Beer flows, art shows this weekend

051513_millstreamdayCraft beer and arts and crafts are center stage this weekend in downtown Stillwater.

The Sunrise Rotary Club’s sold out, Seventh Annual Brewer’s Bazaar is noon to 4 p.m. Saturday aboard the Avalon Riverboat. The popular event features some of the best regional craft beers poured directly by the brewers themselves.

This year’s Brewers Bazaar features 18 brewers including those brewed by Lift Bridge, Summit and the St. Croix Valley Homebrewers Association. The bazaar also includes cheese samples, prizes and live music. Event proceeds benefit the Sunrise Rotary Club.

Just down the street from the Avalon in North Lowell Park is the 36th annual Rivertown Art Festival that runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

The Greater Stillwater Chamber of Commerce hosts the show that features more than 100 local vendors and artists exhibiting a wide range of items for sale. Works include handcrafted items from metal, drawings, ceramics, pottery, photography, glass, wood, fiber, painting and jewelry. The event also includes a food and spice marketplace and is free.

Literature lovers can hear readings by four local authors at 3 p.m. Sunday at ArtReach St. Croix, 224 North Fourth St. in Stillwater. Readings will be given by teacher and poet Bart Berlin; poet Mark Berriman; poet, journalist and teacher Elissa Cottle, and poet and memoirist Rebecca Parker. The event is free and donations are accepted.

Washington County and the cities of Stillwater and Oak Park Heights want to help with your spring cleaning. Stillwater and the county hold a one-day hazardous waste collection from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Lily Lake Arena, 1208 S. Greeley St. Proof of residency such as a driver’s license is required.

Oak Park Heights holds its annual city spring cleaning from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Andersen Corp. parking lot.

When you are done cleaning, take a drive up to Marine on St. Croix Sunday for the city’s annual MillStream Day from noon to 4 p.m. in Burris Park. Enjoy a lunch of trout, bratwurst and side dishes while listening to music by Brian Wicklund and friends.