History of the Minnesota River
Join the Scott County Historical Society for a presentation on the unique history of the Minnesota River Valley with an emphasis on the interaction between people and their environment. The Minnesota River winds 370 miles through southern Minnesota. An area of fertile soil and natural beauty, the river has been a backdrop for sweeping social shifts, tragic wars, and technological change. This talk is open to the public.
When: Jan. 18, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Where: Shakopee Library, 235 Lewis St., Shakopee.
More Info: https://scottcountyhistory.org
Thursday, January 16
North American Championship Pond Hockey and Concerts
Come out to enjoy the fun and competition both on and off the ice at this annual charity fundraiser presented by Cambria. The fundraiser features a signature pond hockey tournament and other winter fun and games, including an outdoor bean-bag tournament and three live concerts on the shores of Lake Minnetonka. All profits from the three-day events are donated to local charities.
When: Jan. 16 – 19
Where: Maynards, 685 Excelsior Blvd., Excelsior
Cost: $10 - $25
More Info: https://pondhockeylakeminnetonka.com
Adult Night Out at the MN Zoo
This 18+ event encourages adults to explore the Zoo with other adults who love animals. Mingle with new people, enjoy food and drinks, and explore the warm 78 degree indoor Tropics Trail.
When: Jan. 16, 4:30 – 9 p.m.
Where: Minnesota Zoo, 13000 Zoo Blvd., Apple Valley
Cost: $10 in advance, $15 after 12 p.m. on January 16. Member adults have free admission.
More Info: https://mnzoo.org
Lifelong Learner Lunch: Snow Science
Discover a new topic each month at the Ney Nature Center’s Lifelong Learner program. Explore local wildlife, history, and conservation issues. In January, learn about the science behind snow. Lunch included. Ages 18+. Reservations required.
When: Jan. 16, 12 – 1:30 p.m.
Where: Ney Nature Center, 28238 Nature Center Lane, Henderson
Cost: $10 per member or $12 per non-member
More Info: http://neycenter.org
Friday, January 17
Mankato SnowKato Days
SnowKato Days is a 10-day winter festival celebrating Minnesota’s spirit in the heart of winter. This new annual event includes a coloring contest, Mount Kato tubing and skiing, a snowman contest, curling, and other events. If you are one who is up for bold, crazy winter fun in January, this festival is for you.
When: Jan. 17 – 26
Where: Various locations in Mankato
More Info: www.visitgreatermankato.com/snow-kato-days
Saturday, January 18
Minnesota River Conference One Act Play Festival
Belle Plaine’s one-act play cast and crew will present their entry in this year’s showcase.
When: Jan. 18, 9 a.m.
Where: Mayer Lutheran High School
More Info: 305 5th St. N.E., Mayer
Free Car Seat Safety Clinic
The Belle Plaine Police Department, Scott County Sheriff’s Office, and Matt Saxe Chevrolet are hosting a free car seat safety clinic.
Deputy Lueck and Officer Cayer, who are both certified car seat technicians, will be on site available to check your car seat and answer questions. It is estimated that 8 out of 10 child safety seats are used incorrectly in Minnesota, so come out to get your seat checked. Appointments are appreciated.
When: Jan. 18, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Where: Matt Saxe Chevrolet, 909 E. Enterprise Dr., Belle Plaine
More Info: Call 952-873-4307 to schedule an appointment or email email@example.com
Half Way to Giant Celebration
The evening will commemorate the half-way point to the Giant Celebration (July 31 – Aug 2) and U4ic will introduce their new Le Sueur Lager beer. There will also be a meat raffle to benefit the Malchow family and live music by The Ditch Creek Dixies. Limited edition of hats, koozies and shirts will be available.
When: Jan. 18, 6 – 10 p.m.
Where: The 300 Club, 504 N. Main St., Le Sueur
More Info: www.facebook.com/giantcelebration
Take a Kid Ice Fishing Weekend
On Take a Kid Ice Fishing Weekend, Minnesotans can fish or spear without licenses if they take children 15 or younger fishing. Take a Kid Fishing Weekend is a way for adults and kids to fish together without the step of buying a license. Before heading out, anglers should check ice conditions locally. Visit mndnr.gov/icesafety for ice safety guidelines.
When: Jan. 18 - 20
Where: Throughout MN
Shakopee Home Improvement & Design Expo
The Shakopee Home Improvement & Design Expo returns to Canterbury Park bringing up to 150 home improvement companies, including landscaping, kitchens, bathrooms, interior designers, windows, decks, carpet and flooring, and more. Meet the experts who can help you start your next home improvement project off on the right foot. Learn from the best in the business at the Home Improvement Seminar Stage with speakers running every hour, on the hour.
When: Jan. 18, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: Canterbury Park, 1100 Canterbury Rd. S., Shakopee
Cost: $6, kids free
More Info: Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 952-238-1700
MN Tri-County ABATE Fundraiser
River Valley Chapter A.B.A.T.E. of MN will host their annual January Thaw fundraiser and dance party with live music by Nowhere Fast. Bring a non-perishable item for the Echo Food Shelf.
When: Jan. 18, 7 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.
Where: Mankato Eagle Club, 708 N. Riverfront, Mankato
Cost: $10 in advance, $12 at the door
More Info: For advanced tickets, call Bob Olson at 507-388-7576.
See wild songbirds safely trapped, studied and tagged with numbered rings. Groups of 10 or more. Bring a camera. Drop in anytime. Ages 11 years and younger must be accompanied by an adult.
When: Jan. 18, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Where: Lowry Nature Center, Carver Park Reserve, 7025 Victoria Dr., Victoria
More Info: Call 763.694.7650 to reserve a time slot.
Sunday, January 19
Intro to Krav Maga For Women
Krav Maga is an Israeli system that is world renowned for its effectiveness in self-defense. It originated as an approach to defense in everyday situations and is now commonly taught to military forces as the best form of unarmed combat. It is effective for everyone, regardless of age, fitness or strength. Participants will learn simple but effective defensive techniques that can increase personal safety at school, work, home, and in public. Limited to 20. 10+ years of age.
When: Jan. 19, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Where: SCALE Training Facility, 17706 Valley View Dr., Jordan
More Info: www.facebook.com/ScaleRTF
Raptors Up Close
Meet captive raptors and learn about these amazing birds of prey. Cameras welcome. Drop in anytime. Ages 11 years and younger must be accompanied by an adult.
When: Jan. 19, 2 – 4 p.m.
Where: Lowry Nature Center, Carver Park Reserve, 7025 Victoria Dr., Victoria
More Info: 763-694-7650
Monday, January 20
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
The federal holiday is in honor of the civil rights leader’s Jan. 15 birthday but observed on the third Monday in January. Most city, county, state and federal government offices will be closed, including the U.S. Postal Service (except Priority Mail) and Libraries.
Tuesday, January 21
Cottage Food Producer Food Safety Training
Join University of Minnesota Extension Food Safety Educators at a Keep it Legal! Keep it Safe Cottage Food Producer class. The class meets the MN Department of Agriculture food safety training requirements to register as a MN Cottage Food Producer to sell homemade baked goods, candy, home-canned peaches, pickles, salsa, jam and jellies, and more. The course focuses on food safety practices for all processes, including drying, baking, confections, jams and jellies, acid and acidified fruit and vegetables, and fermentation. Participants learn how to produce, package, label, store, and transport a safe food product. To register go to https://extension.umn.edu/courses-and-events/cottage-food-producer-food-safety-training.
When: Jan. 21, 1 – 5 p.m. See website for additional dates and locations.
Where: Minneapolis, University of MN UROC, 2001 Plymouth Ave. N., Minneapolis
More Info: Email Karla Engels, U of M Extension, email@example.com or 507-337-2808
See page 10 of the Herald for more Community Events and Classes.
Homeward Bound Theatre Company to offer “Creative Dramatics” where Kindergarteners through 3rd graders will learn the basics of acting mime and movement. Children with vivid imaginations and a desire to perform will enjoy this acting class designed just for them.
When: Wednesdays, Jan. 22 through Feb. 5, 3:30 – 5 p.m.
Where: Chatfield Elementary School in Belle Plaine
More Info: Call Belle Plaine Community Education at 952-873-2411 or register online at www.belleplaine.k12.mn.us and click on Community Services.
Arboretum Free Admission
Enjoy and take advantage of all the Arboretum has to offer, both indoors and out, for free through Jan. 31.
When: Jan. 6 – 31
Where: U of M Landscape Arboretum, 3675 Arboretum Drive, Chaska
More Info: www.arboretum.umn.edu
Henderson Lions Bingo
Are you feeling lucky? Looking for something to break up the winter blahs? Head on over to the Henderson RoadHaus Event Center and try your hand and dauber in 16 games of bingo per night.
When: Thursdays starting at 6:30 p.m., from Jan. 2 - April 2, 2020
Where: Henderson RoadHaus Event Center, 514 Main St., Henderson
Cost: 14 regular games at $1 per card, and two blackout games at $2 per card.
More Info: Find Henderson Lions Club on Facebook.
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