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Numerous public events and programs are planned during a weeklong residency in Red Wing by Sofi and the Baladis, an Israeli music ensemble that is participating in the Arts Midwest World Fest. The group consists of vocalist Sofi Tsedaka and four musicians who perform on unique instruments including the "oud" and the "qanun," as well as flute and percussion. Everyone is invited to meet them at the following free events: • Welcome reception, 5-7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 30, at the Sheldon Theatre. Light appetizers will be served in the lobby.
The Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing, Auxiliary Volunteer Services, will be hosting its annual Lunch Break on Thursday, Nov. 2. This annual fundraiser supports their scholarship program, the Childbirth Education program and other outreach endeavors. Three kinds of soup — including gluten free — will be offered. In addition to the lunch, there will be a bake sale, a gift shop, a style show and prize drawings.
Fifty kids in transition will receive comfort packages thanks to Woodruff Just Cause and the United Way. Maureen Nelson, executive director of the United Way of Goodhue, Wabasha & Pierce Counties, was cleaning out her home when she uncovered some luggage that belonged to her grown children. "My daughter had just watched a story on 'Ellen' about Comfort Cases for kids entering foster care," Nelson explained. "So I contacted Goodhue Social Services and asked if there was a need."
The University Theatre at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls will present "The Skin of Our Teeth" Oct. 26-28 and Nov. 2-4. All performances begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Blanche Davis Theatre in Kleinpell Fine Arts. The dogs are sticking to the sidewalks. The world is on the brink of disaster, the climate is changing, floods abound, shady politicians pander to mob mentality, and war threatens to destroy civil society. The plot of Thornton Wilder's Pulitzer Prize-winning 1942 play could have been snatched from today's headlines.
Pay it Forward is holding its seventh annual Party for a Cause from 6-11:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, at Red Wing Elks Lodge 845, 306 W. Fourth St. The fundraiser has a $10 admission fee. The Local Hooligans will perform 8-11 p.m. Tickets available from any member of the Magnuson or Hardyman families, the night of the Party or at the Elks Club. Pay it Forward's mission is to help relieve some of the financial burden for local families living with cancer.
Planning to attend college in 2018? Complete your application to Minnesota State College Southeast during Oct. 23-30 and you'll save $20! During Free Application Week, colleges and universities throughout the Minnesota State system are waiving the standard fee for applying.
Get out your maid's uniform and fishnet stockings, your ruby lipstick and magenta wig, your sequined corset and doctors' scrubs — it's that time of year again. "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" is back and it's going to be an event, not just a film. The Sheldon Theatre is spotlighting the cult classic as part of its Halloween weekend celebration. It will be shown on the big screen at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27.
Craig Karges was about 10 years old when he first saw the movie that would influence his life's work: "Houdini." Tony Curtis starred in the 1953 film as magician/illusionist Harry Houdini, whose career ended with his tragic death on Halloween. "It still sends a shiver down my spine," said Karges, who will perform his own version of a magic show at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, at the Sheldon Theatre.
Prairie Island nuclear plant began a scheduled refueling and maintenance outage Friday, Oct. 13, when operators removed Unit 2 from service. The unit has provided carbon-free electricity to Upper Midwest customers since the last refueling outage two years ago. During this outage, operators and contractors will replace the plant's nuclear fuel and perform key projects that can only be completed when the unit is shut down, Xcel Energy said in a news release. A standard outage typically lasts 30 days. Unit 1 remains in operation.
The Commemorative Air Force Red Tail Squadron, America's tribute to the Tuskegee Airmen, announced the launch of their new virtual museum at redtail.org. The online collection of artifacts, memorials and personal mementos aims to explore the humanity of the experiences of the Tuskegee Airmen, so people of all ages can gain a deeper understanding of the positive impact of their service to our country.