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Scenic Byway River Run

Spend a Saturday participating in one of the races in the Scenic Byway River Run heading through Downtown Belle Plaine and along Minnesota’s Scenic Byway with rolling hills, eagle sightings and stunning countryside views. The races include a half marathon, 2-person relay half marathon, 5K, kids’ fun run, and a bike “tour de brew” that follows the same route as the half marathon through the hills to Blakeley – home of the u4ic Brewery. And don’t forget to check out the vendors and crafters set up under the big tent.

Schedule:

Oct. 11 from 4 – 7 p.m. BPXC spaghetti dinner, walk-up registration and packet pick-up

Oct. 12, 7:30 a.m. packet pickup and same day registration; 8:30 a.m. Bike – Tour de Brew; 8:45 a.m. Kids’ Fun Run; 9 a.m. Half marathon and 2-person relay half marathon; 9:20 a.m. 5K.

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

Cost: Ranges from $10 to $80 depending on age, race, and time of registration

Thursday October 10

Waconia Scarecrow Tour

Tour the town of Waconia while viewing a map of scarecrows put on display by participating local businesses. Make sure to choose your favorite and be entered to win a night at the AmericInn of Waconia.

When: Oct. 10 – 20

Where: Throughout Town of Waconia

Cost: Free

Friday October 11

Oak Crest Elementary Spaghetti Feed

In conjunction with the Belle Plaine Half Marathon packet pick-up, the Belle Plaine High School Track and Field and Cross Country teams will sponsor a spaghetti dinner. Take outs will also be available.

When: Oct. 11, 4:30 – 7:30p.m.

Where: Oak Crest Elementary, 1101 W. Commerce Dr., Belle Plaine

Cost: Free will offering

Movie Night

The Belle Plaine PTO will be hosting a free family movie night featuring the movie The Secret Life of Pets 2. Concessions (pizza, nachos, pretzels, candy, drinks and popcorn) will be available for a minimal charge.

When: Oct. 11, doors open at 6 p.m., movie starts at 6:30 p.m.

Where: Chatfield Elementary, 330 S. Market St., Belle Plaine

Cost: Free

Trail of Terror

From the producers of the MN Renaissance Festival, Trail of Terror is one of the largest and scariest Halloween events in the area with more than 2.5 miles of scares and horrors, indoors and out.

When: Fridays and Weekends Oct. 11 – 26. Fri. – Sat.: 7 p.m. - 12:30 p.m. and Sun., 7 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Where: 3525 145th St W, Shakopee

Cost: $18.95 in advance, $23.95 at the gate, Free parking

Saturday October 12

Ewenique Quilt Show

The Ewenique Quilters Guild will present their bi-annual quilt show. Over 200 quilts will be on display, along with vendors, demonstrations, door prizes, boutique, and silent auction. The guest speaker is Mike Ellingson, a quilt designer and teacher from Blue Earth, Minnesota. He will also do a trunk show. The featured quilter is Joan Miller, a long-time, award winning quilter and guild member.

When: Oct. 12 – 13, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturday and 12 – 5 p.m. on Sunday

Where: Sunrise Assembly of God Church Hall, 722 Sunrise Dr., St. Peter

Cost: $6

SVABW Benefit and Brew

SVABW’s Benefit and Brew fundraiser is for all victims of domestic violence but specifically we want to honor the three women who were murdered in recent years in Scott and Carver counties, Jessica Ludenia, Enedelia Perez Garcia and Ruzana Yedvabnik. They all left behind young daughters, who will be the beneficiaries of all funds raised at the event. This will be a family-friendly event with lawn games, music and food.

When: Oct. 12, 1 – 4 p.m.

Where: Schram Haus, 3700 Chaska Blvd., Chaska

Cost: Free will donations accepted

Autumn Splendor Craft and Gift Expo

Grab a friend and browse and shop with handmade craft exhibitors, photographers, woodworkers, bakers, candy makers and small businesses. Attendees will find embroidery, knots, crocheted items, metal art, lights, wood signs, beauty and wellness products, cosmetics, art, and more. Free parking.

When: Oct. 12, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Where: 221 12th St. NE., New Prague

Cost: Free admission and parking

Barten Pumpkins Family Fun Saturday

Gather your family and friends for a fun day picking out the perfect pumpkins, squash, and gourds for everyone in the family. In addition, there will be many activities including hayrides, petting zoo, face painting, caricatures, a bubble machine, and games.

When: Oct. 12, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Where: Barten Pumpkins, 5716 280th St. W., New Prague

Cost: Free

Maker Fair Minnesota

Now in its eighth year, Maker Fair Minnesota is a celebration of handcrafted arts and foods. Meet the makers and start your holiday shopping early. More than 190 handcrafted artisans and enjoy over a dozen food vendors.

When: Oct. 12. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Where: Nicollet County Fairgrounds, 400 W. Union St., St. Peter

Cost: $1 per person, $3 vehicle charge

More Info: makerfairmn.com

Jordan Fall Craft & Gift Boutique

Over 100 vendors are signed up to sell their homemade crafts, merchandise, and products at the 15th Annual Craft and Gift Boutique. There will be a silent auction with proceeds going to the local elementary school PTO.

When: Oct. 12, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Where: The CERC, 500 Sunset Dr., Jordan

Squeeze Me Stomp Me Fest

Celebrate wine and a successful harvest in the Next Chapter Winery barrel room. Tickets include admission, a winery/distillery/vineyard tour, grape stomping, and a concert by Nite Time Boogie Band.

When: Oct. 12, 5 – 9 p.m.

Where: Next Chapter Winery, 16945 320th St., New Prague

Cost: $12

Sunday October 13

Care for Caleb

Caleb was diagnosed with PKAN (pantothenate kinase-associated neurodegeneration) in 2016, at 12 years old. PKAN is a terminal and genetic disease that causes iron to build up at the base of the brain. As the disease progresses it causes loss of ability to walk, talk, eat, and sometimes breathe. Patients with PKAN can have different symptoms and progression; some progress rapidly while some progress slowly and can plateau for weeks to months at a time. PKAN for Caleb has progressed slowly over the last few years. Caleb attends high school in Belle Plaine as his health allows. Because his body expels so much energy just trying to function, he is losing weight and doesn’t get enough nutrition so Caleb had to get a G-tube to assist. To help with Caleb’s care and dietary needs that are not covered by insurance, a fundraiser has been set up. In partnering with Impact Nutrition, tickets for a healthy meal (Regular tea, shot of Aloe and a Regular shake) will be sold with half the proceeds going to the family. Each ticket is valid until October 20, 2019.

When: Oct. 13, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Where: Impact Nutrition, 122 N. Meridian St., Belle Plaine

Cost: $10

West Union Lutheran Church Bingo Fundraiser

Come support the youth group and their mission trip to South Dakota next summer and enjoy a family–friendly night of Bingo. All are welcome. Will call 10 rounds of Bingo. We’ll have prizes and prizes for the kids as well.

When: Oct. 13, dinner starts at 5 p.m., first game is 5:30 p.m.

Where: West Union Lutheran Church, 15820 County Rd. 50, Cologne

Cost: Dinner is $7 adults, $5 kids; Cards are $1 each.

Civil War Cemetery Tours

Celebrate the Halloween season with stories from Scott County’s history and a special tour of Jordan’s Spirit Hill Cemetery. Learn about the lives of Scott County’s Civil War soldiers and how the war changed the county.

When: Oct. 13, 3 – 4 p.m.

Where: Spirit Hill Cemetery entrance, Jordan

Cost: $5.00, SCHS members

More Info: Register at https://bit.ly/2n37A2w or by calling 952-445-0378.

Frontier Folk Crafts

Try pioneer-era handicrafts while socializing with friends. Learn basic concepts and techniques as well as the story behind the craft. Includes a starter kit to take home. Call 763-559-6700 to make a reservation. This program is for ages 16+.

When: Oct. 13, 1 – 3 p.m., reservations are required by two days prior.

Where: The Landing – MN River Heritage Park, 2187 County Rd. 101, Shakopee

Cost: $20

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

Walk When the Moon is Full

Uncover the secrets of the natural world on a hike under the magic of the full moon. Dress for the weather and walking on uneven terrain. This program is for ages 6+ and children 17 years and younger must be accompanied by a registered adult.

When: Oct. 13, 7:30 – 9 p.m.

Where: Lowry Nature Center, Carver Park Reserve, 7025 Victoria Dr., Victoria

Cost: $5 with a 20 percent discount for groups of four or more

Monday October 14

Readmobile in Belle Plaine

Children ages 0-10 and their families and caregivers can hop onboard the Readmobile for activities, snacks and books to borrow to help prepare children for school, reading and beyond. Each visit is a party with a new fun theme. The Readmobile may cancel site visits during severe weather warnings, advisories or unsuitable driving conditions (icy or snowy roads).

When: Oct. 14, 3:30 – 5 p.m.

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

Cost: Free

My Preschooler and Me: Puppet Escapades

Discover nature with your preschooler through indoor activity stations, crafts, circle time, songs, and outdoor exploration. Bring a picnic lunch for after or hike on your own. This program is for ages 2-5, plus adult.

When: Oct. 14, 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Where: Lowry Nature Center, Carver Park Reserve, 7025 Victoria Dr., Victoria

Cost: $5 and reservations are required.

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

Tuesday October 15

FFA Taco-Bout

The Belle Plaine Area FFA Alumni and friends invite the public to join their Taco-Bout to learn more about FFA and agriculture education. Kids are welcome.

When: Oct. 15, 6:30 p.m.

Where: Belle Plaine High School Ag Room

More Info: RSVP to 651-470-3581

Wednesday October 16

Last Day of the 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 mid-October. Vendors are welcome to sell homemade or homegrown items at the market for $5 per week. The $5 weekly payment will not exceed $80 per vendor for the season.

When: Oct. 16, 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

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