Full weekend of fun in Valley

The first week of school is done, so it’s time for fun across the St. Croix Valley.

The weekend is filled with events that range from the first home football game for the Stillwater Ponies tonight, an opportunity to legally practice graffiti Saturday in Stillwater and a day filled with activities in Lake Elmo that include books, pets and music.

If you are in a more contemplative mood, FamilyMeans offers a walk around Como Lake in St. Paul to give participants the chance to remember loved ones they have lost.

The weekend’s events include:


The Ponies (1-0) host SEC rival White Bear Lake at 7 p.m. It’s Parents Night and “Tackle Cancer” game that benefits the Randy Shaver Cancer Research and Community Fund. Donations from fans are accepted at the Pony Stadium entrance.


The Houlton, Wis., Family Festival features a pancake breakfast from 7-11 a.m. at the St. Joseph Town Hall, then moves to the Family of Christ Church from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Memorial Walk for Hope and Healing sponsored by FamilyMeans’ Center for Grief, Loss & Transition is 9-11 a.m. at St. Paul’s Como Park. Registration is at 8 a.m. and cost is $20 per participant. There are activities for children and dogs are welcome to join the walk. Visit griefloss.dojiggy.com for information.

The inaugural “Paint on the Water St. Croix Valley Hip-Hop Festival” is 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Stillwater’s Pioneer Park and features demonstrations of graffiti art, hip-hop, break dancing, DJs and emcees.

The added attraction to this year’s Lake Elmo Days is the opening of the city’s new public library at 3537 Lake Elmo Ave. North in the “clock building.” Residents are invited to visit and sign up for a library card. Children can participate in the Cedar Pet Clinic Lake Elmo’s “Everybody’s a Winner Pet Show” at 1 p.m.

Toe-tapping music comes to the Lake Elmo Park Reserve at the 11th Annual Washington County Bluegrass Festival from 3-7 p.m. Featured musicians are the Roe Family Singers, High Strung String Band, the Barley Jacks with Brian Wicklund and the High 48s. The festival is free with a $5 daily or $25 annual county park-parking permit.


St. Peter Lutheran Church in Afton hosts its 57th annual ham dinner from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Dinner costs $12.50 for adults, $5 for children ages 12 years and younger and free for children 5 years and younger. Take-out is available.


Gazette photo by Scott Ertle
Stillwater Ponies quarterback Nate Ricci rolls out looking for an open receiver against Woodbury Aug. 31. The Ponies open their home season at 7 p.m. tonight against SEC rival White Bear Lake. It’s Parents Night and a “Tackle Cancer” game.

Valley military families can enjoy an afternoon of activities from 1-4 p.m. at the Colby Lake Park building, 9715 Valley Creek Road in Woodbury.