“TRIBES”, a play by Nina Raine, directed by Wendy C. Goldberg at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis through Nov. 10, is the story of Billy, a young man born deaf and raised in a loud, opinionated family and yet his parents and siblings never bothered to learn sign language, requiring him to adapt to the hearing world. When he meets Sylvia, a young woman from a Deaf family who introduces him to Deaf culture, Billy suddenly feels confidence and a sense of belonging to a “tribe” he’s never known before.
Hamline Gospel Night, welcomes the public to celebrate the legacy of gospel music in the Black community at the 24th annual worship service on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013 at 6 p.m. in Sundin Music Hall, 1531 Hewitt Avenue, St. Paul. Jamar Esar and Triad4Christ will be the special guests with additional performances from the Hamline University Gospel Choir, Javonta Patton and Deliverance for Youth, the Mighty Revivals, and Joyful Noize. The program also includes a tribute to gospel music icon Yolanda Adams. Hosted by PRIDE Black Student Alliance, this event is free and open to the general public, but attendees may contribute to a free-will offering to support a local non-profit charity organization. For more information, please contact the Hedgeman Center for Student Diversity Initiatives and Programs at 651-523-2423 or email [email protected]
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Movie Release Party, Fri, Nov 8, 6:30 p.m. at Red Ballon Bookstore, 891 Grand Ave., St. Paul, MN. 55105. Celebrate the upcoming motion picture release of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire with a party worthy of The Capitol. Test your skills in our trivia contest, receive awesome giveaways, hang out with friends and fans, and more. Come dressed as any of your favorite Hunger Games characters and enter to win advanced screening passes to the movie. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is in theaters November 22. To learn more about the movie adaptations of the bestselling Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins, visit www.thehungergamesexplorer.com. (Recommended ages 12 and up)
Mary Casanova, One-Dog Sleigh – Launch Party, Sat, Nov 9, 10:30 a.m. at at Red Ballon Bookstore, 891 Grand Ave., St. Paul, MN. 55105. On the ten-year anniversary of One-Dog Canoe, author-illustrator team Mary Casanova and Ard Hoyt have created a winter story filled with lyrical text, bouncy rhythm, and whimsical illustrations. Bundle up and climb aboard this heart-warming and adventurous sleigh ride.
PACER Center “Making the Move from Early Childhood Special Education to Kindergarten,” free workshop for parents of young children with disabilities and for professionals. It is on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, from 9 to 11 a.m., at PACER Center, 8161 Normandale Blvd., Bloomington, Minn. Advance registration is required. To register, call PACER at 952-838-9000. In Greater Minnesota, call (800) 537-2237 (toll free) or visit PACER.org.
Skijoring Clinic – Skijoring, the sport of dog-assisted cross-country skiing, is a great winter activity that keeps both you and your dog active and healthy. Join us on Saturday, Nov. 9, from 9 a.m. to noon, at French Regional Park, Plymouth, for a beginners clinic that will include information on equipment needed, commands used, proper training techniques, and etiquette on the trail. Experienced skijorers will be on hand to answer questions and guide you and your dog through an on-foot dry-land training session (equipment is provided). Dogs should be friendly around other dogs and people. Dogs must stay in their owner’s car the first 45 minutes of the program. $5, reservations required. Call 763-559-6700 and reference activity number #425111-02. www.threeriversparks.org/events/S/skijoring-clinic.aspx
Indian Music Society of Minnesota presents the 18th Annual Aradhana: A musical tribute to the great composers of Carnatic (South Indian) Classical Music by Twin Cities’ vocalists and instrumentalists on Sat., Nov. 16, in the Nath Auditorium of The Hindu Temple of Minn., 10530 Troy Ln N, Maple Grove. For information on tickets visit www.imsom.org or contact Durgesh Manjure at 612-360-1911 or [email protected]
SCORE, “Mentors to America’s Small Business” will hold a seminar “Developing Your Business Plan” on Thursday, Nov. 14, from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at Wilder Center, 451 Lexington Parkway North, St. Paul. The seminar demonstrates how to create a sound business plan using Business Plan Pro software. To register go to the SCORE website www.stpaul.score.org or call 651-261-1429. Fee is $59.00 which includes seminar, booklets and other materials.
Interchange Study Open House — City of Brooklyn Park is hosting the Highway 169/101st Avenue Interchange Study open house, Thursday, Nov. 14, 4 to 7 p.m. at Brooklyn Park City Hall, 5200 85th Ave. N. The study partners are working together to further identify a safe and efficient transportation system that will serve local and regional needs.Residents of Brooklyn Park are invited to come learn, share concerns and suggestions on the interchange study as it relates to: Traffic and transportation issues; development; proposed Bottineau LRT
Rush Creek Regional Trail. For information, visit http://projects.srfconsulting.com/hwy169and101st.
Illustrator Mike Wohnoutka’s “Hanukkah Bear” Launch Party, Thurs, Nov 14, 6:30 p.m. at Red Ballon Bookstore, 891 Grand Ave., St. Paul, MN. 55105. Wohnoutka is back to celebrate the launch of Hanukkah Bear, a vividly illustrated tale written by Eric Kimmel. Bubba Brayna makes the best latkes in the village, but at ninety-seven, she doesn’t hear or see well. When the bear arrives at her door, she believes he is her rabbi! Meet illustrator Mike Wohnoutka and celebrate the fun tale of this unexpected Hanukkah guest, perfect for young readers anticipating the Festival of Lights! Refreshments and book signing to follow. (Recommended for ages 3 and up)
Red Balloon Bookshop’s Teens Read book club for teens in 7th to 12th grade on Mon, Nov 18, 6:30 p.m. at Red Ballon Bookstore, 891 Grand Ave., St. Paul, MN. 55105. Every month, each teen participant will select one Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) of an upcoming book, write a short review, and come back the next month to talk about it. Other opportunities include planning author events and book parties, volunteering at the store, blogging, and more. Come to hang with friends, eat snacks, and discover your next favorite book! Questions? Call Red Balloon at 651-224-8320 or email Amy at [email protected]lloonbookshop.com.
Chapter & Verse Book Club, Thurs, Nov 21, 6:30 p.m. at Red Ballon Bookstore, 891 Grand Ave., St. Paul, MN. 55105. A national book club for members of Children’s Literature Network and other children’s literature enthusiasts in their communities who wish to discuss children’s and young adult fiction, nonfiction, picture books, and poetry. They meet the third Thursday of every month at Red Balloon. It’s cow time for November! The group will be reading Turn Left at the Cow by Lisa Bullard, Moo! by David LaRochelle, illus by Mike Wohnoutka, and It’s Milking Time by Phyllis Alsdurf, illus. by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher. www.childrensliteraturenetwork.org
Guys Read Book Club – Thurs, Nov 21, 7:00 p.m., at Red Ballon Bookstore, 891 Grand Ave., St. Paul, MN. 55105. Attention Boys! If you’re a guy in 4th – 6th grade, then you’re welcome to join the Guys Read book club at Red Balloon. Every month the group will pick an awesome book to read and talk about. Bring along a male adult. Dad. Brother. Uncle. Cousin. Neighbor. Friend. Etc. (Because believe it or not, they were once boys too!) This month we will be reading W.A.R.P. Book 1: The Reluctant Assassin by Eoin Colfer. For more info and to sign up, please call Red Balloon: 651-224-8320.
Kevin Kling and Chris Monroe (illus.), Big Little Mother, Sat, Nov 23, 2:00 p.m., at Red Ballon Bookstore, 891 Grand Ave., St. Paul, MN. 55105. The imaginative and quirky story is sure to be a hit among young readers and adults. Come and listen to the duo discuss the creation of the book and stay for a signing and refreshments! Storyteller, essayist, and playwright Kevin Kling is the author of Big Little Brother and The Dog Says How. Artist and cartoonist Chris Monroe, illustrator of Big Little Brother, draws the comic strip Violet Days and is the author and illustrator of Cookie the Walker and the Monkey with a Tool Belt series.
Fractured Fairy Tale Party, Sun, Nov 24, 2 p.m., t Red Ballon Bookstore, 891 Grand Ave., St. Paul, MN. 55105. What happens when we hear Little Red Riding Hood’s tale from the Wolf? Or Cinderella’s tale from the stepmother? Find out during Red Balloon’s Fractured Fairy Tale Party, featuring stories from local authors Nancy Loewen and Trisha Speed Shaskan!.
Fall Dance Concert, Fri., Nov. 22, 7:30 p.m., at Main Stage Theatre, Theater Building, Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center & Gallery, 1600 Grand Ave., St. Paul, Minn. Macalester Dance faculty and students will present an evening of original choreography, joined by award-winning Brazilian choreographer Marciano Silva dos Santos, artistic director of Contempo Physical Dance based in the Twin Cities. The concert features live music with musicians Peter O’Gorman, Marc Anderson, Ahante Young, among others. Gen. Admission $7, Group/Senior $5, Students $2. 651-696-6359. A second performance on Sat., Nov. 23 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Macalester Chamber Ensembles Concert, Sun., Nov. 24, 2:30 p.m.,in the Mairs Concert Hall, Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center & Gallery, 1600 Grand Ave., St. Paul, Minn. Free concert by students from the Music Department performing in various small ensembles. The Chamber Music program at Macalester is organized by Director of Instrumental Music, Mark Mandarano. Students are taught by Macalester faculty and outside professional coaches. 651-696-6808 / [email protected]
Hmong Minnesota New Year, Nov. 29-30, and Dec. 1, 2013 at St. Paul RiverCentre. Cultural entertainment, community venders, Miss Hmong Minnesota Pageant. Hosted Lao Family Foundation of Minn., Association for the Advancement of Hmong Women in Minnesota, and Minnesota Lao Veterans of America. For information on tickets call Chong Lee at 651-329-4838 and visit www.laofamily.org/mnnewyear
Fair Trade / Union Made Holiday sale featuring local vendors, Sunday, Dec. 8, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at CWA Local 7200 Hall, 3521 E Lake St., Minneapolis, MN 55406. A benefit to promote the values of the movement for Global Solidarity. Items for sale, entertainment, refreshments will be provided. For details contact Josh Wise: [email protected], 952-828-5474
Macalester Asian Music Ensemble’s first concert, under the direction of Prof. Chuen-Fung Wong, on Sun., Dec. 8, at 3 p.m., in Hewitt Hall (M113), of the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center & Gallery, 1600 Grand Ave., St. Paul, Minn. This free concert features a student ensemble that will perform a variety of traditional East Asian musical pieces in both ensemble and solo settings, including Cantonese chamber music; solos on Chinese zither and dulcimer; Taiwanese folk tunes; Korean songs; and Hakka instrumental melodies. For information call 651-696-6808 or email [email protected]
Rondo Exhibit, inside the “Then Now Wow” exhibit at the Minnesota History Center, 345 Kellogg Blvd. West, St. Paul. The story of Rondo, a thriving St. Paul African American community torn apart by I-94, is a permanent exhibit at the Minnesota History Center.
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. A healing circle to learn to help yourself and others to heal physically, mentally and spiritually. Contact Gadu [email protected] or call 612-703-7501.
Support Sessions for SE Asian Youth are offered on Wednedays at Brooklyn Center High School from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. We host a safe and fun environment with food, gift cards for steady attendance and provide great resources and sup- port. If you are or know someone who needs help and support with drug or alcohol use, please con- tact Ying Lee at chem- [email protected]
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.
Poetry Jam/Rap Battle on Tuesdays from 4 to 5 p.m., Apple valley Teen Center, 14255 Johnny Cake Ridge Road, Apple Valley. Youth ages 12 to 18 express themselves at an evening of poetry, rap, dancing and singing Open Mic on the first Tuesday of the month. Free food, door prizes, rap battle, poetry performances and free creative writing workshop. $4 at the door, or $3 in advance, and $2 each for groups. 952-953-2385.
RAKE IT Fall Yard Clean-Up Volunteers – Improve your health while helping a senior citizen in Minneapolis remain independent in their home. Choose the date and time to rake and clean up the yard as individuals, groups and families. Unpaid fun, flexible activity on weekdays or weekends. Contact NIP Seniors Program, Volunteer Coordinator at [email protected], or call 612-746-8549. www.neighborhoodinvolve.org