BEST BETS Saturday, Oct. 4

Rochester Orchestra &; Chorale benefit dinner and concert will be held at the Kahler Grand Hotel. Social hour and silent auction 6 p.m., dinner 7 p.m. and a concert at 8:30 p.m., featuring the Rochester Orchestra, conducted by Jere Lantz. Tickets: $60. Reservations: 286-8742.

Wednesday, Oct. 8

Pop Machine will play through Saturday at CJ's Midtown Lounge, 8 Broadway S. in Rochester. Music starts at 9 p.m. each night. No cover.

Friday, Oct. 10

Rochester Radio Theatre Guild will present their fall production at 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday at Rochester Assembly of God Church, 4240 18th Ave. N.W. Tickets: $8, $6 for senior and students. Tickets will be sold in advance at the church office. Any remaining tickets will be sold at the door.


White Sidewalls will play their famous dance-floor filling classic rock from 8:45 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. at the Relay Station, 421 Clay St. in Mantorville.

Adams' Eve, the Rochester-based party machine, will play at 9 p.m. at Shar's Country Palace, 3925 Marion Road S.E. in Rochester.

DC Drifters, a Rochester-based band, will play oldies at 8 p.m. at VFW Club 1215, 16 Sixth St. S.W. in Rochester.

Saturday, Oct. 11

Umbrella Bed, a nine-piece Minneapolis ska band, will play a CD-release party at the Loveugly Cabaret, 320 First Ave. S.W. in Rochester. The party starts at 9 p.m. Cover at the door. Information:

11th annual Fall Festival at Welch Village Ski and Snowboard Area will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and Sunday, featuring a ski and snowboard equipment swap, tours of the new chalet addition, a Sogn Valley Art and Craft Fair, wandering musicians, farm fresh fall produce and flowers, hayrides and children's games. Information:

New Blue Denim Farmers will perform as part of the Chatfield Firefighters benefit. Talent show starts at 7:30 p.m. in Potter Auditorium in Chatfield. Dance starts at 9 p.m. at the Chatfield firehall. Information: (507) 867-3810.

Bluegrass and Barbecue, a fund-raiser for Mayowood restoration, will be held at the Mayowood stone barn in southwest Rochester. The evening will feature a barbecue buffet and music by the String Fever bluegrass band from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tickets: $35. Reservations recommended: 288-3324 or 288-9128.

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