NEIGHBORHOOD NOTES | Don’t miss family-fun winter festivals


Bring the family for a fun-filled day at Sibley Park on Saturday, Jan. 28. Start with a pancake breakfast, served between 9:30 and 11 a.m. There will be events both inside and out from 10 a.m. to noon. Participate in arts and crafts projects, watch a movie, or go on a scavenger hunt or medallion hunt. There will also be hockey games, sled races, ice bowling, and skating. For more details or questions, call Sibley Park at 612-370-4954.

The winter carnival at Lake Hiawatha will be held this year on Saturday, Feb. 11. The Lake Hiawatha Heart Warmer showcases the many small, independently owned businesses in the Standish-Ericsson neighborhood. Enjoy live music, ice skating games (with prizes), a free hayride, and a kids DJ. There will also be free hot dogs and veggie dogs and a bonfire for roasting marshmallows. To learn more about participating as a business, a community group, or an individual, go to the Lake Hiawatha Heart Warmer website at or call the SENA office at 612-721-1601.

Events at Lake Hiawatha Park (27th Avenue S. and E. 44th St.) include:
(Get details and register at the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation web site:
• Adult Tae Kwon Do, Tuesday and Thursdays, 7 p.m.
• Frozen Fiesta, Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m. Art projects and stories that focus on winter. Please be prepared to spend most of the class outdoors. Warm hats, gloves, and jackets are required.
• Kids Night Out, Fridays, 6 p.m., five and up, weekly activities from movies to special games to parties. $6 fee for dinner.\
• Lake Hiawatha Heart Warmer, Feb. 11. Winter carnival.
• Little Lakers, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Pick Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays. Year-round preschool program. All children must be able to use the bathroom independently. Lunch and beverage required each day from home.
• Sing and Dance, Fridays, Feb. 3 to March 9, 10 a.m. Activities will be geared toward children 3 and under, but older siblings are also welcome to attend. Inspire a love of music in your young child through song, finger plays, movement, and instrument play. $40 fee.
• Tae Kwon Do, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6 p.m.
• Tai Chi, Saturdays, 9 a.m.
• Yoga, Saturdays, 10:45 to 11:45 a.m., $6 fee per week

Events at Sibley Park (19th Avenue S. and East 40th St.) include:
(Get details and register at the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation web site:
• Ice Skating, anytime. Free skate rental. Warming house. Skate lessons also available.
• Busy Bees Preschool, Tuesdays to Thursdays, 9 a.m. (Extended hour sessions also available.)
• Game Night, Mondays, 6:30 p.m. Tournaments with a variety of games including foosball, bumper pool, board games, and card games. Prizes go to the winners every other Monday. Drop in program.
• Ice Skating Lessons: Beginners 4-9 years old, Saturdays at noon and Wednesdays at 6 p.m.
• Nature Art, Wednesdays at 4:30 p.m.
• Parent and Tot Tumbling, Wednesdays at 5 p.m. and 5:40 p.m. This 8-week program will include aspects of gymnastics with jumps, rolls, flips as well as introduction to the balance beam. This is a parent assisted class. Parents will need to assist the instructor with their own kids.
• Preschool/Kindergarten Tumbling, Wednesdays at 6:20 p.m.
• Rainbow Kids Preschool, Mondays and Fridays, 9 a.m.
• Senior Luncheon, Feb. 7, March 6, 11:30 a.m.
• Sno Daze, Saturday, Jan. 28, 9:30 a.m. Family fun-filled day of food and activities. Pancake breakfast 9:30 a.m. till 11 a.m. Games and fun from 10 a.m. to noon.
• Snowy Nature Stories, Tuesdays, Feb. 7-28, 10:30 a.m.
• Spots Council – Sibac, second Thursday of each month, 7 p.m.
• Yoga, Tuesdays, 6 p.m.

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