BULLETIN BOARD: Oakdale, Lake Elmo, Maplewood & Ramsey Co. Review - December 5, 2018

LifePoint Church Christmas Hope event

LifePoint Church hosts Christmas Hope 2018 Wednesday, Dec. 12 starting at 5 p.m. Guardians choose a toy for children ages 0-16, choose winter gear like hats, gloves and socks for children, and enjoy live music, food and shopping. Registration is required by noon on Saturday, Dec. 1. Register at lifepointmn.org/outreach/christmas-hope. LifePoint Church is located at 2220 Edgerton St in Maplewood. For more information call 651-774-8609.


UCare Medicare questions event

UCare hosts its Medicare Meetups at the Maplewood Community Center starting at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec 11. Have questions about your Medicare plan options? Good. Because at UCare, there are health plan figure-outers. They de-complicate Medicare and show you how to pick a plan that’s right for you. They are eager to answer your questions at our Medicare Meetups. They will review the benefits of each plan so you can choose the one that best fits your budget and lifestyle. Get all your health benefits in one plan. Reserve a spot online at https://www.ucare.org/rsvp-maplewood/default.aspx or call 1-888-236-0774. The Maplewood Community Center is located at 2100 White Bear Ave in Maplewood. For more information call 651-747-0922.


Oakdale Library events

All ages Harry Potter escape room: The escape starts at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8. The popular Harry Potter Escape Room is back at Oakdale Library, and this time it’s open to all ages! Put what you learned at Hogwarts to the test. You and your team will have 30 minutes to escape from a crazy professor’s office before it’s too late. You’ll need your puzzle-solving skills, a couple of friends, and a bit of magic to get out. Please call the Oakdale Library at 651-730-0504 to register for a time slot. Time slots are available between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Groups of four are ideal. Maximum group size is six. Although the Escape Room is open to all ages, the puzzles are intended for an older audience. Adult participation is recommended for children under 11.

Art for Teens: Safety pins wrist cuffs starts at 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14. Use beads, safety pins, and elastic to create your own unique wrist cuff/bracelet at Oakdale Library! Perfect for yourself or a gift. No artistic ability is needed to enjoy this activity. For ages 11 and up. Registration required. Register online at WashCoLib.org/Events, at the library Information Desk, or by calling 651-730-0504.

Game On!: A Game Night for Adults starts at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec 20. Come play tabletop games with fellow game enthusiasts! The Oakdale Library will provide games ranging from Uno and Connect Four to Splendor and Carcassonne, or you can bring your own to share.

Oakdale Library is located at 1010 Heron Ave N in Oakdale. For more information call 6510730-0504. 


Lake Elmo Park Reserve Events

Guided morning bird hike: The Lake Elmo Park Reserve hosts a guided morning bird hik Saturday, Dec. 8 starting at 9 a.m. Learn to identify the birds that call the St. Croix Valley home and contribute to citizen science data collection by completing bird count surveys with the guide. The surveys collected will assist the Washington Countyís Natural Resources team and related work in conjunction with the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Fund grant. This is a one-hour guided hike; meet in the Nordic Center foyer. The hike will traverse turf, gravel, and paved trail depending on trail conditions. Participants should bring binoculars and dress for hiking and the weather. This program is free with a parks vehicle permit - $7 daily or $30 annually - and is open to people of all ages and abilities. ADA accommodations can be made as needed. All minors must be accompanied by an adult. 

Guided fitness hike: The hike starts at 9 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 6. The one-hour hikes involve a warm-up and fitness challenges along the way. Trails are a mix of turf, gravel, grass, snow, and pavement depending on trail conditions, time of year, and location. Plan to arrive 10 minutes early. If light rain or snow, hike will go on as scheduled. The program is for those ages 13 and older. All minors must be accompanied by an adult. All guided fitness hikes are at the Lake Elmo Park Reserve Thursdays from 9 to 10 a.m. and will meet at the Nordic Center. These programs are free with a parks vehicle permit — $7 day or $30 annual — with the exception of Free Tuesdays.

Lake Elmo Park Reserve is located at 1515 Keats Ave N in Lake Elmo. For more information call 651-430-8370. 


Maplewood Nature Center events

December Brrd-count: Brrrd-count is Saturday, Dec. 15 starting at 9:30 a.m. at the Maplewood Nature Center. Its for ages 14 and older. Drop in to watch and record winter birds on trails or at feeders. Enter your sightings into eBird or hand-write a list for the naturalist. Double the fun by renting a pair of snowshoes for $5/pair if there is six inches of snow on the ground. It is a free drop-in program. 

Holiday Pollinator Felting Craft: Maplewood Nature Center hosts Holiday Pollinator Felting Craft Tuesday, Dec 18 starting at 3 p.m. The event is for adults and for children ages 10 and over who are with an adult. Learn about three native bees, then use cookie cutters and wool to make a simple bee or butterfly. It’s great for homeschoolers. Attendance costs $5 per person and registration is required by Friday, Dec 14. Register at maplewoodnaturecenter.com or call 651-249-2170.

Nature Hangout: This drop-off program for only youth ages 7-11, Nature Hangout will be held Wednesday, Dec 22 starting at 1 p.m. Parents can get some holiday preparation work done while we go outdoors all together for a treasure hunt, then back inside to meet live animals, and a craft. Dress for the weather. There will be snowshoeing if there is snow. Registration is required by Thursday, December 20th and costs $25 per youth. Register at www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com, or call 651-249-2170.

S’more Nature Fun: This will be held Saturday, Dec. 29 starting at 1:30 p.m. It is fun to be outside in the wintertime. Take a hike or snowshoe down to the pond for a fun exploration then make S’mores.  

It is $5 a person. Register by Thursday, Dec. 28 at www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com or call 651-249-2170.

Maplewood Nature Center is located at 2659 E. Seventh St., in Maplewood. For information call 651-249-2170.


Santa’s Workshop party

Maplewood Community Center hosts its annual Santa’s Workshop Party Friday, Dec 7 starting at 6 p.m. Santa will be stopping by, so make sure to bring your wish list and camera. Join in for holiday treats and activities, games, arts, crafts, holiday stories and more. Bring a non perishable food donation and unwrapped gift for Toys for Tots and receive a special prize. The cost is $5 per child. Each child must be accompanied by an adult. Adults re free, but in the interest of space, please limit adults to two per family. Pre-registration is required on the website apm.activecommunities.com/maplewoodmn/. Maplewood Community Center is located at 2100 White Bear Ave in Maplewood. For more information call 651-747-0922. 


Breakfast with Santa and friends

The Maplewood Area Historical Society hosts Breakfast with Santa & Friends at Bruentrup Heritage Farm Dec. 9 starting at 9 a.m. The Maplewood Area Historical Society invites you to enjoy a delicious pancake breakfast with all the fixings. Four reserved seating times are available at 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and noon. The stately farm house will be decorated top to bottom, and Santa Claus will be on-site in our historic barn. Snap a picture with Santa and make some crafts, too. Admission is $10 per person, with a $1 charge for children 2 and under. Purchase tickets online at www.MaplewoodHistoricalSociety.org or call Mary at 651-330-3862. Bruentrup Heritage Farm is located at 2170 County Rd E in Maplewood.

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