South-West Bulletin Board July 29th, 2019

Summer Playhouse

From 10:30 to 11 a.m., July 30, enjoy an educational and entertaining variety show for children featuring stories about Nate the Great, everyone’s favorite pancake-loving detective. Presented by South St. Paul Parks and Recreation, this is for kids of all ages and will take place at the South St. Paul Library, 106 Third Ave. N.


Cliff Timm Memorial Fishing Derby

Bring your own fishing pole and come to Rogers Lake fishing pier to catch “the big one” at the Cliff Timm Memorial Fishing Derby Aug. 1 from 5 to 7 p.m. Hotdogs and beverages will be served. Youth will have an opportunity to win a Minnesota Lifetime Fishing License. Open to kids 14 and under, the cost is $10 per participant. Register under “Youth Programs” at Rogers Lake Is located on Wagon Wheel Trail.


Universe in the Park

Looking for an astronomy fix? Come to Universe in the Park. The program starts with a 20 to 30 minute presentation at 8:30 p.m. and then, weather permitting, an opportunity to view the sky through telescopes until 10 or 11 p.m. Participants can learn how to use a star map and go home with a free one. This program is free. Don’t forget to dress appropriately for Minnesota summer evenings (you know the drill — layers and insect repellent.) This will take place at Dodge Nature Center’s Farm Education Entrance, 1701 Charlton St., West St. Paul, Aug. 2.



The Inver Grove Heights Community Theatre will be performing “Cabaret” Aug. 2 through 4 and Aug. 10 through 12 at the Simley Performing Arts Center, 2920 80th St. E. Showtimes on Aug. 2, 3, 9 and 10 will be at 7 p.m. and performances will be at 2 p.m., Aug. 4 and 11. A link to purchase tickets can be found at


Native plant garden tour

Learn more about pesticide/herbicide-free gardening for wildlife, pollinators, birds, beneficial insects and more at this informative and educational tour. Resources will be available on how to get started “naturescape-ing” your yard. Informed guides will be available to answer questions, while attendees enjoy coffee and a very fun tour. This will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., on Aug. 3 at 1704 Vicki Lane, Mendota Heights.


Paddleboard class

Wondered what this paddleboard craze is all about? Check out this demo class from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Aug. 4, which will teach you the basics of using these boards and how you can apply them in a lake or other body of water. Learn how to balance on the board, navigate, including turning the board in the water, practice centering and gaining confidence standing on the board. Work within your comfort zones. Register by July 28 for the early bird special of $25 members/$35 non-members. The cost will be $30 for members and $40 for non-members from July 29 through Aug. 4. Some fine print: paddleboards will be provided, participants must know how to swim and be 12 or older and weight less than 250 lbs. This will take place at Veterans Memorial Community center, 8055 Barbara Ave., Inver Grove Heights. For more information, including how to register, call 651-450-2585


Inver Hills concert

The Inver Hills Community Band will be performing a free pops concert on Aug. 4 at 7 p.m. at Oakwood Park, 78th Street East and Clayton Avenue, Inver Grove Heights. Music will include music from Maynard Ferguson band, Chicago, the Doors, James Bond movies, swing, and other pop favorites. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy an early evening of music in the park. For more information about the band please visit


Fish fry

Clark-Grace Church is having fourth Annual Fish Fry on Aug. 10, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 779 15th Ave N, South St. Paul. There will be fresh water fish, tilapia and cod. Sides include coleslaw and spaghetti. The cost is $12.00 per dinner. For more information call Rose at 651-228-0687.


Dakota County Fair

Children can dip their hands in a water play table, play games and soak in lots of facts about water during the Dakota County Fair Aug. 5 through 11. This year’s theme in the Dakota County Government Building is “Wateriffic: Protect Our Water.” Adults and children alike will be able to interact with hands-on exhibits, win prizes and much more while learning why it is important to protect such a valuable natural resource.

Government building activities for the week include:

• Free reusable metal straws for use at the fair, home and work 

• Water play table

• Plinko and foosball-style games

• Aquatic invasive species exhibit 

• Art activities

• Information on County resources

The Dakota County Government Building is open noon to 7 p.m. Monday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. The Government Building is just south of the flag poles and across from the large parking lot when entering the fairgrounds from Third Street. Dakota County Fairgrounds are located at 4008 220th St. W., Farmington.

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