November Happenings

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One aspect of Mandala Reflections hopes to provide space for thought, dialogue, learning and community that involves ourselves but also includes the collective experience. While a blog can offer a lot to some people, a lot of us need to experience something in “real life” to reap the full benefits. With that said, each month, Mandala Reflections will provide a list of various happenings occurring in the Twin Cities Metro community that contribute to Mandala Reflections’ ongoing discussion about life, health and wellness and how it relates to our stories.

There is a wealth of community resources and events out there. The more you look for new learning possibilities and experiences, the more they seem to appear. Start your own events calendar. I cannot catch all of them, so I will rely on you to share any events or happenings from your community that you think relate. Please feel free to add or publicize anything you want in the comments or send me an email prior to the 1st of each month with your event, and I will include it in the post.

On a side note, to those of you interested in going to any of these events, if you need a partner, let me know. I most certainly cannot  attend all of these events, but I share them with the intention and hope that somebody else might be able to go and report back!

Listing of events does not indicate endorsement by Mandala Reflections.

Day Time Events: For a work break, take yourself on a field trip or better yet bring a friend!

Friday, November 4, 12-1:30pm, Location: Coeur de Catherine Rm 230, St. Catherine University St. Paul Campus, “Fostering Women’s Self- Awareness and Self-Esteem Through Creative Expression” presented by Geri Chavis, Professor of English and Women’s Studies from St. Catherine University. Cost: FREE.

Thursday, November 10, 8-9am, Location: Metropolitan Ballroom, 5418 Wayzata Blvd., Minneapolis, 2011 Art Heals! Breakfast presented by Free Arts MinnesotaCost: FREE (this event is a fundraiser, but there is no requirement to donate). For more information on this event check out Free Arts Minnesota’s website.

 Friday, November 18, 12-1:30pm, Location: Coeur de Catherine Rm 230, St. Catherine University St. Paul Campus, “The Making of Modern Motherhood” presented by Jodi Vandenberg-Daves, Professor of Women’s Studies from University of WI-La Crosse. Cost: FREE.

Wednesday, November 30, 12pm, Location: IonE Seminar Room Rm 380, Learning & Environmental Sciences Bldg., St. Paul, “Cultural history meets natural history” presented by University of Minnesota-Institute on the Environment. Cost: FREE. For more details about this talk and others with Frontiers in the Environment group, check their News & Events Page.

Evening Events:

Wednesday, November 2, 8pm, Location: The Pulse, St. Catherine University St. Paul Campus, “Food First,” a documentary film presented by the Food Justice Organizing Team at St. Catherine University. Cost: FREE.

Thursday, November 3, 8pm, Location: The Pulse, St. Catherine University St. Paul Campus, “Food, Inc.,” a documentary film presented by the Food Justice Organizing Team at St. Catherine University. Cost: FREE.

Wednesday, November 7, 7-9pm, Location: Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, St. Paul, “Faith-based Storytelling for Marriage in Minnesota,” a training to help people tell their story of why marriage for same gender couples matters to them. Trainees will learn how to transform their story into two-minute points of persuasion that are compelling and effective. Cost: FREE. Register at http://lcna.org/storytelling/registration or call Lissa Messner at 651-665-0861.

Wednesday, November 9, 7pm, Location: Metro State University, Founder’s Hall Auditorium, St. Paul, “Miss Representation,” a film in the 2011 Women’s Human Rights Film series that uncovers the glaring reality in society–mainstream media contributes to the under-representation of women in influential positions in America.  “Stories from teenage girls and provocative interviews with influential women from Condoleeza Rice to Gloria Steinem build momentum as the film accumulates startling facts and statistics that will leave the audience shaken and armed with a new perspective.” Cost: FREE.

Tuesday, November 15, 4:44-5:55pm, Location: Coeur de Catherine Rm 360, St. Catherine University St. Paul Campus, “Poetry as Decolonization and Empowerment: Strengthening American Indian Adolescent Girls’ Self-Worth Through Developmental Poetry/Storytelling Group” presented by Senior Honors Student, featuring: historical and contemporary traumas or “soul wounds” influencing self-worth and health in Native girls, indigenous survivance and cultural protective factors, analysis of 13 survivance poems, performances of poetry and spoken word. Cost: FREE.

Weekend Events:

Saturday, November 5, 9:30-3:30pm, Location: Bluewater Studio, Redwing, MN, Meditation/Yoga Retreat. Cost: $20/student. For full description of this event and others, please visit the U of M’s Center for Spirituality & Healing Program and Events Calendar.

Thursday, November 10 – Sunday,  November 13, Location: Heights Theatre, Minneapolis, 7th Annual Arab Film Festival, presenting 16 different films during the day and evening hours. Cost: FREE. For full descriptions of films and show times, please visit the official website.

Sunday, November 13, 12:30-6pm, Location: Temple Israel, 2324 Emerson Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55405, “‘See us now’ 11th annual Mental Health Education Project (MHEP) Conference,” featuring keynote speaker and award-winning songwriter from Boston, Meg Hutchinson and two sets of workshops. Cost: FREE but advanced registration is preferred. For more information and registration visit the Mental Health Association of Minnesota (MHAM)’s website.

Thursday, November 17 – Saturday, November 19, Location: MCAD, Minneapolis, Minneapolis College of Art and Design’s Art Sale. Don’t miss the opportunity to support MCAD students and brighten your home with various art pieces. For further information about the time and cost visit their website.

Friday, November 18 – Saturday, November 19, Location: Metro State University, St. Paul, Overcoming Racism: Listen, Connect, Commit. For more information on cost, times and registration, visit the Minnesota Institute of Public Health’s website.

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