It's not everyday you see a brown raccoon on roller skates being chased by a group of children. Unless, of course, you're a regular at Cheap Skate. The shop's mascot, Ricky the Raccoon, has been known to take to the rink during some of the rink's special skating events, which include weekly all-you-can-eat pizza nights and family skate sessions. The calendar also offers plenty of open skate sessions so families can fit in a few laps around the rink at a time that works best for them. And, between spins, skaters can head to Cheap Skate's snack bar where they can fuel up with a warm snack, sip on a refreshing beverage, or rest their feet to ensure toes can still text on the way home.
Ceramist and BonTon Studio owner Mary Anderson has adorned jean pockets with tiny mosaic tiles, transformed a bowling ball into a shimmering orb, and enhanced dozens of homes with her handmade tile installations. At BonTon Studio, she encourages her students to approach their own creations with the same sense of playful experimentation. She welcomes students of all ages and experience levels and equips them with mosaic tips and techniques along with all supplies. Then, she sets them loose to create their own projects, from painted tiles to glowing wine-bottle lanterns to mosaics of their favorite ceramics teacher.
Ham Lake Lanes champions recreational and league bowlers with 24 glossy lanes replete with automatic scoring and bumpers. Friday Night Lights sets the facility aglow from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. when flashing beams and dazzling black lights set the stage for a cosmic-inspired competition. Between frames or games, groups can nosh on pizza, burgers, hot dogs, and scorecards filled with tasty turkeys or seek out off-lane fun in the full video arcade.
Studio owner Tina Dunlap helms a small team of certified instructors, leading BarreAmped classes in a sun-filled studio. Neutrally hued walls and polished hardwood floors create an airy and peaceful setting for the studio’s classes. The practice space, flanked on one side by a wall-spanning mirror, boasts a ballet barre to support fitness-minded guests and aspiring music-box dwellers during the dance-infused barre workouts that utilize small, isolated movements to sculpt lean physiques.
A union of the local organizations U Film Society and Oak Street Arts, the nonprofit Film Society of Minneapolis/Saint Paul brings an eclectic sampling of international cinema to its members and to the public at its yearly international film festival. The society's crew of film enthusiasts carefully curates a roster of classic, modern, foreign, and locally produced movies to showcase. They screen each year's lineup amid the cushy confines of the St. Anthony Main Theatre, the society's headquarters and site of the festival, which boasts around 400 different films each year and generally draws in more than 100,000 viewers. They further enlighten moviegoers by recruiting industry experts for informative panel discussions, educational events, and tips on how to feed popcorn to onscreen characters.
Located in a former coffee house where a young Bob Dylan once performed, Your Yoga invites yogis of all experience and fitness levels to hone their mind-body practice in a supportive, non-competitive environment. Building upon the belief that yoga should be accessible for everyone, the dedicated and certified instructors focus on Vinyasa-flow classes that are open to all skill levels. The sunny, loft-like practice space, maintained at 80 degrees with 35%–40% humidity, helps warm muscles so that they safely sink to deep, healing stretches. All necessary equipment is included, so students only need to bring a positive attitude and a sheep with which to dry off after class is over.