The 11th annual Square Lake Film & Music Festival, featuring nine musical acts and dozens of locally produced animations/independent films, runs from 2 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, Aug. 10.
The festival is held about half a mile from Square Lake County Park, at 13359 Partridge Road N. in Stillwater. A limited amount of free on-site camping is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Tickets for the event, which cost $20 and can be picked up at will-call, are available at http://squarelakefestival.com. Bicyclist discount tickets are on the “bike” page. Kids 12 and under are free with a paying adult. More than half of the attendees for this festival bike 78 miles round trip from the Twin Cities via the Gateway Bike Trail.
Musical acts this year include Dark Dark Dark (live set and film score), Heavy Deeds, Greg Grease, Crimes, Food Pyramid, Is/Is, Moors & McCumber and Body Omara. The musical acts will be interspersed with film screenings, including discussions with directors.
Morning parade to launch Pioneer Day activities
Pioneer Day in Newport kicks off at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 11, with a parade beginning at Newport Fire Hall, 155 20th St. The parade will make its way down 4th Avenue to Pioneer Park.
There will be food, vendors and the St. Paul Park-Newport Lions Club’s beer tent will be at the park all day. There will be games, bingo, crafts and inflatables, and a car and motorcycle show where trophies will be awarded. The Newport Business Association is sponsoring an Elvis impersonator who will begin his show at 5:30 p.m.
Pioneer Day Buttons are now being sold at City Hall, South Suburban Rental, the North Pole Restaurant, Newport Drug and John Bartl Hardware. Purchase a button to receive unlimited corn at Pioneer Day and to be entered into a raffle drawing at 5 p.m. on Pioneer Day. Individuals do not need to be present at the raffle drawing to win; winning numbers will be posted on the city’s website on Aug. 12. Buttons are $3 each or four for $10.
Kayla Gonzalez, a fifth-grader at Newport Elementary, submitted the winning button design.
Instructor offering archery lessons at park in two sessions
A certified archery instructor will offer a hands-on shot at archery at two sessions at Afton State Park, 6959 Peller Av. S.
One session runs from 10 a.m. to noon on Aug. 17, the other from 1 to 3 p.m. on Aug. 18. You can stop by anytime and stay as long as you like.
This activity is suitable for anyone age 8 and older, but children age 15 or younger must be accompanied by an adult. Equipment is provided, and personal archery equipment is not allowed.
Outdoor yoga classes continuing in the park
Outdoor yoga at Lake Elmo Park Reserve is continuing through Sept. 5.