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Showing posts from July, 2012

Local Artist Denyse Pahl-Jones Displays Handmade Native Regalia at City Hall

If you or your children have ever had their face painted at Wood Lake Nature Center or Wagner's Greenhouse, chances are you've been touched by one of our great local artists.   Denyse Pahl-Jones was born and raised in Richfield and continues to live and create right here in our community. In addition to face painting, Denyse has made her mark around town by assisting in the mural on the side of the Broadway Pizza building and who hasn't stretched their arms to compare their wingspan to native birds in our region at Wood Lake Nature Center? Denyse painted those beautiful birds. Denyse's artistic nature surfaced very early in life at age 4 when she loved drawing muscular running horses with feathered manes.  Denyse began painting and working with Native American materials and images at the early age of 13 years.  She painted on Buckskin bicycle handlebars. Over the years, First Nation elders have taught Denyse the essential relationship between the spirit

U is for Unicorns

This summer we've made the focus of our Alphabet Summer around magical and mythical creatures . Last year we hosted 10 craft camps for the neighborhood kids which was nearly one every week.  Because I've started taking care of a very busy one-year-old in addition to my two daughter to earn some additional income, I knew it would be too much to coordinate that many craft camps so I decided to offer once a month instead.  Our first camp had only two children and was all about Gnomes . Yesterday we held our second craft camp of the summer by celebrating the letters U and P .  Unicorns were the magical and mythical creature of the day and because we had such a big crowd of 11 children, I hired one of my favorite 13-year-olds to help me out and was blessed to have one of the moms who stayed to help with the last three crafts of the day. We kicked off the craft camp by learning about unicorns with a few books from the library. Then we learned The Unicorn Song wri

'F' is for Free & Frugal Family Fun: Month of July 2012

Order a copy of Alphabet Summer: Celebrating Life One Letter at a Time on Kindle. Prime Members can borrow it for free for a limited time. FIREWORKS MN Fireworks Edina - 4801 West 50th Street Richfield - 64th Street and Portland Avenue Richfield's Fourth of July Events   Calendar of Events Minneapolis Fourth of July Events Minneapolis Movies and Music in the Parks Lake Harriet Band Shell Sun, July 1, 2:00 PM, Spruce Top Review Sun, July 1, 5:30 PM, Minneapolis Pops Orchestra Mon, July 2, 7:30 PM, Matt Griswold Tues, July 3, 7:30 PM, Dean Harrington's Mill City Hot Club Gypsy Wed, July 4, 7:30 PM, Retro Groove Thurs, July 5, 7:30 PM, The Flyin' A's Rockin' Fri, July 6, 7:30 PM, The Snaps Pure Americana Rock Sat, July 7, 7:30 PM, Minneapolis Pops Orchestra Sun, July 8, 2:00 PM, Wolff Jabbr Sun, July 8, 5:30 PM, Minneapolis Pops Orchestra Mon, July 9, 7:30 PM, Jazz on the Prairie Big Band Tues, July 10, 7:30 PM, St. Louis Park Community Band Wed, Ju