Arts and leisure briefs: Owls, raptors swoop in on campfire programs

  • Updated: August 2, 2014 - 3:00 PM

Warner Nature Center will present a campfire program on barred owls at 7:15 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, at Lake Elmo Park Reserve, 1515 Keats Av. N., Lake Elmo.

Warner Nature Center’s barred owl is an adult female that was found injured in Bemidji and was sent to the Raptor Center to recover. The program will be in the campground amphitheater.

Raptors from the Carpenter Nature Center will be presented at the campfire program at 7:15 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9 at St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park, in Denmark Township at 10191 St. Croix Trail S., in the campground amphitheater.

Both programs are free with a park permit. ($5 a day or $25 a year). Call 651-430-8370 or see for more on this and other programs.


Film, music festival set near Square Lake

The Square Lake Film & Music Festival, a blend of live music and experimental films, takes place from 2 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, Aug. 9, at 13363 Partridge Road, Stillwater. The festival is a short distance from Square Lake County Park but not in the park itself.

Musical performances will begin on the outdoor stage in the early afternoon. Films are screened between musical performances (by Frankie Lee, Gao Hong, Carroll, Shiro Dame and more) inside a barn that has been converted into a theater. The performance of a live film score by Anonymous Choir will occur at dusk followed by a set of live music from the festival headliner Low.

Cost is $25 in advance (online at, and $30 on the day of the event. There is a $10 discount for bicyclists.

Galactic Cowboy Orchestra is second in music series

The Galactic Cowboy Orchestra will perform from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 7, at the Stillwater Public Library, 224 Third St. N.

The free concert is the second date in the library’s Light Up Your Reading summer concert series. The Galactic Cowboy Orchestra fuses a mix of jazz, classical, bluegrass, art-rock, Indian ragas and their own original stylings to create a unique genre.


Books sought for museum fundraiser

The Washington County Historical Society is looking for book donations as part of a fundraising sale that will be part of the Hay Lake Day Celebration from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 9, at the Hay Lake School Museum in Scandia. The museum is at County Road 3 and Old Marine Trail N.

Donations can be dropped off during the museum hours of 1 to 4 p.m. weekdays, and at the Warden’s House in Stillwater from noon to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Aug. 7 and 8. Arrangements for making donations can also be made by calling 651-433-4014.

Registration opens for Lakamaga camps

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