Area Briefs 2/6/13

HOPE receives grants, announces gala event

OAK PARK HEIGHTS–HOPE adoption received three general operating grants in January including $15,000 from the Fred C. and Katherine B. Andersen Foundation, $15,000 from the Margaret Rivers Fund, $6,000 from the HardenBurgh Foundation and $500 from the Viking’s Children Fund.HOPE celebrates 35 years this year and a Disco Gala will take place on April 27 at the Lake Elmo Events Center which is Emceed by Channel 5 KSTP anchor Leah McLean. For more information visit

LE library opens writers’ room

LAKE ELMO — Writers seeking a quiet space, free coffee, craft conversation and inspiration are invited to Lake Elmo Public Library from 8:30 a.m. to noon Monday mornings starting Monday. Organized by Renee Murray, membership to the East Metro Writing Room is free to any writer seeking motivation and heads-down drafting time in the writing room.
“I know I need it, so I figured other writers could benefit too” Murray said. “Lake Elmo Library is a terrific space for this kind of work. Easy in, easy out, a library for resource material and all I need is my laptop.”
In addition to the writing room, where “silent, contagious motivation triumphs over blocked brainwaves”, there is a “procrastination station” for coffee breaks and lively chat with other authors. A smaller breakout room is available for discussion on topics ranging from passive voice to marketing kindle books.
Lake Elmo Library is located at 3537 Lake Elmo Avenue and online at

MHS Lincoln writing contest open

ST. PAUL —The Minnesota Historical Society’s “Dear President Lincoln” student writing contest is accepting submissions from sixth- through 12th-graders until April 1, society officials recently announced.

The contest invites students to write a response to President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. Lincoln’s speech, delivered at a November 1863 dedication of the battlefield cemetery, is seen by historians as a turning point in American history.
Students interested in entering the contest can find rules by visiting All entries must be submitted online.

One junior high student in grades 6-8 and one senior high student in grades 9-12 will win a trip to Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania and an Apple iPad to blog about their experience. The senior division winner is also offered a paid MHS internship opportunity worth up to $1,000. Five students in each age division will be recognized as finalists and receive one-year MHS memberships.
The MHS and Minnesota Civil War Task Force co-sponsor the prizes. Winners are announced May 4 at the “Minnesota and the Civil War” family day at the Minnesota History Center.

Kowalski’s, Allina host lifestyle sessions

OAK PARK HEIGHTS — Kowalski’s Markets and Allina Health co-host a series of in-store events offering heart-healthy lifestyle and diet tips in February.
Allina Health cardiologist Dr. Courtney Baechler, Penny George of the Institute for Health and Healing and Susan Moores, RD, Kowalski’s nutritionist present what’s new in heart health, what people can do to keep their heart healthy, questions to ask your doctor and more. Those attending can also sample delicious food with heart health benefits.

The Oak Park Heights Kowalski’s hosts the program from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Feb. 12. Other programs are 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Woodbury Kowalski’s and 6:30 to 8 p.m. Feb. 21 at the Eagan Kowalski’s.
Cost is $10. Persons can visit to register online.