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Community Calendar Oct. 6, 2022

Sanford Luverne Pink Ladies will meet at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 10, in the Blue Mound Meeting Room in Sanford Luverne to make rice sacks. Bring guests. Call Sharon Zinnel, 507-227-3821.
American Legion Auxiliary will meet at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12, at the Pizza Ranch in Luverne. Call Dianna Tomlinson, 507-283-1934 with questions.
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
Extra evening hours at Food Shelf
Starting in October, the Rock County Food Shelf will be open for an additional evening shift. It’s open 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.
Free food for seniors Oct. 6
Nutrition Assistance Program for seniors 60 and older, sponsored by A.C.E. of SW MN, will be from 2 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, with drive-thru distribution in the parking lot off Maple Street at the new office location on the east side of Generations Event Center. Pre-registration is required. Call Linda Wenzel at 507-283-5064.
Shredding truck Oct. 8
St. Catherine Church will host the Dakota Shred-It truck from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 8, at the Luverne Laundry Room parking lot. Freewill donations are accepted.
Child’s Remembrance Garden dedication Oct. 9
A blessing and ribbon-cutting for the Child’s Remembrance Garden is at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9. The garden is located in the northwest corner of Tonto Park and St. Catherine’s Cemetery in Luverne.
A short program will follow the public event along with refreshments. Attendees should park on James Street or on the paved roads in the cemetery. Golf carts will be available for those wanting a ride to the remembrance garden. The garden provides a non-denominational safe area for people who have lost a child to grieve, remember and heal.
Rock the Edge food drive Oct. 9
The seventh annual Rock the Edge city-wide food drive will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9. To donate to the Rock County Food Shelf, place non-perishable food items in a bag on your porch or outside your front door. Call 507.920.5278
‘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 Area 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 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.”
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.
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.
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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