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Community Calendar Dec. 17, 2020

H-BC band, choral concert Dec. 18
 The Hills-Beaver Creek Secondary School will livestream the ninth- through 12th-grade band and choir  concert at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18. It will be on H-BC cable channel 242 as well as Facebook Live on the school’s social media page.
Food for seniors Dec. 17
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, Dec. 17, with drive thru distribution in parking lot at 319 E. Lincoln, Luverne. Call Linda Wenzel at 283-5064 for information. Pre-registration is required for those not already enrolled.
Free food Dec. 17
New Life Celebration Church will offer free food at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 17, 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 with questions.
Wednesday free meals at Generations
Free, frozen healthy meals are available through Lutheran Social Services at Generations thanks to a Covid-19 grant through the state of Minnesota. Anyone in Minnesota in need of nutrition can receive up to five meals plus snacks at each event on a first-come first served basis. Food can be picked up for others in a household at no cost.
Meals are available beginning at 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays Dec. 23 and 30 at 319 E. Lincoln. Call 507-283-9846.
Support Angel Trees for SYS students
The annual Southwestern Youth Service Angel Tree in Magnolia will not be accessible to the public this year, due to pandemic restrictions.
Instead, Angel Trees are located in Lewis, Bomgaars, Sunshine and the Magnolia Cafe. The trees are decorated with cards with requests from SYS students, and churches, families, individuals, organizations and businesses collect the cards to fulfill wishes.
Follow the SYS Facebook page and people can call SYS at 507-283-4425 for gift ideas.
Gifts can be dropped off at the west door of the facility by pressing the doorbell for staff to accept the items.
Help local families
The Luverne School counseling office encourages community support for helping local families this Christmas.
Go to the website, to sign up to give gifts to students in pre-K through 12th grade. Students identified three gifts — a clothing item, a book and a toy within a $25 total.
Gifts (unwrapped) can be returned to the elementary office by Monday, Dec. 14. Questions can be directed to
‘Read with McKenzie’ available by Zoom
A work study student is available to help individual students with reading skills in 10-minute sessions on Wednesdays from 4 to 5 p.m. via Zoom. The literacy program is called “Read with McKenzie.”
Contact the Rock County Library, 507-449-5040. The Zoom link is on the library facebook page.
Christmas Haus now open Fridays and Saturdays
The Christmas Haus gift store in the Rock County History Center is now open, even though the History Center must be closed by state order. The store, with its collectible ornaments and nutcrackers, will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Christmas. The phone number is 507-283-2122.
Input sought for digital readiness project
A pilot program through Purdue University aims to increase civic digital engagement in Rock County and a community survey will help the group develop an engagement plan. Paper copies of the survey are available at the Rock County Library, city offices and the Rock County Courthouse.
The 10-minute survey can also be completed online at Surveys are accepted through Jan. 12.
Reading tutor wanted for H-BC Schools
 AmeriCorps is seeking one reading tutor for the Hills-Beaver Creek School District. Application is open until Dec. 18 at or by calling 866-859-2825.
After training through the AmeriCorps program, the tutor will work in the school district helping students develop fundamental reading skills. For more information, visit www.
Bell ringers needed for Kettle campaign
Volunteer bell ringers are needed for the 2020 Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign through Dec. 24 at Sunshine Foods in Luverne. A mask in required and hand sanitizer will be provided. Sign up for a two-hour slot at or call Carrie Soto, 507-220-8897 with any questions.
Food Shelf cold weather procedures
The Rock County Food shelf has changed its curbside process for winter. Wait in line to park in one of the two parking spaces closest to the building.
One at a time, enter the building (masks and distancing required) to register and pick up vouchers. Be prepared for volunteers to put pre-boxed groceries in the car. As the parking spaces empty, the next cars can pull in.
The process will require patience. See the Rock County Food Shelf Facebook page for updates. Thanksgiving week schedule will be 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 25.
Help write 9/11 history
The Minnesota Military Museum is seeking stories for a statewide initiative to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. The goal of the project is to look at the impact of the horrific events of that day through a Minnesota lens, and researchers are inviting stories from Rock County.
For example: How did your county respond to the attacks immediately afterward? Have local residents served in the resulting Global War on Terror? What are their stories? Have there been events to remember 9-11 over the years since? Stories can be shared directly at Click on “exhibits, test-gallery and share-your-story.”

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