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You might remember pi from geometry class. Divide a circle’s circumference by its diameter and you get pi, or an incredibly lengthy number usually abbreviated as 3.14, which is also how March 14 is often written.

This year, March 14 falls on a Thursday, and the two organizations will give out pies baked by The Brass Lantern, Travelers Inn and Country Blossom Farm in exchange for donations to their program of building homes for families, or signing up to volunteer for a build day. No construction skills are necessary.

Pies will be given out from noon-5:30 at the Thrivent Office, 2308 South Broadway in Alexandria. All proce go to Habitat for Humanity of Douglas County.

Habitat for Humanity of Douglas County has been an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International since 1997 and has built or renovated 79 houses throughout Douglas County.

Families are selected based on their need for housing, ability to partner with Habitat and ability to pay.

For more information, contact 320-762-4255, info@hfhdouglascounty.org or www.hfhdouglascounty.org.

School play summons the Sun Queen

What started as a small group of eighth grade playwrights at Discovery Middle School with an idea has become a full fledged play with over 60 students from grades 6-8.

“Through the Clouds” tells the story of fantastical weather-making creatures concerned when the Sun Queen fails to visit their town of Cloudville.

It will be performed at 6 p.m. Friday, March 15, and 1 and 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 16, at the Discovery Middle School auditorium. Tickets are free and available at the door. Students not only wrote the play, but will take care of all details including the sets, lighting, costumes and acting.

“The students will be ready and excited for an audience,” said director Tessa Lang.

Skating competition coming up

The Alexandria Figure Skating Club will host the 2019 Battle of the Blades Skating competition on Saturday, March 16, from 8:45 a.m.-5:30 p.m. at the Runestone Community Center, 802 Third Ave. W., in Alexandria.

The Battle of the Blades competition is the fifth event of the 10th annual Central Minnesota Compete USA Competition Series.

All competitors will receive an award at each of the individual competitions. All events are final rounds with awards handed out throughout the competition. Compulsory, spins and interpretive event participants will be awarded with medals. Freeskate event participants will be awarded a trophy.

For more information, visit www.alexandriafigureskating.org.

Candlelight at Lake Carlos State Park

Minnesota state parks and trails are hosting more than 30 candlelight events this winter, including one at Lake Carlos State Park on Saturday, March 16. Visitors may drop by anytime between 7-9 p.m. to walk or snowshoe as stars twinkle overhead and candles flicker in the snow.

“Few things transform a winter evening like soft light on snow,” said Erika Rivers, director of the Department of Natural Resources Parks and Trails Division. “Lit candles and lanterns help to create an unforgettable experience, especially when coupled with light from a starry sky and full moon.”

No skiing will be offered at this event due to potential icy and unknown ski trail conditions. About 1.3 miles of snowshoe trail will be lit, suitable for beginner-level snowshoers of all ages. Snowshoes can be rented at the park the night of the event on a first-come, first-serve basis for $6 a pair.

The evening wraps up with a cup of hot apple cider near a crackling bonfire.

A vehicle permit is required to enter Minnesota state parks. They are available at the park or online at mndnr.gov/reservations.

In the event of severe weather, call 320-852-7200 or check the visitor alert online at www.mndnr.gov/lakecarlos.

Volunteers are always welcome to help with lighting and pick-up.