BULLETIN BOARD: Oakdale, Lake Elmo, Maplewood & Ramsey Co. Review - February 11, 2018

Wellness 50+ program expands

The Vital Aging Network is expanding its Wellness 50+ program into four communities in Washington County: Forest Lake, Woodbury, Cottage Grove and Stillwater. They are recruiting volunteers to develop community-led efforts. Interested residents can use their skills and talents to do important work and build leadership skills.  Join a team of peers and improve your own health while helping others do the same. For more information contact Mark Skeie at 651-226-9578 or MSKeie@vital-aging-network.org.


Chili feed

The Maplewood North Lions are hosting the 12th annual chili feed Thursday, Feb. 22, from 4 to 7:30 p.m. at Guldens Restaurant located at Highway 61 and Beam Avenue in Maplewood. The cost is $8 per person for all you can eat chili with all the fixings as well as bread, crackers, coffee, milk and dessert. The cost for a quart of chili to go is $8.


Donate blood

Winter storms and the flu don’t just mean a lot of people are missing work and school — it also means they can’t keep their American Red Cross blood and platelet donation appointments. The Red Cross is urging healthy donors of all blood types to roll up a sleeve to help maintain the blood supply for patients in need. Please visit one of the four metro area blood donation centers or one of the upcoming local opportunities this month. There will be a blood drive at Maplewood Toyota, 2873 Hwy 61 N. from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 20, and one Feb. 26 from 1 to 7 p.m. at Guardian Angels Catholic Church, 8260 Fourth St. N. For more information or to make an appointment download the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-733-2767.


Best snow sculpture of Oakdale contest

Do you have what it takes to create the best snow sculpture in Oakdale? Head outside any time after a snowfall and create your masterpiece. All sculptures are judged on appearance, relative to this season’s theme: “Summer at the Beach.” The creator of the winning sculpture receives a $100 Marcus Theaters gift card.  Submit photo entries by March 30 to nathan@ci.oakdale.mn.us. The winner will be contacted by April 2.


STEM Saturdays

Discover more about one of Earth’s most incredible land forms: volcanoes. On Saturday, Feb. 17, from 2 to 3 p.m. participants will learn what volcanoes are, why they erupt and even watch a volcano erupt from space. Participants will create their own volcano and we’ll take turns blasting them off. This event is recommended for children ages 6-12. Registration is required. Register online at WashCoLib.org, by calling 651-730-0504, or in person at the library, which is located at 1010 Heron Ave. N.


Washington County Horticulture Society meeting

The Washington County Horticulture Society is hosting a free event featuring Dr. David Baumler speaking on chili peppers. Dr. Baumler is testing rare and exotic peppers to find out if they can be super-nutritious without being super-hot and researching the antimicrobial properties of chili peppers for potential use to combat food-borne pathogens. He is a chili pepper consultant for farmers and the food/beverage industry in the Midwest. His presentation promises to be fun and interactive, and it will include a chili pepper song and a full size chili pepper costume. The meeting will be 7 p.m. Feb. 19 at Hope Church, 7910 15th St. N., Oakdale. For more information, contact Barbara J. Ronningen at 651-436-5881 or bjronningen@yahoo.com.


Get to know NAMI Minnesota

Get to know the National Alliance on Mental Illness by attending a Feb. 26 event from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Woodland Hills Church, 1740 Van Dyke St., St. Paul. Those who attend the event will hear first-hand how the organization’s work directly affects the lives of children and adults with mental illnesses and their families, as well as learn about the organization’s education and support programs and what it is doing to advocate for good mental health policies. Those who attend will also learn how they can get involved, take action and make a difference. For more information or to register, contact Kay King at kking@namimn.org or 651-645-2948 x113.


White Bear: a village is born

In February of 1881 the village of White Bear was officially incorporated, so the White Bear Lake Library, 2150 2d St., will be hosting a presentation Monday, Feb. 26 about the beginning of White Bear Lake. Sara Markoe Hanson of the White Bear Area Historical Society will talk about the earliest days of the village that eventually became the city of White Bear Lake. She will share what the community looked like at the time and who was involved with setting the foundation of the city.


Old-fashioned snowshoe hike 

 Try on a pair of old-fashioned snowshoes and join a naturalist from Carpenter Nature Center on a hike 10 a.m. to noon Sunday, Feb. 18, through St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park. This is a rare opportunity to explore St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park by snowshoe. Snowshoes that will be available will be women’s size six and above. The cost is $10 per participant. The park is at 10191 St. Croix Trail S. Vehicle permits are required, and are $7 a day or $30 annually.


Snowshoe story stroll

 Join the Washington County Library and Washington County Parks for a snowshoe story stroll starting at the Nordic Center at the Lake Elmo Park Reserve at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 24. Hot cocoa and s’mores will be served following this family friendly stroll. A limited number of snowshoes will be available, and participants are encouraged to bring their own snowshoes. RSVP to Sara Armstrong at 651-430-4325. The Lake Elmo Park Reserve is located at 1515 Keats Ave. N. A park permit is required, which costs $7 daily or $30 annually.

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