Happy Wednesday! I hope everyone is excided for the Showcase of Homes this weekend! From noon to 5 on Saturday and Sunday April 14th and 15th and 21st and 22nd, you can find the home of your dreams of all styles and prices. Maps are available at Showcase homes. Have a great week!

Wednesday Apr 11, 2012

Rochester Public Library. VASERMIL Russian w/ English subtitles. Named after the local soccer stadium in the Southern Israeli town of Beer Sheba, VASERMIL tells the story of three teenagers from separate marginalized communities, who pin their hopes on soccer as a way out. 

RCTC LIFE (Learning is Forever) Early Spring Wildflower and Bird Identification

Prepare for the miracles of a Minnesota Springtime by learning a little more about our returning migrant birds just in time for their arrival. We’ll also introduce participants to the magical beauty of early spring wildflowers, and share tips about where to go to see them in all of their splendor. Instructor: Tom Ryan.

Rochester Civil War Round Table

 History Center of Olmsted County. Tom Ostrom, a noted historian and radio celebrity, will do a presentation on "The Voyage of the CSS Shenandoah".

RCTC LIFE (Learning is Forever) The Mississippi River: yesterday, today, tomorrow

This prominent feature of our landscape has been central in our nations history, culture, commerce, and both the exploitation and conservation of natural resources. Our illustrated river voyage will travel through the times of Indians, explorers, fur trappers, steamboats, wars, timber rafts, mussel harvests, floods, competition between railroads and river boats, and much more as we meander our way into the 21st century. April 8 class will meet in HA123. Instructor: Jim Eckblad

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

Purchase Trolley Tickets online at www.rochestermntours.com.

Bob Miller Magician

O'Neill's Pizza. Watch Bob perform table-side magic and make balloon animals..

Thursday Apr 12, 2012

Daughters of the American Revolution - Rochester Chapter

History Center of Olmsted County. Program Title: Changing Women’s Health Issues Presenter: Dr. Richa Sood, Women’s Health, Mayo Clinic Free and open to the public.

RCTC LIFE (Learning is Forever) Decorah Eagle Cam

This class will consist of a Power point presentation on raptor conservation and Bird Cams. Instructor: Robert Anderson

RCTC LIFE (Learning is Forever) The Ancient Middle East to c. 1700 BC

This class is the first of a series of three classes on the ancient middle east before the conquests of Alexander the Great. Beginning with the Sumerian Civilization in present day southern Iraq, we will follow the development of civilization in that area to the reign of King Hammurabi. 

Wine to Wate

We invite you to participate in our goal to raise money for clean water in Nicaraguan villages. Without clean water sources, many people become sick and die every year from preventable illnesses. In order to raise this money, we are hosting a premier wine tasting with Apollo's and food provided by Chef Johnny Mango. Live music by local Fair Trade band. 100% of the profits will go towards providing clean water systems in Nicaragua!

"Love Cait!"

Rochester Community & Technical College, Hill Theatre. Cait is an introverted young woman with a lifelong obsession - his name is Alex, a rich, popular, spoiled young man. In his effort to shake her constant hovering, Alex cruelly asks Cait to the senior prom and then takes another girl. At this point... the world falls off a cliff and explodes! Redemption? Love Cait! A new dark comedy by Jerry Casper.

Merengue: Beginner Latin Dance Lessons

 Blue Moon Ballroom. Merengue: Beginner Latin dance lessons. Four Thursdays, April 5-26 An upbeat, energetic Latin dance that is one of the easiest to learn. Merengue has a 2-step beat with the partners going to the side or in a circle with very small steps.

West Coast Swing: Beginner Lessons

Blue Moon Ballroom. West Coast Swing: Beginner lessons. Four Thursdays, April 5-26. This fun and funky dance is smooth, fluid, & stylish and is danced to some of the most popular music today blues, R&B, hip-hop, funk, jazz, & country music.

Friday Apr 13, 2012

All-You-Can-Eat Fish Fry

Stop down to the Clarion Inn (formerly Holiday Inn South) and try our All-You-Can-Eat Fish Fry every Friday!

Juke Box Heroes

Pappageorge Taverna at Michaels Restaurant. Golden Oldies and Light Rock.

Live Music: Michael Loonan

Cannon River Winery. Michael Loonan, a professional piano player since 1984, performs a wide variety of music including: popular standards, contemporary classics, jazz and classical. He not only plays the piano really well...he sings too! 

RCTC LIFE (Learning is Forever) Allemansrätt

This notion is literally translated as “everyone’s right.” It refers to cultural practice and legal protections for universal access to the landscape, on both private and public property.

RCTC LIFE (Learning is Forever) FRILUFTSLIV

FRILUFTSLIV & ALLEMANSRÄTT - the culture of outdoor experience in Scandinavia. Many of us in Minnesota love to explore our Scandinavian heritage via genealogy, traditional crafts, foods, and travel. 

Shalo Lee and the Rush River Band

 Wicked Moose Bar & Grill. Live country band. http://www.mlcbandcountry.com/

Rochester World Festival

 Mayo High School. Friday evening cultural performance including dance, music and entertainment. Saturday festival includes ethnic food, cultural displays, children's activities, international marketplace, interactive entertainment and more.


Rochester Civic Theatre. Premiering in 1975 and the hit of the 1997 Broadway season in a production that originated at City Center’s Encore! series, Chicago won six Tony Awards including Best Revival and later the Academy Award as Best Picture of the Year. In roaring twenties Chicago, chorine Roxie Hart murders a faithless lover and convinces her hapless husband Amos to take the rap... until he finds out he’s been duped and turns on Roxie. 


Saturday Apr 14, 2012

Ann Reed’s “Heroes: A Celebration of Women Who Changed History and Our Lives”

 Zumbrota State Theatre.What began as a song praising 40 notable women has become a touring play. Ann Reed, a folk singer who has been a guest on Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion,” “Good Morning America,” and NPR’s “Morning Edition,” wrote the song, “Heroes,” in reaction to public comments that there are no real role models left for children or adults.

Book Reading and Signing for Foster Fox, A 10,000 Lakes Tale

 AFFINITY PLUS Federal Credit Union. This is the 1st Book Reading and Signing of "Foster, Fox, A 10,000 Lakes Tale", since its release February 6, 2012. This book is set to become an Instant Classic among readers and book clubs and was inspired by animals native to Minnesota, especially Rochester, MN and is a sort of Lion King adventure written to promote animal awareness and entertain today's youth. This event is free and all are welcomed and encouraged to attend.

Compassionate Communication Workshop

Assisi Heights Spirituality Center. Wade Britzius will teach techniques of Nonviolent Communication (NVC) developed by International Peacemaker and Psychologist, Marshall Rosenberg, Ph.D. The language you use can strengthen your relationships, build trust, prevent or resolve conflicts peacefully and heal pain. 

Dancing for the Arts

 Mayo Civic Center North Hall.Ten Rochester celebrities go toe-to-toe in this fun event to raise money for arts education. It's official! The unveiling of Rochester's local celebrities has arrived. So who will kick up their heels on Saturday, April 14th, 2012 in the Exhibit Hall of the Mayo Civic Center? Check the web site for details of all the dancers and entertainment.
Rochester Public Library. Family Film: Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree. A very hungry Pooh Bear is determined to help himself to a sweet treat at the top of the honey tree.

King-Townsend Trio at Salem Glen Winery

The King-Townsend Trio features saxophonist/clarinetist David Townsend and guitarist Michael King playing jazz and blues standards. The trio this week will include Michael Sloane on double bass.

Les Fields Dixieland Trio

Pappageorge Taverna at Michaels Restaurant with Debbie Schreyer on Banjo.

Live Music: David Severson "A Taste of Bread"

Cannon River Winery. David Severson is a solo tribute artist who reproduces the great sounds of David Gates and BREAD using a fully orchestrated background soundtrack including backup vocals and harmonies. We offer wine tastings daily during all of our regular hours. You may choose a full wine tasting, a flight of three or a glass of your favorite. Let our friendly and knowledgeable staff guide you through your tasting experience while you enjoy the music!

Meet and Greet with Rochester's Superintendent Mr. Munoz

 Barnes and Noble. Please join us for a Meet and Greet with Rochester's Superintendent. An hour of coffee, cookies and a chance to mingle and chat with Mr. Munoz.

Rochester Music Expo

Eagles Club.Shop with two dozen dealers from throughout the midwest offering CDs, LPs, posters and music memorabilia from all types of music in all price ranges. We buy records, too! Early bird admission available at 8:30AM for $10/person. Save $1 off admission with the donation of two cans of nonperishable food to benefit Channel One Food Bank.

Sena Ehrhardt, Boom Boom Steve V. & Trent Rommens

Wicked Moose Bar & Grill. Live Blues Music. http://www.senaehrhardt.com/ & www.myspace.com/boomboomstevev

Straight No Chaser

 Mayo Civic Center. Straight No Chaser (SNC) are neither strait-laced nor straight-faced, but neither are they vaudeville-style kitsch. They are reinventing the idea of a cappella on the modern pop landscape. Originally formed over a dozen years ago while students together at Indiana University, the group has reassembled and reemerged as a phenomenon - with a massive fanbase.

Wine Tasting at Post Town Winery

Looking for an enjoyable Saturday afternoon event? Post Town Winery proudly opens it's doors to visitors the 2nd and 4th Saturday of every month. This boutique winery will charm you the moment you step through the door.


Sunday Apr 15, 2012

2012 Annual Spring Southern Minnesota Coin, Stamp, & Currency Show

 Mayo Civic Center. Sponsored by the Rochester Area Coin Club. Dealer tables (50) specializing in selling, buying or trading coins, currency, and stamps.

Light: a Play

 Rochester Public Library. Light: a play commissioned by the Rochester Public Library, written and directed by Rochester Civic Theatre Executive Director, Gregory Stavrou, and featuring local actors. Light explores the resonant injustice of racism through the eyes of a witty and spirited young “local” girl as she reaches toward understanding of her experiences, the actions of her peers, community and her parents.

Live Music: Daniel Switch

Cannon River Winery.Daniel Switch is a fantastic and engaging acoustic artist who plays a large variety of well-known covers! We offer wine tastings daily during all of our regular hours. You may choose a full wine tasting, a flight of three or a glass of your favorite. Let our friendly and knowledgeable staff guide you through your tasting experience while you enjoy the music!

Minnesota Alpaca Expo

Four Seasons Centre. Welcome to a unique event of its own kind for all ages! This one of kind event held is at the Four Seasons Centre in Owatonna, Minnesota. If you are interested in learning more about alpacas and the exciting business and lifestyle opportunities they offer, then you won't want to miss the Minnesota Alpaca Expo.

Rochester Music Guild Scholarship Competition Winners' Recitals

First Presbyterian Church. The winners of the 2012 Rochester Music Guild Scholarship Competition will perform in recital. This concert will showcase talented young musicians in grades 7-12. $7500 in scholarship money will be awarded to these winners. 1:00 pm – Junior Division Winners 3:00 pm – Senior Division Winners

Rochester Area Builders Spring Showcase of Homes

See the latest in new home design and innovation at the Rochester Area Builders Spring Showcase of Homes, from Noon to 5 on Saturday and Sunday April 14th and 15th and 21st and 22nd. With interest rates at near record lows, what better time to attend the Spring Showcase and find the home of your dreams! The 2012 Showcase features new homes of all prices and styles that are move in ready, or ready to customize. Admission is free. Maps are available at Showcase homes.


Monday Apr 16, 2012

Rosemary and Meredith Willson Harmony for Mayo Program

Mayo Clinic - Lips Atrium.Sally Barris, Americana singer/songwriter. Lips Atrium.

Tango: Beginner Dance Lessons

 Blue Moon Ballroom. Tango: beginner dance lessons. Five Mondays, April 2-30. Learn fans, swivels, cortes, pivots, la puertas, kicks & points in classy patterns in this smooth and dramatic South American dance called Tango.

RCTC Art Portfolio Exhibition

A Thousand Words, the 2012 RCTC Art Portfolio Exhibition at the University Center Rochester Art Gallery. Reception on Tuesday, April 17 from 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm. This exhibit is made possible with the support of the Rochester Community and Technical College Art + Design Department and RCTC Student Life.


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 Apr 17, 2012

Home Instead Virtual Dementia Presentation

 Shorewood Senior Campus.Home Instead will be at Shorewood from 8 am to 5 pm to allow you the opportunity to experience what it feels like to have dementia. To make your appointment please call Angela Budensiek at 252-9110.

RCTC LIFE (Learning is Forever) Reading Vergil’s Aeneid

As C.S. Lewis said, “With Vergil, European poetry grows up.” The Aeneid is pivotal in the history of literature in that it encapsulates the best of Greek epic, drama, and mythology, and is itself more influential on subsequent literature than any other poem.