The Free Press, Mankato, MN

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August 1, 2013

In brief: Area events and notices

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 appleal 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.

- 8 a.m.-2 p.m., today, River's Edge Hospital & Clinic, 1900 N. Sunrise Drive, St. Peter.

- 12-5 p.m., today, Snell Motors, 1900 Madison Ave., Mankato.

- 2-7 p.m., today, River's Edge Hospital & Clinic, 1900 N. Sunrise Drive, St. Peter.

- 12:30-6:30 p.m., Monday, Christ the King Lutheran Church, 222 Pfau St., Mankato.

- 1-6 p.m., Wednesday, City Hall, 203 Broadway Ave. North, New Richland.

Minnesota Zoo zoomobile

NORTH MANKATO -- The Minnesota Zoo's zoomobile will be in North Mankato at 10 a.m., Wednesday (July 31) at the Taylor Library, 1001 Belgrade Ave.

The zoomobile is open to ages 4 and up.

For more information, call 507-345-5120.

Playing card artistry and drawing room conjuring

ST. PETER -- Join Michael Callahan and explore the the illusions and the way magicians have been exploiting blind spots in our brains for the last 100 years at 8:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday at the historic Cox House, 500 N. Washington Ave.

There will also be a bonus show at 11 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $10 at the door.

The Noteables perform in Giant Days

LE SUEUR -- The Noteables, an area community singing group, will be repeating their spring concert as part of Le Sueur's Giant Celebration at 7 p.m. Friday in the Le Sueur middle/high school auditorium, 901 Ferry St..

The program features songs from Broadway-turned-movie hits and more.

For more information, call 507-665-6688.

Fort Ridgely interpretive programs

Fort Ridgely State Park will offer two educational programs on Friday.

First, at 4 p.m, a park naturalist will show kids how to use a digital camera and shoot photos of what interests them at the upper picnic area next to the historic fort. Digital cameras are provided and the kids will be able to print one photo to take with them. There is a limit of 20 kids, ages 8 or older, and must be accompanied by an adult; sign-up is required at the park office.

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