In Our June, 2017 Issue:

Summer Sampler: Recommendations for summer fun from the Metro State community


Metro State fac­ulty aren’t spend­ing the sum­mer holed up in their offices. They are out explor­ing all the Twin Cities have to offer, and they’re a fount of ideas for sum­mer fun. Check out their rec­om­men­da­tions for activ­i­ties and events

Trail Blaz­ers

Kal Tuomi­nen, com­mu­nity fac­ulty mem­ber in the depart­ment of nat­ural sci­ences, is teach­ing NSCI 201 Min­nesota Ecol­ogy and Con­ser­va­tion Biol­ogy this sum­mer. They rec­om­mend stu­dents take a hike “a bit out­side the Twin Cities.

Peo­ple who want to get out of the city for a few hours, or even for a few days, will find a lot to do at Afton State Park. This is my first choice when I want to go for an intense hike with­out dri­ving too far!” Tuomi­nen said.

The park offers 20 miles of hik­ing trails, includ­ing 0.6 miles that are wheel­chair acces­si­ble. Ter­rain varies from flat to steep.

Tuomi­nen points to the park’s “excel­lent exam­ples” of decid­u­ous for­est, for­mer pine plan­ta­tion, oak savan­nah and restored prairie.

Park activ­i­ties include camp­ing, pic­nick­ing, swim­ming and fish­ing in the St. Croix River, vol­ley­ball, horse­shoes and geo­caching. An archery range will be open on June 10 and July 15.

Afton State Park is about a 30-​minute drive east from the St. Paul cam­pus. A one-​day vehi­cle per­mit costs $5. A twelve-​month per­mit is $25 and allows access to all 75 Min­nesota state parks and recre­ation areas. Entry is free on June 10 in cel­e­bra­tion of “National Get Out­doors Day.” For more infor­ma­tion about Afton State Park, see dnr​.state​.mn​.us/​s​t​a​t​e​_​p​a​r​k​s​/afto

Gallery Gaz­ers

Erica Ras­mussen, Metro State stu­dio arts pro­fes­sor, encour­ages stu­dents to explore the field of fiber arts at the Tex­tile Cen­ter in Minneapolis.

She rec­om­mends an exhi­bi­tion by award-​winning, inter­na­tion­ally exhib­ited fiber artist Bar­bara Lee Smith. The show is titled “That’s How the Light Gets In: Reflec­tions on Tran­si­tions.” It fea­tures large land­scapes and abstract works crafted with paint, col­lage mate­ri­als and sewing machine stitches.

Through med­i­ta­tive land­scapes and abstract com­po­si­tions, this show pro­vides a rich visual expe­ri­ence that rumi­nates upon place and mem­ory,” Ras­mussen said.

Smith’s work is on dis­play until June 24 in the Joan Mon­dale Gallery at the Tex­tile Cen­ter, 3000 Uni­ver­sity Avenue SE, Minneapolis.

Hours are 10 a.m. — 7 p.m, Mon­day to Thurs­day; 10 a.m. — 5 p.m. Fri­day and Sat­ur­day. Admis­sion is free. For more infor­ma­tion, visit tex​tile​cen​termn​.org/​b​a​r​b​a​r​a​-​l​e​e​-​s​m​i​t​h​-​t​h​a​t​s​-​h​o​w​-​t​h​e​-​l​i​g​h​t​-​g​e​t​s-in/

Road Rac­ers

Eco­nom­ics pro­fes­sor Allen Bel­las is an avid cyclist who com­mutes by bike to cam­pus. He urges stu­dents to take two wheels to see the sights.

I love rid­ing on the Mid­town Green­way in Min­neapo­lis. It runs from West River Park­way — a great place to ride, too — and East 27th Street to the north side of Lake Cal­houn. From there you can con­tinue on to Hop­kins and points west,” said Bellas.

But he doesn’t want you to whiz right through. “Along the way you can enjoy the view from the Sabo Bridge; get cof­fee, pas­tries and repairs at the Mid­town Bike Cen­ter; or have a meal at the Mid­town Mar­ket,” he said.

Even inex­pe­ri­enced or out-​of-​practice rid­ers are good to go on the Green­way. “Green­way users are tremen­dously diverse and you’ll see every­thing from seri­ous bik­ers to kids just learn­ing to ride and every­one in between,” said Bellas.

For a print­able map of the Green­way, try this link

But if you’re more of a watcher than a rider, how about see­ing the fastest human-​powered sport on Earth? Bel­las highly rec­om­mends the Thurs­day Night Lights bike races at the National Sports Cen­ter Cycling Velo­drome in Blaine.

Races run Thurs­day evenings at 7 p.m. through Sep­tem­ber 14, weather per­mit­ting. Adult tick­ets are $5; kids under age 12 are free. See velo​drome​.nsc​sports​.org for more information.

Kid Campers

The Sci­ence Museum of Min­nesota will bring kids to the Metro State cam­pus this sum­mer. The Sci­ence Cen­ter on the St. Paul cam­pus will host four camps

Metro State stu­dents receive a 75% dis­count rate for their chil­dren — $54 per camp.

  • Female Film­mak­ers” (July 2428, 9 a.m — noon) offers girls ages 912 an intro­duc­tion to dig­i­tal video pro­duc­tion and editing.
  • In “Gamer Girls: Dance Edi­tion” (July 2428, 14 p.m.), girls ages 912 will use Scratch soft­ware to design and code a dance game.
  • Scratch Your Funny Bone” (August 711, 9 a.m. — noon) will get boys and girls, ages 6 to 8, telling jokes and learn­ing basic com­puter code on the ScratchJr app.
  • In “Pup­pet Movies” (August 711, 14 p.m), boys and girls, ages 68, can cre­ate pup­pets and make them move with HUE stop motion ani­ma­tion software.

To reg­is­ter, call 6512214511 and men­tion coupon code MSU2017. Offer avail­able only for Metro State loca­tion and sum­mer 2017 camps. Limit two coupons per family.

Library Lovers

Metro State’s Library and Learn­ing Cen­ter is unique for hous­ing a uni­ver­sity aca­d­e­mic library and a pub­lic library branch under one roof. Librar­i­ans col­lab­o­rate to pro­vide a range of family-​friendly events in their shared building

Sav­itri San­thi­ran, children’s spe­cial­ist at the Dayton’s Bluff branch, wel­comes Metro State stu­dents and their kids to par­tic­i­pate in “Sum­mer Spark” from June 1 to Aug. 31.

Chil­dren and teens aged 018 can com­plete activ­i­ties and read books to earn prizes. San­thi­ran says par­ents and kids can stop by the library to pick up activ­ity and read­ing logs.

Open Eye Fig­ure The­atre will present the pup­pet show “Molly and the Magic Boot” on June 14 at 7 p.m. Hosted jointly by the Dayton’s Bluff branch and Metro State, pre-​show activ­i­ties begin at 6 p.m. There will be food, face paint­ing and a hula hoop­ing contest

Sum­mer Spark also offers free per­for­mances by musi­cians, magi­cians, come­di­ans and sto­ry­tellers. All pro­grams take place in the children’s area in the Dayton’s Bluff Branch: Jason Huneke’s Jug­gling Show (June 17, 1:30 p.m.); Snake Dis­cov­ery, an edu­ca­tional rep­tile pro­gram (June 21, 3 p.m.); Mag­i­cal Mia (June 28, 3 p.m.); Bro­dini Com­edy Magic Show (July 5, 3 p.m.); A Touch of Magic presents “Mixed Nuts” clown show (July 12, 3 p.m.); Bruce the Bug Guy, live insect pre­sen­ta­tion (July 19, 3 p.m.

Film Fans

The libraries will also offer a family-​friendly movie series on Fri­days 12:30 p.m. in the first-​floor stu­dent lounge in the Library and Learn­ing Cen­ter on the St. Paul campus.

Sched­uled films include: “Trolls” (June 16), “Moana” (June 23), “Kubo and the Two Strings” (June 30), “Toy Story” (July 7), “Toy Story 2” (July 14), “Toy Story 3” (July 21), “The Mup­pets” (July 28), “The Last Mimzy” (Aug. 4), “The Jun­gle Book” (Aug. 11), “Beauty and the Beast” (Aug. 18).

For more adult fare, turn to Metro State’s Film Space, a dig­i­tal cin­ema the­ater located in Founders Hall on the St. Paul cam­pus. Screen­writ­ing pro­fes­sor James Byrne says don’t miss the upcom­ing Qhia Dab Neeg Hmong Film Fes­ti­val, June 2324.

This is the biggest and one of the only Hmong film fes­ti­vals in the coun­try. It fea­tures national and local films that reflect Hmong cul­ture and/​or are made by Hmong film­mak­ers,” Byrne said. For more infor­ma­tion, see in​-progress​.org/​q​h​i​a​-​d​a​b​-neeg