February 7 — Urban Expedition to Ghana
For the month of February, the Landmark Center’s “Urban Expedition” series explores crafts, exhibits, music, dance, and food from Ghana. Other Virtual Urban Expeditions include Spain (March 7), Iran (March 21), and Laos (April 11).
“Each season is a wonderful showcase of the diversity in the Twin Cities community,” said Judy Brooks, Community Programs Director. “As the pandemic continues and families are continuing to stay home, we hope the virtual events give them an afternoon of at-home adventures.”
Each Virtual Urban Expedition will be available online for one month. Free. landmarkcenter.org/urban-expedition
Through February 8 — Winter Carnival
The 135th annual Saint Paul Winter Carnival offers dozens of free events such as an ice fishing tournament, snow sculpture competition, and scavenger hunt. Most events take place in downtown Saint Paul as well as at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. Free. wintercarnival.com
February 6, 13, 20, 27 — Scribente Maternum
This virtual writing retreat is specifically designed for parents in the maternal role. Participants create space for creativity, connection, and care. Guest speakers include Nora McInerney, Maria Broom, M.M. DeVoe, and Karen Houppert.
$297. Funding assistance is available to people from the global majority, people with disabilities, and anyone experiencing financial hardship. tinyurl.com/Scribente
February 12 – April 15 — “The Dot”
Vashti insists she is not an artist and draws a single dot to prove it. But when Vashti’s teacher frames the dot and hangs it up, the disgruntled student begins a journey of creative self-discovery. This virtual performance includes archival footage of Stages Theatre Company’s production of “The Dot,” art kit supplies, an online art gallery, and a live virtual dance class with performers and instructors. Appropriate for ages four and up. $50. stagestheatre.org/the-dot
February 24 — Heid Erdrich, “Little Big Bully”
Heid Erdich’s new book offers personal myth, Native contexts, and allegories driven by women’s resistance to narcissists, stalkers, and harassers. History, ecosystem collapse, and the present epidemic of missing and murdered Indigenous relatives underlie these poems. Erdrich will discuss her work at this virtual reading series. Free. 7pm. thefriends.org/fireside
Ongoing — NAMI Support Groups
The National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) offers free online peer support groups for adults and young adults living with mental illness, their families, friends, partners, as well as parents of children and teens. Led by trained peer facilitators, support groups help individuals and families learn coping skills and find strength by sharing their experiences. Free. namimn.org