Washington County's newest summer event, Rockin' Ribs on the River, begins Saturday, June 15 in Lakeside Park in Bayport from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. David Ybarra and the Northside Dukes will headline the event. Mick Sterling and the Irresistibles and another performer, Crankshaft, also will play.

All three bands have been featured in Midwest festivals and together have played blues music for more than 50 years.

Rockin' Ribs on the River is a free event with free parking. Also available will be a beer and wine garden and barbecue. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets. More information is at www.rockinribsontheriver.com.


Book signing at historical society

The Washington County Historical Society will be hosting a free book signing and presentation with local author Gloria VanDemmeltraadt at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 16, at the Warden's House Museum 602 N. Main St., Stillwater. She will be discussing and celebrating the release of her new book, "Memories of Lake Elmo" which chronicles the history of the village and city of Lake Elmo.

VanDemmeltraadt's extensive research of historical documents is bolstered with interviews with more than 100 longtime residents of the area.

Contact Sean Pallas at spallas.wchs@gmail.com or 651-439-5956 with questions on this event or to schedule a tour of the museum.


Outdoor yoga at Lake Elmo park

New to Washington County Parks this year is outdoor yoga at Lake Elmo Park Reserve, 1515 Keats Av. N., Lake Elmo. Now through Sept. 5, tune into the sights and sounds of nature and release stress through guided yoga sequences.

Classes will be Thursday from 6 to 7 p.m. at Lake Elmo Park Reserve's North Picnic Shelter. Outdoor yoga classes are $5 per class per person; all vehicles must have a valid vehicle permit ($5/day or $25/annual). This is a beginner to intermediate yoga series led by a registered yoga teacher. In case of rain, classes will be indoors at the Lake Elmo Park Reserve — Nordic Center.

Registration is required. Register at the park contact station, in person or by phone at 651-430-8370.

Library launches summer reading

Lake Elmo Public Library's summer reading program for elementary through junior high students will run from Monday, June 10 to August 17. It features games, programs, prizes, author visits and reading available from over 8,000 library books. Starting June 10, register at the library, 3537 Lake Elmo Av., to track your reading time to be eligible to win prizes. Every week on Saturday a name will be drawn for a Target gift card.

It kicks off with a medallion hunt on June 10 with the first clue posted at the library at 10 a.m. The medallion will be hidden in or near the library and clues will be posted every day at 10 a.m. Go to http://lakeelmopubliclibrary.org for details on additional programs and events.

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Old-time base ball teams in action

The St. Croix Base Ball Club, an educational program of the Washington County Historical Society, will be playing the Milwaukee Cream Citys at the Pioneer Village in Cameron, Wis., at 11 or 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 9. The Afton Red Socks will also be participating in the tournament.

The Pioneer Village, operated by the Barron County (Wis.) Historical Society, will be the site for five vintage base ball clubs over the coming weekend. Vintage Base Ball is played by the rules of 1860. Some of the rules at that time are that players play without gloves; the batter is out if the ball is caught on the fly or first bounce; the pitcher pitches the ball to where the batter wants it and there are no called balls or strikes.

This is the 16th season for the St. Croix Base Ball Club, which has members from around the Twin Cities area. For more about the St. Croix Base Ball Club, call the Washington County Historical Society at 651-439-5956 or visit www.wchsmn.org and click the Vintage Base Ball section to find the rest of the schedule for 2013.

Jim Anderson, Kevin Giles