The Federal Medical & Family Leave Act, which covers about 25 percent of the workforce, allows permanent employees with companies of 50 or more employees to take time off for medical-related reasons.

OCT. 25 TO JAN. 15


Gridiron Glory: The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame

Host: Minnesota Historical Society

Time: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesdays; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday to Saturday; 12 to 5 p.m., Sunday

Location: Minnesota History Center, 345 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul

Cost: $15 for adult members, $20 for adult nonmembers, $5 for members ages 5-17, $10 for nonmembers ages 5-17

Description: Celebrate America’s gridiron history with this traveling exhibit produced by the Pro Football Hall of Fame. See over 200 rare artifacts, photos and more. Thrill to the dynasties, the pioneers and the champions through state-of-the-art audio/visual. See the Vince Lombardi Trophy and Knute Rockne’s 1919 Massillon Tigers helmet. Practice your vertical leap, broad jump, and passing games, plus much more.

Register: Online at mnhs.org






Iran, Cuba and Russia: The Inside Story on OFAC (Office of Foreign Assets Control)

Host: Minnesota Trade Office, Greater MSP

Time: 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Location: DEED Conference Center-Minnesota Room, First National Bank Building, 332 Minnesota St., Suite E200, St. Paul

Cost: Free

Description: This program is a must if you’ve been wondering about doing business with Iran, Cuba, or Russia; if you have a European partner in Germany, Scandinavia or Eastern Europe and the Baltics; or you don’t know the status of these countries. Topics include sanctions generally, scope of the U.S. jurisdiction and details about sanctions programs affecting Iran, Cuba and Russia.

Register: Online at mn.gov/deed


DEC. 7 – DEC. 18


Orphan Train

Host: Minnesota History Theatre

Time: Matinee and evening performances Wednesdays through Sundays, details online

Location: History Theatre, 30 E. 10th St., St. Paul

Tickets: $15 to $52

Description: Over 100,000 orphaned children were shipped by rail from the slums of New York City to farm families in the Midwest between 1858 and 1929. This stirring folk musical brings to life the struggles and joys of the children who landed in Minnesota and the families who took them in.

Register: Online at historytheatre.com




2016 Local Government Innovation Awards

Host: Public and Nonprofit Leadership Center at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, League of Minnesota Cities, Minnesota Association of Townships, Association of Minnesota Counties, Minnesota School Board Association

Time: 4 to 6 p.m.

Location: Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, 301 19th Ave. S., Minneapolis

Cost: Free

Description: The Local Government Innovation Awards recognize the creative ways counties, cities, townships and schools are making Minnesota better. The ceremony will feature the top 19 award winners, including a video presentation from the top winner from each category.

Register: Online at hhh.umn.edu


DEC. 9 AND DEC. 10


A Christmas Celebration with the Steeles

Host: Minnesota Public Radio

Time: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday

Location: The Fitzgerald Theater, 10 E. Exchange St., St. Paul

Tickets: $22.50 to $55

Description: Join the Steeles for an evening of holiday music featuring the sacred and secular sounds of the season. The Steeles singing style is an integral part of the Minnesota sound. They have recorded and performed with Prince, George Clinton, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Mavis Staples, Johnny Lang and others throughout their storied career. Their bold, heartfelt, melodic sounds have been enjoyed throughout the United States and around the world.

Register: Online at fitzgeraldtheater.publicradio.org




Second Saturdays at TPT

Host: Twin Cities Public Television

Time: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Location: Twin Cities Public Television, 172 E. Fourth St., St. Paul

Cost: Free to $5

Description: Spend Saturday morning with PBS Kids and a meet & greet with Jet Propulsion from “Ready, Jet, Go!” The theme this month is Digital Day. Your kids will have the opportunity to explore how to code with ScratchJr, a new app from PBS Kids that lets children create their own interactive stories and games featuring their favorite characters from “Wild Kratts,” “Nature Cat,” “WordGirl” and “Peg + Cat.”

Register: Online at tpt.org/events




Westminster Town Hall Forum: Thriving in an Age of Accelerations

Host: Westminster Presbyterian Church, MinnPost

Time: 12 p.m.

Location: Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1200 S. Marquette Ave., Minneapolis

Cost: Free

Description: Thomas Friedman is a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for “The New York Times,” focusing on foreign affairs, the Middle East, globalization, and environmental issues. He is the author of seven bestselling books, including “The Lexus and the Olive Tree: Understanding Globalization” and “From Beirut to Jerusalem.” His latest book is “Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist’s Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations.”

More information: Online at westminsterforum.org




Metropolitan Council Public Meeting on the 2017 Unified Budget

Host: Metropolitan Council

Time: 6 p.m.

Location: Metropolitan Council Chambers, 390 N. Robert St., St. Paul

Cost: Free

Description: The Metropolitan Council will discuss the 2017 Unified Budget, and 2016 levies (payable 2017). View the budget online or pick up a copy at the Council’s St. Paul office.

More information: Online at metrocouncil.org


DEC. 16 TO DEC. 18


Ballet Minnesota’s The Classic Nutcracker

Host: The O’Shaughnessy

Time: 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday

Location: The O’Shaughnessy, St. Catherine University, 2004 Randolph Ave., St. Paul

Tickets: $18 to $44, additional pricing available online

Description: This holiday favorite features beautiful scenery and classic dance. Enjoy the story of Clara and enter her dream of the Rat King fighting the Nutcracker and his army of toy soldiers. The Nutcracker Prince escorts Clara through an enchanted snow-covered forest and on to his Kingdom of the Sweets where Clara accepts the throne from the Sugar Plum Fairy.

Register: oshag.stkate.edu

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