Are you interested in learning or practicing your Finnish speaking skills? Every Thursday, Finns and friends get together in Embarrass at the Nelimark Farm from 1-3 p.m. for a conversational Finn class activity. Consider joining them! The Hibbing Finnish Americans and Friends group meet at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 5, at the Tourist Center Senior Citizens building on East Howard Street.
So, what can we, as individuals, do to help our important pollinators? Almost all of us can work on creating "pollinator habitat of native flowers, grasses, shrubs, and trees," Smith said, adding that such habitats "can be a beautiful and fun project that really helps the environment." Creating pollinator habitat can also add value to your property and get your whole family outside, working together and enjoying and learning more about our fascinating world! <
BEE BASICS In North America, there are about 4,000 species of native bees with about 45 species of bumblebees in the United States alone. Most of us recognize bumblebees, but there are other native species such as the long-horned bees, carpenter bees, mining (or plasterer) bees, small dark bees, green sweat bees, leafcutter bees, mason bees, cuckoo bees, etc.
I hear all the time about "keeping our Finnish heritage alive" and "passing our Finnish heritage to our children and grandchildren," but when wonderful opportunities come along, where are the people to do the work, to attend, and to bring their families and friends? If we don't support and attend these events and opportunities, the different groups will quit bringing them.
There are going to be more exciting Finland 100 events coming throughout this year and I encourage you to attend and take advantage of each of them to strengthen and share your Finnish heritage and ties to Finland!
• Do not plant too close to underground services or in the road right of ways, said Mike Rust, a four-year volunteer. • Plant native trees. For instance, blue spruce aren't native to Minnesota, explained Barbara Isaacson, Master Gardener intern. They like the dryer climate and lighter soils of Colorado and other western states, and many blue spruce planted in Minnesota die out in 15-20 years from rust disease. <
Ostman is a Finnish-American from Hibbing and is well-known in Twin Cities food circles for writing a food column for the St. Paul Pioneer Press and publishing several food-related books. In between the 6 p.m. concert and the 7:30 p.m. dance, everyone is invited to enjoy birthday cake in celebration of Finland's 100th birthday.
Many people even relish that "wet dirt smell" (called petrichor) after a good rainstorm or when watering plants. On the other hand, there are also many people who think that soil is dirty and who admonish their children, "Don't get dirty!" when they play outside.
Although it's not celebrated as much in the U.S., "Vappu," or May Day, is an important Finnish holiday on May 1, especially for students and workers. Known as the "Memorial Day of Saint Labor," Vappu has been celebrated in Finland since 1890 and is a paid holiday for those employed.
Minnesota Finnish American Historical Society welcomes you to celebrate spring at their upcoming Vappu Dance Sunday, April 30, from 1-4 p.m. Held at the AAD Shriner's Building at 5152 Miller Trunk Highway in Hermantown, the dance will feature music by the Mae Prachar Band. Admission is $10 for adults (free for children under age 16), and coffee and pulla is included. Everyone is invited to come and enjoy the dancing, conversations and Finnish music! Everyone can learn the basic steps of old time dances. This is a wonderful way to also celebrate Finland's 100 years of independence! Questions? Contact Alyce at 218-720-4435. <