Valley Notes 11/14

Beacon Hill Jazz returns

The St. Croix River Valley’s “Floating Jazz Club,” Club@, returns to Outing Lodge this weekend.  Offering music and dancing in the lodge the group includes Suzi Mueller, Phil Kadidlo, and Tom Zhorney, Mike Cramer, and Jim Bierma.

The band launches its new themed musical performance with “Gratitude” featuring jazz music drawn from the band’s repetoire. Dates and themes are as follows:

Saturday: “Gratitude,” 8-11 p.m.

Dec. 31, 2012: “Hope,” 9 p.m. – 1 a.m. (New Year’s Eve Celebration)

Jan. 19, 2013: “Life,” 8-11 p.m.

Feb. 9, 2013: “Love,” 8-11 p.m.

Mar. 16, 2013: “Light,” 8-11 p.m.

Apr. 27, 2013: “Joy,” 8-11 p.m.

Single admission club passes cost $20 in advance and $25 at the door. ClubCard membership discounts are available, passes for Beacon Hill Jazz Ensemble’s New Year’s Eve Celebration cost $50.

Outing Lodge offers supper seatings from 6:30-7:30 p.m. for $15 in advance and $20 at the door. While a buffet before the New Year’s Eve celebration will cost $35.

For more information call 651-439-9747 or visit or find Beacon Hill Jazz on Facebook.

Carlson named to ECHO Board

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Former Lakeview Hospital board member and chief of staff Dr. Douglas Carlson, M.D., was been named to the board of directors of The Educational Concerns For Hunger Organizations (ECHO) board Oct. 12.

Carlson, an opthamologist, has passed on his expertise though numerous missions to developing nations. He worked opening clinics staffed by native physicians and wanted to educate those who work to lessen the effect of hunger in the world.

Carlson works at Associated Eye Care, received his Bachelor’s Degree from Bethel University and his doctorate from the University of Minnesota. He was appointed to ECHO’s Board of Directors by a unanimous vote,

Stafford library marks 10 years

WOODBURY — Woodbury’s Central Park and the Washington County Library R.H. Stafford branch are 10 years old and those anniversaries will be celebrated all day Saturday.

Festivities begin at 10 a.m. with a physical comedy show by Kenny Ahern in the park amphitheater. From 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Tropical Ballroom will hold dance lessons with Woodbury Royalty in the amphitheater.

The “Name the Owl” contest winner announcement is 1 p.m. at the Lookout Ridge Indoor playground, although that event is subject to change. Lookout Ridge will also give away prizes during the celebration.

The a capella group, Home Free, performs in the amphitheater from 2 to 3 p.m. Face painting, a balloon artist and roving magician will be in the park and library from 2 to 5 p.m.

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.