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Weekend Planner: Carnivals and community campout this weekend


YMCA CARNIVAL --The Southeast Area YMCA, 2175 Radio Drive, Woodbury, will host its 4th annual family carnival from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 26. Admission is free and open to the community. Small fees will be charged for games, food and activities including inflatables, a magician and music.

SCIENCE EXPERIMENTS -- At 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 26, Bob Schumacher will demonstrate a variety of science experiments for children of all ages, at the Park Grove Branch Library, 7900 Hemingway Ave., Cottage Grove. The program is free but guests are asked to preregister prior to the day of presentation.


NEWPORT BOY SCOUT CARNIVAL --Newport Boy Scouts invite everyone to a carnival from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 28, at Newport Fire Hall No. 1, 155 20th Street.

Activities will include games for kids, hot dogs and Bingo. The silent auction will offer sports memorabilia from Minnesota sports teams and other items.

If you go, take cash or nonperishable food items for the Friends in Need Food Shelf, St. Paul Park.

COMMUNITY CAMPOUT -- The City of Newport, in partnership with the National Wildlife Federation, is hosting a free Community Campout from 12 p.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 28-29 at Loveland Park, 1500 Glen Road. Community members and groups are invited to participate in any part of the festivities, whether camping or not.

The highlight of the event will be a Mike Phillips Memorial Sack Race at 6:30 p.m. The entry fee is $5; all proceeds will help build a pavilion at Bailey Park. Other activities will include trail hikes, crafts for children, games for youth and adults, a box oven cooking demonstration by Newport Girl Scouts and an evening campfire with songs, stories and S'mores.

For details and to register to camp, call Jodi Hiland at (651) 459-4264 or e-mail The campout is an alcohol- and tobacco-free event.

VINTAGE BASE BALL -- The St. Croix Base Ball Club of the Washington County Historical Society, is hosting the Minnesota Sesquicentennial Vintage Base Ball Festival on Saturday and Sunday, June 28-29 at the Washington County Fairgrounds. Clubs from all over the state will meet and play. Admission and parking are free. The Big Lakers' 4-H Club will provide food, and the Washington County Sheriff Explorer Club will operate a speed pitch tent. For details, call (651) 439-5956 or go on-line at

OUTDOOR THEATER -- The 33rd summer season of Shakespeare & Company, Minnesota's longest running outdoor classical repertory theatre, begins Saturday, June 28, at Century College, White Bear Lake, and runs through Sunday, Aug. 3. This year's productions are "Richard II," and "As You Like It," by William Shakespeare, and "Servant of Two Masters," a comedy by Italian playwright Carlo Goldoni. All performances are held at Century's Outdoor Theatre Complex on the college's West Campus, 3300 Century Ave. N. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors. Admission is free for children under 12. Friday and Saturday performances are scheduled at 7 p.m., and at 6 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are available at the ticket booth prior to the performance. For details, call (651) 779-5818 or go to If you go, take a picnic supper and a blanket or lawn chair.

ANIMAL SURVIVAL -- A naturalist from Carpenter Nature Center, Denmark Township, will present "Animal Survival Tactics," at 7:15 p.m. Saturday, June 28, at St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park.

Visitors will meet live native Minnesota animals and learn how they survive in their natural environment, as well as how these animals attract their mates, how they avoid being eaten by other animals, and how they locate and catch their food.

The program is free but parking is $5. St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park is located along the St. Croix River on County Road 21, between County Roads 76 78, in Denmark Township. For details, (651) 430-8240 or visit


GARDEN TOUR -- The 12th annual South Washington County Garden Tour will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 29, rain or shine. Tickets are $10 pre-sale, $15 on tour, with children under 12 free. Pre-sale tickets are available at city halls in Cottage Grove, Newport, St. Paul Park and Woodbury City; Buell's Landscape Center, Whispering Gardens, Zywiec Landscape & Garden Center, Laurel's Floral, Sweet Pea Floral and the Youth Service Bureau.

Each ticket comes with a brief description of gardens and a map to guide visitors.

All proceeds will benefit the South Washington County Youth Services Bureau. For details, call (651) 458-5224 or go to