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Community Calendar Dec. 1, 2022

Rock County Association of Townships annual meeting will be at 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, in the lower level of the Rock County Library. Representatives from each township are encouraged to attend.
Blue Mound Quilters will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5, at Pizza Ranch for Bingo (gift wrap four or five useful items) and announcement of Blue Mound Quilter Award winners. Call 507-935-2560 with questions.
Springwater Township Board will meet at 7 p.m Tuesday, Dec. 6, at the township hall.
American Legion Auxiliary #123 will meet at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14, at Pizza Ranch. Members are asked to bring items for the Food Shelf. Call Dianna Tomlinson, 507-283-1934.
SHARE distribution is Dec. 7
SHARE will distribute 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: Financial donations may be sent to SHARE, PO Box 792, Luverne, MN 56156.
For information, contact Amy at 507-227-6944 or Monica at 507-820-1100.
Nutrition for seniors Dec. 1
Nutrition Assistance Program for Seniors 60 & older, sponsored by A.C.E. of SW MN will be from 2 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1. Drive thru distribution is in the parking lot off Maple Street, at on the east side of Generations Event Center. Pre-registration is required. Call Linda Wenzel at 507-283-5064.
Holiday choir concert Dec. 2
The Luverne Middle School and High School holiday choir concert will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, in the school performing arts center. The concert will feature the sixth-grade choir, 7/8 choir, the Cardinal Choir, Treble Choir and the Concert Choir. Admission for the concert will be a monetary donation collected for the Backpack Program.
Holiday choir concerts at H-BC
Two holiday concerts will be performed by Hills-Beaver Creek students in December. The first concert will be performed by kindergarten through second-grade vocal music students at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, at the H-BC Elementary School. The fifth-grade band will also perform.
The second concert will be performed by middle and high school students at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5, at the secondary school in Hills. An art exhibit will also be displayed at the secondary school.
St. John Festival of Nativities Dec. 2-3
St. John Lutheran Church, Luverne, will host its Festival of Nativities from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3. View nativities of all sizes and shapes, from handcrafted and international to children’s sets and more. Refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public with handicap accessibility. Call 507-283-2316 with questions.
Free Narcan training Dec. 5
A free public training on how to respond to an opioid overdose using Naloxone (Narcan) will be from noon to 1 p.m. or 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5, at Sanford Luverne. Registration is preferred by Nov. 28. Call 507.449.1246 or email
Final New Life Celebration food distribution Dec. 15
New Life Celebration Church’s final monthly food giveaway is at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15, at the Atlas building at 101 W. Maple Street 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 lot, intersection or alley.
Food will be loaded into vehicles, which exit via the alley going west. Call 507-283-8963 or 507-283-4366.
Note: this is the final food distribution through New Life Celebration Church, which has offered the ministry since 2005.
Community Ed
Community Education will offer the following classes in the next few weeks. Call 507-283-4724 to register.
Learn the Basics of Sewing on Dec. 3  at The Sewing Basket. Use quilting and embroidery techniques to make a pillow. Fee is $25 plus cost of supplies purchased at the store. 
Learn the basics of estate planning during the Death, Probate and Taxes … Oh, My! class on Dec. 1. Fee is $5.
Students (grades 1-3) will follow along with the instructor step by step to create a painting at Paint & Snack class on Dec. 12.  Fee is $33.
 Students (grades 4-6) will follow along with the instructor step by step to create a painting at Paint & Snack class on Dec. 19.  Fee is $33.
New Residents: Census Information Needed for Preschool Children. Call 507-283-4724 with information for children ages 0 to kindergarten. The school district uses the information for planning purposes, mailing out information on school events, including the state-mandated Preschool Screening for all 3-year-old children. If your child is 4 and has not been screened, call to complete the screening before 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.
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.
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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