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Rochester calendar 6-9

TODAY

Rochester Friends of Education Community Celebration for District Achievers, Bear Creek Park, Rochester. 6:30 p.m. Open to the public.

AARP driver safety class, Pine Island Area Home Services, Pine Island. (507) 356-2999. 5:30 p.m. Eight-hour basic class. The course updates driving skills and qualifies people for a 10 percent discount on auto insurance. For additional classes, go to www.aarp.org/drive or call 1-866-231-0216.

Mantorville Farmers Market, Riverside Park, Mantorville. (507) 635-5814. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Produce, plants and flowers, baked goods and preserves, specialty and flea market items. Tuesdays through October.

Rochester Astronomy Club, Rochester Community and Technical College, 851 30th Ave. S.E. 250-2947. 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Program is "Father/Son Driveway Astrophotography." Go to www.rochesterskies.org for information or directions.

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WEDNESDAY

Bargain Blast, Bethesda Thrift Shop, 1550 Third Ave. S.E., Rochester. 292-0851. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Proceeds benefit people with developmental disabilities.

AARP driver safety class, Pine Island Area Home Services, Pine Island. (507) 356-2999. 5:30 p.m. Eight-hour basic class. The course updates driving skills and qualifies people for a 10 percent discount on auto insurance. For additional classes, go to www.aarp.org/drive or call 1-866-231-0216.

Family of Christ Vacation Bible School, 5823 Shetland Drive N.W., Rochester. 285-1635. Open to children 3 years old through fifth grade. Music, snacks, crafts, games. Call to register.

Oronoco Food Shelf, Presbyterian Church of Oronoco, 20 Third St. S.W., Oronoco. (507) 367-4711. 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Open to all Olmsted County residents needing groceries. No income guidelines. Operated under Channel One.

Brown Bag Bible study, Calvary Episcopal Church, Third Avenue and Second Street Southwest, Rochester. (507) 367-2353. Noon-1 p.m. Sponsored by Rochester Area Women’s Connection and Stonecroft Ministries.

Spanish conversation group, Rochester Public Library, meeting room A, 101 Second St. S.E. 288-6333. 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. All skill levels encouraged to attend, from beginner to native. Free admission. For more information, call or e-mail spangrp@gmail.com.

Rochester Civil War Roundtable, History Center of Olmsted County, 1195 W. Circle Drive S.W., Rochester. 282-0672. 7 p.m. Speaker is Bob Collins. Topic: "Custer."

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Coffee at the Princess Cafe, Olmsted County History Center, 1195 W. Circle Drive S.W., Rochester. 282-9447. 9 a.m. "Country Club Manor" by Paul Koeller. Free for members; nonmembers, $2.

Salad luncheon, Faith Lutheran Church, 308 Second St. N.W., Dodge Center. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Adults are $6, kids ages 6-12, $3.

Community Social Services Advisory Board, Library Room, 2116 Campus Drive S.E., Rochester. 7 a.m.

THURSDAY

Bargain Blast, Bethesda Thirft Shop, 1550 Third Ave. S.E., Rochester. 292-0851. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Proceeds benefit people with developmental disabilities.

Rochester Area Freethinkers meeting, Rochester Public Library meeting room A, 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.

Sons of Norway Kristiania Lodge 47 business meeting, Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 2124 Viola Road N.E., Rochester. 7 p.m. "Sami stories from under the midnight sun," with Maren Hinderlie.

Oasis Courtyard Series, Calvary Episcopal Church courtyard, Second Street and Third Avenue Southwest, Rochester. Noon-1 p.m. Annie Lawler and Wheel House. Concerts held every other Thursday.

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Family of Christ Vacation Bible School, 5823 Shetland Drive N.W., Rochester. 285-1635. Open to children 3 years old through fifth grade. Music, snacks, crafts, games. Call to register.

FRIDAY

Family Fun Day at Signal Hill, Signal Hill, 6301 Bandel Road N.W., Rochester. Noon-7 p.m. Free tours of the Fox 47 and KTTC studios from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Free bouncing at House of Bounce with the purchase of a classic car raffle ticket. Proceeds go to PossAbilities of Southern Minnesota.

Bargain Blast, Bethesda Thirft Shop, 1550 Third Ave. S.E., Rochester. 292-0851. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Proceeds benefit people with developmental disabilities.

Quilt show, Pine Island History Center, 314 N. Main, Pine Island. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Quilt show, log cabins.

Dinner and comedy club night, American Legion, Byron. (507) 775-6871. Dinner at 6 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m. Advance tickets $20 for dinner and show, $12 show only. At the door, tickets $25 and $15. Available from Legion or Legion members.

SATURDAY

Mayowood Family Festival, Mayowood Mansion, Rochester. 282-9447. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tickets $10, ages 13 and older; $7, ages 4-12; younger than 4, free. Advance tickets $1 less at Sargeant’s Nursery, Hunt Drug or history center. Parking at Autumn Ridge Church, shuttle to Mayowood.

Nature walk, Chester Woods Park, 8378 U.S. 14, Eyota. 287-2624. 9 a.m. See native and restored prairies, led by Ruthann and Nora. Meet at the boat ramp.

Quilt show, Pine Island History Center, 314 N. Main, Pine Island. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Quilt show, log cabins.

Rochester Downtown Farmers Market, Fourth Street and Fourth Avenue Southeast. 273-8232. 7:30 a.m.-noon. Produce, meats, plants and flowers, baked goods, eggs, preserves and specialty items. More information at rochesterdowntownfarmersmarket.org.

Autism: We All Fit Together, Rookies Sports Bar & Grill, Rochester. (507) 424-3234. Family fun from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. After 6 p.m., music and prize drawings for adults. Tickets $10, available at Rookies or Rochester Center for Autism site. Proceeds benefit Rochester Center for Autism.

Kenny Smith Memorial Horseshoe Tournament, outside the Hammond Bar, 15 minutes north of Rochester, Hammond. Noon. Includes silent auction, raffles, minnow races and toilet seat toss.

Bargain Blast, Bethesda Thirft Shop, 1550 Third Ave. S.E., Rochester. 292-0851. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Proceeds benefit people with developmental disabilities.

Wayne Vatland Memorial Truck Pull, Mable Steam Engine Grounds, Mabel. 6 p.m.-11 p.m. Free admission because of last year’s rain out. Donations accepted for the Wayne Vatland Scholarship Fund. Featuring the Fantasy Truck Pulling Association.

Group exercise event, Rochester Area Family Y, 287-2260. 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Burnin’ Muscle pump, jungle drums, steam rollers. T-shirts for sale at the Welcome Center for $10 to promote the event and $12 at the event. Free, open to the public. Child care available.

Royal Neighbors of America, Chapter 670 meeting, Fontaine Towers, Nelson room, 102 Second St. S.E., Rochester. 282-6269. 1 p.m.

Booker Mini Foundation Party on the Patio, Boomer’s Lounge, 3737 40th Ave. N.W., Rochester. (507) 424-3220. 6:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Proceeds benefit families dealing with life-threatening illnesses. Doors open at 5 p.m. For information, go to www.bookermini.org.

Fossil hunt, Houston Nature Center, 215 W. Plum St., Houston. (507) 896-4668. 7 p.m. Bring insect repellent and a small container for your fossil finds. Wear long pants and shoes that can get dirty. Free, open to the public.

Children’s zoo time, Oxbow Park, 5731 Olmsted County Road 105 N.W., Byron. (507) 775-2451. 10 a.m.

5K Ribbon Run/Walk, Pine Island High School (back parking lot), Pine Island. (507) 251-4318. 8:30 a.m.-noon. Registration forms on Rochester Track Club Web site. Same-day registration opens at 6:30 a.m. Proceeds go to breast cancer research, education, screening and treatment programs.

Rochester Community Band concert, Central Park, downtown Rochester. 282-4196. 3 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Guest performance by Chatfield Brass Band. Free.

Riding for Rover and Friends, North Star Bar, 503 N. Broadway, Rochester. 281-1667. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Motorcycle run to benefit Safe Haven Pet Rescue. Meet at the North Star Bar and leave at noon, return by 4 p.m. for door prizes. Food available. For more information, call Dona at 287-8561.

MENSA of SE MN meeting, Old Country Buffet, 1300 Salem Road S.W., Rochester. (507) 261-8606. 1:30 p.m.

Crazy polka night, Elks Lodge, Rochester. 5:30 p.m. Steak sandwiches, salad and dance, $8. Featuring Larry Rysavy’s band, music starts at 7:30 p.m.

’Til Death Do Us Part murder mystery party, Plummer House, Rochester. A fundraiser for Elder Network. Wine and dessert tastings. Performances at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Open to people 21 and older. Tickets $30, must be purchased in advance. Call 285-5272.

SUNDAY

Flag Day, Soldiers Field Memorial, Rochester. 3 p.m. Hosted by Elks Lodge 1091 with color guard members from VFW Post 1215 and American Legion Post 92.

Tour of the Sears House, 305 N. Main, sponsored by Stewartville Area Historical Society. 533-8128. 2 p.m.-5 p.m.

MacAttack 5K Run/3K Fun Walk, Silver Lake Swimming Pool, Seventh Street Northeast, Rochester. 3 p.m. Registration from 3 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. Preregistration: www.rochestertrackclub.com or 288-2851. Benefiting the Ronald McDonald House and Brighter Tomorrows.

Remembering and Celebrating Our Loved Ones, Seasons Hospice House, Rochester. 285-1930. 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Includes music, poetry and program with music therapist Julie Szamocki. Call to register or e-mail shbp@seasonshospice.org.

Quilt show, Pine Island History Center, 314 N. Main, Pine Island. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Quilt show, log cabins.

Tanya Burt fundraiser, International Event Center, 7333 Airport View Drive S.W., Rochester. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Bake sale, silent auction, chicken dinner. Tanya has lung cancer.

MONDAY

Remember the Ladies, Plummer House, Rochester. 7 p.m.-9 p.m. With author Catherine Clinton. Hors d’oeuvres and wine, book signing and auction. Admission $45, proceeds support the United Way/Imagination Library partnership.

Quilt show, Pine Island History Center, 314 N. Main, Pine Island. 8 a.m.-11 a.m. Quilt show, log cabins.

TUESDAY, JUNE 16

St. Paul Lutheran School fundraiser, Chatfield’s Homestyle Pizza, Chatfield. 867-3583. 5 p.m.-7:30 p.m. "Tip night" pizza buffet at Chatfield’s Homestyle Pizza. The school receives 10 percent of the proceeds, plus all tips.

AARP driver safety class, Pine Island Area Home Services, Pine Island. (507) 356-2999. 5:30 p.m. Four-hour refresher course. The course updates driving skills and qualifies people for a 10 percent discount on auto insurance. For additional classes, go to www.aarp.org/drive or call 1-866-231-0216.

AARP driver safety class, the Homestead at Rochester, 1900 Ballington Blvd. N.W., Rochester. 282-6822. 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Four-hour refresher class. The course updates driving skills and qualifies people for a 10 percent discount on auto insurance. For additional classes, go to www.aarp.org/drive or call 1-866-231-0216.

Mantorville Farmers Market, Riverside Park, Mantorville. (507) 635-5814. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Produce, plants and flowers, baked goods and preserves, specialty and flea market items. Tuesdays through October.

Power of the Purse luncheon and silent auction, Heritage Hall, Kahler Grand Hotel, Rochester. 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Hosted by the United Way of Olmsted County, Women’s Leadership Council. Admission is $40. To donate purses, contact berteotti@charter.net or kschott@carlsonwagonlit.com. Proceeds support the United Way/Imagination Library partnership.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 17

Morning Pride Lions Charity Golf Classic, Riverview Greens Golf Course, 1800 N.E. Clubhouse Drive, Stewartville. 286-8510. 12:30 p.m.-6 p.m. Proceeds go to Rochester Senior Center. 18 holes of golf with cart, Outback sirloin steak dinner, prizes. Cost is $75 per golfer.

Brown Bag Bible Study, Calvary Episcopal Church, Third Avenue and Second Street Southwest, Rochester. (507) 367-2353. Noon-1 p.m. Sponsored by Rochester Area Women’s Connection and Stonecroft Ministries.

Golf tournament, Willow Creek Golf Course, Rochester. 282-5227. 11:30 a.m. Sponsored by Rochester Chapter of American Business Women’s Association. Dinner, awards and prizes follow the tournament. Proceeds support scholarship and professional development. Fee is $75 per golfer, call or e-mail j.bdecker@earthlink.net for more information.

Gopher count, Viola. (507) 545-2766. 6 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Alcohol-free family night. Events include a 5K family run/walk at 6:15 p.m.; talent show, 7 p.m.-9 p.m.; food stand and air inflatables open until dark; fireworks at dusk. In case of rain, the fireworks will be Thursday.

Pioneer dinner, United Methodist Church, 200 N. Main St., Pine Island. 6 p.m. Dinner is $10 and includes venison stroganoff, venison sticks, deer sausage, cheese, or chicken dinner, and dessert. Presentations by Civil War era notables Harriet Beecher Stowe, Horace Greeley and presidents Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses S. Grant. Tickets available at the church 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday through Friday. Proceeds benefit Women’s Advisory Board and the Red Bird Mission Trip.

SATURDAY, JUNE 20

Rochesterfest animal feedings, Oxbow Park, 5731 Olmsted County Road 105 N.W., Byron. 775-2451. 10 a.m. Bear at 10 a.m., otters at 1 p.m., raptors at 3 p.m.

Book Discussion: "Those Wonderful ECK Masters," Rochester Public Library, 101 Second St. S.E. 328-2300. 11 a.m. The book is based on Eckankar, the religion of the light and sound of God. For information call 1-800-717-0371.

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