Rochester calendar 4-25


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.

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.

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.



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.

Super Market Saturday, Oasis Church, 1815 38th St. N.W., Rochester. 289-8596. 10 a.m.-noon. Arrive by 10 a.m. to register.

Pancake supper, Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 2124 Viola Road N.E., Rochester. 5 p.m. Cost is $5. Entertainment is the Rochester Male Quartet. Open to the public. Sponsored by Sons of Norway.


American Guild of Organists concert, First Congregational UCC Church, 965 17th Ave. S.W., Rochester. 4 p.m. Featuring the 2007 southeastern Minnesota AGO scholarship winners. Free.

Adult forum, Christ United Methodist Church, Fourth Street and Fifth Avenue Southwest, Rochester. 10:20 a.m. Featuring Marv Jech, organ recipient, giving the talk "Donate Life: The Importance of Organ Donation."


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.

Chemical-free lawn care, Quarry Hill Nature Center, 701 Silver Creek Road N.E., Rochester. 281-6114. 3 p.m.-4 p.m. Learn how to get green grass while being environmentally green. No fee.

Benefit for Frank Simmons, International Event Center, next to Rochester airport. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Simmons was recently diagnosed with lung cancer. The benefit is to help with medical expenses. Brunch, catered by the Canadian Honker, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. $10 per adult; $5 per child 12 and younger; family maximum, $30. Silent and live auction with the featured live auction item being a 1923 Ford Model T.

Winter Begone! Duathlon, Oronoco Park, 220 Fifth St. N.W., Oronoco. (507) 367-2335. 8 a.m.-noon. Two fast courses. 5 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Saturday and 7 a.m.-8 a.m.: Packet pickup and registration at Oronoco Park; 9 a.m.: Start.

FRG breakfast, Rochester Armory, 1715 Marion Road S.E., Rochester. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Proceeds help send care packages to troops and support their families.

Chicken barbecue and raffle, St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 30934 Minnesota Highway 60, West Albany. (507) 798-2371. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Half-chicken, $9; quarter, $7. Raffle drawing at 2 p.m.

Salad luncheon, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Minneiska. 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Buffet of salads and desserts. Price: $6.

Ice cream social, Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 5455 50th Ave. N.W., Rochester. 280-0638. 9 a.m.-noon. Sundaes made with Culver’s custard and toppings. Cost is $2. Proceeds benefit youths participating in the Tijuana mission trip.


Meatball dinner, North Prairie Lutheran Church, Minnesota Highway 30, rural Lanesboro. (507) 875-2460. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Cost: adults, $8; kids ages 6-12, $4; younger than 6, free. Worship service at 10:30 a.m.

Yaggy Colby History lecture series, Rochester Public Library, 101 Second St. S.E. 285-8000. 2:30 p.m. Steven Keillor presents "Shaping Minnesota’s Identity: 150 Years of State History."


Rochester Horseshoe Pitching Club signup, East Park courts, Rochester. 288-5280 or 269-8946. 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Summer Tuesday night handicapped league forming. All skill levels welcome. Need not be present every week. Call for more information.

Sexual Assault Awareness presentation, John Adams Middle School, 1525 31st St. N.W., Rochester. 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m. "From Dr. Suess to Pornography: The Realities of Sex, Bullying and a Pornified Culture" with Cordelia Anderson and Patty Wetterling. Free.

Bingo, American Legion Hall, Byron. 7 p.m. Every Tuesday.


Second Street Planning Project open house, Edison Building, 615 Seventh St. S.W., Rochester. 282-0203, extension 119. 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Join us for a community open house to participate in the future-making of the Second Street corridor — a long-range planning project designed to revitalize Second Street from Sixth Avenue Southwest to U.S. 52.



National Day of Prayer breakfast, Rochester Senior Citizens, 121 N. Broadway. 287-1404. 8 a.m.-9 a.m. Scrambled eggs, sausage links, cinnamon rolls, orange juice and coffee. $6, Entertainment and speakers.

Rummage sale, 1600 11th Ave. S.E., Rochester. 288-5528. 4 p.m.-8 p.m. Thursday; 4 p.m.-8 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, bag sale at 2 p.m.

Pancake dinner to benefit the Rolbiecki family, Churchill Elementary School, 2240 Seventh Ave. N.E., Rochester. 358-5353. 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Pancake flipping by Chris Cakes, silent auction, games and bake sale. Tickets: $5. Benefit for Steve Rolbiecki, who was diagnosed with diffuse large B-cell non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma last year.

Woodland Advisor Program series, UCR Heintz Center, room HB117, 1926 Collegeview Drive S.E., Rochester. 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m. "Glaciers to Global Climate Change."


Fundraiser, Oasis Church, 1815 38th St. N.W., Rochester. Rummage sale: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; also 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday with silent auction 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Proceeds benefit church mission trip to Belize.

Carnival at the Club, Boys & Girls Club, 1026 E. Center St., Rochester. 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Hosted by Winona State University social work students. Includes a silent auction. Proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Club.

Tours, Mayowood, Rochester. 289-1955. Featuring table decor designed by residents and local businesses. Noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. May 2; 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. May 3. Tickets $18; call for reservations.


Women’s Spring Renewal Wellness Retreat, Reflections Retreat House, Mazeppa. (507) 280-0300. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Featuring meditation, feng shui, energy medicine, intuition, aromatherapy, life coaching, massage, reiki, shiatsu and facials. $125 per day. Space is limited. Call to reserve a spot.

Rummage sale, Zumbro Lutheran Church, 624 Third Ave. S.W., Rochester. 287-6811. 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Doors close briefly at 12:45 p.m. Buck-a-bag sale from 1 p.m.-2 p.m. Benefits Boy Scout Troop 82.

Forget Me Not Walk/Fun Run, Bear Creek Park, U.S. 14 and Marion Road Southeast, Rochester. 282-7932. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Registration at 10:15 a.m.; walk/run at 11 a.m. Choose a 2-mile or 5K course. Stay for food, music, fun for kids and a BBQ potluck picnic. Free. Donations to the Katlin Ringhofer Foundation will be accepted.

Olmsted County DFL dinner, Kahler Grand Hotel, Heritage Hall, 20 Second Ave. S.W., Rochester. 6 p.m.-10 p.m. 6 p.m. social, 7:30 p.m. dinner, 8:30 p.m. program. Tickets: $75 per person with RSVP and payment due by April 29. Contact for tickets or information.

Rummage and bake sale, St. John’s Lutheran Church basement, Wykoff. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Benefits Root River Lutherans for Life

Carnival at the Club, Boys & Girls Club, 1026 E. Center St., Rochester. 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Sponsored by Winona State students. Information booths, carnival games and silent auction. To donate items or for more information, e-mail

Lake Zumbro Ducks Unlimited banquet, Grampa Ed’s, Lake Zumbro. (507) 367-4613. 2:30 p.m. Catered dinner, raffles, games, live and silent auctions, demonstrations and displays. $45 per person; $70 couple; or $20 for 17 and younger.

Fundraiser, United Methodist Church, Brownsdale. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. BBQ riblet lunch, baked goods and rummage sale. Proceeds benefit youth programs.

May breakfast, United Methodist Church, 824 Church Ave., St. Charles. (507) 696-5133. 9 a.m. Program with Kent Larson, accordionist and singer, followed by egg bake and coffee-cake breakfast. Tickets: $5.

Women’s Expo, city hall, Altura. 2 p.m.-5 p.m. Variety of vendors, from chiropractors to pickup truck accessories, plus door prizes and gift drawings.

Great Strides Walk for Cystic Fibrosis, Silver Lake, Rochester. 10 a.m. For information, call the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation-Minnesota Chapter at (651) 631-3290 or visit


Faithbooking, Rochester Assembly of God Church, Rochester. 261-4109. 2 p.m.-5 p.m. Open to anyone 12 and older. Meets the second Sunday of each month. Call or e-mail for supply lists or more information.

Fly Fishing Day for Women, Eagle Bluff ELC, 28097 Goodview Drive, Lanesboro. (507) 467-2437. 7 a.m. All levels of experience welcome. Must be 18 or older. Fee is $75. Call to register.

Salad luncheon, Pilot Mound Lutheran Church, rural Chatfield. 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Adults $7; children ages 6-12, $3; kids younger than 6, free.

Spring dinner, Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 805 S. Broadway, Spring Valley. (507) 346-7251. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Windsor pork chops, baked potato and potato bar, salads, dessert bar, dinner roll and beverage. $8 for adults; $6 for ages 6-10; free for ages 5 and younger. Children’s menu is hot dog instead of pork chop.

National Women’s Build Week, Rochester Area Lowe’s, 4550 Maine Ave. S.E., Rochester. 252-0849, extension 4. Sponsored by Rochester Area Habitat for Humanity, featuring daily seminars on building skills and hands-on projects. Free, open to the public.


Salad luncheon, Hegre Lutheran Church, 51939 Highway 56 Blvd., Kenyon. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Cost is $6 per person; preschoolers, free. Church is five miles south of Kenyon and three miles north of West Concord.

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