Oakdale-Lake Elmo Review bulletin board March 23, 2016

Maplewood Easter egg hunt

Maplewood’s annual Easter Egg Hunt will be held Saturday, March 26, at Egerton Community Gym, 1929 Edgerton Street, Maplewood. We will start our morning off at 10 a.m. with breakfast treats, colorful crafts and a visit from the Easter Bunny - then its happy hunting! 

Children will be divided into two age groups and will be hunting for wrapped candy and plastic eggs, some of which may be redeemed for great prizes. Bags of goodies will be available for children under 2 years of age. In the event of inclement weather, treat bags will be given away at 11 a.m. at the Edgerton Community Gym. Children ages three to five will hunt eggs at 11 a.m. and children ages six to eight will hunt eggs at 11:30 a.m. 

The cost is $5.00 per child, and registration is required. To register visit https://apm.activecommunities.com/maplewoodmn/Home, call customer service at 651-249-2230 or 651-249-2120, or register in person at the Maplewood Community Center, 2100 White Bear Avenue, Maplewood.


Lake Elmo Jaycees annual Easter egg hunt & coloring

The Lake Elmo Jaycees are hosting their Annual Easter Egg Hunt and Egg Coloring event on Saturday March 26, 2016. This is a free event open to the community.

The egg hunt will take place at noon at the Lions Park playground area, 3525 Laverne Avenue, Lake Elmo. Plastic eggs will be filled with candy and some will have special tickets to redeem for prizes immediately following hunt.

Participants should arrive at least five to ten minutes before the hunt which starts with the sound of the noon fire station siren. 

Join us after the hunt in the fire hall across the street to dye and color hard boiled eggs to take home. Event will take place rain, snow or shine!

This is also a great volunteer opportunity for anyone looking for

a way to get involved in your community! Volunteers to help

set-up both areas are needed at 10 a.m. and will be done around 1 p.m.

For information, contact Kali Trinkner at (612) 655-4838.


Elder Tales with Duke Addicks

Duke Addicks, a 76-year-old Falcon Heights resident, began his historic series of elder tales on March 22 at 10:30 am at the Roseville Public Library. His stories are about real people who, in their elder years, made a difference in Minnesota’s pre-statehood fur trade era. For example, the first session was on the history of Pig’s Eye Landing, whiskey and how the landing become the City of St. Paul. 

Duke believes that elders can make a difference. Here are his presentations, followed by more about him: 

* April 19, 10:30 a.m. at the Maplewood Library: “Marguerite Bonga” 

Bonga was the first settler of African ancestry in St. Paul. She was a powerful fur trader along the Red River cart trail, a respected translator, a successful farmer and a Methodist missionary.

* May 24, 10:30 a.m. at the Roseville Library: “The Great Wabashas” 

The Wabashas were father and son -- leading Dakota chiefs. The father and his warriors kept the Upper Mississippi in British hands during the American Revolution. His son and successor was killed for refusing to sign a treaty granting Dakota lands east of the Mississippi to the Americans.

* June 21, 10:30 a.m. at the Maplewood Library: “Old Betsy and the battle at Battle Creek” 

A Dakota and popular helper to the French-Canadian settlers, Old Betsy single-handedly prevented the massacre of the people of Little Crow’s village on the Mississippi by the Ojibwe Chief Hole-in-the-Day the Elder. Her interference resulted in the June 25, 1842 battle between warriors at Pine Coulee, now called Battle Creek Regional Park in Maplewood.


Invasive plant patrol training

Invasive plant patrol training is a free program Monday, March 28, is for adults and families with older kids. This year it will not be hosted at Maplewood Nature Center. Instead, it will be at North St. Paul City Hall, 2400 Margaret Street N, St. Paul, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

You will learn how to help stop new invasive plants in their tracks. Early detection of infestations will prevent more buckthorn-like takeovers.   

In the first hour of the class, learn why we should care about invasive species, what we can do and how the patrol works. You will also meet the target species.

For those interested in open space monitoring, the training period of the class will last a little over two hours.   You can sharpen your plant identification skills with a hands-on plant lab and  learn how to mark locations and send in a report.   You can choose a site to monitor throughout the season.  Bring your own GPS unit or smart phone if you have one, and know how to find your GPS settings or location settings for your smart phone/smart phone camera before the class begins. 

This class is ideal for Master Naturalists & Gardeners, native plant enthusiasts, college students, older teens and adults wanting to make a difference in their local ecosystems.

 To register, call Carole Gernes, (651) 792-7977, or email: carole.gernes@rwmwd.org 


Citizen Science Day

Join current Maplewood Citizen Scientists and staff Saturday, April 2 from 10 a.m. to noon for a celebration and recruitment day at the Maplewood Nature Center, 2659 7th Street E., Maplewood.  It will be a jam-packed morning with a special presentation and monitor program overview. 

At 10 a.m. the Sandhill Cranes Presentation will begin.

Researcher David Wolfson will discuss his research on Sandhill cranes in northern Minnesota. Learn how he captures cranes and uses technology to learn habits and migration patterns of this ancient species.

From 11 a.m. to noon there will be a short overview of our citizen science volunteer opportunities.  Visit stations for open space, frog, bluebird, invasive plant and pollinator monitoring information and sign up to volunteer.  Get a jump on new volunteer orientation planned for Tuesday, April 12, by filling in your forms before leaving! 

This event is free. Adults and kids ages 12 and older may pre-register by Thursday, March 31.

To register online go to www.maplewoodnaturecenter. com  or call 651-249-2170.


Peer Advocate Volunteer

Assist Ramsey County Detoxification Center clients through peer support and informational services to support with recovery efforts. Contact Ramsey County Community Human Services-Volunteer Services at 651-266-4090 for additional information or e-mail humanservicesvolunteer@co.ramsey.mn.us.

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