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Festival brings chamber music to town

Professional chamber music concerts will continue in Alexandria this week and next, as the 2018 Festival of the Lakes brings classical music to the lakes area.

All concerts will take place at 7 p.m. at United Methodist Church, 2210 Sixth Avenue East.

The initial one was last weekend. Remaining dates are Friday, Aug. 10; Sunday, Aug. 12; and Wednesday, Aug. 15; with the finale set for Sunday, Aug. 19.

For more information, visit alexfest.org.

Meet your farmer Thursday

Area growers will serve up locally-grown food and raise money for the food shelf during the Meet and Eat event from 3-6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 9, at Big Ole Park in Alexandria.

Hosted by the Local Harvest Market and the Outreach Food Shelf, the event features salads, brats and burgers. Tickets cost $8, with $2 of every ticket going to the food shelf. Children age 3 and under eat free.

The event will also feature local farmers, yard games and live music by Tuesday Nightclub.

Lake Carlos offers nature programs

Lake Carlos State Park has special programs designed to introduce children to the natural world. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at the visitor's center unless otherwise indicated.

Thursday, Aug. 9

• 10-11 a.m. Crafty Canines. Wolves got a bad rap in Little Red Riding Hood. Now a naturalist will explain how they, coyotes and foxes help balance the ecosystem.

• 3-4 p.m. Secret Life of Wetlands. A naturalist will show why wetlands are important habitats for many animals such as frogs, turtles, and ducks.

Friday, Aug. 10

• 9-11 a.m. Fishing Frenzy Friday. Kids should bring worms, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses and a water bottle to learn how to fish. Meet at the fishing docks near the amphitheater.

Saturday, Aug. 11

• 10—11 a.m. Fishy Fishy in the Brook. Aimed at ages 2-6, this program will help young children explore a fish's world through story, games and activities.

• 1-3 p.m. Archery in the Park. Children must be at least 8 years old to learn the skill of archery. This program is open to families and individuals and will meet at the beach area.

Tuesday, Aug. 14

• 10-11 a.m. Geocaching. A naturalist will show how to use GPS units to take part in a real-life treasure hunt.

• 3-4 p.m. Predators of the Sky. This program will teach about birds of prey, including bald eagles, barred owls and turkey vultures.

For more information, contact Ben at benjamin.eckhoff@state.mn.us or 320-852-7200.

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