St. Paul Hiking Club

The St. Paul Hiking Club announces these December hikes:

• Sunday, Dec. 2 - 2:30 p.m. meet in the small shopping center parking lot immediately North of IHOP in Oakdale, 7680 10th St. N. for a residential hike

• Tuesday, Dec. 4 - Hiking Club Christmas Party - members only.

• Sunday, Dec. 9 - 2:30 p.m. meet in the parking lot of the condominiums at 2485 Londin Ln. E. in Maplewood for a hike in the Battle Creek Park area.

• Tuesday, Dec. 11

- 11:30 a.m. - meet at Arby's, 654 Snelling Ave. S., in the Highland Park area of St. Paul near Highland Parkway for a hike in the residential areas, then later through the St. Kate's and St. Paul Academy campuses.

- 7:30 p.m., - meet in the parking lot on the South side of Phalen Lake on East Shore Drive. Come see the new and improved IBEW Holiday Lights in the Park. Donations are taken for charities this supports.

• Sunday, Dec. 16 - 2:30 p.m. meet in the parking lot of Lunds, 2128 Ford Parkway at Finn St. for a hike along River Road and residential areas.

• Tuesday, Dec. 18

- 11:30 a.m. - meet at Goodrich and West 7th for a residential hike.

- 7:30 p.m., meet in front of 7953 Conroy Way, Inver Grove Heights, on the NE corner of Conroy Way and Clayton, for our seventh annual Christmas Lights hike.

• Sunday, Dec. 23 - Meet at Summit and River Road for a River Road and residential streets hike. Treat TBD.

• Tuesday, Dec. 25 - Merry Christmas -- no hike

• Sunday, Dec. 30 - meet in the parking lot of Carmine's Restaurant, 9900 Valley Creek Rd., (at Woodbury Dr.) in Woodbury for a hike on paved trails by lakes in the area.

Sunday hikes are about five miles and last about two hours. Tuesday hikes are about three miles and last about one hour.

Call JoMarie Beckenbach at 651-646-6421 or Charlotte at 651-455-0052 or go to the website at www.stpaulhike.org for more information.