Events Featured in the Review November 9, 2016

 Caring for Cats’ taco night

It’s almost time for Caring for Cats’ first ever taco night from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Nov. 11 at the American Legion Post 39, 2678 E. Seventh Ave., North St. Paul.

Caring for Cats is a no-kill, all volunteer run shelter located in North St. Paul. We do our absolute best to make sure that each cat in our shelter is loved, cared for and eventually finds their fur-ever home. Our taco night will raise money that goes straight to the cats and the maintenance of the shelter.

Join us at the American Legion on Nov. 11 for a taco buffet with options available for all dietary preferences, a silent auction, a cash bar, a raffle and lots of fun. Tickets are on sale now at Each ticket is only $20.00 and, in honor of Veteran’s Day, tickets for veterans are $15.00. Each ticket includes one entry into the door prize raffle.


Guided morning bird hikes continue in Washington County parks

A rotating schedule of bird hikes throughout the Washington County Parks system will continue with the next one 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, at Big Marine Park Reserve. Meet at the playground.

Learn to identify the birds that call the St. Croix Valley home and contribute to citizen science data collection by completing bird count surveys with the guide. The surveys collected will assist the county’s Natural Resources team and related work in conjunction with the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Fund grant. 

The final hike of the season will be Dec. 10 at Lake Elmo Park Reserve.

For Washington County park locations, see Under park locations, find a county map with park contact information; search “guided bird hikes” on the county website for more information.

The hikes will traverse turf, gravel, and paved trail depending on trail conditions. Participants should bring binoculars and dress for hiking and the weather. This program is free with a parks vehicle permit ($5/day or $25/annual) and is open to guests of all ages and abilities. Americans with Disabilities accommodations can be made as needed. All minors must be accompanied by an adult. For questions, call 651-430-8370 or email at


Guided fitness hikes underway in at Lake Elmo Park Reserve

Guided fitness hikes in continue in Washington County’s Lake Elmo Park Reserve 9 to 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, at the park reserve’s Nordic Center. The fitness hike will be 60 minutes and includes a warm-up with fitness challenges along the way.

Trail routes are a mix of turf, gravel, grass, and paved, depending on conditions, with light to moderately steep terrain areas. Dress for the weather and hiking activity; a water bottle is recommended. The programs are for those ages 13 or older, and all minors must be accompanied by an adult. Participants should plan to arrive to the programs 10 minutes early. If there is light rain, the programs will go on as scheduled. 

The last hike of the season will be at Lake Elmo Park Reserve Dec. 1. For Washington County park locations, For questions, call 651-430-8370 or email at These programs are free with a Washington County Parks vehicle permit ($5/day or $25/annual).

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