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Rochester calendar 7-22

TODAY

Human Rights Commission, city hall room 104, 201 Fourth St. S.E., Rochester. 7 p.m.

Rochester Planning and Zoning Commission, Government Center council chambers, 151 Fourth St. S.E. 7 p.m.-10 p.m.

THURSDAY

Somali people and customs, Rochester Senior Center, 121 N. Broadway. 287-1404. 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Somali program coordinator Abdalla Mursal conducts a presentation on Somalia, its people and their customs. Free, open to the public.

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Family Fun Night, Silver Lake Pool, Seventh Street Northeast, Rochester. 287-2260. 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Rochester Area Family Y Family Fun Night has an "Under the Sea" theme. Cost is $25 per family. Register by phone until the day before the event.

Homebuyer class, Community Housing Partnership, 2122 Campus Drive S.E., suite 100, Rochester. 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. To register call 328-7170. Fee is $25.

Wabasha Farmers Market, under the bridge, Wabasha. 4 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Produce, meats, baked items, canned items, jams, jellies, walnuts, perennials and bedding plants. Every Thursday through October.

Heritage House tours, Heritage House, 225 First Ave. N.W., Rochester. 1 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Former home of Timothy and Eliza Whiting, built in 1875, houses an extensive Victorian collection. Admission: $4 for adults, $3 for students and seniors.

Crohn’s and colitis patient education program, Kahler Grand Hotel, 20 Second Ave. S.W., Rochester. For information, call 888-694-8872.

FRIDAY

Meet Me Under The Bridge concert, Heritage Park, Main Street, Wabasha. 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Free concert featuring the music of the Barra Band. Sponsored by River Junctions Arts Council.

Riverboat Days, Main Street, Wabasha. (651) 565-4158. 5 p.m.-1 a.m. Music, beer tent, lighted boat parade.

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Viking Pride, four-person, big cup golf tournament, Oaks Country Club, Hayfield. (507) 477-3233. 10 a.m. $65 per person, $55 for members. Price includes 18 holes, cart rental, lunch, door prizes, contest prizes, Hey Days wristband for Saturday’s dance.

SATURDAY

Riverboat Days, Main Street, Wabasha. (651) 565-4158. Marketplace, music, beer tent, children’s activities, parade.

5K and 10K River Run/free 5K fitness walk, Saint Elizabeth’s Medical Center, 1200 W. Grant Blvd., Wabasha. (651) 565-0375. 8 a.m.-noon. All ages and abilities are welcome. Registration on race day begins at 6:45 a.m. Large trophies will be awarded to the top male and female runners. Refreshments following the race.

Springer spaniel rescue meet and greet, Rochester Feed and Country Store, 511 1/2 St. S.E. 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Fossil field trip, Whitewater State Park, Minnesota Highway. 74, near Elba. (507) 932-3007. 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Call the park for information.

Saturdays at Slatterly Music and Movies in the Park, Slatterly Park shelter, Rochester. 6:30 p.m.-11 p.m. Music by Titan the Screw followed by a movie.

Parks family benefit, Pine Island Pool & Pins, Pine Island. 5 p.m. Auction, raffle, prizes and music. $3 cover. Proceeds benefit two children, ages 10 and 13, who lost their father, Eugene Parks, in June.

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iQ Academy Minnesota open house, Ramada Hotel and Conference Center, 1517 16th St. S.W., Rochester. 10 a.m.-noon and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Learn about the open enrollment process and online education. Currently enrolling for the 2009-10 school year. Teachers and students will host the open house.

Rochester Mosque open house, Masjed AbuBakar, 17 N. Broadway, Rochester. (507) 253-6710. 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Meet Muslims and ask questions about Islam. Refreshments. Event scheduled the last Saturday every month. For information, call 253-6710 or e-mail Rochester.Mosque@gmail.com.

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

Naturalist’s choice, Chester Woods Park, 8378 U.S. 14 S.E., Eyota. 287-2624. 7 p.m. Meet at Kisrow Classroom in the campground.

Complimentary wine tasting, Post Town Winery, 1207 W. Frontage Road N.W., Byron. 251-1946. 2 p.m.-4 p.m. www.posttownwinery.com.

Baseball benefit for Dan "DJ" Shimek, Rochester Royals game, Mayo Field, Rochester. 6 p.m. DJ, 31, is battling tongue cancer. Includes a raffle for sports items and an auction for a Dodge Dakota pickup. Donations may also be made at Home Federal Savings.

Super Market Saturday, Oasis Church, 1815 38th St. N.W., Rochester. 289-8596. 10 a.m.-noon. In conjunction with Channel One Food Shelf.

SUNDAY

The Cruise, RCTC sports arena, Rochester. (507) 356-2862. 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Benefit motorcycle ride for the Ronald McDonald house. Registration from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at RCTC. Cost: $20 per rider. A 105-mile, four-stop ride through area communities. Live band and food at the event. Door prizes, silent auction and live auction items, raffle with $1,000 cash prize. Parade to the house at 5:30 p.m. Rain or shine.

GPS and Geocaching for Beginners, Whitewater State Park, Minnesota Highway 74, near Elba. (507) 932-3007. 10 a.m.-11 a.m. Call the park for information on this and other programs.

Old Fashioned church hymn sing, 13 miles north of Rochester, U.S. 63, South Troy. 4 p.m. Donations will be collected. Ice cream social to follow.

Sears House tours, home of Richard Sears, 305 N. Main, Stewartville. (507) 533-8128. 2 p.m.-5 p.m. Hosted by the Stewartville Area Historical Society.

TUESDAY

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.

Tuesdays with Toastmasters, Mayo Clinic, Gonda Building, room 2-160, 200 First St. S.W., Rochester. 285-9501. 7 a.m.-8 a.m. Toastmasters International provides public speaking and leadership training. Free, open to the public.

Rochester Public Utility Board, RPU Board Room, 4000 E. River Road N.E., Rochester. 4 p.m.-6 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 29

Camp Grand: Nature Sleuthing, Quarry Hill Nature Center, 701 Silver Creek Road N.E., Rochester. 281-6114. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. One-day camp for grandparents and grandchildren ages 4-8. Live animals, short hikes, collect animals in the prairie and pond, fish, cook lunch over an open fire and make a keepsake craft. Registration required. Cost per pair $45; $35 for Friends members.

Timberwolves basketball caravan, Rochester Area Family Y. 9 a.m.-10 a.m. Players from the Timberwolves, mascot Crunch and basketball activities. Open to the public.

Plummer House tours, 1091 Plummer Lane S.W., Rochester. Noon-6 p.m. Every Wednesday. Cost is $5 for people 12 and older; $3 for ages 6-11; free for kids 5 and younger. For information, call 328-2525.

THURSDAY, JULY 30

L.A.D.I.E.S Night Out, Sontes, 4 Third St. S.W., Rochester. 288-4703. 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Lead. Act. Discover. Inspire. Empower. Succeed. Join other women for socializing and information about how to get involved with Girl Scouts. Free appetizers, $3 wine tasting, door prizes.

Hot off the Press, Rochester Senior Center, 121 N. Broadway. 287-1404. 11 a.m.-noon. Guided tour of the Rochester Post-Bulletin. Tour is free but limited to the first 25 who register. Participants will meet in the front lobby of the Post-Bulletin prior to 11 a.m.

Wabasha Farmers Market, under the bridge, Wabasha. 4 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Produce, meats, baked items, canned items, jams, jellies, walnuts, perennials and bedding plants. Every Thursday through October.

Heritage House tours, Heritage House, 225 First Ave. N.W., Rochester. 1 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Former home of Timothy and Eliza Whiting, built in 1875, houses an extensive Victorian collection. Admission: $4 for adults, $3 for students and seniors.

FRIDAY, JULY 31

Art show opening, RJAC’s Down By The River Gallery, 119 Main St. E., Wabasha. 4 p.m.-6 p.m. Art of the River Valley Arts Guild will be on display. Wine and appetizers. Show is free and open noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays Aug. 1-23.

Meet Me Under The Bridge concert, Heritage Park, Main Street, Wabasha. 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Free concert featuring the music of the Floorbirds and the False Hearts. Sponsored by River Junctions Arts Council.

Dodge County Relay For Life, Dodge County Fairgrounds, Kasson. (507) 634-4183. 6 p.m.-6 a.m. Tree Huggers concert, 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. For more information, go to www.treehuggersmusic.com.

SATURDAY, AUG. 1

Free family day, Rochester Art Center, 40 Civic Center Drive S.E. 282-8629. 1 p.m.-4 p.m.

Backyard Ponds: Signs of a Healthy Ecosystem, Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center, 28097 Goodview Drive, Lanesboro. 1-888-800-9558. 3 p.m.-5 p.m. For adults and youths older than 15. Cost: $5 per person. Reservations required.

Classic Cars Cruise-In, Main Street, Pine Island. 5 p.m.-9 p.m.

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.

Bus trip to air show, Oshkosh, Wis. 282-4760. Round trip and admission: $70 per person. For more information, go to www.eaa100.org.

SUNDAY, AUG. 2

Ice cream social, Wilmington Lutheran Church, rural Caledonia. 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Barbecue, hot dog, coney dog, potato salad, baked beans, pie, ice cream coffee, milk and pop. Supplemental funds provided by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.

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