In my Inbox June 20-26, 2014

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My inbox is being constantly flooded with things that are happening.  Most  things get on the calendar, thanks to Joy who gets many of the same emails I do (and some that I forward to her because she likes taking care of the calendar–what am I going to do when she has her baby!), but sometimes due to my lack of motivation many of them don’t get on the calendar. However, I’m sure you would like to know about them, so here are a few of the things that have caught my eye this past week–they may be on the calendar, they may not be.

sidewalk salePeapods
14th Annual Sidewalk Sale
 Rain or Shine! This is our biggest sale of the year…

           June 20-2110am – 6pm

2290 Como Ave, St. Paul 
“Our famous, fabulous, and fantastic fourteenth annual Sidewalk Sale inspires fanatical followers! This year’s sale will not disappoint! Expect tons and tons of closeouts, oodles of scratch & dents, dozens of samples, and bunches of crazy but awesome random stuff.”  Toys, cloth diapers, shelving, planters, decorations.  You never know exactly what you will find at Peapods’ Sidewalk Sale.

storytime in the prairieCarpenter Nature Center

Story Time in the PrairieJune 21st 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. Program Fee: $6.00 per participant or $4.00 for “Friends of CNC” Wisconsin Campus Program 300 E. Cove Rd. Hudson, Wisconsin 54016

Join Carpenter Nature Center in Story Time in the Prairie. This program offers both an exciting story about insects and later we’ll explore CNC’s restored prairie that will focus on identification and unique characteristics of prairie flowers also catching bugs, beetles and butterflies using nets and magnifying lenses. This program is designed for young children with an adult and will include a butterfly craft to take home.  There is no charge for accompanying adults.  There is still room available, so PLEASE RSVP to make reservations.    If you have any questions please feel free to contact us at (651)-437-4359.  (Their website isn’t the easiest to use, so please call them with questions or to make reservations)


Bell Museum of Natural History

The Lion's Mane

The Lion’s Mane: Science in the Serengeti opens Saturday, June 21 free with museum admission, West Gallery

The Bell Museum’s exhibit, The Lion’s Mane, has been touring around the United States but is back for the summer.

Two UofM researchers Craig Packer and Peyton West studied the purpose of the lion’s mane and the exhibit reveals what the discovered to be the true purpose of the main which is a lot more complicated than they originally thought.


Minnesota Sinfonia

at north commons parkI plan to attend their concert on July 11 (more on that to come in the next few days), but they are playing all across the Twin Cities during the summer. Concerts are always FREE!  The next two concerts coming up are

Minnesota Sinfonia: Animals – Our Friendly Neighbors Children’s Concert. Friday, July 25, 1:30 p.m. North Commons Park, 1801 James Avenue North, Minneapolis. Rain site: North Commons Park Gymnasium. FREE Admission. 

Minnesota Sinfonia: Northside Music & Arts Festival. Saturday, July 26, 3:00 p.m. North Commons Park, 1801 James Avenue North, Minneapolis. Rain site: YMCA – North Community, 1711 West Broadway, Minneapolis. FREE Admission. 

If you need more information, you can call 612.871.1701 or go to the website.

White Bear Lake Historical Society

White Bear Lake is an adorable little suburb off the beaten path.  I love their downtown area and their parks.  The have a very active Historical Society, apparently because a lot of stuff went “down back in the day” in White Bear Lake.  I love history, so some of these upcoming events get me kind of excited.

White Bear on the Go - 6-23-2014White Bear on the Go!  Presented by the White Bear Lake Area Historical Society in partnership with the Ramsey County Library-White Bear Lake. Monday, June 23, 6 pm White Bear Lake City Council Chambers, 4701 Highway 61, White Bear Lake, 55110

This would be perfect for families with kids who are enamoured with all things moving.  There will be the chance to explore many modes of transportation:  railroad, street cars, bicycles, steamers on the lake, and hot air balloons!  How cool!

Summer Fun at White Bear - 6-18-2014A Walk Down Memory Lane Thursday, June 26, 6 – 9 pm At Marketfest in downtown White Bear Lake along 4th Street

In conjunction with Manitou Days, the WBL Historical Society will have many activities and booths to highlight the events it brings to White Bear Lake.  Participate in an Old-Fashtioned Cake Walk (sponsored by Grandma’s Bakery-YUM) or the White Bear History Challenge Geocache and Munzee game (patnering with Ramsey County Library).

FREE events but donations are welcome. Questions can be directed to 651-407-5327 or their facebook page.

Dodge Nature Center

wilderness skillsWilderness Skills Thursday, June 26, 6:30-8:00 pm $5-$7/individuals or $15-$20/family You many not be married to a boy scout (or a girl scout) like I am, so you may want to bring your whole family to the workshop that Dodge Nature Center is offering a chance for you to learn how to build a fire and create shelter in case you ever are stranded in the middle of the Boundary Water Canoe Area with nothing by a Swiss Army Knife.  You will learn to channel your inner MacGyver.  (Interestingly enough, my husband did not watch that show growing up.  Apparently, eagle scouts do not need to hone their MacGyver skills).

I hope this gives you some more ideas of the great stuff around the Twin Cities!  And as always, you can always check out the calendar! 

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Gianna Kordatzky

I am married to the craziest, most awesome man I know. We have four kids--Ranging in ages from 5-10. You can learn more about my life as a mother and wife at .

I love to throw parties and be with friends. I love to read my Bible and grow closer to God. I love to eat and exercise. I have learned to love coffee.
And I could really use a nap.


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