Park programs host wolves, raptors nights

WashCo_logo            LAKE ELMO — The Wildlife Science Center presents a campfire program on “Wolves” at 7:15 p.m. July 6 at the Lake Elmo Park Reserve.
Learn the basics of this predator, its biology, ecology, behavior and how it compares to other large predators.

The Wildlife Science Center also presents a campfire program on “Raptors” at 7:15 p.m. July 6 at St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park. Come and experience the world of the raptor. Take a comprehensive look at the remarkable range of adaptations and life histories displayed by these predators. Get a close-up look at a bird of prey and see raptor artifacts during this presentation.

Lake Elmo Park Reserve is at the intersection of County Roads 19 and 10, one mile north of Interstate 94, in Lake Elmo. St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park is along the St. Croix River on County Road 21, between County Roads 76 and 78, in Denmark Township. The programs will be in the campground amphitheaters. They are free programs with a park permit of $5 for one day or $25 annually.

Visit www.co.washington.mn.us/parks for additional information on these and other programs.

Foster care license meeting set

Washington County requires people interested in becoming foster care providers attend an informational meeting that provides an overview of the foster program. The next information meeting is 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in Room Lower Level 16 at the Washington County Government Center in Stillwater.

The county’s foster care licensing process begins at no cost for those deciding to become licensed provide foster care providers.

Families are needed to open their homes to school-age children needing a temporary place to live. Placements vary in length. There is also a need for caring and supportive foster parents who will open their homes to teenagers. The respite program give families a needed break by caring for children and teenagers with or without disabilities for a few days or a weekend. This type of care is scheduled on a regular basis and can take as little as one weekend a month.

In addition to meeting state licensing requirements, foster families should be able to provide a stable family atmosphere, positive attitude, adequate housing, whether a house or apartment and love and support for the children or adults in their care.

Before families can be licensed, they must undergo a thorough screening process that includes an extensive background check.

For additional information, questions or to RSVP in case of cancellation, regarding foster care informational meetings, call 651-430-6455. The Washington County Government Center is at 14949 62nd St. North in Stillwater.

Collaborative hosts 5k run/walk

COTTAGE GROVE — The Suicide Prevention Collborative (SPC) holds its third annual 5k run/walk fundraiser July 27 at Hamlet Park, 8833 Hamlet Road South in Cottage Grove.

Pre-registration is encouraged. Race day registration is 8 a.m. and the walk starts at 9 a.m., rain or shine. Entry fees before July 20 are $20 for adults and $15 for children ages 5-17; those 4 years and younger are free. Team discounts are available. A t-shirt, refreshments and race bags are included with the fees. There will be live music by ViewPoint and prizes for the top finishers. Walkers and runners of all abilities are welcome.

The SPC is a community-based group dedicated to preventing teen suicide in the east metro area through education, awareness, collaboration and advocacy. SPC is committed to increasing awareness about depression and other mental illnesses, the warning signs of suicide and need for professional treatment.
SPC members include representatives and/or sponsors from PraireCare, Central/Priority Pediatrics, Penticoff Community Counseling, Counseling Psychologists of Woodbury, P.A., Sentier Psychotherapy and Youth Service Bureau, Inc.

For information and pre-registration,visit www.suicidepreventioncollaborativemn.org.

Yoga offered at Lake Elmo park

LAKE ELMO — Outdoor yoga is offered at the Lake Elmo Park Reserve from 6-7 p.m. Thursdays through Sept. 5.

Classes are at the park reserve’s North Picnic Shelter. The classes are free, but participants need either a $5 per day or $25 annual vehicle permit.

The beginner to intermediate yoga series is led by registered yoga instructor Kim Thomas. Participants should arrive 10 minutes early and bring their own yoga mat. In case of rain, the classes will be held at the park’s Nordic Center.

The program is for persons ages 14 years and older. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Registration is required and can be done by calling 651-430-8370.

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