January 2017

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MISSION Through innovation, the Washington County Housing & Redevelopment Authority promotes community and economic development, and provides and maintains affordable, decent and safe housing opportunities in Washington County. January 2017

Family Fun St. Paul Winter Carnival January 26-February 5th www.wintercarnival.com for event calendar Take a Kid Ice Fishing @ Lake Rebecca, Hastings January 14, 2017 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm Free Bundle up and come out to try your hand at ice-fishing! This quintessential Minnesota activity is a great way to get out and teach your kids a new skill. Fishing poles, bait, and augers will all be provided.

Minnesota residents as long as they are accompanied by a youth 15 years old or younger. This free event is open to the public, however registration is encouraged to ensure enough supplies for everyone.

Como Park 1225 Estabrook Dr, St. Paul Join us select Sundays beginning January 1st from 4:30pm – 6:30pm for live, local music. Beat the winter weather blahs inside the comfy conRanger Gordon will show you fines of the Conservatory. Beer, wine, pop, and light the ropes, and even drill a fishing hole for you. Licensing snacks will be available to requirements are waived for purchase. (Please, no out-

side food or beverages) (There will be no concert on January 29 due to the Winter Carnival Orchid Show, and on February 12 due to Valentine’s Dinner in the Conservatory) 2017 LINEUP January 1 –The Sudden Lovelys

January 8 – The Teague Alexy Band January 15 – Javier Matos January 22 – Rachel Ries & Co. February 5 – Sister Tree February 19 – The Bad Companions

Special points of interest:  The CDA will be closed January 1st Happy New Years  The CDA will be closed on January 16th for MLK Day  For information on what is happening in Washington County go to www.co.washington.mn.us

February 26 – Café Accordion Orchestra March 5 – Jelloslave

Spring semester starts January 9. Century College is committed to the help you. success of its students. We strive to If you have questions about a program, degree, or provide high-quality, affordathe admissions process, please feel free to request ble programs and degrees for all students. more information, schedule a campus visit, chat Whether you are a high school senior looking for with us online or give us a call at 651-773post-high school education or an adult learner 1700. Century College is primarily a commuter looking for advancement or a career change, Cen- campus, but for those students looking to live tury College has something to meet your needs. closer to campus, housing options are available.

The Century College Admissions Office is here to




What Is MNsure? Is MNsure an Insurance Company? No, MNsure is not an insurance company. MNsure is Minnesota's health insurance marketplace where individuals, families and small businesses can shop, compare and choose health insurance coverage that meets their needs. MNsure is the only place you can apply for financial help to lower the cost of your monthly insurance premium and out-ofpocket costs. Most Minnesotans who enroll through MNsure qualify for financial help. Also available to those who qualify are lowcost and free health insurance options provided through government-sponsored health insurance programs Medical Assis-

tance and MinnesotaCare. If you qualify for and enroll in one of these programs, your health coverage is managed through the Department of Human Services. MNsure Features  A one-stop shop to compare and enroll in health insurance plans. Comparison tools to see if you qualify

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Wa s h i n g to n c o u n t y L i b r a ry Welcome to smARTpass, the arts access program available exclusively to metro public library users! If you have a library card from one of the eight public library systems in the Twin Cities, you have the opportunity to reserve free and/or discounted admission to a wide range of arts experiences. The cultural organizations have generously agreed to offer a substantial number of free admissions – they are NOT reimbursed for these. Without their willingness to provide free admissions, smARTpass would not exist! Don’t be a no-show! You can’t put admissions back into inventory and you can’t get those reservations back to use at a future date, so please be sure you can attend when you make the reservation. How It Works There are a few short steps to reserving admissions on the smARTpass site: 1. Have your library card and your calendar handy. 2. Login using your library card barcode and PIN.

3. Find out what kinds of admissions are available by choosing from the search options. You may search by:  Date: you may search up to 60 days forward from the current date  Name of organization  Name of venue  Location  Type of event (dance, music, etc.)  Additional search options include: family-friendly, over 18, free, or discount. 4. Refer to your calendar so you don’t accidentally reserve free admissions for a time when you won’t be able to use them. The partners participating in the smARTpass pilot program offer one pair of free admissions/tickets to each smARTpass user. So once you’ve made a reservation for free admission at each of the participating organizations, you will not be able to make another one. (And you are not able to change your reservation after you’ve made it, so please be sure you’re able to attend!) There are absolutely no exceptions to this, including illness, weather, or what-

ever else may prevent your attendance. However, partners may make discount tickets available, and you will still be able to take advantage of those. 5. You may have up to two active reservations at a time. The My Reservations tab will keep track of those for you. So if you reserve admissions a few weeks into the future, you will not be able to take advantage of new offers that might be added to the smARTpass listings. For that reason, we suggest reserving admissions for more immediate dates and/or reserving one date at a time, rather than the maximum of two. Be sure to follow the directions for each offer carefully. For example, some theaters may require you to call the box office so that they can assign you a reserved seat. Some of them will hold your ticket(s) at Will Call and ask to see your printed smARTpass voucher. You may be asked to show i.d. when you arrive at the venue, as smARTpass admissions are not transferable.




10 ways to beat the winter blues Boost your happiness this winter Many people experience feelings of sadness, depression and lethargy once the winter months kick in, often due to the change in weather, the shorter days and long periods of being cooped up indoors. If the winter blues are starting to set in, check out these 10 ways to boost your happiness this winter.

Eat mood-boosting foods It is tempting to reach for comforting, stodgy foods during the winter; however, research results published in the Public Health Nutrition journal reveal that regular consumers of fast food are 51 per cent more likely to develop depression. Instead, try to fill your diet with nutritious healthy foods; particuMake a plan larly those rich in B vitamins, which help The winter months can often seem quite dull, with many of us spending the the brain produce serotonin; Omega-3 fatty acids, which can help lift depresmajority of our time stuck indoors. A good way to alleviate this feeling of en- sion; and vitamin D, which you may be short of in the winter months. nui is to break out of your routine and create something to look forward to. Perk up your social life This could be a night out or weekend As people retreat more indoors to the away, or something ongoing like a warmth of their homes, it can feel as new fitness challenge. Whatever your though your social life has gone into plan, make sure it is something you feel hibernation. However, spending time excited about and that you can focus on with others can be one of the greatest and look forward to. mood boosters. You can’t always rely on other people to make plans, so if Get creative about fitness Exercise is a great way to beat the blues your social life could do with a boost, it’s time to get proactive. Pick up the as it releases mood-boosting endorphone and make plans to spend time phins and will also leave you looking with friends and family. Alternatively, great. However, many of us find our take up a hobby or join a club to find workout routine takes a hit when the cold weather sets in. To stay inspired to some new people to spend time with.

open, sitting close to windows where possible, and spending some time outdoors each day. It may also be worth investing in a SAD light box which can help to reduce the negative effects caused by the lack of natural light. Make someone smile It is easy to get bogged down in our problems and fixated on our own bad mood, so it is good every once in a while to put our own issues to one side and focus on making someone else happy instead. Whether you want to take on some volunteer work, make a one off donation (of time or money) to charity or make someone you know smile with a thoughtful gift or gesture, dedicating time and effort to the happiness of others is a great way to get take your mind off your own problems and also increase your sense of purpose and fulfillment.

Become a problem solver Many of us fall into the trap of spending a lot of time moaning over or rehashing our problems, but very little time trying to think of ways to solve them. If there is something more than the weather exercise through the winter months, try Laugh more often getting you down, try to think about searching for something new such as Laughter is an extremely effective mood what that is and what you can do about an unusual exercise class or sport. If you booster, and studies have found that it. Make a list of all the things you can’t face heading out into the cold, even the anticipation of laughter can would like to change about your life find fun ways to exercise at home such help to lift our spirits and reduce stress. right now and jot down some solutions, as hula hooping, dance fitness DVDs or However, many of us don’t laugh nearly then make a plan to tackle each thing skipping. enough. While it may seem like a regi- one by one, starting with the thing mented approach to such a laid back most integral to your happiness. Get an indoor hobby We often give up or postpone many of and seemingly frivolous activity, try to Treat yourself the activities we love when it gets cold. make sure you dedicate at least 20 To boost your happiness over the winminutes a day to something that makes However, just because you are spending ter, it is important to make time for more time indoors, that doesn’t mean you laugh, such as chatting to a friend, those little things that boost your your interests and activities have to be reading a funny book or watching a fun- mood. Make a list of the day-to-day ny DVD or YouTube clip. reduced to browsing the TV guide for things that make you happy – such as what’s on next. To keep your mind oc- Lighten up having a catch-up with a friend, having cupied and add some fun to your eveFor many people, the lack of sunlight a scented bubble bath, or listening to nings, try taking up an indoor hobby for over the winter months can bring on your favorite song – and make sure you the winter. There are many to choose strong feelings of depression and leth- schedule one of these treats into every from, such as reading, writing, painting, argy. To help improve these symptoms, day. Planning regular treats not only growing indoor plants, baking or learn- try to make sure you spend as much gives you something to look forward to, ing a new language. time exposed to natural light as you it can also subtly improve each day. Adapted from realbuzz.com can, leaving your curtains or blinds

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LinkedIn - Hands On Jan 25 9-4

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Computer Basics for Job Search Jan 9, 30 10-11 Woodbury

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Resume 101 Computer Lab Jan 26 9-1 Cottage Grove Jan 31 1-4 Woodbury