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Homecoming concert

Matt Limvere, a Rochester native, will perform a hometown concert Tuesday with the Austin, Tex.-based band Monarch Box.

The Americana pop rock band is lead singer/songwriter and guitarist Limvere, Kevin Sandgren on bass, Ross Roenigk on drums and Jared Denton Jones on lead guitar. The band’s latest CD was produced in Dallas by Mark Pirro, of Polyphonic Spree and formerly of Tripping Daisy.

Joining Monarch Box at Kathy’s Pub in Rochester will be another Austin, Tex. band Sweet Lee Morrow, lead by Jeffie Hester. Jones will open the set with solo material.

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Music starts at 9 p.m. No cover. Both bands will also play Wednesday at the Hexagon Bar in Minneapolis.

Information: www.myspace.com/monarchbox and www.myspace.com/sweetleemorrow.

Black Dog Block Party

ST. PAUL — Hip-hop heavyweight Brother Ali will headline the first Black Dog Block Party July 8 at The Black Dog Cafe in St. Paul’s Lowertown area.

The hard-hitting lineup also includes Los Nativos, Jelloslave, with guest JT Bates, Desdamona, Black Blondie, The New Congress and A Damno Devine.

Music runs from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. at The Black Dog, 308 Prince St. Admission is free. Open to all ages.

Information: (651) 228-9274 or www.myspace.com/blackdogcafe.

Christian group to perform

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DODGE CENTER — Isaiah 42:10, a Christian rock/praise and worship group from the Madison, Wis., area, will play an outdoor concert Sunday in Dodge Center.

The band was founded by Harley Smalley, singer and guitarist. His son, Chris Smalley, plays drums, daughter, Sara Smalley, is the lead singer and niece, Rachell Smalley, plays keyboards. The two other band members are guitarist Jeff Owen and singer/rapper Ben Wenzel.

The concert starts at 7 p.m. at the Seventh Day Baptist Church, 203 E. Main St. in Dodge Center. Bring lawn chairs or a blanket. A free-will offering will be collected. In case of rain the concert will move to the Midtown Center Gym.

Information: www.isaiah4210 or (507) 374-6597, (507) 374-6755.

Red Cross classes planned

The American Red Cross in Rochester has scheduled a number of classes for July. Among the classes are standard first aid, CPR, bloodbourne pathogens as well as recertification programs.

Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. For detailed information on classes, dates and cost, call 287-2200, e-mail chapter@redcross-semn.org or visit www.redcross-semn.org. Registration with payment is accepted in person, by mail, or by phone if paying with VISA/MC. Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Tip of the Day

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Heloise says

Here’s a hint for making the most of a recycling idea. Take two 1/2-pound, empty, clean, soft margarine tubs. Fill each one half-full of baking soda. Save the lids. Place one tub in the freezer and one tub in the refrigerator. Change frequently. Each time you replace the old with the new, put the lid on the old tub and keep it under your kitchen sink. When you want to scrub out your sink, use the baking soda. It is nonabrasive, and as it is washed down the drain, it will freshen the pipes and the garbage disposal. You should never have an odor problem from your sink with this tip. For more hints from Heloise, go to Page D2.

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