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Best Bets: Weather warms for busy weekend

Published 1:27pm Friday, April 26, 2013

It appears the time has come to emerge from hibernation, Austin. And the timing couldn’t be better with the laundry list of events this weekend, including events big and small, indoors, outdoors, loud, quiet and exquisite. I’m not quite sure where to start, but here goes.

1. Grape greatness

The local Zonta club is holding its sixth annual wine tasting event from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Lansing Corners Event Center, four miles north of Austin on Highway 218. Along with the variety of wines, sample gourmet foods and browse luxury items from plenty of area retailers. Tickets are $15. Call 507-433-7325 for tickets and more information.

 2. Formally raising funds

Once again, Relay for Life’s Team IBI Data is set for its Black and White Ball. The event opens at 7 p.m. Friday at the Holiday Inn in Austin, 1701 Fourth St. NW. Tickets are available at the door. Dance begins at 8 p.m.; appetizers will be offered, and live and silent auctions will showcase many high-dollar and popular items. Proceeds from the event go to Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society.

3. A little bit of this

Riverland Music and Theatre departments are joining for something little, “Little Women,” that is. With music by Jason Howland, lyrics by Mindi Dickstein and book by Allan Knee, “Little Women” is a modern theatrical adaptation of the classic novel by Louisa May Alcott. The show will open at 7:30 p.m. both Friday and Saturday at Frank W. Bridges Theatre, 1900 Eighth Ave. NW. Individual tickets to Little Women are $15 at the Riverland Box Office. Riverland students receive two free tickets to each performance with a valid student ID.

 4. A little bit of that

The Paramount has something little, too: Little Texas. The longtime country rock band will storm the Paramount Theatre, 125 Fourth Ave. NE, at 7:30 p.m. Friday with old hits like “God Blessed Texas” and “What Might Have Been.” Tickets are $35 in advance or $40 at the door.

5. Tidyin’ the town

After all the fun and games, do something for the community on Saturday. The seventh annual Community Pride Day kicks off at 9 a.m. in the municipal pool parking lot in the 500 block of North Main Street. There’s no need to register, just show up and make a difference by picking up trash, recycling and then letting Steve King pick up all the bags afterward.

Look to Reporter Matt Peterson’s column every Friday for more about upcoming events in Austin. For even more, check out the calendar on Page 4 every day in the print edition and at

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