Community calendar Oct. 21, 2021


Town and Country Garden Club will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26, at Lois Petersen’s home. The topic will be “Fall and Winter Decorating” using items from your garden or kitchen. Call Linda at 507-597-6378 for more information. Gardeners welcome.

Parkinson’s Support Group will meet at 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 1, at Poplar Creek Care Center. Masks are required. Call Diane Karlstad, 507-530-3307, with questions.


Free food offered Oct. 21

New Life Celebration Church will offer free food at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21, 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 where volunteers will load groceries into cars. Walkers should receive their pre-packaged groceries on the east side of the building. Call 507-283-4366.


Bloodmobile in Luverne Oct. 27

The American Red Cross Bloodmobile will accept donations from noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 27, at Grand Prairie Events on South Estey Street. Donors can save time by scheduling and appointment through RapidPass® and completing screenings ahead of the donation. To donate blood, individuals need to bring a blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification that are required at check-in. 


Mobile Dental Clinic Oct. 27

A mobile dental clinic will be in Luverne on Wednesday, Oct. 27, at the Rock County Health and Human Services community room. These clinics provide dental care for adults and children of all ages. Call 612-746-1530 to schedule an appointment. All forms of insurance accepted. Organized by #Luv1LuvAll's Rock County Oral Health Task Force.


Trick or Treat at MJB Nov. 1

The Good Samaritan-Mary Jane Brown Nursing Home will offer trick-or-treats from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 1, in the form of a parade outside the front windows so residents can view from safely inside the building. Candy will be handed out at the end of the decorated path. Call 507-283-3117 with questions.


SWCC business meeting Nov. 1

The Southwest Crisis Center annual business meeting is Monday, Nov. 1, at the Worthington Events Center. In-person attendance begins with a 5:30 p.m. meal and Zoom attendance begins at 6 p.m. The event will feature highlights from the staff, a financial report and information about the SWCC’s program and services. To RSVP email Alejandra at or call Sara at 507-376-4311.


Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child shoebox collection week is Nov. 15-22, and boxes can be ordered online at or picked up at the American Reformed Church where they can be dropped off Nov. 15-22. Call Karen Bosch, 605-413-9676, or Charla Sandbulte, 507-227-1722, with questions.


One Warm Coat donations accepted

The Rock County One Warm Coat Project is collecting clean, reusable coats of all shapes and sizes (children’s coats are especially needed) from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through Oct. 31 at ATLAS for Life. Drop off bins are on the west side of the building. Coats may also be dropped off at the Luverne Elementary School during the month of October. Call Destiny, 507-220-0030, Atlas of Rock County, 507-449-5777, or Lisa Dinger at school, 507-283-4497. Coat drive dates are from 4 to 7 p.m. on Nov. 4 and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 6.


Library happenings

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

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.

Story Time with Bronwyn is at 10:30 a.m. Fridays through Nov. 19. As the weather permits, the event will in one of Luverne’s city parks. See the library’s social media page for specific locations.


Community Education offerings

Luverne Community Education will offer the following classes and activities. Call 507-283-4724 or visit the website:

Defensive Driving Classes allows adults 55 years of age and older to save on insurance premiums. Beginning classes will be Nov. 11 and 18 (four hours each evening).

Children 0-5 years and parents can use the Nature Explore Outdoor Classroom for Outdoor Play Time on Oct. 19 for a morning or evening session. It’s free but registration is required.

Use glaze, heat, flames and cooling to turn plain pottery into beautiful pieces of art at Raku Saturday on Oct. 23. Fee is $5 plus pay for the pottery you choose at the studio.

Register by Oct. 27 for Wednesday night Men’s Basketball November through February.  Fee is $35 for the four months.

Swap Party on Oct. 25. Bring five new or like-new items to trade in these categories: fall women’s clothing, housewares, decorating items or games/puzzles. Browse through items and leave with as many or as few as you like.  Fee is $5.

Babysitting Basics for students in grades 5-8 will be Oct. 25 and 28.  Fee is $15.

Students (grades 1-4) will paint a Halloween themed painting at Paint & Snack class on Oct. 28.  Fee is $33.

Register now for the Music Man Bus Trip to Chanhassen Dinner Theater on Nov. 6. Cost is $115.


Hospice volunteer training offered in October

Sanford Luverne Hospice is in need of men and women volunteers at The Cottage and for patient visiting. An application and orientation is required and will be offered in October. If interested, contact Helen Saum at 507-283-1805 or email:


SHARE applications accepted through Dec. 8

Rock County S.H.A.R.E applications are due by Nov. 24. forms are available on the Luverne Chamber website home page (in English and Spanish). Distribution is scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 8. The S.H.A.R.E. program distributes groceries, clothing and toys to Rock County residents who are in need of support.  Donations of used items are not accepted. Monetary, tax-deductible donations can be mailed to SHARE at PO Box 792, Luverne, MN 56156.


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 or An awards presentation is scheduled for July 17, 2022.

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