Best Bets: Survive the cold through knitting

Published 10:27 am Thursday, February 26, 2015

Todd Oliver and Friends

Todd Oliver and Friends

Get ready for some great entertainment and warm hobbies this weekend. With indoor entertainment like “The Crucible,” watercoloring and a knitting studio, the winter weather won’t worry weekend warriors.

1. The Crucible

7:30 to 10 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Frank W. Bridges Theatre, Riverland Community College

Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible” is a classic of the American stage. A drama about the puritan purge of witchcraft in old Salem, the play was Miller’s response to Eugene McCarthy’s “witch hunts” of suspected communists in the 1950s, of which Miller himself was a target. This parable attacks the evils of mindless persecution and the terrifying power of false accusations. The show is recommended for ages 12 and up. Cost is $13; Riverland students are free.

2. Austin Artist Series: Todd Oliver and Friends

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7 to 9 p.m., Friday, Knowlton Auditorium, Austin High School

The Austin Artist Series program will take place at 7 p.m. in Knowlton Auditorium and will feature Todd Oliver and Friends. The program is for season ticket holders only.

3. LeRoy Lions Community Farm and Home Show

9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, LeRoy — Ostrander Public School

Check out the new and improved Community Farm and Home Show, now hosted by the LeRoy Lions. See products and services, and chat with more than 30 vendors. Enjoy door prizes, demonstrations and entertainment. Come hungry and fill up with a pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. for a free will donation to the LeRoy Lions. Admission to the show is free.

4. Introduction to Watercolor with Jim Wegner

10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Saturday, Austin ArtWorks Center

Learn the basics of watercolor from one of Austin’s artists. No experience is necessary. This class is the first of a five-part series running on consecutive Saturdays. For more information or to sign up, call 507-434-0934.

5. Knitting Studio

12 to 2 p.m., Saturday, Austin ArtWorks Center

This open knitting studio offers a chance for people to trade tips with fellow knitters and practice knitting skills together. The event is free for AACA members and $5 for non-members. For more information, call 507-434-0934.