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UM-Morris

University of Minnesota in Morris telescope available for public use from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday to view the waxing crescent moon and Venus setting; science building; dome on fourth floor, unheated, open to the sky, kids are welcome; for weather cancellations check the Web site at http://cda.mrs.umn.edu/~kearnsk/Telescope/PubObs.htm

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Paynesville

Scrambled egg breakfast, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday, St. Louis Catholic Church; adults $6.50, ages 3 to 12 $3.50, under 3 eat free.

Pennock

Fish fry, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Mamrelund Lutheran Church; adults $7, ages 6 to 12 $3, under 6 eat free.

Community celebrations

Olivia

February Frost Festival, through Saturday, includes a snowman making contest at six different sites in town; plan "B" is for sculptures to be built using Dairy Queen cups; today is a family ice skating party at 7 p.m. at Henton Park; Friday is Home Town Bank Hawaiian Day with a prize for the best Hawaiian hula dance from 1 to 2 p.m., and judging of the snowman/sculptures at 4 p.m.; Saturday is family fun day at Henton Park beginning at 10 a.m. with music, family snowman making, demonstrations of cross country skiing, snow shoes, snowmobile rides and grilled hot dogs for sale; photo contest all week.

Outdoors

Prairie Woods ELC

The cross country ski trails are open from 8 a.m. to sunset; rental skis available for $12 a day for non-members; call 320-354-5894 for more information.

Sibley State Park

Interpretive Center open during the week; call 320-354-2002 for hours.

Sibley State park programs are on the weekends at the Interpretive Center and are led by the park naturalist or visiting expert. A vehicle permit is required to enter the park and they are available at the park office. For more information call 320-354-2002.

Winter trails: Nordic skiing and snowmobile trails are groomed, weather permitting. The trail center in the lower level of the Interpretive Center is open 24 hours a day. There is a warming room, bathrooms and water fountain. A cross country ski pass is required for age 16 and older.

Snowshoe hike: 2 p.m. Saturday, weather permitting; following a brief talk on snowshoe design, manufacture styles and use, a naturalist will lead a walk; snowshoes will be provided to the first 20 people, 12 years of age and older, who call for reservations, 320-354-2055.

Physical activities

Willmar Junior High

Open swimming: 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, $2 per person; enter through east locker room doors.

Willmar Civic Center

Skating will be either in the Civic Center or the Blue Line Arena; $2 for all ages; $1.50 skate rental, unless otherwise stated.

Youth open hockey, grades 2 through 7: noon to 1 p.m. Saturday; parents welcome to skate along free.

Open curling, age 8 and older: 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday; stones and brooms provided.

Outdoor skating rinks

Warming houses: Garfield, Lincoln, Hilltop and Northside, open and staffed at 4 p.m. school days, 1 p.m. weekends and school holidays; close at 9 p.m. nightly.

If you would like your event listed in Weekend, submit it online at www.wctrib.com. Click on "submit event" under the calendar on the home page and fill out the form.

Or write the information briefly and mail it to: Weekend, West Central Tribune, Box 839, Willmar, MN 56201 or e-mail donnam@wctrib.com with Weekend in the subject line.

Events must be open to the public. Arts events are listed in today's arts calendar. Benefits for individuals and fundraisers for non-profit organizations are listed in Friday's Good Neighbors. The deadline is 3 p.m. Tuesday.

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