Education & Community

Owls: Masters of the Night

How much do you know about the owls that glide through cold Minnesota nights? Get up close and learn more about these amazing birds at Tamarack Nature Center. Meet and greet the resident owls, then take off on a hike to explore the habitat for signs of owl pellets, feathers and more, to explore the world of these incredible nighttime predators. Ages 5 and up. $6.50. 1–2:30 p.m. Tamarack Nature Center, 5287 Otter Lake Road, White Bear Township; 651.407.5350;

Liberty Classical Academy Campus Tour

Liberty Classical Academy will host a Liberty: All Access campus and program tour on December 17, 2014.  The tour is open to the public, providing a first-hand experience of how Liberty is achieving outstanding academic results by using the time-tested classical method.  The tour includes: observing students in the classroom; listening to a parent testimony of the Liberty experience; and a brief presentation by Liberty’s Headmaster, Rebekah Hagstrom, sharing the mission and vision of Liberty.

“A Year in Vietnam”

Vietnam veteran and helicopter mechanic Darryl LeMire leads this historical presentation about his experience in the war. Presented by the White Bear Lake Area Historical Society. Free. 2–3:30 p.m. White Bear Lake City Council Chambers, 4701 Highway 61, White Bear Lake; 651.407.5327; to register, go to

WBL Area Historical Society Annual Meeting, Dinner & Program

Join the annual meeting & dinner at the Lakeside Club.  The program will be followed by Krista Finstad Hanson, author of "Minnesota Open House: A Guide to Historic House Museums".

$34/person for the general public, $29/person for WBLAHS Members. Cash bar.  Each attendee will receive a WBLAHS 2015 Historic Photo Calendar.

Registration required:  651-407-5327, or online

Branching Out: Family Traditions

Second in the Branching Out series will be a session for sharing ideas for family recipes, traditions and keepsakes. White Bear Lake Area Historical Society member Jenni Corbett will present some ideas for celebrating holidays, recipe ideas and some special ways to keep your generations connected. Discussion is welcome and we'll do some creating too, so that you go home with something to keep you inspired.

History Day: Schools Around the Lake

Explore the early days of education in the White Bear and Mahtomedi school districts and learn about notable leaders such as early special education teacher Hattie Long. Sara Markoe Hanson, executive director of the White Bear Lake Area Historical Society, will present this program. Free. 2–3:30 p.m. White Bear Lake City Council Chambers, City Hall, 4701 Highway 61, White Bear Lake;

Fall Clean-Up Day

Bring in your unwanted items and the city of White Bear Lake will dispose of them. Old furniture, appliances, tires and fluorescent bulbs are accepted; please do not bring any hazardous waste. Proof of residency required. Fee charged based on the size and type of load. 7 a.m.–1 p.m. 4200 Hoffman Road, White Bear Lake; 651.429.8505;

Buckthorn Brigade

All you ever wanted to know about buckthorn! If you or your group is interested in controlling buckthorn at home or in Ramsey County parks, this informative hands-on program is for you. Participants will learn why these exotic species are invasive, how to identify common and smooth buckthorn, and how to control and dispose of buckthorn safely. Practice your new skills in the field, then enjoy a hot beverage before you head home!

Ages: 8 and up with an adult

Pre-registration required.


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