Best Bets: The musical sounds of spring

Published 10:27 am Thursday, March 5, 2015

This musical weekend is the perfect time to venture out the of house and experience warming temperatures. With the high school winter concert, a student musical and a handbell choir, there is plenty to get the head bopping and the feet hopping.

1. Austin High School Prep Concert

7 to 9:30 p.m., Thursday, Knowlton Auditorium, Austin High School

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This concert will feature the concert band, prep orchestra, and mixed choir during the winter concerts. Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for students. Austin High School students are free with ID, and both Music Booster and AHS Activity Passes are accepted for free admission. For more information, email

2. Found Poetry

6 to 8 p.m., Friday, Austin ArtWorks Center

Find stories in everyday words and pass the evening with the company of others instead of at home.

Cost for Austin Area Commission for the Arts members is $25, and cost for non-members is $30. For more information, call 507-434-0934.

3. Beauty and the Beast musical

6:30 p.m. Thursday, 6:30 p.m. Friday, Southland High School

A beloved Broadway musical, Beauty and the Beast will host familiar characters and tunes like “Be Our Guest” and the theme song and will be performed by Southland Public School students. The cost is $7 for adults and $5 for youth. The box office will open 30 minutes before the start of the show.

4. St. Olaf College Handbell Choir

7:30 to 8:30 p.m., Friday, Westminster Presbyterian Church

The St. Olaf College Handbell Choir, directed by Jill Mahr, will present a concert at Westminster at 7:30 p.m. on Friday. The concert is free and open to the public, and a freewill offering will be taken. The Westminster Presbyterian Chancel Choir will join the handbells on Derek Hakes’ arrangement of “How Can I Keep From Singing?” The choir plays five octaves of Malmark bells and hand-chimes.

5. Bowling for the Battle

2 to 5 p.m., Saturday, Echo Lanes

Join the fight against prostate cancer during this four-person, nine-pin bowling tournament. Cost is $20 per person for a team of four. There will also be live and silent auctions, raffles and drawings. Reichel Foods is matching the first $5,000. All proceeds will benefit The Hormel Institute for prostrate cancer research. For reservations or donations, call Tom Gillard at 507-433-5006, Jim Benson at 507-433-9696, or Pat Andreas at 507-331-9500.

6. 41st Annual Ice Show: Riverside Dance Party

7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Riverside Arena

The annual show presented by the Riverside Figure Skating Club of Austin is here. Tickets are $8 in advance for adults, $10 at the door, $6 in advance for seniors/students and $8 at the door. For more information, contact Tanya Rieken at 507-438-3805.