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Community Calendar Nov. 25, 2020

Local businesses host Angel Trees for
SYS students
The annual Southwestern Youth Service Angel Tree in the front lobby will not be accessible to the public this year, due to pandemic restrictions.
Instead, Angel Trees will be located in Lewis, Bomgaars, Sunshine and the Magnolia Cafe. The trees bear cards with requests from SYS students, and churches, families, individuals, organizations and businesses collect the cards at 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.
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.
‘Read with McKenzie’ available Wednesdays
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. The literacy program is called “Read with McKenzie.”
Contact the Rock County Library, 507-449-5040, to schedule a time. Masks are required.
Share names by
Dec. 7 for holiday Tree of Lights
Remember loved ones during this Holiday Season by lighting a light on the Tree of Lights.
Names received by Dec. 7 will also be printed in a Holiday Remembrance in newspapers at Christmas.  Forms are available thru area churches, LACF and the Hospice office. 
Drop off or mail to Sanford Luverne Hospice at 304 N. McKenzie St. Luverne.  (A $5 per name donation is suggested)  Call 283-1805 with questions. 
Hills Appreciation Day, community supper canceled
The Hills Build Communities Stronger committee has canceled plans for the annual Hills Appreciation Day and Community Supper on Nov. 30.
Due to recent coronavirus pandemic restrictions, community members thought it best to cancel this year's activities. The HBCS committee still plans to assemble the community Christmas tree and decorate with the donated ornaments. The public is still invited to donate and hang ornaments on the tree in memory of loved ones.
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.
Apply by Nov. 30 to receive from SHARE
The Rock County SHARE program will distribute groceries, clothing and toys to Rock County residents in need from noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday,Dec. 9, at the Luverne National Guard Armory (309 S Freeman Avenue). 
Those wishing to receive from the program must apply by Wednesday, Nov. 30. 
SHARE is not accepting donations of used items.  To support the program, mail donations to SHARE, P.O. Box 792, Luverne, MN 56156. For more information contact Molly at 507-227-9282.
Food Shelf cold weather procedures
Beginning the first week in November, the Rock County Food shelf will change its curbside process. 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.”
Coffee Break and StoryHour meets Tuesdays
Coffee Break Bible Study and StoryHour meets at 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays at Luverne Christian Reformed Church, 605 North Estey Street. StoryHour involves playtime and Bible stories for children ages 3 through kindergarten. Nursery is available for littlest ones. There is no charge and no Bible knowledge is necessary. All faiths and all ages are welcome. Invite a friend for fellowship and refreshments. Call Kristi Stroeh at 507-227-5102 or
Meals on Wheels continue in Jasper
Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota (LSS) has provided Meals on Wheels in Jasper through the Sunrise Village, which is now closed. Going forward, meals will be prepared at the LSS Luverne site and delivered to Jasper City Hall twice a week on Tuesdays and Fridays. There is also an option to add frozen meals for delivery with the hot meals.
Inquiries about LSS Meals on Wheels can be made by calling the LSS Meals Luverne Kitchen toll-free at 866-985-8509.

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