THE TEEN BAND PLATYPUS will perform at the Big Lake Chamber of Commerce annual Block Party at McPete’s Sept. 6.

Upcoming events in Big Lake

Staff Writer
Jennifer Edwards
Upcoming events in Big Lake this week include the high school and middle school open house Wednesday from 5:30-8 p.m.
Thursday sees the last Music in the Park concert for the summer with the band Brat Pack Radio wrapping things up. 
The summer concert series is free but donations to the Big Lake Legacy Foundation to help bring the concert series back next summer, are tax deductible and welcome.
Sat. Sept. 6 is the day for the Big Lake Chamber of Commerce annual Block Party at McPete’s Entertainment Center on Hwy. 10 in Big Lake. Give the kids a chance to burn off some energy after the first week of school. 
An admission fee of $5 lets wrist band wearers play mini golf, bowling, batting cages and other games for free. There will be face painting, inflatables, a reptile petting zoo, a magic show and live music by the band Platypus. This year’s Spud Idol contest winners will perform.
Tickets will be required for Air Maxx bungee jumping, crazy hair, a dunk tank, concessions and inflatable jousting. The first 250 children will receive free souvenir cinch bags stuffed with small gifts from local businesses.
The Sherburne County History Center 18th annual Autumn Lights Gala fundrasier is being held at the Carousell Works Historic Events Center in Big Lake. Sept. 6. The event features dinner by A Catered Event, a silent auction, prize raffles and live music. Tickets are available at the Sherburne County History Center in Becker and cost is $50 per person.
The next Movie in the Park, sponsored by the Big Lake American Legion, the Becker Big Lake Knights of Columbus and the Elk River Lions is Fri. Sept. 12 at Lakeside Park.
The movie will follow the Big Lake Legacy Foundation’s Home Town Jam. A movie honoring local veterans, put together by SCTV, will be shown before the main movie.
Support the Sherburne County Area United Way Sat. Sept 13 from 7-11 p.m.  by attending the  third annual United We Dance Battle of the Bands, to be held at 13 bars and restaurants around the area. 
The goal is for each venue and their band to win the “battle” by raising the most money for SCAUW’s  local, reliable and accountable agencies/nonprofits. 
Each venue will run their own specials for United We Dance. Raffle tickets will be sold at each venue as well to raise money for SCAUW. Raffle prizes include a Mall of America package, Grand Casino overnight, Wild Woods Waterpark passes and much more. See each venue for additional prizes. 
Venues include, Broadway Bar & Pizza, Elk River Golf Club, Time Out, Cowboy Jack’s, Rockwoods Grill & Bar, Boondox Bar & Grille, Finish Line Café, Neighbor’s Eatery & Saloon, Shooters, Zimmerman American Legion, Ridgewood Bay, Angeno’s/Zimmerman Bar & Grill and the Whistling Pickle.
For more information on these and other upcoming events, keep reading the West Sherburne Tribune.


FIGHTING DESTRUCTIVE INSECTS. State plant health specialists Angie Ambourn, center, and Jennifer Dippel took part in a presentation on the emerald ash borer (EAB) in Elk River Monday morning. The state is partnering with the Sherburne Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) in an effort to slow the spread of the insects, which include a survey in which volunteers look for increased woodpecker activity and other natural signs that could indicate an EAB infestation. (Photos by David Hannula)

JODI AND BEN BROWN volunteered to man the Minnesota Grown booth at the state fair last year.


ALL STATE ELITE gymnast Mallary Dick on beam.

The Big Lake 14 Elite volleyball team took third place in the President’s Day Festival Tournament, which incudes 64 schools from around the state. Team members are (front) Emily Zinken and Emma Pupeza. Standing are Kayla Ahrens, Haley Newhouse, Logan Miller, Sage Wuornos, Annika Poe, Megan Carlson, Makenzie Reiter, and Hailey Atwood. Not pictured is Alyssa Rezac. (Submitted photo).