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Best Bets: A weekend of music, animals and bikes

Published 10:19am Friday, May 16, 2014

Is there any better combination than music, animals and bikes? Enjoy spring weather while touring the trails, adopt a new friend, and enjoy some music over the weekend.

1. Get Jazzy

7-9 p.m., Friday May 16, Paramount Theatre, Austin

Austin is the first stop on the Jazz Central All-Stars six-city tour before the Twin Cities Jazz Festival, which is June 26-28 at the Jazz Clinic. The cost is $10. For more information, visit the website at

2. Old School

7:30-9:30 p.m., Friday May 16, Marion Ross Performing Arts Center, Albert Lea

Austin musicians are bringing the music of the Everly Brothers and Roy Orbison to Albert Lea. The band could play some Tina Turner and Marilyn Monroe songs too. They’ll also share some of the history behind the music played Friday. Tickets are $15. Call 877-730-3144 for tickets.

3. Make a friend

10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday May 17, Austin Runnings Store

As part of their Grand Opening, Runnings is hosting a meet and greet with adoptable MCHS animals and merchandise. Donations will also be collected to benefit the shelter.

4. Runnings Day Two

10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sunday May 18, Austin Runnings Store

The second day of Runnings’ grand opening will include a laser-operated shooting range for kids to try. Everyone is welcome to come out and have some fun. For more information, contact Linden at 507-933-3109, or email

5. Bike Safety Bash

12 p.m. to 2 p.m., Sunday May 18, Lions Park Pavilion, Oakland Place NE, Austin

Come to this great free bike safety event to kick off summer. Bring your bike and navigate a bike safety course, get fitted for bikes and helmets, enjoy refreshments and bounce in the Bounce House. If interested, you can purchase a new helmet for $5.

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