Oakdale-Lake Elmo Review bulletin board February 10, 2016

Snowshoe hike
For a winter wonderland adventure, head to the Maplewood Nature Center, 2659 E. Seventh St., from 10 a.m. to noon 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.
Editor’s note: The time for the snowshoe hike was incorrect in last week’s edition. The Review regrets the error.

Sweetheart skiing, hiking
Lake Elmo Park Reserve will host Sweetheart Cross Country Night Ski, Hike on Friday, Feb. 12, from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at the park’s Nordic Center.
From the Nordic Center Trailhead, participants can cross country ski 5.5 miles of LED-lighted ski trails. From the Eagle Point Trailhead, they can snowshoe, hike or walk a leashed dog along the illuminated 2.5-mile Big Bluestem Trail.
Inside, participants can warm up fireside in the great room and sample free coffee, cocoa and cookies and hear live music by the Chris and Jack Duo, who will play from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
The Gastrotruck: Artisanal Street Cuisine and Catering, will serve food outside the Nordic Center from 6 to 10 p.m. 
There will be an outdoor bonfire and roasting sticks will be available for use; guests may bring their own treats to roast. 
This event is free with a valid park vehicle permit ($5/day or $25/annual); skiers ages 16 and older will also need a Minnesota Ski Pass ($6/day or $20/annual). Both permits are for sale at the park office. 
Washington County Parks does not provide rental equipment. Snowshoeing, hiking and dogs are prohibited on groomed cross-country ski trails.
Washington County Parks may be reached at 651-430-8370 or at parks@co.washington.mn.us
Lake Elmo Park Reserve is at 1515 Keats Ave. N., Lake Elmo, one mile north of Interstate 94 at the intersection of County Road 19 and County Road 10.

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 February.
The hour-long performance will be at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 11, at Oakdale Library, 1010 Heron Ave. S., Oakdale, and 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 27, at Wildwood Library, 763 Stillwater Road, Mahtomedi.
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 Evening Session 1-Discovery Center 
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.

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. 12, 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.

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.

Juggling & unicycle show
The Mondo Spectacular show is coming to St. Paul on Saturday, Feb.13, for an evening of juggling, comedy, unicycling and surprises. As part of the Mondo variety arts convention this show has performers from all over the United States.
Special guests lined up this year are: Keith Nelson from the Bindlestiff family circus and the Institute of Juggleology.
The show will begin at 7 p.m. at the St. Paul Central High School theater, 275 Lexington Parkway. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets at the door are $12 for adults and $10 for children under 12. For more information on the show and festival visit http://www.mondofest.org/festival.


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