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West End resident Bonnie Young's fairy garden was featured on the West End Neighbors' Garden and History Tour in 2017. The annual event will return from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, September 12. For more information, see the Exhibits listing below. Photo by Brad Stauffer


Pianist Kathryn Lien will perform on Sep­tember 6 as part of Lex-Ham Community Arts’ free Sunday Soirée series beginning at 5 p.m. every Sunday outside of the home at 1184 Portland Ave. Featured in the following weeks will be members of the Lex-Ham Community Band on September 13 and a staged reading of Over the River and Through the Woods by Joe DiPietro on September 20. Audience members are asked to bring their own chairs and physically distance.


Peter Geye and his novel, Northernmost, will be featured in a free online discussion at 4 p.m. Tuesday, September 8, through Next Chapter Booksellers, 38 S. Snelling Ave. To register, visit or call 651-225-8989.

Writing in the Open, a workshop for aspiring writers in any genre, will be con­ducted by Vic Klimoski from 9-11:30 a.m. Saturday, September 12, at Silverwood Park, 2500 County Road E in Saint Anthony. A poet from Highland Park, Klimoski is former dean of the School of Divinity at the University of Saint Thomas. The cost is $30. For more information or to register, call 651-777-7251 or visit


Love is the main ingredient in every brew at The Cafe, choreography by Regina Peluso and Collide Theatrical Dance Company that will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, September 25 and 26, in the parking lot on the east side of the Annex building, 550 N. Vandalia St. Follow the adventures of more than a dozen characters as they navigate the pitfalls and pinnacles of modern-day relationships. Told entirely through dance and music, the 60-minute show stars Renee Guittar, Rush Benson, Regina Peluso, Patrick Jeffrey, Jarod Boltjes, Chelsea Rose and Betsy Nelson. Watch the drama in person or register for a link to the live stream online. Tickets are $25, $15 for those age 18 and under. Visit or call 1-888-718-4253.


“Votes for Women,” a Minnesota Historical Society exhibit commem­o­rating the adop­tion of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Consti­tu­tion that on August 26, 1920, granted women the right to vote, is now on view at Developed in partnership with the League of Women Voters, the exhibit tells the inspiring stories of more than 40 Minnesota women who took their civic duty to heart. 

The West End Neighbors’ Garden and History Tour returns from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, September 12, but this year with masks, social distancing and other health protocols in place. Eight residential gardens will be open for viewing in a three-block area near the High Bridge. Four points of historic interest will also be part of the tour, including the north end of the High Bridge, Waldmann Brewery & Wurstery, Hope Breakfast Bar and Little Sisters of the Poor.  Tour maps are available at the West Seventh/Fort Road Federation’s new offices in the Keg & Case complex, 928 W. Seventh St. This year’s tour also includes the free distribution of a 100-page history of the West End, the city of Saint Paul and the state of Minnesota from 1840-1940. For more information, visit, call 651-699-6995 or email


Virtual Family Day, free concerts and art experiences in the mold of the Flint Hills Family Festival, are being presented online by the Ordway through September 7. The program includes Sons of Mystro, two brothers who use their violins to interpret reggae classics, American pop and their own creations; jazz artists Dan and Claudia Zanes; the Native American dances, regalia and music of Native Pride Arts; and the Mexican folk dance group Los Alegres Bailadores. Visit

The Bell Museum Planetarium, 2088 W. Larpenteur Ave. in Falcon Heights, has reopened with two programs: “Minnesota Night Sky” and “Out of This World,” putting the spotlight on Mars as NASA’s Perseverance rover heads for a February 2021 landing on the red planet. The planetarium is operating at 25 percent capacity for safe physical dis­tancing with extra time between shows for cleaning. Tickets are only available in advance at A face mask is required for all visitors over age 2.

The Twin City Model Railroad Museum has reopened at 25 percent capacity between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturdays. Visitors are required to follow a route through the museum, keep a distance of 6 feet from anyone outside their household and wear face masks (age 3 and older). Tickets must be purchased in advance at The cost is $11.94, free for children age 4 and under, $25 for a family of three and $30 for a family of four. Visit


Diesel Heart, a work-in-progress by Brian Grandison based on the memoir of former Saint Paul police officer Melvin Carter Jr., will be presented online from September 4-10 in a staged reading by the History Theatre. The father of Saint Paul Mayor Melvin Carter III, Carter grew up in Saint Paul’s Rondo neighborhood in the 1950s and ’60s. The Zoom program will include the reading, a short interview with the creative team and a live discussion with the audience. Tickets are $15-$50 per show. Visit

“Stream of Consciousness,” improv­isa­tional comedy by “Whose Line Is It Anyway” veterans Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood, will be presented live online by the Ordway at 7 p.m. Friday, September 11. Mochrie and Sherwood rely on their lightning-quick wits to keep the laughter rolling in a show that is directed by audience suggestion. Only 200 tickets are available for the virtual audience. They cost $36 per device. Visit


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Ramsey County Master Gardeners is offering advice on gardening problems, information about best garden practices and help identifying plants and insects from 11 a.m.-noon on Saturdays in September via Zoom. To join the conversation, visit or call 651-372-8299 and enter meeting ID 976 9690 3081. For information, visit the Ramsey County Master Gardener website at


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