Regent professors, authors and more

Lynn Abrahamsen
A Better Next

Lynn Abrahamsen author’s book
Lynn Abrahamsen, writing under the pen name of Maren Cooper, held a neighborhood launch on June 18 at Scarborough Fair in downtown St. Anthony Park for her new book, “A Better Next.” The novel is a story for every woman who has gone bold to sort out the next chapter in their life and, “with a little soul searching and a supportive circle of friends and colleagues—it’s possible to redefine happiness and establish a liberating new normal at any stage of life.”

Published by She Writes Press, Abrahamsen’s book has been named a finalist in Fiction: Women’s Lit in the 2019 International Book Awards. The book is available in e-edition, print and audio on Amazon.

Abrahamsen is a retired health care executive and a resident of Lauderdale.

Hand drum class for women
The nonprofit Women’s Drum Center, 2242 University Ave., will offer a class in hand drums for beginners from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Aug. 13. The cost is $10. Drums will be provided. For more information, visit

Volunteer facilitator sought
The Roseville Area Senior Program (RASP) is seeking a volunteer caregiver support co-facilitator. The group meets at the Fairview Community Center, 1910 W. County Road B, Roseville. Training and orientation are available. The group meeting times and monthly frequency can be decided by the facilitator A facilitator should be out of their caregiving role for at least one year.

A facilitator with caregiving experience is preferred. Experience dealing with dementia and/or healthcare issues is helpful. For more information and to schedule an interview appointment, please call the Rose­ville Area Senior Program at 651-604-3520.

U Regents’ professors named
The University of Minnesota recently named two Falcon Heights residents as Regents professors, the highest recognition it gives to faculty. The two academics are:

Marlene Zuk, a professor in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior in the College of Biological Sciences; the college’s associate dean for faculty; and a governing board member for the Minnesota Center for Philosophy of Science. Zuk has published more than 150 research papers and her work has more than 14,000 citations.

Ned Mohan

Ned Mohan, a professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the College of Science and Engineering’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Oscar A. Schott Professor in Power Electronics and Systems. During his 43-year career at the university, Mohan has become a world-renowned researcher and professor with his innovations in power engineering education helping the U.S.’s power grid become cleaner, smarter and more reliable.

Mohan has received numerous awards and, in 2014, he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering, one of the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer.

Full Circle Theater play
Tickets are now on sale for Full Circle Theater’s production of “GLASS & LADY M,” two plays the troupe will be presenting in conjunction with the 2019 Minnesota Fringe Festival. Full Circle’s two plays are part of the Festival’s newly-established Minnesota Fringe Independently Produced (IP) Series. IP productions are full participants in the Fringe but take place outside of Fringe-managed venues.

The combined presentation of both Full Circle pieces is one hour in length, and all 10-performance times will follow the required Fringe Festival show time grid, from Aug. 1-11. All performances, including the 8:30 p.m. opening-night show Aug. 1, will be at Dreamland Arts, 677 Hamline Ave. N., St. Paul.

Ramsey County History Revealed series
The Ramsey County Historical Society is presenting talks and tours this summer titled “History Revealed.” The series will feature the best local authors, archaeologists, researchers and historians on a wide range of topics drawn from the stories of Ramsey County. The lineup includes: 

Tom McGregor, Plein Air Painting Workshop
Saturday, July 27, 8:30 a.m.
Gibbs Farm, 2097 W. Larpenteur Ave., St. Paul
Registrations required. See the website or call the office at 651-222-0701
$40 per person per session.

Christine Podas-Larson, The Floating Bethel
Thursday, July 25, 7 p.m.
Roseville Library, 2180 N. Hamline Ave., Roseville
No reservations needed. Free and open to all.

Podas-Larson, author of the recent article in Ramsey County History magazine, “Eliza Edgerton Newport and St. Paul’s Floating Bethel, 1891-1903” will talk about the history of St. Paul’s “Floating Bethel,” a refuge for the working poor that was docked off Sibley Street on the Mississippi for more than 13 years.

Queer Voices Panel Discussion and Book Signing
Thursday, Aug. 1, 7 p.m.
East Side Freedom Library, 1105 Greenbrier St, St Paul
No reservations needed. Free and open to all. 

The program will feature a panel discussion and readings from the new publication, Queer Voices. Since its beginnings in 1993, the Queer Voices reading series has featured both emerging and established Minnesota-based writers of the LGBTQIA+ community. Books will be available for purchase.

David Page, F. Scott Fitzgerald in MN: The Ones That Got Away
Presentation & Book Signing: F. Scott Fitzgerald in MN
Thursday, Aug. 8, 7:45 p.m.
Waldmann Brewery & Wurstery, 445 N. Smith Ave., St. Paul
Reservations requested. See the website, or call the office at 651-222-0701. Free and open to all.

Page will talk about “the ones that got away,” the famous homes and iconic buildings associated with Fitzgerald and the neighborhood he lived, worked and played in, that have been torn down and didn’t make it into his book, F. Scott Fitzgerald In Minnesota.

Page, an English and journalism teacher at Inver Hills Community College, will be available after the presentation for questions and to sign copies of his book.

Kristal Leebrick Thank You for Shopping
Presentation and book signing
Thursday, Aug. 22, 7:00 pm
Roseville Library, 2180 N. Hamline Ave., Roseville.
No reservations needed. Free and open to all.

Leebrick presents the history and stories behind Minnesota’s great department stores, offering a lively trip back to their glory days in the Twin Cities.

Wasson wins award
Luke Wasson, of Falcon Heights, has received Minnehaha Academy’s AAA Award, which recognizes students for excellence in academics, arts and athletics within the school community. The award is given each year to two graduating seniors who demonstrate solid work in each of these areas. n

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