The Cool Mountain Nights weekend in Mount Shasta starts with some cruising Friday evening and concludes with a picnic in the park Sunday, Sept. 3.

In between the Poker Run and Dinner and Blackberry Music Festival is Saturday's Car Show & Shine, Grand Prix cardboard box foot race for kids, and mailbox art contest. Then the Tinman Triathlon returns at Lake Siskiyou after a two year absence. Note: registration for the Tinman has closed.

Temperatures are expected to be high for this time of year, so think of "cool" as a relative term or in the informal way: it's a cool place to hang with some cool people doing cool stuff. 

The details in brief:

Fri., Sept. 1

Poker run & dinner – The annual Mount Shasta Friday Night Poker Run and Dinner starts and ends at the Mount Shasta Community Center, 629 Alder Street. Sign-ups and dinner take place from 5 to 7 p.m.; followed by the Poker Run.

The $25 Poke Run fee includes scorecard with map, and a charm at each stop; plus a BBQ dinner of all beef burgers, hot dogs, salads and drinks. The winner gets a 50/50 prize pool split, plus their name of a perpetual trophy.

The trophy will be awarded at the Mt. Shasta Car Show & Shine on Saturday, Sept. 2 at 2 p.m. For more information call 530-859-3411 or visit mtshastaca.gov/police/car-show. The event is hosted by the Mount Shasta Police Department and the Mount Shasta Masonic Family.

Sat., Sept. 2

• The 29th annual Mt. Shasta Car Show & Shine will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in downtown Mount Shasta. Registration begins, 8 a.m. An awards ceremony to be held around 2:30 p.m. The event includes food vendors, music, a mailbox art contest, and box car race for kids ages 2 to 5. Registration fee is $35, includes a t-shirt, goodie bag, dash plaque, and door prize opportunity. For more information call 530-859-3411, 530-926-7540, or mtshastaca.gov/police/car-show.

• Grand prix – Mt. Shasta 5 Star Kiwanis is partnering with the Mt. Shasta Show & Shine for a Grand Prix cardboard box foot race for children ages 2 to 5, including children with disabilities, beginning at 11 a.m. in downtown Mount Shasta. Bring entries to Castle Street for pre-race registration bags at 9:30 a.m. The event is free and everyone is a winner. Every child receives a trophy at the race and the Pit Stop is sponsoring hot dog refreshments. To pre-register for the race visit 5starkiwanisgrandprix@gmail.com. Provide the child’s name and age. For more information call 530-859-2910 or email: whee5@sbcglobal.net.

• Mailbox art contest – The 2nd annual Mt. Shasta Mailbox Art Contest will take place during the Mt. Shasta Car Show & Shine event in downtown Mount Shasta. Everyone is welcome to enhance a standard postal approved mailbox. Pick up an entry form and mailbox from the Mount Shasta Chamber or call the Mount Shasta Community Building at 530-410-3590. Cost is $10. All entries receive a $15 gift card, participation certificate, and a chance to win the People’s Choice Award of $100 cash. Everyone casting a vote for the People’s Choice Award will be eligible to win their choice of all mailbox entries to take home. Mailboxes will be sold at a silent auction during the car show.

Sun., Sept. 3

• Tinman Triathlon – The Rotary Club of Dunsmuir will host the Mount Shasta Tinman Triathlon at the Lake Siskiyou Camp Resort. The revamped Tinman features new swim and run routes, and a slightly revised bike leg. The swim will leave the main beach area at 8 a.m.; with awards starting at 10 a.m. For more information visit www.shastatinman.com.

• Blackberry festival – Mount Shasta Rotary Club will host the 31st annual Blackberry Music Festival from noon to 6 p.m. at Mount Shasta City Park. Admission is free.

The event features fresh baked blackberry pie; and live music by Deady Bears, Secret Society Handshake, and Blue Relish. A variety of games and races for kids will take place throughout the day.

Picnic fare will be available for purchase includes sandwiches prepared by Mt. Shasta Supermarket, beer and other beverages. Special event t-shirts will be sold.

Proceeds support Rotary Club community service projects. For more information call 530-926-0542.