WINTER CARNIVAL

MEMORABILIA AND ICE PALACE DISPLAY: Today-next Sun. Landmark Center, 75 W. 5th St., St. Paul. 651-223-4700. www.wintercarnival.com.

AUTONOMOUS SNOWPLOW COMPETITION: 9 a.m. today. Free. Rice Park, 5th and Washington Sts., St. Paul.

SAINTLY CITY CAT SHOW: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. today. $3-$4. St. Paul RiverCentre, 175 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul. 651-265-4800. www.rivercentre.org.

WINTER ON THE HILL: Celebrate the indoor and outdoor activities of winter. Special displays with Winter Carnival memorabilia. 1-3:30 p.m. today; 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Sat.-next Sun. $6-$9. James J. Hill House, 240 Summit Av., St. Paul. 651-297-2555. www.mnhs.org.

VULCAN FUN DAY: Visit with the Vulcan Krewe and royal family, snow-themed activities, snow sculpting competition and vendors. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. today. Free. State Fairgrounds, 1265 N. Snelling Av., Falcon Heights.

VULCAN VICTORY TORCHLIGHT PARADE: 5:30 p.m. Sat. Parade route begins at 5th and Wacouta Sts., travels westbound down 5th to Washington St. to 4th St. and ends at St. Peter St., St. Paul. After the parade watch the Overthrow of Boreas on the steps of the James J. Hill Library and fireworks.

FAMILY DAY: Noon-5 p.m. Sat. Landmark Center, 75 W. 5th St., St. Paul. 651-223-4700. www.wintercarnival.com.

EXPOS AND SHOWS

MINNEAPOLIS BOAT SHOW: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. today. $12. Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 2nd Av. S., Mpls. www.minneapolisboatshow.com.

HOME IMPROVEMENT AND DESIGN EXPO: Exhibitors, speaker presentations, demonstrations and entertainment. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. $6. Canterbury Park, 1100 Canterbury Rd., Shakopee. 952-238-1700. www.mediamaxevents.com.

SEASONAL

OVALUMINATION: The skating oval is surrounded by more than 100 arborvitae and evergreen trees decorated with lights. Free, skate admission $5.50. 7 p.m. today-Sat. John Rose Minnesota Oval, 2661 Civic Center Dr., Roseville. www.visitroseville.com.

NIGHT TRAINS: A miniature town buried in snow and adorned with Christmas lights and decorations. 6-9 p.m. Sat. $10. Twin City Model Railroad Museum, Bandana Square, 1021 E. Bandana Blvd., St. Paul. 651-647-9628. www.tcmrm.org.

POND DAKOTA WINTER HISTORY FESTIVAL: Go on sleigh rides, learn how to use logging tools and warm up at the historic Gideon Pond House. Noon-4 p.m. today. $5. Pond Dakota Mission Park, 401 E. 104th St., Bloomington. www.ci.bloomington.mn.us.

DIVERSIONS

THE BARBIE DREAMHOUSE EXPERIENCE: Experience the iconic doll's lifestyle through activities in a replica of Barbie's Malibu Dreamhouse. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. today, next Sun.; noon-8 p.m. Mon.-Thu.; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Fri.-Sat. $16.99-$23.99. Mall of America, 60 E. Broadway, Bloomington. 952-883-8810. www.mallofamerica.com/attractions.

HENNA PARTY: Indulge in henna, food and dance. 2:30-5 p.m. today. $12. Jawaahir Dance Company, 3010 Minnehaha Av. S., Mpls. 612-872-6050. www.jawaahir.org.

URBAN EXPEDITION: LEBANON: Music, dance and activities. 1 p.m. next Sun. Free. Landmark Center, 75 W. 5th St., St. Paul. 651-292-3225. www.landmark center.org/urban.html.

HISTORY

HISTORY HAPPY HOUR: Learn about the cocktails in the Victorian era. 5:30 & 8:30 p.m. Thu. $25. Alexander Ramsey House, 265 S. Exchange St., St. Paul. 651-296-8760. www.mnhs.org.

FUR TRADE HERITAGE: Examine historical replicas of fur trade items, make a spark from flint and steal and other activities. 1:30 p.m. Sat. $5 per family. Maplewood Nature Center, 2659 E. 7th St., Maplewood. 651-249-2000. www.ci.maplewood.mn.us.

MAKING HISTORY: 1950s FAMILY DAY: History player performance, baking demonstration and craft activity. Noon-3 p.m. Sat. $6-$11. Mill City Museum, 704 S. 2nd St., Mpls. 612-341-7555. www.mnhs.org.

SCIENCE AND NATURE

STAR PARTY WITH MIKE LYNCH: A presentation followed by a look at the constellations outdoors. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tue., Thu. Free. Highland Park Library, 1974 Ford Pkwy., St. Paul. www.sppl.org.

RECREATION

SNOW DAY: Winter activities including snowshoeing, ice fishing, kicksledding and crafts. 1-4 p.m. Sat. Free. Wargo Nature Center, 7701 Main St., Lino Lakes. 763-421-4760. www.co.anoka.mn.us.

BENEFITS

FESTA ITALIANA FUNDRAISER: Italian dinner and silent and live auction. 1 p.m. today. $25-$30. Moose on Monroe, 356 Monroe St. NE, Mpls. 651-765-1813. www.festaitalianamn.org.

UPTOWN UP CLOSE: Local restaurant tastings, live entertainment, art auction and community expo to benefit the Uptown Association. 5 p.m. Tue. $30-$40. Lake Calhoun Event Center, 3450 Irving Av. S., Mpls. 612-825-9595. www.lakecalhouneventcenter.com.

GET LUCKY: PROM NIGHT: A fundraising gala for Soo Visual Arts Center with silent auction, food and beverage tastings. 7 p.m. Sat. $35-$50. Soo Visual Arts Center, 2638 Lyndale Av. S., Mpls. 612-871-2263. www.soovac.org.