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  • *NEW* Door County

    Enjoy a trip to Door County! Monday, October 7 - Thursday, October 10 Price: Double Room Occupancy: $1,075 per person $200 initial deposit, plus payments of $218.75 due on April 19, May 19, June 19 and July 19 Single Room Occupancy: $1,360 $200 initial deposit, plus payment of $290 due on April 19, May 19, June 19 and July 19 *Rooms have 2 beds. If you need a handicap room, please let us know. Price Includes: Deluxe motor coach transportation, lodging for 3 nights and meals (as indicated C-Coffee, B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner). Gratuities on included meals and attractions. Registration deadline is June 21. A $200 deposit is due by June 21. No refunds after this date. A refund requested any time before June 21 will incur a $50 cancellation fee, per person. Final payment due July 19. Travel insurance is available through Travel Guard. 1-800-826-1300 or online at Itinerary: DAY 1 - Monday: 7:30 a.m. Leave Circle Pines and have lunch at 2510 Restaurant in Wausau. Enter "The Door" and sense the transformation to a different lifestyle. Check into Best Western Maritime Inn in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin for three nights. There is an elevator, indoor pool, hot tub and fitness room. A group dinner is included. [C,L,D] DAY 2 - Tuesday: Have breakfast at the hotel and meet your Door County tour guide. In Northport, WI, board the Washington Island Ferry. Take the five-mile ride across the once-treacherous waters of Death’s Door, where Green Bay and Lake Michigan meet. Once ashore on Washington Island, embark on a tour with sightseeing hosted by the 600 residents who call the island home. Visit some attractions and have lunch. Ferry back to Northport and visit the Lavender Shop in Ephraim. Have a relaxing dinner at an area restaurant. [B,L,D] DAY 3 - Wednesday: After breakfast, your guide will take you to the hand-carved Norwegian Bjorklunden Chapel. Have lunch at Al Johnson's Restaurant. This unique complex of buildings from Sweden invites exploration. The sod roof is kept well-trimmed by goats. This afternoon tour Eagle Bluff Lighthouse. It is perched on a bluff 76 feet above Green Bay’s glistening waters. Hear stories of the keepers who manned the light from 1868 to 1926. It is furnished with original and authentic period antiques. Tonight, a Fish Boil dinner is included, then spend the evening at Peninsula Players Theatre. It is America’s oldest professional resident summer theater. [B,L,D] DAY 4 - Thursday: Have breakfast and tour the Door County Maritime Museum. It covers the history of boat and shipbuilding for over 150 years, and contains antique ship equipment, recovered sunken artifacts and other sailing items, logs and charts. Have lunch and return to Circle Pines by early evening. [B,L]
  • *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* Level Up Your Genealogy 1 - Intermediate Class

    MyHeritage and Ancestry are some of the biggest research sites, but what do you do when they do not have the information that you are looking for? This course covers how to use the Family Search Catalog, working with autosomal DNA for known and unknown family lines, and other repositories to use beyond the large genealogy platforms.
  • *NEW* Million Dollar Quartet and Lunch

    Join us at the Old Log Theater for a Tony Award musical inspired by the true story set on December 4, 1956, when an extraordinary twist of fate brought ELVIS PRESLEY, JOHNNY CASH, JERRY LEE LEWIS and CARL PERKINS together at Sun Records for one of the greatest jam sessions ever. MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET brings that legendary night to life, featuring a score of rock hits including “Blue Suede Shoes”, “Fever,” “That’s All Right,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “Walk the Line,” “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” “Who Do you Love?” “Sixteen Tons.” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Hound Dog” and more. Lunch is included before the show, please indicate your meal choice. Meal Choices: Bone-out Short Rib with mashed potatoes, and seasonal vegetables, Chicken Breast with roasted red potatoes, and seasonal vegetables or Vegetarian pasta made with house marinara. Registration deadline January 3. No refunds after registration deadline.
  • *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.
  • *NEW* Plymouth Playhouse: Til Beth Do Us Part

    Daytrippers Theater is back with a new location! Join us for a side-splitting romp about marriage and careers that introduces us to the Haydens - a couple who both work and decide an assistant is needed to help put the house in order. So they hire a highly motivated, gregarious Southerner named Beth. Little do they know, Beth is after Suzannah's job. Throw in a couple of wise-cracking best friends and a British boss lady, and you discover the hazards of hiring a personal assistant can be hilarious! Lunch provided by Green Mill, pulled pork with baked beans, bun, coleslaw, corn, chips and a brownie, with coffee or tea. Registration deadline March 23. No refunds after registration deadline.
  • *NEW* Pre-Super Bowl & Valentine's Specialty Shopping Northeast Minneapolis

    This is a perfect opportunity to visit some of the best Northeast Minneapolis has to offer at this hosted event. We will begin our day at Spyhouse Café where you will enjoy coffee and a pastry at a reserved table. A barista will join us to discuss the history of the building, the coffee, and the surrounding community. Spyhouse is set in a restored warehouse (which once was a mattress factory), this location is also the home of their original roaster. The café setting feels rich with history and the décor creates a cozy atmosphere with much to capture your attention. Then we’ll head to two nearby local shops, Kramarczuk’s Sausage Co. known for its sausages and a wide variety of baked goods, and Surdyk’s Liquor and Cheese Shop each have unique and delicious food and beverage items to choose from. Whether preparing for Valentine’s Day, the Super Bowl, or just because, you will have the opportunity to stock up on meats, baked goods, beverages, specialty cheeses and items that are ideal to share with loved ones or guests. Price includes coffee or tea and pastry of your choice at Spyhouse Cafe, lunch on your own at Kramarczuk’s. Hosts: Sharon Sculley & Clare Waddell Transportation is district mini vans. Depart & return at Centennial District Office parking lot
  • *NEW* Ramsey County Courthouse & St. Paul Conservatory

    Take a guided tour of Saint Paul City Hall - Ramsey County Courthouse to learn about the history of the building and the three branches of government housed within the 21-story art deco high-rise. This hour-long tour will include Memorial Hall and Vision of Peace statue, Council Chambers, updated chamber artwork, courtroom, Law Library, and Cohen Recognition Project. Art Deco features woods (23 varieties from 18 countries) and marbles. Lunch will be at Keys Café for roast turkey or roast beef, mashed potatoes, dressing, gravy, green beans, and coffee. Select menu choice at time of registration. After lunch embrace spring in full color as you enjoy a stop at the St. Paul Conservatory for the Spring Flower show. Should be beautiful that time of year! Registration deadline March 15, no refunds after registration deadline.
  • *NEW* Skills For Bridging the Divide - Hosted by Braver Angels

    This workshop will help you through difficult political conversations with people in your life. Learn how to talk across the divide in a constructive, empathetic way. The goals of the workshop seek to: learn about the perspectives, feelings, and experiences of someone you care about who differs from you politically; have a sense of satisfaction about how you conveyed your own perspective, feelings, and experiences; and discover some common ground, if it’s there. Braver Angels moderators (one conservative and one liberal), Braver Angels is a grassroots organization that seeks to strengthen relationships and communities harmed by partisan polarization. It offers effective communication skills as a means to bridge political divides that drive animosity and prevent us from working together on shared problems “Braver Angels is something each of us can learn from. It isn’t about being left or right, about winning or losing. It’s about understanding and appreciating differences, and it’s about saving important relationships.” City of Circle Pines Mayor Dave Bartholomay
  • *NEW* St. Paul Irish Influence

    Did you know that Minnesota's capitol city was heavily influenced by the Irish immigrants? Jump on board as we learn, see, and experience the Irish heritage in St. Paul. This on-bus tour will be led by an Irish immigrant that is taking part in time travel to join us. They will share their stories of the settlers at Ft. Snelling, politics, and even how a large portion of the St. Paul Police Department has been connected to our Irish heritage. After our tour around town, we will enjoy lunch at O'Malley's Irish Pub in Woodbury. Choose from Homemade Shepperd's Pie with diced sirloin and vegetables in a savory gravy, topped with homemade spuds and fresh parmesan cheese; or Fish and Chips, hand-battered cod in their own Harp Beer batter, served with "chips", tartar and coleslaw. A non-alcoholic beverage of choice is also included. The Irish played an integral part in the founding of the growth of the city of St. Paul. Don't miss this fun and informative day in St. Paul. Registration includes transportation in a motor coach, on-bus tour guide, and lunch. Please note: minimal standing and walking is required. Pick up and drop off at the Rookery Activity Center. Register by Sunday, February 4. No refunds thereafter. Please indicate lunch choice when registering. Return time is approximate.
  • *NEW* Tabletop Photography

    Whether you are a seller, collector, crafter or just looking for something to photograph, this workshop will get your creative juices flowing. There is a big difference between simply putting an item on a tabletop or counter and taking a few photos and properly staging and lighting a subject. The best part is that it does not need to be overly complicated or require a large investment in equipment. Any type of camera will work (yes, even phone cameras), and sets can be created using simple low cost or even free materials. All it takes is a little creativity, understanding light, and experimenting with different compositions. This workshop is designed to be a full, hands-on activity that follows the approach of short discussions followed by shooting exercises. We have found this to be an excellent way to reinforce the class concepts. Course covers: Building a set, working with light (direction, basic lighting set-ups, chiaroscuro lighting, and working with shiny and clear objects), staging (adding support subjects, capturing attention), and equipment suggestions (working with a budget, camera set-up). Examples will be shared to explain the concepts to assist in understanding how this will apply to photos you want to take. You are encouraged to bring your own objects to photograph. There will also be subjects available to use for practice if you don’t want to bring items along.
  • *NEW* The Holocaust - Never to Forget

    This class is designed to emphasize critical thinking, connections, and the role individuals have in their society. Join Tom Franta, a Centennial educator, to explore 20th century genocides, first focusing on Armenia and then delving into an in-depth overview of the Holocaust. Topics covered will include the rise of Hitler, the Nazification of Germany, and the action of the Nazi government in organizing and transporting undesirables to concentration camps. Explore the Resistance movements, both passive and aggressive. Tom will share his experiences with his travels to Holocaust sites in Europe, as well as sharing perspectives from renowned Holocaust scholars and survivors. Dr. Gregory Stanton’s “Ten Stages of Genocide” will be introduced, which shows progression to atrocities. Tom will investigate Hitler’s chilling quote which (paraphrased here) says “let us do to the Jews what the Turks did to the Armenians…because who remembers Armenians?” $28 individual/$35 couple. If registering as a couple please enter promo code COUPLE during checkout to receive special pricing.
  • *NEW* Winter Instructional Photo Hike at Martin Island

    Join us for a winter photo hike where Don will provide tips on capturing winter scenes. Winter is a great time to be out with your camera. The cold temperatures result in cleaner air. The sun is always at a low angle allowing us to be able to shoot all day long. Also, the scenery is simplified making for some interesting compositions. The issue is that our cameras want to make the snow look a dingy grey. We can easily make a few simple camera adjustments and get some great images with some nice white snow. Open to all levels of photographer, but much of the discussion is designed for beginner to intermediate photographers. All camera types are welcome.
  • Raptors of Minnesota

    With hooked beaks, excellent eyesight, sharp talons, and strong legs and feet, raptors rule the sky. Meet some of Minnesota's most amazing birds of prey during a Wildlife Science Center presentation including live hawks and owls. Learn about the amazing adaptations Minnesota's raptors rely on to find prey, hide, defend territory, and take care of their young. Touch the collection of raptor and other wildlife artifacts to find out first hand why birds can fly and we cannot.
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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.