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Community events Aug. 10, 2023

Beaver Creek Township Board will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 14, in the township hall. 
Battle PlainTownship Board will meet 7:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 14, in the Edgerton Ag conference room.
Sanford Luverne Pink Ladies will meet at 1 :30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 14, in the Blue Mound Room at Sanford Luverne. Attendance is important at this meeting when critical decisions will be made. Call Sharon Zinnel, 507-227-3321, with questions.
Palisade Pie and Ice Cream Social Aug. 13
Palisade Lutheran Church Annual Pie and Ice Cream Social will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. following 10 a.m. outdoor worship on the lawn at the church in rural Rock County (corner of County Road 5 and Highway 23) west of Luverne.
Menu includes grilled hamburgers or hot dogs, salad, chips and homemade pie with ice cream. Outdoor lawn games and watermelon will follow.
Blood Bank at Sanford Aug. 14
Sanford Luverne Medical Center will host a community blood drive from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 to 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 14. Donors can schedule donations at Select “events,” and Aug. 14, or call 605-331-3222. Walk-ins are welcome; appointments are preferred. All donors receive a McDonald’s gift card. 
Beginner band lessons start Aug. 15
Free beginner band lessons for fifth-graders start Aug. 15 in the Luverne Elementary Music Room. Lessons are not mandatory, but they provide instrument experience before the school year starts.
Lessons are Tuesday through Friday, Aug. 15-18, and Monday through Thursday Aug. 21-24, with individual instruments scheduled for specific times of day.
Students will need instruments and instruction books for lessons. Orders through Schmitt Music will be delivered to school in time for the first day of summer lessons. Contact or 507-283-4491, ext. 2670.
Mobile dental clinic Aug. 17
The mobile dental clinic will be in Luverne Thursday, Aug. 17, at ATLAS of Rock County (use Community Room entrance) for adults and children of all ages. Call 612-746-1530 to schedule an appointment. All forms of insurance are accepted. Organized by #Luv1LuvAll's Rock County Oral Health Task Force.
Bloodmobile in Luverne Aug. 22
The American Red Cross Bloodmobile will be in Luverne from noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 22, at Living Rock Church on East Main Street. The Red Cross especially needs Type O negative, Type O positive, Type B negative and Type A negative blood, as well as platelet donors.
Schedule an appointment at, 800-733-2767 or through the Red Cross Blood Donor App. Donors will  receive a $10 e-gift card to a movie merchant of their choice.
‘Living Well with Diabetes’ starts Aug. 23
Living Well with Diabetes Workshop will be at 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays, Aug. 23 and 30, and Sept. 6, 13, 20 and 27, at A.C.E. of SW MN Rock County, 102 Estey St. Luverne. Learn how to manage diabetes with simple lifestyle changes. Call 507-283-5064
Youth prayer breakfast Aug. 24
Rock The Edge will host its third annual Community and Youth Prayer Breakfast on Thursday, Aug. 24, at Luverne High School.
Breakfast is at 6:30 a.m. in the commons and the program is at 7 a.m. in the performing arts center with guest speaker Sioux Falls Mayor Paul TenHaken.
Make reservations by noon Aug. 21 by calling 283-4061. Donations will be accepted. The public is invited to attend.
Community Ed
Community Education will offer the following classes in the next few weeks. Call 507-283-4724 to register.
Register now for Discovery Time preschool starting in September for ages 3-5. Early Learning Scholarships may be available to those who qualify.
 Boys and girls in grades 2-7 (as attended in 2022-23) can compete in Punt, Pass and Kick on Aug. 16. Fee is $10.
Adults age 65 and older can register by Aug. 18 for MN State Fair Trip on Aug. 28. Fee is $90 per person for this chartered bus trip, including entrance fee.
 Taking Defensive Driving Classes allows adults 55 years of age and older to save on insurance premiums.  After the beginning 8-hour class, every three years drivers take a 4-hour refresher class. The Beginner Class is Sept 11 and 18 (4 hours each evening).
Free summer events at Plaza
Super Summer Books “Super Summer Books,” a child reading outreach, is hosted by the Rock County Community Library at the Plaza on Main from 10 to 10:30 a.m.Tuesday, Aug. 15.
Yard Games & Fellowship Free fun activities will be available at the Plaza on Main from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug.17, hosted by Rock County Opportunities. Wildflowers Food Truck will be available for lunch.
Music on the Plaza Bruce Dysthe will sing from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 17, at the Plaza. Enjoy the great sounds of one of the area’s finest vocalists. Wildflower’s Food Truck will serve from 5 to 6:30 p.m.
Crazy Summer Fun for Kids |This event is hosted by Luverne Chamber at the Plaza on Main from 10 a.m. to noon Friday, Aug. 18. Free lunch will be served for kids. Reservations are requested by Aug. 16. Call the Chamber at 507-283-4061.
Sip & Ride Golf Cart Coffee Tour This event is hosted by Luverne Chamber at the Plaza on Main. Rides depart at 8 and 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 19, for the Tales of the Graves golf cart tour. Reserve your seat by calling the Chamber at 507-283-4061.
Stick Fitness This is a free exercise class hosted by Luverne Aquatic & Fitness at the Plaza on Main from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 21.
Library Happenings
For more information about library happenings, call 507-449-5040 or email
Books on Tap takes place at 6:30 p.m. the first Monday of each month at Take 16 in Luverne.
The 50 State Challenge for adults and older teens is currently underway where patrons are encouraged to read a book set in one of each of the 50 states through Jan. 1, 2024.
Summer reading program for youth and adults is currently underway now through Aug. 15. Youth can pick up the “Find Your Voice” reading log to earn prizes for the number of books read. In the adult program, for every five books read, patrons may enter their name to win one of three gift baskets.
Trivia Night is at 7 p.m. the first Thursday of every month at Take 16 in Luverne. Team registration is at 6 p.m.
Living Works Safe Talk Sept. 30 in Hills
Learn the warning signs of suicide and how to prevent it at a four-hour workshop, Living Works Safe Talk, Saturday, Sept. 30, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Hills. Call Diana Buffington, 507-920-2506, for registration information.
SAIL classes in Luverne through Sept. 28
New SAIL classes meet from 9 to 10 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays from July 11 through Sept. 28 at Generations Event Center in Luverne. The free classes, Stay Active and Independent for Life, improve strength and balance. Call A.C.E. of SWMN manager Linda Wenzel, 507-283-5064 or A.C.E. volunteer Corey Ziegler, 507-920-0587.
Kits available at library
Libraries in the Plum Creek Library System have Storytelling Kits in a wide range of subjects from ABCs to Zoos. Each of the more than 130 kits contains a variety of materials based on the kit’s theme. Some include Wonderbooks, puppets, music CDs and DVDs. Various learning activities can also be found in the kits.
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 loved ones to open up about activities they once loved in the past.
STEAM kits are also available checkout. Motion, lights, hydropower, robotics and magnets are among the kits.
Food Shelf evening hours
The Rock County Food Shelf is 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.
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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