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5 things to do this weekend

1. H2Whoa!

Come to Wedgewood Park from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Friday for slipping and sliding water fun.

Children are encouraged to bring their swimsuit and towels.

Parents are encouraged to bring chairs or blankets to sit on to watch the fun.

This event is free and open to the public.

2. Relay for Life

The American Cancer Society’s Freeborn County Relay for Life will once again be at the Freeborn County Fairgrounds this year.

The family-friendly event will take place from 6 p.m. to midnight Friday.

Entertainment, music, silent auction, games, food and fun are slated throughout night. The event is open to the public.

This year, the cancer survivors and honored guests at the relay will be Lynne Hartke and Al Batt.

For more information about the Relay for Life or how to get involved, contact 507-424-4611 or visit the event website at www.relayforlife.org/freeborncountymn.

3. 2nd annual Independence Run

The second annual Independence Run will take place Saturday in Albert Lea, traveling to Preston National Cemetery in Preston.

The motorcycle ride is open to the public and to all registered street legal vehicles.

The event will begin with registration at 7:30 a.m. at the Albert Lea American Legion, and kickstands will go up at 8:30 a.m.

The cost to participate in the run is $20 per bike and $10 per additional passenger. Each car registered is $20.

For those who do not wish to participate in the motorcycle run, local family fun is slated throughout the day Saturday on North Broadway Avenue. Activities will include a silent auction from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., a bean bag tournament at 1 p.m., live music, children’s activities all day, a motorcycle show from 5 to 8 p.m. and food and beverage options. There will be a dunk tank and inflatable obstacle course as part of the fun.

The American Legion is at 142 N. Broadway Ave. in Albert Lea.

From 4 to 7 p.m., live music will be provided by the Flashbacks  and from 8 p.m. to midnight the music will be provided by the Wicked Renegades. Both performances will be in the North Broadway parking lot.

Proceeds from the event will be donated to Legacy Scholarship, Beyond the Yellow Ribbon and local veterans funds.

For more information about the event, contact Duane Thomas at 507-402-3006.

4. Party in the Park

Hope Church will host a party from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Memorial Park.

The event is free and family friendly. People of all ages are invited.

Activities slated are bouncy houses, free food, face painting, a bean bag toss,  donut walk, tug of war tournament, music, prizes and more.

For more information about the event, contact Hope Church at hopechurchal@gmail.com.

5. CampFire at Harmony Park

CampFire is an all inclusive community event in which participants learn and share their individual skills with one another. Workshops will occur all day Friday and Saturday.

According to its website, CampFire’s goal is to bring the community together to expand the understanding of movement-based knowledge through education offered in workshops and through peer sharing. Refine your technique and experience others passionate about their art and get inspired.

Gates open at noon Thursday. Departure is required for all participants by 6 p.m. Sunday.

Be prepared for a variety of weather conditions.

All participants intending to fire dance at CampFire must attend one of the scheduled fire safety meetings. Everyone who attends will transcend through the teacher and instructor role throughout the weekend. All participants are required to sign a liability waiver upon arrival.

Be prepared to learn, teach, participate and share with other enthusiasts.

CampFire is run by volunteers. All participants are expected to lend a hand, and are asked to sign up for a volunteer shift on the website prior to the event.

No drugs, alcohol or illegal activities of any kind are permitted at the event. CampFire is a clear-headed and focused environment for performers to grow.

CampFire is an all inclusive community event. Respect is required.

A professional medical team will be on hand. For a complete list of items to pack for the event or for exact itinerary and ticket information, visit dev.campfireretreat.com.


About Evelyn Seffinga

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

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