The staff and raptors from the World Bird Sanctuary will be presenting "Masters of the Sky" programs at Carpenter Nature Center on March 2-3. Fans of the educational programs describe the birds of prey as breath-taking, especially those that fly over the audience. Each year the programs are different and sell out quickly. This year the ghostly barn owl will return and new raptors will be featured, including a long-crested eagle with an amazing story. Programs are one hour and are at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Program fee is $10 per person or $7 for Friends of CNC. To RSVP, please call the main office at 651-437-4359 or send an e-mail to


Lutheran church has auditions for choir

King of Kings Lutheran Church is hosting auditions for the 2013 Minnesota All-State Lutheran Choir.

Auditions will be held on Sunday, Feb. 17, from 1-3 p.m. and are open to all Minnesota Lutheran students currently in 10th, 11th or 12th grade. Auditions will be in the form of a private 10-minute session that does not require solo literature preparation. For those chosen, Summer Camp/Tour dates are June 7-26 with one week of rehearsal at Mount Carmel Bible Camp and two weeks of touring in Minnesota. For complete information go to their website at King of Kings is located at 1583 Radio Drive in Woodbury. For information about King of Kings, contact the church office at 651-738-3110

Stars on Broadway tickets are on sale

Woodbury Community Theatre is announcing dates for its popular Stars on Broadway II show on March 16-17 and 21-23. Tickets are now on sale for this year's production, which will feature more than 100 "community stars" performing all new songs from favorite Broadway musicals, including "Sound of Music," "Guys & Dolls," "Music Man," "Oklahoma," "Peter Pan," "Anything Goes," "42nd Street," "Annie Get Your Gun," "Oliver," "South Pacific," "Fiddler on the Roof" and many more. The show will be directed by Lori Sager, with choreography by Colleen Wenzel.

All performances are on the Loft Stage at East Ridge High School.

For tickets, e-mail the theater at or call 651-730-4627.

Tickets are $10-$15; children 4 and under are free. Military and group discounts are available.


Historical Society opens online store

The Washington County Historical Society's website recently took a step toward the 21st century with the completion of a new online store. Now, instead of looking through lists of books or collectibles and having to call to place an order, the website can accommodate online orders processed through PayPal.

The process is significantly simpler for users. Go to


Water Ski Co.'s past topic of library talk

The grandson of the founder of the White Bear Water Ski Co. of Bald Eagle Lake will tell the story of the founding at 6 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 25. Dennis Zerwas Jr. will talk about how his grandfather Tom Weinhagen launched the company whose skis and other recreational products remain highly sought-after collectibles.

The talk takes place at the Ramsey County Library-White Bear Lake, 4698 Clark Av., White Bear Lake.

The event is free but donations are welcome. It is presented by the White Bear Lake Area Historical Society. Call 651-407-5327 or visit www.white


Puppet circus to be presented at library

Z Puppets Rosenschnoz presents "The Amazing Gnip Gnop Circus" at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 28 at Park Grove Library, 7900 Hemingway Av. S. in Cottage Grove.

Z Puppets Rosenschnoz feature a glow-in-the-dark pingpong ball circus that includes acrobats, tightrope walkers, clowns and wild animals. The show is for children 2 and older and their families. It is free. Call Park Grove Library with questions, 651-459-2040. The program is paid for with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.


Minnesota Book Club at Oakdale Library

The Minnesota Book Club will discuss Louise Erdrich's "The Beet Queen" at the Feb. 19 meeting. The book club meets to discuss books by Minnesota authors or books that take place in Minnesota. The meeting is at 6:30 p.m. at the Oakdale Library, 1010 Heron Av. N., Oakdale.

Call Oakdale Library, 651-730-0504, with questions.

Library book discussion group

The Oakdale branch book discussion group will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 20, to discuss "A Painted House" by John Grisham.  The meeting is at the Oakdale Branch Library, 1010 Heron Av. N., Oakdale. No advance signup necessary. Participants should read the book, attend and discuss. Call 651-730-0504 with questions.