November Calendar of Events

Daily Calender

Monday, November 1

Linda Johnson

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

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

Tomie dePaola

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

Home Expo

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

The Works

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.

Romanian Adoption

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

Soapmaking

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

Pippin

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

Holiday Boutique

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.

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.

Friendship Mobile

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

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

Windy Coyote

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.

Builder's Choice

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.

Make Your Own Snowshoes

This two-part program will teach you how to lace your own pair of Ojibwa style snowshoes from a kit. All participants must attend the first session to receive their kit. Participants will continue lacing on their own and during the second session on November 28. Reservations required; recommended for ages 12 and up. $85/kit per person, $80/friends of CNC. 12-4pm. Carpenter Nature Center, 12805 St. Croix Tr, Hastings, 651-437-4359.

Monday, November 22

Thanksgiving Turkey

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 23

By the Light of the "White-tail" Moon

Under the bright light of the full moon, hike our trail to discover the secret life of deer. Learn some tracking tips as you roleplay some of their interesting habits. Listen to a Native American legend about deer while you sip a hot beverage. Prepay by November 21. 7-8:30pm. We welcome people of all abilities. Maplewood Nature Center, 2659 E 7th St, Maplewood, for fee cost call 651-738-9383.

Wednesday, November 24

Brio Train World

Little Learner Activity Time! A great way to teach basic concepts like sorting, organizing, catching, ands more. Products like building kits and let's pretend sets make the learning fun! Ages two to four with adult. 10:30am. FREE! Zany Brainy, Roseville 651-635-0067. Edina 612-920-0410. Maple Grove 612-416-2798.

Thursday, November 25

Happy Thanksgiving!

Gobble, gobble, gobble. And cranberries, too! Mark your calendars offto be with friends, loved ones and family. Whether you're into a hectic family feast, out-to-eat, or just into relaxing with a mellow day at home, Minnesota Parent wishes you all a happy holiday with plenty of good-time tradition.

Friday, November 26

Fabulous Fridays!

Zany Brainy is busy on Friday nights. There's something new happening every week - check it out! New video release: We'll show "Muppets in Space" in our Showtime Theater. All ages. 7pm. Zany Brainy, Roseville, 651-635-0067. Edina 612-920-0410. Maple Grove 612-416-2798.

Saturday, November 27

What Happens If...

Learn the how-tos and basics of phonics, classical music and more with games that teach with the press of a button or the turn of a block. For kids ages two and up. FREE! 10am-2pm. Creative Kidstuff, all six stores. 612-927-0653.

Thanksgiving Treats

Edinborough Park's 13th Annual Thanksgiving Treats is a family fun day with free entertainment. Along with face painting and cariacture art, enjoy perfromances by Annette Fragale & Friends (clowns - 11am), the Craig Carlson Show (magic - noon), and The Krissie & Norton Show (1pm). 11am-2pm. Edinborough Park, 7700 York Ave. S, Edina. 612-893-9890.

Sunday, November 28

Winnie the Pooh

Pooh helps kick off the holiday season with the all new video release of "Winnie the Pooh: Seasons of Giving."Join us for other holiday videos, too! All ages. 2pm. FREE! Zany Brainy, Roseville, 651-635-0067. Edina 612-920-0410. Maple Grove 612-416-2798.

Monday, November 29

Happy Hanukkah Storyhour

Learn about the special customs and meaning of Hanukkah, one of the most special times of the year! Ages three and up. FREE! 10am. Barnes and Noble, 2080 Ford Pkwy, St. Paul, 651-690-9443.

Tuesday, November 30

Hanukkah Stories

Board Book Buddies! Youngsters develop vocabulary, hone their language skills and discover new horizons through age-appropriate books. They'll learn that reading is fun, too. Ages four and under. 10:30am. FREE! Zany Brainy, Roseville 651-635-0067. Edina 612-920-0410. Maple Grove 612-416-2798.


Ongoing Calender

 

ONGOING EXHIBITS

Impressions of Nature

Through December 5

One of America's leading impressionist painters, Frank W. Benson (1862-1951) followed his passion for wildlife in his sporting art. Impressions of Nature: The Wildfowl Art of Frank W. Benson features rarely seen paintings and etchings by this pioneer of American wildlife art. Subjects range from migratory waterfowl and shorebirds to hunting and fishing scenes, as well as a collection of antique shorebird decoys. Bell Museum of Natural History, University of Minnesota, Mpls. Located on the corner of University Ave & 17th Ave SE. Members/free, Adults/$3, Youths age 3-16, students & seniors/$2, Children under 3 & U of M students/staff/faculty are free. Tues-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 12-5. Sunday admission is FREE! 612-624-7083.

Holiday Star Shows

November 19-January 12

Now showing at the Minneapolis Planetarium is A Christmas Present and 'Tis the Season.Special Holidazzle shows of 'Tis the SeasonNovember 26-December 31 at 5:30pm before the parade. Tickets: $3/children 12 and under, $4.50/adults and teens. Minneapolis Planetarium, 300 Nicollet Mall, Mpls. Show dates and times vary; call the Showtime line at 612-630-6150.

The Big Adventure

Through November 7

In this action-packed exhibit, children can explore Adventure Mountainand The Tunnels of Funwhere they climb a six-foot wall of rocks and crawl through dark tunnels. At Out on a Ledge,where they appear to be three stories in the air, kisd move from building to building on a thin beam. Next, they can fly through the air on the Virtual Flyer,a kid-size airplane in which they dodge a flying saucer, hot air balloons, ducks, and mountains! All this and more adventures await kids at The Big Adventure. Ages 1-2/$3.95; 3-59/$5.95. Hours vary. Minnesota Children's Museum, 10 West 7th Street, St. Paul, (651) 225-6001.

Suess!

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.

ONGOING ENTERTAINMENT

Family Fun Nights!

Ongoing

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

Ongoing

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

Ongoing

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.

The Works

Ongoing

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.

Holidazzle Parades

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.

ONGOING RESOURCES

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

Ongoing

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

Ongoing

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.

Rainbow Families

Ongoing

Rainbow Families is a membership organization working to organize, strengthen, and celebrate Minnesota families whose parents are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT). We provide parent and family support through informal networking within our community, and public education and advocacy in the larger community. Rainbow Families, 310 E 38th St #204, Mpls. Voicemail: 612-370-6651.

World Pen Pals

Ongoing

World Pen Pals has been promoting international friendship and cultural understanding between young people around the world. Students, grades five through college, wishing to make a friend overseas may request an application from World Pen Pals by enclosing a stamped self-addressed envelope to: World Pen Pals, PO Box 337, Saugerties, NY 12477.

Homework Help

Through June 2000

The Minneapolis Public Library's popular after-school Homework Helper program resumes this fall at ten neighborhood libraries across the city. Trained tutors will be available during afternoon and evening hours to help elementary through senior high students complete homework assignments and improve their skills. Students are encouraged to use this drop-in service as often as needed. Tutors work one-on-one and can assist with a variety of subjects, study skills and use of library resources. Basic school supplies provided and most locations have computers equipped with word processing software. Hours vary by location; please call for schedules nearest you. 612-630-6490.

CLUES-Chicanos Latinos Unidos En Servicio

Ongoing

CLUES was established in 1981 and is a private not-for-profit agency committed to enhancing the quality of life for Hispanics in the Twin Cities metro area. CLUES programming is designed to strengthen family life within a cross-cultural framework. CLUES offers services in mental health, employment, education, chemical health, and seniors programs. You can also receive a list of local and national organizations that have multi-ethnic materials to order, most of which are FREE. Some offer audiovisuals for rental and may charge a minimal price. CLUES - Chicanos Latinos Unidos En Servicio, 2110 Nicollet Avenue, Minneapolis. (612) 871-0200.

SafeJourney Support Group

Ongoing

North Memorial's domestic abuse program, SafeJourney is offering an educational support group for women who have experienced the effects of emotional and/or physical abuse. Trained hospital advocates who provide a safe, supportive, and non-judgmental environment facilitate the group. FREE! Pre-registration required. Meets the first and third Tuesday of each month from 6:30-8pm. North Memorial Medical Center, 3300 Oakdale Avenue North, Robbinsdale. (612) 520-4151 or (612) 520-2639

Project H.O.P.E.

Ongoing

Families of children who have been abducted by a family member, a stranger, or who have runaway no have a national support network. Project H.O.P.E. (Help Offering Parents Empowerment) has trained parents who have had a missing child, to assist and support families with a missing child. Project H.O.P.E. volunteers represent family abductions, non- family abductions, international abductions, and runaways. Patty Wetterling, who's son Jacob was abducted in 1989, is the Project Coordinator and helped train 18 other parents who have similar experiences and are available to support families with a missing child. Parents of missing children can contact Project H.O.P.E. by calling (800) 306-6311.

PFLAG (Parents & Friends of Lesbians & Gays)

Ongoing

Monthly program on LGBT issues, followed by small groups for discussion and support. FREE! Meets 2-5pm, every third Sunday of the month at Mayflower Church, Diamond Lake Road at 35W South. PFLAG: (612) 825-1660. www.pflag.org

Pregnancy and Infant Loss Center

Ongoing

A nonprofit organization, founded in 1983, providing support, resources, and education on miscarriage, stillbirth, and infant death. Our mission is to bring hope and healing to all who experience this painful heartache. Pregnancy and Infant Loss Center, 1421 East Wayzata Blvd; #70, Wayzata, (612) 473-9372.

Maternity and Infant Clothes Closet

Ongoing

The Northwest Midway Family Center's Maternity and Infant Clothes Closet offers free, clean, used maternity and newborn clothes for families. Anyone is welcome to choose items from our closet. Please call to make an appointment to get clothing. We also sponsor monthly activities for families and children at multiple sites within our area. Northwest Midway Family Center, 1912 University Avenue West, St. Paul, (651) 917-3792.

MEDIA & ONLINE

Fall Harvest Contest for Moms

Through November 10

Over $1500 in prizes from Moms Network Exchange, the national organization for moms working from home. Join in the online Scavenger Hunt offered by work at home moms and their businesses at www.momsnetwork.com/harvest.shtml.

Families Like Mine

www.familieslikemine.com

An exciting new web site for sons and daughters of LGBT parents. Dedicated to bringing voice to the experiences of these families and decreasing the feeling of isolation. In some communities these families are out and proud; in others, they are almost invisible. In the United States there are approximately 8 to 12 million kids who have at least one LGBT parent. Click on and feel welcomed!

MOM-bo, A Mom Show With Attitude

Ongoing

MOM-bo is a weekly RANT about motherhood, hosted by Nanci Olesen. Each week a different topic is addressed, and through interviews, commentary, music, and humor . . . MOM-bo delves into the topic. Above all, MOM-bo is a good-humored SUPPORT for moms! Tune in! Upcoming topics include Learning Languages, Birthdays, Holiday Preparedness,and Thankfulness. KFAI, 90.3 FM in Minneapolis, 106.7 in St. Paul. Every Wednesday at 3pm. MOM-bo!, 1808 Riverside Avenue, Minneapolis, (612) 341-3144.

Family Day Care Radio Show

Ongoing

Special editions of the Family Day Care Radio Show on Sunday evenings! Sunday, September 12 tune in to hear the show's topic Listening vs. Lecturing.Gary & Joy Lundberg will tell you how to improve relationships through setting boundaries based on kindness. 6:05-7pm. KFAI, 90.3 FM in Minneapolis, 106.7 in St. Paul. 1808 Riverside Avenue, Minneapolis, (612) 341-3144.

www.mnparent.com

Ongoing

Click here to find your favorite local parenting paper online! Submit classified line ads, hook yourself up with free movie screenings, check back issues, and find more family friendly events for your calendar! Now Minnesota's eclectic journal of family living is available in computerized form!

MUSEUMS & HISTORIC SITES

The Bakken: A Library & Museum

Ongoing

This new museum is now open for visitors and they want the community to stop in to explore their new exhibits: Magnetism and the Human Body; 18th Century Electricity; Spark of Life; Mystery of Magnetism; and the Electrarium. Guided tours of the 1920's Tudor home available on November 20 from 2:30-3:30pm, reservations required. Family Science Saturdays designed especially for families: November 13 - "Battery Bicentennial." Tuesdays-Saturdays 10 am-5pm. Adults $3; Seniors & Students $2; Children (under 8) free. The Bakken, 3537 Zenith Avenue South, Minneapolis, (612) 927-6508.

ONGOING READINGS

Children's Story Hours

Every Tuesday at 10:30am and Saturday at 1pm. Come to get new readers excited about the magic of books! FREE! Borders, 1501 Plymouth Rd, Minnetonka, 612-595-0977.

Book Discussion Group

Ongoing

A children's book discussion group, as part of a commitment to aid children in their exploration of literature, held the first Saturday of each month. The Red Balloon Bookshop, 891 Grand Avenue, St. Paul, (651) 224-8320

St. Paul Public Library's Bookmobile

Ongoing

The St. Paul Public Library's Bookmobile is a branch library on wheels that travels daily, reaching hundreds of St. Paul readers who don't have easy access to a library. Offering year-round service and computer access to the Library's main catalog, the Bookmobile visits senior hi-rises as well as various community centers, playgrounds, schools, and public housing communities. The Bookmobile is stocked with a rotating collection of over 4,000 items for children and adults including fiction and non-fiction, large print books, books with tapes, picture books, videos, and more. A complete Bookmobile schedule is available by calling (651) 642-0379, visiting www.stpaul.lib.mn.us or a St. Paul Public Library branch location.

Minnesota Parent Book Club

Ongoing

The first Wednesday of the month, join Minnesota Parent for our monthly book club meeting at the Edina Barnes & Noble, located in the Galleria. The Minnesota Parent Book Club is held the first Wednesday of every month. Check our Calendar section every month for upcoming book titles available for 30% off at all Barnes & Noble locations. FREE! 7-8:30pm. NOVEMBER BOOK: Cold Mountainby Charles Frazier on November 3rd. DECEMBER BOOK: How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accentsby Julia Alvarez. Barnes & Noble, 3225 West 69th Street, Galleria, Edina. (612) 920-0633.

Theater

How To Talk Minnesotan The Musical

If you anticipate getting caroled-out before the holidays are through and looking for something different, then why not get bundled-up and head to the Plymouth Playhouse for some holiday fun and winter lessons with the Humde family and friends. The musical comedy How To Talk Minnesotan The Musical opens November 3, and runs through January 23, 2000. Showtimes and ticket prices vary. Plymouth Playhouse, 2705 Annapolis Lane, Plymouth. 612-553-1600.

Arthur - A Live Adventure!

November 17-21

Arthur, the character made famous through Marc Brown's books and the award-winning PBS-TV show, joins his friends and family to present a musical experience story featuring songs and dancing from Arthur, D.W., Pal, Mom and Dad, Mr. Ratburn, Buster, Francine, and all of Arthur's friends. Historic Orpheum Theatre, 910 Hennepin Ave., Mpls. Tickets ($15.75-$24.75) available through the box office, Ticketmaster, or call 612-673-0404.

Shingabiss: An Ojibwe Story of Self Reliance

November 5-November 21

SteppingStone Theatre for Youth Development turns a traditional story into modern-day drama with Shingabiss: An Ojibwe Story of Self Reliance. Native American playwright Yako Tahnahga Myers, with Composer Gary Rue, has created a contemporary urban rendition of this inspirational tale, taken from her Grandmother Keewaydinoquay's telling. For tickets and information about Shingabiss: An Ojibwe Story of Self Reliance and SteppingStone Theatre's 1999-2000 programs call (651) 225-9265 or visit the website at www.steppingstonetheatre.org. Tickets are $6 and all performances take place in the F.K. Weyerhaeuser Auditorium at The Landmark Center, Downtown Saint Paul. Group rates are available for groups of 20 or more. Family Fun Packs are available for $12 per family member for three plays. For tickets and information about SteppingStone Theatre's 1999-2000 programs call (651) 225-9265. Hearing impaired customers may reach us through the Minnesota Relay Service, 1-800-627-3529. For more information, visit SteppingStone's website at www.steppingstonetheatre.org.

This Is Our Youth

Through November 21

This Is Our Youth is a hilarious comedy that chronicles the misadventures of three over-privileged, intelligent, promising kids and what happens when they throw it all away. When things go wrong in every way possible, the characters are forced to confront consequences for the first time in their lives. Thurs-Sat 8pm, Sun 7pm. Tickets: $16, $13/students and seniors. Hidden Theatre, 3208 W Lake St, Mpls, 612-339-4949.

Working

Through November 7

In 1974, Studs Terkel's book, Working,a blue color chronicle of day-to-day America, became a permanent part of our collective narrative. As an oral historian and a writer, Terkel speaks straight by letting his subjects speak for themselves. The work has been adapted into a unique and compelling musical form. This play contains language that may be offensive to some people. Recommended for teens and adults. Showtime hours vary. $10/adults, $8/children and seniors. Stages Theatre Company, 1111 Mainstreet, Hopkins, 612-979-1111.

Dr. Suess' Hooray for Diffendorfer Day!

November 19-December 29

No kid wants to be sent to Flobbertown, a place of dull, dull, slack-jawed dullness. And thanks to outrageously inspired teachers like Miss Fribble, Mr. Katz and Miss Bonkers, no Diffendorfer student ever crosses the city limits to Flobbertown. Recommended for all ages. Showtime hours vary. $10/adults, $8/children and seniors. Stages Theatre Company, 1111 Mainstreet, Hopkins, 612-979-1111.

Imation Imax® Theatre

Through December 31

Now showing out at the Minnesota Zoo is T-Rex: Back to the Cretaceous, Into the Deepand Whales.Open Tuesday through Sunday. Showtimes and ticket prices vary. Imation Imax(r) Theatre, 12000 Zoo Blvd, Apple Valley, 612-997-9700.

Cole Porter's Can-Can

Ongoing

A bright, colorful musical set in 1893, in a Paris bistro, where after hours the young ladies of the club do the Can-Can, a wild, high kicking dance scandalous for the times. A young, handsome judge hears about this and sets out to put a stop to the dancing. He meets the attractive club owner, learns about how much fun the dance brings to the people, and is fascinated with the cabaret's owner's charm. Showtimes and hours vary. Dinner and show tickets: Tues, Wed, Thurs evenings $48; Fri $57, Sat $59. Wed & Sat matinees $38, Sun $49. Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, 501 W 78th St, Chanhassen, 612-934-1525.

Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse

Through November 7

Lilly is the ultimate kid. In her mouse world, colors, friendships, fear, anguish, and joy are absolute. Lilly's fiery zest for life is fueled by her friends, her parents, the anticipation of a new baby brother, and her red cowboy boots. She is the self proclaimed queen of the world. Dealing with a new baby brother isn't nearly as fun as she though it would be, but with the help of her beautiful (and surprising) purple plastic purse, the coolest teacher ever, and a magical Light Bulb Lab, Lilly remains ultimately and forever invincible. Show times and dates vary. Adults/$15.75-25, Children, seniors and students/$10-19. The Children's Theatre Company, 2400 3rd Ave S, Mpls. 612-874-0400.

Volunteer Opportunities

Mount Olivet Home and Mount Olivet Careview Home

Ongoing

I imagine that many of us have, at one time or another, thought about volunteering our time to help someone in need. I invite you to join us in making a difference in our residents' lives. We have the perfect volunteer opportunities for kids and their moms and dads! A few examples are: Musicians in Training- Are you a youngster learning to play a squeaky violin? An adult who knows how to "tickle the ivories" with the golden oldies? Any age or ability, you can't imagine the joy you could give our residents by sharing your talent with us! Beautiful Babies & Adorable Kids - Ask your mommy or daddy to share your smile with some loving grandmas and grandpas. You'll make our day! Manicures- Wishing you had more fingers to paint? We have many! Please come Thursday afternoons 3:15-4:15pm, or any time that will work for you. We'll provide the supplies. Please join us! I guarantee you'll meet a new friend, and you'll leave with a big, happy heart! Please call Monica at 821-3137.

Kids 'n Kinship

Ongoing

This is your chance to make a positive difference in the life of a child. Kids 'n Kinship

matches children in need of a positive adult role models. Have a great time mentoring a young person. Go for walks, do some baking, go to a movie, play boards games or enjoy the holidays together. "It's our time together that's important!" says one kinship volunteer. Families, couples and individuals are invited to find out how easy it is to be a friend to a child. Please share your friendship! Kids 'n Kinship serves the cities of Apple Valley, Burnsville, Eagan, Farmington, Lakeville and Rosemount. We provide screening, training and on-going support to all volunteers. We also hold several annual events for volunteers and their Kinship child. You are invited get involved. Please call for more information: Kids 'n Kinship 612-892-6368 .

Perspectives Family Center

Ongoing

Perspectives, Inc. Family Center is a non-profit agency in St. Louis Park dedicated to privation, education and intervention services that facilitate successful outcomes for at risk families and children. We provide a supportive training and working environment. Call Dave at 612-926-2600 ext. 16 to offer your help.

Plant A Smile

Ongoing

Kids living in a battered women's shelter often leave everything behind. YOU can put a smile on a child's face by reading a book, playing a game, or just spending time with a child. Individuals, groups and families CAN make a difference to families experiencing domestic violence. Your family can help another learn healthy relationships and skills. Opportunities also exist to write safety plans, plan family activities, co-facilitate groups, and provide transportation. Family Violence Network, PO Box 854, Lake Elmo, MN 55042. Call Dee at (651) 748-2652 for more info.

ASPECT Foundation

Ongoing

Make a World of Difference. The ASPECT Foundation is a non-profit student exchange organization that was established in 1985 to provide affordable study abroad programs for students in over thirty countries. For more info about how your family can volunteer with the ASPECT Foundation and have the cultural adventure of a lifetime, Contact Shandel Schellinger at (612) 469-7728 of the ASPECT national office at (800) US-YOUTH.

Cornerstone

Ongoing

Cornerstone has support and educational groups available for victims of domestic abuse and their families and friends. All services are FREE and confidential. Childcare provided for most groups. Please call 612-884-0376 and ask to speak with an advocate to join a group.

ONGOING WORKSHOPS AND PROGRAMS

Women In Transition

Women In Transition offers seminars for the woman considering significant career change. Learn how to transfer skills to a new career or advance within your field. This seminar includes aptitude testing, skills identification and values clarification. This accelerated seminar is for the employed or unemployed woman and will assist women in transferring skills to a new career. This is a five week seminar, one evening per week beginning November 9 from 6-9pm at the Lenox Community Center in St. Louis Park. For more information, or to register, call 612-752-8444.

Kids Count

Through June 2000

The South Family YMCA is now accepting registrations for "Kids Count," a weekly pre-school program for three, four and five year olds. Children will enjoy a safe, learning environment through fun and lightly structured activities. Small group activities include stories, songs, instructional swimming, gym play, and snack time. The South Family YMCA also offers after-school care for school-age children everyday from 3-6pm. Transportation is provided from four local schools. Financial assistance available for those who qualify. South Family YMCA, 150 E Thompson Ave, W St. Paul, 651-457-0048.

Rec Check

Through June 13

St. Paul Parks and Recreation will again sponsor Rec Check during the school year at 13 recreation centers in St. Paul. Rec Check is a "check-in" service for children in grades 1-6, who participate in after school recreation programs. Children check-in with a staff person upon arrival at the recreation center and check-out when leaving. Parents are notified when their child does not check in at the center. Youth take part in a variety of supervised activities such as games, crafts, sports, homework help, and field trips. FREE! One-five days per week, Mon-Fri 3-6pm. 651-266-6400.

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