Gophers in the Gardens! But don’t worry, they don’t bite. Ten five-foot-tall statues of Goldy Gopher, the University of Minnesota mascot, are making their home in the Minnesota Arboretum gardens through Aug. 31. Indoor displays on the history of the school mascot and plants introduced at the university are also part of the presentation sponsored by the Minnesota Corn Growers Association.
Free city dump site for tree debris
The city of Edina has opened a free tree branch dump site at 7420 Braemar Blvd. for residents affected by recent storms.
The site, across from the Braemar Golf Dome, will be open through July 10 from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday. The site will be closed July 4th.
Residents with tree branches must present a valid proof of residency, and contractors can use the dump site as well. No stumps are allowed.
For more information, contact the Public Works Department at 952-826-0376.
July 4th parade begins at 10 a.m. Thursday
Edina’s Independence Day parade theme this year is tied to the city’s 125th anniversary, or “quasquicentennial.”
The parade will begin at 10 a.m. July 4th behind Edina City Hall at Eden Avenue and Willson Road, just east of Hwy. 100, and proceed one mile east on 50th Street to the U.S. Bank parking lot at Halifax Avenue.
This year’s grand marshal will be former Parks and Recreation Director John Keprios, who retired last year after 35 years.
Parade organizers recommend that spectators arrive early, since 15,000 people are expected to view the parade. It will be broadcast live on Edina Channel 16 and aired throughout the month.
For more information on the parade route and parking, visit www.edinaparade.org.
Residents can top off their Independence Day celebration with an 8:45 p.m. concert by the First John Philip Sousa Memorial Band followed by a fireworks display at 10 p.m. at Rosland Park.
For more information, visit www.edinamn.gov or call the Parks & Recreation Department at 952-826-0367.
Arboretum’s garden tours are July 14-17
The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Auxiliary will sponsor tours of four private gardens in the west metro July 14-17.
Guests will travel to the private gardens in air-conditioned buses. A homeowner and auxiliary representative will be on hand to answer questions. The tour experience also includes a brunch accompanied by music.