‘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.
Operation Christmas Child Nov. 16-22
Operation Christmas Child boxes are available for pick up at American Reformed Church at the south entrance starting Monday. Filled boxes may be dropped at the church during the week of Nov. 16-22. Boxes are sent to children who otherwise would not get gifts.
Call Karen at 605-413-9676 or Charla at 507-227-1722 with questions.
Free food Nov. 19
New Life Celebration Church will offer free food at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, 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. Walkers should receive their pre-packaged groceries on the east side of the building. Call 507-283-4366 with questions.
Nutrition Assistance Program for Seniors Nov. 19
A.C.E. of SW MN sponsor a drive through Nutrition Assistance Program for Seniors 60 and older from 2 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov.19, in the parking lot at 319 E. Lincoln. Call Linda Wenzel at 283-5064 for more information, pre-registration required for those not already enrolled.
Bell ringers needed for Kettle campaign
Volunteer bell ringers are needed for the 2020 Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign Nov. 19 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.
Apply by Nov. 30 to receive from SHARE
The Rock County SHARE program will distribute groceries, clothing and toys to Rock County residents in need from noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday,Dec. 9, at the Luverne National Guard Armory (309 S Freeman Avenue).
Those wishing to receive from the program must apply by Wednesday, Nov. 30.
SHARE is not accepting donations of used items. To support the program, mail donations to SHARE, P.O. Box 792, Luverne, MN 56156. For more information contact Molly at 507-227-9282.
Call Community Ed at 507-283-4724 to sign up for the following activities.
Snowmobile safety training course is Nov. 21. Plan to do the online portion ($29.95 online) prior to coming for the Nov. 21 outdoor class. Outdoor portion cost is $10.
Food Shelf cold weather procedures
Beginning the first week in November, the Rock County Food shelf will change its curbside process. 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.”
History Center hours return to normal
The Rock County History Center is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Some safety precautions — with masks and gloves available — will be in place to protect against the spread of coronavirus. The phone number is 507-283-2122.
Coffee Break and StoryHour meets Tuesdays
Coffee Break Bible Study and StoryHour meets at 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays at Luverne Christian Reformed Church, 605 North Estey Street. StoryHour involves playtime and Bible stories for children ages 3 through kindergarten. Nursery is available for littlest ones. There is no charge and no Bible knowledge is necessary. All faiths and all ages are welcome. Invite a friend for fellowship and refreshments. Call Kristi Stroeh at 507-227-5102 or Kristi.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meals on Wheels continue in Jasper
Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota (LSS) has provided Meals on Wheels in Jasper through the Sunrise Village, which is now closed. Going forward, meals will be prepared at the LSS Luverne site and delivered to Jasper City Hall twice a week on Tuesdays and Fridays. There is also an option to add frozen meals for delivery with the hot meals.
Inquiries about LSS Meals on Wheels can be made by calling the LSS Meals Luverne Kitchen toll-free at 866-985-