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Continued: Arts briefs: Afton Village Holiday set Dec. 6-7

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The cost is $25 and includes all materials and hands-on instruction. The class is limited, so please call the park to reserve your spot at 651-433-0500.


Concert will benefit typhoon victims

The Cultural Society of Filipino Americans (CSFA) will host a concert to benefit the victims of Typhoon Haiyan that tore through the Philippines earlier this month, leaving nearly 4,000 people dead and devastating vast swaths of the country. More than 1,600 people are still listed as missing.

The free event will be held from 3-6 p.m. on Nov. 24 at Guardian Angels Church, at 8260 4th St. N. in Oakdale, and will feature live music, Filipino food, a bake sale and silent auction.

Eventgoers are urged to make donations to the CSFA Typhoon Haiyan fund at the event or by stopping at any Wells Fargo branch. CSFA says it will match all donations up to $3,000. Donations of emergency supplies will also be accepted at various locations across the Twin Cities metro area, including Spirit Tae Kwon Do, 655 Fairview Av. N., St Paul; the Philippine Center of Minnesota, 1380 Frost Av., Maplewood; and Ligaya Carlos, 13516 Cromwell Av., Rosemount.

For more information, call 651-243-2732, e-mail, or visit

Cottage Grove

Turkey pardon part of Thanksgiving 5K

For years the official White House Thanksgiving turkey has received a presidential pardon. This year, Cottage Grove will join in the lighthearted fun when Mayor Myron Bailey will pardon Fatty Bird, the official Hale to the Bird 5K mascot, kicking off the start of the annual Thanksgiving Day race.

Now in its fourth year, the Hale to the Bird 5K raises money for the Friends in Need Food Shelf, which serves residents in Cottage Grove, Newport, St. Paul Park and Grey Cloud Island Township.

The event will take place on Thursday, Nov. 28, at Cottage Grove’s Hamlet Park, 8883 Hamlet Road, with registration and check-in at 8 a.m. The mayoral pardon takes place at 8:45 a.m. and the race starts at 9 a.m. Nonperishable items or cash donations for the food shelf will be accepted before the race begins.

The cost is $30 for ages 13 and older, $10 for ages 12 and under. Awards will be given to first and second male and female finishers.

To register, visit (you do not need a Facebook account to register) or, search “Hale to the Bird.”

Jim Anderson, Libor Jany

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