Explore East Harriet

A Minneapolis walking tour looks at how an 1870s countryside estate, Lyndale Farm, was turned into a public park and the scenic residential area today called the East Harriet neighborhood.

The nearly 1½-mile tour of East Lake Harriet parks and residences is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. June 25. Meet at 4200 Fremont Av. S., visit Lyndale Park and stroll by grand residences extending east from the shore of Lake Harriet. Guide Peter Sussman will share stories about early residents who protected the community from city planners seeking shortcuts for commercial traffic.

Cost is $9; the tour is not wheelchair-accessible. Participants should wear shoes suitable for walking across grass. To register, go to www.preserveminneapolis.org or call 612-695-7572.

 

Budget bathrooms

At “Bathroom Remodeling on a Budget,” DIYers can learn about the design process, typical project budgets, how to save money by participating in the remodel, rebates and incentives, timelines and affordable tips. You’ll also find out how to incorporate eco-friendly materials and remodeling strategies for your bathroom update.

The class is at 10 a.m. June 20 at Natural Built Home Showroom, 4020 Minnehaha Av. S., Mpls. Free, but space is limited. RSVP to 612-605-7999 or e-mail to classes@ naturalbuilthome.com.

 

Ikea Swedish feast

Now there’s another excuse to go to the Ikea store besides hunting for living-room lighting or a shelving unit. Ikea is offering an all-you-can-eat Swedish midsummer smorgasbord inside the restaurants on June 12. The menu includes herring, smoked salmon, Swedish ham, Prinskorv sausage, salads, boiled dill potatoes, meatballs, bread and desserts. Tickets are $16.99; $4.99 for ages 12 and under; discounted rates for Ikea family members. Buy tickets at the store, 8000 Ikea Way, Bloomington. Call 1-888-888-4532.

LYNN UNDERWOOD