The Free Press, Mankato, MN

August 29, 2013

In brief: Upcoming events and activities


The Mankato Free Press

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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.

- 1-6 p.m., today, Scheel's, 1850 Adams St., Suite 6, Mankato.

- 1:30-7:30 p.m., today, Gibbon Community Center, 100 Park Drive, Gibbon.

- 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Friday, Christian Assembly Church, 900 14th Ave. S.E., Waseca.

- 1-7 p.m., Tuesday, Eagles Orchid Inn, 500 Burnside St. S.E., Sleepy Eye.

- 1-7 p.m., Tuesday, Redeemer Lutheran Chruch, 700 S. Broadway, New Ulm.

- 1-7 p.m., Wednesday, St. Ann's Parish Center, 307 W. Second St., Janesville.

- 1-7 p.m., Wednesday, Vogel Fieldhouse, 122 S. Garden St., New Ulm.

Furniture and woodworking exhibit

WASECA -- Furniture-maker Mark Buley is concluding his exhibit of furniture and woodworking on display at the Waseca Arts Center, 200 State St. N.

The exhibit included a variety of furniture made from various North American hardwoods, pine and fir, and rice paper from Japan.

Buley is a former resident of Waseca and was involved in forming the Waseca Arts Council.

An end-of-show reception is planned for Friday, featuring extended gallery hours and a concert by The Cactus Blossoms. The band will be playing from 6-7 p.m. in the Art Center auditorium. Tickets for the concert are $10 and are available at the Waseca Art Center

Artists sought for Art Exhibition

ST. PETER -- Artists may submit their original work for the 21st Annual Prairie Lakes Regional Juried Art Exhibition from 3-6 p.m. Wednesday at the Arts Center of Saint Peter, 315 S. Minnesota Ave.

Two-dimensional work may be submitted, however no three-dimensional work. Participation is open to all artists ages 16 and over residing in the nine-county area.

A $10 free per entry will be charged for participation, with a limit of 2 works per artist. More than 60 pieces of art from local artists will be on display from Sept. 13-Oct. 19.

The regional exhibition provides cash awards of $1,300, ranging from $200 to first place down to $50 to 11 certificates of merit.

Artists may go to the Prairie Lakes website, www.plrac.org and print off the Entry form or call at 1-800-298-1254.

CASTLE kickoff and book discussion

NEW ULM -- Community and Seniors Together Learning Environment (CASTLE) will be hosting a kick-off mixer and book discussion starting at 5:30 p.m. today at the New Ulm Public Library, 17 N. Broadway.

The mixer starts at 5:30 p.m. to celebrate CASTLE's second year. At 6 p.m. there will be a book discussion of "Ordinary Grace" by William Kent Krueger lead by a CASTLE instructor. Books can be checked out at the Library or can be purchased at a discount for CASTLE members from Sven and Ole's Bookstore.

Both events are free and no registration is required.

For more information, call 507-354-3212.

Minnesota Valley Gem and Mineral Club meeting

MANKATO -- The Minnesota Valley Gem and Mineral Club will meet at 6:45 p.m. today at Ford Hall on the MSU Campus.

During this meeting there will be a program where Steven Losh will provide a guided tour of the Rock Garden at MSU.

Story Time with Hubbard Girls

MANKATO -- The last Story Time with the Hubbard Girls of the summer will take place from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Friday at the Historic R.D. Hubbard House, 606 S. Broad St.

Story Time is free. For more information, call 507-345-5566 or visit www.bechshistory.com.

Also, the Hubbard House will be changing its hours for the month of September.

The new hours will be 1-4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Admission is $5 for adults, $2 for children 5-17 and children under 5 as well as Blue Earth County Historical Society members are free.

Fort Ridgely State Park programs

Fort Ridgely will be hosting a program about wild edibles at 7 p.m. Friday in the parking lot of the creek picnic area.

People eat wild edibles for various reasons including cutting down on food costs, as an excellent source of vitamins and minerals and in rare situations they can be needed for survival. This program will talk about the more recognizable plants growing in the area.

Minneopa State Park programs

Minneopa State Park will be hosting several programs on Saturday.

Join a high-tech treasure hunt during Geocaching 101 at 3 p.m. at the picnic area on the campground side. GPS units are provided and there will be a chance to test out your GPS skill on critter activity before going out into the park. There is a limit of 20 people, and participants must be 8 years of age and children must be accompanied by an adult. Sign up at the park office.

Learn about plants you can eat during a presentation on wild edibles at 7 p.m at the picnic area on the campground side. This program will talk about the more recognizable plants growing in the area.

Finally, a night hike will be held at 9 p.m., starting in the parking lot on the gravel road about halfway to Seppmann Windmill on the north side.

Lonesome Ron at Hakin Store

NEW ULM -- Lonesome Ron will perform western music in story and song from 1-4 p.m. Sunday at the Harkin Store, 66250 County Road 21.

The store will also be open on Labor Day from 10 to 5 p.m. After Labor Day, the store is open Saturday and Sundays.

For more information, call 507-354-8666 or 507934-2160.

Flandrau State Park programs

Flandrau State Park will be hosting several programs on Sunday.

Join a high-tech treasure hunt during Geocaching 101 at 4 p.m. at the playground on the Day Use Area near the swimming pond. GPS units are provided and there will be a chance to test out your GPS skill on critter activity before going out into the park. There is a limit of 20 people, participants must be 8 years of age and children must be accompanied by an adult. Sign up at the park office.

Find out what lives in the river at 7 p.m. at the playground on the Day Use Area near the swimming pond. Learn about how the fishery in the Minnesota River Basin is doing, and learn about some of the interesting fish that live in the river.

Finally, a night hike will be held at 9 p.m. Participants should meet at the playground at the Day Use Area near the swimming pond.