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Films under the stars this summer

Tired of shivering in air-conditioned theaters and paying too much for candy and popcorn? Outdoor movies have the solution. And with options all over Southern Minnesota, your next family night is just a short drive away. As always, check the movies’ ratings and start times before bringing extremely young children.

Movies in the Park

Bring a lawn chair or blanket to Central Park (225 1st Ave. NW, Rochester) for free monthly movies hosted by the Rochester Downtown Alliance. The 9 p.m. movie start time may rule out younger kids, outdoor activities begin at 7. Food and drinks are available for purchase on-site.

  • July 7 – Jumanji
  • Aug. 18 – Coco
  • Sept. 15 – Safe Haven

Movies Under the Stars

The History Center (1195 W Circle Dr. SW, Rochester) has three outdoor movie nights in August, shown on Schmitt Field. General admission is $5, but seniors and children under 12 get in free. Leave the pets and coolers at home, but feel free to grab snacks and drinks before the movie starts at 8:30 p.m.

  • Aug. 10 – CARS 3
  • Aug. 24 – Moana
  • Aug. 31- SING

Byron’s Movies at City Hall

Visit our neighbors to the west for monthly movies on the lawn of Byron’s City Hall (680 Byron Main Ct. NE, Byron). Movies are hosted by the Byron Good Neighbor Days Committee. Bring your own snacks and lawnchairs.

  • July 20 – Finding Dory
  • Aug. 17 – Wonder

Four Daughters Vineyard

About 30 minutes outside of Rochester, Four Daughters Vineyard (78757 Hwy 16, Spring Valley) is screening movies among the grapes. BYO blankets and chairs, and kick back (maybe with a glass of wine?). The free movies begin at 8:30 p.m.

  • July 11 – Pretty Woman
  • July 25 – Apollo 13
  • Aug. 8 – Overboard
  • Aug. 22 – The Greatest Showman

Summer salad is a crowd pleaser

Jennifer Segal graduated from culinary school and spent the early years of her career working in the high-pressure kitchens of fancy restaurants. She realized that way of life wasn’t for her, so when she started a family, she stayed home and started a food blog, Once Upon a Chef (www.onceuponachef.com), which features family-friendly recipes that are created with a chef’s expertise.

Her recipes are now collected in a cookbook of the same name — “Once Upon a Chef: 100 Tested, Perfected and Family-Approved Recipes.” Segal says she used the readers of her blog as volunteers to test recipes and help her decide which to include in the book.

In the introduction for this Black Bean & Corn Salad, Segal describes it as a make-ahead crowd pleaser that’s perfect for summer entertaining.

“Whether I serve it as a salad with grilled chicken or as a dip with tortilla chips (highly recommend!),” she writes, “the bowl is always empty and the plates are always full.”

Black Bean & Corn Salad With Chipotle Honey Vinaigrette

Serves 6

For the salad

2 ears fresh corn

1 cup finely chopped red onion

One 15½-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed

1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced

1/2 cup loosely packed fresh cilantro leaves, chopped, plus a bit more for garnish

1 avocado

For the dressing

2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

2 tablespoons fresh lime juice, from 1 lime

2 tablespoons honey

1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

1 large garlic clove, roughly chopped

3/4 teaspoon ground cumin

3/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1/4 teaspoon dried oregano

2 small chipotle chiles in adobo sauce from a can (see note)

To make the salad: Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the corn, cover and turn the heat down to low. Simmer for 10 minutes. Remove the corn from the pot and let cool.

Meanwhile, place the chopped red onion in a small bowl and cover with water. Let sit for about 10 minutes, then drain completely in a sieve and set aside.

One at a time, holding the cooled corn upright in a large bowl, cut the kernels off the cobs in strips.

Add the beans, onion, bell pepper and cilantro to the corn.

To make the dressing: In a blender or mini food processor fitted with the steel blade, combine all of the dressing ingredients and process until smooth.

Pour the dressing over the bean and corn mixture and toss well. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or preferably overnight.

Right before serving, cut the avocado in half and remove the pit. Using a butter knife, cut a grid in each half. Holding each avocado half over the salad, use a spoon to scoop out the diced flesh. Toss the salad gently, then taste and adjust the seasoning, if necessary (I usually add a squeeze of fresh lime to freshen it up). Garnish with a bit of fresh chopped cilantro, if desired. Serve cold.

Note: Canned chipotle chiles in adobo sauce are small dried and smoked peppers (usually red jalapeños) that come in a spicy, smoky tomato sauce. You can find them in the Latin section of most supermarkets. Once you open a can, you can transfer any remaining chiles to a plastic or glass container and store in the refrigerator for up to a month, or freeze in a sealable plastic bag for up to 6 months.

Reprinted with permission from “Once Upon a Chef by Jennifer Segal”; Chronicle Books, 2018

Library offers more the 30,000 e-books to Minnesota residents

ROCHESTER, Minn.- Southeastern Libraries Cooperating and the Rochester Public Library are teaming up to offer more e-books for Minnesota residents.
More than 30,000 books added online.
Kim Edson has been a librarian in Rochester Public Library for more than 20-years. Today, she’s the head of readers services and said this is a way for the library to serve everyone on the go.
“The demand for digital material as far exceeded out ability to provide them this allows us to extend our reach with digital materials and try to address some of that demand in a cost effective way,” said the librarian.
It doesn’t matter where you access the book, it could be at home or at any library in Minnesota.
All you’ll need is your library card number.

I’ve heard that a castle once stood at the top of Rochester’s Pill Hill. Is that true? It sounds impossible. — Virginia, Rochester

Well, as you know, here at Answer Man World HQ, we deal in the impossible. So yes, Virginia, there once was a castle at the top of Pill Hill. But this wasn’t a castle like you would see in Camelot, occupied by knights of the roundtable.
In fact, Willson’s Castle, as it was called, was a “castle” in name only. It stood at what was then 900 W. College Street — now Fourth Street Southwest — at the top of Pill Hill. It was the home of Charles Cudworth Willson, who arrived in Rochester in the 1850s and practiced law for 60 years. He was Rochester royalty, you might say.
Ken Allsen’s fine book, “Old College Street” tells the tale of Willson’s Castle.
Willson built his home, which he called Red Oaks, at the highest point of Pill Hill, and then topped it with a 75-foot tower. Everyone in town took to calling the mansion “Willson’s Castle,” either in awe or in jest, and in no time at all Red Oaks receded into history.
The upper level of the tower, by the way, had windows on all four sides — imagine the view from up there!
Willson and his family lived in the castle until 1918 when Willson, then 89 and a widower, moved down the hill a bit to lodge with his daughter at the College Apartments. After sitting vacant for a few months, the castle caught fire that summer and burned to the ground.
The rubble of the castle served as a dangerous playground for local kids until the site was cleaned up and covered with soil. There’s no trace of the castle up there on the hill today, but those in the know — namely your not-too-humble servant — know exactly where Rochester’s castle once stood.

Rochesterfest

Rochesterfest is committed to promoting and celebrating the city of Rochester and southeast Minnesota annually by connecting people through a variety of wholesome, entertaining community events.

HISTORY
In the beginning, many people said it wouldn’t work.

“Too many other attempts were made to have a festival in Rochester and none were successful,” they maintained.
In 1983, to commemorate the 125th anniversary of Rochester, Mayor Chuch Hazama named a 17-member committee to develop a plan that would involve the entire community in a celebration of the city. A year later Rochesterfest was born.

Come down for great food and fun events daily at 300 7th St SW, Rochester, MN 55902.

Grand Parade presented by Clements Chevrolet  

2:00pm start on 6th St SW.

Enjoy southern Minnesota’s biggest parade with over 100 units! The Elks and K of C’s support the Parade.

 

Come join the fun with friends and family!

 

 

Thursdays On First & 3rd

Thursdays on First & 3rd Summer Market and Music Festival is a weekly outdoor market of over 100 art, craft and food vendors and live entertainment every Thursday throughout the summer. Thursdays on First & 3rd begins on June 7th, 2018 and runs until August 30th. Thursdays on First & 3rd is an event that unites the Rochester community and provides a free option to simply enjoy life, feel a sense of place, and interact with others! Dogs are welcome at Thursdays, but must be on a leash.

Sit back and relax with friends and family as musical talent is featured from 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM. Stick around for the Music Festival performances at 5:00 PM and 7:00 PM on two stages!

Memorial Day

Memorial Day is an American holiday, observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Memorial Day 2018 occurs on Monday, May 28. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971.

Rochester Minnesota Ways to Honor our Veterans:

• 9:30 a.m. Procession from the American Legion to the Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial
• 10:00 a.m. Memorial Day Program at the Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial
• Memorial Day Bash at the VFW Post 1215
• Memorial Day Grilling Event, Hyvee North (benefiting the Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial) 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

We live in the land of the free, because of the brave. Celebrate these strong and remarkable individuals on this special day of the year.

Make Rochester a “Litter Bit Better”

A Litter Bit Better

About A Litter Bit Better

At the beginning of 2007, two citizens came to Mayor Brede with the idea of building a “trash mountain”. They were interested in getting community members involved in a city-wide litter clean up effort.

The Mayor brought a team of organizations together to plan and coordinate what would become aptly named, Help Make Rochester A Litter Bit Better!

During the week of April 21-28, over 1,384 volunteers city-wide scoured ditches, parks, and boulevards to pick up over 20,000 pounds of trash! Service groups, businesses, scout troops, faith groups, and 10 Neighborhood Associations registered and participated. And now it is an annual event in the City of Rochester.

You can read more about the first, recent, and upcoming litter pickup efforts in our News & Events page. Tips and a time line for how this successful litter pickup was organized can be found our our website. Photos from neighborhoods and groups who picked up Rochester can be seen in our photo gallery.

But litter doesn’t only occur once a year. All of us working together can make a difference. Be a leader. Avoid the temptation of throwing trash or flicking that cigarette butt out your car window. Be sure to bag all of your trash before placing it in the garbage can and then make sure the lid is on tight. This prevents loose trash from blowing out of the haulers’ truck, and into our streets and streams.

Resources for Kids

Resources for Adults

Posters

All of us together can pick it up and Make Rochester a Litter Bit Better!

Prepare for emergencies: We’ll do our part, you do yours

Emergency situations such as fire, extreme weather and power outages can happen without warning. By taking the time to prepare for a possible disaster, you and your family will be equipped to handle a crisis if one ever occurs.

Fire Safety, Escape Routes and Meeting Spots

• We suggest having a fire extinguisher on each floor, and check them annually to make sure they’re functioning properly.
• Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors should be installed in each room and tested once a month. Use long-life lithium batteries to cut back on replacements.
• It is important to have an escape plan for yourself and your family, it could only take a mere five minutes for a fire to engulf your entire home. Ensure to include at least two exit routes in case one is blocked, and designate a safe location for your household to meet.

Emergencies are easier to handle when you have prepared ahead of time. Have a go bag ready if you must shelter in or evacuate your home. Make sure that your go bag is easy to carry and easy to get to.

What to Include in Your Go Bag, Home Safety Items and Tips

 

• Battery powered radio and extra batteries
• Flashlight with Extra Batteries
• Lightweight blankets
• Emergency information, including insurance policies, blood type, and emergency contacts
• A list of medications and correct dosage, and doctor’s names
• Personal items such as toothbrushes, soap, extra glasses, etc.
• First-Aid kit- (This would also be a good idea to store in a central location in your home, such as the kitchen, and make sure everyone knows where it is)
• Whistle
• Change of clothing
• Nonperishable snacks (At least a three-day supply for each member in the household)
• Water (At least a three-day supply for each member in the household. During an emergency, you should drink at least two quarts of water a day. Drink 3-4 quarts a day if you are in a hot climate, pregnant, sick, or a child. If you buy commercially bottles water, it should be replaced once a year. Store your water in a cool, dark place to keep it tasting fresher longer.)
• Books, cards or magazines to pass the time

 

There’s often very little time to react to a crisis. Meet with your family or household members to discuss how to prepare and respond to emergencies. Identify responsibilities for each member of your household and plan to work together as a team. The unknown often causes more anxiety than knowing the facts. With a little planning and prep work, you can be well-equipped and ready to respond to emergencies accordingly.

 

 

 

WINTER IS COMING

Winter is time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of  friendly hand and for talk beside the fire. It is the time for home.

We at The Brittany’s would like to share some tips with you on how to stay safe this winter, so you make it home safe.  No one’s kidding when they say Minnesota winter’s aren’t for the weak, they can get brutal. If you travel during the wintertime we suggest investing in a winter survival emergency kit to keep in your car. Everyone should carry one in case of an emergency, it could save your life and the lives of your passengers.

 

 Here is what you will need in you winter survival kit

  • A shovel
  • Windshield scraper and small broom
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Battery powered radio
  • Water
  • Snack food including energy bars
  • Extra warm clothes, hats, socks, boots, and mittens
  • First aid kit with pocket knife
  • Necessary medications
  • Blankets or sleeping bag
  • Tow chain or rope
  • Road salt, sand, or cat litter for traction
  • Booster cables
  • Emergency flares and reflectors
  • Fluorescent distress flag and whistle to attract attention
  • Cell phone adapter to plug into lighter , cell phone charger
  • Hand and toe warmers
  • Candles
  • Lighter or water proof matches
  • Ice melting windshield fluid

Kit tips:
Store items in the passenger compartment in case the trunk is jammed or frozen shut.
Choose small packages of food that you can eat hot or cold.

911 tips:
If possible, call 911 on your cell phone. Provide your location, condition of everyone in the vehicle and the problem you’re experiencing.
Follow instructions: you may be told to stay where you are until help arrives.
Do not hang up until you know who you have spoken with and what will happen next.
If you must leave the vehicle, write down your name, address, phone number and destination. Place the piece of paper inside the front windshield for someone to see.

Survival tips:
Prepare your vehicle: Make sure you keep your gas tank at least half full.
Be easy to find: Tell someone where you are going and the route you will take.
If stuck: Tie a florescent flag (from your kit) on your antenna or hang it out the window. At night, keep your dome light on. Rescue crews can see a small glow at a distance. To reduce battery drain, use emergency flashers only if you hear approaching vehicles. If you’re with someone else, make sure at least one person is awake and keeping watch for help at all times.
Stay in your vehicle: Walking in a storm can be very dangerous. You might become lost or exhausted. Your vehicle is a good shelter.
Avoid Overexertion: Shoveling snow or pushing your car takes a lot of effort in storm conditions. Don’t risk a heart attack or injury. That work can also make you hot and sweaty. Wet clothing loses insulation value, making you susceptible to hypothermia.
Fresh Air: It’s better to be cold and awake than comfortably warm and sleepy. Snow can plug your vehicle’s exhaust system and cause deadly carbon monoxide gas to enter your car. Only run the engine for 10 minutes an hour and make sure the exhaust pipe is free of snow. Keeping a window open a crack while running the engine is also a good idea.
Don’t expect to be comfortable: You want to survive until you’re found.