Rochester calendar 2-15 tks


Bunko Bonanza, Byron American Legion, West Frontage Road, Byron. (507) 775-6272. 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Cost: $5. A fundraiser for Support Our Soldiers, hosted by the Byron Women of Today.

Rochester Garden & Flower Club meeting, Rochester Community and Technical College auditorium, 1926 Collegeview Drive S.E. 288-6730. 7 p.m. "Trees & Shrubs for City Gardens," presented by Robin Fruth-Dugstad of the RCTC horticulture department. Free.

Open house, Chatfield Public Library, 314 S. Main St., Chatfield. 867-3480. 7 p.m. Celebrate the library’s 92nd anniversary. Portrait unveiling ceremony to honor the most generous donors: Alice and Andrew Groen and Alice Manahan.

Adoption information meeting, Rochester Public Library, 101 Second St. S.E. 285-8000. 7 p.m. For couples and singles interested in adoption. Sponsored by Crossroads Adoption Services, a nonprofit, nonsectarian adoption agency licensed in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Meeting is free. Register by calling (507) 932-0055 or go online.


Film and Discussion: "Living Together: A History of Prejudice in Olmsted County," Rochester Public Library, 101 Second St. S.E. 285-8000. 7 p.m. The Diversity Council will present a film tracing the history of ethnic groups in the community and their relationships with each other. A facilitated discussion will follow. Sponsored by the library and the Diversity Council. A Rochester Reads event.

Planning Advisory Commission, Government Center, board chambers, 151 Fourth St. S.E., Rochester. 7:30 p.m.


Hooray for Saturday! Family Film, Rochester Public Library, 101 Second St. S.E. 281-8000. 10:30 a.m.-11 a.m. In the animated tale "Ben and Me," Amos, a poor church mouse, becomes the mentor of famous American Benjamin Franklin.

How can we respond in faith to disasters? Hosanna Lutheran Church, 2815 57th St. N.W., Rochester. 285-0092. 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Lutheran Disaster Response will conduct a training session for community and faith-based organizations to help prepare for disasters caused by nature or humans. Cost is $20, including materials, snacks and lunch. To register, call Lutheran Social Services at (651) 969-2368 by Feb. 12.

Annual game feed, Zumbro Valley Landscaping, 901 Third Ave., Wanamingo. 6 p.m. Sponsor is the Wanamingo Sportsmen Club.

Valentine’s supper, Douglas Methodist Church, Douglas. 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Lasagna, chicken Alfredo, salad, garlic toast, cheesecake and beverage. Cost: $8 for adults, $4 for children 5-12 years old, free for children younger than 5. Take-outs available: call 281-3526.

Stewartville Area Historical Society 11th annual Cabin Fever Flea Market, Stewartville Civic Center, Stewartville. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Antiques, crafts and flea market. Food available. Free admission.


Chinese new year celebration, Willow Creek Middle School, 2425 11th Ave. S.E., Rochester. 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Hosted by the Mayo Chinese Student & Scholar Association. Guests of honor include Rochester Mayor Ardell Brede and Rochester City Council members.

Eggs and Issues 2007, Ramada Hotel and Conference Center, 1517 16th St. S.W., Rochester. 8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Sponsored by the Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce. Rochester-area legislators discuss issues. Reservations required. Cost: members $15 per session, $60 for series; nonmembers $30 per session. To register call 288-1122 or go online.

Shalom Story Time for Kids, Rochester Public Library, 101 Second St. S.E. 285-8000. 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Features books with peace and justice themes for children ages preschool through grade 5. Parents must remain in the library and are welcome to participate. This is a program of Rochester Mennonite Church (529-7910 or All are welcome.

Benefit for Danielle Hucke, Byron Middle School, Byron. Noon-5 p.m. Silent auction, live auction, carnival and entertainment. 10-year-old Danielle Hucke has been diagnosed with Ewings sarcome, a cancer of the bone.

Fasching Festival, Turner Hall, New Ulm. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Fasching is the traditional German festival held the weekend before Ash Wednesday. German food and beverages, German music and dancing, costume contest. Sponsored by the Concord Singers. Tickets $6, available at the door. For information go online or call 507-354-8850.


Cave Sunday, Quarry Hill Nature Center, 701 Silver Creek Road N.E., Rochester. 281-6114. 1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Tour and learn about the Quarry Hill cave. The focus will be the history of Harry Buck Pond. Cost is $2 for adults, $1 for children.

Grace Lutheran Church Senior Choir cnnual pancake brunch, 800 E. Silver Lake Drive, Rochester. 8:30 a.m.-noon. Donations will fund the choir and other church music programs. Public is invited.



Family Activity at Eagle Bluff — Tree Tops Ropes Course, Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center, 28097 Goodview Drive, Lanesboro. (507) 467-2437. 1 p.m.-3:30 p.m. For ages 9 through adult. Adults must accompany children. Families with younger children may participate with restrictions. Reservations required. Call 1-888-800-9558, or e-mail to register.


Bedtime Stories, Rochester Public Library, 101 Second St. S.E. 285-8000. 6:30 p.m. Stories, puppets and films for children ages 18-36 months and their care providers. No registration required.


Break of Day Toastmaster open house, Christ United Methodist Church , 400 Fifth Ave. S.W., Rochester. 255-3391. 7 a.m.-8 a.m.

Rochester Area Civil War Roundtable banquet, Michael’s Restaurant, 15 S. Broadway, Rochester. 6 p.m. Speaker is Robert Girardi, president of the Chicago Area Civil War Roundtable. His presentation is "A Soldier’s View." The annual banquet replaces the Feb. 14 meeting. Cost is $25 per person. For information, 281-4175.

FEB. 22

UCR Faculty Lecture Series, Hill Theater UCR campus, Rochester. 11 a.m. Joe Marchesani will speak on "Students as Consumers: Rights and Responsibilities in a Complex Marketplace."

Parent information night and spring juried art show, Studio Academy High School, 415 16th St. S.W., Rochester. 529-1662. 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Open house for interested parents and students who will be in grades 7-12 next year. Learn about the school’s emphasis on art, academics and community and tour the school. Art show will be judged by Judy Onofrio, Scott Stulen and Denise Sorom.

Stories for Toddlers and Twos, Rochester Public Library, 101 Second St. S.E. 285-8000. 10 a.m. Stories, puppets and films for children ages 18-36 months and care providers. Registration not required.

Olmsted Medical Center Hospital open house, 1650 Fourth St. S.E., Rochester. 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Help celebrate the completion of the hospital’s construction project. Hosted by Dr. Roy Yawn, president of OMC. RSVP by Feb. 15. Call 287-2755 or e-mail

Introduction to eBay, Rochester Public Library, 101 Second St. S.E. 285-8000. 7 p.m. A library staffer and experienced eBay seller will share tips. Register online, at the library or by calling 285-8002.

FEB. 23

Teen MOPS spaghetti supper and silent auction, Christ Community Church, 4400 55th St. N.W., Rochester. 202-9992. 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Teen MOPS is a support group for teenagers who are pregnant or have children. Meal costs $5 for adults, $3 for children 3 to 12 years old, free for children 2 and younger. To attend, sign up by Feb. 21 by calling Jessica at 202-9992 or e-mailing

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