5 things to do this weekend

Published 10:31 pm Wednesday, November 29, 2017

1. Train show and swap

The annual train show is full steam ahead this weekend from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Northbridge Mall. Participants can expect to look around or to participate in parts swaps. There is also a chance to compete in an open model contest; anything railroad-related is fair game.

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2. American Legion children’s Christmas party

For the fifth year, children and guardians are welcome to join the party at the Albert Lea American Legion from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday. Hot dogs, chips, cookies and ice cream will be served for the first hour, and Santa will come for pictures at 12:30 p.m. There will also be games with prizes and a grand prize drawing at the end of the party, beginning at 1:30 p.m.

3. Father/daughter Razzle-Dazzle

Girls ages preschool through fifth grade have a chance to get fancy Sunday evening for a formal dance at the UPDS studio. Girls and an adult male relative or other significant male role model can expect a photo, Santa Claus, lights, dancing, prizes and punch and cookies. The event runs from 6 to 8 p.m.

4. Drive-through live Nativity

Both Friday and Saturday night, New Life Christian Church will host its annual drive-through live Nativity, and in addition to a cow, there will be a camel, donkey and sheep. The drive-through includes nine scenes and runs from 7 to 9 p.m. If the weather is bad, the live nativity will be canceled.

5. Monroe Crossing

Experience Christmas bluegrass style. At 7:30 p.m. Friday, Monroe Crossing will take the Marion Ross Performing Arts Center stage to perform their Bluegrass Christmas show.

The performance includes a blend of classic bluegrass and bluegrass gospel, and also throws some originals into the mix.

The quintet has been inducted into the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame.

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