Area Briefs 8/29/13

Stillwater Medical Group’s Community Appreciation Day

The Stillwater Medical Group hosts its annual Community Appreciation Day from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 14 on SMG’s main campus location at 1500 Curve Crest Boulevard.
The free event is open to the public. Highlights of this year’s event include ‘The Doctor is in’ booth which allows people to talk one-on-one with health care providers; a bounce house, climbing wall, face painting and temporary tattoos; ambulance and fire trucks; free fruit and vegetable giveaways; flu shots; several screenings such as blood pressure and hearing, and a vein clinic screening; PowerUP activities games and information, as well as family zumba and yoga classes. Bring in a food shelf donation and receive a prize as well.
For more information visit Register for the vein screening at

Trinity Lutheran hosts SPCO

From Sept. 9 through 21 at several Twin Cities locations the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra perform John Harbison’s “Crossroads,” a work that the SPCO co-commissioned with a consortium of fund providers.
Artistic Partner Edo de Waart conducts the program and mezzo-soprano Kelley O’ Connor is featured in the premiere.
Trinity Lutheran Church in Stillwater hosts one of the performances at 8 p.m. Sept. 20. Tickets are $10, $25  and $5 for kids. Call 651-291-1144, visit or stop by the ticket office on the Third Floor, The Historic Hamm Building, 408 Saint Peter St. in Saint Paul.
“Crossroads” takes as its text several poems by Louise Glück from her collection, ”Village Life.”

Masons donate new derby track

NORTH ST. PAUL — The North Star Museum of Boy Scouting and Girl Scouting has received a gift from the Masons of Minnesota: a new 40-foot Pinewood Derby Racetrack complete with timer.
The Pinewood Derby and scouting have a history going back to 1953. Cub Scout Master Don Murphy founded Pinewood Derby racing as a “father-and-son” activity for young boys.
Pinewood Derby has grown over the years to include the Girl Scouts, who run “Powderpuff” races.
The North Star Museum is asking for donations of Pinewood Derby cars in any condition for use on the track.