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Weekend planner: Halloween parade this weekend

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FRIDAY, OCT. 23

FLEA MARKET -- Residents, families and members of the community are invited to a flea market from noon to 6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 23, at Norris Square Senior Living, 8200 Hadley Ave., in Cottage Grove.

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SATURDAY, OCT. 24

CURVES BOUTIQUE, RAFFLE -- Curves in Cottage Grove is hosting a fall boutique and charity raffle from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24. Admission is free and everyone is invited to attend for demonstrations including aromatherapy, a makeup makeover, hand exfoliation and new skin care products, according to a news release. Vendors will hand out sample chocolates, give cooking tips and show jewelry. There will be door prizes every 15 minutes, a free Curves T-shirt for every friend you bring and a raffle. The grand prize is a three-months free Curves membership. All proceeds from the raffle will be donated to the American Cancer Society for breast cancer research. Curves is located at 7584 80th St., in Cottage Grove.

HALLOWEEN PARADE -- Cottage Grove's Monster Bash Halloween parade will step off at 11 a.m. from the District 833 Service Center at 7362 East Point Douglas Road, across from McDonald's. The parade will move south along East Point Douglas Road to the District Program Center. The costume contest -- new for this year -- will be held at the Program Center after the parade for youth, ages to 12 years. Also new this year, the Cottage Grove Lions Club will be selling food at the Program Center parking lot.

SCOUT CHILI FEED -- The Newport Boy Scouts will host a chili dinner from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24, at Newport Fire Hall No. 1 at 155 20th Street. Tickets are $5 the door and include a bowl of chili, toppings, crackers and a beverage.

ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT SPAGHETTI -- Members of the Accacia Masonic Lodge will host their annual all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner from 4 to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24, at the lodge, 70th Street and Lamar Avenue in Old Cottage Grove. Tickets $8 for adults and $5 for children, ages 5 to 12. Children under 5 are free. Adult tickets will be discounted $1 with the donation of a nonperishable food item for the food shelf or receive a $1 Monster Bash parade coupon.

MEN'S BREAKFAST -- Crossroads Church invites area men to its first fall breakfast, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24, at the church, 5900 Woodbury Drive in Woodbury. The event is open to all. Tony Peterson will serve as emcee with Steve Hirman making introductions. Guest speaker for the morning will be Paul Ridgeway, president of Ridgeway International. Tickets are $10 for two. For details, call the church at (651) 294-7700.

HARVEST PARTY -- The annual Harvest Party at St. Luke Lutheran Church will begin with worship at 5:18 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24. All ages are invited for free food, games and trick-or-treating. Costumes are encouraged but no scary or gory themes and no weapons. St. Luke Lutheran is located at the corner of 70th Street and Hinton Avenue in Cottage Grove.

SUNDAY, OCT. 25

PANCAKE BREAKFAST -- Newport Masons are hosting their annual pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 25, at the Masonic Center, 644 Broadway Ave., in St. Paul Park. Everyone is invited. Tickets, which can be purchased at the door, are $6 per adult and $4 for children, ages 6 to 12. Children, 6 and younger, eat free.

EAST METRO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA -- The East Metro Symphony Orchestra, formerly known as the 3M Club Symphony Orchestra will open its first season with a concert at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 25, at Neighborhood House, 179 Robie Street East, St. Paul. Admission is free. Donations to Neighborhood House's food shelf are encouraged. The theme for the concert is "Dia de los Muertos" (Day of the Dead) which is celebrated by the Mexican community. The concert will feature Mexican composer Silvestre Revuelta's "La Noche de los Mayas."

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