Education & Community

Stafford Book Club

Have you ever said you wanted to join a book club but never got the chance? Come to the Stafford Book Club and join in on the discussion of a great novel, and perhaps make a few new friends in the process. Adults. Free. 6:30 p.m. R.H. Stafford Library, 8595 Central Park Place; 651.731.1320; co.washington.mn.us.

Baby Storytime

Spend time with your baby and get him or her interested in the art of stories. Baby Storytime provides the opportunity for children under 2 to get started with early literacy skills. The program will be filled with stories, a few songs, and lots of fun. Siblings are more than welcome to attend. Free. 10:30 a.m. R.H. Stafford Library, 8595 Central Park Place; 651.731.1320; co.washington.mn.us.

Dog Gone Reading

This program gives a fun twist on traditional reading time as children can read aloud to a furry friend.  Reading aloud helps children improve in their speaking and reading abilities—and this is a great way to encourage it.  Kids in grades K–7 are invited to read books aloud to specially trained dogs. The dog trainers are close at hand, so you and your kiddos can just have fun. Free. Mondays, 6:30-7:30 p.m. R.H. Stafford Library, 8595 Central Park Place; 651.731.1320; co.washington.mn.us.

Woodbury Community Expo

Experience Woodbury in a whole new way at the largest community expo in the east metro, hosted by the Woodbury Area Chamber of Commerce. Exhibitors from all over Woodbury will be in attendance from different fields ranging from home improvement and design to local nonprofits and retail. The variety of exhibitors provide fun for the whole family. Children can meet government officials and even have the opportunity to sit in a police car. Free. All ages welcome.

Painting Like Picasso

Has your child ever dreamed of being an artist? KidCreate Studio has a special treat as this is the chance for your child to test out painting on real canvas, just like the great artist Picasso. In this class, children will learn about Cubism, and paint a self-portrait in the Cubist style. Please be sure to pack a nut-free snack. Ages 5-12. $28.80 member/$32 non-member. 9-12 p.m. KidCreate Studio, 1785 Radio Drive; 651.735.0880.

Toddler Storytime

Spark the love of reading early in your child. Toddler Storytime provides the opportunity for children toddler age to develop early literacy skills with their caregivers. Stories, songs and fingerplays will be used to encourage literacy learning while having fun. Free. 10:30 a.m. R.H. Stafford Library, 8595 Central Park Place; 651.731.1320; co.washington.mn.us.

Dog Gone Reading

This program gives a fun twist on traditional reading time as children can read aloud to a furry friend. Elementary school-age children are invited to read books aloud to specially trained therapy dogs and their trainers who are close at hand. Reading aloud can give children more confidence in their speaking and reading abilities, and this is a great way to encourage it. Free. 6:30-7:30 p.m. R.H. Stafford Library, 8595 Central Park Place; 651.731.1320; co.washington.mn.us.

Animal Humane Society’s Unleashed Camp

Calling all you crazy-for-cats, dog-dreamin’ animal adorers. This camp is for you. An all-access tour of the shelter, games, crafts, and visits from special guests ensure that this is a day that will satisfy your love for animals and teach you all about them too. Grades 3 and 4. $50. 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Woodbury Animal Humane Society, 9875 Hudson Road; 651.730.6008; animalhumanesociety.org

Music Together Free Demo Class

Music Together is a world-renowned program inviting children and those that love them to participate in songs, sound and music. This month, Music Together will be holding a class for anyone looking to try out the program free of charge.

Guardian Angels Crafters Community Group

Calling all crafters! Here’s the perfect outlet for all of that creative energy you’ve been storing up. The Crafters Community Group meets every Wednesday to create crafted wonders of all sorts through a variety of mediums. Bring your own crafting materials, or just show up and join in on the fun that’s already there. Knitting, needlepoint, embroidery, quilting...the list goes on and on.

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