American Swedish Institute Historic Mansion Tour

Date/Time: Wednesday, April 25
Lunch: 11:00 AM, Tour: 1:00 PM

Your group tour includes a guided experience through the exquisite 33-room Turnblad Mansion. Hear the stories behind the detailed wood carvings, sculpted ceilings, the 11 ornate Swedish ceramic stoves (kakelugnar) and the architectural vision of this castle-like mansion. Learn about the Turnblad family who lived in the Mansion from 1908-1927 and then donated the building to become a Swedish–American cultural center. Today, as the American Swedish Institute, it has been transformed into a gathering place for all people to share experiences around themes of culture, migration, the environment and the arts, informed by enduring links to Sweden.

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Bienvenue à la Conversation Française

Date/Time: 2 Thursdays, May 3 & 24, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Carolynn Johnson
Join us for open-ended conversation among friends. Whatever your proficiency, we’d love to see you. If you’ve always wanted to be more conversational with your French, here’s your opportunity. Bring a notebook if you wish to take notes.

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Foci Glass Blowing: Pint Glass Social

Date/Time: Saturday, May 5, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Foci MCGA Instructors
Meet a group from WBCA at Foci Minnesota Center for Glass Arts, where a professional glass instructor will mentor you in the process of making a pint drinking glass. This hands-on experience is designed to provide you with an exciting introduction to working with molten glass. The thrill of shaping molten glass is unlike anything else available in the Twin Cities metro area. This is an excellent team-building experience and unique special event. You may bring food and drinks to enjoy, as there is some downtime while everyone takes turns making their glass. Finished projects can be picked up from Foci one week after the class. Please register at least two weeks in advance for this class.

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