West news briefs: Dylan salutes set for July 24 and 27

  • Article by: Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 16, 2013 - 3:17 PM

Aaron Ollswang, left, Billy Hallquist and Lonnie Knight teamed up to play Bob Dylan songs last summer, and they’ll be back for the Salute to the Music of Bob Dylan concerts in Maple Grove on July 24 and in St. Louis Park on July 27. Admission is free.

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Dylan salutes set for July 24 and 27

Salutes to Bob Dylan are set for Wednesday, July 24, at the Town Green in Maple Grove and Saturday, July 27, at the Veterans Memorial Amphitheater in St. Louis Park’s Wolfe Park.

The free concerts will feature many of the area’s finest musicians performing an evening of songs by Dylan. This marks the fifth year the salute has performed at the St. Louis Park amphitheater and the third annual event in Maple Grove.

The lineup of artists includes bandleader Billy Hallquist, Matt Fink, Patty Peterson, Mary Jane Alm, Jeff Dayton, Gary Lopac, Lonnie Knight, Scott Sansby, Stan Kipper, Chico Perez, Paul Metsa, Dan Israel, Gene LaFond, James Loney, Jim Steinworth, Ralph Dacut, Aaron Ollswang, Kenny Krona, Barbara Meyer, Steve Grossman, Jeff Victor and master of ceremonies Marc Percansky, all veterans of past tributes. Making their first appearance at the tribute show are Arne Fogel, Willie Walker and Courtney Yasmineh.

Both events also will promote Guitars for Vets, a national organization that helps veterans suffering the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder.

Thomas Page will also inform fans about his project to create a commemorative statue of Dylan at a prominent site in his birthplace of Duluth. More information is available at www.dylanbyduluth.com.

Each concert is scheduled for 6:30-9:30 p.m. The Town Green in Maple Grove is located at 7991 Main St. The Veterans Memorial Amphitheater in St. Louis Park is located at Wolfe Park, 3700 Monterey Drive.


Voting opens on city sculpture exhibit

The fifth annual Edina Sculpture Exhibit is open, and people can vote on their favorites in the People’s Choice Awards.

Eleven new sculptures featuring a mix of realism, the whimsical and abstract art are located at the Edina Promenade, Grandview Square Park and 50th and France. Winners will be announced in October, with the top three sculptures receiving stipends of $1,000, $750 and $500.

Paper ballots are located at each of the three sites in bright yellow voting boxes. The sculpture display is organized by the Edina Public Art Committee.

Walking tours of the sculpture areas will be held throughout the summer. For dates and times of Sculpture Strolls or to schedule a tour, call the Edina Art Center at 952-903-5780 or Barbara La Valleur at 612-578-2422.

Register soon for ‘Night to Unite’ Aug. 6

Edina police are encouraging neighborhoods to register with the city for Night to Unite block parties on Aug. 6.

Events will take place in neighborhoods and parks from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Police officers are available to attend parties, but resources are limited, so neighborhoods should register early to request an officer. The registration deadline is July 26.

Night to Unite was created to promote neighborhood spirit, increase awareness in crime prevention and build a stronger police-community partnership.

To register a block party or for more information, contact Taunya Hegyi at 952-826-1610 or e-mail thegyi@edinamn.gov. To apply for a block party permit, visit www.edinamn.gov/index.php?section=permits_blockparties.

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