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.
PACER Center is offering “Parent Talk: Communicating with professionals and connecting with other families,” a free workshop for parents of children with developmental delays and disabilities ages birth to 5. It is on Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at PACER Center, 8161 Normandale Blvd., in Bloomington, Minn. Advance registration is required. Participants in this workshop will learn skills and strategies on how to communicate more effectively with early childhood professionals, including the importance of the parents’ role. They will also have the opportunity to talk and connect with other parents to share experiences and tips learned along the way. To register, call PACER at 952-838-9000. In Greater Minnesota, call (800) 537-2237 (toll free) or visit PACER.org.
Parents of children with disabilities workshop
PACER Center is offering “Planning for Educational Inclusion,” a free workshop for parents of children with disabilities and for professionals. It is on Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at PACER Center, 8161 Normandale Blvd., in Bloomington, Minn. Advance registration is required. Participants in this workshop will learn about including students with significant disabilities in regular K-12 educational settings and the general curriculum, and why it is important to do so. This workshop will address questions such as: What is educational inclusion? How can parents use the Individualized Education Program (IEP) process to plan for their child’s inclusion? How does the IEP team determine the least restrictive environment for the child? Why and how should a child with disabilities participate in district and state assessments? To register, call PACER at 952-838-9000. In Greater Minnesota, call (800) 537-2237 (toll free) or visit PACER.org.
Join The Citizens League, Target, and 89.3 The Current for the season premier of Policy and a Pint: Behind the Spin – Campaigns from the Inside on Tuesday, Sept. 30 at Amsterdam Bar and Hall, 6 W 6th Street, St Paul, MN 55102 (close to the Green Line’s Central Station in St. Paul). Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and the program begins at 6 p.m. This month, in the midst of election season, the talk is on political campaign strategy with Mike Erlandson, former state party chairman and candidate, and Cullen Sheehan, former national political campaign manager. Get a peek behind the curtain to find out how decisions get made in candidates’ all-out efforts to win your vote. $10 general, $5 students with valid ID. Complimentary appetizers, cash bar. Register online at http://citizensleague.org/events/policy-and-a-pint-behind-the-spin-campaigns-from-the-inside.
You are invited to a house party to advance the rights of immigrants and refugees on Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the home of Andrea & Jim Rubenstein, 5108 Bryant Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55419. Please RSVP by Sept. 29 to Ashley Monk at [email protected] or 612-746-4667 and www.advrights.org. Learn the latest from The Advocates for Human Rights’ experts about the experiences of children and families fleeing Central America. We will provide valuable context for what you are hearing in the news, discuss root causes, and share specifics about our work to help.Co-hosts include Chris Bercaw, Ben Cooper, Laura Cooper, Alan Goldfarb, Lesley Guyton, Loan Huynh, Mark Lee, Anne Lockner Bernat, Mary McKelvey, Mary Jane Mitchell. Ralph Mitchell, Kathy Moccio, Sam Myers, Georgia O’Brien, Andrea Rubenstein, Jim Rubenstein, Max Schott, II, Sally Silk, Jessica Toft, and Thomas Wolfe. Can’t make it to the party? You can still donate at https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/1428990.
ENCORE! in Concert. A small ensemble made up of members of The Twin Cities Women’s Choir, will present their first full-length concert on Sunday afternoon, Oct. 5 at 3 p.m. at Calvary Lutheran Church, 3901 Chicago Avenue South, Minneapolis. ENCORE! is an exciting and dynamic group of women from all over the Twin Cities who are passionate about a cappella music and sharing the joy of singing with anyone who will listen. For information visit www.twincitieswomenschoir.org.
Indian Music Society of Minnesota presents Gayathri Venkataraghavan (Carnatic Vocal) with Mysore V Srikanth (Violin) and Tanjore K Murugaboopathi (Mridangam) on Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014, at 5 p.m., in the Recital Hall of St. Catherine University, 2004 Randolph Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55105. Tickets are $17 in advance and $20 at the door. For information contact Durgesh Manjure at 612-360-1911, or email [email protected] Visit online at www.imsom.org.
How Can “Pimp’s Manual” Be Used by Social Services to Help Recognize Human Trafficking Victims in Minnesota?, Oct. 9, 2014, from 1 to 4:30 p.m., at Harborside 303, Duluth Entertainment Convention Center, 350 Harbor Drive, Duluth MN 55802. Linda Miller, executive director, Civil Society, will present on the dynamics of victimization between pimps or traffickers and their victims, as part of the 32nd Annual St. Louis County health and Human Service Conference. The presentation will combine accounts of victims and research results that will give social service workers a foundation with which to identify trafficking victim traits and simple methods to begin appropriate intervention. Miller will explore the demographics of victims, types of victimization, and the approaches and resources essential for their safety. For information call 651-291-0713 visit www.civilsocietyhelps.org.
AWUM From the Heart
Friday, Oct. 10, from 6 to 9 p.m., at The Woman’s Club of Minneapolis, 410 Oak Grove St, Minneapolis, MN 55403. Asian Women United of Minnesota’s annual gala. Appetizers, cash bar, silent auction, with a special artistic presentation by Lenora Lee, a San Francisco based dancer, choreographer and artistic director of Lenora Lee Dance. Partner with AWUM in their mission to end domestic violence by promoting safe abd healthy relationships in the Asian-Pacific Islander community. This fundraising event is free and open to the public but RSVP is required. Each guest will be asked to make a gift to support families dealing with domestic violence. Free parking in the adjacent lot with an overflow area one half block east on Oak Grove. Street parking also an option. RSVP to [email protected]
SCORE “Mentors to America’s Small Business” will hold a seminar “Financing Your Business” on Friday, Oct. 10, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Sunrise Bank, 200 University Ave. West, St. Paul, MN. The seminar covers sources of financing and loan alternatives, SBA guaranteed loans, and cash flow management. To register go to the SCORE website www.stpaul.score.org or call 651-261-1429 for additional information. Fee is $59.00 which includes seminar, booklets and other materials.
For the first time in history, the Tokyo Type Directors Club Exhibition travels to the United States, with a Lecture and Gallery Reception on Oct. 15, 2014, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Concordia University’s Art Center, 1301 Marshall Ave. St. Paul, MN 55104. The event is co-sponsored Japan America Society of Minnesota and the Concordia Leaders of Design Series. For tickets and exhibition details please visit online at http://tokyotdc-stp.squarespace.com. The exhibition will run a the Concordia Art Center from Oct. 13-31, 2014.
Asian American Journalists Association — Minnesota chaper, presents, Trivia Bowl, with former WCCO anchor Don Shelby hosting Trivia Bowl on Oct. 16, from 5:30 to 9 p.m., at Brit’s Pub, 1110 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis. All proceeds benefit AAJA-MN’s scholarship, grant and internship programs. Register at www.aajamn.com/trivia-bowl.html. Cost is $100 per team of five.
Indian Music Society of Minnesota presents Anupama Bhagwat (Sitar) with Nitin Mitta (Tabla) on Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, at 5 p.m., in the Recital Hall of St. Catherine University, 2004 Randolph Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55105. Tickets are $17 in advance and $20 at the door. For information contact Durgesh Manjure at 612-360-1911, or email [email protected] Visit online at www.imsom.org.
Fighting the Invasion of the Body Snatchers workshop on how evidence based, trauma informed victim services for sex trafficked victims and trainings for high school and college youth can strengthen our children where trafficking is occurring, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, from 4 to 5:30 p.m., at the Training Center, First National Bank Building, 332 Minnesota Street, St. Paul, MN 55101. A donation of $15 per person for workshop materials is suggested. Please register for a workshop at 651-291-0713 or [email protected]
The 17th Mondale Award and Scholarship Gala, Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014, from 5:30 to 9 p.m., at Oak Ridge Country Club, 700 Oak Ridge Road, Hopkins, MN 55305. Dinner is $115 for non-JASM members until Oct. 3, and $135 thereafter until the Oct. 26 deadline to register at http://mn-japan.org/2014/08/the-17th-annual-mondale-award-dinner-gala. The Keynote Speaker will be Dr. Matthew Welch, Deputy Director and Chief Curator at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts Directors Office and Asian Art department. Proceeds will enable JASM to to offer a merit-based Mondale Scholarship and fascinating social and educational programs that promote cultural exchange between Minnesota and Japan. For information call 612-627-9357 or email jasm-i[email protected]
Indian Music Society of Minnesota presents Kaushiki Chakraborty (Hindustani Vocal), with Kedar Naphde (Harmonium), and Shubhajyoti Guha (Tabla) on Sunday, Nov. 9 2014, at 5 p.m., in the HHH Cowles Auditorium of the University of Minnesota, 528 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403. Tickets are $17 in advance and $20 at the door. For information contact Durgesh Manjure at 612-360-1911, or email [email protected] Visit online at www.imsom.org.
The Edmund Fitzgerald Commemorative Beacon Lighting, Monday, Nov. 10, 2014, from Noon to 6 p.m. at Split Rock Lighthouse, 3713 Split Rock Lighthouse Road, in Two Harbors, Minn. $7. This popular annual event commemorates the 1975 sinking of the freighter “Edmund Fitzgerald” and the loss of her 29 crew members. The lighthouse, fog signal building and visitor center will be open from noon to 6 p.m. A film about the Fitzgerald will be shown in the visitor center continuously throughout the afternoon. At 4:30 p.m. the lighthouse will close temporarily while the names of the crew members are read to the tolling of a ship’s bell. Following the ceremony, the beacon will be lit and the tower once again opened for visitors to tour. This is the only opportunity each year when visitors can climb to the top of the tower after dark and see the beacon lit and revolving. For information call 218-226-6372.
Indian Music Society of Minnesota presents The 19th Annual Aradhana, musical tribute to the great composers of Carnatic (South Indian) Classical Music by Twin Cities’ vocalists and instrumentalists, on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Hindu Temple of Minnesota Community Center Auditorium, 10530 Troy Lane North, Maple Grove, MN 55311. Tickets are $17 in advance and $20 at the door. For information contact Durgesh Manjure at 612-360-1911, or email [email protected] Visit online at www.imsom.org.
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.
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.
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], 612-703-7501 or HOTResonanceArt.com.