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‘I’ll ... be ... right ... here’ 

Relive your childhood, share the experience with your kids and enjoy a tub of popcorn (extra, extra butter) at Saturday’s showing of "E.T.: The Extraterrestrial."

Part of Chateau’s ongoing Saturday Free Kids Matinee series, doors open at 10 a.m. with kid activities in the lobby. 

If you go

What: "E.T.: The Extraterrestrial"

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Where: Chateau Theatres, 3450 East Circle Drive, N.E.

When: Saturday, 11 a.m. (show time)

Phone: 536-7469

On the Web: www.chateautheatres.com

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A wing and a lair

Fly the whole family on over to Chester Woods on Tuesday for the annual Zumbro Valley Audubon Society Picnic and Bluebird Program. The evening begins with a potluck picnic (bring a dish to pass) followed by a half-mile hike through Chester Woods to check out the park’s nearly 40 bluebird boxes.

Jim Peterson, the society’s vice president, tells us that he expects to find around 10 active nests and that some of the young birds will be old enough for the group to band in an effort to track the bird’s migration habits.

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Free. No registration.

If you go

What: Zumbro Valley Audubon Society Picnic and Bluebird Program

Where: Chester Woods, 8378 Highway 14 E., Eyota

When: Tuesday, 5:30 p.m. (picnic) and 7 p.m. (program)

On the Web: www.zumbrovalleyaudubon.org

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Take me out to the ball game

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Hit a home run when you take the kids to the Honkers season home opener against the Mankato MoonDogs. The Honkers, part of the 14-team Northwoods League, play 34 home games this season (May through August).

Thursday’s opener showcases the talents of the Honkers’ 26-member college-age team and concludes with a fireworks show. 

Adults 13 and older, $5; children 4 through 12, $4; children 3 and younger free. Tickets can be purchased online or at the park. 

If you go

What: Honkers home opener

Where: Mayo Field, 403 E. Center St.

When: Thursday, 7:05 p.m.

Phone: 289-1170 

On the Web: www.rochesterhonkers.com

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Call to reserve your plot

The "experts" are always saying kids are more willing to eat new foods if they help prepare them — but what if they help grow them? Here’s your chance to find out. The city offers two public garden areas — Zumbro South Park and Essex Park.

They supply the space (20-foot by 30-foot tilled garden plots available to rent for $25) you supply the rest (seeds, green thumb and your own weeding machines — a.k.a. the kids).  

Visit the city’s Web site for more information (season ends Oct. 15) and rules (no pets allowed in the gardens). Plots are limited. Call now to reserve yours.

If you go

What: Garden plots 

Where: Essex Park, 55th St. N.W.; and Zumbro South Park, off Mayowood Road, S.W.

Phone: 328-2525

On the Web: www.rochestermn.gov/departments/park/garden_plots/index.asp

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 Post-Bulletin, Rochester MN by Tuesday each week.

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