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5 things to do this weekend


Free Friday matinee

The movie “How to Train Your Dragon: Homecoming” will play on the big screen at 2 p.m. Friday at the Wells Flame Theatre in downtown Wells. The showing is part of a series of free matinees presented by the city of Wells during the Christmas break. Concessions will be available.


Covered dart board tournament

Arrows will fly during a Luck-of-the-Draw Tournament hosted by Darts of Northwood starting at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Strike Zone,1003 8th St., in Northwood. Game variations will include 501 and cricket, and menu variations will include specials for food and drink. A tournament entry charge of $15 covers board fees.


Johnny Holm Band

The Johnny Holm Band will perform for what is expected to be a standing-room only crowd of adoring fans Saturday at the Diamond Jo Casino. The band’s dedicated following comes from extensive touring with a rotating cast of the Midwest’s finest musicians, that now includes Holm’s daughter.

Showtime is 8 p.m. at the Diamond Jo Event Center, 777 Diamond Jo Lane in Northwood. Tickets start at $15.


Ugly sweater party

There’s one more chance to don your festive holiday attire this year at an ugly sweater party from 9 p.m. to midnight Saturday at Signatures Sports Bar & Grill, 728 Central Ave. in Northwood.

Themed drink specials are expected to enhance the good cheer. The ugliest of the uglies will win a $50 gift certificate. Judging will commence at 10 p.m.


‘Tis the season for ice skating

Whether you prefer to skate in the elements or under a roof, there are plenty of opportunities to get some ice time over the weekend in Albert Lea. Public skate times are scheduled for 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, 3 to 4:15 p.m. Saturday and 6:30 to 8 p.m. Sunday at City Arena. The cost is $4 per skater with an additional $1 for skate rental during weekend hours.

The four outdoor ice rinks are always open for free public skating, but warming house hours are limited. All four warming houses (Academy, Hawthorne, Hayek and Lakeview) will be open from 1 to 8 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The Hayek Park warming house is also open, as usual, from 1 to 8 p.m. Friday. The houses are equipped with friendly attendants and games, so the fun can continue while you warm up.