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  • *NEW* Fall Colors Photowalk - Instructor Led

    Join professional nature photographer, Don Tredinnick at Wargo Nature Center as we capture everything that fall has to offer. Meet in the parking lot where Don will provide some tips on capturing fall colors. During the photowalk Don will spend time helping participants with camera settings, composition, and subject selection. Some of the topics covered will include selective focus, subject isolation, adding depth, working with lighting challenges, and finding fall subjects other than fall color. We are outside for two hours, plan to bring water, and dress for the weather. All experience levels are welcome. You will need a camera that allows for manual settings, and a lens that can range in focal length from 35mm to 105mm.
  • *NEW* Holiday Lights Photowalk - Instructor Led

    Join professional nature photographer, Don Tredinnick in a neighborhood near the middle school as we capture local holiday light displays. Meet at Caribou Coffee, 730 Apollo Drive, Lino Lakes where Don will provide some tips on photographing holiday light displays. During the photowalk in a neighborhood near Centennial Middle School Don will spend time helping participants with camera settings, focusing at night, creative camera effects such as zooming with long exposures, and shallow depth of field. We will also work on some of the challenges such as dealing with movement, and sequenced light displays. We are outside for two hours, plan to bring water, and dress for the weather. All experience levels are welcome. You will need a camera that allows for manual settings, and a lens that can range in focal length from 35mm to 105mm and a tripod.
  • *NEW* Intro to Online Genealogy

    There has never been a better time to start discovering your family's history. Gone are the days of only traveling to courthouse basements and archives. You can now research easily from your own home. Join me as I teach you how to get started, reviews of subscription websites, which tools to use, which types of records you'll find, plus how to be an effective and accurate researcher.
  • *NEW* Jersey Boys at Chanhassen Dinner Theater

    With phenomenal music, memorable characters and great storytelling, Jersey Boys follows the fascinating evolution of four blue-collar kids who became one of the greatest successes in pop-music history. Winner of Best Musical at both the Tony Awards and Olivier Awards, Jersey Boys takes you behind the music of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons to discover the secret of a 40-year friendship as the foursome work their way from the streets of New Jersey to the heights of stardom. Trip includes motor coach, play and lunch. Dessert is on your own. Pick up at The Rookery Activity Center in Lino Lakes. Register by October 3. No refunds after Oct. 3. Space is limited.
  • *NEW* Looney Lutherans: I'm Dreaming of A Looney Christmas

    The Looney Lutherans are back with a brand-new Christmas show, "I'm Dreaming of a Looney Christmas." Full of lots of family friendly music and comedy, including the smash hit "All I Want for Christmas are Some New False Teeth" and the game show, "What's in Your Stocking?" Don't let the season go by without adding a trip to visit the Looney's to your holiday wish list. Price includes lunch with chicken breast, mashed potatoes, corn, coleslaw, cookie and coffee or lemonade, show ticket at the intimate Ames Center in Burnsville, and transportation. Pick up 10:30 am at The Rookery Activity Center in Lino Lakes. Registration Deadline is October 30, no refunds after registration deadline.
  • *NEW* Ozark Country Jubilee

    The Ozark Jubilee features an all-star cast of Branson entertainer that is coming to Treasure Island Event Center. This dynamic show salutes the music of the great Legends of Country Music and a variety of Christmas music - from the traditional standards to more contemporary Christmas selections that will touch your heart. This show features vocals, comedy and instrumentals. World-class fiddler, Doofus Doolittle presents his unique brand of humor and some of the best fiddle and violin music ever. Enjoy this holiday musical event with the sounds of laughter, Bluegrass, Gospel, Country, and traditional Christmas music. Turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, dessert, coffee or tea will be served before the show begins. Registration includes transportation in a motor coach and lunch. Register by September 29. No refunds thereafter. Motorcoach will depart from The Rookery Activity Center at 10:15 am and return at approximately 5:15 pm.
  • *NEW* Paramount Theater: Winter Dance Party

    Join us for a wonderful trip to the Paramount Theater in St. Cloud for John Mueller's "Winter Dance Party". This is the official live and authentic re-creation of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper's final tour, and the only show endorsed by the Holly, Valens and Richardson estates. Each performance includes over two hours of unbridled high voltage entertainment featuring all the hit songs of the 50's era: That'll Be The Day, Peggy Sue, Oh Boy, Rave on, La Bamba, Chantilly Lace, and many, many more. Before the 1:30 show, we'll stop at the Green Mill in St. Cloud for lunch. Lunch choices are Parmesan Walleye Sandwich, Cobb Salad with Chicken, 4-Cheese Bacon Burger, Fettuccine Alfredo or Pomodoro Florentine (shrimp pasta with tomato cream sauce). Indicate your lunch choice when registering. Lunch includes soda or coffee. Other beverages available for a charge. Pick up at The Rookery Activity Center at 10 am, with an approximate return time of 4:30 pm. No refunds after December 21.
  • Bentleyville (21+)

    Billed as America's Largest Free Walk Through Lighting Display, Bentleyville invites guests to stroll under the glow of over 5 million lights in a 20-acre park situated on the shores of Lake Superior, while enjoying complimentary hot cocoa, cookies, popcorn and roasted marshmallows! Before our stop in Bentleyville, we'll visit Hoops Brewing. A BBQ buffet dinner will be served by OMC Smokehouse, pork or brisket with sides. If you'd like, add a tour with tasting that includes 3, 5 oz tasters of the beer that's on tap in the brewery and one free 10 oz beer of your choice from their entire tap list. We'll arrive at the brewing company around 3:15 pm and head to Bentleyville around 5 pm, with an estimated departure at 6:30 pm. Bentleyville has gone from a 2-month hobby to a year-round organization that involves planning, repairing, purchasing, fundraising and organizing one of Minnesota's largest events. Food and toy donations are accepted. Price includes transportation, dinner, and beer tasting with tour if you choose. The beer tasting is optional. The registration deadline is November 17. No refunds thereafter. Pick up at the Rookery Activity Center in Lino Lakes at 12:45 pm, and return at approximately 9:15 pm.
  • The Assassination of President John Kennedy: An In-Depth Analysis

    This course will examine the discrepancies between the Warren Commission, that investigated the assassination for ten months and published their findings in September of 1964; along with the conclusions reached by the United States House of Representatives that investigated the assassination for thirty-one months and published their report in March of 1979. The participants will develop a rounded perspective regarding the many controversies surrounding the assassination of President Kennedy. Each of the sessions will have ample time for participant comments and questions.
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    Wolf Howl Bonfire

    All ages welcome. Meet and learn about some of Minnesota’s most fascinating wildlife during a bonfire program at the areas premiere wildlife facility, the Wildlife Science Center. The center’s resident wolves, mountain lions, coyotes, foxes, lynx and raptors will be the focus of this incredible opportunity. At the conclusion of the program, sit fireside and toast marshmallows while the wolves fill the darkness around you with their incredible wild song (feel free to join in if you like). Dress for the weather as most of the event is outdoors.