Business women to meet

The Lakes Area Women in Business will meet at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 27 at Vannelli’s by the Lake, 55 S. Lake Street. Visit

Reptiles, amphibians

Pre-kindergarten-age children are invited to the Reptile Amphibian Discovery Zoo from 6:15 to 7:45 p.m. at the Central Learning Center, 200 SW 4th Street. $5 per person.

Child care registration 

The sooner you register for summer childcare programs, the more you save. Registration for SAC/Steps Ahead/Sonic is free from March 3 to 8 (save $30 per child), $15 from March 9 to 15, $10 from March 16 to 22 and $5 from March 23 to 29. Summer spaces fill fast. Call 651-982-8364 or visit

Legislative breakfast

Hear what local legislators will focus on this session from 7:30 to 9 a.m. on Friday, March 7 at Famous Dave’s, 43 SW 19th St. $10. Call the Forest Lake Area Chamber of Commerce at 651-464-3201 or visit

Cancer benefit

A benefit for Ken Thorson, owner of NCR Import & Domestic in Forest Lake, will be held from 2 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, March 8 at American Legion Post 225, 255 W. Broadway. $13 spaghetti dinner, silent auction, raffle, bags tourney.

Pro-life speech contest

High school juniors and seniors are invited to research, write and present a 5- to 7-minute pro-life speech on abortion, infanticide, euthanasia or stem cell research for the Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life oratory contest. The Forest Lake chapter will hold the 24th annual contest at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 14 in choir room 545 at Forest Lake High School. For application information call 651-464-5260.

Meatballs for mutts

Northwoods Humane Society will hold its annual fund-raiser to support cats and dogs waiting for new homes from 4 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 15 at the VFW, 556 SW 12th St. Spaghetti, meatballs, salad, bread stick and dessert, plus silent auction, door prizes, games. Receipts provided for tax-deduction purposes. Visit or call 651-982-0240.

Mental health speech

Kevin Breel will speak on reducing the stigma of depression and mental illness at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 21 at the Forest Lake High School auditorium, preceded by a pizza supper and resource fair in the cafeteria at 5:30 p.m.