Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day early this year, and join Twin Cities in Motion at Lake Harriet for a 5K or 10-mile race around the lake, starting and finishing near the landmark bandshell. If you dress up you’ve got a chance to win a prize, so don’t forget your green! Make sure to check out the post-race party at Cooper Irish Pub in St. Louis Park.
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Channel the luck of the Irish on the day o’ the green (or close to it). Sponsored by the Excelsior-Lake Minnetonka Chamber of Commerce and Jake O’Connors, the 5K Fun Run invites all participants to celebrate St. Patty’s Day. The Commons Workplace will be on hand to offer complimentary beverages post-race, as well as pre- and post-run yoga sessions. Runners are encouraged to fundraise, and all proceeds benefit the Excelsior Fourth of July fund and other Excelsior events.
The Fare Walk for Food Allergy brings together thousands of people seeking a safer world for the 15 million Americans with food allergies. The walk is a family-friendly event that will raise funds for food allergy research, education, advocasy and awareness. This special day in Minneapolis will include fun activities for the entire family. Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. The walk begins immediately following the walk ceremony at 10:00 a.m. Check out Foodallergywalk.org\minneapolis2014 for more information.
Celebrate the day of love a few days early. Enjoy a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner at the Baker Park Reserve ski chalet before skiing along a candle-lit trail. Stop at a campfire along your woodsy journey. Register before February 5. Ski equipment is available at no extra charge; 21 years or older may bring an alcoholic beverage. 6–10 p.m. 763.694.7860.
Miniature golf and bowling are not solely summer and indoor sports. Try your hand at competing with a club or pins on ice. Drop in any time to tee up at a miniature golf course that presents obstacles and holes directly in the ice, and try your hand at ice bowling. Warm up around a bonfire with a steaming cup of hot cocoa after your games. 63.694.7650
Minnesota hockey players take to the rinks in pond hockey competitions. Excelsior’s North American Pond Hockey tournament includes four divisions, divided by gender and age group. The weekend also features a performance by Hitchville on Friday night. All proceeds benefit charitable causes, including Defending the Blue Line, which provides funds so kids in military families can play hockey. $500 per men’s team, $300 per women’s team. Free for spectators. Games begin at 9 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. 612.747.3030.
You’re cold, shivering and a bit stir-crazy. Your diagnosis? Arctic fever. Explore Tonka Bay, Shorewood and Excelsior to combat the winter blues. The weekend kicks off with a snow sculpture competition on Friday; view masterpieces while nibbling on pizza from Joey Nova’s. All three cities also host numerous events throughout the weekend, including wagon rides and bonfires. Free. Check the website for a full list of events, times and locations. 952.474.7635.
Embrace the beauty of a Minnesota winter by staying active. The Lake Minnetonka area is home to a handful of outdoor skating rinks featuring warming houses as well as skiing trails. Park warming houses are open through the end of February. Check the website for park times and regulations. 952.939.8200.
The Lake Minnetonka Figure Skating Club (LMFSC) is hosting its 11th annual Winter Extravaganza event on Saturday, December 7. Enjoy an afternoon of skating exhibitions, silent auction bidding and holiday treats while helping those in need obtain warm winter clothing.