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Brave New Workshop is back with their annual holiday revue full of irreverent and satirical take on holiday traditions and pop culture skewering.  Skits range from an opening holiday rap to the much-loved 12 Days of Christmas parody.  As always, the Brave New Workshop does not disappoint.  The show is a fantastic escape from pre-holiday stresses while also a great way to get excited and celebrate the upcoming holiday season.   It’s also a fabulous way to come up with fun gift ideas!  I learned that the perfect gift for any guy is a card and that the iPad Mini is grossly overrated… The More You Know!

Better yet, discount tickets are available!  Click here for a 50% off coupon.  You can also find discount tickets available via Goldstar and through the MPR Member Connect program.

Twerking Around the Christmas Tree runs through January 31, 2014


Skaters are invited to experience the unique urban setting of downtown Saint Paul. Located in the heart of the city, Wells Fargo WinterSkate creates a fun, winter experience for visitors of all ages. The historic Landmark Center creates a beautiful backdrop for the outdoor rink, showcasing Saint Paul’s charming European architecture and old-world ambiance.

Wells Fargo invites you and your whole family to dust off your skates and head to downtown Saint Paul. The outdoor rink will be filled with noontime skaters, after school groups, youth hockey scrimmages and practices, broomball teams, corporate events, and family open skating.

Skate rentals are just $4 or FREE you and your immediate family by showing your Wells Fargo check card or credit card!

November 29, 2014 through January 31, 2015
Landmark Plaza, adjacent to Rice Park in downtown Saint Paul at the corner of West 5thand Market Streets

Open skate hours are as follows:

  • Monday-Thursday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Friday 11 a.m. – 10 p.m
  • Saturday 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Sunday 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
  • HOLIDAYS: check here for special holiday hours

November 29th is the Grand Opening Celebration for Wells Fargo Winter Skate.  This event will include a performance by the Choo Choo Bob Band,  skating demonstrations, tree lighting ceremony, free skate rentals and fireworks.

Saturday, November 29, 2014
4:00- 10pm
Landmark Plaza, adjacent to Rice Park in Downtown Saint Paul.

The City of Minneapolis and many community partners will soon be offering free computer repair and technology support at four upcoming “Fix-It Tech” events.

If folks have a computer or laptop that is running slow, not working or appears to have a virus, they are encouraged to bring it in (with power cords) for free tech support. Volunteers at these events will teach valuable repair skills, answer questions, and give technical advice about computers and laptops. Computers and laptops will be looked at on a first-come, first-served basis. The consultation and labor are free but parts will be available for purchase. Volunteers may be able to help with smartphones and tablets depending on capacity.

Upcoming Fix-It Tech events

Saturday, Nov. 22, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
U of M Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC)
2001 Plymouth Ave N. Minneapolis, 55411

Friday, Jan. 30, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Takoda Institute – AIOIC
1845 East Franklin Ave, Minneapolis, 55404

Friday, Feb. 27, 3 – 7 p.m.
Oak Park Center – Pillsbury United Communities
1701 Oak Park Ave N., Minneapolis 55411

Saturday, March 28, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Waite House – Pillsbury United Communities
2323 11th Ave S., Minneapolis, 55404

While supplies last, you can receive a free movie ticket (up to $10 value) via Fandango with any Starbucks purchase.  Click here for all the details.

To make this deal even hotter, purchase a $10 gift card to Starbucks for $5 via Groupon.

Fandango allows you to purchase tickets online for Regal Brooklyn Center, Block E, Carmike Wynnsong, Showplace ICON, AMC Showplace and Carmike Oakdale metro area theaters, among others.


Twin Cities Savers will be offering two $25 gift vouchers to Cheeky Monkey Deli for $25.  See offer page for full details.  Only 100 of these vouchers will be sold and I expect they will sell out quickly based on the popularity of this restaurant.

Over the past five years, Cheeky has evolved into a Deli by Day – serving up memorable sandwiches, salads and soups for lunch… and a cozy Bistro by Night – showcasing hearty entrees such as pot roast, fish or mac-n-cheese with goat cheese. The British décor vibe is fashioned after a true British Gastro deli-pub that offers a warm, comfortable, come-as-you-are welcome.

Cheeky Monkey Deli
525 Selby Ave.
St. Paul

3rdthursNo Gucci? No Prada? No problem!
GET FREE admission to “Italian Style: Fashion Since 1945.”
TAKE IN a fabulous fashion show presented by Cult Collective and Mona Williams.
ROCK OUT to the indie pop sounds of Strange Relations.
VOGUE for the photobooth.
DESIGN your own Italian Style–inspired fashions.
MASTER stylish Italian phrases with the Italian Cultural Center.

Thursday, November 20, 2014
Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Free; refreshments for sale

With this Living Social deal, receive $50 to spend at Saks Off 5th for $35.  This offer is available for redemption online and in store.  There are two retail locations in the Twin Cities.  There is one in Minneapolis and one in Eagan.

Buy a $10 gift card to Starbucks for only $5 with this Groupon offer.  See offer for full details.