Best Bets: Business and pleasure all mixed together

Published 10:20 am Thursday, March 19, 2015

Get ready to learn about some businesses around town, hear some music and get healthy tips for the summer. With a drama, musical talent in town and the annual home and vacation show, this weekend is sure to fit everyone’s tastes.

1. ‘Noises Off’

7:30 to 9 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, Christgau Hall, Austin High School

The Austin High School Drama Department in presenting the comedy, “Noises Off,” tonight through Saturday at Christgau Hall in the Austin High School. Show times are at 7:30 p.m. and ticket prices are $7 for adults and $5 for students. The cast has nine students from Austin High School.

2. 41st Annual Austin Home and Vacation Show

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3 to 8 p.m., Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Packer Arena

Be sure to check out the latest in home improvements and businesses that Austin has to offer. Go to or for more details, or call 507-373-9600.

3. Hollandale Christian School Auction

5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Friday, Hollandale Christian School

At 5:30 p.m. there will be a silent auction, and at 7 p.m. there will be a live auction. Have fun at the fundraiser and get ready to support the area school. A light supper will be served during the silent auction. The event is free and open to the public.

4. Alison Scott

7:30 to 9:30 p.m., Friday, Historic Paramount Theatre

Alison Scott has made her way through the music industry, leaving an impression on soul music and the soul of music, and become a very popular live act in Minneapolis. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door, and children 12 and under are free. For more information, call 507-434-0934.

5. YMCA Healthy Kids Day

9:30 to 11 a.m., Saturday, YMCA of Austin

The YMCA of Austin is holding a free community event to inspire more children to keep their minds and bodies active. The Y’s national initiative aims to improve health and well-being for kids and families. The event features activities to motivate and teach families how to develop a healthy routine at home. Activities at this year’s event include: canoe rides in the pool, open gymnastics gym, bowling, a healthy snack station, a gardening station, bracelet making, a bounce house, scooters, basketball, soccer, giveaways and prizes, an Austin Police Department squad car and more.

6. Third Annual Foodie Throwdown

4 to 9 p.m., Saturday, Historic Hormel Home

This year’s annual Foodie Throwdown is headed to the silver screen, as the theme is “Taste of the Cinema.” Local chefs will compete to create amazing dishes while attendees vote for their favorites. Each chef team will build a menu based on their chosen movie. Social hour will begin at 6 p.m. A cash bar will be available. Food sampling will be at 7 p.m. and tickets are $30. Entertainment will be provided by Reminisce. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 507-433-4243 or visit

7. Sarah Stonich speaks about ‘Vacationland’

6:30 p.m., Monday, Austin Public Library

“Vacationland” author Sarah Stonich is coming to Austin to cap off the Austin Page Turners 14th annual citywide read. Stonich will be at the Austin Public Library for a quick reception and to speak with the public about her book. “Vacationland” tells the stories of different people who travel to a resort up north for vacation.