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Weekend planner: Yeshiva High School benefit, American Legion chili feed this weekend

Dennis Brothers Liquor, at the intersection of 70th Street and County Road 19, in Cottage Grove is hosting a free wine and beer tasting to benefit the Park High School wrestling program from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 28. The wrestling program will receive 50 percent of the sales proceeds from select items.

There will be a moonlight snowshoe hike followed by hot apple cider and fresh popcorn by the fire from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 29 at Carpenter Nature Center, in Denmark Township. The cost is $7 per person. Reservations are required; call (651) 437-4359.

Taste-testing in the annual chili cook-off at the Cottage Grove campus of the Woodbury/Peaceful Grove United Methodist Church, 8600 90th St. begins at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 30. All are welcome for all-you-can-eat chili, a dessert and beverage. A $5 donation is suggested.

Yeshiva High School of the Twin Cities, located at 8944 Indahl Ave. in Cottage Grove, is hosting a fundraiser at the school from 3 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 31. Activities will include live music, a tour of the building, a silent auction, food for sale and a gold sale, in which people selling gold will be asked to donate a portion of their proceeds.

The Women's Auxiliary of American Legion Post 98 in St. Paul Park is holding a chili feed and cake walk from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 31, at the Post Hall, 328 Broadway Ave. Tickets are $3.50 per bowl to eat in or take out.

The white-breasted nuthatch is just one of the birds to be studied at a free winter program, "Intro to Bird Identification," at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 31, at the Lake Elmo Park Reserve.

Guide Chase Davies is the field trip coordinator for the St. Paul Audubon Society and a career naturalist and environmental educator.

The St. Croix Base Ball Club, an outreach program of the Washington County Historical Society, will open its 2010 season at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday Jan. 30 against past and present day St. Paul Saints at Midway Stadium in St. Paul. While entry is free, the event is designed to raise money for Second Harvest Heartland. Fans are encouraged to donate cash and non-perishable food.

The Cottage Grove Lions Club hosts Bingo beginning at 7 p.m. every Monday at The Point Restaurant, south of Cottage Grove on Highway 61. The cost is $1 for a three-card sheet.