It can be hard to tell the bare trees apart without their full canopy of distinctive leaves. Join the folks at Tamarack Nature Center to learn a simple key to telling the bare apart, and then set out on a hike to test your new skills. Ages 5–adult. $6.50 per person. 1–2:30 p.m. Tamarack Nature Center, 5287 Otter Lake Road, White Bear Township; 651.407.5350; parks.co.ramsey.mn.us/tamarack.
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There’s a celebration going on at Tamarack this month. As the trees run thick with sap, join the naturalists in transforming sap to syrup. The step-by-step process is fascinating: drilling the trees, collecting the sap in buckets, boiling the sap into syrup in the evaporator and enjoying the results on pancakes or over snow, a delicious tradition. All ages. $7 per person. 1–4 p.m. Tamarack Nature Center, 5287 Otter Lake Road, White Bear Township; 651.407.5350; parks.co.ramsey.mn.us/tamarack.
We all want to do the best by our children. Kids can face a variety of challenges, from bullying to loss to learning, and parents’ job to support them to the best of our ability. Take advantage of this class to explore the one essential skill that every parent needs to encourage their children to thrive. $9. 6:30–8 p.m. District Center, Room 206, 4855 Bloom Ave., White Bear Lake; 651.407.7501; whitebearregistration.org.
For 60 years, the internationally acclaimed Army Field Band and Soldiers’ Chorus has been taking its music and patriotic spirit around the world. The band travels thousands of miles each year, performing at venues sponsored by local organizations. This is a special event in the Wildwood Artist Series and is not included in the season ticket package. Free, but tickets required. 7 p.m. St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church, 900 Stillwater Road, Mahtomedi; 651.269.9888; wildwoodartistseries.com.
Did you know that Minnesota law mandates that seniors 55 years and older must receive a 10 percent discount on insurance premiums if they take a defensive driving class? If you’ve already taken the full course, attend one of these refreshers to brush up. There are no written or driving tests; it’s simply a reminder of the best practices to ensure everyone is safe out there. Multiple times and dates are available, but the course only need be taken once. $25. 5–9 p.m. March 3, 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
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; parks.co.ramsey.mn.us/tamarack
Registration for the 2015 Best of White Bear Lake event has closed. Tickets will be available at the door and will be $20 per person.
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.
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 rclreads.org.