Family spotlights: Lantern lighting, Dakota Day

  • Updated: August 10, 2013 - 2:00 PM
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Linda Hashimoto of St. Paul led the Sansei Yonsei Kai dancers during the Japanese Lantern Lighting Festival in 2009.

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JAPANESE LANTERN LIGHTING FESTIVAL

Experience bonsai, singing, dances and other Japanese traditions. Taiko drumming groups provide entertainment. Learn the art of Ikebana (flower arranging) and view cultural exhibits and demonstrations. The evening culminates in a lantern lighting. (3-9 p.m. next Sun. $3-$5. Como Ordway Memorial Japanese Garden, 1325 Aida Pl., St. Paul. 651-487-8200. www.comozooconservatory.org.)

DAKOTA DAY

A celebration of Minnesota’s first residents, the Dakota. Visit a village with a summer bark lodge and seasonal tepee. Learn games played by Dakota children, make a bracelet or basket and other activities. (10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat. $5-$8. Gibbs Museum of Pioneer and Dakotah Life, 2097 W. Larpenteur Av., Falcon Heights. www.rchs.com.)

MELISSA WALKER

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