+ Have you heard about the Minnesota Zoo's plans for the future? We're talking African animals (giraffes! rhinos!), an adventure park (zip lines!), a carousel, maybe sea lions (!?) and more over the next several years. In the short term, we're excited that both Africa and Dinosaurs will be back next summer.
+ Kare Anderson writes about how to Make Your Conference the Centerpoint for a Tight-Knit Community.
+ You can now buy tickets for the Winter Carnival's Beer Dabbler, which will double in size this season.
+ Did you see the winners of last Sunday's Charlie Awards?
+ Broders' is planning to open up a new wine bar at 50th & France.
+ The Metropolitan Airport Commission will vote on a new flight plan next week. It's been a bit controversial.
+ Red Bull Crashed Ice is back in January (woo!) and it's going to be bigger and longer than last year.
+ Osmo Vanska, the Minnesota Orchestra's music director, pleads for both sides to end the lockout.
+ For its 20th season, the Holidazzle Parades will have a full schedule this year, plus grand marshalls like Garrison Keillor and Mayor Rybak.
-- Amanda Fretheim Gates