Ramsey County-Maplewood Review bulletin board February 3, 2016

Mu Daiko performs at Washington County libraries
Mu Daiko, a professional taiko drumming ensemble based in the Twin Cities, will appear at Washington County libraries in January and February.
The hour-long performance will be at:
2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 30, at Park Grove Library, 7900 Hemingway Ave. S., Cottage Grove;

1:30 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 7, at Hardwood Creek Library, 19955 Forest Road N., Forest Lake;

6:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 11, at Oakdale Library, 1010 Heron Ave. S., Oakdale;

2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 27, at Wildwood Library, 763 Stillwater Road, Mahtomedi;

1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 20, at Bayport Library, 582 N. Fourth St., Bayport.

The ensemble performs a variety of traditional and contemporary works, ranging from traditional taiko repertoire to original pieces composed by its members. Mu Daiko continues to stretch the boundaries of the art form and contribute to the innovation of American taiko.
These events are free and open to the public. They are funded with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
For additional information, visit a Washington County Library, see www.co.washington.mn.us/library, or call the library at 651-731-1320.

Nighttime snowshoeing 
On the evening of Friday, Feb. 19, people will be strapping on snowshoes and hiking through the Oakdale Nature Preserve or following the trail lighted by ice luminaries. They can also relax by the outdoor bonfire or head into the Oakdale Discovery Center to sample local artisan food, craft beer, and wine by the fireplace.  
Cost per person is $34 ($39 day of event) and includes snowshoe rental.  Registration deadline is Jan. 30 at www.oakdalefun.com or by calling 651-747-3860.

Hatha Flow Yoga Session 
The Oakdale Discovery Center will be offering a Hatha Flow Yoga session from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 3.
The Discovery Center is located at 4444 Hadley Ave.  To learn more, please call 651-747-3860 or visit: www.oakdalefun.com.

Guided fitness hikes 
A rotating schedule of free, guided fitness hikes will be offered at the Lake Elmo Park Reserve-Nordic Center.
Each fitness hike will be 60 minutes and include a warm-up with fitness challenges along the way.
Trail routes will vary and be a mix of turf, gravel, grass, and paved depending on conditions with light to moderately steep terrain areas. Participants should dress for the weather and hiking activity; a water bottle is recommended. 
The programs are for those ages 13 or older, and all minors must be accompanied by an adult. Participants should plan to arrive to the programs 10 minutes early. If there is light rain, the programs will go on as scheduled. 
The Lake Elmo Park Reserve hikes are 9 to 10 a.m. Thursdays, plus two October hikes that are 6 to 7 p.m. Meet at the Nordic Center. 
The hikes will be: Feb. 25; March 10 and 24; April 7 and 21; May 5 and 19; June 2, 16 and 30; July 14 and 28; Aug. 11 and 25; Sept. 8 and 22; Oct. 6, 13 (6 to 7 p.m.), 20, and 27 (6 to 7 p.m.); Nov. 3 and 17, and Dec. 1.
These programs are free with a Washington County Parks vehicle permit ($5/day or $25/annual) with the exception of "Free Tuesdays," when no vehicle permit is required on the first non-holiday Tuesday of the month.

Image editing on the cheap
Learn about some of the top, free web-based and desktop applications for image editing, including Picasa, Gimp, and Flickr's Avery at the Oakdale Library from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 27. 
The class will discuss the basics of editing, cropping, saturation, contrast, exposure, color correction, and more to enhance the quality photos. Attendees should bring their smartphone, tablet or laptop if they have one that's loaded with a few photos they've taken. 
Registration is required. Stop by the Oakdale Library, 1010 Heron Ave. N., or call 651-730-0504, or register online at www.co.washington.mn.us/library.

Senior Surf
A drop-in computer/technology session for seniors will explore a variety of computer skills from 10 a.m. to noon Friday, Feb. 10, at the Oakdale Library. 
The free Senior Surf class is for older adults who have little or no experience with computers. It's presented by the Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging. 
Registration is required. Stop by the Oakdale Library, 1010 Heron Ave. N., or call 651-730-0504, or register online at www.co.washington.mn.us/library.

Knights fish fry 
The Knights of Columbus 4967 will hold a fish fry on Friday, Feb. 12 from 4 to 7 p.m. at St. Peter Catholic School cafeteria, 2590 N. Margaret St., North St. Paul.
The menu is all you care to eat deep-fried and baked fish, coleslaw, macaroni and cheese, vegetables, bread sticks, potatoes and applesauce. 
The cost is adults, $10; seniors, $8; kids (age 12 and younger), $3. Carryout orders are available.
The KC's will host Lenten fish fries again on Feb. 26, March 11 and March 18 from 4 to 7 p.m.

Snowshoe hike
For a winter wonderland adventure, head to the Maplewood Nature Center, 2659 E. Seventh St., from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, for a snowshoe hike.
This event is best for, children, ages 4 and up, accompanied by an adult. They will learn about snowshoes, strap on a pair, and walk with a naturalist through the woods. Snowshoes will be provided. 
Participants should wear sturdy winter boots and bring their own mug for hot cocoa. If snow is scarce, the group will hike to search for animal tracks. The cost is $5 per person, prepay by Feb. 12. 
To register go to, www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com or call 651-249-2170.

Snow sculpture contest
Kids and adults in Oakdale are encouraged to get outside and build their best snow sculpture for the city's annual contest.  
This year's theme is "A Day at the Zoo."  Sculptures will be judged on appearance based on the theme, and the winner will receive a $100 PINZ gift card.  
To enter, submit a photo, along with your contact information, to tim@ci.oakdale.mn.us by March 31.

Enrichment opportunities
The Benedictine Center, 2675 Benet Road, Maplewood, is offering these upcoming enrichment opportunities to the public.

• Embracing the holy time of Lent: Sunday, Feb. 7, from 4 to 6 p.m. 
Participants will experience a quiet time of contemplation, guided meditation and ritual, and use their imagination while entering into the sacred stories of this season.  
Peter Watkins, former teacher of philosophy and theology at Cretin-Derham High School, will lead this workshop. He has a master's of divinity degree from the University of St. Thomas.
Cost is $30 (includes supper).

• Dementia support group: Tuesday, Feb. 9, 7 to 9 p.m.
This is an opportunity for caregivers to share their journey, find renewal and feel full acceptance for whatever they are going through. Steve Arnold, a chaplain and spiritual director, will lead discussions around the disease of dementia. 

• Looking for a good discussion? Thursday, Feb. 11, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
This popular conversation series tackles the topic of the spirituality of sustainability. Participants learn how to become good stewards by building sustainability of people, planet and financial resources within organizations. Jeff Dols, retreat leader, spiritual companion will lead discussions on justice, education and formation.
For more information or to register online, go to www.stpaulsmonastery.org and follow the link to the Benedictine Center, or call 651-777-7251 or email benedictinecenter@stpaulsmonastery.org.

Mental illness support group
NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness) sponsors free support groups for families who have a relative with a mental illness. 
Led by trained facilitators who also have a family member with mental illness, the support groups help families develop better coping skills and find strength through sharing their experiences. 
A family support group meets in Oakdale on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Canvas Health, 7066 Stillwater Blvd., in the community room. For information, call Dan at 651-341-8918. 
A parent resource group meets on the second and fourth Mondays of each month from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Eagle Brook Church, 2401 E. Buffalo St. in White Bear Lake.  For more information, contact Jody Lyons 651-645-2948, extension109.  

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