Best Bets: Book buying and computers dying

Published 8:11 am Friday, May 3, 2013

It’s time to unplug this weekend, in some cases literally, and dig into a good book, some good music and some baseball fun. Sure, we got blasted with snow again, a record, but that can’t stop us, Austin.

1. Re-reading

Peruse the piles of books at the Austin Public Library this Friday and Saturday at the Friends of the Library’s spring used book sale. Hard covers, soft covers, children’s books, tapes and more are on hand at the annual sale that raises funds for the Library’s many events. The Sale opens at 10 a.m. Friday and closes at 5 p.m. and runs the same time on Saturday with a 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. bag sale. Also, feel free to join the Friends of the Library at the front desk for $10.

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2. Unplugging the unused gadgets

Take those old microwaves, televisions, computers and more over to the Mower County Fairgrounds, and start building the mountain of recyclables. The community-wide electronics recycling is in Austin again, where anyone can drop off their unwanted electronics for free. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

3. Beckoning to baseball players

With a little luck and some good weather, for once, the Austin Jaycees will give youngsters their shot at baseball glory this weekend. The Jaycees’ Pitch, Hit and Run event runs from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Todd Park in Austin. Ages 7 to 14 boys and girls are welcome to test their skills.

4. Oh, the old organs

The organs will be blasting around the world for more than just church on Sunday. World Organ Day will showcase more than 850 old organs from around world, including one right here in Austin. Our Savior’s Lutheran Church will hold its organ presentation at 3 p.m. The event is open to the public.

5. Walking with a purpose

Welcome to Austin’s first Walk MS, part of the MS Society’s battle against Multiple Sclerosis. Join Lindsey Meyer and others at the Jay C. Hormel Nature Center at 1 p.m. Sunday to raise funds and awareness for the debilitating disease that affects so many. Meyer hopes to raise $20,000, and the funds will do more when they couple with many other Midwest cities that are doing the same on Sunday. People can preregister for a one- to three-mile walk as individuals or teams on, call 800-582-5296 or register early in person.