Art, music, open house fill Valley weekend

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Music is one of the highlights of the annual Fall Colors Fine Arts and Jazz Festival Saturday and Sunday in downtown Stillwater’s Lowell Park.

The weekend forecast might be chilly but the jazz will be hot in downtown Stillwater Saturday and Sunday.

The Fall Colors Fine Art and Jazz Festival highlights several events throughout the St. Croix Valley that include a cancer research fundraiser and open house at the area’s newest medical clinic.

The Fall Colors Fine Art and Jazz Festival is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in downtown Stillwater’s Lowell Park. Visitors can view juried art pieces, then enjoy music on the riverfront. Musical performances include RAMM with Paul Mayasich; the 617 Band, Mick Sterling and Less Izmoor. Visit for more information.

If you are interested in helping a good cause, visit Stillwater Motor Co. in Oak Park Heights Saturday where, if you test-drive a car, the dealership will donate $10 to the American Cancer Society. The first 75 people who visit will receive a free gift.

The HealthEast Stillwater Clinic marks its first year in the St. Croix Valley with an open house from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 2900 Curve Crest Boulevard in Stillwater.

Among the family-friendly events are health-and-wellness stations with asthma tests, blood-pressure checks., glucose screenings and diabetes education; a inflatable jup house, balloon twisting and face painting; a hockey shootout courtesy of The Lumberyard Hockey and Sports Center; carnival games, and a grand prize drawing for a Lumberyard party package for up to 20 children.

Do you love animals? Then visit Shady Ridge Farm in New Richmond, Wis., from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday for their annual llama day. Learn about llamas and their fabulous fibers.

Get into the Halloween “spirit” with a visit to Axdahl’s Haunted “Farm Scare” from dusk to 10 p.m. Saturday at Axdahl’s Garden Farm, 7452 Manning Avenue. But leave young children at home; the event is recommended for people 14 years and older.

Looking for something family-friendly with good food? The Church of St. Francis of Assisi in Lake St. Croix Beach holds its fall festival from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Enjoy bingo, bratwurst, beer and door prizes every 30 minutes.

Finally, get a lesson on Minnesota’s 1930s gangster history through the screening of a locally produced movie about that period at 6 p.m. at the Hay Lake School Museum in Scandia. You can enjoy coffee and bagels there, too.