Happy Wednesday! The calendar is full of great events at the end of April including Earth Day. Quarry Hill Nature Center is hosting an Earth Day FANfare. Bring your family to enjoy activities throughout the day. Have a great week!

Wednesday Apr 25, 2012

Americana Showcase

 Rochester Civic Theatre. They come from Nashville, they come from Lyle, they end up at the Rochester Civic Theatre.  Part of the 2012 RCT Winter/Spring Americana Showcase Series.

Civic Live: Americana Showcase

Rochester Civic Theatre. Live music event featuring: Matthew Ryan, Brandon Sampson, Erik Koskinen. Tickets on sale now at 507-282-8481 or www.rochestercivictheatre.org. Ticket: $17.50 in advance / $22 at the door

Spring 2012 Jazz Band and Aires Concert

Hill Theatre. Join us for an evening of high-energy, toe-tappin', rock the house music from the RCTC Jazz Band and show choir, the RCTC Aires.  Refreshments served at intermission.  Tickets cash or check only, no refunds, reserved seating.

RCTC Art Portfolio


Rochester Community & Technical College, College Center 200. 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.

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

 Recurring weekly on Wednesday at O'Neill's Pizza.Watch Bob perform table-side magic and make balloon animals..

Rochester Moms On The Run

John Withers Sports Complex. ROCHESTER MOMS ON THE RUN Fitness, Fun & Friendship! Learn to Run ~ Improve your Time Hundreds of women have gone from walking to running their very first race. You can too! Programs for intermediates and boot camps are also available. Have a blast getting in shape and make new friends with a great group of women from around the area! This cardio interval training program will focus on fat-burning. Choose walking, running or both! Women of all ages, stages and fitness levels are welcome.


Thursday Apr 26, 2012

Merengue: Beginner Latin Dance


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.

RCTC LIFE (Learning is Forever) Ancient Egypt to c. 1200 BC

This class is the second of a series of three classes on the ancient middle east before the conquests of Alexander the Great. Beginning with the earliest small polities along the Nile we will look at the formation of a United Kingdom during the Old Kingdom era and then the elements that fractured that unity twice during the ancient period.

RCTC LIFE (Learning is Forever) Hollywood Goes to War: The Making of Warner Bros. “Casablanca”

In 1942, “Casablanca” was simply another Warner Brothers motion picture. Today, it ranks as the American Film Institute's number two movie of all time, listed among “Gone with the Wind,” “Citizen Kane,” and the “Wizard of Oz.” This two-hour class examines how history, Hollywood and Humphrey Bogart came together with a young Swedish actress and a cast of European refugees to create this enduring classic.

Rochester Public Library Foundation Hosts An English Evening

 Doubletree by Hilton Rochester - Mayo Clinic Area. This is the second event in the Rochester Public Library Foundation's Cultural Event Series.  On Thursday, April 26, at the Doubletree Hotel in downtown Rochester, the Rochester Public Library Foundation's English Evening will celebrate all things English - from its ales to its entertainment.

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.


 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.

Friday Apr 27, 2012

All-You-Can-Eat Fish Fry

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

Blue Moon Mix

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

Diana Parks, Kevin Kleist & Friends

 Pappageorge Taverna at Michaels Restaurant. Acoustic Favorites of the Beatles, Linda Ronstadt, Faith Hill, Adele and more.

Elks Scholarship Fundraiser; Dinner and Comedy Club

Cordon Bleu Chicken Dinner by Canadian Honker with Open Mic and Comdedy Show with Comedians David Harris and Kevin Cahak. Kelly Powers will MC the event.

Grace Potter and The Nocturnals

Presentation Hall. Grace Potter and The Nocturnals ((LIVE)) at the Mayo Civic Center - Presentation Hall.  Opening act : Rayland Baxter.  Tickets at the Mayo Civic Center Box Office , all Ticketmaster locations, and at Tickemaster.com.  Get a preview this coming Sat night 04/21 (10pm cdt) as Grace and her band perform at Coachella via You Tube http://www.youtube.com/Coachella.

RCTC LIFE (Learning is Forever) How to Survive the Stress of Life in the 21st Century. What We Never

Dr. Edward Creagan, a professor of Oncology and Hospice Medicine, will share with us in an engaging and humorous manner what we really need to understand about stress and burnout. He will focus on three major areas. 1. The frequency of this pandemic which cuts across all countries and all professions. 2. How do we know if we are on the verge of a major meltdown?

Storyhill in


Zumbrota State Theatre.With harmonies that have been compared to The Everly Brothers and Simon & Garfunkel, melodies that sink into your skin and clever tale telling that sticks with you, it’s no wonder fans demanded the reunion of childhood friends Chris Cunningham and John Hermanson, a duo known as Storyhill.

Artists Clearing House Indoor Art Fair

 Crossings at Carnegie. At Crossings’ 8th Annual Artists Clearing House indoor art fair, visitors can feast their eyes on many beautiful works of art, at prices that make it easy to bring home one-of-a-kind pieces.  A wine tasting starts at 5:30 p.m. Friday. See artist demonstrations on Sunday! This indoor art fair is open to the public, free of charge.

Blithe Spirit

 Mantorville Opera House. Blithe Spirit AN IMPROBABLE FARCE IN THREE ACTS BY Noel Coward “Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.” Novelist Charles Condomine wants to include the occult in his next work. For research, he arranges for the somewhat eccentric (Aren't they all?) medium, Madame Arcati, to conduct a séance. Of course, Charles does not expect anything to come of it, but of course something does.


Saturday Apr 28, 2012

"Best Seat In The House" with Mark Rosen

 Barnes and Noble. For more than forty years, Mark Rosen has been at the forefront of sports media in the Twin Cities, the region, and the state-a true icon of the Minnesota sports scene. Please join us as we welcome Mark Rosen to Rochester for an afternoon of stories from his newly published book "BEST SEAT IN THE HOUSE" Mark Rosen's Sports Moments and Minnesota Memories.

Chanticleer - In Concert

Presentation Hall. Tickets on sale August 8 (members), August 22 (public). This Grammy winning classical vocal ensemble is known around the world as "an orchestra of voices" for the seamless blend of its twelve male voices ranging from countertenor to bass and its original interpretations of vocal literature, from Renaissance to jazz, and from gospel to venturesome new music. Called "the world’s reigning male chorus", by The New Yorker magazine.

Comedy Night at Cannon River Winery

Our first ever comedy night in January was a huge hit, so we're doing it again! Join us for a night of laughter on Saturday, April 28th with some great comedians from 7 pm to 9 pm. Ron Lamprecht will be back and this time Todd Andrews and Jodie Maruska will be joining him. Tickets are $25 in advance and space is limited. Must be 21 years of age or older to attend. Call the winery at 507-263-7400 to reserve your seats! Complementary light appetizers will be served.

Doghouse John and the Misbehavors

 Pappageorge Taverna at Michaels Restaurant. Chicago-style Blues with Soulful Harmonica Riffs.

Earth Day FANfare

Quarry Hill Nature Center. Take your family outdoors and connect with nature at this Free “Families Active in Nature Earth Day Celebration.” Activities are ongoing throughout the day and include guided fossil hunting with Minnesota Master Naturalists, Geo-caching, Creek Critter Explorations led by Rochester Storm Water Management, live animal presentations, and guided bird hikes with local Audubon members. Detailed schedule can be found at www.qhnc.org

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! 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!

Music at Salem Glen- John Paulson & Eric Heukeshoven Jazz Duo

Salem Glen Vineyard and Winery. John Paulson (sax & flute) and Eric Heukeshoven (piano) have been performing together for over 25 years and they are both on the music faculty at Saint Mary's University in Winona, MN. They will be playing their usual superb blend of recognizable jazz standards, light bossa novas and blues.

"Days Gone By" Amish Country Tour

Immerse yourself in the timeless culture of the Old Order Amish as we journey down roads less traveled through Minnesota's largest Amish settlements. This enriching, scenic tour affords the opportunity to observe and learn first-hand about the Amish way of life.

Wine Tasting at Post Town Winery

Post Town Winery - Plaza 14 Building Suite Six. 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. You will be welcomed with a keepsake engraved wine glass for your tasting pleasure, followed by a relaxing tasting experience with coffeehouse style music, cheese and crackers and good conversation.

Sunday Apr 29, 2012

Bruce Molsky in Concert

 Crossings at Carnegie. Grammy-nominated Molsky is revered for his fiddling, and sings and plays guitar and banjo. In fact, he stands today as the defining virtuoso of Appalachia's timeless folk music traditions, a feat even more incredible because he didn’t start playing until age 18, and didn’t make music his full-time profession until after his 40th birthday.

Live Music: Joel Kachel

Cannon River Winery. This original singer-songwriter is sure to get your attention with his engaging stage presence and lively music. 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!

National Eagle Center & Mississippi River Valley Tour

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! Visit barlowplaza.com to view Johnny's spectacular menu and to view the live music lineup for Sunday brunches.

Monday Apr 30, 2012

Civic Live: Melvin Gray Owl & Nakoma

Rochester Civic Theatre Patio. Native American presentation.

Melvin Grey Owl and Nakoma (Native American presentation)

The Native American Studies class at RCTC, taught by Dr. Robert Sanborn, along with RCTC Student Life will present an evening with Melvin Grey Owl and Nakoma, as well as other local Native American speakers and performers at the Civic Theatre Patio! The event will run from 5:30pm till 8:00pm with the presentations shifting to the lobby in case of rain. The public is cordially invited to attend. Admission free. Open to the public.

Rosemary and Meredith Willson Harmony for Mayo Program

 Mayo Clinic - Lips Atrium. Leon Joseph Littlebird, Native American flute.  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.


 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 May 01, 2012

RCTC LIFE (Learning Is ForEver) Lands of the Dakota War 1862

A power point presentation reviewing the events of the U.S. Dakota War on the 150th commemorative anniversary year of the event. This program will touch on the early relations of the Dakota people and westward expansion, Treaties, build up to conflict, the six week war, trials and aftermath.

UMR CONNECTS~Silent Spring: Fifty Years Later

 University of Minnesota-Rochester. In 1962, Rachel Carson, a soft-spoken former U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist published her fourth book. Silent Spring had an immediate and profound impact upon the nascent environmental movement and, 50 years later, is widely regarded as one of the most influential American works of the 20th century. We will discuss the book, the controversy it initially created, and the not-often mentioned relationship between Ms. Carson and the Mayo Clinic.

Scott Hosier World War II Round Table Schedule 2011-2012

 Assembly of God Church. A different program will be presented each month.