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June 21, 2010
By: Sarah McKenzie
Sarah McKenzie
Birthday bash for book center

The Minnesota Center for Book Arts (MCBA) is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. It’s become the largest and most comprehensive center for books of its kind in the country.

To celebrate its achievements, it’s hosting parties June 25 & 26 at its location in the Open Book building, 1011 Washington Ave. S.

On Friday, June 25, the center is hosting a Benefit Art Mart and will unveil the center’s commemorative print portfolio “From Start to Here: 25 Artists Celebrate 25 years.” The festivities will run 6–9 p.m.  

The Art Mart will have book and print pieces by local and national artists. Price ranges will be $25–$100.

The featured guest of the night will be Claire Van Vliet — an internationally noted book artist, MacArthur “Genius Grant” Fellow and the founder of The Janus Press. There will be a silent auction for a chance to take home one of three Van Vliet originals.

On Saturday, June 26, the center is holding a free community open house. Highlights include story time for children, a chance to get caricatures drawn and make mini comics with the International Cartoonist Conspiracy. There will be birthday cake, too, for visitors. The open house runs 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

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Pedal power

Are you a veteran of the Pedal Pub scene? If so, you might want to take part in the first annual Northeast Pedal Pub Race on June 27.

The NorthEast Minneapolis Business Association is hosting the race near East Hennepin and University avenues. Check-in will be in the Surdkyk’s parking lot.

It runs 11 a.m.–5 p.m.

Pedal Pubs have become a common site throughout Downtown and Northeast. Dubbed “a party on wheels,” they are powered by a group of folks pedaling while enjoying beer on scenic tours through the city.

Here are the contest basics:

— It’s costs $120 to reserve a pedal pub;

— The race will be a sprint (two to three city blocks);

— You have to have eight to 10 people per pedal pub to participate;

— Each team must have at least four females;

— Participants must be at least 18 years old; and

— Teams are encouraged to be creative with costumes/themes.

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Red, White & Boom Half Marathon!

There’s another race of note in Northeast. This one doesn’t involve beer, however — a bit of an anomaly in this part of town.

The folks that bring you the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon in October are hosting the inaugural Red, White & Boom! TC Half-Marathon on July 4.

The 13.1-mile race starts and ends on Main Street near St. Anthony Main. Runners have a 6:30 a.m. start time. They must cross the finish line by 10 a.m. to be considered an “official finisher.”

The course winds through Northeast with about three miles along Saint Anthony Parkway. The most challenging area is a hilly portion near Deming Heights Park around mile seven.

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Play the Field with the Gorilla Yogis

The next destination for the Gorilla Yogis is Walker Art Center’s Open Field.

They are hosting a free vinyasa yoga practice for the community on June 26 at 10:30 a.m. Organizers hope to create a “moving sculpture garden of sorts.”

The Gorilla Yogis — led by local yoga teachers Jessica Rosenberg and Nan Gane Arundal — host yoga gatherings at unique venues around town once a month.

Since launching earlier this year, the Gorilla Yogis have met at the Mpls Photo Center, the Cedar Cultural Center, the Guthrie and the Soo Visual Arts Center. At each gathering, they collect donations for local charities.

“Gorilla Yogis is a movement, a migration to yoga beyond studio walls gathering to practice urban jungle yoga in unexpected, offbeat places,” the Gorilla Yogis wrote of their new group.

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