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Community events Aug. 3, 2023

Beaver Creek Township Board will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 14, in the township hall. 
Vienna Township Board will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 8, at the Kenneth Community Center.
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 Zinnell, 507-227-3321, with questions.
Nutrition Assistance for Seniors Aug. 3
Nutrition Assistance Program for Seniors 60 & older, sponsored by A.C.E. of SW MN will be from 1:30  to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 3. It will be a drive-thru distribution in the parking lot off Maple Street at the A.C.E office on the east side of the Generations Event Center. Pre-registration is required. Call Linda Wenzel at 507-283-5064.
Beaver Days set for Aug. 4-5
Beaver Creek will celebrate Beaver Days Aug. 4 and 5. A 5K run/walk is at 7:30 a.m. Saturday followed by a 10 a.m. parade. A vendor fair, car show and family activities at the splash pad will be from 10:30 to 2:30 p.m. Community meal is at the fire hall from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. followed by the street dance from 7:30 to midnight. See the City of Beaver Creek Facebook page for details.
Blood Bank at Take 16 for ‘Pint for a Pint’ Aug. 4
Take 16 Brewing Co. will host a community blood drive from noon to 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 4. Donors can register inside Take 16 Brewing, online at or by calling 605-331-3222. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are preferred. Donors receive an event T-shirt and a pint of their favorite brew. 
SAIL classes start in Beaver Creek Aug. 7
New SAIL classes meet from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. every Monday through Wednesday, Aug. 7 through Oct. 25 in the Beaver Creek City Council Meeting Room. The free classes, Stay Active and Independent for Life improve strength and balance. Call A.C.E. of SW MN manager, Linda Wenzel, 507-283-5064 or A.C.E. volunteer Nancy Lange, 605-838-5915.
Steen Carnival set for Aug. 9
The Annual Steen Carnival is from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 9, in the Reformed Church of Steen parking lot. The event features free inflatables, a Cruisin’ for Christ car, tractor and cycle show and a pork sandwich meal. Donations accepted for the Sunday school department. Call 507-227-6664 for details.
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 hotdogs, salad, chips and homemade pie with ice cream. Outdoor lawn games and watermelon will follow.
‘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 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.
Cake Decorating Camp will be Aug. 8 and 9 for students in grades 6-8 (in the 22-23 school year). Learn to bake and decorate cake. Fee is $100.
 Students in grades 3-5 (as attended during the 22-23 school year) can join Introduction to Coding with Block Programming on Aug. 8, 9, 10 to explore the world of coding. Fee is $60. 
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
Furs and Fossils is a free “feel and learn” event for kids hosted by the Rock County Historical Society at the Plaza on Main from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 3.
Free root beer floats and historic downtown tours will celebrate National Root Beer Float Day Sunday, Aug. 6. Take 16 Brewing and the Luverne Chamber will host golf cart tours of the historic Luverne downtown at 2 and 4 p.m. and serve root beer floats at the Plaza. Call 507-283-4061 to reserve a seat.
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 with Bruce Dysthe 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.
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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