Sports, Health & Wellness

Maple Grove Half Marathon, Relay & 5K

Join the Maple Grove Lions as they host their 8th annual Maple Grove Marathon and 5K race. The event is aimed towards providing a fun and enjoyable running and walking experience for all participants, regardless of age. Register online. All ages. Registration required. Saturday, 7a.m.

Adult Bird Hike

Leave the little kids at home for a morning of hiking the remote park areas and trails of the Eastman Nature Center in search of migratory birds. Aside from visually observing birds on this avian adventure, you will learn to identify a species based on their sounds and preferred habitats. Make sure to bring your smart phone, as there will be discussions about proper bird identification using the latest field guide applications to help identify any type of bird.

Wildflower Hike

The return of spring ushers in a world of change as wildflowers blossom throughout Maple Grove, and now you can become an expert at identifying these beautiful markers of spring and summer. Join seasoned naturalists on an afternoon hike to learn identification techniques that will allow you and your family to explore the many unique varieties of Minnesota’s wildflower species.

Hot Dash 5K & 10 Mile

Spring may be just around the corner, but tough Minnesotans know that to keep warm, you’ve got to keep moving. Runners from around the Twin Cities will brave the brisk weather to kick off their running season. Whether this is your hundredth race or you’re still learning to tie your tennis shoes (that’s right, kids, you can join, too!), be sure to join in the fun and the post-race party featuring classic Minnesota dishes, a lumberjack costume contest and a winter beard competition. $45–$65 until March 2; $51–$71 until race day. 9 a.m.

The Healing Power of Conscious Touch

Rediscover your center, find tranquility and improve your sleep. Try out a powerful holistic technique under the guidance of licensed nurse and massage therapist Sofiya Tsukerman. Combining healing touch therapy, yogic breathing, guided meditation and a soothing environment, Tsukerman’s method promotes physical and spiritual revitalization.

Presentation: Nurtured Heart Approach

The Osseo Area Source of Information and Support (OASIS) offers monthly discussions for parents, guardians and childcare professionals. This month’s parent-education presentation comes from grief counselor Marc A. Markell, PhD, who will discuss his Nurtured Heart Approach to dealing with difficult behaviors. Dr. Markell’s methodology suggests that a gentle, encouraging and positively-oriented educational environment can help foster a child’s strengths, enhance self-image and lead to greater success in life. Childcare is available on site. Free. 6:30–8:30 p.m.

Nature Hike with Santa

Rudolph and Co. are hungry. They’re going to need a lot of food to fuel their big flight in a few weeks, and there’s nothing up north but snow, snow and more snow. After the quest for reindeer feed, enjoy one-on-one time with the big guy, along with some festive crafts. Write and embellish a letter to Santa, craft holiday decorations for your tree, and learn to make edible ornaments which you can offer to your backyard squirrels. Call to reserve before December 10. Ages 3 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult. $7 children; $3 adults; 10 a.m.–noon and 1–3 p.m.

5K Run—Autumn Woods Classic

Run through prairies and wooded areas on this 5K and 10K course. Family activities available—including music, a climbing wall, face painting, crafts and more. First 400 1K runners receive free mini pumpkins. Registration required. $25. 8:30 a.m.–noon. Elm Creek Park Reserve, 12400 James Deane Parkway; 763.694.7700; threeriversparks.org

Medina Grand Opening

Kalla Lily Salon and Spa will host a Grand Opening to celebrate the addition of their newest location!

The Medina Grand Opening will feature: goody bags with product samples, complimentary mini spa and salon treatments, product promotions, the opportunity to reserve a future appointment, gift card specials, and prize giveaways. There will also be appetizers and wine available!

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