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Weekend planner: Narnia the Musical this weekend


NARNIA THE MUSICAL -- The Woodbury Community Theatre will present "Narnia -- The Musical," at 7 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, July 8 to 11, at New Life Church, 6758 Bailey Road, in Woodbury. The show is based on the books of C.S. Lewis and Jules Tasca, with music by Thomas Tierney and lyrics from Ted Drachman. Tickets are reserved and must be paid for in advance. Orders can be placed online at Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, students and children, 4 years and older. For details, call (651) 730-4627.


RELAY FOR LIFE -- The 3rd annual Relay for Life of the Cottage Grove Area is a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society that celebrates survivors, remembers those who have died and raises funds for cancer research. Teams will walk a track at Kingston Park, in Cottage Grove, from 6 p.m. Friday, July 10, to 6 a.m. on Saturday, July 11. The public is invited to attend opening ceremonies on Friday and cheer for area cancer survivors as they lead the first lap. Other activities will include a silent auction, food, crafts and games. For details, go to

DEPLOYMENT CEREMONY -- A deployment ceremony for the Cottage Grove-based 204th Area Support Medical Company will begin at 10 a.m. on Friday, July 10, at the Cottage Grove Ice Arena, 8020 80th Street. State and local dignitaries are expected to attend as well as family members of the 82 soldiers who are deploying. After the ceremony, soldiers and their families will reconvene for a picnic at the Cottage Grove Minnesota National Guard Armory, on Belden Boulevard. Area Boy Scouts and residents plan to line the sidewalks waving American flags and cheering soldiers as they move to the Armory. All are invited to line the street.


FLEMING FIELD TOUR -- The South Washington Heritage Society will meet at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 11, at the St. Paul Park city hall parking lot for carpooling to the South St. Paul Municipal Airport and Union Cemetery in South St. Paul. The airport is more commonly know as Fleming Field, named after WWII fighter pilot, Richard Fleming, according to a press release. For details, call chair Alice Robinson at (651) 459-1082.

TAKE A KID FISHING -- The Cottage Grove Recreation Department, MinnAqua, and the state's Department of Natural Resources have stocked Hidden Valley Pond, corner of 70th Street and Hardwood Avenue, for "Take a Child Fishing" day, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 11. The one-day event is open to anyone interested in fishing or who wants to learn more about fish. A complimentary lunch will be provided for the first 200 participants, according to a press release.

Fishing educators will be available to demonstrate different skills for fishing, including fish identification, baiting, fish handling and casting. All necessary equipment for fishing will be provided including poles and bait. Volunteers will help with baiting, casting, and catch and releasing fish throughout the day. Youth, ages 16 and younger, will not need a fishing license to fish during the event. For details, call Tamara at (651) 458-3400.

NEWPORT FIREMEN'S BOOYA/PARADE -- The 56th annual Newport Firemen's booya parade begins at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 11, from Fire Station 1, 155 20th Street. Firefighters will begin serving booya at 11 a.m. on Sunday, July 12 at Station 1. Booya -- to eat in or take out -- sells for $3 per bowl. Other activities will include games and rides for children, Bingo, games of chance, raffles and a beer tent.

CAMPFIRE PROGRAMS -- "Save Fred the Fish" is the topic for a Saturday, July 11 campfire program at Lake Elmo Park Reserve. A naturalist from Maplewood Nature Center will talk about saving fish from a polluted wetland beginning at 7:15 p.m. at the campground amphitheater. The Reserve is located at the intersection County Roads 19 and 10 (one mile north of Interstate 94) in Lake Elmo. The program is a free program with a $5 vehicle fee. For details, call (651) 430-8370 or see

At the same time and same day, the Wildlife Science Center will present a campfire program on raptors at St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park, on the St. Croix River on County Road 21, between County Road 76 and County Road 78, in Denmark Township. The free program will take place in the campground amphitheater. Parking is $5 per vehicle. For details, call (65) 430-8240 or visit


INSTALLATION -- Pastor-elect David Barkow will be ordained and installed as the next pastor at Christ the Lord Lutheran Church, in Cottage Grove, at 7 p.m. on Sunday, July 12. All members of the community are invited to attend the ceremony and stay for refreshments. The church is located at the corner of 90th Street and County Road 19, in Cottage Grove.


LAND TRUST SESSION -- The Two Rivers Community Land Trust is hosting a session to share information about five new homes it is building at the Red Oak Preserve development in Oakdale. The meeting is scheduled from 6 to 7 p.m., on Tuesday, July 14, at the Oakdale Discovery Center, 4444 Hadley Ave N. in Oakdale. CLT uses the community land trust model of homeownership to offer homes for sale at a reduced rate to low-and moderate-income households.

Children are welcome to attend the session with their parents. Snacks and refreshments will be provided. Those interested in attending should RSVP to Teresa Howard, Ownership Services Manager, at (651) 994-9194, extension 203. Reservations also accepted by e-mail at Call or visit Two Rivers CLT Web site for more information about the homes at Red Oak Preserve or other Two Rivers CLT home buying opportunities,

ARCHERY FOR WOMEN ONLY -- Washington County Parks invites women of all ages to experience the great outdoors by attending an archery program from 5 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, July 14. Instructors from the John Glenn Cadet Archery program will be teaching the basics of archery. Participants will be able to shoot a bow and arrow, learn archery terminology, and practice proper shooting with an expert. All equipment is provided. The introduction course is suitable for all ages and is great for a mother-daughter combination, according to a press release. The registration fee is $20. For details and to register, call the Lake Elmo Contact Station at (651) 430-8370 or see Lake Elmo Park Reserve is at the intersection of County Road 19 and County Road 10 (one mile north of Interstate 94) in Lake Elmo.