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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
What's open, closed or canceled in Minnesota because of the coronavirus

What's open, closed or canceled in Minnesota because of the coronavirus

An easy-to-use directory of closures and openings in Minnesota due to COVID-19.
It's a Victorian Christmas at the Alexander Ramsey House in St. Paul.

St. Paul's historic homes offer tours and stories of Christmases past

Two St. Paul gems, decked out for the holidays, offer a look at Christmases past.
Santa, as portrayed by Lloyd Larrieu, in the 500-foot long entrance tunnel lit with 220,000 lights at Sam’s Christmas Village in Somerset, Wis.

2 over-the-top Twin Cities area light displays guaranteed to add sparkle to your holidays

If you don't want to hunt for neighborhood holiday light displays, check out these two must-see spots.
The Minnesota Zoo’s Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular.

Your guide to the right Halloween fright in the Twin Cities

Want to get a little —or a lot — of scare this Halloween? Here's your guide.
Kids learn about agriculture while participating in harvest time activities.

Stuck in town for MEA? There's fun to be had, Mom and Dad

Bored kids? Plan a quick trip to an attraction in the Twin Cities — or just a bit beyond.
Sesame Street Live! Make Your MagicElmo and Rosita learn about the magic of making music.Photo provided

10 great events for families in the Twin Cities this fall

The mother of all corn mazes just got bigger; plus visits from Elmo and Baby Shark, and a host of harvest-themed activities.
Jamie White, center, and Nikki Rosenfeldt, right, placed their drink orders during the 2017 Zombie Pub Crawl in downtown Minneapolis.

Grilled cheese and Savage Love: 10 best fall events for adult fun in the Twin Cities

Picnic on gourmet grilled cheese, get smart with Neil deGrasse Tyson or get stupid with Zombie Pub Crawl — it's all up to you.
Whether it's city views or small-town festivals, find the fireworks display that's right for you.

Where to find your July 4th fireworks in Twin Cities and beyond

There are plenty of places around the Twin Cities and the state to take part in the celebration. Use our guide to find the festivity for you.
Karen Morris, American Craft Show 2019

5 Twin Cities events that guarantee spring has arrived

These annual events signal winter is done and it's time for spring fun.
Learn how to create a habitat for birds and butterflies at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.

3 upcoming home and garden events in the Twin Cities

Backyard habitat Gardener and nature enthusiast Julie Boden will discuss “Creating Habitat for Birds and Butterflies in Your Yard & Garden” during a class…
Lake Nokomis is the site this weekend for the U.S. Pond Hockey Championships.

Great Northern festival celebrates the chill of Minnesota winter

From patio dining to outdoor movies, the annual winter festival is a 10-day warm embrace of the coldest season.
Powder Ridge’s laser light tubing nights in Kimball, Minn.

Laser light tubing is now a thing at Twin Cities ski hills

There may be a shortage of natural snow, but the slopes are open at some area recreation sites with drifts of artificial fluffy white powder…
Ikea is holding organizing and decluttering workshops at the Bloomington store Jan. 19.

4 Twin Cities home and garden events this week

Home Expo at Target Field, and tips for tidying up.
The 2018 St. Paul Winter Carnival ice palace.

Lack of cold temps puts Minnesota ice castles, sculptures in peril

How the warmer weather is affecting the state's beloved icy art installations.
Urban Tree House from “Connections,” by Charles R. Stinson Architects.

Architecture book, final Glögg tour, butterfly gardens, apple tree tips

Universal connections to ‘home’ Architect Charles Stinson’s “Connections” ($70, Wise Ink Creative Publishing) is more than a showy cocktail table book packed with pretty pictures…
Afton Alps offers skiing, a bouncy house and a Teddy Bear Band concert.

12 terrific ways to celebrate New Year's in the Twin Cities

Whether you're a jet-setting millennial or a busy parent with a gaggle of rowdy kids, here are a couple dozen great options for welcoming 2019.
Take a holiday-themed tour of the 1890s James J. Hill mansion.

Winter lights and holiday historic home tours

Winter lights The grounds of the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum have been turned into an illuminated wonderland with a holiday light display. A walking tour…
Learn how to attract hummingbirds to your yard at a talk presented by the Audubon Chapter of Minneapolis on Dec. 4.

Five home and garden-related events in early December

Midweek farmers market Union Depot in St. Paul’s Lowertown recently launched a midweek farmers market where residents and workers can pick up locally made goods…
Be on the lookout for the mythical tomte at the American Swedish Institute’s Christmas market. Tomte read traditional Swedish tales at a previous ev

5 home/garden-related events in the Twin Cities

Watch antiques being appraised.
Excelsior’s Christkindlsmarkt features a Saturday evening parade with lanterns and candlelight.

10 ways to keep Twin Cities kids happy over Thanksgiving break

Try these kid-friendly diversions for a better holiday weekend.
HGTV’s Urban Oasis home giveaway is a Dutch Colonial Revival in Cincinnati.

4 home and garden tips, events to check out this week in Twin Cities

HGTV home giveaway The fire-engine-red Craftsman-style fiberglass front door offers a sneak peek at what’s inside the Dutch Colonial Revival that HGTV is giving away.…
Kathy Griffin will bring her "Laugh Your Head Off" tour to the State Theatre.

Drinks, laughs, zombies: 10 best fall events for grown-up fun

Check out Kathy Griffin, Joel Hodgson's return to "MST3K," wedding planning with drinks, cultural fun and much more.
"Seasame Street Live: Make a Friend"

10 great fall events for families in the Twin Cities

With a "giving back" event, Halloween, apple picking, train rides and family-friendly shows, we've got ways to keep your kids entertained this fall.
File photo: People line up at the main ticket booth at the State Fair.

Upcoming highlights from the Star Tribune Stage at Minnesota State Fair

Last year, the Star Tribune debuted its new stage at the Minnesota State Fair. We hosted plenty of guest talks and events at the mini…
Learn how to identify common and glossy buckthorn and about safe use of herbicides.

Buckthorn removal, autumn centerpieces, mattress seminar

Better sleep Feeling like Goldilocks, tossing and turning in your sleep? Perhaps it’s time for a new mattress. Gain insights on the latest innovations in…
Learn all about monarchs at Maplewood Nature Center.

Tomato competition, Minnesota Garlic Festival, monarchs and more

Garlicky goodness Add a little flavor to your weekend at the Minnesota Garlic Festival. Lovers of this vegetable (yes, it’s classified as a vegetable)…
Tangletown Gardens’ Garden and Art Tour.

Garden tour, late-season crops, DIY patio seminar and more

Native plant sale It’s never too late to fill those empty spaces left in your yard or garden. Natural Shore Technologies is offering a
You can celebrate the Fourth of July with a bang, thanks to local fireworks displays.

Boom! Where to watch fireworks in the Twin Cities

When the Founding Fathers signed the Declaration of Independence in 1776, they had no idea how big America’s annual birthday celebrations would get.…
Origami-inspired metal sculptures take flight at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum’s new exhibit “Origami in the Garden.”

Check out Origami at the Arboretum or attend a pollinator party

Learn how to have a weather-resistant yard.
Bachman’s Chairman Dale Bachman inspects colorful blooms at the flower show, “Spring is in the Air,” now on display at the Galleria shopping cen

Home design ideas, spring bulbs and more

Spring flower show moves to Galleria.
Z Gallerie home furnishings store just opened in Edina’s Galleria.

Spring flower show, grow a garden, fruit trees, Minneapolis Home + Garden Show and more

Z Gallerie opens at the Galleria.
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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