REGIONAL HAPPENINGS

MARINE ON ST. CROIX

Lutefisk supper

Christ Lutheran Church will serve a lutefisk supper with potatoes, white sauce, Swedish meatballs, coffee and dessert from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 16 at 150 Fifth St. $18. Continual seating (first come, first served).

LINO LAKES

Lakes Area Women in Business to meet 

Local businesswomen will meet to connect, empower, educate and grow at 8 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 17 at Hampton Inn & Suites, 579 Apollo Drive. Visit www.lakesareawomeninbusiness.com.

MARINE ON ST. CROIX

Snowshoeing at William O’Brien

Learn snowshoeing basics, then explore the park from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 18 at William O’Brien State Park, 16821 O’Brien Trail. Register at 651-433-0500.

MARINE ON ST. CROIX

Family snowshoe fun

Register by Jan. 16 for snowshoeing at Warner Nature Center, 15375 Norell Ave. N on Saturday, Jan. 18. From 10 to 11:30 a.m., families with young children, ages 3 and up, can enjoy a short hike to look for winter animal signs. From 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., learn the history of snowshoeing and then explore the trails on a longer hike. Snowshoes provided. $7. Call 651-433-2427 X10.

ANDOVER

Ski by the light of the moon 

Enjoy the beautiful ski trails under a full moon from 6 to 9 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 18 at the campground visitor center of Bunker Hills Regional Park. After skiing, gather for dinner around the fireplace. $15 per adult,  $8 per child includes food and skiing, and refreshments. Limited ski rental available for an additional fee. Register at http://anokacountyparks.maxgalaxy.net.

ST. CROIX FALLS

White-Nose Syndrome in bats

Gerda Nordquist of the Minnesota DNR will give a free presentation on White-Nose Syndrome in bats at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 18 at the St. Croix River Association office, 230 South Washington Street (next to the library). This disease has killed 6 million bats in eastern North America and is severely affecting bat populations along the St. Croix River. Reservations are encouraged but not required. Call 715-483-3300 or e-mail info@scramail.com.

LINO LAKES

Winter fun at Wargo

Kids who are off school for Martin Luther King Day can build shelters, play games and more at “Up to Snow Good Camp,” from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 20 at Wargo Nature Center, 7701 Main St. $25; bring a lunch. Register at http://anokacountyparks.maxgalaxy.net.

STILLWATER

Free fraud class for seniors

A free class for seniors on avoiding fraud and scams will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 20 at FamilyMeans, 1875 Northwestern Ave. S. Register at 651-789-4052.

ANOKA COUNTY

Dollars Into Sense class

On Tuesday, Jan. 21, Anoka County Extension and Dollar Works Volunteers will present a free class on setting goals, budgeting, tracking expenses and using credit at 10 a.m. at the Bunker Hills Activities Center, 550 Bunker Lake Blvd. in Andover, and again at 7 p.m. at the Anoka County Human Services Center, 1201 89th Ave. in Blaine. Register at 763-755-1280 by Jan. 18.

LINO LAKES

Shop local on a budget

Learn how to shop sustainably and affordably at co-ops, CSA’s, farms and farmers markets from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 22 at Wargo Nature Center, 7701 Main St. $5 for ages 15 and up. Register at http://anokacountyparks.maxgalaxy.net.

WYOMING

Evening at The Birthplace

Couples who are pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant are invited to a night of education and fun from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 23 at The Birthplace at Fairview Lakes Medical Center, 5200 Fairview Blvd. The care team will answer questions about labor, delivery, child safety seats and choosing a physician. Door prizes, refreshments, resource fair (5 to 6:30 p.m.) and tours. Register at 612-672-7272.


MARINE ON ST. CROIX

Owl hike on snowshoes

Meet the resident barred and Eastern screech owls of Warner Nature Center before exploring the woods on snowshoes, calling to owls, from 3:30 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25, at Warner Nature Center, 15375 Norell Ave. N. $10. Register by Jan. 20 at 651-433-2427 X10.

MARINE ON ST. CROIX

Cross-country ski race at William O’Brien

The 43rd annual Marine/O’Brien Nordic ski race will be held from 9 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 26 at William O’Brien State Park, 16821 O’Brien Trail. For adults, registration starts at 9 a.m. and races at 10:30 a.m. For children, registration starts at 11 a.m. and races at 1 p.m. A tour on wooded skis starts the event. All abilities welcome. Race day registration is $40 for adults, $17 for high school and college ages, $12 for children, $25 for wood ski tour. Save money by registering early at http://www.skinnyski.com/racing/forms/2014/marineobrien.pdf. Vehicles must have a state park permit, and a Minnesota Ski Pass is required for participants over age 16.

STILLWATER

St. Croix Valley Civil War Roundtable

Stoney Stonecipher will speak on “1863: The Wilderness, Spottsylvania, North Ana and Cold Harbor” at 7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 27 at the Lowell Inn, 102 N. 2nd St., preceded by a social hour at 5:30 and buffet dinner at 6. $24. For reservations call Steve Anderson at 715-386-1268.

WYOMING

Caring for pets’ teeth

A foul-smelling mouth can mean infection, leading to heart, kidney or liver disease. Blue Sky Animal Hospital will host a free seminar on caring for dog and cat teeth from 7 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 27 at the Giese Memorial Library, 26855 Forest Blvd. Light refreshments; drawing for a complimentary pet dental cleaning. RSVP at 651-462-7387 or info@blueskyanimal.com.

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