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.
Sports, Health & Wellness
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
Canvas Health, in partnership with the Minnesota military and veteran communities, presents the Heroes for Hope fun run.
The fun run will include superhero-themed obstacles on the course, a bounce house, lemonade stand run by military children, face painting and more.
Ken Barlow, KSTP meteorologist and mental health advocate, will be the event's keynote speaker. The event will raise awareness of statewide crisis resources.
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.
Life Time Tri Maple Grove welcomes elite and avid triathletes, amateurs and everyone in between to participate in this triathlon through Weaver Lake Park. The course crosses Maple Grove, Plymouth and Corcoran. While courses have been carefully designed with safety in mind, it is recommended that participants familiarize themselves with each route prior to race day. Awards will be given to the top three male and female triathletes in each age category, and all participants receive a t-shirt and a finisher’s medal. $109-140. 5 a.m.