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Community Calendar Aug. 19, 2021

Town and Country Garden Club will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 24, at the community gardens in Luverne for a program on trellises and staking for garden plants. Louella Voigt will be in charge. Call 507-597-6378 for more information. 
Rock County People First will meet Monday, Sept. 13, in Luverne Pizza Ranch for a 5:30 p.m. meal and 6:30 p.m. meeting.
Summer band lessons start Aug. 16
Teacher Angie Swenson will offer free lessons for all Luverne Elementary School fifth-grade beginning band students. Lessons are not mandatory but they offer students experience before school begins.
Lessons will be Aug. 16-19 and 23-26 in the elementary music room:
•flutes at 1 p.m.
•clarinets, 1:30 p.m.
•saxophones, 2 p.m.
•trumpets, 2:30 p.m.
•trombones, 3 p.m.
•French horns, baritones, tubas, 3:30 p.m.
•percussion, 4 p.m.
Students will need an instrument and lesson book. Orders from Schmidt music will be available on the first day of lessons.
Students are encouraged to attend one or all of the lessons.
Learn about fruit trees and berry bushes Aug. 19.
Learn about the fruit trees, berry bushes and others that grow well in our area during a multi-sensory experience at the Prairie Ally food forest and productive perennial riparian buffer. University of Minnesota Extension Agroforestry Educator Gary Wyatt will present information at from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 19, at 308 N Blue Mound Ave. Cost is $15. Register at
Free food for seniors Aug. 19
Nutrition Assistance Program for Seniors 60 and older, sponsored by A.C.E. of SW MN, will be from 2 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 19, with drive-thru distribution in parking lot at 319 E. Lincoln, Luverne. Call Linda Wenzel at 283-5064 for more information. Pre-registration is required.
Free food offered Aug. 19
New Life Celebration Church will offer free food at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 19, at the Generations Building on East Lincoln Street in Luverne. Vehicles should enter the west parking lot from Lincoln Street and drive to the double glass doors on the west side of the building where volunteers will load groceries into cars. Walkers should receive their pre-packaged groceries on the east side of the building. Call 507-283-4366.
Fishing derby Aug. 29
The Luverne Optimist Club Fishing Derby will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 29, at the Minnesota Veterans Home pond for ages 5 to 15. Food and prizes will be available.
Bloodmobile in Luverne Aug. 24
The American Red Cross Bloodmobile will be in Luverne from noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 24, at Grand Prairie Events on South Estey Street.
Donors can save up to 15 minutes by completing the RapidPass® pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of donation, from a mobile device or computer. Make an appointment through the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Bring a blood donor card or driver’s license at check-in.
As a thank-you, donors in August will get a free four-month Apple Music subscription (new subscribers only). Details are available at
Community Education announcements
Call 507-283-4724 to sign up for the following opportunity. See to view the brochure and list of offerings.
Have fun cooking at Kids in the Kitchen this summer for grades K-8 includes Bakery Fun Aug. 19. Fee is $16/child.
Participants grade 3 (as attended during past school year) through adult, will do pour painting at Anyone Can Paint class on Aug. 18.  Fee is $10.
Amazing Art on Fire on Aug. 21 is open to all ages (third grade and younger with adults) Fee is $5, plus you will pick out and pay for a pottery bisque piece at the studio for $10-$30 cost.  Apply glaze and watch it change in the fire.
Community Ed seeks ideas, instructors
 Those who have new ideas for Luverne Community Education can email or call 507-283-4724. Those interested in teaching a class or updating information for a class they’re teaching should email Information is due by Aug. 6.
The Fall Community Education brochure — covering the months of September, October, November and December, will be available Sept. 5 on the school website at under the Community Education link.
Hospice Charity Dinner and Auction Aug. 26
This is the final week to buy tickets for the Aug. 26 Hospice Dinner & Auction. Ticket can be purchased at: or call 283-1805 no later than Aug. 19. The Silent Auction will be open for anyone to bid online Aug. 21-Aug 28 on the above website. All proceeds stay local to support Sanford Luverne Hospice.
Library Happenings
The Rock County Library is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 10 a.m to 5 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. For additional questions, contact library personnel at 507-449-5040 or
Toby Kid presents “Color Your World” with interactive comedy, magic, puppetry and silliness at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 19, at library.
The Adult Summer Reading Program continues through Aug. 15. For every five books read, a prize slip is earned for one of several gift baskets.
Monthly trivia nights with locally written questions are the first Thursdays of the month at Take 16 on East Main Street in Luverne for teams of one or more individuals. No pre-registration is necessary. Library personnel conduct the event.
School office open for registration
Families interested in registering their students for the 2021-22 school year are encouraged to call Luverne School District to set up an appointment. The Luverne Middle School-High School office is open from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and the phone number is 507-283-4491. The Luverne Elementary School office will open Aug. 2 and the phone number is 507-283-4497.
Nominations sought for Rock County Hall of Fame
The Rock County Historical Society’s Hall of Fame Committee is seeking nominations for the 2022 induction of current and former residents. Nominees must have a significant identity with Rock County and have made an exceptional contribution to society, achieved exceptional success, and brought honor and prestige beyond the borders of Minnesota. Nominees should also exhibit quality in character and action as to be outstanding role models for the county’s citizens. Nominations are accepted now through Feb. 28, 2022. Forms are available at The History Center, Luverne Area Chamber or online at or An awards presentation is scheduled for July 17, 2022.
Explore Prairie Ally
Free guided tours at Prairie Ally Outdoor Center (308 N. Blue Mound Avenue in Luverne) are Thursdays at 6, 6:30, and 7 p.m. through August or by appointment. Volunteers are needed Tuesdays from 10a.m. to noon and Thursdays at 5:30 June through September. A workshop on edible perennials will be Aug. 19. Contact:, 605-951-0227. Also, visit
Take and Make bird treat kits
Stop by the Luverne Area Chamber at 213 East Luverne Street to pick up one or more Take and Make bird treat kits. Kits are free, but a $5 to $10 donation is welcome to benefit Project Food Forest in Rock County. (Or donate online at

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