Rochester calendar 4-17


Roast beef dinner, Legion Hall, 215 Third St. S.W., Plainview. 5 p.m. Tickets are $7.50 in advance, $8 at the door. To purchase, call 251-9848 or 534-2862. Proceeds benefit Freedom Honor Flight.

Fish and chicken dinner, American Legion Post 92, 315 First Ave. N.W., Rochester. 282-1322. 5 p.m.-7:30 p.m. All-you-can-eat, adults $9, children 12 and younger $4.50.


AARP driver safety class, Rochester Charter House, 211 Second St. N.W. 266-7533. 8:30 a.m.-12:30 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 or call 1-866-231-0216.


Autistic License, John Marshall High School auditorium, 1510 14th St. N.W., Rochester. 254-8901. 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Free, reserve a seat by e-mailing Educators receive 2.5 CEUs for attending.

PAIIR/School Readiness Advisory rummage sale, Northrop Education Center, 201 Eighth St. N.W., Rochester. 328-4020. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. To raise money for Readiness Preschool scholarships. To donate items, e-mail Nicole at

Open house, Lanesboro Museum, 105 Parkway Ave., Lanesboro. (507) 467-2177. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Door prizes from local merchants. Free coffee and cookies. Donations accepted.

Study Session: Legislative Commission to End Poverty in Minnesota by 2020, IBEW Hall, 9 80th St. S.E., Rochester. 281-1471. 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Led by the Rev. Nancy Maeker, director of A Minnesota Without Poverty. Call to RSVP.

Auction, Rochester Central Lutheran School, 2619 Ninth Ave. N.W. 289-3267. 2:30 p.m., doors open; 2:30-4:30 p.m. silent auction; 6 p.m. live auction.

Rochester Woodcarvers meeting, Redeemer Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall (enter the door from the parking lot), 869 Seventh Ave. S.E., Rochester. 285-1620. 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Bring carvings for show and tell. Visitors welcome.

ABC Music and Me preview class, Avalon Music, 301 N. Broadway, Rochester. 775-2152. 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Join your 2- to 4-year-old toddler in a free preview class. RSVP to or call by April 17.

Spring Fling, St. John’s Lutheran Church, Mazeppa. 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Crafts, bake sale and luncheon. Adults are $7, children 6-12 $2.50, children younger than 6 free.


National Church Library Association Southeast Minnesota Chapter meeting, Redeemer Lutheran Church, 869 Seventh Ave. S.E., Rochester. 8:30 a.m. Topics include weeding, selecting fiction and conducting children’s book clubs. Doors open at 8 am.

Breast Cancer 3-Day Get Started meeting, Mount Olive Lutheran Church, 2830 18th Ave. N.W., Rochester. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. To discuss training and fundraising for the three-day, 60-mile walk. For information call 1-800-996-3DAY.

Home business expo, Holy Family Catholic Church, 1904 Mantorville Ave. N., Kasson. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free admission, local vendors, cash-n-carry items, door prize drawings and refreshments.

Trumpet workshop, Century High School, Rochester. 9:30 a.m. Featuring Robert Dorer. Free, open to the public. Students of all ages may bring their trumpets and questions.

Rummage sale, Holy Spirit School, 5455 50th Ave. N.W., Rochester. 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Bag sale starts at noon. Proceeds go to technology enhancements.

Healing Spirit Metropolitan Community Church penny social, People of Hope Lutheran Church, 3703 Country Club Road S.W., Rochester. 7:30 p.m. Benefit auction with raffle. Doors open at 6:30 p.m..

Book Discussion: "Those Wonderful ECK Masters," Rochester Public Library, 101 Second St. S.E. 328-2300. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The book, by Harold Klemp, is based on Eckankar, the religion of the Light and Sound and God. For information call 800-717-0371.

Otter feeding, Oxbow Park, 5731 County Road 105 N.W., Byron. (507) 775-2451. 3 p.m.


Pancake breakfast, Peace United Church of Christ, 1503 Second Ave. N.E., Rochester. (507) 696-0373. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Food, games, silent auction, children’s activities. Held in memory of Lindsey Ronningen and in honor of SMA Friends. $5 per person, $20 per family of four or more.

Roll and Stroll kickoff, Rochester Athletic Club. 775-7054. 1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Roll & Stroll raises money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. RSVP to or call (952) 851-0770 or 1-800-663-1860.

Comedy Extravaganza, Elks Lodge, Hillcrest Shopping Center, Rochester. 6 p.m. Cost is $23; includes food and show. For tickets, call 282-6702 or 282-3700. Proceeds benefit Elks scholarship program.

Make a Prairie Wildflower Garden, Whitewater State Park, 19041 Minnesota Highway 74, Altura. (507) 932-3007. 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Joel Dunnette discusses native prairie and making a prairie wildflower garden. Free butterfly weed seedlings for participants.

Fish fry, American Legion, Eyota. 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Hosted by Eyota Wonder Workers 4-H club. Adults $10, kids 5-12 $5, younger than 5 free. 4-H baked goods available for sale.

Spring salad luncheon, Lands Lutheran Church, 16640 Minnesota Highway 60 Blvd., Zumbrota. (507) 732-5482. 3 p.m. Salads, croissants, chocolate fountain, dessert table. Program: "Walks of Boldness-Journeys with Biblical Women." $5, tickets available at the door.

The Benefits of Green Building, Rochester Athletic Club, 3100 19th St. N.W., Rochester. 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Local experts will discuss how to "live well by living green." For information call Summit Custom Homes at 281-9635.



Honor Flight breakfast, American Legion, 11 Madison Ave. S.W., Eyota. (507) 545-2688. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Cost is $6. Proceeds send WWII veterans to Washington on May 2 to see the WWII memorial.

Autistic License, John Marshall High School auditorium, 1510 14th St. N.W., Rochester. 254-8901. 2 p.m.-4 p.m. Free; reserve seats by e-mailing Educators receive 2.5 CEUs for attending.

Pine Island Area Home Services waffle brunch fundraiser, Pine Island School cafeteria, Pine Island. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Tickets are $7 in advance; $8 at door. For information call 356-2999.

Meatball and ham dinner, Legion Hall, Main St., Mabel. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Hosted by the Mabel 50s and 60s Committee. Also salad bar, mashed potatoes, gravy, glazed carrots, buns, dessert bar and beverages. Adults $8, children younger than 10 $4. Quilt raffle, $1 per ticket. Craft show.

Nathan Schmidt Memorial fundraiser, Ramada Hotel & Conference Center, Rochester. 356-8154. Noon-3 p.m. Hosted by RideAbility, which provides equine-assisted activities for people with special needs and their families. $25 ticket includes lunch, music and silent auction. Call to buy tickets.

St. Paul Lutheran School fundraiser, St. Paul Lutheran Church, 128 Fillmore St., Chatfield. 5 p.m. Bingo, prizes, food. For information call 867-3583.

Pancake breakfast, Pax Christi Catholic Church, 4135 18th Ave. N.W., Rochester. 8 a.m.-noon.

Travelin’ Shoes Gospel Choir, St. Joachim Catholic Church, 900 W. Broadway, Plainview. (507) 534-3802. 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Fundraiser for the Plainview Elgin Area Food Shelf. Free; donations accepted.


Yom HaShoah memorial service, Soldiers Field Memorial, Rochester. 288-5825. 1 p.m. Official day of remembrance for people who died in the Holocaust. Reading of names, participants invited to share stories.

Spaghetti fundraiser, Lanesboro United Methodist Church, Lanesboro. (507) 467-2567. 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Spaghetti with meatballs, sauce, salad, bread, dessert and beverage. Free will donations support Youth Mission trip in June to Cedar Rapids for flood aid.

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