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SATURDAY, MARCH 8

Moose Club new member introduction, Moose Lodge, 208 South Main St., Austin. 5 p.m. The club will introduce its new members and dinner will follow.

Americana Showcase featuring music by Floorbirds and Six Mile Grove, Lefty’s Bar, 421 10th St. N.E., Austin. 9 p.m.

Riverside Figure Skating Club ice show, Riverside Arena, 502 Second Ave. N.E., Austin. 7 p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for kids ages 6 to 18, $5 for age 65 and older, and free for children age 5 and younger.

Guitarist Leo Kottke, Paramount Theatre, 125 Fourth Ave. N.E., Austin. 434-0934. 7:30 p.m. Cost is $24. Kottke will bring his rootsy, rhythmic approach to the six- and 12-string guitars.

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Sons of Norway new member event, Mower County Senior Center, 400 Third Ave. N.E., Austin. 433-2370.

SUNDAY, MARCH 9

Riverside Figure Skating Club ice show, Riverside Arena, 502 Second Ave. N.E., Austin. 2 p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for kids ages 6 to 18, $5 for senior age 65 and older, and free for children age 5 and younger.

Public skate, Packer Arena, 601 Seventh St. N.E., Austin. 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

Reception for annual quilt show, Austin Area Art Center, Oak Park Mall, 1301 18th Ave. N.W., Austin. 434-2956. 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Refreshments will be served for free. The quilt show runs through March 30. Gallery hours are from noon to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays.

Variety show, Frank W. Bridges Theatre, Riverland Community College, 1600 Eighth Ave. N.W., Austin. 433-0595. 2 p.m. Riverland students and faculty perform selections ranging from country to classical music, from comedy to alleged comedy. Proceeds go toward scholarships and an upcoming student trip to Chicago. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for 18 and under and Riverland students. Tickets are available at the door.

TUESDAY, MARCH 11

Health seminar on irritable bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease, Mower County Senior Center, 400 Third Ave. N.E., Austin. 433-2370 to sign up. 5:30 p.m. Dr. Juliette O’Donnell will present.

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"For the Bible Tells Me So" movie screening, Frank W. Bridges Theatre, Riverland Community College, 1600 Eighth Ave. N.W., Austin. 433-0595. 7 p.m. Riverland Community Gay Straight Alliance and community group Q&A will host a free screening of the movie "For the Bible Tells Me So" at a STAGE LEFT (Straight and Gays for Equality-Listening, Entertaining, Facilitating, Teaching) event. Through the experiences of five normal, Christian, American families, including those of former House Majority Leader Richard Gephardt and Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson, The movie relates how people of faith handle, or fail to handle, having a gay child. Guests Phil and Randi Reitan of Eden Prairie, Minn., are one of the five families featured. As devout Lutherans, they had to come to terms and reconcile their beliefs with their son Jake’s "coming out." The Reitans will speak and answer questions following the screening.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 12

Macular degeneration support group, Mower County Senior Center, 400 Third Ave. N.E., Austin. 433-2370 to sign up. 10 a.m. Terri Kaiser of Austin Medical Center will present the topic "Visual Aids." The meeting is for anyone living with the impairment and other eye disorders.

Sumner Elementary School spring concert, Sumner cafeteria, 805 Eighth Ave. N.W., Austin. 11 a.m. First- and second-graders will perform their spring concert.

Book discussion with Rich Campbell, Austin Public Library. 433-2391. 7 p.m. Riverland Community College Instructor Rich Campbell will lead a discussion of "Sweet Land: New and Selected Stories" and the fiction of Minnesota author Will Weaver. Weaver’s "Sweet Land: New and Selected Stories" has been selected by the Austin Page Turners for its seventh annual citywide reading event. "Sweet Land" is a compilation of short stories with themes that tug at Minnesota heartstrings.

THURSDAY, MARCH 13

Sixth grade band, choir and orchestra concert, Ellis Middle School, Austin. 7 p.m.

Sumner Elementary School spring concert Sumner cafeteria, 805 Eighth Ave. N.W., Austin. Noon. Third- and fourth-graders will perform their spring concert.

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Banfield Elementary School spring concert, Banfield Elementary School, 301 17th St. S.W., Austin. Concerts will be held at 9 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.

Sixth-grade band, choir and orchestra concert, Ellis Middle School, Austin. 7 p.m.

Book and film discussion with Terry Dilley, Austin Public Library. 433-2391. 7 p.m. Riverland Community College Emeritus Faculty Terry Dilley will lead a discussion about the book "Sweet Land: New and Selected Stories," and the film adaptation of the short story "A Gravestone Made of Wheat" from the book.

Minnesota Capitol and history center bus trip. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Riverland Generations will sponsor a bus trip to the state Capitol and the Minnesota History Center. The visit to the Capitol will feature a brief tour and meeting with local legislators. While at the history center, participants will have a guided tour and be able to shop at the Museum Store. The participation fee is $25. Pre-registration is required by March 10. Bus will depart at 8 a.m. from Riverland Community College, Austin Campus, West Building. For more information, call 433-0510.

MONDAY, MARCH 17

Brownsdale community blood drive, Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 411 W. Main St., Brownsdale. 567-2478 for appointments. 1 p.m.-7 p.m. People should bring their donor card or a photo ID card.

St. Patrick’s Day celebration, Mower County Senior Center, 400 Third Ave. N.E., Austin. 433-3120 for reservations. 11 a.m. Special guests will include Leslie Meyer and her son Garrison performing Gaelic songs and melodies; Shirley Cahill on piano and Dr. Joey Ray, the Irish jig artist. Traditional Irish fare of corn beef and cabbage will be served at 11:30 a.m.

Storting Singers rehearsal, Mower County Senior Center, 400 Third Ave. N.E., Austin. 433-2370. 4 p.m. The community is invited to hear the rehearsal.

The Irish Minstrels, Paramount Theatre, 125 Fourth Ave. N.E., Austin. 434-0934. 7:30 p.m. Cost is $12 for adults and $6 for students. The show will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 19

1908 Day for Kids, Hormel Historic Home, 208 Fourth Ave. N.W., Austin. 433-4243. 1 p.m.-4 p.m. School-age children are invited to step back in time 100 years. Drop in for a craft, demonstrations and a tour of the home. This event is free. Parents are invited to join their kids. Children under age 5 must be accompanied by an adult. Call for more information.

THURSDAY, MARCH 20

Community lunch, Brownsdale United Methodist Church, 100 Pleasant St. S.E., Brownsdale. Noon. The public is welcome to attend the event, which is being held in celebration of spring. Donations will be collected. Hot dishes, salads, buns, pie and other desserts and beverages will be served. For more information, call Susan Amick at 567-2644.

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