If the July 4 pyrotechnics merely whetted your appetite, more is planned Friday night at Chateau Raceway in Lansing, where a fireworks show follows a night of modified stock car racing. The track is five miles north of Austin off U.S. Highway 218; take the Lansing exit.
Get the weekend off to a good start Friday with a happy hour and big-band sounds by Swing Street on the Rochester Civic Theatre patio. The patio opens at 4 p.m.; music is from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Free admission. Find the theater at 20 Civic Center Drive SE. Information: tinyurl.com/no3xdhh.
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It’s time to give due to the “craft” side of arts and crafts: Starting at 7 p.m. Friday, ArtHaus, a visual and performing arts center in Decorah, hosts its sixth annual homebrew contest, a showcase for local craft brewers to share the fruits of their labors with all of you hopheads. Soft jazz by Connor Jones. Admission $10. Info: arthausdecorah.org/events/annual-homebrew-contest.
If coffee’s more to your taste, join your fellow java junkies Saturday at People’s Food Co-op in Rochester, where Alex, of Kickapoo Coffee, leads a “cupping” and answers your caffeinated questions. $15 for members, $25 non-members. The co-op is at 519 First Ave. SW.
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Caller Rina Rossi, accompanied by AJ Strubas on fiddle and Bob Bovee on guitar, calls the shots Friday night in Lanesboro. It’s a Barn Dance at 8 p.m. in the Sons of Norway Hall on Parkway Avenue. Try traditional square dances, big circles, waltzes and polkas; no experience or partner necessary. Information: www.boveeheil.com/lanesboro-barn-dance.htm.
— Jeff Pieters, Post-Bulletin