Community Calendar Dec. 10, 2020
Denver Township Board will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 14, in the home of Lloyd Prins.
Hardwick Santa Claus Day is Saturday, Dec. 12
Hardwick Community Club will conduct its annual Santa Claus Day from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12 in front of the Hardwick Community Center. A drive-thru pick-up of treats and socially distanced pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus will take place. Vehicles are asked to drive passed the center headed west.
Students Holiday Donation Drive Dec. 14
Luverne High School Student Council members will host a Cardinal Holiday Donation Drive from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 14, under the canopy on the east side of the high school.
Students and community members can drive through and donate only hygiene products (food shelf organizers indicate an abundance of food items) or money for the Rock County Food Shelf while receiving small treats and safely sharing holiday cheer with LHS students. Contact Jason Berghorst at school email@example.com with questions.
Compassionate Friends candle -lighting Dec. 13
Compassionate Friends worldwide candle lighting event is at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13. Participate by lighting a candle on your doorstep or in your home to honor the memory of a child/children who have died too soon. A virtual 24-hour wave of light will be created as it moves from time zone to time zone. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Donate blood in Adrian Dec. 14
The Community Blood Bank will accept donations from 11:30 to 1: p.m. and from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 14, at the Adrian EMS Hall (201 Main Ave., Adrian, MN). To schedule an appointment log onto www.cbblifeblood.org, select “events” and click on Dec. 14 to schedule an online appointment or call 507-483-2668. Only those with appointments will be accepted.
H-BC band, choral concerts Dec. 14 and 18
The Hills-Beaver Creek Secondary School will livestream two upcoming winter band and choir concerts. The sixth-through eight-grade band and choir concert will be 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 14. The ninth- through twelfth-grade concert will be 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18. H-BC cable channel 242 will show the concerts along through Facebook Live on the school’s social media page.
Food for seniors Dec. 17
Nutrition Assistance Program for Seniors 60 and older, sponsored by A.C.E. of SW MN, will be from 2 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 17, with drive thru distribution in parking lot at 319 E. Lincoln, Luverne. Call Linda Wenzel at 283-5064 for information. Pre-registration is required for those not already enrolled.
Free food Dec. 17
New Life Celebration Church will offer free food at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 17, at the Generations Building on East Lincoln Street in Luverne.
Vehicles should enter the west parking lot from Lincoln Street and drive to the double glass doors on the west side of the building where volunteers will load groceries into cars. Walkers should receive their pre-packaged groceries on the east side of the building. Call 507-283-4366 with questions.
Local businesses host Angel Trees for
The annual Southwestern Youth Service Angel Tree in Magnolia will not be accessible to the public this year, due to pandemic restrictions.
Instead, Angel Trees are located in Lewis, Bomgaars, Sunshine and the Magnolia Cafe. The trees are decorated with cards with requests from SYS students, and churches, families, individuals, organizations and businesses collect the cards to fulfill wishes.
Follow the SYS Facebook page and people can call SYS at 507-283-4425 for gift ideas.
Gifts can be dropped off at the west door of the facility by pressing the doorbell for staff to accept the items.
Christmas Haus now open Fridays and Saturdays
The Christmas Haus gift store in the Rock County History Center is now open, even though the History Center must be closed by state order. The store, with its collectible ornaments and nutcrackers, will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Christmas. The phone number is 507-283-2122.
Input sought for digital readiness project
A pilot program through Purdue University aims to increase civic digital engagement in Rock County and a community survey will help the group develop an engagement plan. Paper copies of the survey are available at the Rock County Library, city offices and the Rock County Courthouse.
The 10-minute survey can also be completed online at https://purdue.ca1.qualtrics.com/RockCountyDigitalSurvey. Surveys are accepted through Jan. 12.
Wednesday free meals at Generations
Free, healthy meals are available through Lutheran Social Services at Generations thanks to a Covid-19 grant through the state of Minnesota. Anyone in Minnesota in need of nutrition can receive up to five meals plus snacks at each event on a first-come first served basis. Food can be picked up for others in a household at no cost.
Meals are available Wednesdays Dec. 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 at 319 E. Lincoln. Call 507-283-9856.
Help local families
The Luverne School counseling office encourages community support for helping local families this Christmas.
Go to the website, www.signupgenius.com/go/508084EA5A82BA0FE3-christmas to sign up to give gifts to students in pre-K through 12th grade. Students identified three gifts — a clothing item, a book and a toy within a $25 total.
Gifts (unwrapped) can be returned to the elementary office by Monday, Dec. 14. Questions can be directed to email@example.com.
Reading tutor wanted for H-BC Schools
AmeriCorps is seeking one reading tutor for the Hills-Beaver Creek School District. Application is open until Dec. 18 at readingandmath.net or by calling 866-859-2825.
After training through the AmeriCorps program, the tutor will work in the school district helping students develop fundamental reading skills. For more information, visit www. minnesotareadingcorps.org.
‘Read with McKenzie’ available Wednesdays
A work study student is available to help individual students with reading skills in 10-minute sessions on Wednesdays from 4 to 5 p.m. The literacy program is called “Read with McKenzie.”
Contact the Rock County Library, 507-449-5040, to schedule a time. Masks are required.
Decorate Christmas trees in Kenneth and Hills
The Kenneth Community and the Hills Build Communities Stronger committee are inviting local residents to decorate the community Christmas tree with donated ornaments in memory of loved ones.
Bell ringers needed for Kettle campaign
Volunteer bell ringers are needed for the 2020 Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign through Dec. 24 at Sunshine Foods in Luverne. A mask in required and hand sanitizer will be provided. Sign up for a two-hour slot at https://signup.com/go/WxQmmiw or call Carrie Soto, 507-220-8897 with any questions.
Food Shelf cold weather procedures
The Rock County Food shelf has changed its curbside process for winter. Wait in line to park in one of the two parking spaces closest to the building.
One at a time, enter the building (masks and distancing required) to register and pick up vouchers. Be prepared for volunteers to put pre-boxed groceries in the car. As the parking spaces empty, the next cars can pull in.
The process will require patience. See the Rock County Food Shelf Facebook page for updates. Thanksgiving week schedule will be 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 25.
Help write 9/11 history
The Minnesota Military Museum is seeking stories for a statewide initiative to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. The goal of the project is to look at the impact of the horrific events of that day through a Minnesota lens, and researchers are inviting stories from Rock County.
For example: How did your county respond to the attacks immediately afterward? Have local residents served in the resulting Global War on Terror? What are their stories? Have there been events to remember 9-11 over the years since? Stories can be shared directly at www.mnmilitarymuseum.org. Click on “exhibits, test-gallery and share-your-story.”