Weekend Nature Activiites: Dec. 12–14

MN Adult Hockey Team Registrations open, Find Your Team. Other/Local hockey team schedules and info: Iron Rangers Jr. Hockey ~ AHA Adult Hockey Assoc. ~ Minnesota Wild Adult Hockey League ~ Minnesota Hockey ~ Minnesota Showcase Hockey ~ Pickup Leagues ~ Minnesota Made Hockey Leagues ~ Park n Rec Pond Hockey ~ WHAM Adult Women’s Hockey ~ Lifetime Hockey ~ Also search by your city, example: Rochester Hockey and Apple Valley Hockey and Eagan etc.

 

Friday, December 12

Arrowhead Ice Fishing n Winter Show
11 a.m.–8 p.m. Features the newest products for ice fishing and winter enthusiasts: ice-fishing houses, equipment, accessories, clothing, snowmobiles, four-wheelers and more. Daily seminars by ice-fishing pros.
DECC Arena, Duluth

Christmas at the Nelimark Museum
Coffee and goodies plus sisu and artisan gift items, including books, cards, fresh wreaths, sauna accessories, towels, soaps & oils, Finnish glassware, fishing lures, woven rugs, aprons, mittens, jewelry, repurposed furniture, collectibles, pottery, preserves and more.
4839 Salo Rd, Embarrass, MN 55732

Christmas on the Farm
10 a.m. to 6 p.m (Tele. 218-984-2014) Browse unique collectibles, antiques, artisan gifts and great food. Plus, live music in the B&B.
Northern Comfort Bed and Breakfast Homespun Acres Barn, Embarrass MN

Northwoods Night Sky
7–8:30 p.m. Short presentation, telescope and binoc view. Dress warmly.
Soudan Underground Mine State Park, use winter (service) entrance and park by visitor center

Warm Up to the Brews
7 p.m. $10–20 Second annual Warm Up to the Brews featuring beers from Capital Brewing, Bent Paddle Brewing Co., Fitger’s Brewhouse, Goose Island and Lucid Brewing. Music @ 10p.m.: the 4onthefloor and the Black-eyed Snakes.
Rex Bar at Fitger’s

 

Saturday, December 13

Women’s Map n Compass
9 a.m.–11 Basic Compass education and orienteering course for practice.
Fort Snelling State Park

Meet & Greet: Wilderness Stories
11 a.m.–2 p.m. (Free) Fiedler recently completed a 7-month solo canoe trip in the Boundary Waters and Quetico Provincial Park, and LaPointe’s “Sunset Paddle” photograph was juried into the special Wilderness Forever Exhibit at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, which runs through next summer. The couple will share stories and photographs from their wilderness adventures, sign fine art posters, and hold a drawing for a free photograph.)
Duluth Pack Retail Store, Duluth

Making Spirits Bright: Minnetonka Chamber Choir
11–12:30 Minnetonka Chamber Choir, plus holiday displays: Live Poinsettia Tree
Minn. Landscape Arboretum

Making Spirits Bright: Sing Along
2–4 p.m. Annual “Messiah” sing-along with the Minnetonka Association of Music. All voices welcome!
Minn. Landscape Arboretum, MacMillan Auditorium

Winter Bird ID
1–2:30 p.m. Binocs available. Pre-register by calling park 218-384-4610 x229
Jay Cooke State Park, River Inn Interpretive Center

Celestial Nights: Geminid Meteor Shower 
Geminid Meteor Shower reaches its peak tonight! 1.5-hour program catch a glimpse of the spectacle outside. Dress warmly.
Whitewater State Park, 507-932-3007

Arrowhead Ice Fishing n Winter Show
11 a.m.–8 p.m. Features the newest products for ice fishing and winter enthusiasts: ice-fishing houses, equipment, accessories, clothing, snowmobiles, four-wheelers and more. Daily seminars by ice-fishing pros.
DECC Arena, Duluth

Frozen Frolic Winter Mountain Bike Race Series
11 a.m. 10.5 miles Dust off the bike for a six-race series at two premiere singletrack trails. Studded tires approved. 12 preregistration, $15 day-of registration, $60 for all six races (call 763.559.6700)
Murphey-Hanrehan Park Reserve, Savage, MN

Sunday, December 14

20th Annual Itasca Winter Bird Count
7:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Stay a few hours or the whole day. Dress warmly. Bring lunch.
Itasca State Park, meet at Jacob V. Brower Visitor Center between 7:30–8 a.m.

Jr. Naturalist: Hardwoods Badge
1–3 p.m. At the end of this naturalist-led event you’ll have half the requirements for the badge.
Fort Snelling State Park

Cross-country Ski Open House
1–3 p.m. Sit-ski (great for those with disabilities) and guided first-timer ski demos and practice. All equipment provided. Registration required: 763-559-6700. More information: www.threerivers parks.org.
Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve

Arrowhead Ice Fishing n Winter Show
10 a.m.–5 p.m. Features the newest products for ice fishing and winter enthusiasts: ice-fishing houses, equipment, accessories, clothing, snowmobiles, four-wheelers and more. Daily seminars by ice-fishing pros.
DECC Arena, Duluth

Making Spirits Bright: Musicae Familiaris
11 a.m. Musicae Familiaris, family trio performing on violin, tin whistle, recorders, dulcimer and keyboard.
Minn. Landscape Arboretum

Making Spirits Bright: OVation
1 and 2 p.m. OVation, an a capella ensemble of the One Volice Mixed Chorus, 1 & 2 p.m.
Minn. Landscape Arboretum

Koochella Presents: Save the Velodrome Part 1
7–9 p.m. Come help us raise funds to keep velodrome open for 2015 race season. Indulge in craft beer and local food trucks. Photo booth!
Fulton Brewing, Minneapolis, MN 

Cross-country Ski Lessons
9:30-11 a.m. (and Dec. 18, 7-8:30 p.m.) Ages 13-plus. $24, $40 with ski rental. Registration required; 763-559-6700. Learn the basics, like gliding, control and edging. Some prior experience with classic cross-country skiing required. More info: www.threeriversparks.org
Elm Creek Park Reserve

other . . .

Photos with Santa: Youngsters can visit with the Santa Claus and have photos taken on Saturdays, Dec. 6, 13 & 20, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Oswald Visitor Center @ Minn. Landscape Arboretum). Take home a 4×6 picture for $5, or purchase additional keepsakes including magnets and ornaments. Digital images also available for purchase. No reservations, simply come when it suits your schedule! Photography provided by Little Saints Photography.

Holiday StoryTimes: Storytimes in the Oswald Visitor Center @ Minn. Landscape Arboretum.  Dec. 6-7, 13-14, 20-21, 27-28.  10 a.m.

Holiday Teas: Tuesdays and Saturdays, Dec. 2-23.  Time: 2:30-4 p.m. Snyder Building Tea Room @ Minn. Landscape Arboretum. Share holiday joy at these festive teas. $26 member/ $29 non-member, plus tax.  612-301-7602 or www.arboretum.umn.edu/teatime.aspx.  (Also: traditional tea on Nov. 12 and Jan. 14).

Weekend Family Fun: Every Saturday & Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. (drop-in basis), Learning Center @ Minn. Landscape Arboretum. December theme: “Wintergreen Mysteries.” Learn all about evergreen trees! Free with gate.

Art at the Arboretum:  “Holiday Spirits,” paintings festive and serene capture the mood of the season, Nov. 29-Jan.25, Reedy Gallery.  “Art of Miniatures,” now through Dec. 31, Restaurant Gallery @ Minn. Landscape Arboretum.

 

 

coming up . . .

12/18 Thursday Morning Walk Series  10–11:30 a.m. @ Gateway State Trail (12/18, 1/22, 2/19)

Arboretum Outdoors! with Hoigaard’s:  Friday, Dec. 19, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Visitor Center @ Minn. Landscape Arboretum. Learn snowshoeing techniques from Hoigaard’s staff who will also provide equipment to try. Free with gate.

Hot Chocolate Walk: Saturday, Dec. 20, with naturalist Matt Schuth. 10 a.m.-noon. Matt Schuth, Arboretum naturalist, leads this walk through the winter wonderland of the @ Minn. Landscape Arboretum. $12 member/$25 non-member.  To register, visit www.arboreum.umn.edu or call 612-301-1210.

Ar-BRR-etum: Wednesday, Dec. 31. Free gate admission for skiers and snowshoers all day.  Snowshoes also are available for rental at the Visitor Center @ Minn. Landscape Arboretum info desk.