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Weekend Planner: Youth block party Friday


YOUTH BLOCK PARTY -- Junior and senior high youth from Crossroads Church in Woodbury and Hope Community Church in Cottage Grove will host their second annual block party from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 28, at Hamlet Park, in Cottage Grove. All youth in grades six through 12 are invited to attend for live music, skateboarding demonstrations and open skate park, sports contests and the world's largest banana split eating contest. The event is free; food will sell for modest prices.

WOODBURY DAYS -- The city celebration is scheduled from Friday to Sunday, Aug. 28 to 30. For complete schedule, go to

EAST RIDGE MARCHING RAPTORS -- The new band, under the direction of Chris Tank and drum major Richard Steineck, will perform during the Woodbury Days Parade beginning at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 30.


STORY OF TWO RIVERS -- The National Park Service will present "A Northwoods Journey" at 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, at St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park, in Denmark Township. The 18-minute film tells stories of wildlife and the histories of the St. Croix and Namekagon rivers, according to a press release. Admission is free; parking is $5. St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park is located on County Road 21, between County Roads 76 and 78, in Denmark Township. For details, call (651) 430-8240 or see for additional information.

KATRINA ANIMAL RESCUE MOVIE -- The documentary "Left Behind Without a Choice" created by Park High School graduate Kim Walsh Borgan will be shown at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, at the Mounds Theatre at 1029 Hudson Road in St. Paul. Tickets are $7 in advance and $9 at the door; to order go to


YMCA day camp

The Southeast Area YMCA is offering Camp Kumalya, for youth, age 4 through 14, the week of Monday through Friday, Aug. 31 to Sept. 4, at Lake Elmo Park Reserve.

Campers can chose from specialty programs including theater, animals fishing wellness, arts and crafts archery and outdoor living skills. For details, call the YMCA at (651) 731-9507 or visit the Web site at


ST. CROIX BLUFFS HIKE -- Washington County Parks, the Sierra Club and the East Metro Water Resource Education Program is hosting an end-of-summer hike at St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park in Denmark Township from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 1. Participants will follow a 2.2-mile trail that loops through a wooded ravine and then head downhill to the river's edge. Meet at the main parking lot -- parking is free on first Tuesdays of the month. Bring hiking shoes, a water bottle and bug spray. Dogs are allowed on lease. Reservations are required. For details, call hike leader Angie Hong at (952) 261-9599 or e-mail