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Community Calendar Dec. 24, 2020

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.
‘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 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.
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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