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Updated Friday September 21st, 2018.

Mondays 2018  – North Mankato Farmers’ Market 
Every Monday from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Messiah Lutheran Church parking lot located at 1706 Lee Boulevard in upper North Mankato.
Contact: Kim Henrickson at 507-340-6984 or email northmankatofarmersmarket@gmail.com.

September 21st-23rd

The Mahkato 46th Annual Traditional Powwow takes place on September 21st through the 23rd at Land of Memories Park. Grand entries are at 7pm on Friday, 1pm and 7pm on Saturday and 1pm on Sunday. For more information visit www.mahkatowacipi.org.

September 21st

The VINE Adult Community Center (VACC) is offering a two-part series on Grief and Depression, Losing What’s Important to Me, Friday, September 21 and 28 from 1-2:30 pm for those struggling with grief or depression. The presentations will be facilitated by Sylvia McCarty, a 30-year Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. The presentations are free for VACC members and open to the public for $5 each. Attendees can register for one or both talks. Learn more and register online at vinevolunteers.com or by calling 507-386-5586.

September 22nd 

The University of Minnesota Extension Master Naturalist Program, in partnership with River Bend Nature Center, invites area residents to participate in National Public Lands Day (NPLD) on September 22, 2018 from 9:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. Volunteers are encouraged to register before September 7th to receive a Master Naturalist NPLD 2018 t-shirt. Registration officially closes on September 18th. To find the National Public Lands Day site nearest you, go to: https://z.umn.edu/NPLD18.

September 22nd

Join us for our First Annual Autism Ride on Saturday, September 22, 2018. Sign in begins at 9 am, kickstands up at 10 am. The destination is Jonnie Beans/Club ‘57 in Waseca, MN. The ride will be followed by a bbq, live music by JT & the Gunslingers, food, music, 50/50 and autism friendly games back at the dealership from 12-3 pm All money goes to Autism Speaks Minnesota. All riders and passengers entered to win a leather jacket. $15 rider, $5 passenger. Dave’s River Valley Harley-Davidson 1200 N. River Drive Mankato, MN 56001.

September 23rd

Benefit for Jeff Durheim who was severely injured Friday July 27, 2018, during a Firemans Enduro race at the Blue Earth County Fair in Garden City, MN. the benefit will take place at the St. James American Legion from 11am - 2pm. For any questions or information contact Naomi Evers at 507-317-0424 or Jennifer Mathistad at jennmathistad@gmail.com. His Caring Bridge site is https://www.caringbridge.org/visit/jeffdurheim

September 24th

Support your local area High School Bowling teams by coming to the Spaghetti Feed Fundraiser! Tickets are $10 for Adults and $8 for children 10 and under. You can get tickets for this event from your local high school bowlers! Bowlers will be at Leagues at both the Wow! Zone and Victory Bowl to purchase tickets and are also available at the door the day of the event as well. This Fundraiser helps us with costs for going to additional tournaments throughout the year, and to hopefully lower activity fees in the future. 

September 26th

First Congregational UCC of Fairmont is hosting a FREE "Tacos in a bag" community meal at 319 Downtown Plaza on September 26 at 5:30pm. All are welcome.

September 26th

The 48th Annual Nordic Bazaar takes place on Wednesday, September 26th from 10am to 1:30pm at the First Lutheran Church in St. James. A luncheon will be served from 11am - 1pm. 

September 26th

Faith Sullivan Discusses Her Life as a Writer. Faith Sullivan, author of nine novels set in Minnesota, will discuss her work and what being a novelist means. After growing up in Minnesota, she lived on both coasts, returning to Minnesota frequently. Now a Minneapolis resident, she especially appreciates that there is no mandatory retirement for writers. The event takes place on September 26th from 4-6pm at the St. John's Episcopal Church. 

September 27th

Historical Markers, Monuments and Memorials placed by the Minnesota Daughters of the American Revolution
September 27 | 2:00 PM | $3 for non members, Free NCHS members. Join DAR State Regent Faye Leach for a presentation showing the markers that have been erected by the Daughters of the American Revolution since 1916, including those in Nicollet County. Some markers are historical, some memorials, some monuments. Discover who placed them and why and about markers that were removed, lost or stolen. Enjoy before and after photos of marker restorations across the state.

September 29th

"Madison Lake Man of the Year" event, honoring Terry Weston. Sponsored by American Legion Post 269 with proceeds going to Blue Earth and Le Sueur County's American Cancer Society Relay for Life. Event is Saturday, Sept. 29, with social hour at 5pm and a roast beef dinner served at 6pm at POint Pleasant in Madison Lake. Tickets available at Cornerstone State Bank, Mane Street Cuts, and at the door. 

September 29th

First Responder's Appreciation Barbeque. The Freemasons of the Mankato area are hosting a barbecue to honor area police, fire, and EMS.  It will take place on September 29th from 4-7pm at the Mankato Masonic Temple.

September 29th

Word of Life Church of Mankato is hosting the 5th Annual Classic Car Roll-In and Wild Game Feed on Saturday, September 29 from 5 to 7PM. There will also be live music. The church is located at 20013 Stoltzman Road. A free will offering will accepted. Any questions may be directed to 507-387-3857.

September 30th

One Bright Star invites you to their annual Children's Memorial Service on September 30th, 2018 at 1pm. Located at One Bright Star Children’s Memorial Site Erlandson Park on the corner of East Main Street and Victory Drive. The back-up location in case of inclement weather will be at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 222 Pfau Street, Mankato Updates can be found on our Facebook page. 

September 30th

Swea City First United Methodist Church is hosting a Creamed Chicken and Biscuits Dinner on Sunday, September 30th 11:00 to 1:00. Free Will. Come join us for fellowship and a delicious meal. Everyone is Welcome!

September 30th

The Department of Music will feature a Sesquicentennial Musical Showcase concert on Sunday, September 30 at 3:00 pm at the Elias J. Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for Performing Arts, 320 Maywood Ave. Concert admission is $9 for general admission and $7 for students with a valid MavCARD. Discount tickets are available online for University students. Advance purchase is strongly encouraged. Those who wish to purchase tickets online should go to www.mnsu.edu/music. For more information, call the Performance Series office, (507) 389-5549.

October 1st

There will be a Gallery Reception following the Danielle Evan's Lecture on October 1st at 7pm in the Ostrander Auditorium on the campus of Minnesota State University. It is a juried exhibition of the self-initiated work of graphic designers and illustrators. 

October 2nd

Nationally recognized multi-instrumentalist Noah Hoehn will perform Tuesday, October 2 at 7:30 p.m. in the Elias J. Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for Performing Arts, 320 Maywood Ave.  General admission concert tickets are $15 and $13 for students with a valid MavCard.  Advance purchase is strongly encouraged. Those who wish to purchase tickets online should go to www.mnsu.edu/music. For more information, call the Performance Series office, (507) 389-5549.

October 6th

Singer/songwriter Annie Mack and her band will perform on Saturday, Oct. 6 at Hooligans Neighborhood Pub, 1400 East Madison Ave., Mankato. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. with singer/songwriter Anastasia Ellis performing an opening set. Concert admission is $15 in advance; $18 the day of the show. Tickets are available at Hooligans. Those who wish to purchase tickets online should go to www.mnsu.edu/music and select the ‘News and Events’ link. For more information, call the Performance Series office, (507) 389-5549.

October 6th

Glow outside with the second annual Family Glow Walk 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6.  Begin at the Pearson Lakes Art Center in Okoboji for registration, glow face painting and activities and then head out on the paved trail to the Dickinson County Nature Center. The Family Glow Walk costs $5 per person with a maximum of $20 per family and includes all activities as well as glow jewelry. For more information on the Family Glow Walk, check out www.dickinsoncountynaturecenter.com

October 6th

St. John's Lutheran Church in Sleepy Eye, MN will host its 3rd annual Pumpkin Patch Palooza on Saturday, October 6, 2018 from 11-4pm on the green west of the church. Games, fall produce for sale and food will be available. A local celebrity pumpkin pie eating contest will be held at 2pm. The community is invited to this event. Proceeds will go to the Sleepy Eye Fire Dept. 

October 7th

The St. John's Knights of Columbus invite you to their Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, October 7th from 8:45am -11:30 am in Matthews Hall ( lower level of St. John's Church). There will be delicious pancakes, eggs, meat, apple sauce, coffee, milk and juice.

October 7th

St. Matthew's Catholic Church in Vernon Center will be hosting its annual turkey dinner on Oct. 7th, 2018. Serving family style from 4:00 p.m - 7:00 p.m.  Turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes & gravy, corn, rolls and homemade pie. Silent auction also. Adults: $10 Children: $6.00

October 7th

Trinity Lutheran Church of Truman invites you to attend our annual Polka Worship Service at our church on 102 North 7th Ave East in Truman MN. This event will be held on October 7th, 2018 at 8:30 am. Chuck Thiel & the Jolly Ramblers will entertain us with familiar sing-along hymns set to Polka music tunes! A brunch will be provided after the service. ALL ARE WELCOME TO WORSHIP AND ENJOY FELLOWSHIP WITH US!

October 9th

The Women’s Health Forum, an annual Mankato Clinic event, will be hosted Tuesday, October 9, at the Mankato Country Inn and Suites. The program will begin at 6 p.m. Amy Boles, MD, Mankato Clinic Family Medicine, will present “Giving Back— Just What the Doctor Ordered.” Nancy Zallek, president and CEO of Mankato Area Foundation, and Gretchen Taylor, her philanthropic mother, will headline the evening as keynote speakers. They will talk about “The Power of Giving.” Space is limited. To register online, visit www.mankatoclinic.com or call 507-625-1811.

October 9th

Join us for our second event in our author series on Tuesday October 9th at 6pm. The North Mankato Taylor Library will be hosting William Kent Krueger at South Central College for an author talk. Krueger, author of the Cork O'Connor mystery series will be sharing the challenges of meeting readers' expectations in his writing. There will be books for purchase and a signing available after. Open to all ages. No registration required.  

October 13th

Mankato West Robotics Vex Event - Technology, Trivia, and Tacos Vex Challenge. Featuring STEM updates for our 2018 season and what is new in the of Vex. Our Mankato teams placed 1st last year in the Design Awards at World's in KY and we are hoping to send more teams from both East and West HS and this will be an opportunity to show the community what Vex is and how to support us. The event will include a taco bar, Trivia, silent auction, door prizes and preview of our MSU tournament in December. 

October 13th

Fairmont Evangelical Covenant Church of Fairmont, MN will be hosting it's 7th Annual "Heart 'n Soul" Women's Coffee on Saturday, October 13, 2018 from 9:00 to 11:00 am at 901 Woodland Ave., Fairmont, MN 56031. Special speaker will be Vicki Tiede from Rochester, MN. Vicki is an inspiring Bible teacher, conference speaker and author and will be speaking on "Habits of a Woman's Heart".

October 14th

Turkey Commercial Dinner on Sunday, October 14, 2018 from 11:00 am to 12:30pm. Fundraiser for church media project. $10 Full Sandwich $7 Half Sandwich Age 5 & Under Free Takeout available Call 507-893-3320 Lutheran Church of Our Savior Winnebago, MN Supplemental funds provided by Thrivent Financial.

October 18th

We are offering a free kids dental clinic on Thursday October 18. We will be providing examinations, xrays, cleanings, and fluoride for all children 18 and under in Mankato and the surrounding communities. We are located on the Minnesota State University, Mankato campus at 120 Clinical Sciences Building. To make and appointment please call 507-389-2147. The appointment times are 9:00, 10:30, 1:00 and 2:30.

October 19th

Centenary United Methodist Church's United Methodist Women are holding their annual Fall Rummage Sale Friday, October 19 from 9am until 6pm and Saturday October 20 from 8-11am (Sack sale Saturday for $3 per sack.) The proceeds from the sale will be used to support their many mission projects. Centenary is located at 501 S 2nd St Mankato, MN

October 19th

The Knights of Columbus "Famous" Fish Bowl takes place on Friday, October 19 from 5-7:30 pm at the church of St. Peter. Price for adults is $15 and youth 6-12 are $5.


October 22nd

Join us in our final event for our Fall Author Series on Monday, October 22nd at 6pm. The North Mankato Taylor Library will be hosting local young adult authors, Kirstin Cronn-Mills and Rebecca Davis. Both will share their experience with the writing process and becoming an author. Open to all ages. No registration required.

October 25th

Thoreau’s 1861 MN Journey Revisited, October 25 | 2:00 PM | $3 for non members, Free NCHS members. Since 2006 Dave Solheim, poet and retired English Professor, has been visiting the locales of Thoreau’s Minnesota travels and has prepared a book-length manuscript of his experiences including detailed material from Thoreau’s travel notes and his correspondence of that time. Solheim will make an illustrated presentation of parts of his study emphasizing nearby locations at the Treaty Site on Thursday 25 October.

October 27th

Zion Lutheran Church in Hanska, MN is hosting a Lutefisk and Meatball family style dinner on Saturday, October 27th. Serving begins at 4 and goes until 7pm. Tickets sold at the door with seating by number. Prices is $16 for adults, $8 for students (12-17), $6 for youth (6-11) and 5 and under are free. Menu includes lutefisk, meatballs, lefse, mashed potatoes, glazed carrots, cranberries, dessert and beverages. 

October 27th 

Cambria Presbyterian Church is holding a Pork and Pumpkin Feed, Bake Sale and raffle on Saturday, October 27th, 2018 from 11 am to 1 pm. The Menu includes pulled pork sandwiches, potato salad, beans, coleslaw, and pumpkin desserts. 

October 28th

7th Annual Dad’s Belgian Waffle Fundraiser – October 28, 2018 8:00 am – 12:00 pm at Fire Station No. 2, 1825 Howard Drive Serving waffles, scrambled eggs, sausages, flavored syrups and choice of beverage.  All you care to eat! Carry-outs available! Adults $9, Kids $7, Ages 5 & under Free!

November 3rd

Quilt and Trunk Show sponsored by Prairie Samplers Quilt Guild At Comfrey Public School Auditorium, 305 Ochre St W, Comfrey MN 56019 on Saturday, November 3, 2018 9:00 am-4:00 pm Admission $4.

November 3rd

The Scandian Grove Lutheran Church is once again holding its Annual Lutefisk and Swedish Meatball Fall Supper. The Supper this year will be Saturday, November 3rd, 2018. Serving times are from 11:30 to 5:30 PM. Prices are Adults-$18, Ages 6-12-$7, 5 and under-free. 
The meal includes: Lutefisk, Melted Butter, White Sauce, Swedish Meatballs, Mashed Potatoes, Gravy, Corn, Lefse, Cranberry Sauce, Breads, Apple and Pumpkin Desserts, Milk and Coffee. Take out is available. Scandian Grove is located 10 miles west of St. Peter on Hwy 22, ½ mile North on County Road 52. A portion of the net proceeds will be donated to Habitat for Humanity.

November 8th

Every woman is a leader! Join us for the 2018 YWCA Mankato Women’s Leadership Conference on November 8-9, 2018 to explore your leadership purpose, learn from local and nationally renowned keynote speakers, improve your skills through breakout sessions, and connect with other women leaders in the community. The conference also features a Women’s Business Expo, networking opportunities, and much more! Don’t miss this exciting event. Register today at mankatoywca.org/WLC using promo code CALENDAR for a chance to WIN prizes at the conference!

November 10th

On Saturday, November 10, volunteers from VINE will be available to assist aging adults and people with documented physical disabilities with their fall raking. VINE has been assisting those who need help with their fall raking for 23 years. Last year nearly 200 yards in Mankato, North Mankato, St. Peter and rural Blue Earth and Nicollet Counties were raked by volunteer groups organized through VINE. This year, several hundred volunteers are needed to help. Rakes and lunch will be provided to all volunteers. Those interested in having their yards raked or volunteering can register online at vinevolunteers.com or call 507- 387-1666.

November 17th

Come and support South Central Beyond the Yellow Ribbon at their 3rd Annual Chilifest located at the Morson-Ario-Strand VFW Post 950 (1900 N Riverfront Dr. Mankato). There will be a chili feed, silent auction and kids activities throughout the day. Cost is $10 at the door and military members get in for free. The event starts at 11am and goes through 2pm. 

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