Community Calendar April 14, 3033

Maplewood Cemetery Association annual meeting will be Monday, April 18, in the Atlas Community Room on Maple Street in Luverne. Lot owners meet at 12:30 p.m., board meets at 1 p.m. Use the door on the west side of the building.

Compassionate Friends Support Group will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 18, at the LACF Office in Luverne. Guest speaker Courtney DeBoer will present “Grief and Wellness.” Meetings are free, confidential and open to anyone. The group provides support, understanding and hope to grieving parents and grandparents after a child dies - of any age and any cause. For questions, call 605-254-2072 or email:

Luverne Music Boosters will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, in the LHS Choir Room. Everyone is welcome. Contact Heather Johnson with questions, 507-920-6825.

Kenneth Cemetery annual meeting will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 23, in the Kenneth Community Center.

Friendship Club (formerly TOPS) meets Mondays at 9 a.m. at the Luverne Pizza Ranch. New members welcome. Contact Karen at 507-935-2004 for more information.


Easter egg hunts in Luverne and Hills April 16

The Blue Ribbon 4-H Club will host an Easter Egg Hunt at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 16, in the Tuff Memorial Home courtyard in Hills for children ages 10 and younger.

Participants will be divided into age groups and complete the hunt at different times. There will be special boys’ and girls’ prizes given away. The Easter bunny will also visit.

The Luverne Area Chamber and sponsoring local businesses will host an Easter Egg Hunt at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 16, on the Courthouse Square at the corner of Cedar and Luverne streets for children 12 and younger.

The Easter Bunny will make a guest appearance. The event will move into the Elementary School commons in case of inclement weather.


Free food for seniors at new A.C.E. location

A.C.E. of SW MN will offer free food through its Nutrition Assistance Program for Seniors (NAPS) 60 and older from 2 to 3 p.m. Thursday, April 21, at the new location in the former Grand Prairie Events, now the Generations building.

Enter the east lot from Maple Street and look for the pallet of NAPS boxes by the new ACE of SWMN office door on the northeast corner of the building. Call 507-283-5064 with questions.


Food giveaway at ATLAS April 21

New Life Celebration Church’s third Thursday monthly food giveaway is now at the ATLAS building at 101 W. Maple Street in Luverne. The next distribution is at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 21.

Enter from Maple Street and stay along the WEST side of the building. (Do not block the Redeemed Remnants parking lot.) Food will be loaded into vehicles which will then exit via the alley going WEST toward Estey Street. Call 507-283-4366 with questions.


LWML Spring Rally April 23 in Luverne

Pipestone Zone LWML Spring Rally is at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 23, at St. John Lutheran Church in Luverne. Servant event, “Jesus’ Love ... Our Hands” will be preparing hygiene kits for Orphan Grain Train. Bring a dark-colored bath towel and washcloth; other items will be provided. All are welcome. RSVP for noon lunch count at


Crisis Center open house is April 28

The Southwest Crisis Center will host an open house at its Luverne location, 114 W. Main St., from noon to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, April 28.

April is sexual assault awareness month. Southwest Crisis Center is committed to sexual violence prevention.


Free tax prep at library

AARP volunteers offer free tax preparation for low-income individuals and seniors at the Rock County Library on Mondays through April 15. Call 507-449-5040 for appointments. Bring documents, including last year’s tax return, and a form of identification to document social security number. Masks are required.


Community Ed

Call Cindy at Luverne Community Education, 507-283-4724, to register for classes. Community Ed’s website is, select Luverne Community Education under schools.


Rock County Library Happenings

For more information about library happenings, call 507-449-5040 or email

Story Time with Bronwyn is at 10:30 a.m. Fridays through April 29.

Trivia Night is at 7 p.m. the first Thursday of every month at Take 16 in Luverne. Team registration begins at 6 p.m.

Reminiscence Kits are available featuring various topics such as gardening, pets, baking, sewing, farming and hunting. The kits are designed to use with a loved one experiencing memory loss, encouraging the loved one to open up about activities they once loved in the past.


Sanford Health accepting scholarships

Students in select Sanford Health Network locations are invited to apply for a health network scholarship. The $2,000 scholarships are for students pursuing a post-secondary degree in a health care-related field. Each participating Sanford network facility will sponsor one student with a scholarship. Email for info.


A.C.E. respite care available, volunteers needed

A.C.E. of SW Minnesota (A.C.E.) offers respite care services in Rock County for those needing a break from caring for a loved one.

The respite program offers short-term (1-3 hours), temporary care for families and caregivers by providing a brief period of reprieve from the daily cares they provide to their loved one.

Volunteers provide non-professional supportive services to caregivers to give them time for themselves, relieve their stress and help them remain healthy.

Respite care volunteers are also needed. Trained A.C.E. volunteers provide respite care to family caregivers of adults age 60 and older who are suffering from long-term health conditions.

Contact Linda Wenzel at 507-283-5064 or

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