TC Spotlight | Outdoor tours: Segways, trolleys, riverboats and more!

(Photos by Paige Elliott except where noted)

Summers in Minnesota are beautiful but short. A great way to savor the summer days is to take a tour of all the gorgeous rivers, lakes, and historical sights the Twin Cities has to offer. So, for TC Spotlight this week  we’ve highlighted just a few of the many outdoor tours around town to help you get out and soak up the rest of the summer. Share your favorite summer tours and activities in the comment section below. 

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This week in Saint Paul: Monday, July 28–Sunday, August 3, 2014

We are marking the days until the second Thursday of September, the same Thursday each year on which we hold one of the best parties in Lowertown. It is the Release Party for the 2015 Saint Paul Almanac, and it will, again, be a very fun night at the Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar. While the 2015 Almanac is getting put together at the bindery, we are asking you to do the opposite with old editions of the almanac. Yes, you can still get an old edition of the tome and take it apart, THEN MAKE SOMETHING WONDERFUL OUT OF IT! We are asking artists and people who fail to think of themselves as artists to take an old edition of the Saint Paul Almanac and re-image it into newly imagined pieces of art. SAINT PAUL ALMANAC: RE:BOOKED. Display your work at the AZ Gallery, and WIN A CASH PRIZE. There is still time to participate — in this project or in other ways. The book art will be on display through September at the AZ Gallery and during the Thursday, September 11 Book Release Party. If you are interested, contact Lisa at lisa [at] saintpaulalmanac [dot] org and put “RE:BOOKED” in the subject field. In the meantime, our Almanac arts calendaris filled with things to keep us busy.

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Tour de Fat: A fun event with or without beer and a bike

I know the whole focus of the Tour de Fat is beer and bikes but when you’re hanging with a 10 year old and you live pretty far away from the location, beers and bikes are less appealing than event as a whole. But I’m happy to report that Tour de Fat can be fun with or without the beer and bike.

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VIDEO: Dinkytown Greenway expands, grand opening

Phase III of the Dinkytown Greenway, an off road bike trail that connects the University of Minnesota with downtown, opened on July 20 with a ribbon cutting ceremony and two group rides. Phase III utilizes a tunnel under the 35W bridge approach that was built under the bridge when it was reconstructed.
Council Members Jacob Frey and Cam Gordon led group rides from Gateway Park and TCF Stadium and met Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges and other local leaders at Bluff Street Park, near where the tunnel connects Bridge #9 and an off-road bike trail that leads to the far end of the University of Minnesota campus with on-street bike lanes on 2nd Street South that lead to downtown.

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TC Weekend | FLOW Arts Crawl, Open Streets, Red Hot Art & Music, ArtCar & ArtBike Parade, Lowertown Blues Fest & more!

The last weekend in July is going out with a bang! This weekend should be a delight for art lovers and bike enthusiasts, especially, with Open Streets, ArtBike (and ArtCar) Tour de Fat and fun art gatherings around town. Also, the Minneapolis Aquatennial fun continues into the weekend, ending with the dazzling Target Fireworks!  Scroll down for details:

How will you spend the weekend? Let us know in the comment section or by sending your photos or comments to tcweekend [at] tcdailyplanet [dot] net, and check back to see your photo attached to the Storify over the weekend.

If you know of an event fit for TC Weekend, use our calendar to upload the event or send an email to tcweekend [at] tcdailyplanet [dot] net

 

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"He fought to level the playing field": KFAI volunteers remember Andy Driscoll

Andy Driscoll, longtime KFAI volunteer and host of Truth To Tell, passed away on Sunday, July 20th at the age of 74. Andy had spent years in a struggle against pulmonary disease, and within the past year he went through chemotherapy for esophageal cancer and endured a series of strokes. In spite of the challenges, Andy continued to work with his Truth To Tell team to produce compelling radio programs through his nonprofit organization, Civic Media Minnesota.

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Day tripping in Northfield: What book are you reading?

This year summer has been about finally reading those books that have spent too many months untouched on the shelf, evenings and weekends spent at the grill, and glorious warm, slow, sunny moments strung together with day trips to great places within a few hours drive of the Twin Cities. We hike for a few hours, grab a cone or a root beer float, and come home feeling like we've taken Thoreau's advice to live deliberately and deep, and to suck out all of the marrow (and ice cream) of life.

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This week in Saint Paul: Monday, July 21–Sunday, July 27, 2014

The Almanac arts calendar is loading up. It is a lot with which to keep up, but I am doing my best. Maybe you can help me keep up. Between all of us, we can keep up with all of the happenings in Saint Paul.

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Snapshots | Street performer Nathaniel Harris

" I love playing music and I love people -- people bless me and I bless people." -- Nathaniel Harris

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Abdulrahman Adem, respected Twin Cities Somali leader and longtime MPS staff member, dies at 58

(Photo from Facebook) Abdulrahman Adem

The Twin Cities Somali community has lost an esteemed leader and a passionate advocate for Somali families.

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