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Weekend planner: Volunteers needed for Thanksgiving baskets

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FRIDAY, NOV. 21

ALL YOU CAN EAT FISH -- All-you-can-eat fish dinners are served from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Fridays at American Legion Post 98, 328 Broadway Ave., St. Paul Park. Tickets are $9 for adults, $8 for seniors and $5 for youth, 12 and younger. Steak dinner is available for $9 and the hamburger basket is $5.

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SATURDAY, NOV. 22

HOLIDAY TRAIN BREAKFAST -- Fundraising for the Holiday Train starts with a benefit breakfast, 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, at Applebee's Neighborhood Grill, East Point Douglas Road, Cottage Grove. Tickets are $5 at the door and earn the purchases a chance to win two tickets for a ride on the Holiday Train. Santa Gary will greet children and members of Cottage Grove Royalty and Holiday Train committee members will serve breakfast. Advance tickets can be purchased at Cub Foods and the Cottage Grove Area Chamber of Commerce.

70TH ANNIVERSARY -- Newport Lutheran Church will celebrate its 70th anniversary Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 22 and 23, with special dedications and a potluck dinner. As part of the celebration, new Evangelical Lutheran worship books -- many donated in memory of loved ones -- and he newly remodeled sanctuary will be dedicated. At 11:30 a.m. Sunday, members will celebrate with a potluck luncheon. All are invited to participate at the church, 900 15th St., Newport.

SUNDAY, NOV. 23

VOLUNTEERS MAKE UP BASKETS -- The Share the Joy program and the Friends in Need Food Shelf, St. Paul Park, need volunteers to help put together Thanksgiving baskets for needy families in south Washington County, 7:45 to 8:45 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 23, at American Legion Post 98, 328 Broadway Blvd., St. Paul Park. If you go, enter through the back door. For details, call Share the Joy coordinator Kris Richard at (651) 458-3044.

FRENCH TOAST BREAKFAST -- The Men's Fellowship at Zion Lutheran Church, Cottage Grove, is sponsoring an all-you-can-eat French toast breakfast from 8:30 to 1 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 23. Everyone is welcome. Suggested donations are $4 for adults and $2 for children, 11 and younger. In addition to French toast, the menu will include sausage, mixed fruit, coffee, milk and juice. Net proceeds will be donated to the Friends in Need Food Shelf, St. Paul Park.

SIRCHIO IN CONCERT -- United Church of Christ singer and songwriter, Bryan Sirchio, will perform in concert at 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23, at Cottage Grove United Church of Christ, 7008 Lamar Ave., Old Cottage Grove. The concert is free and open to all. A goodwill donation will be accepted to support Sirchio's ministry.

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 26

THANKSGIVING EVE SERVICE -- All Saints Lutheran Church, Cottage Grove, is hosting the community's annual ecumenical Thanksgiving Eve service at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 26. This year's guest preacher will be Jim Anderson from The Harbor Church, Cottage Grove. Offerings will benefit the Friends in Need Food Shelf, St. Paul Park. If you write a check, make it payable to All Saints with "food shelf" on the memo line. The church will receive a three to 1 match through Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.

All Saints senior pastor Jules Erickson said, "Despite all of the stress relating to our economy, we believe that God does provide for all that we truly need. It is my hope that we will have generous hearts during this economic downturn."

If you go, take a pie to share at fellowship after worship. All Saints is located behind the Shops on 80th on the west side of Highway 61, at 8100 Belden Blvd., Cottage Grove. For directions, go to the church Web site: www.allsaintscg.org.

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