Are April showers keeping the kids stuck inside? Lila and Claudine’s Yarn & Gifts offers a Thursday knitting group for 8- to 12-year-olds who love to knit or want to learn. Qualified instructors are happy to teach the basics or new techniques, and the after-school group is a great way to meet new friends and make progress on a special handmade project. 651.429.9551.
Arts & Performance
Don’t miss this season’s Art Extravaganza at Central Middle School, where students will showcase their art in the corridors. The next van Gogh may be hanging on the walls at Central, so stop by and support the students. Times vary. 651.653.2888.
The Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra is coming to Mahtomedi, and it’s an event that shouldn’t be missed. The orchestra will perform jazz great Dave Brubeck’s haunting Regret, Dominick Argento’s cheery Valentino Dances complete with an accordion soloist, and Dmitri Shostakovich’s powerful Fifth Symphony. 651.426.3261.
Celebrate the start of spring at the Grand Symphonic Winds concert. This 90-member wind ensemble is based in the Twin Cities, but has been playing at famous concert halls around the globe for the past 25 years. A part of the Wildwood Artist Series, this concert will feature songs with a bit of South American flair to showcase the ensemble’s recent tour in Brazil. 651.269.9888.
St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church is hosting the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra (SPCO) in Mahtomedi. The orchestra will be performing the Baroque classic that invites you to on a journey as one season musically moves into the next. Ticket information available on the SPCO website. 651.291.1144(SPCO).
Gear up for a spooky experience at this bone-chilling adaptation of Agatha Christie’s most popular murder mystery. Watch as 10 characters are trapped on an island mansion with only themselves and their secrets for company—not knowing that once their secrets are revealed, death is sure to follow. 651.429.5674.
The kids of Central Middle School have talent and they’re ready to show it off. Head to the school for an evening of song, dance, instrumental performances and fun. 651.653.2888.
As the class title indicates, writing a book is a huge accomplishment. But the publishing industry is changing, and taking the next step can be both nerve-wracking and confusing. This class details every stage of the publishing process, including creation, publication, marketing and sales, and gives tips for traditional and self-publishing strategies. Registration required. 651.407.7501.
Part of the WaterMusic Series presented by St. John in the Wilderness Episcopal Church, this concert features some of the area’s most talented performers, hosted by Minnesota Public Radio’s Steve Staruch. 651.429.5351.
Head out to frozen White Bear Lake to see the space in an entirely different context at this art and community event. Ice-fishing shanties like you’ve never seen them before will be set up all over the ice; the shanties are artistically designed and include interactive elements, so you can be part of the action. Grab a hot dog from the Art Shanty Projects Board’s shanty and explore what our arts community has to offer in a fun (albeit cold) setting. 612.567.6844.