Arts briefs: Tickets on sale for East Ridge High's 'Aida'

  • Updated: October 12, 2013 - 2:00 PM

The city of Cottage Grove is accepting submissions for its 12th annual photo contest. Above is 2011 winner Lori Larson’s entry in the black and white category.

Tickets are now on sale for the upcoming East Ridge High School Theater production of Elton John and Tim Rice’s “Aida.”

The fifth annual opening night gala runs from 6-7: 30 p.m. on Nov. 8 at the school, 4200 Pioneer Drive in Woodbury. Those attending can bid in a silent auction to support the theater program and enjoy appetizers and local entertainment.

“Aida” is a classic love story between an enslaved Nubian princess and an Egyptian soldier set to a pop-rock score.

Six shows will be presented from Nov. 8-17. Visit the theater’s website at to reserve tickets. Cost is $8 for seniors and students, $10 for adults.

Marine on St. Croix

Caramel festival to offer sweet, sticky fun

The fourth annual festival of caramel — dubbed Caramelpalooza — begins at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at the St. Croix Chocolate Company, 261 Parker St. in Marine on St. Croix.

The festival, which is open to the public and free to attend, features complimentary tastings of numerous gourmet caramel and dessert sauces, an impressive variety of artisan caramels and chocolate confections, caramel apples, and much-anticipated specialties such as bacon caramel corn.

Festivalgoers will be entertained by several musical acts, including Holiday Ranch, featuring vocalist Karen Paurus (best known locally from Simple Gifts’ holiday concerts), Dan Wascoe’s ragtime keyboards, The Fat Chance Jug Band, and the St. Paul Kazoo Band. And, as always, the day will include a special appearance by “CaramElvis!”

Other activities for the whole family include a petting zoo, face painting and games. New this year is a scarecrow-making station and a Fall Photo Zone, where visitors can pose with straw bales, pumpkins and other outdoor fall décor.

Denmark township

Nature center plans orchard walk

The Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center is planning an orchard walk as part of its natural challenges series from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, at the center, 12805 St. Croix Trail in Hastings.

While students are getting a break from school they can enjoy a healthy snack. After walking through the center’s apple orchard, sampling different varieties of apples, the center will make some fresh apple cider with an old fashioned apple press. Participants will also get to pick a few apples to take home.

Program fee is $6 per person or $4 for Friends of CNC and children under 10 years of age. For more information or to register, call 651-437-4359.

Cottage Grove

Shutterbugs sought for annual contest

Cottage Grove residents with an eye for photography are invited to participate in the city’s 12th annual photo contest.

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