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  • An Evening with Jodi Livon

    Intuition is more than a buzz word. Every single one of us is intuitive. We have all experienced a knowing feeling, a gut instinct, or a dream foretelling a future event. Jodi will answer questions about everything intuition-related as well as conduct gallery-style-readings on spontaneously chosen audience members.This event will be held in the Deephaven Room at the Minnetonka Community Education Center (4584 Vine Hill Rd, Excelsior 55331)
  • Bird Walk

    Join us as we explore the Wayzata parks for the purpose of observing and identifying wild birds in their natural surroundings. The walks are led by Alex Sundvall, Minnesota Ornithologists’ Union Young Birder Award winner for 2016.
  • Fundamentals of Fiction Writing

    This course focuses on understanding seven basic principles of excellence in creative writing: artistic vision, conflict, captivating story, compelling characters, emotion, mystery, and showing versus telling. Students will independently complete short writing exercises designed to illustrate how each of these literary techniques is achieved.In addition, excerpts from published literary works will be studied to gain an understanding of how successful authors master each of these techniques. Both the instructor and fellow students will critique each student’s responses to the writing drills.
  • History and Tea

    Join military historian Dan Hartman for tea, coffee and history. This series will focus on history through informative lectures and discussions in an informal setting. Come to all four discussions or choose the topics that interest you.The Holocaust in Europe A genocide in which millions European Jews were killed by Adolf Hitler's Nazi Germany and the World War II collaborators. French Revolution and the Reign of Terror The French Revolution overthrew the monarchy, established a republic, experienced violent periods of political turmoil, and brought many of its principles to Western Europe and beyond. Reconstruction in the South The term Reconstruction Era covers the history of the country from 1865 to 1877 following the American Civil War. This discussion will focus on the attempted transformation of the southern United States from 1863 to 1877, as directed by Congress.The Russian Revolution The Russian Revolution was a pair of revolutions in 1917 which dismantled the Tsarist autocracy and led to the rise of the Soviet Union. 
  • Lost and Found: A Writing Workshop

    Take your stories of loss--of a person, a thing, a hobby, a dream--and put them to creative use. Participants will leave with a fresh piece of writing, new connections to their neighbors, and a reminder of how the empty spaces left by loss insist we grow to fill them. This workshop will be structured around short readings, in-class writing exercises, and affinity group building. Emily Brisse is a 2018 fiscal year recipient of an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.
  • Minnesota Starwatch Party with Mike Lynch

    A night with the stars, constellations, planets, star clusters, nebulae and more. We’ll head outside to get close up views of celestial wonders in our night skies using large reflecting telescopes.Make the stars your old friends as we watch the great celestial show in the skies over Minnetonka. The night starts off with an indoor orientation followed by quality time outside under the heavens. Get to know the constellations like The Big Bear, Cygnus the Swan, Pegasus the Winged Horse, and some of their great stories behind them. We’ll also use large reflecting telescopes, including two giant 20 inch reflectors that are among the biggest mobile telescopes in Minnesota for close up views of celestial wonders in our night skies. For some telescope targets it’s even possible to take photos with cell phone cameras.You’ll get a great handout packet with user-friendly star maps and constellation charts, websites, a telescope-buying guide and more!
  • Writers' Workshop

    Designed to assist writers who are working, or beginning to work, on a specific creative writing project, including short stories, novels, memoirs, and biographies. Writing will be critiqued by the instructor and fellow writers based on adherence to seven principles of literary excellence.The workshop will also cover editing techniques, writer’s block, and publishing opportunities. Writing will be critiqued on the seven principles of literary excellence: vision and imagination, conflict, captivating story, compelling characters, emotion, mystery, and showing versus telling. There are two prerequisites for registration in this workshop: 1) all students must have a specific writing project in progress or ready in mind and must be committed to working on the project during the workshop, and 2) all students must either have completed Fundamentals of Fiction Writing or obtain an exemption from the instructor.