The state Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans (CAPM) will host a panel of state legislators and commissioners who will speak on key outcomes of the 2014 legislative session for our Council and our communities on Saturday, July 19, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at the Minnesota Humanities Center, 987 Ivy Ave. E, St. Paul, MN 55106. The program will consist of a panel of key legislators such as Speaker of the House, Rep. Paul Thissen, President of the Senate, Sen. Pappas, Assistant Minority Leader, Sen. Chamberlain, and Commissioner of Human Rights, Kevin Lindsey, among others. The panelists will share the intentions behind these laws and how they will impact the lives of Asian Pacific Minnesotans. After the panel discussion, audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions. Following the Q and A will be an opportunity for one-on-one discussion with our panelists. For information call 651-757-1741.
Hmong American Partnership’s free Karen Home Stretch Workshop on Saturday, July 19, 2014, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Hmong American Partnership, 1075 Arcade Street, St. Paul, MN 55106. The Karen community is in the buying market. HAP would like to offer the Karen community the First Time Home Buyer Education Workshop (Home Stretch) in their native language, enabling them to use the abundance of resources for down payment assistance and specialized lender programs. HAP will assist potential homebuyers in educating them in the process and be a resource in the community. The Home Stretch Certificate can provide access to qualified buyers to roughly $30,000 in down payment assistance. For information contact Nick Yang at 651-495-1544 or [email protected]
Jackie Chan Adventures, the films of Jackie Chan, at 7 p.m. every Mon., Tue. until July 29, and 9 p.m. every Mon., Tue. until July 29, at Trylon microcinema, 3258 Minnehaha Ave. Minneapolis. $8, Call 612-424-5468. Late shows on Jul. 14-15 are at 8:45 p.m. http://take-up.org
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. Call 651-642-0411.
Jawaahir Dance Company performance, July 22 at 10 a.m., at Caponi Art Park and Learning Center, 1205 Diffley Road, Eagan, MN 55123 — located on Diffley Road east of Interstate 35E, between Pilot Knob Road and Lexington Avenue. This Family Fun Tuesdays event will present Middle Eastern dancing, music and sumptuous costumes in both traditional and contemporary forms bringing the rich folkloric heritage of the Arabic-speaking Middle East to the theatrical stage. Suggested donations of $4 for Family Fun Tuesdays and $5 for Summer Performance Series help pay for the artists and make these events financially accessible for all. caponiartpark.org
NetIP Twin Cities Happy Hour on Saturday, July 26, at 6:30 p.m., at Brit’s Pub-downtown, 1110 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis. Whether you’re looking for professional networking, just enjoy a few drinks and appetizers, or want to lawn bowl – come out and join NetIP Twincities. http://twincities.netip.org
Vihara Art Class 2014 – The Minnesota Buddhist Vihara is providing an opportunity to study arts from a well-known artist, Sumi Wanduragala in this summer starting on Sunday July 27, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Minnesota Buddhist Vihara, 3401 N. 4th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55412. There will be 5 sessions on July 27, Aug. 3, Aug. 24, Aug. 31, and Sept. 14. All are welcome. To reserve a spot email Sumi at [email protected] or call 612-377-6281. For infomration contact Witiyala Seewalie Nayaka Thera, President and Abbot,Minnesota Buddhist Vihara at 612-522-1811 and visit online at www.mnbv.org.
“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.
Thao Nguyen at the Skyline Music Festival, Aug. 8, 2014, 7 p.m., at Target Field, downtown Minneapolis. Thao Nguyen of Thao & The Get Down Stay Down performs on the first night “Indie Night” of the festival along with Andrew Bird, The New Pornographers, S. Carey and Martin Dosh. Gates open at 4:30 p.m. with music starting at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $29, $39, and $49. More information at http://minnesota.twins.mlb.com/min/ticketing/concert.jsp.
Saint Thomas Academy annual Sounds of Minnesota Competition, hosted by St. Paul’s Minnesota Brass Drum and Bugle Corps and presented by MB Productions, will be held on Friday, Aug. 15, at Saint Thomas Academy in Mendota Heights. The show starts at 7 p.m.; gates open at 6:00 p.m. Featuring drum corps from Minnesota and Wisconsin, as well as other ensembles in exhibition. Each competing unit will perform a 15-minute field show and will be evaluated by a panel of judges. Tickets to Sounds of Minnesota are available at www.soundsofminnesota.com. Premium seats are available online in advance for $10; Standard seats are $10 at the gate. Kids 6 and under are admitted free. For more information, call 651-717-4382. Proceeds from the show help support the Saint Thomas Academy Band Backers.
Art in Bayfront Park, August 16-17, 2014 in Bayfront Festival Park, Duluth Minn. Artist demonstrations, sales, classes, kids kite flying contest, scavenger hunt and interactive arts. Food vendors. www.artinbayfrontpark.com
Japanese Lantern Lighting Festival at Como Park, Sunday, August 17, 2014, from 1:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Como Park in St. Paul. The largest Japan-related festival in Minnesota, takes place in Como Park every August. Modeled after summer festivals held across Japan, it features stage performances, cultural demonstrations, activities, and, of course, Japanese food. An array of Japanese traditions and fun for the whole family. A collaborative effort between JASM, Como Park, and the Saint Paul-Nagasaki Sister City Committee, the Lantern Lighting Festival is a chance for JASM to reach out to the community and directly promote cultural exchange. Calligraphy, Kingyo Sukui (Goldfish), Chopstick Challenge, Yo-Yo Tsuri, J-Quiz, cultural entertainment.
Zeitgeist, Aug. 17 at 6:30 p.m. (rain date: August 18) at Caponi Art Park and Learning Center, 1205 Diffley Road, Eagan, MN 55123 — located on Diffley Road east of Interstate 35E, between Pilot Knob Road and Lexington Avenue. The final act of the Art Park’s Summer Performance Series features Zeitgeist, one of the longest established new music chamber ensemble. This group creates imaginative new work that challenges the boundaries of traditional chamber music. They will perform Inuksuit, by Alaskan composer John Luther Adams, a composition for up to 99 percussionists meant to be performed outdoors. Musicians will be dispersed throughout the Amphitheater space, playing a wide variety of percussion instruments, including drums, cymbals, conch shells, and sirens. The music will blend with the sounds of nature in the park, and listeners can move freely throughout the area to experience the music from different places. Events are free. Suggested donations of $4 for Family Fun Tuesdays and $5 for Summer Performance Series help pay for the artists and make these events financially accessible for all.
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.
Wild Rice Processing, Free and open to the public, Sept. 6, 13, 20 and 27, at Noon, 1, 2 and 3 p.m., Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post 43411 Oodena Dr., Onamia, MN. Head to the lakeshore to watch museum staff process wild rice including how to dry, parch, thresh and winnow the rice. Visitors will be able to see the entire process from raw to finished product during 20 minute demonstrations offered on the hour. Demonstrations may be cancelled due to bad weather. Regular admission fees apply to visit the museum. For information call 320-532-3632.
Two-Part Trail Tour: The Prairie and The Big Woods, Thursday, Sept. 11, 7 p.m., at Traverse des Sioux Historic Site, St. Peter, MN. Free and open to the public.Join naturalist Scott Kudelka for a two-part tour of the Traverse des Sioux trails to learn about two very different landscapes on either side of the Minnesota River – the prairie and the Big Woods. In August, take a prairie tour to learn how the tall grass prairie dominated the landscape throughout the Minnesota River basin before European-American settlers arrived. Hike through a restored prairie to learn how the grasses benefit the environment, how people and animals have used the grasses, and which animals make their home on the prairie. In September, take a tour of the Big Woods to examine how the forests formed, discover some of the rare animal species that live in the woods and how the woods have changed over time. The dense forest dominated by maple and basswood once covered 3,000 square miles across southern Minnesota reaching to present-day Mankato. Called “Bois Grand” or “Big Woods” by early French explorers, it was recognized as a distinct area from other hardwood forests.Trail tours start at the Treaty Site History Center. For information call 507-697-6321.
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.
Extraordinary Boy — Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site tours are offered daily, Thursdays through Sundays 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]