BULLETIN BOARD: Oakdale, Lake Elmo, Maplewood & Ramsey Co. Review - July 24th, 2019

The Class A Women’s winning team pose at the 2018 Huff N’ Puff Days. (courtesy JCI Lake Elmo)

North St. Paul

Food truck & live music night

The community can address concerns with the Parks and Recreation Commission as it hosts a food and music event before its meeting. People can grab a bite from the food truck and listen to Any Day Now perform live. The event is set for Wednesday, July 24 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Hause Park. In case of rain or severe weather, the meeting will move to the city hall in North St. Paul. The address is 2616 Fourth Ave.


Music in the park series 

Variety cover band MT Pockets will perform Thursday, July 25 at Casey Lake Park at 2616 Fourth Ave. The free concert will be at the pavilion from 7 to 8:30 p.m.


History Cruze Car Show

Every week in the summer, Seventh Avenue turns into “Fabulous Friday” featuring a classic car show, food and music. The event is in downtown North St. Paul from 6 to 10 p.m. Fridays in the summer. The History Cruzers are looking for “Yellow Shirt” volunteers, whether it be one day or every Friday. Call Paul Houliston at 651-210-9645 to volunteer. 



American Legion 100th anniversary dinner

The public is invited to celebrate this milestone on Saturday, Aug. 3. Tickets are $20 and are available at the legion’s bar, pull tab window, and from various members. A social hour will take place from 4 to 5 p.m. with food service at 5:30 p.m. Beef brisket, pork tenderloin, vegetables, mashed potatoes and dinner rolls will be served. A program will follow the dinner. The address is 2678 Seventh Ave. E.



Lake Elmo

Yoga in the park

For $7, yogis of all levels over age 14 can practice evening yoga at the Lake Elmo Park Reserve on Thursday, July 25 and Aug. 1. The event is from 6 to 7 p.m. and participants can register until the day of. The address is 1515 Keats Ave. N. In case of rain, the class will be held at the Nordic Center, between Lake Elmo and Eagle Point Lake.


Campfire program

Lake Elmo Park Reserve is hosting a campfire nature program on Saturday, August 3 from 7:15 to 8 p.m. The event, at the outdoor amphitheater, is free with a vehicle permit. The event is located at 1515 Keats Ave. N.


North St. Paul class reunions

North High School’s class of 1979 is having its 40th class reunion on Saturday, Aug. 17 from 6:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Dugout Bar in Mahtomedi. There is no cost to attend, but a cash bar and food are available to purchase. More information can be found at the Facebook page “Joe Polar.”   

The 55th class reunion of North High School’s class of 1964 is also on Saturday, Aug. 17. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. at the North St. Paul VFW hall, located at 2483 E 7th Ave. N.

The school’s class of 1969 has a three-day 50th reunion from Aug. 9 to 11. On Friday, Aug. 9 there is a meet-and-greet with a cash bar at Jakeís City Grille in Plymouth at 96 Mahtomedi Ave. from 6:30 p.m. to 2 a.m On Saturday, Aug. 10 there will be a social hour, cash bar, dinner and dancing at Crowne Plaza from 5 p.m. to midnight. A brunch at Crowne Plaza will be from 7 a.m. to noon for $17. People must pre-register at north-polars-1969.com, where they can also find more details about the event. 


Huff N’ Puff Days

The annual Lake Elmo four-day softball tournament will take place from Aug. 8 to 11 at Lions Park and other ball fields around the area. Teams can find a detailed schedule and register online at www.lakeelmojaycees.org until Aug. 4. 

Ninety-six teams are set to play this year, with events happening Thursday and Friday evening and all day Saturday and Sunday. Games will be played at Lions Park, VFW Field, Bielenberg Softball Fields, McKnight Softball Fields, Stillwater Jaycees Field and Lily Lake. Food, drinks, and merchandise will be available. 

The 32 available spots for the women’s division have been filled but the group is accepting waitlist applicants to potentially make additional teams. Visitors can go to the event’s ticket booth to get a free entry slip for prize drawings. A medallion hunt will give visitors more to do throughout the weekend, and the first clue will be published on Sunday, July 28. The winner will get a cash prize. 

Huff N’ Puff Days is located at 3525 Laverne Ave. The event is hosted by JCI Lake Elmo, a group of young community members focused on giving back to the community.



Night To Unite

North St. Paul, Lake Elmo, Maplewood and Oakdale residents can bring the fun of Night To Unite, previously called National Night Out, to their blocks this year.

This annual nationwide block party event is on Tuesday, Aug. 6. North St. Paul residents can request for police to attend their event at www.northstpaul.org. 

To request a police visit in Lake Elmo, residents can call 651-430-7899 or visit www.co.washington.mn.us to fill out a form.  

The city of Maplewood has a complete map of the area’s parties that night, which run from 5 to 9 p.m. Neighbors can register their block party at the city’s website, which is maplewoodmn.gov.

To have Oakdale police visit a block party, people can fill out a form at www.ci.oakdale.mn.us.



Oakdale events

Farmers market

Pick up fresh items from 2 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 24 and 31 at the weekly farmers market. The event will take place in the parking lot of Walton Park/Oakdale City Hall at 1584 Hadley Ave N. every Wednesday until Oct. 2. Available items include fruits and vegetables, flowers, bread, coffee and more. Attendees can enter their name to win a vendor gift basket.


Curious Critters Club nature program

Children aged 3 to 12 can register online to learn about bats, birds and seeds at the Oakdale Discovery Center at 4444 Hadley Avenue North. Games, songs, stories, and crafts are part of the Friday, July 26 event from 9:30 to 11 a.m. 


Tower Park water slide & food drive

Grab a towel, pack a lunch, and spend the afternoon at Oakdale’s Tower Park waterslide. The free event is from 1 to 3 p.m. at Eighth St. Ln. N. on Friday, July 26. A food drive will be accepting non-perishable food items for the food shelf. All children must be accompanied by an adult.


Amphitheater series 

On select Thursdays in the summer, join The Discovery Center Amphitheater in an all-ages program called “Snake Discovery” from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday, August 1. The event is free, and in case of rain the program will be moved inside to the 4444 Hadley Ave. N. building.



Touch A Truck

Get up close with a police car, firetruck, garbage truck, limo, ambulance, school bus, snow plow and more at the Maplewood Community Center. A K9, free hot dogs, and nature activities will also be at the event. It is on Wednesday, July 24 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at 2100 White Bear Ave. Admission is free.


Meet the animals

People of all ages can learn about Minnesota’s wild animals like snakes, salamanders, and toads. The Saturday, July 27 event is free but participants must register online by Friday, July 26. The event runs from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Maplewood Nature Center, located at 2659 East Seventh St.


Dazzling Dragonflies & Damselflies

The Maplewood Nature Center, at 2659 East Seventh St., is providing nets and magnifying glasses for children to catch dragonflies and damselflies in the gardens and prairie. On Wednesday, Aug 2 from 10 to 11 a.m., children ages 3 to 8 with an adult can capture and observe the creatures. The event is free, but participants are asked to register online at www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com or call 651-249-2170 by Thursday, Aug. 1. The activity number is 16453.

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