Five ’til Friday: Neighbors care for neighbors

Published 10:38 am Friday, September 16, 2011

Fall hits the calendar next week. That’s already been evident outside, but it’s no reason to sing the blues, unless you’re at the Paramount on Friday, that is.

1. Davina and the Vagabonds, a jazzy blues band with a New Orleans style, will hit the stage at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Paramount Theatre. They’re on tour in support of their new CD, and they feature drums, trombone, trumpet and stand-up bass. Tickets are $14 at the door.

2. The sixth annual Day of Caring kicks off 8 a.m. Saturday at the Austin High School cafeteria. Perhaps you should care, because the volunteers will complete projects at 14 area homes, including cleaning, painting caulking and helping elderly prepare their homes for this winter.

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3. While many volunteers will be caring for people around the community, one local will be advocating for the animals. Bailey Mueller is holding an item and awareness drive for the Mower County Humane Society 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Oak Park Mall. She has been helping the Humane Society for three years, and her efforts serve two more purposes: She’s raising awareness about Girl Scouts and going for her Silver Star Award — the second-highest Girl Scouts honor. Help out some animals, along with Bailey and other Girl Scouts.

4. Though most people attend church in this Sunday morning, they may want to consider returning to service at 6:30 p.m. at St. Columbanus Church in Blooming Prairie. Frank Runyeon, a longtime TV star on shows including As the World Turns, All my Children and L.A. law, switched gears to teach about the Sermon on the Mount. Runyeon has performed at thousands of churches nationwide and assures everybody, his one-man performance will not be boring.

5. The Austin Artist Series’ membership drive is still going on, but only till Wednesday. Don’t miss out on the chance to become a member and support the arts.

Don’t stick around too close to home, though. Now that it’s fall, it’s time to get out and see area high school sports, theater performances, harvest celebrations and more. Some of those things kick off in the coming weeks. Keep looking to the Daily Herald calendar for more.

Look to Reporter Matt Peterson’s weekly column

every Friday for more on events coming up in Austin.