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Herald Journal Publishing, Inc. PO Box 129 Winsted, MN 55395 PRESORT STANDARD ECRWSS U. S. POSTAGE PAID Herald Journal Publishing Inc. Postal Customer Family Time September 2015 Timely information for today’s busy local families Family Time – pg. 1-2 &12 Classifieds – pg. 3-8 Going Out – pg. 10-11 Family park activities A few ideas to try this fall in Wright, McLeod, Meeker, Hennepin, Carver counties, and beyond BY STARRLA CRAY Associate Editor National parks: free for fourth-graders Do you know a fourthgrader? If so, let them know about the Every Kid in a Park initiative, which aims to give every fourth-grader in the US an opportunity to explore the outdoors throughout the 2015-16 school year. As of Sept. 1, each fourthgrader now has access to a special pass that gives them free admission to national parks, national forests, national wildlife refuges, and more. For details, visit nationalparks.org. Carver County Winsted Lake is used for kayaking and other water sports. Family slackline What: Slacklining is a balancing activity for all ages. Participants will practice walking across a narrow line of webbing set low to the ground. Using friends and family for support at first, participants will get accustomed to the wobbly “slack” of the line. As participants advance in the sport, they can explore many exciting variations and balance games. When: Saturday, Sept. 12 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Where: Outdoors at Lake Waconia Regional Park. Cost: $15 per family; maximum of five. Details: For ages 3 and over. All necessary equipment provided. For registration info, email RecConnect@waconia.org. Geocaching for s’mores What: This program will provide brief instruction on the history of GPS and how to find hidden caches. Participants will then search for loot. Teams that find enough marshmallow, graham, and chocolate boxes will get a tasty treat. When: Saturday, Nov. 7 from 10 a.m. to noon. Where: Outdoors at Lake Waconia Regional Park. Cost: $20 Details: For ages 8 and over. All necessary equipment provided. For registration info, email RecConnect@waconia.org. Three Rivers Park District (Three Rivers Park District is a special park district serving the suburban areas of the Twin Cities including suburban Hennepin, Carver, Dakota, Scott and Ramsey counties.) Free family fun days What: Explore a different topic each week with handson activities everyone can enjoy at their own pace. Children under 17 must be accompanied by an adult. Cost: Free. Location: Events are at the Carl Kroening Interpretive Center or Richardson Nature Center. Details: Topics include pond exploration, remarkable reptiles, insects in the prairie, river sand castles, fall migration, raptors in the yard, snakes, a squirrley adventure, leaf printing, magic stick painting, old-fashioned games, and more. For dates and times of a specific event, go to www. threeriversparks.org. Clay for grandparent and child What: Participants will learn about the rainbow of color found in the park and paint a brightly-colored project inspired by their discoveries. Who: Ages: 3-6, plus adult. Cost: $18/adult-child pair. Reservations required by the Monday prior. When: “Foliage from Green to Gold” will take place Wednesday, Oct. 7. “Orangen’t You Gourd-eous” will be Wednesday, Nov. 4. Where: Silverwood Park, 2500 County Rd E., St. Anthony. Registration: To sign up, go to www.threeriversparks. org. PHOTO BY IVAN RACONTEUR Wright County Learn about fungi What: An introductory class relating to the identification, ecology, and biology of woodland fungi in central Minnesota. Participants will examine fresh mushrooms and learn how to differentiate between tasty edibles and deadly poisonous fungi, and learn how to locate wild fungi and how to properly collect and preserve mushrooms. When: Saturday, Sept. 12 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Where: Robert Ney Memorial Park Reserve, 5212 73rd St. NW, Maple Lake. Cost: Free Sign up: The pre-registration deadline is Friday, Sept. 4. Maximum 20 participants. Contact the Wright County Parks Office at (763) 682-7693 or email marc.mattice@co. wright.mn.us. McLeod County River rentals What: Rentals of kayaks, tandem kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, and canoes at Masonic Campground in Hutchinson. Cost: $5 per half hour, $10 per hour, or $30 per half-day (four hours). Cash only; bills $20 or smaller are accepted. When: Hours after Labor Day are yet to be determined. Details: Large groups are welcome; call (320) 587-2975 to schedule a day and time. Ball field rentals What: Fourteen ball fields in the Hutchinson park system are available for rental. Cost: $7.50 per 1.5 hours Details: Call ahead for availability at the recreation center office, (320) 587-2975. Reservations are taken on a firstcome, first-serve basis. Maximum rental time is three hours per day. Need help with discipline? Parenting workshop in Winsted Sept. 17 BY STARRLA CRAY Associate Editor Whether its dealing with a toddler who throws a tantrum at the grocery store, or a teenager who won’t do their chores, parenting can be a daily challenge. A special workshop Thursday, Sept. 17 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Winsted will address discipline from a Biblical perspective, giving parents tips and advice that have proven results. The session, “Discipline that Connects with your Child’s Heart,” features Chad Hayenga of Connected Families. Founded in 1993, Connected Families works with all types of families – single parents, adoptive parents, parents of kids with intense behavior challenges, and any other kind of parent – to provide confidence, encouragement, and the tools to help them on their The parenting workshop in Winsted is geared toward those with toddlers, tee