Pink Ladies will meet at 2 p.m. Monday, July 8, in the Blue Mound Room at Sanford Hospital in Luverne.
Rock County VFW #2757 will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 9, in the lower level of the Herreid Military Museum in Luverne.
Grand Prairie Cemetery Association will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 9, at the cemetery. In case of rain the meeting will be in the back room of Orv’s Plumbing in Ellsworth.
Beaver Creek Township Board will meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 9, at the township hall.
Maplewood Auxiliary will meet at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 10, at the Coffey Haus in Luverne.
American Legion Post #123 and Auxiliary will meet at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 10, at the post home.
Al-Anon meets at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays in the Buffalo Ridge Meeting Room (lower level) at the Sanford Medical Center in Luverne. Call Stephanie at (507) 449-1246.
Narcotics Anonymous meets at 7 p.m. Fridays in the basement of St. Catherine Catholic Rectory, 203 E. Brown St., Luverne. Use east door. Call Shawn at (507) 220-3180.
Denver Township meets at 7:30 p.m. every third Monday each month at the City Hall in Hardwick.
Alcoholics Anonymous meets at 8 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays in the Rock County Community Library. Call (605) 321-4324.
Brandon area Al-Anon meets at 8 p.m. Monday and Thursday evenings and at 11 a.m. Saturdays at 209 Elm Street (behind VFW) in Brandon, S.D. Call (605) 215-9947 with questions.
Sound Cascade Sweet Adeline Chorus rehearses at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Prairie Creek, 4400 W. Creekside Dr., Sioux Falls. Call (507) 597-6288 with questions.
Weight Loss Surgery Support Group meets at 7 p.m. every third Monday each month in the Blue Mound Room at the Sanford campus in Luverne.
Luverne Optimist Club meets at 6:30 p.m. every first and third Monday of the month in the Howling Dog Saloon, Luverne.
Luverne Township Board meets at 9 a.m. the second Wednesday of every month in the Rock County Community Library.
Mound Township Board meets at 7:30 p.m. the second Monday each month at the Rock County Highway Building, Luverne.
Tops #777 meets at 6:30 p.m. Monday nights in Hardwick City Hall. Weigh-in is from 6 to 6:30 p.m. Call Glenda, 449-7878, or Rayola, 348-7287.
Weight Watchers meets every Monday in First Presbyterian Church, Luverne. Weigh-in is from 5 to 5:30 p.m. and the meeting is from 5:30 to 6 p.m. Call (800) 651-6000.
Luverne Tops 698 meets for weigh-in at 8 a.m. every Thursday in the Pizza Ranch. The meeting follows at 8:45 a.m.
Sign up for Minnesota Twins bus trip July 21
There are still seats available on the bus trip to the Minnesota Twins game on Sunday, July 21. Pick-up stops are in Luverne and Worthington. If interested, call Community Education at (507) 283-4724.
‘Mammals of the Prairie’ at state park July 6
Blue Mounds State Park will host "Mammals of the Prairie" at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 6, at the amphitheater. Rain-out location will be in the park shelter. An evening program, “Problems for Pollinators,” will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the interpretive center. All programs are free, however a park permit is required.
No Farmers Market July 4
Luverne’s annual Farmers Market is every Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m., but there is no Farmers Market on July 4. The weekly market will be set up through October at Redbird Field. The market can be found at the end of S. Blue Mound and E. Warren streets (across from Damax Apartments).
Gehrke benefit and fireworks
July 6 in Hills
An Independence Day celebration in Hills is planned for Saturday, July 6, at the Rez. There are several events planned with proceeds going to benefit Sophie Gehrke, daughter of Pete and Melissa Gehrke of Hills. Sophie was born with Down syndrome and has had several heart surgeries. The day kicks off with a 5K Run at 4 p.m. followed by supper provided by the Ben Claire Church at 6 p.m. There will be fun for the entire family concluding with a fireworks display.
I-90 Worthington weigh scale closes July 8
Operations will cease at the Interstate 90 eastbound weigh scale by Worthington on July 8 as site renovations are being done.
Work includes removal and replacement of ramps and parking lot, installing ADA improvements and new lighting and signing.
Projected completion date is November.
Jennica’s Journey 5k run/walk set for July 26
Jennica's Journey is hosting its 4th annual 5k and one-mile walk on Friday, July 26 at dusk to support Jennica Arp who has cystic fibrosis.
Participants are encouraged to wear lights, glow-in-the-dark clothes or more to light up the path to a cure! Along with the top three finishers of each class, the most bright and glowing participant will be honored with a prize. Get your glow on and run to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and Jennica Arp. Preregister at www.allsportcentral.com or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteer naturalist training at state park
Blue Mounds State Park in Luverne will host a Minnesota Master Naturalist volunteer training program from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6, through Tuesday, Oct. 15. Two Saturday field trips will be on Sept. 7 and 28.
Master Naturalist volunteers complete a 40-hour hands-on class studying natural history, environmental interpretation, and conservation stewardship.
The cost for the class is $200, including materials. Scholarships are available. Register online at MinnesotaMasterNaturalist.org, call (888) 241-4532, or e-mail email@example.com.
CAHRC announces photo contest
The Council for Arts and Humanities in Rock County announces the Carnegie Cultural Center’s photo contest, which will be shown during October.
Photo categories are line, texture and repetition. Entry deadline is Sept. 26, 2013, with original photos being accepted in the adult, young adult (13-18) and youth (12 and under) divisions. All entries must be mounted and ready to hang. Only $5 entry fee per photo.
Prizes will be awarded in each division and category: $15 for first place, $10 for second place and $5 for third place.
Call the Luverne Area Chamber (507) 283-4061 with questions.
Summer Story Hour dates announced
Join the Rock County Community Library, Luverne, for the following Story Hours:
•Archaeologists: for children in first through fifth grades from 3 to 4 p.m. Wednesdays from now until July 10;
•Spuds: for children ages 4, 5 and K from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursdays from now until July 11; and
•Lil’ Diggers: for ages birth to 3 with an adult from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Fridays now until July 12.
No registration is required.
Register for these new activities by calling Community Ed at 283-4724.
Parents and their children ages 0-5 are invited to informal Play Dates at Luverne City Park from 10-11 a.m. Wednesdays until Aug.7. There is no fee, but registration is requested. For information contact Lisa at 283-9165.
Enjoy some extra fun activities at Make-a-Mess Science July 1-3 for students who have completed grades 1-5. Fee is $27.
In Passport to Adventure, children ages 5 through 9 will play games that children play in other parts of the world. Fee is $18. Sessions are July 1 and 15.
Using the basic crochet skills you have already learned, create a Crocheted Super Bagto use as a purse or market bag. Class meets July 2 and fee is $13.
Children ages 3–5 years of age will have fun at Red, White & Blue Party Wiggles & Giggles class at the city park July 3. Fee is $9.
Missoula Children’s Theatre brings the “Secret Garden” to Luverne the week of July 8-13. Student director spots are open for students ages 10–18 and two spots are open for children who attended kindergarten this past year through age 7. Fee is $30. Play will be Saturday, July 13.