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Saturday, November 13
A Globe That Talks
Where is Mali? How many miles are there between Minneapolis and Guadalajara? How is the weather in Seoul? Learn geography facts with the push of a button using the Odyssey Globe! FREE! 10am-2pm. Creative Kidstuff, all six stores. 612-927-0653.
Don't miss this one! Kids and parents alike can design and create their own very special, very unique mobiles with symbols of love and friendship! 11am-3pm. Ages three and up. Lakeshore Learning, 5699 W. 16th Street, Park Place Blvd. & I-394, St. Louis Park. 612-541-0991.
Zen Buddhism Information Session
Each month, Clouds in Water Zen Center offers an introduction for beginners in meditation and/or people interested in Clouds in Water. Meditation instructions and information about the center are offered by Dosho Port, the guiding teacher, or by a senior student. FREE! Refreshments served. No registration necessary. 9-10:30am. Clouds in Water Zen Center, 308 Prince St #120, St. Paul. 651-222-6968.
Sunday, November 14
Family Fun Day
"Banjo Dancer" will perform during this afternoon of fun, dance, art, and music activities for kids and their families. 1pm. Free for MacPhail members, $8/general public. MacPhail Center for the Arts, 1128 LaSalle Ave, Mpls. 612-321-0100.
Minnesota Youth Symphonies
Conductor's Favorites! Hear the world premiere: Islas & Montanas - Shelley Hanson; Polovtsian Dances - Borodin; Overture Festivo - Shostakovich; Duke Ellington Suite. 6:30pm. $16/reserved seating; $10/adult general admission; $3/children 7-14 general seating; free/children ages six and under (ticket required). Orchestra Hall, Mpls. 651-699-5811 for ticket information.
Monday, November 15
Laurence Boldt, author of the bestseller, Zen and the Art of Making a Living,introduces his new book, The Tao of Abundance,and presents the Eight Principles for Abundant Living. Borders, 1501 Plymouth Rd, Minnetonka, 612-595-0977.
Tuesday, November 16
F.E.M.A.L.E. (Formerly Employed Mothers at the Leading Edge)
It's time for Project Night! Bring the photos and memoirs you've crammed in that drawer and we'll update our children's baby books. Washburn Library, 5244 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, 7pm. 612-823-8891.
Wednesday, November 17
Meet with Windy Coyote or our other puppet friends to hear different tales each month. Activities may include songs, finger plays or other fun ideas. Windy Coyote has lots of surprises for you! Ages two and up. $3/child. Call to register. 10-11am. Tamarack Nature Center, 5287 Otter Lake Rd, White Bear Twp, 651-407-5350.
Thursday, November 18
Holiday Arts & Crafts Fun
Fun stuff for older kids! Join us for math mania and crafting craziness. Make a picture frame. Ages seven and up. 7pm. FREE! Zany Brainy, Roseville, 651-635-0067. Edina 612-920-0410. Maple Grove 612-416-2798.
Friday, November 19-21
Bachman's Holiday Open Houses
A perennial favorite for thousands of Twin Cities families, Bachman's Floral, Gift and Garden Centers kick-off the season with their annual Holiday Open Houses, a three-day event. The Holiday Open Houses are scheduled at Bachman's flagship store, 6010 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, and their five other metro floral and garden center locations. Holiday festivities start at the Lyndale store when the Twin Cities' most famous Santa (played by actor Dick Holmberg) and Albert the Elf (played by actor Kevin Dutcher) entertain in their special toy workshop with an original, interactive holiday story. All Bachman's Bachman's Floral, Gift and Garden Centers have more holiday treats in store, including performances by Dickens' Carolers, special visits by costumed characters, live reindeer on display, prize drawings, gift and decorating ideas, and free cookies, cider and coffee. Hours for Bachman's Holiday Open Houses are Friday, Nov. 19, 8:30 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 20, 8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.; and Sunday, Nov. 21, 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. All Bachman's stores will also have visits from Santa on scheduled weeknights during the holiday season. For information on the free holiday events and a schedule of Santa's appearances at Bachman's stores, call Bachman's Holiday Hotline at 612-861-7700.
Saturday, November 20
Moms Network Exchange
Moms Network, an organization for moms who work at home, is forming a local exchange in the Twin Cities. Moms Network combines networking, business and motherhood all into one to help moms create a balance in their work at home careers and homelife. FREE! Applebee's Restaurant in Apple Valley. Carolyn 612-891-5660. Calyn@momsnetwork.com.
Build Skyscrapers (well, the kind that can fit in a toy store!) using your own hands or the awesome Robotic Arm! Guaranteed to be a fun and fascinating challenge for kids of all ages! FREE! 10am-2pm. Creative Kidstuff, all six stores. 612-927-0653.
Sunday, November 21
In Concert: John McCutcheon
A benefit for KidsPark, a drop-in child care service, the concert is sponsored by Mac-Groveland Community Council. John McCutcheon has become one of the best-selling and most-loved performers in family music. Join him, and Patty McCutcheon-American Sign Language Interpreter, at the Baumgaertner Auditorium at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul. A Children's Concert (appropriate for ages four and up) is at 3pm, tickets are $5/advance and $6/at the door. A Family Concert is at 7pm, tickets are $12/advance and $15/at the door; seniors and 12 & under $8. Advance ticket sales: 651-645-4800; also available at Hungry Mind and The Red Balloon Bookshops.