Area notes: 11/7

‘Writers on Writing’ series continues


The November “Writers on Writing” session features a group of Minnesota writers whose voices are rarely heard—immigrants and refugees. They discuss their stories of hope, loss and struggle as published in “Journeys: An Anthology of Adult Student Writing,” by the Minnesota Literacy Council. Cathy Grady, adult program director of the MLC, will begin the evening with a brief introduction to the project and the writers.

The event is 7 p.m. Thursday at ArtReach St. Croix, 224 N. 4th St. Stillwater. The evening includes presentation by contributors to the “Journeys” anthology, a question and answer session, book signing and the opportunity to mingle with other writers, artists and book lovers. The event is free and open to the public. Books will be available for sale.


Barry Molina appears in ‘Nutcracker’ at SAHS


St. Croix Ballet alumnus Barry Molina, who now dances with the Milwaukee Ballet, will perform the role of Prince in the 22nd Annual Stillwater “Nutcracker” held at Stillwater Area High School on Thanksgiving weekend Nov. 23-25.

Dancers Ava Wischer and Julia Meister of Stillwater will split the role of Clara, while Allegra Sweeney and Caitlin McDermott will dance the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy. Nesiyan Tobak will appear for the 15th year as Herr Drosselmeyer.

Tickets cost $15 and can be purchased online at or call 651-439-2820.


Vatican II topic of professor’s visit


Doug Bushman, a professor and national speaker, will discuss the intentions of Vatican II and its impact on the Catholic Church at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14 at St. Michael’s Catholic Church Social Hall, 611 S. Third St. in Stillwater.

Bushman has appeared on numerous television and radio shows. Loome Theological Booksellers and the St. Croix Catholic Faith Formation sponsor Bushman’s talks, which are free and open to the public.


WCHS holds two fundraisers


It’s time again for the WCHS Society Annual Appeal during “Give to the Max Day” Nov. 15.

Gifts of $75, $100, $250 or any other amount can help the WCHS.  Participate in Give To The Max Day by going to and donate to the WCHS that day. Your donation could win an additional match. Any tax-deductible donation can benefit future generations of families, students, scholars, and visitors alike.

The WCHS also holds its “Hunters Moon Dance from 8 to 11 p.m. Nov. 24 at the Stillwater Eagles Aerie No. 94. Popular local band The More Tishans play at the dance. Cost is $10 per person and proceeds benefit WCHS.


Group takes scholarship applications


The Stillwater Elks Lodge No. 179 is accepting applications for the most valuable student scholarships through early December, the group announced recently.

Any high school senior who is a U.S. citizen can apply for a scholarship. Applications are judged on scholarship, leadership and financial need.

Interested students can download an application at or email [email protected]. Applications must be submitted on or before Dec. 7 to the Elks Lodge closest to the students’ permanent residence.

Selection of scholarship recipients starts at the lodge and continues through district, state and national judging.

The Elks National Foundation awards nearly $2.3 million annually in scholarships to 500 high school seniors nationwide.


Free legal workshop Nov. 13

The Washington County Law Library presents the final installment of its popular free legal workshop on “Expungement of Criminal Records” from 2 to 4 p.m. Nov. 13 at R.H. Stafford Library located at 8595 Central Park Place in Woodbury.

Laptop computers will be available. Workshops are open to all members of the public, regardless of residence.

The series of workshops brings quality legal information to the public, and is a collaboration between the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Minnesota Department of Education, and Washington County.

Registration is recommended to ensure the availability of a laptop computer. Register by calling 651-275-8510 or 651-430-6330.

The Washington County Law Library is in Room 1005 at the Washington County Courthouse, 14949 62nd St. North in Stillwater. It is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Information is at