West news briefs: Freedom Rider display opens Monday

  • Updated: June 17, 2014 - 1:51 PM
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Beverly Allen’s exquisite fern rendering will be among those featured in the Highgrove Florilegium Exhibit at the Reedy Gallery at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. The exhibit opens June 24 and runs through Sept. 1.

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Bloomington

Freedom Rider display opens Monday

Marking the 50th anniversary of the passing of the Civil Rights Act, the Bloomington Human Rights Commission is sponsoring the exhibit “Freedom Riders” at Bloomington Civic Plaza from Monday, June 23, to July 6.

Freedom Riders were civil rights activists who rode buses to the South in the early 1960s. The exhibit features photography, news coverage and first-hand audio accounts from activists, the Kennedy administration and the international community.

On Thursday, June 26, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., freedom singer and former Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee leader Bettie Mae Fikes will share reflections on the civil rights movement through storytelling, song and lecture at the Schneider Theater. The event is free, but registration is required.

For more information and to register, contact 952-563-4944, TTY 952-563-4933 or reservations@BloomingtonMN.gov.

CHANHASSEN

Arboretum presents royal plant art exhibit

The “Highgrove Florilegium Exhibit,” depicting plants in Prince Charles’ garden interpreted in 40 prints by the world’s top botanic artists, will open Tuesday, June 24, at the Reedy Gallery at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. It will run through Sept. 1.

The public is invited to the exhibit’s grand opening at 5:30 p.m. June 26; reservations are required by June 18 at 952-443-1405.

In related events:

• In conjunction with the Reedy Gallery exhibit, there will be a public display of the Andersen Horticultural Library’s rare two-volume “Highgrove Florilegium” book of botanic art. From noon to 2 p.m. June 24 in Reedy Gallery, Kathy Allen, librarian of the Andersen Horticultural Library, will turn pages to display the 124 watercolors in the two volumes. For additional display times, call 952-443-1405.

• From 1 to 2 p.m. on June 25, Allen will deliver a talk, “Mania and Delirium! Plants That Drove People Crazy,” exploring plant crazes such as tulipmania, fern fever and orchidelirium, in the Snyder Building Auditorium.

The events are in conjunction with the 40th anniversary of the arboretum’s Andersen Horticultural Library and Snyder Building.

Edina

Public input sought for commercial area

The city of Edina kicks off work on a plan for the commercial node at Wooddale Avenue and Valley View Road tonight with a meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the Edina Senior Center, 5280 Grandview Square. Residents and business representatives are encouraged to attend.

At the meeting, attendees will learn about the small area planning process and brainstorm about assets and opportunities in the area. The city is looking for volunteers to serve on a planning team for the area, which has been identified for possible redevelopment.

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