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Published 10:56am Friday, January 10, 2014

It’s time to throw those dying Christmas trees out, get outside and work off some of the holiday tonnage. The cold snap has passed, so now is the time to get back in the groove of things, Austin.

1. Tossin’ trees

8 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, city of Austin.

Put the decorations away carefully, and throw the Christmas tree to the curb. Pacelli Catholic Schools will hold its annual, free Christmas tree pick-up starting at 8 a.m. Saturday. Residents can put their trees, without any decorations or litter, on the curb before 8 a.m. for pick-up. Donations can be directed to the school.

2. Ski-daddle

8 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, ski race, Jay C. Hormel Nature Center, 1304 21st St. NE, Austin.

Last year it was canceled, and the year before that they ran in tennis shoes. This year, Austin won’t be denied the true pleasure of the Dammen Nordic Ski Race. Snow is on the ground, and the track will be set for this year’s race. Registration begins early at the Nature Center, with a children/beginner race at 9 a.m., the classic 8-K race at 10, and the 13-K freestyle at 11 a.m. Registration is $20 for adults or $5 for children. For an extra $5, participants can race in both the 8-K and 13-K races.

3. Walk the line … to Albert Lea

7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, Johnny Cash show, Marion Ross Theatre, 147 N Broadway Albert Lea.

The man in black is back, sort of. Johnny Cash tribute artist Boss Grant will play at the Marion Ross Theatre in Albert Lea at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. For tickets and information, sign up or call 877-730-3144.

4. Lunch lessons

12 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15, Mower Refreshed presentation, Austin Public Library, 323 Fourth Ave. NE, Austin.

Want to learn a little more about a healthy workplace, how to build a stronger workforce and how chemical use impacts job performance and health care costs? Check out the Mower Refreshed Lunch and Learn presentation at the library on Wednesday. The lunch is free, but donations are encouraged. RSVP by calling 507-434-1039 or emailing

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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