Best Bets: A weekend for conversation

Published 10:16 am Thursday, May 7, 2015

Enjoy a meal, music and friendly conversations this weekend at the coffee shop, the Mower County Senior Center or even wait in line to drop off old electronics. This weekend is sure to get everyone ready for summer with a little spring cleaning and many activities to help forget the rain clouds.

1. Mother’s Day Meal

12-1 p.m. Friday, Mower County Senior Center, 400 Third Ave. NE

Everyone is welcome to the Mother’s Day meal. Bring a friend or spoil mom with a lunch and entertainment. There will be strawberry chicken salad with a scone. Cost is $6.50 for members, or $7.50 for non-members. Call 507-433-2370 or stop by the front desk of the senior center to reserve spots.

2. Oppositional Mythologies: The Korean War in Chinese and American History

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2-3 p.m. Friday, Village Cooperative of Austin, 230110th St. NW

The presentation will be by John Haymond, executive director of the Mower County Historical Society. Refreshments will be served, and the event is open to the public. For more information, call 507-433-1310.

3. Open Stage

7-8 p.m. Friday, Coffee House On Main, 329 N. Main St.

Storytellers, writers, readers, musicians, listeners, everyone is welcome. Grab a coffee or tea and a sandwich or cookie and settle back for an evening of entertainment. For more information, call the Coffee House on Main at 507-433-1200 or Michael Cotter at 504-440-0667.

4. Fifth Annual Strides for a Cure 5K Walk/Run

8 a.m.-12 p.m. Saturday, Todd Park, Austin

This annual fundraising event is put on by the Youth Leadership group at Austin High School. All the money raised will benefit breast cancer research through The Hormel Institute Breast Cancer Research Fund. A registration form and information available online at Contact Emily Hovland at 507-433-1800 or for more information.

5. City/County Electronics Pick-Up

9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Mower County Fairgrounds, 700 12th St. SW

It’s time to get a little spring cleaning done. Officials will accept many types of electronics, including TV’s and monitors, stoves, dryers, washers, kitchen appliances, small electronics, vacuums, printers, speakers, computers, refrigerators and more. The event will not take smoke detectors, hazardous waste — including broken glass, equipment with PCBs (capacitors), liquids, light bulbs, fluorescent tubes or mercury containing devices. It will cost anywhere from $5-$25 per item.

6. Northwestern Singers Present ‘Bach to Rock’

7-9 p.m. Saturday, Historic Paramount Theatre, 125 Fourth Ave. NE

Come listen to the Northwester Singers and Riverland Community College’s Frequency music group. Tickets cost $15 for adults and $5 for students. For more information, call 507-434-0934.

7. 11th Annual Mother’s Day Dad’s Belgian Waffle Fund Raiser

9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday, Austin Eagles Club, 107 11th St. NE, Austin,

There will be all-you-can-eat waffles with many different toppings, along with sausage, coffee, juice and milk. The price is $8 per person, children ages 5 and under are free. The proceeds will go toward providing programs for youth and seniors in the community. The event is co-sponsored by the Austin Early Risers Kiwanis, Noon Kiwanis, Riverland Community College and the Austin Eagles. For more information, email