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Weekend planner: Church benefits this weekend

This weekend offers a variety of events to help support your favorite benefit, plus one campfire program at St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park. At least seven area churches are hosting pig roast benefits, several are having rummage sales and two walks are scheduled -- one for the no-kill animal shelter and one for Gulf coast support.

A two-day free rummage giveaway is taking place at Christ the Lord Lutheran Church in Cottage Grove on Friday and Saturday.

To help support church missions, New Life Evangelical Free Church, just south of Cottage Grove on Highway 61, is holding a rummage sale from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday.

A five-church pig roast to benefit the Friends in Need Food Shelf is planned from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

At St. Mary's-Basswood Grove Episcopal Church in Denmark Township, the congregation is offering roast corn and pork plus a live auction that's large enough to have a catalog of items, from 4 to 8 p.m. on Saturday.

Live music, an open stage plus roast pork will be available at Newport Lutheran Church from 1 to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Proceeds will benefit the Leukemia Society of Minnesota.

A Gulf shore relief carnival is scheduled from noon to 7 p.m. on Saturday at Globe University, 8089 Globe Drive in Woodbury.

At St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park in Denmark Township, naturalists will demonstrate bird banding beginning at 7:15 p.m.

Animal Ark, the no-kill animal shelter, is holding its annual fundraiser walk beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday.

The Experimental Airplane Association is hosting an Aviation Day fly-in pancake breakfast at the Lake Elmo Airport from 7 a.m. to noon on Sunday.