Lemonade concert, art fair June 25 at SCSU
More than 230 art vendors, as well as food stands, free entertainment and children’s activities, are expected to draw thousands to the Lemonade Concert and Art Fair from 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Thursday, June 25 at St. Cloud State University. SCSU’s signature summer event will feature performances by the St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra and the opening ceremony of St. Cloud’s annual community festival, Granite City Days. View the schedule at http://scsu.mn/lemonadefair. The Little Lemons Art Park will offer children art projects, craft projects, performance art and more. Paramount Theatre and Visual Arts Center staff members will coordinate activities from 11 a.m.-6 p.m., south of Stewart Hall. Parking is free on streets adjacent to campus and $1.50 per hour in the 4th Avenue Parking Ramp. A free shuttle service will run from K and Q parking lots to the center of campus.
In its 42nd year, the fair welcomes new artists, including doll designer Melanie Odden, woodworker Jesse Gerhard and printmaker Eric A. Johnson. New food vendors include Christine’s Sweet Confections, a purveyor of cheesecake waffle cones and Fountain of Juice, which sells juices and smoothies made from whole foods. Entertainers include the Hindustani classical music of Sitar Tabla Twin Cities, Minneapolis folk rocker Jeromy Darling and stringed-instrument polymath Paul Imholte. St. Cloud State student entertainers include the Wind Ensemble and Heels and Stage Theatre Group.
Mayor Dave Kleis will honor recipients of the Rock-On Awards during the 6:30 p.m. Granite City Days opening ceremony. The award recognizes St. Cloud individuals, organizations and businesses that have demonstrated outstanding civic participation, leadership and achievements.
The 7:30 p.m. symphony program will feature patriotic songs and popular pieces such as Morton Gould’s American Salute, the Hoedown from Aaron Copland’s Rodeo and Han Zimmer’s Pirates of the Caribbean. Clinton Smith, artist director and principal conductor, will conduct. Farmer’s market vendors will offer fresh produce, plants and more between the Miller Center and Administrative Services Building.
For more information, visit http://today.stcloudstate.edu/lemonade-2015.
Juneteenth celebration set today in Riverside Park
St. Cloud’s 19th annual Juneteenth picnic in the park and community gathering will be held from 6-9 p.m. Friday, June 19 at Riverside Park, St. Cloud.
Games, prizes, music, entertainment and black history information will be available.
Hot dogs, hamburgers, veggie patties, chicken, salad and dressing, desserts, chips and dip, and water will be offered for guests.
Festivities include: a traditional cookout; recreational activities for kids; African American and African arts and crafts; voter registration and health information.
Juneteenth marks the anniversary of freedom for black slaves in Texas. These slaves found out they were free June 13-19, 1865, more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation had been issued.
The Juneteenth celebration is sponsored by the African American Male Forum of St. Cloud in conjunction with the Pre-College Programs, St. Cloud State University, Multicultural Student Services, SASSO, N.A.P.S., Community Grassroots Solutions, Lion Youth and Community Services, LLC., and the St. Cloud branch of N.A.A.C.P.; and in partnership with Gold’n Plump, Whitney Center and the Dream Center.
Boys, Girls Clubs offers summer food service program
Students may need a break from the classroom for the summer, but they shouldn’t have to miss out on nutritious meals and snacks critical to their healthy development.
This is why the Kennedy, Eastside, Roosevelt and Southside Boys and Girls Clubs and the Madison, Talahi, Clearview, Oak Hill, Westwood, Discovery and STRIDE Academy KIDSTOP sites of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Minnesota are participating in the National Summer Food Service Program facilitated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for the fourth consecutive year.
Starting June 8 and ending Aug. 21 at Kennedy, Madison, Clearview, Oak Hill, Talahi, Westwood, Discovery and KIDSTOP sites, a breakfast will be served from 9:15-9:45 a.m. and a snack will be served from 3:15-3:45 p.m. Monday-Friday, to all children enrolled in the program.
Starting June 8 and ending Aug. 12 at STRIDE Academy KIDSTOP, a breakfast will be served from 9:15-9:45 a.m. and a snack will be served from 3:15-3:45 p.m., Monday-Friday, to all children enrolled in the program.
Starting June 8 and ending Aug. 26 at the Eastside, Roosevelt and Southside Clubs, a breakfast will be served from 1 – 2 p.m. and a late lunch/dinner will be served from 4-5 p.m., Monday-Friday, to all children enrolled in the program.
The SFSP requires participating organizations to provide well-rounded menus, with each meal including one serving each of: milk, meat or meat alternative, grains/breads, fruits and vegetables. The program is also a learning experience for club members.
“With the help of the SFSP, Clubs are able to set a good example of healthy eating habits for our members,” said the Southside Boys and Girls Club Unit Director Christine Kustelski.
In addition to eating well and learning healthy habits, Clubs and KIDSTOP sites offer a variety of age-appropriate activities to keep children active during the summer months. Members can get involved in fine arts, cooking, sports clubs, drama and more. There are also many field trips planned like fishing, water parks and carnivals.
The Clubs’ summer programming hours are offered Monday through Friday, noon to 6 p.m. The KIDSTOP sites are open from 6:45 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday. For transportation to programs in St. Cloud, free Metrobus passes are available to youth.
Visit www.bgcmn.org, or call 320-252-7616 for more information about the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Minnesota.
Childbirth education set June 20
A childbirth education class, covering the basics of labor and delivery from start to finish, will be held from 1 to 9 p.m. Saturday, June 20 at the Women and Children’s Center at St. Cloud Hospital. You will discover how your body is preparing for birth, when to come to the hospital and how to be comfortable at home during the early stages of labor; arrive at the hospital knowing childbirth comfort measures, pain-management options, relaxation techniques and breathing exercises for active labor; and learn about different positions for pushing, vaginal and cesarean birth, hospital resources and the emotions of being a new parent. Advanced registration is required at centracare.com and recommended by 24 weeks of pregnancy to ensure a spot in this popular class. For questions, call 320-656-7021. The cost covers both pregnant mothers and a labor support person.
United Way Volunteer Opportunities
Volunteer for the Celebration of Fatherhood on June 20
Celebration of Fatherhood is an annual event scheduled for Saturday, June 20 at Lake George for a fun day of families spending quality time together. Volunteers are needed to help with various kid-friendly crafts, and also with preparing food for the attendees. Volunteers are needed for a two-hour shift from 9-11 a.m. or 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Contact Tom Schnabel at Thomas.firstname.lastname@example.org or 320-253-5828 ext. 5800.
Volunteer for the Little Lemons Art Park
Volunteers are needed to assist children with small art-related projects at the 42nd Annual Lemonade Art Fair on Thursday, June 25 at St. Cloud State University. Volunteer shifts are from 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. or 2:30-6:30 p.m. All volunteers will receive a volunteer T-shirt at the time of check in. Contact Jennifer, RSVP at 320-650-3119 or email email@example.com.
Second Annual Lawn-O-Thon needs your help
Lawn-O-Thon is scheduled for July 10 and volunteers are needed from 4-8:30 p.m. to help with lawn games such as Lawn Twister, Croquet, Bocce Ball, volleyball and more. They also needed help with arts and crafts and to hand out food in the snack shack. 40 volunteers are needed to make this event a success. Contact Allie M Hemmer, recreation coordinator, at 320-650-3055.
Help animals find a new home
Tri-County Humane Society is looking for volunteers to transport animals from their shelter to local veterinary clinics, Petco and Petsmart. Volunteers are generally put on a call list and contacted when transportation is needed. Volunteers must be 16 or older, have a valid driver’s license and own your own vehicle. Contact Rose, volunteer and humane education coordinator, at 320-252-0896 ext. 27.
Summer Academic Support – St. Cloud Area Schools
St. Cloud Area Schools is excited to begin summer programming through Targeted Services. Targeted Services offers summer academic support (and fun activities) to students starting June 22. Volunteers will work one on one or in small groups with students to support subject areas such as reading and math. Targeted Services weeks: Mondays through Thursdays – June 22-25, June 29-July 2, July 27-30 and Aug. 3-6.
Help is being sought at the following schools: Discovery School (also serving Kennedy students): from 7:45-11:15 a.m. Monday-Thursday at 700 7th St. S, Waite Park; Madison School (also serving Westwood students): from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday at 2805 9th St. N, St. Cloud; North Junior High: from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday at 1212 29th Ave. N, St. Cloud; and Talahi Community School from 7:45-11:15 a.m. Monday-Thursday at 1321 University Drive SE, St. Cloud. Volunteers will receive orientation and training. Volunteer Information Form and District Criminal Background Check are required prior to volunteering. Contact Sonia Dickrell, K-12 volunteer coordinator, at 320-529-6500 x6268 or Sonia.Dickrell@isd742.org.
The Inside Out Connections Coalition is in need of about 30 1-inch or 1-1/2-inch binders – unlabeled or easily re-labeled. Contact Lucy Bauer, Parent Educator Early Childhood Family Education, at 320-253-5828 ext. 5805.
For more information, contact Mary Krippner, United Way volunteer engagement coordinator, at 320-223-7991 or firstname.lastname@example.org.