Community Calendar March 3, 2022

Meetings

Blue Mound Quilters will meet at 6 p.m. Monday, March 7, at the Rock County Library. Exchange Day — books, fabric, etc. — and Show and Tell following the meeting.

Beaver Creek Township Board will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 7, in the township hall.  

Parkinson’s support group will meet at 2 p.m. Monday, March 7, at Poplar Creek Care Center for a speaker on physical therapy. Masks are required. Call Diane Karlstad, 507-530-3307, for more information.

Vienna Township Board will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 8, in the Kenneth Community Center.

 

Winter Carnival set for March 5

Luverne Music Boosters Winter Carnival, which was scheduled for Jan. 22, is rescheduled for Saturday, March 5.

 

Mobile dental clinics scheduled

Mobile dental clinics will be in Luverne Wednesdays, March 9 and April 6 and Thursday, April 7, at the Rock County Health and Human Services community room.

These clinics provide dental care for adults and children ages infant through 100. Call 612-746-1530 to schedule an appointment. All forms of insurance accepted. The clinics are organized by the #Luv1LuvAll initiative, Rock County Oral Health Task Force.

 

Tack swap March 5 at Rock Ranch

A tack swap benefit is planned from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 5, at Rock Ranch near Hills. Organizers are seeking individuals interested in selling horse-related items or sharing business or service information by reserving a booth. The event is a fundraiser for two area 4-H families: Mark and Lisa Ehlers of Luverne and Wyatt and the late Tanya Fey of Woodstock. Call Kris Vanderbrink at 507-350-9209 to reserve a booth.

 

‘More than Sad’ suicide information March 7, March 28

Cassie Linkenmeyer of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention will be in Luverne from 7 to 8 p.m. two Mondays, March 7 and March 28, at Luverne Community Education. Parents, educators and students will learn how to recognize signs of depression and other mental health problems, initiate conversations and get help. Register by calling 507-283-4742. Fee is $5.

 

Free tax preparation 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 www.isd2184.net, select Luverne Community Education under schools.

Students in grades K-12 can sign up now for summer community ed T-ball, baseball or softball before March 28. Fees are lower in March and this ensures placement on a team.

Plan a garden at Getting Ready for Spring on March 8. Fee is $5. 

Register preschoolers for Spanish class (ages 4 and 5 not yet in school) that begins on March 10.  Research shows that learning a second language improves memory, concentration, listening skills and more. Fee is $24.

Participants Grade 5 through adult, will Make Your Own Drinking Cup on March 12. Fee is $15.   

 See examples of start to finish design and manufacture at Intro to 3D Printing on March 14. Fee is $8.

Learn the ins and outs of the Rock County Community Library at Library 101 on Tuesday, March 15. Fee is $5

Register for the Refresher Defensive Driving class to be held in Edgerton Public School on March 17 at 5:30 pm.  Fee is $28.  

Children ages 2-5 with parent will enjoy Open Gym on March 18. There is no fee, but registration is required.

 

Kindergarten Round-Up

Luverne Kindergarten Round-Up will be from 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, March 24, at the Luverne Elementary School. Parents and children will participate in an informal “meet and greet” open house. A staggered schedule is as follows:

•5:30 to 6 p.m. for last names beginning with A-G

•6 to 6:30 for last names beginning with H-M

•6:30 to 7 for N-Z

Children must be 5 years old before Sept. 1, 2022, to register for kindergarten. Call the elementary office at 283-4497 with questions.

 

Rock County Library Happenings

For more information about library happenings, call 507-449-5040 or email rockcountystaff@gmail.com

The 2022 Winter Reading Program, “Catch a Keeper at your Library,” is currently under way and goes through March 31. Read or listen to 12 books checked out from the Rock County Library and win a fabulous prize. Winter Reading Bingo will also be played. Bingo sheets are available now at the library.

Story Time with Bronwyn takes place 10:30 a.m. Fridays through April 29. No story time on Feb. 18.

Bring your creative selves to Bad Art Night at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 17, at Take 16, and compete to see who can make the worst piece of art with provided supplies. The less artistic ability you have, the better. Prizes will be awarded.

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.

 

Goehle gym open Sundays through March 27

The Hugo Goehle gymnasium in Hills is open for public recreation from 1 to 3 p.m. Sundays now through March 27.

 

Online mental health classes continue

NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness) will offer free online mental health classes in February. The classes are designed for family members and caregivers, persons living with mental illness, service providers and also for the general public. Go to namimn.org and click on “classes.”

 

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 ace.rock@co.rock.mn.us.

 

Nominations sought for Rock County Hall of Fame

The Rock County Historical Society’s Hall of Fame Committee is seeking nominations for the 2022 induction of current and former residents.

Nominees must have a significant identity with Rock County and have made an exceptional contribution to society, achieved exceptional success, and brought honor and prestige beyond the borders of Minnesota.

Nominations are accepted now through Feb. 28, 2022. Forms are available at The History Center, Luverne Area Chamber or online at www.rockcountyhistorical.com or www.luvernechamber.com. An awards presentation is scheduled for July 17, 2022.

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