Wednesday, June 12

Summer Reading Program and Ice Cream Social

The Belle Plaine Library will kickoff its Summer Reading Program with a performance by The Roe Family Singers and an Ice Cream Social. The program offers a summer’s worth of fun and enriching events and reading incentives for kids birth to 18 years of age. Kids who engage in learning activities during the summer start their next school year ready to learn.

When: June 12, Ice cream social is from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and the Roe Family Singers performance at 6:30 p.m.

Where: 125 W. Main St., Belle Plaine

Cost: Free

More Info: 952-873-6767

Belle Plaine Farmers’ Market

Sponsored by the Belle Plaine Historical Society, the 2019 Farmers’ Market will be open for the season every Wednesday (rain or shine) through the fall. Vendors are welcome to sell homemade or homegrown items at the market by reserving a spot by May 1 for the 23-week season for $50 or for $5 per week. The $5 weekly payment will not exceed $80 per vendor for the season.

When: June 12, 3:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Where: Court Square Park, 410 Cedar St. N., Belle Plaine

Cost: Free to attend

More Info: Tim Lies at 612-749-3958

Thursday, June 13

TLHA ‘Music on the Lawn’ Series: Traveled Ground

Traveled Ground will be performing at this week’s “Music on the Lawn” series, hosted by The Lutheran Home Association. Playing old and new takes on American songs, Traveled Ground is known for their American Roots music from across the North American Continent. Bring lawn chairs or a blanket. The event is weather-permitting.

When: June 13, 6 – 7 p.m.

Where: The Lutheran Home, 611 West Main St., Belle Plaine

Cost: Free

More Info: LHA BP Campus Facebook page

Cricket and Cocktails

TF Cricket is hosting “Cricket and Cocktails” on Thursdays in June. This is a free community event where everyone is invited to come out and play, learn, or just watch and at 8 p.m. move to Johan’s for a social cocktail hour. A portion of the sales at Johan’s will be donated to support the Tigers team and youth programs.

When: Thursdays in June, 6 p.m.

Where: TF Field, 1001 Commerce Dr. W., Belle Plaine

Cost: Free

SCHS Artifact Story Share

Every object has a story. Come gather for a casual conversation to hear the stories behind some of the artifacts in the SCHS collections at the Scott County Historical Society’s Second Thursdays program. Bring an item of your own and share its own unique tale.

When: June 13, at 6:30 p.m.

Where: The Scott County Historical Society, 235 Fuller Street South, Shakopee

Cost: Free

More Info: 952-445-0378 or

Praha Village Open House

Praha Village senior living is inviting the public to take a tour and enjoy some appetizers and desserts at their grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony. KCHK Radio will be broadcasting live from 2 to 4 p.m. Praha Village was developed by Makado, with care and services provided by Cassia, an Augustana – Elim Care affiliate.

When: June 13, 2 – 6 p.m.

Where: 1100 1st St. S.E., New Prague

Cost: Free

More Info:, 952-855-8855

Friday, June 14

German Day Downtown Cookout and Coronation

Belle Plaine will be celebrating its German heritage as the community holds its 38th annual German Day festival, cookout and queen coronation. Many local businesses will be offering free food samples at the cookout along the sidewalks of downtown. There will be pony rides, caricature drawings, a kids’ pedal pull, and other activities for the kids. The German Day Queen Coronation and the introduction of the Bar-B-Q Days Royalty will also take place. The evening’s musical entertainment will be the Johnny Holm Band.  A sauerkraut eating contest will be open to all who want to enter.

When: June 14, Cookout begins at 5 p.m., pedal pull at 5 p.m., coronation at 6 p.m., music at 8 p.m., and the sauerkraut eating contest at 1 a.m. at Neisen’s Corner Bar.

Where: Downtown Belle Plaine

Cost: Free

More Info: See page one

Saturday, June 15

Women’s Day at the Arboretum

Embrace the beauty of summer and celebrate the 20th anniversary of Women’s Day at a relaxing and fun event at the MN Landscape Arboretum, hosted by Prayer Ventures. The day will be filled with engaging speakers, a quiet prayer walk, lunch with friends, silent auction shopping, and lively worship music. Tickets include full access to the Arboretum grounds ($15 value).

When: June 15, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Where: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, 3675 Arboretum Drive, Chaska

Cost: $39

More Info: (952) 942-9016

Big Taste of Fun, Ironman Bike Ride

The day kicks off with Minnesota’s oldest bike ride, benefiting Free Bikes 4 Kidz. The bike event features routes of 37, 68.5 and 100 miles, as well as a 5-mile family ride on the Minnesota Valley State Trail. Connect with local businesses, enjoy great food and listen to entertainment in the amphitheater during the Taste of Shakopee and Business Expo. Splash around with fun water activities at the Big Fun Day celebration and enjoy a movie under the stars at the first Movie in the Park. Bring a lawn chair or blanket.

When: June 15, Ironman at 7:30 a.m., Taste of Shakopee & Expo from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Big Fun Day from 5 – 8 p.m. and the Movie in the Park at dusk

Where: Huber Park, 150 Fillmore St. N., Shakopee

More Info:, (952) 403-6758

Grimm Farm Open House

Visit the restored 1870s house and fields where Wendelin and Julianna Grimm, German immigrants, experimented with alfalfa. Hear how their work transformed the Upper Midwest into America’s dairy belt and experience their life with hands-on work and play. Drop in anytime. This program is open to all ages.  Children 17 years and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

When: June 15, 1 – 4 p.m.

Where: Lowry Nature Center, in Carver Park Reserve, 7400 Grimm Rd., Victoria

Cost: Free

More Info: Call 763-559-6700.

Living History Weekend

Visit with costumed 19th-century characters, join hands-on demonstrations and tour historic buildings as you explore how people have connected with the Minnesota River for thousands of years.

When: June 15, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday, June 16, from noon – 5 p.m. Drop in anytime; last entry at 4 p.m.

Where: The Landing-Minnesota River Heritage Park, 2187 County Rd. 101, Shakopee, Enter through the west entrance.

Cost: $8 for ages 18-64, $5 for ages 2-17 and 65+. Children under 2 are admitted free

More Info:, 763-694-7784  

Taste of History

Develop a taste for the past. Prepare and sample a small meal using authentic period recipes cooked on wood-burning stoves or over an open fire. Includes all supplies and entrance to Living History Weekends for the day to explore after lunch. This program is for ages 15+ and children 17 years and younger must be accompanied by a registered adult.

When: June 15, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Where: The Landing-Minnesota River Heritage Park, 2187 County Rd. 101, Shakopee

Cost: $25 and reservations are required.

More Info: Call 763-559-6700 to make a reservation.

Walk When the Moon is Full: Frog Moon

Discover the beauty and splendor of our parks at night. Paddle under the full moon. Listen for wildlife and be entertained with stories. Equipment provided. This program is for ages 5+ and children 17 years and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

When: June 15, 8:30 – 10:30 p.m.

Where: Cleary Lake Regional Park in Prior Lake and Carver Park Reserve in Victoria

Cost: $8 and reservations are required. There is a 20 percent discount for groups of four or more.

More Info: Call 763-559-6700 to make a reservation.

Sunday, June 16

Father’s Day

Celebrate the contribution that fathers and father figures make in your life. This year will be a full moon so grab some chairs and watch the sun set and the full moon rise. Or take Dad fishing under the full moon which is when the Farmer’s Almanac says is one of the best times for fishing.

Monday, June 17

Scott County Readmobile Summer Visits to Fountain Park

Join the Readmobile at Fountain Park in Belle Plaine for stories and activities for you and your little ones to share and then borrow books to continue the fun at home. Kids ages 0-18 can track reading and activities to earn free books and additional incentives, including entries into end-of-summer ticket drawings.

When: Mondays, June 10 – Aug. 19, 9 – 10:30 a.m.

Where: Fountain Park, 801 W. Forest St., Belle Plaine

Cost: Free

Tuesday, June 18

KPMG Women’s PGA Championship

Hazeltine National Golf Club will host the 2019 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. This will be the first time the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship is at Hazeltine National and only the fifth time a women’s major championship is played in the state of Minnesota. The Championship will be broadcast in partnership with NBC and Golf Channel. Founded in 1955, the Championship focuses on the development, advancement and empowerment of women on and off the golf course and provides a purse among the highest in women’s golf.

When: June 18 – 23

Where: Hazeltine National Golf Club, 1900 Hazeltine Blvd., Chaska

Cost: Grounds Ticket $20 – $40

More Info:, 952-944-1971

Wednesday, June 19

St. John Lutheran Church Ice Cream Social

St. John Lutheran Church will hold its annual ice cream social with a wide array of delicacies, such as bar-b-ques, ice cream, sandwiches, pies, and cake. Take out will also be available. The event benefits church and youth programming.

When: June 19, 3:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Where: Gathering Hall at St. John Liutheran Church, 148 S. Chestnut St., Belle Plaine

More Info: Call (952) 873-6492.

Music in the Park – Colby Straka Acoustic

Bring your family, blankets, lawn chairs, snacks, and beverages to American Legion Park for an evening of fun music by Colby Straka Acoustic.

When: June 19, 6 – 8 p.m.

Where: American Legion Park, S. 6th St., Le Sueur

Cost: Free

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