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Rochester calendar 2-3 tks

SATURDAY

St. Pius X Parish polka Mass, dinner and dance, 1315 12th Ave. N.W., Rochester. 288-8238. 6 p.m. Dinner at 7 p.m. in the school cafeteria. Dance from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. in the school gym. Dance tickets are $5 for adults; $1 for children younger than 12.

Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center’s Dinner on the Bluff, 28097 Goodview Drive, just off Fillmore County Road 8, 5 miles northwest of Lanesboro. 5:30 p.m. Speaker will be Duane Benson, executive director of the Minnesota Early Learning Foundation. Cost is $18 per person. Reservations required. Call (507) 467-2437 or 1-888-800-9558.

Birdwatching hike, Quarry Hill Nature Center, 701 Silver Creek Road N.E., Rochester. 289-5662. 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Join Zumbro Valley Audubon Society. Meet at the Nature Center. Binoculars available. For more information, call 289-5662.

Optimist Frozen Goose 10k/5k/Family Walk, University Center- Rochester atrium, 851 30th Ave. S.E., Rochester. Includes a 10k timed run, 5k Fun Run or Walk, and a Family Fun Walk. Minimum pledge of $25. Registration at 9 a.m.; race starts at 10 a.m. For information, call 282-9968 or e-mail

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Soup and salad luncheon, Masonic Hall, 934 Whitewater Ave., St. Charles. (507) 932-3634. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Proceeds benefit the elementary school libraries in Elgin, Eyota, Lewiston, Plainview and St. Charles.

Minnesota First District VFW and Ladies Auxiliary meeting, Waseca VFW 1642 Post Home, 113 Elm Ave. W., Waseca. 9 a.m. Auxiliary members will meet at the Eagles Club across the street from the VFW Post Home. All VFW and Auxiliary members from the First District are encouraged to attend.

Rochester Area Builders Home Show, Mayo Civic Center, 30 Civic Center Drive S.E., Rochester. 281-6184. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Tickets are $5 for adults, $1 for children 7-16, free for children 6 and younger.

Blue Star Mothers’ pancake breakfast, Holy Family Catholic Church, 1904 N. Mantorville Ave., Kasson. 7 a.m.-11 a.m. Money raised will benefit the Fisher House, a "home away from home" for injured soldiers’ families. Cost is $15 for ages 13 and older, $4 for ages 4-12, free for ages 3 and younger.

Longfellow Elementary School auction and carnival fundraiser, 1615 Marion Road, Rochester. 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Silent auction from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Lunch available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

SUNDAY

Kistler Family Ministry Players, the Salvation Army, 20 First Ave. N.E., Rochester. 288-3663.11 a.m. to noon and 6 p.m.-7 p.m. Puppetry, ventriloquism, illusion, drama, comedy routines, escape magic, juggling, unicycling and balloon artistry.

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Chickadee-dee-dee, Quarry Hill Nature Center, 701 Silver Creek Road N.E., Rochester. 281-6114. 1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Class will include trapping, netting and releasing birds if weather permits. Fee is $2 for adults, $1 for children.

Pancake breakfast, Eyota American Legion Hall, Eyota. 545-2732. 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Cost is $5 for adults, $4 for children 5-12, free for children younger than 5. Proceeds go to Cub Scout Pack 47 activities.

Rochester Area Builders Home Show, Mayo Civic Center, 30 Civic Center Drive S.E., Rochester. 281-6184. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tickets are $5 for adults, $1 for children ages 7-16, free for children 6 and younger.

MONDAY

Talk on walleye-sauger on Lake Pepin, Eagles Club, 917 15th Ave S.E., Rochester. 7 p.m. Two DNR officials talk about walleye-sauger fisheries on Pool 4 of the Mississippi River and about a study on catching fish from deep water.

Forum on Minnesota water, U of M Rochester campus, Coffman Center rooms 206 and 208, 851 30th Ave. S.E., Rochester. 7 p.m. A University of Minnesota expert on water will talk about water issues in the state. It is the first in a four-part series on water, climate, fuel and the environment.

Sit, Stay, Read, Rochester Public Library, 101 Second St. S.E. 285-8000. 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Read aloud for 20 minutes with a therapy dog. Only registered child (between grades 1-6) and accompanying adult should attend. Register online, at the library or by telephone.

TUESDAY

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Greater Rochester Express Network, Express Personnel Services, 2518 N. Broadway, Rochester. 284-8380. 6:45 a.m.-8:30 a.m. Travel in today’s world: Rosemary Shutt from AAA will share tips for deals.

SEARCH of Rochester Inc., Peace United Church of Christ, 1503 Second Ave. N.E., Rochester. 7 p.m.-9 p.m. "Communicating with Your Angels," presented by Diane Anderson. Cost: Members $5, non-members $10, students and seniors (60+) $6.

Philatelic Club of Southeast Minnesota, Rochester Public Library, 101 Second St. S.E. 285-8000. 6:30 p.m. For information call 288-3913.

Bedtime Stories, Rochester Public Library, 101 Second St. S.E. 285-8000. 6:30 p.m. Stories, puppets and films. No registration required.

Cookie Creations 2007: Girl Scout Cookies with a Twist, Rochester International Event Center, 7333 Airport View Drive S.W., Rochester. 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Area chefs create appetizers, entrees and desserts with Girl Scout cookies. Tickets: $25 per person, $40 per pair, $5 ages 6-12, ages 5 and younger free. Tickets available online or by calling Girl Scouts at 1-800-598-5516 or 288-4703.

National Active and Retired Federal Employees, Old Country Buffett, 1500 Salem Road, Rochester Lunch at 11:30 a.m. followed by a meeting.

WEDNESDAY

Kistler Family Ministry Players, the Salvation Army, 20 First Ave. N.E., Rochester. 288-3663. 6 p.m.-7 p.m. The Kistler Family Ministry Players present programs including puppetry, ventriloquism, illusion, drama, comedy routines, escape magic, juggling, unicycling and balloon artistry.

Birding by ear, Lake Park Lodge, east Lake Winona at the southern foot of Main and West Lake streets, Winona. 7 p.m. Learn how to identify birds by hearing them when you can't see them. This is part of the meeting of the Hiawatha Valley Aububon Society.

Community movie, Christ United Methodist Church, 400 Fifth Ave. S.W., Rochester. 7 p.m. Animated film "Ice Age 2: The Meltdown" will be shown. Free. Light refreshments will be served.

Bloodmobile in Mower County, Oak Park Mall near vacant Cinemagic Theater, 1300 18th Ave. N.W., Austin. 437-4589 for appointments. Noon-6 p.m. Donors must be at least 17 years old and weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health. A blood donor card or driver’s license is required at the check-in.

Financial planning series, First Presbyterian Church, Third Street and Fifth Avenue Southwest, Rochester. 6:30 p.m. Financial consultant Jay Beck and attorney Bill Oehler will present "Being a Good Steward: Estate and Financial Planning for 2007." A two-part series. Second session will be Feb. 14.

Breast Cancer Support and Education Group, Hope Lodge, 411 Second St. N.W., Rochester. 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Sponsored by the Olmsted County Unit of the American Cancer Society. Cancer survivors, family and friends are welcome. For information, call Mary Amundsen at 285-1297 or Louise Blissenbach at 867-4056.

Senior Techies, Rochester Public Library, 101 Second St. S.E. 285-8000. 9:30 a.m. Learn the basics of a computer, mouse and keyboard. This class is designed for those with little or no computer experience. Register online, at the library or by calling 285-8002.

Movie @ Your Library, Rochester Public Library, 101 Second St. S.E. 285-8000. 7 p.m. Two friends in danger of failing history class travel through time in a phone booth to ace their report. A Rochester Reads event, sponsored by John Hardy's Barbeque.

Mayowood Pedestrian/Bicycle Trail and Trailhead Project Historic Issues public meeting, Bamber Valley School gym/cafeteria, 2001 Bamber Valley Road S.W., Rochester. 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

THURSDAY

February open house and sale, Community Clothesline, 814 11th Ave. N.E., Rochester. 282-8050. 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

Rochester Area Freethinkers meeting, Rochester Public Library, 101 Second St. S.E. 285-8000. 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. RAFT is a friendship and discussion group for atheists, agnostics and humanists.

Olmsted County Genealogical Society meeting, History Center of Olmsted County, 1195 W. Circle Drive S.W., Rochester. 282-9447. 7 p.m. "DNA in Family Research," presented by a Mayo Clinic geneticist. Doors open at 6 pm.

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 their parents or care providers. Registration not required.

Book Discussion Group: "Lies My Teacher Told Me," Rochester Public Library, 101 Second St. S.E. 285-8000. Noon. Discussion about the Rochester Reads 2007 selection. A Rochester Reads event.

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