The Free Press, Mankato, MN

August 15, 2013

In Brief: Upcoming events and activities

The Mankato Free Press

---- — Upcoming Red Cross blood donation opportunities

The American Red Cross urgently needs donors to help boost the blood supply following the Independence Day holiday.

The organization has issued an emergency appeal for blood donors of all blood types, and those with O negative, B negative and A negative blood are especially encouraged to give. There is a critical need for platelet donors as well.

- 1-7 p.m., Monday, Minnesota New Country School, 210 Main St., Henderson.

- 2-7 p.m., Monday, Epiphany Lutheran Church, 605 Parkway Ave., Eagle Lake.

- 1-7 p.m., Tuesday, American Legion Hall, 97 S. Park Ave., Le Center.

- 1:30-7:30 p.m., Tuesday, American Legion Hall, 715 Third St., Nicollet.

Driver Improvement Program

The Minnesota Highway Safety Center will be offering a Driver Improvement Course for persons ages 55 and older.

Those who complete the initial eight hours of training and a four-hour refresher every three years receive and maintain a 10 percent discount on their auto insurance.

A Minnesota Highway Safety and Research Center certified instructor teaches this course utilizing the most up to date research in the field.

The fee for the four hour refresher course is $20 and the eight hour course is $24.

For more information or to register, visit or call toll free 1-888-234-1294.

The time, date and location of the courses are:

Four-hour refresher:

- 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., today, Lake Crystal Welcome Memorial H.S., 607 Knights Lane -- Hwy 20 and 60, Lake Crystal.

- 5:30-9:30 p.m., Monday, Roosevelt School - Com. Ed., 122 E. McKinley St., Owatonna.

Eight-hour first-time course:

- 5:30-9:30 p.m., Monday and Tuesday, Crossview Covenant Church, 2000 W. Howard Drive, North Mankato.

Weight-loss program in St. Peter

ST. PETER -- There will be a free class introducing the Healthy Transformation Weight Loss Program starting at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Cornerstone Wellness Center, 220 W. Broadway, St. Peter.

The class will discuss eating plans, basic exercise and science-based nutrition.

For more information, call 507-934-4850.

Fort Ridgely State Park programs

Fort Ridgely State Park will be holding two programs on Friday.

First at 3 p.m., the park will be hosting a Archery class. This program covers the basics of archery including safety, proper care of the equipment and how to shoot .

Then at 7 p.m., there will be a program on macroinvertebrates, which are aquatic bugs that we can see with our eye and live in the rivers, lakes and wetlands. This program will have people collect and identify samples from the creek.

Visitors for both programs should meet at the creek picnic area by the campground.

Woodcarvers and Quilt Expo

BLUE EARTH -- Blue Earth will welcome carvers and quilters to the 30th Annual Woodcarvers and Quilt Expo Friday through Sunday at the Unity Hall at Blue Earth Area High School, 1125 N Grove St.

Hundreds of woodcarvings and quilts will be on display and there will be programs running through out all three days. Programs include: Hand Quilting, Domestic Machine Quilting, Roman Stripe Blocks, Tee-Shirt Necklaces, Flying Geese Ruler, Use-Your-Stash Pineapple Blocks and more.

The hours of the Expo are 4-8 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday and noon-4 p.m. on Sunday.

Admission is $4 for adults and children 12 and under are free. A three-day pass is $6.

An opening night reception is scheduled for 5:30-7 p.m. Friday.

For more information, contact event chair Mike Ellingsen at 507-526-5808.

Minneopa State Park programs

Minneopa State Park will be holding three programs on Saturday.

Starting at 1 p.m., people can learn about dragonflies. Dragonflies eat mosquitoes and this program will talk about their life-cycle and will feature a hike around the wetlands to see if some can be captured.

At 3 p.m., the park will be hosting an archery class. This program covers the basics of archery including safety, proper care of the equipment and how to shoot .

Then at 7 p.m., there will be a program about how the river's fishery. The program will look at how the fishery has improved the number of fish in the river as well as have people looking at some of the more interesting fish that live in the Minnesota River.

Visitors for all programs should meet at the picnic area on the campground side of the park.

Causes of the U.S.-Dakota War

Join Historian John LaBatte as he examines the reasons behind the conflict at 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Fort Ridgely.

After the program there will be a battlefield tour at 2:30 p.m.

Admission is $5, or free for Minnesota or Nicollet County Historical Society Memebers. A state park vehicle sticker is required for all.

For more information, please call 507-426-7888.

Magic Medicine Show

MANKATO -- Watch a traveling medicine show of the early 1900s at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday at the Historic R.D. Hubbard House, 606 S. Broad St.

The show will have an emphasis on Kickapoo Sagwa Remedy history. There will be different activites between the shows.

The event is free and open to the public. Tours of the Historic Hubbard House are available at regular admission prices.

For more information, call 507-345-5566.

Benefit for Christina Dunn

MANKATO -- There will be a benefit dinner for Christina Dunn from noon-6 p.m. Saturday at Buster's Sport Bar and Grill, 1325 Madison Ave.

The event will feature an all you can eat hog roast and sides, live music, bean bag tournament, bar olympics, silent auction and kid's activies.

Christina Dunn suffers from endometriosis, polycystic ovarian disease, ovarian remnant syndrome, hyperthyroidism and the numerous medical complications they have caused.

Cost is $10 a plate for adults and $5 for children ages 10 and under.