The collective groan you might hear the next time you go shopping is the sound of kids spotting the “back to school” displays at local stores. Ready or not, all St. Louis Park students need an assortment of school supplies when they head back to class in a few weeks. For some families, finding the money to purchase these essential items can be challenging, which is why the St. Louis Park Emergency Program (STEP) Annual Back to School Program is asking for your help.
Do you think you are the next “Voice” of St. Louis Park? “So You Think You Can Dance?” Or do you have the skills to showcase the kind of “offbeat” performances frequently seen on “America’s Got Talent”? Here’s the perfect opportunity to shine a bright light on your special gift. Performers of all ages are encouraged to audition for the fifth annual Community Talent Show on Tuesday, July 30 from 6-7:30 p.m. at Wolfe Park Pavilion, 3700 Monterey Drive. All types of talent are welcome: singing, dancing, comedy, drama, gymnastics…don’t be shy.
At any one time, I probably have at least 20 pennies rattling around in the bottom of my purse – that doesn’t even count the container between the cup holders in my car that probably has about 50 more on a daily basis. So, ideally, I’d be good to go at this week’s Penny Carnival at Wolfe Park. On Friday, July 19 from noon- 2 p.m., kids ages 3 and up (must be accompanied by an adult) can enjoy carnival games, a DJ, moonwalk, hayrides and more for a mere 2-4 cents per play. Refreshment coupons will be available for $1 each.
To be or not to be… a winner in the Extreme Picnic Challenge. Well, that’s up to you and whether or not you have the creative chops (or the delicious pork chops) to enter into this spirited competition on Saturday, July 13 prior to a performance of Shakespeare’s As You Like It by the Public Theater of Minnesota at Veteran’s Memorial Amphitheater in Wolfe Park.
Finally, summer seems to have arrived – if you subscribe to the notion that the arrival of the Fourth of July means summer is half over, I would like to encourage you to table that thought for 2013. Warm nights, longer light and later bedtimes all mean that an outdoor concert is just the thing for some family fun; there are plenty of opportunities for music in the Park during the next few days alone. First, let’s talk about the Fourth. Aquila Park is once again the place to be. Enjoy the rock and roll sounds of Stevie and the Table Rockers from 7- 9:30 p.m.
The recent round of storms over the weekend wreaked havoc around the Twin Cities area and unfortunately, St. Louis Park was not entirely spared. Once again neighbors came together to help one another out. The City of St. Louis Park website, stlouispark.org, has detailed information for residents about a variety of storm-related recovery activities.
I’m a big fan of cycling, both indoor and outdoor. I’ve been taking indoor cycling classes for probably five years now, usually twice a week. I still remember the very first class I ever took – about midway through the class, I knew I had to somehow get myself off that bike (before I fell off), head to the locker room and put my head between my knees so I wouldn’t pass out. So that’s what I did: I stayed in the locker room for about 5 minutes, and then headed back to finish the class. It was definitely challenging, but I knew I was on to something. I love everything about indoor cycling.
OK, summer, let’s get serious here. If the sun is going to shine on any celebration, it should definitely be on Parktacular which begins on Thursday, June 13 and runs through Sunday, June 16 in and around St. Louis Park. Longtime residents know what to expect from this annual salute to summer; new residents and visitors are in for a weekend filled with music, food, sports, activities, dancing and much more. And FYI, if you want to learn more about the interesting history of Parktacular, read “Parktacular History and Highlights” either on this website or in the June issue of St.
Here’s an awesome opportunity for families to get outdoors and get moving – all for a wonderful cause. Cody’s Dash for Down Syndrome, a fundraiser for GiGi’s Playhouse in St. Louis Park, will be held on Saturday, June 8 at Burnes Park in Hopkins. There’s a 5K Fun Run and 1 Mile Walk, along with a Kids’ Dash, for all ages and abilities. GiGi’s Playhouse offers free programs for individuals with Down syndrome, from birth through adulthood, along with their families and community members.
The Peter Hobart Elementary community continues to heal following the tragic deaths of two fourth-grade students, Mohammed Fofana and Haysem Sani, during a field trip to Lilydale Park in St. Paul. Two of their classmates, Lucas Lee and Devin Meldahl, were injured. In the true spirit that is so often shown in St. Louis Park, community members are coming together to help the families.