Strike out cancer at bowling tourney; Echo Lanes to host annual Relay for Life fundraiser Saturday

Published 8:53 am Thursday, November 2, 2017

Mower County Relay for Life’s sixth annual Strike Out Cancer No-Tap Bowling Tournament is Saturday at Echo Lanes Bowling Alley.

“We started this tournament as a way to do something extra to fundraise,” said Mower County Relay for Life Co-Chairwoman Angie Hughson. “Many members of Relay for Life are bowlers. It’s been pretty successful.”

Last year, the event raised more than $4,000 for the Mower County Relay for Life, Hughson said. As of Wednesday, the tournament has five team slots still available, she said.

Email newsletter signup

A silent auction will be held along with the tournament. Included in this year’s silent auction are gift cards donated by local restaurants, wine baskets, half a hog, baked goods, hand-made items, and tickets to the Chanhassen Dinner Theatre.

Hughson also said there will be paybacks for some of the teams.

“It’s a lot of fun, and we have great silent auction items,” Hughson said. “People should sign up because they can have fun with their friends and help raise money to fight cancer.”

The tournament will begin at 2 p.m. on Saturday. The silent auction will be from 1-5 p.m.

Registration costs $20 per person ($80 per team).

For more information or to register, call Shelby Haldorson at 507-438-4220 or email

Events Schedule

Friday, Nov. 3

• Austin Community Playgroup – Fall Leaf Rubbings and Scavenger Hunt, 10-11:30 a.m. at Austin Congregational UCC. Please bring your own snacks. For more information, call Sheila at 507-399-1924.

• Free AFib Screening, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Mower County Senior Center. The Senior Center is partnering with the Mayo Clinic to increase awareness of AFib (a common heart rhythm problem) and help evaluate a program to screen for it. No cost to participants. It will only take about 20 to 30 minutes per person. Free. For more information, call 507-433-2370.

• Veteran’s Meal, 11:30 a.m. at the Mower County Senior Center. Free to all veterans and a guest. A meal will be quarter-deep-pit barbecue chicken, Morty’s home-made beans, potato salad, coleslaw, roll and butter. Limited space, so please sign up in advance. Meal sponsored by Mayer Funeral Home. For more information or to sign up, call 507-433-2370 or stop by the Senior Center front desk.

• Clay Wheel Throwing for Teens, 6-8 p.m. at the Austin ArtWorks Center. With Hjordi Danielson. For ages 13-18. This is part 2 of a three-series class for beginner to intermediate teenagers who want to learn more about clay wheel throwing. Final class is Nov 17 (glazing).  For more information or to sign up, call 507-434-0934.

• Hormel Vets Supporting Vets, 6-10 p.m. at the Hormel Historic Home. Proceeds from this event will be directed to the American Veterans Traveling Tribute Vietnam Wall sponsored by Beyond the Yellow Ribbon. Hormel Chefs Ken Alston and Tony Finnestad will prepare a four-course dinner and gourmet hors d’oeuvres. A live big band will perform. Tickets are $125 per person. For more information or tickets, call 507-433-4243 or go to

• Calico Hutch Quilters Retreat, Holiday Inn Austin Conference Center. Quilting with friends, plus free demos, massage therapists, show and tell, door prizes, games and more. For more information, call 507-377-1163 or 507-433-8000.

Saturday, Nov. 4

• Masonic Pancake Breakfast, 9 a.m. to noon at Fidelity Lodge No. 39. The Austin Masons host an all-you-can-eat pancake feed for $5 per person. Menu includes pancakes, sausage, orange juice, milk and coffee.

• Craft Bazaar and Home Business Expo, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church. Large selection of crafts: sewing, crocheting, wreaths, jewelry, homemade jellies, greeting cards, soaps, Mary Kae, Avon and more. Bake sale, quilt sale, raffle, prizes and refreshments available.

• Fall Extravaganza, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church. Soup and sandwich luncheon and a craft and vendor fair. Please stop by, have lunch and get some Christmas shopping done. For more information, call 507-433-3782.

• Winter Coat Distribution, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church. Free gently used or new winter coat for anyone who doesn’t have one (as supplies last) – for more information, call 507-433-2642.

• Kids’ Studio – Surprise Art Project, 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Austin ArtWorks Center. With Jenelle Cummings. For children ages 4-14; cost $5.  For more information or to sign up, call 507-434-0934.

• Mugs and Handles, 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the Austin ArtWorks Center. With James Bracken. Advance techniques for clay on the wheel – first of a three session class. For ages 16 and older. To register or for more information, call 507-434-0934.

• Winter Coat Distribution, 3 to 5 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church. Free gently used or new winter coat for anyone who doesn’t have one (as supplies last) – for more information, call 507-433-2642.

• Fourth Czech It Out Dinner, 5-7:30 p.m. at VFW Post 1216 Clubroom, 300 Fourth Ave. NE. A Czech-style dinner returns to raise funding to support Austin-area veterans groups and VFW-sponsored activities, including the Honor Guard. A limited number of tickets — $20 per ticket — are available now only on a presale basis. No tickets will be sold at the door.

• Northwestern Singer Benefit Concert, 7-9:30 p.m. at St. Olaf Lutheran Church. For more information, go to

• Weathered Willow, 7:30-9:30 p.m. at the Historic Paramount Theatre. Discover an up-and-coming alternative band with Tinderbox, Matt Mason, Swan Solo, and Weathered Willow, the new Josh Whalen project. For tickets or more information, call 507-434-0934.

Sunday, Nov. 5

• The Austin Symphony Chorus Rehearsal for Poulenc’s “Gloria,” 2 p.m., St. Olaf Lutheran Church. Rehearsals continue on Sundays (2-4 p.m.) and Thursdays (7-9 p.m.) at St. Olaf Lutheran Church. All singers are welcome. For more information, call 433-8719.