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Community Calendar May 14, 2020

A note about community events:
The Announcer and Star Herald will not list the activities and events that are canceled; it is assumed that most planned gatherings are canceled, per CDC mandates for safe social distancing. However individual inquiries should be directed toward appropriate planners. See, for the latest coronavirus coverage.
Compassionate Friends meeting May 18
Compassionate Friends of Southwest Minnesota will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, May 18, via Zoom. To join, call Pat Saum at 507-690-2757 or email:  Compassionate Friends is a Luverne-based support group for parents and grandparents who have lost a child at any age for any cause that meets the third Monday of each month.
Nutrition Assistance Program for Seniors May 21
Nutrition Assistance Program for Seniors 60 and older, sponsored by A.C.E. of Southwest Minnesota, will be from 2 to 3 p.m. Thursday, May 21, in the parking lot at 319 E. Lincoln, Luverne. Call Linda Wenzel at 283-5064 for more information. Pre-registration required, if not already enrolled.
Free food giveaway May 21
New Life Celebration Church will sponsor its monthly Food Give-Away at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, May 21, at the Generations building at 319 E. Lincoln Street in Luverne.
Those arriving in vehicles are to enter on Lincoln Street and drive to the double glass doors on the west side of the building. Stay in your vehicle. The food will be loaded for you.
Those who are walking are to go to the east side of the building. Volunteers will have your groceries pre-packed for you. Call 507-283-4366 with any questions.
Community Education Summer Brochure
Luverne Community Ed Summer Brochure was distributed in the April 26 Luverne Announcer.  Peruse the classes and activities, but WAIT to register until the Governor lifts restrictions.   Things may change.  Community Education will be following the state/school guidelines.  Watch for future announcements on website, Facebook, newspaper and radio.
Volunteers needed for ‘Minnesota Responds’
Minnesota Responds is a partnership of local and statewide volunteers to assist healthcare systems in emergencies that can overwhelm hospitals and clinics and improve overall response capabilities.
Minnesota Responds is recruiting medical (RNs, LPNs, CNAs) and others with medical type backgrounds, such as veterinary, dental, chiropractor and others. “Non-medical” volunteers are also needed to contribute skills and expertise during the COVID-19 crisis. We are looking for individuals that are working or retired and willing to offer assistance. An individual DOES NOT HAVE to be in the health care field. Anyone interested in helping the community is encouraged.
To to register, have your personal information, licenses, certifications, competencies, and contact information available.
Contact the Minnesota Responds Volunteer Coordinator, Jen Nelson, at Southwest Health & Human Services at 507-829-0227. To register on-line, go to and click on “Register Now.” For the organization information, click on the county in which you live and select SWHHS MN Responds Volunteer Group.
Help others struggling with coronavirus challenges
In response to residents and organizations overwhelmed by challenges related to the coronavirus, the Luverne Area Chamber is lining up volunteers to shop and/or deliver for those individuals who are unable to leave their homes.
The intent is to coordinate this as a service to residents supporting our local businesses. A protocol will minimize contact between volunteers and people requesting services. To join the list of volunteers, call the Chamber at (507)-283-4061.
Hospice dinner and auction rescheduled
       Sanford Luverne Hospice Dinner and Auction scheduled for April 18 has been postponed and tentatively rescheduled for Saturday, Aug. 29. Ticketholders should save their tickets to use at the rescheduled event. Raffle drawings for the Blue Mound Quilters quilt and the cash raffle have been rescheduled for Aug. 29 also. Call the Hospice office at 507-283-1895 or email Helen Saum at with questions.

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