Poetry Out Loud contest at high school

The FLHS Language Arts department will host the annual Poetry Out Loud contest at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 9 in the auditorium. Call 651-982-8563.

Family art night

Explore an assortment of art materials with your children, ages 0 to 5, from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 13, at the Central Learning Center, 200 SW 4th St. $10 per family. Register online at www.flaschools >community education>online registration. For more information call Early Childhood Programs at 651-982-8300.

YPA musical opening next weekend

Youth Performing Arts will present “Seussical Jr.” on two weekends, Jan. 18-19 and Jan. 25-26 at Forest Hills United Methodist Church, 1790 SE 11th St. The Saturday and Sunday performances begin at 3 p.m. and at 7 p.m. Tickets are free but space is limited. For reservations visit

Blood drive at St. Peter’s

The Red Cross will hold a community blood drive from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 20 in the gym at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 1250 South Shore Dr. To schedule an appointment call Donna at 651-303-2801. Walk-ins welcome.

Suicide prevention training

Learn to recognize warning signs of suicide and then question, persuade and refer the person for help at a free class from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 20 at Maranatha Assembly of God, 24799 Forest Blvd. Call Jake’s Hope at 612-269-6729.

Driver safety class at senior center

AARP will hold the eight-hour driver smart driver course for ages 50 and up from noon to 4 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, Jan. 22 and 23, at the Senior Center, 767 SW 4th St. Ages 55 and up qualify for a 10 percent discount on car insurance. Register at 651-464-5833.

Lakes Area Women in Business monthly meeting            

Local businesswomen will meet to connect, empower, educate and grow at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 23 at Vannelli’s by the Lake, 55 South Lake St. Visit

Open house at St. Peter’s

An open house for preschool  to grade 6 will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 26 at St. Peter’s Catholic School, 1250 South Shore Drive. Call 651-982-2215 or visit