Outside activities take the lead in south Washington County this weekend ranging from the Park High School homecoming parade, to a Civil War re-enactment in Newport, a raptor release at Carpenter Nature Center, art in Afton, garage sales and a benefit motorcycle run. Inside, there's a barbecue dinner and polka concert.

Park High School's homecoming parade will start at 5:15 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Sept. 23, at Kingston Park and end at the high school.

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The "Muster in Pioneer Park: A Celebration of the Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War 1861-2011" will take place all weekend with a wide range of activities at Pioneer Memorial Park,

Fourth Avenue and Sixth Street. Activities on Saturday begin at 10 a.m. For details, visit www.ci.newport.mn.us.

Queen Esther Chapter 26 and Job's Daughters Bethel 53 are hosting a barbecue dinner from noon until everything is sold Saturday, Sept. 24 at the Masonic Center, Summit and Broadway avenues in St. Paul Park.

The 33rd annual Afton Art in the Park will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25 at Afton Town Square, located on St. Croix Trail. The event is sponsored by the Afton Area Business Association. For details, visit www.AftonArtFair.com.

The Hastings branch of the American Association of University Women will hold its annual Grand Garage Sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at the First Presbyterian Church, 602 Vermillion St. in Hastings.

Friends of Mike and Marlene Berg of Cottage Grove have organized a motorcycle run, pig roast, live auction and meat raffle Saturday, Sept. 24, in memory of 4-year-old Kaitlyn Berg, who died in an automobile accident in 2001.Kaitlyn's organs were donated to LifeSource, an organ donation organization.All proceeds of the run will go to LifeSource. Check-in for the run is 11 a.m. at the Cloverleaf Bar in Newport. The cost is $10 per rider. The pig roast begins at 4 p.m.

The Hastings and Cottage Grove Area Concert Association will begin its 2011-12 season Friday, Sept. 23, with a performance by the Rod Cerar Orchestra at 7 p.m. at Hastings Middle School. The orchestra is known for its polka and ballroom music.Five more concerts are scheduled throughout the season. Season tickets are $50 and can be purchased at the Sept. 23 event or from Howard Handeland at (651) 459-2226.