Community calendar for Sept. 7, 2017


Lady Luverne Red Hats will meet at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 8, at St. Catherine’s east parking lot in Luverne to carpool to Grand Falls Casino, Larchwood, Iowa, for Casino Day. Call 283-8470 if you plan to attend.

Matthew 6 Board of Directors will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 11, at the Luverne Pizza Ranch.

Blue Mound Quilters will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 11, at the Senior Citizens Center to discuss upcoming events and next year’s schedule. New members are welcome. Denice Dirks will do a demo on a gift bag for a gift card.

Sanford Luverne Pink Ladies will meet at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 11, in the Blue Mound Room at Sanford Luverne Hospital.

Rock County VFW Post 2757 will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12, in the Rock County Military Museum.

Vienna Township Board will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12, in the Kenneth Community Center.

American Legion and Auxiliary will meet at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13, in the post home.

Grand Prairie Cemetery Association will meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20, at the Grand Prairie Cemetery. In case of rain, the meeting will be in the back room of Orv and Sons Plumbing in Ellsworth. Call Robert Essman at 507-290-0368 with questions.

Meditation and Mindfulness Practice meets at 7 p.m. every second and fourth Wednesday in the lower level of Hilger Commons at 215 N. Cedar Street in Luverne. For more information call Kim at 507-353-0041 or email

Hardwick Goal Seekers meet every Monday in Hardwick City Hall for the purpose of support and encouragement for weight loss journeys. Weigh-in begins at 6 p.m., and the meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. Call Glenda, 449-0568, with questions.

Narcotics Anonymous will meet every Thursday evening at 6:30 p.m. at the Steen Reformed Church. Contact Robert for more information 507-329-2642.

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

Narcotics Anonymous meets at 7 p.m. Fridays and for basic text study at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays in the basement of St. Catherine Catholic Rectory, 203 E. Brown St., Luverne. Use east door. For more information call 507-220-0137.

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

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


Library book sale runs Sept. 21-23

The Friends of the Library will host their annual book sale open to the public from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thurday, Sept. 21; from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22; and for the bag day special from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23.

A pre-sale from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20, is for Friends of the Library only.


Donate books for Friends of Library sale

The Friends of the Library are now collecting books until Sept. 16 for the upcoming book sale Sept. 20-23 at the Rock County Library. Accepted items include audio tapes, records, CDs, hardcover and paperback books. Items not accepted are encyclopedias and textbooks. 


Bank Night movie ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’ Sept. 7

The free Bank Nite movie, “Diary of a Wimpy Kid — The Long Haul,” rated PG, will begin at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7, at the Palace Theatre in Luverne.

Sponsored by First Farmers & Merchants National Bank and Papik Motors, a free, family-friendly movie is shown on the first Thursday of every month as it was done for “Bank Nite” in the 1930s. A cash prize drawing will follow the movie. Must be present to win.


Cardinal Gold’n Bowl football Sept. 8

Luverne Cardinal football players will face Jackson County Central Friday, Sept. 8, on the Luverne High School football field.

Grilled chicken sandwiches and chips will be available starting at 5:30 p.m. for $3 as a fundraiser for Luverne athletics programs and the Luverne Area Chamber. Chicken is donated by Gold’n Plump and buns and chips are donated by Teal’s Market.


Blue Mounds weekend events Sept. 8-9

•6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8: Mammals of the Mounds – Learn about common mammals at Blue Mounds State Park. Meet at 4 p.m. in the campground amphitheater and bring a camp chair or blanket as seating is limited.

•6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9: Geology ROCKS!

Meet at 10 a.m. at the visitors center parking lot off County Highway 8 for a less-than-one-mile, slow-paced guided hike with an emphasis on the geology at Blue Mounds State Park. Bring comfortable shoes and a bottle of water. The trail may be rocky and uneven and require stepping down and up.


Could Luverne be a nutcracker destination?

The committee working on Luverne’s destination branding is focusing on how to build Luverne as a nutcracker destination. The public is encouraged to help with the process at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12, at the Chamber in the lower level.  This meeting will focus on expanding the nutcracker theme this holiday season and working on ideas for making Luverne a nutcracker destination.


Tuff Village hosts Open House

The Tuff Village will host an open house for prospective tenants during National Assisted Living Week. The event at Tuff Village is from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12, with personal tours, light refreshments and door prizes. Call 507-962-3500 with questions.


The Oaks celebrates

20th anniversary

The Good Samaritan Society will celebrate 
the 20th Anniversary of The Oaks Senior Living facility in Luverne with an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14. Cupcakes and coffee will be served.


Kids Fishing Derby Sept. 17

Luverne Optimist Club will sponsor its annual Kids Fishing Derby from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17, at the Veterans Home pond in Luverne. Bring poles and tackle; complimentary hot dogs and beverages are provided along with prizes and drawings for kids. Poles can be reserved ahead by calling Stan, 507-227-0681, or Travis, 507-220-5191. All children must be accompanied and supervised by an adult.


Blue Mound Lutheran Fall Festival Sept. 17

The Blue Mound Lutheran Church Fall Festival will be at 11 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 17, at the Blue Mound Lutheran Church in rural Luverne. The event will mark the 145th anniversary of the founding of the church. The Rev. Mike Zaske, former pastor of Kenneth and Adrian’s Zion Lutheran, will be the guest pastor. A catered dinner follows the worship service. All are welcome.


Food ministry Sept. 21

New Life Celebration Church monthly food ministry will be from 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21, in the Luverne Senior Center for those having trouble putting food on the table. Please bring a box or bags for food. Children are asked to wait outside. Call 283-4366.


Leaders Partnering to End Poverty Kick-off Sept. 21

Leaders Partnering to End Poverty (LPEP) will host their kick-off event of a year-long leadership program from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21, at Grand Prairie Events in Luverne.

The workshop will be led by nationally known speaker Jodi Pfarr. A free lunch and free child care are available but preregistration is required. Contact ATLAS of Rock County at 507-449-5777, and check Luv1LuvAll facebook page.


Walking Military Memorial downtown

More than 40 Luverne businesses are participating in a Walking Military Memorial on Main Street. The displays, presented by Remember Rally, include photos, banners, information and uniforms, as a way to thank all our military. The displays will remain until fall.


Community Ed

Community Education Summer Office hours are Monday through Thursday 7:30 am to 4:00 pm, closed on Fridays.

Defensive Driving refresher classes are Aug. 24. The next full eight-hour class is Nov. 6 and 13.

Parents with children ages 0-5 are invited on Tuesday evening (Sept. 5) to ECFE classroom which includes art, sensory areas, puzzles, games, dramatic play and manipulatives. On Thursday morning (Sept. 7), dress to have fun in the Nature Explore Outdoor Classroom.  No fee, but registration requested.

Cheer Camp will be held for students in grades K-5 on Friday, Sept. 8.  Fee is $12.

Basketball for grades 4-6 traveling team registration needs to be done by Sept. 9 this year.  Parents will do an online registration and pay the fee online.  More details will be in the brochure.

ECFE classes for parents with children ages 0-5 begin the week of Sept. 11.

Preschool Classes for ages 3–5 is now opening registration for Fall of 2018.

Half day Preschool classes are offered during the school year for children who are 3 years old up to kindergarten age. Enrollments are accepted throughout the school year.

Age is determined as of Sept. 1 of school year. Free or reduced rates are available if income guidelines are met. Call 283-4724 for more information.  New addition is 5 days of preschool for children age 4 and older.

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