Parkinson Support Group will meet at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, at St. John Lutheran Church in Luverne. Contact Dianne Karlstad at 507-530-3307 with questions.
Beaver Creek Township will meet at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, at the township hall.
Lady Luverne Red Hats will meet at 12:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, at Sterling’s for lunch followed by bingo at the Veterans Home. RSVP for lunch by Tuesday, Dec. 6, to Connie at 507-283-8470.
Sanford Luverne Pink Ladies will meet at noon Monday, Dec. 12, for a potluck meal and business meeting in the Blue Mound Room at the hospital.
Tourist Club will meet for a potluck at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13, in the home of Lorraine Olson.
Rock County VFW Post 2757 will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13, in the Herreid Military Building.
American Legion Post 123 and Auxiliary will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14, in the Post home for their regular meeting and a Christmas potluck. Bring a dish to pass.
Battle Plain Township Board will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15, at the home of Greg Talsma.
Vienna Township meets at 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at the Kenneth Community Center.
Narcotics Anonymous will meet every Thursday evening at 6:30 p.m. at the Steen Reformed Church. Contact Robert for more information 507-329-2642.
Women’s Alcoholics Anonymous meets at 8 p.m. Mondays in the United Methodist Church.
Al-Anon meets from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays in the Buffalo Ridge Meeting Room (lower level) at the Sanford Medical Center in Luverne. Call Stephanie at 507-449-1246.
Narcotics Anonymous meets at 7 p.m. Fridays and for basic text study at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays in the basement of St. Catherine Catholic Rectory, 203 E. Brown St., Luverne. Use east door. For more information call 507-220-0137.
Alcoholics Anonymous meets at 8 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays in the United Methodist Church, Luverne. Call 605-321-4324.
Alcoholics Anonymous and Al-Anon meet from 8 to 9 p.m. every Tuesday in Runals Memorial Hall, Edgerton. Call Naomi, 507-215-2956, with questions.
Salvation Army seeks volunteers to ring bells
The Salvation Army is in need of volunteer bell ringers to man the red kettle at Glen’s Food Center in December.
Every dollar collected in Rock County stays here and benefits organizations like Southwest Youth Services and disadvantaged children in the school system.
If you are able to help, contact Suanne Ohme at 507-283-4914 or 507-920-0053.
Santa Claus Day Dec. 10 in Hardwick
The Hardwick Community Club is conducting its annual Santa Claus Day Saturday, Dec. 10, at the Hardwick Legion Hall.
Events will be from 2 to 4 p.m. and include children’s crafts and cookie decorating.
Pictures with Santa will be from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
All activities are free.
Carnegie hosts Festival of Trees
The Festival of Trees at the Carnegie Cultural Center is now open for the community’s enjoyment from 5-7 p.m. Thursdays and from 1-4 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Doors will not be open on Christmas Eve day.
Choir concert Dec. 9
The Luverne Middle School and High School choirs will perform a holiday concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, in the high school gymnasium. Admission is donation of a non-perishable food item or a monetary donation for the Food Shelf. Activity passes will also be accepted.
Blood Drive at H-BC Dec. 9
H-BC High School will host a community blood drive from 7:30 a.m. to 12:40 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9. To reserve a time, call 962-3240 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Children’s Fair Dec. 12
The Rock County Children’s Fair will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12, in the Luverne Elementary School Commons. The free event for children from birth to 5 years of age features interactive booths and Mr. Twister twisting balloons. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be available for photos.
Cattle Feeder Days Dec. 14
Dr. Sheri Bundy and Dr. Sean Montgomery, both of Corn Belt Livestock Services, will present information on feedlot assessments and the impact of feedlot environments on cattle performance at the 2016 Cattle Feeder Days event at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14, at the Blue Mound Banquet Center in Luverne. Pre-register online at z.umn.edu/CFD2016 for $25 ($15 for additional persons from same family) or at the event for $30. Cost includes meal and all educational materials. For more information call 320-235-0726 ext 2009 or email email@example.com.
Monthly Food Ministry Dec. 15
The Monthly Food Ministry, sponsored by New Life Celebration Church, will be from 5-6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15, at the Luverne Senior Center. If you’re having trouble putting food on the table, come for fresh produce, bread and meat. Children will be asked to wait outside. Call Gloria at 283-4366 with questions.
Band concert Dec. 15
Luverne Middle School and High School bands will perform their winter concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15, in the high school gym. Admission is a donation (money or product) to the Rock County Emergency Food Shelf.
Sign up for Community Ed basketball tourney Jan. 28
Luverne Community Education is sponsoring an invitational basketball tournament Saturday, Jan. 28, for both boys’ and girls’ fifth- and sixth-grade basketball teams. Format guarantees each team at least two games. Teams can register at www.isd2184.net under Community Education or call 507-283-4724. Cost is $125 per team, and payment must accompany registration.
Luverne Community Education will offer the following upcoming classes and activities. Call 283-4724 to register.
Keep your car insurance discount in effect by attending Defensive Driving Refresher Class on Dec. 14. Fee is $20 prepaid.
Girls in K-5 join together to solve a mystery and watch Nancy Drew at Mystery Movie Night on Dec. 16.
Discovery Time Preschool has openings in the Tuesday/Thursday afternoon class. Register now. Early Learning Scholarships that cover the entire tuition for the year are available to qualifying families with 3- and 4-year-old children. Call 283-4724.
Families, daycares, and visitors are invited to play and learn in the Nature Explore Outdoor Classroom. The classroom, designed for preschoolers to learn by discovery and exploration, is located on the southwest corner of school property. Engraved brick pavers line the path into the classroom and are sold to cover costs for upkeep and new materials. For paver information or to reserve a time for a field trip to the classroom, call 283-4724.
New residents — census information needed for preschool children: If you are new to the community, please call Community Education at 283-4724 with your family information for all children ages 0 up to kindergarten. The school district uses the information for planning purposes, mailing out flyers regarding school events, including the state-mandated preschool screening for all 3-year-old children living in Minnesota. If your child is 4 years old and has not been screened, please call 283-4724. The screening should be completed prior to kindergarten.
Preschool Classes for ages 3 – 5 Years: Half day Preschool classes are offered during the school year for children who are 3 years of age up to Kindergarten age. Enrollments are accepted throughout the school year. Age is determined as of Sept. 1 of present school year. Free or reduced rates are available if income guidelines are met. Call 283-4724 for more information.
Com Ed seeks class ideas and instructors: Luverne Community Education prints a brochure of activities and classes three times each year. They are mailed out as an insert to the Luverne Announcer in September, January, and May. Do you have suggestions for new classes? What do you want to learn how to do? What topics would you like to learn more about? Do you know of someone who would be willing to share their knowledge or craft with others? Suggestions are always welcome. Contact Community Education at 283-4724.
Respite care available
Respite care is available for caregivers who need a break to maintain their own physical and emotional health. Respite services provide temporary comfort, supervision and care for loved ones to give caregivers time for other responsibilities. To arrange for respite care, call 283-5064, A.C.E of SW Minnesota, Rock County.
Little Lambs Preschool 2016-2017 registration
Little Lambs Preschool is now accepting registrations for the 2016-2017 school year. Registration materials may be picked up at the preschool or at St. John Lutheran Church office, both at 803 N. Cedar Street in Luverne or online at www.stjohnlutheranluverne.org at Little Lambs link. Call 283-2316 with questions.
Rock County Big Buddies needs adult volunteers to mentor students in kindergarten through fifth grade. For more information contact Lisa J. Nath at 283-9165.
FamilyU has openings
Children in grades K-5 in the Luverne School District may enroll in FamilyU for after-school care. Snacks, games and activities, in and outdoor play and help with homework are provided. Priority is given to full-time students, but part-time openings may be available. Call 283-4724.
Goodwill Ambassadors needed
Volunteers are needed to assist with the Goodwill trailer when it comes to Luverne. If interested in helping or for information, contact Jenny Lindgren toll-free at 877-608-7776, ext. 1310.
Discovery Time openings
Luverne Community Education has openings for the Fall 2016 Discovery Time preschool classes for children ages 3, 4 and 5. Call Community Ed at 283-4724 for more information.
Help needed at the museum
The Rock County Historical Society is seeking volunteers to help organize and archive data from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the Rock County Museum on North Freeman Avenue. Interested volunteers can call Rock County Historical Society President Betty Mann at 283-2913.
Don’t overlook historical treasures
Tours of local historical treasures are available for Saturdays, but Historical Society staff welcome requests for scheduled tours. Call Lee Alexander, 283-9476, to schedule a tour and learn more about the roots of this community.
Unable to shop or cook on your own?
Luverne Senior Dining prepares and serves nutritious meals every weekday and provides frozen meals for weekends. According to the Older Americans Act, senior citizens may contribute what they can afford for one meal per day up to seven days per week. Call 283-9846 for information and to make reservations.
Senior swim days
The Luverne Senior Citizen Center reminds area residents that the Rock County Pool and Fitness Center Senior swim times are from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturdays. Non-members pay $1.50.
Home delivered meals available to rural residents
Luverne Senior Dining and Nutrition Services Inc., Waseca, offers home delivered meals to local rural residents 60 or older or to disabled younger residents. Call Neva, 283-9846, to order or to volunteer delivery services. Volunteer drivers are reimbursed mileage.
Cash for Kids recycling program
Luverne Elementary School, along with Parents: Partners in Prevention, requests free support from the public in its Cash for Kids recycling program that receives cash for old cell phones, laser cartridges and inkjet printer cartridges. Place the used items in their original containers or in a resealable plastic bag and drop them off at participating businesses or at the elementary school. Call Lisa Dinger at school, 283-4497, with questions.
VA benefits available to Iraq veterans
Veterans recently discharged from combat operations can have free medical care for two years for conditions related to their service, regardless of income status. Call Rock County Veterans Services Officer Dave Haugom, 283-5061.
Medical equipment available to public
The Rock County Retired Senior Volunteers Office has medical equipment available for use free of charge. It’s the equipment that the VFW used to loan out. A $25 deposit, which is refunded upon return of the equipment, is required. Call Greta, 283-5064, to inquire.
Need help with prescriptions?
Senior LinkAge Line has staff and community volunteers available to assist individuals one-on-one in finding programs that may help them pay for prescription costs. The phone number is 1-800-333-2433. The LinkAge Line, a program of the Southwest Minnesota Area Agency on Aging, connects seniors to services such as transportation, in-home services, insurance and finances. Prescription assistance, however, is the most common reason for calling the LinkAge Line.
L.O.T.S. of ways to help in Rock County
The following organizations offer Local Opportunities To Serve in volunteer capacities: Luverne Senior Dining, 283-9846, needs a dining room assistant; Hospice of Luverne Community Hospital, 283-1805, needs a patient care volunteer and clerical and fund-raising help; Good Samaritan Communities of Luverne, 283-9261, needs an advisory board member, special event assistant and computer user/typist; Southwest Crisis Center, 283-9917, needs an on-call advocate and office assistant; American Red Cross, 372-4702, needs health and safety instructors, bloodmobile volunteers and military communications coordinators; and Pinnacle Programs Inc., 283-4425, needs an AA/NA sponsor, mentor and arts and crafts assistant.
Call Retired Senior Volunteers (RSVP), 283-5064, for more information on local volunteer opportunities.