‘Night to Unite’ planned for Aug. 6

As part of the annual “Night to Unite” event, neighborhoods across Plymouth will host block parties from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6, and the Plymouth police and fire departments will hold an open house from 2:30-5 p.m. that day.

The open house, scheduled for the Plymouth Creek Center at 14800 34th Av. N., will feature a variety of entertainment for children, with moonwalks and games. Visitors will examine a squad car, a North Memorial Aircare helicopter, a water-rescue craft and a SWAT vehicle, and police and firefighters will answer questions.

“We designed the open house to be a fun learning experience for all ages,” Police Chief Mike Goldstein said.

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Free ‘Entertainment in the Parks’

The Plymouth Parks and Recreation Department will offer free “Entertainment in the Parks” through the summer.

Upcoming performances include:

• 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 1, Star of the North Concert Band at the Hilde Performance Center, 3450 Plymouth Blvd.

• 6:45 p.m. Monday, Aug. 5, Zoomobile: Cool Animals of the North, Hilde Small Stage.

• 7 p.m. Aug. 7, Water Ski Show at Parkers Lake Park, County Road 6 and Niagara Lane.

• 7 p.m. Aug. 8, Phil Kipze Group on the Hilde Small Stage.

• 7 p.m. Aug. 12, Rum River Brass on the Hilde Small Stage.

• 7 p.m. Aug. 13, Steve Blexrud on Parkers Lake Stage.

• 11 a.m. Aug. 14, Kid’s Koncert featuring Miss Catherine on the Parkers Lake Stage.

• 7 p.m. Aug. 15, Porch Pickers at the Hilde Amphitheater.

• 7 p.m. Aug. 19, Classic Brass Inc on the Hilde Small Stage.

• 7 p.m. Aug. 20, Long Time Gone on Parkers Lake Stage.

• Sunset on Aug. 21, movie “E.T.” at Hilde.

• 7 p.m. Aug. 22, Compass Rose Brass at the Hilde Amphitheater.

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Drama camps for kids to be held Aug. 12-17

Two drama camps for kids ages 6-11 are scheduled for Aug. 12-17 at the Plymouth Creek Center’s Black Box Theatre, 14800 34th Av.

Both camps will be headed up by musician and theater director Allison Raney. They are sponsored by the Plymouth Parks and Rec Department.

• “Music and Movement for the Stage” will guide students in using creative improvisation. Participants will focus on stage presence, vocal techniques using a microphone, creative movement, ballet technique, musical theater, jazz and contemporary dance. The camp will be held 1-4 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-noon Saturday.

• “Stories in Motion” will guide students through games and exercises to work on stage presence and presentational skills. The camp will focus on storytelling, improvisation, character development, props and costumes. This camp will be held 9 a.m.-noon Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-noon Saturday.

Family and friends are invited to attend a performance in the Black Box Theatre at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 17.

Cost of either camp is $150. To register, call 763-509-5223.



Carver County day at the Arboretum

Carver County residents will be admitted free to the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum on Friday, Aug. 2, in observance of Chanhassen and Carver County Day.

Arboretum Director Ed Schneider will welcome city and county officials at a public ceremony at 10 a.m., followed by walking tours and story times for kids. A Trumpet Creeper Tram will give tours of Three-Mile Drive throughout the day for $3.

The arboretum is located 9 miles west of I-494 on Hwy. 5.


MacPhail Center opening new location

The MacPhail Center for Music is opening a new location this fall in Chanhassen.

With sites already in Minneapolis, White Bear Lake and Apple Valley, MacPhail will begin offering lessons in the Chanhassen High School this fall. Then in January it plans to open a new school across the street from the Chanhassen Dinner Theatres.

Offerings in Chanhassen will include:

• Individual lessons for ages 5 to adult in flute, clarinet, oboe, saxophone, trumpet, French horn, trombone, percussion, voice, piano, guitar, violin, viola and cello.

• Suzuki Talent Education beginning as early as 3-6 years of age in violin and cello.

• Group lessons for all ages.

• Music Therapy for all ages.

• Early Childhood Music for ages 6 weeks to 8 years.

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House minority leader speaks to GOP seniors

Rep. Kurt Daudt, Minnesota House minority leader, will speak about current policy issues to the Republican Seniors of Minnesota luncheon on Tuesday, Aug. 6, at Poor Richard’s Commonhouse, 8301 Normandale Blvd. in Bloomington.

The meeting begins at 10 a.m. with a business session followed by the guest speaker. At noon, lunch is served, ranging from $6 to $11 per person, with a minimum charge of $3.

For more information, call 952-828-1943 or e-mail repsen


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Corn Days at Church of St. George

The Church of St. George will host Corn Days Aug. 10 and 11, with fresh roasted corn and lots of games for kids and teens, plus a petting zoo and pony rides, live music and a silent auction.

The festival runs from 1-11 p.m. on Saturday and from noon until 5 p.m. on Sunday. Spaghetti will be served from 5-7 p.m. Saturday, and a pancake breakfast will be served from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 952-473-1247 or visit