Area briefs: Applications now open for art residency program

Artist at Pine Needles, a residence program sponsored by the St. Croix Watershed Research Station, is seeking applications from artists and writers for summer 2014. The Artist at Pine Needles project invites natural history artists or writers to spend two to four weeks in residence to immerse themselves in a field experience, gather resource materials and interact with environmental scientists and the local community.

The St. Croix Watershed Research Station, the field research station of the Science Museum of Minnesota, is located near Marine on St. Croix. The setting for the Artist at Pine Needles project is the James Taylor Dunn Pine Needles Cabin, located just north of the village along the St. Croix River.

In 2013, the artists selected were painters Bonnie Ploger and Susan Armington of Minneapolis; poet Su Smallen of St. Paul; and painter/sculptor Jessica Zeglin of Minneapolis.

Applications for 2014 will be accepted from writers and visual artists who focus on environmental or natural history topics. Participants will have an opportunity to interact with environmental scientists and to create links between their art, the natural world and the sciences. As part of the program, artists will be encouraged to design an outreach project to share their work with the local community. In addition, the residency requires that participants contribute an original work for the benefit of the research station.

Housing and rustic studio space is provided for the artist’s choice of a two-, three- or four-week residency; up to three residencies will be awarded for the summer of 2014. Application packets are available from the research station

The application deadline is Feb. 28. For more information, contact Sharon Mallman at the St. Croix Watershed Research Station, 651-433-5953 ext.13 or email [email protected]

Fifth annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Breakfast in Mahtomedi

To honor the legacy of service of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., White Bear Unitarian Universalist Church (WBUUC) will host the fifth annual interfaith community breakfast for the northeast suburbs from 7-9 a.m., Monday, Jan. 20, 2014.

Sponsored in partnership with the St. Paul Area Council of Churches and Twin Cities Public Television, this event will be held at WBUUC, 328 Maple St., Mahtomedi. This year’s theme is “Reimagine the future.”

The program includes a hot breakfast served at 7 a.m., followed by guest speaker Sarah Bellamy, associate artistic director of Penumbra Theater in St. Paul, talking about artists and civic engagement.

Attendees also will watch a big screen broadcast of keynote speaker Donna Brazile—a veteran political strategist and syndicated columnist—speaking from downtown Minneapolis at the 24th annual MLK Holiday breakfast, sponsored by UNCF and supported by the General Mills Foundation.

The public is welcome to attend. Tickets are $5 for the hot breakfast. Children 12 and under are free.

Reservations are required by Jan. 16. Call the WBUUC church office, 651-426-2369, Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. More information about tickets is available here.

Children’s Challenging Behavior Class in Oakdale

Raising a child or adolescent with challenging behaviors can be difficult.  Learn the five essential tasks to build confidence in your skills, improve the relationship with your child and create balance in your life. This free, one-day workshop is for parents and caregivers of school-age children, and is approved for two hours training for foster care families. Presented by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Minnesota, a Children’s Challenging Behaviors class will be held Feb. 8, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at Canvas Health, 7066 Stillwater Blvd. N., in Oakdale. To register, call NAMI Minnesota at 651-645-2948.

St. Croix Catholic hosts invitational Basketball Tournament at SAHS

Several area schools participated in the Second Annual Holiday Invitational Basketball Tournament, held on Sunday, January 5 at Stillwater Area High School and sponsored by St. Croix Catholic School. Girls and boys teams in fifth through eighth grade from 11 different schools participated in the pool play tournament. Complete tournament results a tournament photo album can be viewed at

Top team placements included:

-5th Grade Girls: Champion, St. Patrick’s; Second, St. Croix Catholic.

-6th Grade Girls: Champion, St. John the Baptist; Second, St. Croix Catholic.

-7th Grade Girls: Champion, Transfiguration; Second; Trinity Eagan.

-8th Grade Girls: Champion, St. Croix Catholic; Second, Nativity.

-5th Grade Boys: Champion, St. Croix Catholic; Second, Stillwater Traveling 4th grade.

-6th Grade Boys: Champion, St. Croix Prep; Second, St. Croix Catholic.

-7th Grade Boys: Champion, Trinity Eagan; Second, St. John the Baptist.

-8th Grade Boys: Champion, St. Croix Catholic; Second, Trinity Eagan.