Briefly: Pony Community Activity Centers continue

ISD 834 is turning local schools into Pony Community Activity Centers for use by community members of all ages. Nearly 500 people have participated in activities at our community centers this fall and the momentum continues to grow through the winter with special guests including University of Minnesota “Golden Gopher” athletes.

An up to date online calendar is available at and the January/February activities are:

January 31: Fitness Friday at Stillwater Junior High School, 6-8:30 p.m. (With guests from the Cooks of Crocus Hill offering food demonstrations and PowerUp games/activities.)

February 1: Open Gym for Families with Children 0-7, Early Childhood Family Center, 9-11:30 a.m.

February 7: Fitness Friday at Stillwater Junior High School, 6-8:30 p.m. (With Gopher Athletes and PowerUp games/activities.)

February 21: Fitness Friday at Oak-Land Junior High, 6-8:30 p.m.

All of these activities are free with advance registration online. Walk-in registration will be available at the door for a small fee. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult.   Register online at

Open Indoor Walking is available at Stillwater Area High School from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on January 27-30, February 3-6, 10-13, 18-20 and 24-27.  No registration required for Indoor Walking at SAHS.  Simply enter through the main doors and sign in on registration clipboard upon your arrival.


The League of Women Voters meetings

The public is invited to attend the White Bear Lake Area League of Women Voters monthly meetings. The February topic is “Running Dry – Managing Minnesota’s Ground Water.” The Mahtomedi meeting is Thursday, Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. in a private home.  The North Oaks meeting is during the day – Wednesday, Feb. 12 , 12:30 p.m. at Incarnation Lutheran Church, 4880 Hodgson Road, Shoreview;  the White Bear Lake meeting is 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13 at White Bear Lake City Hall, 4701 Hwy. 61, White Bear Lake. Please call Joan at 651-493-0686 for information and directions.


Adult foster care volunteers sought

An informational meeting regarding adult foster care in the county will be 6-8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 3, in the Lower Level Room 12 in the Government Center in Stillwater.

Washington County requires interested people to attend an informational meeting, which will provide an overview of the foster care program. For those who decide to become licensed to provide foster care for adults, the licensing process begins at no cost to them.

In addition to meeting state licensing requirements, foster families should be able to provide the following:

•  a stable family atmosphere (can be a one- or two-parent home);

•  a positive attitude;

•  adequate housing, whether a house or apartment;

•  love and support for the children or adults in their care.

Before families can be licensed, they must undergo a thorough screening process which includes an extensive background check.

For additional information, questions, or to RSVP to the meeting in case of cancellation, call 651-430-6455. The Washington County Government Center is at 14949 62nd St. N., Stillwater.


Adam McCloud Foundation seeks sponsors for event

The Adam McCloud Foundation recently announced their 2nd Annual Dweebs Concert that will take place on February 14, 2014 at the Lofts at Studio J in Downtown Stillwater. The 2014 Event will raise funds for Life Source and will include a dessert buffet, a fun photo booth, a live auction and the Dweebs.

Life Source is the non-profit organization dedicated to saving lives through organ and tissue donation in the Upper Midwest.  They serve more than 6 million people in communities across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and portions of western Wisconsin. Their mission  is to save lives and offer hope and healing through excellence in organ donation.

Those interested in attending or sponsoring the event should contact Tara Odebrecht at [email protected] or 651.538.4348 for more information.