Community Calendar

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8th Annual Radio Works Worthington Scarecrow Contest
Worthington local retail businesses have a chance to show their creativity during October. Decorate your business with autumn or Scarecrow theme inside or outside. You design it with your employees, and the community gets to enjoy it. All businesses that wish to need to have their Scarecrows on display by October 22nd; display can stay up as long as you wish. A community voting panel will judge your Scarecrow design shortly after the 23rd. A winner will be named on-Air on October 26th, 2017. To sign up to be sure your scarecrow is judged; contact the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce at 507-372-2919, or Radio Works at 507-376-6165 by October 21st. Chamber Checks will be awarded for the top two Community Scarecrows!

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!

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.

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.

CAL Volunteers
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.

LOIA Membership
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.

Rock County One Warm Coat Project
The Rock County One Warm Coat Project is collecting coats of all shapes and sizes. Children’s coats are especially needed. Clean, reusable coats may be brought Mondays through Thursdays between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. through Oct. 31 to ATLAS for Life, 201 E. Main St., Luverne. Coats may also be dropped off at the Luverne Elementary School during the month of October.


October 19 - Engineer It! Challenge Workshop
The Nobles County 4-H is hosting Engineer It! Challenge Workshop, free to youth in 3rd-5th grade on Thursday, Oct. 19 from 8:30 to 11 a.m. in the Farmers Room at the Nobles County Government Center. The workshops are designed to encourage critical thinking, creativity, innovation and problem-solving while having fun. Sign-ups are needed by Oct. 12 and can be emailed to

October 19 - Soup & Pie Supper
The Worthington Christian School will host a Soup & Pie Supper from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19 at the school 1770 Eleanor Street. There will be a variety of homemade soups, pies and desserts, along with pulled pork sandwiches,all for a free will offering.

October 20-21 - Windom's Haunted Sghoul House
Windom's Haunted Sghoul House is back, with the theme "Once Upon a Nightmare." Tickets are now available at the BARC, at a cost of $10 in advance or $12 at the door. Entry is from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and 9 to 10:30 p.m. Oct. 20-21 and 27-28. Call 507-831-2375 for more information.

October 21 - Trick-or-Treat at Hy-Vee
Join Hy-Vee for Halloween fun from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21. Activities include cookie decorating, mini pumpkin decorating and coloring. Free glow in the dark bag to the first 100 kids in costume. Kids eat free all day at the Hy-Vee Market Grille.

October 21 - Home Stretch Workshop
Attend a Homebuyer Education Workshop Saturday, Oct. 21 and find out if home ownership is right for you. The workshop will be from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the West Learning Center. Regislter online at or call 507-836-1604.

October 22 - Heroes for Hunger Food Drive
The Heroes for Hunger Food Drive will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22 at the First Presbyterian Church in Fulda. Donate non-perishable food items, to be used in Thanksgiving Meal baskets. The Heroes will be collecting door-to-door.Leave lights on for pick-up. Suggested items include boxed potatoes, canned fruits and vegetables, gravy mix, boxed dressing, bread mix and turkey certificates.

October 23 - Italian Buffet at Iowa Lakes Community College
The Hotel and Restaurant Management students will coordinate the Italian Buffet at Iowa Lakes Community College from 4:40 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 23. Tickets are $8 in advance for adults, $9 at the door. Diners can fest on a variety of Italian dishes including lasagna, cavatina and spaghetti, .along with a salad bar ad dessert. Tickets are available at the Emmetsburg Business Office of Iowa Lakes, Smith Wellness Center and the Administrative Office in Estherville

October 24 - Rock Painting at CAL
Try the new trend in rock painting with Robyn Moser at the Center for Active Living at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct 24. Call 376-6457 to sign up by Oct. 20. There is a $3 fee to cover materials.

October 24 - October Birthdays at CAL
Celebrate your October birthday at the Center for Active Living at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday,Oct. 24. Call 376-6457 to reserve your meal by Monday. Senior Dining is serving meatballs, mashed potatoes and gravy. Cost is $4 for ages 60 and older, $7.25 for those under 60.

October 26 - Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Proclamation Ceremony
Minnesota West will host a Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Proclamation Ceremony at 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct.26, in which the institution will be named a Yellow Ribbon Company. The ceremony will be in the Commons on the Worthington campus, with a reception to follow. Community members are invited to attend.For more information, contact Barb Staples at 507-372-3470 or email

October 27-28 - Windom's Haunted Sghoul House
Windom's Haunted Sghoul House is back, with the theme "Once Upon a Nightmare." Tickets are now available at the BARC, at a cost of $10 in advance or $12 at the door. Entry is from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and 9 to 10:30 p.m. Oct. 27-28. Call 507-831-2375 for more information.

October 28 - Halloween Trail at Pioneer Village
Celebrate Halloween at Pioneer Village from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. October 28. There will be tricks and treats, scares and smiles, and lots of fun! Visitors to the Big Barn will enter the magical world of Charlie Brown, with cotton candy, popcorn, a photo area, crafts and the animated version of Casper. Across the street in the Fire Hall, there will be refreshments. All children and adults are encouraged to dress up in costumes.

October 28 - Archery Fun League
The Southwest Bowbenders Archery Organization is creating a new Fun League, open to archers of all ages and skill levels, starting Oct. 28 at its facility at 27150 Plotts Ave., south of Worthington. The Fun League will include fun archery games and targets and will meet on the last Saturday evening of each month at 7 p.m. There is a fee to participate, with both adult and student pricing. Membership is not required to participate in the Fun League, and all are welcome.

October 29 - 500th Anniversary of Reformation
St. Matthew Lutheran Church of Worthington is combining their Annual Harvest Dinner with a celebration of the 500th anniversary of the reformation on Sunday, Oct. 29 with a special worship service at 9:30 a.m., and a meal served from 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. A free will offering will be received for the meal. Menu includes a German meal of brats, smoked pork, sauerkraut and German desserts. Deliveries will be available by calling the church office at 376-6168 by 3 p.m. Oct. 27.

October 28-29 - 14th Annual Windom Gun & Knife Show
The 14th Annual Windom Gun & Knife show, hosted by the Windom MN Convention and Visitors Bureau, will take place Saturday, October 28 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, October 29 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Windom Community Center. Admission is $5, or $8 for a two-day pass. Lunch will be available during the show. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

October 31 - Trunk or Treat
In recognition of October Domestic Violence Awareness month, the Southwest Crisis Center Rock County Office in Luverne will participate in Trunk or Treat from 4 to 5:30 p.m. The theme will be from the movie "Moana" to recognize the empowerment of strong girls/women.


November 2 - Historic Dayton House's Annual Holiday Extravaganza
The annual Holiday Extravaganza at the Historic Dayton House will be 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2. The first 250 people receive a reusable shopping bag. Ticket are $8 in advance or $10 at the door, and advance sale tickets will be entered into a drawing for a gift bag. Tickets are available at The Beach House, Brown's Shoe Fit, Classy & Sassy, the Daily Apple and Hy-Vee.

November 4 - Turkey Supper
First Presbyterian Church in Lake Park, IA is hosting a Turkey Supper from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4 at the church. Menu is turkey and all the trimmings, plus assorted salads, pies and desserts. Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for kids 5 through 12. Carry-out and delivery service is available.

November 6 - Southwest Crisis Center Annual Meeting
The Southwest Crisis Center will host their annual meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 6 at the Worthington office, 320 Lake Street. Please RSVP by Oct. 27 to or call 507-376-4311. 

November 8 - Turkey Supper
St. Peter Lutheran Church in Lakefield will host a Turkey Supper from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8 at the church, North Hwy 86 and 880th Street. They will serve turkey and all the trimmings for a cost of $10 per adult, $5 for children 6-10, and children 5 and under eat free.

November 10 - Worthington Holiday Parade
The Worthington Holiday Parade is set for Friday, Nov. 10 at 6:30 p.m. in downtown Worthington. Businesses and organizations are encouraged to have an entry in the parade. There is no cost, but lights onfloats are requested. For more information, contact the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce at 507-372-2919.

November 12 - Soup & Pie Supper
Zion Presbyterian Church in Ellsworth will host a soup & pie supper from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12. The menu includes chili, chicken wild rice and vegetable beef soup, BBQs, hot dogs or ham sandwiches. Cost is free will offering, and raffle tickets for items can be purchased for $1.

November 19 - Sheena Eidhammer Benefit
A benefit pancake feed and silent auction will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, November 19 at Adrian Elementary School for Sheena Eidhammer and her family. Sheena was rushed to the hospital Sept. 27 after having heart issues and is currently on the heart transplant list. She and her husband Ryan have three children.


December 3 - Lutefisk & Meatball Dinner
First Lutheran Church of Worthington will host a Lutefisk & Meatball Dinner from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, December 3 at the church, 1200 Fourth Avenue. Cost is $15 for adults and $4 for children 14 and younger.