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Community Calendar Aug. 13, 2020

Luverne student registration appointments
New families in the Luverne School District are encouraged to register children for the 2020-21 school year. Call the high school at 507-283-4491 to set up an appointment. The District office is open; the elementary office can be reached at 507-283-4497.
Free pick-your-own pears at Prairie Ally
The one well-established pear tree at the Prairie Ally food forest in Luverne is covered in hundreds of pounds of pears. Community members are encouraged to harvest them at the food plot on North Blue Mound Avenue. Thoroughly wash hands at handwashing station in parking lot before harvesting.  Fruit picking tools and a ladder are available on site. 
Sanford Clinic closed Aug. 14
Sanford Luverne Clinic will close at 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 14, while crews work to replace an air conditioning unit. Critical services will not be impacted by this work. All services and hours will return to normal on Monday, Aug. 17.
Hospice online fundraiser coming in August
Sanford Luverne Hospice is moving its annual Charity Dinner and Live Auction fundraiser to an online auction due to COVID-19 restrictions.
The public will be able to bid online using a cellphone or computer on an amazing variety of donated items to support the hospice mission. Watch for upcoming information and bid dates coming in August.
Senior food distribution set for Aug. 20
A.C.E. of SW Mn-Rock Co. will offer its Nutrition Assistance Program for Seniors (NAPS) age 60 and older, from 2 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 20, in the parking lot at 319 E. Lincoln in Luverne.
Call Linda Wenzel at 283-5064 for more information. Registration is required for those not already enrolled.
New Life Celebration food distribution canceled for Aug. 20
Monthly food giveaways at Generations on Aug. 20 are canceled due to low numbers of recipients. Call 507-283-4366 or 402-981-5019 with questions.
Drive-thru Relay For Life Aug. 20
A drive-through Rock County Relay for Life will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 20, at the Luverne City Park with a drive-up meal, radio broadcast entertainment and a message from Yvette VanDerBrink, Relay for Life Honorary Chairperson. 
Poster boards (instead of luminary bags) are available for a freewill donation at Salon 75 or First Farmers & Merchants Bank, or people can make their own posters with tag board.
A virtual 5K can be run or walked anytime Aug. 20-23. Register and get a T-shirt at Survivor names can be sent to to be put on luminary bags.
History Center open with limited hours
The Rock County History Center is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday starting June 2. Some safety precautions — with masks and gloves available — will be in place to protect against the spread of coronavirus. The phone number is 507-283-2122.
Community Education
The Community Education phone number is 507-283-4724. Use the waiver/registration form from the website to register for all classes.  The office is closed on Fridays during the summer. 
Upcoming classes are:
 Cliffline Climbing for Grades 4-12 taught by Roca Climbing and Friends of Blue Mound State Park will be Sept. 12  (morning or afternoon session). No charge, but registration required.
 Science Fun for Everyone (morning day camp) on Aug. 14. Meet at Extension Office on Blue Mound Avenue for Grades 1-4 as attended during the 2019-20 school year.  Fee is $15.
 Defensive Driving Class 4 Refresher Defensive Driving Class on Aug. 18.
 Defensive Driving Class 8 Hour Defensive Driving Class on Aug. 24 & 31.  This is the first class you take to get your insurance discount.  After this class, you will take a refresher class every three years to keep your discount in effect.
Punt Pass & Kick Competition on Aug. 19 for girls and boys who attended grades 3-8 during the 19-20 school year.  Fee is $10.

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