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Weekend planner: Lots of fireworks this weekend

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SATURDAY, JULY 4

FIREWORKS AT KINGSTON -- The Cottage Grove Lion's Club will host a Fourth of July celebration beginning at 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 4, at Kingston Park, Indian Boulevard and 75th Street. Activities will include games for children, prizes, hot dogs, brats, pop, chips, Cold Stone ice cream and freshly squeezed lemonade for purchase. All proceeds will be donated to community needs and next year's fireworks, according to co-organizer Pat Forsythe. There will also be a free raffle with prizes provided by local businesses. The fireworks display will begin at approximately 10 p.m.

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FIREWORKS ELSEWHERE -- During the Woodbury Fourth of July celebration at Ojibway Park, the Red Rock Swing Band will perform at 7 p.m. before the fireworks begin at 10 p.m. Concessions will also be sold on site.

- Afton's Fourth of July Parade will be held at noon on July 4 down St. Croix Trail. Live music will begin 1 p.m. and games and activities will be available throughout the town.

N In Stillwater, the celebration begins at 7 p.m. on July 4 with the Dakota Valley Pops Orchestra at Lowell Park-North, and the St. Croix Jazz Orchestra at Pioneer Park. Fireworks will begin at 10 p.m. at Lowell Park.

- Hastings Fourth of July celebration will host a flea market, entertainment, games, bake sale, and raffle starting at 10 a.m. at Lake Isabel Park. Fireworks will be launched at the Hastings Country Club.

- In Oakdale, the fireworks begin at dusk at Tanners Park.

- Maplewood's Fourth of July celebration will include the All American Lumberjack show, food vendors, kids games and inflatables all starting at 4:30 p.m. at Hazelwood Park. Fireworks will follow at dusk.

SUNDAY, JULY 5

HISTORIC COURTHOUSE TOUR -- The Washington County Historic Courthouse, at 101 West Pine St., in Stillwater, is open from 12 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, July 5, and the first Sunday of each month after that. Visitors to the courthouse may view a video about the history of the courthouse; tour the building, including the old jail; complete an architectural scavenger hunt; and visit the current exhibit, "Made in Washington County." The exhibit features artifacts, photos and information about inventions and products made over the years in Washington County. Many of the artifacts are on loan from the Washington County Historical Society and will be on display through the end of October. The Historic Courthouse is also open to the public from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. For details, call (651) 275-7075 or go to www.co.washington.mn.us/hc.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 8

NARNIA -- THE MUSICAL -- The Woodbury Community Theatre will present "Narnia -- The Musical," from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, July 8 to 11, at New Life Church, 6758 Bailey Road, in Woodbury. The show is based on the books of C.S. Lewis and Jules Tasca, with music by Thomas Tierney and lyrics from Ted Drachman. Tickets are reserved and must be paid for in advance. Order online at www.woodburycommunitytheatre.org. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, students and children, 4 years and older. For details, call (651) 730-4627.

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