Cheating! That’s what I’m all about this week. I’m starting the weekend on Thursday evening. I’m also sneaking in a not-quite-free event ($2/pp) on Friday. It’s totally worth it though.
Pollinator PartyLyndale Park Gardens, 1300 42nd St W, Minneapolis, MN, US 55409 Thursday, July 24, 2014; 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (Movie at Dusk) Pay Parking
As the world becomes more aware of the importance of pollinator’s in our environment, we are hearing more and more about them. Learn about and celebrate the humble pollinators at the 2014 Pollinator Party. The party will be on the open lawn just north of the Peace Garden. Since this party falls during the dinner hour, you can bring your own picnic food or purchase from La Loma Tomales. After the party, stick around for the movie “Wings of Life” which offers an intimate and unprecedented look at butterflies, hummingbirds, bees, bats and flowers.
- Learn about honey bees and urban beekeeping
- Discover the life cycles of honey bees and wild bees – and sample Minnesota honey
- Mother Earth Gardens will be on hand with native plants and information about making your own backyard bee-hospitable.
- Earn a cone of ice-cream made with honey
- Discover the wild bees of the park – help catch, identify, and release bees
- Engage in Art in the Park with the Minneapolis Institute of Arts
- Meet Elena Hoffman, the 2014 American Honey Princess
- Make seed bombs with Eggplant Urban Farm Supply
- Learn about native bee nests with the Xerces Society
- Get arty with Bee Swell
- Learn about skin care from bee products with Worker B
- Book signing for “Pollinators of Native Plants” with author Heather Holm
- Learn about monarchs with Monarch Joint Venture
- Get honey recipes from MN Honey Company
- Play the pollination game with the MN DNR’s Biological Survey
- Learn how to protect bees and other beneficial insects with Pollinator Revival
- Listen to live music from: Pop Wagner, Dreamland Faces and the Brass Messengers
Just a note about parking: Many of the south side parks — including this one — require paid parking. Because I only seem to get over to that side of town for more popular events, I’ve found parking and paying for parking rather inconvenient. The easiest solution is to pre-buy a permit if you are going to be parking in these lots often. Lyndale Park has lots exclusively for permit holders.
If you go less often, there are some Pay and Display lots where you can use your credit card or cash. They fill first. Other options include metered lots (bring quarters and lots of them) or parking further away and walking.
Family Fun & Fitness FridayGreat River Water Park, 270 Lexington Parkway North, Saint Paul, MN, United States Como Regional Park Pool, 1151 Como Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55103 Highland Park Aquatic Center, 1840 Edgcumbe Rd., Saint Paul, MN 55116 Friday, July 25, 2014; $2 per person during Open Swim hours
On Family Fun and Fitness Friday’s, Admission is only $2.00 per person at St. Paul Water Parks. I know that is not quite free — but really affordable. For More details, Anne and her family have attended and she shared her observations, HERE.
SATURDAY:Searching for Bigfoot Lowry Nature Center, 7025 Victoria Drive, Victoria, MN 55386 Saturday, July 26, 2014; 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
This is kind of an exercise in futility, since everyone knows that Bigfoot lives in California. But hey, maybe he summers in Victoria. Either way, you are invited to come search for Bigfoot by looking for signs such as tracks, feeding sites, scat (gross), and nesting sites. Again Lowry Nature Center is a little misinformed, because they will discuss “wild edibles Bigfoot might eat”, but its common knowledge that Bigfoot eats beef jerky.
Starts at the Rose Garden of Lake Harriet, 4124 Roseway Road, Minneapolis, Minnesota around Lake Harriet, Minneapolis Saturday, July 26th, 2014; 6:00pm
ArtCars + ArtBikes
The Annual ArtCar (ArtBike and one Couchmobile) Parade is this weekend. I haven’t been to it yet, but I have it on good authority it is a great outing. You are encouraged to bring a picnic.
Walk with an EntomologistSilverwood Park, 2500 County Road E, St Anthony, MN 55421 Sunday, July 27, from 5-6 p.m.
I don’t know why this outing sounds great to me, but it really does. I imagine we’ll be turning over rocks and digging in leaves to discover how insects live. Entomologist Andrea Hefty will be leading this expedition. You can tell your kids that Ms. Hefty has a PhD in bugs!!! That sounds like a cool, doesn’t it? You and your little bug collectors will have a chance to capture, examine, and release the insects you find. Maybe stay away from the bees.