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March

Throughout March — Landscape Arboretum Winter Light Show

BRUCE MUNRO, Winter Light At The Arboretum, the first large-scale light installation at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, will illuminate the winter landscape after dark.  This ticketed exhibit makes its Minnesota premiere with a series of five outdoor and two indoor installations that have inspiration and connection to Munro’s visits to the Arboretum, his imagination and life experience.

Munro, an internationally-acclaimed artist, has created stunning installations around the globe that feature thousands of radiant lights illuminating optical fiber turbines, acrylic pegs and prismatic rods. His exhibits immerse viewers in a unique intersection of sound, color and light that creates an unforgettable and emotive visitor experience. Each exhibit allows him to reimagine and develop past installations for the new exhibit’s landscape, making each show fresh, informed by the site and personal.

Dates: March 2, 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18, 19, 23, 24, 25, 26, 30, 31

Fees: Children, $15, Adults, $22.

Time: 5pm-9pm

Location: 3675 ARBORETUM DRIVE, CHASKA MN 55318

For more information: 952.443.1400


March 4 — Mound Moonlight Trail Night

Members of Westonka Community & Commerce will host the 8th Annual Moonlight Trail Night which is set for Saturday, March 4th, 2017 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The event will unfold along the Dakota Regional Trail between the Minnetonka Drive-in and Dakota Junction farm to table restaurant in Mound.  You can park and begin your trek at the Mound Transit Center or hop on along the trail.  Residents are invited to walk the enchanting luminary lit trail, under the glow of a full moon. Area businesses are also invited to participate by hosting a fire pit along the trail, offering families, friends, and couples a warm resting place.

The enchanted luminaries light the trail for you and will include bonfires, music, games, treats and more!


March 5 — Plymouth Healthy Living Fair

Take charge of your family’s health by sampling a variety of health screenings, educational sessions, active samplers, giveaways and prizes, vendor booths and more!

This event is free to the public, no registration is required. Hosted by the City of Plymouth and Abbott Northwestern-WestHealth.

Time: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Location: Plymouth Creek Center, 14800 34th Ave N, Plymouth, Minnesota 55447


March 8 — Excelsior Brewing Company Open Mic

Get your rocker on.  Bring your instrument and entertain the crowd.

Time: 5:00pm – 10:00pm

Location: Excelsior Brewing Company, 421 3rd Street, Excelsior, Minnesota 55331


March 9 — Excelsior Open Late Thursday

Thursday — formerly the boring segway between hump day and the weekend.  Well, Excelsior is making Thursdays great again with Open Late Thursdays, a weekly shopping and entertainment experience.  Every Thursday of the year Excelsior shops stay open late, hosting special events and promotions.  With warmer weather on the way, restaurants will be offering patio happy hour specials as well.  Kids and pets are welcome!

Make Thursday family night with Excelsior’s weekly Open Lake Thursdays!

Location: Downtown Excelsior, MN


March 11 — Excelsior Luck O’ The Lake

Join us for the 5th Annual Bridgewater Bank Luck o’ the Lake 5K Fun Run!

March 11, 2017 will be a beautiful spring day, and we will celebrate St. Paddy’s Day on the festive streets of the Excelsior area.

All proceeds will benefit the many valuable programs offered by the Excelsior – Lake Minnetonka Chamber of Commerce, a 501c6 Non-profit.

Race starts promptly at 9:30 AM at Excelsior Brewing Co. and finishes on Water Street and 2nd Ave.

Come for the Run, stay for the fun!

Schedule

  • 9:00 – 1 mile race for kids and kids-at-heart in downtown Excelsior
  • 9:30 – 5K begins at Excelsior Brewing Co.

 March 13 — Mr. Jimmy: Excelsior’s Roving Ambassador

With Friends of Jimmy

Time: 7:00 PM

Location: Excelsior Brewing Company, 421 Third Street, Excelsior

Legends abound about the late Jimmy Hutmaker – Excelsior’s cigar-puffing, street-roving ambassador. For decades “Mr. Jimmy” was a fixture of the Excelsior streetscape, pacing the sidewalk with a suitcase in hand and a mumbling conversation. Legend has it that he inspired one of rock and roll’s greatest hits by a chance encounter with Mick Jagger at Bacon Drug.

But who was the real Mr. Jimmy? Join several of Jimmy’s friends and family members to get an inside look at the real Jimmy Hutmaker – and how his adopted hometown at times shunned, supported and ultimately legendized him.

Free and Open to the Public.


March 16 — Excelsior Open Late Thursday

Thursday — formerly the boring segway between hump day and the weekend.  Well, Excelsior is making Thursdays great again with Open Late Thursdays, a weekly shopping and entertainment experience.  Every Thursday of the year Excelsior shops stay open late, hosting special events and promotions.  With warmer weather on the way, restaurants will be offering patio happy hour specials as well.  Kids and pets are welcome!

Make Thursday family night with Excelsior’s weekly Open Lake Thursdays!

Location: Downtown Excelsior, MN


March 17, 18, 19 — Wayzata Saint Patrick’s Day Events

Friday, March 17th — Irish celebration all day in McCormick’s Pub & Tent

  • 10:00 Catholic Mass
  • 11:00 Pub opens with Irish fare
  • 12:00 Irish dancers
  • 1:00 Live music with Rattlebag ($5.00 cover)
  • 4:30 Bagpiper
  • 5:00 Irish dancers
  • 5:30 Live music with The Teddy Holidays

Saturday, March 18th — Party all day in McCormick’s Beer Garden & Tent

  • 9:00-2:00 Brunch in the Pub
  • 2:00 Irish dancers
  • 2:30 Live music with Rattlebag ($5.00 cover)
  • 5:00 Irish dancers
  • 7:00 Live music with Irish Brigade

Sunday, March 19th — Family fun day in McCormick’s Tent

  • 9:00-2:00 Brunch in the Pub
  • 10:00-2:00 Family fun in the Tent; face painting, cookie decorating, mini donuts and hot chocolate!
  • 11:00 Irish dancers: World Champion Rince Nua Irish Dancers

Location: McCormick’s Pub & Restaurant, 331 Broadway Ave. South, Wayzata, MN


March 17 — Hopkins: World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day Friday afternoon and get home in time to watch The Commitments on Netflix!  Participants in this annual event will meet at the American Legion and parade to the Elks Lodge in Hopkins. The wearing of green is encouraged! Reuben sandwiches and refreshments will be available at the Elks Lodge.  All friends of St. Patrick are invited.


March 19 — Baker Park Maple Syrup Festival

Tap a tree, collect and boil sap, taste real maple syrup on pancakes, and more. Children 17 years and younger must be accompanied by a registered adult. Drop-ins welcome.

Location: Baker Near Wilderness Settlement, 001 County Road 24, Maple Plain, MN 55359

Time: 3:00-6:00 pm

Cost: $7.00; 20% discount for groups of four or more. Children under 2 free.

To register, call: 763.694.7856


March 23 — Excelsior Open Late Thursday

Thursday — formerly the boring segway between hump day and the weekend.  Well, Excelsior is making Thursdays great again with Open Late Thursdays, a weekly shopping and entertainment experience.  Every Thursday of the year Excelsior shops stay open late, hosting special events and promotions.  With warmer weather on the way, restaurants will be offering patio happy hour specials as well.  Kids and pets are welcome!

Make Thursday family night with Excelsior’s weekly Open Lake Thursdays!

Location: Downtown Excelsior, MN


March 25 — Lowry Nature Center Maple Syrup Festival & Brunch

Identify a sugar maple without leaves, tap a tree, collect and taste sap, and learn about the syruping process. Brunch from B’s on the River includes pancakes, sausage and fruit and is served with syrup made at Lowry Nature Center. Children 17 years and younger must be accompanied by a registered adult.

Time: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Location: 7025 Victoria Drive, Victoria, MN 55386

For reservations, call: 763.694.7650; reservations are required by March 20.

Cost: $10; children under 2 free.


March 30 — Excelsior Open Late Thursday

Thursday — formerly the boring segway between hump day and the weekend.  Well, Excelsior is making Thursdays great again with Open Late Thursdays, a weekly shopping and entertainment experience.  Every Thursday of the year Excelsior shops stay open late, hosting special events and promotions.  With warmer weather on the way, restaurants will be offering patio happy hour specials as well.  Kids and pets are welcome!

Make Thursday family night with Excelsior’s weekly Open Lake Thursdays!

Location: Downtown Excelsior, MN


April

April 2 — Minnetonka Choral Society “Springtime is Love” Concert

Come hear Minnetonka Choral Society’s spring concert, “SPRINGTIME IS LOVE.” From April showers through May flowers to June weddings, springtime is the season of love. MCS offers a bouquet of romantic blooms, including renaissance madrigals, English and American folksongs, traditional ballads, Broadway favorites, and modern classics by Eric Whitacre, Carole King, James Taylor and more.

It’s a concert for everyone who has ever been (or wanted to be) in love.

Location: Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, 301 County Road 19, Excelsior, MN 55331

Fees: $18 for adults – $10 for students (17 and younger), group discounts available. Buy tickets at the door (cash or check only)


April 7 & 8 — Plymouth Home Expo

Exhibitors will be displaying and discussing home interior trends, gardening products and services, and home exterior improvement and maintenance, ranging from decks, driveways and roofing, to windows, doors and more!  Door prizes and the Hennepin County Fix-It Clinic will be onsite on Saturday.

Times:
6-9 p.m. Friday, April 7
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 8

Location:
Plymouth Creek Center Fieldhouse, 14800 34th Ave. N., Plymouth.

Fees:
The event is free to attend.


April 12 & 19 — Genealogy Classes

Genealogy classes are being offered by community ed organizations in April and May, 2017.

Topics Covered:

  • Basic Data Concepts
  • Ways to Get Started
  • Basic Tools (pedigree, family group sheet)
  • Software Tools
  • Research Using Living Resources
  • Research Using Historical Data
  • Publishing Results
  • Genetic Genealogy (biology, testing, interpreting results)

Time and Location (class consists of two sessions):

Wayzata Community Education (April 12 & 19)

For more information, call: (763) 745-5200 or click here >