Plugged In: February 2016

Plugged In: February 2016

The best opportunities for networking.

Feb. 4
EAT: Entrepreneurs at the Table
Join 2015 MN Cup finalists RED Food and Simpls, as well as past finalists such as Burning Brothers Brewing and TrueDough for EAT: Growing the Food Innovation Network in MN. More than 30 local food, agriculture and beverage companies will showcase, sell and provide samples of their products. In addition to enjoying local food, attendees can network with past MN Cup contenders, as well as future candidates.
5:30 p.m., free with registration, Chow Girls in the Solar Arts Building, Minneapolis, 612-625-0027,

Feb. 5
Pay It Forward Casino Night
Bring your lucky charm and enjoy an evening of casino games, prize drawings, silent and live auctions, and dinner and cocktails. KARE 11’s Tim McNiff and Rena Sarigianopoulos will host the Pay It Forward Fund’s 11th annual casino night. Proceeds from the evening will help cancer patients pay everyday expenses.
5:30 p.m., tickets start at $85, Medina Ballroom, Medina 952-442-2191, ext. 6369#,

Feb. 6
Arc Gala
Mingle with more than 500 community leaders and volunteers for a cocktail reception, dinner, auctions and a rocking performance by Sonny Knight & the Lakers in support of the Arc Greater Twin Cities. This year’s theme, Clearing a Path to Healthier Lives, seeks to promote healthy lifestyles among people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Cathy Wurzer, MPR’s Morning Edition host, will be the evening’s MC.
5:30 p.m., $175, Marriott City Center, Minneapolis, 952-920-0855,

Feb. 9
TeamWomenMN WaveMaker Awards
Help TeamWomenMN celebrate outstanding female leaders at the first WaveMaker Award ceremony. Honoring women across five categories, the evening will shine a light on women who have had a profound impact on their profession and community. VIP tickets include a social hour with a complimentary cocktail, appetizers and a chance to network with the finalists.
5 p.m., tickets start at $35, Minneapolis Event Centers, 952-525-2236,

Feb. 25
Spend the day in a series of interactive sessions with some of Minnesota’s top innovators. MNovation Seminar Series, hosted by Brave New Workshop, is designed to help professionals spark creative thinking through five key behaviors. Throughout the day you’ll hear from Kristy Lynn Allen, founder of the Beez Kneez; Dale Nitschke, former president of; Jesse Roesler, Emmy award-winning filmmaker; and other local leaders.
9 a.m., $300, Brave New Workshop, Minneapolis, 612- 332-6620,

Feb. 27
Wishes & More Winter Ball
Calling all superheroes to the Wishes & More superhero-themed winter ball: “A Gathering of Superheroes.” Enjoy a night of dancing, auction bidding and special programming that showcases wishes coming true for children with life-threatening conditions. Although it’s a black-tie event, superhero costumes are encouraged.
5:30 p.m., tickets start at $200, Marriott City Center, Minneapolis, 763-502-1500,

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