The Forest Lake Park Board is proposing to build an off-leash dog park at Bixby Park. There is an area within the park that the City of Forest Lake has made available for such use, but it needs fencing and some basic site amenities before it can be opened to dogs and their owners for exercise, officials say.
The Park Board has estimated the building cost to be $26,000. That amount would cover fencing and gates, a picnic table, signs and dog waste stations. However, there is no city money available for the project, so private donations are being sought from businesses and individuals.
As soon as funds become available, city crews can start work, the city said.
Donations can be made to the City of Forest Lake. See www.forestlakeparks.net/images/Dog_Park_Donation_Request.pdf for a donation form.
Bixby Park is situated between Broadway Avenue and Hwy 8. The park was previously used as the city’s compost site, but is now ready for redevelopment. The dog park would open within the existing park and could be accessed by a short gravel road.
The site includes a mix of trees and open areas. A small pond will be situated outside the fenced area and accessible by gate for owners who would like their dogs to get wet.
Contributions for book sale sought
Friends of the Stillwater Public Library will be holding a spring book sale in April, and will collect contributions from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 22, March 29 and April 5 in the library parking ramp of Third St. N.
The group is not accepting encyclopedias, magazines, Reader’s Digest Condensed Books, textbooks, religious materials, National Geographics, videos, cassettes or any partly used puzzle books, children’s or activity books. Only clean, current books in good conditions will be accepted.
The sale starts at 5 p.m. April 9 with “members only ” preview, then runs from 10:15 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. April 10; and 10:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. April 11 and 12.
Mystery writer to discuss latest work
Author Joanne Fluke will discuss her latest Hannah Swensen mystery “Blackberry Pie Murder,” starting at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, March 21, at Valley Bookseller, 217 Main St., Stillwater.
Along with the discussion, the free event will include a book signing, treats and a gift basket giveaway.
‘Drowsy Chaperone’ opens at Loft Stage
“The Drowsy Chaperone — A Musical within a Comedy,” a Woodbury Community Theatre production, will begin its limited run on March 21 at the Loft Stage at East Ridge High School.
The play, which enjoyed a long run on Broadway and at the Ordway Theater, is a satire of 1920s musical comedy, organizers said. Winner of five Tony Awards in 2006, including Best Book and Best Score, the “Drowsy Chaperone” employs more than 100 cast, crew and orchestra members from across the metro.