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Best Bets: Eat, be merry, or plan to get married

Published 11:43am Friday, January 24, 2014

It’s all good-spirited, family friendly fun this weekend through next week in Austin. Stuff the bellies. Listen to some soothing music. Support a local organization, or plan your perfect wedding in A-town.

1. Dumplings or chili?

4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, fundraiser, Mower County Senior Center, 400 Third Ave. NE, Austin.

…That is the question. Shovel in as much chicken and dumplings or chili as you can during the Mower County Senior Center’s fundraiser. The all-you-can-eat event starts at 4 p.m. at the Senior Center, and only ends, for some, when the top button comes undone.

2. Northwest singin’ in the Midwest

7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 25 and 26, music, Paramount Theatre, 125 Fourth Ave. NE, Austin.

The Northwestern Singers are back to the Paramount Theatre with “American Bandstand.” Kickback and enjoy some good-hearted music starting at 7 p.m.

Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for students.

3. Here come the brides

Noon-3 p.m., Hormel Historic Home, Sunday. 208 Fourth Ave NW. $3 at door.

All those brides itching to make plans for their big day can get it all done this Sunday in one spot. The annual Austin Wedding Showcase, from noon to 3 p.m., is at the Hormel Historic Home. Mingle with other prospective brides and share ideas. Talk to wedding planners, photographers, transportation companies, DJs and watch the models fashion this year’s hot looks. What’s more, be the lucky bride who walks away with a $3,000 prize wedding package.

4. Plethora of pancakes

7 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, pancake feed, First United Methodist Church, 204 First Ave. NW, Austin.

Hundreds of eggs, pounds of bisquick and gallons upon gallons of orange juice await the hungry hoards. It’s the Austin Noon Lions Club’s 55th annual Pancake Day. For just $6 at the door, enter and enjoy a feast and fellowship. Or, contact a Lions member in advance for a $5 ticket. There will also be free diabetes testing, and proceeds support the Lions Club, diabetes research and local initiatives like the eye bank.

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 the homepage.

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