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Happy holidays to all of you! The entire

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you a warm and safe Chrismahanukwanzakah - may your season be merry and bright. This issue features everything you need to have a fun and festive holiday season. Check out the Holiday Events Guide for a list of what’s happening around the metro during this special time of year.

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For even more to do, Whitney Grindberg shows us how to display greeting cards while resident sports columnist Sam Stinogel previews the upcoming college football bowls season. Anita Dualeh’s Localvore column is all about honey while Twin Cities Chic showcases holiday fashion. You can also read about awesome area dog daycares and money-saving after Christmas deals! Don’t forget to check out the

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S P OTLIGHT

a Well-Known brand in Minnesota and Around the World Nordic Ware is a family-owned, American manufacturer of kitchenware products. Celebrating its 70th anniversary in 2016, this local company manufactures and markets an extensive line of quality cookware, bakeware, microwave, grilling products, and specialty kitchenware that is distributed worldwide. Nordic Ware serves all segments of the foodservice market, from home cooks to restaurants, bakeries, hotels, caterers, schools and hospitals. The company’s business is firmly rooted in the trust, dedication and talent of its employees, a desire to provide excellence in service to customers and never-ending research into customer needs. An inspirational American success story, Nordic Ware was founded in 1946 by a determined wife, Dotty, and her resourceful husband Dave, newly returned from service in World War II. With only $500 in their pockets, a few good ideas and a desire to create a business of their own, a humble kitchenware company was launched from the basement of their home in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In the beginning, Nordic Ware’s product line was only a handful of items, all of which were specialty Scandinavian ethnic cookware products—the Rosette iron, Krumkake iron, Platte Panne pan, and the Ebelskiver pan. Undoubtedly, Nordic Ware's most famous item is the Bundt® pan, which can be found in over 70 million households around the world. Introduced in the early 1950s, the Bundt pan rose to worldwide fame when it was used to bake a prize-winning cake in the 1966 17th annual Pillsbury Bake-Off. Baker Ella Helfrich used a Bundt pan for her winning recipe, Tunnel of Fudge Cake. After the bake-off, Pillsbury received more than 200,000 requests for help finding the Bundt pans. In 1971, Pillsbury introduced a line of Bundt cake mixes that continued the nationwide quest for Bundt pans. Pillsbury has since stopped selling Bundt cake mixes, but Nordic Ware now produces a line of gourmet cake mixes. As the pan found its way into the hearts and homes of people everywhere, the Bundt cake has become the quintessential American dessert – one that’s become a tradition for countless gatherings and family celebrations. In recognition of its 60th anniversary, the Bundt pan was given American icon status in the Smithsonian Institution and each year on November 15th we celebrate National Bundt Day. Bundt® is a registered trademark of Nordic Ware, a division of Northland Aluminum Products. It is one of the most recognized brand names in the bakeware industry and likely the most popular baking mold in the world. Today, Nordic Ware is still proudly manufacturing the vast majority of its products in Minneapolis. Nordic Ware’s corporate headquarters and manufacturing facility is located in the suburb of 4  | 


S P OT L I G HT St. Louis Park, Minnesota at the intersection of Highways 100 and 7. The company employs more than 300 employees and is still family-owned and operated with three generations involved in the business. It has more than 200,000 square feet of manufacturing, assembly and distribution facilities. Those original Scandinavian products have been joined by hundreds of other items in Nordic Ware’s product offering and each year it adds innovative items to its expansive kitchenware line. Nordic Ware is also a pioneer in microwave cookware and that line now

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S P OTLIGHT

by Rachelle Gordon If you’re searching for the perfect apartment home in the Downtown Minneapolis area, one with stunning city views, direct skyway access, and amenities galore - look no further than the newly-renovated Bolero Flats. Located off of 35W and featuring completely updated apartments and common areas, Bolero is a unique property with so much to offer in the perfect location. Halo Stafford, Area Manager for Pinnacle, explains what makes their incredible apartments on Marquette and 11th Street so amazing.

“There is no other existing property that

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has undergone this type of renovation

The amenities offered at Bolero Flats are

and the magnitude of changes,” Stafford

like no other. From fitness enthusiasts to

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pet lovers there is truly something for

1 and 2 bedroom apartment homes that

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have just been constructed on the first and second floors provide sophisticated finishes, tall ceilings and huge windows providing a loft feel, and quick access to the skyway and parking garage.” She added that every existing unit at Bolero is being renovated with new cabinets, countertops,

flooring,

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lighting fixtures and more.

“The 7th floor of the building is very unique,” explained Stafford. “There is an outdoor tennis court and basketball court along with a sitting area that overlooks downtown. In addition, we have a huge fitness area with cardio machines and stationary weight machines. In a separate room you will find a weightlifting area equipped

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“We recently renovated the entire pool deck area to give it that modern feel,” said Stafford. She notes that the windows surrounding the pool allow for outstanding views of the city from inside the calm waters. The large exterior deck has space for grilling, lounging, and soaking up the sun. There is also an indoor party room with a full kitchen that can be used by residents looking to entertain.

MORE RENOVATIONS TO COME The current renovations are certainly exciting for current and prospective residents, but Stafford notes that there are even more upgrades in store for the Bolero. “We have a few more exciting building construction projects in the planning stages including the addition of a Yoga/Pilates/Barre studio, modernization of the party room, revamping the exterior sun deck, and complete renovation of the hallways on floors 3-26 to include new light fixtures, signage, flooring, and wall covering.”

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Creating a warm and festive atmosphere is a big part of the holidays for lots of families, but it’s vital to keep in mind that Christmas trees and Hanukkah candles may create a problem for pets.

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DECORATE WITH CAUTION Creating a warm and festive atmosphere is a big part of the holidays for lots of families, but it’s vital to keep in mind that Christmas trees and Hanukkah candles may create a problem for pets. Flowers and festive plants can result in an emergency veterinary visit if your pet gets hold of them. Amaryllis, mistletoe, balsam, pine, cedar, and holly are among the common holiday plants that can be dangerous and even poisonous to pets who decide to eat them. Poinsettias can be troublesome as well, so make sure to keep them out of reach of animals. Tinsel and other holiday decorations also can be tempting for dogs to eat. Consuming them can cause intestinal blockages, sometimes requiring surgery. Keep any homemade ornaments, particularly those made from saltdough or other food-based materials, out of reach of pets.

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The holidays are perfect times for families to gather around the dinner table and enjoy a sumptuous meal together with hearty comfort foods and all the family favorites. But other than holidays, who has time for all the advance dinner prep? After a long day at work, school or wherever, just deciding what to have for dinner is challenging. The last thing you want to do when you get home is to spend time slicing, dicing and waiting for a meal to cook. So what are your options? Grabbing takeout on your way home is expensive. Popping a frozen dinner in the microwave is convenient, but not very healthy. Here are 10 tips to help you toss together a quick, healthy meal and take the stress out of dinnertime.

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Keep it simple. Soups and salads are great dinner options.

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going through my recipes, organizing and discarding, I thought about the foods that my family and I enjoy the most—simple, basic comfort foods.

Do breakfast for dinner. No matter what time of day, scrambled eggs, pancakes or hot cereal make a tasty, satisfying meal.

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Make a “two-fer,” a double batch of soup or a casserole over the weekend. Freeze half of it for a quick weekday meal.

associated with the nostalgic security of childhood. They think back to foods like mac-and-cheese or chicken soup served in Mom’s warm kitchen. But can these foods really deliver on their soul-

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HONEY for the Holidays by Anita Dualeh The Midwest is the highest honey-producing region in the country, according to the University of Minnesota Bee Lab. Thus, it’s not difficult to find locally-produced honey here in the Twin Cities. In fact, a quick search on the Minnesota Grown website lists 77 places in the state that produce and sell local honey.

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A Versatile Ingredient Finally, honey is a wonderful addition to a variety of sweet and savory dishes. It can sweeten salad dressings and breads, bring out the natural flavor of roasted vegetables, and add a special touch to grilled or roasted meat. Though it’s possible to swap honey in for some, if not all, of the sugar in recipes, you’ll get more predictable results if you select recipes that have been specifically developed with honey as an ingredient. Now that it’s baking season, you may want to try out this honey cake recipe, which has been adapted slightly from Marcy Goldman’s recipe in A Treasury of Jewish Holiday Baking. It’s warmly spiced and moist, with just the right density. Honey cake, as you may know, is traditionally served for the Jewish New Year, symbolizing the sweetness hoped for in the year to come. I’m not going to predict the future beyond saying that one piece of this cake will brighten the day of anyone with whom you share it.

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10:30pm The Joke Joint Comedy Club, Lilydale

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Snow Show ‘16

Becky Thompson & Old School

1:00pm Guthrie Theater, Mpls

9:00pm Lee’s Liquor Lounge, Mpls

Country Doctors

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6:00pm Myth, Maplewood

Battle of the Blues Bands

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2:00pm Eagles Club #34, Mpls

7:00pm Famous Dave’s BBQ & Blues Uptown, Mpls

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5:00pm Children’s Theatre Co., Mpls

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DEC 21 Home Free

5:00pm Palmer’s Bar, Mpls

6:30pm Northrop, Mpls

DEC 26 The Reluctant Dragon

7:00pm The Cedar Cultural Center, Mpls

Winter Solstice: Hope is the Thing with Feathers

1:00pm Old Log Theater, Excelsior

Alison Scott’s A Soulful Christmas

7:00pm Wisdom Ways at Carondelet Center, St. Paul

7:30pm New Century Theatre, Mpls

8th Annual Yuletide Sweater Ball

7:00pm Amsterdam Bar & Hall, St. Paul

Jake Gusto

Don Irwin Holiday Piano Concert

7:30pm 7th St. Entry, Mpls

7:30pm James J. Hill House, St. Paul

DEC 17 Low & Friends Christmas Proceeds to benefit Second Harvest Heartland

Hump Day Chronicles: Open Mic with Manny Duke 9:00pm Galactic Pizza, Mpls

7:00pm First Avenue, Mpls

DEC 22 Heyday: 35 Years of Music in Minneapolis Exhibit

Travis Anderson Trio

All Day – Mill City Museum, Mpls

7:00pm The Normandy Kitchen, Mpls

Roots Music Showcase

The Holy Rocka Rollaz

7:00pm The Underground Music Café, St. Paul

7:30pm Pepito’s Parkway Theater, Mpls

Vinyl Tap

SPCO Holiday Concerts: Handel’s Messiah

7:00pm Tin Whiskers Brewing Co., St. Paul

8:00pm Ordway Center, St. Paul

7:00pm The Hook and Ladder Theater & Lounge, Mpls

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SPCO Holiday Concerts: Handel’s Messiah

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2:00pm Ordway Center, St. Paul

8:00pm 7th St. Entry, Mpls

Mouldy Figs

Friday Night Jazz Series

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8:30pm The Nicollet, Mpls

Dan Rodriguez Holiday Show

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FitzFirst@Four F. Scott Fitzgerald Short Stories Discussion

7:30pm Grain Belt Brewery Warehouse, Mpls

DEC 27 Away in the Basement: Church Basement Ladies Christmas 1:00pm Plymouth Playhouse, Plymouth

Irving Berlin’s White Christmas 2:00pm Ordway Center, St. Paul

A Burlesque Nutcracker 8:00pm The Lab Theater, Mpls

DEC 28 The Soul of Gershwin: The Musical Journey of an American Klezmer 7:30pm Park Square Theatre, St. Paul

HUGE Wednesdays 8:00pm Huge Theater, Mpls

Reggae Happy Hour 10:00pm Red Sea, Mpls

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A Don’t Hug Me Christmas Carol

8:00pm Bryant-Lake Bowl Theater, Mpls

New Year’s Eve Rock ‘n’ Roll Show

2:00pm The Lab Theater, Mpls

DEC 19 Holiday Music Festival

7:00pm Boom Island Brewing Co., Mpls

8:00pm Brave New Workshop Downtown Stage, Mpls

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DEC 24 Farmers Market Folk Boom Room Jazz

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7:30pm Guthrie Theater, Mpls

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The Local Music Scene Presents John Genz

7:00pm Ames Center, Burnsville

JAN 1 A Burlesque Nutcracker

9:00pm Kitty Cat Klub, Mpls

9:00am-12:00pm Golden’s Café & Deli, St. Paul

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The Lion in Winter

5:00pm Icehouse, Mpls

All Day – Mall of America, Best Buy Rotunda

10:00pm The Corner Bar, Mpls

7:30pm First Avenue, Mpls 7:30pm Bunker Hills Golf Course, Coon Rapids

DEC 30 Lizz Winstead in Controversy 2016: The Year in Review 7:00pm The Cedar Cultural Center, Mpls

BoDeans 8:00pm Pantages Theatre, Mpls

4:00pm Common Good Books, St. Paul

Bruce Munro: Winter Light at the Arboretum 5:00pm-8:00pm U of MN Landscape Arboretum, Chaska

Rooftop Winter Wonderland Display 5:00pm-9:00pm Betty Danger’s, Mpls

JAN 2 Nordic Holidays: Celebrations of Light Exhibit All Day – American Swedish Institute, Mpls

Freedom of Xpression Open Mic 5:30pm-8:00pm Capri Theater, Mpls

Musical Mondays 7:00pm Hell’s Kitchen, Mpls

JAN 3 Fat Chance Jug Band & Friends 6:00pm Driftwood Char Bar, Mpls

Dan Newton’s Café Accordion Orchestra 6:00pm Loring Pasta Bar, Mpls

Dean Magraw & Davu Seru 7:00pm Black Dog Café, St. Paul

Beasley’s Big Band 7:00pm O’Gara’s Bar & Grill, St. Paul

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Rhythm and Red

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7:00pm-9:00pm Jungle Red Salon Spa & Gallery, Mpls

8:00pm Triple Rock Social Club, Mpls

JAN 19-22 Progressive Minneapolis Boat Show

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7:00pm In the Heart of the Beast Puppet & Mask Theatre, Mpls

All Day – Hennepin History Museum, Mpls

JAN 20 Fire & Ice Festival

Angels and Madams

The Death Comedy Jam 9:30pm Grumpy’s Bar & Grill, Mpls

JAN 5 Rise Up, O Men 1:00pm Plymouth Playhouse, Plymouth

1st Thursdays in the Arts District 5:00pm-9:00pm Northrup King Studios, Mpls

Soul Sounds Open Mic 6:00pm Golden Thyme Coffee & Café, St. Paul

Free Thursday Nights 6:00pm-9:00pm Walker Art Center, Mpls

JAN 6 #IMomSoHard 8:00pm Pantages Theatre, Mpls

Black Hearts Burlesque 8:30pm-10:00pm Lush Food Bar, Mpls

Are You Smarter Than a Zombie? 9:30pm Big Thrill Factory, Minnetonka

JAN 7 Minneapolis WinterSkate All Day Ice Skating – Loring Park, Mpls

North Star Roller Girls 7:00pm MN State Fairgrounds, St. Paul

The Greatest Comedy Show Ever 10:00pm Club Underground, Mpls

JAN 8 Resistance, Protest, Resilience Exhibit All Day – Minneapolis Institute of Art

Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School 2:00pm 331 Club, Mpls

Gil Shaham 3:00pm Ordway Center, St. Paul

Boy Kisses Comedy Showcase 7:30pm Universe Games, Mpls

JAN 9 Queens 7:00pm The Playwrights’ Center, Mpls

Potted Meet Mondays 7:00pm-10:00pm Elsie’s Banquet Room, Mpls

Trivia Night 8:00pm Nomad World Pub, Mpls

McNally Smith Mondays: Open Jam 8:30pm-10:30pm Golden’s Café & Deli, St. Paul

Drag Queen Game Night 6:30pm-10:00pm The Saloon, Mpls

Jake Ilika 7:00pm Harriet Brewing, Mpls

Art Garfunkel 7:30pm Pantages Theatre, Mpls

6:00pm-8:00pm Longfellow Park, Mpls

Family Fun Night 6:00pm-8:00pm Keewaydin Park, Mpls

Eric Church 8:00pm Target Center, Mpls

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Friday Night Jazz Series

10:00am-9:00pm Southdale Center, Edina

JAN 21 Roots Cellar Music Series: The Crow’s Delight

Big Money 7:30pm Park Square Theatre, St. Paul

Wayne Brady 8:00pm Mystic Lake Casino, Prior Lake

Devil’s Dance

8:30pm The Nicollet, Mpls

7:00pm University Baptist Church, Mpls

Flower Drum Song 7:30pm Park Square Theatre, St. Paul

JAN 27 Poken Sword 6:30pm 2001 A Space, Mpls

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7:00pm Alexander Ramsey House, St. Paul

Transatlantic Love Affair 7:30pm Guthrie Theater, Mpls

Rachel Platten 8:00pm Mystic Lake Casino, Prior Lake

FladCast 9:00pm Tuttle’s Eat Bowl Play, Hopkins

JAN 28 Mill City Winter Market 10:00am-1:00pm Mill City Museum, Mpls

Winter on the Hill 10:00am-4:00pm James J. Hill House, St. Paul

Sesame Street Live: Elmo Makes Music 10:30am, 2:00pm, 5:30pm Historic State Theatre, Mpls

10:00pm Ground Zero, Mpls

1964: The Tribute

JAN 14 Mill City Winter Market

8:00pm Ames Center, Burnsville

Kite Festival

JAN 22 Zacc Harris Trio

80’s Roller Disco

10:00am-1:00pm Mill City Museum, Mpls

One Voice Mixed Chorus: Out of the Shadows 2:00pm Ordway Center, St. Paul

Pavel Jany’s Talking Strings 6:00pm Loring Pasta Bar, Mpls

The Dinner Detective Murder Mystery Show 6:00pm Courtyard Marriott, Mpls

Kris Kristofferson 8:00pm Pantages Theatre, Mpls

Patti LaBelle

7:00pm Riverview Café & Wine Bar, Mpls

We Banjo 3 7:00pm The Cedar, Mpls

Charlie Parr 7:00pm Turf Club, St. Paul

JAN 24 Huey Mack 6:30pm Skyway Theatre, Mpls

8:00pm Huge Theater, Mpls

Hot Black Funky 8:30pm Whiskey Junction, Mpls

JAN 16 MLK Day Skate

Ragamala Dance Company: Written In Water 8:00pm The Cowles Center, Mpls

JAN 29 3rd Annual Crossriver Kosherfest

Washburn A Mill Tour

Batsheva Dance Company

Improv-A-Go-Go

8:00pm Orpheum Theatre, Mpls

7:00pm Hopkins Center for the Arts, Hopkins

JAN 15 Mythbusters: The Explosive Exhibition

7:00pm Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant, Mpls

Brian Regan

11:30am-2:30pm Temple of Aaron Synagogue, St. Paul

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Molly Tuttle Band

4:30pm-6:30pm Roller Garden, St. Louis Park

Rogue Valley

8:00pm Historic State Theatre, Mpls

All Day – Mall of America

1:00pm-5:00pm Lake Harriet Park, Mpls

7:00pm-8:30pm MN History Center, St. Paul 7:30pm Northrop, Mpls

Accordo: Silent Film Night

1:00pm-2:30pm Mill City Museum, Mpls

Sesame Street Live: Elmo Makes Music 1:00pm, 4:30pm Historic State Theatre, Mpls

Transatlantic Love Affair 1:00pm Guthrie Theater, Mpls

7:30pm Ordway Center, St. Paul

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JAN 25 Bear’s Den

7:00pm The Cedar, Mpls

7:00pm Fine Line Music Café, Mpls

JAN 26 The Cadillac Three 7:00pm Cabooze, Mpls

JAN 30 Open Mic Night 7:30pm Acme Comedy Co., Mpls

JT’s Jazz Implosion 9:00pm Icehouse, Mpls

Karaoke with Seneca

3:00pm-5:00pm Logan Park, Mpls

Dweezil Zappa: 50 Years of Frank

9:00pm Palmer’s Bar, Mpls

7:30pm Orpheum Theatre, Mpls

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Record Wranglers 10:00pm Lee’s Liquor Lounge, Mpls

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6:30pm Northrop Auditorium, Mpls

Minnesota Opera Presents: Diana’s Garden

8:00pm Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, Chanhassen

7:30pm Ordway Center, St. Paul

JAN 18 Northeast Winter Farmers Market

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JAN 31 Wells Fargo Winter Skate

4:00pm-7:00pm Solar Arts by Chowgirls, Mpls

JAN 26-29 U.S. Pond Hockey Championships

Loose Bearings & Sound Sayings Exhibit Cherry Glazerr

JAN 10 The Bodyguard

JAN 10-12 Northern Green Expo

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All Day – Rice Park, St. Paul

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JAN 11 Million Dollar Quartet Shark Feeding – Tropical Reef

6:00pm Target Center, Mpls

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7:00pm 7th St. Entry, Mpls

1:30-3:30pm Old Log Theater, Excelsior

JAN 19 The Lumineers

3:00pm Minnesota Zoo, St. Paul

Open Mic & Pop Up Museum

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Uptown Minneapolis is one of the hottest neighborhoods in the Twin Cities, full of trendy bars and restaurants, shops, cinemas, and of course, lakes. Take a winter grilling class at Kitchen Window or get wild at Cowboy Jack’s - whatever your speed, Uptown has you covered.

DINING There are a plethora of delicious dining options throughout the Uptown area showcasing both local and international cuisine. From American classics to exotic Thai dishes, this neighborhood has pretty much any type of food you could want. Make sure to check out one

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of Uptown’s hippest new restaurants, Ho-Ban, which features authentic Korean barbecue you make yourself. If you prefer something a little more traditional, Muddy Waters offers a unique spin on Midwestern favorites such as burgers and hot dogs. For a delicious treat anytime, Sebastian Joe’s and Milkjam Creamery both sell decadent ice cream with a Twin Cities twist.

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Congrats on your baby! I really hope you enjoyed sleeping – it might be months before you get to do that again. And you think I am joking… Sigh. I wish I were. Now that your sweet little muffin has arrived, you’ll need to start childproofing before your baby starts crawling, climbing, and walking – aka getting into absolutely everything that appears to be dangerous, you know, because that’s what babies like to do.

Lock up cleaning products.

Use baby gates, especially near stairs.

Use outlet covers throughout.

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of bookshelves or filing cabinets so they

Keep remotes and small electronics up high

coffee table, with bumpers.

aren’t top heavy.

Be cautious about placing furniture near

patio door lock. •

Use doorknob covers.

Invest in cabinet latches, a fridge lock, and a

Put floor lamps behind a chair or couch to hide the base and (help) eliminate the

Make sure heavy items are at the bottom

desire to climb it.

Secure your TV to the wall.

windows.

Baby Bathroom Etiquette & Confessions of a Mama: Even though I thought I had childproofed my apartment impeccably, my kid always found something that I had undoubtedly missed and liked to get into trouble with them. (When you haven’t slept in months and are extremely sleep deprived, things sometimes get overlooked.) So, get down to your baby’s eye level and look at everything that is in view and what would be tempting. These are the items you want to be sure to put away, lock up, or place up very high. You’ll thank me later. •

Get a baby tub for when they are little – you

use less water, and they get a kick out of it. •

Always use a good, naturally derived lotion to

Get a faucet cover for the bathtub.

keep your baby’s skin oh-so-soft after bath

Make sure all razors, shampoos, conditioners,

like a sponge – don’t use something fully

• •

Get a lid on your trash can, or better yet a locking lid. You’re welcome.

and soaps are up high and out of reach.

loaded with chemicals. Use cabinet locks for the vanity.

if the water temperature gets too hot.

time. Your baby’s skin absorbs everything

Purchase a rubber ducky that changes colors

Have towels ready (bonus points if it’s heated) – your baby will be freezing after the bath!

Invest in a bath wash that has essential

Make sure any nail polish or nail polish

oils or herbs – like lavender, chamomile, or

remover is out of sight and out of reach.

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Trust the Local Experts When planning your move, make sure to contact Quality Moving & Storage for a free estimate. They can help with storage, packing, hauling furniture, and much more. The friendly and expert team can help you and your valuables get to your new home safely - you don’t have to lift a finger! For more information, make sure to visit www.QualityTransfer.com or www. BoxElderServices.com or call 952-831-6800. Let Quality Moving & Storage or Box Elder Senior Services take care of everything - you’ll be glad you did.

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Senior Moving Services BoxElder Services is a full service, senior and upscale relocation company. We offer all you need to make your moving experience simple and organized. PREPPING & PACKING MOVING SERVICES HANDYMAN SERVICES (picture hanging, furniture assembly, shelving, rearranging etc.)

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