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Community calendar June 26, 2021

Grand Prairie Cemetery Association will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 24, at the cemetery. In case of rain, meeting will be at Orv and Sons Plumbing in Ellsworth.
Parkinson’s Support Group will meet at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 1, at Poplar Creek on Oak Drive. Masks are required in the building.
Blood drive June 24
The American Red Cross Bloodmobile will be in Luverne from noon to 6 p.m. Thursday, June 24, at Grand Prairie, 105 S. Estey St. Donors can complete the RapidPass® pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of donation, from a mobile device or computer. Follow the instructions at or use the Red Cross Blood Donor App. To donate blood, individuals need to bring a blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification that are required at check-in.
Pulled pork feed, historic homes tour June 24
  A pulled pork feed fundraiser is from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 24, at the Hinkly House. A pulled pork sandwich, chips and a rootbeer float will be served for a freewill offering. The Hinkly House will be open for tours from 2 to 7 p.m. Golf cart tours of historic homes are from 2 to 3:30 and from 5 to 6:30 p.m., sponsored by the Chamber. Suggested donation for the tour is $5, and reservations may be made in advance at 507-283-4061.
Hospice donations due June 25
Sanford Luverne Hospice is changing the date of the Hospice Dinner & Auction to Thursday, Aug. 26, to better accommodate summer weekend plans. Note: Auction donations are currently being accepted thru June 25. Contact the hospice office at 283-1805 or email:
Eden Lutheran Church annual service June 27
The Eden Lutheran Church of rural Jasper will host its annual service at 11 a.m. Sunday, June 27. Pastor Sue Grinde will officiate from the black Lutheran hymnal, followed by a potluck noon meal under a tent. At the 1 p.m. tolling of the bell, the congregation will gather for an afternoon meeting of history and singing favorite hymns. Coffee and refreshments will be served. Church cleaning will be at 9 a.m. Saturday, with coffee and sweets served. Call Bev at 507-348-4126 with questions.
Community Education announcements
Luverne Community Education will offer the following activities and classes in coming weeks. Call 507-283-4724 to sign up. See to view the brochure and list of offerings.
Kids in grades 1-3 (completed) can sign up for Paint and Snack Classes on June 24 and July 22.  Sign up for one class or for all 3. Fee is $33 per class.
Create three wooden games at Beginning Wood Working on July 6 and 8 and then enjoy playing the games at class.  Open to anyone grade 2 (completed) through adult. Fee is $25.
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
Summer Reading Program, “Reading Colors Your World,” registration is now open to all ages. Pick up a reading log at the library.
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.
Story Time at the Park will feature songs and stories with children’s library Bronwyn Wenzel each Tuesday through June and July at a different park in Luverne. The events begin at 10:30 a.m. Attendees are encouraged to bring a chair or blanket. The schedule will be:
•June 22, Veterans Park, 1211 N. Elm St.
•June 29, Hawkinson Park, East Adams Avenue.
•July 6, Evergreen Park, North Blue Mound Avenue.
•July 13, Kolbert Park, 801 W. Warren St.
•July 20, Veterans Park, 1211 N. Elm St.
•July 27, Hawkinson Park, East Adams Avenue.
Southwest Crisis Center offers trauma-informed yoga
The Southwest Crisis Center yoga support group is expanding this summer to weekly sessions from noon to 12:45 p.m. Tuesdays through July 13 at the Luverne City Park. Bring a yoga mat as limited qualities will be available. Sessions are directed by Rock County advocate Jennifer Lindsey and is free and open to the public. Contact Lindsey at 507-283-9917 or with questions.
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. June through August or by appointment. Volunteers are needed Tuesdays from 10a.m. to noon and Thursdays at 5:30 June through September. Workshops are planned for June 5 (companion planting), June 10 (tree care) and Aug. 19 (edible perennials). 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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