Community Calendar Oct. 8, 2020


Grief Support Group meets from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursdays through Oct. 22 at Sanford Luverne for five weeks. Preregister at Sanford Hospice Luverne, 507-283-1805.
Vienna Township Board will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13, in the Kenneth Community Center.
American Legion Auxiliary #123 will meet at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14, at the Annabelle Frakes home. Call Diana, 507-283-1934, with questions.
Caregivers Support Group, sponsored by A.C.E. of SWMN Rock County, will meet at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27. Call Linda Wenzel at 507-283-5064 for meeting location. Meetings are open to all. 


H-BC FFA Corn Drive benefits Game Plan 4 Hope

H-BC FFA annual corn drive is Friday, Oct. 9. The students are seeking grain donations from local farmers, which is then sold at the local elevator. All proceeds will to go toward the local nonprofit organization Game Plan 4 Hope.

Contact H-BC FFA Adviser Cloey Anderson at the H-BC High School for a grain donation or for more information, 507-962-3240.


Library book sale


Friends of the Rock County Library annual book sale continues in the library basement with a $5/bag sale through Friday, Oct. 9. Books are free from Oct. 12-17. Masks are required and social distancing is encouraged. Only 10 shoppers will be allowed into the book sale at one time.


Operation Christmas Child boxes can be filled

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 Oct. 18-25. 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.


Hills pancake event Oct. 8

Members of the Hills Volunteer Fire Department will host a pancake supper feed from 5 to 7 p.m, Thursday, Oct. 8, at the American Legion Hall in Hills. The free-will offering event will benefit the department’s relief association.


Rock Ranch open house Oct. 8

Rock Ranch, a nonprofit equine therapy and introductory riding facility, will host an open house for its completed indoor  arena from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 8, at the 355 40th Ave. (one mile west of Hills on Highway 270 and a half mile north on 40th Ave).


Nutrition Assistance food distribution Oct. 15

A.C.E. of SW MN will sponsor the Nutrition Assistance Program for Seniors 60 and older from 2-3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, as a drive-thru event at the Generations parking lot at 319 E. Lincoln Street in Luverne.

Call Linda Wenzel at 507-283-5064 for more information. Pre-registration is required if no already enrolled.


Monthly food giveaway Oct. 15

New Life Celebration Church will sponsor their monthly food give-away at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, at the Generations building, 319 E. Lincoln Street in Luverne.

Drive to the double glass doors on the west side of the building and remain in your car. The food will be loaded for you. Walkers are to use the east door. Groceries will be bagged and ready for you to pick up. Call 507-283-4366 with questions.


Donate to ‘One Warm Coat’ by Oct. 31

Rock County’s “One Warm Coat Project” will accept new or clean and gently used coats and winter apparel from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday at ATLAS for Life, 201 E. Main Street in Luverne through Oct. 31.

Donations may also be brought to the Luverne Elementary School during the month of October.

Distribution dates will be from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, at ATLAS for Life. Contact Destiny Ripka at 507-220-0030 with questions.


Community Education

(To register, contact Cindy Arends at Community Education: Phone – 507-283-4724; Fax – 507-283-2413; email – Website:

Defensive Driving beginning class is Nov. 5 and 12 (4 hours each evening.) Refresher classes will be offered Oct. 22 or Dec. 3. The program allows adults 55 years of age or older to save on insurance premiums. After the Beginning 8-hour class, every three years drivers take a 4-hour refresher class.

Parents with children ages 0-5 can enjoy the animals and activities at Fall Time Fun at Harmony Gardens on Highway 75 Oc.t 13. Registration required by Oct. 6. Fee is $9/child.

Treat Low Back Pain  in person or online with Oct. 14 class. Register with your email. Fee is $5.

Gain peace of mind with your money using technology at Emotions and Money on Oct. 6 and 8. The class is offered through the Blandin Broadband Grant, so there is no fee, but preregistration is required.

Pressure Cooking Canning will be Oct. 13. Supplies, book a completed jar of homemade chili is included with the $42 fee.


Coffee Break and StoryHour starts Psalms Oct. 6

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. Study Psalms starts Oct. 6. (Check to see if you got a book last year). Invite a friend for fellowship and refreshments. Call Kristi Stroeh at 507-227-5102 or


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.


History Center open with limited hours

The Rock County History Center is open from 10 a.m. to 2 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

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