Community Events


Lady Luverne Red Hats will meet at 10:45 a.m. Friday, Sept. 14, at the Luverne Senior Dining for Dancing Divas and dinner. Call Connie at 283-8470 by Sept. 12 or call Senior Dining at 283-9846 and tell them you’re with the Red Hats.

Parkinson’s Support Group will meet at 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, at St. John Lutheran Church in Luverne. Call Dianne at 507-530-3307 with questions.

MS Support Group will meet at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, at Southwest Health and Human Services in Luverne. All persons with MS, family and friends are invited. Call 283-2069 with questions.

Narcotics Anonymous meets at a new time: 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays in the basement of St. Catherine Catholic Rectory, 203 E. Brown St., Luverne. Use east door. Call 507-220-0137 with questions.

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.

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.

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


Attention area veterans:

The local committee for the Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener in Luverne will host a Veterans Hunt for area veterans during the opener weekend Oct. 12-13. Interested veterans of all conflicts in all military branches are invited to participate with a hunter host and with the weekend activities. Registration is required for the limited spaces. Contact Rick at 507-283-2333 or Jane at 507-283-4061.


Sign up by Sept. 12 for community cantata

The Carnegie Minstrels will be perform Joseph Martin’s “Let There Be Christmas” for the 2018 community cantata, and area vocal and instrumental musicians are encouraged to participate. 

Music review and registration will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12, at the Carnegie Cultural Center. Call accompanist Janine Papik at 605-321-2055 to register.

Director is Jennifer Bakken, Richard Owen is instrumental director, and Greg Spath is narrator.

The cantata will be performed at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at the American Reformed Church, Luverne, to benefit the Rock County Foodshelf .

Seven rehearsals will are scheduled for 8:15 p.m. Wednesdays, starting Oct. 3.


Matter of Balance series Mondays and Fridays

ACE of Southwest Minnesota, Luverne, will offer a series of classes designed to improve strength and balance for seniors. The classes meet from 1 to 3 p.m. Mondays and Fridays, Sept. 14, 17, 21, 24, 28, and Oct. 1 and 5, in the Rock County Library. “A Matter of Balance” classes help prevent falls and increase activity levels in seniors. Pregistration is recommended for limited spaces. Call 507-283-5064.


Historical Society dinner Sept. 17

The Rock County Historical Society will host its annual dinner meeting Monday, Sept. 17, at Sterling’s in downtown Luverne. Social hour begins at 5:30 p.m. with pork loin dinner at 6:15 p.m. The program will feature “A Tour of Rock County History” at the Palace Theatre with a showing of old negatives restored with digital imaging. Cost of the dinner is $20. RSVP by Sept. 14 at the History Center, 507-283-2122.


Green Earth Players open house Sept. 15.

The Green Earth Players community theater group will host an open house from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, to celebrate their new location at 116 West Main Street in Luverne. Refreshments will be served.


Blue Mound Church Fall Festival planned for Sept. 16

The Blue Mound Lutheran Church Fall Festival will begin at 11 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 16, celebrating 146 years at the rural church located northeast of the Blue Mounds State Park. A noon meal will be catered by the Blue Mound Cemetery Association. The Rev. Eldon Thurow, pastor from 1972-1976, will be the guest pastor.

Everyone is invited to attend.


Optimist Club kids’ fishing derby set for Sept. 16

The Luverne Optimist Club is hosting a kids’ fishing derby for ages 5-15 at the Minnesota Veterans Home pond from 2-5 p.m. (fishing from 2:30-4:30) Sunday, Sept. 16. All children must be accompanied and supervised by an adult and bring their own fishing equipment. (Call to reserve a pole.) The event is free and hot dogs and beverages will be served following the event. Over $500 in prizes will be given out. Call Stan Steensma at 507-227-0681 or Travis Pierce at 507-220-5191 with questions.


Hospice Cottage 20th Anniversary Open House Sept. 17

Sanford Luverne Hospice will host a celebration in appreciation of the generosity shown to the Cottage in the past 20 years. The Open House and Community Appreciation Barbecue will be from 4-7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17, with a 6 p.m. butterfly release. The free meal will be served under the tent until gone. The Cottage is located at 217 N. Oakley Street in Luverne.  


Schultz featured at BackPack/Child Guide fundraiser Sept. 19

Mark Schultz, a contemporary Christian singer, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, at the American Reformed Church in Luverne. The concert is a fundraiser for the BackPack and Child Guide programs at Luverne Public School. Tickets are available at Wildflowers Coffee Boutique or at ARC for $20 for adults and $10 for students.

Additional financial support is being sought by becoming a sponsor. For more information contact Don Dinger at 507-993-1747 or Lisa Dinger at 507-220-0809 or email


Donate books to Library Book Sale

The Friends of the Library are collecting books, DVD movies and CDs for their upcoming sale. Donations can be brought to the Rock County Community Library during normal business hours until Monday, Sept. 17. Encyclopedias, textbooks, Reader’s Digest books and VHS movies will not be accepted. Call Holly Anderson at 605-413-5415 with questions.


Friends of Library Book Sale set for Sept. 20-22

The Friends of the Library Book Sale will run from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, and from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22.

Friends of the Library members may shop from 5-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19. Contact Holly Anderson at 605-413-5415 to become a member.


Free food Sept. 20

New Life Celebration Church will offer free food from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, in the Luverne Senior Citizens Building on East Lincoln Street in Luverne for those having trouble putting food on the table. Bring your own boxes and bags. Call 507-283-4366 with questions.


Auditions for ‘Best Christmas Ever’ Sept. 23-24

Green Earth Players community theater group will host auditions for their next production, “Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday and Monday, Sept. 23 and 24, at the new West Main Street location. Actors of both genders and all ages are encouraged to audition for more than 20 roles in the play. Actors of all abilities will be needed, in addition to members for a children’s choir. Production dates are the two weekends prior to Thanksgiving, Nov. 9-11 and Nov. 15-18. More information is at the Green Earth Players Facebook page.


Blood drive in Adrian Sept. 20

Sanford Adrian Clinic will host the Community Blood Bank from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and from 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, in the Adrian Ambulance Garage. All donations support patients at Sanford Luverne and Sanford Worthington.

Donors must be at least 17 years old, weigh 110 lbs. or more and be in good health the day of the donation. Bring an I.D, and drink plenty of fluid prior to donating. Call 507-483-2668 or see


Bloodmobile in Luverne Sept. 24

The American Red Cross Bloodmobile will be in Luverne from 1 to 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24, in Grace Lutheran Church on Kniss Avenue. Save time by using RapidPass® to make an appointment and omplete pre-donation reading and health history online before arriving.


Coffeebreak kicks off at Christian Reformed Sept. 25

The Coffeebreak Bible Study at the Luverne Christian Reformed Church will kick off the new year with a brunch and a speaker from Southwest Crisis Center at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25. The first Bible study will begin at 9:30 a.m. Oct. 3. All women are welcome; no prior Bible knowledge is necessary. A nursery and story hour for children ages 0-kindergarten is available. Call Kristi at 507-227-5102 with questions.

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