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April

April 1 — Celebrate Beauty and the Beast! (Kids’ Event)

A celebration of the release of the new Beauty and the Beast movie. Barnes & Noble will present a special Storytime, and kids of all ages are invited to sing favorite songs from the movie soundtrack and participate in other fun activities. Mini-posters and bookmarks will be handed out, while supplies last.

Time: 11:00 AM

Location: Barnes & Noble, 13131 Ridgedale Drive, Minnetonka, MN 55305, 952-546-2006


April 1-9 — 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: April 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, 9

Fees: Children, $15, Adults, $22.


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 4 — The Artful Book Club

Making art can be an exhilarating but oftentimes isolating experience. That’s why Twin Cities painter, Pam Luer, approached the Hopkins Center for the Arts with her idea for the Artful Book Club.  The club is open to anyone at no charge who is interested  in discussing stories relevant to the lives of artists in a welcoming, relaxing atmosphere.

The Artful Book Club meets the first Tuesday of each month from 6:30-8pm.

Upcoming Book Selections
▪ Tuesday, April 4:  A Backward Glance by Edith Wharton
▪ Tuesday, May 2:  Red Brick Back Mountain White Clay by Christopher Benfey
▪ Tuesday, June 6: The Madonnas of Leningrad by Debra Dean

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Location: Hopkins Center for the Arts, 1111 Main Street, Hopkins, MN 55343


April 6 — 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 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 10 — The Early History of Cottagewood

With Scott McGinnis
Historian Scott D. McGinnis will visually demonstrate the evolution of Deephaven’s Cottagewood – from wilderness, to resort community, to residential neighborhood. Learn how land speculators, steamboats, railroads, streetcars, automobiles, and commercial ventures transformed this idyllic section of Lake Minnetonka into the unique community it is today.

Time: 7:00 PM

Location: Excelsior Brewing Company, 421 Third Street, Excelsior

Free and Open to the Public.


April 12 — Wayzata Library Crafternoon

Bring your knitting, sewing, cross-stitch or other projects to work on and meet other local crafters. Share in the joy of making cool things. Drop in or stay the entire time.

Time: 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Location: Wayzata Library, 620 Rice St., Wayzata, MN 55391

Suitable for: adults and seniors


April 12 — 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


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 >


April 13 — 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 15 — Chanhassen Easter Egg & Candy Hunt

Children ages 12 and under will hunt for candy and special eggs, including a golden egg that can be redeemed for a great prize! Each participant will also be eligible for the door prize drawings (must be present to win).
Event will be held rain or shine at City Center Park, just north of Chanhassen City Hall. Don’t forget your camera for a photo with the Easter Bunny! Children can also take part in the color contest, which is open to ages 12 and under. Coloring contest pictures will be available at City Hall, the Rec Center, and online at www.ci.chanhassen.mn.us/coloring.

Time: 9:00 a.m.

Location: City Center Park, 7700 Market Boulevard, Chanhassen, MN 55317

Fee: $5 per child, ages 12 and under

For more information: 952.227.1122


April 15 — Victorian Egg Roll at The Landing

Join an egg and spoon race, bunny hop relay egg roll, and other authentic games of the 1800s. Make crafts, play with toys and games, and explore along the Minnesota River Valley. Last entry at 3 PM. Children 17 years and younger must be accompanied by a registered adult. Drop-ins welcome.

Time: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Location: 2187 Hwy 101 East, Shakopee.  (763) 694-7784

Fees: $8 ages 18-64, $5 ages 2-17 and 65+, Children under 2 free


April 20 — 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 21 — Hopkins Community Ballroom Dance

Join us for an evening of dancing fun in the elegant Oakwood Room at Eisenhower Community Center. Registration required.

Time: 7:00 pm–9:00 pm

Cost: $13 – $15

Location: Eisenhower Community Center, 1001 Hwy 7 , Hopkins, MN 55343

To register, phone: 952-988-4070


April 21-23 — Plymouth Primavera Arts Festival

Kick off the season with art at Plymouth’s annual Primavera juried visual art exhibit!  Music and literary events will also take place. Primavera is a partnership with Plymouth Arts Council and City of Plymouth.

Time: 5:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

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


April 27 — 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