Lace up your running shoes and head to the Northern Lakes 5K, 10 mile and 30K run. This popular event will have you running through many parts of the northeast metro; the races begin and end at White Bear Lare Area High School-North Campus. Trophies will be awarded to the top overall male and female. 5K/10 mile, $30–$40; 30K, $40–$50. White Bear Lake Area High School-North Campus, 5045 Division Ave., White Bear Lake; 651.653.7401; frontrunnerusa.com
Sports, Health & Wellness
Spring has sprung, and it’s the perfect opportunity to get out with your camera and capture some beautiful shots. The Tamarack nature photography club is co-sponsored by the Tamarack Nature Center and the 3M camera club, and experienced 3M club members will lead this meeting to help you learn new photography techniques, offer equipment tips and help with photo projects so that you can head out onto the fresh green grass to gain some warm-weather inspiration. 651.407.5350.
If you’re staying in town over spring break, ice skating is a great boredom buster for the kids—and the White Bear Lake Sports Center has you covered with extended open-skate hours in the afternoons all week long. So lace up your favorite blades and get ready to glide around. Don’t forget the hot cocoa afterwards, and double up on the marshmallows—it is vacation, after all. 651.429.8571.
The weather is starting to warm up, and that means it’s time to amp up the workout routine to make sure that you feel great once bathing-suit season hits. The Insanity program is famous as one of the toughest workouts out there, and this intense exercise class will push you beyond your limits with cardio drills, strength training and more, all designed to make you a lean, mean specimen. 651.407.7501.
Have you left your point-guard days behind you in high school, but finding yourself in the mood for a little athletic competition? Grab some buddies and give the weekly adult basketball games at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church a chance, and join other basketball fiends in three-point shots and the full-court press. 651.426.3261.
Winter is (hopefully) wrapping up, and this 5K race and kids’ run just may be the perfect way to celebrate the coming of spring. 651.653.7401.
If you’re interested in improving your photographic skills and mastering your equipment, this is the club for you. Led by members of the 3M Camera Club, this free group meets on the third Saturday of each month to practice and talk about new photo techniques for you to try out in the gorgeous scenery at Tamarack Nature Center. 651.407.5350.
Forget the treadmill, bundle up and brave the cold as you and your loved ones take part in the Sweetheart Runs, a set of 5K, 10K, 10-mile and kids’ runs that will get your heart pumping. It’ll make the rest of the day inside with a warm blanket and a cup of hot cocoa feel that much sweeter. 651.653.7401.
Have you always wanted to learn how to ski but never had the chance? Head to Tamarack Nature Center for a lesson with other adult beginners in a fun, supportive environment. The Nature Center has all the equipment you’ll need available for rental. You’ll learn about proper ski clothing, equipment and technique, and it’s a bargain to boot. 651.407.5350.
The health care system can be confusing. This class can help demystify: Learn the ABCs (and Ds) of Medicare and what’s covered by health care plans; you can also explore long-term care, senior housing options and more. Bring a pad and pen for taking notes. Registration required. 651.407.7501.