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5 things to do this weekend

1. Chapel Con

Comic geeks and nerds of all kinds will flood the Albert Lea community Saturday and Sunday in a convention that will — as outlined by the organizers — “blow the socks off anything the area has seen before.”

Chapel Con, as it has been deemed, will host celebrities and cosplayers from shows such as “The Walking Dead,” AMC’s “Comic Book Men,” “Married with Children,” “Breaking Bad,” “Power Rangers,” “Land of the Dead” and “The Incredible Hulk.”

“We are trying to do more of a pop culture show — not comics,” Gilbert Johnson said. “If you don’t even like comics, there is going to be plenty of stuff you’re going to love at this show.”

Tickets are still available for the event, although some ticket packages are sold out. The cost for a one-day general admission ticket is $21 for adults and $14 for children. The cost for a two-day general admission ticket is $37 for adults and $23 for children. Each ticket package corresponds to different entrance times. For a general admission ticket, the doors will be open from 11 a.m to 7 p.m on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at City Arena. Tickets may be purchased online through Midwestix.com, by stopping in at Chapel Comics, or by calling 507-369-3712.

For more information on the event, visit chapelcon.com or the Chapel Con Facebook page.

2. Civil War Experience

The city of Albert Lea Parks and Recreation Department will partner with the Freeborn County Historical Museum, Library and Village for an event to re-enact history.

The event that makes Civil War history come to life is slated for 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.

Those attending the free event will learn about important events leading up to the war, costs of war and a day in the life of a soldier.

The event will be at the Freeborn County Historical Museum and is open to the public.

The event is specifically designed for older elementary school-aged children, but whole families are invited, executive director of the museum Kim Nelson said.

Grandparents are encouraged to bring their grandchildren to this event to experience history together.

The re-enactment was made possible after the museum received a grant.

Arn Kind will be the presenter at the Civil War Experience.

3. “Mary Poppins”

Albert Lea Community Theatre will complete its 52nd season with performances of the musical “Mary Poppins” Friday and Saturday at the Marion Ross Performing Arts Center.

The classic Disney musical is co-directed by Diane Heaney and Glen Parsons with music direction by Barb Lang and choreography by Joyce Matthies, with a cast of more than 30 adults and children.

Friday’s show will start at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday shows will start at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are still available but are limited due to space. The cost of the tickets are $18 for adults and $10 for students.

Tickets may be purchased over the phone by calling 1-877- 730-3144 (toll-free), online at actonbroadway.com or at the box office, which is open at 8:30 a.m. Monday through Thursday. Tickets are also available at the Albert Lea Convention and Visitors Bureau.

All performances are at the Marion Ross Performing Arts Center, 147 N. Broadway in downtown Albert Lea.

4. Family Camp Out

The city of Albert Lea Parks and Recreation Department will sponsor a family camping event this weekend at Edgewater Park. Families should gather in the Edgewater Park Cottage area if they wish to register and participate.

The event will begin at 3 p.m. Saturday and last until 9 a.m. Sunday.

The camping event will allow those participating to enjoy the outdoors with fishing, campfires, games, crafts and a movie in the park with their families.

Meals will be provided in the two-day event and the cost is $15 per family to participate.

5. Movies in the Park

The city of Albert Lea Parks and Recreation Department will sponsor two outdoor movies this weekend at the Edgewater Park Bandshell. For no cost, “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” will be shown at 8:30 p.m. Friday and “The Hulk” will be shown at 8:30 p.m. Saturday. Both movies are expected to last until about 10 p.m. each night.

Those interested in attending the events are encouraged to find a seat on a bench in the park or bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on during the movies.

About Evelyn Seffinga

Evelyn Seffinga covers education and arts and culture for the Albert Lea Tribune.

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