The Free Press, Mankato, MN

August 1, 2013

In brief: Area events and notices

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 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.

Secondly, at 7 p.m., the naturalist will talk about some of the wild animals that can be found at Fort Ridgely State Park at the creek picnic area by the campgrounds.

The Big Latch On event

MANKATO -- To celebrate World Breastfeeding Week there will be a Big Latch On event taking place at 10:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday in Sibley Park, shelter 4.

The event is to raise awareness of the benefits of breastfeeding and the need for global support.

Big Latch On is a global event that started in New Zealand in 2005 and was first introduced to the states in 2010. Last year, 8,862 children were counted breastfeeding as part of the Global Big Latch On event.

For more information, visit

Program on Milford Settlers Saturday

Local historians will look at the first German settlers in New Ulm and Milford Township at 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Fort Ridgely State Historic Site.

Some call these settlers land theives, and some say their settlement on Dakota land is what started the Dakota War of 1862. John LaBatte and Richard Runck will take a look at some of the facts.

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

For more information, call 507-426-7888.

Minneopa State Park interpretive programs

Minneopa State Park will host an educational program at 7 p.m. on Saturday at the picnic area on the campground side.

This program will include discussion of the wolf and some of the more interesting characteristics and how they have managed to resist extinction.

History lesson on the Green Giant

LE SUEUR -- Learn the history of the Jolly Green Giant and the company that made Le Sueur known from 1-5 p.m. Saturday at the Le Sueur Museum, 709 N. Second St.

A green Giant retiree will talk to visitors and explain the company's story as well as answer questions.

Waldorf Days begins Saturday

WALDORF -- Waldorf is hosting Waldorf Days on Saturday.

Events include tractor and car show, burn out contest, the Elm Creek Cowboys Theatre Company, parade, street dance and a social hour with dinner and entertainment at the community center.

For more information, call 507-795-0001.

West Newton Day on Sunday

NEW ULM -- The 34th West Newton Day celebration will be held 1-4 p.m. Sunday at the Harkin Store, 66250 County Road 21.

The annual West Newton Day is an event that celebrates the heritage of the Minnesota settlement of West Newton that existed halfway between New Ulm and Fort Ridgely from 1856 to 1901.

The event will feature historical photographs as well as the history of the Alexander Harkin family who founded the Harkin Store.

For more information, call 507-354-8666 or 507-934-2160.

Quilting guild show in Waseca

WASECA -- The "Stitchers in Time Quilt Guild" show will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Waseca County Historical Museum, 315 NE Second Ave.

The show continues to run for the month of August and will be open during normal business hours Tuesday through Friday. Admission is free.

For more information, call 835-7700.

Waseca garden walk

WASECA -- The Waseca Garden Club will be hosting a Garden Walk from 1-5 p.m. Sunday.

The event is free. Maps for the self-guided tour of seven gardens are available at 315 second Ave. NE. on the day of tour.

For more information, call 507-461-1222.

Annual Y's Club corn roast

MANKATO -- Mankato Y's Club, along with Hot 96.7 and New Country 93.1, are sponsoring their 55th annual corn roast from 4:30-7 p.m. Monday at Mankato West High School.

The event will include fresh Anderson corn on the cob, hot dogs, pop, ice cream, fun and games.

Cost is $7 for adults and $4 for children ages 12 and under.

The corn roast raises money for summer camp scholarships and other youth programs through the Mankato YMCA.