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Upcoming community meetings

May 21

How to host your own National Night Out

Cottage Grove citizens interested in hosting a National Night Out/Night to Unite party in their own neighborhood are invited to learn the details from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 21, at Kingston Park, in Cottage Grove.

There will be complimentary pizza, cookies and beverages while supplies last, according to a press release. There is no obligation to sign up. For details, call Community Affairs Officer Gail Griffith, at (651) 458-6025.

Thai cooking, nursing homes

School District 833 Community Education is offering a class in Thai cuisine and nursing homes on Thursday, May 21, at Cottage Grove Junior High School. To register, go to or call (651) 458-6607.

N "Authentic Thai Cuisine" will meet from 6 to 9 p.m. Participants will prepare several dishes and find out how to buy and what to look for in fresh ingredients. The cost is $25.

N "What Happens If I Need a Nursing Home" meets from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The cost is $15.

May 26

Newport Elementary Band and Choir Concert

The choir and band from Newport Elementary School will perform at the South Washington Senior Center, in Cottage Grove, at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 26. Everyone is invited to attend.

The Senior Center is located at 8400 East Point Douglas Road, in Cottage Grove. For details, call (651) 458-6650.

Sierra Club focuses on open space

The next meeting of The Sierra Club's St. Croix Valley Interstate Group is 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 26, in the Community Room on the second floor of the Hudson Municipal Building, 911 Fourth St., in Hudson, Wis. This month's program will be about preserving and protecting open space and the quality of life in the St. Croix Valley region. Meetings are held on the last Tuesday of each month and are open to the public. For details, contact Carol Hardin at (715) 386-7032 or e-mail

May 27

Health, fitness day for seniors

The Southeast Area YMCA, at 2175 Radio Drive, in Woodbury, is hosting National Seniors Health and Fitness Day from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 27.

The event is free and open to all seniors, 65 years and older. The Active Older Adult Fitness Jam -- a demonstration of the Y's senior exercise classes -- begins at 1:30 p.m. demonstrating a variety of movement classes available to seniors. Other activities will include a performance by the Y's Sassy Sisters, senior fitness testing and fall risk assessments. For details, call the Y at (651) 731-9507. A photo ID is required for admittance to the YMCA.

May 28

Dining-to-Donate for Heather's House

For those who wish to donate to Heather's House -- a foundation created to raise funds to buy and operate a home in the southeast metro for developmentally challenged young women -- Applebee's is sponsoring a Dining-To-Donate day on Thursday, May 28, at 8380 East Point Douglas Drive, in Cottage Grove. When you buy a meal, the restaurant will donate 20 percent of the bill to Heather's House. To participate, you must submit a coupon which can be downloaded at For details, call (651) 497-5261.

Career transitions

Joan Runnheim Olson will present "Ramping Up your Job Search" at the Thursday, May 28 meeting of the Career Transition Connection. The meeting runs from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Woodbury Lutheran Church, 7380 Afton Road. All are invited for networking, discussion and refreshments. Also, on May 28 Nancy Branton will review resumes from 6 to 7:30 p.m. For details, call the church at (651) 739-5144.