Author Carol Hadrits and illustrator Shirley Engen will be at the Lake Elmo Public Library, 3537 Lake Elmo Av. N., at 10:30 a.m. Saturday with their children's book, "Whose House Is It Anyway?"
The book is Hadrits' first for children and is based on a real-life experience that took place in the old-fashioned farmhouse where Hadrits lives with her husband in Woodbury.
The book is about a gingerbread house that Grandma Annie makes. Parts of the gingerbread house mysteriously disappear and she thinks Grandpa Elmo has been sneaking his favorite pieces. It turns out a little mouse who lives in the attic has been visiting during the night.
Hadrits has written several nonfiction articles for publication. She has written another children's book, "Andy's Big Day," also illustrated by Engen.
Engen is an artist and illustrator whose favorite subjects are children, flowers and landscapes. She has been a featured artist in the Courage Card collection and her commissioned religious paintings appear in several churches. She and her husband live in Newport. She will be bringing some of the original illustrations of the book to the program.
Two holiday events are planned at the Historic Fillebrown House at 4735 Lake Av. in White Bear Lake.
One-hour tours of the house, decorated for the holidays, will be offered starting at 1 p.m. on Saturday. Guides will share stories of the Fillebrown family and the lakeside cottage they called home, while sounds of Christmas can be heard from Helen Fillebrown's 1868 Steinway Grand Piano.
Cost is $5 for adults, $3 for those under age 12, and free for members of the White Bear Lake Area Historical Society. Reservations are recommended by calling 651-407-5327.
Children's story times will be offered at 6 p.m. on Dec. 12 and 13. Children are invited to sit by the Christmas tree and listen to holiday poems and stories. Hot or cold cider and cookies will be served. Children are welcome to wear their pajamas. Because of the popularity of this program, reservations are required. Please call 651-407-5327. Cost is $2 per person.
"Love Came Down," a creative exploration of God's presence in, among and around us, will be presented at 7 p.m. Dec. 16 at King of Kings Lutheran Church, 1583 Radio Drive in Woodbury.
The story, which will be told through music and drama, looks at the way Jesus came to us during Christmas.
The community is invited to attend this free production. For more information, contact the church office at 651-738-3110.
Stillwater's "Hometown for the Holidays" will be held on weekends during the entire month of December, featuring holiday decorations, Victorian Carolers and free horse-drawn carriage rides along the St. Croix River.
The events will be held on Saturdays from noon to 7 p.m. and on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. On New Year's Eve, the rides will be offered from 3-8 p.m. Free tickets are available at most downtown businesses.
Other events include Art on Main on Friday and Saturday, showcasing Main Street art galleries with artist receptions on Friday night from 4-9 p.m. Hours Saturday will be 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Warden's House Museum annual holiday event takes place Dec. 15 from 1-4 p.m.
For specific information on all holiday events, visit www.discoverstillwater.com.
JIM ANDERSON AND Kevin Giles