5 things to do this weekend

Published 9:22 pm Wednesday, August 23, 2017

1. Big Island Bar-B-Que

The 10th annual Big Island Bar-B-Que will take place Friday and Saturday at the Freeborn County Fairgrounds in Albert Lea.

The event runs from 5 to 11 p.m. Friday and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

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Starting at 6 p.m. Friday, there will be a chicken wing contest and chili contest. Cost is $10 to enter the chili contest and $5 for tasting for each category. There is no entry fee for the chicken wing contest, and pre-cooked wings will be furnished.

Entertainment on Friday includes John Goodsall and Wicked Renegades. On Saturday, entertainment includes the Minnesota Blues Society Harmonica Clinic, The Everett Smithson Band and Red Devil Rock Combo.

Sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society, the event is a fundraiser for Education Days at Big Island Rendezvous. The Rendezvous is a pioneer reenactment at Bancroft Bay Park, organized by Perry Vining, who also organized the barbecue competition.

New this year, organizers will pay out 10 places in all categories except overall.

Cash prize money, as well as trophies, will be given out for People’s Choice Chili.

In conjunction with the competition, the Junction 35/90 Flea Market will be in the 4-H and floral buildings.

There is free admission and parking.

2. Movie in the Park

Albert Lea’s Parks and Recreation Department will show “Beauty and the Beast,” beginning at 8:30 p.m. Friday at the Edgewater Park bandshell.

People are invited to sit on a bench or bring their own chair or blanket to relax and enjoy the show.

Admission is free.

3. “Fiesta del Arte” gallery exhibit

Local watercolor artist and instructor Bonnie Broitzman will feature her paintings of Hispanic influence in the newest exhibit at The Albert Lea Art Center.

The exhibit features paintings created during a trip Broitzman took in the spring of 2015 with 15 students and observers to Costa del Sol in Spain.

Broitzman has traveled to Greece, France, Italy and Spain with her paintbrushes and she said those countries hold a special place in her heart.

Broitzman and her students’ art will be on display at the gallery until Sept. 23.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday at 226 W. Clark St.

4. Reggie LeFlore exhibit

The Freeborn County Arts Initiative art gallery has been transformed by Reggie LeFlore, an urban street artist, into an installation of colorful faces.

LeFlore possesses a distinctive layering skill and makes dynamic color choices to create explosive drama in his work. The visiting artist often portrays political issues or issues of social justice in his art.

LeFlore, who has not taken a formal art class since high school, taught himself his craft through his own independent research, practice and experimentation.

As for the medium in which LeFlore works, he said aerosol, pencils and graphic design elements make up most of his compositions.

The Freeborn County Arts Initiative is based in the historic Bessesen Building at 224 S. Broadway Ave. in Albert Lea. LeFlore’s “Process” gallery will be open from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

5. Albert Lea Farmers Market

The Albert Lea Farmers Market will be open from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday along Bridge Avenue in the parking lot of Herberger’s at Northbridge Mall.

Apples, sweet potatoes, sweet corn, tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini and berries will be seasonable products to find at the market.

The Albert Lea Farmers Market accepts WIC vouchers and SNAP/EBT cards again this year.

A Market Sprouts program is available, which allows children to receive a shopping bag and punch a card for each $1 purchase at the market. When they get 10 punches on the card, they qualify for a $1 gift certificate.

The market has added another statewide program this year called the Power of Produce. The program is structured similar to the Market Sprouts program.

Both programs encourage children to eat healthy and buy local produce.