The Free Press, Mankato, MN

September 20, 2013

In Brief: Upcoming events

The Mankato Free Press

---- — Solos and singles convention

WASECA -- Waseca area solo parents and singles is hosting its 45th annual National Solos and Singles convention today and Saturday.

There will be a dance both nights at 7:30 p.m. at the Waseca V.F.W.; at 9 a.m. Saturday there will be a delegates meeting with lunch.

For more information, call 507-390-1965.

Gustavus performance season opens

ST. PETER -- The new performance season at Gustavus Adolphus College will start with Johann Sebastian Bach's "Brandenburg Concerto No. 5" performed by a chamber ensemble comprised of Gustavus music faculty and their students at 7:30 p.m. today in the Jussi Bjorling Recital Hall.

The performance is free and open to the public.

Glow Run for Camp Sweet Life

MANKATO -- There will be a 5K Glow Run and Kids K fun run/walk to raise money for Camp Sweet Life at 7 p.m. Saturday at Sibley Park in Mankato.

Wear your best glowing, neon, flashing items to take part in glow fun. The kids K will start the event with the 5K immediately following. The event also includes Bounce House, kids actives and Mankato East DJ.

Registration for the event is $15 for adults and $10 for youth ages 17 and under. Registration includes a Glow-in-the-dark t-shirt and goodie bag while supplies last. To register go to Same day registration is availble from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

All funds go directly to Camp Sweet Life, a local non-profit serving the needs of youth with Type I Diabetes and their families.

Half-way to St. Paddy's Day

KILLKENNY -- The city of Killkenny will be hosting a Half-way to St. Paddy's Day celebration on Saturday.

The event will include a visit from a sitting mayor of Killkenny's sister city in Ireland, Killkenny City.

River Hills' Women's Weekend Show

MANKATO -- The River Hills Mall will be hosting a Women's Weekend show from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday (Sept 22).

There will be a variety of companies displaying and demonstrating products and services. Woman can consult with area professionals to get answers about beauty, decorating, fashion, nutrition and more.

The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, call 507-387-7469.

Animal rescue event Saturday at Bluff Park

MANKATO -- Faith, Hope and Forever Animal Rescue will be holding an event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in Bluff Park in North Mankato.

At the event you can meet animals that are available for adoption. There will also be a photo shoot fundraiser. Portraits are discounted if you donate much needed supplies such as leashes/collars, crates/pens, bedding, quality food, toys or money.

For more information, visit

Truman and Reta Wood Scholarship Dinner

MANKATO -- Minnesota State University will be hosting the 19th annual Truman and Reta Wood Scholarship Dinner starting at 5 p.m. Saturday in room 253 of Minnesota State University's Centennial Student Union.

The event starts with a 5 p.m. reception and dinner will start at 5:45 p.m.

The keynote speaker will be Stephanie Schriock, the president of the political action committee EMILY's List. EMILY's List is a national organization dedicated to electing pro-choice Democratic women to political office.

The event is open to the public. The cost of the event is $60 (of which $40 is a tax-deductible gift) or $20 for MSU students.

To register visit

Henderson's Heritage Days

HENDERSON -- Explore historic homes and buildings during this years Henderson Heritage Days from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

The theme of this year is "If Houses Could Talk." As such, tours of 10 historic Henderson sites will begin every half hour. The tour lasts about two hours.

There will be a vendor fair on Main Street, along with many food vendors.

For more information, visit

Gustavus alumni Andy Juhl performs at Bjorling

ST. PETER -- Musician, songwriter and Gustavus graduate Andy Juhl and his band the Bluestem Players will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Bjorling Recital Hall on the Gustavus campus.

Juhl plays both classic folk and folk rock music and currently has four CDs on the market with one more on the way.

The concert is open to the public and admission is free.