Now that we've all dug out of the snow, it's time to celebrate the holidays. Plenty of organizations and associations are throwing their annual gatherings in the next week - maybe we'll see you there! Here's your news:
+ While it's been publicized a bit already, the Minnesota Zoo unveiled its Master Plan, including a fresh snow monkey exhibit, more African and Asian animals, a revamped Central Plaza and more. So exciting!
+ The Normandy Kitchen named Adam Droski its new executive chef.
+ Will the Smack Shack finally open its restaurant in January?
+ There's lots of holiday cheer going on at the Saint Paul Hotel this month. Don't miss jazz on the weekends in the lobby, It's A Wonderful Life, holiday teas, carolers and more.
+ In national news, it's interesting that the Denver Sports Commission (which strives to bring high-profile sporting events to Denver) has decided to join forces with Visit Denver CVB.
+ Public voting has begun in the new annual, $50,000 competition for Minnesota-resident architects, landscape architects, urban designers, planners, engineers, scientists, artists, students and individuals of all backgrounds to create and install a temporary, interactive, site-specific, eco-focused portal to the City of Minneapolis on the Plaza of the Minneapolis Convention Center (MCC). There are 16 entries, ranging from issues of recycling to water to architectural “follies” to a giant plaza xylophone. Voting is open to all, but voters must be on Facebook and "like" the Minneapolis Convention Center page to be able to vote.
+ For a great roundup of more holiday events happening all over the state, head over to Minnesota Journeys.
-- Amanda Fretheim Gates