'Extreme Race Day' now set for Saturday

Reshuffling its season after the track was shuttered during a 20-day government shutdown, Canterbury Park will hold its previously canceled "Extreme Race Day" on Saturday, featuring races with animals such as ostriches and camels.

The event, billed as the track's most popular day of the year, starts with the first race at 1:30 p.m. There will also be free pony rides, face painting and a petting zoo. Horses get in on the action, too, with several races run under unusual conditions or with unique distances.

The park also has added six days of live horse racing to help make up for 12 days missed because of the shutdown. Those days are today, Sept. 1 and Sept. 8-11.

Labor Day, Sept. 5, will now feature free hot dogs and a wiener dog race. Both events had previously been planned for July 4.

Also rescheduled is Canterbury's Cigar Smoker, now on Aug. 20.

Events that will be held as originally scheduled include the Aug. 13 Food Truck Festival, the Aug. 19 Canterbury Uncorked wine event and the Minnesota Festival of Champions on Sept. 4.

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African drum show Sunday at Caponi

An African drum and dance show is set for 6:30 p.m. on Sunday at Caponi Art Park.

The performers, Voice of Culture West African Drum and Dance, are an association of young artists dedicated to the preservation of West African arts and culture. Their shows are regarded as rich in cultural history, covering a timeline from ancient African song and dance to modern U.S. Afro-hip-hop. Directed by Kenna-Camara Cottman and also including Duniya Drum and Dance, the performance will feature internationally renowned guest artists Fodé Seydou Bangoura and Backa Niang.

Visitors should bring lawn chairs or a blanket for seating. Admission is free, with a $4-per-person suggested donation. In case of rain, the show will be rescheduled for Aug. 14. For more information, see The park is at 1220 Diffley Road.


Lorie Line holiday snow tickets on sale

Tickets for Lorie Line's annual holiday show at the Burnsville Performing Arts Center went on sale Tuesday morning.

The theme of this year's show is "Christmas Bells Are Ringing," and according to promotional materials, the show will feature bells on stage after a two-year hiatus.

This year will mark Line's 26th CD and music book, featuring all-new Christmas music as featured in the show. It's also the 22nd year of touring for Line, who is known for her glitzy costumes and penchant for spectacle on stage.

Tickets are $47, or $42 for groups of 10 or more. They can be purchased in person at the PAC box office or via Ticketmaster at 1-800-982-2787 or


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