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SEPTEMBER 2018

  • September 30th - 11:00AM - 5:00PM     Open Streets Minneapolis - University of Minnesota     14th Ave SE, University Ave SE, and Oak St SE
    Open Streets Minneapolis is a free event bringing together community groups and local businesses to temporarily close major thoroughfares to car traffic, opening them up for people walking, biking, rolling, and playing.

    For more information, see: https://www.openstreetsmpls.org/

  • September 23rd - 11:00AM - 5:00PM     Open Streets Minneapolis - Nicollet     Nicollet Ave from W Lake St to 46th St W
    Open Streets Minneapolis is a free event bringing together community groups and local businesses to temporarily close major thoroughfares to car traffic, opening them up for people walking, biking, rolling, and playing.

    For more information, see: https://www.openstreetsmpls.org/

  • September 15th - 11:00AM - 5:00PM     Open Streets Minneapolis - West Broadway     West Broadway from Penn Ave N to Lyndale Ave N
    Open Streets Minneapolis is a free event bringing together community groups and local businesses to temporarily close major thoroughfares to car traffic, opening them up for people walking, biking, rolling, and playing.

    For more information, see: https://www.openstreetsmpls.org/

AUGUST 2018

  • August 26th - 11:00AM - 5:00PM     Open Streets Minneapolis - Franklin     Franklin Ave E from Portland Ave to 28th Ave S
    Open Streets Minneapolis is a free event bringing together community groups and local businesses to temporarily close major thoroughfares to car traffic, opening them up for people walking, biking, rolling, and playing.

    For more information, see: https://www.openstreetsmpls.org/

  • August 23rd - 6:00AM     Minnesota State Fair
    Often referred to as the “Great Minnesota Get-Together,” the annual Minnesota State Fair is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the region. The fair attracts nearly 2 million guests annually.

    For more information, see: https://www.mnstatefair.org/

  • August 19th - 3:00PM - 9:00PM     Japanese Obon Festival     Como Park, St. Paul, MN
    Bonsai, martial arts, singing, dancing, drumming, delicious food and other aspects of Japanese culture, will be featured at the annual Como Park Japanese Obon Festival, a family-friendly event, reminiscent of Japan’s annual Obon holiday on the grounds of the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory in Como Park.

    Admission is $5.00 per adult (13+), $3.00 per child (ages 3-12) and Seniors (ages 65+), free for children under 3. Free shuttle bus service will be available from a staffed off-site parking lot at the District Service Center located at 1930 Como Ave.

  • August 14th - 6:00AM     Steele County Fair     Steele County Free Fair, 1525 S. Cedar Ave., Owatonna, MN 55060
    For more information, see: http://scff.org/
  • August 5th - 11:00AM - 5:00PM     Open Streets Minneapolis - Northeast     Central Ave NE, 22nd Ave NE, Monroe St NE, & E Hennepin Ave
    Open Streets Minneapolis is a free event bringing together community groups and local businesses to temporarily close major thoroughfares to car traffic, opening them up for people walking, biking, rolling, and playing.
  • August 3rd - 12:00AM     Uptown Art Fair     Downtown Minneapolis
    The 55th annual Uptown Art Fair features over 350 artists, fine food and beverages, family activities, an outdoor performance stage, outdoor wine and beer gardens, a youth art fair and culinary arts competition.

    Hours: Friday from Noon to 8 pm, Saturday from 10 am to 8 pm and Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm.

NOVEMBER 2017

  • November 9th - 6:30PM - 9:00PM     Photowalk
    Mike Fuerst plans to be taking a photowalk around the Walker Art Center on Thursday, November 9th. He plans to start in the lobby at 6:30 PM. The Walker is free from 5:00 to 9:00 PM, but they do charge for parking.

OCTOBER 2017

  • October 26th - 5:00PM - 8:00PM     Photowalk     West entrance, Hennepin County Central Library, Downtown Minneapolis.
    Mike Fuerst's photowalk will be begin at the Hennepin County Central Library in downtown Minneapolis at 5:00 PM at the west side entrance of the library. Send Mike an email if you plan to join him. Mike's gmail address begins with Mike.Fuerst378.

APRIL 2017

  • April 3rd - 11:00AM - 4:00PM     Matt Peterson - Pinnacle Photography - Gallery Show.

    Opening on Saturday, April 1st from 6-8:30pm, Matt Peterson has 35-40 of his landscape and nature photographs on exhibit.

    The location is the Lynnhurst Gallery (within Lynnhurst Congregational Church). 4501 S Colfax Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55419. Look for the gallery show sign near the entry door.

    The gallery is open to the public.

    For those on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1462236913849022/

    The gallery will be up until April 30th. The space is open every Sunday from 11-noon (TBD about other times/by appointment). Matt will be at the Gallery from 11-ish to noon on most Sunday mornings (4/9th, 16th, 30th) if anyone would like a walkthrough.

MARCH 2017

  • March 1st - 8:00AM - 8:00AM     Jim Van Meter Gallery Show     St. Michaels Lutheran Church in Bloomington near 94th St. and Normandale Blvd. Enter the parking lot from Poplar Bridge Road.

    Jim Van Meter has a new gallery show at St. Michaels Lutheran Church in Bloomington. There are 27 photos, in 16 x 20 or 16 x 22 frames, to celebrate spring and natural beauty in the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.

    Jim says "I am blessed to have this final opportunity to share some of my best work at the Arb over six decades. Enjoy!"

    The best time to see the show is Monday through Thursday during March and April. The church, open about 12 hours a day, closes about 8:00 PM.

SEPTEMBER 2016

  • September 24th - 8:00AM     St. Croix Valley Photo Day
    Photo Day at the Wisconsin and Minnesota Interstate Parks. Although registration has ended, the parks are open to the public and there are several self-guided tours available.

    For details and a downloadable .pdf schedule, see:
    http://www.stcroixvalleycameraclub.org/st-croix-valley-photo-day.html

MAY 2013

  • May 31st - 12:00AM     Photographic Opportunities!
    All sorts of events for you to photograph! Check them out!

    If you have any events you think your fellow photographers might be interested in photographing, please drop Holly Kuchera a line to have them added to the calendar.


    Hollys Shot Spotz Calendar

OCTOBER 2012

  • October 31st - 12:00AM     Photographic Opportunities!
    All sorts of events for you to photograph! Check them out!

    If you have any events you think your fellow photographers might be interested in photographing, please drop Holly Kuchera a line to have them added to the calendar.


    Hollys Shot Spotz Calendar

MAY 2011

  • May 31st - 12:00AM     May Photographic Opportunities!
    May! I think it’s safe to say we're out of winter … or are we?


    May 1st, 2011 ~ MayDay Festival ~ 12 pm (noon) ~ Powderhorn Park, Minneapolis, MN

    Every spring, the MayDay Parade explodes onto Bloomington Avenue! They own the street for the day, dancing and playing instruments with fiery verve.

    They tell their story, section by section, each designed musically and visually by MayDay staff artists as a walking theatrical performance.

    The Join-In section follows, where lively groups proclaim their names and causes, and folks who like to dress up strut their stuff! All together, 2000 participants march, boogie or roll down Bloomington every year.

    Meanwhile, tens of thousands more line the streets, enjoying the spectacle and each other. People are everywhere - on rooftops and on lawns, toting babies in backpacks and toddlers in wagons, or sitting knee to knee along on the curbs. Everybody greets neighbors from near and far with a "Happy MayDay!!" The city feels intimate, overflowing with goodwill and spring fever.

    FREE


    May 6th - 7th, 2011 ~ Cinco De Mayo Fiesta ~ 9 am ~ Plato & Wabasha, St Paul, MN

    The Cinco de Mayo Fiesta is one of the 10 largest festivals of its kind nationwide, attracting more than 100,000 visitors to District del Sol on the West Side, one of St. Paul's most diverse neighborhoods. Embracing the colorful history and rich traditions of Hispanic/Latino culture, this award-winning, family-friendly experience features over six blocks of food, music, dancing, children's activities, a lowrider car show, colorful parade, a "People's Choice" salsa tasting contest and more.

    FREE – parking $6


    May 8th, 2011 ~ Susan G Komen Race for the Cure ~ 7:00 am ~ Mall of America, Bloomington, MN

    7:00 AM - Aerobic Warm-Up - Outside in North Parking Lot
    7:25 AM - 5K Women's & Men's Wheelchair Race - Outside
    7:30 AM - 5K Women's & Men's Combined Run - Outside
    9:00 AM - 5K Walk - Outside

    FREE


    May 14th, 2011 ~ MN Scottish Fair & Highland Games ~ 9 am ~ Dakota County Fair Grounds, 4008 220th St W, Farmington, MN

    Visit Scotland in your backyard. Join us where the Highlands meet the Prairie! A fair that transports you to Scotland for one day a year. Enjoy everything Scottish...Highland & Country Dancing, living history area, kid's activities & prizes, Scottish Vendors & Clans, Pipers, Dancers and more. See men in skirts (kilts) throwing telephone poles (cabers) This year featuring Minnesota based Celtic musicians including Double Fiddles Iain MacGillavray & Chuck Butler.

    Adults: $15


    May 21st, 2011 ~ WaterFest 2011 ~ 10 am ~ 1600 Phalen Dr, St Paul, MN

    Kickoff WaterFest with a parade. Stay for a free family celebration of our clean lakes and an opportunity for fun hands-on learning about clean water, wildlife, and land and water conservation. Highlights of WaterFest activities include: a raindrop mystery tour, Geocaching, a self-timed 5K walk/run, Voyageur canoe rides, fishing lessons, rain garden tours and native plant give-away, live animals, water games, landscaping and watershed exhibits, the Minnesota Renewable Energy Society's annual solar boat Regatta and lots more.

    FREE


    May 28th, 2011 ~ Journeys Backyard Barbeque Tour ~ 12 pm (noon) ~ 3001 White Bear Ave N, Maplewood, MN

    Free alternative sports & music tour. Top extreme sport athletes and XGames stars will fly through the air in gravity-defying demonstrations of the best of skateboard, BMX and freestyle motocross in a 60,000 square-foot "alternative sports playground." Free headliner concert and Battle of the Bands for local acts. Interactive "Fun Zone" with free giveaways.

    FREE


    May 30th, 2011 ~ Military History Timeline ~ 10 am ~ Fort Snelling, 200 Tower Ave, St Paul, MN

    Explore a living timeline of military life through history during this special day honoring America's soldiers. Costumed staff and reenactors will interpret different eras of military history through uniforms, accoutrements, artifacts, and firing demonstrations.

    Adults $10


    Other ongoing events in May:

    Washburn A Mill Tour -Saturdays – St Paul, MN
    Ballet Tuesdays – 2nd Tuesday of every month til May 10th – St Paul, MN

APRIL 2011

  • April 30th - 12:00AM     April Photographic Opportunities
    April – Flowers are starting to bloom, there’s more daylight to shoot in, get yourself out for some photography!


    April 1st – 30th, 2011 ~ Farm Babies ~ 9 am ~ MN Zoo, 1300 Zoo Blvd, Apple Valley, MN

    Meet the newest members of the Zoo family with baby chicks, piglets, lambs, calves, goat kids, bunnies, and ducklings.

    Adults: $16


    April 10th, 2011 ~ Camera & Artist Event ~ 8 am ~ Marjorie McNeely Conservatory, 1250 Kaufman Dr N, St Paul, MN

    Spring Flower Show

    Special time for artists and photographers the chance to bring in tripods and easels into the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory.

    $5


    April 16th, 2011 ~ Trail Mix Race Minnesota ~ 7:30 am ~ Hyland Lake Park Reserve, 10145 Bush Lake Road, Bloomington, MN

    The Trail Mix Race is back for its 20th season at Hyland Lake Park Reserve. Join the tradition and support a great cause. Three different cross-country trail races are offered: 50K Ultra (solo runners), 25K (solo runners), and 50K Team (4-person teams/12.5K each runner).

    The beautiful course is run over hill and dale on wood chip and grass trails. Each clearly marked loop is 12.5 kilometers (7.75 miles) in length with three water stops per loop.

    FREE


    April 23rd, 2011 ~ Victorian Easter Egg Roll ~ 12 pm ~ The Landing, 2187 Highway 101 East, Shakopee, MN

    Celebrate with the family. Make your own miniature basket and decorate a wooden egg! Activities include egg spoon race, bunny hop relay, and an authentic egg roll. Join in some playtime with old-fashioned toys and games. Join a naturalist-led hike as we observe the birds spring return to the river valley. Enjoy a special guided tour in Eagle Creek Village and refreshments served at the OConnor Boarding House.

    $5


    April 29th – May 1st 2011 ~ MN Horse Expo ~ 8 am ~ MN State Fairgrounds, 1265 Snelling Ave N, St Paul, MN

    Minnesotas largest horse event - 300 horses 50 breeds/registries on display/performing in the Coliseum. Booths filled with horse information, products, equipment. Nationally recognized speakers, PRCA Rodeos, free horse, pony, wagon rides.

    Adults: $9 -- Rodeo: $4-10 (plus daily admission)


    April 30th, 2011 ~ Le Sueur County Pioneer Power Swap Meet ~ 7 am ~ 27548 376th St, Le Sueur, MN

    Antique machinery and farm collectibles, flea market and crafts. Over 1,000 vendors, largest of its type in the US.

    FREE


    Other ongoing events in April:

    Washburn A Mill Tour -Saturdays – St Paul, MN
    Ballet Tuesdays – 2nd Tuesday of every month til May 10th – St Paul, MN

MARCH 2011

  • March 31st - 12:00AM     March Photographic Opportunities!
    March – Spring is coming – Get Ready!


    March 5th, 2011 ~ Subway Bedrace for Bridging ~ 5 pm ~ Buck Hill Ski Area, 15400 Buck Hill Road, Burnsville, MN

    Join hundreds of people dressed in outrageous costumes as they race down Buck Hill on mattresses to raise $100,000 for Bridging, a Twin Cities-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, which is on a mission to provide beds, furniture and household goods to over 5,000 families and individuals every year transitioning out of homelessness and poverty.

    FREE


    March 11th - 13th, 2011 ~ Ironman Adult Hockey Tournament ~ 5 pm / 1 pm / 1 pm ~ Schwan Super Rink, 1700 105th Ave NE, Blaine, MN

    Five games in three days – can you handle it?
    • Five game guarantee
    • Six team round-robin format
    • Championship game
    • Three 17-minute running time periods
    • Played at Schwan Super Rink, largest ice arena in the world
    • B Fast and exciting division for players with advanced skills, just a bit older now, former high school, junior or college
    • C Fun and challenging, now older and just like to play, former high school or junior
    • D Fun division for teams with novice skill abilities

    March 19th, 2011 ~ Sheep Shearing ~ 10 am ~ Gale Woods Farm, 7210 County Road 110 W, Minnetrista, MN

    Watch the annual Gale Woods sheep shearing. Meet the sheep and learn how wool is processed from sheep to sweater through skirting, washing, carding, spinning and weaving demonstrations. Make a wool craft project to take home.

    Adults $5


    March 19th & 26th, 2011 ~ Washburn A Mill Tour ~ 1 pm ~ Mill City Museum, 704 South 2nd St, Minneapolis, MN

    Get an in-depth look at the historic Washburn A Mill complex and the award-winning Mill City Museum building. A museum interpreter will take visitors into the building's many nooks and crannies, highlighting the lives of the men and women who worked there, how the building functioned during its peak flour milling years and the many changes to the building over time. Also covered will be how the mill ruin was converted to a museum and office building. Although many parts of the mill can be explored during regular museum visits, this is the public's only opportunity for a guided tour through the entire museum building.

    Tours will be held through May – check Mill City Museum's website for more dates.

    Adults - $12


    March 26th, 2011 ~ 2011 Spring Break ~ 8 am ~ Dakota County Technical College, 1300 145th Street East (County Road 42) Rosemount, MN

    Topics covered during the day include:

    Hip Hop Portraits / Underwater Photography / Photo Law / Stock Photography / Shooting Owls / Photographing Birds / Shooting the Light / Lost in the Fog / Holy Crop! / Macro Flower Photography / Children Portraiture / Portraits Studio Time followed by learning how to process and print what was taken in the studio - all hands-on.

    There will also be demonstrations of Corel Paint Shop Pro, Corel Painter Essentials 4, Picasa and Portrait Professional 10.

    Interclub Awards Ceremony held at 4 PM

    Pre-registration: $35 ($45 at the door) - includes all workshops, lunch and coffee break

    Registration: http://www.cameracouncil.org/images/2011SBRegistrationForm.pdf

    Other ongoing events in March:
    FireJam - Thursdays – St Louis Park, MN
    Ballet Tuesdays – 2nd Tuesday of every month til May 10th – St Paul, MN
    Eagle Spot Weekends – Red Wing, MN

FEBRUARY 2011

  • February 28th - 12:00AM     February Photography Opportunities!
    February … Groundhog's Day means the winter will end – sooner or later. Get out and photograph some winter activities before they are done (for this year!)


    February 5th & 6th, 2011 ~ City of Lakes Loppet ~ 8 am ~ Uptown, Minneapolis, MN

    “What is a Loppet?” It is a great gathering of skiers who ski on a specifically groomed trail either classic (diagonal stride) or free (skating technique) of various distances. Enormous amounts of food and drink are consumed during the event. After there is a party and celebratory banquet with awards and prizes and usually a dance.

    The Loppet means different things to participants. For some it is intense competition, for others it is a relaxing way to spend a day outside, taking in the pristine beauty of the country side or wilderness, and enjoying the home grown entertainment and great food and drink at the rest stops along the trail.

    Events: Snow Sculpture Contest - Penn Ice-Cycle Loppet - Finn Sisu Sprints - Chuck & Don's Skijoring Loppet - Rossignol Junior Loppet - Minne-Loppet - Luminary Loppet

    2010 Photos

    FREE


    February 5th & 6th, 2011 ~ Hudson Hot Air Affair ~ 7:30 am ~ E.P. Rock school grounds, 13th & Summer, Hudson, WI

    Wonderful family friendly events such as an evening parade, hot air balloon launches, geo-caching, shopping, smooshboarding, arts and crafts, hot air balloon moon glow and great food just to name a few. Since Hot Air Affair lands on SuperBowl weekend, this years theme is "When Pigskins Fly."

    FREE


    February 13th, 2011 ~ Waseca Sleigh & Cutter Festival ~ 1 pm ~ downtown Waseca, MN

    Ice Curling – Vintage Snowmobile Race – Sleigh & Cutter Parade

    Parade starts at 1:00 from the Waseca Co Fairgrounds and runs through downtown Waseca. Parade Attractions: Gypsy Horses (1st time entry), Jesse James Gang, Cannon Old West Society Entertainers, as well as dozens of horse-drawn sleighs & cutters.

    FREE


    February 19th, & 20th, 2011 ~ Scottish Ramble ~ 10 am ~ Landmark Center, 75 West Fifth Street, St Paul, MN

    Time to bring out the tartan! Enjoy bagpipes, Highland dance competition, Scottish meat pies, shopping, educational presentations, information on area Scottish organizations/activities and music as the Scottish Ramble invades Landmark Center! Nothing's cooler than kilts in February!

    Adults: $5


    February 25th, 26th & 27th, 2011 ~ World of Wheels ~ 11 am ~ RiverCentre, 175 W Kellogg Blvd St Paul, MN

    49th Annual Summit World of Wheels is one of Minnesota's largest indoor automotive events returns February 25 – 27, 2011. Over 300 one-of-a-kind magazine cover cars, hot rods, race cars, custom cycles, antiques and feature vehicles will fill all three floors St. Paul RiverCentre. The weekend will also feature vendors, celebrity appearances and autograph sessions.

    Adults: $13


    Other ongoing events in February:

    FireJam - Thursdays – St Louis Park, MN
    St Paul Winter Carnival - Jan 27th through Feb 6th– St Paul, MN
    John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon - Jan 29th through Feb 3rd– Duluth, MN
    Night Trains - Saturdays through Feb 26th– St Paul, MN

JANUARY 2011

  • January 31st - 12:00AM     January Photography Opportunities!
    January … The weather outside might be frightful – but there are still events to photograph or attend!


    January 14th & 15th - 21st & 22nd, 2011 ~ PSA Mpls-St Paul Print Circuit ~ 9 am ~ Christ of the Risen Christ , 9050 60th St N, Stillwater, MN

    Judging of local and international prints by representatives of local camera clubs. A must see event if you interested in rapid-fire image judging and quality photography. Around 1,800 images were judged last year.

    Judging Dates/Times:
    January 14th and 21st (Fridays) start time = 6PM. -- Dinner for judges and volunteers only, followed by start of small-print judging.
    January 15th and 22nd (Saturdays) start time = 9AM.

    FREE


    January 22nd, 2011 ~ Ice Harvest Day ~ 11 am ~ Richardson Nature Center, 8737 East Bush Lake Road, Bloomington, MN

    Discover a bit of Minnesota History during the days before electric refrigerators. Hardy ice harvesters sawed massive blocks of ice out of frozen lakes and ponds to keep food chilled. Meet ice harvesting historian, Tim Graf, and costumed interpreters from The Landing - Minnesota River Heritage Park as attendees use real ice harvesting tools. Cut blocks of ice out of the pond with an old fashioned ice saw, pull an antique plow to mark the ice, make ice cubes or shave ice out of blocks of ice, use a scale to weigh a block of ice and try out many other ice harvesting historical tools that can still be used today. Enjoy a wagon ride pulled by Percheron horses through the prairie. Discover how the Park District tests water quality. Keep warm by an outdoor campfire or head inside the nature center to watch an ice harvesting video.

    Adults $5

    January 22nd, 23rd, 29th & 30th, 2011 ~ Hockey North American Championships ~ 8:30 am ~ Maynards, 685 Excelsior Blvd, Excelsior, MN

    Pond hockey on 10 rinks that are all within the docks of Maynards and Bay Side grill. Well protected area within walking distance from the bars. Live entertainment Friday and Saturday nights.

    Jan 22nd & 23rd: Women & Kids Division
    Jan 28th & 29th: Mens Division

    FREE

    January 26th, 2011 ~ International Nordic Ski Jumping Competition ~ 6 pm ~ Bush Lake Ski Jump, 8401 East Bush Lake Rd, Bloomington, MN

    Elite athletes from Norway, Finland, Poland, and all across USA will be taking to the skies in Head To Head competition under the stadium lights. Many former and future Olympians will be there perfecting their form in the 2nd leg of the Midwestern 4 Hills Tour. Skiers will be soaring up to 300 feet for trophies and cash prizes. Come enjoy the brand new chalet to watch all the high-flying action indoors!

    Adults $5 – on-site parking (first come, first serve) $20 per vehicle

    January 29th, 2011 ~ Speed Skating ~ 10 am ~ Lake Phalen, 1615 Phalen Dr, St Paul, MN

    Speed skating competition held in conjunction with the St Paul Winter Carnival.

    FREE

    January 29th, 2011 ~ Polar Bear Plunge ~ 12 pm (noon) ~ Ramsey Beach, 5050 Lake Avenue N, White Bear Lake, MN

    The Polar Bear Plunge — presented by Minnesota law enforcement as part of the year-round Law Enforcement Torch Run® events to benefit Special Olympics. An opportunity to photograph the strong emotions that go along with jumping into frigid waters for a good cause!

    Just heard that the Minnesota Roller Girls will have a team there -- EXCELLENT opportunity!

    FREE

    January 30th, 2011 ~ Pond Dakota Winter History Festival ~ 12 pm (noon) ~ Pond Dakota Mission Park, 401 East 104th St, Bloomington, MN

    Experience winter on the Minnesota frontier from a dogsled! Dogsled Rides will be given continuously from noon – 4:00 p.m. (Note: please arrive by 3:30 p.m. to ensure your place in line for dogsled rides – additional $2 per person).

    After your ride, stop off at the historic Gideon Pond House to warm up around the fireplace with some hot cocoa or cider. Gideon Pond himself will bring to life rich stories of early settlers of Bloomington. Play traditional Native American and Pioneer outdoor games including the ever popular snow snakes game! Experience one of the authentic 18002011s style magic shows scheduled throughout the day and prepare to be amazed!
    • Free hot cider, cocoa and other treats will be available throughout the day.
    • Limited parking is available in the Pond Dakota Mission Park parking lot (please do not park along the driveway).
    • Additional free parking is available at Emmanuel Lutheran Church or in the Kelly Playfield lot.

    $3 per person

    Other ongoing events in January:
    FireJam - Thursdays - Minneapolis, MN
    St Paul Winter Carnival - Jan 27th through Feb 6th– St Paul, MN
    John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon - Jan 29th through Feb 3rd– Duluth, MN
    Night Trains - Saturdays through Feb 26th– St Paul, MN
  • January 14th - 12:09AM     2011 PSA Mpls-St Paul Print Circuit     Church of the Risen Christ, 9050 60th Street North Stillwater, MN

    International Competition!


    The Minneapolis - St. Paul Print Circuit is a 6 show, 4 division exhibition circuit. Last year around 1,800 images were entered from people all over the world. This is a great opportunity to see local work judged against some of the finest photography in the world, in addition to a impressive display of images during the two days and two evenings of judging. Members are invited to attend judging days as either volunteers or observers.

    Judging Location:

    Lutheran Church of the Risen Christ
    9050 60th Street North
    Stillwater, MN


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    The church is located on the north frontage road of state highway 36 about 1.5 miles east of I-694. Take highway 36 east from I-694 to Demontreville Road, exit north (left) on to the frontage road and then immediately east (right) up the frontage road about 1/3 mile. The church is on your left (north side) and has parking in the rear.

    Judging Dates/Times:
    January 14th and 21st (Fridays) start time = 6PM. -- Dinner for judges and volunteers only, followed by start of small-print judging.
    January 15th and 22nd (Saturdays) start time = 9AM.

    Minneapolis Photographic Society will be judging January 14th and 15th.


    Each show will award the following medals:
    COLOR Class A (max size - 16x20 including mounts)
    • 1 PSA Gold Best of Show medal
    • 6 Judges Choice medals
    • 1 Camera Council medal for Best Ice, Water or Snow
    MONOCHROME Class A (max size - 16x20 including mounts)
    • 1 PSA Gold Best of Show medal
    • 6 Judges Choice medals
    • 1 Camera Council "Mark Kempenich" medal for Best Portrait
    MONOCHROME Class B and COLOR Class B (max size - 8 1/2 x 12 including mounts)
    • 1 PSA Gold Best of Show medal
    • 3 Judges Choice medals
    The sponsors of this International Exhibition of Photography have been awarded Recognition by PSA, the World’s largest patron of International photographic exhibitions. Acceptances received by PSA members in approved sections of this exhibition are eligible for PSA Star Ratings, listing in the worldwide PSA Who’s Who of photography, and credited toward the PSA Distinctions PPSA and EPSA. PSA is a non profit organization promoting the advancement of photography in all its forms to novice, amateur and professional photographers worldwide.

DECEMBER 2010

  • December 31st - 12:00AM     December Photographic Opportunities!
    December! Dont curl up in front of the fire just yet – theres photography to be done!

    December 4th, 2010 ~ LifeTime Fitness Reindeer Run ~ 9 am ~ Lake Harriet Bandshell, 4135 W Harriet Blvd, Minneapolis, MN

    The event begins at 9:10 a.m. with the Kids K (1 kilometer) for kids 8 & under. For all ages running the 5K the start is at 9:30 am with Santas hearty Ho Ho Ho...GO!

    Hundreds of runners, many in holiday costumes run around Lake Harriet in whatever kind of weather there is!

    FREE
    December 4th, 5th, 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th, 2010 ~ Santas Train Shop ~ 10 am ~ Jackson Street Roundhouse, 193 Pennsylvania Ave. E., St Paul, MN

    # Pictures with Santa, holiday shopping and 20 minute train rides
    # Popcorn, hot chocolate, cider, coffee & treats, included in admission
    # Entertainment & fun for the whole family
    # Travel through history with in-depth exhibits featuring local & regional railway history
    # Experience a genuine operating roundhouse turntable – one of the last of its kind in the country
    # Witness restoration of historic railway operating equipment including vintage steam engines
    # Take a caboose or bus ride
    # Groups are always welcome and encouraged to come!

    Adults $15

    December 11th, 2010 ~ Holiday Train ~ 4:15 pm ~ Hastings, Cottage Grove, St Paul, Minneapolis

    Each December, Canadian Pacifics Holiday Train travels across Canada and the United States to raise food, money and awareness for local food banks. Illuminated by hundreds of thousands of festive lights, the Holiday Train makes its way across seven states and six provinces visiting over 100 Canadian and U.S. communities.

    # Hastings 4:15 pm, CP Depot, 500 East Second Street
    # Cottage Grove 5:45 pm, West Point Douglas Road, South of Seiben Bridge in front of the Youth Service Bureau
    # St. Paul 7:15 pm, Upper level of Central Parking System ramp at Broadway & Kellogg in Lowertown
    # Minneapolis (Shoreham) 9:30 pm, CP Shoreham Yard, 2800 Central Avenue NE

    Photos from previous years

    FREE (food donation recommended)

    December 17th, 2010 ~ Folkways by Candlelight ~ 5 pm ~ The Landing, 2187 Highway 101 East, Shakopee, MN

    Celebrate the holiday season with an evening visit to the 1800s Eagle Creek Village. Candlelight will lead the way to homes on the Town Square where costumed residents will share their holiday traditions. Join the carolers as they walk the village streets. Christmas Pageant in the Town Hall (6:30 pm). Park and enter from the West Entrance. Dress for the weather and a winter evening stroll. Last admission one hour before close.

    Adult $5 (Optional)

    December 18th, 2010 ~ Candy Cane Hunt ~ 1 pm ~ Silverwood Park, 2500 County Rd E, St Anthony, MN

    Santas elves have hidden candy canes around Silverwood. Search for the hidden candy canes, find 3 and get a prize. Look for canes with golden ribbons for larger prizes. Enjoy a horse drawn wagon ride, warm treats, crafts, winter games, and photos with Santa.

    Hunts for children ages 0-4 will begin at 1:30 PM and 2:30 PM
    Hunts for children ages 5-10 will begin at 2:00 PM and 3:00 PM

    Adult carriage rides: $2

    December 31st, 2010 ~ Candlelight & Ice ~ 6 p ~ Wood Lake Nature Center, 6710 Lake Shore Dr, Richfield, MN

    Celebrate the New Year with family and friends at WoodLake Nature Center. Follow hundreds of candle-lit luminaries on a trail through cattails and trees. Enjoy the evening while on the lookout for deer, fox, rabbits, and owls. Return to the building to warm up, drink hot cocoa, and roast marshmallows over a crackling fire. Make a craft, play a game, or just sit back and relax.

    $4 per person

    Other ongoing events in December:
    Holidazzle 10 – Thurs-Sun – November 26th – December 19th – Minneapolis, MN
    FireJam - Thursdays - Minneapolis, MN
    Night Trains – Saturdays – through February 26th – St Paul, MN

NOVEMBER 2010

  • November 30th - 12:00AM     November Photographic Opportunities

    November 6th, 2010 ~ Veteran’s Remembrance Day ~ 10:00 AM ~ The Landing, Shakopee, MN

    Honor America's military veterans at The Landing. Special program at 1:00 PM features speeches, music and Abraham Lincoln reciting the Gettysburg Address. Tour several historic buildings in the Village of Eagle Creek and observe Thanksgiving preparations. View military displays and enjoy refreshments served in the Town Hall. Enter park through West Entrance.

    Adults: $5
    November 7th, 2010 ~ World Run Day ~ Minnesota

    On Sunday, November 7, 2010 runners worldwide will celebrate the sport of running wherever they live. Whether in a competitive race, on a training course, or even on a treadmill, all runners can participate. Many many races are being held all over Minnesota throughout the day.

    Twin Cities locations

    FREE
    November 10th, 2010 ~ Edmund Fitzgerald Beacon Lighting ~ 4:30 PM ~ Split Rock Lighthouse, Two Harbors, MN

    Beacon lighting, shipwreck information and bell ceremony to commemorate the loss of Lake Superior's most famous ship and crew.

    $5
    November 20th, 2010 ~ Minnesota Roller Girls - Home Teams Bout ~ 7:30 PM ~ Roy Wilkins Auditorium, St Paul, MN

    The Minnesota RollerGirls are part of the Women's Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA), a national governing body for female-only, skater-owned, flat-track roller derby leagues. The Minnesota RollerGirls league was founded by the Donnelly sisters in August 2004 and has grown from 6 original members to a current roster of 80 skaters, 8 referees and coaches, and countless volunteers. All participants are unpaid amateurs and the league provides insurance coverage for practices and bouts.

    Dagger Dolls vs. Rockits & Atomic Bombshells vs. Garda Belts

    Trackside Seating: $13 advance / $15 at the door
    November 25th, 2010 ~ Turkey Day 5K ~ 8:20 AM ~ Life Time Fitness - Target Center, Minneapolis, MN

    The Turkey Day 5k is a holiday tradition, complete with all the trimmings. This festive holiday morning fun run and walk is for every body and every age.

    Course Info

    FREE
    Other ongoing events in November:
    Holidazzle ’10 – Thurs-Sun – November 26th – December 19th – Minneapolis, MN
    FireJam - Thursdays - Minneapolis, MN

OCTOBER 2010

  • October 31st - 12:00AM     October Photographic Opportunities

    October 3rd, 2010 ~ Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon & 10 Mile ~ 7:00 AM ~ Minneapolis to St Paul, MN

    The Twin Cities have become synonymous with championship road racing. In addition to hosting the USA Masters Marathon Championships for men and women for the 20th consecutive year, this year also includes the USA Men’s Marathon and Women’s 10 Mile Championships. Be sure to cheer on these extraordinary athletes!

    Spectator’s Guide: http://www.mtcmarathon.org/Upload/documents/2010_SpecGd_F.pdf

    FREE
    October 9th, 2010 ~ Zombie Pub Crawl ~ 4:00 PM ~ Washington Ave, Minneapolis, MN

    Very colorful and creative people creeping along the streets of Washington Ave. Some look scary, others funny. Definitely kooky and entertaining! 8,000 to 10,000 zombies expected!! The fun starts at Gold Medal Park…

    From the FAQ:
    What do zombies do?

    Zombies like to horde-up whenever possible. They never walk in single file lines.They respect other peoples' property. A zombie cannot turn down the chance to eat brains. And most importantly, zombies always act like zombies. So if you catch someone not being a zombie - eat their brains.


    Photos from 2009: http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=minneapolis+zombie+pub+crawl

    FREE (unless you want to go in the bars – then you must have a wristband -- $10)
    October 22nd & 23rd, 2010 ~ Harvest Moon Festival ~ 1:00 PM ~ Dakota City Heritage Village, Farmington, MN

    Harvest Moon Festival provides an opportunity to bring people of all ages to experience activities of the past in our Village through hands-on demonstrations. Activities may include: shelling corn, making a corn husk doll, pumping water at the Fire Barn, grinding coffee, playing old-fashioned games. Adults can enjoy showing everyone how things were done in the past or learn themselves from costumed demonstrators and volunteers. Harvest Moon Festival is for the young and the young-at-heart.

    Adults (13 and over) - $3.00
    October 24th, 2010 ~ Artist & Photographer Day ~ 8:00 AM ~ Marjorie McNeely Conservatory, St Paul, MN

    Opportunity to bring in easels and tripods before hours.

    As summer turns to autumn, so does the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory when it opens the annual Fall Flower Show Saturday, October 9th. The show will feature hundreds of chrysanthemums of many different cultivars with colors of yellow, orange, red, gold, highlighted with Chilly Chili ornamental peppers and ornamental grasses

    $5
    October 30th, 2010 ~ Fort Snelling After Dark – Candlelight Tours ~ 6:00 PM ~ Fort Snelling, St Paul, MN

    Have you ever wondered what Fort Snelling is like after dark? Come for a special evening as the gates are opened and you can explore the site by torchlight. Also, learn about the shadowy side of the fort as you participate in a court martial to help decide the fate of one of Fort Snelling’s soldiers. You won’t want to miss this one-of-a kind evening at Historic Fort Snelling.

    $12 adults
    Other ongoing events in October:
    MN Renaissance Festival – Weekends: August 21st - October 3rd -- Shakopee, MN
    Shafer Corn Maze – Fri–Sun – September 4th – October 31st – Shafer, MN
    Cafesjian’s Carousel – Weekends: September 8th – October 31st – St Paul, MN
    Light Maze & KTTC Lights – October 14th – November 28th - Zumbro Falls, MN -- Canceled due to flooding

SEPTEMBER 2010

  • September 30th - 12:00AM     September Photographic Opportunities
    September 4th, 2010 ~ Championship PRCA Rodeo ~ 6 pm ~ Pine City, MN

    Pro rodeo with bull riding, bareback riding, team roping, barrel racing, steer wrestling, tie down roping, saddle bronc, wild cow milking, cowboy poker, and calf scramble. Each night following the rodeo there will be a live band.

    Advance Tickets (until Fri, Sept 3):
    • Adults: $10, Children (4-12): $6, Under 3: Free
    Day of the Rodeo Tickets:
    • Adults: $12, Children (4-12): $6, Under 3: Free

    September 9th, - 11th, 2010 ~ Lowertown Concrete and Grass Music Festival ~ Mears Park, St Paul, MN

    The Lowertown Concrete and Grass Music Festival is a free outdoor event held at Mears Park, downtown Saint Paul. The festival is a unique partnership of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Minnesota Opera, Ordway Center, Schubert Club and the Twin Cities Jazz Festival.

    Concrete and Grass celebrates the opening of the performance season and includes a range of genres, including: jazz, opera, chamber music, rock, dance, roots and world music.

    FREE

    September 18th, 2010 ~ City of Lakes Trail Loppet ~ 7:30 am ~ Theodore Wirth Park, Minneapolis, MN

    The Trail Loppet is a 5K (3 miles) and Half-Marathon on the trails of Theodore Wirth Park. Mostly on dirt paths, the Trail Loppet feels like it takes place in the north woods, but starts and finishes less than 3 miles from downtown Minneapolis.

    FREE
    September 18th, 2010 ~ Great Neighbors' Mississippi Duck Race ~ 11 am ~ Kaposia Landing, St Paul, MN

    5000 yellow rubber ducks will race throughout the event. Lots of great prizes! Adopt a duck for five dollars each. Lots of food, kids games, and entertainment.

    FREE
    September 19th, 2010 ~ A Harvest Moon Lantern Festival ~ 4 pm ~ Landmark Center, St Paul, MN

    The event will commemorate the late autumn harvest celebrations that are native to Vietnam. Participants will handcraft origami and bamboo lanterns, and will assemble and decorate miniature storybooks telling the folktale of the moon festival. Storytellers, vendors and food (for purchase) will also be available. The festival will culminate with a foot parade in and around Rice Park at dusk, with lanterns lighting up the evening and songs filling the air!

    FREE
    September 25th, 2010 ~ Fall Raptor Release ~ 10 am ~ Carpenter St Croix Valley Nature Center, Hastings, MN

    See raptors released back to the wild, participate in children's activities and educational displays, and observe live eagles, hawks, owls and falcons up close!
    Releases are at 11:30am and 2:00pm.

    FREE
    Other ongoing events in September:

    Cafesjian's Carousel – May 1st – September 6th – Como Zoo, St Paul, MN
    Blooming Butterflies – June18th – September 6th – Como Zoo, St Paul, MN
    Aveda Butterfly Garden – June19th – September 6th – MN Zoo, Apple Valley, MN
    MN Renaissance Festival – Weekends: August 21st - October 3rd -- Shakopee, MN
    MN State Fair – August 26th – September 6th – St Paul, MN
  • September 18th - 9:00AM - 7:00PM     Minnesota Renaissance Festival – 3 miles south of Shakopee off Hwy 169 – September 18th, led by Holly Kuchera.

    Outing Date: Saturday September 18th, 2010 – 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM

    Outing Location: Minnesota Renaissance Festival – 3 miles south of Shakopee off Hwy 169 – Directions

    It’s that time of year again! Join your fellow photographers for a day at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival!

    The theme for Sept 18th is “Shamrocks & Shenanigans” – celebrating all things Irish!

    http://www.renaissancefest.com/MRF/themeweekends/irish.html

    In addition there will be street acts, belly-dancers, royalty, jousting, fire-eaters, Twig the Fairy and all those people who like to dress up just for the festival (not to mention, food, beer, music, ale dance, food, sword-fights, wine, crafts of all kinds, sheep-herding, juggling, grog and did I mention food?)

    A day at the Renaissance Festival starts just before 9:00 am (if you want to catch the opening gate show) and runs until 7:00 pm. Don’t feel you have to come for the full day as it gets to be a very LONG day, and don’t feel you have to stay with the group proper. There’s so much to see and do at the Ren Fest, I couldn’t hope to keep even two or three people in one place for very long.

    Our group will be entering the front gate just after cannon at 9:00 am sharp!

    Be sure to bring a hat and sunscreen, dress appropriately for the weather, wear comfortable shoes, and bring just about everything you’ve got for camera gear. You may not like lugging it all over the grounds, but will appreciate having that macro lens when you really need it. Tripods are acceptable, but not recommended. Also be sure to bring extra cash for food, beverages and tips for the players. I have a collection of Sacagawea dollar coins which I use just for Renaissance Festival. My policy is that if I take a photo of a player (street act, stage act, etc) I tip them at least a dollar. Street acts are NOT paid by the Renaissance Festival and can use every thing they get.

    Adult tickets are $20.95 at the gate, but can be purchased at many Twin Cities locations for a good discount (highly recommended!) They can also be purchased directly from the MN Renaissance Festival website: http://www.renaissancefest.com/MRF/tickets.html

    Hope to see you there!
    -- Holly Kuchera

    (this is a joint photo trip with the Crosstown Camera Club – visitors welcome!)

AUGUST 2010

  • August 31st - 12:00AM     August Photographic Opportunities
    Since there isn’t enough room here to show you everything that goes on, don’t forget to check out Holly Kuchera's Shot Spots Calendar for more!
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    August 1st, 2010 ~ Twin Cities Jr Sweeps Regatta ~ 9 am ~ Bryant Lake Eden Prairie, MN

    Twin Cities Youth Rowing will host this regatta at their home location on Bryant Lake, in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. Racing will be on an 1800 meter, 4-lane buoyed course.

    Entries are for Juniors only. In accordance with USRowing requirements: rowers must be 18 years of age or younger or, if older, be a full-time high school student graduating in 2010.

    The following events will be hosted:
    Junior Men 8+ Varsity * Junior Men 8+ Novice * Junior Men 8+ Dash * Junior Men 4+ Varsity * Junior Men 4+ Novice * Junior Men Pair * Mixed 8+ Dash * Junior Women 8+ Varsity * Junior Women 8+ Novice * Junior Women 8+ Dash * Junior Women 4+ Varsity * Junior Women 4+ Novice * Junior Women Pair * Mixed 8+ Dash

    FREE
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    August 5th, 9th, 12th, 14th & 26th, 2010 ~ MN State Track Championships (Velodrome Bike Racing) ~ National Sports Center Velodrome, Blaine, MN

    Check NSC Events calendar for specific start times & more events at the Velodrome.

    The Minnesota State Track Championships are held to determine the best rider in many different track cycling disciplines. They are also held for different categories of age and ability. The Elite Minnesota State Championships are also used as National Qualification Events by which riders can qualify to participate in the United States National Track Cycling Championships. In the Elite Men’s division, riders aged 17 and over, in categories 1-4 can participate in the individual timed events. Categories 1-3 may participate in the mass start events. In the Elite Women’s division, riders 17 and over, in categories 1-4 can participate in all events.

    FREE
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    August 13th - 15th, 2010 ~ Irish Fair ~ 10 am ~ Harriet Island, St Paul, MN

    Grounds Map

    Join in on the banks of the Mississippi River for a three-day celebration of Irish heritage with music, dance, family activities and good craic. Choose from the many activities the festival has to offer, like listening to music on one of the three stages, having a bit of Irish food and drink, learning about the many engaging aspects of Irish culture, taking part in a workshop on how to play the Irish bodhran, watching the incredible Irish dancers, and perusing through the Irish marketplace. And that’s just a start!

    FREE
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    August 15th, 2010 ~ Japanese Lantern Lighting Festival ~ 3 pm ~ Marjorie McNeely Conservatory, St Paul, MN

    Taiko drums, martial arts, Ikebana, sushi and other aspects of Japanese culture, will be featured at the annual Como Park Japanese Lantern Lighting Festival, a family-friendly event, reminiscent of Japan’s annual Obon holiday. Obon is an important Japanese cultural and family holiday, at which ancestral spirits are said to revisit their families for three days. Families pay their respects at gravesites and put out offerings of food and drink on a tray before household altars. They also light lanterns or small fires outside the house to symbolically guide the souls to the home. On the last evening of Obon, lanterns again guide the spirits back to their resting places.

    The Lantern Lighting Festival encompasses Japanese tradition—through music, dance, crafts, martial arts and lanterns.

    Adults: $5
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    August 20th – 22nd, 2010 ~ Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community Wacipi (Pow Wow) ~ 1 pm ~ Pow Wow Grounds, 3212 Dakotah Parkway, Prior Lake, MN

    The Wacipi is a social gathering where friends and relatives come together to celebrate their culture and way of life. A Wacipi is a homecoming of sorts, with many choosing to return every year to enjoy the dancers in their regalia, the singers at the drum, good food, and booths with arts and crafts for sale. Traditional moccasin games will also be played by Native American teams. The word Wacipi [wah-chee-pee] in the Dakota Language translates as "they dance." A more common meaning is "Pow Wow."

    Held outdoors in a traditional dance arena, the Pow Wow will feature Native American vendors with arts, crafts, beadwork, jewelry, quillwork, and Native American foods for sale, including frybread, wojapi (berry pudding), wild rice, hominy soup, buffalo burgers, Indian tacos, and much more.

    Fireworks will be held at 10 pm on Saturday.

    "Can I take pictures at the Wacipi?:
    While you are welcome to take pictures, there are times during the Wacipi when it is not appropriate. These include during prayers, Honor Songs, Naming, and Eagle Feather/Fallen Warrior Ceremonies. The MCs will usually announce if photographs should not be taken. If you take pictures outside the Dance Arena of individual dancers, please respect the dancers and ask for their permission first."

    Adults: $5
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    Other new & ongoing events in August:

    Cafesjian's Carousel – May 1st – September 6th – Como Zoo, St Paul, MN
    Blooming Butterflies – June18th – September 6th – Como Zoo, St Paul, MN
    Aveda Butterfly Garden – June19th – September 6th – MN Zoo, Apple Valley, MN
    Dakota County Fair -- August 9th – 15th -- Farmington, MN
    Carver County Fair – August 11th – 15th -- Waconia, MN
    MN Renaissance Festival – Weekends: August 21st - October 3rd -- Shakopee, MN
    MN State Fair – August 26th – September 6th – St Paul, MN

JULY 2010

  • July 31st - 12:00AM     July Photographic Opportunities!
    Lots and lots of events occurring in July. Be sure to check out Holly Kuchera's Shot Spots Calendar for more!
    And don’t forget to check out your local 4th of July festivities and county fairs!
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    July 4th & 5th, 2010 ~ Old West Extravaganza ~ 10 am ~Annandale, MN

    The "Old West Society of Minnesota" is returning again this year and putting on this 2 day action packed event. They will give you their rendition of western living history, as well as a street theater and a wild west show including “arena arts” which is rope twirling and whip cracking, etc. A buffalo hunters camp along with numerous other displays will be set up. The MN Fast Draw Club will be having a competition. Numerous other attractions.

    Adults: $5
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    July 10th & 11th, 2010 ~ Dragon Festival ~ 11 am ~ Phalen Lake Park, St Paul, MN

    Dragon boat racing originated in China. Legend has it that Qu Yuan, a wise and loyal minister to the Zhou Emperor and loved by the common people, fought against corruption that plagued the court. He advised the emperor to avoid conflict with the Qin Kingdom while other court officials pressured the emperor to have Qu removed from service. When the emperor took the ill advice of the other ministers, he became so despondent he threw himself into the Milou River. Fishermen rushed out in long boats, beating drums to scare the fish away, and throwing dumplings into the water to feed the fish so they would not eat Qu's body. Dragon boat races began as a way to commemorate Qu Yuan’s death, and is celebrated on the fifth day of the fifth month of the lunar calendar. There also will be many activities such as cultural performances, martial arts demonstrations, foods and children activities that promote cross-cultural understanding. Representatives from local Asian community organizations will be demonstrating origami, kimono dressing, henna art, calligraphy and more.

    FREE
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    July 17th & 18th, 2010 ~ AirExpo ~ 9 am ~ Flying Cloud Airport, Eden Prairie, MN

    Appearing Aircraft: B-17G Yankee Lady (rides available), B-25 Miss Mitchell (cockpit tours available), Mustang P-51, TBM 3-E Avenger, Sea Fury, UH-60 Black Hawk, T-28 Trojan, OV-1 Mohwak, T-6 Texan, L-39 Albatross, L-29 Delphin, Stearman, T-34, Harvard, Navy SNJ, O-1E Birddog, Xtra 300L, Champ, Clay Adam’s 1929 Travel Air 400 (rides available), BT-15 Project

    Adults: $10
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    July 24th, 2010 ~ Red Bull Flugtag ~ 11 am ~ Harriet Island, St Paul, MN

    Red Bull Flugtag challenges the brave and brainy to design, build and pilot homemade flying machines off a 30-foot high flight deck in hopes of soaring into the wild blue yonder…or often, plunging into the waters below. Flugtag, which means “flying day” in German, pushes the envelope of human-powered flight, but competitors need more than airtime to reach the podium. Teams are judged on three criteria: flight distance, creativity of the craft, and showmanship. This criteria has inspired flying tacos, prehistoric pterodactyls, Winnebagos with wings and even Snoopy and the gang to grace the Flugtag flight decks!

    FREE
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    July 24th, 2010 ~ Twin Cities Carifest ~ 12 pm ~ W River Parkway between Plymouth & Broadway, Minneapolis, MN

    Now in its 17th year, Twin Cities Carifest is a free admission family festival featuring danceable live calypso and reggae bands, traditional food, vibrant costume parade, cultural performances, children's activities, craft market and more. The event wraps up at 10:00 p.m. with a great view of Aquatennial fireworks! A portion of event proceeds will go to Caribbean Disaster Relief Fund and Pathways to Urban Solutions Caribbean Book Shelf program, providing free books to Caribbean youth.

    FREE
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    July 28th – August 3rd, 2010 ~ Tall Ships® Duluth ~ 11 am ~ Bayfront Festival Park & Harbor Drive, Duluth, MN

    A once-in-a-lifetime experience on the shores of the world’s greatest lake. It’s a rare chance to catch a glimpse, step aboard, and even set sail on some of the grandest ships of yore. Eight magnificent vessels that harken back to the early days of maritime. Featuring a fleet of international and domestic vessels racing to six cities in the U.S. and Canada, this is Lake Superior’s only port of call for the Great Lakes United Tall Ships Challenge® 2010.

    FREE – tickets required for on board ship tours

    RelatedThe Split Rock Lighthouse in Two Harbors will be having a beacon lighting on July 31st @ 9 pm (get there early for a good spot!)
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  • July 11th - 10:00AM - 6:00PM     Como Zoo & Marjorie McNeely Conservatory     Como Zoo & Marjorie McNeely Conservatory – 1225 Estabrook Drive, St Paul, MN, led by Holly & Geoff Kuchera.
    Outing Date: Sunday July 11th, 2010 – 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM

    Outing Location: Como Zoo & Marjorie McNeely Conservatory – 1225 Estabrook Drive, St Paul, MN

    Directions: http://www.comozooconservatory.org/como_park/directions.shtml
    Grounds Map: http://www.comozooconservatory.org/como_park/pdf/ComoParkZooMap2008lowres.pdf

    Come join us at Como for a day amongst the animals and flowers. The polar bears have a brand-new (okay, month-old) space and the Blooming Butterflies tent is open. In addition, the Carousel will be running and the Summer Show in the Conservatory is in full swing.

    We’ll be meeting on the steps in front of the conservatory (south-east side) at 10:00 AM sharp!

    We’ll be moving into the zoo & conservatory at 10:15 AM.

    What to bring:
    * Lenses: Wide, macro, telephoto.
    * Tripod/Monopod: Tripods are NOT allowed in the Conservatory or Japanese Garden but are allowed on the Zoo grounds. (Monopods are allowed.)

    Entry into the Zoo & Conservatory is free, but a voluntary donation ($2 for adults and $1 for children) is appreciated by the Zoo.

    Parking is available on site. In addition free shuttles (with really cool buses) are available from Como’s off-site parking lot at the State Fair Grounds Parking Lot West of Snelling on Como Ave. (More info on shuttle buses)

    Hope you can join us!

JUNE 2010

  • June 30th - 8:00AM     June Photographic Opportunities!
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    June 5th, 2010 ~ Rendezvous at Mendota ~ 10 am ~ Mendota, MN

    Experience an old-fashioned fur trade rendezvous at the Sibley Historic Site which was once the headquarters for the American Fur Trade Company operations in the early 1800s.
    FREE
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    June 5th, 2010 ~ Canine Carnival ~ 11 am ~ Wildlife Science Center, Forest Lake, MN

    Come join us at the Wildlife Science Center in Forest Lake for the Canine Carnival - a tribute to dogs both wild and domestic. The Wildlife Science Center will honor the working and playing dogs of the community with presentations by the staff on the resident wolves, wolf-dog hybrids, and foxes, and by visiting canine groups!

    $6 per adult
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    June 11th & 12th, 2010 ~ Fixed Gear Classic ~ 12 pm ~ Blaine Sports Center Velodrome, Blaine, MN

    The MN Fixed Gear Classic brings world-class track cycling to the NSC Velodrome for three days in June. This thrilling event kicks off the 2010 Nature Valley Bicycle Festival – the Midwest’s largest celebration of cycling.

    The MN Fixed Gear Classic pits professional and elite amateur track cyclists in fast-paced sprint and grueling endurance events.

    The 2010 MN Fixed Gear Classic will feature a unique dual omnium program that showcases separate competitions for sprinters and endurance specialists. Cross-over races will bring sprinters and distance racers together in search of omnium points.

    FREE
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    June 12th – 13th, 2010 ~ World War II Weekend ~ 10 am ~ Fort Snelling, St Paul, MN

    Costumed staff, period displays, weapon firing demonstrations and reenactors occupy the fort during the weekend. Greatest Generation films will be shown in the Visitor Center.

    $10 adults
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    June 19th, 2010 ~ Aveda Butterfly Garden Opening ~ 10 am ~ Minnesota Zoo , Apple Valley, MN

    The Aveda Butterfly Garden features more than 40 different species of North American butterflies and moths, fluttering in a beautiful environment that includes a small stream and a diversity of plants. This interactive exhibit demonstrates the butterfly life cycle, including stages as a caterpillar, chrysalis or cocoon, and adult. Zoo staff and volunteers will explain various butterfly “duties” including pollination, mating, and egg-laying..

    Open daily through September 6th, 10 am – 5 pm (weather permitting).
    Located at the end of the tropics trails
    FREE – included in general Zoo admission
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    June 24th – 26th, 2010 ~ Buffalo Championship Rodeo ~ 7:30 pm ~ Buffalo Sports Arena, Buffalo, MN

    The "Grandaddy" of Minnesota Rodeo's, located in Buffalo, Minnesota. Buy your tickets now and come join in the fun for the 56th year of the Buffalo Chamionship Rodeo, for 3 nights of bulls, broncs, barrels, and more!! We are proud to feature the outstading rodeo stock of Barnes and MJM PRCA Rodeo Companies.

    Reserved Seating: $14 before June 21st - $16 after June 21st
    General Admission: $12 before June 21st - $14 after June 21st

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    June 26th – 27th, 2010 ~ Great Minnesota Airshow ~ 8 am ~ St Cloud Regional Airport, St Cloud, MN

    Two-day aviation extravaganza!

    The star attraction at the show is The United States Navy's Blue Angels, the elite flight demonstration squadron. You'll also witness the awesome power of the F-22 Raptor Stealth Fighter in its first air show appearance in Minnesota! The Other performers include Team Aeroshell, Franklin's Flying Circus, Minnesota flying legend John Mohr, Mike Wiskus and his Lucas Oil plane, Team Chaos and warbirds like the B-25 and P-51.

    In addition, there'll be planes on display like the EA-6B Prowler and an AC-47 (Spooky). Plus, there'll be hot air balloon rallies at Whitney Park during the weekend.

    Advance tickets are available for purchase now on the website.

    Adults $20 + $2 convenience fee.

    General admission seating is plentiful throughout the Air Show Grounds. However, if you'd like Reserved Flight Line or Flight Line Bleacher Seating, you may upgrade your tickets at the air show. $15 Reserved seating gets you a chair in a dedicated, fenced-in area along the flightline, plus reserved porta-potties. $10 Bleacher seating gets you a seat on the flightline, just behind the Reserved seating section. Again, it's a fenced-off area with its own bank of porta-potties. Both seating sections are available only at the show and on a first-come, first-serve basis. Sorry, no reservations.

    Limited parking will be available at the St. Cloud Regional Airport. Tickets for VIP airport parking are available on this website for $25 per vehicle. Buy a VIP Airport Parking Permit now if you plan to park at the airport. Those permits are available on a first-come first-serve basis and we expect them to sell-out before the show.

    You can also park in one of several designated parking lots in the area and shuttle to the airport from one of our off-site Park-and-Ride locations. Parking in the designated lots and shuttles to and from the Air Show are FREE!

    (My thanks to John Ringquist for bringing this to my attention!)
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    June 30th, 2010 ~ Artist & Photographer Day ~ 6:30 pm ~ Marjorie McNeely Conservatory, St Paul, MN

    Opportunity to bring in easels and tripods after hours.

    $5 per person
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    Also open(ing) this month:
    Cafesjian’s Carousel – Como Zoo – St Paul, MN
    Blooming Butterflies – June 18th - Como Zoo – St Paul, MN
    Polar Bear Odyssey – Grand Opening, June 3rd – 6th - Como Zoo – St Paul, MN

MAY 2010

  • May 31st - 12:00AM     May Photographic Opportunites!
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    May 1st, 2010 ~ Spring Raptor Release ~ 11 am ~ Hyland Park, Bloomington, MN

    Rehabilitated raptors re-released into the wild at 1 pm. During this annual celebration, participants can watch raptors return to the wild and photograph eagles, falcons, hawks, and owls. There will be music, children’s activities, a climbing wall, and educational displays throughout the day. *Please do not bring pets to this event.

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    May 1st & 2nd, 2010 ~ Prairie Home Carriage Festival ~ 10 am ~ Dakota City Heritage Village, Farmington, MN

    Be transported back in time to the late 1800’s and early 1900's. Period costumed drivers in horse drawn vehicles will parade through historic Dakota City Heritage Village, a living history museum at the Dakota Country Fairgrounds in Farmington, MN. Saturday, May 1: Carriage & Sleigh Display, Driving Tack Swap, Learn to Drive Clinic and individual lessons available from Steve Wood (www.wildwoodsleighandcarriage.com), Vendor Fair, Evening Dinner/ Dance. Sunday, May 2: Service in the Village Church, individual lessons from Steve Wood, Vendor Fair and narrated Carriage & Sleigh Display and Parade.

    Dakota City Heritage Village website

    $3 per adult / $10 carload
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    May 8th, 2010 ~ Cinco de Mayo Fiesta ~ 10 am ~ Cesar Chavez Avenue, St Paul, MN

    The Cinco de Mayo Fiesta is one of the 10 largest festivals of its kind nationwide, attracting more than 100,000 visitors to District del Sol on the West Side, one of St. Paul’s most diverse neighborhoods. Embracing the colorful history and rich traditions of Hispanic/Latino culture, this award-winning, family-friendly experience features over six blocks of food, music, dancing, children's activities, a lowrider car show, colorful parade, a “People’s Choice” salsa tasting contest and more.
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    May 16th, 2010 ~ Artist & Photographer Day ~ 8 am ~ Marjorie McNeely Conservatory, St Paul, MN

    Opportunity to bring in tripods before hours.

    $5 per person
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    May 27th, 2010 ~ Minnesota Scottish Fair & Highland Games ~ 9 am ~ Dakota County Fairgrounds, Farmington, MN

    Visit Scotland in your backyard. Join us where the Highlands meet the Prairie! A fair that transports you to Scotland for one day a year. Enjoy everything Scottish...Highland & Country Dancing, living history area, kid's activities & prizes, Scottish Vendors & Clans, Pipers, Dancers and more. See men in skirts (kilts) throwing telephone poles (cabers) This year featuring Minnesota based Celtic musicians including Double Fiddles` Iain MacGillavray & Chuck Butler. Free parking.

    General Admission-$15 Children 5 years & under-Free Students 6-15 years old-$5 Seniors 65 & over-$10
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    May 29th – 31st, 2010 ~ The Landing Encampment ~ 10 am ~ The Landing, Shakopee, MN

    Experience life along the Minnesota River. Meet traders and Civil War soldiers, and observe demonstrations in the encampments. Enjoy an imaginary ride upriver via the moving panorama show. Play base ball (Monday only) or ride in canoes (Monday only). Ride the Percheron horse-drawn trolley and canoes (Monday only). Ride the Percheron horse-drawn trolley and play games. Visit Mr. Robert's lunch counter at the depot. Special ceremony commemorating Memorial Day (Monday only - 1 p.m.).

    Ages: 18-64, $5; Ages: 2-17 and Seniors, $3. Children under 2 free.
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    May 30th, 2010 ~ Stillwater Marathon ~ 7 am ~ Stillwater, MN

    National Destination Marathon in Historic Stillwater; The Birthplace of Minnesota. Run the Boston-Qualifying Marathon, a Half Marathon, 20 Mile or 12K Race to finish beside or overlooking the Scenic St. Croix River.

    Spectators are encouraged and spectating is, of course, free.
  • May 29th - 10:00AM - 5:00PM     The Landing Encampment – Shakopee     The Landing, 2187 Highway 101 East, Shakopee, MN

    Outing Date: Saturday May 29th, 2010 – 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

    Outing Location: The Landing, Shakopee, MN

    Experience life along the Minnesota River. Meet traders and Civil War soldiers, and observe demonstrations in the encampments. Enjoy an imaginary ride upriver via the moving panorama show. Ride the Percheron horse-drawn trolley and play games. Visit Mr. Robert’s lunch counter at the depot. Photographic opportunities abound at The Landing (formerly Murphy’s Landing)!

    Encampment weekend: May 29th – 31st

    http://www.threeriversparks.org/events/T/the-landing-encampment.aspx

    * 18-64 $5
    * 2-17 & seniors $3
    * Children under 2 free.

    We’ll be meeting in the parking lot inside the front entrance at 10:00 AM sharp! (Just look for the MPS/CCC Photo Outing sign.) http://www.threeriversparks.org/~/media/Maps/PDFs/Park%20Detail/Summer/the_landing_summer.ashx

    We’ll be moving off the parking lot by 10:15 AM.

    As I’ve never been to The Landing, I can’t give much advice on what to bring, but know there are historic buildings with period furnishings and costumed actors on site. So you might want to bring everything you’ve got!

    * Lenses: Wide, macro, telephoto (maybe).
    * Tripod: Yes!
    * Sense of adventure: Definitely!

    Since there will be a Civil War period encampment reenactment on site this weekend it’s a perfect opportunity for trying out “aged” photos in monochrome (black & white, sepia, etc).

    Hope you can join us!

    -Holly & Geoff Kuchera

APRIL 2010

  • April 30th - 12:00AM     Five Things to Photograph in April! - Outings for the WHOLE month long!
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    April 1st-30th, 2010 ~ Farm Babies ~ 9 am ~ Minnesota Zoo, Apple Valley, MN

    Meet the newest members of the Zoo family with baby chicks, piglets, lambs, calves, goat kids, bunnies, and ducklings. Children's activities on the weekends.

    $13 adults, $7 seniors & youth, under 2 free
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    April 10th, 2010 ~ CampWannaRunAMileOrMore 1/2 Marathon, 10k ~ 8:00 am ~ Bald Eagle Regional Park, White Bear Township, MN

    1/2 Marathon Start Time: 8 AM
    10k Start Time: 8:30 AM
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    April 17th, 2010 ~ MN WING CAF Community Garage Sale ~ 10 am ~ Fleming Field, South St Paul, MN

    Join the Minnesota Wing of the Commemorative Air Force for their annual Garage Sale. ON sale - aircraft parts, tools, models, house hold items, books, and so much more. Everyone in the community is welcome to participate or stop by for some lunch! They will be also selling food and PX items at a discount.
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    April 24th – 25th, 2010 ~ Minnesota Horse Expo ~ 8:30 am ~ MN State Fairgrounds, St Paul, MN

    300 horses from over 50 breeds, parade of breeds, stallion presentations, training demonstrations, educational lectures on horse health, care, equipment, stabling, activities with horses and more. PRCA rodeos each day. 600 vendor booths to shop. Free horse, pony and carriage rides.

    $9 adults, $6 seniors & youth, under 5 free
    Rodeo admissions $4-$10 depending on section plus daily Horse Expo admission.
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    April 25th, 2010 ~ Ironman Bike Ride ~ 9 am ~ Lakeville, MN

    The 2010 Minnesota Ironman® Bicycle Ride. Come for the 44th year of presenting one of the finest bike rides in the nation. 30, 65 & 100 mile routes

FEBRUARY 2010

  • February 28th - 12:00AM     Five Things to Photograph in February! - Outings for the WHOLE month long!
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    February 5th-14th, 16th, 19th-21st, 2010 ~ Waseca Sleigh & Cutter Festivalt ~ Waseca, MN

    60th Annual Waseca Sleigh & Cutter Festival
    Main Parade - Saturday, February 13th at 1 PM. Parade attractions: Jesse James Gang; Cannon Old West Society and 80+ horse units.
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    February 12th – March 14th, 2010 ~ Orchids Limited Exhibition ~ 8:30 am ~ MN Landscape Arboretum, Chaska, MN

    Enjoy the beauty and variety of orchids in this stunning display occupying the Great Hall of the Oswald Visitor Center.
    Free with Arboretum admission.
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    February 13th – 14th, 2010 ~ Scottish Ramble ~ 10 am ~ Landmark Center, St Paul, MN

    Scottish Ramble is a two day Scottish festival held at and sponsored by Landmark Center in St. Paul, Minnesota.For over 25 years it has included music, dance, food, vendors and cultural information about Scotland and those of Scottish heritage.
    $5 entrance fee
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    February 20th – March 21st, 2010 ~ Eagle Spot Weekends ~ 1pm ~ Colvill Park, Red Wing, MN

    Meet at Colvill Park where many Bald Eagles spend the winter, or stop during migration. Experienced Volunteers will answer questions about eagle behavior, ecology and recovery. Spotting scopes and binoculars guarantee spectacular close up views. Come see the mighty Eagles soar.
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    February 27th, 2010 ~ 31st Annual Carriage & Cutter Parade ~ 1 pm ~ Historic Main Street (2nd Street), Kenyon, MN

    The Kenyon Carriage & Cutter Parade is an annual event that attracts drivers and spectators from Southern Minnesota, Western Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Ohio and the Dakotas. All parade units are pulled by horses, including several teams of Belgians, Percherons and Clydesdales. Other events during the day include tours of the Historic Gunderson House, food vendors, wagon rides, pony rides and a petting zoo. Visit Kenyon and enjoy a glimpse of winter the way it should be!

JANUARY 2010

  • January 31st - 8:00AM     Five Things to Photograph in January (and into February!) - Outings for the WHOLE month long!
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    January 16th – February 6th, 2010 ~ Art Shanty Project ~ 10 am ~ Medicine Lake, Plymouth, MN

    A four-weekend exhibition of performance, architecture, science, art, video, literature, survivalism and karaoke, ASP is part sculpture park, part artist residency and part social experiment, inspired by traditional ice fishing houses that dot the state’s lakes in winter.
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    January 22nd, 2010 ~ Moon Glow Pedestrian Parade ~ 5:30 pm ~ James J. Hill House to State Capitol, St Paul, MN

    The Public Kick-Off to the 11 Days of the Winter Carnival . Join neighbors, business and consulates as they wander up John Ireland Boulevard from the James J. Hill House to State Capitol with luminaries where they will be greeted with tethered hot air balloons.
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    January 22nd – 24th, 2010 ~ Pond Hockey Tournament ~ 8 am ~ Excelsior Bay, Lake Minnetonka, MN

    The Pond Hockey North America Championships is free and open to the public. In addition to amazing hockey action on 18 rinks, several huge heated tents will be set up where people can buy pond hockey merchandise, players can change in the locker room and everyone can hang out in the warming house. You can also have a cold beverage and feast on food and supplied by several of our local restaurants.
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    January 24th, 2010 ~ Sleigh & Cutter Festival ~ 11 am ~ Phalen Golf Course, St Paul, MN

    View some of the most ornate and antique Sleighs from the Midwest. Period costumes and lots of equine excitement!

    Check out the Outings page on Crosstown Camera Club’s website for some photos from last year’s (January 25th, 2009) Festival.
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    January 31st – February 4th, 2010 ~ John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon ~ 12 pm ~ Duluth

    The John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon commemorates the life of John Beargrease, the son of a Chippewa chief who delivered mail by dog sled along Lake Superior’s rugged North Shore in the late 19th century. John Beargrease’s weekly deliveries along the North Shore played a pivotal role providing a lifeline for communities and commerce.

    On January 31, the world will be watching as we continue the tradition of honoring John Beargrease’s character and commitment—and to celebrate life along the North Shore.

    Launched in 1981, the Beargrease is the premier sled dog race of the Upper Midwest, drawing world-class sled dog teams from across the nation and around the globe. The Beargrease is the longest and most challenging of sled dog events in the lower 48 states.

    The Beargrease is widely respected as the sled dog race to prepare national and international sled dog teams – and is a qualifying race for Alaska’s long distance Iditarod.

DECEMBER 2009

  • December 31st - 12:00AM     Six (Bonus!) Things to Photograph in December - Outings for the WHOLE month long!

    Six things to photograph in December that you may (or may not) have known about:
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    November 28th - December 20th, 2009 ~ Holidazzle Parade ~ 6:30 pm ~ Downtown Minneapolis on Nicollet Mall between 12th and 5th St., Minneapolis, MN

    Celebrating the 18th season, this year's parade will enchant thousands of people with dazzling lights and festive floats. Free and open to the public, the Target Holidazzle Parade celebrates the joy and wonder of the holiday season. Each parade will feature brightly lit floats, marching bands, celebrity grand marshals and over 200 costumed characters from popular children's stories. You don't want to miss this popular Midwest tradition and Minneapolis favorite!
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    December 5th, 2009 ~ Running of the Santas ~ 4 pm ~ Downtown YWCA, 1130 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN

    The Santa Run to Benefit Legal Aid is great fun for all; imagine hundreds of red-coated Santas and colorful Dreidels running down Nicollet Mall - all to raise money to provide free civil legal services for poor and disadvantaged Minnesotans. This really is more fun than you've ever had in a Santa suit or home-made Dreidel costume - music, hot chocolate, an early December afternoon in Minnesota - enough fun to make even Scrooge giggle! Running, walking, rolling or strolling - you'll laugh all the way down Nicollet Mall!
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    December 5th & 6th, 2009 ~ Bluff & Valley Balloon Rally ~ 7:30 am ~ Caledonia High School, Caledonia, MN

    Hot Air Balloon Rally - including a Winter Parade and 3 scheduled Hot Air Balloon lifts.
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    *December 11th, 12th & 14th, 2009 ~ Holiday Train ~ 4 pm - 11 pm

    Each December, Canadian Pacific's Holiday Train travels across Canada and the United States to raise food, money and awareness for local food banks. Illuminated by hundreds of thousands of festive lights, the Holiday Train makes its way across seven states and six provinces visiting over 100 Canadian and U.S. communities.

    Schedule

    Friday: La Crescent, Winona, Wabasha, Lake City
    Saturday: Hastings, Cottage Grove, St Paul, Minneapolis
    Monday: Loretto, Buffalo, Annandale, Eden Valley

    If you meet the train at any of its stops, attendance is free with a Food Shelf Donation
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    December 11th - 13th, 2009 ~ Sandstone Ice Festival ~ 10 am - 8:30 pm ~ Robinson Park, Sandstone, MN

    Help welcome in the Winter at the Sandstone Ice Festival. Ice climbing, winter camping, snow shoeing and skiing; clinics and gear demos. Help celebrate the winter and join the fun in Sandstone, Minnesota. Fireworks at 8:30 pm in downtown Sandstone, across the street from the Gas Light.

    Adults = $10
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    December 31st, 2009 ~ Candlelight & Ice ~ 6 pm - 9:00 pm ~ Wood Lake Nature Center, Richfield, MN

    Celebrate the New Year with family and friends. Follow candle-lit luminaries along Wood Lake’s trails and enjoy the evening while on the lookout for deer, fox, and owls. Return to the building to warm up and drink hot cocoa, or roast marshmallows over a crackling fire. Make a craft, go on an indoor snowflake hunt, or just sit back and relax.

    $4/person

OCTOBER 2009

  • October 25th - 7:00AM - 12:00AM     Five Things to Photograph in October - Outings for the WHOLE month long!

    Five things to photograph in October that you may (or may not) have known about:
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    *October 3rd & 4th, 2009 ~ Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon ~ 7am-12pm ~ Course Map, Metrodome to State Capitol, MN

    Saturday: TC 5K, 10K and Family Events -- State Capitol Grounds
    Sunday: TC 10 mile and Marathon -- The course begins near the HHH Metrodome in downtown Minneapolis, and finishes at the State Capitol in St. Paul. The course is flat to rolling, mostly asphalt and very scenic with mile after mile of parkways, lakes, rivers and tree-lined boulevards. Over 250,000 spectators make the marathon a treat to experience!

    Spectator's Guide
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    October 10th, 2009 ~ Celebrate the Harvest & Fiber Arts Fair ~ 10am-5pm ~ Gale Woods Farm, Minnetrista, MN

    Tour the gardens and orchard, tasting the bounty the farm has produced. Watch the amazing skill of border collies and their trainers perform herding demonstrations. Enjoy a wagon ride, tour the barn to meet the farm animals, and play farm games. New this year, a harvest fair showcasing fiber artists, local food vendors and concessions.

    Adults = $6. 20% discount for groups of 4 or more.
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    October 15th - November 29th, 2009 ~ Light Maze & KTTC Lights ~ 5pm-11pm ~ Bluff Valley Campground, Zumbro Falls, MN

    1.5 mile drive thru light tour and the world's ONLY light maze. Exciting theme areas featuring over 450 light displays (over 200 appear animated). Nightly live entertainment performed by High School Youth. The Pepsi NightLight Park & Play activities include Nightlight Mini-Golf, Nightlight Disc-Golf, Nightlight, Nightlight Basketball-Golf & Wagon Rides.

    Fri & Sat: $12 per vehicle. Sun, Wed & Thurs: $10 per vehicle
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    October 24th, 2009 ~ Howl-O-Ween ~ 12pm-4pm ~ Wildlife Science Center, Forrest Lake, MN

    Trick-or-Treat among owls and wolves and bears -- OH MY! Come in costume, make your own Halloween bag, and venture into our haunted house - if you dare! Join the Wildlife Science Center staff and wildlife for a day spooky fun.

    Adults = $6
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    October 31st, 2009 ~ Halloween 1900 Style ~ 7pm-9pm ~ Eidem Homestead, Brooklyn Park, MN

    A family event! The farmhouse will glow in soft kerosene lamplight. There will be stories, a bonfire, barn dance, decorations and treats. Come and enjoy some old fashion Halloween fun with us as it was in 1900.

    Adults = $5

SEPTEMBER 2009

  • September 30th - 8:00AM - 10:00PM     Five Things to Photograph in September - Outings for the WHOLE month!

    Five things to photograph in September that you may (or may not!) have known about:
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    September 12th & 13th, 2009 ~ Civil War Weekend ~ 10am-5pm ~ LeDuc Historic Estate, Hastings, MN

    Re-enactors will camp on the grounds and will provide demonstrations in marching, music, and firearms displays. Learn history while observing debates and participate in cooking over and open fire.

    Adults = $10 (includes all programming and guided tours of the Estate).
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    September 17th & 18th, 2009 ~ Quadriga Evening Viewing & Tour ~ 7pm-8pm ~ MN State Capitol, St. Paul, MN

    See copies of the original constitutions, hear historical characters tell stories about the creation of our state constitution 150 years ago State followed by a nighttime rooftop viewing of the 'golden horses' and the city lights.

    Adults = $8. Reservations and non-refundable prepayment required. To make your reservation call: 651-296-2881
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    September 20th, 2009 ~ Apple Cider Day & Vintage Baseball ~ 1pm-4pm ~ Eidem Homestad, Brooklyn Park, MN

    Costumed volunteers will demonstrate drying apples, pressing cider, baking apple cakes and dumplings in the wood burning stove and making enough sauerkraut to last the winter. The Quickstep Baseball Club will play a 19th century re-creation baseball game.

    Adults: $5
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    *September 26th, 2009 ~ Fall Raptor Release ~ 10am-3pm ~ Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center, Hastings, MN

    See raptors released back to the wild, participate in children’s activities and educational displays and observe live eagles, hawks, owls and falcons up close!

    Releases are at 11:30 AM and 2:00 PM.

    Of all the locations the MN Raptor Center has held its twice annual releases, Carpenter St Crois Valley Nature Center is one of the best! Not only is there a river valley for the released raptors to soar over, it is located in amongst some wonderful apple orchards. It’s a bit of a two for one opportunity; if you get bored of photographing birds of prey really REALLY close up, you can always wander about in the orchards during early apple harvest season.

    FREE!
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    *September 27th, 2009 ~ Medieval Fair at Caponi Art Park ~ 12pm-4pm ~ Caponi Art Park, Eagan, MN

    Chivalry, combat, cooking and costume. Caponi Art Park and the Society of Creative Anachronism bring you the Middle Ages as they should have been: without the strife and pestilence! Authentic pavilions will be on display in a Medieval Village as artisans and noblemen in period dress present interactive demonstrations and activities to the public, including rapier, armored combat, pewter casting, musicians and dancing, cooking, heraldry and various fiber arts.

    FREE!

MAY 2009

  • May 2nd - 11:00AM - 2:00PM     Spring Raptor Release     Hyland Park Reserve, Bloomington, MN

    See rehabilitated raptors returned to the wild! Injured wild birds of prey that have been treated and rehabilitated by the Raptor Center at the University Of Minnesota will be released into Hyland Lake Park Reserve. Hyland Lake Park Reserve, which is part of Three Rivers Park District, consists of 1,000 acres of woodlands and prairie and is home to many different species of raptors. The raptors will be released at 1 p.m., with other family-friendly activities happening throughout the event.

    Come and win a chance to release one of the raptors. See live raptors on display. Enjoy nature crafts and activities that make learning about raptors fun. Listen to the music of recording artist Dean Magraw. Sponsored by Three Rivers Park District and The Raptor Center, this event is free and open to all ages.

    For the well being of the raptors, there are no pets allowed at this event.

    What lens(es) should I bring?
    The education birds (resident birds of the Raptor Center which, for a variety of reasons, are not able to be released) are usually kept in circular areas behind a thin yellow rope barrier. You will not be more than a few feet away from these birds! Over the years I've found that a 24-70mm lens is adequate for full body shots. The lens I personally most often use is my 70-200mm, sometimes with a 2x teleconvertor on it - I like really close up shots of the birds (eyes/talons). If you go to the release intending to capture flying bird shots - bring the fastest glass you have - the birds are MORE than ready to return to the wild.

    Should I bring my tripod?
    It depends - if you're using a long lens (200mm +) it would probably be a good idea, especially if the lighting is poor. The handlers try to keep the birds out of direct sunlight and will use any shade they can, so lighting conditions can get a little hedgy at times. But, do know that the crowds around the bird areas can get quite tight. Be polite to other attendees and don't be a space hog!

    When should I get there and how long should I stay?
    Get there early and stay late! The earlier you arrive, the more chances you'll have of getting good shots of the education birds. Once the crowd arrives, you'll be fighting for "the good spots" along the rope, people with all sorts of clothing colors in the backgrounds and children (and some adults!) who just love to swing that yellow rope right in the middle of your lens. The best time of all to shoot the education birds is during the release as the main crowd leaves the area -- at that time the handlers are more willing to talk directly with you and take special setup requests (taking the bird off the perch and onto their fist / wing flaps / bird against sky shots / etc). Staying late is also great as the handlers don't usually immediately pack up the birds and leave. You may have more one on one opportunities. Just be polite and don't delay them from leaving too long, as they (both handlers and birds) have had a long day!

    If you have any other questions, feel free to contact me, Holly Kuchera at hkuchera@yahoo.com. Geoff and I have been members of the Raptor Center since 1995 and have attended, with cameras in hand, almost all of the twice-yearly releases since then.

    Great Horned Owl
    One of my Great Horned Owl shots from a Raptor Release

JANUARY 2009

  • January 25th - 11:00AM - 3:00PM     The 33rd Annual Sleigh & Cutter Festival     Phalen Park Golf Course, St. Paul MN

    Come and view beautiful sleighs pulled by majestic horses driven by costumed drivers. Pleasure drive on the scenic Phalen Park Golf Course, St. Paul, MN. Judging on single and team: pony, horse, draft, and draft pony, multiple hitch, choice vehicle, most authentic, best costume male/female.

DECEMBER 2008

  • December 11th - 4:30PM - 10:00PM     Canadian Pacific Holiday Train     Winona, Wabasha, Lake City, Hastings, Cottage Grove, St. Paul, Minneapolis, Loretto, Buffalo, Annandale, Kimball

    Each December, Canadian Pacific's Holiday Train travels across Canada and the United States to raise food, money and awareness for local food banks. Illuminated by hundreds of thousands of festive lights, the Holiday Train makes its way across seven states and six provinces visiting over 100 Canadian and U.S. communities.

    Thursday - Dec 11 - first arrival scheduled for 5:15 PM
    # Winona - 5:15 to 5:45 p.m. Amtrak Station, 65 East Mark St.
    # Wabasha - 7:15 to 7:45 p.m. - Gambia Avenue Railroad Crossing near Bruegger Park.
    # Lake City - 9:00 to 9:30 p.m. - Hearth & Home Technologies, 800 West Jefferson St.

    Friday - Dec 12 - first arrival scheduled for 4:15 PM
    # Hastings - 4:15 to 4:45 p.m. - CP Depot, 500 East Second St.
    # Cottage Grove - 5:45 to 6:15 p.m. - West Point Douglas Road, South of Seiben Bridge in front of the Youth Service Bureau.
    # St. Paul - 7:15 to 7:45 p.m. - Upper level of Central Parking System ramp at Broadway & Kellogg in Lowertown.
    # Minneapolis (Shoreham) - 9:30 to 10 p.m. - CP Shoreham Yard, 2800 Central Ave. NE

    Sunday - Dec 14 - first arrival scheduled for 4:30 PM
    # Loretto - 4:30 to 5:00 p.m. - Hennepin County Road 19 Railroad Crossing/Chippewa Trail.
    # Buffalo - 6:00 to 6:30 p.m. - 612 NE Third Ave., behind McDonald's on Highway 55.
    # Annandale - 7:30 to 8:00 p.m. - West side of downtown park over Oak Avenue Railroad Crossing.
    # Kimball - 9:00 to 9:30 p.m. - Willow Creek Park Lion's Shelter, 231 South Main St.

SEPTEMBER 2008

  • September 20th - 8:30AM - 7:00PM     Minnesota Renaissance Festival     3 miles south of Shakopee off Highway 169, led by Geoff & Holly Kuchera.
    Need something for our upcoming salon topic of Tableau Vivant? Here's your chance to arrange it. Join your fellow photographers for a day at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival!
    Directions

    The theme for Sept 20th is Italian Carnival which will include a "Taste of Italy" and Bocce Ball Tournament. Aside from that, there's always plenty to see, do, eat and photography at the Ren Fest (odd characters who aren't shy about getting their photos taken abound)!

AUGUST 2008

  • August 23rd - 3:00PM     Minnesota State Fair     1265 North Snelling Ave., St Paul, MN, led by Geoff & Holly Kuchera.

    Come one, come all! Come out to the great Minnesotan Get-Together!

    Join your fellow photographers for an afternoon/evening of photography and socializing at the Minnesota State Fair!
    Local Map
    Fairgrounds map

APRIL 2006

  • April 23rd - 8:00AM - 10:00AM     Camera & Artist Event     Como Conservatory, Como Park, St. Paul
    A map and directions can be found at the Conservatory web site.
    This is the Spring Flower Show, a great opportunity to photography foliage and flowers as it's indoors, there's no wind, the lighting is even, and tripods are allowed ONLY at these special sessions.

FEBRUARY 2006

  • February 5th - 8:00AM - 10:00AM     Camera & Artist Event     Como Conservatory, Como Park, St. Paul
    A map and directions can be found at the Conservatory web site.
    This is a great opportunity to photography foliage and flowers as it's indoors, there's no wind, the lighting is even, and tripods are allowed ONLY at these special sessions.
  • February 4th - 7:15AM     Hudson Hot Air Balloon Launch     Hudson, WI
    Click here for a map.
    From Jeff Morgan: Let's meet at E.P. Rock School at 7:15am in time for the sunrise which is about 7:30am. There is limited parking at the field but the side streets around there have plenty, you may need to walk a block or so. The balloons will only launch if there is no wind so you may want to keep an eye on the weather. After the launch (or if there is not one) we will adjourn for breakfast at one of the local establishments.

    There is also another launch planned for 7:30am on Sunday if you cannot make Saturday. There is a Torchlight Parade and fireworks display on Friday night.

JANUARY 2006

  • January 8th - 1:00PM - 4:00PM     Open House at the Ordway     Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, St. Paul
    First time ever for cameras! This looks like a fun outing. Cameras are allowed for 3 hours all over the Ordway. It has many spectacular shots both inside and outside, and even inside looking out over the park. The view from the stage looking back is great with a wide-angle lens and tripod.

DECEMBER 1999

  • - 12:00AM     October Photographic Opportunities
    For more: Holly Kuchera's Shot Spots Calendar


    October 3rd, 2010 ~ Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon & 10 Mile ~ 7:00 AM ~ Minneapolis to St Paul, MN

    The Twin Cities have become synonymous with championship road racing. In addition to hosting the USA Masters Marathon Championships for men and women for the 20th consecutive year, this year also includes the USA Men’s Marathon and Women’s 10 Mile Championships. Be sure to cheer on these extraordinary athletes!

    Spectator’s Guide: http://www.mtcmarathon.org/Upload/documents/2010_SpecGd_F.pdf

    FREE

    October 9th, 2010 ~ Zombie Pub Crawl ~ 4:00 PM ~ Washington Ave, Minneapolis, MN

    Very colorful and creative people creeping along the streets of Washington Ave. Some look scary, others funny. Definitely kooky and entertaining! 8,000 to 10,000 zombies expected!! The fun starts at Gold Medal Park…

    From the FAQ:

    What do zombies do?

    Zombies like to horde-up whenever possible. They never walk in single file lines.They respect other peoples' property. A zombie cannot turn down the chance to eat brains. And most importantly, zombies always act like zombies. So if you catch someone not being a zombie - eat their brains.

    Photos from 2009: http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=minneapolis+zombie+pub+crawl

    FREE (unless you want to go in the bars – then you must have a wristband -- $10)

    October 22nd & 23rd, 2010 ~ Harvest Moon Festival ~ 1:00 PM ~ Dakota City Heritage Village, Farmington, MN

    Harvest Moon Festival provides an opportunity to bring people of all ages to experience activities of the past in our Village through hands-on demonstrations. Activities may include: shelling corn, making a corn husk doll, pumping water at the Fire Barn, grinding coffee, playing old-fashioned games. Adults can enjoy showing everyone how things were done in the past or learn themselves from costumed demonstrators and volunteers. Harvest Moon Festival is for the young and the young-at-heart.

    Adults (13 and over) - $3.00

    October 24th, 2010 ~ Artist & Photographer Day ~ 8:00 AM ~ Marjorie McNeely Conservatory, St Paul, MN

    Opportunity to bring in easels and tripods before hours.

    As summer turns to autumn, so does the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory when it opens the annual Fall Flower Show Saturday, October 9th. The show will feature hundreds of chrysanthemums of many different cultivars with colors of yellow, orange, red, gold, highlighted with Chilly Chili ornamental peppers and ornamental grasses

    $5

    October 30th, 2010 ~ Fort Snelling After Dark – Candlelight Tours ~ 6:00 PM ~ Fort Snelling, St Paul, MN

    Have you ever wondered what Fort Snelling is like after dark? Come for a special evening as the gates are opened and you can explore the site by torchlight. Also, learn about the shadowy side of the fort as you participate in a court martial to help decide the fate of one of Fort Snelling’s soldiers. You won’t want to miss this one-of-a kind evening at Historic Fort Snelling.

    $12 adults

    Other ongoing events in October:
    MN Renaissance Festival – Weekends: August 21st - October 3rd -- Shakopee, MN
    Shafer Corn Maze – Fri–Sun – September 4th – October 31st – Shafer, MN
    Cafesjian’s Carousel – Weekends: September 8th – October 31st – St Paul, MN
    Light Maze & KTTC Lights – October 14th – November 28th - Zumbro Falls, MN
  • - 12:00AM     April Photographic Opportunities
    April – Flowers are starting to bloom, there'ss more daylight to shoot in, get yourself out for some photography!


    April 1st – 30th, 2011 ~ Farm Babies ~ 9 am ~ MN Zoo, 1300 Zoo Blvd, Apple Valley, MN

    Meet the newest members of the Zoo family with baby chicks, piglets, lambs, calves, goat kids, bunnies, and ducklings.

    Adults: $16


    April 10th, 2011 ~ Camera & Artist Event ~ 8 am ~ Marjorie McNeely Conservatory, 1250 Kaufman Dr N, St Paul, MN

    Spring Flower Show

    Special time for artists and photographers the chance to bring in tripods and easels into the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory.

    $5


    April 16th, 2011 ~ Trail Mix Race Minnesota ~ 7:30 am ~ Hyland Lake Park Reserve, 10145 Bush Lake Road, Bloomington, MN

    The Trail Mix Race is back for its 20th season at Hyland Lake Park Reserve. Join the tradition and support a great cause. Three different cross-country trail races are offered: 50K Ultra (solo runners), 25K (solo runners), and 50K Team (4-person teams/12.5K each runner).

    The beautiful course is run over hill and dale on wood chip and grass trails. Each clearly marked loop is 12.5 kilometers (7.75 miles) in length with three water stops per loop.

    FREE


    April 23rd, 2011 ~ Victorian Easter Egg Roll ~ 12 pm ~ The Landing, 2187 Highway 101 East, Shakopee, MN

    Celebrate with the family. Make your own miniature basket and decorate a wooden egg! Activities include egg spoon race, bunny hop relay, and an authentic egg roll. Join in some playtime with old-fashioned toys and games. Join a naturalist-led hike as we observe the birds's spring return to the river valley. Enjoy a special guided tour in Eagle Creek Village and refreshments served at the O'sConnor Boarding House.

    $5


    April 29th – May 1st 2011 ~ MN Horse Expo ~ 8 am ~ MN State Fairgrounds, 1265 Snelling Ave N, St Paul, MN

    Minnesota'ss largest horse event - 300 horses 50 breeds/registries on display/performing in the Coliseum. Booths filled with horse information, products, equipment. Nationally recognized speakers, PRCA Rodeos, free horse, pony, wagon rides.

    Adults: $9 -- Rodeo: $4-10 (plus daily admission)


    April 30th, 2011 ~ Le Sueur County Pioneer Power Swap Meet ~ 7 am ~ 27548 376th St, Le Sueur, MN

    Antique machinery and farm collectibles, flea market and crafts. Over 1,000 vendors, largest of its type in the US.

    FREE


    Other ongoing events in April:

    Washburn A Mill Tour -Saturdays – St Paul, MN
    Ballet Tuesdays – 2nd Tuesday of every month til May 10th – St Paul, MN

  • - 12:00AM     April Photographic Opportunities
    April – Flowers are starting to bloom, there'ss more daylight to shoot in, get yourself out for some photography!


    April 1st – 30th, 2011 ~ Farm Babies ~ 9 am ~ MN Zoo, 1300 Zoo Blvd, Apple Valley, MN

    Meet the newest members of the Zoo family with baby chicks, piglets, lambs, calves, goat kids, bunnies, and ducklings.

    Adults: $16


    April 10th, 2011 ~ Camera & Artist Event ~ 8 am ~ Marjorie McNeely Conservatory, 1250 Kaufman Dr N, St Paul, MN

    Spring Flower Show

    Special time for artists and photographers the chance to bring in tripods and easels into the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory.

    $5


    April 16th, 2011 ~ Trail Mix Race Minnesota ~ 7:30 am ~ Hyland Lake Park Reserve, 10145 Bush Lake Road, Bloomington, MN

    The Trail Mix Race is back for its 20th season at Hyland Lake Park Reserve. Join the tradition and support a great cause. Three different cross-country trail races are offered: 50K Ultra (solo runners), 25K (solo runners), and 50K Team (4-person teams/12.5K each runner).

    The beautiful course is run over hill and dale on wood chip and grass trails. Each clearly marked loop is 12.5 kilometers (7.75 miles) in length with three water stops per loop.

    FREE


    April 23rd, 2011 ~ Victorian Easter Egg Roll ~ 12 pm ~ The Landing, 2187 Highway 101 East, Shakopee, MN

    Celebrate with the family. Make your own miniature basket and decorate a wooden egg! Activities include egg spoon race, bunny hop relay, and an authentic egg roll. Join in some playtime with old-fashioned toys and games. Join a naturalist-led hike as we observe the birds's spring return to the river valley. Enjoy a special guided tour in Eagle Creek Village and refreshments served at the O'sConnor Boarding House.

    $5


    April 29th – May 1st 2011 ~ MN Horse Expo ~ 8 am ~ MN State Fairgrounds, 1265 Snelling Ave N, St Paul, MN

    Minnesota'ss largest horse event - 300 horses 50 breeds/registries on display/performing in the Coliseum. Booths filled with horse information, products, equipment. Nationally recognized speakers, PRCA Rodeos, free horse, pony, wagon rides.

    Adults: $9 -- Rodeo: $4-10 (plus daily admission)


    April 30th, 2011 ~ Le Sueur County Pioneer Power Swap Meet ~ 7 am ~ 27548 376th St, Le Sueur, MN

    Antique machinery and farm collectibles, flea market and crafts. Over 1,000 vendors, largest of its type in the US.

    FREE


    Other ongoing events in April:

    Washburn A Mill Tour -Saturdays – St Paul, MN
    Ballet Tuesdays – 2nd Tuesday of every month til May 10th – St Paul, MN