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The Meaning of Empowerment: The Slippery Slope of Incapacity

Many baby-boomers worry about the care needs for an elderly parent.  Their parents may live with the uncertainty of chronic illness and disability and have a whole host of planning issues.  However, either caregivers are overwhelmed with conflicting information or don't know where to seek help.  Such a lack of information, or the wealth of conflicting information, adds to their anxiety about caring for an elderly parent.  Indeed, it takes a team to protect an elderly person and every aspect of planning should be addressed.

Tour and Learn About Trillium Woods

Trillium Woods, a resort-style retirement community under construction and scheduled to open summer 2015, is welcoming the public to tour and learn about amenities, pricing and benefits of living at Trillium Woods.

Trillium Woods at Open House

Trillium Woods, a resort-style retirement community under construction and scheduled to open summer 2015, is welcoming the public to tour and learn about amenities, pricing and benefits of living at Trillium Woods.

Operation Kidsafe Child Safety Event

Join Delmonico Dance, local law enforcement, first responders and Operation Kidsafe for a free child safety fair. There will be an ice cream truck for the kids.  Parents will receive a lifetime record of their child's digital fingerprints and a form that is ready to hand to law enforcement in an emergency, as well as valuable safety tips. Operation Kidsafe uses the latest equipment like the FBI and Secret Service.

Maple Grove Days

It’s time for Maple Grove Days. With more than 40 events over the course of the four-day festival, there are plenty of opportunities for fun. The festival kicks off on Thursday with the Pierre Bottineau Parade at 6:30 p.m. You will find teen and children’s events on Friday and the art fair on Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday, enjoy a car show, inflatable rides, entertainment on two stages, a business expo with 130 vendors, the Rice Lake Classic Run, and many other events. Free.

Pierre Bottineau House Open House

The Pierre Bottineau House, built in 1854, is one of just a few homes in Minnesota which were built before the territory became a state. Learn more about Pierre Bottineau–an entrepreneur, trader and cities’ founder–and the impact he had on the early days of Minnesota. Spend the day revisiting history. Free. 1-4 p.m. Pierre Bottineau House, 12400 James Deane Pkwy.; 763.694.7700; threeriversparks.org

State Arbor Month Celebration and Minnesota Tree Climbing Championships

This year the DNR is celebrating Arbor Day and Arbor Month by encouraging families to play in natural settings such as your backyard, a nearby woodlot, or forested area.

The 2014 State Arbor Month Celebration will be at Oak Hill Park in St. Louis Park. The event will give families a chance to play with nature, while watching some of the best tree climbers in the state compete at the Minnesota Tree Climbing Championship.

State Arbor Month Celebration Schedule:

Bird Banding

Join biologists studying songbirds to learn about their age, migration and population. Birds are captured, measured, weighed and assessed before being banded and released. You can have close encounters with wild birds, so bring your camera. 763.694.7700.

Dark Sky Astronomy

In suburban environments such as Maple Grove, the lights from the city can make stargazing difficult. View the spring sky without any obstructions at the Eastman Nature Center in the Elm Creek Park Reserve. Constellations and other celestial bodies will be highlighted. Ages 7 and up only. $5, 20 percent discount for groups of four or more. 763.694.7770.

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