Education & Community

The Meaning of Empowerment: The Slippery Slope of Incapacity

Many baby-boomers worry about the care needs for an elderly parent.  Their parents may live with the uncertainty of chronic illness and disability and have a whole host of planning issues.  However, either caregivers are overwhelmed with conflicting information or don't know where to seek help.  Such a lack of information, or the wealth of conflicting information, adds to their anxiety about caring for an elderly parent.  Indeed, it takes a team to protect an elderly person and every aspect of planning should be addressed. Read more about The Meaning of Empowerment: The Slippery Slope of Incapacity

Pioneer Museum Tour–Long Lake

Join other seniors at the historic Long Lake School Museum. Built in 1917, the museum also features a log schoolhouse on the property and a general store that served western Hennepin County. Stick around after the tour for a delicious lunch at the Red Rooster Inn, which is famous for their tasty home cooking. Register by August 13. Member $18, non-member $22. 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Lenox Community Center, 6715 Minnetonka Blvd. #104; 952.928.6444; slpcommunityed.com Read more about Pioneer Museum Tour–Long Lake

National Night Out

Every year, Neighborhood Watch block captains throughout St. Louis Park organize block parties to celebrate National Night Out, a night dedicated to promoting crime prevention awareness in the community. Larger events will be held by neighborhood associations throughout the city. Come together with your neighbors to create and celebrate a safer community. Free. Times and locations vary; check website for details. 952.924.2500; stlouispark.org Read more about National Night Out

Operation Kidsafe Child Safety Event

Join Delmonico Dance, local law enforcement, first responders and Operation Kidsafe for a free child safety fair. There will be an ice cream truck for the kids.  Parents will receive a lifetime record of their child's digital fingerprints and a form that is ready to hand to law enforcement in an emergency, as well as valuable safety tips. Operation Kidsafe uses the latest equipment like the FBI and Secret Service. Read more about Operation Kidsafe Child Safety Event

Twin Cities Jazz Festival

Touted as “the largest jazz event in the Twin Cities,” The Twin Cities Jazz Festival is back for its 16th year. With approximately 90 percent of the artists hailing from Minnesota, the event celebrates local music and talent. The Jazz Festival will take place in the heart of St. Paul at Mears Park, with food and beverage vendors lining the streets. Free. Mears Park, 221 E. 5th St., St. Paul; 651.209.7195; twincitiesjazzfestival.com Read more about Twin Cities Jazz Festival

Parktacular 2014

“Splash into Summer” with four days of fun at St. Louis Park’s Parktacular celebration. The activities include family fishing, water slides, live music and a food garden. This marks the first year that the Rock the Block party on Friday night will have free admission. The Grand Day Parade is the main event on Saturday and will be followed by “Kidtacular” activities that include a petting zoo and pony rides. Saturday will also feature a free concert with Beatles tribute band Rubber Soul. Free kayak and canoe rides will be available, as well as other fun activities. Most events are free. Read more about Parktacular 2014

State Arbor Month Celebration and Minnesota Tree Climbing Championships

This year the DNR is celebrating Arbor Day and Arbor Month by encouraging families to play in natural settings such as your backyard, a nearby woodlot, or forested area.

The 2014 State Arbor Month Celebration will be at Oak Hill Park in St. Louis Park. The event will give families a chance to play with nature, while watching some of the best tree climbers in the state compete at the Minnesota Tree Climbing Championship.

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Jumpstart Your Job Search

Courtesy of the library’s most popular workshop, adults over 40 are invited to learn tips and tricks when starting a job search. Topics include how to crack the dilemma of wage and age, communicating across generations and using experience as a positive. Free. 1–3 p.m. St. Louis Park Library, 3240 Library Lane; 612.543.6125; hclib.org Read more about Jumpstart Your Job Search

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