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SEARCH of Rochester, Peace United Church of Christ, 1503 Second Ave. N.E., Rochester. 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Frank Joseph will present "The Secret Life of the Ark of the Covenant." SEARCH members $5; nonmembers $10; students and seniors (60+) $6. Check out www.searchofrochester.org.

First Tuesday Stamp Club, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 1212 12th Ave. N.W., Rochester. 6:30 p.m. Bourse, information-sharing and auction. Parking and entrance at rear. For information, call John at 288-3913 or Mike, 288-6102.

Rochester School Board meeting, Edison Building, room 137, 615 Seventh St. S.W. 7 p.m. Comments from public at 6:30 p.m. Direct questions to the office of the superintendent, 328-3000.

Rochester Park Board, Rochester City Hall, room 104, 201 Fourth St. S.E. 4:30 p.m.

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WEDNESDAY

New-volunteer orientation, Rochester Area Habitat for Humanity Office, 2200 Second St. S.W., suite 310, Rochester. 252-0849 ext. 4. 6:45 p.m.

The Alpha Course, Valley View Assembly of God Church, 305 W. Grant St. , Lake City. (651) 345-3432. 6 p.m.-8 p.m. The course is geared toward people interested in learning more about Christianity. Includes discussion, group learning and dinner. Reservation deadline is Sept. 2. Call the church or e-mail education@vvaglc.org.

Joint Emergency Management Commission, Government Center, conference rooms A&B, 151 Fourth St. S.E., Rochester. 2 p.m.

Olmsted County Youth Commission, Whitewater/Cascade Room, 2100 Campus Drive S.E., Rochester. 4:30 p.m.

Rochester City Council, Government Center, council chambers, 151 Fourth St. S.E. 7 p.m.

Rochester Zoning Board of Appeals, Rochester City Hall, room 104, 201 Fourth St. S.E. 7 p.m. Tentative. Call 285-8232 to confirm.

THURSDAY

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Invasive Plants, Not Just Buckthorn Anymore, Heintz Center, room HH-113, 1926 Collegeview Drive, Rochester. 285-8646. 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Instructor is Paul Trcka. Fee is $9. For information and to register, call 285-8646 or visit https://activenet6.active.com/rochesterce.

Daughters of the American Revolution program, Olmsted County History Center, 1195 West Circle Drive S.W., Rochester. 254-0555. 10:45 a.m.-11:45 a.m. Patty Arndt and Sannas ShawVan will present "An Overview of the Six DAR Schools." Free. For information, call Sharon Gentling at 254-0555.

Newly bereaved program, Seasons Hospice Office, 1811 Greenview Place S.W., Rochester. 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. A monthly program for people who have lost a loved one within the past three months. Registration required two days prior to meeting. Call 285-1930 or e-mail shbp@seasonshospice.org.

Youth United Steering Committee meeting, Rochester Area Habitat for Humanity Office, 2200 Second St. S.W., suite 310, Rochester. 252-0849 extension 4. 5 p.m.

Norwegian baking class, Rochester Senior Center, 121 N. Broadway. 287-1404. 10 a.m.-11 a.m. Cost: $5 per class, $4 for senior center members. The first meeting is free.

"Clue, The Musical," Rochester Civic Theatre, 20 Civic Center Drive S.E. 282-8481. Based on the board game, this musical brings the suspects to life onstage and invites the audience to play along. Times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets available at the Web site or by calling 282-8481.

Phil Steger: Search for Peace in Iraq, Christ United Methodist Church, Fourth Street and Fifth Avenue Southwest, Rochester. 7 p.m. Steger is the former executive director of Friends for a Nonviolent World. He has been to Iraq three times and has recently visited neighboring countries; he will present proposals for ending the war in Iraq.

Community Health Services Advisory Board, Whitewater/Cascade Room, 2100 Campus Drive S.E., Rochester. 5:30 p.m.

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FRIDAY

Chicken and biscuit dinner, United Methodist Church, 26875 539th Ave., Lansing. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults or $3.50 for children younger than 12.

"Clue, The Musical," Rochester Civic Theatre, 20 Civic Center Drive S.E., Rochester. 282-8481. Based on the board game, this musical brings the suspects to life onstage and invites the audience to play along. Times are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets available at the Web site or by calling 282-8481.

Open house, Intercultural Mutual Assistance Association, 2500 Valleyhigh Drive N.W., Rochester. 289-5960. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Tour IMAA’s new "green" home, eat ethnic food, meet staff and learn about IMAA programs and services. Games with prizes for children.

Movies Under the Stars, Historic Stoppel Farmstead at Olmsted County History Center, 1195 West Circle Drive S.W., Rochester. 8:45 p.m. The History Center of Olmsted County presents "Arsenic and Old Lace" (1941). Bring chairs and blankets; in case of rain, the movie, which starts at dusk, will be inside. Free. Call 282-9447 or visit www.olmstedhistory.com.

Square Dance Lessons for Beginners, Rochester Senior Center, Reed Hall, 121 N. Broadway. 287-1404. Sponsored by Silver Treads Square Dance Club. Classes meet 3 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesdays and 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Fridays through Nov. 20. First lesson is free; after that, fee is $3 per class. For information call RSC.

SATURDAY

Paws and Claws Humane Society auction, 922 N. Broadway, Rochester. Donations accepted at the donation center next to Grant Florine’s dental office. Donation hours are 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Desired items include cash donations, gift certificates, antiques, collectibles and new or like-new items. No clothing. The auction will be Oct. 28 in the Kahler Grand Hotel ballroom.

Youth for Christ Bible quizzing, Emmanuel Baptist Church, 2911 18th Ave. N.W., Rochester. 282-2300. 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Season kickoff. See a Bible-quizzing demonstration and receive information on the 2007-2008 season. For information, call Karl or Martha Kirkman at 282-2300, or visit www.yfcquizzing.novinger.net.

Marigold Days, Riverside Park and downtown, Mantorville. (507) 527-2275. Antiques and flea market, arts and crafts, quilt and flower shows, live entertainment. Saturday events include antique appraisals, bingo, vintage snowmobile show and fireworks. Sunday events include a car show in the morning and parade at 1:30 p.m. Schedule of events at www.mantorvilletourism.com.

Disabled American Veterans clothing drive, Sam’s Club parking lot, Rochester. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sponsored by Chapter 28, Mayo DAV of Rochester. Clothing and footwear for all ages is needed for local veterans and their families. For information, pickups or large donations, call 282-5704.

Weaver Bottoms program, Mississippi River, at the mouth of the Whitewater River, Weaver. Naturalist Dave Palmquist will lead this kayak/canoe exploration of Weaver Bottoms. Fee is $10 if you have a boat; $20 if you need to rent one. Participants must have paddling experience. Snack and beverage provided. Call Whitewater Park at (507) 932-3007, extension 0, for information and reservations..

"Clue, The Musical," Rochester Civic Theatre, 20 Civic Center Drive S.E., Rochester. 282-8481. Based on the board game, this musical brings the suspects to life onstage and invites the audience to play along. Times are 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets available at the Web site or by calling 282-8481.

Founders Day, Central Avenue, Northwood, Iowa. (641) 324-2252. Omelet breakfast from 7:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m., bike ride, car show, disc golf tournament, basketball tournament, art, food and entertainment on Central, cemetery walk, corn maze, museums, chili supper, Elvis tribute by Art Kistler at 7 p.m. Tickets in advance $5, at the door $6.

Alzheimer’s Association Rochester Memory Walk, Rochester Area Family Y, 709 First Ave. S.W. 10 a.m. No fee to walk; however, participants are encouraged to ask people for donations. Funds go to the Alzheimer’s Association of Minnesota-North Dakota. Registration begins at 9 a.m. For information, call 289-3950 or visit www.alzmndak.org.

Barack Obama potluck, Silver Lake, Three Links Pavilion, Rochester. 4 p.m.-6 p.m.

Thurman Tucker dinner, Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center, 28097 Goodview Drive, Lanesboro. Featuring a presentation by Tucker, whose mission is to bring the bobwhite quail back to Minnesota. Dinner at 5:30 p.m., followed by the program. Cost is $18 per person; reservations required. Call Eagle Bluff, 1-888-800-9558, for reservations.

Rochester Downtown Farmers Market. 7:30 a.m.-noon. Produce, meats, cheeses, honey, preserves, salsa and baked goods. Musicians, special events throughout the summer. For information, call the market manager at 273-8232. Open every Saturday until Oct. 27.

Leukemia Golf ’n’ Dance fundraiser, Oak Summit Golf Course, Rochester. 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Refreshments, burgers, brats and hot dogs, drawings, music from Bag O’Dirt Band and Royal-T. Donations suggested. All golf times are filled. For information, call Pam or Joe at 289-8113. All are welcome.

Otter program, Oxbow Park, near Byron. (507) 775-2451. 1 p.m. Recommended for all ages.

Hooray for Saturday! Family Films, Rochester Public Library, 101 Second St. S.E. 285-8000. 10:30 a.m. "Morris Goes to School" and "Miss Nelson is Missing." Based on the children’s books by Bernard Wiseman and Harry Allard.

Fall Festival, St. Ansgar, Iowa. Live music, fashion show at 10:30 a.m., wine tasting, "Cozy Cup Creations" drink mixes from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Visitors may stop in the St. Ansgar Heritage Museum from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for coffee and treats.

SUNDAY

Live auction, Peace United Church of Christ, 1503 Second Ave. N.E., Rochester. 282-6117. Noon. Antiques, collectibles and other items. Lunch for sale, raffle and plant shop.

Stewartville Care Center Family Council roast beef dinner, Stewartville American Legion Post 164, Stewartville. 4:30 p.m.-7 p.m. Proceeds benefit care center residents. Cost: adults $10, ages 8 and younger $6. Advance tickets available by calling 533-4128 or 282-9981; tickets also available at the door. Catered by Gleasons.

Dave Johnson benefit auction and lunch, Stewartville Sportsman’s Club, 1.7 miles west of U.S. 63 on Olmsted County Road 6, Stewartville. Johnson was severely injured in a 2006 hunting accident; proceeds will help cover his medical expenses. Bake sale and silent auction at 10:30 a.m.; lunch at 11 a.m.; live auction at 3 p.m.

Parish dinner, St. John’s Church, about 6.5 miles southwest of Adams, Johnsburg. 3:30 p.m.-7 p.m. Turkey, ham, dressing, potatoes, gravy, green beans and pie. Tickets are $8 for ages 13 and older; $4 for children; $1 for preschoolers.

Marigold Days, Riverside Park and downtown, P.O. Box 202, Mantorville. (507) 527-2275. Antiques and flea market, arts and crafts, quilt and flower shows, live entertainment. Car show in the morning and parade at 1:30 p.m. Schedule of events at www.mantorvilletourism.com.

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