Area Briefs 8/14/13

Bail goes for good cause

BAYPORT — According to Croixdale, there are a new resident sheriff and deputy in town.
A jail cell in Croixdale’s town center awaits the arrival of prisoners Aug. 19 willing to work for their release by soliciting donations in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease.
Bail amounts have not yet been determined but the goal is to set the limit high. All bail and additional funds will go towards the Sept. 21 Alzheimer’s Walk.

Live from the Front Porch

Memoirist Eric Bergeson and poets Elissa Cottle, Avery Cropp and Becky Parker read their work at ArtReach St. Croix
Bergeson of Fertile, Minn., is the author of five published memoirs including Pirates on the Prairie. His next book in progress has  the working title “To Win a Smile: Connecting with the Very Old.”
Cottle of Stillwater, master of fine arts in writing, is published in several literary journals, teaches the ongoing class, Creating a Writing Life, in Stillwater and Minneapolis.
The reading is 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at ArtReach St. Croix and includes live music from Bergeson and Margaret Boettcher on piano and a visual art demonstration of silk painting by Barbara Schotl. Free refreshments will be served.

Corvette show comes to area

OAK PARK HEIGHTS — Abou 150 Chevrolet Corvettes will be displayed at the St. Croix Valley Corvette Association’s 12th Annual Corvette Show from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Stillwater Motor Co., 5900 Stillwater Boulevard in Oak Park Heights.
The show also marks the 60th anniversary of the Corvette and Stillwater Motors inventory of 2013 models will be on display.
There is a $12 vehicle entry fee and display cars will vie for 18 participant choice trophies and one sponsor’s choice award from Stillwater Motors. The first 135 entrants also receive a free t-shirt.
Refreshments are available through the Stillwater girls fastpitch softball team and free shuttles to and from downtown Stillwater are available.
Show organizers ask entrants and visitors to please not bring pets. The show rain date is Aug. 24.

Dog owners get their day

BAYTOWN TOWNSHIP — Fifty state all-breed group and specialty dog clubs and the American Kennel Club host Minnesota Responsible Dog Ownership Day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 7 at the St. Croix Valley Kennel Club show site at the Washington County Fairgrounds in Baytown Township.
All well-behaved dogs on leashes with proof of rabies vaccinations are welcome. Dog owners and enthusiasts of all ages can learn the responsibilities of dog ownership and enhance their relationships with their pets at the event.
Dogs and their owners can participate in conformation handling lessons, obedience, rally, agility, weight pull, Earthdog demonstrations, carting and tracking. Spectators are welcome.
Other activities include $25 per dog microchip clinic, with a $5 donation to the Three-Day Breast Cancer Walk for each chip sold; free AKC canine good citizen tests; low cost Therapy Dog International evaluations, and a free AKC-sanctioned B match practice dog show.

River-inspired art exhibit

To get to know the St. Croix River, Osceola, Wis., photographer Ryan Rodgers spent more than 300 days hiking, skiing and canoeing along the scenic river and its tributaries.
The resulting collection of photography capturing fleeting moments and celebrating the uniqueness of the St. Croix will be featured in “300 Days in the Wilderness,” ArtReach St. Croix’s Take Me to the River Exhibition.
Complimenting Rodgers’ photography is river-inspired metal sculpture by Dale Lewis of Hastings including a five foot muskie and other river fauna as well as hand-tied muskie flies by Gabe Schubert of Stillwater.
“300 Days in the Watershed” is on display through Aug. 22 through Sept. 29, with an opening party 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 22. ArtReach St. Croix is located at 224 N. Fourth St. in Stillwater.
“300 Days in the Watershed” will have extended hours Sept. 21-29 including a closing party from 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 29. Additional information is available at: