Area briefs: Ducks Unlimited pancake breakfast April 5

The annual Bill Linquist Ducks Unlimited Greenwing Day Pancake and Sausage Breakfast is Saturday, April 5, from 9 a.m. to noon at the former Stillwater VFW building, now called Heights Club and Hall, at 5880 Omaha Ave. N., Stillwater.

Each year the St. Croix Valley/Stillwater Chapter of Ducks Unlimited sponsors this event for kids ages 3-17. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Attendees have the opportunity to play games, participate in activities, build a wood duck or blue bird house and enjoy exhibits. Activities and games include Duck on a Stick ID, Bean Bag Toss, Ducky Pick, Cover Up, Goose Nerf Gun Shoot and PLINKO. Exhibits include Rescue Dogs, Taxidermy, a Lanyard Maker, Fish and Wildlife Service and Duckling Display.

Every child will receive a prize from the jumbo prize table, which has hunting and fishing gear, prints, guns, giant gum ball machine and more. One of the games provides players with the opportunity to take home a boat, basketball hoop or gun. Another lucky winner will take home a Microsoft Surface tablet.

This event is open to the public. Due to newly enforced Minnesota gaming regulations, kids pay a one-time admission fee of $20 and then are able to play all the games as often as they choose. Additional prizes awarded at each game. Adult admission is $5. The kids’ admission supplies them with a membership to DU Greenwings, the Puddler Magazine, a prize at the giant prize table and their breakfast.

RSVP requested to Kevin at 612-840-3116. Ducks Unlimited is a worldwide charity which raises funds for conservation and forestation efforts.

St. Croix Valley Gifted CHAT

St Croix Valley Gifted welcomes parents, caregivers, and educators to the upcoming April CHAT (Connect. Help. Advocate. Talk.) at Stillwater Public Library.

The group will be joined by licensed therapist Gloria Guinee.

CHAT will focus on exploring how children develop their own sense of self over time. When kids are able to set their own goals, have their own thoughts, and pave their own path, they are more likely to develop high self-esteem and manage challenges that come with daily life.

The event is on April 3 from 6-7:30 p.m. in the Stilwater Library’s Margaret Rivers B room .

Email stcroixvalley@mcgt.net if you plan to attend so seating plans can be made.

Learn more about this event at stcroixvalleygifted.net.

Croix Chordsmen win division competition

The “Croix Chordsmen” chorus was selected as the AA class winners in the recent 10,000 Lakes Division competition held in Nicolett, Minnesota on March 29th.

The group finished in a tie for third place overall in the competition. The “Minneapolis Commodores” chorus was the winner of the AAA class. There are three classes in this contest with separate classes for the small, medium and large choruses.

With the Division Contest behind them, now the Chordsmen have to buckle down to get ready for their upcoming annual shows on April 26.

Chords of close harmony will fill the Auditorium of the Stillwater Junior High’s Donald Hovland Auditorium when the Chordsmen take the stage for their spring shows on April 26. There will be two performances of the “Movie Night with the Chordsmen” show, at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.

If you don’t get enough good old Barbershop, a Cappella singing at the show, the group has its traditional  “afterglow” at the Stillwater Elks; new location at 5880 Omaha Ave. in Oak Park Heights.

Show chairman Adam Blegen encourages everyone to get tickets early by calling 651- 308-5775.

Info: stcroixvalleychapter.com

Area pregnancy center extends regular hours

Project Life in Stillwater has reopened its doors on Thursday evenings and Fridays. Its new hours will be to Monday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Project Life has also launched a new website for clients at FindPregnancyOptions.org.

Project Life is a crisis pregnancy center.

Earth Day Conference 

The topic for the fourth annual Earth Day Conference, Sunday, April 27, sponsored by the St. Croix Scenic Coalition and the St. Croix Scenic Byway from 1:00-4:00 p.m. at the St. Croix Falls Public Library, 230 S. Washington St., St. Croix Falls, Wis., is to develop one St. Croix Scenic Byway in two states.

Speakers from the National Park Service, local government, and St. Croix Valley Foundation will discuss the many benefits of the scenic byway program for local businesses, historic and cultural organizations, and conservation efforts and also the process for obtaining State of Wisconsin designation of a Wisconsin St. Croix Scenic Byway.

Interactive maps will be on display for attendees to share their ideas about the byway route in Wisconsin, and their knowledge of the historical, cultural and environmental significance of locations along the route.

This conference is part of a series of public meetings on scenic river conservation themes at the St. Croix Conservation Study Center at the St. Croix Falls Public Library.

Admission is free. Registration is strongly encouraged at conference@stcroixscenicbyway.org

If you have questions regarding the conference or this press release, please contact:

Rita Lawson, wlawson@frontiernet.net

Bring the World to Washington County

Denise Muske is bringing the world to the Washington County Area — one international teenager at a time.

Muske is an Area Representative for ASSE International Student Exchange programs whose primary goal is to contribute to international understanding by enabling foreign students to learn about the United States through active participation in family, school and community life. These high school students are from Europe, Asia, the Americas, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and the republics of the former Soviet Union. Each of the students are well screened, proficient in English, and are high academic achievers. Students, ages 15-18, arrive with excellent health insurance, spending money and expect to bear their share of household responsibilities. The exchange is from just prior to the beginning of the academic year to shortly after school lets out.

Interested host individuals, couples or families will be able to select a male or female from the country of their choice, read their biographies, introduction letter, see their picture collage and correspond prior to arrival. The students’ interests and talents are as diverse as the countries they come from, which can be an additional assistance in the matching process. Host families responsibilities include involving the student in family activities, providing three meals a day (assumes a bag lunch — student is on his or her own if they opt to buy school lunch), a place to study (dining room table is fine) and a place to sleep (can share a bedroom).

ASSE also offers qualified local students the opportunity to spend a school year, semester, shorter term or a summer with a host family in another country. Ask about the “twinning” program where an exchange student spends three months with you and your family, and then you spend three months with them and their family in their country.

Those interested in applying to be a host family, or a high school aged students who would like to apply to study abroad, please contact Muske no later than June 1st at 651-324-7237, email: asseusamidwest.com or visit ASSE’s website at asse.com

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