Feb. 7 Community events
Luverne Tourist Club will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, in the Centennial Room at St. Catherine Catholic Church in Luverne. Melinda Landis, foreign exchange student, will give a presentation on Switzerland.
Lady Luverne Red Hats will meet at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, for lunch at Smoky Bear’s Pizza and will go to Mary Jane Brown Home for February birthday party. Call Donna, 283-8019, by Feb. 12 to RSVP.
Rock County VFW Auxiliary will meet at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, at the Herreid Museum in Luverne.
American Legion Post #123 and Auxiliary will meet at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, at the post home.
Hollyhoppers Square Dance Club will meet for a Valentine dance at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16. Bob Schelhaas will call this dance.
MS Support Group will meet at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, at the Rock County Human Services Building in Luverne. Call 283-2069 or 283-2964 for information.
Ashwood Cemetery Annual Meeting will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, at Sharkee’s Bar and Grill. Call Lynn Halverson, (507) 920-9700, with questions.
Narcotics Anonymous meets at 7 p.m. Fridays in the basement of St. Catherine Catholic Rectory, 203 E. Brown St., Luverne. Use east door. Call (507) 220-3180.
Denver Township will meet at 7:30 p.m. every third Monday each month at the City Hall in Hardwick.
Alcoholics Anonymous meets at 8 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays in the Rock County Community Library. Call (605) 321-4324.
Brandon area Al-Anon meets at 8 p.m. Monday and Thursday evenings and at 11 a.m. Saturdays at 209 Elm Street (behind VFW) in Brandon, S.D. Call (605) 215-9947 with questions.
Sound Cascade Sweet Adeline Chorus rehearses at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Prairie Creek, 4400 W. Creekside Dr., Sioux Falls. Call (507) 597-6288 with questions.
Weight Loss Surgery Support Group will meet at 7 p.m. every third Monday each month in the Blue Mound Room at the Sanford campus in Luverne.
Luverne Optimist Club meets at 6:30 p.m. every first and third Monday of the month in the Howling Dog Saloon, Luverne.
Luverne Township Board meets at 9 a.m. the second Wednesday of every month in the Rock County Community Library.
Denver Township Board meets the third Tuesday of every month in the Hardwick City Hall.
Mound Township Board meets at 7:30 p.m. the second Monday each month at the Rock County Highway Building, Luverne.
Tops #777 meets at 6:30 p.m. Monday nights in Hardwick City Hall. Weigh-in is from 6 to 6:30 p.m. Call Glenda, 449-7878, or Rayola, 348-7287.
Weight Watchers meets every Monday in First Presbyterian Church, Luverne. Weigh-in is from 5 to 5:30 p.m. and the meeting is from 5:30 to 6 p.m. Call (800) 651-6000.
Luverne Tops 698 meets for weigh-in at 8 a.m. every Thursday in the Pizza Ranch. The meeting follows at 8:45 a.m.
Masons distribute Mason jars for Food Shelf contributions
The Ben Franklin Masonic Lodge in Luverne is distributing Mason jars at area businesses to collect cash for the Rock County Emergency Food Shelf during the month of February. Minnesota Masonic Charities will match donations up to $15,000 through the local lodge.
Call Ben Franklin Masonic Lodge representative Bryce Stoltenberg at 283-4999 for information.
Little Lambs Preschool accepting 2013-2014 registrations
Little Lambs Preschool is accepting registrations for 3- to 5-year-olds for morning or afternoon classes for both the 3-day (MWF) and 2-day (Tu-Thu) programs for the 2013-2014 school year. Call St. John Lutheran Church at (507) 283-2316 to register.
Story Hour, Laptime dates announced
Join the Rock County Community Library, Luverne, for stories, songs, crafts and more.
•Story Hour for children ages 4-5 will meet at 10 a.m. each Thursday beginning Feb. 7, and run through April 11. Call 449-5040 to register your child.
•Laptime for children ages 0-3 with an adult will meet from 10:30-11 a.m. each Friday from Feb. 8 through April 12. No registration is necessary.
Bank Nite movie ‘Brave’ at Palace Feb. 7
The free Bank Nite movie, “Brave,” will begin at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, at the Palace Theatre in Luverne.
Sponsored by First Farmers & Merchants 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.
Kick-off meeting Feb. 8 for Hospice Charity Dinner and Auction
A kick-off meeting for those interested in helping with the Hospice Charity dinner and auction fundraiser will begin at noon Friday, Feb. 8, at the Blue Mound Banquet Center in Luverne.
If interested in helping in any capacity for the fundraiser, call Helen Saum at 283-1805.
Tickets for Hospice Charity Dinner on sale Feb. 11
Tickets will go on sale Monday, Feb. 11, for the 20th Annual Hospice Charity Dinner and Auction on April 20 at the Blue Mound Banquet Center. Tickets can be purchased in person at the hospice office at 211 Main St., Suite 101, in Luverne or by calling (507) 283-1805. All seats are reserved seating.
Auction items and donations will be accepted through March 11.
UMC to host Chocolate Buffet Feb. 10
Sample a variety of homemade goodies at United Methodist Church’s sixth annual Chocolate Buffet. The event will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, in the Fellowship Hall (in basement) at 109 N. Freeman Ave., Luverne. Free will offering will be accepted.
Free tax help available at library
Volunteers through AARP will provide free tax services at the Rock County Community Library in Luverne starting Feb. 11. Call the library, 449-5040, to make an appointment. Appointments are required. The service is free for any private individual with a simple tax format. It’s not for commercial, farming or investment taxes.
Minnesota West blood drive Feb. 12
The Community Blood Bank and Minnesota West Community and Technical College will host a blood drive from 12:30 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, at Minnesota West Luverne Center, 311 N. Spring St., Luverne.
Library to host ‘I Love to Read Month’ celebration
Join the Rock County Community Library from 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, to celebrate “I Love to Read Month.” Elementary students in grades K-5 will decorate heart-shaped cookies and listen to Valentine stories. Registration is required; call 449-5040.
This program is sponsored by Friends of the Library.
Feb. 14 Sweetheart Luncheon at the Hinkly House
Enjoy fine décor, entertainment and an elegant three-course meal at the Historic Victorian Hinkly House at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 14. Tickets are $15 per person with proceeds supporting the Hinkly House. Call the Chamber at 283-4061 for reservations.
Register for these new activities by calling Community Ed. at 283-4724.
Parents can bring their children ages 0-5 years to school, where they play and learn together at ECFE (Early Childhood Family Education). Register by Jan. 31 for class starting Feb. 5. Classes are available at no cost.
Using Bob Ross painting method, create a Gentle Stream Landscape Oil Painting on Feb. 23. Fee is $69.
An Evening Defensive Driving 4-hour Refresher Class will be offered from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28. Fee is $16 prepaid or $21 at the door. Register at the Community Education office or call 283-4724. Mail payment to 709 N. Kniss Luverne MN 56156.
Register by March 20 for the charter bus, private supper and show tickets for the April 20 Johnny Cash Trip. Fee is $59.
Minnesota School Readiness classes meet Tuesdays for children who are at least 3 years old by Sept. 1. Choose morning or afternoon sessions. Call 283-9191 for more information.
The Winter 2012 Luverne Community Education brochure may be viewed online under the Community Ed. link on the school website, isd2184.net.