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The following area schools are closed Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019, due to snow.
Nita Qiu, a 16-year-old pianist from Woodbury, won first place with a performance of Frederic Chopin's "Piano Concerto No. 2" at the YPSCA's annual Concerto Competition on Feb. 3 at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis. In claiming first place, Qiu received $1,500 from the Edwin and Edith Norberg Fund as well as a chance to star as soloist on the Orchestra Hall stage in a set of Young People's concerts by the Minnesota Orchestra during the 2019-20 season. Qiu is the daughter of May Chang and Lin Qiu, and she studies piano with Joseph Zins of St. Paul.
Free teenager mental health program offered Change to Chill, Allina Health's award-winning mental well-being program, is now offering free training sessions around the region. Change to Chill works as a guide to help teens become more aware of the things that stress them out and equip them with tools and resources to better manage stress and anxiety and live happier, more resilient lives.
As part of its March campaign for Minnesota FoodShare month, the Christian Cupboard Emergency Food Shelf is hosting its fourth annual Chili Hubbub on March 10. Held from noon to 3 p.m. at Guardian Angels Catholic Church, 8260 Fourth St. N., Oakdale., Chili Hubbub brings together 16 east metro restaurants to determine attendees' favorite chili. Some restaurants will be competing in the mac and cheese competition as well.
The Minnesota chapter of the National Pancreas Foundation and the University of Minnesota Medical Center are holding an educational event for patient, caregiver and family-centered care for pancreatic diseases. The free event will be held 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23 at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital in Minneapolis.
Preschoolers from Little Angels Christian Preschool at Guardian Angels Catholic Church walked over to surprise residents at Oak Meadows Senior Living in Oakdale on Thursday, Feb. 14. The preschoolers passed out valentines and visited with the residents. Pictured is Jennifer Korba's (standing, left) and students making a surprise visit to Jennifer Korba, a resident since 2013.
A Woodbury woman accused of being drunk when the car she was driving missed a curve, vaulted out of a ditch and flew more than 100 feet in the air before smashing through the side of a town of Pleasant Valley home pleaded not guilty Feb. 12 to all charges, according to St. Croix County Circuit Court records.
Washington County residents interested in becoming a licensed family child care provider may take the first step and attend an orientation 1-3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19. Meetings are in Lower Level Conference Room 14 in the Washington County Government Center, 14949 N. 62nd St. N., Stillwater. Basic information regarding the family child care program and requirements for licensing will be discussed. Attendance is required at one of these meetings before a license can be issued. There is no fee for the informational meetings.
RiverTown's first-ever healthy lifestyle challenge, Slim Down with RiverTown, has kicked off. The 13-week challenge started with weigh-ins this week and pushes participants to live healthier.
Just the word "norovirus" is enough to upset your stomach. This season the nasty stomach bug is worse than ever. There was a recent news story about the more than 475 people on a single cruise ship becoming infected with the virus. Outbreaks have also been reported across the Twin Cities including schools and senior living facilities. Ask your friends and neighbors—it is going around.