Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center near Afton is celebrating spring on May 19 with its annual Apple Blossom Races.
There are three races — a 5K, a 10K and a half-marathon — and they all begin at 8 a.m. at St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park north of the center at 10191 St. Croix Trail S. in Hastings.
All races finish in front of the Nature Center’s interpretive center.
The 5K uses all paved surfaces. Walkers are welcome on the 5K only.
The 10K uses some of the same route but breaks off and follows almost 4 miles of the Nature Center’s trail system overlooking the St. Croix River. Some of the trails are not paved.
A 2K Fun Run will start at the Nature Center at 11:15 a.m., or as soon as the last half-marathon runner finishes.
The hilly half-marathon follows some local roadways near the Nature Center and passes many of the area’s apple orchards that promise to be at or near full bloom.
More information and online registration is available at http://carpenternaturecenter.org/events/apple-blossom-race/. The registration area will be located in Carpenter Nature Center’s parking lot. All parking is at the Nature Center.
Fee for the 5K and 10K is $30 — $40 after May 13. The fee for the half-marathon is $40, and $50 after May 13. The 2K registration is free without T-shirt, $10 with a T-shirt.
The first 600 registrants for 5K, 10K or half-marathon are guaranteed a T-shirt on race day. Additional T-shirts will be available at a later date.
Book signings set for Lake Elmo tale
Local author Gloria VanDemmeltraadt’s new book, “Memories of Lake Elmo,” is now available, and several book launching activities have been planned.
Copies are $15, and VanDemmeltraadt will discuss the book and sign copies from 10:30-noon Saturday, May 11, and from 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, May 14, at the Lake Elmo Library, 3537 Lake Elmo Avenue N.
There is also a reception from 7-9 p.m. on Thursday, May 9, at Curves in Lake Elmo for members and guests.
The book, a history of the village/city of Lake Elmo, is told in personal stories gathered from more than 100 interviews with longtime residents of the area. Along with extensive research of historical documents, VanDemmeltraadt has built a chronicle of the small town.
Books will be available through the Washington County Historical Society, Oakdale Lake Elmo Historical Society, Curves at Lake Elmo, Valley Booksellers in Stillwater, and through the author at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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