Arts and leisure briefs: FLake Fest begins in Forest Lake

  • Updated: February 15, 2014 - 6:30 PM

Forest Lake’s 5th Annual FLake Fest is now underway and runs through Feb. 23.

This year’s event centers on an Olympics theme, with ice sculptures at the Lakeside Park pavilion that include a huge pyramid and a lighted torch. The hunt for the medallion, hidden in a city park, has begun, with the prize being a FLake Fest Fun pack valued at more than $500.

Events on Sunday, Feb. 16, include the 1st Annual Jim Trudeau Ice Golf Classic ($35 a person, which includes nine holes of golf on Forest Lake, prizes, dinner and a drink ticket) to benefit the Lakes Area Youth Service Bureau; and the Forest Lake Relay for Life, a 5K race on Forest Lake starting at 5:30 p.m. with luminarias lighting the way.

Events during the week include a Bean Bag Tournament, American Legion Olympic Bingo and a Redneck Olympic party called RedNeck FLake 2014.

On Saturday, Feb. 22, events include Family Olympics on First Lake, with all participants receiving a free lunch at Vannellis by the Lake; the Forest Lake Rotary Getting Cold for a Cause at noon; and a boys’ basketball fundraiser dance at the American Legion from 8 p.m. to midnight.

Events wrap up Sunday, Feb. 23, with the Forest Lake Yellow Ribbon Breakfast at the American Legion.

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New shop offers artisan cheeses

The Wedge & Wheel, a new artisan cheese shop and cheese bar at 308 E. Chestnut St., is now open in downtown Stillwater.

Three years in the making, the shop was founded by Chris Kohtz — a cheese enthusiast and St. Croix Valley resident. Kohtz served five years on the board of the River Market Community Co-Op in Stillwater and has studied at the Cheese School of San Francisco.

Inspired to open a cheese shop by a trip to London, Kohtz hopes his love of cheese inspires others.

“Cheese is my passion,” he said. “I love learning about the tie to the land, where the cheese came from, the breeding and expert care of the animal, and the commitment of artisan cheese makers to their craft.”

Cheese will be paired with a rotating beverage selection including wine and beer selected to enhance the cheese flight experience.

Hours are Tuesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Learn more at


Activities planned for Presidents’ Day

Looking for something to do on Presidents’ Day, Monday, Feb. 17? The city of Woodbury’s Parks & Recreation Department has several offerings. Outdoor ice rinks and warming houses at Colby Lake, Evergreen West and Kargel will be open from noon to 9 p.m., and those at Shawnee and Ojibway parks will be open from 4-9 p.m.

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