Weekend planner: History presentation this weekend
FRIDAY, JAN. 9
FREE MEAL -- St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 920 Holley Ave., St. Paul Park, invites everyone to a free community dinner at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 9.
PRESCHOOL STORY TIME -- Preschool story time at Carpenter Nature Center, Denmark Township, meets from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 9. The January theme is "Shapes & Colors of Nature." Young children, ages 2 through 5 (with a parent or guardian), are introduced to nature through story, art, outdoor exploration and observation of live animals. The center is located at 12805 St. Croix Trail, Denmark Township. For details, call (651) 437-4359. A small fee is charged.
SATURDAY, JAN. 10
STUDENT PANEL ON COLLEGE -- A panel comprised of freshmen and sophomore college students will talk about their first years in college and answer questions from high school students from 3 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 10, at Park Grove Branch Library, 7900 Hemingway Ave., Cottage Grove. The program is open to all. For details, call the library, (651) 459-2040.
ERA OF STOCKYARDS -- Tom Kaliszewski, former employee of the Central Livestock Exchange, will present a video, "The Era of the Stockyards," at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 10, to members of the South Washington Heritage Society, St. Paul Park City Hall, 600 Portland Ave. The video features the history of the South St. Paul Stockyards, once the world's largest, since its beginnings in 1886 through its last day on April 11, 2008.
MOONLIGHT SNOWSHOE HIKE -- A full moon snowshoe hike is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 10, at Carpenter Nature Center, 12805 St. Croix Trail, Denmark Township. Afterward, warm up by the fire and enjoy fresh popcorn and hot apple cider. Snowshoes provided or take your own. If there's no snow, participants will explore without snowshoes. Dress appropriately for the weather; recommended for ages 10 and up. The fee is $5 for center members and $7 for non-members. For details, call (651) 437-4359.
TREE DISPOSAL -- Used Christmas trees can be dropped off at the Cottage Grove compost site, 9600 Glendenning Road at the following times and dates: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 10, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 11. The fee is $1 per tree or free with the donation of a canned food item for the Friends in Need Food Shelf, St. Paul Park. For details, call Rumpca Cos., (652) 459-1556.
SUNDAY, JAN. 11
VICTORIAN TEA, STYLE SHOW -- A Victorian tea and vintage style show is scheduled from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 11, at the Washington County Historic Courthouse, 101 West Pine Street, Stillwater. The event will feature live music, a four-course tea and a style show of clothing from the Victorian era to the 1970s. Tickets are $25 each and must be purchased in advance. Proceeds from the event will go towards restoration and projects at the Courthouse. For details, go to www.co.washington.mn.us/hc or call (651) 275-7075.
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 14
NEWPORT HERITAGE -- The 16th annual meeting of the Newport Heritage Preservation Commission is scheduled at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 14, at Newport City Hall, 596 Seventh Ave. A brief business meeting will be followed by a roundtable discussion on "Preserving Heritage and Natural Resources: The Legislative Agenda for 2009 (and Beyond). Refreshments will be served. Preregistration is required. Call Robert Vogel, preservation planner, at (800) 206-8704 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.