News Assistant | Calendars

A self-proclaimed "List Maker to the Stars," Melissa spends her days coordinating calendars, sorting through press releases and combing the internet for a variety of events for Twin Citian's to occupy themselves in their free time for Star Tribune and Vita.mn entertainment calendars. In rare, spare moments, she writes stories and book reviews.


Where to see July 4th fireworks tonight

Many July 4th fireworks displays have fizzled out or gone virtual because of the coronavirus pandemic. Here are some of the fireworks and patriotic events…


Guide to Minnesota's July 4th celebrations, from virtual to socially distanced

Amid the pandemic, July 4th events are getting smaller, going virtual or going on hiatus.


Minneapolis parks offer new DIY nature activities

Minneapolis parks get creative, offer DIY activities for the whole family.


What's open, closed or canceled in Minnesota because of the coronavirus

An easy-to-use directory of closures and openings in Minnesota due to COVID-19.


St. Paul's historic homes offer tours and stories of Christmases past

Two St. Paul gems, decked out for the holidays, offer a look at Christmases past.


2 over-the-top Twin Cities area light displays guaranteed to add sparkle to your holidays

If you don't want to hunt for neighborhood holiday light displays, check out these two must-see spots.


Your guide to the right Halloween fright in the Twin Cities

Want to get a little —or a lot — of scare this Halloween? Here's your guide.


Stuck in town for MEA? There's fun to be had, Mom and Dad

Bored kids? Plan a quick trip to an attraction in the Twin Cities — or just a bit beyond.


10 great events for families in the Twin Cities this fall

The mother of all corn mazes just got bigger; plus visits from Elmo and Baby Shark, and a host of harvest-themed activities.


Grilled cheese and Savage Love: 10 best fall events for adult fun in the Twin Cities

Picnic on gourmet grilled cheese, get smart with Neil deGrasse Tyson or get stupid with Zombie Pub Crawl — it's all up to you.