Area Briefs 5/15/13

Four writers to give readings

Four area writers will give literary readings at 3 p.m. Sunday at ArtReach St. Croix, 224 N. Fourth St. in Stillwater as part of “When Writing Meets Art.”

The reading lineup is poet and teacher Bart Berlin of Shoreview; Gazette publisher and published poet Mark Berriman;  published poet, journalist and teacher Elissa Cottle, and poet, memoirist and financial publications manager Rebecca Parker.

Free refreshments are served and donations will be accepted for event expenses.

Marine hosts annual festival

MARINE ON ST. CROIX — Burris Park in Marine on St. Croix hosts the 15th Annual MillStream Day spring celebration from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.

A lunch of fresh brook trout, bratwurst and side dishes is served. Ribbon weaving of the Maypole is 2 p.m. and the event includes dances by the Morris Dancers, music by Brian Wickland and friends, bake sale, and exhibits on fly tying, history and other topics.

Garage sale sign-up now

The 8th Annual Bayport Citywide Garage Sale is 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 7 and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 8, organizers announced.

The event’s intent is having fun and repurposing things rather than throwing away useful items. Bayport residents are encouraged to do spring cleaning and set up their own garage sale and/or shop for new “treasures” at neighboring sales.

Sign up is free at City Hall until June 3. Maps will be available at City Hall and on the city website, as well as at local businesses by June 5.

Hospice seeks volunteers

Lakeview Hospice is searching for volunteers. They provide a variety of physical, emotional and spiritual support for patients with terminal illness and their family members so they can live their final months in comfort and dignity. Care is provided whether the patient is in their own home, an apartment, a nursing home or assisted living setting. A volunteer is available to provide a variety of services including companionship and respite care for hospice families.

Those older than 18 without any significant losses over the past year are welcome to volunteer.

25 hours of training, including bereavement training, is provided free of charge. There are four classes and volunteers are encouraged to attend all four classes. Classes take place on June 24, 26, and 28 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and June 21 from 9 a.m. to noon. Classes are held at the Lakeview Hospital Hardenberg Room. Call 651-275-8255 or email [email protected] for more information or to register for classes.

NPS to hold three burns

ST. CROIX FALLS, Wis. — The St. Croix National Scenic Riverway plans three prescribed burns in the Riverway corridor from May 15-22, depending on weather conditions, to improve prairie and savanna habitat along the St. Croix River.

The areas to be burned are:

  • Arcola Prairie, 28 acres in Washington County adjacent to the St. Croix River and east of Arcola Trail. This site is just south of the historic Soo Line High Bridge and has undergone several years of prairie restoration.
  • Sterling and Sunrise prairies, 18 and 15 acres respectively, on the St. Croix River on either side of Sunrise Landing in Polk County, Wis. Sites are west of Wolf Creek and across the river from Wild River State Park. These sites are being restored to oak savanna and tallgrass prairie.
  • St. Croix River Visitor Center native plant area, one acre located in St. Croix Falls. The site must be burned periodically to maintain and rejuvenate the prairie species.

The NPS has detailed plans for prescribed burns and the fires are carried out by personnel trained and certified for prescribed burning. The plans address temperature, relative humidity, wind and other conditions under which a burn can take place, protection of adjacent properties, communications, needed manpower and equipment, safety and other considerations.

If conditions are unfavorable on the day when burning is planned, the burn will be rescheduled.

The St. Croix National Scenic Riverway’s Fire Management Plan is available for viewing on the park’s website:

Group hosts golf event

The Spinal Cord Society holds it’s annual spring fundraiser May 30 at Oak Glen Golf Club in Stillwater.

The event features a silent auction, pay-to play golf and a dinner.

The tournament starts at 1 p.m. and costs $120 for a golf single, and $480 for a foursome. Dinner is $30 per person. A sponsorship package costs $800.

For more information on the event, organization, or to register, go to

Compiled by Erik Sandin [email protected] and Avery Cropp [email protected]