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Community Calendar Sept. 29, 2022

Blue Mound Quilters will meet at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3, at the Sewing Basket in Luverne to sew checkbook covers. Materials will be available at the store. Bring a basic sewing kit, lunch, and a sewing machine with a walking foot. Call 507-227-4076 with questions.
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.
Mobile dental clinic Sept. 29
The mobile dental clinic will be in Luverne on Thursday, Sept. 29, at the Rock County Health and Human Services community room. This clinic provides dental care for adults and children ages 0-100+.
Call 612-746-1530 to schedule an appointment. All forms of insurance accepted. The clinic’s appearance in Luverne is organized by the #Luv1LuvAll Rock County Oral Health Task Force.
Paint the Prairie purple Oct. 1
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.
Historical Society ‘drive-in’ event Oct. 3
The Rock County Historical Society annual meeting is at noon Monday, Oct. 3, at the Big Top Events Center. Learn about Rock County’s restaurant history trivia with the drive-in themed event. RSVP by Monday, Sept. 26, at the History Center for $15. Or, purchase tickets at the door for $25. The History Center
phone number is 507-283-2122.
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 Christian Reformed Church, 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 necessary. Call Kristi Stroeh at 507-227-5102 or email
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.
Community Ed
Community Education will offer the following classes in the next few weeks. Call 507-283-4724 to register.
Taking Defensive Driving Classes allows adults 55 years of age and older to save on insurance premiums.  After the beginning eight-hour class, every three years, drivers take a four-hour refresher class.  Upcoming classes:
Refresher 4-Hour Classes – Oct. 3 or Dec. 5.
Beginning Class – Nov. 7 & 10 (four hours each evening)
Pickleball League meets at St Catherine’s Church on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings and Thursday evenings beginning Oct. 3.   Fee is $15.
Grades 5-6 volleyball begins Oct. 3 and meets for eight after-school sessions.  Fee is $25.
Register by Oct. 4 for Cardinal League Community Ed Basketball for grades 3-6. Fee is $50.  Participants (grades 4-6) that want to travel out of town in addition to the local Cardinal League should register for the Harrisburg League at prior to Sept. 30.  That will take care of your Cardinal League registration, too.
Using glaze, heat, flames, and cooling you will create a beautiful piece of pottery at Raku Saturday Oct. 8.  Fee is $5 in addition to the pottery you choose at the studio.
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.
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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