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Frugal things to do you’re in Minneapolis

The Money Life Network has a series called “Frugal things to do when you’re in…“ featuring free or cheap things to do.

From the Minneapolis-St. Paul list:

  • Lake Calhoun: A great place to go for the day to enjoy some sun, a canoe ride, maybe some beach volleyball and a nice walk around the 3+mile lake. It is the place to see and be seen in the summer months (FREE)
  • Minnehaha Falls: The falls are a natural wonder, and definitely a must visit for shutterbugs. In the area surrounding you can take nice long walk from the falls down to the Mississippi river. Beautiful! (FREE)
  • Minnesota Landscape Arboretum: A 1,047-acre garden and arboretum about 20 minutes outside of Minneapolis. Because of it’s natural beauty this is often a chosen as a great spot for weddings and for just getting some great pictures. (15 and under free, $7 adults. Free all day Thursday in the winter, and free on Thursday evenings from 4.30 p.m. until 8 p.m. or sunset in the summer)
  • Lyndale Park Rose Gardens at Lake Harriet: Lake Harriet in south Minneapolis has a beautiful Rose Garden that has been blooming every year since 1907-1908. It’s a popular place for weddings, photography and peaceful reflection. If you’re going to Lake Calhoun anyway, stop by the Rose Gardens, it is just a short walk away. Also, right across the street is a beautiful Japanese Gardens (FREE)

Also on the list, Como Zoo, MOA, Marjorie McNeely Conservatory, Sculpture Garden, MIA, food, sports, museums, etc. etc. Full list here.

Garage sales in Seward

Last week it was Bryn Mawr, before that it was Tangletown, and now it’s Seward. The garage sale extravaganza continues today in the Seward neighborhood, with over 40 garage sales yesterday and a few less today. But you still have some time to go rummage around and get to know the neighborhood.

Policy, a Pint, the Mortgage Mash

The Citizens League and 89.3 The Current are hosting an informational mini-bash at The Varsity tomorrow night, starting at 6pm. Policy and a Pint will focus on the mortgage market, or the concept formerly known as the mortgage market:

Everyone knows the mortgage market is in crisis – and that it’s dragging down the rest of the economy. But what caused it? How can we get out of it? And how can homeowners – and potential buyers – in Minnesota protect themselves?

Richard Todd from the Federal Reserve will help explain how we got here, and personal finance writer Kara McGuire from the Star Tribune will be on hand for practical advice for owners, buyers, sellers and renters alike.

I’m a little jealous of all of you that have the night off and are able to go. Not because I’m in the market to buy or sell a house any time soon, but it’s a major part of our economy right now…which is projected to only get worse. And not that the Varsity’s sparkley, voluptuous acoustics will be showcased by an informational session, but at least you get to enjoy the comfy venue.

It is $10 ($5 for students/alumni still utilizing student IDs), but you do get appetizers from the Loring Pasta Bar, which is also where the after-party will take place.

While the combination of beer, canapes, and mortgages sounds like a bad office barbeque, I’m guessing this one is going to be a decent Thursday night out.

Stop to Smell the Flowers

I’m sorry, that title was just too obvious to not use it here. If you haven’t checked out the Minneapolis Institute of Arts’ spring celebration, Art in Bloom, the event goes through Sunday. The annual celebration places flower art next to the works that inspired them throughout the museum, and there are nightly events with refreshments available (provided you’re willing to exchange money for them).

Tonight you can get free docent-led tours, starting at 6pm and proceeding, I assume, throughout the evening. You can view the flowers and the MIA galleries for free.

But word on the streets is that the ones around MIA are being cleaned today, so if you’re planning to drive be aware that the free ramp will probably be full, and you may have to walk a couple of blocks if you plan to park.

Bicycle Auction

With the weather slipping into spring, ’tis the season for the police to sell other people’s stolen or impounded bicycles to the general public. If you’re looking for a two-tired vehicle, there is an auction being held at 6024 Harriet Ave S. tonight. Viewing is at 4:00 and the auction begins at 6:00, but bring cash or your checkbook, as they don’t accept plastic. If you can’t make it tonight, there are more auctions scheduled throughout the summer. Find a new ride or reclaim a lost one in time to hit the asphalt for mplsbikelove’s next ride set for Saturday.

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