang, you’ll learn about authentic Hmong cooking techniques and savor at home the comforting and lively flavors of Chef Vang’s recipes.  Registrants will receive a pre-event list of...

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In this Cooks of Crocus Hill online course led by Chef Vang, you’ll learn about authentic Hmong cooking techniques and savor at home the comforting and lively flavors of Chef Vang’s recipes.  Registrants will receive a pre-event list of ingredients and supplies to gather in preparation for instruction.

Chef Yia Vang is the chef behind pop-up restaurant Union Hmong Kitchen in St. Paul and the soon-to-open Vanai restaurant in Minneapolis.  One of seven siblings, Chef Yia Vang was born in a Thai refugee camp where he lived until his family resettled in central Wisconsin. A trained chef who started his career working as a dishwasher, Yia uses food to celebrate his parents’ legacy and tells his family’s story.  Through sourcing what is in season and combining local traditions with those from his family and cultural traditions, Yia brings Hmong flavors to American palates and invites people to change how they think about food by considering the influences in each bite.

Yia is the host of TPT’s Relish series and has been featured onNational Geographic and CNN’s United Shades of America. Among other accolades, he was the cover story of the May 2020 issue of “Bon Appetit” magazine. Yia was also named  MSP Magazine's “Chef of the Year 2019" and was recently voted “Best Chef 2020” in City Pages “Best-of” issue.

This event is offered as part of ArtReach St. Croix’s NEA Big Read in the St. Croix Valley. We encourage you to join your St. Croix Valley neighbors in reading THE LATEHOMECOMER by Kao Kalia Yang. In June 2021, we will celebrate the arts with activities related to themes found in the book. More information is available at https://www.ArtReachStCroix.org/BigRead. See www.arts.gov/national-initiatives/nea-big-read/latehomecomerfor reader resources and discussion questions.

NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. NEA Big Read in the St. Croix Valley is presented by ArtReach St. Croix in conjunction with core program partners including Valley Bookseller, Marine Mills Folk School, Twin Cities PBS (TPT), Stillwater Public library and otherlibrary branches located between St. Croix Falls, WI, and Hastings, MN.

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