Area Briefs

Agency hosts art show, reception

Community Thread hosts a public student oil painting art show and reception from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Wednesday at the agency’s office at 2300 W. Orleans St. in Stillwater.

The Stillwater Senior Center offers a year-round open oil painting studio where artists bring their own materials and paint in a casual atmosphere with other art enthusiasts under the director of Don Neurauter.
Area art lovers are invited to meet the talented artists featured at the reception and enjoy refreshments.

Visit or call 651-439-7434 for information about the oil painting show or other Community Thread events and programs.

Chopper pilots’ group meets

FORT SNELLING — Vietnam War helicopter pilots who want to meet fellow aviators who shared the same experiences can attend the next meeting of the recently formed Upper Midwest Chapter of the Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association (VHPA) at 11:30 a.m. Friday at the Fort Snelling Officers’ Club, Post Road and Minnesota 5 at Fort Snelling.

More than 15,500 helicopter pilots worldwide of the approximately 40,000 who served as helicopter pilots in the Vietnam War are VHPA members. The group’s mission is to enhance the cohesiveness, esprit de corps and traditions of valor of helicopter air crews who flew in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam Era.

Membership is open to all helicopter pilots who flew in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam era from 1961 through 1975. The Upper Midwest Chapter welcomes members from Wisconsin, Iowa and the Dakotas. The VHPA is a social organization only and has no political agenda. In addition to an annual national reunion held in July, members keep in touch informally through mini-reunions throughout the year and through the Internet.

For membership information or to register to attend Friday’s meeting, contact Chapter President Ray Wilson at 651-592-2598 or [email protected] or Chapter Secretary Russ Jowers at 612-770-2891 or [email protected]

WCHS has summer internships

The Washington County Historical Society invites post-secondary students to apply for a paid summer internship at the Warden’s House Museum in Stillwater and the Hay Lake School Museum in Scandia.

The application deadline is May 24.

The internship program introduces students to the day-to-day workings of a regional history museum and provides an opportunity to apply academic skills and training in a unique working environment.

Please send an application letter, resume and two letters of reference by May 24 to: Washington County Historical Society, c/o Internship Committee, P.O. Box 167 Stillwater, MN 55082. Call 651-439-5956 or visit for more information.

Interns must be an undergraduate or graduate student majoring in History or a related field. They should have good English and communication skills, be reliable and able to work in team member and independently. They should have creativity, pay attention to detail, present themselves well and enjoy working with the public.

The 10-week internship is a mixture of training and hands-on experience. Interns are invited to learn about day-to-day operations of a small history museum, including interpretation, exhibit display and design, collections care and preservation of artifacts. Opportunities are offered to attend board meetings, participate in fund-raising activities, assist with society-sponsored events and contribute to the quarterly newsletter.

Interns must keep a journal to record relevant experiences and significant events of their internship, resulting in either a written summary or oral presentation on their work.

Library hosts writing classes

Marge Barrett teaches two spring writing classes from 6:30 to 8 p.m. May 16 and 23 at the Stillwater Public Library.

Barrett’s classes explore developing your “voice” as a writer, the unique tone that gives readers a sense of the person behind the pen.

Space is limited. Call 651-275-4338 extension 111 or visit to register or get information about other library programs.