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Oakdale-Lake Elmo Review bulletin board Feb. 26, 2014
Master Gardeners Spring Fling
Master Gardeners of Washington County welcome all gardeners to attend the 27th Annual Metro Spring Fling on Mar. 8 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Five different speakers are lined up with educational topics on different areas of gardening. Hot lunch is provided along with door prizes, raffle and vendors. Send check of $35 made out to WCHS Spring Fling and mail it to: WCHS, 777 Greenway Ave., Oakdale, MN 55125 by March 1. For more information, call Jan at 651-653-7371.
Speak Your Peace Book Discussion
Are you concerned about your relationship with your co-workers, parenting battles, bullying, rudeness, negative stereotyping, and other evidence of the lack of civility in your life? What is “civility” and how does it apply to our daily lives? The Lake Elmo Public Library, a member of the Lake Elmo Speak Your Peace community, is hosting a book discussion series that will address these questions. Stephen L. Carter’s classic book, Civility: Manners, Morals, and the Etiquette of Democracy will be the springboard for the four-part discussion.
Participation will be limited to10 in order to facilitate the small group process. Registration is open until Feb. 27 and the first meeting will be Thursday, March 6, at 6:30 p.m. in the public meeting room at the library, 3537 Lake Elmo Ave. Books will be distributed at that time. The following three sessions will be scheduled at the convenience of the group.
For more information, contact Library Director Linda Orsted at the Lake Elmo Public Library, 651-773-4926.
Oakdale Fire Department
To help the Oakdale Fire Department celebrate its 50th year, kids are invited to submit “Why I want to be an Oakdale firefighter when I grow up” essays. The winner will be named “Honorary Oakdale Firefighter” and ride in the June 19 Summerfest parade with members of the department. The contest is open to kids up to age 10; essays, 50 words or less, must be submitted by May 30. Complete details are provided in the Oakdale Update newsletter.
The Columbian Women of Solanus Casey Council #1632 Stillwater Knights of Columbus are seeking crafters for its annual Spring Craft, Bake and Boutique Sale on Saturday, April 5, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Stillwater. Tables are $25 each. Call Joan at 651-777-6538 to reserve your table(s).
Join us at the Oakdale Nature Preserve, 4444 Hadley Ave., for snowshoeing and lunch on Saturday, March 1, anytime between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Tromp through the snow in hopes of catching a glimpse of turkeys, squirrels, and deer. Then, head back to warm up by a bonfire and enjoy a lunch of roasted hot dogs, chips and símores. This is Spring Break Minnesota style, so donít forget your sunglasses, sunscreen and camera!
Cost: $12 per participant or $40 for a family of four. Pre-registration is required by Feb. 21. Visit www.oakdalefun.com to sign up.
Blind Date with a Book
Do you want to get back into circulation? Check out the Blind Date with a Book program at the Lake Elmo Public Library in February. Select a brown paper-wrapped book from the special display. How many hearts will you give the book? Check it out, read it and fill in the brief book rating slip to enter the drawing for a sweet prize donated by Candyland in Stillwater. The program runs Feb. 1-28. The drawing will be held on Saturday, March 1, at noon. Take a chance--you may find a new literary love!
For more information call the library at 651-773-4926.
Indoor Garage Sale
The Oakdale Discovery Center, 4444 Hadley Ave., will once again host the ever-popular indoor garage sale on Saturday, March 1, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. No early birds! Free to browse. More information is available at www.oakdalefun.com.
Oakdale Indoor Market
Over 30 vendors will soon fill the Oakdale Discovery Center with a wide variety of products at the annual Indoor Market. The market offers foodstuffs such as meats, baked goods, breads, syrups, jams and jellies, honey products, candies, spices, salsas and strudels as well as non-food gifts for all ages. The market will be open from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on the following Saturdays: Feb. 22, March 8 and 22, and April 5. The Discovery Center is located at 4444 Hadley Ave. For more information, please call 651-747-3860.
East Metro Writer’s Room
Writers looking for a quiet space, free coffee, craft conversation and inspiration are invited to Lake Elmo Public Library on Monday mornings from 10 a.m. to noon.
Membership is free and open to any writer seeking motivation and heads-down drafting time. In addition to the quiet room, the “procrastination station” will be open for coffee breaks and lively chat with other authors. A smaller breakout room is available for a weekly discussion topic.
For more information, visit www.lakeelmopubliclibrary.org or call 651-773-4926.
Several art galleries can be found throughout the Twin Cities, but only one can be found right here in Oakdale! Each month, the work of a featured local artist or artisan is displayed at the Oakdale Discovery Center, located at 4444 Hadley Ave. In February, the oil paintings of Joseph Hilyar will be on display.
Hours for the Discovery Center are: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Thursdays: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturdays: noon to 4 p.m.; and Sundays: 1 to 4 p.m. For more information, call 651-747-3860 or go to www.oakdalefun.com.
Chicken Keeping 101
Raising chickens in the backyard is growing in popularity. Learn everything you need to know about keeping chickens, such as coop construction, chicken comfort, safety, sanitation, and doing it all with minimum expense by using ordinary materials and equipment. The program is geared toward those thinking of raising chickens as well as those currently raising chickens. Instructor Les Larson has raised chickens, pigeons, and doves at his Oakdale home for many years.
There are two free sessions to choose from: Thursday, March 13, from 6-7:30 p.m. or Saturday, May 3, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Classes are held at the Oakdale Discovery Center, 4444 Hadley Ave.
Register online at www.oakdalefun.com or call 651-747-3860 at least one day ahead of session.
Ramsey County Parks and Recreation announced the 2013-2014 public open skating schedule for Aldrich Arena. Open skating is held Sundays from 1:50 to 3:15 p.m. and Thursdays from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Long blade skating sessions are also available on Thursdays from 10:40 a.m. to 12:40 p.m. Aldrich is located at 1850 White Bear Ave., Maplewood.
More information is available on the department’s website at http://parks.co.ramsey.mn.us or by phone at 651-748-2500.
Volunteers are needed to help adult students learning English as a second language and preparing for their GED (high-school graduation equivalent) exams in District 622.
Volunteers can spent 1 to 4 hours per class and work one day a week or more if desired. Classes will always have a teacher present to help advise and direct volunteers.
These classes are offered days and evenings at Harmony School, 1961 County Road C E., Maplewood, just northeast of the intersection of White Bear Avenue and County Road C.
Call 651-748-6202 for a schedule of class times or www.isd622.org/domain/1224 for more information.
To set up a brief meeting to volunteer, email Scott Helland at email@example.com. Volunteers will need to complete a background check.