Family Fun (Twin Cities) In my Inbox For June 27-July 3

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So much good stuff is happening.  The Free Lists are exploding each week and Joy can barely contain herself to just five events (sometimes six).

Here are some more ideas that may not have made it to the calendar.

  • red balloonNow through June 30, visit the Red Balloon Bookshop and participate in Dragon Origami

Give Me Summer! Give Me Books!   All are invited to come and celebrate reading with our first summer reading activity: Dragon Origami, inspired by Wings of Fire: The Dragonet Prophecy by Tui T. Sutherland. Guests can fold their own paper dragon anytime during store hours. This event is designed for readers entering 3rd-5th grade, but all ages are welcome to participate.


Saturday, June 28, 2014
  • Gangster Bus Tour - 6-28-2014Gangster Bus Tour

10 am or 11:30 am

Come along for an adventurous outing to explore the hideouts and haunts of the 1930s era gangsters who laid low in the cottages around White Bear and Bald Eagle Lakes.  Sights include a Mahtomedi speakeasy and the location of a notorious dance club.

$20/$15 WBLAHS Members.  Reservations Required:  651-407-5327 or

Bus departs from the White Bear Lake Armory, 2228 Fourth St, White Bear Lake

  • 240px-Kenwood_Park_Water_Tower_-4-Minneapolis Parks Offers Free Photography Classes for ages 13+

First class is this Saturday, June 28 at Kenwood Recreation Center

Grab your cameras and clean of those lenses! We are offering free indoor and outdoor photography classes through the summer in conjunction with our 2014 Picture a Park Photo Contest – more details about how to submit your work to the photo contest will be available soon!

If you want to learn more about controlling the key elements of your camera to achieve consistently good photos, you should attend this class. Whether you use a SLR, point and shoot or cell phone camera, you’ll learn how to take better digital images by understanding exposure, color, picture options, flash and composition. Be sure to bring your camera – DSLR, point and shoot or cell phone!


Sunday, June 29, 2014

Friends of the Arts St. Louis Park

Be a part of the glass mosaic project that will be displayed in the ICON movie theatre at West End.  Quote taken from FOTASLP’s website, “The piece will be a major public art piece for St. Louis Park, seen by tens of thousands of people each year.”

12:00-3:00 pm
Wolfe Park Pavilion
Click Here to Register


ButterflyEver wanted to view butterflies up close and personal? Join us as we learn tricks and techniques for viewing butterflies, explore their fascinating world and learn what we can do to help them.
Sunday, June 29
1 – 2:30 p.m.
Ages 5 – adult
Cost: $6.50/person

Register by clicking the link above.


  • EDT 3 Cowles_0Ethnic Dance Theatre Family Day 

12:45 pm with performance at 2:00 pm

Family Day Package Includes:

  • Trip Around the World Workshop with Christopher Yaeger
  • Costume meet and greet in the lobby before the show
  • 40th Anniversary performance by Ethnic Dance Theatre

Ticket cost: Adults: $39, Senior/Student (13 – 18): $17, Children (12 and under): Free
Please call the box office at 612.206.3600 to reserve.  

  • Starting Tuesday, July 1 and running through Wednesday, July 30, visit the Red Balloon Bookshop to Find Waldo--all along Grand Avenue.

Lo-Res-Waldo-Promotional-IdentifierWhere’s Waldo? On Grand Ave, of course! Join Red Balloon for our second annual “Find Waldo Local” scavenger hunt! Look for him in 25 different local businesses on or near Grand Ave.  Red Balloon has a “Find Waldo Local” passport for each participant, and they collect stamps at any of the participating businesses where Waldo is hiding. Lots of fun prizes.  Join the big shindig–Where’s Waldo Celebration–on Wednesday, July 30, 6:00 pm.

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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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