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Jan 10, 2013, 1:36 pm
Rooting around: Calendar of events
Radish staff

 

 

If you have events or news to submit for inclusion in the ‘rooting around’ section, please contact Radish Editor Heather Thorstensen at hthorstensen@radishmagazine.com.

 

 

Golden Eagle Program and Golden Eagle Survey Training

Where: Whitewater State Park, 19041 Highway 74, Altura.

When: January 5, 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. for the golden eagle program, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. for the golden eagle survey training

What: Hear from Scott Mehus, National Eagle Center education director and golden eagle project coordinator, as he shares his experience of watching golden eagles in the area. Learn how to identify the raptors and the best places to look for them. Mehus will also host a training session for volunteers who plan to participate on the Jan. 19 Wintering Golden Eagle Survey. This will include an indoor portion and an outdoor session to practice identifying golden eagles.

Cost: Free, including snowshoe rental (first come, first served) but a state park vehicle permit is required. Permit cost is $5 for a day pass, $25 for an annual pass or $12 for a handicap annual pass.

For more info: To sign up for the training, e-mail sara.grover@state.mn.us or call (507) 932-3007 ext. 226.



Rochester Downtown Winter Farmers market

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

When: January 5 & 19; February 2 & 16; March 2, 16 & 30, 9 a.m. to noon.

What: Vendors will have handmade candies, ice cream, baked goods, lefse, honey, jellies, jams, goat milk soap and other specialty products from local family farms.

Cost: Free admission

For more info: rochesterdowntownfarmersmarket.org


Red Wing Winter Farmers Market

Where: Sargent's Nursery, 3353 N. Service Dr., Red Wing

When: January 5, 12, 19, 26 and February 9 & 23, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

What: Vendors offer squash, root vegetables, frozen meats, sausage, pickles, jams, honey, artisanal breads, cakes and cookies, nut butters, handmade greeting cards, handcrafted soaps and lotions and Hmong hand and needle crafts.

Cost: Free admission

For more info: www.redwingfarmersmarket.org


Bald Eagle Viewing Field Trip

Where: Start at the National Eagle Center, 50 Pembroke Ave., Wabasha

When: January 12 & February 23, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

What: See eagles in their natural habitat with a tour from the The National Eagle Center in Wabasha. Tours begin with a brief classroom presentation at the National Eagle Center, then participants travel by coach bus to eagle viewing locations. After returning to the center, enjoy light refreshments and share pictures and stories from the day. Bring your camera, binoculars and scopes and dress for the weather. The tour is led by the center's education director Scott Mehus and is open to everyone from beginners to advanced birders.

Cost: $25 for National Eagle Center members and $35 for non-members.

For more info: www.nationaleaglecenter.org


Winona Farmers Market-Winter Market

Where: The Jan. 26 market will be at Winona State University at the atrium in Winona Science laboratory Center during the Frozen River Film Festival. Other dates are at the Winona Mall, 1213 Gillmore Ave., Winona.

When: January 12, 26; Feb. 9 & 23; March 9 & 23; April 13 & 27, 9 a.m. to noon

What: Thanks to some vendors' greenhouses, this winter market has everything from fresh produce, such as tomatoes and cucumbers, to canned goods and dried goods, such as dried mushrooms. Vendors also carry frozen meat, goat milk soaps, honey and storage crops such as potatoes, squashes, turnips and carrots.

Cost: Free admission

For more info: winonafarmersmarket.com



Gathering of Northfield Farmers Market Vendors

Where: Riverside Park on 7th Street, Northfield

When: January 17 & February 15, 11:45 a.m.

What: It's not an official winter farmers market, but every third Friday of the month, some regular-season vendors of the Northfield Area Farmers Market get together to sell what they have. Items include eggs, meat, syrup and honey.

Cost: Free admission



Oneota Film Festival

Where: Various venues at Luther College, Decorah, Iowa

When: January 18, 19 & 20. The film showing schedule is 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 18; 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Jan. 19; noon and 3 p.m. on Jan. 20.

What: The Oneota Film Festival features films on sustainable living, ecotourism, local economies, adventure or extreme sports, social justice, short films and some locally produced films. It also accepts student films. The event includes panel discussions with filmmakers and other specialists and experts. The goal of the festival is to generate discussion, local activity and initiatives related to sustainability issues.

Cost: Free admission

For more info: http://rochester.radishmagazine.com/display.php?id=191 and http://oneotafilmfestival.com/

 

Wintering Golden Eagle Survey

Where: Whitewater State Park, 19041 Highway 74, Altura

When: January 19, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

What: Take part in the survey being done as a part of a study for the National Audubon Society, Minnesota and Wisconsin DNRs and the National Eagle Center. It's purpose is to better understand golden eagles that winter in southeastern Minnesota and southwestern Wisconsin. A pre-requisite is the volunteer training for the survey on Jan. 5 at Whitewater State Park.

Cost: There is no cost, but a state park vehicle permit is required. These are $5 for a daily pass, $25 for an annual pass or $12 for a handicap annual pass.

For more info: Stop by the park's visitor's center, call (507) 932-3007 ext. 226 or e-mail interpretive naturalist Sara Grover at sara.grover@state.mn.us.



Wit, Wisdom & Wine

Where: Rochester Public Library, 101 2nd St. SE, Rochester

When: January 19, starts at 6:30 p.m.

What: This fundraiser for the Rochester Public Library Foundation includes speakers, a silent auction, a jewelry raffle, wine and hors d'oeuvres.

Cost: $75 per person if purchased by Jan. 10; $85 after that date.

For more info: Call (507) 328-2343


Frozen River Film Festival

Where: Winona State University, Winona. The headquarters for the festival is held in the atrium, inside the Science Laboratory Center. This is inside the entrance closest to Somsen Hall. For reference, use this campus map: http://frff.org/wpsite/maps

When: January 23-27

What: More than 40 documentary films, workshops, speakers and musical performances. Films are listed at: http://frff.org/wpsite/2013-films_8

Cost: Passes range from $8 to $60.

For more info: http://frff.org/wpsite

 

 

Moonlight Snowshoe Walk

Where: Whitewater State Park, 19041 Highway 74, Altura

When: January 26, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

What: This snowshoe walk, geared toward participants of high school age or older, includes quiet reflection and reading excerpts about winter from various authors. If trail conditions aren't right for snowshoeing, the program will be held as a walk.

Cost: Free, including snowshoe rental (first come, first served) but a state park vehicle permit is required. Permit cost is $5 for a day pass, $25 for an annual pass or $12 for a handicap annual pass.

For more info: Stop by the park's visitor's center, call (507) 932-3007 ext. 226 or e-mail interpretive naturalist Sara Grover at sara.grover@state.mn.us.


Golden Eagle Viewing Field Trip

Where: Start at the National Eagle Center, 50 Pembroke Ave., Wabasha

When: January 26 & February 9, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

What: See eagles in their natural habitat with a tour from the The National Eagle Center in Wabasha. Tours begin with a brief classroom presentation at the National Eagle Center, then participants travel by coach bus to eagle viewing locations. After returning to the center, enjoy light refreshments and share pictures and stories from the day. Bring your camera, binoculars and scopes and dress for the weather. The tour is led by the center's education director Scott Mehus and is open to everyone from beginners to advanced birders.

Cost: $25 for National Eagle Center members and $35 for non-members.

For more info: www.nationaleaglecenter.org



Rochester WinterFest XI

Where: Various places in Rochester

When: January 31- February 10, various times

What: This festival promotes wintertime activities while raising awareness and money for local non-profit organizations. Last year's event raised nearly $400,000 by participating non-profits. This year's festival includes sleigh rides, the Frozen Goose run/walk, a silent movie, the Polar Bear Plunge, Festival of Birds, a chili cook-off, Bacon Fest, the Ice Bar in the Peace Plaza, candlelight skiing, a SnoBall softball tournament, youth ice fishing contest and more.

Cost: Prices vary at different events

For more info: Check www.rochesterwinterfest.com, which will be updated for a schedule and times.



Friday Frolics on Snowshoe

Where: Whitewater State Park, 19041 Highway 74, Altura

When: Feb. 1, 8, 15 & 22, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

What: A naturalist will lead snowshoe walks every Friday morning in February. Young and old are invited. Visit the forest, stream and meadow to look for wildlife. Bring snowshoes or use the park's (first come, first served). Large groups need to call ahead. If there is not enough snow, the program will be conducted as a walk.

Cost: Free, but state park vehicle permit required. Permit cost is $5 for a day pass, $25 for an annual pass or $12 for a handicap annual pass.

For more info: Stop by the park's visitor's center, call (507) 932-3007 ext. 226 or e-mail interpretive naturalist Sara Grover at sara.grover@state.mn.us.


21st annual Whalan Candlelight Cross Country Ski

Where: Whalan Town Hall, 20024 2nd Ave, Whalan

When: February 2, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

What: The Root River Trail will be lined with candles, and bon fires at each end of the ski trek. Soup supper and refreshments will be available at the Whalan Town Hall. Pay a la carte for homemade pies and Scandinavian foods such as lefse. If there is not snow, they still hold the event and do a candlelight hike on the trail.

Cost: Free. Skiiers will need a DNR ski pass, available from many businesses in downtown Lanesboro, at the Lanesboro Visitor Center, or online at www.dnr.state.mn.us/licenses/skipass/index.html. Ski rental is available at Cedar Valley Resort in Whalan, (507) 467-9000.

For more info: Candlelightski.org or contact the Lanesboro Visitor Center at (507) 467-2696 or info@lanesboro.com.

 

"The Wild Within" with Chris Heeter 

Where: Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center, 28097 Goodview Dr., Lanesboro

When: February 2, 5:30 p.m. performance with a meal following afterwards

What: Join speaker, wilderness guide and poet Chris Heeter and her dog Tuu Weh (not a sled dog -- they don't understand the subleties of carpeting or dinner etiquette) for an exploration of our wild spirits. With the help of some of her sled dogs (virtually) and lessons learned on the trail and in the office, Chris will offer tools for living a bit more wild -- at home and at work. The menu for the meal afterwards is "Soul-satisfying Midwest comfort foods" and chicken and dumpling soup and stuffed beef and lamb meatballs. Space is limited. Pre-registration required. 

Cost: $20 per person, $25 week of event

For more info: Contact Eagle Bluff ELC at (507) 467-2437 to register. 



Adult Getaway Weekend 

Where: Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center, 28097 Goodview Dr., Lanesboro

When: February 2-3

What: Escape to relaxation, nature and good company! This weekend is designed with you in mind: Play by day, relax by night. Daytime activities include: snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, archery and Eagle Bluff's famous ropes course! Enjoy a gourmet meal Saturday night and a special presentation by Chris Heeter, founder of The Wild Institute. 

Cost: $125 per person/Optional Friday night: $10 per person

For more info: Contact Eagle Bluff ELC at (507) 467-2437 to register. 


Pioneer Home Cross Country Ski

Where: Whitewater State Park, 19041 Highway 74, Altura

When: February 3, 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

What: Meet at the Whitewater State Park Visitor Center, then the group will drive up the road to the Wildlife Management Area for a ski trek out to the Marnach House, a stone home built by pioneers. Bring your own skis! Reservations are required.

Cost: Free, but state park vehicle permit required. Permit cost is $5 for a day pass, $25 for an annual pass or $12 for a handicap annual pass.

For more info: Sign up by e-mail at sara.grover@state.mn.us.



Festival of Birds

Where: Quarry Hill Nature Center, 701 Silver Creek Rd. NE, Rochester

When: February 3, 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

What: Flock to Quarry Hill for an opportunity to catch and hold your very own bird. Then watch, learn and take part in the bird banding process. There will be a visit from one of The National Eagle Center’s live bald eagles and a chance to learn about our national bird as well. Finally, make a bird feeder of your own to take home so you can continue bird watching throughout the winter!

Cost: $5 per person

For more info: Call (507) 328-3950


Ski by Candlelight

Where: Quarry Hill Nature Center, 701 Silver Creek Rd. NE, Rochester

When: February 8, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

What: Celebrate Minnesota’s sparkling season and beautiful winter landscape. Enjoy an evening skiing by candlelight and the glow of the moon. After a good ski, warm up in front of the Nature Center’s blazing fireplace or outdoor bonfire while refueling with cocoa and s’mores. All ages are welcome – equipment is available in youth and adult sizes.

Cost: $10 per person (equipment rental included)

For more info: Call (507) 328-3950


Friends' Winterfest Book Sale

Where: Rochester Public Library, 101 2nd St. SE, Rochester, in the auditorium

When: Feb. 8, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Feb. 9, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Feb. 10, 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

What: The Friends of the Rochester Public Library's Winterfest Book sale supports the library. Cash or check only accepted.

For more info: (507) 328-2306


La Crescent Winter Farmers Market

Where: La Crescent Community Center, 336 S. 1st St., La Crescent

When: February 9, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

What: Winter market vendors typically have herbs, possibly apples, honey products, beef and bison, baked goods, jewelry, pizza crusts and sauce, salsas, canned sauces and kraut, jams, dried shiitake mushrooms and mushroom starter logs.

For more info: Call Martha Meyer at (507) 429-7985 or visit www.lacrescentfarmersmarket.com.



"Becoming an Outdoor Family" Weekend

Where: Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center, 28097 Goodview Dr., Lanesboro

When: February 9-10

What: Get your family out this winter for some hands-on winter fun! This weekend will provide families an opportunity to reconnect with each other while participating in outdoor activities. Class options include: winter survival, ice fishing, air guns, snowshoeing, archery, rock climbing and the high ropes course. The activities are appropriate for ages six and older. Pre-registration required. This weekend is co-sponsored by the Minnesota DNR. 

Cost: $80 per person, $300 per family of four and $75 for each additional family member. Optional Friday night: $10 per person. 

For more info: Contact Eagle Bluff ELC at (507) 467-2437 to register. 



Valentine's Ski and Snowshoe

Where: Quarry Hill Nature Center, 701 Silver Creek Rd. NE, Rochester

When: February 16, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

What: What could be more romantic: candlelight, champagne, chocolate, a roaring fire, live music, and skiing! Bring your sweetheart or come with friends for an enjoyable evening skiing or snowshoeing along a candlelit trail. Then warm up by the crackling fire where champagne and sweets will be served. Live music by the Nodding Wild Onions. Event is for adults 21+ only.

Cost: $20/person, $15/member (equipment included)

For more info: (507) 328-3950

 

Grandkidz Day: Winter Wonders

Where: Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center, 28097 Goodview Dr., Lanesboro

When: February 18, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

What: Fight cabin fever with intergenerational fervor. Grandparents, alongside grandkids, will dive into the wonders of winter by surviving as a chipmunk, throwing "snow snakes" and snowshoeing across the glistening snow in search of animal tracks and signs. A sure treat for all will be to meet one of Eagle Bluff's live raptors to hear how it survives winter. Fee includes lunch and an afternoon snack. Pre-registration required. Appropriate for ages six and older. 

Cost: $65 for two family members and $30 for each additional member. 

For more info: Contact Eagle Bluff ELC at (507) 467-2437

 

MOSES Organic Farming Conference

Where: The La Crosse Center, 300 Front St., La Crosse, Wis.

When: February 21-23

What: The MOSES Organic Farming Conference is the largest conference in the U.S. about organic and sustainable farming. It will have more than 70 workshops, keynote speakers and a trade show. It is attended by farmers, advocates, educators and students. Keynote speakers will be filmmakers Jeremy Seifert and Joshua Kunau, who will discuss their new film, GMO OMG, and what they learned from talking to farmers, seed sellers and scientific experts about the issues with genetically modified organisms. The other keynote speaker is Carmen Fernholz, who will share his vision of the roles we as producers and consumers should play in an ideal organic food production system.

Cost: $180 through Jan. 16; $195 after Jan. 16. Single Day (Friday OR Saturday): $95 through Jan. 16; $110 after Jan. 16

For more info: www.mosesorganic.org

 

 

Grumpy Old Men Festival

Where: Downtown Wabasha

When: February 23

What: Outdoor activities at the 20th Anniversary of the Grumpy Old Men Festival include the 5th annual Grumpy Plunge. Proceeds for the plunge benefit Great River Homes and the Rotary Club. The plunge takes place right off of the dock at Slippery's, which was in the Grumpier Old Men movie. People can get fundraising forms from the Wabasha-Kellogg Chamber & CVB. The festival also includes a marathon, hockey games for the young and old-timers, frisbee baseball, a card tournament and glow golf. Some activities are dependent on the weather. The festival also has minnow races.

Cost: The minimum cost to do the plunge is $75. Other costs vary for different activities.

For more info: www.wabashamn.org



Moonlight Owl Prowl by Snowshoe

Where: Whitewater State Park, 19041 Highway 74, Altura

When: February 24, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

What: Get an introduction to the types of local owls, then go on a snowshoe walk to call to, and listen for, the owls. Bring your snowshoes or use the park's (first come, first served). Begin at the Whitewater Valley Visitor Center (park office).

Cost: Free, but state park vehicle permit required. Permit cost is $5 for a day pass, $25 for an annual pass or $12 for a handicap annual pass.

For more info: Stop by the park's visitor's center, call (507) 932-3007 ext. 226 or e-mail interpretive naturalist Sara Grover at sara.grover@state.mn.us.


"Dorothy Molter: The Root Beer Lady" with Sarah Guy-Levar

Where: Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center, 28097 Goodview Dr., Lanesboro

When: March 2, 5:30 p.m. performance with a meal following afterwards

What: Some know her as "The Root Beer Lady," others, the Florence Nightingale of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. Dorothy Molter is a Northwoods Minnesota icon. Hear about the making of the wildnerness area as it pertained to her 57-year history on the Isle of Pines Resort in Knife Lake. Menu: "Taste of Northern Minnesota," includes pan-fried walleye, wild and long grain rice and lentil pilaf, root beer reduction glazed vegetable medly and build your own ultimate root beer float. 

Cost: $20 per person, $25 week of event

For more info: Contact the Eagle Bluff ELC at (507) 467-2437

 

Energy Medicine Seminar with Donna Eden and David Feinstein

Where: Sheraton Westport Chalet, St. Louis, Missouri

When: March 8, 9, 10 in 2013

What: 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 will be speaking Sunday. Tickets are available online at Brown Paper Tickets. Sponsored by Midwest Energy Movement.

Cost: $47.57 to $175.91 (prices include ticket service fee).

For more info: See www.Innersource.netwww.MidWestEnergyMovement.com or call (507) 244-1994. 


Bock Beer Festival & Star Gazing

Where: Quarry Hill Nature Center, 701 Silver Creek Rd. NE, Rochester

When: March 15, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

What: The spring equinox means lengthening of days and thoughts of spring, but there’s a lot of winter left! Put that thought aside for an evening featuring samples of spring bock beer varieties, snacks, live music and a chance to “poke” your beer at the bonfire! Beer tasting provided by Andy’s Liquor. Live music provided by the Whole Hog Musical Revue, a Rochester–based Americana band featuring banjo, guitar, accordion, mandolin and fiddle. Rochester Astronomy Club will provide telescopes for stargazing.

Cost: $20/person, $15/member

For more info: (507) 328-3950


Maple Syrup in Your Own Backyard

Where: Quarry Hill Nature Center, 701 Silver Creek Rd. NE, Rochester

When: March 16, 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

What: Join a Quarry Hill naturalist to learn how to produce your own syrup from even a single maple or box elder tree. We’ll cover the basic equipment and techniques required to collect and process the sap. Participants will have a chance to practice tapping a tree in the Quarry Hill sugar bush and sample some finished Quarry Hill box elder syrup.

Cost: $5/person, $16 family max; $4/member, $12 member family max

For more info: (507) 328-3950

 

Eagle Bluff's Maple Syrup Fest

Where: Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center, 28097 Goodview Dr., Lanesboro

When: March 16, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

What: Join a naturalist and head into the sugar bush to tap a tree and collect maple sap. Gather around the evaporator to watch this boiling sap turn into liquid gold! Activities, crafts and tasty treat await as together we celebrate the coming of spring. Reservations not required. 

Cost: $5 per person, kids 5 years old and under free

For more info: Call Eagle Bluff ELC at (507) 467-2437

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