Best Bets: Calling all talent

Published 9:49 am Friday, January 11, 2013

Artisans, outdoorsmen, poets, kids and athletes: This is your week. Here’s why.

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1.) Have a story to tell, a touching poem or can play a catchy tune? Check out open mic by the fireplace at Brickhouse Coffee, 412 Third Ave. NE. The event starts with a light dinner at 6 p.m. Friday, and the intellect begins at 7. Perhaps expert storyteller Michael Cotter will be there.

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Throw those trees to the curb

2.) Seriously, people. It’s time to take down those Christmas trees, especially the live ones, if you can call them that anymore. But you are in luck. Pacelli students will be doing a Christmas tree pick-up starting at 8 a.m. Saturday in Austin. Have those ragged-looking trees on the curb before 8 a.m., and they will disappear. Remember, free-will donations to the school are welcome.

Stampin’ and Scrappin’

3.) OK, craftsy collectors. This next one is for you. Take your stamp and scrap projects to the Stamp and Scrap Workshop Community Education Class on Monday night. Registration is first required by either calling Crystal Conner at 460-1706 or emailing to Students must supply their own paper and scrapbooks, but punches, scissors and stamps will be provided.


4.) Then it’s time for a showdown. There can only be one — spelling bee winner, that is. Ellis Middle School is hosting its annual spelling bee from 8:30 to 10 a.m. for sixth grade, 10:15 to 11:45 a.m. for eighth grade and 1:15 to 2:45 for seventh grade. One word to rule them all.

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.