Event and Program Descriptions

Admission to Lake Elmo’s Sunfish Lake Park and to the Sally Manzara Interpretive Nature Center are free of charge.   FREE events and programs are so marked.  Registration and  payment for most programs with fees is available on-line via Paypal.  Follow the links for the events listed below.

(rescheduled from Sunday March 10th due to threat of heavy snow and impassible road)

“Inuit Traditions Meet Modern Science – Changing the Earth Together” in this Presentation Tony and Connie describe their experience working with ICE911 Research and the Ukpeaġvik Iñupiat Corporation to learn how to preserve the Arctic ice during this time of warming. We will describe the unique history and culture of the Inuit people and show lots of pictures from the Utqiagvik (formerly Barrow) area.  Sponsored by the Stillwater Schools Native American Parent Advisory Committee and the Sally Manzara Interpretive Nature Center. Donations appreciated.


Thursday, March 28th; 1:00 PM-5:00 PM Mixed Media Workshop: Sunset Hills and Textures by Julie Schroeder   Cost: $39.00

Come & have fun painting this lovely sunset with birds, hills & trees. We’ll be laying in textures for dimensions in the foreground and then layering on colors. These paintings will have multiple layers of paint and textures for greater depth and 3-dimension.  Just come & enjoy the fun! All supplies included.

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April Activities

FREE Mondays in April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29  from 9 AM to 12 Noon –  Senior Moments – Bring a friend and play Cribbage, Checkers, Chess, Buckthorn Tic-Tac-Toe, work on the Puzzle, or bring your own game. View the video trail walks or photo slideshow. Coffee, Tea, Snacks available.

Tuesday April 2nd, 2019: 1 PM – 4 PM  Finish-up your Paintings Workshop by Julie Schroeder 

This is a 3 hour small-group workshop to bring all your paintings that need a finishing touch.  Bring any painting that you’d like some help finishing, no matter which stage it’s in.  Watercolor, acrylics, mixed media all welcome.  Please contact Julie Schroeder to register at brushcolour@yahoo.com or 651-731-5433  or use this

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April 4th, Thursday from 10 AM to 3 PM  Experimenting & Beyond with Alcohol Inks workshop by Julie Schroeder $75 FEE

This medium is very special. It’s not like any other art form.  It’s so exciting to watch the inks move & flow & it happens right in your hands!  Anyone can do it…no need to have experience.  Each painting is totally unique, bright & powerful. Alcohol inks have such a color intensity & personality unmatched by other mediums. Julie will walk you through the steps to beautiful vibrant paintings. We’ll be doing some new techniques  and colors with Piñata Inks in the afternoon!  We’ll be using the inks on Yupo paper as well as on tiles for amazing effects!

BONUS: We’ll be experimenting with 2 different brands of inks & discussing differences in each kind as we work.  Come & have fun with colors & free flow painting. You’ll take home many little gems of paintings as well as some on tiles!  All supplies are included, inks, Yupo paper, tiles and everything needed to manipulate the inks.  Cost $75 Click below to register and pay –

Thursday April 18th, 2019: 10 AM – 3 PM Doorway of Dreams Workshop by Julie Schroeder, Cost:   $45.00
This is a full-day workshop with Julie Schroeder as you create a beautiful finished painting of a doorway surrounded by ancient stone & flowering vines. ​A great project for beginners as the scene will be drawn out onto watercolor paper ahead…all you need to do is paint!
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Thursday and Friday April 25th & 26th; 10 AM-2 PM  Two-Day Grape Vines Watercolors  $95.00 FEE
In this workshop you will be experimenting with a variety of techniques and materials as you paint vibrant & glowing grapes in a loose and free style. We will be laying down color,using real grape leaves, salt & cotton gauze for textures in a very wet into wet first layer. Here’s where you can free your creative spirit & let loose to create a unique textural look for grapes on the vine.

Demonstrations and individual instruction will be given to help you enhance your ability to paint in a more intuitive & fluid manner. Let loose as you fling, throw & splatter paint to add dimension, texture and a fresh, spontaneous look to your work. Here is a photo example. Every painting is unique!



Be prepared to uncover the incredible nature and amazing qualities of watercolor! Included: Instructor will bring enough grape leaves, salt & gauze for each student.

Cost $95.00, Here’s a link to register;

Please check out more about my classes & workshops at Livingwatercolours.com
“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.”
  –Thomas Merton
Julie A. Schroeder   651-731-5433
May Activities
.. to be announced
June Activities
Saturday June 1st 9 AM to 1 PMAnnual Sunfish Lake Park Family Nature Day will be hosted by the Sally Manzara Interpretive Nature Center. The nature education trail will feature educators presenting information on local biology and ecology for inquisitive children and interested adults. There will be gifts for the kids and snacks available for all.   If inclement weather is seriously expected, this event will be held indoors at the nature center. Watch this space for more information.