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AUSTIN EDITION - COL HORMEL HOME Take your sweetie to HHH for dinner

As Valentine's Day quickly approaches and you find yourself thinking, "Wouldn't it be nice to do something different this year?" think about the fine home on Water Street (that's what the Hormel Home used to be called, years ago).

We are thankful this beautiful home still stands proudly, with its doors open to all. We will be serving a lovely meal beginning at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 14.

Come for a nice evening with your significant other, with family, friends or a group. There will be two meal choices: Herb-roasted boneless chicken breast on pasta or Windsor pork chop with baby parsley potatoes.

Meals come with salad, glazed carrots, rolls and cheesecake for dessert. Coffee and sparkling cider are included. Cost: $12 per person. Wine/champagne is not included in this price. Call for more details or to make a reservation at 433-4243.

We have our card party coming up Feb. 15, the day after Valentine's Day. This is a great opportunity to get out of the house and bypass some of that cabin fever starting to creep in. It begins at noon with lunch, and bridge and 500 will follow. Ticket prices are $8.50 or bring a foursome for $34. You do not need to be a member to attend. Call to get your tickets.

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As we continue to strive to expand our programs and events at the Hormel Home, we continually come across folks who believe our facility operates under the cover of the Hormel company. (We do receive a small amount of money annually from the George A. Hormel testamentary will. Ironically, this amount was dedicated in 1946 and no longer funds all that it used to!) As our utilities and liabilities increase, our challenge is to get ahead of these demons. As tax time creeps up on us all and you're looking for a good cause to defer some of your tax dollars, please consider the HHH. Or consider becoming a member ($17) and be a part of our community's rich history, helping to keep our doors open to share this beautiful home with the many generations to come.

Calendar of events

Monday: Garden Club at 1 p.m.; League of Women Voters meets at 5 p.m.

Wednesday: 500 card play 12:30 p.m.

Thursday: Bridge play 12:30 p.m.

Travel notes with Evie Mohrfeld

This continued cold spell is giving us the shut-in feeling. The Hormel Home has some trips planned that would make a nice outing.

You do no need to be a member to come along, and we are available to women and men. Let me handle the details! (I can even plan when and what we'll eat.)

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These trips are a lot of fun. Call me on my private number at 438-3946.

The trip for the Medieval Irish Feast will be March 6. This trip is due by Jan 26. The trip is already filled, but there's a waiting list.

On March 23, we'll travel to the Old Log Theater to watch "Weekend Comedy," which stars Steve Schaffer. Dinner will be at Famous Dave's in the Medford area.

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