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Rochester calendar 6-26 tks

TODAY

Prairie Walk-n-Talk, Oxbow Park, Olmsted County Road 105, Byron. 280-2850. 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Tom Ryan will discuss prairies and what they do for soil and water quality and lead a walk through a restored native prairie. Landowners interested in restoring or creating a prairie may learn about cost-share programs. Meet inside visitors building to start. Refreshments provided.

Bedtime Stories, Rochester Public Library, 101 Second St. S.E. 285-8000. 6:30 p.m. Puppets, stories and songs.

The Bluebirds of Chester Woods County Park, Chester Woods Park, U.S. 14 East, between Rochester and Eyota. 7 p.m. Free and open to the public; however, there is a fee to enter the park.

Elks bingo, Elks Lodge, Hillcrest Shopping Center, Rochester. 282-6702. 6:30 p.m. To support community youth programs. Every Tuesday. Public is welcome.

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WEDNESDAY

Summer Program: Baseball Fun!, Rochester Public Library, 101 Second St. S.E. 285-8000. 10 a.m. Meet members of the Rochester Honkers baseball team, collect autographs and see a baseball film. Also 1 p.m.

Writing Group, Rochester Public Library, 101 Second St. S.E. 285-8000. 6:30 p.m. The group meets about once a month to critique members’ writing.

Coffee & Conversation, RCTC, Heintz Center room HB 117, Rochester. 7 p.m.-9 p.m. "Report to the People: Progress or Politics?" Local legislators will respond to questions and discuss topics. Free and open to the public.

Banana Split Extravaganza, Sunrise Cottages Senior Assisted Living Community, Rochester. 6 p.m. Sunrise employees will work to top last year’s 35-foot treat by constructing a 39-foot dessert this year. When it is finished, residents and families will eat it.

Olmsted County Human Rights Commission, Rochester City Hall, room 104, 201 Fourth St. S.E. 7 p.m.

Rochester Planning and Zoning Commission, city-county Government Center, council chambers, 151 Fourth St. S.E. 7 p.m.

THURSDAY

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Thursdays on First, First Avenue and Second Street Southwest, Rochester. 424-2866. 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Market and music festival every Thursday until Aug. 30. Entertainment, art, crafts and food.

Olmsted Soil and Water Conservation District board meeting, Government Center, board room, 151 Fourth St. S.E., Rochester. 8 a.m.

FRIDAY

Movies Under the Stars, Historic Stoppel Farmstead at Olmsted County History Center, 1195 West Circle Drive S.W., Rochester. 9:30 p.m. The History Center of Olmsted County presents "Breakfast at Tiffany’s" (1961). Bring chairs, blankets, etc. In case of rain, screening will be inside. Supported by Charter Communications, Hirmann Insurors and Think Federal Credit Union. Free. Call 282-9447 or visit www.olmstedhistory.com.

Trinity Youth Community Days rummage sale, Trinity Lutheran Church, 222 Sixth Ave. S.W., Rochester. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Furniture, toys, crafts, books, clothing and more. Also includes a car wash and a food stand from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Bethany United Methodist Women rummage sale, Bethany United Methodist Church, 1835 19th Ave. N.W., Rochester. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Proceeds support mission work.

Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park Interpretive Programs, Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park, 21899 County Road 118, Preston. (507) 937-3251. 9 p.m. "Owl Prowl." Hike and learn about owls. Bring a flashlight and good hiking shoes. Free; however, state park vehicle permit is required.

SATURDAY

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Chatfield Musical Garden Tour, Music Lending Library, 81 Library Lane, Chatfield. 867-3275. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Musical performances, Music Lending Library open house and tour. Proceeds benefit Chatfield Brass Band and Music Lending Library. For more information, call Music Lending Library at 867-3275, Theresa Hayden at 867-3449, or Mimi Seamens at 867-3462.

Downtown Farmers Market, Fourth Street and Fourth Avenue Southeast, Rochester. 273-8232. 7:30 a.m.-noon. Produce, meats, honey, cheeses, baked goods. Master gardeners on site.

Fern hike, Houston Nature Center, at the trailhead in Houston. 7 p.m. Dress in long pants because of ticks and bring bug dope to ward off mosquitoes.

Rochester Islamic Center open house, 17 N. Broadway, Rochester. 529-1478. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. No appointment required. Refreshments. The last Saturday every month. For information, call 529-1478 or e-mail askRIC@gmail.com.

Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park Interpretive Programs, Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park, 21899 County Road 118, Preston. (507) 937-3251. 10 a.m. "Bird Walk." Learn methods to identify birds. Bring binoculars and bird books if you have them. 9 p.m. "Bat Chat." Programs are free; however, a state park vehicle permit is required.

Blacksmithing demonstration, Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park, 21899 County Road 118, Preston. (507) 765-2785. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission: adults $5, seniors $4, children $3, younger than 6 free. State park vehicle permit required.

"Pursuing the Dream in America" pageant, New Life Church, 525 Beverly St., Wanamingo. 7:30 p.m. Part of Wanamingo’s sesquicentennial, the pageant is a narration of the history of the pursuit of freedom in America. Includes the history of Wanamingo, a Norwegian settlement established in 1857. All are welcome.

Rummage sale, Bethany United Methodist Church, 1835 19th Ave. N.W., Rochester. 8 a.m.-noon. Bag sale. Proceeds support mission work.

Moonlight paddle, Chester Woods Park, 8378 U.S. 14 E., Eyota. 287-2624. 8:45 p.m. Enjoy a paddle in the lake by the light of the moon. Bring watercraft and gear.

Trinity Youth Community Days rummage sale, Trinity Lutheran Church, 222 Sixth Ave. S.W., Rochester. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Furniture, toys, crafts, books, clothing and more. Also includes a car wash and a food stand from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

SUNDAY

Lutherans for Life, Redeemer Lutheran Church, 869 Seventh Ave. S.E., Rochester. 287-6885. 7 p.m. New Rochester Area Lutherans for Life, a pan-Lutheran organization whose mission is education on life issues. Call Sandy at 287-6885 for more information.

Stewartville Lions sesquicentennial Belgian waffle/sausage breakfast, Stewartville Civic Center, downtown Stewartville. All you can eat. Cost: $7 for adults, $4 for ages 12 and younger. Proceeds will support Lions projects.

A Fourth of July Conversation with Thomas Jefferson, First Unitarian Universalist, 1727 Walden Lane, Rochester. 282-5209. 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Tony Filipovitch, a professor at Minnesota State University-Mankato, portrays Thomas Jefferson and will read from Jefferson’s writings and respond to questions.

"Pursuing the Dream in America" pageant, New Life Church, 525 Beverly St., Wanamingo. 3 p.m. Part of Wanamingo’s sesquicentennial celebration, the pageant is a narration of the history of the pursuit of freedom in America. Includes the history of Wanamingo, a Norwegian settlement established in 1857. All are welcome.

JULY 3

Freedom Fest, Valley Christian Center, 610 Territorial Road, Spring Valley. 7 p.m. Fresh-cut watermelon, food vendors, dog-training shows, musical guest Harmony LaBeff and fireworks at 10:15 p.m. For information call (507) 346-2101 or visit www.vccassembly.org.

Elks bingo, Elks Lodge, Hillcrest Shopping Center, Rochester. 282-6702. 6:30 p.m. To support community youth programs. Public is welcome.

JULY 4

Smoked pork chop dinner, Selvig Park shelter, Main Avenue, Harmony. 886-2484. 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Harmony State Line United Methodist Church will serve grilled smoked pork chop, baked potato with topping, baked beans, bun, applesauce and beverage. Meal will be served in a carryout container.

Independence Day 1899, Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park, 21899 County Road 118, Preston. (507) 765-2785. Noon-4 p.m. Enjoy an Independence Day celebration with 19th-century flavor. Includes a reading of the Declaration of Independence, a brass band, food and refreshments, 1860s baseball. Admission: adults $5, seniors $4, children $3, younger than 6 free. State park vehicle permit required.

Wanamingo Cemetery Walk, Community Center, Main Street, Wanamingo. Part of Wanamingo’s sesquicentennial celebration. The walk includes three cemeteries: Emmanuel Lutheran (Aspelund), Trinity Lutheran and Wanamingo Lutheran. Costumed actors will portray Wanamingo settlers. Transportation provided. Meet at Community Center; first van leaves at 10 a.m. Free.

Rochester Royals Fourth of July Extravaganza, Mayo Field, 403 E. Center St., Rochester. 6 p.m. After the Royals vs. Blues game, fans are invited onto the outfield to see fireworks. Bring a lawn chair.

JULY 5

Thursdays on First, First Avenue and Second Street Southwest, Rochester. 424-2866. 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Market and music festival every Thursday until Aug. 30. Entertainment, art, crafts and food.

JULY 7

Downtown Farmers Market, Fourth Street and Fourth Avenue Southeast, Rochester. 273-8232. 7:30 a.m.-noon. Produce, meats, honey, cheeses, baked goods. Master gardeners on site.

Meadowlark Bird Watching Hike, Quarry Hill Nature Center, 701 Silver Creek Road N.E., Rochester. 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Join Zumbro Valley Audubon Society on a bird hike. Families and novices welcome. Binoculars available. Free.

Nature walk, Chester Woods Park, U.S. 14 East, between Rochester and Eyota. 9 a.m. Free and open to public; however, there is a fee to enter the park.

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