Education & Community

Irish Heritage at the Hill House

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, the historic James J. Hill House is giving a nod to the history of Irish-Americans in Minnesota. Both James Jerome Hill and his wife Mary Theresa Mehegan were of Irish decent, along with many of the household servants. Hear stories of the mansion’s former occupants in themed tours that include Irish songs, organ music and needlework demonstrations. Reservations recommended. $9 for adults, $7 for seniors and students, $6 for children ages 6–17, free for children ages 5 and younger and MNHS members. 10 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Saturday, 1–3:30 p.m. Sunday. James J.

History Forum: Wounded Knee

This edition of the Minnesota Historical Society’s history forum series explores how the political climate of late 1890s led to the Wounded Knee massacre in South Dakota. Reflecting on this sobering moment in U.S. history, Heather Cox Richardson of Boston University will discuss the dangers of polarized politics in America. Tickets can be purchased online or by phone. $15/ $11 for MNHS members. 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Minnesota History Center, 345 W. Kellogg Blvd.; 651.259.3015; minnesotahistorycenter.org.

Urban Expedition: Indonesia

The Landmark Center’s Urban Expedition series allows participants to travel the world without leaving Saint Paul. This month’s destination is Indonesia, an archipelago made up of thousands of tropical islands. All Urban Expeditions feature music and dance of the chosen country, as well as live animals native to the land. Free. 1–3 p.m. Landmark Center, 75 W. Fifth St.; 651.292.3063; landmarkcenter.org.

Major Taylor Presentation and Book Signing

Lake-area residents are a talented bunch, and Excelsior resident Terry Kerber is no exception, who will be giving a presentation and signing his book, Major Taylor. The book highlights the famous African-American cyclist who dominated the sport in the late 1800s. Adults only. Free. 6:30 p.m. Excelsior Library, 337 Water St., Excelsior; 612.543.6350; hclib.org

Babysitting Training

Taking care of young children is a huge responsibility, and being prepared is paramount to the safety of the children, especially for older kids just beginning to babysit. This course teaches important safety measures; successful completion earns an American Red Cross Babysitter Training Certificate, making students eligible for the next course, Babysitter Training Plus, which includes infant/child CPR training.

Tax Aide

There’s no season that’s dreaded like tax season, and for good reason: It can be extremely stressful, frustrating and hard to understand. To help, AARP tax aide volunteers will be available for one-hour appointments for low-income taxpayers and seniors. Bring current tax records, a copy of last year’s tax return, Social Security card and a picture ID. The appointments are limited and on a first come, first served basis, so be sure to go online to sign up. Free. Times vary. Shoreview Community Center, 4580 Victoria St.

Beyond Basics to Card Making with Rubber Stamps

There’s something pretty special about receiving a beautiful handmade card. But if you thought these beautiful handmade cards were easier said than done, think again. Rubber stamps are an easy and fun way to personalize cards and a quick way to ensure that they’ll look clean and inviting. In this class, you’ll learn advanced tips for stamps and card-making, as well as try your hand at creating five cards of your own. Learning about embossing and embellishments will open your eyes to the potential of this creative craft. Ages 18 and up. $49. 6:30–8:30 p.m.

Sampler Saturday: Ceramics—Handbuilding

Interested in ceramics but don’t want the commitment of weeks of classes? Sampler Saturday is offering the chance to try it out with this one-session, two-hour class. A pre-rolled slab of clay is the perfect start for experimenting with the tools and hand-building techniques you’ll learn. You’ll even have the chance to add texture and finish with a glaze. Pre-register online. Ages 16 and up. $23 for members and $25 for non-members. 1–3 p.m.

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