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Rochester calendar 2-4

TODAY

Emerging women, Quarry Ridge Club House, 1823 Quarry Ridge Place N.W., Rochester. 281-7463. 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Go to the Web site ewofrochester.com for details.

Diversity Council presentation, First Presbyterian Church, 512 Third St. S.W., Rochester. 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. James Robertson will give an overview of Diversity Council programs.

Dental health program, Rochester Public Library, 101 Second St. S.E. 328-2300. 7 p.m. Rochester Reads program. Free.

Youth Commission, conference room A and B, 2122 Campus Drive S.E., Rochester. 4:30 p.m.

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Minnesota Council for Exceptional Children conference, Mayo Civic Center, Rochester. Noon-9 p.m. Using data to make teaching decisions, research-based strategies for effective classroom practice and ideas to address the needs of learners in special education. Register and pay online.

THURSDAY

Signs and symptoms of heart attach or stroke, Rochester Senior Center, 121 N. Broadway. 287-1404. 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Hosted by Mayo Clinic Critical Nurses. Open to the public. Free.

Mayo ADSN Race: The Power of Illusion, Rochester Public Library, 101 Second St. S.E. 284-6654. 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Mayo Clinic ADSN George W. Gibbs lecture series, movie and discussion. Call for more information.

Shades of Green Hosta Society meeting, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 559 20th St. S.W., Rochester. 288-6730. 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m. "Hardy Ferns & Native Mosses in the Shade Garden" Mark Dwyer, director of horticulture, Rotary Gardens, Janesville, Wis. Free, open to area gardeners.

Brown Bag Lunch talk, Lilac Wellness Center, 3270 19th St. N.W., suite 101, Rochester. Noon. Fundamentals of Reiki. For information, call 280-0300. Free.

Humor Us: Toastmasters International open house, Francis Building room G-21, Saint Marys Hospital, Rochester. 6 p.m.-7 p.m. Learn improv, stand-up comedy and how to use humor in presentations.

Introduction to Buddhism, Rochester Public Library, 101 Second St. S.E. 328-2300. 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Nichiren Buddhist philosophy and its application to daily life.

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Youth United meeting, 1530 Greenview Drive S.W., suite 107, Rochester. 5:15 p.m.-6:15 p.m. Hosted by Habitat for Humanity. Contact Patricia at volmgr@rahh.org for more information.

Minnesota Council for Exceptional Children conference, Mayo Civic Center, Rochester. Noon-9 p.m. Using data to make teaching decisions, research based strategies for effective classroom practice and ideas to address the needs of learners in special education. Register and pay online.

Homebuyer class, Community Housing Partnership, 2122 Campus Drive S.E., suite 100, Rochester. 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Fee is $25. Call 328-7170 to register.

Public Health Services Advisory Board, Whitewater/Cascade Room, 2100 Campus Drive S.E., Rochester. 5:30 p.m.

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

FRIDAY

Full moon owl prowl, Quarry Hill Nature Center, 701 Silver Creek Road N.E., Rochester. 281-6114. 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Space is limited; preregistration required by calling. $3 per person.

Cabin Fever ladies night out, Christ Community Church , 4400 55th St. N.W., Rochester. 282-5569 extension 203. 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Movie "Dan in Real Life." Bring a craft to work on or just watch. Free, for women of any age. Bring new or gently used books for Child Care Resource and Referral.

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Experimental Geography exhibition opening, Rochester Art Center, 40 Civic Center Drive S.E. 282-8629. 8 p.m.-9 p.m. $5 for general public, free for Art Center members. Opening reception is followed by Flux. Music performance starts at 9:30 p.m.

Minnesota Council for Exceptional Children conference, Mayo Civic Center, Rochester. Noon-9 p.m. Using data to make teaching decisions, research-based strategies for effective classroom practice, and ideas to address the needs of learners in special education. Register and pay online.

Family movie night, Christ United Methodist Church, 400 Fifth Ave. S.W., Rochester. 289-4019 extension 107. 6 p.m.-9 p.m. "Wall-E" on three big screens in a small theater. Free; refreshments provided.

Rochester School Board study session, Edison Building room 137, 615 Seventh St. S.W. 4:30 p.m. To review recommendations for budget cuts. Call 328-4224 with questions.

SATURDAY

Free Family Day, Rochester Art Center, 40 Civic Center Drive S.E. 282-8629. 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Cap off snow globe as part of Rochester Winterfest VII. Jars will be provided, but families are encouraged to bring their own see-through containers with lids. For more information, contact David Parisi at (507) 424-3308 or dparisi@rochesterartcenter.org.

Winterfest Families, Friends, and Flapjacks, Willow Creek Golf Course, Rochester. 282-5368. 8 a.m.-11 a.m. Supports Civic League Day Nursery. Entry fee: $5 per person; free for children 2 and younger.

Wine and dine, The Greendoor, 119 South Center Ave., Eyota. (507) 545-9949. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Wine tasting and dinner menu demonstrations by Bluegrass Catering, featuring chef Tom. Sign up by Feb. 2, $15 per person.

Spaghetti supper, United Methodist Church, 20 First St. N.E., Dodge Center. (507) 374-3885. 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Put on by the youth group for Valentine’s Day. Spaghetti, garlic bread, salad, dessert. $7 adult, $5 children, $20 family.

Chili feed fundraiser, St. Pius X, 1315 12 Ave. N.W., Rochester. 288-8238. 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Chili supper the first Wednesday of every month, sponsored by Knights of Columbus. Proceeds go to youth and community services.

AARP driver safety class, Rochester Charter House, 211 Second St. N.W. 266-7533. 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Refresher course for people who have already done the eight-hour basic course. This course updates skills and qualifies participants for a 10 percent discount on auto insurance.

Film double feature, Rochester Public Library, 101 Second St. S.E. 328-2300. Noon. Willie Wonka/Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Rochester Reads program. Free.

Hearts and Diamonds Spectacular, Somerby Golf Club, Rochester. 252-2195. 5:30 p.m. Fundraiser for Ronald McDonald House of Rochester. $200 per person. Music, dinner, prizes.

Valentine’s concert, First Baptist Church, 304 Fourth St. N.W., Kasson. 634-7888. 7 p.m. Christian music by "Tree Huggers." Donations accepted.

SnoBall softball tournament, Brothers Bar and Grill, Rochester. 288-3324. Fundraiser for March of Dimes, open to men’s, women’s and co-rec teams. Games played around town. Entry fee is $100 per team.

Junco bird hike, Quarry Hill Nature Center, 701 Silver Creek Road N.E., Rochester. 328-3950. 9 a.m. Binoculars available at nature center; families and novices welcome. Free, open to the public. Hosted by Zumbro Valley Audubon Society.

Beginning genealogy class, Olmsted County History Center, 1195 W. Circle Drive S.W., Rochester. 282-9447. 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Register through Community Education at 328-4000.

Celebrating Minnesota cheese, Ferndale Market, 31659 Co. 24 Blvd., Cannon Falls. (507) 263-4556. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Representatives from three Minnesota cheese makers for sampling. Short classes at 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Also, wine experts from Cannon River Winery.

Rochester Downtown Winter Farmers Market, building 41, Olmsted County Fairgrounds, Rochester. 9 a.m.-noon. Fresh produce, entertainment, drawings. For information call 273-8232 or go to www.rochesterdowntownfarmersmarket.org.

SUNDAY

Little Wonders: Dwarf and mini hostas, Rochester Public Library auditorium, 101 Second St. S.E. 288-6730. 2 p.m.-4 p.m. Presented by British horticulture speaker and photographer Mike Shadrack. Free, open to area gardeners and visitors.

Rockin to End Hunger, North Star Bar, 503 N. Broadway, Rochester. 2 p.m.-10 p.m. Rochester Ford and North Star Bar have joined with four local bands — Next to Nothing, Black Valentyne, Defuze and G-Monkeys — to support Channel One. Admission is $5 or canned goods at the door.

Sunday brunch, Perkins South, 1818 S. Broadway, Rochester. 10 a.m.-noon. The Southern Cruisers Riding Club, Southeast Minnesota Chapter No. 171 welcomes anyone interested in motorcycles and riding. This is a family-oriented group.

Rochester Coin Club winter show, La Quinta Inn, 1625 S. Broadway, Rochester. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Area coin, stamp and bullion dealers. Free admission and free appraising.

MONDAY

Blood drive, Country Inn & Suites South, 77 Wood Lake Drive S.E., Rochester. 287-6758. 8:30 a.m.-noon. Mayo Blood Bank in conjunction with the Country Inn & Suites South blood drive. Registration encouraged, but walk-ins welcome. Call for more information.

Scott Hosier World War II Roundtable, Assembly of God Church, 4240 18th Ave. N.W., Rochester. 287-1021. 7 p.m. B-25 Navigator/Bombardier in the South Pacific. Speakers: Ken Thamert, Adolph Schumann, Roger Hovland. Music at 6:30 p.m. Suggested donation: $3.

Women On Wheels meeting, Mr. Pizza North , 4040 28th St. N.W., Rochester. 272-2469. 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. A national organization for uniting women motorcyclists. 6:30 p.m. dinner, 7 p.m. business meeting.

Century senior class party fundraiser, BB’s Pizzaria, 3456 E. Circle Drive N.E., Rochester. 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Slice of pizza and pop, $3. Half of the proceeds benefit the Century High School senior party. Open to the public.

Rochester School Board study session, Edison Building room 137, 615 Seventh St. S.W. 5 p.m. To review recommendations for budget cuts. Call 328-4224 with questions.

TUESDAY

Adoption informational meeting, Catholic Charities, 903 W. Center St., Rochester. 287-2047 extension 32. 4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Serving people of all faiths.

Bedtime stories, Rochester Public Library, 101 Second St. S.E. 328-2300. 6:30 p.m. Rochester Reads program. Free.

Rochester Area Women’s Connection lunch, Holiday Inn South, 1630 S. Broadway, Rochester. 11:45 a.m. Speakers, music, feature on Channel One Food Shelf. Cost is $10. For reservations call Sandi at 529-3672 or e-mail cwc_Rochester@hotmail.com.

Rochester Astronomy Club, Rochester Community Technical College, 851 30th Ave. S.E. 250-2947. Larry Mascotti will present a video, "Cosmic Africa," about South African astrophysicist Dr. Thebe Medupe’s journey to his African astronomical roots.

Rochester School Board special session, Edison Building room 137, 615 Seventh St. S.W. 6:30 p.m. To finalize budget cuts. Call 328-4224 with questions.

All you can eat chicken dinner, Rochester Senior Center, 121 N. Broadway. 287-1404. 6 p.m.-8 p.m. All you can eat, open to the public. Doors open at 5 p.m., family style serving begins at 6 p.m. $8 for adults, $4 for children 12 and younger.

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 11

Hiawatha senior baseball league, Rochester Public Library, 101 Second St. S.E. 285-9912. 7 p.m.-9 p.m. First planning session for the 2009 season. New teams and new players seeking a team are welcome.

Habitat for Humanity volunteer orientation, 1530 Greenview Drive S.W., suite 107, Rochester. 6:45 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

Diversity Council presentation, First Presbyterian Church, 512 Third St. S.W., Rochester. 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. James Robertson will discuss cultural harmony.

Spanish conversation group, Rochester Public Library, 101 Second St. S.E. 328-2300. 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. For all skill levels. Free. For more information, call 288-6333 or e-mail Dave at spangrp@gmail.com.

Rochester Civil War Roundtable banquet, Michael’s Restaurant, 15 S. Broadway, Rochester. 6 p.m. Speaker: Corinne Marz, "Lincoln and Minnesota’s Dakota: Trials and Pardons." Book sale. Order from special menu. For reservations call 282-0672.

Chili cookoff, Goonies Comedy Club, 7 Second St. S.W., Rochester. 281-4622. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Hosted by Roscoe’s Barbeque to benefit the Alzheimer's Association. Five tickets for $45, 10 for $90, tickets at the door $10 each. Sample chili from area restaurants.

THURSDAY, FEB. 12

Seeking Spring Salebration, Community Clothesline, 814 11th Ave. N.E., Rochester. 282-8050. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Homebuyer class, Community Housing Partnership, 2122 Campus Drive S.E. suite 100, Rochester. 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Fee is $25. Call 328-7170 to register.

Sons of Norway meeting, Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 2124 Viola Road N.E., Rochester. 7 p.m. Kristiania Lodge 47. Presentation on Web site and recognition awards. Open to the public.

Sons of Norway lunch, Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 2124 Viola Road N.E., Rochester. Noon. Kristiania Lodge 47. Speaker is John Mark, director of Danish Museum in Iowa. Cost is $10 for members, $12 for nonmembers. Open to the public.

Winterfest book sale, Rochester Public Library auditorium, 101 Second St. S.E. 328-2300. 12:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Friends of the Library book sale.

Soupfest, Lansing United Methodist Church, 26875 539th Ave., Lansing. 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Homemade soups, fresh breads, desserts, refreshments. Donations accepted; profits help the church.

Rochester Area Freethinkers, Rochester Public Library, 101 Second St. S.E. 328-2300. 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. A friendship and discussion group for atheists, agnostics and humanists.

FRIDAY, FEB. 13

Valentine tea, Saint Elizabeth’s Medical Center, Sister Gerina Room, 1200 W. Grant Blvd., Wabasha. (651) 565-5596. 1:30 p.m.-3 p.m. Saint Elizabeth’s Auxiliary invites staff, community and friends to its annual Valentine Tea. Learn about the auxiliary and volunteer opportunities.

Winterfest book sale, Rochester Public Library auditorium, 101 Second St. S.E. 328-2300. 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Rochester Friends of the Library book sale.

Wabasha County Forestry Day, American Legion Hall, Plainview. 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Theme: "Your Woodland, Your Legacy." BYO lunch. Free.

Seeking Spring Salebration, Community Clothesline, 814 11th Ave. N.E., Rochester. 282-8050.

SATURDAY, FEB. 14

Chili cook off, Rochester Harley Davidson, 7180 U.S. 14 E. 289-0902. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Sponsored by the SE MN Harley Owners Group Ladies of Harley. Be a judge for a $5 sampling fee.

Sacred Heart silent auction, Sacred Heart auditorium, 11 Fifth St. S.W., Adams. (507) 584-0102. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. More than 300 baskets and items to bid on. First auction items close at 12:30 p.m. Free admission, lunch available.

Polka mass and dance, St. Pius X Catholic Church, 1315 12th Ave. N.W., Rochester. Mass at 6 p.m.; dinner at 7 p.m.; dance until 11 p.m. $5 per person, $1 for children younger than 12.

Concert and bake sale, Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, Rochester. 10 a.m. $5 for children; $15 per family; free for children 1 and younger. Presented by Rainbow School and Miss Kristin of Hen and Chicks music. Proceeds benefit Rainbow School scholarship fund.

Story Time Yoga with Jamie Schembri, Rochester Public Library, 101 Second St. S.E. 328-2300. 10:30 a.m. Rochester Reads program. Free.

A Singing Valentine, Radisson Downtown Hotel, Rochester. 252-8427. Fundraiser for Choral Arts Ensemble. Dinner, auction items and a concert by the ensemble. Tickets are $90 each, $45 tax deductible.

SUNDAY, FEB. 15

Open house, Rochester Arts and Sciences Academy, 4921 W. Frontage Rd., Rochester. 206-4646. 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

Pancake breakfast, Pax Christi Catholic Church, 4135 18th Ave. N.W., Rochester. 282-8542. 8 a.m.-noon. All you can eat at a reasonable price.

Family Fun Night fundraiser, St. Paul Lutheran School, Chatfield. 5 p.m. For information, call Jo at (507) 867-3583.

Zumbrota American Legion pancake breakfast, Stary-Yerka VFW banquet room, 25 E. First St., Zumbrota. 7 a.m.-noon. Adults $6; kids ages 6-12 $3; kids 5 and younger free.

Lace-Up Against Breast Cancer run and walk, Rochester Area Family Y, 709 First Ave. S.W. 9 a.m.-noon. Money raised goes to Mayo Clinic for breast cancer research. The event includes a half marathon and a 5K run/walk.

MONDAY, FEB. 16

Kids adventure days, Rochester Area Family Y, Rochester. 287-2260. Children should bring a lunch, swimwear and towel. Games, swimming, art projects. $20 for members, $30 for nonmembers.

President’s Day ropes course, Eagle Bluff ELC, 28097 Goodview Drive, Lanesboro. 1-888-800-9558. 12:30 p.m. Cost is $15 per person; families welcome. Call for reservations.

TUESDAY, FEB. 17

St. Paul Lutheran school fundraiser, Homestyle Pizza, Chatfield. 5 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Ten percent of sales go to the school. For information, call Jo at 867-3583.

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