Oakdale-Lake Elmo Review bulletin board February 17, 2016

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.  Register by Feb. 18 at www.oakdalefun.com or by calling 651-747-3860.

Animal Tracks in the Snow

On the morning of Saturday, Feb. 20, children five and under can learn about animal tracks at the Maplewood Nature Center located at 2659 E. 7th St. Parents stay with their child(ren) during the entire class. The program begins 10 a.m. and runs until 11:30 a.m. The fee is $5 per child.  Please register by Feb. 18 by contacting ECFE:  651-748-7280 or online at www.isd622.org/ecfe.

Team energy challenge

Energize Maplewood is hosting an energy challenge for residents. Join or form a team with friends, family or co-workers. From Jan. 1 to May 31 teams of households will compete against each other to see which team will be the biggest energy losers and win the $500 grand prize. Learn energy saving steps, score points for your team, win prizes, attend exclusive events and make your home more comfortable. Registration is open until Feb. 28, 2016. To join visit  www.maplewoodmn.gov/energychallenge.

Maplewood Kid City

Kid City, is a youth-driven public art program that mobilizes kid citizens to work in partnership with artists and the City to revitalize Maplewood. Maplewood is partnering with Z Puppets Rosenschnoz, led by Shari Aronson and Chris Griffith who are award-winning Minneapolis multidisciplinary artists specializing in innovative, interactive experiences for families and youth. For more information and to register visit  www.ci.maplewood.mn.us/1567/Kid-City-Project.

Charitable grand opening

Fare For All, a local food program created to make fresh fruits, vegetables and frozen meats more affordable for local families will be having their Grand Opening at Grace of God Lutheran Church from 3:30-5:30pm on Monday February 22nd.  For this event, Fare For All is partnering with “Good in the ‘Hood” which operates the SHOE BUS with donated shoes from Schuler Shoes. The “Shoe Away Hunger” program offers shoes for a suggested donation of $5 per pair and $2 for toddlers. For every pair sold Good in the ‘Hood provides a week’s worth of groceries to someone in need.Grace of God Lutheran Church is located at 420 Hayward Ave. N.  For additional dates and a map of Fare For All locations, go to: http://www.fareforall.org. For questions contact 763-450-3880 or 1-800-582-4291.

White Bear’s notorious gangsters: the sequel

“White Bear’s Notorious Gangsters: the Original Program” will be presented by the White Bear Lake Area Historical Society at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17, at the Ramsey County Library, 2150 Second St. in White Bear Lake. The White Bear Lake area was a haven for the 1920s and ‘30s era gangsters who wanted to get away from it all. Attendees will hear some gangster lingo while they listen to the tales of infamous visitors such as Ma Barker, Alvin “Creepy” Karpis and Baby Face Nelson. The program is supported financially by Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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.


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