Touted as “the largest jazz event in the Twin Cities,” The Twin Cities Jazz Festival is back for its 16th year. With approximately 90 percent of the artists hailing from Minnesota, the event celebrates local music and talent. The Jazz Festival will take place in the heart of St. Paul at Mears Park, with food and beverage vendors lining the streets. Free. Mears Park, 221 E. 5th St., St. Paul; 651.209.7195; twincitiesjazzfestival.com
Education & Community
“Splash into Summer” with four days of fun at St. Louis Park’s Parktacular celebration. The activities include family fishing, water slides, live music and a food garden. This marks the first year that the Rock the Block party on Friday night will have free admission. The Grand Day Parade is the main event on Saturday and will be followed by “Kidtacular” activities that include a petting zoo and pony rides. Saturday will also feature a free concert with Beatles tribute band Rubber Soul. Free kayak and canoe rides will be available, as well as other fun activities. Most events are free.
This year the DNR is celebrating Arbor Day and Arbor Month by encouraging families to play in natural settings such as your backyard, a nearby woodlot, or forested area.
The 2014 State Arbor Month Celebration will be at Oak Hill Park in St. Louis Park. The event will give families a chance to play with nature, while watching some of the best tree climbers in the state compete at the Minnesota Tree Climbing Championship.
State Arbor Month Celebration Schedule:
Courtesy of the library’s most popular workshop, adults over 40 are invited to learn tips and tricks when starting a job search. Topics include how to crack the dilemma of wage and age, communicating across generations and using experience as a positive. Free. 1–3 p.m. St. Louis Park Library, 3240 Library Lane; 612.543.6125; hclib.org
Celebrate those who have fought and died for the United States. Gather with fellow St. Louis Park residents for a memorial and tribute. Free. 11 a.m., flag raising at noon. Veterans’ Memorial Amphitheater; 952.924.2540; stlouispark.org
More than 100 art and craft vendors, food vendors and kids’ activity stands are on to celebrate Hopkins’ Mainstreet Days. The Hopkins Area Jaycees sponsor a daylong event that includes train rides, balloon animals, food and much more. Free. 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Mainstreet between 8th and 11th Ave., Hopkins; mainstreetartsandcraftfair.weebly.com
The Hopkins Center for the Arts partners with Friends of the Hennepin County Library to present the final author in their 2013-14 Pen Pals series. Smith’s most recent collection of poetry, Life on Mars, won the Pulitzer Prize in 2012 and was a New York Times Notable Book of 2011. Balcony $40, main floor $50. Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 11 a.m. Hopkins Center for the Arts; 952.979.1111.
Readers of St. Louis Park Magazine have voted for their favorite people, places and services in an online readers' survey. For the second time ever, we will bring together the top three finalists from each of the featured categories from our community in a celebration, and we'll present awards to those who received the most votes. Whether you're a finalist, a representative of any local business or service, or just a proud member of the community, we hope you'll join us.
Whether you’re looking for a new job or an entirely new career, it never hurts to reevaluate your skills, resume and goals. This program will help you understand your employability, provide resume writing tips and learn about financial aid options. 612.543.6125.
The French Academy is hosting four spring open house sessions for kids and families interested in learning about French immersion education. Visitors can tour classrooms, meet with teachers and get to know current French Academy parents. No appointment necessary. 952.944.1930.