Boutwells Halloween parade marches Oct. 24

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The popular Halloween parade at Boutwells Landing sponsored by the Stillwater Sunrise Rotary Club is 6 p.m. Oct. 24.

This year’s Halloween Parade at Boutwells Landing in Oak Park Heights kicks off a busy season for Stillwater Sunrise Rotary Club.

The annual event begins at 6 p.m. Oct. 24, when hundreds of children show off their costumes to Boutwells residents in the administration building’s main-floor corridor.

Stillwater’s biggest pre-Halloween event is sponsored by the Sunrise Rotary Club and raises money for polio eradication worldwide. The parade is a major attraction for children ages 10 years and younger and gains support from more local businesses each year.

It’s also the first of a number of community-service events by Sunrise members. On Oct. 27, the group participates in Rake-a-Difference Day to help bag newly fallen leaves. That’s after having cleaned ditches along two miles of a Stillwater Township road earlier this month.

The Rotary’s STRIVE program begins this month with 28 sponsors. Those members and wives will mentor SAHS seniors who take advantage of the program.  On Dec. 19, Sunrise members will ring bells in front of Cub Foods for the Salvation Army.

Tickets are already on sale for the club’s May 18 Brewers Bazaar fundraiser which has been come a major event.

Other activities include group study exchanges, hosting of a foreign student and support of projects in third-world countries.  All projects are listed on the Sunrise Rotary Club website.