Chatter // In brief

Want to surprise your budding college student on high school graduation day or the day after they receive their acceptance letter? Go to and send a bouquet of roses in your child’s new school colors, complete with logo vase. The University of Minnesota roses in gold and maroon arrived in full glory at the offices of Minnesota Parent and lasted for days. We like!; Are you a mom, or a mom-to-be? Check out Text4baby, a free service sponsored by Johnson & Johnson, that sends texts (ad-free!) covering topics such as nutrition, breastfeeding, prenatal care, and more. Sign up by texting “BABY” to 511411. You will have to share your zip code and baby’s due date or date of birth. For more info, go to; Island Fruit Company and The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation introduced their joint program “Fruit Tree 101” at Metropolitan State University/Inver Hills Community College and Lino Lakes Elementary School, when more than 260 lush fruit trees and shrubs up to seven feet tall were planted the first week of October. During the plantings, an educator engaged students in a curriculum that highlighted environmental concepts such as caring for the environment and healthful eating; The Urgency Room in Eagan is now open. The UR first opened in Woodbury in fall 2010 as one of the region’s first medical facilities of its kind to offer an alternative to a hospital-based ER. To date, the UR in Woodbury has treated patients with everything from broken bones and serious lacerations to blood clots and heart attack symptoms. An LCD in the lobby lists wait times, which are also available via website. Patients can call or text while on their way as well. A third location, slated for Vadnais Heights, is expected to open in spring 2013. Visit for more information; Heard of Shoparoo? It’s a free mobile app that turns grocery receipts into school fundraising dollars for the school of the shopper’s choice with “Roo points.” No more magazine drives, cookie or candy sales, or gift wrap purchases. Two schools have signed up/ Our Lady of Peace and Minneapolis College Prep. Visit for more information; Concerned about concussions and return to play time? Now there’s an app for that called Return2Play. Tracking a concussion patient’s activities and symptoms, users enter the date and details of an injury as well as enter activities, symptoms and their severity, and notes along the way. These details can be shared with a physician. Available at the iTunes store for 99¢; Finally, the American Swedish Institute (ASI) will be showcasing special holiday food traditions. Swedes are known for being the biggest candy eaters in the world—apparently eating nearly 38 pounds per person per year. In fact, there’s a tradition of Saturday candy—lördagsgodis—when kids bring home a special sack of candy to enjoy for the weekend. In honor of this tradition, the ASI Museum Shop will offer 18 varieties of bulk Swedish candies, including chocolate nougats, salty licorice, sour strawberry ribbons, orange slices, Dumle soft toffees, Fazermint mint chocolate creams, red candy Ferrari cars, and caramel caps. They’re great for advent calendar-filling, gingerbread house decorating, stocking stuffers, parties, and, of course, eating. The store will also offer other traditional Scandinavian holiday foods, including pepparkakor (ginger cookies); Swedish crisp bread; Swedish Falk salt; lingonberry, gooseberry, and black currant preserves; Marabou chocolates; rose hip and blueberry soup mixes; and glögg (mulled wine) mix.


Ticket Giveaway

Cirque du Soleil/ Worlds Away

Minnesota Parent is giving away 20 Family Four Packs for the screening of Cirque du Soleil/ Worlds Away at Theatres at Mall of America on Saturday, December 15 at 10/00 a.m. In this movie from visionary filmmaker James Cameron, a young couple is separated and must journey through the astonishing and dreamlike worlds of Cirque du Soleil to find each other, as audiences experience the immersive 3D technology that will allow them to leap, soar, swim, and dance with the performers. Go to and enter code PARENTU0M0 to download four passes, while supplies last. Seating is first come, first served. Ticket does not guarantee you a seat—the theater is overbooked to ensure capacity.