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Rochester calendar 12-4

TODAY

Holiday light tours, Peace Plaza, First Avenue Southwest, downtown Rochester. 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Tour by limousine. Tickets: $20 at the door; children 5 and younger ride free. Tickets available at Peace Plaza during the Winter Market.

Christmas bazaar, Zumbro Lutheran Church, 624 Third Ave. S.W., Rochester. 9 a.m. With baked goods, crafts and attic treasures. Scandinavian lunch served 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Adults: $10; kids 6 and younger, $2.

Christmas lights drive through, Calmer Severson Farm, 21366 740th St., Hayfield, 5 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Animated display, 100,000+ lights synchronized to music. Donations accepted; proceeds go to Hayfield Community Ambulance.

Winter Market, Peace Plaza, First Avenue Southwest, downtown Rochester. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Vendors sell homemade items.

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Festival of Trees, Plainview Area Community and Youth Center, 346 W. Broadway, Plainview. (507) 534-3802. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Also food, music and bake sale. Proceeds benefit the community center.

’50s and ’60s dance, Rochester Senior Center, 121 N. Broadway. 287-1404. 7 p.m.-10 p.m. $5 admission. Soda, beer and wine available for purchase. Music by the Juke Box Heroes.

Live drive through nativity, Crossroads College, 920 Mayowood Road S.W., Rochester. 535-3305. 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Enter Mayowood Road from Olmsted County Road 8 traveling east toward the campus. See details on the Web site or call.

SATURDAY

Festival of Trees, Plainview Area Community and Youth Center, 346 W. Broadway, Plainview. (507) 534-3802. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Also food, music and bake sale. Proceeds benefit the community center.

Christmas for Kids, Ascension, 2207 11th Ave. S.E., Rochester. 288-2781. 1 p.m.-4 p.m. The story of Jesus’ birth, crafts and snacks. Geared for children ages 3 1/2 to 10. For information, call the church at 288-2781.

League of Women Voters holiday luncheon, Kahler Hotel Elizabethan Room, 20 Second Ave. S.W., Rochester. 398-6329. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. With State Auditor Rebecca Otto. $20 a person; reservations needed by Dec. 1; call (507) 358-8320.

Collectibles and bake sale, West Concord Historical Society Community Center, 600 W. First St., West Concord. (507) 527-2628. 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The museum is open to the public free.

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Christmas teas and house tours, Spring Valley Historical Society, 220 W. Courtland St., Spring Valley. (507) 346-7659 or 346-7726. 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Two sittings for tea: 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.; reservations required. Dessert tea, $6; lunch, dessert and tea, $8. House tours include three homes for $5. For tickets, call (507) 346-7659 or (507) 346-7726.

Holiday tea, St. Michael’s Catholic Church, 451 Fifth St. S.W., Pine Island. (507) 356-4280. 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Holiday treats, homemade baked goods, craft items.

Holiday dinner and concert, People of Hope Mission Center, 3703 Country Club Road W., Rochester. 261-3556. 6:30 p.m.-10 p.m. With Outloud, subgroup of the Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus. Cost for dinner/concert, $20; concert only, $10. Call 252-5016 for tickets.

Free indoor flea market, old Priebe horse stables, 2725 Marion Road S.E., Rochester. (507) 951-2373. 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Mixed doubles bowling, Port of Call Lanes, Lake City. (651) 345-2324. 1:30 p.m. Open to people 18 and older. Entry fee is $30 per couple and includes three games of bowling, burger and fries meal for each bowler. Additional singles games and shift jackpots will be optional. Shift times are 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Nuthatch bird walk, Quarry Hill Nature Center, 701 Silver Creek Road N.E., Rochester. 328-3950. 9 a.m. Free, open to public.

Norwegian Christmas Festival, North Prairie Lutheran Church, Minnesota Highway 30, Lanesboro. 11 a.m. Entertainment by musicians Randy Long and Bob Peters, followed by lunch. Adults, $6; ages 6-12, $3; kids younger than 6, free.

Cookie walk, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Minnesota Highway 42 between Plainview and Elgin. 7:30 a.m.-11 a.m. Cookies $5.50 per pound; lefse also available. Good Shepherd Youth will have sale of gently used holiday items.

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Craft and gift show, Lewiston Community Center, 75 Rice St., Lewiston. (507) 523-2406. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Hosted by Winona County 4-H. Thirty-three vendors, baked goods. Concession stand available. Admission: $1 or items for food shelf.

Kasson United Methodist Women’s Jul Bazaar, Kasson United Methodist Church, 801 Fifth Ave. N.W., Kasson. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Cookie walk, rosettes, lefse, crafts and stocking stuffers. Gramma’s attic. Luncheon: turkey salad and wild rice soup. Santa’s workshop, $5 per child. Drop off kids while you pick up cookies. Kids shop for two gifts, make a craft, have picture taken with Santa.

Christmas goodies sale, Christ Lutheran Church, Byron. 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Also craft items.

Live drive through nativity, Crossroads College, 920 Mayowood Road S.W., Rochester. 535-3305. 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Enter Mayowood Road from Olmsted County Road 8 traveling east toward the campus. See details on the Web site or call.

St. Nicholas Festival, Grace Lutheran Church, 800 E. Silver Lake Drive N.E., Rochester. 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Crafts, games, refreshments and pictures with St. Nick. Recommended for preschool and early elementary school-aged children. Free.

Ice art luminaries, Quarry Hill Nature Center, 701 Silver Creek Road N.E., Rochester. (507) 281-6114. 1 p.m.-2 p.m. Learn to create beautiful ice luminaries to light up the holidays. To register, visit www.rochesterce.org/adults.

Make your own Pomander Ball, Quarry Hill Nature Center, 701 Silver Creek Road N.E., Rochester. (507) 281-6114. 2:30 p.m.-3:30 a.m. Learn to make citrus-clove air fresheners. Class held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. To register, visit www.rochesterce.org/

adults

Radoslav Lorkovic, B’nai Israel Synagogue, 150 Seventh Ave. S.W., Rochester. 6:30 p.m. Unique blend of New Orleans jazz, blues, classical, country and soul music. Tickets: $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Public invited.

Patrick Mader book signing, Christian Book and Gift, 815 N. Broadway, Rochester. Mader will sign his third children’s book, "Big Brother Gets Wheels."

Olde-fashioned Christmas in Plainview, throughout the city. (507) 272-7901. 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Events all day. Santa arrives on tractor at 9 a.m. at SEMA Equipment, Festival of trees, Irish Minstrels Christmas show at Hassler Theatre, Lights for Life cancer fundraiser, community tree lighting, concerts, contests, chili feed.

Civic League Day Nursery Holiday Tour, Historic Balfour House, 427 Sixth Ave. S.W., Rochester. 4 p.m.-8 p.m. Includes food collection for Channel One.

Open house, Oakenwald Terrace Bed and Breakfast, 218 Winona St., Chatfield. (507) 867-3806. Noon-6 p.m. One of Minnesota’s grand old homes decorated for Christmas. $5 donation per adult; kids, free.

Olde-fashioned Christmas in Mantorville, citywide, Mantorville. (507) 635-5554. 12:30 p.m.-5 p.m. Tour of homes and historic sites. Tickets available at any Mantorville business. $6. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. sleigh rides, visits with Santa, kids craft activities. Free. Bake sale at the welcome center. 2 p.m.-4:30 Yuletide on the Hill. Dodge County Historical Society. 6 p.m. Lighting of the Christmas tree and caroling. 7:30 p.m. "A Rented Christmas" at the Opera House, www.mantorvillain.org for ticket information.

Caledonia Lions Club Breakfast with Santa, Caledonia city auditorium (basement), 219 E. Main St., Caledonia. (507) 725-5301. 7:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Donations accepted.

Deck the Falls in Cannon Falls, various locations in Cannon Falls. (507) 263-2289. 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Hot apple cider and Christmas goodies; photos with Santa. Holiday open houses with drawings and discounts.

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