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O N G O I N G   E V E N T S

Minnesota West will recognize 2019 graduates at Commencement Ceremonies on each of the campuses on the following dates:

  • Jackson Campus – Thursday, May 9, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at the Jackson County Central Performing Arts Center.
  • Pipestone Campus & Luverne Center – Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at the Pipestone Area High School Gymnasium.
  • Granite Falls Campus – Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at the Yellow Medicine East High School Auditorium.
  • Canby Campus – Thursday, May 16, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at the Canby High School Gymnasium.
  • Worthington Campus – Friday, May 17, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at the Minnesota West Center for Health and Wellness. 

Community Choir members are being sought
The Worthington Area Symphony Orchestra is seeking Community Choir members for a May 21, 2019 Concert. Rehearsals will be held Sundays starting March 24th from 4-6pm @ MN West Community & Technical College, 1450 Collegeway, Worthington, MN. The choir will prepare America the Beautiful arranged by Carmen Dragon along with Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy. Beethoven’s masterpiece is written for solo piano, orchestra, vocal soloists, and community choir. This piece will be sung in German. To register your participation, please contact eric.parrish@mnwest.edu or call 507-372-3490. 

Sanford Worthington Scholarship
Sanford Worthington is pleased to offer a $2,000 scholarship opportunity for students pursuing a post-secondary degree in a healthcare-related field. By offering this scholarship, we are making an investment in our region’s future workforce and the communities we serve. You do not need to be a Sanford Health employee to apply. Access scholarship details and the application form on the Sanford Health scholarship web page and expanding the health network scholarship card. Applications must be submitted by April 12, 2019, for consideration. Award recipients will be notified in May. Please email educationalassistance@sanfordhealth.org with questions. 

Grow Our Own Discussion Group
District 518 Community Education will be hosting a Grow Our Own discussion group once a month this spring. Agency/organizational representatives are invited to come for informal networking and discussions about how we can help young people and their families experience success and overcome poverty. Participants are encouraged to bring information about their upcoming programs to share with the group. These sessions will meet on Mondays, March 11, April 8, and May 13, from 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the Hickory Lodge, Worthington. To sign up call Community Education at 507-376-6105.

Certified Nursing Assistant program
Certified Nursing Assistant program will be co-sponsored by SW MN Private Industry Council, District 518 Community Education and MN West CTC. Scholarships are available for qualifying participants. The bridge preparation sessions will start on March 1st, meeting Fridays only through April 26th, and then the class will start on April 30th and run Tuesdays and Thursdays through May 30th. Anyone who is interested can contact Sandy Demuth at 507-295-5029, or Marty Olsen at 507-376-6105.

Director needed
Grassroots Community Theatre Needs your Help! – We need more people involved in general, but more particularly, we need replacement for our director, Mary Jane, who is retiring. Producing plays requires active involvement. That involvement gives a great amount of satisfaction that comes from working with a group, developing passionate characters, watching an actor grow in their confidence, and giving the audience a satisfying performance. Our community theatre needs people who want to experience things, who don’t fear challenges, and who see the value of keeping this theatre alive. We hope this plea for help motivates you to become involved. The position of director is vital. Mary Jane is willing to help anyone get started beginning with the summer production. Please contact Jay 605-695-0724 if you have interest.

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.

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. 
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APRIL 

April 18 - Red Cross Blood Drive
The Red Cross will hold a blood drive from 1 to 7 p.m. April 18 at the American Reformed Church

April 18 - Fit Night at Brown's Shoe Fit
Fit Night is back!! Make plans to take part in their first event of the year on Thursday, April 18th from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at Brown’s Shoe Fit. Fit Night is a free event open to the public for anyone interested in walking, running or jogging. There will be a laid back, no stress run/walk (1-5 miles) starting and ending at the store front. Run/walk registration begins at 5:30 pm with the event beginning at 6:00 pm. Free refreshments afterwards with a few door prizes as well!

April 19 - Good Friday Passion Play
The Osceola County Ministerial Association invites you to experience the 35th annual Good Friday Passion Play on Friday, April 19, with performances at 5, 7 and 9 p.m. at the Sibley-Ocheyedan High School Auditorium. Free tickets are available and may be reserved by calling 712-754-2945. Church groups and organizations may request enough tickets for their entire group.

April 19 - Pulled Pork Fundraiser
The Bigelow Fire Department will host a Pulled Pork Sandwich Meal from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 19 at the Fire Station

April 20 - Annual Indoor Optimist & HyVee Easter Egg Hunt
The annual Indoor Optimist & Hyvee Easter Egg Hut will be on Saturday, April 20 at Prairie Elementary School. Doors open at 9:00 a.m.and participants need to be there before 9:45 a.m. to be eligible. Doors will close at 9:45. Open to youth third grade and under, must be accompanied by an adult. The Easter Bunny will be available for pictures, bring your camera!

 April 22 - Salute to Women Banquet
The 47th Annual Salute to Women Banquet will be Monday, April 22 at the Worthington Event Center. There will be a social time beginning at 5:30 p.m., with the meal at 6:00 p.m. - Meal: Apple, Brie & Cranberry Stuffed Chicken Breast, Green Beans, Roasted Red Potatoes, Tossed Lettuce Salad, Dinner Roll and Dessert, Presentation of the Inspiration Award will be at 7 p.m, and at 7:15 p.m. -there will be at Style Show & Scarf Tying Demonstration. Everyone will go home with a spring scarf. Cost is $33 per person. To reserve your spot contact the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce by calling 507-372-2919 or email wcofc@worthingtonmnchamber.com by April 15th.

April 23 - Community Coffee at Ecumen Meadows
On Tuesday, April 23, Worthington Police Department Detectives Dave Hoffman and Brandon Peil will speak at 9:30 a.m. in the south dining room about how to fight senior scams - what to watch out for and how to protect yourself. Coffee and a snack will be served.

April 23 - Congressman Jim Hagedorn speaking at Noon Kiwanis
Congressman Jim Hagedorn will speak at the April 23 Noon Kiwanis at noon at the Worthington Fire Hall, 830 Second Avenue. The meeting will be open to anyone. Lunch will be available for a cost of $8, exact cash preferred. Attendees must RSVP to Holly Sieve no later than Monday, April 22 at noon by calling (507) 372-3305 or email Holly.Sieve@sanfordhealth.org

April 23 - Popovich’s Comedy Pet Theater
The Memorial Auditorium presents Popovich’s Comedy Pet Theater Thursday on April 23 at 7:00 p.m. at Memorial Auditorium. This show is a combination of Gregory’s spectacular clowning and juggling, and adorable comedy from his amazing animal friends! Trained dogs and cats – all of them rescued from shelters. Tickets are $20 for adult in advance or $25 at the door; $10 for child/student/college in advance or $15 at the door.

April 23 - Leveling Up: Strategies for Assessing and Communicating Equity in Rural Organizations
A  Leveling Up: Strategies for Assessing and Communicating Equity in Rural Organizations will take place April 23 from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. at the Biotechnology Advancement Center (BAC), 1527 Prairie Drive, Worthington. In responding to changes in racial, ethnic, and language differences in the community, you have made a myriad of changes to practice. So, what now? Join us for a dynamic conversation with DeeDee LeMier of Charities Review Council to explore ways to level up your communication with internal and external stakeholders as you continue to work toward organizational equity and inclusion. Refreshments will be provided by Worthington Regional Health Care Foundation. There is no fee or registration required to attend.

April 25 - Highway 60 Construction Open House
Windom residents are encouraged to attend an open house for the construction of Highway 60 through Windom on Thursday, April 25 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Windom City Hall , 444 9th Street.  Construction on the highway may begin as early as May 6 with lane restrictions and intersection closures. MnDOT plans to resurface Highway 60 from Highway 62 to 490th Avenue n Windom, along with other work. Staff from MnDOT and the City, along with the contractor will be present at the Open House to answer questions about the project.

April 27 - Gone Country
Gone Country: A Tribute to Country's Best, will be Saturday, April 27 at 2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. at the Memorial Auditorium. This show features local talent performing the greatest hits of country music through the decades accompanied by a fantastic live house band. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door for Adults, $10 in advance or $15 at the door for Child/Student/College.

April 27 - Reading Spring Jamboree
The Spring Jamboree will be at the Reading Community Center from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 27, featuring more than 20 vendors. Admission is free!

April 27 - Cancer Benefit for Pam Simpson (Erdman)
There will be a cancer benefit for Pam Simpson (Erdman) beginning at 4 p.m. Saturday, April 27 at the Rushmore Tavern, 120 North Thompson Avenue. Pam was diagnosed with small cell stage-4 lung cancer and is on her second round of chemo. There will be a free will pulled pork dinner from 4 p.m. until gone, and a silent auction from 4 to 8 p.m.

April 28 - Honor Flight Fundraising Breakfast
The VFW and American Legion of Rock Rapids is hosting a honor flight fundraiser pancake breakfast Sunday April 28th from 10 a.m. -1 p.m. at the Forester Community Building in Rock Rapids, Iowa.

April 28 - Fulda Lions Club Pancake Breakfast
The Fulda Lions Club will host a Pancake Breakfast from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday, April 28 at the Fulda Community Center, serving pancakes, french toast, sausage, scrambled eggs and a beverage.

MAY

May 1 - Red Cross Blood Drive
The Red Cross will hold a blood drive from 1 to 7 p.m. May 1 at the YMCA

May 1 - Explore Minnesota Listening Session
There will be an Explore MN Listening Session from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 1 at the Worthington Event Center. This is an opportunity for tourism industry partners to share ideas with Explore Minnesota and provide valuable insight into the issues and challenges that affect businesses, organizations and communities statewide. The listening session will help establish priorities and direction for the future, ensuring the agency’s resources are effectively put to use to benefit the entire state. Advance registration is encouraged but not required. To register visit https://www.regonline.com/builder/site/Default.aspx?EventID=2560434

May 4 - Sound the Alarm
There will be a Sound the Alarm Event on May 4th from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. The American Red Cross is teaming up with fire departments, volunteers and partners to install free smoke alarms in at-risk communities around the country. Every day 7 people die in home fires, you can help change that. Together we can help prevent home fire tragedies! To volunteer visit http://bit.ly/mnsta2019 or call 612-391-1923. Request an alarm at www.getasmokealarm.org or call 612-460-3674.

May 7 - Nobles Cooperative Electric Annual Meeting
The 2019 Nobles Cooperative Electric Annual Meeting will be for May 7 at the Murray County Central High School Auditorium. Registration begins at 6 p.m. with the business meeting starting at 7 p.m. The meeting was rescheduled due to weather.

May 10 - Leadercast
Learn the art and science of building healthy teams at #Leadercast Worthington Area 2019. The event is May 10, 2019 at Minnesota West Community and Technical College for the world's largest one-day #leadershipevent and bring home lessons you can use the next day. Online registration at http://bit.ly/WAL2019

May 11 - Faces of Hope Banquet
The Southwest Crisis Center presents the 6th annual Faces of Hope Banquet featuring the Emmy Award-Winning a capella ensemble Tonic Sol-fa on May 11, 2019 at the Worthington Event Center. Doors open at 5:00, dinner at 5:30 followed by live auction/awards entertainment at 7:30. This gala event honors individuals and organizations making a difference in the lives of domestic and sexual violence victims and survivors in Southwest Minnesota. A live gift-basket auction and catered meal by the Bluestem Restaurant rounds out the night's festivities in raising awareness and funds to restore hope and healing in our community. Join them Mother's Day weekend in celebration of the women in your life! For tickets and information visit www.mnswcc.org

May 13 - Early Risers Kiwanis Grocery Dash
The Early Risers Kiwanis will once again hold the Kiwanis Grocery Dash on Monday, May 13 at the Fareway in Worthington. First prize is a 2 minute shopping spree at Fareway for up to $1,250 in groceries. Tickets will be sold for $10 each at Fareway 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Fridays and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. The winning ticket will be drawn Thursday, May 9 during the 6:45 a.m. Early Risers meeting at the Center for Active Living. Must be 18 or older to participate in the dash. Fareway gift cards will be awarded for second through fourth place drawings.

May 17-19 - Lifeguard Certification Course
YMCA will host a Lifeguard Certification Course March 8-10 at 5:30 p.m. The course is for those For ages 15 and up. Cost is $175. This comprehensive course offers up to date information on how to guard, anticipate and prevent problems and to take action to help those in need. CPR, First Aid and AED certifications are included in the cost of the program, 30 hours of course work and hands on experience. Participants must pass a physical test on the first day of class in order to remain registered (300 yard swim, 2 minutes treading water without hands and a timed recovery drill). Certification is good for 2 years. Register online www.ymcaworthington.org or through the front desk.

May 18 - Fundraiser for Joe Kinley
There will be a fundraiser for Joe Kinley and his son Joey to offset medical expenses related to a kidney transplant from son to father. The fundraiser will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, May 18 at the Worthington Elks Lodge. There will be a pulled pork sandwich dinner, silent auction and raffle. For more information, contact Trevor Nasers at 370-5080.

May 25 - Raptor Center visits Pipestone National Monument
The University of Minnesota's Raptor Center will bring several raptors - including a bald eagle - for a 1 hour program on Saturday, May 25 at the Pipestone National Monument. The program will begin at 1:00 p.m. behind the visitor center. Feel free to bring a lawn chair if you like, but please keep dogs away from the vicinity during the program (these birds are hunters!). The program is interactive and very kid-friendly.

May 31-June 1 - Art of Parenting Conference
The Grace Community Church will host the Art of Parenting Conference on Friday, May 31 from 6 pm - 9 pm and Saturday, June 1, 9 am - 4 pm at the church. The goal of FamilyLife's Art of Parenting is to aim your child's heart toward God, and highlights core issues that every parent and child need to address together. Learn more and register at www.graceonline.net/parentingconference

JUNE

June 19 - Market Smarter
Market Smarter will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 19 at the Worthington Event Center. Cost is $69 per person for the full day, $89 after June 1. Featuring keynote speaker Nancy Lyons. Nancy is a commanding candid and entertaining speaker. She has been locally and nationally recognized for her role as owner and CEO of Clockwork. To register contact Community Education at 507-376-6105.

JULY

July 11 - Red Cross Blood Drive
The Red Cross will hold a blood drive from 1 to 7 p.m. July 11 at the American Reformed Church

July 30 - Red Cross Blood Drive
The Red Cross will hold a blood drive from 2 to 7 p.m. July 30 at the Wilmont Community Center

AUGUST

August 20 - Red Cross Blood Drive
The Red Cross will hold a blood drive from 1 to 7 p.m. August 20 at the Christian Church

SEPTEMBER 

OCTOBER

October 21 - Red Cross Blood Drive
The Red Cross will hold a blood drive from 1 to 7 p.m. October 21 at the YMCA.

NOVEMBER

November 5 - Red Cross Blood Drive
The Red Cross will hold a blood drive from 2 to 7 p.m. November 5 at the Lismore American Legion

November 7 - Red Cross Blood Drive
The Red Cross will hold a blood drive from 1 to 7 p.m. November 7 at the American Reformed Church