Hockey, skiing, winter survival camp on deck next weekend
You may want to mark your calendar for the weekend of Feb. 1.
Scandia’s annual winter celebration has more to offer this year. Vinterfest is a community celebration put on by the Scandia Parks and Recreation Committee at the Scandia Community Center, 14727 N. 209th St.
Across 209th Street from the community center, sledders will enjoy the hill at Elim Lutheran Church. Next to the community center, at the Leonard Wojtowicz skating park, sledders and skaters can warm up by the bonfire and roast marshmallows.
Outside the community center will be the snow sculpting contest, and inside, guests can sample some chili and vote for the best at the chili cook-off. Performances by the Pleasant Valley Cloggers are also held inside. These events, held every year, will be on Saturday, Feb. 1.
New this year, the Scanley Cup adult hockey tournament will run from 5-10 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday.
For a $250-per-team registration fee, teams of six to 12 players ages 18 and up will be guaranteed a minimum of three games, played four on four with goalies. A single-elimination format will be used, with a maximum of 10 teams.
With support from the Scandia-Marine Lions Club, Roberts Family Funeral Home of Forest Lake is sponsoring the hockey tournament and also a slap shot contest to raise money for Scandia’s Leonard Wojtowicz skating park. For registration information, contact Corey at 651-755-6401 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ski, snowshoe and survive winter
LilleTour is another new event, sponsored by the city and Gammelgården Museum. From noon to 3:30 Saturday, guests can ski, walk or snowshoe a trail that starts at the museum and winds through Lilleskogen Park.
Also along the tour, participants can answer questions in the QuizPromenade, a traditional Swedish trivia game for all ages.
Kids prizes include a Fjällräven backpack from Sweden, a Memorex My Video Camera and merchandise from the Minnesota Wild professional hockey team. For adults, there will be an Ekelund table runner woven in Sweden, an Ann Bancroft expedition print and a face cord of firewood.
This will be the fourth year for the chili contest, sponsored by the Scandia Parks and Recreation Committee.
Ten contestants sign up by Jan. 29 and then set up a festive table in the community center on Saturday, Feb. 1, where they give out samples from 2-3:30 p.m.
The judges determine a winner, and there are also people’s choice and best decorated table awards.
To register for these events, visit www.ci.scandia.mn.us or call 651-433-2274.