Community calendar May 19, 2022

Mobile dental clinic May 19

The mobile dental clinic will be in Luverne Thursday, May 19, at the Rock County Health and Human Services community room.

This clinic provides dental care for all ages, infants to over 100. Call 612-746-1530 to schedule an appointment. All forms of insurance are accepted. Organized by #Luv1LuvAll's Rock County Oral Health Task Force.


Free food for seniors May 19

A.C.E. of SW MN will offer the Nutrition Assistance Program for Seniors 60 and older, from 2 to 3 p.m. Thursday, May 19, in a drive-through distribution in the parking lot on Maple Street on the east side of the new Generations Event Center.

Call Linda Wenzel at 283-5064. Preregistration is required.


Food distribution is May 19

New Life Celebration Church’s third Thursday monthly food giveaway is now at the Atlas building at 101 W. Maple St. in Luverne.

The next distribution is 4:30 p.m. Thursday, May 19, until the food is gone.

Enter from Maple Street and stay along the west side of the building. Parking lot opens at 3 p.m. Do not block the Redeemed Remnants parking lot, intersection or alley entrance. Food will be loaded into vehicles, which then exit via the alley going west toward Estey Street.

Call 507-283-8963 with questions.


Luverne pops concert May 20

Luverne choir students will present their spring pops concert, “Disney Channel Throwback,” at 6:30 and 8 p.m. Friday, May 20, in the performing arts center.

The performances are the same, but the second show will recognize seniors and choir award winners.

Admission for each performance is $6 for adults and $4 for students.


‘Pound the Mound’ May 21

Pound the Mound foot race will be May 21 at the Blue Mounds State Park. Sign up for 10-, 20- or 30-mile distance options. Go to for more information. Proceeds benefit The Friends of Blue Mounds State Park. It’s co-sponsored by the Parks and Trails Council of Minnesota.


Library summer reading program

Signup begins May 23 for the Rock County Library summer reading program, “Camp iRead: Read Beyond the Beaten Path” from June 1 through Aug. 1. Call 507-449-5040 or email


Free community meal May 25

The United Methodist Church will host its Free Community Meal at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 25. A pick-up option is available. Call 507-283-4529.


Luverne Thirty dedication May 28

The Rock County History Center will host an open house dedication for the Luverne “Thirty” automobile from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 28, to recognize the history of the car and show appreciation to those who helped to bring it back to Luverne. Many of the Leicher descendants will be there and one will speak briefly during the program.


Memorial Day in Hardwick

Hardwick American Legion Post #478 will host a Memorial Day program at 10 a.m. Monday, May 30, at the Hardwick Veterans Memorial (inside the Legion Hall if weather is poor) with guest speaker Eric Oye, U.S. Army Retired First Sergeant.

Grace Ingebretsen, 2022 Girl Stater, and Gunnar Oldre, Cadet, Notre Dame ROTC, will provide patriotic readings, and Madi Oye will perform special music. Bring lawn chairs. Coffee, juice and cupcakes will be served following the program. 


Community Ed

Many classes in the Summer Community Ed brochure have an early registration deadline of May 25.  Take advantage of lower fees ahead of that date for: hockey, football, volleyball, tennis, golf, morning rec, arts & crafts, basketball, track, gymnastics and weight lifting.

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

Stensland Dairy Bus Trip on May 26 is for a parent with a child age 3 and older.  Fee is $20 for the pair and includes an ice cream treat.  

Register by May 27 for the June 21 bus trip to the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum for flowers, grasses, exhibits and more.  Mary and Harold Tilstra will assist the Rock County Master Gardeners in hosting this trip. The low fee of $49 is made possible through a donation from Jeannine Rivet and Warren Herreid.

Defensive Driving classes allow adults 55 years of age and older to save on insurance premiums. After the beginning 8-hour class, every three years drivers take a 4-hour refresher class. In Luverne, the beginning classes are June 21 and 23 (four hours each) and the refresher four-hour class is May 19.


Rock County Library Happenings

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

May Take-and-Make Project: Book Page Flowers is now available.

Sign up for the summer reading program, “Camp iRead: Read Beyond the Beaten Path,” begins on May 23. The program begins June 1 and will continue to Aug. 1.

Seed library is open and available to anyone in the public who wants to plant a garden. Flowers, fruit and vegetable seeds are available for free.

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.


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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