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5 Twin Cities Event Picks May 23 - 30

It’s Memorial Day weekend! I hope you are able to relax and enjoy time with friends and family. Memorial Day is a moment to pause and thank the men and women who have selflessly served our country and protecting our right for freedom. I’m thankful for your service.
 
Enjoy the long weekend! 
 
1. OUTDOOR MOVIE-PALOOZA: Starlight Cinema in Woodbury
 
What I love about Minnesotans is that we embrace the beautiful summer months. And a big trend I’m seeing in the city and around the burbs is outdoor movies. It all kicks off this weekend in Woodbury with the first movie in their Starlight Cinema series. Once a month through Labor Day weekend, Ojibway Park will be home to a large screen showing a variety of movies. Best of all, they’re free. You’ll want to bring a blanket or lawn chairs and some cash for refreshments. Plus, alcohol is permitted in the park (although it won’t be for sale there). Movies start about 20 minutes after sunset and this summer’s lineup includes “Inside Out”, “The Avengers”, and this Saturday’s pick, “Cars.” Get there early to save your spot and enjoy entertainment, which begins at 7:00 pm. Twin Cities Live a proud sponsor of Starlight Cinema and I will be there on Saturday, June 18 from 7:00-9:00 pm for “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, NO GOOD VERY BAD DAY.”
 
When: Saturday, May 28 (also June 18, July 9, August 6, and September 3)
Time: 7:00 pm entertainment, 9:10 pm movie start
Where: Ojibway Park, Woodbury 
Cost: Free!
Parking: You’ll be able to park at Woodbury High School.
Food: Concessions will be available for purchase. Starlight Cinema will also collect donations for an area food shelf.   
 
2. HONOR OUR VETERANS: Memorial Day Ceremony at Fort Snelling Cemetery
 
There’s a sense of awe when I step foot onto the grounds of Fort Snelling National Cemetery. It’s massive and quaint at the same time. Many Minnesotans have a personal connection, too. For me, both of my parents and two of my grandparents are buried there. Every year, Fort Snelling honors servicemen and women who died serving our country with a ceremony on Memorial Day. The gun salute and program creates the perfect opportunity to show the next generation the importance of those who serve in our armed forces. 
 
When: Monday, May 30
Time: 9:45 am
Where: Fort Snelling National Cemetery 
Cost: Free
Parking: You’ll be able to park on the streets of the cemetery. Just don’t forget where you parked – all the streets have names or you can follow the markings on the back of the tombstones as a guide.
 
3. UPLOAD A NEW FACEBOOK PROFILE PHOTO: Giraffe Feeding Experience at Como Park Zoo
 
I got to experience the new giraffe feeding station at Como Park Zoo which opened May 21st to the public. For $5, you’ll be able to get up close to the giraffes who call Como home and give them a snack of romaine lettuce. The feedings are daily at 10:45 am and bonus feedings on Saturdays and Sundays at 2:30 pm. Make sure to bring a camera so you can capture that special moment! When you go, make sure to say hello to Skeeter for me. He is Como’s 7 year-old (and most friendly) giraffe. We definitely bonded and I hope we can reunite soon!
 
Also: through May 31, 2016, you can purchase a Como Friends Supporter level membership for $75, which is half-off the regular price. This special deal includes passes to use at Como Town (the amusement park at Como Park Zoo), discounts on classes, summer camps, and their gift shop, along with discounted or free admission to 400 zoos and botanical gardens around the country. Learn more about this deal here.
 
When: Daily
Time: 10:45 am, also an additional feeding at 2:30 Saturdays and Sundays
Where: Como Park Zoo, Saint Paul
Cost: $5
Parking: Parking around Como is tight. If you haven’t stopped by recently, you’ll be surprised the city invested in parking signs and directional signs so you know which lots are full. You can also take advantage of the shuttle that allows you to park at the Fairgrounds and ride to Como for free. Plan ahead for that – it isn’t available every weekend.
Food: If you don’t want to eat the romaine lettuce the giraffes eat, you can take advantage of plenty of concessions at the zoo. Don’t forget there’s a great picnic and park area right across the street. Off the grounds, check out Nelson Cheese and Deli at Snelling and Como.
 
4. GRAB A CORSAGE: Forever Young Prom at First Avenue
 
If you’re feeling nostalgic seeing high school prom photos on Facebook, here’s your chance to relive the glory days. First Avenue in downtown Minneapolis plays host to the Forever Young Prom on Friday, May 27. You can dance the night away to the best music from the 90s and 2000s, including Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, Kelly Clarkson, Destiny’s Child, and more. The recommended dress code is semi-formal so find your favorite cocktail dress and hit the dance floor!
 
When: Friday, May 27
Time: 9:00 pm – 2:00 am
Where: First Avenue, Downtown Minneapolis
Cost: $6 in advance, $10 at the door
Parking: The underground ramp at Mayo Clinic Square is right across the street. To help you avoid traffic, I always recommend parking at the Highland Bank Center ramp at 8th and LaSalle.
Food: No choice of chicken, beef or seafood at this prom. Eat beforehand. The rooftop at Union is a relatively inexpensive spot. Plus it’s open no matter the weather. 
 
5. YOU DESERVE TO LAUGH: Tracy Morgan at Mystic Lake
 
Tickets are available to see “Saturday Night Live” alum and “30 Rock” star Tracy Morgan back on stage after enduring a serious car accident in 2014 that killer another passenger. His comedy show is on the Mystic Showroom stage Friday, May 27 at Mystic Lake Casino Hotel in Prior Lake. Tickets in the upper half of the room are still available and start at $39.
 
When: Friday, May 27
Time: 8:00 pm
Where: Mystic Lake Casino Hotel, Prior Lake
Cost: $39 – 49 
Parking: No issues.
Food: Plenty of spots to eat inside, from fine dining and the buffet to the fast casual Minnehaha Café. 
 
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