Area Briefs 9/18/13

Trimathlon exercises the mind

OAK PARK HEIGHTS — Students in grades two through six can exercise their minds at the third annual Mathnasium trimathlon competition in Oak Park Heights.

The Trimathlon is a free math skills competition is open to all students in public, private, charter and home schools in the area. The purpose of the event, according to local Mathnasium owner Sachin Gore, is promoting math education during the critical and foundational elementary years and allowing students to compete and show their academic skills.

A donation will be made to the PTAs of the local schools based on the number of students participating and the number of questions they get correct. For more information or to register, call 651-300-2252 or visit

Courage Retreat 2013 at 2 schools

Youth Matters, formerly Youth and Alcohol and Drug Partnership, sponsors a “Courage Retreat 2013” for all seventh graders at Oak-Land and Stillwater Junior High schools.

The day-long events are presented by Youth Frontiers, a Minneapolis-based nonprofit with over 25 years of partnering with schools. Oak-Land JHS seventh-graders participated in the program Tuesday. Stillwater JHS seventh-graders participate Thursday.

Youth Frontiers is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that partners with schools to build positive communities where students thrive socially, emotionally and academically. Our vision is to change the way kids treat each other in every hallway, lunch line and classroom of every school in America,” the organization said in a press release.

SPL’s Club Book kick off Oct. 9

Club Book, a series that brings best-selling and award-winning authors to metro area public libraries, hosts Atina Diffley at The Stillwater Public Library at 7 p.m. on Oct. 9.

Diffley, an organic farmer-consultant and author. discusses her 2012 Minnesota Book Award-winning memoir, “Turn Here Sweet Corn: Organic Farming Works.”

From 1985 through 2008, Diffley and her husband, Martin, ran the Gardens of Eagan, an urban-edge, organic vegetable farms Martin Diffley started in 1973  as one of the first certified organic produce farms in the Midwest. She writes a popular online blog, “What Is a Farm,” filled with reflections, tools and advice on organic farming.

Diffley’s presentation is free and open to the public and take place on a first-come first-serve basis and doors open 45 minutes in advance of each program. For more information, including a list of additional Club Book events throughout the metro visit or call 612-543-8107.

Culinary trip at library

Lisa Golden Schroeder presents “Exploring with Julia: A Culinary Road Trip & the Future of Cooking” from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 26 at the Stillwater Public Library.

Golden Schroeder discuss esthe intriguing and sometimes confusing world of food and cooking and getting a phone call from Julia Child that paved Golden Schroeder’s sharing a love of good food and building healthy communities.

The event also includes a book fair featuring local authors and their cookbooks. Local chef Kristin Klementsrud of Savories Bistro fame will sell cookbooks from her personal collection.

Schoeder’s presentation is part of the Stillwater Public Library Foundation’s “Check It Out” fun- and fund-raising events to benefit the library. Cost is $30 per person and includes gourmet sweet and savory treats from Lake Elmo Inn Catering and wine, door prizes and gift bags. Tickets are available online at, calling 651-275-4338 extension 130 or emailing [email protected] by Friday.

Centers hosts in-home care fair

Community Thread’s Stillwater and Bayport senior centers hold an “in-home care fair” open house from 4-6 p.m. Sept. 26 at Community Thread’s office at 2300 West Orleans St. in Stillwater.

In-home care agencies  offer a “one-stop shop” for senior citizens and families of seniors to learn about services offered from professional support care agencies. Seniors can meet agency representatives to discuss needs on a one-to-one basis and ask questions.

Call 651-439-7434 for more information.

SAHS alumna on ‘Biggest Loser’

Stillwater Area High School alumna Rachel Fredrickson appears on season 15 of NBC’s show “The Biggest Loser.”

Fredrickson, a former Ponies three-time state champion swimmer, is on the show with 15 other contestants including the first celebrity contestant, Ruben Studdard.

A press release from NBC states that this season has an uplifting “Second Chances” theme for each of the contestants including Fredrickson, who gave up scholarships and a promising career as a nationally-ranked swimmer for a relationship that didn’t last and now wants another chance to create the life she dreams for herself.

The new contestants begin competing for the $250,000 grand prize on episodes from 7 to 8 p.m. CT Oct. 8 through Feb. 4.

Compiled by Avery Cropp [email protected]