Weekend planner: Ice cream social, hike this weekend
THURSDAY, JULY 23
ICE CREAM SOCIAL -- Make-your-own sundaes are the featured dessert for Community United Church of Christ's annual ice cream social, 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 23. Everyone is invited to attend. There will also be hotdogs, hamburgers, pies, cakes, chips and pop, plus games for kids, a cake walk, a raffle and a bounce house. The church is located at 1145 Summit Avenue, in St. Paul Park.
SATURDAY, JULY 25
'LADIES' IN CONCERT --
The Forever Be Sure Ladies Quartet will perform in concert at 7 p.m. at Lighthouse Baptist Church, on Saturday, July 25. All are invited to attend at the church, 9979 80th St., in Cottage Grove. For details, call the church at (651) 459-6974 or go to www.lighthousebapchurch.com.
HIKE AT AFTON --
Cottage Grove fitness trainer Annie Elmer will lead a free hike at Afton State Park, beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 25. If you go, meet at the visitor center. The event will only be canceled if there are storm warnings or if there is a threat of lightning, according to press release. If the weather is questionable, call Elmer at (651) 470-8060 or e-mail annieelmer@comcast. The hike is free; parking is $5 per vehicle.
BIRDING, DIGI-SCOPING -- Experienced birders, photo-enthusiasts, and 'birding rookies' are invited to a program presented by local bird expert Sharon 'the bird chick' Stiteler, from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 25, at Carpenter Nature Center, in Denmark Township. Stiteler will introduce guests to the latest in birding gear and digi-scoping techniques -- taking photos through a spotting scope or binocular with a digital camera. Then the group will head down the trail to practice identifying and digi-scoping the many warblers, raptors, and sparrows that can be seen at Carpenter Nature Center. Preregistration is requested. For details, call (651) 437-4359. The fee is $7 per person or $4 for Friends of CNC. The program is partially sponsored by Swarovski Optik. All proceeds go towards educating students about nature and protecting habitat in the St. Croix Valley.
TUESDAY, JULY 28
BAND CONCERT -- The South Washington County Community Band will perform in concert at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 28 at Cottage Grove Middle School. Admission is free.