Barton FUNdraisers 2017

Social gatherings that Barton community members host in their homes and elsewhere. Tickets are sold and all the proceeds from the tickets raise money for Barton Open School-a great way to help support the school financially and for people to get together and                                                                    have some fun.
 2017 Amount Raised:   $14,900!!!!

FUNdraisers Photo Album

Ticket Sales Will Remain Open Until March 31, 2017

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Throughout the Years!

2017 FUNdraisers:

Click on the eventbrite link to purchase tickets to each FUNdraiser.  
*Check or Cash purchasing is available : email ( for more information.*

Any questions or comments can be directed to or

  Rock, Paper, Sushi!  
4 Sessions/Options:    Scavotto Residence 
1) Sunday, March 19  2-4 PM (Sold Out!)    2) Thursday, March 16  4:30-6:30 PM (4/8 Tickets Left!)
3) Thursday, March 23  4:30-6:30 PM  (4/8 Tickets Left!)  
4) Thursday, April 13    4:30-6:30 PM  (3/8 TIckets Left!)
Cost: $25/Ticket(Session)    8 Tickets/Session Available    
Hosted by:  Mary Scavatto and Gregory Chastain
Let your child make you a divine dinner with beautiful origami table decor! Master folder Gregory Chastain and Mediocre sushi chef Mary Scavotto present a sensory-filled afternoon of rolling sushi and folding origami. $25 per child, all ages (K-8) invited.
Maximum eight children per session; four sessions. Sign up individually or as a group.

  Barton Kindergarten, First and Second Grade Family Dance  
Friday, March 24, 2017    6-8PM    Barton Gym
$5/Ticket, Additional Donations Encouraged    Unlimited Tickets Available
Hosted by: Annie Loch, Amy Scheller, Tricia Balazovic

K/1/2 families - this FUNdraiser is just for us! We believe that if we all work together, we can raise at least $1000 to support the Barton Foundation. We would love to see every K/1/2 family contribute to our goal and come to the dance. $5 buys your WHOLE family a night of snacks and dancing. If you are able to give more than $5, please include your additional donation amount when you purchase your ticket. Tickets can also be purchased at the door.

Tunes will be spinning from 6:00 to 8:00. Let's rally together to show Barton that their youngest students may seem tiny, but they are mighty big when it comes to school spirit, dancing and fundraising!

  Chill Out, Get Going  
Friday, April 21, 2017    10-12 AM    The Salt Cave
$30/Ticket    9 Tickets Available     3 Tickets Left!
Hosted by: Kristi Smith Knutson
Experience an hour of guided meditation and salt therapy (halotherapy) at one of the most unique places in Minneapolis, The Salt Cave. Then, convene up the road at neighborhood gem Five Watt, to get a speciality coffee and have some awesome conversation. After an hour of improving our serotonin levels and promoting clarity and creativity, we'll have plenty to talk about.

 (Mat) Pilates and Smoothies Saturday Morning  
Saturday, April 22, 2017    10:30-Noon    Hair and Nails-2222 1/2 East 35th St
Cost:  Sliding Fee of $12-25    12 Tickets Available     6 Tickets Left!
Hosted by:  Arwen Wilder
Mat Pilates Class followed by delicious coconut smoothies held in the new art gallery "Hair and Nails.'  The host would like to offer this FUNdraiser at a sliding scale fee. Tickets are available from $12-25.  Pay what you are able. 

  Group Norae Karaoke Shanty Night  
Saturday, April 22, 2017    5, 7, or 9 PM    Hoyt/Mickelson Residence
Cost: $10/Ticket    3 Sessions of 12 Tickets Available
Hosted by:  Mike Hoyt and Sarah Mickelson
Get your friends together for a night of soulful exchange in the Norae Shanty (karaoke+shack). The Norae Shanty is based on Korean karaoke rooms called “Norae bangs” (song rooms) and is a scaled-down version of a karaoke bar. It was created in 2005 for the Art Shanty Projects and has provided thousands of people a space to sing together. The shanty is equiped with a PA, mics, and over 14,000 songs.  Light snacks and non-alcoholic drinks provided.  Bring Your Own Beer/Wine.

*All tickets $10 per person per 2 hour shift. (people can sign up for multiple shifts, but will have to buy tickets to each shift)*  

Group A: 5pm to 7pm (family friendly session) =12 tickets  (Sold Out!)

Group B: 7pm to 9pm = 12 tickets

Group C: 9pm to 11pm = 12 tickets

  Somali Culture Night: Tea and Sambusa  
Friday, April 28, 2017    6:30-8 PM    DeLapp Commons 
$30/Family        Unlimited Tickets
Hosted by: Nasra Hassan, Nima Abdirahman, Hawo Hassan, Yassin Qanyare
Come together at Barton for this special second annual FUNdraiser!  Sample Somali tea, sambusa, and sweets.  The Somali Culture Museum will be back with a wonderful performance and educational presentation. 

   Fermentation Class   
Saturday, April 29, 2017    1-3:30 PM      Heineman/Cox Residence
$50/Ticket        8 Tickets Available    Sold Out!!!
Hosted by: Jeni Heineman
Are you interested in fermentation? Wishing for a happy tummy, and a strong immune system but afraid of tinkering yourself into disaster in your kitchen? I'm here to help! I'm an avid home fermenter brewing kombucha, fermenting various vegetables, and making sourdough bread for a few years now. At this session, I'll walk you through the facts and process of fermentation, demonstrate how to make each one, and finish with general question and answer session. Every attendee will go home equipped with the skills, recipes, and the scoby / starter to begin brewing, fermenting, and baking right away.

  Tuscan Wine Tasting and Dinner  
Saturday, April 29, 2017    6 PM          Odenbach Residence
$40/Ticket    10 Tickets Available   Sold Out!!!!
Hosted by: Melissa and Paul Odenbach
Paul and Melissa invite you to their home for a sit down five course meal and wine tasting.  Try some Tuscan wines and food while getting to know other Barton parents.  There will be some formal structure to the event, but also plenty of time for socializing.  Vegetarian options will also be included. 

  Wine, Cheese, SHOP!  
Sunday, April 30,    6-8 PM    Bower Boutique
$10/Ticket    Unlimited Tickets
Hosted by: Heather Layton
Come enjoy a fun and private introduction to the newest clothing boutique in Southwest Minneapolis.  Bower Boutique (owned by former Barton mom Leta Foster) is opening this spring.  This clothing boutique will cater to the sophisticated, casual, urban women.  Join us for an evening of wine, cheese and shopping!  What could be better?  Try on clothing with your friends.  Browse artisan jewelry and art in a low stress evening out just for women.  Drop in between 6 and 8 pm on April 30th, 2017.  Everyone will get a free gift and a 20% off coupon to use in the store.  Bower Boutique is located at 317 W 38th St. (38th and Grand), Minneapolis.

   Kentucky Derby Party    
Saturday, May 6, 2017    3:30-6 PM    Walts Residence
$20/Ticket    50 Tickets Available
Hosted by: Betsy and Brandon Walts and Michelle Courtright and Bazak Sharon
Bet on Barton! Ladies wear your best hat, and gentlemen find your brightest tie. Enjoy a sunny afternoon of horse racing and mint juleps. The Kentucky Derby will be playing live on TV and side bets will be taken for the benefit of Barton. We will have heavy appetizers and, of course, Derby Pie! Join us for this 5th Annual FUNdraiser!

Sunday, May 7, 2017    12-6 PM    Kingfield Pilates
$60/Single Session, $100/Double Session (2 People), $120/Trio Session (3 People) 
1 Hour Pilates Sessions
Hosted by:  Colleen Ueland, Kari Sharff, Jodi Gruhn
Colleen Ueland, Barton mom and Kingfield Pilates Owner (, invites you to her studio for Private/Semi-Private Pilates lessons all to benefit Barton and YOU!
Once you purchase the session you want (Private or Semi/Private), Colleen will tailor the pilates sessions to YOUR needs.  Whether you are curious about pilates or a pilates veteran, she can create an amazing session for you!

Enjoy light refreshments after your personal pilates session!

*Once you purchase your ticket, please email Colleen to schedule whichever type of lesson you purchase for May 7.*  
*Guests can arrange their own duos or trios, OR email Colleen before you purchase and she can arrange duos and trios for you. (*

  Family Outdoor Movie Night  
Saturday, May 13, 2017    7:00 PM    Houghton Residence
$25/Family    7 Tickets Available   Sold Out!!!!
Hosted by:  Eli and Jennie Houghton
A family friendly movie will be shown on an outdoor big screen.  Snacks and Beverages provided.

Saturday, May 20, 2017    8 AM    Sumner/Eldred Residence  
$25/Adult    $15/Child    25 Tickets Available   5 Tickets Available!!!
Hosted by: Sheila Eldred, Jenny Breen, Molly Cooper
Come walk, jog, or run at the 2nd annual FUNRUNdraiser! All paces welcome. Adults (and kids in strollers) will do a wildly fun and incredible (or incredibly slow) course around the lake(s) with other Barton parents. Kids will do an even more fun adventure run led by Barton 6th- and 7th-graders (appropriate for ages 8 and up). Afterward, cool off with chef Jenny Breen's warm breakfast treats. Various distance and pace and adventure options. 

  2nd Annual Summer Kick Off BBQ  
Saturday, May 20, 2017       6-10 PM        Wegner Residence
$40/Ticket    22 Tickets Available  Sold Out!!!
Hosted by: Paul and Janelle Wegner, Ravi and Fiona Pradhan, Corey and Sarah Lahm
Join us for a grown-ups’ night out to kick off summer in the backyard! Our guests last year said we should tell you this is not a burgers & brats & chips BBQ. Paul & Janelle and Fiona & Ravi will be roasting, grilling, and baking their favorite summer delectables for you, while Corey pairs each dish for you with wine from wineries he represents. Think Nepalese-fusion kebabs, secret-ingredient beef tri-tip, panna cotta and more. Ok, yes, May 20 is a little early for summer, but come let us wine & dine you while your kids still have (more than) a few days of school left.

  Pachanga de Paella y Sangria!  
Saturday, June 3, 2017    6 PM    Leslie Residence
$40/Ticket    30 Tickets Available   Sold Out!!!!!!
Hosted by: Kyle and Elizabeth Christensen, Jim and Katie Scott, Dan and Sarah Leslie
Come celebrate the start of summer and enjoy a beautiful night (hopefully outside) with friends while feasting on delicious Paella and Sangria as we support our children and their school that we all love!

  Peaceful Family Hike and Picnic  
Sunday, June 4, 2017  (Raindate: Sunday, June 11)    3-6 PM    Roberts Bird Sanctuary
Sliding Fee: $30, $40, 50/Family   8 Family Tickets Available  Sold Out!!!!
Hosted by: Jerri Clark Wagner and Mark Wagner, Sarah Cooper-Evans and Nathaniel Evans, 
Lucy and Chris Jones, Andrea and Brian Gregory
Please join us in welcoming Spring and celebrating peace, connections, and nature in a time when we all need to be reminded our basic needs and community togetherness the most. We will have a family-friendly nature hike, featuring the beautiful Roberts Bird Sanctuary, adjacent to the Peace Gardens. We will also make our way through to the new Pollinator Trail that runs parallel to the Bird Sanctuary. Our hike will end in the Peace Gardens and will feature a laid back family picnic. We will enjoy the beauty around us and celebrate peace and its inherent connections to nature.  Vegetarian and gluten-free options will be available. Please bring your family and make new friends in a naturally beautiful environment just steps away from Barton Open School.  

The hosts are offering this FUNdraiser at a sliding scale.  Tickets are available at $30, $40, or $50.  Pay what you are able.  

Saturday September 9, 2017    6-10 PM    Faber Residence
$20/Ticket    50 Tickets Available    Sold Out!!
Hosted by: Kirsten and Luke Hunt, Carrie and Christian Proetz, Rosanna and Kurt Faber
Enjoy a night with other Barton parents outdoors listening to amazing music by Barton students, staff, and parents. 

Line up:
Upper’s Student Band - Mac Faber, Daisy Forrester, Mia Nelson, Noah Kuklinski

Sarah Streitz - Barton parent

Ghost Wagon - Chuck (upper’s teacher) and friends.... with special guest appearance
by Chris Hagedorn (Barton parent)

  Mexican Independence Day Fiesta-Margaritas and Carnitas  
Saturday, September 16, 2017    6-10 PM    Ramberg Residence
$40/Ticket    40 Tickets Available   Sold Out!!!!
Hosted by: Carolyn and Dave Ramberg, Heather and Thibaud Cholat, Michelle and Doug Pryce

Kick back and relax with your Barton amigos while being serenaded by Mariachis.  Enjoy the delicious food and drinks of our neighbors to the South.

   Come Shabbat with Us!: An Evening of Jewish Culture   
Friday, October 6, 2017    6-8PM    Courtright/Sharon Residence
Sliding Fee: $30-50/Family    25 Family Tickets Available   5 Tickets Available!!!
Hosted by: Katy and Misha Rozin, Michelle Courtright and Bazak Sharon
Shabbat is the centerpiece of Jewish life. It’s the day of rest that begins on Friday at sunset and ends of the following evening at nightfall. We gather with family and friends, light candles, wine and dine, and say prayers. We will feast on challah bread, Shakshouka, apples dipped in honey, latkes, hummus, veggies and more scratch made goodness. The bonfire will be going in the backyard, which also has play equipment and ample space for the kids to run around freely. If anyone has allergies, food preferences or practices that need following, please let us know. 

The hosts are offering this FUNdraiser at a sliding scale.  Tickets are available at $30, $40, or $50.  Pay what you are able.  

  3rd Annual Oktoberfest     
Saturday, October 7, 2017    6-10 PM    Kennedy Residence
$40/Ticket    35 Tickets Available  17 Tickets Left!
Hosted by: Amy and Josh Kennedy, Anne-Marie Fischer, Ashley and Ethan Trepp,
Chris and Rachael Jarman

Join us for this 3rd Annual Oktoberfest! Enjoy German beer, bratwurst, sauerkraut, authentic potato salad, music, hammerschlagen, lederhosen, a warm bonfire, and GREAT conversation with Barton parents.

  Craft Cocktail Class  
Saturday, November 4, 2017    7 PM    Johnson Residence
$60/Ticket (anywhere else, this class costs $75!, this is a bargain!)    Sold Out!!
Hosted by: Kris and Sara Johnson
Join us for a cozy Craft Cocktail Class with local mixologist Jason Suss, a bartender from the formerly fabulous La Belle Vie.  We’ll provide everything you need to learn how to make two cutting edge mixed drinks at home.  And you’ll have a chance to ask your burning questions: why are some drinks shaken, others stirred? What building blocks are must-have in your home bar? You’ll spend your evening learning the art of the cocktail while mingling with other Barton parents, sampling light appetizers and desserts, and raising money for our beloved school.  

  Scandinavian Night of Light  
Saturday, December 9, 2017    6 PM    Woelber Residence
$40/Ticket    14 Tickets Available  Sold Out!!!!
Hosted by: Kris and Scott Woelber, Mark and Laura Paulson
Välkommen! Kris, Scott, Mark, and Laura invite you to ring in the holidays with an evening of Scandinavian tradition, folklore, and food. Enjoy a smörgåsbord from the familiar rice porridge, Swedish meatballs & glögg, to the maybe not so familiar reindeer sausage, gjetost, & knäckebröd. Come hear stories of the tomten and julbocken and raise your glass! Skål! God Jul! Liker du lutefisk?! 
2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 FUNdraisers:
Pre-Holiday Wine Tasting (December), Cooking Class and Sit-Down Dinner (June), Beer for Barton II (June), Spirit Garden Harvest Dinner (October), Sushi and Sake 101 (May), Private Dinner at Mission American Kitchen (April), Primavera Wine Dinner-Cafe Ena (May), Spanish Tapas Dinner (May), Kentucky Derby (May), Sixties Sing-Along (April), Family Hike and Spring Picnic (May), Rock the Bulldog! (March), Wine Tasting and Cheese Pairings (October), Beer for Barton III-Oktoberfest (October), Spirit Garden Tour and Dinner (September), Family Shabbat Dinner (September), Dinner and a Movie-Big Night (August), Lake Minnetonka Sunset Cruise (June), Backyard Paella Party (June), Family Hike and Picnic (May), Spirit Garden and Happy Hour (May), Primavera Wine Dinner at Cafe Ena (May), Barton Goes Bangkok (May), Kentucky Derby (May), Sicilian Dinner (April), Barton Community Breakfast (April), French Raclette Dinner (March), Wine, Chocolate, Yoga (March), Align and Wine (April), Movie Night at the Walsteads (May), Mumbai in May, Sing-a-long Jam Session: Rise UP Barton (May), Spirit Garden Happy Hour (May)
Basement Kegger (June), Lake Minntetonka Sunset Cruise (June), Progressive Petite Plate Pedal Party (August), The Barton Lebowski (September), Wine Tasting and Henna (September), Oktoberfest, Saturday Night Soiree (October), Making Spirits Bright (December), Orange Theory Fitness Class (April), Somali Culture Dinner (April), Totally 80's Prom (April), Kentucky Derby Party (May), FUNRUNdraiser (May), Basement Kegger (May), Kindergarten Family Dance (May), Container Planting Class (May), Summer Kick Off Backyard BBQ (June), Jewish New Year (September), Beer (and Pong) for Barton (September), 2nd Annual Oktoberfest (October), Garden Harvest Cooking Class (October)