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Take a ride down the Shooting Star Trail

Bicycling enthusiasts rejoice! The Prairie Vision’s 19th annual Shooting Star Trail Bike Ride will be held this weekend from 6:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday.

“The ride is a good fundraiser for the trail,” said Jon Burkhart, sales manager at Rydjor Bike in downtown Austin. All of the money raised is used for the upkeep of the trail.

Cyclists will have several riding options from which to choose: 20 and 40-mile exerciser ride, 50-mile workout ride, 62-mile (metric century) ride or a 100-mile century ride. A four-mile fun ride is available for ages 12 and younger or 70 and older. The 20-mile route will remain on the bike trail, while the 62 and 100-mile routes will incorporate rural county roads.

The rides will begin and end at the Trailhead at 309 W Lowell St. in LeRoy. The towns of Rose Creek, Taopi, Ostrander and Adams will be included in the routes. Checkpoints will be available along the routes, as will rest stops with food and water.

Burkhart hopes that next year’s ride will include the finished portion of the Shooting Star Trail in Austin.

“There is a group from Austin that participates in the 100-mile ride every year,” he said. “They usually finish in five to six hours. They take it very seriously.”

“It’s a good family event,” he added.

Registration for the event costs $15 if you plan to ride, or $25 if you plan to ride and purchase a t-shirt. There is no entry fee for the four-mile fun ride. Registering as a group of four or more to receive a $5 discount. You may register online at https://www.zapevent.com/reg/event/12913 or from 6:30 to 7 a.m. the day of the event.

For more information, call 507-433-7571 (Rydjor Bike), 507-324-5119 (Sharon Jacobson) or 507-324-5707 (Patty White – LeRoy City Office).

Thursday

•Father’s Day Lunch, noon to 1 p.m. at the Mower County Senior Center. Spoil the father in your life or bring a friend and enjoy a hearty lunch featuring a tossed salad, Windsor pork chop, mashed potatoes and gravy, mixed vegetables, and rhubarb tort or chocolate mousse. Entertainment too. Cost is $9 for members, $10 for non-members. To make your reservation or for more information, stop by the Senior Center front desk or call 507-433-2370.

•Cartoons Unlimited, 2 to 3 p.m. at the Austin ArtWorks Center. The perfect class for the young artist who loves to learn! Each week students will learn to draw new things in an easy step-by-step process that still allows for personal creativity. From dinosaurs and bunnies, to robots and butterflies, this class will build confidence and improve the skills of your aspiring artist! All class supplies will be provided by the instructor. For ages 7 and up, $80 per student. For more information, call 507-434-0934.

•Chateau Raceway Points Night, 6:30 to 10 p.m. at the Chateau Raceways in Lansing. Hot laps at 6:30 p.m., race follows. Chateau Raceway is a 1/3 mile semi-banked racetrack made of clay/gumbo mix. We offer 7 different classes on a weekly basis: Chateau Raceway Hornets and Pure Stocks, Wissota Street Stocks and Midwest Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars, and USRA A & B Modifieds. For more information, call 507-272-8906.

•Spam Town Challenge, at Marcusen Park and Riverland Baseball Complex. Annual event bringing in teams from multiple states for some outstanding baseball. For more information, contact John at John.Frein@Donaldson.com.

•Meadowfest, in Grand Meadow.

Saturday

•19th annual Shooting Star Bike Ride, 6:30 a.m. to noon at Shooting Star Trail in LeRoy. To register, go to https://www.zapevent.com/reg/event/12913. For more information, see above or call 507-433-7571 (Rydjor Bike), 507-324-5119 (Sharon Jacobson) or 507-324-5707 (Patty White – LeRoy City Office).

•Relay for Life of Mower County “Amazing Race,” 9:30 a.m. at Mill Pond. The fee to register each car/team is $11 if preregistered by June 23. Day of registration is $15 per car/team. The Amazing Race will start at the Mill Pond, where each team will be given a clue to their next location.

•Open House – Grand Army of the Republic Hall, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the GAR Hall, Grand Meadow. Come visit the GAR Hall to see the major new exhibit. Free event, but donations are welcome and very much appreciated. Advanced registration is appreciated but not necessary. For more information or to sign up, call 507-437-6082 or email collections@mowercountyhistory.org.

•Ellie Strong Benefit, 1 p.m. at the Austin Eagles Club. Freewill donation lunch. Silent auction will be held until 3 p.m. Live auction at 4 p.m. Performance by Roger Bentzin. Funding will be matched by the Modern Woodmen of America up to $2,500. For more information, call 507-433-8675.

•Spam Town Challenge, at Marcusen Park and Riverland Baseball Complex. Annual event bringing in teams from multiple states for some outstanding baseball. For more information, contact John at John.Frein@Donaldson.com.

•Meadowfest, in Grand Meadow.

•Lyle Independence Day Celebration, in Lyle.

Sunday

•Open House – Grand Army of the Republic Hall, noon to 3 p.m. at the GAR Hall, Grand Meadow. Come visit the GAR Hall to see the major new exhibit. Free event, but donations are welcome and very much appreciated. Advanced registration is appreciated but not necessary. For more information or to sign up, call 507-437-6082 or email collections@mowercountyhistory.org.

•Spam Town Challenge, at Marcusen Park and Riverland Baseball Complex. Annual event bringing in teams from multiple states for some outstanding baseball. For more information, contact John at John.Frein@Donaldson.com.

•Meadowfest, in Grand Meadow.

•Lyle Independence Day Celebration, in Lyle.