A musical trip abroad, with dancing and singing along, is coming up this weekend at Franconia Sculpture Park’s Music@Franconia series.

Performers from 1-7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 15, include:

• Orkestar Bez Ime, or “orchestra without a name” in Bulgarian, formed in 2002 and performing Eastern European music from Albania to Ukraine;

• Quartetto Rosso (Red Quartet), whose typical performance includes pieces such as Funiculi Funicula and O Sole Mio, sung in Neapolitan dialect, plus contemporary folk and jazz tunes;

• Accordionist Mark Stillman, who has performed on Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Companion and with the Minnesota Orchestra, with styles including French cabaret and German polkas;

• Vocalists Francine Roche and Nancy Sanchelli Guertin.

Musicians appear in Franconia’s Earthen Amphitheater. Bring a blanket, grab a bite or beverage from on-site vendors.

Concerts are free, with guided tours of the exhibition during breaks, and parking is $5 per vehicle.

Music@Franconia is made possible through a grant from the East Central Regional Arts Council and community and business sponsors.

Washington County

Starwatch parties in county parks

Washington County Parks will host two upcoming Minnesota Starwatch parties.

On Friday, Aug. 14, a party will be held at Big Marine Park Reserve from 9-11 p.m.

The second one will be held Friday, Sept. 4, at Lake Elmo Park Reserve from 8:30-10:30 p.m.

The family program is free with a park vehicle permit. Minnesota Starwatch parties are hosted by Mike Lynch of WCCO radio.

Participants will see constellations like the Big Bear, Cygnus the Swan, Scorpius the Scorpion, and hear some of the stories behind them as well as other natural wonders: planets, star clusters, galaxies, nebulae.

Visitors will use telescopes, including two 20-inch reflectors that are among the biggest mobile telescopes in Minnesota.

There’s also an astronomical camera-telescope system for views of the more distant parts of the universe.

The event will be held even if it’s cloudy. No registration is required, but bring lawn chairs, blankets, snacks and bug spray.


Elvis tribute wraps up concert series

The final concert of Oakdale’s summer concert series is “Remembering the King,” an Elvis tribute.

It will be held at Walton Park Band Shell on Wednesday, Aug. 12, from 7-8:30 p.m. The park is situated at 15th Street and Hadley Avenue. Admission is free.

Lake Elmo

Helen Mirren flick is free at library

“A Woman in Gold,” starring Helen Mirren, is being shown this week at the Lake Elmo Public Library. The showing is on Thursday, Aug. 13, at 6 p.m., and admission is free.

The film is based on the true story of the late Maria Altmann, an elderly Jewish refugee living in Los Angeles.

Altmann fought the government of Austria for almost a decade to reclaim Gustav Klimt’s famous painting of her aunt, “Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I.” The painting was stolen from her relatives by the Nazis in Vienna just before World War II.

Free popcorn is available. The film is rated PG-13.


‘Backyard Bash’ at Colby Lake Park

Camp games and traditional backyard games are on tap this week at the city of Woodbury’s Backyard Bash.

Games include bocce, ladder golf, and croquet, all aimed at ages 6 to 12.

The event is Friday, Aug. 14, from 1-4 p.m. at Colby Lake Park. Residents pay $12, nonresidents $17.

It’s activity No. 551604-07 when you register online at the city’s website (http://tinyurl.com/o6jaaxs) or call 651-714-3583.