Area Briefs 9/20/13

SPL hosts cooking conversation

Lisa G Schroeder photoFrom learning to bake crusty loaves from her family’s sourdough starter to studying classical French cooking in Paris, Lisa Golden Schroeder’s culinary explorations have been about roads less traveled.

Join Golden Schroeder for a lively conversation about our intriguing and sometimes confusing world of food and cooking and getting a phone call from Julia Child that pave Golden Schroeder’s way to share a love of good food, true time in the kitchen and building healthy communities.

The event is 7 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 26 at the Stillwater Public Library and includes a book fair featuring local authors and their cookbooks. Local chef Kristin Klemetsrud will sell cookbooks from her personal collection.

This event is one in a series of “Check It Out” fund- and fun-raising events hosted by the Stillwater Public Library Foundation, which provides funds to enrich and enhance the library’s collections and programs.

Cost is $30 per person and includes gourmet sweet and savory treats by Lake Elmo Inn Catering and wine. There will be a number of door prizes and gift bags. Tickets can be purchased online at, by calling 651.275.4338 extension 130 or emailing [email protected] Reservations are required by today.

UWWC-E hosts costume ball

KSTP-TV news anchor Bill Lunn and meteorologist Dave Dahl guest host a United Way of Washington County-East fund-raising costume ball Oct. 26 at Pub 112 in Stillwater.
The event that features appetizers, prizes for best costumes, a photo booth and live music. Tickets are $50 each. visit for more information.

Group hosts event at park

COTTAGE GROVE — Friends of the Mississippi River (FMR), with partners Washington County, Washington Conservation District and the city of Cottage Grove, holds events this month and in November at Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park, the FMR’s newest habitat restoration site.

A “Wetland Ecology Tour,” with dip nets included, is 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 26 at the park.
“Buckthorn Bust in ‘Tunnel Valley’ ” is 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 2 at the park with lunch provided.

Learn more at Or, sign up with FMR by registering with Lindsay Hefferan at [email protected], 651-222-2193, extension 24.

Historically, the slopes of Cottage Grove Ravine Park’s glacial valley were covered by oak woodland and savanna; however, they’ve grown in with trees and invasive nonnative shrubs. Work with FMR’s Schik to help restore this landscape by hauling or cutting brush. This will help open the canopy, making way for more native plants, which provide wildlife habitat and are better for water quality.

No experience is required and all supplies, including lunch, will be provided, with support from event sponsor the 3M Foundation.