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Weekend Planner: Stone Soup'er Bowl kicks off full slate of activities

Families have a wide variety of activities from which to choose this weekend in south Washington County, beginning with the Stone Soup'er Bowl fundraiser Saturday and moving on to a musical at Park High School, rummage sales, scrabble tournament, pancakes, luncheon, dinner and a grand opening.

The Stone Soup'er Bowl fundraiser is scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 30, at Park Grove Bowl, 1020 Hastings Ave., St. Paul Park. Teams of four to five people can sign up until 9:15 a.m. They receive free bowling, shoes, snacks and a chance at door prizes. Registration is free but donations are encouraged. For details, email

Park High School's spring musical, "Bye Bye Birdie," will be performed at 7 p.m. April 29 and 30. Tickets are $6 per adult and $4 for students and seniors if purchased in advance. The price goes up $1 at the door. For reservations, call (651) 768-5706 or visit

St. Andrew's Lutheran Church and School will hold its annual rummage and bake sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, April 29 and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 30, with a bag sale at noon Saturday. The school is located at 1000 Portland Ave. in St. Paul Park.

Cottage Grove United Church of Christ is holding its annual Trash to Treasure sale, indoors at 7008 Lamar Ave., in Old Cottage Grove, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, April 29, and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 30. Saturday is also $4-a-bag day. Lunch -- homemade soup, Sloppy Joe sandwiches and homemade pie -- will be available for purchase. The church is located at the intersection of Lamar Ave and 70th Street, across from the Lamar Ball Fields.

St. Paul Park Heritage Days Royalty is hosting a scrabble tournament fundraiser beginning at 4 p.m. Saturday, April 30, at the Cottage Grove Armory, 8180 Belden Blvd., Cottage Grove.

Prizes will be awarded to the top three winners. Admission is free for kids, 5 and younger; $2 for 10 and younger; and $3 for 11 and older. Reservations are requested at (651) 769-9564 or Activities will include scrabble, food, music and a silent auction.

Everyone is invited to a grand opening event from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, April 30, at Hairitage Beauty Salon, 465 Broadway Ave., in St. Paul Park. There will be wine, hors d'oeuvres, free gift bags, drawings, free hair treatments an 20 percent off all services for new clients.

Whirlwind Ministries, which meets at the corner of Jamaica Avenue and 80th Street in Cottage Grove, invites everyone to its annual spaghetti dinner to help raise funds for its missions to those in prison, student mission trips and distribution of Bibles. The event is scheduled from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, April 30, and will include live music and testimonials. Suggested donations are $10 for adults, 9 years and older. Kids, 8 years and younger, eat free.

"The First Minnesota: In Their Own Words" will be part of Washington County's grand celebration of the 150th anniversary of the First Minnesota Volunteer Infantry in the Civil War. The event will be marked by a dramatization, music and a portrait display from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, April 30, at the Washington County Historic Courthouse, 101 W. Pine St., in Stillwater.

The Queen Esther Chapter 26 of Eastern Star in St. Paul Park is hosting its annual salad luncheon at 12:30 p.m. Saturday April 30, at the Masonic Center, Broadway and Summit avenues. This year's theme is "Run for the Roses." Admission is $8 and lunch will include salads, desserts, punch, door prizes and drawing for a king-size quilt.

The city of Cottage Grove is sponsoring its sixth annual Arbor Day and paper-shredding event from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 30, at Cottage Grove Public Works, 8635 West Point Douglas Road. Both events are free and open to residents and will occur rain or shine. For details about which materials will be accepted for shredding, visit

Members of the Accacia Masonic Lodge will hold their annual pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, May 1, at the Lodge, 11094 70th St., in Old Cottage Grove, across from the Lamar Field ball fields. All-you-can-eat pancakes with sausage, eggs, orange juice, coffee or milk will cost $7 per adult and $4 for kids, ages 6 to 12. Kids, 5 and younger, eat free. Food shelf donations will be accepted. Proceeds from the event will go to scholarship and other community activities supported by Masons.