5 things to do this weekend

Published 10:22 pm Wednesday, September 13, 2017

1. Golfing for the Gospel

A family event organized to raise money for three local organizations will take place Saturday at Wedgewood Cove Golf Club.

Called Golfing for the Gospel, the four-person best shot tournament begins with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. Cost is $50 per player.

From 10 a.m. to noon there will be family activities, including bounce houses, bean bags, knocker ball and a mini golf putting challenge.

At 12:30 p.m. there will be a lunch of hotdogs, burgers and sides for a donation, followed by a speech from Albert Lea High School graduate Chrissy Monson.

Monson ran track and cross country in Albert Lea and Northern Illinois University, where she graduated with degrees in communications and business. She is interning with Athletes in Action, a Christian ministry that uses the platform of sports to teach people about Jesus Christ.

Monson became involved with the organization as a college freshman. Diagnosed with chronic lyme disease, she was forced to hang up her spikes and ultimately learned that there is something more important to be won than races. Through her involvement with the organization, she hopes to build a sustainable movement for Christ among athletes at NIU.

Proceeds of the event benefit the Arc of Freeborn County, the Salvation Army and Youth for Christ’s The Rock.

2. Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge concert

The Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge choir will perform at 9 and 11 a.m. Sunday at Albert Lea United Methodist Church.

The choir is known statewide, having performed at more than 200 churches in 2015. The choir’s contemporary gospel and praise songs will be accompanied by client stories of addiction recovery. Additionally, representatives from the program will be available following the service to answer questions about the programs of Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge.

The Rev. John Mitchem with United Methodist Church said it will be a performance filled with testimony and singing. The public is invited to attend.

“It’s the most inspiring,” Mitchem said, who noted it is the church’s second-best Sunday of the year.

3. Freeborn County Pheasant and Habitat Banquet

The Freeborn County Pheasant and Habitat Banquet will be from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday in the 4-H Building at the Freeborn County Fairgrounds.

Social hour begins at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner catered by Hy-Vee at 6:30 p.m. 

Tickets are $20 each and include the meal and a chance at one of 10 grand prizes.

Additional raffles will be throughout the evening.

4. Autumn in the Village

The Freeborn County Historical Museum, Library and Village will host the annual Autumn in the Village from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

The event is one of the largest fundraisers of the year for the museum and  connects with yesteryear living and growing up.

Artisans will conduct demonstrations about different parts of the village, and there will be games for children. Children will be able to make their own butter and homemade ice cream, and play other games.

Food will be available for purchase for lunch, including crumble burgers, Mrs. Gerry’s salads, chips, hotdogs, apple pie, ice cream, pop, water and the museum’s famous sarsaparilla.

Entrance to Autumn in the Village is free to members, $7.50 for adults, $2 for children ages 12 to 17, and free to 11 and under.

5. Taste of Girl Scouts

All girls are invited to attend a Taste of Girl Scouts from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Brookside Boathouse and Brookside Education Center.

There will be free kayaking, canoeing, paddle boarding, ham boarding, biking and rock climbing.

The event is organized by Service Unit 420 in collaboration with Albert Lea  Community Education.

Waivers must be signed upon arrival by a parent or guardian.