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O N G O I N G E V E N T S
Weekly "Bingo Night"
It's "Bingo Night" every Tuesday evening at the Reading Community Center! Doors open at 6 p.m. and games begin at 7 p.m. with a payout of over $900 each week! Play 26 games each night! The Reading Community Center uses profits from Bingo to help keep the doors open for community groups to utilize, such as the Elk Tip Toppers 4-H club, Reading First Responders, Reading Booster Club, and other groups.The Reading community center is a 501c3 organization.
Anyone that is divorced, divorcing, separated, or ending a long term relationship is invited to Divorce Care for Adults Sunday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Hope Reformed Church in Spencer through April 23, 2017. Participants must pre-register Monday through Thursday’s by calling 712-262-3016 anytime between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. or for more information, email email@example.com.
Nixle - Public Safety System
Nixle is a community information service via the Worthington Police Department dedicated to helping you stay connected to the information that matters most to you. You can receive alerts for closed roads, weather alerts, safety alerts, missing persons, general notifications, special events, canvassing witnesses for leads and other evidence. To sign up, visit the City of Worthington Public Safety webpage.
Senior Dining Volunteers
Lutheran Social Service Senior Dining is currently looking for volunteers. They are in need of individuals to deliver meals to home bound seniors, or pack up and get them ready for delivery. We have three routes with approximately 15 meals per route. The time commitment would be anywhere from 30-60 minutes depending on the task. We can work with any schedule, whether it is once a week or once a month the help is needed. If you could help in this capacity call Kris at the Center for Active Living at 376-6457.
Manna Food Pantry
The Manna Food Pantry is in desperate need of a few volunteers. They are looking for one or two people to help with unloading the truck (takes about an hour) on the first and third Thursdays of each month. If you are willing or interested in assisting please contact Linda at 507-329-1951.
Love, Inc. Scholarship Donations
Some of you loved going to school and some rejoiced greatly when the mandatory schooling years were over. All of the people being helped through Love INC fall in those two categories too. So to encourage the latter group to start and finish classes intended to set them on a new, healthy path, Love INC would like your help. Students are being told that their time doing homework and attending class is worth money. The money they receive are actually inventive credits that can be used to redeem for goods and services. Love INC needs businesses, organizations, and individuals to donate their businesses’ services or products. If your business or group doesn’t have a service or product to donate, gas and grocery cards are always welcome. The smaller the increment on the cards, the more we can give to different students. Make your donation by dropping it off at the Love INC Office or mailing it to PO Box 952. For more information call 507-372-7291.
The Center for Active Living (CAL) would like to build a network of volunteers who have a talent or skill, and have the time to share it with us. If you have an interest and would like to help or plan an activity, we’d love to hear from you! If you have a skill that would be fun to use for the benefit of seniors, who participate in programs at the Center for Active Living, we would like to hear about that, too. Examples include: very basic computer maintenance or computer software skills, gardening, carpentry, party hosting/planning, quilting, racquetball, shuffleboard, whisperball, wallyball, or knowledge of health, wellness, financial, or insurance topics. Please call 507-376-6457.
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April 26-May 1 - City of Worthington's Annual Spring Clean-Up
The City of Worthington's Annual Spring Clean Up is just around the corner, so it's time to start planning. Items for pickup may be placed on the curb beginning Wednesday, April 26, and crews will begin pick up on Monday, May 1. Items picked up for free include windows, metal, lumber, doors, water heaters and steel. For $11 each, the city will pick up large appliances such as refrigerators and TVs, air conditioners, computers, carpet, furniture and bathroom appliances such as toilets, sinks and bathtubs. Tags must be purchased in advance for these items at City Hall, Worthington Public Utilities or Schaap Sanitation between April 24 and April 28, and there will be no refunds for tags not used. Certain items will not be picked up by city crews, such as paint or pesticides, tires, bricks or cement, toys, clothing or branches
April 28 - YMCA Cruise Dinner
The annual YMCA Cruise Dinner will be held on Friday, April 28, 2017 at the Worthington Event Center. 5 – 8 p.m. Social, Silent and Live Auction and Dinner. Entertainment immediately following “One More Time” Deuces Wild Dueling Pianos! Tables and tickets for the event and raffle are available. All proceeds go toward youth and family programming at the YMCA.
April 28-30 - "Mystery at Mike's" Dinner Theater Performances
“Mystery at Mike’s” dinner theater to be held at First Presbyterian Church in Fulda on Friday and Saturday, April 28 and 29 at 6:30 p.m. A matinee performance on Sunday, April 30 at 2 pm. This hilarious comedy is a who dun it mystery with some interactive festivities that allow our 50’s café Grand Opening guests to solve some mystery guests, name some 50’s songs, and help solve the crime by guessing “who dun it”. The meal on Friday and Saturday night features a grilled steak with shrimp, salad, potatoes, and green bean casserole prepared by Brian’s Supper Club. Sunday matinee will feature Antonio’s pizza. All performances will serve ice cream with toppings for dessert. Ticket sales for the evening performances are $20 per person and will be pre-purchase only by April 26. They are available at the church, Antonio’s Pizza, and at Winter Feed Shak in Fulda. You can also contact Mary Winter at 507-360-1976 to order tickets. The Sunday matinee will have tickets available at the door, in addition to the pre-purchase for $10 per person. Proceeds go to support the church’s youth mission trip.
April 29 - WHS Prom: Drivers Needed
Spring is in the air and that means High School Prom is right around the corner on Saturday, April 29th. The Worthington Noon Kiwanis has been providing drivers for all of the Worthington High School prom goers to make sure they arrive at the activities and home safely to and from all of the night’s activities. The great thing is, that many more individuals help make this happen each year besides members of the Noon Kiwanis Club and they are hoping they can count on your support this year as well! Driving will not interfere with you being able to attend pre prom activities or the Grand March, and if you have a child going to Prom what fun would it be to drive them and their group. Consider volunteering to drive the evening of prom on Saturday, April 29th. If you are interested or would like more information contact Vice President of Noon Kiwanis, Kyle Johnson.
April 30 - Jackson County 4-H Club Gabbie Holthe Benefit
Join the Jackson County 4H Club for an event benefiting Gabbie Holthe. Gabbie was injured in a nearly fatal car accident last summer. She has made an incredible comeback so far as she has been enduring months of therapy and rehab. Come to the JCC High School on April 30th from 8:30 to 12:30 for a pancake and sausage breakfast and silent auction – all to celebrate Gabbie Holthe’s life and help with her family’s medical expenses. If you're interested in donating to the silent auction, items can be dropped off at the Extension Office in Lakefield, Bank Midwest in Jackson and Windom.
April 30 - May City Fire Department Fundraiser
May City Volunteer Fire Department is having their annual pancake fundraiser on April 30th from 9am to 1pm at the May City Fire Hall. They will be serving Pancakes, French Toast, Scrambled Eggs, and Sausage.
April 30 - Concert of Prayer
The Worthington Ministerial Association and Pray Worthington invites you to its Concert of Prayer on Sunday, April 30th at 6 p.m. at the Solid Rock Assembly.
M A Y
May 1 - "Living Your Best Life" Workshop
“Living Your Best Life” workshop will be held Monday, May 1st from 3 to 8 p.m. at the American Reformed Church in Worthington. Registration and booth visits begin at 3 p.m., followed be breakout sessions, dinner, prize drawings, and the keynote speaker Karen Schwaller. Cost is $10 if registered by April 24th, $15 if registered and paid after April 24th. For more information or to register by phone, call the District 518 Community Education at 507-376-6105.
May 2-3 - "Referrals for Children: When, Why and How?" Workshops
The Region 8 Interagency Early Intervention Committee of Southwestern MN and the Southwest Initiative Foundation invite you to “Referrals for Children: When, Why and How?” with two dates and locations. Join Tina Feigal, Parent and Teacher Coach from the Center for the Challenging Child and Anu Family Services, to learn about what signs of developmental needs to watch for in children, when and how to talk to parents, and what type of referrals to suggest. There is no cost to attend. Registration and check-in goes from 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. for each location, presentation from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Register here by April 26, 2017. First 50 registrants at each location get a copy of It’s Okay to Be Different upon arrival!
• May 2nd – Schwan’s Theatre of Performing Arts in Marshall
• May 3rd – Biotechnology Advancement Center in Worthington
May 4 - National Day of Prayer Noon Event
The 2017 National Day of Prayer is Thursday, May 4th. The Worthington Ministerial Association and Pray Worthington invites you to observe this day from noon until 1 p.m. at the Nobles County Government Center basement (Farmer’s Room).
May 5 - Pancake Breakfast
The Round Lake Legion invites you a pancake breakfast on Sunday, May 7th from 8 a.m. to noon. Enjoy all you can eat pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, coffee and juice. Adults are $6, children 12 and under $4.
May 10 - Grow Minnesota Workshop
Join the Minnesota Chamber for a half-day workshop developed by Grow Minnesota! To review the statistics of workforce shortage – you’ll leave thinking differently about where to look for employees. The panel of experts will provide you with resources you may not have considered to help you fill the positions you have available. Please consider attending on May 10th at the Midpointe Event Center, St. Paul from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. If you are interested in attending contact the Worthington Chamber at 507-372-2919.
May 11 - Monthly CAL Coffee
Please stop in for a cup of coffee at the Center for Active Living on Thursday, May 11th between 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. The “Monthly CAL Coffee” is a great chance to get out and see other active adults, 55 years and older, so you won’t want to miss it! This new event is slated to happen monthly, so stay tuned for more information.
May 11-June 15 - "Better Choices, Better Health" Workshop Series
A.C.E. of Southwest Minnesota is offering a workshop just for you with the six-week series “Better Choices, Better Health” – a chronic disease self-management program. Classes are held Thursdays from 11:30 to 2 p.m. at the Worthington YMCA (May 11-June 15). A light lunch will be provided with a suggested donation of $10 appreciated. Topics include relaxation skills, improving communications, making decisions, weight management and much more. To register, call Joanne Bartosh at 507-295-5262.
May 15 - Grow a Healthy Garden Workshop
Learn how to grow a healthy garden on Monday, May 15th at the Farmers Room (basement of the government center) in Worthington! Two different times will be offered one from 9 to 10 a.m., the other from 1 to 2 p.m. Learn how to maintain a garden, grow a variety of vegetables, feed your garden, and decipher the different types of plants. Participants will receive a bag of assorted seeds. RVSP by May 12th to Linda at 507-295-5315 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
J U N E
June 3 - Dad's Belgian Waffle Fundraiser
Enjoy all-you-can-eat Dad’s Belgian Waffles on Saturday, June 3rd at the American Legion in Luverne! Serving goes from 7:30 to 10 a.m., including waffles, sausages, flavored syrups and a beverage for just $8 for adults and $1 for children five and younger. Carry-outs are available. Proceeds support all youth in Rock County.
June 3 - 12th Annual Benefit Run, Walk, & Roll
Village Northwest Unlimited will be hosting the 12th annual benefit Run, Walk & Roll event and it will be held on Saturday, June 3, 2017 in Sheldon, Iowa. Races will include a 5K run, 10K run and a 1 mile walk/roll and will all begin at 8:00 am. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged before May 24, 2017 to guarantee a shirt before the race. The registration fee is $25 until May 12. Registration is $30 from May 13 through May 26. It increases to $35 after May 26. Registration is available online at www.allsportcentral.com. You may download a registration form from the Village Northwest Unlimited website, or call Samantha at 712.324.5416 with any questions.
June 3 - KTD Great Gobbler Golf Tournament
The 31st Annual King Turkey Day Great Gobbler Golf Tournament will be held on Wednesday, June 7th at GreatLIFE Worthington. 1:00 p.m. shotgun start. 18 hole scramble, 4 person team. Entry fee is $75.00 per golfer. Entry fee includes golf cart and meal. Special Event prizes will be on each hole along with $10,000 hole-in-one prize on Hole #2. All proceeds will go toward King Turkey Day 2017. For more information or to register contact the Chamber of Commerce at 507-372-2919.
June 10 - 2017 Ken Moser Memorial Run/Walk
The 2017 Ken Moser Memorial Run/Walk will take place Saturday, June 10, presented by the Worthington YMCA and ColorDash in partnership and cooperation with the Worthington Windsurfing Regatta and Music Festival. Come celebrate and honor Ken Moser with the Color Dash! Packet pick-up begins at 8 a.m., run at 10 a.m., color explosion at 11 a.m. This is a family-friendly, untimed 5K run/walk. Proceeds will go to support the new “Family2Family” mentoring program that is being developed through the Worthington Area YMCA.