Fall arts preview: Family Events

  • Article by: MELISSA WALKER and BRIAN LEHAN• , Star Tribune staff writers
  • Updated: September 12, 2009 - 9:52 PM

IMAGINATION MOVERS - clockwise from left: Scott Durbin as "Mover Scott," Rich Collins as "Mover Rich," Dave Poche as "Mover Dave" and Scott "Smitty" Smith as "Mover Smitty" star in "Imagination Movers" airing on Disney Channel.

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Oct. 24 at Target Center

Think "the Wiggles," but minus the puppets and with something older kids might appreciate. Like the Wiggles, they do have a high cheeseball factor, but it's music parents won't mind their children hearing. The Movers -- Rich, Scott, Dave and Smitty, an energetic group who appear daily on Playhouse Disney -- are now live onstage, singing songs and moving their bodies to music that school-agers can appreciate, with tunes such as "Clean My Room," "My Favorite Snack" and "I Want My Mommy." Working under the motto "Reach high, think big, work hard and have fun," the pop-infused, kid-friendly music encourages children to use their brains and exercise their bodies.

2 p.m. Oct. 24. $17-$39. Target Center, 600 1st Av. N., Mpls. 1-800-982-2787.

Oktoberfest: Mmmmm, beer. Nothing like the frothy goodness to get a party started right. The annual German-style celebration expands to three days this year. Do the polka with traditional music performed by Alpensterne, Bill Koncar and the Squires. Traditional German food will be served and patrons can try their hand at the barrel roll, Hammerschlagen or stuff their tummies in a wiener-eating contest.

4-9 p.m. Fri.; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sat.; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. next Sun. Free. Along SE. Main St. next to St. Anthony Main. www.minneapolisoktoberfest.com.

Disney Live: The mouse is in the house! No, not the furry little bothersome one, but "the one" with a connection to every generation ... Mickey. Join him and his friends Donald, Tigger, Cinderella and others on a magical adventure. Sing songs, jump out of your seat to dance and laugh at the antics of Buzz and Woody and many other zany characters.

12:30 & 3:30 p.m. Oct. 18. $18-$56. Xcel Energy Center, W. 7th St. and Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul. 1-800-982-2787.

Harvest Moon Lantern Festival: The Mid-Autumn Moon Festival is one of the most important festivals of the Chinese and Vietnamese cultures. Create your own lantern from paper or bamboo at this Vietnamese cultural celebration, and design and create your own miniature storybook that tells the moon legend. Enjoy Vietnamese food, and have a traditional Moon Cake. As the sun goes down, gather your newly made lanterns and join a parade to Rice Park and back.

4-6 p.m. Sept. 27. Free admission and activities; fee for foods. Landmark Center, 75 W. 5th St., St. Paul. 651-292-3233. www.landmarkcenter.org.

Lone Oak Days: A mighty bur oak stood for nearly 160 years in what is now Eagan until it died and was removed in 1983. The city uses the oak as a logo, and celebrates the strength and growth it represents with this annual festival at the Holz Historical Farm. It offers a wide variety of farm experiences, including driving a "virtual" 1940s-era tractor, rope making, butter churning, corn grinding, and plowing and discing. There are kids' activities, including hayrides.

11 a.m-4 p.m. Sept. 26-27. Free admission, fee for some activities and concessions. 4665 Manor Dr., Eagan. 651-675-5500. www.cityofeagan.com

Twin Cities Book Festival: If your wallet holds a well-worn library card and you have a lengthy account record with Amazon.com, then shout "hallelujah!" -- your day of salivation has come. This daylong celebration offers a book fair, children's activities, a used-book sale and a literary magazine fair. Award-winning authors will give talks, join in panel discussions, give readings and do signings. A "morning mixer" allows you to rub elbows and chat with some of your favorite authors.

10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 10. Free. Minneapolis Community and Technical College, 1501 Hennepin Av. S. www.raintaxi.com

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