Area briefs: Lake Elmo Jaycees Easter egg hunt

Lake Elmo Jaycees Easter Egg Hunt
The Lake Elmo Jaycees are hosting the Annual Easter Egg Hunt and Egg Coloring Event on Saturday April 19, 2014.  This is a free event open to the community, everyone welcome.
The egg hunt will take place at Lion’s Park Playground at 12pm (noon). Eggs filled with candy and some will have special tickets (to redeem immediately following hunt for fabulous gifts and prizes).  Participants should arrive at least 5-10 minutes early, the hunt starts with the sound of the Noon fire station siren.  Then join us in the Fire Hall across the street to dye and color hard boiled eggs to take home.
New activities this year include arts & crafts activities and free face painting. The Easter Bunny will also be present during the event to assist with the fun and for pictures! The event will take place rain, snow or shine.

2014 Congressional Art Competition announced
Congresswoman Betty McCollum is pleased to announce the 2014 Congressional Art Competition. The contest is open to all high school students either attending school or residing in the Fourth Congressional District. The winning entry from the Fourth District will be displayed as part of a national exhibit in the U.S. Capitol. The winner will also receive two free airline tickets to Washington, D.C. to attend the exhibit’s opening. Runners-up will be displayed in Congresswoman McCollum’s congressional offices in Saint Paul and in Washington, D.C.
Entries may be mailed or dropped off at Congresswoman McCollum’s Saint Paul office in the Blair Arcade Building and must be received by Monday, April 21, 2014 by 5 p.m.: 165 Western Avenue North, Suite 17 St. Paul, MN  55102
Only one submission per student is allowed. For complete guidelines and forms, contact Krister Karlsson at 651-224-9191 or SCHEDULER_MN04DO@mail.house.gov. You can also find this information at mccollum.house.gov

Off Leash Area theater group seeks hosts
Off-Leash Area seeks hosts for the fifth annual neighborhood garage your coming to metro area garages from August through October 2014. If you love the performing arts and have a two-car garage or bigger and would like to bring neighbors together for a unique event Off-leash area would like to talk to you. Off-Leash Area’s new Garage Tour production is a humorous and ridiculous parable about human resourcefulness, greed, and, finally, cooperation. Two characters – Stripe and Spot – are simultaneously shipwrecked on opposite sides of a deserted island. Believing they are the sole inhabitants, they use their resourcefulness to survive and eventually thrive. While building their fiefdoms on a grander and grander scale, they finally meet on top of a mountain, and a ridiculous battle for dominance of the island erupts. After the dust settles, with the island in ruins and all hope lost, they choose to learn to live together and with their combined efforts make the entire island a better place. To learn more about hosting an event call 612-­724-­7372.

Last public observatory date at UWRF
The final free public observatory viewing and astronomy talk of the spring semester at UWRF is set for Wednesday, April 2. At 8 p.m., an astronomy talk, “Lagrange Points–Astronomy’s Balancing Act,” will be presented by Physics Professor Eileen Korenic in Room 271 of the Centennial Science Hall and then at 8:30 p.m. telescope viewing will be available (waxing crescent moon) on the third floor observatory deck. All observatory viewings are dependent on a clear sky. Please call 715-425-3560 after 6 p.m. or visit http://www.uwrf.edu/PHYS/Schedule.cfm and click on “observatory” to verify that the sky is clear enough for viewing. The talk will go on as scheduled regardless of the weather.

Adult easter egg hunt
Join The Lake Elmo Jaycee’s on April 12 for the 4th annual Adult Easter Egg Hunt. Bring a flashlight, a bag/basket, and friends!
Once its dark out and the hunt begins race around looking for hidden eggs. Find eggs with a treat or prize ticket inside, or even a ticket for an awesome prize! After all the eggs have been found, we will head to Twin Points Tavern just down the street to open our eggs, and enjoy some laughs & drinks.
Registration is at 7:30 p.m. and the hunt begins once it’s dark. Meet at Lions Park at the Playground on the northeast side of the park at 3525 Laverne Avenue N in Lake Elmo. Cost is $5 for members, $10 for non-members. All funds raised from this event will go toward Relay For Life for the American Cancer Society. This event will take place: Snow, rain, or shine.

ECFC and PowerUp Host Preschool Family Fun Fair April 5
Stillwater Area Public Schools is partnering with PowerUp, an initiative of Lakeview Health, to host a Preschool Family Fun Fair in conjunction with the Open Gym at the Early Childhood Family Center (ECFC) on Saturday, April 5, 2014, from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Early Childhood Family Center (ECFC), 1111 Holcombe St. S., Stillwater.
In addition to young children having access to the ECFC’s play center, tricycles and gym toys, PowerUp will have special activity stations in several classroom  with activities and prizes that are just right for preschoolers and their families. Station activities include veggie voting, creating your own PowerUp visor, Sweet Potato Sweep, fruit and veggie trivia, dancing and infused water samples!
This is a free family activity geared toward preschool age children and their families; just register online at www.powerup4kids.org/gyms.

Boy Scout Troop Pancake Breakfast
Boy Scout Troop 132 of Stillwater, chartered by St. Michael’s Catholic Church, is hosting a pancake breakfast fundraiser this Sunday, March 30th from 8:00a.m.-12 p.m. in the St. Michael’s Social Hall at 611 3rd Street S., Stillwater. The recommended donation is $6.  This event will fund the Troop’s summer camping at Boy Scout of America’s Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico, a high adventure base, and the Troop’s week-long summer camp at Tomahawk Scout Reservation in Birchwood, Wisconsin.  For questions or donations, contact Steve Market at 612-490-0004.

Historical golf courses
Soon the grass will start to turn green on area golf courses. It’s time to start thinking about polishing up the golf clubs and hitting a few balls in the back yard. Did you ever wonder why certain pieces of land were chosen and how the creation of the clubs came about? For a look at golf’s early days in the state, including who could play at which clubs, where the rich played and with whom, and the development of egalitarian public courses, join Rick Shefchik at the Lake Elmo Public Library on Tuesday, April 8 at 6:30 p.m. in the public meeting room. Rick is the author of From Fields to Fairways: Classic Golf Clubs of Minnesota.
Mr. Shefchik was born and raised in Duluth, Minnesota, graduated from Dartmouth College and began his journalism career at the Duluth News-Tribune. He then spent 26 years at the St. Paul Pioneer Press as a media critic, feature writer/columnist, enterprise reporter and sportswriter. He left the Pioneer Press in December 2006 to pursue a career as a novelist and freelance writer. He resides in Stillwater.
Besides his history of golf courses, Rick has written several sports-related thrillers featuring ex-Minneapolis police detective Sam Skarda.  Amen Corner was published in 2007 by Poisoned Pen Press, Green Monster was published in 2008 and Frozen Tundra was published in 2010 by North Star Press. His newest novel, Rather See You Dead, a thriller about the music entertainment industry, is available as an e-book.
For more information about the program, or to register, call the library at 651-773-4926.
Info: lakeelmopubliclibrary.org.

Pro bike race needs host families
Organizers of the North Star Bicycle Festival (formerly Nature Valley Bicycle Festival) are seeking host families who will share their homes with professional cyclists competing in the prestigious North Star Grand Prix, which runs from June 11-15.
Several families are needed to accommodate this year’s crop of 300 racers who will compete in the North Star Grand Prix, which will take place in Saint Paul, Cannon Falls, Minneapolis, Menomonie, Wis., and Stillwater for five days this summer. The race is in its 16th year.
Housing coordinator Mike O’Day says that once families decide to give hosting a try, they really get hooked.
“We have many long-time hosts who have been hosting the same teams and riders for years, as they really enjoy the bonds they form,” O’Day said. “Minimizing travel time by keeping all the team’s riders together in the same neighborhood is key to a successful housing experience for everyone. That’s why we encourage hosts to find neighbors and friends nearby that can share in the hosting experience. This also makes it easier to plan group activities such as backyard BBQs if the team has time.”
Families are asked to host two or more team members from Tuesday, June 10, through Sunday morning, June 15. Host families need only provide a place to sleep, a bathroom with shower, laundry facilities and space in the refrigerator for cyclists’ meals and snacks.
Cyclists are responsible for their own food, cooking, laundry and transportation during the festival. For more information on serving as a host family, go to northstarbicyclefestival.com and follow the host housing link or contact housing coordinator Mike O’Day at 612-309-7192 or moday84@yahoo.com.
Volunteers are also needed on race day for operating the bike corrals for fans, course marshalling (directing traffic to protect racers and fans) and helping to coordinate some of the events. No experience is necessary for event-day volunteers, as brief training sessions will be held before each shift to teach volunteers everything that they need to know.
Info: northstarbicyclefestival.com.

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