Community Calendar

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O N G O I N G   E V E N T S

Gift of Hearing Contest
If you know someone who could benefit from better hearing, nominate them to win a complimentary hearing consultation and a free pair of Starkey Hearing Aids from Southwest Hearing Technology. Email your nomination and your contact information to Nick Raymo at ngraymo@gmail.com or mail it to Give the Gift of Hearing Contest, Southwest Hearing Technologies, PO Box 275, Worthington, MN 56187. For more information, go to SouthwestHearingTechnologies.com or call 507-376-4407.

Junior Achievement Volunteers needed
Junior Achievement is looking for volunteers to teach in classrooms at Prairie Elementary for Kindergarten through fourth grade. Junior Achievement is taught by community volunteers, fostering work-readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy skills. The program is broken down into five 30-minute sessions. Volunteers work out a schedule with their assigned classroom. If interested in volunteering or for more information, email the Worthington Chamber of Commerce at wcofc@worthingtonmnchamber.com.

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.

JANUARY

January 19-20 - Worthington Winterfest
Worthngton Winterfest is back, with more exciting events than ever! Friday starts with the KFAN Power Trip Morning Show at 5:30 a.m. LIVE at the Worthington Event Center. The public is invited to attend. Friday night at the Worthington Event Center is the Red Hot Chili Contest, crowning of Winterfest Royalty and a social, all beginning at 5 p.m. Saturday, the morning starts with the SW MN Fishing Tournament at Sunset Park and the YMCA Don't Get Lost in the Frost run/walk. At 1 p.m., the jumpers starts leaping into Lake Okabena for the Deep Freeze Dip. With doors opening at 6 p.m., there is a benefit concert at Memorial Auditorium, featuring country artists Tim Montana and Chris Hawkey. For more information on Winterfest events, visit the Worthington Winterfest Facebook page.

January 20 - Bullhead Feed
The Heron Lake Youngmen's Club will sponsor a Bullhead Feed starting at 4 p.m. Saturday, January 20 at the Okabena Legion Hall, with profits to benefit area youth activities. Cost is $10 for adults and kids 12 and under $6.

January 20 - Race to 2 Pool Tournament Benefit
There will be a Race to 2 Pool Tournament Benefit for Traci Feit on Saturday January 20, with registration at 12:30 p.m. and a 1 p.m. start time at the Tap, Worthington. It is a double elimination singles tournament, with a $25 entry fee. To register, call the Tap at 507-376-6556 or Joe Rogers at 507-360-5471.

January 22 - Tillage and Cover Crop Workshop
There will be a Tillage and Cover Crop Workshop at 9 a.m. Monday, January 22 at the Heron Lake Community Center, 312 10th Street, Heron Lake, with Soil and Water Management CEU credits available. There's a soil health demonstration at 9:30 a.m., with a slake test and rainfall simulator, and at 10 a.m. Jodi DeJong-Hughes of the University of Minnesota Extension will discuss tillage effects on soil structure and more. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture  will present sustainable agriculture research and education grant research findings, with  local farmer panel beginning shortly afterward. Lunch is provided. Please RSVP to Dane Huinker by January 16 at dane.huinker@co.jackson.mn.us or call 507-662-6682 ext 3.

January 22 - Tour to Germany, Poland, Hungary and more meeting
Join Paula Wolyniec on an educational trip to Germany, the Czech Republic, Poland, the Tatra Mountains and Hungary in July of 2019. An informational meeting about the trip will take place at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, January 23 at the Worthington Middle School, Room 110. Anyone age 12 through adult is eligible to go on this 10-day trip. Call 507-372-5477 for more information.

January 24 - Commissioners at Your Cafe
The Nobles County Commissioners will participate in anther Commissioners at Your Cafe event, this time from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, January 24 at Perkins Restaurant & Bakery, 1445 Darling Drive,Worthington.

January 24 -Reflections of Italy trip meeting 
The Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce has teamed up with Collete Guided Tours to offer a Reflections of Italy trip on September 19th – 28th, 2018. Attend an informational meeting on Wednesday, January 24th, 5:30 p.m. in the Hy-Vee Club Room, 1235 Oxford Street, Worthington. Receive information on the cost, lodging and the itinerary for the trip. Please RSVP to the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce by calling 507-372-2919 or email wcofc@worthingtonmnchamber.com.

January 25 - Forensic Aspects of Online and Social Media Usage
The Southwest Crisis Center, Southwestern Mental Health and Luverne Area Community Foundation will host a training regarding Forensic Aspects of Online and Social Media Usage from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on January 25, with training presented by Alison Feigh of the Jacob Wetterling Resource Center. She will adress the many issues youth face online, and help adults understand why youth are susceptible to online dangers. Cost is $50, which includes catered lunch. For additional information, contact Jennifer@mnswwcc.org or call 1-800-376-4311.

January 25 -Medicare Meeting at Ecumen Meadows
Ecumen Meadows will host a free public informational session focused on the new Medicare cards coming in 2018 for all Medicare recipients. A representative from the Minnesota Senior Linkage Line will present facts about the changes, why they are happening, and fraud and scams beginning to surface related to these changes. They will also touch on the national “Do Not Call” registry. This meeting will be at Ecumen Meadows in the South building dining room on Thursday, January 25th at 5:30 p.m. A soup and sandwich supper will be provided. Seating is limited so please call 507-372-7838 for reservations. 

January 26 - Annual Extravaganza
The Worthington Chamber of Commerce & CVB Annual Extravaganza will be Friday, January 26 at the Worthington Event Center. Entertainment will be Song Blast, Dueling Guitars.

January 27 - Pork Chop Supper
The Round Lake American Legion will host a pork chop supper from 5 - 7:30 p.m. Saturday, January 27 at the Legion Hall. The meal includes grilled butterfly chops, bakes potato, vegetable and a roll for $10 per order, or $7 for a half order.

January 27 - 28 - Jigsaw Puzzle Tournament
The Rushmore Booster Club will host the 5th annual Jigsaw Puzzle Tournament January 27-28 at the Rushmore School. At 1 p.m. Saturday, there is a youth team for grades 3-8, and a youth/adult team, which pairs a youth with an adult. Entry fee is $25 a team. On Sunday, there are two- or four-person team competitions. Entry fee is $30 for two and $50 for four. Entry forms and rues available at Rushmore City Hall or on the Rushmore Facebook page. Entry forms due by January 13. Call Joyce at 478-4242 for more information.

January 29 - February 4 - Regatta Fundraiser
Papa Murphy's on Oxford Street is sponsoring a fundraiser for this year's Worthington Windsurfing Regatta & Music Festival, which takes place June 8-10. Between January 29 - February 4, 20 percent of all sales at Papa Murphy's will go to support the festival.

FEBRUARY

February 2-3 - Marrow Donor Registry Drive
In honor of local girl McKhia, who has Acute Myeloid Leukemia and needs a marrow transplant, there will be two Marrow Donor Registry Drives through the Be The Match Registry. Donors must be between the ages of 18-44. The first is at MariePix Photography in Brewster at 303 10th Street from 4 to 7 p.m Friday, February 2. The second is at Serenity Gifts in Worthington at 1132 Oxford Street Suite 3 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, February 3. People can also join online at join.bethematch.org/TeamMcKhia, and will be sent a swab kit. For more information, contact Tracy Remme at 507-360-8578.

MARCH

March 9 - YMCA Cruise Dinner
The 33rd Annual YMCA Cruise Dinner will be Friday, March 9, with entertainment by Martin Zeller and the Hardways. More details to come later!

APRIL

April 7 - Hospice Cottage Fundraiser
The 13th Annual Hospice Cottage Fundraiser will be Saturday, April 7 at the Worthington Event Center, with a 5 p.m. social hour, 6:30 p.m. dinner and entertainment to follow by Bob & the Beachcombers. Reserve your table early by contacting Deb Scheidt at 507-360-6657 or Susanne Murphy at 507-360-6699.