November Events Calendar

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FYCC Family Bingo
Thursday, November 2  6:30–7:30pm  Albertville City Hall
$10/family if you pre-register online ($15 at the door)

$1 Kids Movie: Ice Age 2
November 4, 5, & 7  St. Michael Cinema
More info and Showtimes:

STMA High School presents Cinderella
November 9–11 7pm & November 12 2pm  STMA High School Performing Arts Center
Adults $8, Students/Seniors $6

Autumn Nature Walks

Between the beautiful weather and the fall colors, this week is ALL about leaf-gazing! If you can’t tell, the STMA area is at its peak for fall color right now, making it a great time to go outdoors and enjoy an autumn nature walk with your kids.

By the way, do you know WHY the leaves change colors? Check out this article from the MN DNR, and learn something cool to teach your kids!

Here are some great local spots to go for a stroll: (listed from north to south)

2017 Halloween & Harvest Events

Saturday, October 14
Pumpkin Patch Kids Zombie Run
8am  Otsego Prairie Park  Cost: $20  Ages 4-15

Saturday, October 14
Kids Pumpkin Patch
11am-1pm  Otsego Prairie Park
Games, treats, inflatables, free pumpkins while supplies last
Bring a non-perishable food donation OR book for the Little Free Library
More info:

Sara Mosher of Mosher Farm & Gardens

This post is part of a series celebrating STMA moms who’ve turned their passions into unique local businesses. You can read past #mompreneur articles by clicking here.

Check out the GIVEAWAY at the end of this article!

I had the pleasure of getting to know Sara Mosher at her home on a rainy day in October. But even the dreary weather outside couldn’t keep Sara from smiling as she told me all about her family’s foray into entrepreneurship—Mosher Farm & Gardens, located just northwest of St. Michael on Jason Avenue.

Amore Ice Cream Shoppe, Elk River

Amore Ice Cream Shoppe is one of those names I’d heard from time to time in passing, but it wasn’t until a friend in Otsego started going there all. the. time. that I figured I’d better give it a try. All it took was just a taste, and I too fell in LOVE. (yes, pun totally intended)

101 Market in Otsego

This week I wanted to take the kids somewhere to celebrate fall, but it’s been so rainy and windy that we’ve found it hard to do anything outdoors. It was definitely time for a visit to 101 Market in Otsego!

101 Market, which celebrates its 20th year of business this year, started as a small greenhouse and has expanded over the years to become a full-fledged home and garden center. In the fall, it’s a great local destination for family fun! In the greenhouses you’ll find row after row of pumpkins—all sizes and colors!—plus Indian corn, gorgeous mums, and lots of other fall decor.

October Events Calendar

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Monday, October 2
Fire Safety Storytime (toddlers and preschool age)
10:30-11:15 am  St. Michael Library
More info:

Wednesday, October 4
ECFE Field Trip to MN Children’s Musuem
8:45am–1pm  Bus leaves from STMA Community Ed building
All are welcome!  Cost: $12/child, adult chaperones are free

Thursday, October 5
Kids Pumpkin Party
4–7 pm  Albertville Central Park
Pumpkin painting, games, and treats  (for kids 10 and under)
More info:

Danielle Brown of Green Martini Paint Co.

This post is part of a series celebrating STMA moms who’ve turned their passions into unique local businesses. You can read past #mompreneur articles by clicking here.

Check out the GIVEAWAY at the end of this article!

Every once in a while I have the chance to get to know someone who is totally working in her sweet spot. One such local mom, Danielle Brown, has combined her background in graphic design and her love of teaching with her outgoing personality to create Green Martini Paint Co., which provides not only for her family but also meets the need for a social and creative outlet for members of the STMA community.

Top 5 Favorite Local Apple Orchards

Fall is here, and with it comes the opportunity for your family to enjoy all that the harvest season has to offer—including a visit to one of our area’s fantastic apple orchards!

I’ve pulled together information on five of the most popular orchards among STMA residents, all of which include pick-your-own apples. (Distances listed are from St. Michael town center)

Harvest Festival at The Fountains at Arbor Lakes – Sunday, September 17

The Fountains at Arbor Lakes shopping center in Maple Grove is hosting it’s second annual Harvest Festival on Sunday, September 17.

Join them for fall fun from 1 to 5 p.m.—free hay rides, Untiedt’s farmers market, Walton’s Hallow petting zoo, and much more!  More info:

The Fountains at Arbor Lakes is located on the east side of Hemlock Lane.
This event is taking place in the parking lot between Dave & Busters and Klein Bank.
(download PDF map)