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Best Bets: Plenty of pink

Nearly the entire town has gone pink. For those who haven’t given in yet, it’s time to jump on the bandwagon. This weekend is all about having fun while raising money for cancer research.


1. Dancing for a cause

The Austin High School dance team is supporting Paint the Town Pink. The team will hold two shows on Saturday, at 11 am. and 2 p.m. in AHS Packer Gym. Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for students. Kids 5 and younger get in free.

2. Reeling in a cure

Locals will be fishing for a cure on Saturday, literally. The 10th Annual Fishing for a Cure kicks off at noon this year at a new location: East Side Lake on Oakland Ave. E. Registration begins 11 a.m. at the lake and is $10. The entry fee covers all expenses at the after party, as well. Participants will hit up the Eagles Club after 2 p.m. for food, raffles, auctions and door prizes. Get out there; raise your glasses, and raise some money.

3. Paint the Rink Pink

Don’t worry, community organizers left enough time to attend all the events on Saturday, including the Austin Bruins’ Paint the Rink Pink. It’s the event that started all the pink buzz in Austin last year, and this year’s game starts 7:05 p.m. at Riverside Arena, 501 Second Ave. NE. Tickets are sold out, however. An auction and raffle will complement the game again. However, don’t forget about the pregame from 5 to 7 p.m. at Torge’s Live, 1701 Fourth St. NW, where Bruins players and memorabilia will be scattered about.

4. Pink pancakes

Pancakes are back in full force this weekend. St. Olaf Lutheran Church, 301 First St. NW, is serving pink pancakes and Spam from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday. But there is more. Grace Lutheran Church, 2001 Sixth Ave. SE, is also holding a pancake feed and quilt sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday. Looks like carbohydrates win this round.

Other events

Don’t sleep on the upcoming weekdays, though. Sign-ups begin for the Mower County Humane Society and Austin Vet Clinic’s spay and neuter clinic. The Hormel Historic Home will host Dale Carnegie’s interpersonal skills program, and Republican Party precinct caucuses will be held in area towns, including Austin, LeRoy and Racine.