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Community Calendar Aug. 11, 2022

Battle Plain Township Board will meet at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11, at the Edgerton ag conference room.
Blue Mound Cemetery Association will meet at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 11, at the Blue Mound Church.
Luv1LuvAll Board will meet from 8 to 9 a.m. Friday, Aug. 12, in the Southwest Health and Human Services Building in Luverne. All are welcome to join the group, which works to unite the community in support of dignity and opportunities for people to move out of poverty. Call Holly at 605-413-5415.
Beaver Creek Township Board will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 15, in the township hall in Beaver Creek. 
MS Support Group will meet at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug 16, at Luverne Pizza Ranch. All persons with MS are invited. For info call 283-2069 or 283-2964.
Plaza ribbon-cutting and concert Aug. 11
The Luverne Initiatives For Tomorrow Plaza Committee will host a ribbon-cutting and concert Thursday, Aug. 11, at the “Downtown Plaza on Main” to celebrate the new plaza building.
The new Wildflowers food and beverage trailer will serve from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The ribbon-cutting will be at 11:15 a.m. The Ron and Jane Cote concert will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The community is welcome to attend.
Missoula brings ‘Hansel and Gretel’ to Luverne Aug. 15
Missoula Children’s Theatre returns to Luverne on Aug. 15-20. There are openings yet for actors kindergarten (as attended during 21-22 school year) through age 7 and ages 12 - 18 to take part in the live production of “Hansel and Gretel.” Fee is $45. Call Luverne Community Education 507-283-4724 to register.
Give blood Aug. 15, get DQ gift card
Sanford Luverne Medical Center will host a community blood drive from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 15. Schedule donations at (select “events” Aug. 15, and Sanford Luverne Medical Center) or call 605-331-3222. All who donate will receive a DQ gift card.
Summer band lessons start Aug. 15
Free band lessons for fifth-grade beginning band students will be Monday through Thursday, Aug. 15-25, on the following schedule:
Oboe 12:30, flute 1, clarinet 1:30, sax 2, trumpet 2:30, trombone 3, French horn-baritone-tuba 3:30 and percussion 4 p.m.
Lessons (not mandatory) allow students to get experience with their instruments before school starts. They need not come every day. They’ll need their instruments and books. Instruments, books or other supplies that were ordered will be delivered to school.
Contact Angie Swenson, 507-283-4491 ext. 2670 or
Rock the Edge Prayer Breakfast Aug. 18
Rock the Edge youth and community prayer breakfast will be Thursday, Aug. 18, at Luverne High School.
Breakfast is at 6:30 a.m. in the commons, and the program, featuring Trenton Bass and Game Plan 4 Hope, starts at 7 a.m. in the performing arts center.
There is no cost to attend, but donations are accepted to support Rock the Edge activities.
RSVP by Aug. 15 at or call 507-283-2316.
Senior Nutrition Program Aug. 18
Nutrition Assistance Program for Seniors 60 & older, sponsored by A.C.E. of SW MN will be from 2 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18. It’s a drive thru distribution in the parking lot off Maple Street at the new A.C.E. office on the east side of Generations Event Center. Pre-registration required call Linda Wenzel at 507-283-5064.
Food distribution is Aug. 18
New Life Celebration Church’s third Thursday monthly food giveaway is now at the Atlas building at 101 W. Maple St. in Luverne. The next distribution is 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18, until the food is gone.
Enter from Maple Street and stay along the west side of the building. Parking lot opens at 3 p.m. Do not block the Redeemed Remnants parking lot, intersection or alley entrance. Food will be loaded into vehicles, which then exit via the alley going west toward Estey Street.
Call 507-283-8963 or 507-283-4366 with questions.
Register students new to Luverne district
Families with children who are new to the Luverne School District can set up an appointment to register for the 2022-23 school year.
Call the Luverne Middle School/High School, 507-283-4497, or the elementary school, 507-283-4497. Both offices are open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. starting Aug. 1.
Give blood Aug. 23 in Luverne
The American Red Cross will accept donations from noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23, at Living Rock Church on East Main Street in Luverne.
Donors in August will receive a $10 e-gift card to a merchant of choice and will be automatically entered for a chance to win gas for a year, a $6,000 value. Schedule an appointment through the Red Cross Blood Donor App, by visiting or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
‘Out of the Darkness’ event needs support
Luverne will host the second annual “Out of the Darkness” suicide prevention walk on Saturday, Sep. 10, at the Luverne City Park. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. and the walk will be from 9 to 11 a.m.
This event raises money for research to end and prevent suicide and to show community support for those who have lost loved ones to suicide or have struggled personally with suicide. To pre-register for the walk and to learn more, visit
Library Happenings
For more information about library happenings, call 507-449-5040 or email
The Adult Summer Reading Program is currently underway at the Rock County Library. For every five books read between now and Aug. 15, an entry may be placed in the drawing to win one of four gift baskets. The program is open to ages 18 and older and includes e-books and e-audiobooks.
Storytime @ the Park will be 10:30 a.m. Thursdays in various parks in Luverne.  Bring a lawn chair or a blanket. The last story time will be July 28 in Hawkinson Park.
Teens in Action (grades 5-12) will meet from 3 to 4 p.m. Thursdays. A different activity will be featured each week.
Readers in grades K-4 who completed all eight weeks of the summer program will be invited to an End of Summer Pizza Party at 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 4.
Teens (grades 5-12) who complete a bingo card will be invited to a pizza/prize party at 3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 5.
Seed library is open and available to anyone in the public who wants to plant a garden. Flowers, fruit and vegetable seeds are available for free.
Trivia Night is at 7 p.m. the first Thursday of every month at Take 16 in Luverne. Team registration begins at 6 p.m.
Reminiscence Kits are available featuring various topics such as gardening, pets, baking, sewing, farming and hunting. The kits are designed to use with a loved one experiencing memory loss, encouraging the loved one to open up about activities they once loved in the past.
Register for Luverne
Community Ed
Community Education will offer the following classes in the next few weeks. Call 507-283-4724 to register.
Missoula Children’s Theatre returns to Luverne on Aug. 15-20. There are openings yet for actors kindergarten (as attended during 21-22 school year) through age 7 and ages 12 - 18 to take part in the live production of “Hansel and Gretel.” Fee is $45.
Taking Defensive Driving Classes allows adults 55 years of age and older to save on insurance premiums. A four-hour refresher class will be offered on Aug. 18. The eight-hour beginner Defensive Driving class will be offered on Nov. 7 and 10.
Register now for Discovery Time preschool starting in September for your child ages 3-5 years of age. There are openings in all sections. Early Learning Scholarships may be available to those who qualify.
Downtown properties labeled with former occupants
The Rock County Historial Society has distributed updated information about which businesses previously occupied stores and properties on Main Street Luverne. If additions or corrections should be notes, call 507-283-2122.
Prairie Ally seeks workers
Volunteer workers are needed from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays at Prairie Ally public food forest for a variety of maintenance tasks. No RSVP necessary. Other work opportunities are available by appointment by contacting Donations are also welcome for Prairie Ally, which is located along Blue Mound Avenue in Luverne.
A.C.E. respite care available, volunteers needed
A.C.E. of SW Minnesota (A.C.E.) offers respite care services in Rock County for those needing a break from caring for a loved one.
The respite program offers short-term (1-3 hours), temporary care for families and caregivers by providing a brief period of reprieve from the daily cares they provide to their loved one.
Volunteers provide non-professional supportive services to caregivers to give them time for themselves, relieve their stress and help them remain healthy.
Respite care volunteers are also needed. Trained A.C.E. volunteers provide respite care to family caregivers of adults age 60 and older who are suffering from long-term health conditions.
Contact Linda Wenzel at 507-283-5064 or

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