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Community Calendar: Esko Fun Days, Brickyard Days, Honey Bee Festival and more

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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. 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.

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.

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Campfire Program–Owls of MN, 8-8:30 p.m., Jay Cooke State Park, meet at the amphitheater behind the park office. Learn more about the silent hunters of the night and how nature built a better mousetrap in the form of an owl. The program will have bench seating, but those who attend can bring a blanket or camp chair for comfort or social distancing.

Friday, August 5

Bee Calm Story Walk at Jay Cooke State Park has been canceled.

Discovery Table – Pollinators, 1-3 p.m., Jay Cooke State Park. Stop by the table in front of the River Inn Interpretive Center to hear mini-talks about pollinators that make the park's blooms possible. Free pollinator seeds will be available while they last.

Honey Bee Festival, 3-10 p.m., Oldenburg House, Carlton. The annual festival features music, food and fun supporting pollinators and local habitat. Tickets are $25 for adults and $5 for youth accompanied by adults at the gate. One-day passes are available for $20 . Two-day passes are available for $30.

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

Brickyard Days kicks off in Wrenshall with a 5K run/walk hosted by the Raptors softball team. Registration starts at 5 p.m., with the race set to start at 6:30 p.m. There will also be a picnic and free outdoor screening of the movie "Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who." Bricks Pub and Grub will host a beach volleyball tournament starting at 7 p.m., with live music starting at 8 p.m. For more details, visit the Wrenshall Brickyard Days Facebook page.

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.

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Saturday, August 6

Brickyard Days. The event continues with a pancake breakfast from 7-10 a.m. at Wrenshall High School. For $5, attendees will get pancakes, eggs, sausage, coffee, orange juice and milk. A 3-on-3 basketball tournament will start at 9 a.m. The parade will kick off at 11 a.m. Following the parade, participants can check out food and craft vendors, a silent auction, a bake sale, face painting and crazy hair, carnival games, bingo, exotic animals, an open house at the fire hall, a beach volleyball tournament, a cornhole tournament, live music and more. For more details, visit the Wrenshall Brickyard Days Facebook page.

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.

Honey Bee Festival, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Oldenburg House, Carlton. The annual festival features music, food and fun supporting pollinators and local habitat. Tickets are $25 for adults and $5 for youth accompanied by adults at the gate. One-day passes are available for $20 . Two-day passes are available for $30.

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.

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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.

Black Bear Casino Resort Sale/Auction, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., 1785 Minnesota Highway 210, Carlton. A general tag sale runs 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 9-10. Items include dressers, TVs, arcade games, queen and king size mattresses, lamps and more. The sale and auction will be held in the old hotel at the address listed. All items purchased will be sold "as is" and must be removed at the time of purchase. Cash and debit/credit cards will be accepted.

Cromwell YOT, noon, Cromwell Park Pavilion. The Young Old Timers will meet. All area seniors (age 50 and older) are welcome to attend.

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

Black Bear Casino Resort Sale/Auction, noon, 1785 Minnesota Highway 210, Carlton. Items include dressers, TVs, arcade games, queen and king size mattresses, lamps and more. The auction will be held in the old hotel at the address listed. All items purchased will be sold "as is" and must be removed at the time of purchase. Cash and debit/credit cards will be accepted.

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.

Rummage sale, 4-7 p.m., Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Wright.

Saturday, August 13

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

Rummage sale, 9 a.m. to noon, Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Wright.

Monday, August 15

Kids and Family Yoga, 10-10:45 a.m., Cloquet Public Library. Join Carolyn Ripp of Nest Wellness Studio for the family-friendly yoga session at the library. Attendees are asked to bring a towel or a mat. The session is geared toward people age 3 and older. Caregivers of young children are encouraged to participate. No previous experience is required, and the program is free to attend.

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 16

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.

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

Carlton County Fair begins with entry day for hobby crafts, needlework, art and photography.

Wednesday, August 17

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.

Carlton County Fair continues with entry day.

Thursday, August 18

Carlton County Fair kicks off at 8:30 a.m. with the 4-H dairy goat show. Animal shows and entertainment continue throughout the day. The midway opens at 6 p.m. For a full schedule of events, visit carltoncountyfairmn.com.

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 Game Night, 4-6 p.m., Cloquet Public Library.

Friday, August 19

Carlton County Fair kicks off at 7 a.m. with the 4-H horse training judging. Animal shows and entertainment continue throughout the day. For a full schedule of events, visit carltoncountyfairmn.com.

Alpha Delta Kappa Rummage Sale, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., 38 Carlton County Road 138, Barnum. In addition to rummage sale items, the organization will also have baked goods, plants and crafts for sale, with all proceeds going toward scholarship and literacy projects.

Tooth Fairy Time, 10 a.m., Cloquet Public Library. Just Kids Dental, United Way of Carlton County and the Cloquet Public Library collaborate to offer a free 30-minute oral health and nutrition education program for early childhood aged children and their caregivers at the library. The fun, informative presentation will address the importance of proper daily brushing, flossing and good nutrition. Every child will receive a complimentary toothbrush kit that includes a bag, water bottle, toothbrush, toothpaste, tooth brushing timer, floss and stickers.

Saturday, August 20

Carlton County Fair kicks off at 7 a.m. with the 4-H horse training judging. The farmers breakfast will be held in the Centennial Building from 8-10 a.m. Activities and entertainment continue throughout the day. For a full schedule of events, visit carltoncountyfairmn.com.

Alpha Delta Kappa Rummage Sale, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., 38 Carlton County Road 138, Barnum. In addition to rummage sale items, the organization will also have baked goods, plants and crafts for sale, with all proceeds going toward scholarship and literacy projects.

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

Sunday, August 21

Carlton County Fair kicks off at 9 a.m. when the gates open. Activities and entertainment continue throughout the day. For a full schedule of events, visit carltoncountyfairmn.com.

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 .

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To submit an event to the community calendar, email news@pinejournal.com.
To submit an event to the community calendar, email news@pinejournal.com.