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Monday, November 1
Author Linda Johnson discusses her book, The Living Goddess, an enthralling, scholarly and very readable book that takes us to the temples, jungles and cities of India. Free! 7:30pm Borders, 1501 Plymouth Rd, Minnetonka, 612-595-0977.
Tuesday, November 2
F.E.M.A.L.E. (Formerly Employed Mothers at the Leading Edge)
Jean Larson, an architect from the highly respected firms of Mulfinger, Susanka, Mahady & Partners will join us to discuss her firm's designs for homes that are more livable and environmentally sound. FREE! Washburn Library, 5244 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, 7pm. 612-823-8891
Wednesday, November 3
The Minnesota Parent Book Club
Join Minnesota Parent for the November book discussion on Cold Mountain,by Charles Frazier. Enjoy your reading, and come prepared to share your thoughts! Win a parenting book compliments of Minnesota Parent.The Minnesota Parent Book Club meets the first Wednesday of every month. FREE! Book club titles are available for 30% at all Barnes & Noble metro stores. 7-8:30pm. Barnes & Noble, 3225 West 69th Street, Galleria, Edina, (612) 920-0633.
Thursday, November 4
Mothers' Connection offers support, networking and social activities for Moms and their children ages birth to 5 years. Join us at the next meeting at 7 p.m. to hear Jean Breitenbucher speak on "Teaching Safety Skills to Preschoolers." General meetings are 7 p.m. the first Thursday of each month at All Saints Lutheran Church, 15915 Excelsior Blvd., Minnetonka. Call 612-892-1849 for more information.
Friday, November 5
Meet one of the most popular children's book author/illustrators, Tomie dePaola. Tomie is an internationally-known artist and writer who has published hundreds of books for children including Caldecott Honor winning Strega Nona.FREE! 4-6pm. The Red Balloon Bookshop, 891 Grand Ave, St. Paul. 651-224-8320.
Friday, November 5-6
Moms Network, an organization for work at home moms, is holding the Moms Network '99 Expo for moms and women in business. The Expo provides the platform for women to learn how other women have started their home based business and receive tips on choosing a home based business. Fri3-7, Sat 10am-4pm. FREE! Mall of America, Minnesota Room, 4th floor, Bloomington. 651-423-4036.
Saturday, November 6
A technology discovery center celebrates their new location. Bring the whole family to touch, tinker and try out technology by exploring hands-on exhibits. Play a harp with strings of light, see how cartoons are made, program a robot using bar codes, and more. 10am-6pm. Admission: $3.50. The Works, 1140 Southdale Center, Edina. 612-285-5353.
K'Nex Play Day
Using small plastic sticks and connectors, create a sculpture that you can take home! Sign up for the raffle to win a K'Nex kit! Winner announced at 2pm. FREE! 10am-2pm. Creative Kidstuff, all six stores. 612-927-0653.
Our free seminar will provide you with information on adoption procedures and paperwork, current changes in Romanian law, medical screening of children, and post placement issues. Also shared are experiences by adoptive parents and guest speaker Judith Schaffer, author of Raising an Adoptive Child.10am-1pm. St. Paul/Minneapolis airport area. For additional information and registration call Van Dyke, Inc. - Romanian Adoption Assistance, 920-452-5358.
Sunday, November 7
Step back in time with a CNC naturalist and join in the fun (and work) that went into keeping clean. Come and make a delightfully clean gift for yourself or someone else. Reservations required; recommended for ages 12 years and up. $4/person, $3/for friends of CNC. 1-3pm. Carpenter Nature Center, 12805 St. Croix Tr, Hastings, 651-437-4359.
Monday, November 8
Crayola Gel Paint
Pre-School Craft Time! Making crafts is a great way to build fine and gross motor skills. Youngsters experience colors, shapes, textures and more through lots of different craft projects. 10:30am. Ages 3-5 with adult. FREE! Zany Brainy, Roseville, 651-635-0067. Edina 612-920-0410. Maple Grove 612-416-2798.
Tuesday, November 9
Fostering Family Closeness & Respect
An insightful parent lecture presented by Dr. Robert Brooks, author of The Self Esteem Teacher, at the Adath Jeshurun Congregation, Minnetonka. 7-8:30pm. Cost: $6.50, scholarships available. Call for information 612-939-0396.
Wednesday, November 10
Old-fashioned Candle Making
How did people light their homes without electric lights? With candles and lanterns! Find out what makes a candle burn, and where wax comes from. Make your own dipped candle to take home. Scout groups welcome. Ages five and up with adult. $3/person. 6:30-8pm. Tamarack Nature Center, 5287 Otter Lake Rd, White Bear Twp, 651-407-5350.
Thursday, November 11-13
The South High Theater presents a story of a young man's journey to find himself and make sure his life has meaning. Anyone who has ever felt confused, dissatisfied, or unsure of the path they should take to make life worth living can identify with Pippin. 7:30pm. South High Theater, 3131 19th Ave. S., Mpls.612-573-4769.
Friday, November 12-14
Don't miss this year's Holiday Boutique - a great way to get your holiday shopping done early AND help the animals. Come early for the best selection of homemade pies, cakes, cookies, bars, jams, dog biscuits, and handmade crafts. Donations are being accepted for the sale. Fri 5-8pm $3/per person; Sat 9:30am-6pm; Sun 11am-4pm. Animal Humane Society, 845 Meadow Lane N, Golden Valley, 612-522-0611.