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Visit Santa in Worthington
Each Saturday in December, Santa will be at Serenity Gifts from 11 a.m.. to 1 p.m., with a story and craft time at 10:30 a.m. Kids, be sure to drop your letter to Santa in his mailbox located next to the Daily Apple on 10th Street.
Looking for Baked Goods
The Pioneer Village is looking for baked goods to sell at the Old-Fashioned Christmas Bake Sale, December 7, 5:30-8:30 and December 8, 3-7 p.m. Contact Jacoba Nagel at 370-3727 for more information.
Marine Corp League forming in the area
A Marine Corps League Detachment is forming in Southwest Minnesota! For more information, call Dan Harrington at 507-360-7472. The Marine Corps League is open to all Honorably Discharged or active Marines, FMF Corpsmen with 90 days or more of service or persons who are serving or have served in the United States Marine Corps Reserve, regardless of national origin, race, or sex. Members of the Marine Corps League join together in camaraderie and fellowship for the purpose of preserving the traditions and promoting the interests of the United States Marine Corps, to perpetuate the history of the United States Marine Corps and by fitting acts to observe the anniversaries of historical occasions of particular interest to Marines.
Worthington City Council Honorary Member
The Worthington City Council is seeking people interested in the inner-workings of city government for their Honorary Member program. The Honorary Member serves for three months, attending regular council meetings and participating in discussions. They do not make motions or vote. They attend as able various advisory board and commission meetings, and attend a staff briefing and tour the facilities. They also receive all correspondence directed to City Council, including staff reports and League of Minnesota City publications. There is no monetary compensation, and applicants must be 21 years of age and a resident voter of the city for at least 30 days prior to appointment. Visit the City of Worthington web page here to apply!
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.
You are invited to become a member of the Lake Okabena Improvement Association! The projects would not be made possible without your generous donations and commitment. Find the details on membership dues or renewals here. .
December 6-7 - Community Christmas Baskets
Packing and distributing of the Community Christmas Baskets will take place Thursday, December 6 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday, December 7 from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the American Reformed Church, 1720 North Burlington in Worthington. Donations needed include cash to buy food and warm clothing, non-perishable food items, new warm clothing such as mittens, hats and scarves for all ages, new toys and toiletries. Please bring donated items to the church on the morning of December 6. Monetary donations can be sent to Community Christmas Baskets, PO Box 552, Worthington, MN 56187.
December 7 - Benefit for Tammy Metteer
There will be a benefit to raise money for Tammy Metteer to help pay for bills while she fights brain cancer. Tammy is a 27-year-old mother of two boys and the wife of Mike Metteer. Tammy had won her fight against breast cancer in August of 2018 and in October they found cancer in her brain. There will be a spaghetti feed benefit with 100% of the proceeds going to Tammy on Friday December 7th at the Elks Lodge in Worthington from 5-9PM. Meal will be spaghetti with meat sauce, garlic toast, jello salad, cupcake and drink. Free will donation.
December 7 - Worthington Christmas Youth Folkstyle Wrestling Tournament
The Worthington Christmas Youth Folkstyle Wrestling Tournament will be on Friday, December 7 at the Worthington High School. Weigh-ins are from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. and wrestling begins at 6 p.m.Divisions include pre-K through 6th grade. Entry fee is $10 at the door. For more information, call Larry Ailts at 507-372-7894.
December 7- Ugly Sweater Party
The Historic Dayton House will host an Ugly Sweater Party from 5:30 - 8 p.m. Friday, December 7. Santa's helper will be in the House passing out “Gag or Golden Gifts” for $10 each, there will be holiday and movie themed food items, a keg with red Solo cups, cash bar, prizes given for the ugliest holiday sweater, a “Favorite Things” raffle, holiday music and cheer! Purchase your tickets for $29 each (food, keg beer and holiday cheer included in the price of the ticket) by contacting House Director, Gretchen Scheidt, at (605) 400- 1030 or at email@example.com.
December 7-8 - Live Drive-Thru Nativity
The Worthington Christian Church is hosting a free Live Drive-Thru Nativity December 7-8 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Experience the Christmas Story with your family from the warmth of your car, packed with the shepherds in the field, angels on high and real live animals. Christmas tour buses are encouraged to drive through. See the Worthington Christian Church Facebook account at https://www.facebook.com/worthingtonccmn/videos/350077882417890/
December 7-8 - Old Fashioned Christmas at Pioneer Village
Pioneer Village will host an Old Fashioned Christmas from 5:30 - 8 p.m. Friday, December 7 and 3-7 p.m. Saturday, December 8. Various musical groups and dance groups in the Large Church, Small Church and Big Barn. Visit Santa Claus in the Fire Hall. Nobles County Historical Society bake sale, popcorn and apple cider will be set up in the Fire Hall as well. Don’t miss supper in the Saloon, fundraiser by the Westminster Church Youth Group. Visit the Village Hall to purchase Christmas gifts, bake sale items, Boerensen Honey, Louie Stowe wood carving, and doTERRA essential oils from Becca S. and Stacie N. There will be horse drawn carriage rides and a free City of Lights bus tour. Admission is $6.00 for Adults, Children 15 and under are free.
December 8 - Santa Visit
Santa will be at the First Lutheran Church this Saturday December 8 from 1-3 p.m.. There will also be a kids craft station and a bake sale. This event is sponsored by the Dundee Community Club and proceeds are going to fund Dundee Nothing Days.
December 8 - Rhythmic Circus:
The Memorial Auditorium present the Rhythmic Circus Holiday Shuffle on Saturday, December 8th at 7:00 p.m. This charismatic collection of dancers, musicians, and vocalists delivers a potent mix of rapid fire tap, side splitting humor, and infectious grooves. Unforgettable and great fun for the whole family! Tickets – Adults $20 in advance or $25 at the door, Child/Student/College $10 in advance or $15 at the door.
December 8 - Steak/Burger Feed
American Legion Post 608 of Okabena is having their December steak/burger feed on December 8 from 4:30-8 p.m.. Steak meal is $12, Burger meal is $6. In conjunction, they are having a Holiday Raffle. Many great prizes, overnight stay at Grand Falls Casiono/meal/show with Phil Vaasar and Lonestar, guns, seed corn, patio equipment, compressor, money, certificates and more. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased from an Okabena Legion member and will be sold at the door.
December 8 - Frosty Riders Meeting
The Frosty Riders Snowmobile Club meeting scheduled for last week has been rescheduled for Saturday, December 8, same time and place.
December 8 - Worthington Christian School Donation Auction
Worthington Christian School invites you to join in on the fun of their annual Donation Auction. This event will take place at the school, 1770 Eleanor Street, on Saturday December 8. Doors open at 9:30 and the bidding begins at 10:00. There will be both a silent auction and a live auction. In addition to this, there will be a lunch counter serving cinnamon rolls, BBQs on buns, coney dogs, and homemade pie and bars. If you have any questions, please call the school at 507-376-4861.
December 8 - Cooking and Crafts
The Cooking and Crafts with Mrs. Claus event scheduled for last week has been rescheduled for Saturday, December 8 from 9 to 11:30. This class is for children 3-5 years old, at takes place at the Senior High FACS room. Cost is $10 per child. Parents can drop off children and pick them up at the end of the session. Contact bonnie.bents@isd518 to register. Spots are still available to sign up.
December 8 - Parade of Lights
The 6th annual Parade of Lights in Fulda is Saturday, December 8, starting at 6 p.m. This year's theme is "Candy Cane Christmas." Other activities on Saturday include the Flurries of Fun Run at 10 a.m., board games for all at the Fulda Library from 10 - 11:30 a.m., frozen turkey bowling on Main Street from 1-3 p.m. and horse-drawn sleigh rides on Main Street from 3-4 p.m.
December 9 - Soup with Santa
The Reading Community Center will host Soup with Santa from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, December 9. There will be chili chicken noodle and potato soups, as well as activities that include cookie decorating and Christmas crafts. You can lso get your picture taken with Santa.
December 9 - Women of the Promise
The Worthington Chamber Singers, along with the Worthington Brass, presents Women of the Promise at 3 p.m. Sunday, December 9 at the First United Methodist Church. This presentation is directed by Eric Parrish and features Jane Moore as pianist and Kris Stewart on the flute It also features the world premier of a new piece by Minnesota composer Linda Kachelmeier and Worthington poet Erin Makela.
Sunday, December 9 - Brewster Veterans Memorial Fundraiser
The Brewster American Legion will host a Veterans Memorial Fundraiser from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, December 9, with a silent auction, bake sale and all-you-can-eat Soup and Sandwich Dinner, catered by TC's Tavern. There will be a bean bag tournament and a raffle. To donate a silent auction item, contact Tom at 507-360-3057 or any Legion member. For bake sale items, call Naomi at 507-370-1006. Free will donation for the meal. Vietnam Veteran lapel pins will be presented to anyone who served during the Vietnam Era.
December 9 - Pancake Breakfast
A Pancake Breakfast, scheduled for Sunday, December 2 at the Round Lake Legion has been postponed to December 9th from 8 a.m. to noon.
December 9 - Lutfisk and Meatball Dinner
First Lutheran of Worthington will host a Lutfisk and Meatball Dinner on Sunday, December 9, with two different servings - one at 2:30 p.m. and one at 5:30 p.m. Included with the meal is lefse, green beans, giftas, potatoes, rice pudding with lingonberries and Scandinavian cookies. Tickets are availabe in advance at the church or Hy-Vee at a cost of $15 for adults and $5 for children 6-16.
December 11 - SWCC Roundtable Discussion
The Southwest Crisis Center will host a roundtable discussion regarding sex trafficking from 2 to 4:30 p.m. December 11 at the SWCC Worthington office, 320 S. Lake Street. This is free and open to the public. Victims of sex trafficking often seek help and support presenting as victims of sexual assault or domestic violence, yet the intersections of these crimes are not well understood. The Minnesota Department of Health’s Sexual Violence Prevention Program, the University of Minnesota’s Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC), and the Southwest Crisis Center will participate in the community roundtable to talk about new research findings based in Minnesota’s own communities. Attendees will learn how to directly apply research findings to community contexts for collaboration and prevention. For more information, contact Allan, Southwest Regional Navigator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
December 12 - Christmas Open House
The Nobles County Library will be hosting its annual Christmas Open House on Wednesday, December 12, from 9 am to 3 pm. The public is invited to attend.
December 12 - JCC Public Meeting
A public meeting to discuss a proposed grade-alike sharing proposal at Jackson County Central has been scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday, December 12 at the JCC Middle School Auditorium in Lakefield. The meeting will include a presentation from JCC administration on details of the plan, and an opportunity for attendees to ask questions.
December 13-14 - A Winnie-the-Pooh Christmas Tail
The Worthington High School "A Winnie-the-Pooh Christmas Tail," December 13-14 at 7:30 p.m. at Memorial Auditorium. All tickets are reserved - call the box office at 376-9101. Tickets are $6 for adults, $4 for students. Activity passes and student IDs will be accepted.
December 14 - Celebrations Around the World
Minnesota West Community & Technical College Culture Corner, the Nobles County Integration Collaborative and the Minnesota West Foundation will host “Celebrations Around the World” on Friday, December 14th, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the Worthington Campus. “Celebrations Around the World”, is an event that features Holiday traditions from around the world and these traditions are shared through demonstrations, interactive displays, samples of traditional Holiday food and much more. A $10 donation will be collected at the administration building door and will support scholarships for ethnically diverse students at the Worthington Campus (children 14 and under are free). For more information contact Le Lucht at 507-372-3423 or by email at email@example.com or Jaidy Kolander at 507-376-3300.
December 15 -Cheryl Dake Benefit
A Benefit honoring Cheryl Dake, scheduled to take place Dec. 1 has been postponed to Saturday, December 15 at the Ocheyedan Town Hall.
December 15 - Night of Worship
Saturday, December 15th from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Grace Community Church will host a Night of Worship, 2011 Nobles St, Worthington. Join us as we come together for a powerful night of worship and prayer! Invite your family, friends, co-workers and anyone who needs their spiritual cup filled. You can also fill your cup as we will have coffee, tea, or hot chocolate available! Childcare will be provided. Facebook event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/252262658800796/
December 16 - Continental Ballet Company Presents: The Nutcracker
On Sunday, December 16th at 3:00 p.m. the Memorial Auditorium presents The Nutcracker. Tickets are $20 for Adults, $10 for Students, Children 5 and under are free. Join us this holiday season for the timeless tale of Clara’s fantastic voyage to the Land of Sugar Plum Fairy with her magical godfather Drosselmeyer. This production of the Nutcracker is a full-scale classical production and is appropriate for children and adults alike.
January 18 - Red Hot Chili Cook off
One of the hottest events of the year is back on Friday, January 18. The Red Hot Chili Cook Off will be from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Worthington Event Center. For cook off details or to register, contact the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce at 507-372-2919 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.