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  1. Jun
    9
    Sun

    1. New Ulm Actors Community Theatre
      7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

      New Ulm Actors Community Theatre Presents ‘The Front Page’ – a classic comedy set in 1928 Chicago. Fast paced, wise-talking newspaper reports do anything to get a story.

      Come enjoy this comedy at the newspaper business. Martin Luther College Auditorium, Friday and Saturday, June 7 and 8 at 7:30pm and Sunday, June 9 at 2pm.

      Tickets are just $7/adults; $5/students and children. Get your tickets from New Ulm Chamber or online at newulm-act.com.

  2. Jun
    10
    Mon

    1. Volunteer Appreciation BBQ and Potluck, St. James
      5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

      Habitat for Humanity is hosting a Volunteer Appreciation event at 5:30pm at Memorial Park, north end shelter, in St. James on Monday, June 10. Join us in celebration of all the contributions in building a home and changing the lives of two new homeowners in 2013.

      Hamburgers and hot dogs will be provided. We encourage everyone to bring a dish to share. Anyone who is interested in learning more about volunteering opportunities at Habitat for Humanity is invited to attend.

    2. NUACT Auditions ‘South Pacific”
      7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

      We are looking for young people 18-35 who want to play sailors and nurses on a South Pacific Island and who want to have fun!

      The New Ulm Actors Community Theatre, NUACT, continues the audition process. Three audition dates for 18 or more adults roles and 12 children’s roles (age 6-18) will be held Monday, June 10, at 7pm; Wednesday, June 12, at 7pm and June 15 at 1pm at the Martin Luther College. Callbacks, if necessary, will occur after regular auditions on June 15.

      Four performances are planned at 7:30pm on Thursday, July 25; Friday, July 26; and Saturday, July 28 and 2pm on Sunday, July 28. All shows will be in the 900 seat DAC (former Middle School) auditorium, which is air conditioned. Reserved seating will go on sale after June 15.

      People who audition will read material from the script, learn then sing musical numbers from the show and practice a simple dance routine. Nothing to prepare. Everyone who loves musical theatre is strongly encouraged to participate on stage as performers or off stage working with costumes, sets, properties, publicity. The show is still seeking a choreographer.

      Call Paul at 507-359-9990 or email execdir@newulmact.com or visit www.newulmact.com for more information.

  3. Jun
    11
    Tue

    1. Springfield Garden and Hobby Club Convention
      7:30 am – 9:00 am

      The Springfield Garden and Hobby Club and the Springfield Garden and Study Club are hosting The 58th Annual Convention of the Minnesota State Horticultural Society Fourth District “Prairie Gardeners” to be held on Tuesday, June 11 from 8am-3pm at the Springfield Community Center, 33 South Cass Ave, Springfield.

      The convention will feature a flower show and flower show entries are to be brought in from 7:30-9am – enter at the NE doors. Participation in the flower show is open to the public and is free. Judging of the entries is at 9am.

      Registration and coffee from 8-9am. The meeting will begin at 9am, with a welcome from Springfield’s Mayor, Mark Brown. The program will feature three speakers: Jan Dittbenner, Master Gardener, will speak on Companion Gardening; Lucy Hunt from St. Paul will speak on Gypsy Moths and Lynn Hacker from Hacker’s Nursery and Greenhouse will speak on Therapeutic Horticulture Healing Garden.

      A noon luncheon will be served and throughout the meeting, there will be drawings for many door prizes to guest attendees.

  4. Jun
    12
    Wed

    1. Classic Car & Bike Nights, Lafayette
      1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

      Classic Car and Bike Nights at Dave’s Place in Lafayette. Door prize drawings each night throughout evening. Free t-shirt when you come to 5 nights or more. Burgers, Specials and more! Co-sponsored by KNUJ AM 860 & SAM 107.3 FM.

      Bike Wednesdays: May 29; June 12; 26; July 10; 24; August 7; 21; September 4 and Finale September 13.

      Classic Car Fridays: June 7; 21; July 5; 19; August 2; 16; 30; Finale September 13

  5. Jun
    15
    Sat

    1. Flandrau Camping Class (all-day)
      Jun 15

      Families are invited to come to Flandrau State Park in New Ulm on Saturday, June 15, to learn all the skills they need to camp outdoors.

      The one-night ‘I Can Camp” program takes place Saturday. Experienced instructors from Conservation Corps Minnesota will teach participants basic camping and outdoor skills, including how to set up a tent, start a campfire and prepare simple and delicious meals.

      All camping equipment is provided. Participants just bring their own food and clothing. There is a $40 fee for a tent that accommodates up to six people. Advance registration is required by calling 866-857-2757.

  6. Jun
    18
    Tue

    1. Dairy Queen Blizzard Day
      4:30 pm – 7:30 pm

      Come buy a Blizzard any time on Tuesday, June 18, 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.

      You can also bring your children and neighborhood children down to Dairy Queen on Tuesday, June 18, for a real feel for what it is like to be part of Pro Kinship for Kids. Staff and volunteers will be available to answer questions and tell you about the program.

      From 4-7:30pm, there will be: create with fabric markers; design your own frisbee; fish bowl toss; tic-tac-toe toss; face painting; bean bag, ring and peanut toss games.

      Questions, call 507-359-2445

  7. Jun
    19
    Wed

    1. UCare Informational Meeting, New Ulm
      9:30 am – 10:30 am

      Wednesday, June 19, 9am at the New Ulm Community Center, upper level, 600 North German, New Ulm, UCare will hold an informational meeting about its UCAre for Seniors health care options.

      Questions, call 1-877-523-1518.

    2. Swedlanda Lutheran Midsummer Event
      4:30 pm – 7:00 pm

      Swedlanda Lutheran Midsummer Event on Wednesday, June 19, 4:30-7pm. There will be an Ice Cream Social and Supper menu consists of: pulled pork sandwiches, potato salad, beans, pie, cake and homemade ice cream, coffee and lemonade.

      The Paul Knapper Family from Renville will be performing. Be ready to rock with a variety of songs ranging from piano and violin to vocals. Midsummer begins at 4:30pm with food and fellowship. The program begins at 7pm.

      All are invited for fun, food and entertainment.

  8. Jun
    20
    Thu

    1. Fairfax Lawn Mower Days (all-day)
      Jun 20 – Jun 23

      Fairfax Lawn Mower Days, June 20, 21, 22 & 23

      Many events taking place Thursday through Sunday. Thursday is the Fairfax Royalty Coronation at Squirrel’s Bar and Grill at 7pm.

      Friday – 6pm Kids 1 mile run at Memorial Park; 7pm 5K Fun Run at Memorial Park; 7:30pm Fairfax Cardinals baseball game; 8-9pm Street Dance for Kids; 9pm-1am Street Dance with DJ Juice Belly

      Saturday, 9am Softball Tournament in Lion’s Park; 9am Volleyball Tournament in Lion’s Park; 11am GFW Legion Baseball Tournament in Memorial Park; 1-3pm Fire Department/Kids Water Fight; 6-7:30pm D&S Kids Pedal Pull; 9pm-1am Street Dance, 1st Street SE

      Sunday – 10am Worship Service; 1-5pm open swim at Fairfax pool; 2-4pm polka music at Squirrel’s Bar & Grill; 3pm Bean Bag Tournament in Lion’s Park.

  9. Jun
    22
    Sat

    1. Quiltistry at Harkin Store (all-day)
      Jun 22

      The Harkin Store is hosting a place of view and do quilting on Saturday, June 22.

      The mixing of terms ‘quilting’ and ‘artistry’ are displayed outside on porches and clotheslines along a four-block area, viewable on your own or by trolly rides along ‘the quilting trail’. Nationally-known designers and local teachers with classes and a morning tea and trunk show are some highlights.

      The Harkin Store is located 9 miles northwest of New Ulm in Nicollet County Road 21 or the bottom road, or 9 miles east of Fort Ridgely.

    2. Quiltistry: The Art of the Quilt
      10:00 am – 5:00 pm

      Quiltistry celebrates the artistic expression and history of quilts on Saturday, June 22. The biennial event is a collaboration between the New Ulm Specialty Shops and the Prairie Piecemakers Quilt Guild with events sponsored by the Brown County Historical Society Museum and the Wanda Gag House Association.

      Over 250 quilts will be hung outdoors in German and Kiesling Park, in downtown retail locations, on porches of turn-of-the-century homes on German Street and in several art and historic venues throughout New Ulm. The free self-guided tour runs from 10am to 5pm; a map and specifics about the quilts will be available at all locations. Visitors can walk, drive, or for a bit of nostalgia, they may ride a horse-drawn carriage to view the quilts.

    3. 2nd Annual Summer Party, New Ulm
      12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

      2nd Annual Summer Party, Saturday, June 22

      Grillin’ and Chillin’ with Live Outdoor Music. Gates open at 12pm; 4pm The Organic Cowboys; 8pm-12am Everett Smithson Band; free camping on club grounds; no coolers or outside beverages allowed; bring a lawn chair; in case of rain, music will be held indoors; ages 21+; free admission

      Location – from Hwy 15 south of New Ulm, go east on Hwy 68 for 2 miles, then left on 110th Avenue, watch for signs for Flying Dutchmen Motorcycle Club, New Ulm.

  10. Jun
    23
    Sun

    1. Cathedral Summer Festival
      9:00 am – 5:00 pm

      Cathedral Summer Festival, Sunday, June 23, 9am-5pm, Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, 605 North State, New Ulm.

      Roast Pork Dinner served 10:30am-1:30pm; hamburgers, hotdogs, & tacos in a bag all day in outdoor food tent; homemade pie and ice cream; German potato salad & Smearkuchen; popcorn, smoothies and fresh fruit.

      Also, live entertainment; curiosity shop; shopping; book sale; fun; big ticket raffle at 5pm.

      Also, on Saturday, June 22, 8pm, there will be a Magic Show by Ronald McDonald; popcorn & non-alcoholic beverages; scavenger hunt; family-friendly movie shown drive-in style.

    2. Carver Creek Bluegrass, Harkin Store
      1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

      Sunday, June 23, 1-4pm – Carver Creek Bluegrass (formerly known as Monson Family Bluegrass) a family band of five siblings ages 6-20, is known for delightful performances of bluegrass, old time, gospel and Irish music using a variety of instruments the typical banjo, guitar, bass and fiddle and some unusual ones, like the bodhran and musical slaw.

      The Harkin Store is glad to have the family back again for the 3rd year. Come enjoy the afternoon, bring a lawn chair or enjoy our porch. The family will have their music cds for sale.

  11. Jun
    24
    Mon

    1. Red Cross Bloodmobiles
      2:00 pm – 7:00 pm

      The American Red Cross Bloodmobile makes a few stops in the area this week.

       

      June 24 – Walnut Grove Community Center, 2-7pm

      June 26 – Lester Prairie City Hall from 1-7pm

      June 27 – Town and Country Leisure Hall in Mapleton from 1-7pm

       

      For more information on giving the gift of life, call 1-800-red-cross or log onto redcrossblood.org.

       

  12. Jun
    27
    Thu

    1. Dakota Language Programs
      3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

      Dakota Language Programs, Thursday, June 27, New Ulm Public Library Meeting Room.

      3pm is the children’s programs. Discover the Dakota language through songs and activities. Program geared to children ages 5-12, but all ages welcome.

      6pm – adult program. Information session about the Dakota Wicohan project.

      Call 507-359-8336 for more information.

    2. Celebrate Life in Redwood Falls
      5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

      Redwood Area Hospital invites all community cancer survivors to join in celebrating life at the 20th Annual Cancer Survivors Picnic. The event will be held Thursday, June 27, from 5:30-7:30pm in the Redwood Area Hospital Education Room.

      The picnic will include Subway sandwiches, beverages and utensils furnished by the hospital. Guest are invited to bring a dish to share. Entertainment at the event will feature the Cornerstone Worship Team.

      The picnic is for cancer survivors, caregivers, family, family members, friends and healthcare professionals to join together and show that life after a cancer diagnosis can be meaningful and productive.

      For more information, call Cindy at 507-637-4512.

  13. Jun
    28
    Fri

    1. Henderson Sauerkraut Days (all-day)
      Jun 28 – Jun 30

      Henderson Sauerkraut Days will be Friday, June 28, through Sunday, June 30. There is free kraut and free music all weekend. The events are taking place at Bender Park.

      Friday: Kraut Car Cruise, 7pm; Miss Henderson Coronation, 8pm; Live Music – Rum Runner’s, 9pm

      Saturday: Softball tourney begins at 8am; 5K Run/Walk 8am; bingo 11am-2pm; Czech Area Concertina Club 1-3pm; Kiddie Parade 1:30pm; Kids Pedal Pull 2pm; Owl Parade 8:30pm; live music 4-9pm

      Sunday: Grand Parade 12pm; Drum Corp Performance, following parade; Larry Novotny One Man Band 3:30-6pm; Live music Jared Graff 1:30-3pm; Kraut Eating Contest 3pm; prize drawings 4pm

  14. Jun
    29
    Sat

    1. Springfield Riverside Days Car Show
      10:00 am – 3:00 pm

      Springfield Riverside Days will be having a Car Show on Saturday, June 29, 10am-3pm at Schwanke’s Engines, US Hwy 14, East edge of Springfield. Celebrating 60 years of Corvettes from 1953-2013.

      Free registration and admission. Food and refreshments. Bring your car (even if it is not a Corvette), truck, motorcycle or tractor to show.

      For more info, call Gil at 507-648-3663.

    2. Swedefest
      6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

      19th Annual Swedefest at Bernadotte Lutheran Church Park will be taking place Saturday, June 29, 4-8pm. The Church is 6 miles east of Lafayette.

      There will be a Swedish smorgasbord served with Swedish meatballs, pork loins and all the fixings. Adults/$10; 6-12 years/$5; 5 and under/free.

      There will be a Kingery Family concert at 6pm; The Little Prairie Pickers at 4:30pm; silent auction; horse-drawn wagon rides; kids coloring contest; t-shirt making.

      In case of inclement weather, all events will be held in the church.

  15. Jun
    30
    Sun

    1. Autofest in New Ulm
      10:00 am – 4:00 pm

      13th Annual Autofest is taking place on Sunday, June 30, 10am-4pm for the Car and Motorcycle Show, located at Maday Motors Jeep and Joe’s Campers, 2403 South Broadway, New Ulm.

      Free registration and admission; free drawing all day; food and refreshments; South Central Modelers of Minnesota Model Car Contest; Music provided by Crystal Entertainment all day.

      More than 300 registered vehicles displayed each year. See them on the web at: www.autofest.org.

      Free car calendar and can cooler for the first 250 participants.

    2. Independence Celebration at the Harkin Store
      12:45 pm – 1:45 pm

      On Sunday, June 30, the historical Harkin Store will celebrate our great nation earlier this year with a firing of a cannon. The New Ulm Battery will start off the firing of the old 1862 cannon every half hour on the hour. The New Ulm Battery is celebrating their 150th Year Anniversary.

      Enjoy cold treats while listening about the 1870′s riverboat town of West Newton and the Harkin Store. Bring a lawn chair of blanket or sit on the porch for a relaxing afternoon.

  16. Jul
    1
    Mon

    1. Monday Night Concerts in German Park
      7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

       

      Enjoy complimentary music with friends and family every Monday evening during the summer!

      July 1: Ken and Ken Show

      July 8: Dick Kimmel & Co.

      Popcorn and soda for sale by Relay for Life. In case of inclement weather, the performance will be held at the New Ulm Community Center, 600 N. German St., or the New Ulm Civic Center, 1212 N. Franklin St. Listen to KNUJ or call the cancellation line at 507-354-9041 for updates.

  17. Jul
    3
    Wed

    1. 150th Commemoration of Gettysburg and the Civil War
      4:00 pm – 8:30 pm

      A Commemoration of the 150th anniversary of Gettysburg, the Civil War, and New Ulm will be held Wednesday, July 3 at Riverside Park from 4pm-8:30pm. Governor Mark Dayton will be the guest speaker at 4:15pm. Other events include concerts, speeches, a delivery of the Gettysburg Address, and canon and rifle salutes.

       
      For more info, visit nucivilwar150.com
  18. Jul
    4
    Thu

    1. Heartland Express holiday observance (all-day)
      Jul 4

      In observance of the July 4th holiday, the Brown County Heartland Express will not be operating on Thursday, July 4th. The transit office will also be closed that day.

      Regular transit services will resume on Friday, July 5th. To schedule rides for July 5th, patrons are requested to call the transit office no later than 3pm on Wednesday, July 3rd at 359-2717 or county-wide at 800-707-2717.

    2. Brown County Offices
      10:30 am – 11:30 am

      All Brown County Offices will be closed on Thursday, July 4th, for the observance of Independence Day.

    3. Habitat for Humanity charity auction
      4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

      Habitat for Humanity of South Central Minnesota will hold a charity bid auction for a garden shed built by the Habitat for Humanity – Gustavus Adolphus Campus Chapter. Bid slips will be handed out during the St. Peter 4th of July Parade. The highest bidder will be announced on July 4th at 4:30pm at the Arby’s parking lot in Minnesota Ave. Bidders do not need to be in attendance to win. All proceeds will help support the building of a new Habitat home in St. Peter.

      For further information, please contact Habitat for Humanity at 507-388-2081, ext. 4.

  19. Jul
    5
    Fri

    1. 32nd Annual Polka Fest (all-day)
      Jul 5 – Jul 7

      The 32nd Annual Polka Fest will be held at the Island Ballroom in Bird Island, MN on July 5-7. Dinner will be served Saturday from 5pm-7pm. Hot beef on wheat sandwiches and bratwurst served any time.

       

      July 5 performers: Wee Willie, Top Notchman

      July 6 performers: Top Notchman, Leon Olsen, Dale Dahmen & the Polka Beats

      July 7 performers: Chuck Thiel and The Jolly Ramblers, Larry Olsen

       

      For more information, call 320-365-9997

       

      Also, Sunday Polka Services will be held at 10am at Our Saviors Lutheran Church and at 10:30am at St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

  20. Jul
    10
    Wed

    1. Danube Fun Days
      12:45 pm – 1:45 pm

      Danube Fun Days taking place July 10-14

      There will be homemade ice cream social; treasure hunt; Dad’s Belgian Waffle feed; volleyball tournament; free watermelon; Lion’s Club BBQ Pork supper; street dance; kids street dance

      Danube Fun Days tickets available at local businesses and also during Danube Fun Days. Many activities taking place during the week and weekend.