Valley jumps in June


As the calendar turns from spring to summer and students get ready for three months off from school, June is one busy month with events throughout Stillwater and the St. Croix Valley.

The end of another school year is marked Saturday night when Stillwater Area High School holds its 136th commencement exercise for the school’s graduating seniors while St. Croix Preparatory Academy hosts its 3rd commencement ceremony on Sunday.

Also on Saturday, St. Croix Vineyards hosts the eight-hour-long "Rock the Vine" fundraiser to fight global hunger.

Mid-June finds the streets and roads of the Valley taken over by professional bicyclists when the annual Nature Valley Grand Prix rolls into the region with its traditional Fathers’ Day finish in Stillwater

One week after the cyclists pedal through town, Special Olympics Minnesota holds its Summer Games June 21-23 at Stillwater Area High School and Flips Gymnastics in White Bear Lake.

As the weather heats up, so will activities across the Valley.

SAHS 136th Commencement

7 p.m. Saturday at Roy Wilkins Auditorium at RiverCentre in St. Paul.

St. Croix Preparatory Academy 3rd Commencement

3 p.m. Sunday at SCPA

Rock the Vine

Noon to 8 p.m. at St. Croix Vineyards, 6428 Manning Ave. North in Stillwater. The event is 21-plus years only with ID. Plenty of parking and bike trails available.

Performances by Halloween, Alaska, Haley Bonar, Solid Gold, White Light Riot, Farewell Milwaukee, Johnnyrook, Lynhurst and Savannah Smith.

Nature Valley Bicycle Festival

Fixed Gear Classic, June 7-9 at the National Sports Center Velodrome in Blaine.

Grand Prix, June 13-17 at sites in the Twin Cities and western Wisconsin

Stage 1: St. Paul time trial, 8:30 a.m. June 13 near the Ford Plant.

Stage 2: St. Paul criterium, 4 p.m. June 13 in Rice Park.

Stage 3: Cannon Falls Road Race, 4:30 p.m. June 14

Stage 4: Uptown Minneapolis Criterium past Calhoun Square, 4:30 p.m. June 15

Stage 5: Menomonie, Wis., Road Race, 11 a.m. June 16. Gran Fondo and spectator rides are at 9:30 .m.

Stage 6: Stillwater Criterium, 10:30 a.m. June 17. Amateur race at 11 a.m.

Special Olympics Minnesota Summer Games

June 21-23 at Stillwater Area High School and Flips Gymnastics in White Bear Lake.

Champions Luncheon at 12:30 p.m. June 21 at SAHS.