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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
Nov. 15, 22, 23
Transatlantic Chapters: An Exploration of German-American Connections
The Germanic-American Institute is presenting the exhibit and film, Stars and Stripes Over the Rhine, along with related talks on the subject of American involvement in post-WWI and WWII Germany.
When: Exhibit: Nov. 15, 22; virtual talk Nov. 23; film available online any time
Where: Exhibit: Online or at The Germanic-American Institute, St. Paul; virtual talks via Zoom; film via gai-mn.org/Chapters
Nov. 19-Jan. 4
British Arrows Greatest Hits
A collection of the most inventive ads compiled from more than 40 years of British Arrows Awards will be shown online.
When: Dec. 24-Jan. 1
Where: The Walker Art Museum website
Cost: $12 per household
Dec. 2-6, 9-13
Rock & Roll Xmas Spectacular
This multimedia show mixes rock hits of the 1970s to today with stories and parodies of favorite yuletide songs.
When: Dec. 2-6, 9-13
Where: Chanhassen Dinner Theatres
Cost: $58; includes dinner
Women’s Art Festival
This live virtual event will be an interactive webpage where customers can browse participating vendors, click to enter their live booths and interact with the vendors face-to-face through chat rooms. There will also be musical performances and vendor demonstrations.
When: 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Dec. 12
Oct. 10-Dec. 12
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.
Dec. 24-Jan. 1
Minnesota Boychoir Holiday Concert
The popular Sundays at Landmark event will be broadcast online this year.
When: Dec. 24-Jan. 1
Where: The Landmark Center website
An Evening with Ella
The Minnesota Jazz Orchestra’s Chamber Ensemble joins Courtney Burton in celebrating Ella Fitzgerald, the most popular female jazz singer in America for over 50 years. Face coverings will be required at all times and groups will be separated by empty seats.
When: Dec. 31
Where: Minnesota Masonic Heritage Center, Bloomington
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.
Where: Como Park, St. Paul
Cost: FREE; online reservations are required.
American Swedish Institute
The Turnblad Mansion’s museum reopened to the public Sept. 11 with requirements for face coverings and advanced registration.
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 CriterionChannel.com 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 pbs.org/show/baseball 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.