Community Calendar Nov. 5, 2020
‘One Warm Coat’ distribution Nov. 5, 7
Rock County’s “One Warm Coat Project” will distribute coats and winter apparel from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, at ATLAS for Life. Call Destiny Ripka at 507-220-0030 with questions.
Food Shelf announces 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 Rock the Edge with repeat project Nov. 7
Rock The Edge is partnering with Orphan Grain Train again from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 7, to load two semitrailers with surplus school furniture stored at the former Luverne Kawasaki building on Maple Street. Local volunteers with Rock the Edge are seeking firm commitments from at least 30 community members, youth or adult, to assist with the loading effort.
Sign up with your local church leader or call 507-227-1978. Gloves, water, snacks and lunch will be provided.
Experience dementia virtually Nov. 5 online
ACE of Southwest Minnesota will host a Virtual Dementia Reality event from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, through a free online Zoom connection. Use virtual reality to experience dementia for yourself, by stepping into the shoes of someone living with memory loss.
Community members, service providers, and business leaders develop an appreciation for dementia-friendly changes they can make. CEU’s available upon request. Pre-registration is required at eventbrite.com. Call 507-360-4205.
Give blood Nov. 9
The Community Blood Bank will accept donations from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 9, at Sanford Luverne. With policies in place for COVID-19, only donors with appointments will be accepted. Blood types A and O positive are especially in demand. To schedule an appointment see www.cbblifeblood.org click on events and select Nov. 9 “Luverne Community Blood Drive.” Call Sanford Luverne at 507-449-1209 with questions.
Veterans Day Event goes virtual Nov. 11
The official state of Minnesota Veterans Day program will be held virtually this year in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. A 30-minute recorded program will be available starting at 8 a.m. on Veterans Day, Wednesday, Nov. 11, on the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs website at MinnesotaVeteran.org. Click on “VeteransDay2020.”
The Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA) invites all Minnesotans to celebrate and honor all Veterans who have served our state and country.
‘Steering Into the Skid’ Nov. 12
ACE of Southwest Minnesota will offer a free virtual one-act play, “Steering Into The Skid,” about memory loss from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12.
Twelve short scenes depict a one-year journey through the early progression of dementia. The performance includes discussion to learn more about and increase awareness of dementia, as well as provide valuable resources for those experiencing the effects of memory loss.
Register at https://skidmarshall-111220.eventbrite.com.
Operation Christmas Child
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 a gift.
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.
Call Community Ed at 507-283-4724 to sign up for the following activities.
Third-through-sixth-grade Basketball will start the week of Nov. 9. Register for only one of the following options: Cardinal League for $65 (or $50 paid by October 30) or Traveling League for $105 (sign up/pay online at BSYBL.com. Select LUVERNE as your school banner).
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.
Defensive Driving Beginner class will be Nov. 5 and 12, four hours each evening.
Men’s Basketball meets on Wednesday nights November through February. Fee is $45.
Grades K-2 Basketball meets twice each month November through February on Saturday mornings starting Nov. 14 to have fun learning skills. Fee is $15.
Babysitting Basics for students grades 5-8 will be held on Nov. 16 and 19. Fee is $15.
Manage Your Aches & Pains will be Nov. 18. Attend in person or use Zoom. Register with your email if planning to use Zoom. Fee is $5.
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 866-985-8509.