Caregivers Support Group will meet from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 3, in the conference room at Mary Jane Brown Home. Anyone dealing with caregiving or having questions regarding caregiving and available resources is encouraged to attend. (Note: this is a change from the originally scheduled Dec. 27 date.)
Stateline Cemetery Association Annual Meeting will be at 12:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 9, at the Pizza Ranch in Rock Rapids, Iowa. Call 507-920-2871 with questions.
American Legion Post 123 and Auxilliary will meet at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11, in the Post home.
Lady Luverne Red Hats will meet for lunch at the Senior Dining Center at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 13. For a reservation call Senior Dining at 283-9846 by Thursday, Jan. 12. For more information call Connie Wieneke at 283-8470.
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.
Library ‘winter getaway’ begins Jan. 1
The annual winter reading program, hosted by the Plum Creek Library System, begins Jan. 1 and runs through March 31. Participants read at least 12 books of their choice in order to compete for the traveling Champion Reader trophy. The program is open to those age 16 and older. Simply stop by your local library to sign up.
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.
Community Ed Winter Brochure in Jan. 2 Announcer
The new Community Education Winter Brochure will be in the New Year’s Day Announcer. The Community Education office is closed during Christmas break and reopens on Tuesday, Jan. 3, to take registrations.
‘Getting Ready for the Next Generation’ Jan. 31
The Blandin Foundation and Southwest Regional Development Corporation have combined with other area groups to bring Tom Hubler (known as the “dean” of family businesses) and Steve Coleman (facilitator of business transition forums) to present Succession Planning: Getting Ready for the Next Generation. This five-session evening class begins Jan. 31. The first three sessions will split into two groups — one being the business owner looking at change, and the other being the prospective small business owner down the road. The last two classes combine both groups to work on business plans, sale packets, financing and other issues with local experts. The fee is $95.
Register by Jan. 30
for Driver’s Ed
Students in eighth grade and older may register for Student Driver Education class by Jan. 30 for the class that begins Feb. 6 or by June 12 for the class that begins June 19. Limited seats available. Fee is $325 due at the time of registration at the Luverne Community Education office.
Community Ed announces classes
Discovery Time Preschool has openings for children ages 4 and 5 year olds in January. Registrations for Fall 2017 are also open. Call 283-4724 for more information.
Do you live in the Luverne School District and have a child that is 3 ½ years old or older who has not come into school for the early childhood screening? Call 283-4724 to set up an appointment time for Jan. 12.
Drop in and play at the preschool rooms at school on Jan. 10 for a little Cabin Fever Cure for you and your children ages 0-5 years. Register for either the 9 a.m. or the 5:30 pm time.
Learn the basics of operating a computer and using the internet and e-mail at Computer Surf Day on Jan. 27. Class size is limited to 4. Fee is $5.
Early Childhood Family Education classes help to strengthen families and enhance the ability of all parents to provide the best possible environment to raise their children. Come learn, play, connect at a 17 week session class for children ages 0-5 and their parents. ECFE classes run from Jan. 17 – May 16. Families are welcome to join at any time.
Prairie Rehab therapists have some tips for how to deal with injuries from common farm practices at Aches & Pains of Farming on January 25. Fee is $5.
Keep your car insurance discount in effect by attending Defensive Driving Refresher class on January 26. Fee is $20 prepaid.
Strengthen your muscles, increase your flexibility with six weeks of Yoga, meeting Wednesdays at 4:30, beginning Jan. 25. Fee is $42. Note: New 6 week groups begin March 8 & April 19.
Register by Jan. 20 for Men’s Basketball that begins on February 1. Fee is $30 in advance, $35 after January 20.
Learn more about academic admissions and the financial strategies that can work together to help save you money on college, plus tips about the FAFSA when you attend College Planning class on Jan. 30. Fee is $5.
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.