Twin Cities Chinese Dance Theater presents “Dance of Joy IV” as its annual Lunar New Year performance on Saturday, Jan. 18, 7 p.m. and Sunday, Jan 19, 2 p.m. at O’Shaughnessy Auditorium, 2004 Randolph Ave., St. Paul, MN 55105. Tickets are $18; VIP $50; Group $15 with minimum of 10. For tickets call 651-332-3822 or email [email protected]
The Winter Family Craft Hour will be held Saturday, Jan. 18, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Saint Anthony Park Library, 2245 Como Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55108. It promises to be a cozy afternoon filled with winter stories and crafts. All ages are welcome, but the crafts and stories are geared toward school aged children. For information call 651-642-0411 or visit www.sppl.org.
Shinnenkai 2014, presented by Japan America Society of Minnesota on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Hopkins Eisenhower Community Center, 1001 Minnesota Highway 7, Hopkins, Minnesota 55305. Family-friendly fun with the sights, tastes, and sounds of a Japanese New Year. Cultural Booths; Silent Auction; Performances; Children’s Activities; Delicious Japanese Food; Oriental Bazaar. $15 for adults, college students and seniors. $5 children 6 to 18, free for children 5 and under and $25 family package of 2 adults and 2 children in same household. For information visit www.mn-japan.org, email [email protected], call 612-627-9357.
Anoka County Extension Staff and Dollar Works Volunteers present Dollars Into Sense, a free class on Tuesday, Jan. 21 at 10 am at the Bunker Hills Activities Center, 550 Bunker Lake Blvd, Andover, and again at 7 p.m., at the Anoka County Human Services Center, 1201 89th Ave, Blaine. To register, call University of Minnesota Extension, Anoka County, at 763-755-1280 at least three days prior to the class you wish to attend. Classes will cover budgeting and address credit issues, tracking expenses, making a spending plan, goal setting and how to receive additional help.
Baby Lapsit Storytime, Tuesday, January 21 and 28, from 3 to 4 p.m. at Saint Anthony Park Library, 2245 Como Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55108. Rhymes, stories and songs all geared for babies birth to 2 years.
Preschool Mandarin Chinese Storytime, Wed., January 8 and 22, from 3 to 3:45 p.m. at Saint Anthony Park Library, 2245 Como Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55108. join us for Mandarin Chinese storytime, with stories, rhymes and songs in Mandarin Chinese.
English Conversation Circles, Wednesdays in January, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at Saint Anthony Park Library, 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.
Preschool Storytime, Fridays in January, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Saint Anthony Park Library, 2245 Como Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55108. Storytime for preschoolers (ages 3 to 5), with songs and puppets.
Saint Anthony Park Book Club, Wed., January 8, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Saint Anthony Park Library, 2245 Como Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55108. Discussing, “Me Before You” by Jojo Moyes.
CAAM Chinese Dance Theater presents Homecoming: A Chinese New Year’s Tale, Jan. 25, 7 p.m., and Jan. 26, 2 p.m. at O’Shaughnessy, St. Catherine University, 2004 Randolph Avenue St. Paul MN 55105. Tickets $15 advance, $20 door. http://oshag.stkate.edu/event/caam-homecoming.
Ten Minutes Before Shakespeare, Monday, Jan. 27, 7:30 p.m., at The Playwright’s Center. 2301 East Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis. Suggested donation, $5 includes food. What were Romeo and Juliet doing while their kinsmen were starting trouble in town? Did Beatrice spend all of her time fantasizing about Benedick, and vice versa? Every wonder if King Edward IV had any idea what Richard was plotting? Join the Unit Collective to find out.
Representations of Transnationalism Among Asian/Pacific Islander Americans, Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the Social Sciences Building room 710, University of Minnesota, West Bank, 267 19th Avenue S., Minneapolis, MN 55455. Presenters include Asian American Studies Graduate students: Tom Sarmiento (American Studies): The Heart of Empire: Queer Cultural Imaginaries of Filipinas / os in the Midwest; Yuan Ding (English, PhD): I’ve sorta come to love the mistakes – Politics of (Mis)translation in DH Hwang’s Chinglish; and Stephen C. Suh (Sociology): Nostalgic for the Unfamiliar: Korean American ethnic return migration and its neo-imperial logics. Co-sponsored with Asian American Studies Graduate Students, Viivncaus Hmong Women’s Group.
Grand Opening of China 100 Historic Exhibit Chinese New Year Celebration, Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, from 3 to 5 p.m. at McNamara Alumni Center, Johnson Great Room, 200 Oak Street Southeast, Minneapolis, MN 55455. As part of the China 100 celebration, the University of Minnesota China Center will host a Chinese New Year reception, which will feature the grand opening of the China 100 historic exhibit. Light appetizers and refreshments will be served. RSVP by calling 612-624-1002 or online at http://china100.umn.edu/forms/en/reception-chinese_new_year.php.
St. Paul Winter Carnival Family Day, Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, from Noon to 5 p.m. at Landmark Center, St. Paul.
Chinese New Year Celebration, Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, from 3 to 7 p.m., at the University of Minnesota, St. Paul Campus Student Center, North Star Ballroom, 2017 Buford Ave, St. Paul, MN 55108. Doors open at 2:30 p.m., with performances including lion dance, Chinese dances, juggling, starting at 3 p.m. Lucky money for children, over $2,000 worth of door prizes at 4:30 p.m. The food bazaar begins at 5 p.m. Adults: $15 in advance and $18 at door; students and seniors $12 in advance and $15 at door; children free to age 5 and $8 in advance, $10 at door for ages 5 to 12. Tickets include food coupons equivalent to $7 in value or $6 for children. Advance tickets available before Jan. 25 at Twin Cities Chinese Language School on Saturdays, or sales volunteers. Email [email protected] or call 651-733-9827 or [email protected] or 763-639-5202. Event organized by Minnesota Chinese Cultural Services Center; Chinese American Academic & Professional Association in Minnesota; Minnesota Chinese Veterans Association; Minnesota Chinese Student Association; and Taiwan Student Association.
The U.S. China Business Connection (UCBC) Chinese New Year Celebration will be held Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014 at the Tea House, U of M location, 2425 University Ave. SE, Mpls 55414. Registration starts at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. Announcements follow at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $35 for non-members and $30 for members, who may also being guests to attend at the member rate. The UCBC Chinese New Year party will celebrate the Year of the Horse. This is a time for great fun, excellent food and networking. Join ex-pats, old China hands, first-timers and Chinese entrepreneurs who are involved (or want to be) in some form of business with China: exports, imports, education or simply travel. Swap tales and build relationships or see if any of the many China opportunities are for you. Bring your spouse, partners, friends, clients and customers. Contact Jim Smith, 612-865-6543, [email protected] and visit www.ucbcgroup.org.
An evening of creating art with Ka Vang, Twin Cities Hmong American writer, educator, and “artivist” on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Minnesota Humanities Center, 987 Ivy Avenue East, St. Paul, MN 55106. During the course of the evening, Vang will read selections from her work, guide the audience in creating a community poem, and discuss how she uses her writings as a tool for social justice and to fight against injustice and oppression. Through interactive exercises, audience members will be encouraged to reimagine common folktales, stories, and poems in innovative ways. Tickets are $10, and includes light snack and materials. Intended Audience: K-12 Educators. Find out more at www.minnesotahumanities.org/mno or www.mnhum.org.
Septic system class for homeowners wanting to better understand, operate, and maintain their septic systems on Tuesday, Feb. 25 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Bunker Hills Activities Center, 550 Bunker Lake Blvd NW, Andover. Presented by Valerie Prax, a retired educator with the University of Minnesota Extension, the class will talk about water saving ideas, using additives, and answering questions. The $10 cost to attend includes a UM Extension Septic System Owner’s Guide. Pre-registration is required at www.extension.umn.edu/county/anoka, or call 763-755-1280.
The band “Xiu Xiu” with members Shayna Dunkelman, Angela Seo, and Jamie Stewart, recording on the Polyvinyl/Bella Union Label, Wednesday, March 5, 2014, at 8 p.m., 7th Street Entry of First Avenue, 701 First Avenue N, Minneapolis. Tickets $13, an 18+ show. Call 612-338-8388 or visit www.first-avenue.com and www.xiuxiu.org.
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. For information 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. Interested in practicing your English speaking and understanding? Join us at our drop-in one-hour Conversation Circles. English students of any age, language origin or level are very welcome. Presented in partnership with Pike Lake Education Center. Call 651-724-6004 for information.
Rondo Exhibit, inside “Then Now Wow” 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 construction.
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.
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.