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Weekend planner: Some spooky choices this weekend

Halloween parties for young and older, hauntings, benefits and meetings await south Washington County families this weekend.

Everyone is invited to the South Washington Senior Center Fall Festival, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 22, at the District Program Center, 8400 East Point Douglas Road. Activities will include a granny's attic, homemade bake sale, crafts, a quilt raffle and music by the Regals Red Hat Chorus. Sloppy joe lunches will be available to purchase for $3. For details, visit

Cottage Grove hip hop artist Nick "RaeNow" Graham invites area residents, 21 and older, to his second annual hip hop Halloween party, from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 22, at the Cottage Grove VFW Post 8752 Red Barn, 9260 East Point Douglas Road. Tickets are $6, or $5 with a nonperishable food donation for the Friends in Need Food Shelf. Costumes are encouraged.

Family history specialists, Sue Nolan of Cottage Grove and Chris Hoyt of Grey Cloud Island township will speak at a family history conference and open house from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 23, at the LDS Meetinghouse, 2140 Hadley Ave. N. in Oakdale. The program is free and open to the public. Lunch will be provided.

Woodbury Church of Christ at 4920 Woodbury Drive will host representatives from Memorial Blood Centers for a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 23, at the church. Childcare will be provided during appointments and replenishing time in the canteen, according to a press release.

Friends and family of Russ Crosby, former Cottage Grove resident now living in Grey Cloud Island Township, invite everyone to a benefit from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 24, at the Red Rock Saloon in Newport. Crosby, a U.S. Army veteran, was diagnosed with Stage 4 throat cancer in July. The benefit will help pay his medical expenses.

The annual fall turkey dinner at Newport United Methodist Church, 1596 11th Ave., will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 24. Tickets -- available at the door -- are $10 for adults and $8 for seniors over 62 and youth, ages 8 to 12 years. Tickets for children, 8 and younger, are $4.

The Women's Auxiliary of American Legion Post 98 in St. Paul Park is hosting a blood drive from noon to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 26, at the legion hall, 328 Broadway Ave.