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Genealogy research featured at libraries

The Hennepin County Library will present a series of seminars during this month on genealogical research.

Leading off the series on Saturday is “Improve Your Internet Search.”

Other programs are “Get Started,” “Add Muscle to Skeleton,” “Birth, Love, and Death,” “Using Census Records,” “Military Records,” “Family Genealogy Research Methods,” “Plan a Research Trip” and “Document the Immigration Trail.”

For a full listing of the programs and the libraries where they are offered, go to

The library is also planning a family history fair from 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 3 at Minneapolis Central Library. It will include free lectures and workshops by some of the state’s leading genealogical research experts. Registration is required and begins Oct. 6. Register online or call 612-543-8000.


Arboretum plans ‘Autumn Adventures’

The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum’s “Autumn Adventures,” beginning Saturday and continuing until Nov. 4, will celebrate the fall’s crisp air and leaves of crimson and gold.

A centerpiece will be “Pumpkin Palooza,” a display of hundreds of varieties of pumpkins, squash and gourds. Making a return engagement also will be the family-friendly “Ghouls Goblins in the Gardens” Oct. 27 and 28. Events include:

• Scarecrows in the Garden, Saturday through Nov. 4, featuring scarecrows dressed in outsized raggedy clothes and sporting loopy grins, created by the public and design professionals.

• “Pumpkin Palooza,” Sept. 22 to Nov. 4, including pumpkins and gourds, large and small and multicolored.

• The “Ar-BOO-retum” Halloween event on Wednesday, Oct. 31, with free admission to anyone wearing a costume.

• The Arboretum AppleHouse, operating from now through early November. Purchase apples from a changing inventory of more than 50 varieties. The AppleHouse is 1.5 miles west of the Arboretum on Hwy. 5 and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call ahead for varieties available at 952-443-1409.


Classic car show at James J. Hill Days

About 125 cars will be on display this weekend when the 4th Annual Charity Motorsports show is held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday on Lake Street in downtown Wayzata.

The event, which is part of the James J. Hill Days celebration, features hundreds of vintage, custom, foreign and specialty vehicles. Admission is free.

The event is sponsored by the Wayzata Rotary Club and the Minneapolis Club, and proceeds will benefit the Rotary Club’s charities.


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