TC Weekend | Twin Cities Jazz Fest, Twin Cities Pride Fest, Beer Dabbler, MN Food Truck Fair and more!

Updated: 6/27/2014 2:19 pm

 

Can you believe we're almost at the end of June? Time flies, so spend it wisely -- get out and enjoy some of the outdoor happenings around the cities. This weekend offers two big festivals -- the Twin Cities Pride Fest in Minneapolis and the Twin Cities Jazz Fest in Saint Paul, along with other fun happenings around town. Just like the last couple of weekends, this weekend might be a bit wet so plan accordingly.

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NEWS DAY | Ancestry Books grand opening!

Chaun Webster and Verna Wong talking to neighbors about books. 

UPDATED 6/9/2014: After a hugely successful Kickstarter campaign and months of hard work, Ancestry Books is opened on Saturday.

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Re-thinking Minnesota's 21st century libraries

As Minnesota's population continues to age and diversify, we must strengthen our public services infrastructure. The Metropolitan Council predicts that by 2040 the Twin Cities metro alone will gain 355,000 people from other nations. Communities in greater Minnesota, like St. Cloud, St. James, Willmar, and Worthington, are also experiencing huge influxes of Latinos and Somalis. By 2020 the state will also have more people 65 and older than school-aged children for the first time in Minnesota's history, according to a January state demographer's office presentation.

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Remembering Maya Angelou, an influential legend

James Baldwin (l) with Maya Angelou

Yesterday, May 28th,my day started out like many others before it. I tuned into WBGO and heard the voice of the host of Mid-Day Jazz, Rhonda Hamilton. Instantly I could sense sadness in her tone, and then she said it: “Dr. Maya Angelou has passed at the age of 86.”

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A great tree fell: Reflections on Maya Angelou's passing

It seems only fitting that I spent some of yesterday saying good-bye to a phenomenal woman, Maya Angelou, as she sang her last song on earth before flying freely into other worlds while I am in the heat of trying to raise my own phenomenal woman. My girl and I are facing some hard times, some sort of predictable challenges that come with being a young woman but with a bent that is worrisome to me.

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A conversation with Maya Angelou: Renaissance woman speaks on Tyler Perry, Obama and 'the sweet language'

Dr. Maya Angelou (Photo by Dwight Carter)

In remembrance of author and poet Dr. Maya Angelou (April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014). This article was originally published in October 18, 2012 edition of the MSR.

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Reflections of New Minnesotans: Race, culture and mental health

This weeks episode is about mental health and multicultural communities. Julia's guest is Nneka Onyilofor, co-author of the children's book My Brother Adam, about a family dealing with schizophrenia. [Audio below]

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Sugar and stories

When your mom is a Book Mom (as my daughter refers to me), you don’t just visit the neighborhood candy shop, you read a book first.

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