−Red Cross Blood Drives (all-day)Mar 5 – Mar 8
March is Red Cross Month and the American Red Cross is recognizing the nation’s Everyday Heroes who give of themselves and in some way help their community. Area residents have opportunities to be Red Cross lifesavers this week at:
Tuesdaym March 5 – Truman High School, 12-5pm
Wednesday, March 6 – Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, 12-6pm
Thursday, March 7 – Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, 12-6pm
Friday, March 8 – St. John’s Lutheran Home, Springfield 12-5pm
Friday, March 8 – Janesville High School, 9am-2pm.
For more information on helping the Red Cross, go to redcross.org.+Red Cross Blood Drives (all-day)
−Sleepy Eye Sportsmen’s Club Chili/Soup Fundraiser11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sleepy Eye Sportsmen’s Club Chili/Soup Fundraiser on Thursday, March 7, 11am-6:30pm at the Servicemen’s Club.
$7.50/All you can eat. Serving chili, chicken soup, egg salad and ham sandwiches, beverages. Take outs available. Call day of at 794-7391.+11:00 amSleepy Eye Sportsmen’s Club Chili/Soup Fundraiser
−LCS Preschool Open House & Kindergarten Round-Up4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
LCS Preschool Open House and Kindergarten Round-Up on Thursday, March 7, 4-7pm, Come and Go.
Come, go on a Safari and find a Treasure at Lafayette Charter School, 351 6th Street, Lafayette. There will be a scavenger hunt and cookies and juice.
LCS Preschool offers all week programming; 2, 3, 4 or 5 day options. All Day, Everyday Kindergarten. Explore the wonderful educational experience your child will receive at LCS. Enroll your child at the Preschool Open House and Kindergarten Round-Up. Phone 507-228-8943.
Lafayette Charter School; www.lafayettecharter.k12.mn.us.+4:00 pmLCS Preschool Open House & Kindergarten Round-Up
−Education Funding Reform, Hot Topics Breakfast, New Ulm7:30 am – 8:30 am
Friday, March 8, 7:30am, New Ulm Country Club – Hot Topics Breakfast, Education Funding Reform
Bob Meeks, Executive Director of the Minnesota School Boards Association, will discuss recommendations for education funding reform as developed by the state Task Force on Education. Learn more about pupil weighting factors; learn more about regional cost adjustments; learn more about levy vs. aid in school funding; Is metro and outstate funding equitable?; learn about estimated education revenue increase and related tax impact; will there ever by adequate school funding?
Sponsored by New Ulm Area Chamber of Commerce, Cost $7/Chamber members; $9/general admission. RSVP to Chamber at 233-4300 or firstname.lastname@example.org by noon on Wednesday, March 6.+7:30 amEducation Funding Reform, Hot Topics Breakfast, New Ulm
−18th Annual Building Bridges Conference, Gustavus, St. Peter (all-day)Mar 9 – Mar 10
Gustavus Adolphus College will host its 18th Annual student-led Building Bridges Conference on Saturday, March 9. This year’s conference “Sentenced for Life: Confronting the Calamity of Mass Incarceration” will provide attendees the opportunity to engage in dialogue about the often ignored issue of injustice in the American prison system.
This year’s keynote speakers include scholar and political activist Dr. Angela Davis and Dr. Marc Lamont Hill, activist, political commentator and one of the coutry’s leading hip-hop generation intellectuals.
Schedule: 9am registration at C. Charles Jackson Campus Center
The conference is open to the public, but tickets are required and may be purchased in advance at gustavustickets.com. Tickets are $10 per person, but are complimentary for college students, high school students, and Gustavus students, faculty and staff with a valid ID. Questions, call 507-933-7449.+18th Annual Building Bridges Conference, Gustavus, St. Peter (all-day)
−‘Caged 4 Critters’, New Ulm9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Join them for the 2013 ‘Caged 4 Critters’ Fundraising Event on Saturday, March 9, 9am-4pm. Brown County Humane Society, 1301 South Valley Street, New Ulm, 507-359-2312. Lunch will be provided.
Come on in and be a ‘Jail Bird’ to help raise funds for the Brown County Humane Society. 100% of dollars raised goes directly to assist the pets at the shelter.+9:00 am‘Caged 4 Critters’, New Ulm
−Pigeon Project Workshop, St. James10:00 am – 11:00 am
Saturday, March 9, 10am at Watonwan County Fairgrounds, St. James.
Pigeon Project Workshop for 4-Her’s, Leaders and open to public. Free admission. Workshop Leader, National Pigeon Association Juniors Director Kim Bartz. Many pigeon breeds on display with all areas of the project covered.
Information, contact Trevor Nau at 507-375-7416. Sponsored by Fieldon Rustlers 4-H Club.+10:00 amPigeon Project Workshop, St. James
−Courtland Rec Center Fish Fry11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Courtland Rec Center 62nd Annual Fish Fry on Saturday, March 9, at the Courtland Rec Center from 11am-8pm.
Featuring beer battered fish, German or American potato salad, cole slaw, coffee and milk. Tickets are $10/adults; $5/children. Take outs also available.+11:00 amCourtland Rec Center Fish Fry
−Essig Youth Baseball/Softball Sign Up12:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Come to the country and learn the games of baseball and softball. Sign up day for all Essig youth teams is March 9, 12:30-3:30pm, Carl’s Corner in Essig.
For more information, contact for softball is Ron Domeier at 354-8424; Konnie Kuck 359-9511 or baseball Doug Radloff at 276-4365.+12:30 pmEssig Youth Baseball/Softball Sign Up
−Lamberton Commercial Club 5th Annual Chili Cook Off5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Lamberton Commercial Club 5th Annual Chili Cook Off will be Saturday, March 9, at the Lamberton Legion Club.
Calling all Cooks. For more information or to sign up for the competition, call the Music Mart at 752-7312. No entry fee. Prizes will be awarded.
1st place – electric roaster with personalized apron
2nd place – Pampered Chef utensil gift pack
3rd place – Tupperware storage container gift pack
Chili will be served to the public from 5pm until gone. Cost is $5; taste as many as you want. Bake sale starts at 5pm. All proceeds will go to the Save the Pool Fund.+5:00 pmLamberton Commercial Club 5th Annual Chili Cook Off
−Lions Pancake and Sausage Brunch, Sleepy Eye8:00 am – 1:00 pm
Lions Pancake and Sausage Brunch, Eagles Orchid Inn, Sleepy Eye on Sunday, March 10, 8am-1pm.
All the pancakes you can eat, with applesauce and sugar free syrups available. Adults at door/$8; in advance/$7.50. Children 6-12 at door/$3.50; in advance/$3. Under 6/free. Tickets available at the Sleepy Eye Harold Dispatch, the Eagles Orchid Inn or from any Lions Member. Sponsored by Sleepy Eye Lions Club. Proceeds go to Lions Community Projects.+8:00 amLions Pancake and Sausage Brunch, Sleepy Eye
−New Ulm Music Boosters Pancake Breakfast & Bake Sale8:00 am – 12:30 pm
New Ulm Music Boosters Pancake Breakfast and Bake Sale, Sunday, March 10, 8am-12:30pm, St. Mary’s Church Basement, 417 South Minnesota, New Ulm.
Adults/$6; children under 9/$3. Serving pancakes, sausages, applesauce, milk, coffee. For tickets or information, call Mimi at 359-4766.+8:00 amNew Ulm Music Boosters Pancake Breakfast & Bake Sale
−Plato Lions Club Spring Brunch9:00 am – 12:30 pm
Plato Lions Club 30th Annual Spring Brunch, Sunday, March 10, serving 9am-12:30pm at the Plato Hall.
All you can eat pancakes, sausage, eggs, toast and beverage. Free will donations accepted.
Bring items for the Food Shelf to the Lions Brunch and Plato Lions will donate $1 for every pound of food collected at the brunch and it will be brought to Plato Home Center for March Drive.+9:00 amPlato Lions Club Spring Brunch
−19th Annual RV Camping Show, New Ulm (all-day)Mar 13 – Mar 17
19th Annual RV Camping Show, New Ulm Civic Center, 12 North and Franklin, New Ulm, Joe’s Camper Sales, Wednesday through Sunday, March 13-17.
Register for door prizes; free admission. Hours Wednesday 5-9pm; Thursday 12-9pm; Friday 12-9pm; Saturday 9am-6pm; Sunday 11am-4pm. Southern Minnesota’s Largest Indoor Camper Show.
Factory reps; specials on all camping accessories; framed and matted prints for sale; over 70 units on display.
Joe’s Camper Sales, Inc., New Ulm, MN; www.joescampers.com; 507-354-8106 or 1-800-607-7887+19th Annual RV Camping Show, New Ulm (all-day)
−North American Farm & Power Show (all-day)Mar 14 – Mar 16
North American Farm & Power Show at the Steele County Fairgrounds in Owatonna – Thursday, Friday and Saturday, March 14, 15 & 16; Thursday and Friday 9am-5pm and Saturday 9am-4pm. Free admission and free parking.
Extensive farm, ranch and dairy equipment displays; see the latest technology and new product introduction; alternative energy displays; free ag seminars; register for the grand prize, courtesy of Ag Power, a $1,700 John Deere D110 Lawn Tractor+North American Farm & Power Show (all-day)
−Dairy Queen Blizzard Day, Pro Kinship for Kids4:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Dairy Queen Blizzard Day, plus a real feel for what Pro Kinship for Kids is all about – Thursday, March 14, all day Blizzard sales and crafts and games from 4-7:30pm.
Come buy a blizzard anytime on Thursday, March 14, at the New Ulm Dairy Queen and a portion of the amount you pay for your blizzard will go to fund Pro Kinship for Kids activities.+4:00 pmDairy Queen Blizzard Day, Pro Kinship for Kids
−American Legion Fish Fry, New Ulm11:00 am – 8:00 pm
American Legion Seifert-Bianchi Post 132 Fish Fry, 13 South Minnesota, New Ulm, on Friday, March 15, 11am-8pm or until gone.
$10/adults; $5/children.+11:00 amAmerican Legion Fish Fry, New Ulm
−Scouting for Food Drive (all-day)Mar 16 – Mar 23
The Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts in New Ulm will have their annual Scouting for Food Drive to help fill shelves at the New Ulm Emergency Food Shelf.
The house-to-house pickup of food will take place Saturday, March 23, starting at 8:30am. Between March 16 and 20, the Scouts will deliver plastic bags to all houses in New Ulm as a reminder for residents to remember the food shelf drive.
Residents who will not be home on March 23, may leave their food donation at local churches or in the food shelf boxes at HyVee or Cash Wise. Also, the local Curves for Women business will collect donations.
These are items most in need of: peas, canned carrots, mixed vegetables, chicken noodle soup, bathroom tissue, boxes potatoes, instant oatmeal, chicken helper, tuna helper and macaroni and cheese.+Scouting for Food Drive (all-day)
−2013 Irish Ladies Luncheon, New Ulm11:00 am – 12:00 pm
2013 Irish Ladies Luncheon on Saturday, March 16 at Rhine-Elbe Room at the Holiday Inn, New Ulm from 11am-?
The menu will be grilled chicken croissant deluxe w/soup and coffee. $12.60 including tax and tip; cash or checks only. Bar service available; 11am social; 11:30 lunch served. Call Mary at 359-9622 or Mary at 354-2427.+11:00 am2013 Irish Ladies Luncheon, New Ulm
−New Ulm Bird and Animal Swap and Sell Day12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Saturday, March 16 – New Ulm Bird and Animal Swap and Sell Day, Brown County Fairgrounds Youth Coliseum, New Ulm.
16 and over/$3. Buy, sell, trade – Fancy Poultry and Pigeons, Gamebirds, Rabbits, Cage Birds, Equipment. Come early for best selection.
Sponsored by Brown County Poultry and Pigeon Association. For more information, call 507-354-6448.+12:00 pmNew Ulm Bird and Animal Swap and Sell Day
−Women’s History Luncheon, New Ulm12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
The Women’s History Luncheon will be held Saturday, March 16 at Turner Hall in New Ulm at 12pm. Tickets are $12 available at BCHS
Honoring Brown County women who have provided medical services to impoverished areas. The speaker will be Dr. Laurel Gamm and the topic is: ‘Serving with Doctors without Borders’.+12:00 pmWomen’s History Luncheon, New Ulm
−Lafayette Area Lions Fundraiser9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Lafayette Area Lions Pancake and Waffle Breakfast Fundraiser will be Sunday, March 17, 9am-1pm at the Lafayette Community Center.
Serving pancakes, waffles with toppings, scrambled eggs, sausage, ham, juice, milk and coffee. Adults/$7; ages 6-12/$4; under 6/$1.
Proceeds go toward scholarships for post-secondary students from the Lafayette area.+9:00 amLafayette Area Lions Fundraiser
−Hanska Fire Department Waffle Breakfast9:00 am – 1:00 pm
The Hanska Fire Department will be having a Waffle Breakfast with Hanska’s special sausages on Sunday, March 17, from 9am-1pm at the Hanska Community Center.
All you can eat Dad’s Belgian Waffles is just &8 per person and children 5 and under are free. Take outs and in town delivery is available.
All proceeds will go to the Hanska Fire Department Relief Association and fire department training.+9:00 amHanska Fire Department Waffle Breakfast
−Darfur Fireman’s Relief Association Brunch10:00 am – 1:00 pm
The Darfur Fireman’s Relief Association will hold a brunch on Sunday, March 17, from 10am-1pm at the Darfur Hall in Darfur.
Meal includes pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage and a beverage. $7/adults; $3/children 3-12; children under 3/free.+10:00 amDarfur Fireman’s Relief Association Brunch
−New Ulm/Sleepy Eye Hockey Sauerkraut and Landjaeger Dinner10:30 am – 1:30 pm
The New Ulm/Sleepy Eye Hockey Association will be hosting their annual Sauerkraut and Landjaeger Dinner on Sunday, March 17, at Turner Hall in New Ulm, from 10:30am-1:30pm.
Tickets are $10/adults; kids 10 and under/$5. Take out orders available.
Enjoy a great meal and help support the New Ulm/Sleepy Eye Hockey Association.+10:30 amNew Ulm/Sleepy Eye Hockey Sauerkraut and Landjaeger Dinner
−Grocery Bingo, Lafayette1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
St. Gregory the Great Church CCW is hosting Grocery Bingo on Sunday, March 17, at 1pm at St. Gregory the Great Church Social Hall, Lafayette.
Donations will be accepted for the local food shelf.+1:00 pmGrocery Bingo, Lafayette
−St. Patrick’s Day Parade, New Ulm5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
The smell of corned beef and soda bread is in the air and that can only mean one. It’s time to gear up for New Ulm’s Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The parade will take place on Sunday, March 17, and will step off at 5pm. This is the 48th year of the parade, making it the longest consecutive Irish parade event in the state.
The parade route will begin at 3rd South and Minnesota Streets and proceed the wrong way up Minnesota to its conclusion at the Glockenspiel. The parade will immediately be followed by teh Gathering of the Clans Banquet at Don’s Pub (knows the rest of the year at the Kaiserhoff Restaurant) with entertainment by New Ulm’s Good Will Ambassadors, the O’Concord Singers, performing traditional Irish tunes.+5:00 pmSt. Patrick’s Day Parade, New Ulm
−Habitat for Humanity Open House5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
The Habitat of Humanity South Central Minnesota cordially invites you to the Home Dedication for the Aguilar Family on Thursday, March 21, 507 10th Avenue North, St. James.
The Open House will be 5-7pm; Dedication Ceremony at 5:30pm; refreshments served.+5:00 pmHabitat for Humanity Open House
−Tim Orth Memorial Foundation6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Tim Orth Memorial Foundation featuring The All-Jamboree Basketball Teams will be Friday, March 22, in Fairfax. Girls game starts at 6pm; boys game follows. Doors open at 5pm in the Fairfax School.
Check out www.TimOrthFoundation.org and like them on Facebook.+6:00 pmTim Orth Memorial Foundation
−Knights of Columbus Fish Boil, St. Peter7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Knights of Columbus Famous “Door Country Style” Fish Boil will be Friday, March 22, at 7:30pm at Church of St. Peter, just off the Old Fort Road, 1801 West Broadway, St. Peter.
Serving boiled Polluck, potatoes, carrots, onions and butter, served with your choice of beverage and homemade cherry or apple pie.+7:30 pmKnights of Columbus Fish Boil, St. Peter