Sports, Health & Wellness

Open Skating

Even as the ice starts melting and slush takes over the landscape, the opportunities to lace up those ice skates are not over. Head to the White Bear Lake Sports Center on weekdays and Sundays to do a couple jumps and spins, or simply slides if that’s where your skill level is. No skates? No problem! Skate rental is available for $2. Open skate times are subject to school and holiday calendars. $5 for adults, $3 for children. 9–11 a.m. Monday–Friday, 1–3 p.m. Sundays. Read more about Open Skating

Half-Fast Half-Marathon

You might not be up for a full marathon, but you still deserve the bragging rights that come with running in February. Try out a half-marathon and earn the right to say that you ran “half-fast” this weekend. Register before February 7 to receive a long-sleeved T-shirt with those words emblazoned across the front. Packet pickup begins February 19 (10 a.m.–8 p.m.) and 20 (10 a.m.–6 p.m.) at Tri Fitness, 1340 Highway 96 E., White Bear Lake. The race begins and ends near Sak’s Sports Bar. A 10K and 5K are also available. $40–$65. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., races begin at 9 a.m. Read more about Half-Fast Half-Marathon

Sweetheart Run

Romance and running may seem like an odd couple, but the Sweetheart Run in Mahtomedi has been making it work for seven years. Whether your type of race is a 5K or a 10-mile, the Sweetheart Run has your match. A kid’s half-mile fun run is also available. All finishers will receive long-sleeved T-shirts, and the overall top male and female runners will be rewarded with trophies and cupcakes. $30–$40. Packet pick-up and registration begin at 8 a.m., race is at 9 a.m. St. Read more about Sweetheart Run

Twin Cities Snow Shuffle

The biggest snowshoe race in Minnesota is brought to you right here in the Twin Cities. Participants come from near and far to participate in this challenging trek, open to hikers of all ages and abilities. Races include a 10K, 5K, kids’ fun run and a 5K dog walk. For serious snowshoers, the Twin Cities Snow Shuffle is a regional qualifier for the US Snowshoe Association’s 2015 Dion National Snowshoe Championship race. Whether you’re racing, walking or just cheering on the competitors, this event celebrates the beauty of a Minnesota winter. $20–$40. Read more about Twin Cities Snow Shuffle

Santa Skate!

Santa Claus is coming to town! Join Santa and the White Bear Lake Sports Center for the annual Santa Skate December 21st 2014 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm! There are games, crafts and skating. It's the most wonderful time of the year!
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Scare in White Bear 5K

Run in costume at Tri Fitness’ Scare in White Bear 5K, which will begin at West Park and travel along scenic Lake Avenue. Participants can enjoy complimentary hot cider and cocoa from Caribou Coffee. The event will be chip-timed by Final Time Inc. $35. 7 p.m. West Park, 4958 Lake St., White Bear Lake; trifitnesswbl.com
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The Meaning of Empowerment: The Slippery Slope of Incapacity

Many baby-boomers worry about the care needs for an elderly parent.  Their parents may live with the uncertainty of chronic illness and disability and have a whole host of planning issues.  However, either caregivers are overwhelmed with conflicting information or don't know where to seek help.  Such a lack of information, or the wealth of conflicting information, adds to their anxiety about caring for an elderly parent.  Indeed, it takes a team to protect an elderly person and every aspect of planning should be addressed. Read more about The Meaning of Empowerment: The Slippery Slope of Incapacity

Pine Tree Run

Not a tennis fan? No problem. You can still participate in the Pine Tree Apple Tennis Classic run. Pick the 10K run, 5K run/walk or the kids’ fun run. The certified 10K and 5K courses run along scenic Birch Lake. Register before August 5 for discount. 10K $40, 5K $35, Kids’ fun run $10. 7 a.m. Life Time Fitness, 4800 White Bear Parkway, White Bear Lake; 651.855.2835; childrensmn.org
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Pine Tree Apple Tennis Classic

Over the past 29 years, the Pine Tree Apple Tennis Classic has raised more than $4.4 million for children’s cancer research. This year, the tournament will once again be welcoming back more than 110 of the area’s top men and women tennis players. Watch the matches while supporting the cause. $15 for individual four-day ticket, $30 for family. Life Time Fitness, 4800 White Bear Parkway, White Bear Lake; 612.813.7215; childrensmn.org
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