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Rochester calendar 7-3

TODAY

Freedom Fest, Valley Christian Center, 610 Territorial Road, Spring Valley. (507) 346-2101. 6 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Musical guests are Greg and Janna Long of the group Avalon. Food vendors, games, fireworks. Free admission.

The traveling tomb of the unknown soldier, Peace Plaza, First Avenue and First Street Southwest, Rochester. The memorial and a caisson will arrive at noon and be on display until noon Sunday. Day and night, rain or shine. July 4 program on Saturday includes wreath laying and a speaker from the Old Guard.

Cannon Valley Fair, Cannon Falls. Admission to the fairgrounds is $2 a day (free for children younger than 5) and free parking.

Theilman street dance, outside of Roy’s Tavern, 189 Zumbro St., Theilman. 7 p.m.-1 a.m., rain or shine. Bear Creek Band; opening act will be Jim and the Country Lads. Proceeds go toward renovating the Theilman Opera House.

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SATURDAY

Old-fashioned Fourth of July, Mantorville. (507) 398-4853. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Buggy show, fiddlers jamboreee, pie contest and auction, picnic contest, dancing, children’s activities, displays, vendors.

Fourth of July fireworks, Silver Lake Park area, Rochester. 424-1721. 9:30 p.m.-11 p.m. Bring a nonperishable food item for Channel One.

Fourth of July kids parade, Christ United Methodist Church parking lot, 400 Fifth Ave. S.W., Rochester. Noon.-2 p.m. Kids should decorate bikes and wagons red, white and blue. The route will be east on Fourth Street Southwest and north on First Avenue Southwest, ending at the Peace Plaza, where food, games, prizes, face painting, arts and crafts will be available. Guest is Mayor Ardell Brede. Mascots Slider, Goldy, Sparky and McGruff. Register online.

The traveling tomb of the unknown soldier, Peace Plaza, First Avenue and First Street Southwest, Rochester. The memorial and a caisson will be on display until noon Sunday. Day and night, rain or shine. July 4 program on Saturday includes wreath laying and a speaker from the Old Guard.

Meadowlark bird hike, Quarry Hill Nature Center, 701 Silver Creek Road N.E., Rochester. 328-3950. 9 a.m. Join members of the Zumbro Valley Audubon Society. Binoculars available at the nature center. Free, open to the public. Families and novices welcome.

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.

Theilman street dance, outside of Roy’s Tavern, 189 Zumbro St., Theilman. 7 p.m.-1 a.m., rain or shine. Bear Creek Band; opening act will be Jim and the Country Lads. Proceeds go toward renovating the Theilman Opera House.

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Car show, Hammond. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Call Merlin Adler for information, 753-4088.

Cannon Valley Fair, Cannon Falls. Admission to the fairgrounds is $2 a day (free for children younger than 5) and free parking.

Grace Lutheran Church concession stand, church parking lot, 800 E. Silver Lake Drive N.E., Rochester. Proceeds support the Reaching Out Missions Program and the Grace Youth Group.

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

Smoked pork chop dinner, Selvig Park shelter, 65 Main Ave. S., Harmony. (507) 886-2484. 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Includes baked potato with topping, baked beans, roll, applesauce and beverage. Served in a carryout container. $8.50 for adults and $5.50 for children younger than 12.

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

SUNDAY

Bird Sunday, Quarry Hill Nature Center, 701 Silver Creek Road N.E., Rochester. 281-6114. 1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Weather permitting, net, trap, band and release song birds. Cost: $2 adults, $1 youth.

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Cannon Valley Fair, Cannon Falls. Admission to the fairgrounds is $2 per day (free for children younger than 5) and free parking.

The traveling tomb of the unknown soldier, Downtown Peace Plaza, First Avenue and First Street Southwest, Rochester. On display until noon.

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.

MONDAY

Covered Bridge Farmers Market, Covered Bridge Park, North Main/Highway 58, Zumbrota. (507) 824-1228. Noon-6 p.m. Every Monday. Produce, plants, baked goods, handmade crafts.

TUESDAY

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 until 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.

WEDNESDAY

Coffee at the Princess Cafe, Olmsted County History Center, 1195 W. Circle Drive S.W., Rochester. 282-9447. 9 a.m. "Music in Rochester" by Willard Johnson. Free for historical society members; $2 for nonmembers.

Journey Back: A Past Life Experience, Zumbrota Public Library, 100 West Ave., Zumbrota. 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m. With psychic medium Heather Allen.

Spanish Conversation Group, Rochester Public Library, meeting room a, 101 Second St. S.E. 288-6333. 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Free; all skill levels welcome. For more information call or e-mail spangrp@gmail.com.

THURSDAY

Garden tour, Rochester Senior Center, 121 N. Broadway. 287-1404. 3 p.m.-7 p.m. Includes commercial greenhouses and private gardens. $5 fee for senior center members and $10 for nonmembers is suggested. Maps distributed at the time of reservation.

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.

Rochester Area Freethinkers meeting, Rochester Public Library 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.

FRIDAY, JULY 10

Cancer Prevention Study-3, Relay for Life of Olmsted County, RCTC track & field, Rochester. 1-888-604-5888. 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Participants must be between 30 and 65 years old, never been diagnosed with cancer and willing to make a long-term commitment.

Charter House sidewalk sale, Charter House, 211 Second St. N.W., Rochester. 266-8572. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Benefits Quarry Hill and Senior Citizens Center. Clothing, furniture, baked goods, plants, books, household items, raffle.

Relay for Life Olmsted County 2009, University Center Rochester, 851 30th Avenue S.E., Rochester. (507) 424-4616. 6 p.m.-7 a.m. Overnight relay against cancer. Includes a celebration of cancer survivors and a luminaria ceremony at dusk.

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.

SATURDAY, JULY 11

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

Garden Walk in the Country, Michael and Julie Enright, 406 Fifth St. N.E., Hayfield. (507) 477-2645. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Visit six gardens. Tickets $5, may be purchased the day of the tour at the Enright garden. To ride the free bus leaving Citizens State Bank at 8 a.m., contact the bank to reserve a seat.

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.

Nature walk, Chester Woods Park, 8378 U.S. 14 S.E., Eyota. 287-2624. 9 a.m. Led by Jim Peterson; meet at the boat ramp.

Moonlight paddle, Chester Woods Park, 8378 U.S. 14 S.E., Eyota. 287-2624. 8:45 p.m. Bring your own canoe, kayak or paddleboat and gear. Life preservers must be worn; no paddle if there are storms; meet at the boat ramp.

Feed the Critters, Oxbow Park, 5731 County Road 105 N.W., Byron. (507) 775-2451. 3 p.m.

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

Castles and Crowns vacation Bible school, Slatterly Park, 8 1/2 St. and 13th Ave. S.E., Rochester. 282-8608. 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Singing, drama, crafts, games and snacks. Saturday mornings only. Free. For children 5-12 years old. To register, go to slatterlyvbs.shutterfly.com.

Johnsburg sesquicentennial, St. John's Church, Johnsburg. (507) 438-2850. Cemetery walk at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., historical and antique Farm machinery display from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Freunds Store, and 7 p.m. Mass with Bishop John Quinn.

Deer antler scoring demonstration, Houston Nature Center, West Plum Street, Houston. (507) 896-4668. 7 p.m. Official measurer Craig Pierce will show how a rack is scored. Free; open to the public; donations accepted.

Relay for Life pancake breakfast, Legion Hall, Main Street, Mazeppa. (507) 843-4060. 6 a.m.-11 a.m. To benefit the Relay for Life cancer fundraiser.

SUNDAY, JULY 12

Red Wing garden tour, Container Garden at the Arts Association Depot Gallery, 418 Levee St., Red Wing. (651) 388-7569. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tour six gardens. Tickets $10 per person, available at Red Wing Arts Association and area merchants.

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.

MONDAY, JULY 13

Pink Ribbon Challenge golf benefit, Somerby Golf Course, Byron. 288-3888. 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Tournament to benefit the Pink Ribbon Challenge and the Police Athletics League. 4-Person Best Shot, silent auction, dinner and prizes. Benefits Saint Elizabeth’s Medical Center’s digital mammography.

Covered Bridge Farmers Market, Covered Bridge Park, North Main/Highway 58, Zumbrota. (507) 824-1228. Noon-6 p.m. Every Monday. Produce, plants, baked goods, handmade crafts, misc.

Women On Wheels chapter meeting, Mr. Pizza North, 4040 28th St. N.W., Rochester. 272-2469. 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m. National organization for women motorcyclists.

Gift of Life golf tournament, Rochester Golf and Country Club, 3100 Country Club Road W. 288-7470. 12:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Cost to play is $200 and includes greens fees, golf shirts, cart, locker room, and dinner; $40 just for dinner.

A Summer Suess Theatre Workshop, 5930 Bandel Road N.W., Rochester. 1 p.m.-3 p.m. For children 5-10 years old. Suggested donation is $60; includes a ticket to "Suessical." To register, call 252-4714 or e-mail info@northlandwords.org.

TUESDAY, JULY 14

Rochester Area Women’s Connection luncheon, Holiday Inn South, 1630 S. Broadway, Rochester. 11:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Speaker and profile of the Rochester Better Chance Foundation. Cost is $10. For reservations, call Sandi at 529-3672.

A Summer Suess Theatre Workshop, 5930 Bandel Road N.W., Rochester. 1 p.m.-3 p.m. For children 5-10 years old. Suggested donation is $60; includes a ticket to "Suessical." To register, call 252-4714 or e-mail info@northlandwords.org.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 15

A Summer Suess Theatre Workshop, 5930 Bandel Road N.W., Rochester. 1 p.m.-3 p.m. For children 5-10 years old. Suggested donation is $60; includes a ticket to "Suessical." To register, call 252-4714 or e-mail info@northlandwords.org.

THURSDAY, JULY 16

Samaritan Bethany Golf Classic, Willow Creek Golf Course, 1700 48th St. S.W., Rochester. (507) 424-4034. Noon-9 p.m. Registration at noon, shotgun start at 1 p.m. $125 per golfer, banquet at approximately 7 p.m.

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.

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