Blood donation opportunities

The American Red Cross needs donors to help boost the blood supply.

The organization 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.

The Red Cross has introduced RapidPass online health history system. RapidPass allows donors to complete pre-donation reading and health history questions online from the convenience of a home computer.

To get RapidPass on the day of a blood donation, donors should visit www.redcrossblood.org/rapidpass, complete questions and then print their RapidPass or show it on a mobile device when they come to donate.

Upcoming opportunities include:

■12:30-6:30 p.m., Feb. 18, today, Butterfield High School, 440 Hubbard Ave., Butterfield.

■12-6 p.m., Feb. 19, Friday, Trinity Lutheran Church, 511 S. Fifth St., St. Peter.

■12-6 p.m., Feb. 22, Monday, American Legion, 700 S. State St., Waseca.

■1-7 p.m., Feb. 22, Monday, Tanker Bay Sports Bar, 102 N. Carver St., Winthrop.

■ 12-5 p.m., Feb. 22, Monday, St. John Lutheran Home, 201 S. County Road 5, Springfield.

■11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Feb. 23, Tuesday, Blue Earth County Library, 100 E. Main St., Mankato.

■12:30-6:30 p.m., Feb. 24, Wednesday, St. Clair High School, 121 W. Main St., Saint Clair.

■11 a.m.-4 p.m., Feb. 24, Wednesday, Truman High School, 401 E. First St. S., Truman.

Bunny Just Piano Festival to be held

MANKATO — Minnesota State University will hold its Bunny Just Piano Festival Thursday through Sunday in the Elias J. Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for Performing Arts.

Pianists performing are Jon Cleary on Thursday, Douglas Ashcraft and David Viscoli at 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Other festival events include college master class sessions at 1 p.m. Friday in the Elias J. Halling Recital Hall.

A competition and master class sessions for junior and senior high school students will be held from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Master classes are free and open to the public.

For more information, call 507-389-5549.

Kindergarten Round-up set

Kindergarten Round-Up will take place at 6 p.m. Thursday and Tuesday at Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton Elementary School in Janesville.

All children who will be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1 will be eligible to attend kindergarten.

Parents are asked to bring their child’s immunization record and birth certificate with them.

For more information, call 507-234-5181.

City Center to host public meeting

MANKATO — The City Center Partnership is hosting a public meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Blue Earth County History Center and Museum, 424 Warren St.

The meeting is part of the Arts and Historic Dialogue, a CCP initiative exploring ways to further enhance and highlight the area containing many of the City Center’s historical assets.

All members of the public are invited to attend.

For more information, call 507-388-1062.

Heart Event at Monarch

NORTH MANKATO — A Heart Healthy event will be held from 2-3 p.m. Thursday at Vista Prairie at Monarch Meadows, 2135 Lor Ray Drive.

This event will feature free blood pressure checks, a CPR/AED demonstration, information on wellness/lifestyle and delicious, heart healthy snacks.

For more information, call 507-386-2541.

Jon Cleary to perform at MSU

MANKATO — Jon Cleary will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Elias J. Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for Performing Arts at Minnesota State University.

Cleary is a New Orleans piano legend and a contemporary of Dr. John Henry Butler and the Late Allan Toussaint.

This concert is sponsored by the Bunny Just Piano Festival and the Minnesota State Mankato Performance Series.

Admission is $15 general and $13 for current MSU students.

For more information, call 507-389-5549.

Jefferson Bible seminar offered

MANKATO — The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Mankato will host a three-part seminar on the Jefferson Bible beginning at 6 p.m. today and continues March 3 and March 24 at UUFM, 937 Charles Ave.

Tony Filipovitch is a retired professor and student of the Jefferson Bible. He will present the 90-minute seminars.

This event is open to the public without charge except for an $8 material fee which includes the Jefferson Bible and study materials. Materials are not required, but if desired can be purchased at the seminar.

For more information, call 507-388-5022.

Hero Hunt seeks veterans for getaway

Stacy and Charlie's Hero Hunt is seeking veterans to register for an all-expense paid day of upland hunting and comradery from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. March 26 in Le Sueur.

This hunt is a way to thank veterans. Registration is due by Feb. 26. Only veterans may participate in this event.

For more information or to register, email pfherohunt@gmail.com.

Poor Benny at Arts Center

ST. PETER — Poor Benny will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Arts Center of St. Peter, 315 S. Minnesota Ave.

This concert is part of a three-concert series, "Dead-of-Winter Bluegrass," hosted by renowned Bluegrass entertainer Dick Kimmel. Poor Benny is a blend of eclectic old-time music and comedy.

Admission is $10 at the door. Cash refreshments will be available by Patrick's on Third and Morgan Creek Vineyards. For more information, call 507-931-3630.

GAC Theatre's "Love's Labour's Lost"

ST. PETER — The Department of Theatre and Dance at Gustavus Adolphus College presents "Love's Labour's Lost: The Musical" at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Anderson Theatre at Gustavus.

"Love's Labour's Lost: The Musical" is adapted from the early play of William Shakespeare and explores themes of longing, love and an intense battle of wits.

Tickets are $9 for adults, $6 for seniors and students and Gustavus students receive one free ticket. For more information, call 507-933-7590.

Full Moon Snowshoe hike held at Minneopa

MANKATO — A Full Moon Snowshoe Hike will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday at Minneopa State Park located off state highways 169 and 68.

The hike through the moonlight terrain will take place on the waterfalls side of Minneopa and participants will use no artificial light source. Dress appropriately for cold weather. The hike will take about one hour and cover just over a mile in distance. Snowshoes can be rented by emailing scott.kudelka@mn.state.us.

Note this event may be canceled or changed due to weather. There is no charge, but vehicles are required to have a permit, which is $5 daily or $25 year-round. For more information, call 507-384-8890.

Photography class at Flandrau

NEW ULM — Scott Kudelka will hold a Winter Digital Photography Class at 4 p.m. Saturday at Flandrau State Park, located near the New Ulm County Club.

Digital cameras will be provided and participants will be able to print one photo to take with them.

Registration is required; email scott.kudelka@state.mn.us to reserve a spot. Participants should meet at the playground at the Beach House in the Day-Use Area. There is no charge, but vehicles are required to have a permit, which is $5 daily or $25 year-round. For more information, call 507-384-8890.

Animal Track Snowshoe Hike at Fort Ridgley

Scott Kudelka will guide a snowshoe hike through forested and prairie sections of Fort Ridgely State Park at 11 a.m. Saturday.

This event will be a chance for participants to identify 15 different animal tracks. Snowshoes can be rented by emailing scott.kudelka@mn.state.us. Note this event may be canceled or changed due to weather.

There is no charge, but vehicles are required to have a permit, which is $5 daily or $25 year-round. For more information, call 507-384-8890.

Eagles holds cancer fundraiser

MANKATO — The Eagles #269 will hold a fundraiser beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Eagles #269 Ballroom, 708 N. Riverfront Drive.

A public auction will also be held at the event. All proceeds will go to Andreas Cancer Center. For more information, call 507-327-9405.

Free sleigh rides, bonfire and food

WASECA — Farmamerica will be offering free horse-drawn sleigh rides, a bonfire and soup from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday at 7367 360th ave.

The event is part of Waseca's community celebration, Sleigh and Cutter. For more information, call 507-340-5530.

Mixed chorus performs at Unitarian Universalist

MANKATO — OVation, the portable version of One Voice Mixed Chorus, will perform at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Mankato, 937 Charles Ave.

OVation is a small ensemble of 12-15 singers that brings One Voice's music all over Minnesota. One Voice is a mixed chorus that is Minnesota's only — and the nation's largest — lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and straight allies chorus.

For more information, call 507-720-6276.

Mother-Daughter book club held at library

WASECA — A Mother-Daughter Book Club will be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Waseca Public Library, 408 N. State St.

Girls in grades 3-6 are invited to bring a significant adult female to the library to discuss new books, do activities and enjoy treats.

This month's book is "The Omnivore's Dilemma; Young Readers Edition" by Michael Pollan. Stop by the library to pick up the book. For more information, call 507-835-2910.

St. Casimir's School registration night

WELLS — St. Casimir's School will host its 2016-2017 student registration night at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in Fr. Mikolai Hall at the school.

All families with school-aged children are encouraged to attend to learn more about SCS. For more information, call 507-553-5822.

Photography Club meeting held

MANKATO — The Bend of the River Photography Club will meet at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday at the Emy Frentz Arts Guild, 523 S. Second St.

Scott Siegfried will speak on photographing wild birds and share some of his photos. This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, call 507-345-3804.

History Bits and Bites: Historic Blizzards

MANKATO — Heather Harren will present, "Historic Blizzards in Southern Minnesota" during History Bits and Bites at 12 p.m. Wednesday at the Blue Earth County Historical Society, 424 Warren St.

Bring a lunch and learn a bit of history at this monthly educational program. Admission is $5 for adults and BECHS Members are free. For more information, call 345-5566.

Waseca Arts Center at the Library

MANKATO — The Waseca Art Center will host a day of creativity and art from 2-5 p.m. Wednesday at the Waseca Public Library, 408 N. State St.

Registration is required. For more information, call 507-835-2910.

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