Social Activities

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Cabinets of Curiosity: Spring at the UMN CBS Conservatory

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The UMRA Cabinets of Curiosity tour will be at the College of Biological Sciences (CBS) Conservatory & Botanical Collection on the St. Paul Campus of the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities campus. The amazing glass-walled greenhouse features four biomes with distinct climates, landscapes, and floras, with particular emphasis on plants of the southern hemisphere. Please plan to join us in this special opportunity to visit spaces not normally open to the public. 

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Pelargonium praemorsum

Cabinets of Curiosity: Insect Collection and Natural Resources Library

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If you are curious about insects in their astonishing variety, plan to join the UMRA Cabinets of Curiosity to tour the Insect Collection and Natural Resources Library in Hodson Hall.

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Holzenthal insect collection box

Winter celebration and songs to bring the light

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Join UMRA members at Midland Hills Country Club in Roseville for an afternoon of comradery, food, and entertainment. After an hour of mingling and nosh, the highlight of this mid-winter event will be an hour of song and music by Twin Cities musicians Dane Stauffer and Dan Chouinard.

Prepayment of $35 per person, or $38 after January 5

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Dan Chouinard and Dane Stauffer have been performing and traveling together since 1989 doing cabaret and original theater. Recently Dane starred in the smash hit musical Glensheen. Dan Chouinard is known for his music and banter.

Cabinets of Curiosity: Goldstein Museum of Design

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The material world we live in is shaped by design. While popular discussions of design typically focus on fashion and furniture, design is fundamental in art, architecture, and indeed nearly all aspects of the everyday world around us.  Goldstein Museum of Design curator Jean McElvain will demonstrate and discuss some of the fascinating and often unexpected holdings before we walk through the current gallery exhibit.

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Goldstein Museum of Design

Cabinets of Curiosity: James Ford Bell Library

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Some of the most valuable and rare maps in the world are held in UMN's own James Ford Bell Library, housed in Andersen Library  See https://www.lib.umn.edu/collections/special/bell .

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James Ford Bell Coronelli Globe

Mississippi River Cruise Aboard the Minneapolis Queen

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Enjoy the golden close of summer on an evening cruise on the Mississippi River in Minneapolis with UMRA friends and colleagues.  The cruise fee includes a taco bar, and there will be a full service cash bar available on the boat.

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Mississippi River Cruise Aboard the Minneapolis Queen

U of M Day at Target Field

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Show your support for the University of Minnesota and the Twins during "U of M Day", in partnership with the University of Minnesota Alumni Association, at Target Field on Saturday, July 22, when the Twins take on the Chicago White Sox at 6:15 p.m.

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Target Field

UMRA Summer Social and Picnic

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On Wednesday June 28th, over eighty UMRA members and their guests gathered in the shade of the Como Park pavilion to catch up with old friends and colleagues and welcome new members.  And after lunch, THE QUIZ! Competition was fierce, and merriment abounded.

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Proud world geography quiz winners! 2023 Summer social

Behind-the-scenes visit to the Bell Museum

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Whether or not you think you've already seen it all at the Bell Museum, join recently retired Curator Don Luce and retired historian and professor of earth sciences Sally Gregory Kohlstedt for an exclusive behind-the-scenes visit to the collections of the Bell Museum. This will be the first in a new UMRA series of visits to several significant museums and collections on campus, to talk with curators and explore their "Cabinets of Curiosity."

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Gophers women’s hockey vs. Ohio State Buckeyes

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UMRA has reserved a block of 25 seats in Ridder Arena for the Gophers women’s hockey game against Ohio State on Saturday, February 4.

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UMRA cheered the Gophers women's basketball team to victory on November 20, 2022.

Gopher Women’s Basketball November 20—join the fun!

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UMRA has reserved a block of 30 seats for the Gophers vs. Presbyterian College game at Williams Arena on Sunday afternoon, November 20. Email Will Craig to purchase your tickets by November 4.

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Celebrating 50 Years of Title IX

Title IX of federal civil rights law was passed in 1972, changing women’s access to sports. UMRA will celebrate that change by attending one or more Gopher women's sports events this year.

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UMRA Autumn Riverboat Cruise

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There is no better way to celebrate the beginning of a new UMRA program year than by taking a glorious sightseeing cruise on the Mississippi River. Meet new members, reconnect with old friends, and enjoy a taco bar with two-for-one margaritas.

Harriet Island Regional Park, St. Paul
RSVP by August 26
Reservations are now closed -- the cruise is full

$35 per person
(includes taco bar)

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Padelford Riverboats, logo

Social Committee plans tour of State Capitol April 25

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Is a visit to our newly restored state capitol building on your spring to-do list? Join your UMRA friends for a tour. 

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UMRA State Capitol vist 2018:  Everyone seemed to really enjoy both the tour and the chance to chat/get to know each other.

Minnesota Twins vs. Oakland Athletics

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Join other UMRA members to celebrate U of M Day at Target Field, when the Minnesota Twins take on the Oakland Athletics on Saturday, May 7. 

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UofM Day 2022