Evaluating Our Nation’s Energy Infrastructure, University of Minnesota Rochester, 111 S. Broadway, Rochester. 285-7120. 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Presented by Massoud Amin, director of the Center for the Development of Technological Leadership. Donations requested. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Defining Assistive Technology in the Special Education Process, Ability Building Center, 1911 14th St. N.W., Rochester. 535-7101. 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m.
Tax Day Tea Party, east side of Silver Lake, Rochester. 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. A nonpartisan event about reasonable government.
Father/son banquet, Chatfield United Methodist Church, 124 Winona St. S.E., Chatfield. (507) 867-3529. 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Tickets available at church, Roy’s Barbershop or Russ Zincke. Call for reservations or e-mail email@example.com. Adults $9; younger than 12, $4.
FFA organizational meeting, Pine Island High School, ag room. 7:30 p.m. To form an FFA alumni affiliate. Past membership is not required to attend.
AAUW general meeting, Charter House, third floor, Rochester. 292-0062. 7 p.m. AAUW state co-president Karen Kirkwood and husband Dave discuss pay equity. Refreshments followed by program.
Environmental Commission, conference room A/B, 2122 Campus Drive S.E. , Rochester. 7:15 p.m.
Library Board meeting, Rochester Public Library, 101 Second St. S.E. 328-2300. 4:30 p.m.-6 p.m.
AARP driver safety class, Byron Community Education, 501 10th Ave. N.E., Byron. (507) 775-2336. 4 p.m.-8 p.m. Four-hour refresher course for people who have taken the eight-hour basic course. The course updates driving skills and qualifies people for a 10 percent discount on auto insurance. For additional classes, go to www.aarp.org/drive or call 1-866-231-0216.
Certified coach practitioner training, Holiday Inn, Rochester. (843) 209-2641. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Coaching and business development skills. Call or e-mail Cathy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Woodcock watch, Chester Woods Park, 8378 U.S. 14 S.E., Eyota. (507) 398-5390. 7:30 p.m. Meet at the trailer parking lot. Nominal fee to enter the park. Sponsored by Zumbro Valley Audubon Society.
Homebuyer class, Community Housing Partnership, 2122 Campus Drive S.E., suite 100, Rochester. 328-7170. 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Fee is $25. Call to register.
National Health Care Decisions Day, Saint Elizabeth’s Medical Center, 1200 W. Grant Blvd., Wabasha. (651) 565-5596. 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free info about advance care planning and advance directive forms. Staff on hand to answer questions and offer assistance in writing living wills.
March of Dimes fundraiser, Outback Steakhouse, Rochester. 282-0649. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Chicken and ribs, chop salad, garlic mashed potatoes and cheesecake. Food and service donated by Outback Steakhouse. Tickets are $15, call to purchase.
Rochester Forum on Education Equality, Mayo High School auditorium, Rochester. 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Hosted by Minnesota Minority Education Partnership, focusing on the academic achievement of students of color and American Indian students. Free, registration preferred at www.mmep.org.
Sons of Norway meeting, Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 2124 Viola Road N.E., Rochester. 7 p.m. Business meeting followed by speaker Eric Dregni, "In Cod We Trust." Open to the public.
Walking By Faith Bible study, Oak Hills Wesleyan Church, 410 28th St. S.W., Rochester. 288-6053. 10 a.m. Seven-week study for women. Uses the "Walking by Faith" materials by Jennifer Rothschild.
Planning Advisory Commission, Government Center board chambers, 151 Fourth St. S.E., Rochester. 7:30 p.m.
Committee on Urban Design and Environment, Rochester City Hall room 320, 201 Fourth St. S.E. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Forum with Dr. Sandra Steingraber, University Center Rochester Hill Theater, 851 30th Ave. S.E., Rochester. 7 p.m. Steingraber is an ecologist, cancer survivor, expert on environmental links to cancer and human health, and author of "Living Downstream: An Ecologist Looks at Cancer and the Environment." Free.
Roast beef dinner, Legion Hall, 215 Third St. S.W., Plainview. 5 p.m. Tickets are $7.50 in advance, $8 at the door. To purchase, call 251-9848 or 534-2862. Proceeds benefit Freedom Honor Flight.
Fish and chicken dinner, American Legion Post 92, 315 First Ave. N.W., Rochester. 282-1322. 5 p.m.-7:30 p.m. All-you-can-eat, adults $9, children 12 and younger $4.50.
Sign and Sing preview class, Avalon Music, 301 N. Broadway, Rochester. (507) 775-2152. 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. The class will teach signs to do with your children ages 6 months to 3 years old. Free. RSVP to MusiqueAVEC@aol.com or call by April 16.
AARP driver safety class, Rochester Charter House, 211 Second St. N.W. 266-7533. 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Four-hour refresher course for people who have taken the eight-hour basic course. The course updates driving skills and qualifies people for a 10 percent discount on auto insurance. For additional classes, go to www.aarp.org/drive or call 1-866-231-0216.
Autistic License, John Marshall High School auditorium, 1510 14th St. N.W., Rochester. 254-8901. 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Free, reserve a seat by e-mailing email@example.com. Educators receive 2.5 CEUs for attending.
PAIIR/School Readiness Advisory rummage sale, Northrop Education Center, 201 Eighth St. N.W., Rochester. 328-4020. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. To raise money for Readiness Preschool scholarships. To donate items, e-mail Nicole at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Open house, Lanesboro Museum, 105 Parkway Ave., Lanesboro. (507) 467-2177. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Door prizes from local merchants. Free coffee and cookies. Donations accepted.
Study Session: Legislative Commission to End Poverty in Minnesota by 2020, IBEW Hall, 9 80th St. S.E., Rochester. 281-1471. 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Led by the Rev. Nancy Maeker, director of A Minnesota Without Poverty. Call to RSVP.
Auction, Rochester Central Lutheran School, 2619 Ninth Ave. N.W. 289-3267. 2:30 p.m., doors open; 2:30-4:30 p.m. silent auction; 6 p.m. live auction.
Rochester Woodcarvers meeting, Redeemer Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall (enter the door from the parking lot), 869 Seventh Ave. S.E., Rochester. 285-1620. 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Bring carvings for show and tell. Visitors welcome.
ABC Music and Me preview class, Avalon Music, 301 N. Broadway, Rochester. 775-2152. 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Join your 2- to 4-year-old toddler in a free preview class. RSVP to MusiqueAVEC@aol.com or call by April 17.
Spring Fling, St. John’s Lutheran Church, Mazeppa. 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Crafts, bake sale and luncheon. Adults are $7, children 6-12 $2.50, children younger than 6 free.
National Church Library Association Southeast Minnesota Chapter meeting, Redeemer Lutheran Church, 869 Seventh Ave. S.E., Rochester. 8:30 a.m. Topics include weeding, selecting fiction and conducting children’s book clubs. Doors open at 8 am.
Breast Cancer 3-Day Get Started meeting, Mount Olive Lutheran Church, 2830 18th Ave. N.W., Rochester. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. To discuss training and fundraising for the three-day, 60-mile walk. For information call 1-800-996-3DAY.
Home business expo, Holy Family Catholic Church, 1904 Mantorville Ave. N., Kasson. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free admission, local vendors, cash-n-carry items, door prize drawings and refreshments.
Trumpet workshop, Century High School, Rochester. 9:30 a.m. Featuring Robert Dorer. Free, open to the public. Students of all ages may bring their trumpets and questions.
Rummage sale, Holy Spirit School, 5455 50th Ave. N.W., Rochester. 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Bag sale starts at noon. Proceeds go to technology enhancements.
Healing Spirit Metropolitan Community Church penny social, People of Hope Lutheran Church, 3703 Country Club Road S.W., Rochester. 7:30 p.m. Benefit auction with raffle. Doors open at 6:30 p.m..
Book Discussion: "Those Wonderful ECK Masters," Rochester Public Library, 101 Second St. S.E. 328-2300. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The book, by Harold Klemp, is based on Eckankar, the religion of the Light and Sound and God. For information call 800-717-0371.
Otter feeding, Oxbow Park, 5731 County Road 105 N.W., Byron. (507) 775-2451. 3 p.m.
Pancake breakfast, Peace United Church of Christ, 1503 Second Ave. N.E., Rochester. (507) 696-0373. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Food, games, silent auction, children’s activities. Held in memory of Lindsey Ronningen and in honor of SMA Friends. $5 per person, $20 per family of four or more.
Roll and Stroll kickoff, Rochester Athletic Club. 775-7054. 1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Roll & Stroll raises money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. RSVP to email@example.com or call (952) 851-0770 or 1-800-663-1860.
Comedy Extravaganza, Elks Lodge, Hillcrest Shopping Center, Rochester. 6 p.m. Cost is $23; includes food and show. For tickets, call 282-6702 or 282-3700. Proceeds benefit Elks scholarship program.
Make a Prairie Wildflower Garden, Whitewater State Park, 19041 Minneosta Highway 74, Altura. (507) 932-3007. 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Joel Dunnette discusses native prairie and making a prairie wildflower garden. Free butterfly weed seedlings for participants.
Fish fry, American Legion, Eyota. 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Hosted by Eyota Wonder Workers 4-H club. Adults $10, kids 5-12 $5, younger than 5 free. 4-H baked goods available for sale.
Honor Flight breakfast, American Legion, 11 Madison Ave. S.W., Eyota. (507) 545-2688. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Cost is $6. Proceeds send WWII veterans to Washington on May 2 to see the WWII memorial.
Autistic License, John Marshall High School auditorium, 1510 14th St. N.W., Rochester. 254-8901. 2 p.m.-4 p.m. Free; reserve seats by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Educators receive 2.5 CEUs for attending.
Pine Island Area Home Services waffle brunch fundraiser, Pine Island School cafeteria, Pine Island. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Tickets are $7 in advance; $8 at door. For information call 356-2999.
Meatball and ham dinner, Legion Hall, Main St., Mabel. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Hosted by the Mabel 50s and 60s Committee. Also salad bar, mashed potatoes, gravy, glazed carrots, buns, dessert bar and beverages. Adults $8, children younger than 10 $4. Quilt raffle, $1 per ticket. Craft show.
Nathan Schmidt Memorial fundraiser, Ramada Hotel & Conference Center, Rochester. 356-8154. Noon-3 p.m. Hosted by RideAbility, which provides equine-assisted activities for people with special needs and their families. $25 ticket includes lunch, music and silent auction. Call to buy tickets.
St. Paul Lutheran School fundraiser, St. Paul Lutheran Church, 128 Fillmore St., Chatfield. 5 p.m. Bingo, prizes, food. For information call 867-3583.
Pancake breakfast, Pax Christi Catholic Church, 4135 18th Ave. N.W., Rochester. 8 a.m.-noon.
Travelin’ Shoes Gospel Choir, St. Joachim Catholic Church, 900 W. Broadway, Plainview. (507) 534-3802. 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Fundraiser for the Plainview Elgin Area Food Shelf. Free; donations accepted.
Dementia caregiver series, Assisi Heights Conference Center, 1001 14th St. N.W., Rochester. 289-3950. 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Caregivers of people with dementia and interested community members are invited.
Rummage/bake sale, Christ Lutheran Church, 2904 20th St. S.E., Rochester. 289-0271. Covered sandbox, toys, clothing, household items, entertainment center, quilt drawing.
Stewartville Lioness baked potato supper, Civic Center, Stewartville. 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Cost is $6; free for children 6 and younger.
Preventing the Summer Slide, Masonic Center, 2022 Second St. N.W., Rochester. 288-5271. 7 p.m.-8 p.m. Free presentation for parents on preventing the loss of school skills in children during the summer. Call to RSVP.
Effective leasing training, Broadway Residence and Suites, 15 First St. S.E., Rochester. (952) 548-2205. 12:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. For property owners, managers and caretakers. $59 MHA members, $79 nonmembers; call to register.
Juvenile Diabetes Research Wendy’s Night, Wendy’s Restaurant, 5330 U.S. 52 N., Rochester. 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Portion of sales donated to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Volunteers will answer questions about the foundation, Type-1 diabetes and the Roll & Stroll for JDRF at Soldiers Field on May 17.
Family law clinic, Olmsted County Public Health, 2100 Campus Drive S.E., Rochester. 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Attorneys will provide information on child support, custody evaluation, early neutral evaluations and mediation.
St. Paul Lutheran School fundraiser, Homestyle Pizza, Chatfield. 867-4747. 5 p.m.-7:30 p.m. The school receives 10 percent of proceeds, plus tips. For information call 867-3583.
Child Abuse Prevention Month presentation, Winona State University, Stark Hall, room 103, Winona. 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Speaker is Victor Veith, a former prosecutor and nationally recognized child abuse expert. Baked goods for sale; proceeds go to Child Advocacy Club. Free, open to the public.
THURSDAY, APRIL 23
AARP driver safety class, Kasson Community Education, 606 16th St. N.E., Kasson. (507) 634-4464. 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Four-hour refresher class for people who have taken the eight-hour basic course. The course updates driving skills and qualifies people for a 10 percent discount on auto insurance. For more classes, go to www.aarp.org/drive or call 1-866-231-0216
"Polly’s Global Walk," John Adams Middle School, 1525 31st St. N.W., Rochester. 6:30 p.m. Documentary about a woman who walked around the world for breast cancer awareness. Includes a silent auction. Admission is $10; proceeds benefit Susan G. Komen 3-Day.
Y Mentors fundraiser luncheon, Outback Steakhouse, Rochester. 287-2260 extension 327. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. $15 lunch includes steak and chicken, potato, salad, bread, beverage and dessert. Special dietary needs can be accommodated with advance notice. Proceeds support Y Mentors and the children involved.
BPO Does rummage sale, Elks Lodge Hillcrest Shopping Center, 1652 U.S. 52 N., Rochester. 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Proceeds go to local charities.
Artists reception, First Farmers and Merchants State Bank, 111 20th St. N.E., Stewartville. 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Reception to meet the artists of the "SE Minnesota Art Show," which runs through May 1.
FRIDAY, APRIL 24
Rochester Astronomy Club, Gamehaven Scout Reservation, 5015 Simpson Road S.E., Rochester. (507) 250-2947. 7:30 p.m.-10 p.m. See constellations, planets, galaxies and star clusters through club members’ telescopes. Go to www.rochesterskies.org for information and directions. Free, open to the public. Inclement weather date is April 25.
Arbor Day celebration, Central Park, 225 First Ave. N.W., Rochester. 292-1225. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Live music by the Benderheads. Free trees and food while supplies last. Information on tree planting and city forestry.
PossAbilities: An Evening of Wine and Roses, Rochester Art Center, 40 Civic Center Drive S.E. 282-8629. 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Tickets $90. Proceeds benefit PossAbilities of Southern Minnesota. For reservations call 281-6116.
BPO Does rummage sale, Elks Lodge Hillcrest Shopping Center, 1652 U.S. 52 N., Rochester. 8 a.m.-noon. Proceeds go to local charities.
SATURDAY, APRIL 25
Rochester Mosque open house, Masjed AbuBakar, 17 N. Broadway, Rochester. (507) 253-6710. 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Meet Muslims and ask questions about Islam. Refreshments. Event scheduled the last Saturday every month. For information, call 253-6710 or email Rochester.Mosque@gmail.com.
Turkey Ridge historical encampment, Gamehaven Scout Reservation, 5015 Simpson Road S.E., Rochester. 287-1516. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. See the weaver, chord maker, candle maker, 19th century surgeon. Traders and food vendors. Admission $5, $3 for people 55 and older, family rate of $20 for up to six people.
Rummage sale, First Unitarian Univeralist Church, 1727 Walden Lane S.W., Rochester. 282-5209. 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
AARP driver safety class, Kasson Community Education, 606 16th S. N.E., Kasson. (507) 634-4464. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Eight-hour basic class for people taking the course for the first time. The course qualifies people for a 10 percent discount on auto insurance. For more classes, go to www.aarp.org/drive or Call 1-866-231-0216.
AARP driver safety class, Rochester Good Shepard Lutheran Church, 559 20th St. S.W., Rochester. (507) 990-6179. 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Eight-hour basic class for people taking the course for the first time. The course qualifies people for a 10 percent discount on auto insurance. For more classes, go to www.aarp.org/drive or Call 1-866-231-0216.
YoungLife waffle breakfast, Rochester Senior Citizens Center, 121 N. Broadway. 358-4715. 8 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Proceeds help send kids to camp. $7 for adults, $5 for seniors and kids.
Rummage sale, Crosswinds Church, 8106 31st Ave. N.W., Oronoco. (U.S. 52 N. to 75th St. N.W. exit, turn east.) 289-7937. 8 a.m.-noon. Benefit women’s and youth ministries. Crosswinds Student Ministries will also have a bake sale and car wash for a summer mission trip.
March for Babies, Eagles Club, 917 15th Ave. S.E., Rochester. 282-0649. Registration at 8 a.m.; 6-mile walk starts at 9 a.m. The March of Dimes helps women promotes prenatal health.
Sculpting the Blufflands: The flood of 2007 in Whitewater, Whitewater State Park, 19041 Minnesota Highway 74, Altura. (507) 932-3007 extension 0. Reservations required.
Fossil field trip, Whitewater State Park, 19041 Minnesota Highway 74, Altura. (507) 932-3007. 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Find and keep fossils. Bring transportation; the site is nine miles from the park.
Sons of Norway pancake supper, Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 2124 Viola Road N.E., Rochester. 4 p.m. Speaker is Tova Brandt: "Norway: Past and Present." Cost is $5, open to the public.
Wildflower hike, Oxbow Park, 5731 County Road 105 N.W., Byron. (507) 775-2451. 10 a.m. For ages 10 and up.
Super Market Saturday, Oasis Church, 1815 38th St. N.W., Rochester. 289-8596. 10 a.m.-noon. In conjunction with Channel One Food Shelf.
Native American Pow-wow, 1715 Marion Road S.E., Rochester. 9 a.m. Hosted by the American Indian Center of Rochester, a memorial pow-wow for members who have passed away.
Winona Health Celebrates Women, Winona Health campus, 859 Mankato Ave., Winona. (507) 457-4161. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Breakfast, speaker Lisa Warsinske, health screenings, information booths, education sessions. Registration is $15 before April 17 and $20 after or at the door. Call to register.
Rochester Montessori School "Springtime Revelry" fundraiser, Rochester Golf & Country Club, 3100 Country Club Road S.W., Rochester. 288-8725. In conjunction with the school’s 40th anniversary. Silent and live auctions, dinner and dancing.
"There's No Place Like Home," Edina Realty, 1301 Salem Road S.W., Rochester. Noon-3:30 p.m. Live and silent auctions. Admission is $5 per person, $10 per family. Proceeds benefit the Interfaith Hospitality Network of Greater Rochester. For information, call Kathy at 282-9604 or go to www.ihn-greater-rochester.org.
SUNDAY, APRIL 26
Turkey Ridge historical encampment, Gamehaven Scout Reservation, 5015 Simpson Road S.E., Rochester. 287-1516. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. See a weaver, chord maker, candle maker, 19th century surgeon. Traders and food vendors. Admission $5, $3 for people 55 and older, family rate of $20 for up to six people.
Chicken BBQ and raffle, St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 30934 Minnesota Highway 60, West Albany. (507) 798-2371. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Half-chicken dinner $9, quarter-chicken $7. Includes potato salad, beans, pickles and roll. Carry-out available. Drawings for raffle prizes at 2 p.m.
Organ concert by Marsha Foxgrover, Rochester Covenant Church , 4950 31st Ave. N.W., Rochester. 289-2990. 4 p.m.-6 p.m. Organ concert by Marsha Foxgrover for the dedication of the upgraded Quimby-Walker pipe organ. Assisted by RCC Chancel Choir and Bell Choir. Donations accepted.
Tree Huggers, St. Charles Bible Church , 631 W. Sixth St., St. Charles. (507) 951-2066. 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Christian acoustic group, gospel music.
Beekeepers meeting, Eagles Club, 917 15th Ave. S.E., Rochester. 289-2056. 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Gary Reuter of the University of Minnesota, discusses bee loss. Ginger Reuter will demonstrate making beeswax candles. Admission is $5 for nonmembers of the SE MN Beekeepers Association.
Winter Begone! duathlon, Oronoco Park, 310 Third Ave. N.W., Oronoco. (507) 206-4294. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Run-bike event. For more information, go to www.winmultisports.com.
Your Family Can Camp, Too, Whitewater State Park, 19041 Minnesota Highway 74, Altura. (507) 932-3007. 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Learn how to set up a tent, start a fire, cook outdoors, what to wear for camping, and about hiking, state park programs, and how to use a map and compass.
Meatball dinner, North Prairie Lutheran Church, Minnesota Highway 30 , rural Lanesboro. 875-2460. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Tickets $8 for adults, $4 ages 6-12, and free for children younger than 6. Worship service at 10:30 am.
Thrivent Builds home groundbreaking, 1228 Harbor Drive S.E., Rochester. 252-0849 extension 4. 2 p.m. Groundbreaking of the Thrivent Builds home for Habitat for Humanity.
Yaggy Colby history series, Rochester Public Library, 101 Second St. S.E. 328-2300. 2:30 p.m. "Gopher Gold" by Tim Brady. For information call 282-9447. Free.
MONDAY, APRIL 27
Pine Island American Legion Auxiliary salad lunch, American Legion, Pine Island. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Cost is $7.
TUESDAY, APRIL 28
United Methodist Women brown bag lunch, Christ United Methodist Church, 400 Fifth Ave. S.W., Rochester. Noon-12:45 p.m. Delphine Nelson will discuss woodcarving. For information, call 289-4019.