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.
Sports, Health & Wellness
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.
Take your hockey habit inside and avoid the wind chill with nighttime adult floor hockey games at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church. Bring your A-game and join fellow competitive types for fun and exercise. 651.426.3261.
If you have a hankering to ice skate but want to escape the chill that comes with outdoor rinks in February, head to the Hippodrome Ice Arena for weekend open skate. Whether you’re just gliding around or channeling Olympic skaters, it’s great exercise and fun time. Be sure to bring your own skates; rental isn’t available for open skate. 6:45–8:45 p.m. Saturdays, 1–3 p.m. Sundays. 651.407.7508.
Get in a great workout and try a new sport at the Tamarack Nature Center with a cross-country skiing session. This introductory class requires little to no experience and is an opportunity to try something new or brush up on rusty skills. It will cover all the basics, from clothing and equipment to technique. 651.407.5350.
Looking for a way to spend the afternoon with the kids on Martin Luther King Jr. Day? The White Bear Lake Sports Center is offering special open-skate sessions, for a little winter fun without the threat of frostbite. Bring or rent a pair of skates and head to the rink for double axels and a cup of hot cocoa. 651.429.8571.
Learn how to snapping the perfect shot in a low-pressure environment with the Tamarack Nature Photography Club. Get the lowdown on equipment and special techniques, and participate in photo projects at this session, led by experienced members of the 3M Camera Club. If you’re looking to become a regular, the club meets the third Saturday of each month. 651.407.5350.
Get a jump-start on your New Years’ resolution with this 5K run and walk. Slip into your warmest running clothes and join fellow exercisers to start the year off right, no matter what your skill level. 651.653.7401.