Weekend Planner: Open Streets event is Saturday

Published 9:30 am Thursday, May 31, 2012

Organizers of Open Streets Albert Lea hope people will fill the downtown streets on Saturday.

The Open Streets Albert Lea event is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event is meant for a day of play for local residents to walk, run, bike, skateboard or more throughout the downtown streets, which will be closed off to cars.

There will also be a dedication of the Blue Zones Walkway — a walking, jogging and biking route around Fountain Lake — with author Dan Buettner at 11 a.m. at Fountain Lake Park. The event is a kickoff for Moais in Motion, and Moai participants will receive a free T-shirt.

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Fountain Street will be closed from Washington Avenue to Bridge Avenue and Bridge Avenue will be closed from Clark Street to Marshall Street. Tours of the National Vitality Center will be offered as well.



• The 2012 Fourth of July fireworks fundraiser will begin at 6 a.m. on the corner of Broadway Avenue and Main Street. A total of $16,000 is needed before July 4, and donations can be made online at www.albertlea.org or mailed to the Albert Lea-Freeborn County Chamber of Commerce office.



• The Albert Lea city pool will host a kids triathlon at 9 a.m. and age groups are from 7 to 14 years old. For more information or to sign up contact the Albert Lea Family Y.

• The Open Streets Albert Lea event will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in downtown Albert Lea.

• The city pool opens for the season at 1 p.m. Admission is $1.25 for children 2 and under, $3.25 for 3-17 year olds, $3.50 for 18 and older; individual season passes $35 for city residents, $45 non-city residents.



• Join friends and family of Lindsay Lembke for a benefit from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Geneva Community Center. There will be a live and silent auction as well as a meal, and donations will be accepted. Lembke has been diagnosed with the extremely rare superior mesenteric artery syndrome, and she’s been at a children’s hospital indefinitely. Donations for the auction are being accepted at George’s of Geneva, and for more information check out the Benefit for Lindsay Lembke page on Facebook.