Saturday, April 13, 2013
A variety of low-cost events April 28-May 4, 2013 are open for registration.
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Saturday, April 13
Information provided by Three Rivers Park District. Preschool Drop-Off: Kits & Cubs: Tremendous Trees Monday, April 29 and Tuesday April 30, from 1-3 p.m., at Eastman Nature Center, in Elm Creek Park Reserve, Dayton. Learn different ways to identify trees. Make a tree craft to take home and have a snack that comes from a forest. Cost is $10 and reservations are required. Call 763-559-6700 to make a reservation and reference activity number #212216-28. This program is for ages 4-5. Preschool Drop-off: Doodlebugs Tuesday, April 30, from 1-3 p.m., at Silverwood Park, St. Anthony. Spend part of every class exploring spring then get messy as we cut, paste, paint, or sculpt! Dress for the weather and bring a small snack, water bottle, and a bag…
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Snow is expected to be heaviest after 3 p.m. Wednesday. The winter storm warning has been extended until 7 p.m. Thursday.
As forecasters predicted, Twin Cities residents awoke Wednesday to find a dusting of snow and ice on local roads, making for yet another messy springtime commute. Snow fell overnight on top of crusty ice, and it didn’t take long for crashes and spinouts to start. At 4:46 a.m., the Minnesota Department of Transportation kicked off metro crash reports with a crash on Interstate 394, at Interstate 494 and Highway 12 in Minnetonka. Total snowfall was minimal and stopped before morning rush hour began in earnest, but weather will worsen Wednesday afternoon. Snow is likely after 3 p.m., according to the National Weather Service. As much as 10 inches of snow could fall between Wednesday morning and Thursday morning, making for an even-more-…
Monday, April 8, 2013
HousingLink data highlights how uneven affordable housing availability can be.
Paying for rental housing is no easy proposition in Minnesota. Last month, the National Low Income Housing Coalition’s annual Out of Reach report ranked the state worst in the Midwest and 24th nationally. A breakdown of the report by the Minnesota Housing Partnership estimated that 54 percent of renters can’t afford a modest two-bedroom apartment. But apartments can have a hard time winning neighbors over even when they don’t specifically serve low-income renters—as recent debates have shown. In St. Louis Park, some residents criticized the proposed Eliot Park Apartments development that would build two new apartment buildings with a total of 138 units on Cedar Lake Road. Said Patch reader MMG: All of a sudden, all I am seeing in this city…
Sunday, March 31, 2013
Did you know there are hidden treasures (caches) at local parks?
Whether you go solo or as a family, geocaching is one way to get outdoors at local parks – and find a small prize at the end. The treasure hunt is initiated when an individual hides a cache—normally a waterproof container with small items inside—and records its location with a GPS unit, according to Three Rivers Park District. The coordinates are then entered on a geocaching website, such as those shared by Minnesota Geocaching Association website. The Three Rivers Park District website states parks with caches include Baker Park Reserve, North Mississippi Regional Park, Bryant Lake Regional Park, Gale Woods Farm, Lake Minnetonka Regional Park, Lake Rebecca Park Reserve, Hyland Lake Park Reserve, Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve, Fish Lake …
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
The four-week contest is a friendly competition to see who’s the most active community in the metro.
Hopkins needs your help proving it’s the most active community in the metro. The Fifth Anniversary Step To It Challenge is a competition between 22 communities that encourages people to get moving after a long winter. Participants track their physical activity online throughout the contest in order to win the Most Active Community award for their city. This year, winning participants from each community will be recognized during a Twins game this summer. The contest runs May 1 through May 28. Registration begins April. Click here to register and find out more.
Sunday, March 24, 2013
From geocaching to slacklining, scouts can experience and learn new skills during the scouting programs April 7-13, 2013 in Three Rivers Parks.
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Sunday, March 24
The following information was provided by Three Rivers Parks. Reservations are required. Call 763-559-6700 to make reservations for your pack, den, or troop Junior Girl Scouts: Geocacher Sunday, April 7, from 2:30-4:30 p.m., at Baker Near-Wilderness Settlement, Medina. Learn how to use a GPS, and then head to the woods to find hidden geocaches. Cost is $5 and this program is for ages 8-13. Reference activity number #230304-08. Webelos: Naturalist Badge Tuesday, April 9, from 6-8 p.m., at Baker Near-Wilderness Settlement, Medina. Do birds have hollow bones? Are turtles amphibians? Learn the answers to these questions and more. Cost is $5 and this program is for ages 8-13. Reference activity number #230304-03. Brownies and Juniors: …
Sunday, March 17, 2013
With spring around the corner, check out some spots to bird watch in the Three Rivers Park District.
Information from the Three Rivers Park District website. Editor’s note: What are your favorite spots for bird watching? What birds are you seeing this time of year in your backyard? Share your bird watching sightings in comments and upload your bird pictures to this post.
Monday, March 11, 2013
Where will you go to celebrate the green March 17? Add your favorite Irish pub, parade or celebration to Patch’s interactive map.
St. Patrick’s Day is a time to pull out your green and celebrate Ireland—even if the only Irish in you is a Guinness. With no shortage of places to enjoy St. Paddy’s Day, Patch wants to know where you plan to get your Irish on. To add a marker to the map above, simply click the "Add" button and fill in the details about where you’ll be celebrating the holiday. Where is it? What makes it special? What’ll be happening there? What time will the festivities take place? Check back regularly between now and St. Patrick’s Day to see the map fill with the most popular spots. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
Saturday, March 9, 2013
From Maple Grove to Minnetonka to Eden Prairie, there are a variety of egg hunts and spring related events happening throughout the west metro.
As the Easter holiday draws near and spring is just around the corner, communities throughout the west metro are preparing for egg hunts and spring related activities in March. Here’s a rundown of some of the events for 2013. Did we miss an event? Be sure to add the information to comments below! Please make sure to note – some events do have a fee and require preregistration. Activities and fees are subject to change by organizer. Richfield Egg Scramble When: 10 a.m. March 23 Where: Augsburg Park in Richfield Who: Children ages 3-10 Details: Register by calling the Richfield Community Center at 612-861-9385. Brooklyn Park Egg Hunt When: 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, March 23 Where: Brooklyn Park Community Activity Center, 5600 85th Avenue …
Thursday, March 7, 2013
Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek joined lawmakers and Minnesota Sheriffs’ Association at the Capitol Wednesday.
Thursday, March 7
Editor's Note: The following is a Hennepin County Sheriff's Office press release. Wednesday, Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek and the Minnesota Sheriffs’ Association announced support for state legislation that would improve public safety by strengthening gun background checks and increasing punishments for repeat offenders. Sheriff Stanek and Minnesota Sheriffs’ Association Executive Director Jim Franklin joined a bipartisan group of lawmakers at the State Capitol in St. Paul to support the legislation authored by State Representative Debra Hilstrom of Brooklyn Center. The proposal would improve data sharing by providing the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) with the most current, accurate and complete …