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Weekend planner: Ladies Night Out Thursday, town hall Saturday

Eleven area businesses are offering a free Ladies Night Out from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 11 at the Family Wellness Center, 7501 80th St., in Cottage Grove.

Owls are the topic for preschool story time at Carpenter Nature Center in Denmark Township on Friday, Feb. 12.

Cooks at the Cottage Grove VFW Post 8752 invite everyone for their Friday Night Fish Fry, from 5 to 8 p.m. every Friday through April 2 at the Red Barn, 9260 East Point Douglas Road.

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.

Whirlwind Ministries is hosting a free Gospel music jam from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 12, at the Sonrise Ministering Center, at the intersection of 80th Street and Jamaica Avenue in Cottage Grove.

State Representatives Denny McNamara, R-Hastings and Karla Bigham, DFL-Cottage Grove, and State Senator Katie Sieben, DFL-Cottage Grove, will hold a town hall meeting on Saturday, Feb. 13.

Members of the South Washington Heritage Society will hear the story of Reuben Granquist, who served 27 years as Washington County Sheriff, at its Saturday, Feb. 13 meeting, which begins at 10 a.m. at St. Paul Park City Hall, 600 Portland Ave.

Animal Ark no-kill shelter at 2600 Industrial Court, in Hastings, will host an open house from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 13.

The Park High School boys hockey team is hosting a spaghetti dinner benefit and gold swap on Sunday, Feb. 14.

The annual Mardi Gras in The Park celebration is scheduled at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in St. Paul Park from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 14.

A 4-H Shooting Sports 4-H Shooting Sports event for youth, third grade and older, will take place at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 16, at Hooley Hall, on the Washington County fairgrounds in Lake Elmo.

The Dakota-Washington County Chapter 30097 of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans is sponsoring a Roth Conversion workshop at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 16, at All Saints Lutheran Church, 8100 Belden Blvd., in Cottage Grove. Preregistration is requested. For details, e-mail or call Myers at (651) 458-5392.

Members of the Cottage Grove 10A and 10B traveling girls softball teams are hosting a pancake breakfast and bake sale from 8 to 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 20, at Applebee's Neighborhood Bar and Grill in Cottage Grove. Tickets are $6 per person and include scrambled eggs, two sausage links, two pancakes, syrup and a beverage.