Area Briefs 7/24/13

Women voters topic of event

The Women’s Victory Fund hosts a town hall event about engaging, involving and listening to women voters in 2014 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the Water Street Inn in Stillwater.

Guests at the meeting include state Sens. Karin Housley, Julie Rosen, Carrie Ruud and Carla Nelson and state Reps. Kathy Lohmer, Cindy Pugh and Peggy Scott. Annette Meeks is emcee.

Social hour is 6 p.m. with the speakers and a question-and-answer session starting at 7 and final remarks at 8:30. A cash bar and food to purchase are available.
Email info@womenpac.org or call 651-460-1805 to RSVP or for more information.

Dance party benefit set

MARINE ON ST. CROIX — A local group is planning a 1960s dance party fundraiser for Toni Poletes from 7 to 11 p.m. July 27 at Marine Village Hall, 121 Judd St.
Poletes is fighting stage four breast cancer and all event proceeds will offset the her medical bills. Cost is $10 and 1960s and 1970s music will be played by the Steve Johnson Band. One dollar door prizes will be called throughout the night. Other raffle prizes are also available. Costumes from the 1960s and 70s are encouraged.

Group plans new directory

The Partnership Plan that serves Independent School District 834 is working with Harris Connect to produce a Stillwater Area High School Alumni Directory scheduled to be printed in January.

The Partnership Plan worked with Harris Connect in 2007 to make a similar publication. The goal is to get the most updated information possible.

Over the next several months, SAHS alumni may receive postcards, emails or phone calls from the company asking for updated contact information. All updates are retuned to the Partnership Plan for Stillwater Area Public Schools so their database can remain current.

Harris Connect is collecting information only for the purpose of the directory and won’t share it with third parties. The directory itself will be a great way for people to stay connected with the SAHS and alumni communities.

Day Out! partners with KAIROS

FamilyMeans’ Day Out! program participants can join in monthly dance and storytelling opportunities with KAIROS dancing heart.™ which is providing activities drawing upon modern dance, movement improvisation, folk dance and oral history traditions from around the world.

“We’re always looking for new opportunities, and we are very excited to have KAIROS artists to interact with our Day Out! participants,” said Margaret Irwin, Day Out! coordinator at FamilyMeans. “This will provide a new kind of fun and energy throughout the group.”

KAIROS dancing heart™ is an award winning, evidence-based arts program created to work with frail elders. The artists are experienced in a variety of art forms and work with diverse adult populations including people with memory loss to provide a gentle, safe environment where participants gain confidence through skill-building and encouragement.

FamilyMeans Caregiver Support program runs Day Out!, a respite care option that supports family and friend caregivers who provide informal 24/7 care for a child or adult with disability, chronic illness or frailty, a friend caring for a child with special needs, a co-worker dealing with a parent’s increasing dementia or an elderly person caring for their frail spouse.

FamilyMeans staff and volunteers run the Day Out! program, which is offered from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Friday at FamilyMeans in Stillwater. The cost is $40 per day and scholarships are available. Participants enjoy both individual and group activities. The KAIROS dancing heart™ participation at FamilyMeans has been made possible through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board.

For more information, contact FamilyMeans at (651) 439-4840 and ask for Margaret Irwin or email Margaret at mirwin@familymeans.org.

Outsmarting fraud topic of meetings

WOODBURY — Joe Lucey, president of Secured Retirement Advisors, LLC., AND Gary Johnson, senior outreach manager with the Better Business Bureau and the FINRA Investor Education Foundation, will teach investors how to spot and resist investment fraud as part of a national Investor Protection Campaign at 6 p.m. Aug. 19 at the Washington County Library R.H. Stafford branch in Woodbury.

Joe Lucey host the Tricks of the Trade “Outsmarting Investment Fraud”, workshop. At the event, attendees will learn the tactics commonly used by fraudsters and the simple steps every investor can take to reduce the risk of being defrauded.
Johnson will answer questions on topics including Investment Fraud and Scams, and how to use the Better Business Bureau to become a better informed consumer in today’s market place.

Compiled by Stillwater Gazette staff

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