Driver safety class

Ages 55 and up can take a $24 eight-hour first-time course to receive a 10 percent discount on car insurance from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 4 at Fairview Chisago Lakes Medical Center, 11725 Stinson Ave. Register at 1-888-234-1294 or


Snowshoe at Wild River

Ages 8 and up are invited to snowshoe along the St. Croix River with a naturalist from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 4 at Wild River State Park, 39797 Park Trail. Free with park permit; snowshoes provided. Register at 651-583-2125.


Retirement tea for Carla Norelius

Carla Norelius, retiring community health outreach manager at Fairview Lakes Medical Center, will be honored from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 7 at the Fairview Lakes Sunset Café, 5200 Fairview Blvd. Norelius has been employed with Fairview and the Chisago Lakes Hospital for 44 years.

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Driver safety class

Ages 55 and up can take a $20 four-hour refresher course from 5 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 8, at the high school, 38175 Grand Ave. Required every three years to continue the 10 percent discount on car insurance. Register at 1-888-234-1294 or


Snowshoeing at William O’Brien

Learn snowshoeing basics, then explore the park from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 11 at William O’Brien State Park, 16821 O’Brien Trail. Register at 651-433-0500.


Backyard history program

Learn the history of Circle Pines, Lexington, eastern Blaine and parts of Centerville at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 11 at City Hall, 200 Civic Heights Circle. This free one-hour program will relive local history with stories, artifacts and a slide show.  To register call 763-421-0600 or visit