Chatter // In brief

Kinderberry Hill is hosting its second annual Halloween Candy Drive from November 1 to 9 at its six Twin Cities locations. The candy drive is part of Kinderberry Hill’s mission to encourage healthful eating habits for young children. The community is invited bring any extra Halloween candy to a Kinderberry Hill location during business hours (7/00 a.m. to 6/00 p.m., Monday through Friday).  Kinderberry Hill will package and send the candy, along with some personal letters from students, to Operation Gratitude (operationgratitude.com), a military support group that ships care packages to U.S. Military deployed around the world. 

In return for donating their extra candy, children will receive a gift bag filled with healthful and fun goodies. Donations were given by Kowalski’s Market, Creative Kidstuff, Subway, and Park Dental. 

Last year, Kinderberry Hill shipped over 500 pounds of candy to soldiers through Operation Gratitude. For more info, visit kinderberryhill.com; The Science Museum of Minnesota’s Lost Egypt exhibit is now open through January 1, 2013. Lost Egypt explores how modern technology and scientific techniques have revealed a better understanding of ancient Egyptian civilization.

The 6,000-square-foot exhibition features authentic artifacts, real human and animal mummies, scans, forensic facial reconstructions and—for the first time ever—life-sized rapid prototypes that show mummies in various stages of “unwrapping.”

Visitors will also have the opportunity to don their archaeologist caps. They’ll explore a recreated modern field site and try their hands at piecing together the past based on the items they’re able to uncover. They’ll wander through a replica of an Egyptian tomb to see authentic art and artifacts from the daily life and funerary culture of ancient Egypt. Through videos and multimedia projects, they’ll meet scientists who have made uncovering the secrets of ancient Egypt their life’s work. Visit smm.org for more info; Blooma, which just turned five years old, has announced its newest location in St. Paul will be open “sometime in November,” and will be across the street from the Happy Gnome on Grand Avenue; Stages Theatre Company (STC) has begun a five city tour of The Diary of Anne Frank. This tour is part of the Stories for the Stage, an arts-integrated residency and touring project that provides selected middle schools within 60 hours of theater arts residency programming. This month, STC will be performing in Duluth at Ordean Middle School. Located additional information at stagestheatre.org; The Guthrie Theater announced its “Discover Shakespeare” video contest for ages 14 to 18, tied to the Guthrie WorldStage presentation of Twelfth Night. Submitted videos must tell some aspect of the story of Twelfth Night, and must be between three and five minutes long. There are no restrictions on how the videos are produced, and mediums can include live action or animation. Students can depict the story with as few or as many actors as they wish, and in any physical setting or time period. Complete details can be found at this link/ tinyurl.com/9axxcmw; Omnis Holdings today announced the launch of St. Louis Park-based HomeGrown Kid (homegrownkid.com), an online retailer of Made in the USA children’s products. Product categories include toys, furnishings and décor, baby accessories and clothing, and arts and crafts.

“HomeGrown Kid’s mission is to enrich the lives of children by connecting parents with products that are safe, educational and environmentally friendly,” says Andrew Standke, vice president of operations. “We believe we can best accomplish our goals by focusing on American made products, which will contribute to a stronger U.S. economy, 

a healthier employment market, and a more prosperous future for our children.”

Clothing and textile offerings are primarily made from organic materials and most of the remaining products the company carries incorporate environmentally-friendly design, construction, and materials.