5 things to do this weekend

Published 9:15 pm Wednesday, September 6, 2017

1. Ryan “Pie” Truesdell Memorial Softball Tournament

The annual memorial softball tournament in memory of Ryan “Pie” Truesdell will take place Saturday and Sunday at Snyder Field.

Truesdell, a 2005 graduate of Albert Lea High School, was a two-time Big Nine All-Conference catcher and co-captain for the Tigers baseball team. He went on to play baseball at Rochester Technical Community College, where he played a variety of positions including pitcher, catcher and center field.

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He died Aug. 14, 2007.

The tournament raises money for area youth sports. Last year, there were 27 teams that participated. Organizers expect to hit or surpass that number this year.

2. Kids Safety First Day

Women of the Moose Lodge of Albert Lea will host a Kids Safety First Day from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday in Frank Hall Park across the street from the city pool.

The event covers the importance of having a good quality photo and descriptive information in the event that a child is missing.

There will also be a bicycle safety course by the Albert Lea Police Department and basic first aid by the Albert Lea Fire Department

There will be prizes, and hot dogs, chips and pop will be for sale for $2.

Free first aid kits will be handed out, according to the event flier.

3. Czech Fest

The annual Czech Fest celebration will be from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at Brick Hall, three miles north of Myrtle.

Mollie B dance music and Jim Busta Band will perform from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday.

There will also be a ecumenical church service with Mollie B at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. Services will be followed by a Czech meal and Mollie B music from 1 to 3 p.m.

4. Shangri-La

A three-day festival featuring art, music and performing arts will take place this weekend at Harmony Park Music Garden.

Produced by WookieFoot, Shangri-La has limited tickets, so attendees are encouraged to buy their tickets as soon as possible.

Those 18 and older need a valid ID to attend and children under 18 must be accompanied by a legal guardian.

5. Farmers market

The Albert Lea Farmers Market will take place from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday in the Northbridge Mall parking lot in front of Herberger’s.

Locally grown in-season fruits and vegetables will be for sale, along with fresh eggs, jams, jellies, syrups, salsa, pickles, breads and sweets.