Plugged In: January 2015

Plugged In: January 2015

The best opportunities for networking in January.

9 Edina Feds Fest Carnivale

Started in 1969 by 17 community-oriented women, the Edina Federated Women’s Club is celebrating service and friendship at its annual event to entertain and raise money to help youth education. There will be plenty of opportunity to mingle with a variety of similarly community-minded attendees. The night includes a live auction, mystery gifts and a gourmet dinner with wine. Entertainment for the evening will be provided by Patty Peterson & Friends. 5:30 p.m., $100, Westin Hotel Galleria, Edina, 612-708-6576,

17 Growing a Hops Business

Are you caught up in the home brewing trend? Do you want to turn your hobby into a business? Grow More Hops LLC is bringing together prospective hops farmers, home brewers, craft brewers and entrepreneurs to learn how to grow a hops business. The seminar includes business plan writing basics, financing options and marketing techniques. 9:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m., $135, the Celtic Junction, St. Paul, 608-212-3191,

20 Small Business Success Stories

Join small businesses around Minnesota for a night to honor their hard work and company success. Twin Cities Business’ annual event recognizes companies with fewer than 500 employees across a range of industries. This year’s honorees: Anderson Cos., Arc Value Village Thrift Stores & Donation Centers, Energy Management Collaborative (EMC), Grandma’s Bakery, JNBA Financial Advisors, Live Better Brands/Way Better Snacks, Lube-Tech, Minimizer, Oppidan Investment Company and Rock On Cos. 5 p.m., $100 individual, $800 per table of eight, Loews Hotel, Minneapolis, 612-336-9288,

22 Tenth Annual Diamond Awards

Be part of a televised awards dinner featuring current and former Twins, and celebrate the 2015 Diamond Awards winners, when the Twin Cities chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America recognizes Twins players for their outstanding performance in 2014. Come early and mingle with award winners and add your bid to the silent auction. Proceeds support the University of Minnesota’s research and patient care in ALS, ataxia, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy and Parkinson’s disease. 5:30 p.m., $150, V.I.P. tickets $1,000, Target Field, Minneapolis, 612-624-4444,

24 “Rewind the ’80s” Bloomington Chamber of Commerce Annual Gala

Who doesn’t love the ’80s? Each year, the Bloomington Chamber of Commerce raises money to support its scholarship program for high school seniors in Bloomington. This year, perm your hair and pull out your best Miami Vice threads for a night of socializing. The dessert silent auction is making a comeback, featuring delectable sweets from local restaurants and hotels, which adds a friendly competition to the event. 5:30 p.m., $85 individual, $800 per table of 10 (wine included), the Westin Galleria, Edina, 952-888-8818,

31 Angel Gala

The Angel Foundation supports adults with cancer with non-emergency financial assistance. About 750 attend the annual event; the evening starts with a cocktail reception followed by a silent auction, dinner, live auction, and after-party dancing to Boogie Wonderland, a bring-back success from last year. The MC for this year’s event is Rick Kupchella, founder and CEO of BringMeTheNews and former reporter/anchor for KARE-TV. 6-11 p.m., $195, Hilton, Minneapolis, 612-627-9000,

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