Area Notes 7/17/13

Pie contest announced

Joseph’s Family Restaurant recently announced on Facebook that their pie-baking contest is noon July 20.

Judging begins at 1 p.m. and the winner will be announced at 4 p.m. The grand prize is $200, second place is $100 and third place is $50.

Call 651-439-3336 to reserve a spot in the contest.

Panel seeks members

The Gateway Corridor Commission seeks community members to serve on a new Gateway Corridor Community Advisory Committee (CAC).

The CAC will advise the Commission throughout preparation of the draft environmental impact statement (Draft EIS), which is a step in the federal process to study potential transit service. The CAC will advise the commission on several aspects: how to best inform the public about the process, meaning and conclusions of the Draft EIS; identifying potential issues in the corridor that will need to be addressed in the Draft EIS; providing information related to potential social, economic or community issues as a result of the transitway, and provide input to the commission on key project decisions.

In order for the CAC to represent the diversity of interests in the corridor, the commission encourages applications from the following groups: residents (homeowners, renters); businesses operating on the corridor (a range of size and business type); major employers; institutions and schools; corridor travelers (existing transit users, bicyclists, pedestrians, and drivers), and environmental interests.

Applications are online and due Friday.

Library hosts workshop

MAHTOMEDI — The Washington County Law Library hosts a public workshop on Conciliation Court Basics from 2 to 4 p.m. July 24 at the WCL Wildwood Library, 763 Stillwater Road in Mahtomedi.

Workshop attendees will learn if Conciliation Court, also known as small claims court, is the best way to resolve their legal issues. Some topics covered in the session include: What is conciliation court and what kind of cases are heard; what are the benefits and disadvantages of filing in conciliation court; how to file and prepare for your hearing; presenting your case in court; what to do if you win, and what to do if you lose?

This session will be presented by local attorney Mimi Hasselbalch. Hasselbalch has been practicing for more than 15 years, and provides legal representation and advice to individuals, businesses, and families in Minneapolis, St. Paul, and the surrounding Twin Cities area.

This session is part of a series of free public legal workshops held throughout the county. To register for this workshop or if you have questions, please call the Washington County Law Library at 651-430-6330.

Kayak camp has openings

Oakdale Parks and Recreation has openings available in the Outdoor Adventure Kayak Camp based at Dunrovin Retreat Center.

Spots are open for two kayaking programs including a day camp option for 11- to 13-year-olds that introduces kids to kaykaking by exploring the islands and back channels of the St. Croix River. Participants make lunch over a bonfire, geocache, hike and swim. Two week-long sessions are offered from July 29 through Aug. 1 and Aug. 5 through 8. Cost is $225 per camper.

Those looking for an overnight eperience can try the three-day, two-night “River Trek” from Aug. 12-15 for 13- to 15-year-olds. Paddle 28 miles on the St. Croix River from Taylor’s Falls to Stillwater. Counselors teach paddling skills, navigation and safety. One night well be spent on an island while the second will take place at a retreat center. Cost is $174 per teen.

Register at

Compiled by Stillwater Gazette staff