Mu Performing Arts presents “Passing the Beat 2014” for two performances on Saturday, June 21 at 7 p.m., and Sunday, June 22 at 2 p.m., at Sabes Jewish Community Center, 4330 S. Cedar Lake Road, Minneapolis, MN 55416. Come see Mu Daiko Taiko’s amazing students as they take the stage alongside their instructors for this popular annual recital. Tickets are $15 for adults, and $5 for children. Find out more at www.muperformingarts.org.
History Food Crawls: University Avenue, Frogtown and Rondo, Saturday, June 21, from 1:30 to 4 p.m. at Minnesota History Center 345 Kellogg Blvd W., St. Paul,
Ride through the history, culture and cuisine of one of St. Paul’s most changeable districts, University Avenue. From a country road, streetcar line and urban highway, the avenue is now a light rail route that both divides and defines the district. Investigate Frogtown and the Hmongtown Marketplace and discover what was lost in Rondo, the city’s historic African American neighborhood. Experience the beauty of St. Agnes Catholic Church, one of St. Paul’s architectural gems, and get to know the story of Pilgrim Baptist, home of Minnesota’s oldest black congregation. Along the way enjoy hearty samples from the neighborhood’s best purveyors of food. The two-and-a-half hour tour is on an air-conditioned bus and includes up to three blocks of moderately paced walking on uneven surfaces. Please call ahead to make arrangements for guests with limited mobility. Food samples are included in ticket price. Call 651-259-3000. Fee: $35/$30 for MNHS members. Reservations: required; call 651-259-3015 or online.
The Tomodachi Club of the Japan America Society of Minnesota, will hold a field trip June 22, 2014, from noon to 3 p.m. at Koi Acres, 11100 — 240th St N, Scandia, MN 55073. The event will include a tour of the koi farm and a potluck picnic. For information call 612-627-9357 email [email protected] and visit http://mn-japan.org.
The “Highgrove Florilegium Exhibit,” a traveling exhibit of artwork depicting plants in Prince Charles’ garden as interpreted by the world’s top botanic artists, opens June 24 at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and continues through Sept. 1. The public is invited to the exhibit grand opening June 26 at 5:30 p.m. Reservations required by June 18 at 952-443-1405.
Dr. Hiroshi Nakato Speaks about Model Organism “Zoo” on Tuesday, June 24, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the University of Minnesota Molecular and Cellular Biology Building, Room # 2-138 MCB, 420 Washington Avenue SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455. Dr. Nakato is an Associate Professor of the Department of Geneetics, Cell Biology and Development. He will discuss model animal organisms that are extensively studied in the life sciences to understand particular biological phenomena. History and current progress of the life sciences through these powerful, and sometimes adorable animals will be discussed at the lecture. The lecture will be conducted in Japanese. $10 for students; $15 for non-members. RSVP to 612-627-9357 or email [email protected]
Hmong 101 Webinar, June 24, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Hmong Cultural Center presents a Hmong culture and history introductory level course as a live Hmong 101 Webinar. $15 Registration and additional information at www.anymeeting.com/PIID=EA56DB8681463B.
The Professional Group of the Japan America Society of Minnesota will meet Wednesday, June 25, 2014, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Zen Box Izakaya, 602 Washington Ave. South, Minneapolis, MN 55415. Join JASM for a fun, social, networking event open to everyone. This event welcomes anyone who is looking to network professionally, culturally, or just looking to connect with people that have a common interest in Japan. For information call 612-627-9357 email [email protected] and visit http://mn-japan.org.
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]
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.
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.
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.
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 Library, 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. Safe, fun environment with food. Contact Ying Lee at [email protected]
Volunteer to help seniors – One-time or for ongoing unpaid volunteer assignments to assist seniors. Chores range from yard-work, painting, cleaning, and fix-it tasks. Individuals, groups, and families. Contact Jeanne at [email protected] or call 612-746-8549. www.neighborhoodinvolve.org