Community Notes

Fall yard-raking help now available

            Community Thread is organizing its 14th Annual “Rake a Difference Day,” an initiative that matches senior citizens and persons with disabilities in Washington County with volunteer groups that can assist with yard raking.

Community Thread is accepting applications from persons who would like volunteer assistance with having their yard raked this year.

Last year, Community Thread organized over 700 volunteers to rake yards for nearly 85 seniors and people with disabilities in the county. Volunteer groups included families, scout troops, rotary clubs, school groups, companies and neighborhood associations.

Persons interested in apply for yard raking help can call Community Thread at 651-439-7434 or visit Volunteer groups will rake yards on or around the national date of “Make A Difference Day,” which falls on Oct. 27.

If you have questions about having your lawn raked, or if you are interested in volunteering, please contact  Lauren Hazenson at 651-439-7434 or [email protected]

WCL branch holds used book sale

COTTAGE GROVE — The Washington County Library’s Park Grove branch holds a sale of used library materials and donated items from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 5-6 at 7900 Hemingway Ave. South.

Materials are priced at $2 for hardcover books and $1 for paperbacks. There is a $20 fee for customers using scanners at the sale.

Park Grove accepts donations of books, CDs and DVDs in good condition prior to the sale, with gently used children’s books especially appreciated. No textbooks or magazines are accepted.

The Park Grove branch also seeks volunteers to help with sale setup and cleanup and help customers during the sale. Volunteers can sign up at the branch information desk or call the library at 651-459-2040.

Proceeds from the sale benefit WCL branches.

SPD sponsors youth firearms, hunting safety class

The Stillwater Police Department is sponsoring a Minnesota Department of Natural Resources youth firearms and hunter safety classes Oct. 15-27

SPD Sgt. Steve Hansen said classes are in the City Hall police-fire training room. Pre-registration is now being accepted by calling the SPD administrative number, 651-351-4900.