Take a step towards better health. Community members of all ages and fitness levels are encouraged to join Dr. Elizabeth Plocher for a presentation and walk. This month’s topic is thumb arthritis, a common ailment that can make everyday tasks difficult and painful. Dr. Plocher will discuss early warning signs and how to address symptoms before surgery is required. All participants will receive a T-shirt and a pedometer. No registration required. Free. 11 a.m.–noon. Plymouth Creek Center Dome, 14800 34th Ave.
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This series teaches Sun Salutations and challenging poses, so previous yoga experience is required. Bring your own mat and block if you have them; if not, equipment is provided. Reservations required. Ages 14 and up. $80 for eleven sessions. 7–8 p.m. French Regional Park, 12605 Rockford Road; 763.694.7750; threeriversparks.org.
Instructors will guide you through Nordic walking, yoga, canoeing, archery, geocaching and more. Equipment is provided and individuals of all skill levels are encouraged to join some or all of the activities. Sponsored by Hoigaard’s. Reservations required. Ages 18 and up. $85. 5:30¬–6:30 p.m. French Regional Park, 12605 Rockford Road; 763.694.7750; threeriversparks.org.
Spring may be just around the corner, but tough Minnesotans know that to keep warm, you’ve got to keep moving. Runners from around the Twin Cities will brave the brisk weather to kick off their running season. Whether this is your hundredth race or you’re still learning to tie your tennis shoes (that’s right, kids, you can join, too!), be sure to join in the fun and the post-race party featuring classic Minnesota dishes, a lumberjack costume contest and a winter beard competition. $45–$65 until March 2; $51–$71 until race day. 9 a.m.
Whether you’re new to Minnesota winters or you’ve simply never picked up a pair of snowshoes, now is your chance to learn. The folks at French Regional Park will take you on a guided hike as you test out your snow legs. Experience is not required, just willingness to try out a new adventure. Equipment provided. Reservations required. Ages 6 and up. $5. 1–2:30 p.m. French Regional Park, 12605 Rockford Road; 763.694.7750; threeriversparks.org
Take that first step on a journey to better health by taking a walk with your neighbors, led by Dr. Todd Shea, a podiatrist at Allina Health Plymouth Clinic. The event begins with a short presentation on heel pain followed by a 45-minute walk. People of all ages and fitness levels are welcome. All participants will receive a T-shirt and a pedometer. Free. 11 a.m. Plymouth Creek Center Dome, 14800 34th Ave. N.; 612.863.4050; wellness.allinahealth.org
Let your little ice princes and princesses loose at the weekly open skate hours at Plymouth Ice Center. The indoor rinks offer a safe skating experience for kids and adults of all ages. $4 for ages 18 and up, $3 for students and seniors. 7:15–8:45 p.m. Friday, 1:45–3:15 p.m. Sunday. Plymouth Ice Center, 3650 Plymouth Blvd.; 763.509.5250; ci.plymouth.mn.us
Enjoy the winter night with your family as you venture out into French Regional Park. Don’t worry about the chill in your bones. Snuggle up around the bonfire with sticky sweet s’mores afterwards as you reminisce about your outdoor adventure. Equipment provided. Reservations required. Ages 6 and up. $7. 6–8 p.m. French Regional Park, 12605 Rockford Road; 763.694.7750; threeriversparks.org
The biggest snowshoe race in Minnesota is brought to you right here in the Twin Cities. Participants come from near and far to participate in this challenging trek, open to hikers of all ages and abilities. Races include a 10K, 5K, kids’ fun run and a 5K dog walk. For serious snowshoers, the Twin Cities Snow Shuffle is a regional qualifier for the US Snowshoe Association’s 2015 Dion National Snowshoe Championship race. Whether you’re racing, walking or just cheering on the competitors, this event celebrates the beauty of a Minnesota winter. $20–$40.