Community calendar Oct. 17, 2019


Parkinson’s Support Group will meet at 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, in St. John Lutheran Church, Luverne. Linda Wenzel from ACE will present a program on caregivers. Call 507-530-3307.

Caregivers Support Group will meet at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, at MJB Good Samaritan in the conference room. It’s sponsored by ACE of Southwest Minnesota Rock County every fourth Tuesday of the month. For more information call 283-5064.

Women’s Alcoholics Anonymous meets at 8 p.m. Mondays in the United Methodist Church.

Alcoholics Anonymous meets at 8 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays in the United Methodist Church, Luverne. Call 605-321-4324.

Alanon meets from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. the second and fourth Thursdays in Sanford Luverne Blue Mound Room. 507-449-1246.

Alcoholics Anonymous meets from 8 to 9 p.m. every Tuesday in Runals Memorial Hall, Edgerton. Call Naomi, 507-215-2956.


Free food Oct. 17

New Life Celebration Church will offer free produce, bread and meat from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, in the Generations Building on East Lincoln Street in Luverne. Bring your own box or bag. Call 283-4366.


Nutrition Assistance Program for Seniors Oct. 17

Nutrition Assistance Program for Seniors, sponsored by Second Harvest Heartland, will be from 3 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, at Generations. Call Linda Wenzel at 283-5064 for more information.


Try hockey for free Oct. 20

The Luverne Hockey Association is offering the opportunity for those interested in hockey to try it for free on Sunday, Oct. 20. Participants should arrive at the Blue Mound Hockey Arena at 3 p.m. to sign in and be fitted with equipment, and they will have ice time from 3:30-4:30 p.m. with volunteers on hand to answer questions.


LHS marching band performs indoors Oct. 21

The Luverne High School marching band will conclude their season with an indoor marching band concert at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21, in the Cardinal gym.


Scrubs Camp at Luverne Learning Center Oct. 22

Minnesota West Community and Technical Collge will offer Scrubs Camp from 8:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, at the Luverne Learning Center for junior and senior high school students interested in the programs of dental and medical assistant, medical lab technology, phlebotomy, radiologic technology and surgical technology. It’s free and lunch is provided. RSVP by calling 449-2773 or email


One Warm Coat accepts donations through Oct. 31

The Rock County One Warm Coat project is collecting clean, reusable coats of all shapes and sizes (especially children’s sizes) from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday through Oct. 31 at the ATLAS for Life office 201 Main Street, Luverne. Coats may also be dropped off at the Luverne Elementary School. Coat drive dates are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, and from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7. Call Destiny at 507-220-0030, the ATLAS office at 507-449-5777 or Lisa Dinger at school, 507-283-4497.


Hospice ‘Tables and Tastings’ and ‘Tour of Tables’ Oct. 25/26

Sanford Luverne Hospice will host its Annual “Tour of Tables Brunch” from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 26, at Grand Prairie Events. Advance tickets are available by calling 507-283-1805.

A “Tables & Tastings” evening event will be from 4-7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, at Grand Prairie Events to preview the decorated tables and enjoy complimentary tastings from Round Lake Winery and Take 16 Brewing. Cost is $10 at the door.

Proceeds from the two events will benefit the Hospice Cottage.


Gospel Jubilee at ARC Sunday, Oct. 27

The American Reformed Church in Luverne will sponsor the ninth annual Gospel Jubilee at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27. Featured groups will be the Benson Family and Brad Boice. Refreshments will be served following the concert, and a freewill offering will be collected.


Luverne High School choirs perform Oct. 28

The Luverne High School girls’ choir and concert choir will perform at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28, in the high school gym. The public is invited to this free concert.


Pick up ‘Operation Christmas Child’ shoeboxes

“Operation Christmas Child” shoeboxes are available at the American Reformed Church in Luverne. Fill with gifts to share with a child at Christmas. Collection week is Nov. 18-25. Call Karen Bosch at 605-413-9676 or Charla Sandbule at 507-227-1722 with questions. Shoeboxes may also be ordered online at


Brain Health series continues Nov. 4

The next class in the #Luv1LuvAll series of monthly Brain Health classes is Monday, Nov. 4, from 7 to 8 p.m. The classes continue the first Monday of the month through May (no December class) at Luverne Community Education.

The goal is to end stigma and encourage conversations about mental health — like physical health — toward improved quality of life. Certificates of Attendance will be available. Sessions are free but registration is appreciated to plan for accommodations. Call 507-283-4724.


Rock County Library activities

Contact the library at or call 507-449-5040 to register for events.

Mah Jongg is from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursdays.

Fall Story Hour for preschoolers ages 4-5, is from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursdays through Nov. 21.

Fall Lap Time is 10:30 to 11 a.m. Fridays through Nov. 22.

Evening Story Time is from 6:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays through Nov. 26.

DIY Book Spine Centerpieces is at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24.

Vampire Murder Mystery is at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29.

Halloween Scary Stories, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, at Verhey Pumpkin Patch.

DIY Vinyl Painting is at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21.

DIY Book Page Wreaths is at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12.

Library hours are Monday-Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Community Ed

Register by e-mailing or calling 507-283-4724.

Register now for the local Cardinal League Basketball for grades 3–6 (no traveling involved). Register by Oct. 16.  Fee is $30 (grade 3) and $50 (grades 4-6). Kick-off meeting is Nov. 4.

Learn basic design principles for professional Flower Arranging on Oct. 22 when you design fall arrangement to take home. Fee is $35 (includes all materials).

Maximize Memory on Oct. 30 at noon teaches techniques to help you remember names, lists, birthdays, etc. Bring your ownb sack lunch. Fee is $5.

Wigformation on Nov. 4 will give participants insight into wigs and toppers. Fee is $5.

Babysitting Basics, taught by Sanford Luverne staff, is for students in grades 5-8 on Nov. 4 and 7. Fee is $15.

Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) classes have openings Tuesday evening for parents with children ages 0–5 years, Thursday morning for parents with children ages 1–2 years and Mondays at 8:30 a.m. for infants birth to walking. Classes are held in the preschool rooms, giving children an opportunity for activities and parents time to explore topics relevant to child development for all ages.  Call 283-4724 for more details.

The Luverne Community Education brochure is online at the Luverne School website.    


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