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Colleen's November Calendar Pick of the Month! Oh, the places you'll go...be sure to make one of them downtown St. Paul, where you'll step back in time as you visit your old-time favorite classics that your kids love too. The Minnesota Children's Museum has really gone whimsical with an exhibit entirely devoted to a beloved children's poet. Very interactive, very visual and very entertaining, the stage is set for you to see inside the world of Dr. Seuss. Hop on Pop (Kids! Don't try this one at home!), fish for one fish, two fish, or a blue fish, and allow the budding chefs in your family to try their hand at green eggs and ham. Take a look at literary history as you absorb the process of his timeless art which includes the manuscripts and sketches by Theodor S. Geisel (a.k.a. the wonderful Dr. Seuss). Educational done the right way by Seuss! and the Minnesota Children's Museum. Through January 16, 2000. Ages 1-2/$3.95; 3-59/$5.95. Hours vary. Minnesota Children's Museum, 10 West 7th Street, St. Paul, (651) 225-6001.
CHOKWE! Art and Initiation Among Chokwe and Related Peoples
A rare opportunity to explore the arts and cultural traditions of the Chokwe and related peoples of Central Africa now through January 16, 2000 at The Minneapolis Institute of Arts. CHOKWE! is presented in the museum's Dayton Hudson Gallery. Celebrating the cultural legacy of the Chokwe-related peoples of Angola, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Zambia, CHOKWE! is the first comprehensive exhibition in the United States to consider their extraordinarily rich cultural traditions. FREE! Hours vary. FAMILY DAY: November 14th, 12-5pm with entertainment and activities just for families. The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2400 Third Ave. S, Mpls. 612-870-3000.
Family Fun Nights!
Every Tuesday at the Mall of America enjoy FREE educational and entertaining events designed especially for kids. Mall of America, 60 East Broadway, 81st Street and Highway 77, Bloomington, (612) 883-8810.
Free First Saturdays Are For Families
The first Saturday of every month, The Walker Art Center offers "First Saturdays Are For Families." It's a day of amusing activities that focuses on the performing arts. This November, check out family-friendly performances by Carl Stone and David Shea. Experiment with sound using a computer and an electronic keyboard in an interactive workshop led by Craig Harris and Stephen Goldstein. FREE! 11am-4pm. Walker Art Center, 725 Vineland Place, Minneapolis. (612) 375-7622.
Sundays at Landmark
Through May 2000
Family-oriented event series offered on designated Sunday afternoons. Most events begin at 2pm and admission is FREE to low-cost. Join us as former St. Paul Mayor George Latimer presides over the festivities as the first territorial Governor Alexander Ramsey. on October 17 from 1-4pm. This FREE afternoon of special events features an array of historical performances and activities. Landmark Center, 75 West 5th Street, St. Paul, (651) 292-3225.
The Kyle Family
Take a Celtic spiritual journey each Sunday when the Kyles, their friends and family hold court in the Titanic lounge sing songs, tell stories and get your Sunday off to a great start. A great kid event! FREE! 12-2pm. Kieran's Irish Pub, 330 2nd Ave S (corner of 4th St & 2nd Ave S) downtown Mpls. 612-339-4499.
Special hands-on activities in November every Saturday and Sunday from 2-4pm. Breakfast Chemistry:Enjoy chemistry experiments that let you find out how much vitamin C is in your orange juice, how much starch there is in toast and more! FREE with gallery admission. $3.50. The Works, 1140 Southdale Center, Edina. 612-285-5353.
November 26-December 23, December 26-30
Celebrating its eighth year, Holidazzle is a series of holiday light parades sponsored by the Minneapolis Downtown Marketing Committee. Free and open to the public, Holidazzle celebrates the joy and wonder of the holiday. Each parade features floats, musical groups, celebrity grand marshals, and almost 250 costumed characters from popular children's stories. All parades begin at 6:30pm and last approximately 30 minutes. The parades are held on Nicollet Mall, starting at 12th Street and continuing to 4th Street in downtown Minneapolis. Holidazzle Hotline: 612-616-SNOW.
Fathers' Resource Center
Seeks to educate, advocate, support, and provide services for married, single and divorced fathers who want to improve their relationships with their children. Fathers' Resource Center, 5701 Shingle Creek Pkwy, #500, Brooklyn Center, 612-560-8656.
Someone's Treasure is a nonprofit organization operating solely on the generosity of community members such as yourself. We provide quality, no-cost business and family clothing, household items, school supplies, and baby essentials to low-income women and their children. The women we serve are working hard to improve the quality of life for their families. When a family is struggling with poverty, a loss of a child's shoe can be a disater. Being able to acquire quality items at no-charge can provide a mother with the ability to move her family forward. Donations are eagerly welcomed and youth and family volunteer opportunities exist. Someone's Treasure, 20908 Holyoke Ave, PO Box 543, Lakeville. Please call Kellie Frahm at 612-469-8992.
First Call for Help
Sometimes, stress and school or work can go hand-in-hand. United Way's First Call for Help is an information resource available 24 hours a day. Parents can call First Call for Help to identify resources to help them deal with a depressed, angry or anxious child. The help line can also help young people find a place to turn if school or peer pressure has become overwhelming. Trained staff identify and direct callers to more than 2,500 community service organizations that can answer questions and help families address concerns. West metro: 612-335-5000. East metro: 651-224-1133.