Around the area 4/10/13

Genealogical Webinar

The St. Croix Valley Genealogical Society will meet April 18 in the main floor meeting room of the River Falls Public Library at 140 Union Street at 7:00 p.m. Tom Rice, professional genealogist, will present a live webinar on “Researching at the Minnesota Historical Society (Minnesota History Center) in St. Paul. The webinar will be interactive, meaning you can ask questions as well as hear/see the presentation. Come see what a webinar is all about. This meeting is open to the public. If you have any questions, contact Darcy at 715-425-9978.

Souder event moved to LE City Hall

Author William Souder’s visit and talk about his biography on environmentalist Rachel Carson Thursday has been moved to Lake Elmo City Hall from the Lake Elmo Public Library.
Souder, who lives in Grant, will discuss his book, “On a Farther Shore: The Life and Legacy of Rachel Carson” at 6:30 p.m. at Lake Elmo City Hall, 3800 Laverne Ave. North, one block north of Minnesota 5 behind Fury Motor Chrysler.
Souder is also the auther of “A Plague of Frogs,” which followed the investigation into outbreaks of deformed frogs across North America, and “Under a Wild Sky,” which told the story of pioneer and bird artist John James Audubon. “Under a Wild Sky” was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

PowerUP the Valley kick-off

PowerUP the Valley’s community kick-off event goes from 8:30 a.m. to noon May 4 at Stillwater Junior High School.

Join Radio Disney, Lakeview Health and the community to compete in a cha-cha slide world record attempt at 9 a.m. sharp. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early. Other fun activities include The PowerUP countdown obstacle course, meet the mascots, bounce houses, gourd bowling, face painting, PowerUP foods, and discover new ways to PowerUP your family and take the PowerUP pledge. A local biggest loser contestant will also be at the event.

The event also captures the growing energy of 14 local elementary schools that have rolled out the PowerUp School Challenge program. The School Challenge is a fun 4-week interactive and powerful program designed to help elementary age students increase fruit, veggies and physical activity. Schools with the highest participation in the Cha Cha Slide World Record Attempt will have a chance to receive up to $500 in PowerUp Bucks for wellness supplies, equipment or resources for their school.

Since the summer of 2012, PowerUp has been working with community partners to make it easy, fun and popular for kids and families to eat better and be more active.
The event is free and will be held outside at the Stillwater Junior High School.

Online, pre-registration is requested. Find out all of the details, check-in, parking and busing information at or by calling 651.430.5200.