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The Afton Strawberry fest will be held from from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 22, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 23 in downtown historic Afton, Minn. The family-friendly event includes food, music, art, vendors and a European-style flea market. For more information, go to ASF
The St. Croix County Historical Society will offer special Father's Day tour of the Octagon House Museum on Sunday, June 16, from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Families are invited to take a guided tour and fathers are admitted free when accompanied by a child of any age. Fathers can enjoy the unique architecture and features of the Octagon House and the collection of farming tools, blacksmith equipment, carpentry tools, and much more in the Garden House.
More than 20 years ago, a young man nicknamed Rhino had a physical to join the United States Armed Forces. He was notified that he had failed the physical because he had cancer, something he had not realized. He was in and out of remission, said his friend Brad Vier, and was struggling to pay for things. A group of young men, including Vier, entered the River Falls Day's softball tournament with the hope of winning so they could give the prize money to Rhino to help with his expenses.
The Dirty Shorts Brass Band from the Twin Cities will open the Concert in the Park series on the Lakefront Park band shell at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 13. The band is a second line group performing both traditional and contemporary Dixieland style brass band music using the standard New Orleans instrumentation that includes trumpet, tenor sax, trombone, sousaphone, snare and bass drums. They also do a lot of singing. Second line brass bands are heard throughout the music festivals in New Orleans, and are an important part of Mardi Gras.
United Way St. Croix Valley will be running its fourth annual online auction throughout the month of June. All proceeds generated by this year's auction will be used to support programs that provide basic needs like food and shelter in St. Croix, Pierce and Polk counties. Each week from June 3 to June 30, United Way will post new donated items and services on eBay.
Motorists are advised to be on the lookout for deer this time of year as does search for places to give birth and young deer separate from their mothers. With this increased activity, drivers may encounter more deer darting into the paths of their vehicles without warning. Although motor vehicle collisions with deer peak in the fall months, June is one of the worst months for driver and passenger injuries due to deer crashes.
The German Settlement Heritage Society is planning an old fashioned ice cream social Sunday, June 9, 3-6 p.m. at 837 County N, near Hudson. The event features rhubarb desserts and homemade ice cream. The old brick bake oven will be operating for those who wish to bake personal items. Those attending should bring lawn chairs. For those who like history, St. Croix County Board Chair Daryl Standafer will impersonate Charlie Ward at this event.
The Hudson Home and Garden Club will publish a 2014 calendar and is seeking photo submissions from local photographers. The focus of the calendar will be on the Hudson area and photos submitted should have a strong "Hudson identity" -- that is, landmarks, places, events and recreation that most people would recognize as being in the Hudson area. The submission deadline is July 31. For complete submission guidelines, email HGC . The calendar will be sold later this year by club members and at selected retail stores in Hudson.
Hudson celebrates Yellowstone Trail Heritage Day Saturday with various activities throughout the community. The Yellowstone Trail (1912-1930) ran through Hudson and many other area communities.
The community is invited to remember family and friends who have died by attending the annual ADORAY Hospice Memorial Program on Sunday, May 19, at 4 p.m. The non-denominational program is being held at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 503 County UU, Hudson. Everyone is welcome. ADORAY Hospice takes this time to honor and remember patients who have died on their hospice service during the past year. ADORAY Home Health and Hospice, www.adoray.org , has served patients in St. Croix, Pierce, Western Dunn, and Polk counties since 1995.