5 things to do this weekend

Published 9:12 pm Wednesday, January 15, 2020

1. Outside Rock on Ice

The city of Albert Lea will host a special Rock on Ice from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Hayek Park, at Fourth Avenue and Clark Street in Albert Lea. DJ Abrego will bring the party vibes with tunes to make you move, groove and glide over that ice. You need not skate to have a good time, however. Several outdoor activities are planned so there’s fun to be had for everyone. Count on a fire to gather around, s’mores to toast and hot cocoa to drink. The event is free, family-friendly and open to the public.


2. Take a Kid Fishing Weekend

Minnesotans who enjoy the outdoors even in the middle of winter have one more reason to hit the ice this weekend. From Saturday through Monday, residents older than 16 can fish or dark-house spear without an angling or spearing license, if they take a child younger than 16 along with them. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources emphasizes the importance of taking proper precautions, as ice conditions vary greatly this season and can be deceiving. There is no such thing as 100 % safe ice. Always check local ice conditions before heading out to a lake or river.


3. Live comedy

Local comedian Day Peace will perform a stand-up set from 8 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Worth Brewing Co., 835 Central Ave. in Northwood. Peace’s star is on the rise, and he’s building a national comedy career in an unlikely place, right here in the rural midwest. The Detroit native married into a Lake Mills family and is raising his family in northern Iowa while touring the country, hosting a podcast and performing close to home for a growing local fanbase. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. One beverage is included with each ticket, and seating is general admission. 


4. Bridal Showcase

Wedgewood Cove will host its third annual bridal vendor showcase from 12 to 3 p.m. Sunday at Wedgewood Cove Golf Club, 2200 W. Ninth St. in Albert Lea. Vendors will give away prizes throughout the event. A drawing for the grand prize — a three-day trip to Costa Rica — will be at 3 p.m. The winner must be present and part of an engaged couple to be eligible. Admission is $5 at the door.


5. Open skate to celebrate

In honor of National Skating Month, the Albert Lea Figure Skating Club will host an open skate from 3:15 to 5:15 p.m. Sunday at Albert Lea City Arena, 701 Lake Chapeau Drive. If your child is curious about getting involved with hockey or figure-skating, or if they just want to learn how to ice skate with confidence, this is the time and place to learn more about local skating programs. Free refreshments will be provided. Bring your friends!