Skip to main content

Community Calendar Oct. 20, 2022

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.
‘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.
Library hosts ‘Zombie Appreciation Day’
The Rock County Library will host Zombie Appreciation Day Friday, Oct. 21, with a zombie scavenger hunt and zombie costume contest.
The event starts at 10 a.m. with a zombie story time, followed by come-and-go zombie activities from 2 to 4 p.m. These include spooky cookie decorating, Frankentoy crafts and zombie trivia.
Call 507-449-5040 with questions, or email
Shoebox collection begins Oct. 20
Operation Christmas Child Shoebox collection week is Nov. 14-21. Boxes can be ordered online at Boxes may also be picked up at the American Reformed Church in Luverne (south door) beginning Thursday, Oct. 20, and dropped back to the church during collection week.
Call Edna Buys, 507-227-7169 or Charla Sandbulte, 507-227-1722, for more information.
Food Shelf evening hours
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.
SHARE releases distribution date
Those wishing to receive groceries, clothing and toys from the Rock County SHARE program must apply by Wednesday, Nov. 23.
SHARE will distribute the gifts to Rock County residents in need from noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, at the Luverne National Guard Armory on South Freeman Avenue. 
Note: SHARE is NOT accepting donations of used items at this time. To support the program, mail financial gifts to SHARE, PO Box 792, Luverne, MN 56156.
For information, contact Amy at 507-227-6944 or Monica at 507-820-1100.
UMC community free meal Oct. 26
The United Methodist Church will host its Wednesday night free community meal at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26. A pick-up option is available by calling 507-283-4529.
Fall servant event Oct. 23
St. John’s and Zion Lutheran church women in Rock County will participate in the Oct. 29 LWML Fall Servant event, "Sharing Your Food with the Hungry," at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Marshall. Attendees will support the Marshall Food for Kids program and Birth Right, with donated diapers (size newborn, 1 and 2) and wipes and new or gently used, blankets, onesies, swaddlers and sleepers. To carpool, contact Linda Wenzel, 507-220-8194.
Halloween announcements
Luverne’s annual Trunk ‘n Treat event will be from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31, in the Luverne Elementary School Parking lot. (It’s moved off Main Street this year because of the detour route from Highway 75 construction.)
Good Samaritan Society- Mary Jane Brown Nursing Home will be open for Trick or Treating from 3:30 to 5:30 Monday, Oct. 31, for Halloween.
Generations will celebrate Halloween during its 11:30 a.m. meal with sing-a-long music and dancing with Bruce Dysthe until 1 p.m. Reserve a meal several days in advance by leaving a message at 507-283-9846.
Minnesota Veterans Home in Luverne will not host trick-or-treating this year, due to covid precautions.
Gospel Jubilee Oct. 30
The American Reformed Church in Luverne will host a Gospel Jubilee with the Klassens from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, with refreshments to follow the concert.
Community Ed
Community Education will offer the following classes in the next few weeks. Call 507-283-4724 to register.
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.
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

You must log in to continue reading. Log in or subscribe today.