Mandala Reflections provides 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 provides a list of various low-cost 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. Please send me an email prior to the 1st of each month if you have a wellness event you would like to share.
Listing of events does not indicate endorsement by Mandala Reflections.
March is Women’s History Month, and March 8th is International Women’s Day! For a listing of women’s events in MN happening over the month of March, please visit the Advocates for Human Rights’ webpage.
Day Time Events:
Thursday, March 8, 12-1:30pm, Location: Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, Design of Clean, Healthy Cities: Interactions Between Urban Form and Air Quality, put on by State and Local Policy Program with HSPA, Julian Marshall, Assistant Professor of Environmental Engineering in the Civil Engineering Department at the University of Minnesota, will discuss the design of clean healthy cities.
Thursday, March 8, 3:30-5pm, Location: Maplewood Professional Building, Watson Education Center, Fighting Cancer with your Fork, hosted by HealthEast Cancer Care, “Everyone knows it’s important to eat healthy. But did you know that the way you eat can help you live longer? Join us this March in Maplewood to learn more about diet and cancer prevention. Registered dietitian Tracie Swearingen will be leading this valuable seminar.” Cost: FREE, but registration is required. RSVP with Tracie at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-232-7098.
Thursdays, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 6-8pm, Location: Founders Hall Reception Area, Metro State University St. Paul Campus, Beading workshops ,” funded by a grant from the Tri‐College NEW Leadership Institute at Metro State University, “Are you interested in learning how to make your own beaded jewelry and accessories? Whether you are new to beadwork or are experienced but just want to come for the company, join us! Everyone is welcome.” Cost: FREE- This program and materials are free for registered participants. RSVP to email@example.com and for questions, call 651‐793‐1367.
Monday, March 5, 7-9pm, Location: River Market, 221 Main St N # 1 Stillwater, MN 55082, Movie Night Monday: Independent America: The Two Lane Search for Mom & Pop, “a documentary which follows award-winning journalists, Hanson Hosein and Heather Hughes, as they travel across America in search of independent small businesses. The filmmakers speak to economists, activists, political leaders, union members, and concerned Americans from all walks of life. They also meet with a top executive from the corporate giant: Wal-Mart.”.Cost: FREE. Registration required. Call (651) 439-0366.
Monday, March 19, 6-6:30pm, Location: River Falls Area Hospital, WI, Breastfeeding Basics, helps mom and baby get off to a good start in breastfeeding. Taught by a certified lactation consultant. Cost: FREE. For more information, call the hospital at 715-307-6330.
Wednesday, March 21, 7pm, Location: MCAD, Auditorium 150, Sustainable Film Series: Living Lightly/Permaculture: A quiet revolution, Living Lightly “offers a magical glimpse into a world where the 21st century family lives with the land and the season in a corner of New Brunswick, Canada,” and Permaculture is “a documentary by Vanessa Schultz featuring leading permaculturists including the Water Institutes Brock Dolman. Be sure to “stay after for a lively discussion about the movie and relevant sustainable topics.” Cost: FREE.
Thursday, March 29, 6:30pm, Location: Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, Honoring the Earth, Transforming Our Communities: Winona LaDuke on Environmental Justice, “Internationally acclaimed author, orator and activist, Winona LaDuke will be speaking about her work regarding environmental justice and it’s impact on human rights and social justice. Attendees can gain insight regarding questions like: What is environmental and what does it have to do with me? How does environmental justice go beyond ‘going green?’ What can I do to affect change in my community?”Cost: FREE. RSVP online at z.umn.edu/winona.
Saturday, March 17, 11am-12pm, Location: Sumner Library, Minneapolis, Laughter Yoga, Lighten up! Laughter yoga combines unconditional laughter with yogic breathing to bring about good health, joy and peace. Bring a mat to lie on. Cost: FREE. Register Online or call 612-543-6875 for more information.
Saturday & Sunday, March 17 & 18, Sat.: 10am-7pm, Sun.: 10am-5pm, Location: Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 Second Avenue South, Minneapolis, Body Mind Life Expo: “We want to help you to simplify your life, feel better, and become more centered. This year, be sure to join us at the Body Mind Life Expo! You won’t want to miss out on the expertise we have brought together to help you reach your health and fitness goals.” Also, don’t miss guest, O’Neal Hampton, season 9 contestant from The Biggest Loser. “Come listen to his inspiring story and stay to hear his exciting news!” Cost: Payment required – $6 at the door contact for VIP ticketing.
Saturday, March 24, 8:30am-3:30pm, Location: Hennepin Ave United Methodist Church, 511 Groveland, Minneapolis, 7th Annual Twin Cities Sustainable Communities Conference: Linking Citizens and Cities for Sustainable Communities, this event is great for networking with people in the community who are dedicating their lives to all matters sustainability. Come to share your expertise, make a friend, or join an initiative. Registration required. Cost: FREE, suggested lunch donation $5-10.
Saturday, March 31, 9am-4:30pm, Location: Neighborhood House, 179 Robie Street, St. Paul, Community Garden Spring Resource Fair “Nourishing Neighborhoods, Connecting Communities,” put on by Gardening Matters, “The annual hoe-down is back! An excellent chance to meet other gardeners and gardening organizations from around the metro area, glean what resources and opportunities are available to community gardens, and cultivate some new horticultural and organizational skills.” This year, meet keynote speaker, “Karen Washington, an active urban farmer, president of the New York City Community Garden Coalition and founding member of Black Urban Growers (BUGs). With over 20 years of experience working in New York City, Karen has developed abandoned lots into successful community gardens and food initiatives.” Registration required, Cost: Suggested donation of $5-10.