Education & Community

More Free eBooks @ Your Library

Thanks to a new partnership between the Metropolitan Library Services Agency  (MELSA) and 3M Library Systems, users of the 100 metro public libraries in the seven-country metro now have free and fast access to thousands of additional eBooks.

To celebrate there will be a demonstration open to the public at the George Latimer Central Library in downtown St. Paul at 9 a.m. on Thursday, September 4 and pop-up stands providing more information at Park and Rides and Farmers’ Markets.

Global Folk: Flamenco!

Instead of traveling to Spain, you can attend an authentic flamenco concert courtesy of Michael Hauser, a flamenco guitar expert who has performed all around the world. An hour of upbeat and lively music awaits those whose interest is piqued by multicultural musical experiences. Free, registration required. 2-3 p.m. Edina Library, 5280 Grandview Square; 612.543.6325;

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.

Who's Watching Mom?

A home may be a refuge and a sanctuary from a world that is far less accomodating than most of us think.  One’s home may reflect years of memories,  enjoyment, comfort, and safty.  Although the vast majority of people express a desire to remain at home and receive care at home as they age, few individuals make the express directions or take the necessary advance steps required to effectuarte their desire.

Video Game Design

For the gamer in the family, this two-day course offers students a hands-on lesson in video game design and development. Participants will not only learn the basics of video game design, but they will produce their own interactive video games. Ages 10-17. $175-193. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Edina Art Center, 4701 W. 64th St.; 952.903.5780;

Cliff Brunzell Dinner and Tribute

The "Brunzell/Golden Strings" program, written by Cliff Brunzell a month before he passed away, will be performed by four musicians who have played with Cliff over a long period of time. Performers include: Clyde Anderson, string bass player; Brian Sundberg, violinist; Carolyn Boulley, violinist; and Skeets Langley on accordion. Each of the musicians will share a brief personal memory of Cliff.

Call Erling Husby at 651-484-5780 or Merle Tinglestad at 763-422-0202 for more information.

ACT on Alzheimer's - Edina

Edina will be holding a kickoff event celebration in conjunction with ACT on Alzheimer's to learn more about how our community can work together to improve the lives of people living with Alzheimer's and their caregivers. The kickoff event will be on Tuesday, June 10 at The Waters of Edina.

To register, visit and search keyword Alzheimer's or course #3001. Or call 952.848.3952.

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.


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