VISION Local Experiences

Dinner at Common Roots Café

What: Dinner and Tour at Common Roots Café  

When: Thursday, October 14, 6 pm (leave UST at 5:30 pm) 

Where: Common Roots Café - 2558 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis 

10 Students 

Common Roots Café is a local restaurant committed to “supporting local farmers, operating in an environmentally sustainable way, and providing a living wage and benefits for employees.” Common Roots also limits their waste through composting; it's one of the first restaurants in Minneapolis. VISION will be bringing a group of students to eat a seasonal meal - paid for by VISION - made with local, organic, and fair-trade ingredients. We will also take a tour of their garden to learn more about the mission of Common Roots Café and be part of the community. We’re excited to eat some good food and share a great conversation with you! 

For more information about Common Roots Café, check out their website: 


An image of the storefront of Common Roots Cafe - Dinner at Common Roots Café

VISION Game Night

What: Game Night  

When: Friday, October 15th from 6:00-9:00 pm  

Where: Jay Phillip’s Center for Interreligious Studies  

10 Students 

VISION is hosting a game night! Whether it be to meet new friends from the St. Thomas community or to play your favorite game, join us at Jay Phillip’s House (Corner of Cleveland Ave and Portland Ave) on October 15th, from 6:00-9:00 pm, for a relaxing and fun night. Games and food will be provided, but feel free to bring your favorite board or card game! 


An image of a Catan board. - VISION Game Night

VISION Reflection

What: Reflection  

When: Wednesday, October 20th from 6:30-8:30 pm  

Where: Iversen Meditation Room  

20 Students 

            Join us in the Meditation Room in the new Iversen Center for Faith (if you’re looking at the entrance from Cleveland, it’s the room furthest right - we’ll be sure to post signs around). VISION will be hosting a meditation and reflection on stress on October 20th, from 6:30-8:30 pm. We hope this will be a chance to pause, reflect, & connect with yourself and others. We hope to inspire stillness in a time of chaos and to host a constructive discussion around stress management. After this, we’ll have some card games, art supplies, & snacks to share! We’d love to see your beautiful faces there! 


Contemplative image of rocks over still water. - VISION Reflection

Café Imports Tour

What: Green Warehouse Tour with Cafe Imports 

When: Friday, October 22nd - 3 pm to 5 pm 

Where: Cafe Imports Warehouse 

10 Students 

Do you like coffee? Join us to learn about fair trade coffee at Cafe Imports Green warehouse! Look forward to learning about how they source their coffee beans and their commitment to producing great coffee beans.  

We will have the chance to talk about their commitment to fair trade and their proactive approach to environmental sustainability. Come join us to tour their warehouse and of course have some coffee! 

For more information about Cafe Imports, check out their website: 


An image of a 150 lbs bag of coffee beans that says Cafe Imports - Café Imports Tour

Maverick's BBQ & PuzzleWorks Escape Room

What: Maverick's BBQ & Escape Room 

When: Saturday, October 23th, 11:30 am 

Where: Mavericks BBQ & PuzzleWorks Escape Rooms 

10 Students 

Sign up for free lunch at Mavericks BBQ and the chance to do an escape room! We’ll be going on Saturday, October 23rd around 11:30 AM. Escape rooms are a fun team-building exercise and a great way to meet new people! Some of which you may go on a VISION trip with in the future! We can’t wait to see you! 

To learn more about these places, check out their websites: 

Maverick's BBQ:

PuzzleWorks Escape Rooms: 



An image of people enjoying an escape room activity - Maverick's BBQ & PuzzleWorks Escape Room