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Community Calendar: Carlton Daze, library events and more

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Thursday, July 28

Story Stroll, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Veterans Memorial Park, Cloquet. Stop by the park and enjoy "Little Blue Truck" by Alice Schertle on this story stroll sponsored by the Cloquet Public Library.

Who’s Drumming? Woodpecker Walk, 11-11:45 a.m., Jay Cooke State Park. Attendees should meet at the River Inn Interpretive Center, where they will join a naturalist to walk and explore various woodpecker holes among the park’s trees. The walk will be on an easy, mostly flat trail. While the event is free, a Minnesota State Park vehicle permit is required. Permits can be purchased at the park office upon arrival. The cost is $7 for the day or $35 for a year.

Thomson Cemetery Tour, 1-2 p.m., Jay Cooke State Park, meet in the cemetery parking lot. Join park staff on a tour of the Thomson Cemetery and discover the history behind the people buried there. The tour includes stairs from the parking lot to the cemetery.

Snack Chat, 3:30-5:30 p.m., Cloquet Public Library. REACH sponsors the weekly event for kids. Participants will make a snack and chat with others while they eat.

Family Movie Night, 4-6 p.m., Cloquet Public Library.

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Campfire Program–Black Bears of MN, 8-8:30 p.m., Jay Cooke State Park, meet at the amphitheater behind the park office. Attendees can discover the world of the Minnesota black bear and how to make their outdoor adventures more bearable. The program will have bench seating, but those who attend can bring a blanket or camp chair for comfort or social distancing.

Friday, July 29

Carlton Daze. Community garage sales and the Carlton Public Library’s Books Sale will run from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m; Spaghetti Feed at Four Seasons Sports Complex runs from 4-8 p.m.; Bing at the VFW and Carlton VFW Auxiliary will run from 4-8 p.m.; Vendors and crafters will be at the Carlton Bike Shop yard from 5-8 p.m.; Fun races for kids ages 2-8 years old begin at 6 p.m.; the Carlton VFW Meat Raffle will be held at 6 p.m.; the softball tournament kicks off at 6:30 p.m.; the 29th Annual Carlton Daze 5K Run/Walk starts at the Four Season Sports Complex at 7 p.m.; live music runs from 8 p.m. to midnight at the Carlton VFW and from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Third Base Bar. For more information, or to sign up for tournaments and races, visit carltonchamber.com/carlton-daze .

Junior Naturalists: River Animals, 4-5 p.m., Jay Cooke State Park. The group will meet behind the River Inn Interpretive Center. Children will learn about the amazing adaptations of beavers, otters, insects and other river creatures. They will also make a fish printing craft during the program.

Campfire Program – MN Timber Wolves, 8-8:30 p.m., Jay Cooke State Park. Participants can learn more about the wolves of Minnesota, including information about their daily lives and how wolves work together as a pack for survival. No registration is required. Bench seating is available, but attendees may bring a blanket or camp chair for comfort or social distancing.

Saturday, July 30

Carlton County Farmers’ Market, 9 a.m. to noon, in front of Premiere Theatres, 904 Minnesota 33, Cloquet.

Carlton Daze. The Minnesota Voyageur 50 Mile Trail Ultramarathon kicks off at 6 a.m. at Carlton High School; the volleyball tournament starts at 8 a.m.; the Carlton Daze Golf Tournament kicks off at 9 a.m. at Rugged Spruce Golf Course in Mahtowa; a car show runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; CreativEdge hosts a kids coloring activity from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Vendors and crafters will be in the Carlton Bike Shop Yard from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Bingo will be held at the Carlton VFW from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; a poker tournament will be held at the Carlton VFW at noon; Paddlemania on the St. Louis River runs from 12:30-4:30 p.m.; the annual Carlton VFW Horseshoe Tournament starts at 1 p.m.; Mass will be held at St. Francis Church, 509 Sunrise Dr. at 4 p.m.; The Minnesota Voyageur 50 Mile Trail Ultramarathon awards ceremony will be held at Carlton High School at 8 p.m.; live music will be held at the Carlton VFW from 9 p.m. to midnight and at the Third Base Bar from 9 p.m. to close. For more information, or to sign up for tournaments and races, visit carltonchamber.com/carlton-daze .

Why are the Rocks Tilted? Geology Walk, 11-11:30 a.m., Jay Cooke State Park, meet at the River Inn Interpretive Center. The tilted rocks by the river have caused people to wonder and marvel at them for centuries. Join park staff on a short geology walk near the river and discover what powerful forces of the past shaped the tilted rocks. The walk is ¼ mile on a level, grassy surface.

Discovery Table – Bugs and Blooms, 1-2:30 p.m., Jay Cooke State Park. Stop by the table in front of the River Inn Interpretive Center to hear mini-talks about plants and the insects that pollinate them. Free pollinator seeds will be available while they last.

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Junior Park Naturalists: Busy as a Beaver, 4-5 p.m., Jay Cooke State Park. Attendees should meet behind the River Inn Interpretive Center to learn about the wonderful world of the American Beaver during this kids’ program. Participants will get to take home a beaver puppet craft.

Campfire Program – The “Unhuggables,” 8-8:30 p.m., Jay Cooke State Park. Attendees will meet at the amphitheater behind the park office. Learn more about the important role by these “unhuggable” critters such as snakes, porcupines, skunks and more.

Sunday, July 31

Carlton Daze. Mass will be held at St. Francis Church at 8:30 a.m.; Services will be held at Bethesda Lutheran Church, 204 t5h St., at 9 a.m.; River’s Edge Church hosts a service at 10 a.m.; the Carlton VFW hosts a Bloody Mary bar from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., bingo from noon to 4 p.m. and a bean bag tournament at 1 p.m.; the Carlton Daze parade kicks off at 1 p.m.; following the parade, the Carlton Volunteer Fire Department will host an open house at the Carlton Fire Hall, there will be a kids coin hunt at DNR Park and beignets at Magnolia Cafe; a bubble dance part at the N.P. Junction Bike Shelter at DNR Park will frun from 2-4 p.m. for kids of all ages; the Carlton VFW will host its gun raffle drawing at 2 p.m.; live music will be held at the Third Base Bar from 2-6 p.m.; the Carlton VFW Auxiliary will host its booze cart and raffle drawing at 3 p.m.; and the day ends with a DJ and karaoke at the Carlton VFW from 4-8 p.m. For more information, or to sign up for tournaments, visit carltonchamber.com/carlton-daze .

Discovery Table – Snakes Shedding, 10:30 a.m. to noon, Jay Cooke State Park. Stop by the table in front of the River Inn Interpretive Center to learn about the snakes of Northeastern Minnesota.

Perennial Plant Sale, 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Bethany Lutheran Church, Cromwell.

Junior Naturalist: Flying Machines, 1-2 p.m., Jay Cooke State Park. Attendees should meet behind the River Inn Interpretive Center for this kids’ program where they will learn about the tips and tricks of bird flight. Participants will create their own flying birds.

Ferns of the Forest Walk, 4-5 p.m., Jay Cooke State Park. Participants will take a walk to learn about some of the park’s 15 fern species. The group will meet at the River Inn Interpretive Center.

Campfire Program – Owls of Minnesota, 8-8:30 p.m., Jay Cooke State Park. Participants will learn about the silent hunters of the night. The program will be held at the amphitheater behind the park office. Bench seating is available, but attendees may bring a blanket or camp chair for comfort or social distancing.

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Monday, August 1

Hikin’ for Lichen, 11 a.m. to noon, Jay Cooke State Park. Attendees should meet at the River Inn Interpretive Center for the easy 1-mile walk where they will explore and identify lichens of the Northwoods. Participants will learn about lichens’ expert survival capabilities and their many uses – past and present.

Discovery Table – Nature Feature, noon to 2 p.m., Jay Cooke State Park. Stop by the table in front of the River Inn Interpretive Center to hear mini-talks about animals and plants.

Teen Reads, 4 p.m., Cloquet Public Library. The library's teen librarian will read aloud chapters from a current book. Snacks are provided.

Campfire Building, 8-8:30 p.m., Jay Cooke State Park. Attendees should meet behind the River Inn Interpretive Center, where they will learn techniques to build the perfect campfire and test their fire building skills.

Tuesday, August 2

Story Time, 10-10:30 a.m., Cloquet Public Library, Join Ms. Keiko as she sings songs and reads a story. The program is designed for children ages 0-5 and their caregivers.

Who’s Drumming? Woodpecker Walk, 10-10:30 a.m., Jay Cooke State Park. Attendees should meet at the River Inn Interpretive Center, where they will join a naturalist to walk and explore various woodpecker holes among the park’s trees. The walk will be on an easy, mostly flat trail.

Discovery Table – Nature Feature, 12:30-3 p.m., Jay Cooke State Park. Stop by the table in front of the River Inn Interpretive Center to hear mini-talks about animals and plants.

Carlton Farmers’ Market, 4-6 p.m., McFarland Park, Minnesota 210 and Grand Street, Carlton.

Esko Fun Days, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Northridge Park, 35 Canosia Rd, Esko. The annual celebration kicks off with National Night Out. A free hot dog dinner will be served. There will also be a bubble show and a community safety theme.

Campfire Program – Summer Stars, 8-8:30 p.m., Jay Cooke State Park. Attendees should mee at the amphitheater behind the park office for an evening outdoors around the campfire exploring the history and mythology of the zodiac constellations. Although it will be too light to see the stars, participants will get some tips and resources on how to go star watching.

Wednesday, August 3

Story Time, 10-10:30 a.m., Cloquet Public Library, Join Ms. Keiko as she sings songs and reads a story. The program is designed for children ages 0-5 and their caregivers.

Esko Fun Days, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Northridge Park, 35 Canosia Rd, Esko. A senior lunch will be held, as well as the Davis Helberg Community Impact Award presentation. The History Mystery Medallion Hunt will begin when the clue is posted to Facebook at 9 a.m.

Thursday, August 4

Discovery Table – Nature Feature, 10:30 a.m. to noon, Jay Cooke State Park. Stop by the table in front of the River Inn Interpretive Center to hear mini-talks about animals and plants.

Junior Park Naturalists: Busy as a Beaver, 1-2 p.m., Jay Cooke State Park. Attendees should meet behind the River Inn Interpretive Center to learn about the wonderful world of the American Beaver during this kids’ program. Participants will get to take home a beaver puppet craft.

Snake Discovery presents “Snake, Rattle & Roll,” 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Cloquet Public Library. The free program for all ages will focus on reptiles and amphibians that call Minnesota and Wisconsin home. Attendees will get to watch a salamander eat, debunk turtle myths, touch snakes and more. Snake Discovery will bring a tiger salamander, one to two native turtles, three to four native snakes and two to four exotic reptiles. A large boa constrictor named Doug will also make an appearance. Time will be set aside after the presentation for attendees to touch and hold the reptiles.

Snack Chat, 3:30-5:30 p.m., Cloquet Public Library. REACH sponsors the weekly event for kids. Participants will make a snack and chat with others while they eat.

Esko Fun Days, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Northridge Pavilion, 35 Canosia Rd, Esko. The St. Matthews Youth Group will host bingo and root beer floats. The History Mystery Medallion Hunt clue will be posted to Facebook at 9 a.m.

Friday, August 5

Bee Calm Story Walk, 10:30-11 a.m., Jay Cooke State Park. Join a naturalist for a story walk. Attendees will listen to a story, learn some yoga stretches and learn about how bees stay calm. The session has limited capacity and registration is required in advance. The sign-up deadline is 10:30 a.m. Aug. 4. To register, call 218-673-7006 or email carly.hawkinson@state.mn.us .

Discovery Table – Bugs and Blooms, 1-2:30 p.m., Jay Cooke State Park. Stop by the table in front of the River Inn Interpretive Center to hear mini-talks about plants and the insects that pollinate them. Free pollinator seeds will be available while they last.

Ping pong and air hockey for teens, 4-5 p.m., Cloquet Public Library.

Campfire Program–Black Bears of MN, 8-8:30 p.m., Jay Cooke State Park, meet at the amphitheater behind the park office. Attendees can discover the world of the Minnesota black bear and how to make their outdoor adventures more bearable. The program will have bench seating, but those who attend can bring a blanket or camp chair for comfort or social distancing.

Esko Fun Days, 7-10 p.m., Esko Stadium Field parking lot and community building. Teen Night will be open to students in grades 7-12, and will feature karaoke, dancing, pizza, bean bags, spike ball and hopefully laster tag. The History Mystery Medallion Hunt clue will be posted to Facebook at 9 a.m.

Saturday, August 6

Esko Fun Days. The 25th Annual Kristin Burkholder Memorial 5K Walk/Run will kick off at 8:30 a.m. at the Esko High School Sports Complex. The cost for adults is $30 for early birds and $35 starting Aug. 6; cost for students is $25 as early birds or $30 on Aug. 6; and the cost for kids age 5-11 is $17 for early birds or $20 starting Aug. 6. The run honors Kristin Burkholder who died at age 12 from injuries suffered in a pedestrian-car crash while she was running for track practice. All proceeds are donated to scholarships for Esko students. Registration can be found online at https://tempotickets.com/burkholder5k2022. Then the Esko Fun Days Parade will start at 11:30 a.m. A barbecue and games will run from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Northridge Park. The evening is capped off with a street dance at the fire hall featuring The Northwoods Band from 7-11 p.m. The cost to enter the street dance is $5 per person. Holy Smokes, B&B Wagon, Ma & Pa's, and Fry Shack food trucks will be on hand.

Carlton County Farmers’ Market, 9 a.m. to noon, in front of Premiere Theatres, 904 Minnesota 33, Cloquet.

Why are the Rocks Tilted? Geology Walk, 10:30-11 a.m., Jay Cooke State Park, meet at the River Inn Interpretive Center. The tilted rocks by the river have caused people to wonder and marvel at them for centuries. Join park staff on a short geology walk near the river and discover what powerful forces of the past shaped the tilted rocks. The walk is ¼ mile on a level, grassy surface.

Thomson Cemetery Tour, 1-2 p.m., Jay Cooke State Park, meet in the cemetery parking lot. Join park staff on a tour of the Thomson Cemetery and discover the history behind the people buried there. The tour includes stairs from the parking lot to the cemetery.

Junior Naturalist: Flying Machines, 4-5 p.m., Jay Cooke State Park. Attendees should meet behind the River Inn Interpretive Center for this kids’ program where they will learn about the tips and tricks of bird flight. Participants will create their own flying birds.

Campfire Program – Seeing with Sound, 8-8:30 p.m., Jay Cooke State Park. Attendees should meet in the amphitheater behind the park office. The program will explore the language of echolocation, including how echolocation is used.

Sunday, August 7

Outdoor Skills Day, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Jay Cooke State Park. Attendees can meet around the River Inn Interpretive Center any time to try archery, fishing, orienteering, fire building, shelter creation and more. Specific schedule information will be posted closer to the date of the event.

Monday, August 8

Teen Reads, 4 p.m., Cloquet Public Library. The library's teen librarian will read aloud chapters from a current book. Snacks are provided.

Tuesday, August 9

Pop-up Storytime, 10-11 a.m., Sweet Land Farm, 264 Prevost Road, Cloquet. The Cloquet Public Library hosts its weekly story time at Sweet Land Farm. The free event is geared to kids age 0-5 and their families and will include stories and songs. Children will also get to learn about the farm. Families can stay after story time to pick blueberries at a cost of $5 per pound. Attendees are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on and a container for blueberries if they choose to pick.

Carlton Farmers’ Market, 4-6 p.m., McFarland Park, Minnesota 210 and Grand Street, Carlton.

Wednesday, August 10

Story Stroll, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Veterans Memorial Park, Cloquet. Stop by the park and enjoy "Flower Garden" by Eve Bunting on this story stroll sponsored by the Cloquet Public Library.

Story Time, 10-10:30 a.m., Cloquet Public Library, Join Ms. Keiko as she sings songs and reads a story. The program is designed for children ages 0-5 and their caregivers.

Thursday, August 11

Snack Chat, 3:30-5:30 p.m., Cloquet Public Library. REACH sponsors the weekly event for kids. Participants will make a snack and chat with others while they eat.

Knotweed Workshop, 6-7:30 p.m., Cloquet Public Library. Knotweed or bamboo is an invasive plant that spreads rapidly. It can damage property including lakes and stream corridors. Experts from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture and the Duluth Collaborative Invasive Species Management Area will teach attendees how to identify knotweed, map it and slow its spread. The session is free. More information is available at the Facebook event page.

Friday, August 12

Ping pong and air hockey for teens, 4-5 p.m., Cloquet Public Library.

Saturday, August 13

Carlton County Farmers’ Market, 9 a.m. to noon, in front of Premiere Theatres, 904 Minnesota 33, Cloquet.

Recurring events

A Nesting Place, second and fourth Tuesdays of the month from 1-2 p.m. Community Memorial Hospital/Raiter Family Clinic host the free group for new moms regardless of where their baby was delivered. The group meets virtually and offers a safe place to discuss all postpartum issues. It is facilitated by Dr. Natalie Krier. For more information, contact Brenda at 218-499-6702 or bgraden@cmhmn.org.

Cloquet Al-Anon, Tuesdays and Fridays, 10-11 a.m.,103 10th St., Cloquet. Closed meetings. The only membership requirement is that a friend or relative have a problem with alcoholism. Call 218-879-9884.

Clothing Depot, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., R-Tech Insulation Building, Minnesota Highway 73, Cromwell. No large loads will be accepted until further notice as the warehouse is full.

Gamblers Anonymous, Mondays, 7 p.m.; Tuesdays, 5 p.m.; Our Savior's Lutheran Church, 615 12th Ave., Cloquet. Use the parking lot entrance. For more information, call 855-222-5542.

Get to Know Your Neighbor, Wednesdays, 8:30-11:30 a.m., Perch Lake Town Hall, 2779 Big Lake Road, Cloquet. Perch Lake Township residents and friends can stop into the Perch Lake Town Hall on Wednesdays for coffee, refreshments, cards, cribbage, a book exchange and more.

Narcotics Anonymous, Wednesdays, 6:30-8 p.m., Fridays from 6-7:30 p.m., Alano Club, Cloquet. Call 877-767-7676 or visit naminnesota.org .

Riverview Toastmasters, Tuesdays, 7-8 a.m., Cloquet. For more information, visit 5429.toastmastersclubs.org .

Wright Seniors, Wednesdays, 1 p.m., senior building.

This story was updated at 1:23 p.m. July 27 to remove a recurring event that is no longer taking place. It was originally posted at noon. The Pine Journal regrets the error.

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