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Weekend Planner: Homecoming parade, craft show this weekend

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FRIDAY, OCT. 3

HOMECOMING PARADE -- Park High School's homecoming parade will step off at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, from Kingston Park and make its way west on Indian Boulevard, south on Jamaica Avenue and west on 80th to the school. The game against Roseville begins a 7 p.m. at Wolfpack Stadium, with the pre-game show set at 6:30 p.m. The homecoming dance will take place from 9 to 11 p.m.

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SATURDAY, OCT. 4

LIONS CRAFTS -- The newest Lions Club in south Washington, New-Park Lions, is hosting a craft show from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, at Park High School. Admission is free.

FIRE HALL OPEN HOUSE -- St. Paul Park firefighters will demonstrate how to extricate a person from a damaged vehicle twice during their open house, 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, at the fire hall, 600 Portland Ave., St. Paul Park. The open house, in observance of National Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 5-11, is open to all. Refreshments will be served. Sparky the Fire Dog will greet children. There will be tours, truck and hose demonstrations and fire safety information for children.

JC ROCK IN CONCERT -- JC Rock, a musical group that adds its own words to familiar Christian hymns, will perform in concert Saturday, Oct. 4, at Cottage Grove United Church of Christ, Lamar Avenue and 70th Street. All are invited to attend. The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a silent auction, followed by the concert at 6 p.m. and dessert at 7 p.m. Silent auction winners will be announced at 7:15 p.m. Proceeds from activities will go to the church's capital fund and Friends in Need Food Shelf, St. Paul Park. Admission is free and a goodwill offering will be accepted.

POLKA MASS, DINNER, DANCE -- The congregation at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, St. Paul Park, is hosting a polka Mass, dinner and dance from 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4. Mass, featuring the Hank Thunander Band, begins at 5 p.m., followed by a chicken dinner catered by Tinucci's Restaurant. An inflatable obstacle course will be available for children. Tickets for dinner and dancing are $15 for adults and $9 for youth, 18 and younger. Children, 10 and younger, eat for $4.

SUNDAY, OCT. 5

PANCAKE BREAKFAST -- Members of the American Legion Post 98 Auxiliary will serve all-you-can-eat-pancakes from 8 to 11 a.m. the first Sunday of the month at the Legion Hall, 328 Broadway Ave., St. Paul Park. Those dates are Oct. 5, Nov. 2, Dec. 7, Jan. 4, Feb. 1 and March 1. The menu includes pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage or bacon, range juice, coffee and milk. The cost is $6 for adults and children, under 11. Children, 5 and younger, are free.

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 8

NATURE CENTER VOLUNTEERS -- Carpenter Nature Center, Denmark Township, is recruiting volunteers to help with upcoming fall programs or with the apple orchard. A volunteer information meeting is scheduled at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8 at the center. If you plan to attend, call ahead, (651) 437-4359.

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