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Where the wild things are

Bring your little monsters to Oxbow Park’s Spring Fun Fest for a Saturday afternoon of fun with the wild things — black bear, coyote and the not-so-wild donkey. Fun Fest activities will include games, horse-drawn wagon rides, face-painting, an otter feeding at 12:30 p.m. and a bear feeding at 2 p.m. Kids can also build a bird house or get their "howl on" in the wolf howling contest at 2:30 p.m. For parents, there’s a plant and book sale and a silent auction. Activities will be held mostly outdoors with a few taking place inside the zoo’s nature center. The event is sponsored by the Friends of Oxbow Park and will be held rain or shine. The event is free, but donations will be accepted and will go toward completing Zollman Zoo’s new wildcat exhibit.

Go & Do

What: Spring Fun Fest at Oxbow Park’s Zollman Zoo

When: Saturday, May 19, noon to 3 p.m.

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Where: 5731 County Road 105 N.W., Byron

Phone: 775-2451  

On the Web: www.co.olmsted.mn.us/parks/oxbow_park_&_zoo.asp

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Girl of the year

The votes are in and it’s official. Nicki Fleming is girl of the year — American Girl doll of the year, that is. Come to Barnes & Noble’s American Girl Event to find out more about the newest American Girl doll, a 10-year-old that is a natural with animals, lives on a ranch and is busy with volunteer work — training her puppy, Sprocket, to be a service dog when he grows up. The event is free and is open to girls (and their American Girl dolls) ages seven and older. Girls will take a quiz to find out their volunteer style, decorate a journal to take home with them, and get recipes for some yummy dog treats (doggie bites and woof, woof waffles). Call soon to register. Space is limited and usually fills up fast.

Go & Do

What: American Girl Event

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When: Friday, May 25, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.  

Where: Barnes & Noble, Apache Mall

Phone: 281-6826

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Getting your G.O.A.T.

All Rochester-area youth ages 12 to 18 are invited to Monday’s Rochester Public Library G.O.A.T. (Group of Advising Teens) meeting. Serving as the library’s youth advisory board, G.O.A.T. is responsible for helping design the library’s teen programming, including the summer reading program logo contest and the youth short film contest, as well as the library’s teen Web page.  

Go & Do

What: G.O.A.T. meeting 

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When: Monday, May 21, at 4 p.m.

Where: Rochester Public Library, Meeting Room A, 101 Second Street S.E.

Phone: 285-8008, Lynette

On the Web: www.rochesterpubliclibrary.org

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A million thank you’s

You’ve seen the AMillionThanks.org commercials encouraging kids to make cards for our service men and women. So what are you waiting for? Grab the kids and the crayons and get busy. Cards will be collected locally at the Viking Buick Pontiac GMC Nissan car dealership through the end of the month. The cards will then be distributed, by A Million Thanks, to active duty or retired service men and women. Not sure what to say in your letter? Visit A Million Thanks’ Web site to check out a number of sample letters as well as the helpful rules to follow when creating your card — such as don’t use glitter and don’t attach candy to the card.  

Go & Do

What: A Million Thanks card drive  

When: Through the end of May

Where: Drop off cards at Viking, 4646 U.S. Hwy. 52 N.

Phone: 288-1811, Gilly

On the Web: amillionthanks.org/How_To_Mail.asp#Rules

The Family Calendar is a weekly calendar of family-oriented events compiled by Lindy Lange, editor of www.ROCHESTERfamilies.com. Do you know of an upcoming event? E-mail details to The Post-Bulletin by Tuesday each week.

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