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Veterans Day is on Monday, November 11.  Veterans Day honors the men and women who have served in our military and are still alive–like my fahter-in-law.  Thanks, Dad!    Memorial Day honors those who have fallen protecting our freedom.  Correct me if I’m wrong, but I think that’s what I have been taught.  There is more meaning to this holiday that just being a day with no mail.

Also, a change of seasons is in the air.  We are getting into late fall and early winter (I know.  I said the despised word, and I’m sorry.  I, for one,  love early winter.  It’s the late never-ending winter that I hate).  With the change comes a ramp up of the calendars everywhere.  Just look at our highlights list.  Thanksgiving holiday events, the winding down of the fall theatre season, and early Christmas fun.

It’s good to be in the Twin Cities.


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Stages Theatre Company, Hopkins Center for the Arts
Friday, November 8– 7:00 pm
Saturday, November 9–1:00 pm, 7:00 pm
Sunday, November 10–2:00 pm
My daughter’s teacher read these books to her class in 2nd grade and they loved them.  All the kids thought they were the funniest stories ever!  This is your last chance to check it out with your family.  I would hurry and get your tickets!

Military Train Exhibit
Model Train Museum
Saturday, November 9, 2013
Saturday 10:00 am-5:00 pm, Sunday 12:00-5:00 pm
The Twin Cities Model Railroad Museum is honoring all members of the military and their families free admission for the weekend.  Just show your military ID or military dependent ID.  Also, twenty percent of all proceeds from the weekend admissions will be donated to military family organizations.  Displays for this special weekend will feature the historical use of military trains in the war zones for equipment and for shipping the deployed troops.

Veteran’s Rememberance Day
The Landing
Saturday, November 9, 2013  11:00 am-4:00 pm

Learning about our history is one of the best ways to realize the impact of our veterans.  The Landing will be open to tour a few  historic buildings , view military displays, and observe Thanksgiving preparations.  At 1:00 pm, there will be a special program featuring Abraham Lincoln reciting the Gettysburg Address.




oliverhkelleyfarmBuild A Bird Feeder
Kelley Farm
Saturday, November 9, 2013  1:00 pm
$10 per feeder (Reservations: required, call 763-441-6896)
Make a birdfeeder to take home and enjoy the Oliver H. Kelley Farm while you are at it!



2527167_300[1]Nalah & the Pink Tiger
In the Heart of the Beast Theatre
Saturday, November 9, 2013  10:00 am or 12:00 pm

The Saturday Morning Matinees are back and run through March.  Nalah and the Pink Tiger  is showing this Saturday.  After the 10:00 show, HOBT offers a Make ‘N Take Workshop for $5 each.  (Whether you make the craft or not, if you go, you must pay).  These crafts are pretty intricate, but are doable for all ages with a little help from mom or dad.




Jul to the World: Family Day
American Swedish Institute
Saturday, November 9, 2013  10:00 am-5:00 pm
Museum Admission:  $5-$9
The Great Tomte Hunt begins this Saturday.  Little Christmas Tomte’s are hidden throughout the mansion for children to find.  A new exhibit is open on the 3rd floor called The Bakeshop designed for interactive play for your children.  Don’t miss out on the taste of pepperkakor (one of my favorite Christmas flavors!)–a Swedish tradition.  Make paper snowflakes, ride the only known mechnical Dala (one of those fancy red Swedish horses), and at 11:00 enjoy a free family concert by the Norwegian soprano Åshild Skiri Refsdal.  (Don’t know who that is?  Don’t feel badly.  Neither do I)

asicraftHoliday Handcrafts for Families
American Swedish Institute
kicking off Sunday, November 10, 2013  1:00-3:00 pm
Museum Admission:  $5-$9
On Select Sundays during the holiday season, get busy making Christmas ornaments and snowflakes and tomtes with your whole family.  If you are looking to get into the Christmas mood and fill your heart with the holiday spirit, bring your family for a creative, Christmasy collaboration.

asimalechorusMusic In the Mansion Featuring ASI Male Chorus
American Swedish Institute
Sunday, November 10, 2013  2:00-3:00 pm
Museum Admission: $5-$9
Performing in the Grand Hall, every Sunday until December 22, you are welcome to enjoy the musical sounds of the season.



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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 www.giannaraekordatzky.blogspot.com .

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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