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  • *NEW* Lake Elmo Park Reserve

    Join us as we explore Lake Elmo Park Reserve. This 3-5 square mile area has 80 percent of its acreage set aside for preservation and protection. The landscape is varied with forests and prairies. We will be taking the 3.8 mile Eagle Point Lake Trail which is one of the reserve’s highlights. Many find themselves away from the business of other areas in the reserve on this trail. You may catch an eagle roosting on a dead limb and there are plenty of songbirds along the marshy edges of the lake. The prairies along the path have been semi-restored with varieties of wildflowers and grasses. Instructions for meeting location near the hike’s starting point will be emailed prior to hike. For those interested afterwards we will gather at Angelina’s Kitchen for refreshments on your own.
  • *NEW* Quilt Shop Hop: Central/South Central Cities

    We were still able to find two quilt shops in the state that have not been included in one of our shop hops. We will start our day in Randall at The Old Creamery Quilt Shop. Just as the name implies, the shop is nestled in a former creamery building. They carry a wide selection of fabrics as well as yarn and wool. If you want to grab an espresso on the way out to keep you energized for the morning they have an espresso bar with a variety of flavors. Next we will head to Alexandria to visit Dawn’s Quilt Shop. It should be noted that Alexandria’s downtown area near Dawn’s suffered a devastating fire in February, destroying several businesses and impacting many others. While the quilt shop was not destroyed it had to overcome some damage. Finally, we’ll end our day together returning to what many of you noted as a favorite shop, the Sweetwater Cotton Shoppe. The shop has a real cozy feel and features a variety of fabrics including 30’s, Civil War reproductions, and baby prints. They also design a number of their own projects using a variety of techniques. We will lunch (on your own) in Alexandria at Angelina’s Restaurant. District vans will transport you. Meet at the Centennial District Offices near the visitor parking.
  • *NEW* St. Paul Cave and Gangster Tour

    Our first stop for the day will be the Wabasha Street Caves for a 40 minute cave tour. Walking is on flat ground with not many steps. If you want to sit this part out, there is an area to sit. After the cave tour we will head to Josephs for a buffet lunch, bring you appetite. The buffet includes ham and turkey, stuffing, potatoes, a vegetable, salad, dinner roll and coffee or water. Other beverages are available for purchase. We'll wait for dessert and enjoy a treat when we head back to the caves to pick up our tour guide for a 2-hour narrated Saint Paul Gangster Tour. You will hear about a couple of gangsters, but you will also hear about the other Bad Boys, Good Time Girls, Irish Scoundrels, and Scandinavian Scoundrels, and your guide will be one of them! Fee includes transportation, tour, lunch, and step on tour. Please register by July 6. No refunds after July 6.
  • *NEW* Willow River State Park-Dog Friendly Hike

    Enjoy this western Wisconsin park located in Hudson. We will hike to the centerpiece of the park, Willow Falls, observing it from below and then from the overlook. The trail there travels along the shores of Little Falls Lake and the Willow River. We plan to extend the hike along a snowshoe trail that offers some beautiful scenery. Instructions for meeting location near the hike’s starting point will be emailed prior to hike. For those interested after weather permitting we will gather at the Urban Olive & Vine for refreshments on their dog-friendly patio. The trails we are taking are dog-friendly. Please have your dog on a leash and plan to clean up after them as needed
  • Music on the Lake - It's Golden

    Enjoy a few Thursday summer nights with a free concert at Golden Lake Park in Circle Pines. Information listed here is for your information only. No registration required. Simply show up with your lawn chair ready to listen to some good tunes. June 11, 7-8 pm - Centennial Community Band CANCELLED This 60 plus member community band formed in 2003. They work under the direction of Barry Zumwalde and perform several concerts a season. July 30, 7-8:30 pm - The Floras A husband and wife singing duo with decades of performing experience. Mark knew this farmer’s daughter was meant to be his beloved. The constant call of 50s and Americana music has brought them into singing for a living. August 6, 7-8:30 pm - Maple Street Ramblers A six-piece traditional jazz band who has been entertaining audiences in the Twin Cities area for years with versions of that old (and new) New Orleans Jazz called Dixieland.