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Weekend planner: St. Rita's Fall Festival this weekend


PUBLIC WORKS OPEN HOUSE -- Cottage Grove Public Works will hold its annual open house on Thursday, Sept. 17, from 3 to 7 p.m. at 8635 West Point Douglas Rd.


BUSINESS WOMEN -- Mary Jo Sherwood of E-Women's Networking will speak on "Effective Networking" at the next Cottage Grove Area Women's Business Development Group, 7:45 to 9 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 18, at Norris Square, Presbyterian Homes, 8200 Hadley Ave. in Cottage Grove. All area businesswomen are invited to attend. Preregistration is requested. For details, call Colleen at Cottage Grove Area Chamber of Commerce, (651) 458-8334 or e-mail


MICROSCOPE MAGIC -- Carpenter Nature Center in Denmark Township is offering a program for families to investigate everyday items. Families are invited to stop in anytime between 1 and 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 19. If you go, take a pair of water shoes to collect aquatic samples.

ELK'S FLEA MARKET -- The Stillwater Elks Lodge is hosting its annual flea market-garage sale-craft sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 19, at 1905 Greeley St., in Sillwater. Food will be available for purchase, according to the press release. For details, call (651) 731-8665 or e-mail

STEAK FRY -- Newport United Methodist Church invites friends and neighbors to its annual steak fry -- chicken is also available -- from 4 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 19, at the church, 1596 11th Ave., in Newport. Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for children, ages 3 to 12.

HARLEM AMBASSADORS -- The New-Park Lions Club basketball team will meet the Harlem Ambassadors, at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 19, at Woodbury High School, for a community fundraiser. The event is family friendly. Tickets at the door are $11 for adults and $9 for students and seniors, 65 years and older. Kids, 4 and younger, are free.

BAND FLAPJACKS -- Boosters for the East Ridge Raptors band will serve flapjacks from 8 to 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 19, at Applebee's Neighborhood Grill and Bar, 10150 Hudson Road, next to Wal-Mart in Woodbury. Tickets are $6 at the door.

ST. RITA'S FALL FESTIVAL -- St. Rita's fall festival is scheduled Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 19 and 20 at the church, 8694 80th St., in Cottage Grove. Activities will begin at 4:30 p.m. Saturday with a ham dinner followed by a polka Mass at 5 p.m., Bingo and a country store. The festival will continue Sunday after 10: 30 a.m. Mass with a live auction at 1 p.m., the St. Rita challenge for kids, country store, farmer's market, kids' games, a golfing game, food and prizes.


GREY CLOUD ISLAND RIVER RUN -- The Grey Cloud Island 10K River run begins at 8 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 20, at Aggregate Industries' Larson Quarry, 10120 Grey Cloud Island Drive S., in St. Paul Park. The fee is $20. All proceeds will be donated to Human Services Inc. Registration is available on line at or

FREE HISTORIC BALL GAME -- A base ball game played by 1860 rules between the Denmark Demons and the St. Croix Base Ball Club will begin at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 20, at the Denmark Township Hall, 90th Street and Oakgreen Ave. If you go, take a lawn chair or blanket.

FREE DINNER, SCHOOL SUPPLIES -- Families are invited to a free community dinner from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 20, at Community United Church of Christ, 1145 Summit Ave. in St. Paul Park. The church will also have free school supplies for last minute shoppers.

POLICE EXPLORERS OPEN HOUSE -- Hastings Police Explorers are holding their First Nighter at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Sept 20, at the Hastings Police Department, 150 Third Street East, in Hastings. Youth, ages 14 to 21, interested in law enforcement are invited to attend, according to a press release. For details, call Officers Jeremy Jacobson of Lilly Murr at (651) 480-2300.


SOCCER PIZZA -- The Park High School boys soccer booster club is hosting a pizza night at Carbone's Pizzeria, 70th Street and County Road 19 in Cottage Grove. The restaurant will donate 15 percent of all proceeds between 4 and 9 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 21.