Potential contractors can learn more about construction opportunities for the Southwest Light Rail Transit project and connect with potential sub-contractors during a “construction contract mixer” from 2 to 4:30 pm. Oct. 21 at the Minnetonka Community Center, 14600 Minnetonka Blvd., Minnetonka.
On Saturday, Oct. 3, guests had the chance to sample over 250 wines and over 50 beers, with hors d’oeuvres by local restaurants at Taste of Long Lake, held at Otten Brothers Nursery. All proceeds from the event, presented by Lakeside Wind + Spirits, benefited local charities including the Breast Cancer Society, Locks of Love, Orono Rotary, ALS Society MN-ND, and 8 to a Lamp/Education in Tanzania.
The Gear Western Country Half Marathon and Borton Volvo 5K Run & Walk is scheduled for Saturday, Oct.10. If you like local events and outdoor fitness, you will love this run/walk. The Gear West takes pride in its Long Lake roots, and encourages local families to walk or run with dogs, kids, and friends. Proceeds support the local charity Resale 101 and the Mound and Orono High School Cross Country running teams. This race is a drop-off point for Resale 101 clothing donations and Gear West donates 15 percent of the race proceeds in new clothing to Resale 101. Both Mound and Orono runners, along with employees of Lake Community Bank, will be staffing aid stations and cheering on all the runners and walkers.
Harvest Hoedown: Come for a foot-stomping good time celebrating fall on the farm. Enjoy string-band music and learn the basics of folk dancing. Take a wagon ride, meet the animals, and explore the farm. Farm-raised food concessions available. Cost is $8 and this program is open to all ages. Children 17 years and younger must be accompanied by a registered adult. Visit https://www.threeriversparks.org/events/H/harvest-hoedown.aspx to register. Saturday, Oct. 10, at Gale Woods Farm, 7210 County Rd 110 W., Minnetrista.
Nordstrom, Inc., open Friday, Oct. 2, to cheers and applause from staff and shoppers alike, as the fashion specialty retailer, popular in many parts of the nation, opened its second Twin Cities location at Ridgedale Center in Minnetonka.