Wednesday, September 21, 2016

2016 Walk to end Alzheimers

      If you have the time and energy on Saturday morning this would be an excellent event for you to take part in. As you know, Alzheimers is a terrible disease. Wouldn't a cure for it be amazing? Here is how you can further the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer's Association

9:00 am - Check-in & Registration 
10:00 am - Opening Ceremony
10:30 am - Walk

Route Length: 3 miles 
Lake George Municipal Complex
1101 7th St. S
St. Cloud, MN 56301

After the Walk, join the Bobby Vee and Irene Linn families at Bad Habit Brewing to continue to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer's! Everyone has a story - come share yours and join us in an effort to help end this disease. This special event features music by Slip Twister, Collective Unconscious, Walter's Wheelhouse and the Killer Vees! Goodwill donations will be accepted at the door in addition to proceeds from food and beverage sales donated in support of the cause. Food and non-alcoholic beverages will also be available. All ages welcome! 
Location: Bad Habit Brewing, 15 E Minnesota St #108, St Joseph, MN 
Time: 1:00 pm - 8:00 pm

For more info go here.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Walk, Run, Bike or Skate


     If you are looking for a scenic place to walk, run, bike or rollerblade this is the place for you. The Beaver Island Trail is a paved trail along the Mississippi River through a mostly wooded area. The Trail head is on St.Cloud State University. (Our city is currently working to expand the trail.)

      There are spots where you can go off-trail and get a closer view of the river and the wildlife. It's a great, paved trail with parking close by.

      Check out the historical marker for the original location of St. John's Abbey. The monks settled there in 1856 when they first arrived in Minnesota, and I can see why. It's a beautiful location.

     I have always felt safe biking or running on this trail. If you bike remember to wear a helmet and signal (by voice or bell) that you are coming up to a walker or runner. I know from experience that this is much appreciated!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

What's On Tap for the Weekend


    Hopefully the rain clears out and we get some sunshine this weekend. Even if we don't there is a lot happening this weekend with some of it inside.

BlizzardShack Block Party at St.Cloud State University. 720 Fourth Ave. S.  This takes place at 7 p.m. at the Atwood Center Mall. Free Food, inflatables, carnival rides, and more! SCSU students, faculty and staff are FREE with ID. Non students are $10.  For details go here.

St.Cloud PRIDE Kick-off Event takes place at 10:30p.m. at Pioneer Place on Fifth (22 Fifth Ave.S.) Performances by several performers. Details and tickets here.

Movie Night at the Huskies Cinema at SCSU. They are showing Finding Dory at the Atwood Little Theater. Students, Faculty and staff FREE with ID. Non students $3.

The Central MN Builders Association's Tour of Homes starts today.
Hours 4:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m. List of homes to tour/maps may be picked up at local Holiday Stations. More info here.

11th Anniversary Bash. 5 p.m. at the Veranda Lounge, 22 Fifth Ave.S. FREE music by Monday Night Jazz, Andrew Walesch and Flat Top Junction. Details 320-203-0331

Huskies Cinema showing Finding Dory. See above.

Tour of Homes continues today. Hours 12:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

Tour of Homes continues today too. 12:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

*Ongoing Exhibit--Art in the Nook:Landscapes by R.C.McCoy. Paramount Visual Arts Center, 913 St.Germain St.  Oil/acrylic paintings.

Monday, September 5, 2016

A Busy Saturday


 Next Saturday St. Cloud will be hopping! Here are a few events scheduled:

St.Cloud Walk to Defeat ALS
8:30-noon at Lake George. The is the ALS's biggest annual event which raises funds for local chapters. To register go here.

Annual Woofstock Companion Walk
9 a.m.-2p.m. Wilson Park  The Tri-County Humane Society Fundraiser. Along with the 5K will be games for people and pets, food, a silent auction, demos, music, pet costume contest and a hot dog eating contest. Details here.

St. Mary's Cathedral Block Party
4-10 p.m. on the St. Mary's Parish Grounds, 25 8th Ave.S.
Food, beer garden, festival games for adults and kids, silent auction and BINGO. Outdoor mass at 4 p.m. bring your own lawn chairs. Music by Revolution 5-6 p.m. Diamondback at 8 p.m. More info here.

GREAT Theatre Company 
The Theatre Company is putting on a performance of Sister Act at 7:30 p.m. at the Paramount Visual Arts Center, 913 St.Germain Street. Details and tickets: 259-5463 or

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Time for a Beer?

     The 7 West Taphouse is one of my favorite places to have a beer and a burger. They are located downtown St.Cloud on 5th Ave. South. 

     Walking in you will find kind of an industrial feel to the old building. There is seating in the front on tables, by the bar or towards the back are some more intimate booths.

     The Taphouse has a HUGE selection of American Craft Beers (some from local breweries) and also offers wine. My favorite thing to do is order a flight. You get 4 different beers (you choose) for $10. When we were in this past Friday there was a full page both sides of different beers to choose from. I like Porters/Stouts but my husband likes IPA's. He had the Bell's Two Hearted Ale from Michigan. The Taphouse changes out their beers so you might find something else on the beer menu when you come in.

    You can't come into the Taphouse and not have a burger with your beer (or at least one of their delicious appetizers). I enjoyed the Avocado Burger and Jerry had the Black n' Blue. Along side we had an order of Sweet Potato Fries with Parmesan seasoning. Yum, yum!!!! Prices for their food are reasonable too.

     The Taphouse has specials during the week. (Odell is a good brewing company but I really wish they would carry beer from the Lefthand Brewery in Longmont, CO.)

     Hours are Sun.-Wed. 11a.m. -12 a.m.    Thurs.-Sat. 11a.m.-1 a.m.

     This is a fun place to visit. On Friday the bartender was singing along with the music. The atmosphere is casual friendly and a good place for a little older crowd. 


Thursday, September 1, 2016

Cone With a Cop

 You are all invited to join officers from the St.Cloud Police Department for a FREE ice cream cone tomorrow. Cones will be given away at the McDonald's on US Highway 10 (840 East St. Germain St.) from 3-5 p.m.
     If you're more in the mood for a FREE cup of coffee go to the McDonald's on Division St. Officers sill be present there from 8-10 a.m.  
    Here's your chance to greet and have a conversation with the officers!

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Sculpture Walk St.Cloud

     The Sculpture Walk consists of 12 pieces of sculpture on loan to St.Cloud (and also available for sale). This is an outdoor exhibit that features the work of artists from the St.Cloud area as well as those from other states.  
     The Sculptures are located downtown and three are near Lake George.  Cindy Hawker, Sculpture Walk Project Manager says "...The fun part of the Sculpture Walk is that it not only stretches your muscles as you walk from one piece to another, it stretches your imagination."     
     Voting is now open to select a sculpture for the People's Choice Award. Voting closes on September 30. For more info and a map of the sculpture locations go here