Next seven days
Wednesday, May 22
Registration for YoungStars, the four-week summer theater program from June 10-July 1 is for youth who have completed grade 4-8. Under the direction of Cassie Jurgenson, participants will learn stagecraft and participate in the play “Haphazardly Ever After.” Performances dates are 7 p.m. July 1-2. For more information or to register, visit hutchtheatre.org.
Support local producers at the Hutchinson Farmers Market, 25 Adams St. S.E. Hours are 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday.
Auditions for Hutchinson Theatre Company’s summer musical, “Happy Days: The New Musical,” are from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday in the choir room at Hutchinson High School, 1200 Roberts Road S.W. Under the direction of Jason Olson, actors are welcome to read from the script and sing either music of their choice or may use sample music for “Summer Nights” from the musical “Grease.” For more information, call the Hutchinson Center for the Arts at 320-587-7278.
Litchfield Rescue Open House is from 6-8 p.m. at the Litchfield Rescue Hall, 227 N. Ramsey Ave. This event features refreshments and gifts for children. Don’t forget to check out the Mayo ambulance and Life Link III helicopter. Admission is free and the public is welcome.
If running is your sport, join like-minded folks at the Hutchinson Community Running Group. It meets at 6:50 p.m. in Library Square. The 3-mile run, which loops around the city begins at 7 p.m. For more information, visit the group’s Facebook page.
Texas hold’em is at 7 p.m. at the Litchfield Eagles Club, 389 County Road 34; 320-693-9008.
Thursday, May 23
Brickheads is an opportunity for children age 4 to 14 to engage in creative play with Legos from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. every Thursday at the Litchfield Public Library, 216 Marshall Ave. N.; 320-693-2483.
Last chance to audition for Hutchinson Theatre Company’s summer musical, “Happy Days: A New Musical,” from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in the choir room at Hutchinson High School, 1200 Roberts Road. For more information, visit hutchtheatre.org.
It’s Live Trivia at 6:30 p.m. at the Litchfield Eagles Club, 389 County Road 34. Admission is free and the public is welcome; 320-693-9008.
It’s Trivia Night at 7 p.m. Bobbing Bobber Brewing Co., 900 State Highway 15 S., Hutchinson. Admission is free and the public is welcome; 320-455-4999.
Live music by Chris Holm from 7 to 9 p.m. at Zellas in downtown Hutchinson; 320-587-9463.
Friday, May 24
Story Hour is from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Dassel Public Library, 460 Third St. N. Admission is free and the public is welcome; 320-275-3756.
Looking to experience the Crow River? Paddlesport rentals of kayaks, canoes and stand-up paddleboards are available from 1 to 8 p.m. Friday-Sunday and 4-7 p.m. Monday through Thursday at the rental building at Masonic/West River Park, 1000 Les Kouba Parkway N.W., Hutchinson. The fee is $5 per 30 minutes, cash only with a valid form of identification. For more information, call 320-234-4494.
Books and Baseball at 6:15 p.m. at the Dave Mooney Baseball Complex, 301 Ontario St. S.E., Hutchinson. Kids and parents receive free admission until 7 p.m. for the Huskies baseball game. Children will receive a free book, hot dog and water. This is a Passport to the Parks event. For more information, visit the Hutchinson Huskies Facebook page.
Saturday, May 25
The Hutchinson Farmers Market is from 8 a.m. to noon at Depot Marketplace, 25 Adams St. S.E., Hutchinson. The market is also open from 2:30 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays. The market season runs through October. For more information, visit the Hutchinson Farmers Market page on Facebook, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 320-234-5652.
Audition at 10 a.m. for the FungusAmongus Players of Dassel-Cokato’s summer musical production of “Man of La Mancha” at the D-C Performing Arts Center, 4852 Reardon Ave. S.W., Cokato. Actors are asked to prepare 32 bars of a song that demonstrates your vocal range. The cast will require 15 to 20 men and 5 to 10 women. Due to some mature content, few teens and no children will be cast. Auditions are also at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 28. For more information, email director David Metcalf at email@example.com or him at 612-599-4681
Meeker County Horticulture Society is conducting its annual Plant Sale from 10-11:30 a.m. in the 4-H Building at the Meeker County Fairgrounds, 1230 N Armstrong Ave., Litchfield.
Escape Game from noon to 10 p.m. at Bobbing Bobber Brewing Co., 900 State Highway 15 S., Hutchinson. Discover Minnesota’s only mobile escape room. Order tickets at bit.ly/2VBnRuM.
Laughs are plentiful during the Pat Davison Comedy Show from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Litchfield Opera House, 136 Marshall Ave. N. Davison will charm the audience with a variety of skills including juggling, magic and comedy. Admission is $7.
Live music by Levi Pelzer from 8 p.m. to midnight at Neisen’s Bar and Grill in Biscay; 320-864-5555.
Sunday, May 26
Live music by Bill Litzau and Open Highway from 2 to 5 p.m. at Crow River Winery, 14848 State Highway 7 E., Hutchinson. Upcoming performers include: June 2: Trent Shaw; June 9: Josie Sanken; June 16: Lehto & Wright; June 23: Traveled Ground; and June 30: Erin Chase. The live music series continues through November. Admission is free and the public is welcome; 320-587-2922.
Monday, May 27
The Hutchinson Memorial Day program is at 10 a.m. It begins with a parade at 9:30 a.m. that will begin at Faith Lutheran Church and follow Hassan Street to Veterans Memorial Park of McLeod County. Admission is free and the public is welcome.
Memorial Day Great American Picnic from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Litchfield Opera House, 136 Marshall Ave. N. The cost is $8 for adults, $5 for children and $4 for dessert. This event is sponsored by the Meeker County Historical Society.
Texas Hold’em is at 7 p.m., at Neisen’s Bar and Grill in Biscay. It’s free to play. For more information, call 320-864-5555.
Play Texas Hold’em at 7 p.m. at Muddy Cow, 915 U.S. Highway 12, Litchfield. Admission is free and the public is welcome. For more information, call 320-373-5505.
Tuesday, May 28
Second night of auditions for the Dassel-Cokato summer musical “Man of La Mancha” at 6 p.m. at the Dassel-Cokato Performing Arts Center, 4852 Reardon Ave. S.W., Cokato. For more information, see the listing for May 25.
Litchfield Community Theatre is presenting “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” as its summer musical. Audition dates are from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, May 30, at Bernie Aaker Auditorium, 114 N. Holcombe Ave., Litchfield. Call backs are Friday, May 31. Actors must be age 8 or older to audition. “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” will be staged at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, July 25-27 and at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 28, at Bernie Aaker Auditorium. For ticket information, call Community Education. To reserve a time slot, call Litchfield Community Education at 320-693-2354.
Main Street Sports Bar in downtown Hutchinson is hosting live trivia at 7 p.m. Tuesdays. Admission is free and the public is welcome. For more information, call 320-587-2760.
Wednesday, May 29
Get crafty at the Hutchinson Center for the Arts, 15 Franklin St. S.W. Local artist Ellen Starr is teaching the basics of macrame at this class from 6 to 8 p.m. For more information or to register, call 320-587-7278 or visit bit.ly/2H0agoR.
Thursday, May 30
Live music by Josie Sanken from 7 to 9 p.m. at Zellas in downtown Hutchinson; 320-587-9463.
Friday, May 31
Piano music by Jim Nelson from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Zellas in downtown Hutchinson; 320-587-9463.
Live music by Bird Dogs from 8 p.m. to midnight at Neisen’s Bar and Grill in Biscay; 320-864-5555.
Saturday, June 1
Registration begins today for the Litchfield Public Library’s summer reading program. Start reading and turn in reading records by Aug. 31. the library is at 216 Marshall Ave. N. For more information, call 320-693-2483.
”Madagascar” is the free family movie at Century 9, 766 Century Ave. S.W., Hutchinson. Doors open at 9:30 for the 10 a.m. movie.
Bike and Blade Bonanza from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Rotary Park, 760 School Road N.W., Hutchinson. Free youth bicycle helmets and fitting (while supplies last), bicycle safety checks, learn the skills of the road and practice along the park trail and more. Information available about community resources, giveaways and snacks. Admission is free and the public is welcome. This is a Passport to the Parks event. For more information, visit hutchinsonjaycees.org.
13th annual Mike Popelka Memorial Bike Run begins with registration at 8 a.m. with the run start at 10 a.m. Return time is 4 p.m.
The Glencoe Aquatic Center, 200 Desoto Ave. N., opens for the season today. Hours are 12:30-8:30 p.m. daily. For more information, call 320-864-2959.
Sunday, June 2
Love pizza? Compete in the Pizza Eating Contest at 1 p.m. at Bobbing Bobber Brewing Co., 900 State Highway 15 S., Hutchinson. The first person to eat an extra-large thin crust pepperoni pizza wins. To enter, stop by the brewery or call 320-455-4999.
Tuesday, June 4
The Hutchinson Center for the Arts, 15 Franklin St. S.W., is hosting the new show “Recent Works: Teresa Audet and Wendy Thoreson.” The show is continuing through July 3. Viewing hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and from noon to 4 p.m. Friday. Admission is free and the public is welcome; 320-587-7278.
Open swimming is offered from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Monday-Friday at the Litchfield High School pool, 901 N. Gilman Ave. Admission is $1. There is no open swim July 1-5. For more information, call Litchfield Community Education at 320-693-2354.
Thursday, June 6
Glencoe’s Dairy Days and Ag Appreciation from 4 to 7 p.m.
Litchfield’s summer concert series, Concerts in Central Park, begins with a performance by the Litchfield Area Male Chorus from 6 to 8 p.m. in Central Park in downtown Litchfield. Admission is free and the public is welcome. Future performers include: Meeker Area Ministries on June 13; the Marv Nissel Band on June 20 and the Mary Guentzel Quintet on June 27. Music continues through Aug. 15.
Friday, June 7
Hutchinson’s Dairy Day Celebration is from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Library Square in downtown Hutchinson. This event features lunch for $5, live music, celebrity milking contest and more; 320-587-5252.
Friday through Sunday, June 7-9
Take a Kid Fishing Weekend — Minnesota residents 16 and older fish for free — they don’t need a fishing license — if they bring a child 15 or younger fishing June 7-9 in Minnesota. For more information, go to dnr.state.mn.us/takeakidfishing.
Saturday, June 8
Sibley’s 100th Birthday Bash from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Sibley State Park, 800 Sibley Park Road, New London. This event features live music from 1 to 3:30 p.m. by Siama Matuzungidi and band, free snacks and beverages, games, hike with naturalist, fishing and more. Admission is free on Celebrate National Get Outdoors Day. For more information, call Kelsey Olson at 320-354-2002.
Hutchinson Aquatic Center opens today (weather permitting), 900 Harrington St. S.W. Daily hours: 5:30-9 a.m. fitness time, lap swim, river walking; 9-11:30 a.m. rentals; 12:30-7:30 p.m. open swim; 7:45-8:45 evening fitness (Tuesday and Thursday). Free swims are available from 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, June 11; Thursday, June 20; Thursday, July 11; Thursday, July 18; Tuesday, Aug. 6, and Thursday, Aug. 15. Daily admission is $7 for all swimmers; $5 after 5 p.m., free for age 24 months or younger; $4 for spectators; and $4 for fitness. For more information. Season passes are also available. For more information, call 320-234-5641.
It’s Great Outdoors Month. Minnesota DNR encourages Minnesotans to go outside during the month of June and celebrate Great Outdoors Month. The DNR typically waives the requirement for a vehicle permit (a $7 value) and provides free admission to all 75 Minnesota state parks and recreation areas on National Get Outdoors Day Saturday, June 8. Many special programs take place throughout the month at state parks. For more information, go online to dnr.state.mn.us.
The Litchfield Marching Dragons are performing at Princeton. Parade time is 2 p.m.
The Hutchinson Jaycee Water Carnival begins today with a new event: Party in the Park at Library Square in downtown Hutchinson. It features family activities such as face painting and bounce houses from 3 to 7 p.m. The Mayor’s Pulled Pork Challenge and live music featuring the Music Junkies is from 7-11 p.m. Admission is free and the public is welcome; watercarnival.org.
Sunday, June 9
The Litchfield Marching Dragons are performing at Albertville. Parade time is 12:30 p.m.
Sunday to Sunday, June 9-16
Hutchinson Jaycee Water Carnival. For a list of activities, visit watercarnival.org.
Monday, June 10
Registration begins today for “It’s Showtime,” the summer reading program at the Hutchinson Public Library, 50 Hassan St. S.E. Programs are available for children, teens and adults. Participants can earn prizes for reaching their reading goals by Aug. 31. Admission is free and the public is welcome. For more information, call the library at 320-587-2368.
Tuesday, June 11
Coding Club for tweens and teens meets from 4 to 5 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month at the Hutchinson Public Library, 50 Hassan St. S.E. Register for access to a device or bring your own. Admission is free and the public is welcome. The next session is Tuesday, July 9; 320-587-2368.
Ecumen Hospice is hosting Kelly Grosklags at 7 p.m. in the Little Theatre at Litchfield High School, 901 N. Gilman Ave. Grosklags, a therapist and author, will lead a hope-filled discussion about resiliency and the strength we draw from during difficult situations. Appetizers will be served from 6 to 7 p.m. Admission is free but advance registration is encouraged through Litchfield Community Education, 320-693-2354.
Thursday, June 13
Stories in the Park begins on a musical note today at 10 a.m. with Papa Siama and Auntie Dallas performing in Library Square in downtown Hutchinson. Stories in the Park continues through mid-August. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy. Admission is free and the public is welcome. Rain location is the library. For more information, call the library at 320-587-2368.
”Slavery in Minnesota” is the title of Dr. Christopher Lehman’s program at the Litchfield Civil War Roundtable from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Meeker County Museum, G.A.R. Hall, 308 N. Marshall Ave. For more information, call the museum at 320-693-8911.
The Litchfield Marching Dragons are performing at Paynesville Parade time is 7 p.m.
Friday, June 14
The Hutchinson Marching Tigers are participating from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Battle of the Bands Parade at Lake Crystal.
The Litchfield Marching Dragons are performing at Benson. Parade time is 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 15
The Litchfield Marching Dragons are making two appearances today: 11 a.m. at Owatonna and 6 p.m. in Waconia.
The Hutchinson Marching Tigers are performing at 6 p.m. in the Buffalo Grand Parade in downtown Buffalo.
Sunday, June 16
The Hutchinson Marching Tigers and the Litchfield Marching Dragons are performing in the Hutchinson Jaycee Water Carnival Grande Day Parade at 1 p.m.
Tuesday, June 18
Parade of Bands at 6 p.m. in Litchfield. The event will feature the following: Benson High School Marching Band, Fergus Falls High School Marching Band, Henry Sibley Marching Band, Hutchinson Marching Tigers, KMS Marching Saints, Lake City Tiger Band, Litchfield Marching Dragons, Mankato 77 Lancers, Milaca High School Marching Wolves, Sartell Marching Sabers, and Waconia High School Marching Band. The parade route follows a square and starts at 10th Street East and Armstrong Avenue. It turns on Armstrong to Fifth Street East and then turns at Gilman Avenue North and returns to 10th Street East. The first performance is in the Wagner School area. The second performance is on Fifth Street and the third performance and judging is near the tennis courts and softball fields. This event is funded through a grassroots campaign. To make a donation or for more information, call the Litchfield Area Chamber of Commerce at 320-693-8184. For updates, visit the Litchfield Parade of Bands Facebook page.
Thursday, June 20
The Litchfield Marching Dragons are performing at Milaca. Parade time is 5:30 p.m.
Friday, June 21
The Hutchinson Marching Tigers are playing at 6 p.m. in the Rapids River Days Parade in Sauk Rapids.
The Litchfield Marching Dragons are performing at 6 p.m. at the Meeker County Relay for Life in Litchfield.
Saturday, June 22
The Litchfield Marching Dragons are performing at 11 a.m. in the Glencoe Days Parade.
Monday, June 24
Litchfield Area Chamber of Commerce annual Golf Scramble from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Litchfield Golf Course, 405 W. Pleasure Drive. Registration is at 11 a.m. followed by a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. Barbecue supper is served at 5 p.m. For more information or to register, call Marla Thissen at 320-693-8184.
The Litchfield Marching Dragons are performing at Roseville. Parade time is 6:15 p.m.
View the Youth Art Exhibition featuring high school students art work on display through May 24. Viewing hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and from noon to 4 p.m. Friday. Admission is free and the public is welcome. For more information, call the art center at 320-587-7278.
Dassel History Center and Ergot Museum, 901 First St. N., is hosting two new exhibits: “Manthei Farm Dioramas” through Labor Day and “Brodin Studios: The Brodin Brothers — Rodger, John and Neil” through June 15. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. It’s closed Sunday and Monday. The museum offers the following permanent exhibits: “Ergot: From Blight to Blessing,” “Dassel Seed Corn: Planting the Seed,” “Peterson Pharmacy” and “Magnus Johnson: No Yokel and No Man’s Echo.” For more information, call the museum at 320-275-3077.
Cokato Museum, 175 Fourth St. S.W., Cokato, showcases local Cokato history, plus it is home to the Gust Akerlund Photography Studio. For more information, call the museum at 320-286-2427 or visit isit cokatomuseum.org.
McLeod County Historical Society and Museum, 308 School Road N.W., Hutchinson, features the Les Kouba Gallery, Emanuel Albrecht Gallery and the Historical Gallery, which includes displays from the county’s nine towns. Interested in genealogy? Investigate your family roots in the research library or access records through the museum’s library edition of Ancestry. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call 320-587-2109 or visit www.mcleodhistory.org.
Wheel & Cog Children’s Museum of Hutchinson is in the Hutchinson Mall, 1060 State Highway 15 S. The museum’s hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Saturday morning features special STEAM activities. Admission is $4. For more information, visit the museum’s Facebook page or wheelandcog.com.
Meeker County Historical Museum at the Grand Army of the Republic Hall, 308 Marshall Ave. N., Litchfield. The museum features local Meeker County and Civil War history. It is also the site of the Litchfield G.A.R. Civil War Roundtable, which meets the second Thursday of each month. Open hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. The museum is closed on Sunday and Monday. Admission is free for members and for children younger than 12. Admission for nonmembers is $3. For more information, call 320-693-8911 or visit www.garminnesota.org.