Washington County Sheriff’s Office announces 2019 Citizens Academy

Ever wonder what it’s like to be a Washington County Deputy? Here’s your chance to learn more! Join us Tuesday nights this spring for the 2019 Citizens Academy to get an inside look into the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and observe firsthand the daily responsibilities of dedicated deputies.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office Citizens Academy is an intensive eight-week course held Tuesday nights, March 19 through May 7. Each class lasts at least three hours. The academy staff and instructors are committed to providing participants with information and understanding of the operation of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. The program examines various functions of the Sheriff’s Office, from the street to the courtroom and beyond. Participants will investigate crimes, make traffic stops, and have the opportunity to see the county from a squad car during a ride-along on a patrol shift.

The 2019 Citizens Academy kicks off March 19. Applications for participation are due Feb. 28.

For more information on candidate requirements or to obtain an application, contact Deputy Laura Jackson at laura.jackson@co.washington.mn.us or 651-430-7670 ext. 5374.

Greenwing Day set for March 2

The annual Greenwing Day pancake and sausage breakfast is set for Saturday, March 2, at Heights Hall and Club (the old VFW, 5880 Omaha Ave. N.) in Stillwater. This year’s theme is Birds and Bees and Puppies, featuring activities, games and exhibits for all kids under 18. Kids under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. This event is sponsored by the St. Croix/Stillwater Chapter of Ducks Unlimited (DU) and is open to the public. There will be a demonstration by a Washington Deputy Sheriff and K-9, an activity to make pollinator bee hotels, world class taxidermy, an exhibit about bats and an opportunity to learn to blow a duck call and download a free duck calling app. A gunsmith will be present to answer any questions. The games include PLINKO, Nerf gun shoot into a wood duck house, duck pick, basketball hoops and goose shoot with sporting clays.

Activities include waterfowl ID, making a card for the troops, doing a craft project using beeswax, customizing your own fishing lure, and choosing a wood duck or bat house assembly for the child to take home.

Prizes include DU gear, hunting and fishing gear, drones, tents, prints, decoys and more. Cost is $5 for adults and $25 for kids. This includes all the games, activities and exhibits, unlimited pancakes and sausages, a prize from the giant prize table and a yearlong membership as a Greenwing — complete with magazine subscription.  

Tickets available at the door or online at ducks.org/minnesota/events (scroll down to Metro Area Greenwing Day, March 2). Questions? Contact Deb Manley at 612-867-3767.  

Community Thread hosts Black Tie Bingo fundraiser

Community Thread invites the public to its third annual Black Tie Bingo fundraising event. This year’s event will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at Grand Banquet Hall in Stillwater. 

This fundraiser will include five games of bingo, along with other activities and raffles. The event will feature emcee Ted Wegleitner, CEO of Lakeview Health Systems, and five local celebrity bingo callers: Bill Miller, CCF Bank; Jennifer and Rick Scherek, Edina Realty; Todd Stivland, Bluestone Physicians and his wife Sarah; John Ostrowski and Haley Kindom, Ostrowski Insurance; and Community Thread board member Sharon King of Andersen Corporation and her husband, Pat Deuschle, of Lionfish Promotions.

Proceeds from the event will support Community Thread’s new program based on the national village model—a program that offers innovative solutions for supporting older adults as they age in place. 

Tickets can be purchased online at communitythreadmn.org or in person at Community Thread’s Stillwater location. Tickets are $75 per person and include hors d’oeuvres and four games of bingo. Additional bonus games will be available for purchase.

For over 50 years, Community Thread has been connecting people, neighborhoods and lives together to strengthen the community. The nonprofit’s mission is to leverage resources and volunteers to improve the quality of life for adults and their families in our local community. The vision of Community Thread is a community where all people are engaged, enriched and connected. To learn more, visit communitythreadmn.org or call 651-439-7434.

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