Council hosts meeting about community center
A sudden cardiac arrest program will be held during the Sartell Senior Connection at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12 in the Sartell Senior Center. It will be moderated by Suzie Osaki-Holm of the Central Minnesota Heart Center. Two survivors will tell their story of being saved by bystanders who provided cardiopulmonary resuscitation and paramedics who gave them several shocks with an automated external defibrillator. They will educate about sudden cardiac arrest and how it differs from a heart attack. There will be a CPR and AED demonstration as well as time for questions. Refreshments will be served. No registration is required. Visit the Sartell Senior Connection website at Sartell Senior Connection.com or call 320-260-4817 for more information.
Wanted: former dancers
Wanted: Former dancers of the Sartell-St. Stephen Community Education Danceline.
The program’s director, Shelly Teff, (see related story) is asking everyone’s help to contact as many as possible of the thousands of dancers who were in the program during the past 25 years.
Teff would like to have them dance together during the annual spring show, which will also be the program’s 25th birthday bash. The dancers will gather for a quick-and-easy alumni rehearsal 7-9 p.m. Friday, April 19 for the show, which is set for the next day, at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, April 20 at Sartell High School.
Danceline alumni can check out the danceline’s Facebook on the Sartell St. Stephen Community Education website: www.sartell.k12.mn.us/community-education. For more information, they can also call the community-education office at 253-4036.
Pastiche, the faculty chamber music ensemble from the College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University, will present a concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9 in Escher Auditorium in the Benedicta Arts Center on the campus of the College of St. Benedict. The program will feature a wide variety of music from Bach, Beethoven and Puccini to David Evan Thomas, Duke Ellington and others. Featured performers include David Arnott (violin), Andrea Fedele (oboe), Carolyn Finley (mezzo-soprano), Marcie Hagen Givens (soprano), Ted Godbout (piano), Amy Grinsteiner (piano), Patricia Kent (soprano), Lucia Magney (cello), Bruce Thornton (clarinet and flute) and Edward Turley (piano). 320-363-5777.
Candlelight trails night set Feb. 15
Come enjoy an evening by candlelight in Charles Lindbergh State Park from 6- 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15. Participants can ski, snowshoe or hike 1.4 miles of trails with candle luminaries set along the way to guide their path. Afterward, visitors can relax in a 1938 wood-heated log-cabin-style shelter building.
The lit trails will meander through stands of pine, oak and aspen and over Pike Creek. Ski rentals are available in Little Falls. Snowshoe rentals and vehicle permits are available at the park office.
A Minnesota State Parks vehicle permit is required to enter the park, but no additional charges or registration is necessary to participate in this event.
In case of bad weather a message will be left on the park’s answering machine stating if the event will be cancelled.
Please call the park at (320) 616-2525 for more event or area ski-rental information. The park is located at 1615 Lindbergh Drive S., on the southwest side of Little Falls.
Volunteers sought for reading, math support
St. Cloud Area Schools #742 needs volunteers to assist students with their reading fluency and comprehension as well as their basic math skills. Volunteers should know basic math as well as have experience with reading. Volunteers will have the opportunity to gain experience working with English Language Learners while developing unique relationships with youth. Volunteers will complete: volunteer application, criminal background check and volunteer in education orientation. Contact Sonia Dickrell, Volunteer Coordinator at 320-529-6500.
SCSU Women on Wednesday sets spring schedule
The Women’s Center at St. Cloud State University is focused on “Compelling Voices: Decades of Courage and Activism” for the spring schedule of the long-running Women on Wednesday series. “Women of Color Students: Voices from SCSU” takes place from noon-1 p.m. Feb. 6 in the Atwood Memorial Center Theatre. Amee Vang, a junior majoring in Math Education and minoring in Women’s Studies, and the 2012 recipient of the Newman Civic Fellows Award for activism and civic engagement, will moderate a student panel of SCSU women of color as they voice their perspectives.
All lectures will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesdays in the Atwood Memorial Center Theatre, SCSU campus. Admission is free and open to the public.
Feb. 13 – 15 years of V-Day: “Until the Violence Stops”
The screening of “Until the Violence Stops” will feature playwright and activist Eve Ensler and document how “The Vagina Monologues” grew into an international grassroots movement called V-Day to stop violence against women and girls. The film documents abuse ranging from rape to female circumcision and promotes dialogue in the healing process.
Feb. 20 – One Woman’s Role in Brown vs. Board of Education: The Life of Dr. Mamie Phipps Clark
Debra Leigh, founder and lead educator for the Community Anti-Racism Education Initiative (C.A.R.E.) at St. Cloud State University, will discuss the impact Dr. Phipps Clark’s research on the negative impacts of segregation and its influence the Brown case, leading to access to equal education.
Feb. 27 – 40 Years of Title IX: A National Champion’s Story
Cheryl Reeve, head coach of the Minnesota Lynx, will share the story of her career as an athlete and coach, including her experience coaching the winning Lynx in the 2011 WNBA national championship.
March 6 – Recent Activism through the Occupy Movement Improving Women’s Lives
Cat Salonek, a community organizer with Occupy Homes MN in Minneapolis, will discuss organizing for social justice as a St. Cloud State student and her recent formation of Occupy Homes MN, an organization to defend community members from foreclosures and unjust evictions.
March 20 – Responding to Clinic Violence: Profiles of Courage and the FACE Act
Sonia Brummer, clinic escort program coordinator for NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota, and Terry Sallas Merritt, executive director of Whole Women’s Health, will discuss the need for legal protections for clinic patients and staff, the realities of clinic violence and the role of volunteers.
March 27 – Challenging Violence against Women: Local Leaders Share their Stories
Maxine Barnett, retired executive director of Anna Marie’s Alliance, formerly the Central Minnesota Task Force on Battered Women, and Peggy LaDue, executive director of the Central Minnesota Sexual Assault Center, will cover Minnesota’s progressive approaches to the battered women’s and anti-rape movements in the 1970s, local support groups and resources and the impact of the Violence against Women Act.
April 3 – Women’s Safety and Security: What is the Status of Violence Against Women on Campus?
Roberta Gibbons, assistant professor in human services at Metro State University, will discuss the impact of Title IX on college sports opportunities for women, as well as its role in improving women’s safety on campus. The lecture will cover the Clery Act, Victims’ Bill of Rights and a blueprint for women’s safety, called the SAFE Act.
April 10 – Ushering in The Safe Harbor Act: Stopping Sex Trafficking and Prostitution
Joy Friedman, education/training and outreach manager of Breaking Free, and Noelle Volin, staff attorney and public policy manager for Breaking Free, will discuss Minnesota’s Safe Harbor legislation, a victim-centered law that includes protections for minors exploited in prostitution, and offer other criminal justice system updates.
Granite City Ice Fishing Derby set for Feb. 9
The third annual Granite City Ice Fishing Derby will be held Saturday, Feb. 9 on Pleasant Lake, between St. Cloud and Rockville. Registration starts at 10 a.m., with fishing from noon-3 p.m. More than $10,000 in prizes could be distributed to participants, including portable fish houses, augers, fish locators and much more.
Last two years the event attracted more than 200 participants per year. Many fish of all species were caught. In 2011, the largest fish was caught by a Scout from Becker, Minn. This year, with prizes increased, an even larger field of participants is expected.
Youth and adults are invited and encouraged to attend the event, which will also feature concessions, warming locations, kids’ activities and a designated spectator area. Participants are encouraged to register by Feb. 1 for a discounted rate, by visiting www.bsacmc.org, and clicking on Granite City Ice Derby.
Proceeds of the event will benefit local youth outdoor activities. To find out more about the event, visit www.bsacmc.org, or call the Central MN Council Boy Scouts of America office at 320-251-3930.
Meditation, yoga classes offered at CentraCare Health Plaza
Learn ways to manage the demands and stress you face in life and how to live life with increased contentment by participating in a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction course from 6-8:30 p.m. Tuesday evenings through March 26 in the Meditation Chapel at CentraCare Health Plaza. Use the Woodlands entrance. There will be an all-day retreat Saturday, March 16.
This clinically proven, eight-week program is designed for and can be helpful to everyone, including those who experience: anxiety, depression, life transitions, the demands of care giving, attention deficits, chronic pain, illness, eating disorders, cardiac disease, grief, spiritual emptiness and all who find it difficult to establish balance in their everyday lifestyles.
Joyful yoga classes are offered from 4-5 p.m. and from 6-7 p.m. Thursdays, in the Meditation Room at CentraCare Health Plaza. Cost is $5 per session for cancer survivors; $80 for an eight-week session and a $15 drop-in fee for those who come occasionally. Please wear comfortable, non-binding clothing. You are welcome to use one of the yoga mats and blankets onsite or bring your own. The CentraCare Health Foundation helps support this program.
For more information or to register, call Patsy Murphy at 320-290-2155 or e-mail email@example.com.
Wellness Expo is now accepting exhibitors
The Central Minnesota Wellness Expo is scheduled from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 2 in the River’s Edge Convention Center, St. Cloud. Admission is free and open to the public. The Expo will feature local experts exhibiting and speaking on a variety of topics including health, fitness, feeling and looking your best, financial well-being and incorporating wellness into your overall life.
“I am passionate about bringing improved wellness to the Central Minnesota area,” said event founder Rachel Lolmasteymaugh. “This Wellness Expo is an opportunity for anyone in the community to have conversations with experts and learn more about how our local businesses and organizations want to help everyone lead healthier lives in 2013.” Lolmasteymaugh is a Sartell resident and owner-operator of a small business – RP Enterprises. Since moving to Sartell and starting her business in 2005, she has become involved with the St. Cloud Chamber of Commerce.
All businesses and organizations are invited to take advantage of this unique opportunity to showcase themselves at this event. Attendance is expected to exceed 1,500 people. In addition to more than 100 booth spaces, stage times are available for speakers and fitness demonstrations. Due to the variety of fields already participating, a limited number of booths are available per industry.
Fields represented at the first annual event in 2012 included healthy home options, nutrition, dental care, alternative healing, chiropractic care and emotional health. A speaker schedule will be released later this month. To reserve a booth space, discuss sponsorship opportunities or to learn more, visit www.CentralMnWellnessExpo.com, or contact Rachel Lolmasteymaugh at 320-282-6192.