The Woodbury Community Theatre's production of "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" opens this week.

The musical comedy based on the Peanuts comic strip runs from Friday, July 24, to Sunday, August 2. It first opened in 1967 in New York with music and lyrics by Clark Gesner. Six adult cast members are featured as Peanuts characters and 29 children are in the youth ensemble.

In Woodbury, performances are Fridays and Saturdays, July 24, 25, 31 and Aug. 1 at 7 p.m., Sundays, July 26 and Aug. 2 at 3 p.m., Wednesday, July 29 at 1 p.m. and Thursday, July 30 at 7 p.m. The venue is the Loft Stage at East Ridge High School, 4200 Pioneer Drive, Woodbury.

Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and students; children 4 and under and active military families are free. Tickets can be purchased online at

The Merrill Community Arts Center is a nonprofit community arts center serving the east metro. Its recent production of "Les Miserables" set an attendance record for the company, with more than 5,100 people attending seven shows.


Log Jam Parade hits city's streets today

The annual Stillwater Log Jam Parade kicks off at Washington Square Park precisely 1:05 p.m. on Sunday, July 19.

The parade will have music, dancing, treats, Mister Twisty the clown, and more.

Grand Marshals are Buzz, Nile, and Gary Kriesel, chosen in recognition of their family's lifetime commitment of service to the local community and the nation — all served in the military.

The parade route travels north from Washington Square Park along Greeley St., one block west on Olive St., North on Owens St., and east on Laurel St. to conclude at Pioneer Park.

St. Croix Valley

Stillwater author on Norway's history

Stillwater author John Yilek will tell stories from his new book, "History of Norway," and sign copies of the book at a bookstore in Hudson, Wis., this week.

The appearance is from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, July 23, at Chapter2Books, 226 Locust St. in Hudson.

'Hot Metal Pour' is a cool spot to visit

Mold making workshops are coming this week for those who'd like to take part in the Community Collaboration Hot Metal Pour at Franconia Sculpture Park.

The pour will be held Saturday, Aug. 1 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

It's a chance to watch professional sculptors create metal art and to create a mold that will become your own cast iron sculpture.

The pour is led by artists Tamsie Ringler, professor at the University of Minnesota Minneapolis, and Araan Schmidt, professor at Colorado Mesa University, along with eight iron artists and three intern iron artists.

The process begins with recycled iron being melted to 2,700 degrees Fahrenheit. Glowing liquid metal flows into a 150-pound ladle, to be poured into your sculpture mold.

Once cooled and unmolded, the finished project will be a tilelike sculpture ready to be exhibited.

Before the event, attendees are invited to attend four free community mold-making workshops: July 25 and 26 from 1-4 p.m. and July 29 and 30 from 4-8 p.m.

Reserve a place and sand mold by visiting or call 651-257-6668. Mold prices are $30, $45, and $75, depending on size.

The Franconia Sculpture Park is free and open to the public 365 days a year at 29836 St Croix Trail, Shafer, Minn.

Native American dance featured

A Native American celebration with traditional drumming, singing, and dancing is coming up this week as part of St. Croix Riverfest, which runs from July 21-26.

The free event is Tuesday, July 21, at 7 p.m. at Picnic Point in Lakefront Park, Hudson, Wis. For a schedule of Riverfest activities, visit


5K run-walk to honor Danielle Jelinek

Registration is now open for the third annual "5K for Dani J!" to be held at 8 a.m. Aug. 8 at Oakdale Nature Preserve/Discovery Center, 4444 Hadley Ave. The event will honor Danielle Jelinek and raise money for the Domestic Abuse Project.

Jelinek, 27, who grew up in Cottage Grove and lived in Oakdale when she disappeared in December 2012. Her body was found in a marshy area the following May. In December 2013, a man Jelinek knew was indicted on a charge of murder for providing her with the illegal drugs that killed her. He awaits trial.

Jelinek was an avid runner and fitness enthusiast who was passionate about good health. She participated in and completed the Tough Mudder competition. The 5K run-walk was created by her family and friends to celebrate her love of running.

The $25 registration fee ($30 on race day) includes refreshments, entertainment and a memento. To register, go to: For more information, call 651-329-0269.

David Peterson