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Washington County will conduct confidential document shredding at the county's Environmental Center 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7. The Environmental Center is at 4039 Cottage Grove Drive, Woodbury and provides residents with a free and convenient disposal option for household hazardous waste, electronics and recyclables year-round. The center is open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The center accepts household hazardous waste, electronics and recyclables.
Circus of the Heart, an annual celebration of adoption will take place 1-4 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 4, at Northern Star Scouting Base Camp in St. Paul. A critical shortage of foster and adoptive parents in Minnesota exists. On any given day in Minnesota, there are over 10,000 children in foster care and 820 waiting to be adopted. Learn about resources available to foster and adoptive families. Hear the success stories of local children and families who have experienced adoption.
An informational meeting for those interested in foster care in Washington County is 6-8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5, in lower level room 16 at the Washington County Government Center in Stillwater. The licensing process begins at no cost. Several foster care options are offered, including:
Explore the Washington County Parks trail system with guided fitness hikes. The next hike will be 9-10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, at Lake Elmo Park Reserve.
An open house on the future Central Greenway Regional Trail — Lake Elmo segment will be 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, at the Stillwater Area High School cafeteria.
Ideal Credit Union launched a digital banking platform designed to enhance security and offer expanded features and functionality, including personalization, customizable notifications, touch ID and face recognition, and more.
Veterans in Washington County will soon have two vans, provided by the Disabled American Veterans of Minnesota, that will be used by volunteers to transport military veterans to Veterans Affairs medical facilities for free. The Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Health Care System provides for the health care needs of veterans in Minnesota. DAV MN is a nonprofit charity and veterans service organization that provides lifetime support for veterans and their families.
The 16th annual Rock, Gem, Mineral, Agate and Fossil Show will be held 10 a.m to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, at the Cottage Grove National Guard Training and Community Center, 8180 Belden Blvd.
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