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May 21 Community events

MS Support Group will meet at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 21, at Southwest Health and Human Services in Luverne. For information call 283-2069 or 283-2964.
Caregivers Support Group will meet from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 26, in the conference room at the Mary Jane Brown Home in Luverne. A video on caregiving and dementia will be shown. Call Greta at 283-5064 with questions.
Town and Country Garden Club will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 26, at the home of Melba Boeve. The program will be growing orchids. For more information call 507-597-6378.
Sound Cascade Sweet Adeline Chorus rehearses at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Washington Crossing Senior Living in Sioux Falls (east side of Sioux Falls). Call 507-597-6288 with questions.
Luverne Rotary meets at noon every Tuesday at the Blue Mound Banquet Center in Luverne. Call Teresa Hup at 283-9590.
SW MN Freethinkers will meet at 10:30 a.m. the third Saturday of each month at the Rock County Community Library, 201 W. Main St., Luverne. For more information email
TOPS #698 Luverne (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) meets for weigh-in at 8 a.m. every Thursday at Pizza Ranch in Luverne. The meeting follows at 8:30 a.m.
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.
Alcoholics Anonymous meets at 8 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays in the Rock County Community Library. Call 605-321-4324.
Alcoholics Anonymous and Al-Anon meet from 8 to 9 p.m. every Thursday in Runals Memorial Hall, Edgerton. Call Naomi, 507-215-2956, with questions.
Rock County Fair Premium Book released June 7
The Rock County Star Herald’s annual Fair Premium Book will be distributed in the June 7 Announcer. The publication lists the upcoming categories for open class and 4-H entries in the 2015 Rock County Fair.
Area schools announce graduation dates
Local schools will host graduation ceremonies on the following dates:
•Ellsworth High School is at 7 p.m. Friday, May 22, in the high school gym;
•Hills-Beaver Creek High School is at 7 p.m. Friday, May 22, in the high school gym; and
Free Food Ministry is May 21
The monthly Food Ministry, sponsored by New Life Celebration Church, will be from 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday, May 21, at the Luverne Senior Center. If you’re having trouble putting food on the table, come for fresh produce, bread and meat. Children will be asked to wait outside.
Memorial Day programs
•Luverne Maplewood: The Memorial Day program at Maplewood Cemetery in Luverne begins at 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 25. Guest speaker is Donald Kuehl, retired Iowa Air National Guard. A noon potluck dinner sponsored by the American Legion Post 123, Rock County VFW 2757, and Auxiliaries will follow at the American Legion.
•Minnesota Veterans Home: A special Memorial Day program with military honors conducted by American Legion Post 123 and VFW Post 2757 of Luverne is set for  2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 30, at the Veterans Home. The speaker is the Rev. Lonny Carpenter.
•Hardwick: A Memorial Day program will be at 10 a.m. Monday, May 25, at the Hardwick Veterans Memorial in Hardwick. In case of inclement weather, the service will be at Hardwick Legion Hall. Guest speaker is Curt Hendel, USAF SGT Security Police Dog Handler/Trainer of Adrian. The event is sponsored by the Hardwick American Legion.
•Beaver Creek: Memorial Day program begins at 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 25, at the Beaver Creek Elementary School with guest speaker Kyle Oldre.
Coffee and bars are available at 9:45 a.m. at the elementary school.
A ceremony is set for 11:15 a.m. at the Beaver Creek Cemetery with the American Legion and Luverne VFW.
•Hills: Memorial Day program begins at 9 a.m. Monday, May 25, at the Hills American Legion with the Rev. Grant Fischer of Bethlehem Lutheran Church as guest speaker. A lunch will follow at the Hills American Legion VFW.
Free community meal May 27 at UMC
The free Fourth Wednesday Community Meal will start at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 27, at the United Methodist Church in Luverne.
New Community Ed. class offered
Kids ages 7-12 who would like to try track and field may register for Summer Track practice. There will be six afternoon practices from June 9-25 on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Register and pay $10 fee. A state track and field meet for ages 7-12 will be Saturday, Aug. 1, in Marshall for those who would like to compete. Information and registration forms are available for the state meet at the Community Ed office.
Additionally there will be three local track meets in Luverne for all ages. Fee for each track meet is $5. Dates are June 1, June 22, and July 13. Call Community Ed at 507-283-4724 with questions.
Community Ed
Register for these activities by calling Community Ed at 283-4724.
The summer brochure is online at under the community education link or extra copies are available at the community library. 
See the breathtaking beauty of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Friday, May 22. Fee of $97 covers the chartered bus ride, entrance fee and a tram ride. 
Set your child (grades 3 and older as attended during 14-15 school year) up for success as they begin staying Home Alone. Class is on May 27 and will cover all aspects of personal safety, stranger danger, first aid, fire safety, Internet safety, loneliness, boredom, storm safety, trust, honesty, siblings, etc. Fee is $25.
Learn how to Decorate Walls With Audrey on May 27. Bring a photo of your challenging walls, stairwells, above headboards, around TV sets, etc. Fee is $10.
Students who attended grades 1-4 will learn beginning Spanish on May 26, 27, 28. Fee is $21.
Create on Canvas class will take your skills up a notch as you bring a picture of your pet to paint at Pet Portraits class on May 26 Fee is $22. (for age 10 through adult)
Children ages 4 through Kindergarten will learn the basics of playing a ball game at Early Play Ball beginning the last week of May and held in the mornings or evenings.  Fee is $40.
Competitors of all ages welcome to participate in the Track & Field Meet on Monday, June 1.  Fee is $5.
Soccer for children ages 3–6 years will be Mondays or Wednesdays beginning the first week in June.  Fee is $19.
Students in grades 4 and older will learn techniques of handbuilding clay, creating pinch pots and making slab-thrown trays and pots at Pinch, Pull, Pat With Clay on Tuesdays/Thursday beginning June 2 for six sessions. Fee is $35 plus a $15 material fee.
Adults and students in grades 5 and older (2014-15 school year) can learn how to use a pottery wheel in this six-session Play With Clay class starting on June 2 meeting Tuesdays and Thursdays. Fee is $49, plus $15 material fee.
Using only three ingredients you can prepare some fun foods to eat for lunch at Kids in the Kitchen Tasty Treats on June 4. Fee is $18.
Student Driver Education class is being offered beginning June 15 to any student who is in 8th grade or older. Fee is $290 due with registration and covers 30 hours of classroom and 6 hours of behind the wheel driving. 
Concerned about your child’s development (ages 0-5 years)? Call 283-4724 for a private screening at no cost.

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