Education & Community

The iPhone and Outdoor Photography

What might an iPhone have to do with nature? Learn from professional photographer and illustrator Carlyn Iverson how to use your iPhone or smartphone to shoot, edit and publish amazing nature photography. In this class, you will experiment with applications available to enhance your photography. Bring along your smartphone and even a laptop if you’d like to explore more editing capabilities. $90 members/$110 non-members. 10 a.m.

Wayzata Community Sailing Center Open House

Interested in sailing? Come to the open house to learn about the programs and facilities at the Wayzata Community Sailing Center. Event includes a free grill-out and, of course, free boat rides on Lake Minnetonka. Free. 4 p.m. Wayzata Community Sailing Center, 456 Arlington Circle S., Wayzata; 952.476.5875; wayzatasailing.org

Operation Kidsafe Child Safety Event

Join Delmonico Dance, local law enforcement, first responders and Operation Kidsafe for a free child safety fair. There will be an ice cream truck for the kids.  Parents will receive a lifetime record of their child's digital fingerprints and a form that is ready to hand to law enforcement in an emergency, as well as valuable safety tips. Operation Kidsafe uses the latest equipment like the FBI and Secret Service.

Excelsior Girl's Night Out Opening Night

The first Excelsior Girl's Night Out of the season kicks off in downtown Excelsior on Thursday June 5.This season Excelsior Girl's Night Out is partnering with Go Red For Women and the American Heart Association. Come out opening night for exclusive Girl's Night Out store and restaurant specials.  Enjoy live music right on Water St. Meet the women of the Excelsior Fire Department who will be doing hands only CPR demos.  Tour the famous Mammo-a-go-go Mammogram bus or get a mammogram. To schedule a mammogram during the evening of June 5th call 952-993-2900.

State Arbor Month Celebration and Minnesota Tree Climbing Championships

This year the DNR is celebrating Arbor Day and Arbor Month by encouraging families to play in natural settings such as your backyard, a nearby woodlot, or forested area.

The 2014 State Arbor Month Celebration will be at Oak Hill Park in St. Louis Park. The event will give families a chance to play with nature, while watching some of the best tree climbers in the state compete at the Minnesota Tree Climbing Championship.

State Arbor Month Celebration Schedule:

Butterflies Up-Close: Macro Photography

Grab your camera and macro lens for an exclusive-access event in the Arboretum’s butterfly exhibit during non-public hours. Take your close-up photography skills to a new level and work on setup and approach when photographing live subjects. The class is taught by professional photographer and photography educator John Pennoyer. $90 for members, $110 for non-members. Thursdays 9 p.m. Snyder Building, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, 3675 Arboretum Drive, Chanhassen; 952.443.1400; arboretum.umn.edu

Excelsior Farmers’ Market

Nothing says summer quite like a farmers’ market with fresh produce and homemade goods. Stroll through the streets of Excelsior, support local farmers and pick up some fresh ingredients for your own meals, from heirloom tomatoes from Ridgeroll Farms to a fresh loaf of bread from Great Harvest Bread Co. This will be the second year in the new location along Water Street. Free. 2 p.m. Downtown Excelsior, Water Street, Excelsior; 763.238.2702; excelsior-lakeminnetonkachamber.com

Excelsior Farmers' Market

Excelsior Farmers' Market strives to be a local destination where the community can engage with the locally grown healthy food movement. The goal at hand is to promote awareness and education surrounding the food products offered.

Excelsior Crazy Days

Crazy Days are coming to downtown Excelsior once again! Don't miss out on the fun, including fantastic bargains and tons of food! This year's event will feature:

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