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Bike Walk Week

This week (June 5th – 11th) is bikewalk week in the Twin Cities. Keep yourself self-propelled!
Here is a list of events from

Events Saturday, June 5 Kick Off!: •Twin Cities Heart Walk hosted at the new Minnesota Twins Target Field •Celebrate National Trails Day with the Three Rivers Park District at the Hopkins Depot Trail Head on the Cedar Lake LRT Regional Trail
Sunday, June 6: •Grand Old Day – avoid parking problems—ride your bike, walk, or take transit to Grand Old Day in St. Paul •Bike-Walk to Worship Days and Saturday June 5 & Friday June 11
Tuesday, June 8: •Film Screening: Beyond the Motor City – Can the Twin Cities move beyond being a “motor city?” Attend a screening and discussion of the film as well as other short films about bicycling, 7pm, St. Anthony Main Theatre. Q&A to follow with director Aaron Woolf and local bicycle business leaders and activists.
Wednesday, June 9: •Women’s Wednesday
Thursday, June 10: •Bike Walk to Work Day with Celebrations Locations all over town, including: ◦Neighborhood Celebration locations —see map below ◦Morning Downtown Events in Minneapolis and St. Paul ◦Nice Ride, the nation’s largest bike sharing program, launches with a noon ride along Nicollet Mall in Downtown Minneapolis, from the Central Library to Peavey Plaza (map) ◦Evening celebrations at REI locations in Bloomington, Roseville, & Maple Grove!
Sunday, June 13: •Bike to the Twins Game – presented by OptumHealth – Gift bags compliments of OptumHealth will be given to the first 1000 Twins fans who ride their bike to the 1:10pm Twins vs. Atlanta baseball game at Target Field. There are 400 bike racks around the ballpark. In addition, a bike corral will be setup just off the Cedar Lake Trail on Glenwood in Ramp A.

And on a sidenote: Can we please stop forcing our friends to drink Smirnoff Ice? Sure, the surprise factor of it all is great, but come on, enough is enough. It’s like a White Castle eating contest, there are no real winners here. 

And got to love a little rain on a Grand Day!

Minneapolis Metblogs Photo Contest and Goldstar Ticket Give Away

In anticipation of their Minneapolis launch the good folks at Goldstar are giving away four gift certificates. These gift certificates are available for any event from Goldstar’s many partners, it’s like a Choose Your Own Prize contest.

About Goldstar

Fun ideas.
Our site and emails are filled with fun things to do, and the experience is customized to you using sophisticated technology.
Half-price tickets.
We work with more than 4,000 venues and producers across the country, and offer the world’s largest selection of half price tickets.
Member reviews. We’re one of the world’s largest online sources of live entertainment user reviews. Everything else you need for a great night out.
Get everything from a venue map to tips on how to dress, where to eat and where to park.
How Do We Do That?Unlike so many ticket sellers online, we’re not brokers. We work directly with our 4,000 venue partners to connect them with our huge and growing Goldstar audience. Not every show sells out, so instead of letting seats go empty, venues list them with us to sell to our members.

Here’s a small list of partners

Northrop at the University of Minnesota
Minnesota Lynx (WNBA)
Children’s Theatre Company
Acme Comedy Company
The Schubert Club
Minnesota Orchestra
The Guthrie
Theatre in the Round
Great American Gem Show & Sale
Minnesota Opera (though season is dark at moment)
Minnesota Timberwolves
Cirque du Soleil
Hennepin Theatre Trust (Pantages, Orpheum and State Theatres)

Ready to win?

Here’s all you have to do.

1st Place Prize: Best Photo – Include a link to your photo(s) in the comment section and I’ll select the top five photos and put a poll on the site to allow readers to vote for the winner. (Mn images only. Extra point for images from an event in Mn.)
2nd Place Prize- Best comment – Tell me where you’d go and who you’d like to take, make some stuff up, be crazy. Enter multiple comments, top others or top yourself with silliness. I will pick the most creative comment.
3rd Place Prize – Laziest comment – All you have to do is say who you’d take with you. (first name is enough). I’ll randomly pick two of you slackers and give you each a gift certificate.

The prizes are as follows: 1st place, $100 gift certificate and your winning photo featured. 2nd place, $50 gift certificate and the new Gorillaz CD Plastic Beach. 3rd place 2 winners of $25 dollar gift certificates.

The beauty is that these gift certificates are good for tickets that are already marked down 50 percent which means more bang for the buck.

It’s easy. It’s fun. It’s free.

And you don’t even have to annoy your tweet stream with a bunch of RT’s.

Want to know more about Goldstar?
Check out their review on MPR’s State of the Arts or the FOX9 Buzz

Don’t forget to head over to Goldstar,check out their events, and sign up for half priced notifications.

May the best, most creative, and the laziest win. I’ll keep the contest open until next Monday.



Fantastic Mr. Fox

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Is it me or do badgers look strangely natural in business attire?

Sorry, I saw Fantastic Mr. Fox last weekend and I’m still not over it.

As a fan of Wes Anderson, I had pretty high expectations when I walked into the theater, and I was definitely not let down.  Not only was the film a visual delight (it’s stop-motion animation) but the story  and characters were also enchanting.  George Clooney seems to be everywhere, always, but I can’t say that I mind.  He did great job as Mr. Fox.  Other cast members include Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman and Bill Murray to name a few.

The holidays are a great time to go to the theater,  especially in this cold Minnesota weather.   Over the past few weeks I have created a long list of movies I’d like to see, but Fantastic Mr. Fox will most assuredly get a second viewing before I move on to the next.

U of M Bike Center

It looks like the University of Minnesota is going to get its own bike commuter store. With as many bikes as I see day in and day out, it really only makes sense. According to Bicycle Retailer:

bikeaccident“Located in a former transit waiting area in the university’s Oak Street parking ramp, the Hub store will be part of a facility designed to make it safer and easier for students, faculty, university employees and area residents to commute by bike. The Bike Center will provide commuters with bike lockers, restrooms and showers and conference rooms for meetings and educational programs. The Hub Co-Op bike commuter store and the U of M Bike Center are scheduled to open in Spring 2010.
Catering exclusively to the needs of commuters, the Hub’s 700-square-foot store will offer repair services and essential products like gloves, helmets, tubes, tires, bike locks, lighting systems, racks, panniers and bags. Due to space limitations, the shop will not carry bikes. The store will also offer bike repair classes for commuters.”

Today, I shot a deer.

Uploaded on November 28, 2009
by JustACoolCat

Over the last month my local park/reserve has been open for deer hunting on various weekends, which means it’s closed to all other uses.

Three weeks back I did stop to talk to some hunters and they weren’t having any luck.

Knowing that the park was again open I took my bike over and did some laps on it’s hilly trails.

And while I was there I did what those city-boy hunters couldn’t, I shot a deer.

With my camera.

Get out and run

turkeyday5kIf you’re hanging around tomorrow with nothing to do at 8am, come on down to the downtown Minneapolis Lifetime (Target Center) for the Turkey Day 5K!

The Turkey Day 5K is a holiday tradition, complete with all the trimmings. This festive holiday morning fun run and walk is for everybody and every age. Gather your family and friends to enjoy prizes, refreshments and a Kids Carnival“.

See you there.

Is it just me….


…or is 1st avenue still a little strange on a bike? The street changes have been around for a while now, but I can’t seem to enjoy riding between parked cars and the curb. Most people are conscious getting out of the drivers side (well, some people are). But most individuals aren’t exactly aware of bikers from the passenger side. The first time I was riding down this stretch, 2 doors almost clipped me. And if you’ve ever been down here, you know there isn’t much swerving room.
*Sidenote* While I was taking this picture, another group of bikers were behind me complaining about the new set up. One of them explained to me that she was actually pushed by a car who tried to drive in the bike lane.
Maybe it will take people a little longer to get used to–but for now I’ll detour it.

Bikers and dogs.

Since yesterday was such a nice and warm day (a good change of pace for our recent weather), K and I decided to go out for a bicycle ride. Not even through the alley and we encounter what most bikers hope they never do…No, not Corey Haim selling biographies, loose dogs–a rottweiler and a pit bull. At first they didn’t seem to notice us, but shortly after seeing them, they saw us. The problem with most Minneapolis alleys is that garages line most of them–not leaving much availability to jump a fence or something. So the best option was to bike past them in a hurry. I was able to get past them, but K seemed to attract the attention of the pit bull and it latched on to her pants. I thought for sure it was going to drag her off the bike. For the better part of a block it kept jumping up at her legs trying to latch on. The rottweiler chased me down for about 2 blocks. Unfortunately we got separated when the dogs started running after us. I knew the dog chasing me wouldn’t catch up, but I kept having reruns of dog attacks on the news going through my head. After a while, we managed to meet back up. The dog did get at her leg, but only a small bite. Thankfully it was never able to fully grab her ankle or foot. Maybe some dog mace wouldn’t be a bad idea for the next bike accessory…..
It’s just scary to think what could have happened.

Talking Minnesotan – 11/06/09

Image Soirée au MIA upoaded by Minneapolis Institute of of Arts —– Check out their calendar of events

I think this next item is really cool, Bob Collins and Mary Lucia have put their 5:15 segment online. I know with many folk Bob and Mary can inspire a love’em or hate’em situation, well you can put me in the love’em camp.
MPR News Cut: Fresh Eye on the Radio
Give it a listen.

*Update*Speaking of MPR,if you haven’t seen David Brauer’s, of Minnpost, piece on MPR Executive Pay check it out, especially the comments.

While Secrets of the City has art The Affair
scandalOnline Protest Promotes Viewer Interaction

Citypages trys to help out Snoop, who was in town last night, with Advice for Snoop Dogg on getting high in the Twin Cities

My only advice to the Snoop Dogg would be don’t exhale, but I’ll bet he knows that already.

Since Crazy stays crazy

I’ll close it out with: Smart went crazy


Monster Dash

waldoSo where’s Waldo?

Thanks to everyone who came out and ran in the Monster Dash. The weather was cold, somewhat snowy and windy. I guess the added layers of costumes helps out in some ways. The best costume was probably the bearded Forrest Gump running. The 1/2 marathon results are as follows: Mens-  Joseph Radosevich 1:14:15. And the women’s – Nancy Buselmeier 1:27:28. We look forward to the Polar Dash on January 1st!

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