Franny Fest set this weekend
Franny Fest, the St. Francis Xavier Parish Fall Festival, will be held Friday-Sunday, Aug. 15-17 on the parish grounds. Highlights include a Teen Night for grades 7-12 from 6-8:30 p.m. Friday; a 10K, 5K, 1K walk and run, food, refreshments, kids’ games, silent auction, a 4 p.m. Mass followed by live music by Tres and Big Toe & the Jam on Saturday; and 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Mass, bake and plant sales, Belgian waffle breakfast from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and a raffle drawing on Sunday. For more information, visit stfrancissartell.org.
Pinecone Central features music/movie Aug. 21
Music in the Park at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21 features Gypsy Mania in Pinecone Central Park, 1105 Central Park Blvd., Sartell. This event is free.
Come snuggle up outside in your blanket or lawn chair and enjoy an outdoor cinema experience. Movies in the Park, sponsored by BankVista, will feature Despicable Me Aug. 21 at Pinecone Central Park, 1105 Central Park Blvd., Sartell. The movie starts 15 minutes after sunset. Bring a snack or purchase one from the concession stand. This event is free.
St. Cloud hosts summer art crawl
The annual St. Cloud Sizzlin’ Summer Art Crawl will be held from noon to 9 p.m. Friday Aug. 22 in Downtown St. Cloud. The Art Crawl features more than 30 featured artists around venues in historic downtown St. Cloud. There will be musicians, art demonstrations, performers and activities that are fun for the whole family. For more information visit www.artcrawlstcloud.com.
Meet the Lindberghs set Aug. 16, 30
Meet the Lindberghs, a character re-enactment, is set from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last tour leaves at 4 p.m.) Saturday, Aug. 16 and 30 at the Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site, 1620 Lindbergh Drive, Little Falls. Learn what life was like for Charles Lindbergh growing up on a farm during World War I. Costumed characters portraying Lindbergh family members and neighbors will provide insights into young Charles’ interests in aviation, technology and nature. Hear inside stories about the Lindbergh family and try some of the chores Charles did around the farm. A nominal fee is charged for adults, seniors and students. Children 5 and under are free. For more information visit http://sites.mnhs.org/historic-sites/charles-lindbergh-historic-site/living-history-meet-lindberghs. 320-616-5421.
Unused med collections set Aug. 16, 20
The Stearns County Sheriff’s Office and the Stearns/Benton Physicians Association are co-sponsoring two events to collect unused medications. Deputies will be on hand to collect the medications for disposal at: The Senior Expo, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16 at the Riversedge Convention Center, St. Cloud; and Summer Time by George from 5-9 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20 at Lake George, St. Cloud. These collections are in addition to the permanent drop boxes located at the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office and the Sartell, Melrose, Paynesville and Waite Park Police Offices. For further information on the program please call 320-259-3700.
Contest donates $10,000 to help neighborhood improvement projects
One charitable organization, non-profit organization or local government agency will win $10,000 in the Build Your America contest, sponsored by Stanley Black and Decker. The contest was created to help people honor their hometown communities while showcasing the increasing number of Black and Decker hand tools made in the USA using global materials. To enter the contest, go to www.STANLEYTools.com/BuildYourAmerica and submit a brief essay of your proposed project on how you would like to honor your community with the $10,000 grand prize for a neighborhood-improvement project, renovations to a historical landmark, school, park, recreation center and more. You can enter the contest with a smart phone via a QR code at select retail locations where STANLEY hand tools are sold. Look for the specially marked STANLEY Tools packages with the “Made in the USA with Global Materials” logo or specially marked Point-Of-Sale materials with the STANLEY Tools Build Your America logo. The contest will run through Dec. 31.
According to a 2013 survey by the Consumer Reports National Research Center, when presented with a choice to purchase a product made in the United States or an identical product manufactured abroad, 78 percent of Americans report that they would rather buy the American product.
“This year alone STANLEY Tools is introducing hundreds of new tools, some the world has never seen before,” said Jon Michael Adinolfi, Construction and DIY President of Hand Tools & Storage. “We are building millions of tools in the United States with global materials. America is the place where we founded STANLEY in 1843, and ever since we have built our company on the American values of reliability, quality, and innovation. We are continuing that tradition as we design, innovate, and manufacture tools hardworking people all over the world count on day in, day out.”
In addition to the $10,000 grand prize, STANLEY Tools will donate tools to help support the build for the winning community project. Once you nominate your community, your entry will be judged each month to determine if you have won the monthly prize package of STANLEY hand tools made in the USA with global materials.
In January 2015 five finalists’ projects will be selected from all submissions entered based on relevance to the contest theme, the project’s creativity and uniqueness/originality of the project. Each of the five finalists will be required to submit additional details describing how the $10,000 grand prize would be used as well as other documents or information required by STANLEY Tools. In February 2015 STANLEY Tools will determine the Grand Prize winner, which will be announced in March 2015 and the community project will be implemented in the spring or summer of 2015.
The STANLEY website, Facebook page and other social media will include interactive sections of how STANLEY Tools has helped build America, a look inside the STANLEY Tools vault, how-to-videos and more.
No purchase necessary. Must be age 18 or older, legal resident of one of the 50 states of USA or Washington, D.C., and submit entry on behalf of charitable organization, non-profit organization or local government agency. Employees and directors of Stanley Black and Decker Inc., Retail Sports Marketing Inc., their affiliates, immediate family members of each and people living in same household are not eligible to enter. Subject to all federal, state and local laws and regulations. For Official Rules go to www.stanleytools.com/buildyouramerica. Not a game of chance. Void where prohibited.
Living Waters Church
hosts Bread and Jam!
The first annual Bread and Jam!, a free concert and meal, will be held from 4-7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 17 at Living Waters Lutheran Church, 1911 4th Ave. N., Sauk Rapids.
Submit designs for Minnesota’s 2015 waterfowl stamp
Wildlife artists can submit entries for the 2015 Minnesota Migratory Waterfowl Stamp from Monday, Aug. 18 through 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29. The Harlequin duck is the only waterfowl species eligible for depiction on the stamp, which is sold along with hunting and fishing licenses or as a collectable.
“We’re grateful for artists who submit entries to the stamp contest and people who buy the stamp,” said Steve Merchant, wildlife populations and regulations manager with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
The contest offers no prizes and is open to Minnesota residents only. Artists are not allowed to use any photographic product as part of their finished entries. Winning artists usually issue limited edition prints of the artwork and retain proceeds. Judging will take place at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 4 at DNR headquarters in St. Paul.
Artists who want to submit entries should closely read contest criteria and guidelines for submitting work, available from the DNR Information Center, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, MN 55155 and online at www.mndnr.gov/contests.