Park campfire programs continue

Birds and reptiles are the topics of the Washington County Parks campfire programs in the coming weeks, parks officials announced.

The American kestral is the subject of a campfire program at Lake Elmo Park Reserve while the Dodge Nature Center presents a program on frogs at the St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park Both presentations are 7:15 p.m. Saturday.

Participants at the Lake Elmo program will learn the advantages and disadvantages of being a top predator like the American kestral and learn why falcons are efficient hunters and how DDT almost wiped out the peregrine falcon and other raptors.

Warner Nature Center presents a campfire program on snakes at 7:15 June 15 at the Lake Elmo Park Reserve and Dodge Nature Center returns to St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park at 7:15 p.m. June 15 with a program on owls.

All programs are in the parks’ amphitheaters. Lake Elmo Park Reserve is at the intersection of County Roads 10 and 19, one mile north of Interstate 94. St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park is on County Road 21 between County roads 76 and 78 in Denmark Township. The programs are free with either a $5 daily or $25 annual park permit.

Outdoor yoga offered at park

A new outdoor yoga program is offered now through Sept. 5 at the Lake Elmo Park Reserve, Washington County Parks officials announced.

Classes are 6 to 7 p.m. Thursdays at the park’s north picnic shelter. The sessions are beginner to intermediate yoga led by registered yoga instructor Kim Thomas. Participants should plan to arrive 10 minutes early and bring their own yoga mat. In the event of rain, sessions are at the park Nordic Center.

The sessions are for ages 14 years and older and all children must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required and can be done in person at the park contact station or by calling 651-430-8370.

Social seeks talent, vendors

Amateur talent show participants and vendors are sought for the 11th Annual Ice Cream Social and Amateur Talent Show July 17 at the Washington County Historic Courthouse in Stillwater.

Talent show auditions are July 9-10 at the Historic Courthouse at 101 W. Pine St. Registration both days is 6 p.m. and auditions start at 7 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis.

Audition participants must wear their performance attire and bring their own accompaniment, iPod or CD. A CD player, iPod cable, microphone and full-size keyboard are provided. All acts must be appropriate for the family-friendly event.

The Historic Courthouse also seeks vendors offering food and drinks and children or family-friendly activities. A valid food license is required for all food and beverage sales and a $25 application fee is required. Applications are due June 21.
The courthouse sells root beer floats, penny candy, ice cream novelties, soda and water. The Ice Cream Social is 4:30 p.m. July 17 and the talent show begins at 6 p.m. Both events are free. In the event of inclement weather, the talent show will be held inside the courthouse.

Call 651-275-7075 or email [email protected] for information or vendor applications.

Foreclosure workshop set June 18

WOODBURY — The Washington County Housing and Redevelopment Authority holds a mortgage foreclosure prevention workshop from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. June 18 at the R.H. Stafford Library in Woodbury.

The workshops are offered to anyone who wants to ask questions and get advice from trained foreclosure prevention counselors.

Anyone who is behind on their mortgage, worried about keeping up with mortgage payments and who wants to know more about the foreclosure process can attend. Those who are worried about foreclosure should seek help immediately because waiting may limit the options.

The workshops are open houses and no pre-registration is required. The workshop includes a 45-minute presentation summarizing the foreclosure process. Participants also have an opportunity to meet one-on-one with a foreclosure prevention counselor. It will help the counselor to respond to any concerns participants have if they bring any communication received from a lender or loan servicer; proof of income (e.g., recent pay stub), and a copy of a mortgage statement.

For more information or to speak with a foreclosure prevention counselor immediately, call the Washington County HRA’s office at 651-202-2822, or see

Compiled by Erik Sandin – [email protected]