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Empty Bowls art event

Channel One Food Bank and Food Shelf will host the Empty Bowls art event from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Rochester Art Center.

The event features a meal of soup and bread provided by local restaurants and bakeries, and participants may choose a handcrafted bowl donated by local students to take home. There will also be entertainment, access to all Art Center exhibits and a silent auction of professional artwork.

Admission for the event is $10 in advance or $15 at the door. Family tickets are available for $30 in advance or $35 at the door. All proceeds benefit Channel One Food Shelf.


For more information call 424-1721 or visit

Pumpkin carving can clog pipes

Mr. Rooter plumbing recommends that pumpkin carvers avoid putting the orange pulp and seeds down the garbage disposal

"A pumpkin’s stringy, sticky substance coats the insides of pipes, and when it hardens, it clogs the drain," says Dana Frederixon of the Mr. Rooter of Southeast Minnesota franchise. "It’s best to keep pumpkin pulp, cut pieces and seeds away from the kitchen sink."

To avoid clogged drains, Mr. Rooter recommends carving pumpkins on a newspaper and throwing all pumpkin-related material in the garbage.

Rochester Chamber holds annual member celebration

The Rochester Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual member celebration from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Rochester International Event Center.

The event is to present the Jan Warfield Volunteer of the Year Award, Business of the Year award, Rochester Business Gives Award and the Lamp of Knowledge Award. The Chamber will also announce its 2008 initiatives.


For more information or to learn how to register, call 288-1122 or visit

Jeff Griffith to perform in Austin

AUSTIN — Jeff Griffith will join KAUS Radio in celebrating "Country Music Month" with a special concert at 8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, at Bobee Jo’s, 435 10th St. N.E., Austin.

The event marks Griffith’s Minnesota debut, and will feature a ticket-only VIP dinner and meet and greet that begins at 6 p.m.

In addition, listeners can hear Griffith co-host with Scott Soderberg on KAUS radio "Make ‘em and Break ‘em Show" from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday , which will feature a preview of Griffith’s CD.

Admission to the dinner is $20, general admission is $10.

For more information, call (507) 437-7897 or visit

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Hints from Heloise

When cleaning your cat’s litter box, first use a wide scraper and loosen the litter that’s stuck all around the sides of the box. Then use the litter scoop. Sometimes, if the litter is stuck to the bottom of other areas, scrape there, too. The box stays clean much longer. For more hints from Heloise, go to Page C3.


Gail Archer, head of the music department at Barnard College, was in Rochester to perform a recital and conduct a workshop for kids interested in the organ.

"There’s no end to what we can do with the organ," Archer said.

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