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Family events set for Rivertown Days

Action, entertainment, and learn some life messages are part of two shows at this year's Rivertown Days.

The Rich Wieber Bicycle Stunt Show will feature high action BMX stunts, while also presenting several important messages to the audience at 8 p.m. Friday, July 16, at the Jaycee Park boat launch area along the Mississippi River.

Wieber has presented more than 3,000 shows in 46 states. He uses his bicycle and message to present a high energy and fast-paced program that inspires the young people and others to live out their dreams and makes a lasting impression with every group.

His message include the topics of perseverance, determination, peer pressure, goal achievement, the danger of drugs and alcohol, and safety.

He has worked with the American Lung Association, DARE, SADD, police departments, hospitals, the National Brain Injury Association, anti-tobacco campaigns and Boy Scouts of America. He and his wife Sarah, live in Andover with their son, Skylar.

Black Dirt returns

Making a second appearance at Rivertown Days is the Black Dirt Theater Co. Its presentation is funded in part through a grant from the McKnight Foundation and the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature

The performers will on stage at Levee Park beginning at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 17. A sing-along featuring live music is part of the audience participation for the day.

A live taping of "Sox News" is at noon. This is a production by Black Theater and Hastings Cable 14. The sock puppets explore the world around them. Their news stories and personal interaction are dispensed with values such as kindness, integrity and the joy of learning.

Another sing along will be held at 1 p.m. followed by an improv performance at 2:30 p.m. In this performance a group of trained professionals will be on stage to offer an unpredictable, funny and interactive show. They take suggestions from the audience to help guide the improvised comedy games.

Another taping of the "Sox News" will be held at 4 p.m., followed by an improv performance at 5 p.m.

The mission of the Black Dirt Theater is to create theater for everyday people in a variety of settings that celebrates and nurtures the human spirit and encourages others to do the same.

The staff, all from the Hastings area, are Andy Langenfeld, whose professional experience includes directing, play writ, technical directing and being master carpenter; Robin Starch, who has been the artistic director in the Hastings independent School District 200 fir more than 21 years and has more than 10 years of experience with nonprofit organizations using theater as community building tool; Mandy Langenfeld, who has composed music for more than 15 years and performed in various ensembles on four continents; and Libby Burkitt, who has experience in interpersonal communication and organized development, and has a life-long involvement in theater and visual art.