Twin Cities Pride Festival on Saturday, June 28 and Sunday, June 29, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Loring Park, Minneapolis
Vas Aradhana 2014 (Rains Retreat Invitation), Saturday, July 5, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Minnesota Buddhist Vihara, 3401 N 4th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55412. A family event to witness visting monastics to observe this rains retreat. Observing precepts and worship, chanting and meditation invitation ceremony, Anusasana (Dhamma advice). Vas Aradhana was started during the time of the Blessed One. Full ordained monastics all over the world continue, up till the present time to observe this Rains Retreat for three months – from the full moon day in July to the full moon day in October. During this time, they dedicate their time to spiritual activities such as practicing meditation and studying dhama thoroughly. This gives an opportunity for lay community to take care of the monastics by offering them food, drinks, medicine and also to participate in spiritual activities more often. For information contact Witiyala Seewalie Nayaka Thera, President and Abbot, Minnesota Buddhist Vihara at 612-522-1811. www.mnbv.org.
Little Mekong Night Market, Saturday, July 5 at 5 p.m. at 10:00pm in CDT at 402 University Ave W, St. Paul. Call 651-222-7798, [email protected] visit LittleMekong.com.
U.S. China Business Connection will hold its July Meeting on Wednesday, July 9, 2014, from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at a new location — International Market Square, Studio 185, 2nd Floor. Free parking. Prof. Dr. Peter J. Stark, a strategist ”change master” with specific expertise in cross-cultural organizational effectiveness and culture change initiatives and cross-cultural leadership, will present on “Navigating Chaos: Effectively Engaging Ambiguity and Paradox in the Chinese Marketplace.” This half-hour long seminar will discuss a high-level framework for understanding the interpersonal dynamics that govern typical interactions with the Chinese. The focus will be specifically on ways in which businesses and business people can use this framework to improve productivity and reduce opportunity costs when engaging the Chinese marketplace. Register through Jim at [email protected]
Gadu Doushin presents “Leaves of Grass Uncut” at 8 p.m. on Thurs, Jul 10, Friday, Jul 11, and Saturday, Jul 12, and at 7 p.m. on Sunday July 13, 2014. All performances at Illusion Theater, 528 Hennepin Ave #704, Minneapolis, MN 55403. Tickets range from $14 to $19. Contact Illusion Theater at 612-339-4944 for information. A performance celebrating the radical Walt Whitman through dance, theater, video, opera and poetry that combine to present stories of Whitman that were not taught in American literature class. Patrick Scully is Whitman, and a company of 18 stunning male dancers. Stories you didn’t hear in American Literature Class. “My Dear dear Walt, before I leave America I must see you again — There is no one in this wide great world of America whom I love and honor so much.” Oscar Wilde so admired Whitman, he went to see him a second time before sailing home. What did Wilde find so interesting about him?
CAIR-MN hosts its 8th Annual Ramadan Dinner on Civil Rights, Saturday, July 12 at 7 p.m., at the Coffman Union Great Hall, University of Minnesota. The event will be part of the City of Minneapolis celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act. For information visit www.cairmn.com.
Dragon Festival 2014 – July 12-13, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Lake Phalen and Lake Phalen Park, Saint Paul, Minn.Cultural entertainment, community booths, food venders, dragon boat races. Free admission and performances and children’s activities. Free parking and shuttle buses. For information visit www.dragonfestival.org.
Beat Boxing presented by Steppingstone Theatre at Saint Anthony Park Library, 2245 Como Avenue, St. Paul. Wednesday, July 16, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Work with a professional beat box and hip hop artist to learn how to transform your voice into drums, trumpets, cymbals, and even violins. Then create your own unique composition as a class. This program is designed for children kindergarten through 6th grade. Class is limited to 15 participants. If you would like to reserve a spot, please register online or call the St. Anthony Park Library to register at 651-642-0411. This program is made possible by funding from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
Computer Classes at St. Anthony Park Library, 2245 Como Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55108. All classes take place in our public Internet area. Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 22, 24, 29, and 31, 10:00 a.m.-Noon. Microsoft Word – This 4 session class covers vocabulary, navigation, and basic functions of Microsoft Word. You will learn to: copy and paste, add bulleted and numbered lists, use spell check, and do basic formatting. This class uses the Northstar Basic Computer Skills curriculum, and you have the option of taking a free assessment to earn a certificate upon completion of the class. Students must have basic typing skills and be comfortable using the mouse. Please plan to attend all four sessions. The class is limited to 4 participants. Please call 651-642-0411 or stop in the library to sign up.
Summer Reading Program Events at Saint Anthony Park Library, 2245 Como Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55108. Tuesday, July 8, 10:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. Music with Paul Spring. Paul/s family music is interactive and upbeat; with songs that promote reading and stories among young audiences. Presented by the St. Anthony Park Library Association.
Atheist baseball and the All-Star Freethought Conference, Mr. Paul Aints Game: Friday, July 11, 2014, 7:05 pm, Midway Stadium, 1771 Energy Park Drive, St. Paul. The Minnesota Atheists and Freedom From Religion Foundation are partnering with the Saint Paul Saints minor league baseball team for a night of “unbelievable” fun. The game will be followed up with an All-Star Conference the next day at 9 a.m. at the RiverCentre in beautiful downtown St. Paul. Tickets $12 or 22 when purchased through the Minnesota Atheists group portal at saintsgroups.com (password: “atheists”). All-Star Freethought Conference: Saturday, July 12, 2014, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., at RiverCentre, St. Paul. $55. Students $20.
Magical Mia at Saint Anthony Park Library, 2245 Como Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55108. Tuesday, July 15, 10:30 to 11:30 p.m. and 2 to 3:00 p.m. Don’t blink your eyes, or you’ll miss one of Mia’s stunning tricks. She’ll mystify and entertain with sleight of hand and illusions involving many surprises and mysteries. Presented by the St Anthony Park Library Association.
“Indefinite Articles: A Libertarian Rage”, at the 2014 Minnesota Fringe Festival from July 31 to Aug. 10, U of M Rarig Center Arena, 330 21st Av S, Second Floor, Minneapolis, MN 55455. It’s a midterm election year — just the time for a collection of classic jokes, stories, and rants by libertarian activist and internationally touring storyteller Phillip Andrew Bennett Low! Pull up a chair, laugh, get angry, and tip your servers. This show contains profanity, graphic language, and other reckless exploitation of the First Amendment. Performances will be held Thurs., July 31, at 5:30 p.m., Sat., August 2nd at 4 p.m., Mon., Aug. 4, 5:30 p.m., Fri., Aug. 8, 10 p.m., and Sat., Aug. 9, 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $12+ and the $4 Fringe admission button. Multi-show passes. Tickets at fringefestival.org. Find out more about the show at www.maximumverbosityonline.org.
Diversity Career Fair, Thursday, August 7, 2014, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Hennepin Technical College, 9000 Brooklyn Boulevard, Brooklyn Park, MN 55445. Event held outdoors in a tent. https://www.regonline.com/builder/site/Default.aspx?EventID=1522921.
Little Mekong Night Market, Saturday, September 6 at 10:00pm in CDT at 402 University Ave W, St. Paul. Call 651-222-7798, [email protected] visit LittleMekong.com.
Hmong dance, old and new, featured at Hennepin Gallery. Asian Media Access tells the story of Hmong dance, from its origins in China and Southeast Asia to the sometimes conflicting role it has played in both preserving history and embracing new cultures here in Minnesota. The exhibit will be on display in the Hennepin Gallery and on the Public Service Level of the Hennepin County Government Center through July 28. Two performances on the Government Center North Plaza from noon to 1 p.m. on June 2, Hmong Dance Performance; June 26, Hmong Costume Show. Gallery is free and open Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., at 300 S. Sixth St., Minneapolis.
Mandarin Chinese Storytime now meeting on Thursdays from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. twice a month at Saint Anthony Park Librarym 2245 Como Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55108.
English Conversation Circles, Wednesdays in June, 4 to 5:30 p.m. at Saint Anthony Park Librarym 2245 Como Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55108. If English is not your first language, come and practice in casual conversation. All are welcome. Come when you can. Co-sponsored by the U of M Retirees Volunteers and Partners in English.
Extraordinary Boy — Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site tours are offered daily, Thursdays through Sundays, June 5 through Aug. 31; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 1620 Lindbergh Dr. S., Little Falls, Minn. Charles A. Lindbergh was a record-breaking aviator and a world-famous celebrity. Today some people consider him an American hero, while others see him as a controversial figure. In this 45-minute guided tour of his boyhood home, explore where it all began. Get to know where he came from in order to explore who he was. Following the tour, delve deeper into the stories of Lindbergh’s later years through interactive exhibits in the visitor center, including the popular cockpit flight simulator. Call 320-616-5421. Fee: $8 adults, $7 seniors and college students, $6 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MNHS members.
The Minneapolis Petanque Club meets to play the popular game of Southeast Asia. Individuals who would like to play and compete with others are invited to join or even host a game in their neighborhood. You do not have to be a member and we do have extra boules to play. Contact Don Holzschuh at [email protected] or visit www.minneapolispetanqueclub.com.
Nembutsu Chanting – Ancient Buddhist practice of following and returning to Amida Buddham, also called the “Universal Buddha.” Through the practice of Nembutsu Chanting, heighten spiritual awareness and healing on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Heart of Tao Resonance Art, 5015 14th Ave. S, Minneapolis 55417. Contact Gadu at [email protected] or call 612-703-7501 or visit www.HOTResonanceArt.com.
Conversation Circles for English Language Learners, Mondays, 6:15 p.m., Ramsey County Library – Mounds View, 2576 County Road 10, Mounds View, MN 55112, and Wednesdays, 6:15 p.m. Ramsey County Library – Shoreview, 4570 North Victoria Street, Shoreview, MN 55126. English students of any age, language origin or level are very welcome. Presented in partnership with Pike Lake Education Center. 651-724-6004.
North East Healing Circle (Spring Forest Qigong Practice Group) every Wednesday 7:15 to 8:45 p.m. at Grain Belt Studios, 79 — 13th Ave. NE, Suite 201, Minneapolis, MN 55413. Everyone is welcome and admission is free with a $5 gift greatly appreciated. Heal physically, mentally and spiritually. Contact Gadu [email protected] or call 612-703-7501.
Trancendental meditation, Wednesdays, 12:30 p.m. and 7 p.m., 399 Ruth Street N., St Paul, MN 55119. Call 651-714-0254 or visit www.TM.org/twincities.
Support Sessions for SE Asian Youth, Wednesdays at Brooklyn Center High School, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Contact Ying Lee at [email protected]