Best Bets: Hormel Home meal benefits military families

Published 6:51 am Thursday, October 31, 2019

With Veterans Day coming up in November, the Hormel Historic Home is giving residents the chance to support military families with the 2019 Hormel Military Veterans Engagement Team (HMVET) Gourmet Meal Fundraiser at 6 p.m. on Friday.

For $75, diners can enjoy a four-course gourmet meal with live musical entertainment. All proceeds from the event will support the Ironwood Springs Operation Welcome Home programming for military families.

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Hormel Historic Home Director Holly Johnson confirmed that tickets are still available; however, seating is limited.

For more information or for tickets, go to or call 507-433-4243.

All Members Art Show

Do members of Austin Area Arts have artistic talent? Come and find out Friday evening.

The Austin ArtWorks Center will be hosting a grand opening of the new All Members Show from 5-7 p.m. on Friday in the second floor gallery. The show will feature artwork made by Austin trea Arts members and will run from Friday until Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020.

For this show only, art purchased from the show may be moved immediately.

The show is free and open to the public and refreshments will be provided.

For details, please contact Kelsey Ritchie at 507-434-0934 or or visit

Thanksgiving Feast Fundraiser

Help raise funds to support the Jay C. Hormel Nature Center interns and programming during the 17th annual Thanksgiving Feast Fundraiser from 5-9 p.m. at the Austin Holiday Inn Conference Center.

Tickets are $40 for the event, which will include a social hour, delicious meal, music and entertainment, raffles, games, and a silent and live auction.

All proceeds go to the Jay C. Hormel Nature Center.

For more information or to purchase tickets, go to or call 507-437-7519.


• American Red Cross Blood Drive, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Mower County Employees.

• Halloween Dinner, noon at the Mower County Senior Center. Join us for a Halloween costume dinner – costumes are optional, but there will be a prize for the best costume. Cost is $7.50 for members, $8.50 for non-members. To sign up or for more information, stop by the Senior Center front desk or call 507-433-2370.

• 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.

• Austin Artist Series – Timothy Chooi, 7 p.m. at Knowlton Auditorium, Austin High School. Continuing with 76 years of great entertainment. This concert features award-winning violinist Timothy Chooi. For more information or tickets, email, visit or go on Facebook. New this year – tickets can be bought for each individual concert for $20, purchased on line or at the door.

• Austin Bruins vs. MN Magicians – Albert Lea Youth Hockey Night, 7:05 p.m. at Riverside Arena. Go, Bruins! Tickets available at Hy-Vee, Holiday Inn, Games People Play, Jim’s Marketplace and Riverside Arena. For more information, go to


• Austin Masonic All-You-Can-Eat Pancake Feed, 9 a.m. to noon at the Masonic Lodge. Delicious opportunity to help raise funds for local organizations – all you can eat pancakes with bacon, sausage, juice, milk and coffee for only $5. This month’s proceeds will benefit Matchbox Children’s Theatre.

• Annual Craft and Home Business Bazaar, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church. Featuring a large selection of crafts and home businesses. Church quilts, bake sale and much more. Sloppy Joes and snacks available.

• Kids’ Studio – Buried Treasure, 10:30 a.m. at the Austin ArtWorks Center. With Rachel Obranovich. For kids ages 5-10. Cost: $5. To sign up or for more information, go to or call 507-434-0934.