Vietnamese Student Association of Minnesota “Year of the Horse” Tet New Year Show, Saturday, Feb. 8, 6:30 p.m., Ted Mann Concert Hall, University of Minnesota, 2128 South 4th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55455. Cultural entertainment, student skits, food and refreshments. Free and open to the public. www.vsaminnesota.org. www.facebook.com/vsamn
Art with Ellen – Valentine’s Bookmarks, Sat, Feb 8, 10:30 a.m., at Red Balloon Bookshop, 891 Grand Avenue, St. Paul. Get ready for Valentine’s Day with a morning of stories and art with Ellen Ferrari! Come hear The Day It Rained Hearts by Felicity Bond, and make your own Valentine’s bookmark using stamps you create yourself. Love (and fun!) is in the air! Ellen Ferrari has been inspiring the youngest artists, from one-year-olds through kindergarteners, for more than thirty years. For information call 651-224-8320 or visit redballoonbookshop.com.
Tet New Year, Saturday, Feb. 8, 2 p.m. at Northeast Library, 2200 Central Ave. NE, Minneapolis. Drumming, dancing, music, zodiac tales, traditional Tet games. www.hclib.org/events
Indian New year rituals, Saturday, Feb. 8, 10:30 a.m. at St. Louis Park Library, 3240 Library Lane, St. Louis Park. Traditional dances, color art rangoli, henna tattoos. www.hclib.org/events
Indian New year rituals, Sunday, Feb. 9, 2 p.m. at Plymouth Library, 15700 36th Ave. N., Plymouth. Traditional dances, color art rangoli, henna tattoos. www.hclib.org/events
New Year Celebration, Sunday, Feb. 9, 5:30 p.m. dinner and 7 p.m. Program at Grand Szechuan Restaurant, 10602 France Avenue South, Bloomington, MN 55437. US-China Peoples Friendship Association Minnesota Chapter, St. Anthony Brass Quintet, Chinese and American music, sister city celebration. $30 non-members, $13 under 12. Add $5 after Feb. 5. RSVP: [email protected], www.uscpfa-mn.org
Chinese New Year, Sunday, Feb. 9, 2 p.m. at Hopkins Library, 22 11th Ave. N., Hopkins. Storytelling, music, Chinese New Year’s customs, traditional dances. www.hclib.org/events
New Year Celebration – Chinese New Year Celebration Planned at Northwestern Health Sciences University. Northwestern Health Sciences University will usher in the Year of the Horse with a Chinese New Year Celebration. The event will be held in the campus cafeteria on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at 2501 W. 84th Street, Bloomington, MN 55431. The event is free and open to the public. Event activities include dances, musical performances, and demonstrations of Qi Gong, acupuncture, and other traditional Chinese medicine modalities. There will be Asian food samples, Chinese writing and chopstick lessons, and games for the kids. For more information call 952-888-4777 ext 235 or email [email protected]
Resume Workshop, Tuesday, Feb. 11, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Saint Anthony Park Library, 2245 Como Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55108. Gain a greater understanding of how your resume is used in the hiring process. Learn how to write a resume, a cover letter, and learn which type of resume is best suited for your particular strengths and weaknesses. The class is limited to 4 participants. Please call 651-642-0411 or stop in the library to sign up.
The U.S. Small Business Administration and Yelp present the first of a free, two-part webinar series to help small business owners engage with online reviewers and manage their online reputation. The first webinar will take place on Feb. 11 at 1 p.m. and the second webinar will be held Feb. 25 at 1 p.m. CST. Results from a recent consumer study indicated that 85 percent of consumers read online reviews about local businesses. The webinars will help small business owners adapt to the new realities and challenges of online “word-of-mouth” reviews and successfully capitalize on opportunities to address them. The hour-long webinars will cover: Best practices for getting started with online review sites; An overview of how small businesses can join the conversations that are happening about their businesses online; Tips on how to handle critical feedback and respond to reviews; Ways to generate more buzz by creating exciting promotions and monitoring customer leads. The Feb. 11 webinar feature a home service industry business that is adept in building a strong online reputation. Register at https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/668501351. The Feb. 25 webinar features a food-based business that is adept in building a strong online reputation. Register at https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/917749319.
Preschool Mandarin Chinese Storytime, Wednesdays, Feb. 12 and 26, from 3 to 3:45 p.m. at Saint Anthony Park Library, 2245 Como Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55108. Please join us for Mandarin Chinese storytime, with stories, rhymes and songs in Mandarin Chinese.
Dedicated to the performance of new and early music for women’s voices, the Lorelei Ensemble consists of nine professional musicians whose expertise ranges from early to contemporary repertoire, perform at 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 14, in Mairs Concert Hall, in the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center & Gallery, Macalester College, 1600 Grand Ave., St. Paul Minn 55105. They are part of Macalester’s New Music Series, sponsored by the Rivendell Foundation.
Fil-Minnesotan Association Valentine’s Ball and 36th Anniversary Presentation of Debutantes and Escorts on Saturday, Feb. 15, at 6 p.m. at the Hilton Hotel, Bloomington. www.fil-minnesotan.org
Chinese New Year, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2 p.m. at Sumner Library, 611 Van White Mem. Blvd., Minneapolis. Storytelling, music, Chinese New Year’s customs, traditional dances. www.hclib.org/events
A roller derby and lacrosse double-header when the Minnesota RollerGirls team up with the Minnesota Swarm for “Seeing Double” event on Saturday, Feb. 15, at 6 p.m. at Xcel Energy Center. At 6 p.m. the Minnesota Swarm vs. Edmonton, followed by the Minnesota RollerGirls All-Stars vs. Iowa’s Team United Roller Derby. Tickets are $27/$46 at the box office and through Ticketmaster, and $24/$29 using the promo code “DOUBLE” or in advance at Minnesota RollerGirls ticket outlets: Ax-Man Surplus (St. Paul and St. Louis Park), Crafty Planet, Derby 4 All, Electric Fetus, Groveland Tap, HealthSource of St. Paul, O’Gara’s, Pizza Lucé (all metro locations), Shameless Inc., and St. Croix Scuba & Snorkeling.
Teens Read Book Club, Mon, Feb 17, 6:30 p.m., at Red Balloon Bookshop, 891 Grand Avenue, St. Paul. Do you want to read something new? Really new? Not-even-available-to-the-public new? Then join Red Balloon Bookshop’s Teens Read book club, open to teens in 7th-12th grade! 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]
Social Media Workshop, Tuesday, Feb. 18, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Saint Anthony Park Library, 2245 Como Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55108. Learn how to safely use Facebook, Twitter, and other social networking sites for your personal life as well as your business in this workshop class. The class is limited to 4 participants. Please call 651-642-0411 or stop in the library to sign up.
Chapter and Verse Book Club, Thurs, Feb. 20, 6:30 p.m., at Red Balloon Bookshop, 891 Grand Avenue, St. Paul. 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. www.childrensliteraturenetwork.com. For information call 651-224-8320 or visit redballoonbookshop.com.
Old Time Movie Night, Friday, Feb. 21, from 7 to 8 p.m. at Saint Anthony Park Library, 2245 Como Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55108. Silent films with Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin and Laurel and Hardy. There will be live piano accompaniment by the world renowned Norris Anderson. Pop and popcorn still only 25 cents.
Women’s Human Rights Film Series: “With Impunity” on Monday, Feb. 24, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Saint Anthony Park Library, 2245 Como Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55108. Beliefs about manhood that allow men to exploit and use violence against women are ingrained in our culture. “With Impunity” engages the thinking of leading historians, sociologists and practitioners to examine our past, cultural realities and options for ending gender-based violence. A discussion follows the film. Presented by The Friends and The Advocates for Human Rights.
Online Application Workshop, Tuesday, Feb. 25, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Saint Anthony Park Library, 2245 Como Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55108. Save yourself time by learning what information you can have ready before you start the application. Learn to identify required and optional items. Learn why employers ask certain questions and the most effective ways to respond. Learn how to save the application form and come back to it later. Learn how to upload your resume. There will be time to practice resume uploading. The class is limited to 4 participants. Please call 651-642-0411 or stop in the library to sign up.
Baby Lapsit Storytime, Tuesdays in February, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Saint Anthony Park Library, 2245 Como Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55108. Baby storytime is filled with rhymes, stories and songs all geared for babies birth to 2 years. Come when you can.
English Conversation Circles, Wednesdays in February, from 4 to 5:30 a.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 February, 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.
Poetry Reading – A Ghassan Zaqtan and Fady Joudah poetry reading is free and open to the public on Monday, March 3, at 7 p.m. in the John B. Davis Lecture Hall, of Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center at Macalester College, 1600 Grand Ave., St. Paul, Minn., Ghassan Zaqtan, a Palestinian poet and author of “Like a Straw Bird It Follows Me: and Other Poems”, and Fady Joudah, a Palestinian-American poet, translator, essayist and physician, will read their poetry. This is a 2014 ACTC (Associated Colleges of the Twin Cities) Poetry Series event and is sponsored by the Macalester English Department. Contact [email protected]
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.
A lecture on “Uses and Abuses of Culture: Greece 1974 – 2010”, is free and open to the public on Tuesday, March 11, at 5 p.m. in Hewitt Hall, Music Building, Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center & Gallery, Macalester College, 1600 Grand Avenue., St. Paul, Minn. Call 651-696-6279. Professor Vicky Karaiskou will highlight the circumstances under which both traditional culture and modernity became fields of visual power in contemporary Greek society. Karaiskou is a distinguished Visiting Mellon Scholar in Art History at Macalester. Previously, she was professor at the Open University of Cyprus in Studies in Hellenic Culture. Her main area of interest is the human figure and its interactions with public space. Her latest book, Uses and Abuses of Culture: Greece 1974 – 2010, was published in 2013.
Shades of Yellow presents its 10th SOY Enchanted Ball, Saturday, March 22, (time to be announced( at DS Event Center, 415 Pascal Street N., St. Paul, MN 55104. For information email [email protected]
Thailand New Year, Saturday, April 26, 10:30 a.m. at Augsburg Park Library, 7100 Nicollet Ave., Richfield. Thai fruit carving, traditional dances, hands-on activities and learning. www.hclib.org/events
Thailand New Year, Saturday, Saturday, April 26, 2 p.m. at Oxboro Library, 8801 Portland Ave. S., Bloomington. Thai fruit carving, traditional dances, hands-on activities and learning. www.hclib.org/events
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.
Volunteer to help seniors – One-time or for ongoing unpaid volunteer assignments to assist seniors. Chores available range from yard-work, painting, cleaning, and fix-it tasks. Perfect for individuals, groups, and families. Please contact Jeanne the NIP Seniors Program, Volunteer Coordinator at [email protected] or call 612-746-8549 for more information. Visit www.neighborhoodinvolve.org for more information. Outside of Minneapolis, contact the Senior Linkage Line at 1-800-333-2433 for details.