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Weekend planner: Pet blessing Sunday


TENTH-GRADE ORIENTATION -- Tenth-grade orientation at Park High School will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 3. New 11th- and 12th-grade students are also welcome to attend this orientation. Students should plan to have their picture taken in the Activity Center before or after orientation.

OLTMAN ORIENTATION -- Orientation for all sixth and seventh grade students who will attend Oltman Middle School in St. Paul Park will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 3. Parents are welcome to attend after 4 p.m. with their child. Eighth-grade students and their families are invited to attend between 2 and 7 p.m. Teachers will be available from 5 to 7 p.m.

FARMER'S MARKET -- The farmer's market in Old Cottage Grove is held from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. every Thursday through Oct. 8, at Cottage Grove United Church of Christ, Lamar Avenue and 70th Street. the market is averaging 14 vendors every week ranging from those selling vegetables to homemade items including bread, jams, jellies, pickles, beef jerky and honey. For details, go to the Web site,


BLESSING OF PETS -- The congregation at the Cottage Grove campus of Woodbury/Peaceful Grove United Methodist Church will gather for an outdoor service to bless pets, at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 6. Everyone is invited to bring a pet or the picture of a loved pet. Services are casual and family-friendly. The Peaceful Grove campus is located at 8600 90th St., in Cottage Grove.


FARMER'S MARKET -- A farmer's market is held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the Cottage Grove VFW Post 8752 Red Barn at 9260 East Point Douglas Road, in Cottage Grove. Vegetables, homemade jams and jellies and crocheted items are among items available for sale.

EARLY CHILDHOOD OPEN HOUSE -- Registrations are being accepted for fall classes in Early Childhood Family Education, a program for children, age birth to 5 years old, and their parents. Registrations will also be accepted at the ECFE open house, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 8, at the District Program Center, 8400 East Point Douglas Road in Cottage Grove. For a class brochure, go to or call (651) 458-6632.