Best bets: Summer drags on, but not to a halt

Published 10:36 am Friday, August 30, 2013

The dog days of summer are winding down. Concerts, artworks and festivities have come and gone, but there are still a few options on the calendar for those looking. Give these a shot.

1. Miracles and Spamburgers

Friday and Saturday, Aug. 30 and 31. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Accentra Credit Union, 400 Fourth Ave. NE, Austin.

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Make a difference for a child on Friday or Saturday at Accentra Credit Union in Austin. The credit union is once again holding the Children’s Miracle Network Fundraiser, a time to collect donations and return the favor with $2 hot dogs and Spamburgers.

2. “Prep” yourself — for football!

Friday. 7 p.m. Grand Meadow and Faribault

All the sweat and grueling hard work will be put to the test Friday for area teams. Your hometown team, the Austin Packers, travel to Faribault for their season opener against the Falcons. In Grand Meadow, the Superlarks will take on the Lyle Pacelli Athletics in their quest for nine-man glory.

3.  Fundraising for rollerskating

Saturday, Aug. 31. 4:30 to 9 p.m. Blooming Prairie Servicemen’s Club, 210 Fourth St. NE, Blooming Prairie.

What’s brutal, on eight wheels and as retro as it gets? Roller derby. And groups of wild and crazy girls from the area are starting their own teams with hopes to join a flat track league next year. To accomplish that, they’re holding a fundraiser at the Blooming Prairie Servicemen’s Club on Saturday to help pay for rink rentals, uniforms, coaching and insurance. For $5, guests can enjoy pulled pork meals, leg wrestling, fishnet tug of war, brutal musical chairs and more. To find out more about the local roller derby girls or to join them, visit DerbyGirls.

4.  A new month, a new home

Sunday, Sept. 1. 2 to 4 p.m. Mower County Humane Society, 101 22nd St. SE, Austin.

Life got a little easier for cats and dogs waiting for a place to call home this week. So check out their new transition home at the Mower County Humane Society on Sunday during an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. All the cats and dogs should be nestled into their new areas and ready for adoption. The Humane Society will hold open houses every Sunday at that time, along with Tuesday from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

5.  A stretch in the park

Wednesday. 7 p.m. Bandshell Community Park, Fourth St. and Ninth Place SW, Austin.

Exercise should be free. So that’s what it is going to be Wednesday at Bandshell Community Park during another urban yoga session. Take exercise in the park a step further during group meditation/stretching, which starts at 7 p.m. in the park.

Other events

Hold on until another Saturday, when the “Miracle of Music!” will help Tony Dooley. The event is a fundraiser and cancer benefit for Dooley and will feature plenty of live music, a silent auction and fun from 2:30 p.m. to close at the Austin Eagles Club.