BULLETIN BOARD: Oakdale, Lake Elmo, Maplewood & Ramsey Co. Review - February 6, 2019

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 starts at 6:30 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. Headlamps are welcome. No reservation are required. Free with vehicle permit. Lake Elmo Park Reserve is located at 1515 Keats Ave. N. in Lake Elmo. For more information call 651-430-8370.


Maplewood Nature Center events

• Winter Woodpecker Walk: This event is for adults and families. The minimum age is 7. It is Saturday, Feb. 9, starting at 10 a.m. Learn about common woodpeckers in our area, like what they can tell us about tree health, then join the naturalist for a woodpecker walk on our trails. Weíll tally species to report them on eBird. The is no cost. Pre-register by Thursday, Feb. 7. 

• Coyote Moon: Snowshoe by the light of the moon.  This event is Tuesday, Feb. 19, starting at 6:30 p.m. It’s magical swishing through the snow across the pond 6 inches is necessary for snowshoeing.  We’ll see if we 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 coyotes. Back at the visitor center fill a mug (bring one from home) with hot cider and share some readings and stories about this legendary trickster. The cost is $5. Prepay by Sunday, Feb. 17.  

• Native seed treatment for beginners: On Saturday, Feb. 23, starting at 2 p.m., you have a chance to learn how to grow native plants organically by seed without startifying or sacrificing the seed. Try three different strategies to increase seed germination; then bring seeds home for your yard. Staff will recommend reference materials to help you imitate nature. Bring a small, sturdy cardboard box, at least 8 inches x 11 inches. Children Ages 14 and up are welcome to attend with an adult. The cost is $6 per person. Prepay by Monday, Feb. 18.  

• Owl hoot-along: On Saturday, Feb. 23, starting at 10 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. The cost is $5 per child per class. Pre-registration is required. To register contact ECFE:  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

This event is for adult gardners 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 (18 inches high) 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. The cost is $25 per plot or raised bed for the entire 2019 garden season which runs Friday May 3 - Oct. 21. Register online at www.maplewoodmn.gov/communitygarden. For questions about the garden call 651-249-2173. For help registering online call 651-249-2170.


Oakdale Support Group for Families

 National Alliance on Mental Illness Minnesota sponsors free support groups for families and friends of individuals living with a mental illness in Oakdale on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month, starting at 6 p.m., at Canvas Health 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. Canvas Health is located at 7066 Stillwater Blvd in Oakdale. For information call at 651-341-8918.


Oakdale Library events 

• Siama’s Congo Music: On Saturday, Feb. 9 starting at 1 p.m. join for a special performance with Siama’s Congo Music and experience feel-good sounds from the heart of Africa. Back in Africa, Siama Matuzungidi became a soukous legend, recording his intricate guitar on hundreds of songs and touring the world with popular artists. Now in Minneapolis, his catchy, upbeat songs and musicianship have earned him a McKnight Fellowship and numerous grants and a Parents’ Choice Parent Approved award. Siama and his wife and musical partner Dallas Johnson love performing special concerts and events and sharing his happy music with kids and their families. All ages are welcome. No registration is required. This program is funded in part with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

• Anti-Valentine’s Day Party: On Thursday, Feb. 14, starting at 6 p.m., for those that think cupid is stupid and love stinks, Oakdale Library is the place to be on Feb. 14.  Make dysfunctional Valentine cards, decorate snarky-sentiment cookies, listen to anti-love songs, break a heart piñata, and more. Ages 11 and up. Registration is appreciated but not required.

 • The Art of Stenciling: On Saturday, Feb. 16, starting at 1 p.m., flex those painting, stamping and pattern-making muscles. In this class at Oakdale Library you will explore and learn basic stencil-making skills to create your own frame-able piece of finished art that is limited only by your imagination. Registration is required. Register online at WashCoLib.org/Events, at the library Information Desk, or by calling 651-730-0504.

• Super Smash Bros Ultimate Gaming Tournament: On Friday, Feb. 22, from 3 to 4:45 p.m., compete with your friends at Oakdale Library’s first ever Nintendo Switch Gaming Tournament. Show off your skills in Super Smash Bros Ultimate for a chance to win. Space is limited to 24 participants, but spectators are welcome. The event is for ages 11-18 and registration is required. Register online at WashCoLib.org/Events, at the library Information Desk, or by calling 651-730-0504.

• Robotics at the Library: Saturday, Feb. 23 from 2 to 4 p.m., Society of Women Engineers (SWENext) and the FIRST Robotics Team #2175 from the Minnesota Math and Science Academy will present an afternoon of robotics demonstrations at Oakdale Library. Registration is recommended.

• Chess Club: On Sunday, Feb. 24, starting at 2 p.m., Oakdale Library has a chess club. This club is for both inexperienced and experienced players. The library will provide simple instructions on how to play for beginners. Come to learn or to simply enjoy playing this game of strategy. No registration required.

Oakdale Library is located at 1010 Heron Ave N in Oakdale. For more information call 651-730-0504. 

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