World Book Night U.S., a nonprofit organization, has launched its third annual campaign to encourage reading and giving, and the Washington County Library system is participating.
A half million free paperbacks of 38 different titles will be handed out across America all on one day — next April 23 — by enlisting volunteer book lovers to promote reading. They will give specially printed books to light or non-readers and to those without the means or access to them.
Find out more about World Book Night at www.us.worldbooknight.org, see a list of the titles that will be given away, and sign up now to be a giver. The deadline for submitting an application to be a giver is Jan. 5. Applicants must state where and to whom they intend to give out their books.
Volunteers may pick up their books to give away at any of the Washington County Library branches before April 23. Call 651-731-1320 with questions.
Masquers Theatre to present ‘Plaza Suite’
Tickets are now on sale for the Masquers Theatre production of Neil Simon’s comedy “Plaza Suite” in dinner theater format at Vannelli’s by the Lake, 55 Lake St. S., Forest Lake.
For its winter production. Masquers Theatre will perform Plaza Suite, one of the biggest hits from Broadway’s most popular playwright, Neil Simon.
A richly comic play, Plaza Suite’s immense popularity spawned two other “suite” plays: “California Suite” and “London Suite.” The play is set in the late 1960s and takes place in three acts, each featuring a different couple who stay in room 719 at the Plaza Hotel overlooking Central Park in New York City.
Adult tickets are $36; seniors and student, $34; and children under 5 are $20. To order tickets or for menu information, go to http://www.masquerstheatre.org or call 651-464-5823.
First Day Hike to celebrate new year
The New Year is about new resolutions and intentions, and to start it out right, Afton State Park is holding its annual First Day Hike. It runs from 10-11:30 a.m. on Jan. 1 at the park, 6959 Peller Av. S., Hastings.
Join the park naturalist for this new intentions walk to find one thing that inspires, intrigues or increases your awareness on this first day of the New Year — even if it is just another day to get some exercise.
For more information, call 651-436-5391.
Snowshoe lessons offered at park
Snowshoe lessons are being offered from 1-2:15 p.m. and 2:30-3:45 p.m. on Jan. 5 at Lake Elmo Park Reserve, 1515 Keats Av. N., Lake Elmo.