Rochester calendar 2-26
AARP driver safety class, Rochester Madonna Towers, 4001 19 Ave. N.W., Rochester. 288-3911. 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Four-hour refresher course for people who have taken the eight-hour basic course. The course updates driving skills and qualifies people for a 10 percent discount on auto insurance. For additional classes, go to www.aarp.org/drive or call 1-800-231-0216.
Minnesota fighter pilots and WWII fighter aircraft, Rochester Senior Center, 121 N. Broadway, Rochester. 287-1404. 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Speaker: Tom Brinkman, aeronautical engineer and aviation author/historian. Donations accepted.
Spaghetti dinner, Rochester Elks Lodge, 1650 U.S. 52 N., Hillcrest Shopping Center. 6 p.m.-8 p.m. $6, free for children 5 and younger. All-you-can-eat spaghetti, salad, bread and beverage. Brownies available for 75 cents. Open to the public.
Post-Bulletin Dialogues, Rochester Public Library, 101 Second St. S.E. 328-2300. 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Making Rochester an inclusive community. Free.
Olmsted Soil and Water Conservation District Board meeting, Government Center board chambers, 151 Fourth St. S.E., Rochester. 8 a.m.
Olmsted Community Action Program Board, Rochester City Hall room 104, 201 Fourth St. S.E. 5:45 p.m.
Yes We Will: Celebrating Virge and Jackie Trotter, Christ United Methodist Church, 400 Fifth Ave. S.W., Rochester. 284-6654. 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Mayo Clinic George W. Gibbs Lecture Series. Call for more information.
All-you-can-eat fish fry, 30 Main St. E., Elgin. (507) 876-2267. 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Immanuel Lutheran Church of Potsdam fish fry. Adults: $9, children 6-10 years old $4, 5 and younger free. Proceeds go to Plainview Elgin Food Shelf and church improvements.
Carnival, Bamber Valley Elementary, Rochester. 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Children’s games, bake sale, silent auction, raffle.
Rochester Olmsted Council of Governments, conference rooms A and B, 2122 Campus Drive S.E., Rochester. Noon.
Parents Night Out, Christ United Methodist Church, 400 Fifth Ave. S.W., Rochester. 289-4019 extension 107. 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Games, crafts and a movie while parents get time to themselves. Simple dinner provided. Children may be picked up any time before 8:30 p.m. Walk-ins taken if space is available. Open to church members and nonmembers.
Fish fry, American Legion Post 92, 315 First Ave. N.W., Rochester. 282-1322. 5 p.m.-7:30 p.m. All you can eat.
Mosque open house, Masjed AbuBakar, 17 N. Broadway, Rochester. 253-6710. 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Meet Muslims and ask questions about Islam. Refreshments. Event scheduled the last Saturday every month. For information, call or e-mail Rochester.Mosque@gmail.com.
Adult ski trip to Forestville State Park, Quarry Hill Nature Center, 701 Silver Creek Road N.E., Rochester. 281-6114. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Bring a lunch; dessert provided. Preregister by calling. Fee includes transportation, ski rental and day pass. Fee: $40 adults, $30 Friends members.
Auction, Rochester Covenant Church, 4950 31st Ave. N.W. 289-2990. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Live and silent auction; concessions and babysitting available. Supports high school students’ trip to CHIC youth convention in Knoxville, Tenn., in July.
Scott Hosier World War II Roundtable, Assembly of God Church, 4240 18th Ave. N.W., Rochester. 287-1021. 10 a.m. Ex-POW panel. Speakers: Ken Axelson, Frank Goplen, Russ Gunvalson, John Gulbranson, Yogi Pusch. Music at 9:30 a.m. Suggested donation: $3.
Super Market Saturday, Oasis Church, 1815 38th St. N.W., Rochester. 289-8596. 10 a.m.-Noon. For information, call the church or go to www.oasischurchroch.org.
Honor Flight fundraiser, American Legion clubroom, Pine Island. 4 p.m. Food, music, silent auction. Cost is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and children.
Owls, Oxbow Park, 5731 County Road 105 N.W., Byron. (507) 775-2451. 1 p.m. Appropriate for all ages.
AARP driver safety class, Rochester Gramercy Park, 1333 Arthur Lane N.W., Rochester. 289-0864. 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Four-hour refresher course for people who have taken the eight-hour basic course. The course updates driving skills and qualifies people for a 10 percent discount on auto insurance. For additional classes, go to www.aarp.org/drive or call 1-800-231-0216.
Grumpy Plunge, Slippery’s Bar and Grill, 10 Church Ave., Wabasha. (651) 565-4884. 1:30 p.m.-4 p.m. To benefit Great River Homes and the Rotary Club of Wabasha. Check-in and registration at 1:30 p.m, plunge at 3 p.m. followed by awards ceremony.
Wabasha Eagle Center trip, east parking lot of the Heinz Center, Rochester. 1 p.m. Carpool to the Eagle Center and spend the afternoon observing and learning about eagles. Admission charge at the Eagle Center, open to the public. Sponsored by the Zumbro Valley Audubon Society.
Festival of Music, First Presbyterian Church, 512 Third St. S.W., Rochester. 4 p.m. Solo concert by bassist Nathan Farrington. Donations accepted. For information call 282-1618.
The Wedding Show by Go2Wed, Rochester International Event Center, 7333 Airport View Drive. 291-1104. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Browse wedding services and suppliers. Tickets are $5 at the door; proceeds go to the Shjon Podein Children’s Foundation. The first 150 brides receive a tote bag, bridal savings card and T-shirt. Sign up at www.go2wed.com/wedding-show/
Camp Companion spay/neuter clinic, Camp Companion Rochester location. 951-7801. $20 per cat, vaccinations included. Call for more information or to register a cat.
Family to Family Education, NAMI SE MN, 2200 Second St. S.W., Rochester. 287-1692. 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Eleven classes help family members understand and support an ill relative. Free, registration required.
Rekindling the Fire Within, Hindu temple, 911 11th Ave. N.W., Rochester. 261-3588. 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Sponsored by Horvath-Zurn Consulting and Barefoot Yoga Center. Suggested donation $30.
Read Across America story time, Rochester Public Library, 101 Second St. S.E. 328-2300. 10 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Celebrate Dr. Suess’ birthday.
Tuesdays with Toastmasters, Mayo Clinic, Gonda Building, room 2-160, Rochester. 7 a.m.-8 a.m. Toastmasters International provides public speaking and leadership training. Free, open to the public.
Home energy forum, Izaak Walton League Cabin, 937 Seventh Ave. N.E., Rochester. 7 p.m. Wind Energy, by Rich Huelskamp.
First Tuesday Stamp Club, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 1212 12th Ave. N.W., Rochester. 6:30 p.m. Park and enter in the back. For information call John at 288-3913.
Lenten organ series, First Presbyterian Church, 512 Third St. S.W., Rochester. 12:15 p.m. Sebastian Modarelli of the Church of St. John the Evangelist.
THURSDAY, MARCH 5
Youth United meeting, 1530 Greenview Drive S.W., suite 107, Rochester. 5:15 p.m.-6:15 p.m. Habitat for Humanity youth group meeting. For more information, contact Patricia at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rochester chapter of DAR, Olmsted County History Center, 1195 W. Circle Drive S.W., Rochester. 282-9447. 11 a.m.-noon. "Presentation on the Art Collection ‘Art in a Healing Environment’" by Jim Hodge. Free, open to the public.
FRIDAY, MARCH 6
Church Women United World Day of Prayer, Zumbro Lutheran Church, 624 Third Ave. S.W., Rochester. 9:30 a.m. With special music from Pastor Siri Strommen Campbell and Jon Strommen Campbell. Program written by CWU Papua-New Guinea.
Jill’s Country Corner Cabin Fever Open House, one mile south of Salem Corners, off Olmsted County Road 3. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Easter and spring decor, handmade gifts, flea market items.
SATURDAY, MARCH 7
Family Day, Rochester Art Center, 40 Civic Center Drive S.E. 282-8629. 1 p.m.-4 p.m. On the first Saturday of each month, the art center offers free family activities.
Lutefisk and meatball dinner, Northwood United Methodist Church, Northwood, Iowa. (641) 324-2252. Seatings at 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. Entertainment 30 minutes prior to each seating. Tickets are $15 each; send check and SASE to Verla Perry, 106 Shellrock Drive, Northwood, IA 50459.
General meeting of Filipino-Americans, Saint Marys Hospital employee cafeteria, Rochester. 202-1303. 3 p.m.-5 p.m. The FAARMANA or the Fil-Am Association needs ideas and support to discuss the future and success of this association. Ideas may be e-mailed to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Family carnival, Lewiston Elementary School, 105 S. Fremont St., Lewiston. (507) 523-3245. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Games, bingo, lunch. Open to the public.
Chili cook-off, IBEW hall, 9 80th St. S.E., Rochester. 288-7616. 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Sponsored by DFL Senate Districts 29 and 30. Bring a crockpot of chili and enter the contest, bring a donation for the auction or just come. Donation of $10 each or $20 for a family to enter the chili contest.
Hairy woodpecker hike, Quarry Hill Nature Center, 701 Silver Creek Road N.E., Rochester. 328-3950. 9 a.m. Sponsored by Zumbro Valley Audubon Center. Binoculars available at the nature center; families and novices welcome; free and open to the public.
Jill’s Country Corner Cabin Fever Open House, one mile south of Salem Corners, off Olmsted County Road 3, Rochester. 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Easter and spring decor, handmade gifts, flea market items.
SUNDAY, MARCH 8
"For the Bible Tells Me So," Community Presbyterian Church, 3705 55th St. N.W., Rochester. 280-9291. 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Documentary film explores how five Christian families handle having a gay child or family member. Time for discussion will follow. Free, open to the public.
Camp Companion spay/neuter clinic, Camp Companion Rochester location. 951-7801. $20 per cat, vaccinations included. Call for more information or to register your cats.
Pancake Breakfast and Jammin’, John Marshall High School cafeteria, 1510 14th St. N.W., Rochester. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Pancake breakfast, bake sale and silent auction to benefit the JM band program. Performances by the jazz band, marching band and small ensembles. Tickets are $6 for adults, $4 for children 5-12 and free for children younger than 5.
Jill’s Country Corner Cabin Fever Open House, one mile south of Salem Corners, off Olmsted County Road 3, Rochester. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Easter and spring decor, handmade gifts, flea market items.
MONDAY, MARCH 9
Helping the Hungry, Assisi Heights Spirituality Center, 1001 14th St. N.W., Rochester. 282-7441. 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Featured presenter: David Genberg, Rochester Food Boxes. Fee: $7.50 per person, $13 per couple and a nonperishable food item. Soup and bread meal with presentation. To register: Contact S. Carol Marie Hemish by phone or via e-mail: email@example.com by March 4.
Scott Hosier World War II Roundtable, Assembly of God Church, 4240 18th Ave. N.W., Rochester. 287-1021. 7 p.m. Life in Germany, 1930s to 1945. Speakers: Meinhart Zylstra, Konrad Schultz-Fincke. Music at 6:30 p.m. Suggested donation: $3.
TUESDAY, MARCH 10
Tuesdays with Toastmasters, Mayo Clinic, Gonda Building, room 2-160, Rochester. 7 a.m.-8 a.m. A meeting on the benefits of Toastmasters, hosted by the Mayo Daybreakers. Free, open to the public.
Habitat for Humanity informational meting, Zumbro Lutheran Church, 624 Third Ave. S.W., Rochester. 252-0849. 6 p.m.-7 p.m. For people interested in applying for a Habitat for Humanity House. Income guidelines and other requirements will be explained.
Rochester Area Women’s Connection meeting, Holiday Inn South, 1630 S. Broadway, Rochester. 529-3672. 11:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Some Enchanted Morning luncheon, $10. Feature "Lovely Images" presented by Lady Kathleen Castrovinci. Speaker: "Sweet Sounds and Tender Thoughts" presented by Sara Renner. Call for reservations.
The Rochester Astronomy Club, RCTC, fourth floor, college center, 851 30th Ave. S.E., Rochester. 250-2947. 7 p.m.-9 p.m. The Rochester Astronomy Club will present Dr. Jennifer Anderson speaking on "Going Ballistic! Making Impact Craters in the Laboratory."
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11
International Speakers luncheon, Rochester Area Family Y. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. The Rochester International Association presents Conrad Schiebel with a talk about "Canada’s Arctic Gem — Hood River Expedition." Ethnic luncheon $10, $9 for RIA and Y members. Call Betsy at 289-3359 by March 9 to reserve.
Lenten organ series, First Presbyterian Church, 512 Third St. S.W., Rochester. 282-1618. 12:15 p.m.-12:45 p.m. Zoe Abrahamson of First Presbyterian Church.
Habitat for Humanity volunteer orientation, 1530 Greenview Drive S.W., suite 107, Rochester. 6:45 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Orientation for interested Habitat for Humanity volunteers.
Habitat for Humanity informational meeting, 1530 Greenview Drive S.W., suite 107, Rochester. 6:30 p.m. A 45-minute informational meeting on qualifying for a Habitat for Humanity house.