Happy Wednesday! I hope everyone is enjoying this nice weather this week! On Saturday, GO GREEN this year at the 3rd Annual Cabin Fever Bean Bag Tournament! Come to the Clarion Inn (1630 S. Broadway) in Rochester to overcome cabin fever and further the battle against cancer and hunger. Also on Saturday, go to the Olmsted County Fairgrounds Graham Arena 1 & 2  for the 49th annual Cumulus Radio Home, Vacation & RV Show. Have a great week!


Wednesday Mar 14, 2012

Civic Live: Dan Newton and Guests in Concert

Civic Live presents Prairie Home Companion star, Dan Newton and guests on the Civic Theatre lobby stage! This event is admission free and open to the public. Beer/Wine Bar is available.

Coffee at the Princess Cafe Lecture Series

History Center of Olmsted County. Lecture: Lois Gardener "100 Years of Girl Scouting".


Rochester Public Library. THE PIANO IN A FACTORY Directed by Zhang Meng China | 2010 |

RCTC LIFE (Learning is Forever) John Locke's Second Treatise of Government

Classics of Western Literature is a series that looks at some of the important books that shaped Western Civilization.

Rochester Civil War Round Table "Dr. Mary Walker...Civil War Surgeon"

History Center of Olmsted County. Lanny Witter presents the program, "Dr. Mary Walker.... Civil War Surgeon". It takes place at the History Center of Olmsted County. The public is invited

Beth Bacon, Karel Hendee Exhibit

Two artists using vastly different media capture forests and flora in their works, and the harmony between their depictions reflects the harmony of the natural world. Karel K. Hendee’s dyed silk art quilts and the oil paintings Beth Bacon creates with a Palette knife are on exhibit at Crossings through the month of March. A reception is Fri., March 2, at 7 p.m.

Salsa - Lessons for Beginners

Salsa - lessons for beginners 4 Wednesdays, Mar 7-28 7:00-8:00pm Popular in the Caribbean and Latin America, Salsa is an energetic and happy dance that is known for funky steps & styling. This dance will get you ready for fun at the monthly Blue Moon 'Club Salsa' dances.

Twilight of the Triceratops Exhibit

The Final Chapter . . . a 2012 pre-historic encounter with the last dinosaurs to walk the earth. This exhibit features the most complete Triceratops skeleton ever found at Quarry Hill.

Mayo Historical Trolley Tour (Hop-On Hop-Off)

Purchase Trolley Tickets online at www.rochestermntours.com.

Bob Miller Magician

Recurring weekly on Wednesday at O'Neill's Pizza .


Thursday Mar 15, 2012


Don't miss this opportunity to hear Tetsuya Yamada talk about his installation, Commuter, currently on view in our A/V and Accent galleries at the Rochester Art Center.

RCTC LIFE (Learning is Forever) Reading Homer's Iliad

RCTC Heintz Bldg. , Room HA 102.The world’s oldest war poem is also the world’s best war poem. Contemporary psychology finds remarkably accurate descriptions in Homer’s Iliad of the experiences of American war veterans.


Friday Mar 16, 2012

4 Seasons of Rochester

The University of Minnesota Rochester brings together local photographers and artists to showcase 4 Seasons of Rochester at the Rochester Art Center. Don't miss the chance to take home an original piece of local art. Admission includes hors d'oeuvres, seasonal sample cocktails, and great art.

Blue Moon Mix

Blue Moon Ballroom. Blue Moon Mix, Swing, Latin, Soft-rock, Blues, R&B, Pop, Ballroom 7:30 pm Lesson, Dance 8 pm - 11 pm.

Booker & Friends

Go to Pappageorge Taverna at Michaels Restaurant for Classic Rock & Golden Oldies.

Children's Dance Theatre Silver Celebration Benefit

Rochester Civic Theatre. We are celebrating 25 years of performing in the Rochester Community - HELP US REACH 25 MORE YEARS!! Our mission is to promote the artistry and enjoyment of dance for children through quality theatrical dance productions. We provide educational and performance opportunities for youth. Join us for an evening of good food, entertainment, speakers, snap shots of the past, silent auction and fun!

Dance of Universal Peace

Hermitage Farm (6415 West River Road, Rochester, MN 55901). The Dances of Universal Peace are sacred circle dances, with very simple movements, done while singing or chanting phrases or names of the Divine from many of the world's spiritual traditions. No experience is needed, and all are welcome.

Gemini at the Wicked Moose

Live music. www.myspace.com/themightygeminirocks

Kids Night with the Triceratops

This K-5, kids-only evening is sure to be “Tops” — triceratops, that is. Spend the evening with Kelsey, the largest triceratops found to date. Explore the “Twilight of the Triceratops” fossil exhibit at Quarry Hill; enjoy a pizza dinner, a screening of the movie “Land Before Time” and a pre-historic craft. Don’t miss this evening with the last dinosaurs on earth. Pre-registration required.

Native American Flute in Song and Story

The story and song of the Native American flute will be presented at a concert by musician and tribal music educator Jon Romer at Crossings at Carnegie. Romer, who has taught tribal music for the past 15 years, will weave into his performance the history and tradition of the Native American flute, its design on a pentatonic scale, the different types of flutes traditionally played by American Indians and the various types of music they played.

PMC Events presents: LIFE PASSIONS

Uturn Coffeehouse & Event Center. PMC Events presents: LIFE PASSIONS The "Passion Test" helps you discover your "why" and get you on your life's path. Register at www.LifesFlows.com/upcomingevents

Safe & Sober Pre- St. Patricks Concert

Pre-St. Patricks Concert featuring MONOTYPE Safe and Sober Pre-St. Patricks party event. Doors open 7:30 p.m. Music kicks off at 8:00 p.m. Tickets $6.00 at the door Music featuring MONOTYPE along with Gray Matter Black band (and others TBA)

St Patrick’s Day Eve Celebration at Sontes

4 3rd Street, Rochester, MN 55904. A very special St Patrick's Day EVE celebration! Traditional Irish Fare and a Ceili dance, called by Máirtín de Cógáin and music by the Twin Cities Ceili Band (played the Ceili at Irish Fest). All proceeds benefit Irish Fest 2012.

Trace Adkins' Songs and Stories Tour

Enjoy an intimate evening that incorporates songs and stories, both humorous and meaningful, that pay homage to Trace Adkins' working-man roots and rich musical heritage

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Children’s Dance Theatre is excited to present William Shakespeare’s magical story, A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Cumulus Radio Home, Vacation & RV Show

Olmsted County Fairgrounds Graham Arena 1 & 2. If you've got a case of cabin fever, please join us for the 49th annual Cumulus Radio Home, Vacation & RV Show. Visit with more than 100 exhibitors for ideas on both indoor and outdoor home improvement projects, vacation destinations and the areas largest indoor camper display.

Salem Glen Winery & Countryside Trolley Tour

Tours board at Peace Plaza in front of Marriott Hotel & at St. Mary's crosswalk on 2nd St SW. Salem Glen is a family-owned and operated winery specializing in crafting small batches of wine made from regionally grown grapes.


Saturday Mar 17, 2012

3rd Annual Cabin Fever Benefit

GO GREEN this year at the 3rd Annual Cabin Fever Bean Bag Tournament! Join us on March 17th at the Clarion Inn (1630 S. Broadway) in Rochester to overcome cabin fever and further the battle against cancer and hunger.

Barney Fox & Dan Rengstorf

Pappageorge Taverna at Michaels Restaurant for Piano and saxophone jazz.

Downtown Winter Farmers Market

Olmsted Fairgounds (16th Street & 3rd Avenue SE, Rochester, MN 55904).You'll find a great variety of winter and greenhouse produce, and quality meats from locally raised animals at the Winter Market.

Hooray for Saturday! Children's Event

Rochester Public Library. Family Film: The Cat in the Hat The impulsive Cat in the Hat romps through the house one rainy day while mother is away. This animated film is based on the famous book by Dr. Seuss!

It's Maple Syrup Making Time!

Join us in Whitewater State Park’s sugar bush! This demonstration will introduce the long history of maple syrup and sugar making, as well as the equipment and procedures used. Participants will tap trees, gather and boil sap, and best of all; taste pure maple syrup! How does a maple sundae sound? Call 507-932-3007, extension 0 for exact time and reservations.

St. Patrick's Day Party with Time Machine

Come to the Wicked Moose Bar & Grill. Complete with costumes and exceptional musicians Time Machine delivers four unique sets - Country, 70's Disco, 80's Pop and 80's Hairband.

Starving Artist Show

Uturn Coffeehouse & Event Center (5 11 1/2 St. SE, Rochester, MN 55904). Starving Artist Show Original Artwork on display for viewing and purchase (Abstract Acrylic on Canvas) Meet the Artist...Curtis Schoppers...ask questions or get consultations.

Tri-County Pheasants Forever 29th Annual Banquet

Tri-County Pheasants Forever 29th Annual Banquet Saturday March 17th, 2012 Doors Open 5:00 PM Dinner 6:30 PM Special Events 8:00 PM Rochester International Event Center 7333 Airport View Dr SW Rochester, MN 55902 Raffles Live Auction Silent Auction Early Bird Special Order Banquet tickets by February 24th and receive $10 PF Bucks to use the night of the banquet (ticket deadline to ensure you receive a banquet meal is Friday March 9th).

Choral Arts Ensemble: Choral Classics European Excursion

Zumbro Lutheran Church. For this concert, Choral Arts Ensemble will survey some of the greatest choral music from the musically rich history of European countries.

Cumulus Radio Home, Vacation & RV Show

Olmsted County Fairgrounds Graham Arena 1 & 2. If you've got a case of cabin fever, please join us for the 49th annual Cumulus Radio Home, Vacation & RV Show. Visit with more than 100 exhibitors for ideas on both indoor and outdoor home improvement projects, vacation destinations and the areas largest indoor camper display.

"Days Gone By" Amish Country Tour

Recurring weekly on Saturday. Board at Peace Plaza in front of Downtown Marriott Hotel and at St. Marys Hospital, Main Crosswalk, 2nd Street St SW. Immerse yourself in the timeless culture of the Old Order Amish as we journey down roads less traveled through Minnesota's largest Amish settlements.

RideAbility Memorial Luncheon

Clarion Inn. Community Calendar RideAbility is a family-focused non-profit providing therapeutic horseback riding for children and adults with special needs. The program is working! For fifteen years RideAbility has been using the special horses God created for this purpose - to help our clients and their families in special ways. Tickets are valued at $25 per person, but we are able to offer tickets for $5 per person due to the financial support of many generous local businesses.


Sunday, Mar 18, 2012

National Eagle Center & Mississippi River Valley Tour

Recurring weekly on Sunday. Tours board at Peace Plaza in front of Marriott Hotel & at St. Mary's crosswalk on 2nd St SW. Relax and enjoy the scenic beauty and unique culture of the Upper Mississippi River Valley, rated among the top scenic drives in America.

Johnny Mango Sunday Brunch

Barlow Event Center. Every Sunday | 10 am - 2 pm | $14.95 per person | discount for kids | Live Music. Johnny will be serving up his Sunday Brunch Menu, Every Sunday, along with a Full cash bar that includes Fresh Squeezed drinks!


Monday Mar 19, 2012

RCTC LIFE (Learning is Forever) Mourning: How We Grieve

RCTC Heintz Bldg. , Room HA 134. Grief and mourning are universal -- but the way people express grief through mourning varies from person-to-person and culture-to-culture.

The Rosemary and Meredith Willson Harmony for Mayo Program

Mayo Clinic ( Hage Atrium).Choral Arts Ensemble, choral.


Rochester Public Library. Kids in grades K to 4 are invited to practice their reading skills with a certified therapy dog. Pre-register for a 15 minute reading session. Registrations open 30 days prior to each session. For a positive reading experience, only the child and accompanying adult should attend.


Tuesday Mar 20, 2012

RCTC LIFE (Learning is Forever) The Assassinations in the 1960's

RCTC Heintz Bldg. , Room HA 104. The assassinations of prominent Americans during the 1960's greatly altered the political and social landscape of the United States. We will discuss the impact of the assassinations of President Kennedy, Robert Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, and Medgar Evers. Instructor: Rick Ascheman

UMR CONNECTS ~ Art and Healing: Exploring the Mayo Clinic Art Collection

University of Minnesota-Rochester (111 S. Broadway, 4th Floor, Rochester, MN 55904).The primary mission of Mayo Clinic is excellence in patient care – yet its founders recognized that caring for the whole patient extends beyond treating the physical ailments. Since its inception, Mayo has used art, architecture and beauty in surroundings to address the “spiritual” aspects of medical care and to create a healing environment.