Area Briefs 8/9/13

Magician at last reading program

LAKE ELMO — Magician Cheryl Sawyer will amaze, amuse and entertain children and adults at the Lake Elmo Public Library’s last summer reading program at 3:30 p.m. Wendesday.
Summer readers, their siblings, parents and grandparents are invited to Sawyer’s family-friendly program, which ends with an ice cream social.
The library’s summer reading program attracted students from Lake Elmo and the surrounding area with a medallion hunt and various programs to encourage children to read over the summer and prepare for the start of the new school year.
All readers should bring their reading logs to the library to have their final hours verified to redeem their prizes of ice cream from Gorman’s Restaurant, a digitized bookmark and playing time at PINZ.

Sperber joins foundation board

Lakeview Foundation announced the appointment this week of Sue Sperber to the foundation’s board of directors.
Sperber is an advocate for quality-of-life issues and concerns affecting the St. Croix Valley and believes joining the foundation board provides an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of Lakeview Hospital patients and families.
Sperber has volunteered for several area non-profit agencies. She recently served as a co-chairperson for the 2013 Foundation Gala and as an active member of Lakeview’s fund development committee.
“Sue’s background in communications and marketing are a strong asset to our board leadership,” said foundation board Chairman Dwight Cummins. “Her pleasant demeanor, creativity and professionalism are appreciated. We’re fortunate to have her with us.”
Sperber lives in Stillwater with her husband and enjoys spending time with her three grown children.
Other Lakeview Foundation board members include Cummins, Arba-Della Beck, Orwin Carter, Ron Phillippo, Joel Moline, Dr. Charles Hipp, Dr. Chuck Bransford, Sue Hedlund, Jodi Kraemer, James Honsvall, Scott Aebischer, Cindy Vilks and Jim Leonard.

Creativity and the river at Arcola Mills

Registration is open for “Run River Run: Discoveries Along the River” with Susie Lieber at Arcola Mills from 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 24.
Participants will use inspiration from the St. Croix River to make a pocket fold accordion book. Work with Lieber, a naturalist and artist and use inspiration from the river to create a book using objects found on your active river adventure.
Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Cost is $25 per family for the workshop and $5 for materials. Register at, email [email protected] or call 651-439-1652.

Tales of tornadoes requested by publisher

CAMBRIDGE, Minn. — Adventure Publications, Inc. seeks true stories to include in the Spring 2014 release of a book about Midwest tornadoes.
The book will feature tales about everyday people who encountered tornadoes in a strange, unique, compelling or even humorous ways. Those with a true tornado story and/or photographs to share can contact the publisher at or email [email protected] All submissions will be considered for publication.

Compiled by Stillwater Gazette staff