Community Calendar Oct. 28, 2021


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.

People First Group will meet at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 1, at Pizza Ranch in Luverne.

Blue Mound Quilters will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 1, at the library. Bring a sack lunch and beverage. The program will be the Wool Challenge Project. Members will be contacted on what to bring. Call 935-2560 with questions.


Donate blood Nov. 1

Sanford Luverne and Good Samaritan Society will host a community blood drive from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 1, at Sanford Luverne. Donors will receive free McDonald’s gift cards. Donors can schedule an appointment at, select “events” and Nov. 1. Or, call 605-331-3222.   


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.


Hardwick Legion hosts Veterans Day event Nov. 11

A Veterans Day Banquet will be Thursday, Nov. 11, at the Legion Hall in Hardwick. Social Hour is at 6 p.m. and dinner is at 6:30 p.m. Guest Speaker is Vietnam veteran Keith Schmuck. Patriotic music is by Madi Oye. The event is sponsored by the Hardwick American Legion Post #478. Open to the public. 


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:

A few more participants are needed to fill the Beginner Defensive Driving Class on Nov. 11 and 18 (four hours each evening). Adults 55 years of age and older taking this class can save up to 10 percent on insurance premiums for three years. After that, a four-hour refresher class keeps the discount in place.  Check with insurance agents for details.

Learn about Hand Building with Clay Nov. 12 or 13 when you build a platter or a taco fish. Fee is $20, plus pay a $10 material fee at class.

A few more participants are needed to fill the Cooking Under Pressure class on Nov. 13. Learn how to use the electric pressure cooker to make foods, and sample them too. Fee is $24.

Enjoy some old games, learn some new at It’s Game Time on Mondays, Nov. 15, 22. Fee is $10. Grades K -5.


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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