Education & Community

Tails for Reading

Elementary school-aged children are invited to spend time reading aloud to specially trained therapy dogs. Reading aloud to pets in a judgment-free zone is a great way to build a child’s confidence. Free. 10:30 a.m.–noon. Chaska Library, 3 City Hall Plaza, Chaska; 952.227.7615; carverlib.org

In Laura’s House: Weaving

Travel back in time to Laura’s simpler era—you know, that Laura (Ingalls Wilder, we mean). Weave on a loom, make heart-shaped cookies, and play fox and geese in a snowy field. Reservations required. Children 17 and younger must be accompanied by a registered adult. $5–$6. 9:30 a.m.–noon. Lowry Nature Center, 7025 Victoria Drive, Victoria; 763.694.7650; threeriversparks.org

Orchid Exhibit

Enjoy more than 525 orchids on display in a large, tree-like formation in the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum’s Oswald Visitor Center. Free, with arboretum admission. Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, 3675 Arboretum Drive, Chaska; 952.443.1400; arboretum.umn.edu

Celtic Holiday Hooley

Take a night off from your regular Wednesday night plans and join the Chanhassen Dinner Theatres for the Celtic Holiday Hooley. Bring the entire family for step dancing, music, stories and Irish music. $40, $55 with dinner. 6 p.m. dinner, 8:15 p.m. show. Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, 501 W. 78th St., Chanhassen; 952.934.1525; chanhassentheatres.com

Geminid Meteor Shower

This is one of the best meteor showers of the year, and many telescopes will be set up to view the moon, Orion Nebula, Jupiter, and more. Astronomer Mike Lynch from WCCO Radio will be on-site, and everyone who attends will receive a celestial photograph to take home. Register online. $15. 10–11:58 p.m. Staring Lake Observatory, 13765 Staring Lake Parkway, Eden Prairie; 952.949.8479; edenprairie.org

Who's Watching Mom?

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. 

Evening with the Watershed

The Evening with the Watershed is a semiannual event hosted by the Riley Purgatory Bluff Creek Watershed District.

Do you live, work, or play in the district? You are invited to a free evening of talks, refreshments, and stewardship. Come learn what has been happening in and around the district, and how you can become involved. Appetizers provided.

Program

Star Watch: Astronomy in the November Sky

Astronomers at the Staring Lake Observatory open the roof to explain all the constellations in the fall sky. Dress appropriately. $7, register online. 5:30–7 p.m. Staring Lake Observatory, 13765 Staring Lake Pkwy., Eden Prairie; 952.949.8300; edenprairie.org

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