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City to honor retiring nature center director
Nature lovers will honor Siah St. Clair, the retiring director of Springbrook Nature Center, at an open house and reception from 3 to 6 p.m. May 5. There will be a presentation at 4 p.m.
St. Clair, is retiring on April 30 after 35 years as director. He started in 1978 and helped turn Springbrook into an environmental education center, an environmental research site and a family-friendly place with hundreds of programs and activities each year. In 2012, more than 750 programs were offered to 24,000 people.
Pancake breakfast set for Sunday
The Elk RIver Lions Club will hold a pancake brekfast from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at the Lions Park Center, 1104 Lions Park Dr. NW. Pancakes and sausages will be served. A free-will offering will be accepted at the door, with $1 from every meal purchased donated to the 728 Cadets Band.
The band is made up of students from Elk River, Rogers, Dayton, Otsego and Zimmerman, Its 90 members have performed in regional parades and received eight first-place, two second-place and one third-place awards.
Money raised from this event and other efforts will be used for needs such as instruments, uniforms, transportation and scholarships for members who need financial assistance to participate.
Farmers Market preview coming May 9
The Maple Grove Farmers Market will hold its 10th season this year, starting with an indoor spring preview May 9.
The event will take place from 3-7 p.m. at the Maple Grove Community Center, 12951 Weaver Lake Road. It includes 20 vendors offering meats, breads, eggs, bedding plants, Lebanese specialty items, canned goods, BBQ sauces and rubs, and other items.
The outdoor season will begin June 13, with the market open every Thursday through Oct. 24 except for July 4th. Hours will be 3-7 p.m. June to September and 3-6 p.m. in October.