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Pre-Synod Prayer and Listening Events

More about these events at archspm.org/synod.

Pre-Synod Prayer and Listening Event — Feb. 15: 9 a.m.–noon at Lumen Christi, 2055 Bohland Ave., St. Paul.

Pre-Synod Prayer and Listening Event — Feb. 18: 6–9 p.m. at St. Stephen, 525 Jackson St., Anoka.

Pre-Synod Prayer and Listening Event — Feb. 27: 6–9 p.m. at Our Lady of Grace, 5071 Eden Ave., Edina.

Pre-Synod Prayer and Listening Event — Feb. 29: 9 a.m.–noon at St. Pius V, 410 Colvill St. W., Cannon Falls.

Pre-Synod Prayer and Listening Event — Mar. 7: 9 a.m.–noon at Transfiguration, 6133 15th St. N., Oakdale.

Pre-Synod Prayer and Listening Event — Mar. 14: 9 a.m.–noon at St. Alphonsus, 7025 Halifax Ave. N., Brooklyn Center. Bilingual, Spanish and English.

Music

Eric Genuis at Open Window Theatre — Feb. 16: 6–9 p.m. at 5300 S. Robert Trail #400, Inver Grove Heights. Experience the unforgettable tour de force of Eric Genuis live at Open Window Theatre! Eric’s unique concerts, filled with inspiring stories, humor, and world-class music, have captivated audiences across the globe since 1997. http://openwindowtheatre.org/events/cultural-series.

Thomasina Petrus concert for Black History Month — Feb. 16: 7–9 p.m. at St. Joan of Arc, 4537 Third Ave. S., Minneapolis. Thomasina Petrus leads a group of musicians and actors in an evening of music and stories, with special focus on women trailblazers: Toni Morrison, Billie Holiday, Bessie Smith and more. With T Mychael Rambo, Brittany Delaney, Tonia Hughes, Aimee Bryant, Dan Chouinard, The St. Joan of Arc Choir and more. http://stjoantickets.com.

Lenten Organ Concert — Mar. 6: 7 p.m. at Our Lady of Good Counsel, 170 Good Counsel Dr., Mankato. Guest organist Dr. Jacob Benda will perform “The Seven Last Words and Triumph of Christ” by Pamela Decker and other Lenten works on the historic Johnson & Son, Opus 499 pipe organ at Our Lady of Good Counsel Chapel. https://www.ssndcp.org/events.

St. John’s Concert Series: An Instrument of Evangelization — May 14: 7 p.m. at St. John the Baptist, 680 Mill St., Excelsior. Receptions will follow the concerts. This events are free and open to the public.

Dining Out

Agape Dinner for widows and widowers — Feb. 15: 10 a.m.–1 p.m. at St. Peter, 1250 South Shore Dr., Forest Lake. Cost is $10. Mass at 10 a.m., Talk to follow by Very Reverend Charles V. Lachowitzer. Dinner to follow in St. Peter’s Hall. To R.S.V.P contact Cindy at 651-249-8807 by February 7th. All widow and widowers are welcome. http://www.stpeterfl.org.

Benefit Breakfast — Feb. 16: 8 a.m.–1 p.m. KC Hall, 1910 S. Greeley St., Stillwater. The St. Mary’s and St. Michael’s Faith Formation group invites everyone to a delicious pancake breakfast. This breakfast is in partnership with Solanus Casey Council #1632, Stillwater Knights of Columbus. The proceeds will help fund their March Faith Formation’s Habitat for Humanity Mission Trip. http://www.kc1632.mnknights.org.

Soup Supper — Feb. 17: 4:30–7 p.m. at St. Wenceslaus Church, 215 Main St. E., New Prague. Sponsored by St. Wenceslaus Soup Kitchen to benefit Dorothy Day Center in St. Paul. All you can eat chili, vegetable beef soup, chicken noodle soup, homemade breads, cookies, bars, milk and coffee. Free will offering. Tickets at the door, and take-outs available. 952-758-3888.

Maternity of Mary’s 70th Anniversary Dinner/Dance — Feb. 22: 4:30–9:30 p.m. at 592 Arlington Ave. W., St. Paul. We start with Mass at 4:30 p.m. followed by an Italian dinner, a dance with 50’s and 60’s music, and a 50/50 raffle. Reservations are due by Feb 9th so register early as seating is limited! https://www.maternityofmarychurch.org.

KC Council #3659 Pro-Life Breakfast — Feb. 23: 7:30 a.m.–noon at St. Augustine Church, 408 Third St. N., South St. Paul. All proceeds are donated to pro-life organizations. Stand up for life. Sit down for breakfast. Questions, call Kip 651-457-9276. https://kc3659.mnknights.org.

Senior Mardi Gras —Feb. 25: noon at St. Richard’s Catholic Church, 7540 Penn Ave. S., Richfield. We will have a catered Pinstripes luncheon of lasagna, seasonal veggies and cheesecake, while enjoying live entertainment by the Edina Singing Seniors! The cost is just $10, but we do need you to RSVP by Feb. 18 so that we can order enough food. Call 612-869-2426 or visit http://www.strichards.com/seniors.

Pro-Life Fish Fry & Baja Fish Tacos Benefit — Mar. 6: 4–8 p.m. at Immaculate Conception, 202 SE Alabama St., Lonsdale.

Ongoing groups

Bridge 2019-2020 Season — Last Saturdays: 7–8:30 p.m. at Church of St. Joseph, 13015 Rockford Road, Plymouth. Contract (Party) bridge players wanted! All levels of players warmly welcomed. Interested individuals should simply show up. Tables, treats and tallies will be provided. For additional information, please contact Mike or Janet Malinowski 952-525-8708. https://stjosephparish.com/book-and-card-clubs.

Calix Society — First and third Sundays: 9–10:30 a.m. at Cathedral of St. Paul, 239 Selby Ave., St. Paul. A group of men, women, family or friends supporting the spiritual needs of recovering Catholic alcoholics. We meet the first and third Sundays in the assembly room downstairs. This is a potluck breakfast meeting. For more info call Kathy at 651-330-3387. http://www.calixsociety.org.

Career Transition Group — Third Thursdays: 7:30–8:30 a.m. at Holy Name of Jesus, 155 County Road 24, Wayzata. The Career Transition Group hosts speakers on various topics geared towards helping people who are looking for a job, change in career or to enhance job skills. The meetings also allow time for networking with others and opportunities for resume review. https://www.hnoj.org/career-transition-group.

Caregivers Support Group — Third Thursdays: 6:30 p.m. at Guardian Angels, 8260 Fourth St. N., Oakdale. For anyone juggling the challenges of life, health, career & caring for an aging parent, grandparent, or spouse. Discover blessings in caring for another. https://www.guardian-angels.org/event/1392201-2019-09-19-caregivers-support-group.

CARITAS cancer support group — Wednesdays: 10:30 a.m.–noon at St. Joseph’s Hospital, second floor, maternity classroom 2500, 45 W. 10th St., St. Paul.

Grieving with Hope — Second and fourth Tuesday each month at St. Ambrose, Pingatore Room, 4125 Woodbury Drive, Woodbury. 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. LeAnn at 651-768-3009. http://www.saintambroseofwoodbury.org.

Healing Hope grief support Second and Fourth Thursdays: 6 p.m. at St. Timothy, 707-89th Ave. NE, Blaine. Facilitated by Bob Bartlett, licensed therapist. No fees or required registration. churchofsttimothy.com.

Job transitions and networking group — Tuesdays: 7–8:30 a.m. at St. Joseph the Worker, 7180 Hemlock Lane, Maple Grove. Are you unemployed, underemployed, looking to make a job change? Then join us to network, share ideas and learn about the job search process. This faith based meeting will take place every Tuesday. For questions email Bob at bob.sjtw@gmail.com. http://www.sjtw.net/job-transition-networking-group.

SoulCollage Sunday Circles — Third Sundays through August 2020: 1:30–4 p.m. at St. Paul Monastery, 2675 Benet Road, Maplewood. These casual Sunday afternoons give participants the space, quiet and time they need to create art, reflect, and explore their own inner wisdom. No previous art experience necessary. Sessions include reflection, card making and pairing soul and labyrinth. Materials provided. http://www.benedictinecenter.org.

Parish events

Mardi Gras Bingo — Feb. 22: 5 p.m. at Holy Family Maronite Catholic Church, 1960 Lexington Ave. S., Mendota Heights. Cost at the door is $30. Doors open at 5 p.m. Bingo starts at 6:30 p.m. Food will be sold during Bingo and for takeout, including hot dogs, sandwiches, hummus, kibbee, cookies, pop and beer. For more info, call the church at 651-291-1116. http://www.holyfamilymaronitechurch.org.

St. Joseph’s Lenten Mission: Alive in Prayer — Feb. 23-24: 7–8:30 p.m. at Church of St. Joseph, 1154 Seminole Ave., West St. Paul. An opportunity to retreat together with reflections offered by Fr. Stephen Borello, Vocations Director of Diocese of Juliet, IL. http://churchofstjoseph.org.

Prayer/worship

Taize prayer — First Fridays: 7:30 p.m. at St. Richard’s Catholic Church, 7540 Penn Ave. S., Richfield. Christians of all traditions are invited to experience this moving prayer centering around sung psalms and periods of holy silence. Learn more at http://www.strichards.com/first-fridays. http://strichards.com/taize.

Taize prayer — Third Fridays: 7–9 p.m. at St. Paul’s Monastery, 2675 Benet Road, Maplewood. Taize prayer is a world-wide phenomenon consisting of simple chants based on the Scriptures and periods of silence. It creates an environment that helps participants encounter the mystery of God. Refreshments follow. http://www.benedictinecenter.org.

Father Ubald Healing Mass — Feb. 13: 6–9 p.m. at St. John the Baptist Church, 215 Broadway St. N., Jordan. Join Rwandan priest, Fr. Ubald Rugirangoga, for a healing Mass. Space is limited in the Church and basement, so tickets will be required for this event. To obtain free tickets log onto http://www.sjbjordan.org, click on News & Events, Click on Healing Mass. http://www.sjbjordan.org.

Retreats

Listening with the Ears of our Temperaments — Feb. 13: 7–9 p.m. at St. Paul Monastery, 2675 Benet Road, Maplewood. Temperaments affect our personalities and also the way we pray. Using the Myers-Briggs Temperament Inventory Tool participants will explore forms of prayer that are likely to resonate with the way they are drawn into listening to, and relating to, God. http://www.benedictinecenter.org.

Married Couples’ Retreat — Feb. 14-16 at Franciscan Retreats and Spirituality Center, 16385 St. Francis Lane, Prior Lake. Experience our new theme for 2020: ‘Fear Not; I Am With You Always.’ Four talks explore how human traits challenge our ability to fully trust God. Experience a refreshing blend of scheduled time to open time. Enjoy Confession, Anointing, Mass, Holy Hour prayer sessions and renewal of wedding vows. https://franciscanretreats.net/married-couples-retreats.

Women’s Day of Reflection — Feb. 15: 8 a.m.–2 p.m. at St. Alphonsus, 7025 Halifax Ave. N., Brooklyn Center. St. Alphonsus Council of Women invites all Women for a day of Spiritual Growth. The day begins with Mass. Liz Kelly, well known speaker, will speak on the topic “He Knows You By Heart.” The cost is $15. This includes breakfast & lunch. For tickets, contact jstalberger720@yahoo.com. http://www.stalsccw.wildapricot.org.

Cathedral Men’s Retreat — Feb. 15: 9–11:30 a.m. at the Cathedral of St. Paul, 239 Selby Ave., St. Paul. Msgr. Jeffrey Steenson will introduce participants to some fascinating early Christian married couples, to learn how they viewed marriage and so transformed the outlook of the self-absorbed pagan culture that surrounded them, so much like our own today! Pre-register dchueller1949@outlook.com.

Women’s silent weekend retreat — Feb. 21-23 at Christ the King Retreat Center, 621 First Ave. S., Buffalo. “Broken, Blessed and Sent,” presented by King’s House Preaching Team. Suggested donation $160.00 per person/$100.00 per person student rate (includes a non-refundable deposit of $30.00). http://kingshouse.com.

Women’s Weekend Retreat — Feb. 21-23 at Franciscan Retreats and Spirituality Center, 16385 St. Francis Lane, Prior Lake. Experience our new theme for 2020: ‘Fear Not; I Am With You Always.’ Explore how human traits challenge our ability to fully trust God. Includes four fresh conference talks and a refreshing blend of scheduled time to open time. Enjoy Confession, Anointing, Mass, Holy Hour and Prayer sessions. https://franciscanretreats.net/womens-retreats.

As Thyself — Feb. 22: 1–4 p.m. at Guardian Angels, 8260 Fourth St. N., Oakdale. We explore self-care as spiritual practice to support living the greatest commandment with peace, joy, and hope. Cami Smalley, professional wellness coach hopes to inspire and support your holistic well-being so that you can generously engage in being light in the world, inc. prayer & meditation. https://www.guardian-angels.org/event/1742386-2020-02-22-as-thyself-retreat.

Women’s silent Lenten midweek retreat — Feb. 25-27 at Christ the King Retreat Center, 621 First Ave. S., Buffalo. “Broken, Blessed and Sent,” presented by King’s House Preaching Team. Suggested donation $160.00 per person/$100.00 per person student rate (includes a non-refundable deposit of $30.00). http://kingshouse.com.

Beyond Fear; Radical Hospitality; Everyday Prophets — Feb. 27-Mar. 1 at St. Paul Monastery, 2675 Benet Road, Maplewood. Three opportunities to learn how each of us can become everyday prophets and change the world with small acts of courage and compassion. Led by a Sister who formed a ministry with 1000 volunteers serving 1000 prisoners each week http://www.benedictinecenter.org.

Married couples retreat — Feb. 28-Mar. 1 at Christ the King Retreat Center, 621 First Ave. S., Buffalo. “Broken, Blessed and Sent,” presented by King’s House Preaching Team. Suggested donation $320.00 per couple (includes a non-refundable deposit of $60.00 per couple). http://kingshouse.com.

Dare to Live Catholic: Women’s Retreat — Feb. 29: 8 a.m.–1 p.m. at Church of the Blessed Sacrament, 2119 Stillwater Ave., St. Paul. Morning retreat on living a Catholic life in today’s world, with speaker Dr. Pamela Patnode. Time for personal reflection, rosary, Eucharistic Adoration, Reconciliation, and Mass. Includes breakfast and lunch. $10 preregistered/$15 at the door. Call parish office at 651-738-0677 to register. https://www.blessedsacramentsp.org/upcoming-events.

CCW Women’s Retreat: Jesus Encounters Woman — Mar. 21: 8 a.m.–noon at St Peter’s Historical Catholic Church, 1405 Henry Sibley Memorial Highway, St. Paul. The Council of Catholic Women will present a morning of reflection that will begin with Holy Mass with Fr. Steven Hoffman officiating. A continental breakfast will be served, and Fr. Hoffman will give two sessions on “Jesus Encounters Woman,” the theme of the retreat, in relation to women in the Bible. The goal is to deepen our relationship with God by reflecting prayerfully on His word. http://www.stpetersmendota.org.

Ignatian men’s silent retreat — Thursday-Sunday most weeks at Demontreville Jesuit Retreat House, 8243 Demontreville Trail N., Lake Elmo. Let God meet you at a beautiful retreat location in Lake Elmo, MN. The cost is free will donation. http://www.demontrevilleretreat.com.

Conferences/workshops

Order Franciscans Secular (OFS) — Third Sundays: 1 p.m. at Catholic Charities, 1200 Second Ave. S., Minneapolis. Come and learn more about this group of lay Catholic men and women striving to observe the gospel of Jesus Christ by following the example of St. Francis who made Christ the inspiration and center of his life with God and people. 952-922-5523.

Investment Conference — Feb. 12: 7:15–10:15 a.m. at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 1405 Sibley Memorial Highway, St. Paul. We’ve designed this event for people who want to better understand the world of Catholic investing. You’ll gain perspective on the 2020 economic outlook. And, you’ll learn how CCF stewards more than $378 million charitable assets on behalf of its many donors to meet the needs of our local community. https://ccf-mn.org/events/investment-conference.

What Benedict Says About Stability in Relationships — Feb. 18: 9 a.m.–1 p.m. at St. Paul Monastery, 2675 Benet Road, Maplewood. Participants will learn various forms of internal and external stability that can nurture communities and individuals seeking God. They will learn principles developed by St. Benedict, a 3rd century monk, who recognized the need to be grounded to form good relationships with God, self and others. http://www.benedictinecenter.org.

What Muslims Can Teach Catholics about Christianity — Feb. 18: 7–9 p.m. at University of St. Thomas, 2115 Summit Ave., St. Paul. Lecture Rita George-Tvrtkovi? (PhD, University of Notre Dame), associate professor of theology at Benedictine University in suburban Chicago, where she specializes in medieval and contemporary Christian-Muslim relations. http://stthomas.edu/theology/events.

Long Term Success through Long Term Care — Feb. 27: 6:30–7:30 p.m. at Mary, Mother of the Church, 3333 Cliff Road E., Burnsville. Join us at a free dinner seminar to learn about planning for Long Term Care. To RSVP, contact Natalie at cybartagencymail2@kofc.org call 952-686-7720 or visit twincitieskofc.org.

The Churches of Rome — Feb. 27: 6–8 p.m. at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church, 155 County Road 24, Wayzata. A pictorial tour of Rome’s most special churches with Greg Pulles, author of “Sacred Places: Rediscovering the Churches of Rome,” presented by KC Council 13096. Mass followed by a wine & cheese reception & presentation. RSVP by Sunday, Feb 23, to kofc@hnoj.org. A Knights of Columbus promotion event. https://www.hnoj.org.

Long Term Success through Long Term Care — Mar. 5: 6:30–7:30 p.m. at St. Charles Borromeo, 2739 NE Stinson Blvd., Minneapolis. Join us at a free dinner seminar to learn about planning for Long Term Care. To RSVP, contact Natalie at cybartagencymail2@kofc.org call 952-686-7720 or visit twincitieskofc.org.

Schools

STEM Carnival at Epiphany Catholic School — Feb. 27: 4:30–6:30 p.m. at Epiphany Catholic School, 11001 Hanson Blvd., Coon Rapids. Moms and dads, grab your Preschool-5th grade child and come to our no cost STEM Carnival! Crazy STEM fun for Preschool-5th grade in a great Catholic School! Includes free hot dog dinner and hands-on activities. http://epiphanyschoolmn.org.

Singles

Sunday Spirits walking group for 50-plus Catholic singles — ongoing Sundays. For Catholic singles to meet and make friends. The group usually meets in St. Paul on Sunday afternoons. Kay at 651-426-3103 or Al at 651-439-1203.

Singles group — ongoing second Saturday each month: 6:15 p.m. at St. Vincent de Paul, 9100 93rd Ave. N., Brooklyn Park. Gather for a potluck supper, conversation and games. 763-425-0412.

Speakers

Building Resilient Communities speaker series — Second Mondays: 5:45–8 p.m. No speaker in Dec. or Apr. Location alternates between St. Joan of Arc, 4537 Third Ave. S., Minneapolis, and Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 4100 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis. This series will focus on creating a shared understanding of mental illness, personal and community resilience, and how we can respond and support individuals living with mental illness, chronic stress, or facing overwhelming experiences.

Life Legal MN — Feb. 15: 6–8:45 p.m. at Bloomington Knights of Columbus Event Center, 1114 American Blvd. W., Bloomington. Details at link below: https://lifelegaldefensefoundation.org/2020/01/21/life-legal-mn-benefit-dinner.

Theology on Tap — Wednesdays through Feb. 19: 6:30 p.m. at Gabe’s By the Park, 991 Lexington Parkway N., St. Paul. Cathedral Young Adults presents this 6-week Catholic speaker series. Enjoy food, drink, and fellowship while deepening your faith. http://www.cathedralsaintpaul.org/cya-theology-on-tap.

Connecting Lent — Feb. 23: 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Chruch, 3535 72nd St. E., Inver Grove Heights. David Rinaldi will be speaking on the connections between the Passover event, the Last Supper and the Mass. A lunch will be served in advance of David speaking. Tickets are $15.00 each or receive a discount for a table of 8 for $110.00. 651-455-6624 to reserve your tickets by Feb. 17th. http://www.churchofstpatrick.com.

Faith and Politics: Where is the Intersection? — Feb. 24: 7–8:30 p.m. ata Lumen Christi Catholic Community, 2055 Bohland Ave., St. Paul. Dr. Bernie Evans, Professor Emeritus of Theology at St. John’s University will help discern using Catholic social teaching and the common good in making decisions in the 2020 primaries and elections. http://lumenchristicc.org.

Alexi Sargeant: Speaker at Open Window Theatre — Feb. 29: 10:30 a.m. at 5300 S. Robert Trail #400, Inver Grove Heights. Join pop culture expert and game designer Alexi Sargeant for a celebration of the role of the imagination in storytelling! Alexi’s will speak on the value of fantasy in the Christian imagination, followed by audience Q&A. http://openwindowtheatre.org/events/cultural-series.

The Encyclicals and Faithful Citizenship — Feb. 29, Mar. 7, Mar. 14, Mar. 21, Apr. 4, Aug. 15, Sept. 12, and Oct. 10: 5:30 p.m. at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 6730 Nicollet Ave. S., Richfield. St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Richfield is hosting a series of speakers explaining how Catholic teaching relates to political promotions. We will also look at voting as a Catholic. The cost is a free will offering for dinner. Registration is required in order to prepare enough food. Sept. 12 will be a special event starting at 8:45 a.m., and the speaker will be Bishop Andrew Cozzens, discussing Catholic Moral Principles: Doing Good and Avoiding Evil. http://www.stpetersrichfield.org.

Visions of the Afterlife — Mar. 1: 4–6 p.m. at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 2914 W. 44th St., Minneapolis. We will kick off the season of Lent with an afternoon of Prayer and Reflection. A welcome reception with light refreshments will begin at 4 p.m., followed by Fr Joncas’ talk “Visions of the Afterlife” from 4:30-5:30 p.m. We will conclude the day with a Lenten Vespers Prayer from 5:30-6. All are welcome!

Staying Centered with Matt Birk — Mar. 14: 8:30–11:30 a.m. at Guardian Angels, 8260 Fourth St. N., Oakdale. The Men’s & Women’s Clubs welcome Matt Birk as he speaks on Staying Centered and rediscovering his faith at the annual Morning of Reflection. RSVP requested for planning purposes. https://www.guardian-angels.org/event/1710376-2020-03-14-morning-of-reflection.

SSND Women’s Leadership Luncheon — Mar. 26: 11 a.m.–1 p.m. at Midpointe Event Center, 415 Pascal St. N., St. Paul. The SSND sponsored luncheon will focus on diversity and how it plays into our everyday lives. This year’s featured speaker is Dr. Antonia Apolinario-Wilcoxon; her theme is Embracing Diversity: The Struggle for Social Justice. Join us to learn more about diversity and ways to promote acceptance. http://www.ssndcp.org/wll-stp.

Tolkien: Behind the Scenes with Playwright Ron Reed at Open Window Theatre — Apr. 18: 10:30 a.m. at 5300 S. Robert Trail #400, Inver Grove Heights. Join Tolkien playwright Ron Reed for a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of the play, including bonus material not included in the final script and Ron’s discoveries about J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and other Inklings that aren’t necessarily in their biographies. http://openwindowtheatre.org/events/current-season.

Tolkien and Lewis: Exploring a Friendship with Dr. Holly Ordway at Open Window Theatre — May 9: 10:30 a.m. at 5300 S. Robert Trail #400, Inver Grove Heights. Curious to know how Tolkien’s words about story gave rise to Lewis’s Christian faith? Come find out the answers to these questions and more with Inklings scholar Dr. Holly Ordway. Talk followed by Q&A with Holly. http://openwindowtheatre.org/events/cultural-series.

Other events

Knights of Columbus bingo — Wednesdays: 6–9 p.m. at Solanus Casey Council Hall, 1910 S. Greeley St., Stillwater.

“The World Over” at Open Window Theatre — Feb. 13-Mar. 15 at 5300 S. Robert Trail #400, Inver Grove Heights. Join us for the regional premiere of playwright Keith Bunin’s unforgettable tale of adventure, love, loss and redemption. Drawing on a vast array of influences from the Bible, to The Odyssey, to Shakespeare, The World Over masterfully speaks to the original beauty and goodness of the human person. http://openwindowtheatre.org/events/current-season.

Wakota’s Gala — Feb. 22: 6–9 p.m. at the Double Tree Hotel, 7800 Normandale Blvd., Bloomington. Wakota, A Guiding Star Center invites you to their gala, with featured speaker Melissa Ohden, founder of the Abortion Survivors Network. Tickets are complimentary. Details and registration are online. http://www.guidingstarwakota.org/Gala.

The Passion of Jesus in Music, Word & Light — Mar. 19-21: 8 p.m. at St. Mark’s Church, 350 Atwood St., Shakopee. Come pray with us as we prepare for this holy season by reliving Jesus’ final days on earth. English narration Mar. 20-21, and Spanish narration Mar. 19. Prelude music begins at 7:40 p.m. Free admission. For more information, call Peggy at 612-849-3485; Si tiene alguna pregunta llame a José al 952-210-7884. http://shakopeepassionplay.org.

“Tolkien” at Open Window Theatre — Apr. 17-May 17 at 5300 S. Robert Trail #400, Inver Grove Heights. The worlds of Middle Earth and Narnia may never have come to be were it not for the deep and complex friendship between J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. Legends in wait, their books would eventually change the shape of literature, but first, their friendship would change one another. http://openwindowtheatre.org/events/current-season.

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