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Best Bets: Battling cancer, honoring survivors

Relay for Life will be held from 4:30 p.m. to midnight on Friday on Main Street.

The schedule of events is much the same as it has been in the past. At 4:30 p.m. the survivor caregiver reception will be held with the Annex Sound Jazz Band. At 6 p.m. there will be the opening ceremony complete with the National Anthem, Honorary Chair announcement and  speeches by The Hormel Institute’s Dr. James Robison and Dr. Luke Hoeppner.

At 9 p.m. the Luminary Ceremony will be held along with the reading of the names and the lighting of luminary candles and at midnight the closing ceremonies will be held.

Other entertainment will include Dylan Kaercher, Stix of Fury, a live DJ and the band Push.

For the past several years, the relay has been held at the fairgrounds, but with the move downtown, event coordinator Garrett Stadsvold is hoping to pump new life into the cause.

“I’m really hoping to gain a lot more interest,” Stadsvold said in a previous story. “Being able to educate people about the American Cancer Society and what we can do for the community is huge.”

Main Street from Steve’s Pizza to the Austin ArtWorks Center will be closed off for the event.

For more information, visit http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR?pg=entry&fr_id=93041 or contact Stadsvold at garrett.stadsvold@cancer.org.


Lilly Adams, 4, makes a mighty jump during the long jump at the Austin Noon Kiwanis Track Meet last year.
Herald file photo

Austin Noon Kiwanis Track Meet today

The Austin Noon Kiwanis Track Meet will be held at 6 p.m. today at the Wescott Sports Complex.

The track meet is for ages 3 and up. Field events begin at 6 p.m. with running events starting at 6:30 p.m. The event is free and all participants will receive ribbons. Family and friends are invited to attend.

The track meet was canceled due to rain. A make up date will be announced once confirmed.


Schedule of Events

Friday

• Summer Luncheon, noon at the Mower County Senior Center. Celebrate summer with chicken salad over shoe string potatoes, fresh fruit, scone, and dessert. Cost is $6 for members, $7 non-members. Theme is aprons – wear your favorite apron to show off to others, and participate in a contest for favorite apron of the day. Entertainment on hand too. To sign up or for more information, stop by the Senior Center front desk or call 507-433-2370.

• Open House – The Hormel Institute, 4-6 p.m. at the Hormel Institute. Free and open to the public – tour through this amazing world-class cancer research facility. For more information, call 507-433-8804.

• Chateau Speedway – Points Night, 7  p.m. at Chateau Speedway. First green flag at 7:15 p.m. Admission $10 for adults, $5 for pre-teens, free for under 5.  For more information, call 507-440-8238.

• Mamma Mia! 7 p.m. at the Frank W. Bridges Theatre, Riverland Community College. A Summerset Theatre production. This sunny and funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. The story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter, and friendship – creating an unforgettable show. Tickets $20 for adults, $12 for children and students. For tickets or more information, go to www.summersettheatre.org.

• Family Fun Night at the Municipal Pool, 7-9 p.m. at the Austin Municipal Pool. Annual opportunity for families to spend time together with fun activities at and around the pool. For more information, call 507-433-1881.

Saturday

• Book Art for All Ages – Origami, 10:30 a.m. at the Austin Public Library. Free program for kids of all ages. Check the library monthly calendar for details. For more information, call 507-433-2391.

• Open House – The Hormel Institute, 1-3 p.m. at the Hormel Institute. Free and open to the public – tour through this amazing world-class cancer research facility. For more information, call 507-433-8804.

• Mamma Mia! 7 p.m. at the Frank W. Bridges Theatre, Riverland Community College.

Sunday

• Mamma Mia! 2 p.m. at the Frank W. Bridges Theatre, Riverland Community College.

• MSF U14 AAA/15AA Baseball State Tournament, at the Riverland Baseball Complex. For more information, call 507-433-1881.