Community Events Aug. 22, 2019


Town and Country garden club will meet at 5:45 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27, at the American Reformed Church parking lot in Luverne to car pool to Alvord, Iowa, to visit a garden and shops. Call 507-597-6378 if interested.

Green Earth Players annual meeting will be at 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 3, in the GEP building on Main Street. Call 920-9861 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.

Alanon meets from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. the second and fourth Thursdays in Sanford Luverne Blue Mound Room. 507-449-1246.

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


Commissioners meeting rescheduled

The Rock County Commissioners meeting scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 20, has been postponed to Tuesday, Sept. 3. The meeting begins at 9 a.m.


Register students new to Luverne school district 

New residents to Luverne School District #2184 should register their children at the respective school offices for the 2019-2020 school year.

The High School/Middle School Office is open for new students to register. Call 507-283-4491 for middle school and high school grades 6-12.

The Elementary School Office is open for new students to register starting Monday, Aug. 12. Parents of elementary grades K-5 can call 507-283-4497.

First day of school is Monday, Sept. 16.


Plaza ‘Night with the Zoo’ Aug. 22

“Night with the Zoo” plaza event in Luverne is rescheduled for Thursday, Aug. 22. The Great Plains Zoomobile will be at the Plaza at the History Center (East Main Street) from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22. A History Center fundraiser supper for $4 per person will be available. Some of the other attractions include an animal tracking scavenger hunt, Grand “A” Alpacas and Tracy Animal Rescue.


Optimist Club Kids Fishing Derby set for Aug. 25

The Luverne Optimist Club will host the Kids Fishing Derby at the Minnesota Veterans Home pond Sunday, Aug. 25, for ages 3-15 accompanied by an adult chaperone. Fising is from 3-5 p.m. with food and prizes at 5. Poles and bait will be available at no charge. Call Travis at 507-220-5191 or Stan at 507-227-0681 with questions.


Generations serves pork and beans Aug. 27

Generations will serve pulled pork sandwiches, baked beans, chips and brownie sundaes from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27, at the Generations building (formerly Senior Citizens). Proceeds will benefit the Generations organization and its building project.


Summer band lessons for fifth-graders

Free band lessons are being offered for fifth-grade beginning band students starting Monday, Aug. 26. The lessons are not mandatory but offer a good opportunity for beginners to get instrumental experience before school begins. All  lessons will be in Mrs. Capistran’s elementary music room.

The half-hour lesson dates are Aug. 26-29 and Sept. 3-4 as follows: flutes 1 p.m; clarinets 1:30 p.m.; saxaphones 2 p.m.; trumpets 3 p.m.; French horns, baritones and tubas 3:30 p.m.; percussion 4 p.m.

On Friday, Sept. 6, one-hour lessons are as follows: flutes 9 a.m.; clarinets 10 a.m.; saxaphones 11 a.m.; trumpets 12:30 p.m.; trombones 1:30 p.m.; French horns, baritones and tubas 2:30 p.m.; percussion 3:30 p.m.

Students will need to bring instruments and books for summer lessons. Items that have been ordered from Schmitt Music will be on hand at school on the first day of summer lessons.

Contact Angie Swenson at or at 507-283-4491 x2670 with questions.


Tractor ride Aug. 30

The 50-mile Luverne fourth-annual Tractor Ride begins at 8:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 30, at the Luverne City Park. Registration is at 8 a.m., and cost is $25 including breakfast and lunch.

Tractors need to be able to travel at 10 mph and must be equipped with a slow-moving vehicle sign on the back. No dual wheels are permitted. Riders must be provided with properly  mounted seats. Drivers must be licensed and are responsible for their own insurance. No alcohol will be allowed on the ride.

Contact Rodger Ossenfort at 507-920-0036, Jerold Mann at 507-220-8293, or Ken Vos at 507-220-7673 with questions.


Donations accepted for library book sale

The Friends of the Library are conducting their annual fundraising Book Sale Sept. 18-21.

Donations of books and other library materials may be dropped off at the Rock County Library on Main Street Luverne.


Discovery Time has openings for fall

Openings in the Discovery Time Preschool are available for 3-4-year-olds in the MWF morning class and the T/Th afternoon class. Children who are 3 by Sept. 1, 2019, are eligible, and schohlarships are available if income guidelines can be met. Call Luverne Community Education at 507-283-4724 for more details. (Note: The office will be closed from July 19-Aug. 9.)


Free Medicare classes

Free classes for people who are new to Medicare are offered the second and third Mondays every month at the Minnesota River Area on Aging, 1939 Engebretson Ave., Slayton.

In the first class, participants will learn basics of Medicare and their options. The second class teaches how to research these options using non-biased tools, such as the Medicare website and Medicare Plan Finder Tool.

Call the Senior LinkAge Line at 1-800-333-2433 to register. Website is


Community Ed

Register by e-mailing or calling 507-283-4724.

Guys and Dolls Guthrie Theatre bus trip is Aug. 24. Fee is $113. (Four tickets left)

Senior/Kids Day at State Fair  Chartered Bus Trip on Aug. 29. Board the bus in Luverne or Worthington.  Fee is $75/person.

Melodious Mallets began at Luverne Street Music Tuesday, Aug. 20, for students ages 7-12 years. Fee is $40 for the 19 weeks of class

Introduction to Horsemanship will be at Rock Ranch on Aug. 26 for grades 3 6 (as attended during 18-19 school year) or for older students through adults on August 27.  Fee is $20.


Rock County Library activities

Contact the library at or call 507-449-5040 to register for events.

Peaceful Park Summer Book Club, 10 a.m. Thursdays through Aug. 29 at various parks. Bring your own chair and a beverage. No pressure and no discussion required.

Mah Jongg, 1 to 3 p.m., Thursdays.

Bad Art Night, 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, Take 16 Brew Co.

Movie Matinee “The Black Cauldron, 3 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28.

Take 16 Trivia Night, 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5, Take 16 Brew Co.

Minnesota Star Watch with Mike Lynch, 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, Touch the Sky Prairie, rural Luverne.

Library hours are Monday-Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.



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