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Community Events Oct. 25, 2023

Free Community Meal Oct. 25

The United Methodist Church will host its Wednesday night free community meal at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25. A pick-up option is available by calling 507-283-4529.

LHS presents ‘Wild Pink’

The Luverne High School drama department will present “Wild Pink” Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 26-28, in the performing arts center. The play begins at 7 p.m.


Training available for suicide prevention

A.C.E. of Southwest Minnesota is offering a one-hour suicide prevention training from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. Monday, Oct. 30, at the Generations Event Center.

Guest speaker will be Arianna Santos, suicide prevention regional coordinator with Canvas Health. She will present information on detecting warning signs in older adults, identifying myths and facts surrounding suicide and offer hope through positive action.


Blood donation opportunities

The American Red Cross Bloodmobile will be in the area at the following location to accept donations:

Lismore from 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31, in the American Legion on Main Street.

To make an appointment, use the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Donors will receive $10 gift cards to merchants of their choice and will be entered in a drawing for $5,000.


Collection for medication Oct. 28

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is Saturday, Oct. 28, from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. If you have unused or expired medication, bring to the Rock County Sheriff's Office for safe disposal. The drop box is available 24/7 in the lobby. Helping to promote this event is the Substance Free
Coalition of Rock County, an issue team of #Luv1LuvAll.


Community Ed

Call 507-283-4724 to register.

Babysitting Basics for students grades 5-8 will be Oct. 23 and 26.  Fee is $20.

Defensive Driving schedule for Luverne classes follows: Refresher 4-Hour Classes –Nov. 13 or Dec. 11; Beginner 8-Hour Class  Feb. 5 and 12 (4 hours each evening).

Amazing Raku on Nov. 4 is open to all ages—but those in grade 3 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Fee is $5, plus you will pick out and pay for a pottery bisque piece at the studio for $10-$30 cost. You will be impressed at the beautiful piece you take home after you apply glaze and watch it change in the fire!

Individuals 13 years old through adult can come learn how to play Magic the Gathering beginning on Nov. 4. Participants will learn skills in strategy, basic math, and critical thinking. Fee is $40.

Grades K-2 Basketball (for boys and girls) will meet twice each month November through February on Saturday mornings beginning Nov. 4 to learn basic skills.  Fee is $25.

Students (grades K – 3) can learn Beaver Basics from a Blue Mound State Park Naturalist on Nov. 7. Fee is $5.

Learn how to create an effective estate plan at Top Ten Estate Planning Mistakes to Avoid on Nov. 9. Fee is $5.

Register by Nov. 10:  Students (grades K-6) can learn to decorate Fall themed cookies like a professional at B's Bakehouse on Nov. 18.  Fee is $35.


NAP distribution is Nov. 2

Nutrition Assistance Program for seniors 60 and older, sponsored by A.C.E. of Southwest Minnesota, will be from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2.

The drive-thru distribution will be in the parking lot off Maple Street at the A.C.E. office location on the east side of the Generations Event Center.

Preregistration required if not already registered. Contact A.C.E. program manager Linda Wenzel, 507-283-5064.


TGIF will meet Nov. 3

TGIF (Teens Gather in Faith) will  have their first meeting Friday, Nov. 3 at 7 a.m. for 9th-12th grade students in Mrs. Thone’s classroom at Luverne High School. This student led Rock the Edge event includes a Bible study and breakfast.


Community Ed brochure submissions due Nov. 6

If you have a new class idea to offer or a request for a particular class, please email or call 283-4724.

If you have details for a class you would like to teach of are updating information for a class you will be teaching, please submit your information by email to

You may access most recent copy of the brochure (and past brochures) at the school website at and then to Community Education.


Library Happenings

For more information about library happenings, call 507-449-5040 or email

Story Time with Bronwyn is 10:30 a.m. Fridays through Nov. 17.

Scandinavian Songs with Ross Sutter is 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26. The show will feature a wide variety of musical selections and a bit of history of Scandinavin music halls.

Fourth-graders can receive a free one-year National Parks pass. The pass is good from Sept. 1-Aug. 31 of the fourth-grade year. Visit the website

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.

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.


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.


Census info needed for preschoolers

Families new to the community are encouraged to call Luverne Community Education at 507-283-4724 with information on children ages 0 up to kindergarten.

The district uses the information for planning purposes and to alert families about school opportunities. Families with 4-year-olds not yet screened for preschool should call to schedule a screening prior to kindergarten.


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


CoffeeBreak Storyhour meets Tuesdays

CoffeeBreak meets at 9:30 a.m. each Tuesday to study the Bible, starting with Mark 9-16. StoryHour is for children 3 years old through kindergarten. Nursery is available for the littlest ones. There is no charge or no prior Bible knowledge is necessary. All faiths and all ages are welcome. Call Kristi Stroeh at 507-227-5102 with questions, or email


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