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Dec 03, 2012, 4:13 pm
Rooting around: Calendar of events


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Rochester Downtown Farmers Market – Winter Market Season

Dates are: Nov. 3, 7, 17; Dec. 1, 15, 22; Jan. 5, 19; Feb. 2, 16; March 2, 16, 30

Location: Building #41, Graham Park/Olmsted County Fairgrounds in Rochester

Hours: 9 a.m. to noon

Cost: Free admission

In addition to all the foods for a wonderful holiday meal, vendors will have wreaths, poinsettias, handmade candies, baked goods, lefse, honey, jellies, jams, goat milk soap and other specialty products from local family farms. Farmers market gift certificates make great stocking stuffers!


Now through Dec. 14


Volunteer opportunities with The Salvation Army in Rochester:

Christmas applications processing, Put your computer skills to work by helping local families apply for Christmas program assistance through The Salvation Army in Rochester. Registration will take place via computers located at The Salvation Army's building. People skills are a must. Weekdays, 9 a.m. to noon or 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. You can choose one or more three-hour shifts. E-mail Jenny to get signed up: or call (507) 288-3663 ext. 101.

Apply to volunteer for the Christmas Toy & Joy Shop, Applications are accepted now through Dec. 14 to be paired one-to-one with needy families and take them “shopping” Dec. 20 and Dec. 21 through all the donated new toys, clothes, books and games collected through the Sharing Tree at the Apache Mall, the Marine Corps' Toys for Tots and other programs. The shop is set up at the Salvation Army Community Center at 20 First Ave NE. Volunteer time commitment is two hours. Email Jenny to get signed up: or call (507) 288-3663 ext. 101.


Now through Dec. 24

Bell Ringing, An annual Salvation Army tradition! Get involved to help The Salvation Army in Rochester reach its ambitious Christmas goal of $1 million and have some fun! Outdoor and indoor locations are available, but please call early for best times and locations. Schedule family, work group or organization bell ringing shifts anytime at In Rochester, call (507) 288-3663 to reach Dave Ferber at extension 116 or Kenn Roehl at extension 118.



Nov. 2-4

GETFRESH Girl's Weekend

Location: Locations throughout Lanesboro

While the hunters away the girls will play! Ladies in Lanesboro are organizing this inaugural weekend-long event. The schedule includes a you-paint pottery class, yoga, happy hour, Pilates and more. The main event is the “Fresh Fashions...Give Kids a Fresh Start” luncheon and fashion/trunk show. Many Lanesboro businesses will display the event's logo, a daisy, and give discounts to people wearing the event's wristbands or t-shirts. Proceeds from the luncheon/ fashion show, t-shirts and part of your lodging with a participating sponsor go to support the Family & Children's Center of Winona.

Cost: Tickets are $40 for the fashion/trunk show and luncheon and include a wristband. They are on sale at Click on “Special Events.” Or, call (507) 467-2999. People who do not wish to attend the fashion show may purchase a wristband for $10 or a t-shirts for $20. Wristbands and t-shirts may be purchased at Get Fresh Vintage, Brewster Red Hotel and Riverside on the Root in Lanesboro. The same discounts at local businesses will be available to participants wearing a wristband or t-shirt. Other activities may have additional costs.


Nov. 4

BE Group Native American Sweat Lodge

Location: Meet at Wind Over Fire Healing Arts Center, 4902 Wood Lane NW in Rochester. The sweat lodge is located in Northfield.

Hours: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be two meet up times at Wind Over Fire. For those who want to participate in the full event (which is preferred and recommended), meet at 5:45 a.m. and leave for Northfield at 6 a.m. A second group will leave Rochester by 9 a.m. for Northfield.

Cost: Free, bring a dish to share.

The BE Group at Wind Over Fire Healing Arts Center has organized a Native American traditional sweat lodge in Northfield. The lodge will be led by Jesse Fearing, who is a Native American sun dancer and sweat lodge leader. The women will sweat first at 11 a.m. for 90 minutes. The men will sweat at 1 p.m. After the sweats, there will be a meal shared.

For more info, including what to wear, see This event requires registration. Call (507) 281-6649.

Nov. 8-11

Celebrating You!

Location: Simple Soaps for Simple Folks, 218 N. Main St in Dover

Hours: 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 8 and Nov. 11; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 9-10

Cost: Free admission

Simple Soaps for Simple Folks owner Shanna Wegman is taking four days to thank her customers and kick off the holiday season by hosting “Celebrating You!” This event includes wine, hors d'ouevres, a chance to win a soapmaking class for 10 (valued at $200), many other door prizes, in-store specials and a chance to connect with Wegman about her products.


Through December 


Location: Crossings at Carnegie, Zumbrota

Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Cost: Free admission

Through December, Crossings at Carnegie will host Fabrications, a month-long show of great locally made items. Artists will be available on Saturday, Dec. 8, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. to talk about their work. Open to the public during normal business days. 

Dec. 1

Artists Holiday Exhibit and Sale

Location: Winona Arts Center, 228 East 5th St. in Winona

Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Cost: Free admission

Local artists will sell their work.

For more info:


Dec. 4

Memories of the Heart Memorial Service

Location: Lighting ceremony at Van Hook Park, Rochester (at the corner of George Gibbs Drive and 6th Avenue SW, on the west side of Soliders Memorial Field). Service takes place at Christ United Methodist Church, Rochester. 

Hours: Lighting ceremony starts at 6:15 p.m. with the service starting at 7 p.m.

Cost: Free admission

Join us in honoring, remembering and celebrating loved ones who have died. The evening will include a candle lighting, music, reflection and the reading of loved ones' names. A reception will follow. As part of this memorial, the Tree of Memories will be lit and remain lit throughout the holidays. 


Dec. 7-Dec. 11

Canadian Pacific Holiday Train

Location: Multiple stops in southeast Minnesota

The Canadian Pacific Holiday train's goal is to collect food and money for local food banks and to raise awareness in the fight against hunger. At each event, the train provides a box car stage, a lineup of great musical talents and a corporate contribution to the local food bank. The community is encouraged to donate food and funds, and their contributions stay in the community. Stops include: Dec. 7, directly north of the Commadore Food & Spirit parking lot at 215 South Chestnut St. in La Crescent at 8:15 p.m.; Dec. 10 at the Amtrak Station in Winona at 5:15 p.m.; Dec. 10 at the Gambie Avenue railroad crossing by Bruegger Park in Wabasha at 7:15 p.m.; Dec. 10 at Hearth & Home Technologies in Lake City at 9 p.m.; and Dec. 11 at CP Depot in Hastings at 4:30 p.m.

Dec. 7

Tonic Sol-fa Holiday Concert

Location: Mayo Civic Center, 30 Civic Center Dr. SE in Rochester

Hours: 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Cost: $31.50-$34 for adults, $26.50 to $29 for 12 and under

Tonic Sol-fa is a Minnesota-based, Emmy-award winning harmony group. The quartet's up-tempo holiday set will include well known Christmas songs from the TSF holiday album.

For more info:


Dec. 7


Location: Crossings at Carnegie, Zumbrota

Hours: Starts at 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $24 in advance, $26 day of show

While the four members of Decembersongs -- Amy Speace, Dan Navarro (of Lowen & Navarro), Grammy-nominee Sally Barris and Grammy-winner Jon Vezner -- usually spend their time with their own groups, the quartet gathers each December to tour for a month of Christmas shows. These holiday songs are all original works and make a unique holiday show. 


Dec. 14-15 and Dec. 16

A Bella Christmas: Peace, Love and Hope Abide

Location: Dec. 14-15 concerts will be at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 114 3rd St. SE in Rochester, and the Dec. 16 concert will be at Christ United Methodist Church, 400 5th Ave. SW in Rochester

Hours: Dec. 14-15 concerts start at 7 p.m. The Dec. 16 concert starts at 4 p.m.

Cost: $12 for adults, $7 for students

Enjoy the uplifting sounds of the Bella Voce Young Women's Choir. Tickets go on sale at 8 a.m. on Nov. 13 via the Rochester Convention & Visitors Bureau's website:


Dec. 15- Dec. 16

Sesame Street Live, Elmo's Super Heroes

Location: Mayo Civic Center Arena in Rochester

Hours: 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Dec. 15, then 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 16

Cost: $16-$56. The Sunny Seats package includes a VIP Seat and a pre-show meet and greet photo opportunity with two Sesame Street Live friends. Purchase tickets through the Mayo Civic Center or Ticketmaster. 

Teaching lessons of healthy habits through song and dance, Elmo Abby Cadabby and your favorite Sesame Street friends will explore exercise, nutrition, sleep/energy and hygiene, all in a quest to put the "super" back in Super Grover. 


Dec. 31

A New Year's Eve Nature Party

Location: Quarry Hill Nature Center, Rochester

Hours: 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Cost: $12 per person (immediate family max, $48) or $10 per member (immediate member family max, $40)

No black-tie needed to celebrate here! All are welcome to come and enjoy candlelight skiing/snowshoeing (depending on snow), animal encounters, scavenger hunt, Bingo and a trvia contest, nature crafts and a yummy snack buffet. The event will close with a special Quarry Hill tradition to ring in the New Year. Alternative activities will be provided in case of poor snow/trail conditions. Pre-registration required. Call (507) 328-3950. 


Other upcoming events:

• March 8, 9, 10 in 2013

Seminar with Donna Eden and David Feinstein, PhD

Location: Sheraton Westport Chalet, St. Louis, Missouri

Description: Learn to energize yourself in easy and fun ways by learning about the basics of Energy Medicine, the Energy Meridians, the Daily Energy Routine, release toxins and improve your health. Revitalize your nine energy systems! Donna Eden speaking Friday evening and Saturday. David Feinstein, PhD will be speaking Sunday. Tickets are available online at Brown Paper Tickets. Sponsored by Midwest Energy Movement.

For more info: See or call (507) 244-1994. 

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