Classes


Art Classes @ Franconia Commons: Mixed-Media Collages & Combine Sculptures

02-27-2021

Presented by Franconia Sculpture Park at Franconia Sculpture Park, Franconia
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Feb 27 @ 1:00 pm

Art Classes @ Franconia Commons
Mixed-Media Collages & Combine Sculptures with Preston Drum
More information and tickets: https://www.franconia.org/art-classes-franconia-commons/

Whether you're 7 or 70, these workshops are designed for you to...

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Art Classes @ Franconia Commons
Mixed-Media Collages & Combine Sculptures with Preston Drum
More information and tickets: https://www.franconia.org/art-classes-franconia-commons/

Whether you're 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.

February 27: Mixed-Media Collages & Combine Sculptures with Preston Drum
Preston Drum holds a BFA from Memphis College of Art and an MFA from Minneapolis College of Art and Design. His paintings, sculptures, videos and interactive installations explore notions of memory and performance through non-linear storytelling. Drum’s work is often site-specific and collaborative in nature, framing the audience as a participant in the art. His work has been exhibited at The Minneapolis Institute of Art and The Walker Art Center. Drum is a member of the Minnesota based artist group, CarryOn Homes, whose mission is to raise awareness of immigration issues through the creation of artworks. Students in this class will experiment with a variety of media to create a multi-media sculpture that they can take home. Participants are encouraged to bring their own materials they may be interested in incorporating into the finished work.

Coming up:

March 27: Abstract Clay Sculptures with Erin Paradis
April 17: Birdhouses, Batboxes, and Beeboxes with Don Porcella
May 29: Soft Sculpture with Allison Baker
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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Date Night at Cooks of Crocus Hill

04-24-2021

Presented by Cooks of Crocus Hill at Cooks of Crocus Hill, Stillwater
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Feb 27 @ 6:00 pm Fri, Mar 05 @ 6:00 pm Sat, Mar 06 @ 6:00 pm + 14 more dates and times

Fri, Mar 12 @ 6:00 pm Sat, Mar 13 @ 6:00 pm Fri, Mar 19 @ 6:00 pm Sat, Mar 20 @ 6:00 pm Fri, Mar 26 @ 6:00 pm Sat, Mar 27 @ 6:00 pm Fri, Apr 02 @ 6:00 pm Sat, Apr 03 @ 6:00 pm Fri, Apr 09 @ 6:00 pm Sat, Apr 10 @ 6:00 pm Fri, Apr 16 @ 6:00 pm Sat, Apr 17 @ 6:00 pm Fri, Apr 23 @ 6:00 pm Sat, Apr 24 @ 6:00 pm - less dates and times

At our lively, hands-on Date Night classes you will enjoy an intimate cooking experience and a delicious dinner for two. The style of cuisine varies per class. Visit our website for details and to choose which class you want to take!...

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At our lively, hands-on Date Night classes you will enjoy an intimate cooking experience and a delicious dinner for two. The style of cuisine varies per class. Visit our website for details and to choose which class you want to take! https://cooksofcrocushill.com/cooking-classes/date-night/

We're committed to the health and safety of our students and team. We request that all attendees wear a mask and arrive a few minutes early to complete a temperature check and fill out a COVID-19 pre-screening questionnaire.

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Advanced Vegetable Gardening

03-04-2021

Presented by River Market Co-op at Online/Virtual Space
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Mar 04 @ 7:00 pm

Learn some of the advanced techniques for improving your vegetable garden harvest, like ways to extend the growing season, how to start seeds indoors, and suggestions for increasing your total harvest.

Instructor: Ramsey County Master...

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Learn some of the advanced techniques for improving your vegetable garden harvest, like ways to extend the growing season, how to start seeds indoors, and suggestions for increasing your total harvest.

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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WOMEN IN CONSERVATION: EDUCATION AND OUTREACH

03-06-2021

Presented by St. Croix River Association at Carpenter Nature Center, Hastings
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Mar 06 @ 9:00 am

In honor of Women’s History Month, the St. Croix River Association will host three family-friendly events throughout the month of March to highlight the contributions of women in the field of conservation. From historical figures like wildlife...

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In honor of Women’s History Month, the St. Croix River Association will host three family-friendly events throughout the month of March to highlight the contributions of women in the field of conservation. From historical figures like wildlife biologist Frances Hamerstrom to present-day staff members at SCRA and other organizations, these events will feature the inspiring stories of the women in our watershed and the work they do to conserve its beauty and resources for future generations.

Learn about songbirds, raptors, and much more on an informative hike on the CNC grounds and spend time with the ambassador animals while hearing the stories that shaped these two women’s roles in nature and protecting the environment.

This family-friendly event is open to all, but may be especially inspiring for young people with a passion for nature! The hike will primarily be outdoors with a possibility of limited audience inside the Visitor’s Center. We will be following State of Minnesota and CDC guidelines for COVID-19 safety. Please bring a facemask and be prepared to follow social distancing protocols.

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Bird Migration from the St. Croix Valley to Costa Rica

03-10-2021

Presented by Stillwater Public Library at Stillwater Public Library, Stillwater
Upcoming Dates: Wed, Mar 10 @ 7:00 pm

Many of the birds that visit our yards during the summer lead a fascinating double life. These birds make an amazing journey between summer in Minnesota and winter in Costa Rica and Central America. Patty Mueller, Board President of Tropical...

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Many of the birds that visit our yards during the summer lead a fascinating double life. These birds make an amazing journey between summer in Minnesota and winter in Costa Rica and Central America. Patty Mueller, Board President of Tropical Wings, will speak about these tiny, brave travelers and local efforts to support migratory bird education and habitat conservation. Tropical Wings is a locally founded non-profit organization that has formed partnerships with parks and reserves in Costa Rica to promote the quality habitat of our shared migratory birds, including exchanges with park professionals from both countries. As a shared resource, these birds play a vital role in the web of life and depend on quality habitat along and at both ends of their migration to thrive. There are 55 species of birds that spend their summer months breeding in the valley and wintering in Costa Rica. Of the 55 species, 19 are considered conservation priorities.

This program is presented in partnership with the St. Croix Valley Chapter of the American Association of University Women (AAUW).

Program is via Zoom. Registration is required. An email will be sent after registration with the Zoom meeting details.

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The Secret Life of Puppets: Around the World and Through the Ages

03-11-2021

Presented by Stillwater Public Library at Stillwater Public Library, Stillwater
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Mar 11 @ 6:30 pm

From when people played with shadows and fire to when people play with hi-tech engineering. award-winning Minneapolis puppetry artists Shari Aronson and Chris Griffith will give you close-ups of the history behind the characters and styles that...

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From when people played with shadows and fire to when people play with hi-tech engineering. award-winning Minneapolis puppetry artists Shari Aronson and Chris Griffith will give you close-ups of the history behind the characters and styles that have spanned centuries and continents. With playfulness and humor, Z Puppets Rosenschnoz will guide you into a new understanding of how sticks, cloth, string and light come alive in the right hands. Geared toward ages 8-12 but all ages are invited to attend.

Kids, want to get your imagination into action? Come back on Saturday, March 13 at 10:30 a.m. for a hands-on exploration of the magic of puppetry, in Secret Life Of Puppets Part 2.

The program will be Live via Zoom. Registration is required. An email will be sent after registration with the Zoom meeting details. If you are new to Zoom, see these instructions on how to get started

This program is funded with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund (Legacy).

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Geologic Story of the St. Croix Valley

03-11-2021

Presented by at Online/Virtual Space
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Mar 11 @ 6:30 pm

Have you ever wondered what makes the St Croix River Valley such a dramatic and beautiful part of Minnesota? Why does the St. Croix River exist and why were we almost the “Riviera of North America” perched on the edge of an ocean?

This...

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Have you ever wondered what makes the St Croix River Valley such a dramatic and beautiful part of Minnesota? Why does the St. Croix River exist and why were we almost the “Riviera of North America” perched on the edge of an ocean?

This webinar will feature a PowerPoint presentation that illustrates and describes the story of how the St. Croix River Valley geologically evolved – a story the spans over one billion years of Earth history and involved three distinctive and dramatic events.

Join Jim Miller, retired professor from the University of Minnesota, for a fascinating evening of exploration and discussion. Learn about what is under your feet and all around you, in preparation for your next walk ‘round hill and dale of the St Croix River Valley!

Online Class General Information:

Each registration is for one “device” (one computer, tablet, phone).
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.
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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The Secret Life of Puppets: Puppetry Workshop

03-13-2021

Presented by Stillwater Public Library at Stillwater Public Library, Stillwater
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Mar 13 @ 10:30 am

The Secret Life Of Puppets (part 2): Try Your Hands with Z Puppets Rosenschnoz - ln real-time on Zoom! 

This interactive demonstration will take you into the tricks and techniques of bringing characters alive by just using your hands, simple...

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The Secret Life Of Puppets (part 2): Try Your Hands with Z Puppets Rosenschnoz - ln real-time on Zoom! 

This interactive demonstration will take you into the tricks and techniques of bringing characters alive by just using your hands, simple objects, action and reaction. No experience nor puppets needed — just a willingness to jump in and have fun experimenting (with opportunities to share your discoveries). You are able to attend this without attending part 1 which goes into the history behind puppetry. Tap into the magic of puppetry with your own power of playfulness! Geared toward kids, ages 8-12. Interested adults can contact Angie Petrie at apetrie@ci.stillwater.mn.us

The program is Live via Zoom. Registration is required. An email will be sent after registration with the Zoom meeting details.

This program is funded with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund (Legacy).

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Lunch and Learn: Indigenous Food Lab

03-17-2021

Presented by St. Croix River Association at Online/Virtual Space
Upcoming Dates: Wed, Mar 17 @ 12:00 pm Wed, Mar 17 @ 1:00 pm

Our beloved Riverway Speaker Series is returning—with a virtual twist!

Beginning in January 2021, SCRA staff will bring experts to you through our new “Lunch and Learn” series, sharing important conservation messages and enriching...

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Our beloved Riverway Speaker Series is returning—with a virtual twist!

Beginning in January 2021, SCRA staff will bring experts to you through our new “Lunch and Learn” series, sharing important conservation messages and enriching understanding of the natural resources, cultural values, and recreational opportunities that make the Riverway special. 

Learn about local foods and the Indigenous Food Lab!

The North American Traditional Indigenous Food Systems (NāTIFS), founded by James Beard award winners The Sioux Chef, is dedicated to addressing the economic and health crises affecting Native communities by re-establishing Native foodways. Join us on Wednesday, March 17 from 12:00-1:00 PM to learn from Armando Medinaceli, PhD, Indigenous Education Director at NāTIFS. He will discuss experiences with Indigenous Foods of the Americas, a conversation about food and culture, and the work being done by NāTIFS!

Presenter: Armando Medinaceli, PhD, Indigenous Education Director

Armando Medinaceli, PhD, is a Bolivian ethnobiologist with extensive experience collaborating with indigenous peoples in Bolivia, Mexico, and Guatemala as well as teaching at undergraduate and graduate levels in the United States and Bolivia. He has over fifteen years of experience working in ethnobiology, ethics, indigenous foodways and food sovereignty, biocultural diversity, sustainability, climate change, community conservation, collaborative video, and more. As the Indigenous Education Director at NATIFS, he works on the design, coordination, and implementation of the organization’s education and research programs.

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Instant Pot Noodle Soups

03-17-2021

Presented by River Market Co-op at Online/Virtual Space
Upcoming Dates: Wed, Mar 17 @ 6:30 pm

Discover how easy it is to make soups in the Instant Pot and have a pot of hot soup ready to eat at the end of class! She will also demonstrate Chicken Wonton Soup and a vegan Minestrone soup while our meals are cooking. Participants will receive...

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Discover how easy it is to make soups in the Instant Pot and have a pot of hot soup ready to eat at the end of class! She will also demonstrate Chicken Wonton Soup and a vegan Minestrone soup while our meals are cooking. Participants will receive an extensive recipe handout and ingredient list along with the link to join prior to class. There will be ample time for questions during the session, and participants will receive a link to the recording afterwards if they wish to cook along at a more convenient time.

Instructor: Kirsten Madaus

Cost: $10/$5 for co-op owners

Kirsten Madaus has been eating with local intention since 2006 and sharing how to make the most of the farm share since 2012 via her website Farm Fresh Feasts. She recently moved to Minnesota and discovered the joys of wild rice and Hot Dish.

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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Maple Syrup Day

03-21-2021

Presented by Osprey Wilds Environmental Learning Center at Osprey Wilds Environmental Learning Center, Sandstone
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Mar 20 @ 10:00 am Sun, Mar 21 @ 10:00 am

Osprey Wilds Environmental Learning Center will offer a hands-on Maple Syrup Tour and Pancake Meal (to-go) on Saturday, March 20 or Sunday, March 21.

Tours are one hour and will cover everything you need to know about making maple syrup! Learn...

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Osprey Wilds Environmental Learning Center will offer a hands-on Maple Syrup Tour and Pancake Meal (to-go) on Saturday, March 20 or Sunday, March 21.

Tours are one hour and will cover everything you need to know about making maple syrup! Learn how to identify maple trees, drill and tap trees, and collect sap. Hear about how we use a wood-burning evaporator to turn gallons of sap into award-winning syrup. Finally, taste the results with our to-go pancake meal that includes pancakes, maple syrup, scrambled eggs, seasoned potatoes, and bacon. Picnic tables and hiking trails will be accessible for any groups that would like to explore our campus or enjoy their meal outside.

All ages will love the interactive and hands-on learning experience! The cost for this event is $5 for a tour and $10 per pancake meal. Children ages 5 and younger can join for free!

Registration is required. Learn more and register online: Osprey Wilds Maple Syrup Weekend

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Chef Maggie Presents – Cooking with Ancient Grains!

03-20-2021

Presented by River Market Co-op at Online/Virtual Space
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Mar 20 @ 10:00 am

In this class you will learn why you may want to incorporate them in your menus and many ways of preparing them. On the menu: Chocolate Banana Buckwheat Porridge, Millet Fritters with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce, and Quinoa Lettuce Wraps. Plus, you...

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In this class you will learn why you may want to incorporate them in your menus and many ways of preparing them. On the menu: Chocolate Banana Buckwheat Porridge, Millet Fritters with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce, and Quinoa Lettuce Wraps. Plus, you will receive an e-book with 10 other delicious recipes using ancient grains.

 

Instructor: Maggie Wescott, chef/recipe creator/writer at www.alternativedish.com

Cost: $5/free for co-op owners

 

This virtual class is kid-friendly and everyone is welcome to join!

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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Painting with Alcohol Ink

04-17-2021

Presented by Smith + Trade Mercantile at Smith + Trade Mercantile, Stillwater
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Mar 20 @ 12:00 pm Sat, Apr 17 @ 12:00 pm

Join Peg Malanaphy for a 2 hour class. Learn about this fabulous medium of alcohol ink. You get the pleasure of experiencing immediate colorful results. When you first begin, what most people say is "WOW" this is amazing!

This is a class that a...

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Join Peg Malanaphy for a 2 hour class. Learn about this fabulous medium of alcohol ink. You get the pleasure of experiencing immediate colorful results. When you first begin, what most people say is "WOW" this is amazing!

This is a class that a beginner can walk away with a beautiful piece of art that they can show off and be proud of ... or gift! It will inspire you to make your own greeting cards!

Please wear a paint smock/shirt … and come ready to have FUN!
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Maple Syrup 101

03-20-2021

Presented by St. Croix River Association at Don's Sugar Shack, Taylors Falls
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Mar 20 @ 1:00 pm

Get outside with your family on Saturday, March 20 and join SCRA's Forestry Program Coordinator Nikki Henger and Naturalist Jeremiah Walters at Don's Sugar Shack to find out how maple sap is transformed into syrup!

Former SCRA Board member Don...

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Get outside with your family on Saturday, March 20 and join SCRA's Forestry Program Coordinator Nikki Henger and Naturalist Jeremiah Walters at Don's Sugar Shack to find out how maple sap is transformed into syrup!

Former SCRA Board member Don Hansen will help us learn about the process of making syrup from beginning to end. With COVID-safe protocols, we may even get a chance to sample the end result.

This event will primarily be held outdoors with a possibility of limited audience inside Don's Sugar Shack. We will be following State of Minnesota and CDC guidelines for COVID-19 safety. Please bring a facemask and be prepared to follow social distancing protocols.

This event is free, but registration is required.

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Minnesota's Gangster Past - Land of 10,000 Crimes

03-23-2021

Presented by Stillwater Public Library at Stillwater Public Library, Stillwater
Upcoming Dates: Tue, Mar 23 @ 6:30 pm

Put on your zoot suit and follow in the footsteps of America's most infamous gangsters as they turn Minnesota into their personal crime vacation land. Filled with deadly bank robberies, explosive shootouts, brutal murders, and daring kidnappings,...

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Put on your zoot suit and follow in the footsteps of America's most infamous gangsters as they turn Minnesota into their personal crime vacation land. Filled with deadly bank robberies, explosive shootouts, brutal murders, and daring kidnappings, this presentation lets the audience discover the grisly locations where the gangster history will never die.

Registration is required. This program will be offered via Zoom.

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Climate Change: United We Can Solve This, Film and Discussion - Tia Nelson

03-25-2021

Presented by River Falls Public Library at Online/Virtual Space
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Mar 25 @ 6:00 pm

Tia Nelson will discuss the film created to inspire the continued legacy of her father, former Governor of WI Gaylord Nelson, founder of Earth Day.

Nelson is internationally recognized as a tireless champion for environmental stewardship and...

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Tia Nelson will discuss the film created to inspire the continued legacy of her father, former Governor of WI Gaylord Nelson, founder of Earth Day.

Nelson is internationally recognized as a tireless champion for environmental stewardship and climate change education. She spent 17 years with The Nature Conservancy in government relations, as a policy advisor for Latin America, and later as the first director of the Global Climate Change Initiative. For this work, she received the EPA’s Climate Protection Award in 2000. Tia returned home to Wisconsin to serve as Executive Secretary to the Wisconsin Board of Commissioners of Public Lands, which included a gubernatorial appointment as co-chair of Wisconsin’s Task Force on Global Warming. She is the former managing director of the Outrider Foundation’s climate program.

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Art Classes @ Franconia Commons: Abstract Clay Sculptures

03-27-2021

Presented by Franconia Sculpture Park at Franconia Sculpture Park, Franconia
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Mar 27 @ 1:00 pm

Art Classes @ Franconia Commons
Abstract Clay Sculptures with Erin Paradis
More information and tickets: https://www.franconia.org/art-classes-franconia-commons/

Whether you're 7 or 70, these workshops are designed for you to explore your...

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Art Classes @ Franconia Commons
Abstract Clay Sculptures with Erin Paradis
More information and tickets: https://www.franconia.org/art-classes-franconia-commons/

Whether you're 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.

March 27: Abstract Clay Sculptures with Erin Paradis
Erin Paradis is a current Franconia artist and holds an MFA in Ceramics and Sculpture from the University of Minnesota and a BFA in Ceramics and Painting from Alfred University. For this session, students will learn different clay sculpting techniques and be able to take home your own abstract clay sculpture inspired by Erin’s art.

Coming up:

April 17: Birdhouses, Batboxes, and Beeboxes with Don Porcella
May 29: Soft Sculpture with Allison Baker
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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Essential Oils and Your Immunity

03-27-2021

Presented by River Market Co-op at Online/Virtual Space
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Mar 27 @ 1:00 pm

Pranarōm's Wellness Educator, Liza Docken, will cover all the ways to use Good Samaritan oil blend products and will explain how these products can further support your immunity defenses.

Instructor: Liza Docken of Pranarōm

Cost: $5/free for...

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Pranarōm's Wellness Educator, Liza Docken, will cover all the ways to use Good Samaritan oil blend products and will explain how these products can further support your immunity defenses.

Instructor: Liza Docken of Pranarōm

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, a day before the class, 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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WOMEN IN CONSERVATION: FARMS AND FORESTS

03-27-2021

Presented by St. Croix River Association at Wild River State Park, Center City
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Mar 27 @ 1:00 pm

In honor of Women’s History Month, the St. Croix River Association will host three family-friendly events throughout the month of March to highlight the contributions of women in the field of conservation. From historical figures like wildlife...

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In honor of Women’s History Month, the St. Croix River Association will host three family-friendly events throughout the month of March to highlight the contributions of women in the field of conservation. From historical figures like wildlife biologist Frances Hamerstrom to present-day staff members at SCRA and other organizations, these events will feature the inspiring stories of the women in our watershed and the work they do to conserve its beauty and resources for future generations.

As an environmental research, renewal, and retreat center located next to the park, WEI’s mission is to bring together agricultural, food, and environmental justice, one community at a time. Participants will learn about environmental justice from Jacquelyn and how you can potentially get involved on the WEI farm, and Nikki will discuss her work with SCRA’s My St. Croix Woods program, the path of her career, and advice on navigating the field of conservation.

This family-friendly event is open to all, but may be especially inspiring for young people with a passion for nature! The hike will primarily be outdoors. We will be following State of Minnesota and CDC guidelines for COVID-19 safety. Please bring a facemask and be prepared to follow social distancing protocols.

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Extend Growing Season with a Hoop House

03-30-2021

Presented by River Market Co-op at Online/Virtual Space
Upcoming Dates: Tue, Mar 30 @ 6:00 pm

It will keep excessive rain off the plants, block the wind, keep frosts and heavy dew off the leaves, and raise daytime temperatures by 5-10 degrees. This can extend your growing season by a month or more in the spring and in the fall.  In...

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It will keep excessive rain off the plants, block the wind, keep frosts and heavy dew off the leaves, and raise daytime temperatures by 5-10 degrees. This can extend your growing season by a month or more in the spring and in the fall.  In addition the design, layout and construction of an inexpensive "permanent" hoophouse will be explained. This will allow you to have fresh greens through a Minnesota winter without additional heat.

Instructor: Don Slinger, Farmers Market grower and 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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Art Classes @ Franconia Commons: Birdhouses, Batboxes, and Beeboxes

04-17-2021

Presented by Franconia Sculpture Park at Franconia Sculpture Park, Franconia
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Apr 17 @ 1:00 pm

Art Classes @ Franconia Commons
Birdhouses, Batboxes, and Beeboxes with Don Porcella
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...

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Art Classes @ Franconia Commons
Birdhouses, Batboxes, and Beeboxes with Don Porcella
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.

April 17: Birdhouses, Batboxes, and Beeboxes with Don Porcella
Don Porcella holds an MFA from CUNY-Hunter College and a BFA from California College of Arts and Crafts. He is a globally-exhibiting artist with his work in major public and private collections across the globe, and the current Production Manager at Franconia Sculpture Park. Students will build and decorate a project of their choosing, creating sculptures that encourage pollinators and can peacefully co-exist with nature.

Coming up:

May 29: Soft Sculpture with Allison Baker
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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Art Classes @ Franconia Commons: Mixed-Media Collages & Combine Sculptures

02-27-2021

Presented by Franconia Sculpture Park at Franconia Sculpture Park, Franconia
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Feb 27 @ 1:00 pm

Art Classes @ Franconia Commons
Mixed-Media Collages & Combine Sculptures with Preston Drum
More information and tickets: https://www.franconia.org/art-classes-franconia-commons/

Whether you're 7 or 70, these workshops are designed for you to...

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Art Classes @ Franconia Commons
Mixed-Media Collages & Combine Sculptures with Preston Drum
More information and tickets: https://www.franconia.org/art-classes-franconia-commons/

Whether you're 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.

February 27: Mixed-Media Collages & Combine Sculptures with Preston Drum
Preston Drum holds a BFA from Memphis College of Art and an MFA from Minneapolis College of Art and Design. His paintings, sculptures, videos and interactive installations explore notions of memory and performance through non-linear storytelling. Drum’s work is often site-specific and collaborative in nature, framing the audience as a participant in the art. His work has been exhibited at The Minneapolis Institute of Art and The Walker Art Center. Drum is a member of the Minnesota based artist group, CarryOn Homes, whose mission is to raise awareness of immigration issues through the creation of artworks. Students in this class will experiment with a variety of media to create a multi-media sculpture that they can take home. Participants are encouraged to bring their own materials they may be interested in incorporating into the finished work.

Coming up:

March 27: Abstract Clay Sculptures with Erin Paradis
April 17: Birdhouses, Batboxes, and Beeboxes with Don Porcella
May 29: Soft Sculpture with Allison Baker
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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Date Night at Cooks of Crocus Hill

04-24-2021

Presented by Cooks of Crocus Hill at Cooks of Crocus Hill, Stillwater
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Feb 27 @ 6:00 pm Fri, Mar 05 @ 6:00 pm Sat, Mar 06 @ 6:00 pm + 14 more dates and times

Fri, Mar 12 @ 6:00 pm Sat, Mar 13 @ 6:00 pm Fri, Mar 19 @ 6:00 pm Sat, Mar 20 @ 6:00 pm Fri, Mar 26 @ 6:00 pm Sat, Mar 27 @ 6:00 pm Fri, Apr 02 @ 6:00 pm Sat, Apr 03 @ 6:00 pm Fri, Apr 09 @ 6:00 pm Sat, Apr 10 @ 6:00 pm Fri, Apr 16 @ 6:00 pm Sat, Apr 17 @ 6:00 pm Fri, Apr 23 @ 6:00 pm Sat, Apr 24 @ 6:00 pm - less dates and times

At our lively, hands-on Date Night classes you will enjoy an intimate cooking experience and a delicious dinner for two. The style of cuisine varies per class. Visit our website for details and to choose which class you want to take!...

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At our lively, hands-on Date Night classes you will enjoy an intimate cooking experience and a delicious dinner for two. The style of cuisine varies per class. Visit our website for details and to choose which class you want to take! https://cooksofcrocushill.com/cooking-classes/date-night/

We're committed to the health and safety of our students and team. We request that all attendees wear a mask and arrive a few minutes early to complete a temperature check and fill out a COVID-19 pre-screening questionnaire.

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Advanced Vegetable Gardening

03-04-2021

Presented by River Market Co-op at Online/Virtual Space
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Mar 04 @ 7:00 pm

Learn some of the advanced techniques for improving your vegetable garden harvest, like ways to extend the growing season, how to start seeds indoors, and suggestions for increasing your total harvest.

Instructor: Ramsey County Master...

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Learn some of the advanced techniques for improving your vegetable garden harvest, like ways to extend the growing season, how to start seeds indoors, and suggestions for increasing your total harvest.

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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WOMEN IN CONSERVATION: EDUCATION AND OUTREACH

03-06-2021

Presented by St. Croix River Association at Carpenter Nature Center, Hastings
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Mar 06 @ 9:00 am

In honor of Women’s History Month, the St. Croix River Association will host three family-friendly events throughout the month of March to highlight the contributions of women in the field of conservation. From historical figures like wildlife...

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In honor of Women’s History Month, the St. Croix River Association will host three family-friendly events throughout the month of March to highlight the contributions of women in the field of conservation. From historical figures like wildlife biologist Frances Hamerstrom to present-day staff members at SCRA and other organizations, these events will feature the inspiring stories of the women in our watershed and the work they do to conserve its beauty and resources for future generations.

Learn about songbirds, raptors, and much more on an informative hike on the CNC grounds and spend time with the ambassador animals while hearing the stories that shaped these two women’s roles in nature and protecting the environment.

This family-friendly event is open to all, but may be especially inspiring for young people with a passion for nature! The hike will primarily be outdoors with a possibility of limited audience inside the Visitor’s Center. We will be following State of Minnesota and CDC guidelines for COVID-19 safety. Please bring a facemask and be prepared to follow social distancing protocols.

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Bird Migration from the St. Croix Valley to Costa Rica

03-10-2021

Presented by Stillwater Public Library at Stillwater Public Library, Stillwater
Upcoming Dates: Wed, Mar 10 @ 7:00 pm

Many of the birds that visit our yards during the summer lead a fascinating double life. These birds make an amazing journey between summer in Minnesota and winter in Costa Rica and Central America. Patty Mueller, Board President of Tropical...

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Many of the birds that visit our yards during the summer lead a fascinating double life. These birds make an amazing journey between summer in Minnesota and winter in Costa Rica and Central America. Patty Mueller, Board President of Tropical Wings, will speak about these tiny, brave travelers and local efforts to support migratory bird education and habitat conservation. Tropical Wings is a locally founded non-profit organization that has formed partnerships with parks and reserves in Costa Rica to promote the quality habitat of our shared migratory birds, including exchanges with park professionals from both countries. As a shared resource, these birds play a vital role in the web of life and depend on quality habitat along and at both ends of their migration to thrive. There are 55 species of birds that spend their summer months breeding in the valley and wintering in Costa Rica. Of the 55 species, 19 are considered conservation priorities.

This program is presented in partnership with the St. Croix Valley Chapter of the American Association of University Women (AAUW).

Program is via Zoom. Registration is required. An email will be sent after registration with the Zoom meeting details.

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The Secret Life of Puppets: Around the World and Through the Ages

03-11-2021

Presented by Stillwater Public Library at Stillwater Public Library, Stillwater
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Mar 11 @ 6:30 pm

From when people played with shadows and fire to when people play with hi-tech engineering. award-winning Minneapolis puppetry artists Shari Aronson and Chris Griffith will give you close-ups of the history behind the characters and styles that...

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From when people played with shadows and fire to when people play with hi-tech engineering. award-winning Minneapolis puppetry artists Shari Aronson and Chris Griffith will give you close-ups of the history behind the characters and styles that have spanned centuries and continents. With playfulness and humor, Z Puppets Rosenschnoz will guide you into a new understanding of how sticks, cloth, string and light come alive in the right hands. Geared toward ages 8-12 but all ages are invited to attend.

Kids, want to get your imagination into action? Come back on Saturday, March 13 at 10:30 a.m. for a hands-on exploration of the magic of puppetry, in Secret Life Of Puppets Part 2.

The program will be Live via Zoom. Registration is required. An email will be sent after registration with the Zoom meeting details. If you are new to Zoom, see these instructions on how to get started

This program is funded with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund (Legacy).

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Geologic Story of the St. Croix Valley

03-11-2021

Presented by at Online/Virtual Space
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Mar 11 @ 6:30 pm

Have you ever wondered what makes the St Croix River Valley such a dramatic and beautiful part of Minnesota? Why does the St. Croix River exist and why were we almost the “Riviera of North America” perched on the edge of an ocean?

This...

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Have you ever wondered what makes the St Croix River Valley such a dramatic and beautiful part of Minnesota? Why does the St. Croix River exist and why were we almost the “Riviera of North America” perched on the edge of an ocean?

This webinar will feature a PowerPoint presentation that illustrates and describes the story of how the St. Croix River Valley geologically evolved – a story the spans over one billion years of Earth history and involved three distinctive and dramatic events.

Join Jim Miller, retired professor from the University of Minnesota, for a fascinating evening of exploration and discussion. Learn about what is under your feet and all around you, in preparation for your next walk ‘round hill and dale of the St Croix River Valley!

Online Class General Information:

Each registration is for one “device” (one computer, tablet, phone).
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.
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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The Secret Life of Puppets: Puppetry Workshop

03-13-2021

Presented by Stillwater Public Library at Stillwater Public Library, Stillwater
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Mar 13 @ 10:30 am

The Secret Life Of Puppets (part 2): Try Your Hands with Z Puppets Rosenschnoz - ln real-time on Zoom! 

This interactive demonstration will take you into the tricks and techniques of bringing characters alive by just using your hands, simple...

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The Secret Life Of Puppets (part 2): Try Your Hands with Z Puppets Rosenschnoz - ln real-time on Zoom! 

This interactive demonstration will take you into the tricks and techniques of bringing characters alive by just using your hands, simple objects, action and reaction. No experience nor puppets needed — just a willingness to jump in and have fun experimenting (with opportunities to share your discoveries). You are able to attend this without attending part 1 which goes into the history behind puppetry. Tap into the magic of puppetry with your own power of playfulness! Geared toward kids, ages 8-12. Interested adults can contact Angie Petrie at apetrie@ci.stillwater.mn.us

The program is Live via Zoom. Registration is required. An email will be sent after registration with the Zoom meeting details.

This program is funded with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund (Legacy).

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Lunch and Learn: Indigenous Food Lab

03-17-2021

Presented by St. Croix River Association at Online/Virtual Space
Upcoming Dates: Wed, Mar 17 @ 12:00 pm Wed, Mar 17 @ 1:00 pm

Our beloved Riverway Speaker Series is returning—with a virtual twist!

Beginning in January 2021, SCRA staff will bring experts to you through our new “Lunch and Learn” series, sharing important conservation messages and enriching...

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Our beloved Riverway Speaker Series is returning—with a virtual twist!

Beginning in January 2021, SCRA staff will bring experts to you through our new “Lunch and Learn” series, sharing important conservation messages and enriching understanding of the natural resources, cultural values, and recreational opportunities that make the Riverway special. 

Learn about local foods and the Indigenous Food Lab!

The North American Traditional Indigenous Food Systems (NāTIFS), founded by James Beard award winners The Sioux Chef, is dedicated to addressing the economic and health crises affecting Native communities by re-establishing Native foodways. Join us on Wednesday, March 17 from 12:00-1:00 PM to learn from Armando Medinaceli, PhD, Indigenous Education Director at NāTIFS. He will discuss experiences with Indigenous Foods of the Americas, a conversation about food and culture, and the work being done by NāTIFS!

Presenter: Armando Medinaceli, PhD, Indigenous Education Director

Armando Medinaceli, PhD, is a Bolivian ethnobiologist with extensive experience collaborating with indigenous peoples in Bolivia, Mexico, and Guatemala as well as teaching at undergraduate and graduate levels in the United States and Bolivia. He has over fifteen years of experience working in ethnobiology, ethics, indigenous foodways and food sovereignty, biocultural diversity, sustainability, climate change, community conservation, collaborative video, and more. As the Indigenous Education Director at NATIFS, he works on the design, coordination, and implementation of the organization’s education and research programs.

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Instant Pot Noodle Soups

03-17-2021

Presented by River Market Co-op at Online/Virtual Space
Upcoming Dates: Wed, Mar 17 @ 6:30 pm

Discover how easy it is to make soups in the Instant Pot and have a pot of hot soup ready to eat at the end of class! She will also demonstrate Chicken Wonton Soup and a vegan Minestrone soup while our meals are cooking. Participants will receive...

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Discover how easy it is to make soups in the Instant Pot and have a pot of hot soup ready to eat at the end of class! She will also demonstrate Chicken Wonton Soup and a vegan Minestrone soup while our meals are cooking. Participants will receive an extensive recipe handout and ingredient list along with the link to join prior to class. There will be ample time for questions during the session, and participants will receive a link to the recording afterwards if they wish to cook along at a more convenient time.

Instructor: Kirsten Madaus

Cost: $10/$5 for co-op owners

Kirsten Madaus has been eating with local intention since 2006 and sharing how to make the most of the farm share since 2012 via her website Farm Fresh Feasts. She recently moved to Minnesota and discovered the joys of wild rice and Hot Dish.

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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Maple Syrup Day

03-21-2021

Presented by Osprey Wilds Environmental Learning Center at Osprey Wilds Environmental Learning Center, Sandstone
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Mar 20 @ 10:00 am Sun, Mar 21 @ 10:00 am

Osprey Wilds Environmental Learning Center will offer a hands-on Maple Syrup Tour and Pancake Meal (to-go) on Saturday, March 20 or Sunday, March 21.

Tours are one hour and will cover everything you need to know about making maple syrup! Learn...

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Osprey Wilds Environmental Learning Center will offer a hands-on Maple Syrup Tour and Pancake Meal (to-go) on Saturday, March 20 or Sunday, March 21.

Tours are one hour and will cover everything you need to know about making maple syrup! Learn how to identify maple trees, drill and tap trees, and collect sap. Hear about how we use a wood-burning evaporator to turn gallons of sap into award-winning syrup. Finally, taste the results with our to-go pancake meal that includes pancakes, maple syrup, scrambled eggs, seasoned potatoes, and bacon. Picnic tables and hiking trails will be accessible for any groups that would like to explore our campus or enjoy their meal outside.

All ages will love the interactive and hands-on learning experience! The cost for this event is $5 for a tour and $10 per pancake meal. Children ages 5 and younger can join for free!

Registration is required. Learn more and register online: Osprey Wilds Maple Syrup Weekend

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Chef Maggie Presents – Cooking with Ancient Grains!

03-20-2021

Presented by River Market Co-op at Online/Virtual Space
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Mar 20 @ 10:00 am

In this class you will learn why you may want to incorporate them in your menus and many ways of preparing them. On the menu: Chocolate Banana Buckwheat Porridge, Millet Fritters with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce, and Quinoa Lettuce Wraps. Plus, you...

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In this class you will learn why you may want to incorporate them in your menus and many ways of preparing them. On the menu: Chocolate Banana Buckwheat Porridge, Millet Fritters with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce, and Quinoa Lettuce Wraps. Plus, you will receive an e-book with 10 other delicious recipes using ancient grains.

 

Instructor: Maggie Wescott, chef/recipe creator/writer at www.alternativedish.com

Cost: $5/free for co-op owners

 

This virtual class is kid-friendly and everyone is welcome to join!

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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Painting with Alcohol Ink

04-17-2021

Presented by Smith + Trade Mercantile at Smith + Trade Mercantile, Stillwater
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Mar 20 @ 12:00 pm Sat, Apr 17 @ 12:00 pm

Join Peg Malanaphy for a 2 hour class. Learn about this fabulous medium of alcohol ink. You get the pleasure of experiencing immediate colorful results. When you first begin, what most people say is "WOW" this is amazing!

This is a class that a...

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Join Peg Malanaphy for a 2 hour class. Learn about this fabulous medium of alcohol ink. You get the pleasure of experiencing immediate colorful results. When you first begin, what most people say is "WOW" this is amazing!

This is a class that a beginner can walk away with a beautiful piece of art that they can show off and be proud of ... or gift! It will inspire you to make your own greeting cards!

Please wear a paint smock/shirt … and come ready to have FUN!
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Maple Syrup 101

03-20-2021

Presented by St. Croix River Association at Don's Sugar Shack, Taylors Falls
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Mar 20 @ 1:00 pm

Get outside with your family on Saturday, March 20 and join SCRA's Forestry Program Coordinator Nikki Henger and Naturalist Jeremiah Walters at Don's Sugar Shack to find out how maple sap is transformed into syrup!

Former SCRA Board member Don...

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Get outside with your family on Saturday, March 20 and join SCRA's Forestry Program Coordinator Nikki Henger and Naturalist Jeremiah Walters at Don's Sugar Shack to find out how maple sap is transformed into syrup!

Former SCRA Board member Don Hansen will help us learn about the process of making syrup from beginning to end. With COVID-safe protocols, we may even get a chance to sample the end result.

This event will primarily be held outdoors with a possibility of limited audience inside Don's Sugar Shack. We will be following State of Minnesota and CDC guidelines for COVID-19 safety. Please bring a facemask and be prepared to follow social distancing protocols.

This event is free, but registration is required.

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Minnesota's Gangster Past - Land of 10,000 Crimes

03-23-2021

Presented by Stillwater Public Library at Stillwater Public Library, Stillwater
Upcoming Dates: Tue, Mar 23 @ 6:30 pm

Put on your zoot suit and follow in the footsteps of America's most infamous gangsters as they turn Minnesota into their personal crime vacation land. Filled with deadly bank robberies, explosive shootouts, brutal murders, and daring kidnappings,...

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Put on your zoot suit and follow in the footsteps of America's most infamous gangsters as they turn Minnesota into their personal crime vacation land. Filled with deadly bank robberies, explosive shootouts, brutal murders, and daring kidnappings, this presentation lets the audience discover the grisly locations where the gangster history will never die.

Registration is required. This program will be offered via Zoom.

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Climate Change: United We Can Solve This, Film and Discussion - Tia Nelson

03-25-2021

Presented by River Falls Public Library at Online/Virtual Space
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Mar 25 @ 6:00 pm

Tia Nelson will discuss the film created to inspire the continued legacy of her father, former Governor of WI Gaylord Nelson, founder of Earth Day.

Nelson is internationally recognized as a tireless champion for environmental stewardship and...

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Tia Nelson will discuss the film created to inspire the continued legacy of her father, former Governor of WI Gaylord Nelson, founder of Earth Day.

Nelson is internationally recognized as a tireless champion for environmental stewardship and climate change education. She spent 17 years with The Nature Conservancy in government relations, as a policy advisor for Latin America, and later as the first director of the Global Climate Change Initiative. For this work, she received the EPA’s Climate Protection Award in 2000. Tia returned home to Wisconsin to serve as Executive Secretary to the Wisconsin Board of Commissioners of Public Lands, which included a gubernatorial appointment as co-chair of Wisconsin’s Task Force on Global Warming. She is the former managing director of the Outrider Foundation’s climate program.

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Art Classes @ Franconia Commons: Abstract Clay Sculptures

03-27-2021

Presented by Franconia Sculpture Park at Franconia Sculpture Park, Franconia
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Mar 27 @ 1:00 pm

Art Classes @ Franconia Commons
Abstract Clay Sculptures with Erin Paradis
More information and tickets: https://www.franconia.org/art-classes-franconia-commons/

Whether you're 7 or 70, these workshops are designed for you to explore your...

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Art Classes @ Franconia Commons
Abstract Clay Sculptures with Erin Paradis
More information and tickets: https://www.franconia.org/art-classes-franconia-commons/

Whether you're 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.

March 27: Abstract Clay Sculptures with Erin Paradis
Erin Paradis is a current Franconia artist and holds an MFA in Ceramics and Sculpture from the University of Minnesota and a BFA in Ceramics and Painting from Alfred University. For this session, students will learn different clay sculpting techniques and be able to take home your own abstract clay sculpture inspired by Erin’s art.

Coming up:

April 17: Birdhouses, Batboxes, and Beeboxes with Don Porcella
May 29: Soft Sculpture with Allison Baker
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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Essential Oils and Your Immunity

03-27-2021

Presented by River Market Co-op at Online/Virtual Space
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Mar 27 @ 1:00 pm

Pranarōm's Wellness Educator, Liza Docken, will cover all the ways to use Good Samaritan oil blend products and will explain how these products can further support your immunity defenses.

Instructor: Liza Docken of Pranarōm

Cost: $5/free for...

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Pranarōm's Wellness Educator, Liza Docken, will cover all the ways to use Good Samaritan oil blend products and will explain how these products can further support your immunity defenses.

Instructor: Liza Docken of Pranarōm

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, a day before the class, 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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WOMEN IN CONSERVATION: FARMS AND FORESTS

03-27-2021

Presented by St. Croix River Association at Wild River State Park, Center City
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Mar 27 @ 1:00 pm

In honor of Women’s History Month, the St. Croix River Association will host three family-friendly events throughout the month of March to highlight the contributions of women in the field of conservation. From historical figures like wildlife...

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In honor of Women’s History Month, the St. Croix River Association will host three family-friendly events throughout the month of March to highlight the contributions of women in the field of conservation. From historical figures like wildlife biologist Frances Hamerstrom to present-day staff members at SCRA and other organizations, these events will feature the inspiring stories of the women in our watershed and the work they do to conserve its beauty and resources for future generations.

As an environmental research, renewal, and retreat center located next to the park, WEI’s mission is to bring together agricultural, food, and environmental justice, one community at a time. Participants will learn about environmental justice from Jacquelyn and how you can potentially get involved on the WEI farm, and Nikki will discuss her work with SCRA’s My St. Croix Woods program, the path of her career, and advice on navigating the field of conservation.

This family-friendly event is open to all, but may be especially inspiring for young people with a passion for nature! The hike will primarily be outdoors. We will be following State of Minnesota and CDC guidelines for COVID-19 safety. Please bring a facemask and be prepared to follow social distancing protocols.

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Extend Growing Season with a Hoop House

03-30-2021

Presented by River Market Co-op at Online/Virtual Space
Upcoming Dates: Tue, Mar 30 @ 6:00 pm

It will keep excessive rain off the plants, block the wind, keep frosts and heavy dew off the leaves, and raise daytime temperatures by 5-10 degrees. This can extend your growing season by a month or more in the spring and in the fall.  In...

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It will keep excessive rain off the plants, block the wind, keep frosts and heavy dew off the leaves, and raise daytime temperatures by 5-10 degrees. This can extend your growing season by a month or more in the spring and in the fall.  In addition the design, layout and construction of an inexpensive "permanent" hoophouse will be explained. This will allow you to have fresh greens through a Minnesota winter without additional heat.

Instructor: Don Slinger, Farmers Market grower and 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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Art Classes @ Franconia Commons: Birdhouses, Batboxes, and Beeboxes

04-17-2021

Presented by Franconia Sculpture Park at Franconia Sculpture Park, Franconia
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Apr 17 @ 1:00 pm

Art Classes @ Franconia Commons
Birdhouses, Batboxes, and Beeboxes with Don Porcella
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...

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Art Classes @ Franconia Commons
Birdhouses, Batboxes, and Beeboxes with Don Porcella
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.

April 17: Birdhouses, Batboxes, and Beeboxes with Don Porcella
Don Porcella holds an MFA from CUNY-Hunter College and a BFA from California College of Arts and Crafts. He is a globally-exhibiting artist with his work in major public and private collections across the globe, and the current Production Manager at Franconia Sculpture Park. Students will build and decorate a project of their choosing, creating sculptures that encourage pollinators and can peacefully co-exist with nature.

Coming up:

May 29: Soft Sculpture with Allison Baker
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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