Best Bets: Back to the streets

Published 11:02 am Friday, June 14, 2013

It’s official: People have taken to the streets. Whether advocating, partying or searching for treasures, they’ll be out in various capacities this weekend in Austin and beyond.

1. Street takeover and fundraiser

Bullies best stay off the streets this weekend. The Austin Community Against Bullying will hold its Take it to the Streets fundraiser from noon to 6 p.m. this Friday in town. Organizers will post up at the intersection near Riverland Community College on 14th Street Northwest and near Austin High School on Fourth Street Northwest, looking for donations and a way to make Austin schools fun and safe places to be.

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2. A summer Daze

Dexter is back for summer with its biennial celebration: Sunflower Daze. The event will be held Saturday and kick off with a 9 a.m. auction. Fun events, including kickball, volleyball and beanbags will carry the day up to music and dancing from 8 p.m. to midnight with DJ Trouble Shooter.

The events will be held in the city park and moved to the street if conditions are too wet.

3. A hot bowl of Oatmeal … Days

Skip across the border this weekend and find some fun in St. Ansgar, which is holding its annual Oatmeal Days on Saturday and Sunday. Events include a 5K run, live music, cereal sale, car show and more. Sunday ends with the tradition of a canoe race.

4. Downtown digging

Keep those eyes peeled this Saturday, especially in downtown Austin, during the annual downtown Austin rummage sale on Main Street. Numerous vendors will have everything from clothing and glassware to furniture and electronics. To vend costs $5, payable at Piggy Blues on Main Street. This year’s sale will be sidewalk only, so traffic will be allowed to pass.

5.Flowing photos

Check out “Cedar River Watershed: Photo History,” from noon to 1 p.m. next Tuesday at the Austin Public Library. The presentation is the third in a series on the local watershed, flooding issues and the state and history of the Cedar River and its tributaries. CRWD outreach coordinator Tim Ruzek will lead the presentation, which is co-sponsored by the Mower County Historical Society. Oh, and remember to pack a lunch.