Community Calendar Sept. 22, 2022

The Parkinson’s Support Group will meet at 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3, at Poplar Creek Care Center. Call Dianne Karlstad at 507-530-3307 with questions.

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.


Prairie Ally appreciation Sept. 27

A relaxing evening is planned as a wrap-up to the growing season for the Prairie Ally food forest. Friends, volunteers and supporters are asked to bring a dish or a beverage to share for the event planned for 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27. The event will take place down the lower driveway at 308 N. Blue Mound Ave. in Luverne.


‘See You at the Pole’ Sept. 28

“See You at the Pole” will be at 7:45 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, at the new entrance of Luverne Middle-High School. Organized by Rock the Edge, all K-12 students and adults are encouraged to gather for a short time of prayer before the school day begins. The student-led event is conducted annually across the nation.


UMC community free meal Sept. 28

The United Methodist Church will host its Wednesday night free community meal at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28. A pick-up option is available by calling 507-283-4529.


Paint the Prairie purple

To help raise awareness and show support for the Dementia Walk for a Cure on Oct. 1, organizers encourage “Paint the Prairie Purple” during the week of Sept. 26-30. Pictures of decorated home and business exteriors can be sent to

The event is sponsored by the SW MN Dementia Awareness Network (SWDAN).


Dementia Walk is Oct. 1

The Dementia Walk for a Cure is Saturday, Oct. 1, at the Luverne City Park. Registration begins at 9 a.m. with the walk at 10 a.m.

One hundred percent of the funds raised will be used to increase awareness and to promote dementia education.

In case of inclement weather, the walk will take place at the Generations Event Center in Luverne.

For more information or to register contact Linda Wenzel at A.C.E. of SW MN, 507-283-5064.


CoffeeBreak Bible study starts Oct. 4

The kickoff meeting of CoffeeBreak begins at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4, and will meet each Tuesday at the Luverne Christian Reformed Church at 605 North Estey Street in Luverne.
Children ages 3 to kindergarten are invited to participate in StoryHour, a program with Bible stories and playtime. A nursery is also available. No charge and no prior Bible knowledge necessary. All faiths and ages are welcome. For more information call Kristi Stroeh at 507-227-5102 or email at


RCHS annual meeting is Oct. 3

The Rock County Historical Society annual meeting is at noon Monday, Oct. 3, at the Big Top Events Center. Tickets may be purchased in advance at the History Center for $15, or the day of the event at the door for $25. The program is on old restaurants.


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.


Community Ed

Community Education will offer the following classes in the next few weeks. Call 507-283-4724 to register.

Parents with children ages 0-5 will enjoy the animals and activities at Fall Time Fun at Harmony Gardens on Tuesday, Sept. 28. Registration is required by Sept. 21. Fee is $10/child.

Kids in the Kitchen (grades K-6) will make fall-themed treats Sept. 29. Fee is $21.

Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) classes for children ages 0-5 is a Community Education program for parents and their children from birth to kindergarten age. It offers information and support to parents and provides activities for parents and children to explore together through classes that meet once a week throughout the school year.

Taking Defensive Driving Classes allows adults 55 years of age and older to save on insurance premiums. The eight-hour beginner Defensive Driving class will be offered on Nov. 7 and 10.

New residents: Census information needed for preschool children. If you are new to the community, please call Community Education with your family information for all children ages 0 up to kindergarten. The school district uses the information for planning purposes, filling out flyers regarding school events, including the state-mandated preschool screening for all 3-year-old children in Minnesota. If your child is 4 years old and has not been screen, call 283-4724. The screening should be completed prior to kindergarten.


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.


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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