Education & Community

Scotland Forever

Whether it’s an inquiry into the unknown or a slight obsession with the Overlander series that prompts your Scottish curiosity, this course will leave you more knowledgeable about the rich history of this fascinating country. Supplementary discussions will cover the clans and castles of Scotland. Ages 55 and up. $28.

Seniors Expo

Celebrate the mature members of our community at Minnetonka’s Seniors Expo. The event will be packed with activities, including fitness demonstrations, health screenings, exhibitors, presentations, prizes and, of course, refreshments. People of all ages welcome. Free. 9 a.m.–1 p.m,.

Make Your Own Mosaic Birdbath

Nothing tells you it’s springtime quite like the return of our favorite summer birds. Lure them (and art lovers) to your backyard with a mosaic made from an upcycled lamp. Learn how to line a terra cotta saucer with broken glass to make a unique design and then hang your masterpiece for the world to see. Bring $20 materials fee to class, plus a lamp base or hanger fittings. For the second class, bring a small covered container and old towels.

Cinco de Mayo

Get international this May with Minnetonka area seniors. Though this Mexican holiday is more celebrated here in the United States, we do know how to throw a party—food and all. So put on your sombreros, turn up your mariachi music and get in the mood to celebrate all things Mexican. Ages 55 and up. $7. 12 p.m., Minnetonka Community Center, 14600 Minnetonka Blvd., Minnetonka; 952.939.8203;

LinkedIn Professional Networking 101

Social networking has turned professional with the advent of LinkedIn, and staying competitive means staying current. Your knowledge will help you professionally, no matter your current position—its services include everything from finding a job to finding the right employee. This class will strengthen your online profile, help you increase your network and explore the many tools LinkedIn can provide.

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;

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;

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;


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