BULLETIN BOARD: Oakdale, Lake Elmo, Maplewood & Ramsey Co. Review - January 30, 2019

Oakdale Support Group for Families 

NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness) sponsors free support groups for families and friends of individuals living with a mental illness in Oakdale on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., at Canvas Health, 7066 Stillwater Blvd., in the community room. Led by trained facilitators who also have a family member with mental illness, the support groups help families develop better coping skills and find strength through sharing their experiences.  For information, call Dan at 651-341-8918.

First Sunday 

Concerts at Lakewood 

The Dysart Family from Macon, Missouri will be in concert at The Lakewood Worship Center, 4 p.m. on Sunday Feb. 3. Doors open at 3:30 p.m. Lakewood Worship Center is located at 2080 Woodlynn Ave. in Maplewood. There will be a freewill offering. 


Senior ice skating at Aldrich

Join fellow seniors every Friday from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. for free ice skating at Aldrich Arena. Bring your own skates to hit the ice to music. The weekly gathering runs through March 15. Aldrich Arena is located at 1850 White Bear Ave. in Maplewood.


Lake Elmo Park Reserve winter full moon ski

A Full Moon Ski will be 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, at Lake Elmo Park Reserve starting at the Nordic Center. Glide across the snow on the serene landscape of Lake Elmo Park Reserve under the light of the full moon. This guided ski will be on the unlit Orange trail, allowing participants to fully immerse themselves in the tranquility of the night. Head lamps are welcome. No reservation are required. Free with vehicle permit. Lake Elmo Park Reserve is at 1515 Keats Ave. N. in Lake Elmo. For more information call 651-430-8370.


Maplewood Nature Center events

• The Life of a Voyager: For adults and families. Minimum age of 7. Saturday, Feb. 2, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Assume the persona of a French voyageur from this historical era.  Examine historical replicas of fur trade items.  Make a spark from flint and steel, drill a hole with a pump drill. Learn about snowshoes; the Native Americans invented these and showed the voyageurs how to use them. Go for a short nature adventure outdoors. Individuals, families, and small scout groups are welcome. There is a $5 fee per person. Prepay by Jan. 31. 

• Winter Woodpecker Walk: For adults and families. Minimum age of 7. Saturday, Feb. 9, 10 to 11:30 a.m. Learn about common woodpeckers in the area; what they can tell us about tree health, then join the naturalist for a woodpecker walk on our trails. You’ll tally species to report them on eBird. Pre-register by Thursday, Feb. 7. 

 • Coyote Moon: Snowshoe by the light of the moon COYOTE on Tuesday, Feb. 19, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. It’s magical swishing through the snow across the pond. Six inches of snow is needed for snowshoeing). The group will see if it can spy coyote tracks and more. Coyotes are here to stay in our urban landscape. Discover a few pointers about how to live together with Wily coyote. Back at the visitor center you fill your mugs (bring one from home) with hot cider and share some readings and stories about this legendary trickster. There is a $5 per person, and prepay by Sunday, Feb. 17.  

• Native seed treatment for beginners: Saturday, Feb. 23, 2 to 3:30 p.m. Want to start native plants organically by seed, but are not sure how to stratify or scarify seed? This is the class for you. Try three different strategies to increase seed germination; then bring seeds home for your yard. Leaders will recommend reference materials to help you imitate nature. Bring a small, sturdy cardboard box, at least 8 x 11 inches. Children 14 and above are also welcome to attend with an adult. There is a $6 fee per person, prepay by Monday, Feb. 18.  

• Owl hoot-along: Saturday, Feb. 23, 10 to 11:30 a.m. Make nature discoveries, and meet new friends. This class is offered at the Maplewood Nature Center in collaboration with Early Childhood and Family Education (ECFE) staff. Parents stay with their children during the entire class. Fee is $5 per child per class. Preregistration is required. To register contact ECFE at 651-702-8411 or register online at www.isd622.org/ecfe. 

Maplewood Nature Center is located at 2659 E Seventh St. in Maplewood. For information call 651-249-2170.


Edgerton Community Garden Plot Registration for 2019 Season

Register for a  community garden plots at Edgerton Community Garden on the corner of Roselawn Avenue and Edgerton Avenue, north of Edgerton Elementary. Returning gardner registration begins Wednesday, Feb. 27. New gardner registration begins Wednesday, March 20. Grow your own local organic food. Rent a 12 foot x 15 foot in-ground plot, or 4 foot x 8 foot raised bed (eighteen inches height) or a 3 foot x 5 foot ADA accessible raised bed for the 2019 garden season. The city will provide water spigots. Renters agree to plant, maintain, and harvest their plots using organic (chemical-free) methods. There is a $25 free per plot or raised bed for the entire 2019 garden season: Friday May 3 through Monday, Oct. 21. Register online at www.maplewoodmn.gov/communitygarden. For garden questions, call 651-249-2173 or if you need help registering online, call 651-249-2170

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