Pajama story time
Children 5 and under are invited for stories, finger plays and flannel boards at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays through May 20. Call 651-462-9001.
A grand opening ceremony will be held from 2:30-5:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 1 at the GrandStay Hotel & Suites, 29579 Sportsman Drive. Food, plus door prizes to win a free night at the hotel or May baskets from the Sweet Swede. Call 651-213-3400.
‘Pirates of Penzance’
Chisago Lakes Baptist High School will perform the Gilbert and Sullivan operetta at 7 p.m. on Thursday-Saturday, May 1-3 at 9387 Wyoming Trail. $8 at the door, $10 in advance for reserved seating, $4 on May 1 for ages 0-12.
The annual Family Fun Night will be held from 5:30-8 p.m. on Friday, May 2 at Columbus Elementary, 17345 Notre Dame St. Enjoy a raffle, games, auctions, face painting, inflatable obstacle course and bouncer.
Let’s Go Fishing waffle feed
Support Let’s Go Fishing at a breakfast and silent auction from 8-11 a.m. on Saturday, May 3 at Main Street Church, 6500 Main St. The non-profit organization gets seniors, veterans and disabled persons out on lakes using a special pontoon boat. Call Rick Olseen at 612-419-8827.
UM Extension and Anoka County Master Gardeners will present a sustainable landscaping workshop on design, site analysis and plant selection from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 3 at Bunker Hills Activities Center, 550 Bunker Lake Blvd. $125 includes materials; bring a lunch. Call 763-755-1280.
Children age 6 and up are invited to explore chemistry from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 3 at the Giese Memorial Library, 26855 Forest Blvd. The program is organized by Phillippe Buhlmann, director of graduate studies in chemistry at the University of Minnesota.
Glassblower Al Honn, a studio artist and instructor at the Minnesota Center for Glass Arts and Foci Cooperative in Minneapolis, will be the featured artist from 5 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, May 3 at Up North Gallery, 13025 Lake Blvd. Honn will give a presentation at 7 p.m. Potter Robyn Peterson will be featured at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 10. Call 651-257-2657.
Walk with animals
Northwoods Humane Society will hold a 3-mile Walk with the Animals at 1 p.m. on Sunday, May 4 at the Lent Town Hall, 33155 Hemingway Ave. Leashed pets invited. Last year $27,000 was raised to help care for cats and dogs. Includes silent auction, prize drawings, photo booth, paw print painting and agility course. Registration begins at noon. Call 651-982-0240.
Unexpected Company will present an old-time radio show, the “Lakes Area Home Companion,” at 3 p.m. on Sunday May 4, at the Chisago Lakes High School Performing Arts Center. The show will be repeated at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 6, at Elim Lutheran Church in Scandia. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors.
ST. CROIX FALLS
Free Bible study
Times in Which We Live, a non-denominational group, will show the DVD “End Time Prophecies of Paul” by David Reagan from 6:30-8 p.m. on Sunday, May 4, at the library, 230 S. Washington St. Call 651-257-1985.
St. Genevieve’s Council of Catholic Women will sponsor the annual Spring Madonna Luncheon and 500 card party at noon on Monday, May 5 at the parish community center, 6995 Centerville Rd. $8.50 at the door. Call 651-429-7937.
Employment law seminar
Luke Greiner, Chris Johnson, Joshua Brekken and David Snyder will speak on hiring/firing, wages/hours, employment status/contracts, safety/health/environment and Ban the Box from 8 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, May 6, at the library, 6355 379th St. Free; register by May 5 at 763-279-4472.
Come for a free talk and coffee from 10 to 11 a.m. on Tuesdays in the art studio at Ecumen Parmly LifePointes, 28210 Old Towne Rd. On May 6 the topic is what’s new in the travel industry; on May 13, how to take good pictures. Call 651-257-7956.
ST. CROIX VALLEY
Free pottery tour
Meet 51 potters from 16 states and see thousands of pots at seven Chisago County studios on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 9-11, in an annual self-guided tour held every Mothers’ Day weekend. Held at the studios of Linda Christianson, Guillermo Cuellar, Connee Mayeron, Jeff Oestreich, Richard Vincent, Will Swanson/Janel Jacobson and Robert Briscoe. Get the map at www.minnesotapotters.com or call 651-674-4555.
Civil War bus tour
The Historical Society will host a Civil War bus tour of Anoka County from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 10 at the Anoka County History Center, 2135 Third Ave. N. $35 includes bus tour, lunch at a historic site and Civil War exhibit with gallery guidebook. Call 763-421-0600.
Free day camp
Youth and adults of all ages are invited to experience Camp Salie, 22342 Martin Lake Rd., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 10. 4-H membership not required. Families will play games, do crafts, enjoy a nature program, tour the facility and meet 4-H camp staff. Lunch provided. Call 763-755-1280 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pancakes will be served from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Sunday, May 11 at the community center, 1 mile east of 65 on 221st Ave. $5/$2 kids under 10.
Drug trends speech
Education, health care and human service providers are invited to hear Sheri Vrieze, drug counselor for Canvas Health, discuss current drug trends at 9 a.m. on Monday, May 12 at the Washington County Service Providers Outreach Group meeting, 2300 West Orleans St. Call 651-439-7434 X204.
Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe display will be shown until May 13 at Giese Memorial Library, 26855 Forest Blvd.
Naturalists will provide programs for grades 1-2 (habitats), 3-5 (insects) and 6-12 (golfing at Chomonix) from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. or 2 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 15 at Wargo Nature Center, 7701 Main St. $4 plus tax. Call 651-429-8007.