REGIONAL HAPPENINGS

NORTH BRANCH

Blood drive

The Red Cross will accept blood donations from 1 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 13 at the United Methodist Church, 6500 Main St. To make an appointment call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org.

LINWOOD TOWNSHIP

4-H winter camps 

The University of Minnesota Extension and Anoka County 4-H will host overnight camps for all youth (4-H member or not) on Feb. 14-15 for grades 2-5 and on Feb. 21-22 for grades 6 and up at Camp Salie, 22480 Martin Lake Rd. NW. Learn about nature, make new friends and enjoy indoor and outdoor recreation. A day camp will also held on Monday, Feb. 17 for grades K-5. Call 763-755-1280.

WYOMING

Northern Lights hosts police captain

Ron Nierenhausen will present “Being a Police Officer: Everything You Wanted to Know (and Some Things You Didn’t)” at the February Northern Lights Writers meeting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 15 at the Giese Memorial Library in Wyoming.

MARINE ON ST. CROIX

Snowshoeing at William O’Brien

Learn the basics, then snowshoe from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 15 at William O’Brien State Park, 16821 O’Brien Trail. Call 651-433-0500.

FRANCONIA

Iron pour

Experienced cast metal sculptors will present an afternoon of high-temperature art-making from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 15, in the outdoor studio at Franconia Sculpture Park, 29836 St. Croix Trail.

STILLWATER

Budgeting class 

A free class on developing a budget, calculating net worth, creating a financial plan, saving for emergencies and preparing for retirement will be held from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 18 at FamilyMeans, 1875 Northwestern Ave. S. Register at 651-789-4052.

LINO LAKES

Homeschool programs at Wargo

Naturalists will work with home-schoolers to provide environmental, recreational and natural history programs. Grades 1-2, tracking animals; Grades 3-5, snowshoeing; Grades 6-12, Native American skills and crafts from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. or 2 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 20 at Wargo Nature Center, 7701 Main St. $4 plus tax. Register at 651-429-8007.

LINO LAKES

Business women to meet

The Lakes Area Women in Business will meet at 8 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 21 at the Hampton Inn & Suites, 579 Apollo Drive. Visit www.lakesareawomeninbusiness.com.

MARINE ON ST. CROIX

Winter constellations

Hear Dwight Wilcox will tell stories of winter constellations; then head outdoors to see the stars from 7 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22 at William O’Brien State Park, 16821 O’Brien Trail. Free with park permit. Call 651-433-0500.

STILLWATER

St. Croix Valley Civil War Roundtable

Dave Page will speak on “Grant’s Experiments Before the Siege at Vicksburg” at 7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 24 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.

ANDOVER

Septic system class

Learn about your septic system from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 25 at the Bunker Hills Activities Center, 550 Bunker Lake Blvd.  $10 includes the University of Minnesota Extension Septic System Owner’s Guide. Register at www.extension.umn.edu.

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