A Twin Cities bucket list

A Twin Cities bucket list 

Tom Weber is nearing completion of the 100 items on his Twin Cities bucket list.

There is one thing no one has been able to do yet — catch a Twins game at Target Field and then jump on the Green Line to see a Saints game at the team’s new stadium in the Lowertown neighborhood of St. Paul on the same day.

Weber, a host for Minneapolis Public Radio, is out with a new book, “100 Things to Do in the Twin Cities Before You Die.”

He’ll be at Magers and Quinn Booksellers, 3038 Hennepin Ave., Wednesday, May 27 at 7 p.m. to discuss his new book.

“A lot of times people hear about cool things and make that mental note, I should do that some day,” he said. “When it comes time to think of things to do, they forget. I hope this is a way to have a list ready to go so the next time you’re sitting around wondering what to do, you just open the book.”

The first bucket list item he wrote down when he decided to pursue the book project was the Luminary Loppet on Lake of the Isles.

“How could you be any more Minnesota and idyllic than that,” Weber said, a Chicago native who lives in St. Paul. “You just love Minnesota by going to that event.”

Other favorites include the Mill City Museum and a hike near Minnehaha Falls.

He said he was surprised by how much fun he had at the museum.

“When you talk about a museum about flour, that sounds really boring. But it’s not — it’s awesome,” he said.

Weber is also a big fan of hiking the trail to the river from Minnehaha Falls.

“You’re in the middle of this big city and yet when you’re on this little path going out to the river you feel like you’re alone in the world sometimes,” he said. “It’s just one of those places you go to have your Zen moment.”

Weber also wants to hear from people about what would be on their Twin Cities bucket list. For more information, check out the book’s FB page at Facebook.com/100ThingsTC.

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A history of the early civil rights movement in Minnesota

 Augsburg College history professor William D. Green has written a new book examining the civil rights movement in Minnesota from 1865 to 1912.

“Degrees of Freedom” reveals a picture of what it was like for black Minnesotans who moved to the state after the passage of the Fifteenth Amendment.

It shares stories from farmhands, entrepreneurs and journalists, among others.

In promotional materials from the University of Minnesota Press, “Degrees of Freedom” shows what life was like in “a state where racial prejudice and oppression wore a liberal mask, black settlers and entrepreneurs, politicians and activists maneuvered within a restricted political arena to bring about real and lasting change.”

Green will be discussing his new book at the Mill City Museum on Thursday, May 7 at 7 p.m. and at Magers and Quinn Booksellers on Tuesday, May 13, 7 p.m.

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Reflections from a Midwestern Zen master 

Tim Burkett, abbot of the Minnesota Zen Meditation Center next to Lake Calhoun, shares stories and insights from his life in his new book, “Nothing Holy About It: The Zen of Being Just Who You Are.”

The book, edited by Wanda Isle, one of his students, explores Burkett’s path to Zen Buddhism and shares lessons he’s learned from his teachers.

Burkett grew up in a wealthy neighborhood in San Francisco and his parents expected him to become a lawyer like his father, but Burkett felt called to a different lifestyle.

He started studying with Suzuki Roshi, a Zen monk who founded the first Buddhist monastery outside of Asia in San Francisco, and later Katagiri Roshi, who founded the Minnesota Zen Center in 1972. Burkett followed Roshi to Minnesota and first lived in Northern Minnesota with his family where he worked as a social worker.

Burkett is also a licensed Ph.D. psychologist and former CEO of People Incorporated, a nonprofit that serves people with mental illnesses in the Twin Cities.

Burkett will read from his new book at the Minnesota Zen Meditation Center, 3343 East Calhoun Parkway, on Sunday, May 17 at 10 a.m.