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Women’s Wellness Class — Maintaining a Healthy Back, St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center, 1200 W. Grant Blvd., Wabasha. (651) 565-5596. 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Certified exercise instructor Christina Mroz will show how to strengthen your back and abdominal muscles. To register, e-mail

Rust College choir concert, Stewartville United Methodist Church, 900 John Wesley Ave. N.W., Stewartville. 7 p.m. World-famous a cappella singers from Holly Springs, Miss. Admission is a donation.

MADD Olmsted County victim plaque ceremony, Government Center rotunda, 151 Fourth St. S.E., Rochester. 7 p.m.-8 p.m. A ceremony to remember people killed by drunken drivers.



Competitive cheer tryouts, Ultimate Gym and Training Center, Rochester. 272-6896. Open for girls and boys ages 3 to 18. Call for times and location.

Bird walk, Quarry Hill Nature Center, 701 Silver Creek Road N.E., Rochester. 6:30 a.m. Join members of Zumbro Valley Audubon Society to see ruby crowned and golden crowned kinglets. Free, open to the public.

Welcome center opening, Regional Welcome Center, Mantorville. (507) 635-4636. Noon-4 p.m. Regular hours will be noon to 4 p.m. seven days a week.

Open house, Good Food Store, 1001 Sixth St. N.W., Rochester. 289-9061. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Also 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Food sampling, product sampling, prize drawings.

Understanding the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict, Christ United Methodist Church, 400 Fifth Ave. S.W., Rochester. 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. With Phyllis Bennis, an analyst, author, editor and expert on the Middle East and the United Nations. Free.

Devoted Hearts conference, Autumn Ridge Church, 3611 Salem Road S.W., Rochester. 289-2415. 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Guests are singer/songwriter Sara Groves and author, speaker, singer and TV host Michelle McKinney Hammond. Vanessa Gamble of Theater for the Thirsty will give a luncheon presentation. Emcee is Betsy Singer of KFSI radio. Go online to register or for more information. Runs through Sunday.

Feeling Great in 2008, Rochester Senior Center, 121 N. Broadway. 287-1469. Noon-4 p.m. Free health fair; more than 25 vendors, demonstrations, blood pressure checks. Produced by University of Minnesota student nurses.

Parents Night Out, Christ United Methodist Church, 400 Fifth Ave. S.W., Rochester. 289-4019, extension 104. 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Kids play games, craft and watch a movie while you go out. Snack provided. Register to reserve a spot. Walk-ins accepted as space allows. A free community service that is not faith-based.


Evening of Wine and Roses, Rochester Art Center. 281-6116. 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Five-course dinner with wines by Victoria’s, live auction, entertainment. Tickets are $75. Proceeds benefit PossAbilities.

Public Utility Board Audit Committee meeting, Rochester Public Utilities Service Center, 4000 E. River Road N.E., Rochester. Noon. A discussion of RPU’s year-end audit results.


Amanda Johnson cancer benefit, Elgin American Legion, Elgin. (507) 798-2513. 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Featuring a ham dinner, silent auction, live auction and raffle. Prize drawings throughout the night. Cost for dinner is $7 adults, $5 children. Call for more information or to purchase tickets.

Competitive cheer tryouts, Ultimate Gym and Training Center, Rochester. 272-6896. Open for girls and boys ages 3 to 18. Call for times and location.

Whitewater State Park and the Flood of 2007, Quarry Hill Nature Center, 701 Silver Creek Road N.E., Rochester. 281-6114. 2 p.m.-3 p.m. Join Whitewater naturalist Dave Palmquist as he shares photos and descriptions of the historical flood, recovery efforts to date and which park uses have resumed and when others will begin. Call to register. Cost: $4.

Quarry Hill native plant sale, Quarry Hill Nature Center, 701 Silver Creek Road N.E., Rochester. 281-6114. 9 a.m.-noon. Native prairie and woodland flowers and grasses will be for sale for $2 to $6 per plant. Plants could sell out before noon.

Backyard conservation workshops, Quarry Hill Nature Center, 701 Silver Creek Road N.E., Rochester. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Workshops on: "Rain Barrels-Why & How," "Clean Water Starts at Home" and "Take the Plunge-Volunteer for Clean Water." Registration information and fees at or call 281-6114.


World Tai Chi and Qigong Day, Rochester Area Family Y, 709 First Ave. S.W. 287-2260. 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Participate and watch demonstrations. Free, open to the public.

Friends of Chester Woods cleanup day, Chester Woods Park, 8378 U.S. 14 S.E., Eyota. (507) 287-2624. 10 a.m. Includes a potluck dinner.

Saturdays at Slatterly neighborhood cleanup, Slatterly Park shelter, Rochester. 10 a.m. Prizes for the most bags of trash. Neighborhood gathering at 1 p.m. with chips and soda.

Dance, American Legion, Millville. 7 p.m.-11 p.m. Music by Ryan Herman. Admission $8.

Girls Day Out, 101 W. Center St. (chamber office), Lake City. (651) 345-4123. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Browse through specialty shops, sampling, activities, lunch, tea or a snack. Collect five tokens and register for a gift bag give-away valued at more than $500. For more information, call or go online.

SEMBA catfish/chicken fry, Rushford Lutheran Church, 101 S. Mill St., Rushford. 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Live bluegrass music and rooms for jamming.

Community RNeighborWoods tree planting, Sertoma Park, West Silver Lake Drive Northeast and 10th Street, Rochester. 529-4150. 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Bring a shovel if you have one. Park at the West Silver Lake parking lot or on the street west of West Silver Lake Drive. Picnic at 11:30 a.m. provided by Roscoe’s.

Women’s spring fling, Harmony State Line UMW, 60 Main Ave. S., Harmony. 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Bakery, crafts, cards, napkins, plants, used treasures boutiques, and bistro serving a la carte hot turkey and barbecue sandwiches, potato salad, fresh fruit salad, baked beans, pie and beverage.


Ice cream social, Holy Spirit Church, 5455 50th Ave. N.W., Rochester. 280-0638. 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Sundaes made with Culver’s custard and toppings. Cost is $2. Proceeds benefit youths participating in the Tijuana mission trip.

Root River Valley Earth Day celebration, Eagle Bluff ELC, 28097 Goodview Drive, Lanesboro. 1-888-800-9558. 9 a.m. Service projects, activity fair and information booths. Free.

Open house, Masjed AbuBakar Mosque 17 N. Broadway, Rochester. 529-1478. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Meet Muslims and ask questions about Islam. No appointment required. Refreshments. Event scheduled the last Saturday every month. For information, call 529-1478 or e-mail

Season finale preconcert event, Elizabethan Room, Kahler Grand Hotel, 20 Second Ave. S.W., Rochester. 1-800-533-1655. 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m. The Kahler Grand Hotel is hosting the event for the Rochester Symphony Orchestra and Chorale’s Guitarissimo. South-of-the-border cuisine, specialty drinks and master guitarist Gene Bertoncini. $20 per person, includes a shuttle to concert. Reservations should be made by April 23.

Guitarissimo, Mayo Civic Center, 30 Civic Center Drive S.E., Rochester. 281-6184. 7:30 p.m. Concert featuring jazz guitarist Gene Bertoncini. Call Mayo Civic Center box office for tickets, 287-2222.

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