The festival was initially a St. Peter Ambassadors' fundraiser. It's now embraced by the city's business community and organizations. Mayer said Oktoberfest proceeds may be used for various projects in town — the Minnesota Square Park pavillion and a war memorial for the town's veterans.
Mayer has been a main force behind the town's annual St. Patrick's Day party in March. He won't fret if the new Deutsch-flavored festival's popularity starts to rival the Irish celebration.
"I'm half-German," said Mayer, the owner of the Irish pub Patrick's.
Minnesota Valley Gem and Mineral Club meeting
MANKATO -- The Minnesota Valley Gem and Mineral Club will be holding its next meeting at 6:30 p.m. today in the meeting room at the Eagles Club, 708 N. Riverfront Drive.
The program will include show and tell where members will bring in a rock, gem or mineral find from the summer.
Visitors are welcome.
Mankato Area Lifelong Learners program
MANKATO -- The Mankato Area Lifelong Learners will present "Frac Sand Mining — Its Ultimate Use" from 2-4 p.m. today at the Snell Community Room, 1900 Madison Ave.
Mayo Clinic Health System offering grief seminar
MANKATO -- The Mayo Clinic Health System will present "Understanding Children's Grief," an educational seminar from 6-7:30 p.m. today at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 222 Pfau St.
The seminar is for parents, grandparents or any concerned adult interested in understanding children's grief. Presenters will describe some common emotional, physical, social and spiritual responses children have when dealing with loss.
The seminar is free but preregistration is required and accepted until the day of the event.
For more information or to register, call the hospice office at 507-385-2989.
Hanel hosting book signing in Waseca
WASECA — Rachael Hanel will hold a book signing 10-11:30 a.m. on Saturday at the Waseca Art Center, 200 State St.