Chipotle Mexican Grill will host its Cultivate Festival in Minneapolis for the first time on Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014 in Loring Park. The one-day festival will run from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and will include cooking demonstrations by celebrity chefs, live music, food artisans and other activities emphasizing fresh and affordable food made with sustainable ingredients. Admission is free. Chefs scheduled to speak and cook at Cultivate include: Andrew Zimmern (“Bizarre Foods America”); Amanda Freitag (Empire Diner, “Chopped” and “The Next Iron Chef”); Jamie Malone (Sea Change, 2014 James Beard Best Chef Nominee); Jack Riebel (formerly Butcher and the Boar, 2013 James Beard Best Chef Nominee), Erik Anderson (formerly Catbird Seat) and Paul Berglund (Bachelor Farmer, 2014 James Beard Best Chef Nominee).The musical lineup includes Portugal. The Man, Grouplove, The Mowgli’s, Vintage Trouble, Hunter Hunted, and DJ Christopher Golub.
Hmong National Organization Fall Picnic, Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., at Long Lake Regional Park, 1500 Old Highway 8, New Brighton, MN 55112. Free for all families and friends in the Metro Area. Free foods and activities for all ages. For information call Chayia Lee at 651-592-0384 and visit hmongnationalities.org.
Japan America Society of Minnesota presents “Sushi Social — the ‘su-cial’,” on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Origami Uptown Restaurant, 1354 Lagoon Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408. As an event, the”Sucial” functions as a fun, informal session that brings JASM members and non-members together to share their stories and experiences, as well as, being able to connect with each other. Come prepared to have great Japanese cuisine and company. Enjoy your evening at uptown with your old and new friends. Origami Uptown will be serving an assortment of sushi, appetizers and more. We hope that you will be able to join us and enjoy both the sushi and your new connection. The fee is $30 for JASM non-members. Please RSVP by Thursday Aug. 21, to at http://mn-japan.org/2014/07/wednesday-august-27th-sushi-social. For more information call 612.627.9357 or email [email protected]
“A Walk in the Garden” – University of Minnesota Extension – Anoka County Master Gardener Volunteer Program is sponsoring “A Walk in the Garden” educational series of gardening classes at the Bunker Hills Activities Center, 550 Bunker Lake Blvd NW, Andover, Minn. Six classes throughout the summer on select Wednesday evenings in the Veteran’s Peace and Master Gardener Demonstration Garden south of the Activities Center from 7-8 p.m. Planting Bulbs in the Fall for Spring Color on Aug. 27. The class will be taught by Extension Master Gardener Volunteers The classes follow the Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinics, also held at the Bunker Hills Activities Center. Pre-registration is require. Classes are free. Suggested donation of $5 per session to cover marketing and promotional expenses. Call 763-755-1280. Brochure at www.anokamastergardeners.org or www.extension.umn.edu/county/anoka.
100 Stories / 365 Days — Immigrants Tell Their Life Stories Exhibition from Sept. 4 through Oct. 25, 2014, with an opening reception on Sept. 11, 2014 at 6 p.m. at At Intermedia Arts, 2822 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408. Come meet your neighbors. “We’re all here. We all play a role. We all have a story to tell.” Join photographers, immigrants who have shared their stories, and curators as we celebrate the opening of this new exhibit, this multi-media exhibit features photographs, written biographies, quotes, and first-person narrative videos telling 100 immigrant stories from Minnesota, California, and New York. Putting a human face to the current immigration debate, these stories share the experiences of 100 of our nation’s 40 million immigrants. These chronicles are both awe-inspiring and thought provoking, portraying the diversity of the immigrant experience in the United States. Free to the public, gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mon-Fri, and noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday.
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.
Teada Productions and Intermedia Arts present Global Taxi Driver, a new play written and directed by Leilani Chan, Sept. 11-14, and 18-21, 2014 at Intermedia Arts, 2822 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis.Inspired by the real life experiences of Somali drivers, Vietnam vets, artists, and more, Global Taxi Driver uncovers a little known slice of the Twin Cities – and a unique view of the world – from behind the wheel of a cab. Leilani Chan and TeAda Ensemble members Ova Saopeng and Shyamala Moorty, have teamed up with local artists Pedro Bayon, Ifrah Mansour, Kevin “Kaoz” Moore, Nicole M. Smith, and Saymoukda Vongsay to gather stories of Taxi Drivers in the Twin Cities. Throughout the world, taxi driving is a gateway profession for immigrants, often taken on by people who were once farmers, soldiers, doctors, or lawyers. With the growth of ride sharing services threatening this occupation, these stories become even more urgent to tell. Showtimes 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays – Saturdays, and 2:30 p.m. Sundays. A Sept. 11, 8 o.m. show is sliding scale admission. Tickets: $12 advance, students, and senior, and $15 at the door.
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.
The Minneapolis Passport Agency is hosting Passport Day in the USA, Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Minneapolis Passport Agency, 212 3rd Ave South, Suite 100, Minneapolis, MN 55401. The event is to provide passport information to U.S. citizens and to accept passport applications. On this day only, no appointments are needed for applicants at the Minneapolis Passport Agency. You may apply for a passport for routine or expedited service. More at travel.state.gov. or 1-877-487-2778.
Indefinite Articles: A Libertarian Rage, Sunday, Sept. 14, at the Amsterdam Bar and Hall, 6 W 6th St, St. Paul, MN 55102. Phillip Low is closing his four-month tour at the Amsterdam Bar and Hall in September, along with performances by comedians Matt Allex and Zach Coulter. 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, down some whiskey, laugh, get angry, and tip your servers. He’ll be here one night. This show contains profanity, graphic language, and other reckless exploitation of the First Amendment. Tickets, $12 and $10 with a Fringe button discount. www.maximumverbosityonline.org
Neighborhood HealthSource “Breakfast Jubilee: Caring for our Community” on Sept. 18, 2014, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the historic Jax Cafe, 1928 University Ave NE, Minneapolis. The public is invited for breakfast, program and raffle. For Tickets and Sponsorship Information at www.neighborhoodhealthsource.org/gala.html. For infromation contact Neighborhood HealthSource at 612-588-9411.
St. Paul Yoga Center 20th Birthday Celebration on Saturday, Sept. 27, from 1 to 6 p.m. at 1162 Selby Avenue, St. Paul (near the intersection of Lexington Avenue and Interstate 94).
This event is free and open to the public. All ages welcome. From 1 to 4 p.m. in the Corner Studio, guests will be able to sample various styles of yoga, including beginning, vinyasa, restorative, inner alignment, Iyengar-based and yoga dance. Free refreshments and mini-massages, along with acupuncture and craniosacral treatments, will be available beginning at 1:30 in the Selby Studio. At 4 p.m., there will be a yoga demonstration by several teachers, followed by a special celebration honoring Donna Gustafson, founder and retired owner of the St. Paul Yoga Center. The grand finale begins at 4:30 with Kirtan, a meditative musical form that involves call-and-response between performers and audience. The Kirtan will be led by Minneapolis-based chant artists Sitara and Kalyani with Pavan Kumar. For information call 651-253-8903 or visit www.stpaulyogacenter.com.
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.
SOY Stories: Creating Power through Story Telling, Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, from 6 to 9 p.m. at 995 University Ave. W. #215, Saint Paul, MN 55109. SOY Stories is Shades of Yellow’s ongoing monthly community dialogue. This space was created with the need for the Hmong and/or Asian Pacific Islander LGBTQ community to have safe conversations about our issues and experiences to empower each other and our community. Join in the next SOY Stories and engage in community with the Hmong API LGBTQ community to explore the power of story telling; dinner and drinks will be provided. SOY is a safe space for Hmong/Asian Pacific Islander LGBTQ and Queer People of Color to express and share their stories and experiences. Allies of Hmong/API LGBTQ are welcomed to join the dialogue. RSVP through the link: http://tinyurl.com/soystorytelling.
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.