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Marathon Hoot at King’s Wine Bar

Kings Wine Bar & Restaurant in Kingfield is celebrating its first birthday with a special Mad Ripple Marathon Hoot on Aug. 15.

The party starts at noon and runs until 10 p.m. Hosted by the Mad Ripple (aka Jim Walsh, a Journal columnist), the music fest will feature performances by several local artists, including Slim Dunlap, Stook!, Ashleigh Still and Eliza Blue, among many others.

Kings will grill burgers and brats outdoors and offer happy hour prices on beer and wine ($2 off tap beer and wines by the glass). There will be free birthday cake, too.

The wine bar has many other events lined up for August, too. A couple highlights include a Rock n’ Roll Wine Tasting with Chris Osgood on Aug. 24 at 6:30 p.m. and a discussion of “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest” by Steig Larsson on Aug. 29 at 7:30 p.m.

Kings is at 4555 Grand Ave. S. For more information, visit


Celebrating local food

In honor of Eat Local month, the Minneapolis City Hall and Hennepin County Courthouse has an exhibit called “Legacies and Impacts,” which explores the role of the state’s consumer food co-ops.

The exhibit looks back at the co-op movement of the 1970s and the state of the movement today. It will be on display throughout August.

For more details, visit


Service Works field trip to Midtown Global Market

Service Works — the Southwest-based volunteer group the Journal has been tracking all year — is organizing a field trip to the Midtown Global Market on Aug. 14.

The event, planned for 10 a.m.–2 p.m., will feature a market scavenger hunt, snacks and a chance to do some shopping.

Throughout the month, Service Works is encouraging people to patronize restaurants and other businesses started by new immigrants.

For more information about the event, visit the group’s blog at