The Godfrey House, Minneapolis’ oldest surviving wood frame house built in 1849, will host the 31st Annual Dandelion Day Celebration, Sunday, May 19, 1-4 pm, in Chute Square in Minneapolis, 28 University Ave. SE.
Dandelion Day celebrates Harriet Godfrey’s introduction of dandelion seeds to the St. Anthony Falls area. Learn how to make dandelion necklaces, bracelets and crowns, just as Helen Godfrey did as a child. Have a dandelion painted on your cheek or chin, or get a temporary tattoo. Take home a complimentary recipe booklet which includes recipes for dandelion tea, salad, jelly, soup and wine, and learn other ways “teeth of the lion” were used throughout history. Take a guided tour of the charming yellow Ard Godfrey House with hostesses dressed in 1850s period costume. There will also be free Godfrey buttons for the kids. Admission is free, but donations are welcome.
Restored by The Woman’s Club of Minneapolis, the House has been open to the public since 1979. Dandelion Day marks the beginning of the summer tour season at the Ard Godfrey House. Dress appropriately for the weather, as there may be waiting lines outside. Tours are available June 1-Aug. 31, Saturdays and Sundays only, 1-4 pm. No admission fee is charged, but donations are welcome.
Private group tours may be arranged year ‘round for a fee. Info: 612-781-8791, womansclub.org. The Ard Godfrey House is partially wheelchair accessible on the main floor, but has the restrictions of a historic home. Call Muriel 612-781-8791 one week in advance to make arrangements for guests with special needs.
Little Voyageurs’ Montessori School will host their 13th annual spaghetti dinner, silent auction, and raffle drawing on Friday, April 26, at St. Timothy’s Lutheran Church, 825 51st Ave. NE, Columbia Heights. Dinner will be served from 5-7. The silent auction closes at 7:30. Dinner tickets are $10 each and $5 for children 12 and under.
Activities include a bouncy house, face painting, and carnival games. There will also be a fire truck and a police cruiser for children to explore while having the opportunity to interact with firefighters and a police officer. The silent auction has a variety of items including: zoo and water park passes, gift baskets, vouchers for a variety of classes and activities (includes Escape Room, Battle Axed, Arthur Murray dancing), certificates for dining, entertainment, and much more. The raffle drawing will be held at 7:30 pm for over 60 prizes including a gift certificate for R. J. Moeller. Need not be present to win. Raffle tickets ($2) are available at the dinner.
CommunityFEST, Saturday, Sept. 29, 11 am-5 pm. Boom Island park, 724 Sibley Ave. NE, Mpls. Join the Minneapolis Public Schools Community Education department as they celebrate 50 years the only way they know how, with food, fun and friends. This event is free and open to the public. Enjoy, music, stage performances, community partners, food trucks, activities for kids/youth and onsite adult enrichment classes. Info: commed.mpls.k12.mn.us/community_fest.html.
Target and national non-profit KaBOOM! awarded Washburn Center for Children a $15,930 grant to purchase an Imagination Playground in a Cart™, an innovative playground equipment system. The portable play equipment will be unveiled at “The Washburn Games,” a day designed to highlight the importance of children’s physical and mental wellness. More than 500 kids, ages 4-12 and their families, play 15 athletic activities, including baseball, yoga, soccer and lacrosse along with the new Imagination Playground in a noncompetitive environment, all to raise money and support to their peers struggling with depression, anxiety, loss or trauma. Local experts from the Minnesota Cricket Association, InnerCity Tennis, Tony Sanneh Foundation, and National Karate are attending to teach basic sports skills. The seventh annual Washburn Games are on Sunday, Sept. 25, 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. with the closing ceremonies and prize giveaways starting at 4 p.m. at Bryn Mawr Meadows Park located at 601 Morgan Ave S, Minneapolis.