St. Louis Park Community Notes
Or Emet ponders works of Richard Feynman
Or Emet, the Minnesota Congregation for Humanistic Judaism, will host Or Emet member Allan Malkis in a discussion about scientist and author Richard Feynman, 7:30-9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15.
Malkis will discuss why he believes Feynman’s commitment to inquiry and democracy make him a great choice for Jewish Humanist of the Year and Darwin Day honoree.
The program will take place at the Minneapolis Sabes Jewish Community Center, 4330 Cedar Lake Road. S. in St. Louis Park.
A short humanistic Jewish Sabbath service will precede the free program. An Oneg Shabbat reception will follow.
Malkis will talk about Feynman’s personal background, his scientific career and how he used his visibility as a public figure to promote reason and democracy. He will include excerpts from Feynman’s writings and from evaluations of his importance by other commentators.
Allan Malkis has been a member of Or Emet since 1993 and is a senior program evaluator for Ramsey County. He has an master’s degree in sociology from the University of Minnesota. He has previously given Humanist of the Year lectures on Darwin and Freud.
Dentist to provide free care to kids
A St. Louis Park dentist will provide free dental care to underserved children Friday, Feb. 1, during the statewide Give Kids a Smile event.
Dr. Luke Foster and the staff of Brookside Dentistry, 4045 Brookside Ave. in St. Louis Park, will provide the dental care.
Parents seeking to make appointments for their children may call the office at 952-924-0709, mention Give Kids A Smile and make an appointment for Feb. 1. The clinic will still accept appointments if they are available on the day of the event.
Max’s hosts radio broadcast
Max’s at The Shops at Excelsior & Grand in St. Louis Park will invite customers to get into the Valentine’s Day spirit with a free day-long event Saturday, Feb. 9, featuring a live radio broadcast remote with “Shop Girls” Allison Kaplan and Alexis Walsko from 107.1 FM and a wine-and-chocolate pairing with sommeliers from Amusee.
The “Shop Girls” will dish on the latest jewelry and fashion trends and highlight their favorites from Max’s collection of artisan-made fine jewelry, home décor, gift items and gourmet chocolates. They will broadcast from the store, 3826 Grand Way, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 9.
Wine experts from Amusee will present a wine-and-chocolate pairing and tasting noon to 4 p.m. Feb. 9. This pairing will showcase a variety of red, white and dessert wines provided by Amusee, whose wine stewards will guide shoppers in selecting wines to enjoy with Max’s collection of fine chocolates, from milk chocolate to dark chocolate and chocolates with flavor infusions.
Guests will have the opportunity to sample these pairings and learn more about how to select wines to accompany their favorite chocolates.
The event will also celebrate Max’s recent honor of being chosen as Judges’ Choice “Best Wedding Jewelry” in the 2012 Mpls. St. Paul Weddings Magazine’s Diamond Awards.
Owner Ellen Hertz opened Max’s in 2006 after working for two decades in the corporate world and traveling extensively on behalf of her employers.
The store’s home décor collection includes glass bowls, platters and vases.
Max’s collection of fine chocolates includes those sourced from local chocolatiers as well as lines created by artisans from around the globe.
Info: stylebymax.com or 952-922-8364.
Free classes on making beer, wine and cheese planned
Midwest Supplies in St. Louis Park will offer free classes on how to make beer, wine and cheese at home.
Class attendees can learn tips, techniques and gain insight from staff members with years of experience. The classes are set Saturday mornings at the Midwest Supplies store, 5825 Excelsior Blvd. in St. Louis Park.
“Brewing a Partial Mash” will take place 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2.
“Wine Making Using Fresh Fruits and Concentrates” is 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9.
“Cheese Making Techniques” is 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 16.
Those who are interested may call 952-925-9854 to register and reserve a seat.
Winter Meltdown planned for kids and families
St. Louis Park Early Childhood Family Education Parent Advisory Council will host a Winter Meltdown 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at Central Community Center, 6300 Walker St. in St. Louis Park.
The Winter Meltdown will feature a kid spa with funky hairdos and fake tattoos, concessions for sale including pizza and coffee, animals from the Westwood Nature Center, bounce houses, games and an open gym.
Admission is $5 per person at the door or $15 per family.
Proceeds benefit Early Childhood Family Education scholarships and programs. Registration is not required.
Info: facebook.com/St.LouisParkECFE or slpcommunityed.com/pre-k/ecfe
Nursery schools hosts open house
Wooddale Community Nursery School will host an open house for prospective parents 5-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, at the school, which is located in Wooddale Lutheran Church, 4003 Wooddale Ave. in St. Louis Park.
Visitors may use the nursery school door near the back parking lot to access the school. Parents may tour the preschool, meet the teachers and learn about the program.
The school serves children 3-5 years old and is in session three mornings or afternoons each week. Children must be 3 years old by Oct. 1.
Info: 952-926-2123 or wooddalecommunitynursery.com