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Community Calendar Oct. 13, 2022

Luv1LuvAll Board will meet at 8 a.m. Friday, Oct. 14, in the Blue Mound meeting room of Sanford Luverne. Luv1LuvAll unites the community to support dignity and create opportunities for people to move out of poverty. All are welcome to attend. Call Holly, 605-413-5415, with questions.
Beaver Creek Township Board will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17, in the township hall.  
MS Support Group will meet at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, at the Pizza Ranch in Luverne. All persons with MS, family and friends are invited. Call 283-2069 or 283-2964.
Duff Dog Backyard UltraOct. 15
The Duff Dog Backyard Ultra is set for Saturday, Oct. 15, in the Blue Mounds State Park. Start time is 8 a.m. at the walk-in campsites and registration is open at
The backyard ultra is a form of ultramarathon race where competitors must consecutively run the distance of 6,706 meters (4.167 miles) in less than one hour. When each lap is completed, the remaining time within the hour is typically used to recover for the next hour's race. The competition is for anyone to join and challenge themselves by running one hour, two hours or more.
Extra evening hours at Food Shelf
The Rock County Food Shelf is now open for an additional evening shift from 5 to 6 p.m. the first and third Thursdays of the month. Call Mary at 507-227-5548 or Katie at 507-227-3531.
Atlas sets dates for One Warm Coat distribution
Atlas Ministries accepts donations for Rock County One Warm Coat from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, from 10 to 7 Thursdays and from 10 to 4 Saturdays at Redeemed Remnants.
Donations can also be left in the Luverne Elementary School commons during normal school hours.
Distributions dates are from 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 27, from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 29, from 5 to 7 p.m. Nov. 10, and from 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 12.
Accepted are new or gently used, clean winter wear, including coats, hats, gloves, boots, scarves and snowpants. Call Destiny Ripka at 507-220-0030.
Indoor marching band concert Oct. 17
The Luverne High School marching band will perform an indoor concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17, in the high school gym. Rootbeer floats will be served after the concert by the Luverne Music Boosters.
‘Rock the Aqua’ swimming and pizza event Oct. 21
“Rock The Aqua” free area-wide youth event is from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, at the Luverne Aquatics and Fitness Center for grades 9-12. The event, which includes swimming, door prizes and pizza, is sponsored by Rock the Edge and the Substance Free Coalition of Rock, Nobles, and Pipestone Counties. Call 507-227-1978 with questions.
Food distribution is Oct. 20
New Life Celebration Church’s third Thursday monthly food giveaway is at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, at the Atlas building at 101 W. Maple St. in Luverne.
Enter from Maple Street and stay along the west side of the building. Parking lot opens at 3 p.m. Do not block the Redeemed Remnants parking lot, intersection or alley entrance. Food will be loaded into vehicles, which exit via the alley going west. Call 507-283-8963 or 507-283-4366 with questions.
Community Ed
Community Education will offer the following classes in the next few weeks. Call 507-283-4724 to register.
Children 0-5 years along with parents are invited to the Nature Explore Outdoor Classroom for Outdoor Play Time on Oct. 18. There is a morning or evening session. No fee, but registration required.
Students (grades 4-6) will follow along with the instructor step by step to create a painting at Paint & Snack class on Oct. 24. Fee is $33.
Men’s Basketball meets on Wednesday nights November through February starting Nov. 2. Register by Oct. 26. Fee is $35 for the 4 months.
Learn how to rescue and repair your wardrobe at the Basics of Mending on Oct. 29 at The Sewing Basket. Fee is $15 plus cost of supplies purchased at the store.
Library Happenings
For more information about library happenings, call 507-449-5040 or email
Story Time with Bronwyn is Fridays from now through. Dec. 2. The event starts at 10 a.m.
Afternoon movie and snacks takes place from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20. The movie is “The Addams Family.”
Zombie Appreciation Day is Friday, Oct. 21. A zombie scavenger hunt and zombie costume contest will take place. At 10 a.m., a zombie story time will take place and from 2 to 4 p.m. come-and-go zombie activities will take place including spooky cookie decorating, Frankentoy craft and zombie trivia.
Trivia Night is at 7 p.m. the first Thursday of every month at Take 16 in Luverne. Team registration begins at 6 p.m.
Reminiscence Kits are available featuring various topics such as gardening, pets, baking, sewing, farming and hunting. The kits are designed to use with a loved one experiencing memory loss, encouraging the loved one to open up about activities they once loved in the past.
CoffeeBreak Bible Study meets Tuesdays
CoffeeBreak Bible Study meets each Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. at the Christian Reformed Church in Luverne. There will be StoryHour Bible stories and playtime for ages 3 to kindergarten, and a nursery is available. It’s free for all faiths and no prior Bible knowledge is necessary. Call Kristi Stroeh at 507-227-5102 or email
A.C.E. respite care available, volunteers needed
A.C.E. of SW Minnesota (A.C.E.) offers respite care services in Rock County for those needing a break from caring for a loved one.
The respite program offers short-term (1-3 hours), temporary care for families and caregivers by providing a brief period of reprieve from the daily cares they provide to their loved one.
Volunteers provide non-professional supportive services to caregivers to give them time for themselves, relieve their stress and help them remain healthy.
Respite care volunteers are also needed. Trained A.C.E. volunteers provide respite care to family caregivers of adults age 60 and older who are suffering from long-term health conditions.
Contact Linda Wenzel at 507-283-5064 or

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