Area Briefs 9/25/13

LE seeks panel applicants

LAKE ELMO — The city of Lake Elmo is accepting applications from residents interested in serving on the city’s Park Commission, city officials said.

The Park Commission has two vacant alternate positions following the resignation of long-time Commissioner Judith Blackford, officials said.

The Park Commission meets the third Monday of every month and advises the City Council on development, improvements and maintenance of the city’s parks and trails. City officials note that pending growth and $900,000 in dedicated funds allocated for park development and improvements make it an exciting time for interested residents to get involved in city government.

Applications can be downloaded from the city website at, mail, received by email at [email protected] and are available at City Hall, 3800 Laverne Ave. Completed applications should be returned to City Hall.

‘U Talks’ sessions begin

OAK PARK HEIGHTS — Ragui Assaad, professor of planning and public affairs at the University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs, speaks on “A possibly futile attempt to make sense of developments in Egypt” to the U of M Alumni Association St. Croix Valley Chapter at 7 p.m. Monday in the Boutwells Landing Auditorium.

Assaad is a frequent contributor on issues related to the Arab Spring uprisings. He contributed to the book, “After the Spring: Economic Transitions in the Arab World,” which argued that recent political reforms in the region must be accompanied by substantial economic reforms.

Other fall speakers scheduled are:

l 7 p.m. Oct. 24, Dr. Michael Osterhom, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, speaking on “Medical Detective in a Modern World.” Osterhom is a public health scientist and nationally recognized bio-security expert and author of “Living Terrors: What America Needs to Know to Survive the Coming Bioterrorist Catastrophe.”

l 7 p.m. Nov. 14, Dr. Louis Medoza, associate vice president for equity and diversity, on “Immigration, Mutuality and Contemporary Debates on Immigration in the United States.” Mendoza is a frequent contributor on immigration history and policy. His research interests include Chicana/o literary and cultural studies, U.S. immigration literature, prison literature and oral histories. He is author of “A Journey Around America: A Memoir on Cycling, Immigration and Latinoization of the U.S.”

Cost to attend each lecture is $5 per person for the chapter scholarship fund and to cover event-related costs. RSVP by the day before each lecture at 651-439-6918 or email [email protected]

Library hosts surf day

Senior citizens with little or no basic computer and Internet skills are invited to attend a “Senior Surf Day” computer course from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Oct. 1 at the Stillwater Public Library.

The class is presented by the Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging and teaches computer and Internet search basics. Space is limited. Call 651-275-4338 extension 111 or visit to register.

The Stillwater Public Library is located at 224 Third St. North in Stillwater.

Two events at LE library

LAKE ELMO — The Lake Elmo Library hosts two events Oct. 3 that will appeal to beer lovers and comic book fans, library officials announced.

Library Director Linda Orsted said the library has five free tickets to the Oct. 5 FALLCON Comic Book Party at the State Fairgrounds in Falcon Heights and will hold an Oct. 3 drawing for the tickets. Persons interested in the tickets should visit the library now through 5 p.m. Oct. 3 to enter, Orsted said.

FALLCON is sponsored by the Midwest Comic Book Association and celebrates its 25th anniversary with a day-long event that includes presentations by comic book creators, exhibits, costumes and the chance to buy, sell and trade comics. Regular admission is $8 and children ages 9 years and younger get in free.

Comic book fans and beer lovers can celebrate Oktoberfest at 6 p.m. Oct. 3 with a presentation on the history of beer making at the library, followed by a beer sampling at Lake Elmo Wine Co.

Twin Cities Tastings will discuss the brewing process and ingredients of beer. Space is limited to 50 persons. Register to attend at the library at 3537 Lake Elmo Ave., call 651-773-4926, visit Lake Elmo Wine Co. at 3511 Lake Elmo Ave., call 651-621-1520 or email [email protected]

Meerschaert benefit Oct. 5

MAPLEWOOD — A spaghetti dinner benefit to raise funds to help cover medical costs for Jody Leptien Meerschart, undergoing treatment for stage four breast cancer, is 5 to 9 p.m. Oct. 5 at Freddy’s Tiki Hut, 1820 Rice St. in Maplewood.

Meerschaert is undergoing chemotherapy in hopes of eliminating her cancer from spreading. Meerschart’s medical coverage does not cover all treatment, medication and hospital stay costs.

The dinner costs $10 and tickets are available at the door. The event includes a silent auction and door prizes. Guests also need not be present to win a chance at $250. Guests must be present to win a chance at the 50/50 drawing.

Compiled by Erik Sandin – [email protected]