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Weekend planner: Family skate night Saturday


RELAY FOR LIFE OPEN HOUSE -- Planning is underway for the 2009 Relay for Life of the Cottage Grove Area, which is scheduled to begin Friday, July 10. Everyone is invited to learn more about the 12-hour walk for cancer at an open house, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 15, at The Alley Church, 7955 Ivystone Ave. in Cottage Grove. Visitors will learn about the planning committee, starting a team, volunteering at the Relay or becoming an event sponsor. For details, call co-chair Alesha Schutz at (651) 503-3047 or e-mail or co-chair Cyndie Leary at (651) 493-7868 or e-mail


LEAVE NO TRACE -- At 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 17, an educator from REI will present a free educational program called PEAK, which teaches kids about the environment, outdoor recreation, and the seven principles of Leave No Trace that help minimize human impacts while they enjoy the outdoors. Participants will use the PEAK Pack -- a backpack filled with the essential gear for outdoor adventure, according to the press release. For details, call the Lake Elmo Contact Station at (651) 430-8370.

Lake Elmo Park Reserve is located at the intersection of County Roads 19 and 10, one-mile north of Interstate 94 in Lake Elmo. The program will be held in the Trailhead Ski Shelter; parking is $5 per vehicle.

FAMILY SKATE NIGHT -- The Cottage Grove Recreation Department is hosting a family skate night from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, at Highlands Park pond, 70th Street and Idsen Avenue. In case of inclement weather, family skate night will be rescheduled to Saturday, Jan. 31. Participants skate free; the Rec Department will provide the campfire and hot chocolate. For details, call Tamara at (651) 458-3400.


HOCKEY DINNER -- The Park High School boys hockey team will host its annual spaghetti dinner from 12 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 18, at the Cottage Grove VFW Post 8752 Red Barn, 9260 East Point Douglas Road, Cottage Grove. All are invited. The cost is an $8 donation; Wolfpups, under 6 years, eat free when accompanied by a paying adult.


LIFE IN EARLY COTTAGE GROVE -- Longtime local residents and historians Frankie Ratzlaff and Beverly Gross will give visitors a glimpse of life in the early days of Old Cottage Grove and one of its well known homes, the Cedarhurst Mansion, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 20, at the Denmark Town Hall, 90th and Oakgreen streets, in south Washington County. Everyone is invited to attend the free program sponsored by the Denmark Township Historical Society. For details, call society president Jean Boyd at (651) 436-8031.