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Melissa Walker

News Assistant | Calendars
phone: 612-673-4461
A self-proclaimed "List Maker to the Stars," Melissa spends her days coordinating calendars, sorting through press releases and combing the internet for a variety of events for Twin Citian's to occupy themselves in their free time for Star Tribune and entertainment calendars. In rare, spare moments, she writes stories and book reviews.
Recent content from Melissa Walker
Cass Gilbert designed the State Capitol.

North metro home show, Cass Gilbert program, green living and more

Cottages of Cass Gilbert The White Bear Lake Historical Society will discuss the work of Minnesota architect Cass Gilbert in an illustrated program. Speakers…

Learn about stone garden sculptures and invasive plants

Noxious weed reporting 101 Put a stop to invasive plant species by learning the correct way to report them to land managers and researchers.…
Como Conservatory

Senior Strolls at Como Conservatory and rose topiary workshop

Get out and enjoy winter - indoors
Hockey players batted around the puck as skater went around the Oval on New Year's Eve, 2014.

Stumped for something to do on New Year's Eve? Here are 40-plus ideas

Whether you're looking to dress up, or dress warm, there's an event for you.
The Marjorie McNeely Conservatory Fall Flower Show showcases hundreds of chrysanthemums through Nov. 26.

Growing herbs at home, antiques market, fall flower show and more

Home and garden classes and event around the Twin Cities.
People line up at the main ticket booth on the first day of the State Fair in 2016.

Upcoming highlights from the new Star Tribune Stage at the Minnesota State Fair

The Star Tribune will debut its tricked-out new booth, expertly designed with energy-efficient lighting, Cambria countertops and improved signage.
‘Toruk – The First Flight’

Cirque du Soleil takes on the blockbuster 'Avatar'

Plus: Revisit 'Gridiron Glory' at the History Center or explore the undersea world of 'Octonauts.'
Oktoberfest is another excuse to sample local brews.

Drink and laugh your way through fall with Oktoberfest and Mike Epps

Oktoberfest kicks off a season that's all about the beer. Plus, Mike Epps brings the raunch.
Omnifest is showing breathtaking films on a giant screen at the Science Museum of Minnesota, including "Humpback Whales."

What to do with the kids on Presidents Day? Here are 7 can't-miss ideas

As America celebrates Presidents Day, kids kick up their heels with a day off school. Wondering what to do to keep them occupied? Here's a list of ideas, including free events, happening Monday in the Twin Cities.
A scary resident frightens visitors at Trail of Terror in Shakopee.

Need last-minute Halloween ideas? Here are 12 Twin Cities treats for all ages

The spookiest holiday of the year lands on a weekend, which means there's more opportunities for tricks and treats. We've conjured up a few suggestions for all ages.
Valerie, Wong, 4, of Woodbury, swung on a rope in the Extreme Corn Pit one of the attractions at Sever's Corn Maze. Opening weekend of the Sever's Cor

10 things to do this weekend if your MEA break is a staycation

Students across the state get two days off, so when they (inevitably) get restless, stay occupied with this list.
More than 25,000 lights illuminate the Campbell house in Minneapolis.

Light up the season with these Twin Cities holiday displays

In this season of giving, many choose to give their neighborhood a little extra illumination, despite the jolt to their electric bill. Here's a list of where you can find the best holiday light displays in the Twin Cities.
Holiday lights were reflected in the windows of a limousine. At least half a dozen Twin Cities companies offer holiday lights tours between Thanksgivi

Holiday light tours keep limos on the move

The colorful, bright lights of December keep limos on the road, chauffeuring families and groups of friends to see the holiday lights.
St. Paul's Phalen Park.

Show us your best home holiday lights display

Does your apartment/condo complex decorate decks for the holidays? Are you a home homeowner that fills your yard with lights, nativity scenes and more? We…
From the Midway to the Grandstand, there are plenty of ways to spend money. But no fair experience is complete without finding the freebies.

Top 5 hottest free items at the Minnesota State Fair

Forget pricey cheese curds and footlong hot dogs. The most sought-after items at the Minnesota State Fair don't cost a cent.
It’s almost the time of year to tap in for maple syrup.

Weekend options: Maple sugaring

JUST ADD PANCAKES Get ready for a sticky situation. Maple syrup season is near, so why not get ready by learning what supplies you’ll need?…

Black History Month Expo coming to St. Paul

In the month of February, some people might read a book or watch a documentary. One local woman is hoping you'll get social on Saturday.
Richard and Lynn Rozell, dressed as Santa and Mrs. Claus, stood in their Hopkins yard with holiday lights in the background.

When holiday lights aren't enough

Homeowners across the Twin Cities have bedazzled their yards with the usual glut of holiday lights. But this year, people aren't just driving by -- they're getting out of their cars to interact with the displays.
"Lost Egypt"

Fall for the family: To 'Egypt' and beyond

'LOST EGYPT' Opens Oct. 13 at Science Museum of Minnesota The mysteries of this north African country are unearthed in a traveling exhibition. Find out…

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The latest John Grisham and the last Kathleen Woodiwiss capture the attention of our battalion of newsroom book browsers.
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