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Weekend planner: Fire department, model railroad open houses this weekend

South Washington County residents won't have any trouble finding something to do or see this weekend. Activities range from a library book sale to an open house at Newport Fire Hall 1, fundraisers, a model railroad and ham operator open house and demonstration, quilt show, low-scare Halloween matinees and history presentations.

The Newport Fire Department will host an open house for Fire Prevention Week, beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 8, at Fire Station 1, located at 155 20th Street.

The Woodbury-based River Valley Quilt Guild will display its works at the Quilted Treasures Quilt Show from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 8, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 9, at Hooley Hall at the Washington County Fairgrounds in Lake Elmo. Admission is $5.

St. Mary's-Basswood Grove is hosting its annual thrift sale from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 8 and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 9. St. Mary's is located at 8435 St. Croix Trail South (County Road 21), between Afton and Hastings. For details, call Nadine at (651) 777-6991.

Cottage Grove Athletic Association's U14C2 traveling boys soccer team is holding a pancake breakfast fundraiser from 8 to 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 9, at the Applebee's Neighborhood Bar and Grill in Cottage Grove. Area residents are invited to attend. Tickets are $6 at the door.

Char Farago, a member of the Afton Historical Society, will present "One Good Woman," an "eyebrow raising and humorous story of St. Croix Valley young women in the early 1900s," to the South Washington Heritage Society, at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 9, at St. Paul Park City Hall, 600 Portland Ave.

Members of the Newport Model Railroad Club and the SouthEast Metro Amateur Radio Club will host a special open house from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 9, at the Newport Tower and the Model Railroad Club, Seventh Avenue and Sixth Street in Newport. The theme is "Newport Tower: Remembering the Milwaukee Road Railroad."

The 2010 CROP Hunger Walk in south Washington County will begin and end at Cottage Grove United Church of Christ at Lamar Avenue and 70th Street in Old Cottage Grove on Sunday, Oct. 10. After a brief gathering at 1:45 p.m., walkers will set out at 2 p.m. No vehicles are allowed including bikes, skates and skateboards. Dogs on leashes are acceptable.

Family and friends of longtime Cottage Grove resident Tammy Oberg have organized a benefit spaghetti dinner from 1 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 10, at the Cottage Grove VFW Post 8752 Red Barn, 9260 East Point Douglas Road in Cottage Grove. Suggested donations are $10 for adults and $5 for kids, 10 years and younger.

A series of educational and support sessions for people who are grieving is being offered from 7 to 9 p.m. on Monday beginning Oct. 11 at the senior center lounge in the District Program Center, 8400 East Point Douglas Road in Cottage Grove. The first program is an overview of the grief process.