The Free Press, Mankato, MN

December 12, 2013

In Brief: Events and activities

The Mankato Free Press

---- — Upcoming Red Cross blood donation opportunities

The American Red Cross has issued an 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.

- 12:30-5:30 p.m., today, American Red Cross, 105 Homestead Drive, Mankato.

- 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Friday, American Red Cross, 105 Homestead Drive, Mankato.

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

- 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday, Scholarship America, 1 Scholarship Way, St. Peter.

- 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Blue Earth County Library, 100 E. Main St., Mankato.

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

Senior LinkAge Line looking for Volunteers

The Senior LinkAge Line: A One Stop Shop for Minnesota Seniors is looking for volunteers to help individuals to understand their Medicare benefits, supplemental insurance options and long-term care options.

People interested in volunteering will receive free training and become Certified Health Insurance Counselors.

Training will be available in Mankato January 2014. Volunteer times and schedules are flexible.

For more information, contact Sarah at 1-800-333-2433 ext. 82026.

Working Caregiver presentation

WASECA -- There will be an brief presentation for working caregivers from 6:30-7:30 p.m. today at the Courthouse East Annex, 307 N. State St., Waseca.

The presentation will include information on day respite care, the taking care of yourself program, transportation and support groups of your peers.

There will also be Christmas treats and door prizes.

Performer Michael Johnson at Gustavus

ST. PETER -- Singer, song-writer, storyteller and guitarist Michael Johnson will be performing at 8 p.m. Friday in the Bjorling Recital Hall of Gustavus Adolphus College.

Johnson will perform his favorites from his 45-year career and his newest release, "Moonlit Deja Vu." Johnson has toured internationally and recorded 18 albums, which include 10 hit singles and two No. 1 country songs of the year.

Tickets are available for $15 for adults and $12 for seniors, students and staff. Tickets for Gustavus students are free with a Gustavus ID.

Tickets available online at or by calling the ticket center at 507-933-7590. Any tickets remaining will go on sale one hour prior to the concert in Bjorling Recital Hall box office.

Learn about snow at Nature's Nook

MANKATO -- The Nature's Nook program The Science of Snow will be held 9-11 a.m. Friday and Saturday at Elk's Nature Center in Rasmussen Woods, 555 Stoltzman Raod.

Friday's program is designed for pre-school children and Saturday's for students through sixth grade. Come dressed for the weather and be ready to explore the winter beauty of Rasmussen Woods.

The program is free and open to the public.

For more information, call 507-389-5789.

Rock for Tots fundraiser

ST. PETER -- The Epislon Pi Alpha Fraternity out of Gustavus Adolphus College is sponsoring a Toys for Tots fundraiser starting at 5 p.m. Saturday at Patrick's On Third.

The event will start with a pulled pork sandwich dinner at 5 p.m. with music to follow at 7 p.m. Proceeds will be donated to Toys for Tots. Toys and cash donations will also be accepted.

For more information, call 507-931-9051.

Children's Chorus Winter Concert

ST. PETER -- The five choirs of the Mankato Children's Chorus present their annual winter concert at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Christ Chapel on the Gustavus Adolphus College campus.

Tickets are available at the door.

Christmas in the Village of Cleveland

CLEVELAND -- There will be Christmas activities starting at 10 a.m. Saturday in the township hall in Cleveland.

The event will feature vendors, horse-drawn carriage rides until 4 p.m., a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus and musical interludes from local groups.

For more information, contact Sharon at 507-931-5656.