Arts/leisure briefs: Star Watch Party set at Big Marine

  • Updated: June 21, 2014 - 5:07 PM

Star Watch partygoers can learn about constellations and do some serious stargazing on Friday, July 25, at Big Marine Park Reserve.

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A Minnesota Star Watch Party, hosted by Mike Lynch of WCCO Radio, will be held from 9 to 11 p.m. on Friday, July 25, at Big Marine Park Reserve, 17495 Manning Trail N., Marine on St. Croix.

Participants will get to know constellations such as the Big Bear, Cygnus the Swan and Scorpius the Scorpion, and some of the stories behind them. Natural wonders of the sky — constellations, planets, star clusters, galaxies, nebulae and more — will be viewed.

Visitors will use large reflecting telescopes, including two 20-inch reflectors that are among the biggest mobile telescopes in Minnesota.

A new astronomical camera-telescope system will allow for views of the more distant parts of the universe. Participants will receive star maps and constellation charts for personal use, and should bring lawn chairs and blankets if desired.

The party is free to park visitors with a valid park permit ($5/day, $25/annual). For more information visit: or call the county parks contact station at 651-430-8370. No registration is required.


Biking, running race planned at Ojibway

Youth ages 7 to 12 are invited to participate in the inaugural Run it, Bike it, Du it: Kids Duathlon, on Saturday, June 28, at Ojibway Park, 2695 Ojibway Drive, Woodbury.

Participants will bike a 3K course and run about 1 mile along the trails of Ojibway Park and Ojibway Park Drive. Register online at or call 651-714-3583. Cost is $25.

Kids ages 7-9 will start at 8 a.m. and end by 9:30 a.m.; 10- to 12-year-olds will start at 9:45 a.m. and end by 11 a.m. Volunteers are needed. Contact Elizabeth at or 651-414-3437.

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Music series returns to sculpture park

Franconia Sculpture Park’s Music @ Franconia series returns on Saturday, June 28, with the Blues & Soul Festival. The day’s lineup includes a variety of blues and soul artists, including the Kurt Jorgensen Band, Alison Scott, Lynn O’Brien and Izzy Marcil.

It’s the first in a series of free outdoor music events throughout the summer, surrounded by the sculpture exhibition at the park, 29836 St. Croix Trail, Shafer.

Marcil will open at noon, followed in order by O’Brien, Scott and the Kurt Jorgensen Band at 4 p.m. Food and drink are available for purchase at the Lizard Lounge in the park, and parking is $5 per vehicle.

The series continues with Bluegrass & Folk festival (July 12), Global Rhythm Festival (Aug. 16), and American Roots & Country Festival (Sept. 13).

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