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.
Education & Community
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Online registration for the 2015 Best of Lake Minnetonka celebration is now closed. Tickets may be purchased in person at the event.
Please join us for an inspirational evening sharing the work of Opportunity International as we bring together female executives, leaders, and activists. Hear from Megan Tamte, Co-founder and CEO, Evereve (formerly Hot Mama), and Vicki Escarra, Global CEO, Opportunity International, as they share stories of overcoming their fears through courage. Be motivated by the story of Beathe Iribagiza, a Rwandan survivor of the genocide and expert artisan, who exemplifies the spirit of determination.
Trillium Woods, a resort-style senior living community scheduled to open in summer 2015, is hosting a financial evaluation of retirement housing options presented by Calista Sievers, Finance Manager of Life Care Services from 10:30 to noon, Tuesday, Nov. 4 at the Trillium Woods Information Center located at 3300 Fernbrook Lane N Plymouth, Minn.