Events Featured in the Review April 26, 2017

Local author 

speaker series

Friends of Lake Elmo Library recently announced a new, free program featuring local authors who will speak about their writing and as well as what inspired them to write.    

The first event, scheduled for April 25 at 6:30 p.m. at the Lake Elmo Public Library, features Bonnie Blodgett, a writer, editor and gardener who has published three books and an award-winning quarterly called The Garden Letter. Her column, The Blundering Gardener, appears weekly in the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Her commentaries are a regular feature of the Star Tribune opinion page. She combines avid environmentalism with a passion for art and beauty in her writing and in her garden. 

 “Gardening turned me into both an environmental and a political activist,” says Blodgett.

On May 23 at 6:30 p.m. is Dale A. Swanson, author of “The Thirty-ninth Man,” a novel culminating with the Dakota War of 1862 and the mass execution of thirty-eight men. This novel weaves fictional events around historical facts creating a tapestry filled with accurate depictions of people from Minnesota’s past. The story begins in 1804 and concludes on December 26, 1862. 

“History tells us little of the 39th man sentenced to die with the others, and he is largely ignored in all accounts of the executions,” says Swanson. 

On June 13 at 6:30 p.m., Carrie Maloney will speak about her book, “Breath to Breath.”  It is the story of a small-town veterinarian who saves a litter of puppies that had been buried alive and how she adopts them out to members of her community on one condition — they must agree to gather monthly on her call-in radio show. The good doctor finds herself helping a new circle of friends work through their most intimate problems, live on air. 

“It’s really a story of redemption and forgiveness that illuminates our emotional connection to animals, what we get from the relationship and what they shine back onto us,” says Maloney.  

All three events will be held for free at the Lake Elmo Public Library, which is located at 3537 Lake Elmo Ave. N. 


Get information on being a licensed child care provider

Washington County residents interested in becoming a licensed family child care provider in the county may take the first step and attend an orientation 1 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, May 4.

Meetings are in Lower Level Conference Room 14 in the Washington County Government Center in Stillwater. Use the parking on the west side and enter the Government Center building, which is at 14949 N. 62nd St. N.

Basic information regarding the family child care program and requirements for licensing will be discussed. Attendance is required at one of these meetings before a license can be issued.

Call Annie Walton at 651-430-6539 to register. There is no fee for this informational meeting.


Guided fitness 

hikes in Washington County Parks

Explore the Washington County Parks trail system with guided fitness hikes in 2017. The one-hour hikes involve a warm-up and fitness challenges along the way.

Free Tuesday hikes will start 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 2, at Big Marine Park Reserve. Meet at the playground.

The next Thursday guided fitness hike is 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Thursday, May 4, at Lake Elmo Park Reserve.

The Historic Hikes at the Historic Courthouse will begin 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday, May 6. Meet on the front steps. The Historic Courthouse is at the corner of Pine and Third streets in Stillwater.

Trails are a mix of turf, gravel, grass, snow, and pavement depending on trail conditions, time of year, and location. Meet at the Nordic Center.

Lake Elmo Park Reserve hikes for 2017 are: May 18, June 1, June 15 and  June 29.


Washington County hazardous waste collections

Washington County will conduct community household hazardous waste collections in county communities during 2017, with one in Mahtomedi April 29.

Satellite weekend household hazardous waste collections are planned for spring and fall. A spring event has been added from previous years at the Mahtomedi Community Education Building.

Events planned for spring are at: 

• Mahtomedi Community Education Building, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 29, 1520 Mahtomedi Ave., Mahtomedi;

• Cottage Grove Public Works Garage, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 6, 8635 W. Point Douglas Road S., Cottage Grove;


• Lily Lake Ice Arena in Stillwater 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 20, 1208 S. Greeley St. Stillwater;

• Forest Lake Transit Center, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 3, 19955 Forest Road N.; enter at Headwaters Parkway.

Confidential document shredding will be available at all events.

In addition to the satellite collection events, dates have been set for confidential paper shredding at the Washington County Environmental Center, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.:

• Wednesday, June 14;

• Wednesday, Sept. 6; and

• Wednesday, Nov. 8.

In addition to remote-site collections, the Washington County Environmental Center, 4039 Cottage Grove Drive in Woodbury, provides residents with a free and convenient disposal option for household hazardous waste, electronics, and recyclables all year round.

It is open Tuesday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Saturday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The center accepts household hazardous waste, electronics, and recyclables. The center also has a Free Product Room, in which residents may browse the shelves and take home previously-owned products such as paint, stain, automotive supplies, household cleaners, and other products. All items taken to the Environmental Center are inspected to determine if they are usable products.


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