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.


Ice fishing contest

The Friends of Coon Lake will host an ice fishing contest from 12:30 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25, between the channel and Thielen boat access. $15 includes one adult and one child. Register at EJ’s Bar, 4832 Viking Blvd. in Wyoming.


Snow day at Wargo

Anoka County, Lino Lakes and Blaine will offer a free afternoon of snowshoeing, ice fishing, kick-sledding, cross-country skiing, winter crafts and live animals from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25 at Wargo Nature Center, 7701 Main Street. Call 651-429-8007.


Owl hike on snowshoes

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


Cross-country ski race

The annual 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. Adults register at 9 a.m. and children at 11 a.m. and races at 1 p.m. Register at State park permit and Minnesota Ski Pass (ages 16 and up) required.


Open house at St. Croix Catholic School

Prospective families are invited to eat breakfast, tour classrooms, meet teachers and visit the new STEM tech lab from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 26 at St. Croix Catholic School, 621 S. Third St. Serving students from prekindergarten to grade 8. Call Diane Polley at 651-439-5581 or visit


Snowshoeing at William O’Brien

Learn snowshoeing basics, then explore the park from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26 at William O’Brien State Park, 16821 O’Brien Trail. Register at 651-433-0500.


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. $24 includes social hour at 5:30 and dinner at 6. For reservations call 715-386-1268.


Caring for pets’ teeth

A foul-smelling mouth can indicate infection leading to disease. Blue Sky Animal Hospital will host a free seminar on dog and cat teeth from 7 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 27 at the Giese Memorial Library, 26855 Forest Blvd. RSVP at 651-462-7387.


Forum on heroin, opiate use

Anoka County and the Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge will present a community forum on the dangers of heroin, opiates and prescription pain killers from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 28 at Eagle Brook Church in Lino Lakes, 7775 N 20th Ave.


Watershed district open house

The Carnelian-Marine-St. Croix Watershed District will host an open house from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 29 at the Scandia Community Center, 14727 209th St. N. Enjoy dessert and coffee while discussing aquatic invasive species, groundwater protection and wetlands restoration. Visit


Horse-drawn sleigh rally

Manes and Tails Harness Club will host “Winter Spirit of Yesteryear” from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 1 at the Washington County Fair Grounds, 12300 N. 40th St. Sit in the bleachers to watch, or pay for a sleigh ride. (See photo above). Call 651-439-3490.



Scandia’s winter celebration will be Saturday, Feb. 1 at the community center, 14727 209th St. N. Pleasant Valley Cloggers performance, marshmallow roast, chili cook-off and snow sculpture contest, snowshoeing/skiing through Gammelgarden and Lilleskogen Park, and winter survival workshop led by Polar explorer Ann Bancroft. Visit for details. (See story on page 1.)


Blood donation opportunity

The Red Cross will accept blood bank donations from 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 3 at St. Bridget’s of Sweden, 13060 Lake Blvd. To make an appointment, call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit


Free class on using credit

A free class on establishing credit and dealing with credit problems will be offered from 5 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 4 at FamilyMeans, 1875 Northwestern Ave. S. Register at 651-789-4052.