Ah, yes, autumn, when the trees blush at the thought of stripping naked in public. ~Robert Brault,
You might want to squelch that image as you ponder this sampler of more uplifting opportunities to learn and engage with some of these fall programs. Bear in mind, this is the proverbial tip of the iceberg, just enough to prompt you to get out and enjoy the world before we hunker down for the season that is to come.
Ongoing: Though the American Craft Council Library Salon Series began earlier this week there are three more to follow in the months to come. The fall series follows up with these offerings. Details of each presentation are posted online (http://craftcouncil.org/education/library-salon-series
- October 18 – Inside Scoop, feature Sali Sandler
- November 8 – Take a Walk in Amara Hark-Weber’s Shores
- December 2 – Holiday Craft Up.
If you can’t get to the live sessions, know that the video interviews with past Salon presenters may be found on the Library Salon Series Playlist. http://craftcouncil.org/education/library-salon-series
Saturday, September 16 is a busy day!!!
- The Minnesota Independent Scholars’ Forum invites lifelong learners of every intellectual persuasion to join them for their monthly meeting. Virgil Johnson, professor emeritus of Northwestern University, designed the costumes for the Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s production of Henry IV. Details here: https://www.meetup.com/es/Minnesota-Independent-Scholars-Forum/events/242895268/
- The Harriet Alexander Nature Center in Roseville will host its annual Wild Rice Festival, 10 AM-4PM. It’s a family-friendly celebration of wild rice, the harvest season and Native American culture. Find an excellent description of the purpose and activities of the Wild Rice Festival here: http://wildricefestival.org.
- The professional musicians of Border CrosSing will offer their Premier Concert, 8 PM at Our Lady of Guadalupe in St. Paul. “Latin America: A Miracle of Faith” explores the “complexity of religious faith in Latin America” as they sing the history of Latin America sacred music from the 17th Century to the present, “from colonial oppression to El Grito de Dolores! Tickets available online at bordercrossingmn.org or at the door – “no one will be turned away for lack of funds.”
- Silverwood Park in Northeast Minneapolis will host this fall’s Minneapolis Craft Market. It’s a day of “hands-on fun, nature, and performances for all ages.” Enjoy new sculpture and poetry installation along the trails or rent a canoe or kayak to the lake. At the Field trip Market you’ll meet Minnesota makers who design and make candles and soaps, jewelry and art. Enjoy area authors and musicians or treats from food trucks and Insight Brewing.
- The Lit Crawl is a moveable feast, 3PM-10PM. Things will be happening t Bryant-Lake Bowl, and at Barbette there will be competitive storytelling as well as readings from local poets. Details at litcrawlmn.com
- It’s Senior Surf Day, 10 AM-Noon at Minneapolis Central Library. Registration required:https://hclib.bibliocommons.com/events/search/fq=branch_location_id:(BD)/event/5702d1d3414af7d2590649fe
October 1: “Snap, Crackle, and Stop”, a benefit for the Minnesota Alliance of Peacemakers (http://www.mapm.org) will gather this year at the Black Dog Café, 308 East Price Street in St. Paul (www.blackdogstpaul.com) Gerald Ganann, Steve Gates and Larry Johnson use storytelling, music and art to explore the power of nonviolent fore to stop injustice. The evening includes Armistice Bell Ringing by Veterans for Pace and a cameo appearance by Steve McKeown who will explain “why Kellogg Boulevard has absolutely to connection to cereal that talks.” Happy hour specials 3-7 PM; the Benefit is 6-8 PM – show up early for happy hour specials.
October 5: “Talk of the Stacks”, the free author series featuring today’s literary voices, is also at Minneapolis Central Library. On October 5 health care expert will discuss his new book, Real Food, Fake Food: Why you don’t know what you’re eating & and what you can do about it. On Thursday, November 2, the speaker is music critic Chris Riemenschneider. Both at 7:00 PM. Free and open.
October 7: As you settle down for winter living you might want to know more about the house in which you’ll be spending the duration. Registration is now open for the next series of “Researching the History of Your Minneapolis Home” classes, sponsored by the Hennepin County Library. Fall classes to come will be 10:30-11:30 AM on Saturday, October7 at Sumner Library and November 4 at Northeast Library. Check the HCL calendar for updates and to register; library card not required.
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NOTE: This random mix of possibilities is posted just to whet your appetite and jumpstart the fall season – more to follow about the myriad possibilities! The idea is that, if you get a good running start now — when winter winds slow your pace, you’ll be at the ready to stay in the learning mode.