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Through Sept. 30

Landmark Center St. Paul

Better Angels Outdoor Art Installation

Several hundred pinwheels in shades of blue and white, re-engineered to resemble angel wings, have been strung on horizontal steel wires for movement in the wind. Visitors can enter the arched structure, which creates a “cloud tunnel,” to experience the moving wings.

When: Through Sept. 30

Where: Landmark Plaza, St. Paul

Cost: FREE


Oct. 6

The Embattled Vote in America

The Embattled Vote in America

Allan Lichtman of American University will explore how Americans have fought and died for the right to vote — yet the world’s oldest continuously operating democracy guarantees the franchise to no one, not even citizens.

When: 6:30 p.m. Oct. 6

Where: Zoom

Cost: Free, but advanced registration required.


Oct. 10-Dec. 12

Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts

Home of Memories: Portraits and Stories of Iraqi Minnesotans

The Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project (IARP) presents an exhibition exploring homemaking and memories in the portraits of Iraqi Minnesotans by Iraqi Minnesotan photographers Ahmed Alshaikhli and Jaafar Alnabi.

When: Oct. 10-Dec. 12; opening reception featuring Iraqi music and refreshments 1-4 PM Oct. 10

Where: Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts, Fridley; a virtual exhibition, including a 3-D walkthrough, is also available.

Cost: Free


Oct. 15-Dec. 7


Medicare Open Enrollment

During this period you can switch from Original Medicare to Medicare Advantage (or vice versa), switch Medicare Advantage plans, switch Medicare Part D plans or buy a Part D plan.

When: Oct. 15-Dec. 7

Where: Online

Cost: Varies


Oct. 17-18

Jewelry and Accessory Makers Mart Online Fall 2020

Jewelry and Accessory Makers Mart Online Fall 2020

Shop from a collection of one-of-a-kind products made by local artists. Walker Art Museum embers shop first during an exclusive 24-hour preview Oct. 16 and enjoy a 10% discount.

When: Oct. 17-18

Where: Walker Art Museum website

Cost: Free


Oct. 25

Jeanne Robertson

Minneapolis Comedy Festival: Jeanne Robertson

76-year-old Jeanne Robertson tours nationally and appears regularly on the Grand ‘Ole Opry with a family-friendly brand of comedy. 

When: 3 p.m. Oct. 25

Where: Pantages Theatre, Minneapolis

Cost: $29.50-$99.50



Como Zoo and Conservatory

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory

Como Zoo remains closed, but the attached conservatory is open as a one-way walking path beginning at the Japanese Garden gate. Reserva- tions are required and face masks are mandatory.

When: Ongoing

Where: Como Park, St. Paul

Cost: FREE; online reservations are required.



American Swedish Institute
American Swedish Institute

American Swedish Institute

The Turnblad Mansion’s museum reopened to the public Sept. 11 with requirements for face coverings and advanced registration.

When: Ongoing

Where: American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis

Cost: $12 adults, $8 ages 62+, $6 ages 6-18 and full-time students, FREE for children under age 6


Here are a few ideas to help you pass the time as you wait it out at home.

Visit virtually: Social distancing doesn’t have to mean loneliness. Take full advantage of video-chat technology to communicate often with friends and family. Don’t worry if your hair isn’t pretty. Connecting is more important than being impressive right now. At the very least, keep in touch by increasing phone calls, texts and emails to family and friends, who are also hungry for interaction!

Seek help: If you feel overwhelmed by what’s happening or if you’re suffering from anxiety, isolation or depression, call the national Disaster Distress Helpline 800-985-5990 (open 24 hours a day).

Catch up on the classics: Instead of idly flipping through TV, make your couch time a cultural event. Scan through a list of history’s greatest American movies — according to the American Film Institute. Take note of the ones you haven’t seen and look for streaming versions on Netflix, Amazon Prime or even YouTube.

Go international: If you’re interested in world cinema, check out the list from the British Film Institute. To see many of these you’ll have to stray beyond streaming services: True cinephiles will find a subscription to well worth it.

Turn on local radio: Jazz88 (88.5FM) and The Current (89.3FM) feature live broadcasters, sending comforting messages of hope, plus uplifting music (versus the latest COVID-19 analysis). Whether you stream these stations online or turn on an actual radio, it’s lovely to have a live local voice filling the house.

Listening care package: The On Being Project — a Minneapolis-based, nation- ally renowned podcast and radio show — has compiled A Listening Care Package for Uncertain Times, including podcasts and poetry to help folks process the pandemic. We promise you’ll enjoy the soothing voice (and gentle soul) of host/ founder Krista Tippett.

Catch some Baseball: You can at least watch six ballgames’ worth (that’s 18 hours) of Ken Burns’ Baseball documentary for free. It’s available on and on many streaming services.

Check out ebooks: You may not be able to visit your library, but you can check out some of the thousands of ebooks ready for download. In Hennepin County and St. Paul you can gain access through an app called Libby; the Ramsey and Dakota County systems use cloudLibrary; Anoka County Library offers its own app.