Area Briefs 9/26/13

Woodbury 199er fall bridge tourney

LAKE ELMO — The Woodbury Bridge Club hosts an American Contract Bridge League fall tournament Oct. 18-19 at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites in Lake Elmo, 8511 Hudson Boulevard. The tournament is an ACBL-sanctioned tournament counting black points only.
there are two sessions one at 10 a.m. and one at 3 p.m. Oct. 18, and another two sessions at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Oct. 19. A lunch break and free coffee will be provided between each session.
Participants must have less than 199 master points to play. All players pay $6 per session, ACBL members get a $1 refund. Participants may come without a partner, and every attempt will be made to find partners.
Any questions can be directed to Woodbury club chair Jesse Crane at 651-263-6809 or at [email protected]

Museum holds open house

NORTH SAINT PAUL — The North Star Museum of Boy Scouting and Girl Scouting announces their free fall open house from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 12.
This event is open to the public. There will be tours of the museum, vendors, food and crafts, bonfire with s’mores, Pinewood Derby demonstrations and raffles and prizes.
In addition, the North Star Museum is launching their brand new junior Museum Membership for kids called “Club Bruce,” featuring the museum’s mascot, “Bruce the Moose.” Kids joining Club Bruce receive Bruce’s “adventure pack” filled with educational tools for learning and fun. A portion of “Club Bruce” proceeds will be shared with the Minnesota DNR’s Moose Research Project, helping to support the preservation of moose populations in Minnesota. The DNR moose research team will have a display and representative at the museum during the open house to share their latest research and findings.

Meet Marine, Withrow principal

Grab a meal at your favorite local restaurant and meet your newest neighbor, Melissa Sonnek, principal at Marine and Withrow Elementary schools.
Sonnek is available for an informal and unstructured conversation with members of the Marine and Withrow communities from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Oct. 11 at the Marine Cafe and from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. that same day at Sal’s Angus Grill in Hugo.

Mental illness awareness Oct. 6-12

National Mental Illness Awareness Week is Oct. 6-12 and is marked by community education efforts in all 50 states to raise awareness that mental illnesses are treatable medical conditions, and that there is help and hope for children and adults with mental illnesses and their families.
To learn more about schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression and anxiety disorders, or to find support groups, family educational classes and other resources, contact the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Minnesota at 651-645-2948 or 1-888-NAMI-Helps.

Man recounts journey from Sudan

Hear an inspiring story of survival and help bring clean water to South Sudan by joining the Stillwater community when Lost Boy of Sudan and Duluth resident Moses Joknhial II speaks at Stillwater Junior High at 7 p.m. Oct. 3.
Tickets available by calling 651-351-6952 or e-mailing [email protected] Tickets cost $5 for students and $10 for adults. Proceeds to H2O For Life-Water For South Sudan.

Hudson co-op gets $10K grant

HUDSON, Wis. — Hudson Grocery Cooperative (HGC) has been awarded a $10,000 seed grant through the Food Co-op Initiative (FCI), a non-profit dedicated to enabling faster and more efficient start-ups of new retail grocery co-ops.
HGC was among 10 co-ops chosen to receive funding out of 38 applications, a record high. The grant, which must be matched by local investment, will go toward a professional market study, a pro-forma and financial planning services. It also includes in-kind services from FCI’s experts, including technical assistance, on-site training, and continued mentoring.
“This is a big deal,” said HGC Board President Suzanne Hambleton. “So many people have been working so hard to get this project off the ground. It’s great to have our community’s efforts recognized and supported in this way. We’re excited to move the co-op to the next phase.”
The proposed market study involves hiring a professional consultant to assess three potential sites for a grocery store in downtown Hudson. HGC it committed to a downtown location, which serves the grocery needs of residents, commuters and visitors and draws more people to local riverfront businesses. Downtown Hudson has been without a grocery store since 2005.
The FCI grant must be matched 100 percent by locally-raised funds. HGC seeks new member-owners to make this one-time stock purchase, which gives them voting rights, an opportunity to participate in governance and a potential dividend once the store opens and is successful.
People interested in getting involved and supporting the effort are encouraged to attend an informational meeting from from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 9 at the Hudson Public Library. Visit or email [email protected] for more information.

Eat waffles and help church

OAKDALE — The Guardian Angels Catholic Church Men’s Club holds an all-you-can-eat Belgian waffle breakfast from 8:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the church located at 8260 Fourth St. North in Oakdale.
Besides waffles prepared by Dad’s Belgian Waffles, the menu includes sausage, milk, juice or coffee and a variety of toppings. Cost is $8 for persons 13 years of age and older, $5 for children ages 6 to 12 years and children ages 5 and younger eat free.
Breakfast proceeds go toward new shingles for the historic church.

Compiled by Stillwater Gazette staff