The holiday season can be one of the most stressful times of the year. Take a step back and relax at this movement and meditation class, which cultivates inner peace and quiet through yoga poses and breathing techniques. $29, registration required. 7:15–8:30 p.m. Midwest Karate & Yoga Association, 3941 Meadowbrook Road, Mpls.; 612.272.1238; slpcommunityed.com Read more about Movement and Meditation: De-stress for the Holidays
Sports, Health & Wellness
The courses for all distances start and finish at Minnehaha Park, winding along the Mississippi River. This race inspires strength, courage and perseverance and recognized by ESPN as one of the top five women’s races in the country. Choose from a 5K, 10K or 10-mile run or a 1-mile girls’ race. Proceeds benefit the Ann Bancroft Foundation Dare to Dream grants and the CREW Network Foundation. Prices and times vary. Minnehaha Park, 4801 Minnehaha Ave. S., Mpls.; Register online at womenrunthecities.com. Read more about Women Run the Cities Race
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
Sponsored by 3rd Lair Skate Park, the seventh annual Skateboard Series welcomes participants of all ages and abilities to compete against other skateboarders from across the Twin Cities. Winners of each division will receive passage to the Midwest Melee, held at 3rd Lair toward the end of summer. Registration available at event. Free. 5–7 p.m. The Skate Park, 3700 Monterey Drive, St. Louis Park; 763.797.5283. 3rdlair.com/summerseries Read more about Summer Skateboard Series
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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One of Golden Valley’s most successful fundraisers is just around the corner. Challenge yourself to race or sign up to stroll with family and friends. Funds raised will benefit the Golden Valley Human Services Fund. 763.512.2344. Read more about Run the Valley 5K Race/Walk, 10K Race
When was the last time you hit the gym for a pick-up game? Schedule time this spring to shoot some hoops with this open league. There’s no need to organize teams. Just bring your own ball and come ready to play. 6–9 p.m. 952.928.6061. Read more about Adult Open Basketball
2014’s inaugural NCAA Division I men’s ice hockey championship tournament will be held right here at the Target Center. Four games will be played over two days: the two semi-final match-ups on day 1, then the third-place game and championship game on day 2. Read more about 2014 National Collegiate Hockey Conference Frozen Faceoff
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day early this year, and join Twin Cities in Motion at Lake Harriet for a 5K or 10-mile race around the lake, starting and finishing near the landmark bandshell. If you dress up you’ve got a chance to win a prize, so don’t forget your green! Make sure to check out the post-race party at Cooper Irish Pub in St. Louis Park. Read more about 100 Percent Irish for a Day 5K and 10-mile Race
Parades are always fun, but sometimes it feels like you have to set aside an entire day to attend. Not today. The “world’s shortest parade” begins at the Hopkins Elks Lodge and will travel all the way to the American Legion, five blocks (a half-mile) away. Keep an eye out for St. Patrick’s Day buttons, $1 at participating stores along the parade’s path, including Driskill’s and Hopkins Tavern on Main. Stop by the Elk’s Lodge with your button for a free hot dog, chips and drink. Read more about The World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade