Education & Community

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.

More Free eBooks @ Your Library

Thanks to a new partnership between the Metropolitan Library Services Agency  (MELSA) and 3M Library Systems, users of the 100 metro public libraries in the seven-country metro now have free and fast access to thousands of additional eBooks.

To celebrate there will be a demonstration open to the public at the George Latimer Central Library in downtown St. Paul at 9 a.m. on Thursday, September 4 and pop-up stands providing more information at Park and Rides and Farmers’ Markets.

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.

White Bear Lake – Land of Lakes and Legends

The community of White Bear Lake is known as the “Land of Lakes and Legends”.  The lakes are obvious, but what are those many legends?  Join us to hear more about the legends that make our area unique – some real and some more imaginative.

Schools Around the Lake

The communities around White Bear Lake have a long history of quality education.  Through an illustrated program we will explore the early days of education in the White Bear and Mahtomedi School Districts, the innovative buildings and programs as well as several notable and influential leaders such as early special education teacher, Hattie Long.

White Bear Township Day

The seventh annual White Bear Township Day will feature free music and entertainment. Last year, the event brought in 2,500 music lovers, and higher attendance is expected this year. In addition to the tunes, the celebration will feature kids’ activities, food and beverages, arts and crafts by local artists and a historical display. Musical groups include the Katy Vernon Band, Roxxy Hall Band, and Rubber Soul, a Beatles tribute band. The evening will conclude with a firework display. Free. 2 p.m.


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