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Best Bets: Austin Police Officer’s Association presents Clare Dunn in concert

The Austin Police Officer’s Association (APOA) will present its annual Country Western Spectacular featuring country musician Clare Dunn on Saturday at Knowlton Auditorium at Austin High School.

Known for singles such as “Move On” and “Tuxedo”, Dunn has opened for many notable country acts such as Florida Georgia Line, Chris Young, Miranda Lambert, Keith Urban, Hank Williams Jr. and Trace Adkins. She will be the headlining act for what Austin Police Chief David McKichan calls the largest APOA single fundraiser event of the year.

“The Austin Police Officer’s Association is the charitable arm of the Austin police officers,” McKichan said. “It’s not affiliated with the city, but it does allow officers, via paycheck deductions and other fundraising events, to support small endeavors in our community.”

McKichan said that this year, as in past events, will feature “incredible, high-quality talent.”

“In the past, we’ve had some with significant name recognition and we’ve also had that are up and coming,” he said. “Having been to numerous (concerts), I can say that from the opening acts to the main acts themselves, even if you may not be familiar with them, have been incredibly talented.”

The concert will be held at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19, at Knowlton Auditorium. Tickets are $25 for general admission,

“It’s one of those rare opportunities in Austin to hear and experience live music in a setting like Knowlton, which is a fantastic venue for the type of performance we’re bringing in,” McKichan said. “I encourage those that are around and looking for something to do in Austin this weekend to check out the concert.”

For more information, call 507-513-2324.


Schedule of Events

Friday

• Austin Community Red Cross Blood Drive, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Cedars of Austin. For questions or to schedule an appointment, call 1-800-733-2767 or visit www.redcrossblood.org. Walk-ins also welcome.

• Just for Teens and Tweens – Book or Movie? 1 p.m. at the Austin Public Library. Which is better – the book or the movie?  The book/movie in question is “Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief.” For youth in grades 4 to 8. Don’t forget to read the book before coming. For more information, call 507-433-2391.

• Kay Sea Club Bingo, 5:30 p.m. at the Mower County Senior Center. Fifteen games to be played. Cost is $12 for a packet.

• MacPhail Spotlight Series – The Roaring Twenties, 7 p.m. at the Historic Paramount Theatre. Enjoy iconic songs like “Honeysuckle Rose,” “Sweet Sue,” and “Ain’t We Got Fun” alongside instrumental selections as this program takes you back to one of America’s most transformative eras. Dancer Vie Boheme will add her choreography to select tunes on the program as well as lead the post-concert dance party. Tickets for adults $20, for students and seniors $5. For tickets or more information, go to www.austinareaarts.org or call 507-434-0934.

• JCI Minnesota All State Convention 2019, at the Holiday Inn Austin Conference Center. For more information, call 507-433-1000.

Saturday

• Kids’ Studio (Clay) – Make a Monster, 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Austin ArtWorks Center. With Laura Brandenburg. For kids ages 5-10. Cost: $5. To sign up or for more information, go to www.austinarearts.org or call 507-434-0934.

• Steak Fry, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Adams American Legion. All-you-can-eat meal including onion rings, french fries, coleslaw and baked beans. Cost is $12 per meal; all proceeds will benefit the Southland Clay Target Team.

• Sola Fide Observatory, 8 p.m. at Sola Fide Observatory. Come out and discover fascinating facts about the night sky during our free observatory open house hours. For more information, call 507-437-7519 or email info@hormelnaturecenter.org.

• JCI Minnesota All State Convention 2019, at the Holiday Inn Austin Conference Center. For more information, call 507-433-1000.

Sunday

• Kay Sea Club Bingo, 1:30 p.m. at the Mower County Senior Center. Fifteen games to be played. Cost is $12 for a packet.

• JCI Minnesota All State Convention 2019, at the Holiday Inn Austin Conference Center. For more information, call 507-433-1000.