Marine on St. Croix artist Tom Maakestad has two new oil pastels in the Groveland Artists Group Show which opened recently at the Groveland Gallery, 25 Groveland Terrace, Minneapolis.

He will also be conducting a porch painter demonstration at the Groveland from 12:30 to 4 p.m. on July 20. And on Aug. 3, he will be participating in the gallery's "smackdown," featuring many local artists.

Plein air, or outdoor, painting will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., followed by a reception and sale.

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Lakeshore Players offer theater camp

"Young Stars of the Stage," a musical theater camp for children ages 8-13, is being offered by the Lakeshore Players Theatre from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. July 29-Aug. 2 at the theater at 4820 Stewart Av. in White Bear Lake. Cost is $115.

The camp will teach acting, vocal and dance techniques through performance and play, and its educational and theater professionals will help each student in developing self-confidence and collaborative skills vital to everyday life.

To register, go to For information, call 651-429-5674 or e-mail


Registration open for fall softball league

Fall adult softball league registration is now available in Woodbury.

The fall season is six weeks long, with doubleheaders making up the 12-game schedule running from August through early October. The fee is $475 per team.

Registration packets are available at

Contact Reed Smidt for more information at 651-714-3588 or e-mail

Summer Dance series is hopping again

Instructors James and Tricia Wood of Dance and Entertainment in Woodbury are again offering a free outdoor summer dance series co-sponsored by the city's Parks and Recreation Department at the Ojibway Park bandshell, 2695 Ojibway Drive, Woodbury. Rain location is the Central Park indoor amphitheater.

The series include:

• "Ballroom Night" from 6:30-7 p.m. July 16, with a Foxtrot lesson followed by dancing until 9 p.m. to Tim Patrick and His Blue Eyes Band. • "Country Night" from 6:30-7 p.m. July 23, with a Country 2-Step lesson, then dancing until 9 p.m. to the Dixie Hicks Band.

• "Swing Night" from 6:30-7 p.m. July 30, with a swing lesson followed by dancing until 9 p.m. to Red Rock Swing Band.


Top chalk artists invited to compete

The sixth annual Chicago Dogs Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest takes place from 1-8 p.m. on July 18 at Chicago Dogs, 402 N. Main St. in Stillwater.

The drawing will be done on the sidewalks in front of the shop.

There are three categories based on age: 12 and under, 13 to 17, and 18 and older. There will be trophies, ribbons and prizes.

Creations will be judged by two local artists. All contestants will be provided with coloring chalk, but they can provide their own if they want.

Judging will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. July 19, and winners will be announced at 5 p.m.


Program highlights life of beavers

A program on beavers will be offered from 7 to 8 p.m. on July 20, at Afton State Park, 6959 Peller Av. S., Hastings.

Learn about beavers, North America's largest rodent, and how they are natural engineers.

All ages welcomed. Meet at the picnic shelter outside the visitor center.

For more information, call 651-436-5391.

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Campfire cuisine highlighted at park

Chomped! The Campfire Edition!, a fun day focusing on campfire cuisine, starts at 10 a.m. on July 20, at William O'Brien State Park, 16821 O'Brien Trail N., Marine on St. Croix.

A fire-building and safety class will begin in the morning, and then the naturalists will prepare some of their favorite campfire recipes and show off some their tips and tricks for cooking over an open fire.

In the afternoon, participants will have two hours to build a fire, design their own menu from ingredients provided, and present their dishes to the judges. Prizes and ribbons will be given out.

There are a limited number of campfire rings and pedestals in the picnic grounds, so call the park office to sign up a group at 651-433-0500.

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