Spring Break! Oh wait…

blb_spring-breakFor some of you, spring break will mean trips to warm places and/or going home to visit with family. But what if you’re staying in Rochester over break  with a sparse work schedule and time on your hands?

Here’s a list of some things you can do over the week. Some of them are in town and most are free to attend or inexpensive.

Monday – Get green! Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with friends. If you have transportation, Minneapolis has a St. Patrick’s Day parade on the Nicollet Mall starting at 6:30 p.m. You can view the route on their website: http://www.mplsstpats.org/parade.htm

Tuesday – Head over to the Creative Salon for La Notte delle Donne Due (A Night of Women II). This exhibit showcases 30 artists, dancers, writers, musicians, and poets who are local women.  The showcase includes RCTC art faculty Suzanne Szucs! There are receptions on March 15 and 21 at 7 p.m., but you can check out the exhibit anytime from March 15-22. http://c4mn.org/index.php

Wednesday – Quarry Hill Nature Center in Rochester (right up the road, by the way) has an exhibit from March 1-April 6 on “Hatching the Past: Dinosaur Eggs & Babies.” The exhibit hours are Monday-Friday, 2-5 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday noon-5 p.m. Cost is $3 for adults.  You can also rent skis and snowshoes if there’s enough snow (who knows at this point) so you can take in the nature center on its trails.  http://www.qhnc.org/ski-snowshoe.html

Thursday – Thursdays are Free Thursdays at the Rochester Art Center. You can also bring a lunch and join an Art Center docent on a 20-minutes tour of the current exhibits. The current exhibit is the Hiawatha Valley League Conference Art Show, which highlights student work in the HVLC schools. The Art Center is open 10 a.m.-9 p.m. on Thursdays, so check it out! http://www.rochesterartcenter.org/events/freethursdays.html

Friday – Get to know our national bird! The National Eagle Center in Wabasha is only about a 50-minute drive from Rochester, so if you have some transportation, you can learn everything you wanted to know about eagles. The NEC has live eagle programs every day at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. and lasts about 45 minutes. Admission is $8 for adults and lasts all day if you want to poke around for more than the live eagle program. This is a great time of year to head up there since the spring eagle migration is in full swing. They are open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. http://www.nationaleaglecenter.org/

No matter what you do, have a fun and relaxing spring break!

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