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May 30 -- Community Blood Bank Blood Drive
1 to 4 p.m. at Johnson Builders & Realty, 1114 Oxford St., Worthington. The public will have an opportunity to donate blood to help local patients. Donors can schedule an appointment by logging onto www.cbblifeblood.org, selecting “events” and May 30, Johnson Builders & Realty or call (605) 331-3222. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are encouraged. All who donate receives a $10 Casey's gift card as a thank you.
May 30 -- Care Giver Support Group
Hosted by The Advocate-Connect-Educate of Southwest Minnesota; 1 p.m. in the BARC Library in Windom. Anyone is welcome, and people are encouraged to come and go as their schedules permit. For more information, contact A.C.E. of SW Minnesota, Cottonwood County Program Manager Brenda Skrove at (507) 831-1803.
May 31 -- Red Cross Blood Drive
12:30 to 6:30 pm. at the Community Center in Balaton. Walk-ins welcome. To make an appointment, visit online at RedCrossBlood.org and enter BalatonMN. People may also call Connie at (507) 829-1615.
May 31 -- Barbecue Sandwich "Fundracer"
5::30 p.m. until gone at the Worthington High School track. $5 for a barbecue sandwich, chips and pop or water and $2 for an extra sandwich. Hosted by United Way of Nobles County.
June 1-3 -- Sioux Center’s Summer Celebration
Some of the highlights are a free street dance on Friday, free high-flying shows by Flippenout Extreme Trampoline Show on Friday and Saturday, the Peter Pan musical on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, a BBQ challenge and a parade on Saturday plus a Saturday night fireworks show.
June 1,-3 -- "Arsenic and Old Lace"
8 p.m. at Sheldon High School.
June 2 -- Nobles County Cemetery Walking Tour
5 p.m. at the Worthington Cemetery, 2195 Nobles St. (Please park your car on Nobles Street, close to the cemetery's north entrance.) To sign up, contact the Nobles County Historical Society office at (507) 295-5397, email email@example.com or stop by the Nobles County Heritage Center at 325 Ninth St. in Worthington. Cost is $5 per person, paid in advance.
June 3-4 -- "The Day the Music Died: The Story of Don McLean’s American Pie"
These showings of this documentary film are presented by the Iowa Rock 'n Roll Music Association. The showings will be at the Iowa Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, 243 W. Broadway in Arnolds Park, at 1 p.m. each day. Admission is free, and free-will donations are welcomed.
June 3 -- Cella Bosma 14th Annual Chip-in Fore Education
Registration for this best ball tournament begins at 9 a.m. followed by a shotgun start at 10 a.m. at Sanborn Golf Tournament. $60 per person; includes a grill-your-own-steak dinner following the tourney. $15 for meal only. Money donated will go toward an education scholarship at Dordt College.
June 3 -- Living History Presentation and Ice Cream Social
Grand opening of the Nobles County Historical Society exhibit on the Grand Army of the Republic. 10::30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Nobles County Heritage Center, 225 Ninth St., Worthington. Learn more about the Civil War veterans who came to Nobles County in the early days of the settlement from reenactors Vince and Teresa Bergdale, aka Harley and Patience,
June 3 -- Annual Kiwanis Kids Fishing Derby
7:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Lake Pahoja (West Shelter), Inwood, Iowa. For ages 4-16.
June 3-- Rebuilding Day
Rebuilding Together aims to help build up and repair especially older housing in Cottonwood, Nobles and Jackson counties, among others. Work on this day will take place in Jackson. To volunteer with the group for any Rebuilding Days, and for more information, call (507) 200-2015.
June 3 -- Sun and Fun Summer Kickoff
This new Jackson celebration will include events, contests and a fireworks display. The day starts at 2 pm with check-in for a double-elimination Bags Tournament at the Jackson Motorplex. Pre-registration is requested by May 29. There will also be a car show from 3 to 6 pm. with prizes for five different classes of cars, with more information by calling the Chamber or (507) 841-3034. A BBQ Cook Off Contest will go from 3 to 5 p.m. with $2,000 in prizes between a ribs contest with judges and a people's choice loin contest.
June 4-8 -- Vacation Bible School
American Reformed Church invites all 3-year-olds through 5th grade students to VBS from 5:15-7:30 p.m.. each night. Evenings begin with a free meal and feature Bible stories, music, videos, games, scripture memory, experiments and crafts. To register please visit: https://vbspro.events/p/events/arc-stellar
June 5-9, 12-16, 26-30 -- Luverne Hockey Summer Skills Camp
With instructor Valeriia Manchak-Jensen. Register at www.luvernehockey.com..
June 5 -- Bike Rodeo
5:30 p.m. at the Sheldon Public Library/ Bring your bike and helmet down to the library parking lot for tons of bike fun. Train on an obstacle course, learn to do some basic repair and practice all kinds of bike safety skills. If you don’t have a bike, bring a trike or a scooter.
June 5 -- 2023 Miss Riverfest Pageant
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the pageant begins at 7 p.m. at the BARC Auditorium. Presented by the Windom Women of Today.
June 6 -- "Find Out About Family Child Care"
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Phileo's in Worthington. Call Joshua Schuetz at (507) 295-5285 to sign up or drop by.
June 7 -- King Turkey Day Golf Tournament
GreatLIFE Worthington; contact FORWARD Worthington at 372-2919 for more information.
June 7 -- Board Game Night
6 to 8 p.m. at the Nobles County Library, Worthington.
June 8-10 -- "The Miss Firecracker Contest"
Sheldon High School Summer Theatre; 8 p.m.
June 8 -- Historic Dayton House Happy Hour
4:30 to 6 p.m. at the house in Worthington. Featuring a cash bar with Round Lake wines, beer, complimentary appetizers and live piano music by Rebby Lee.
June 8 -- Cruisin' on Main
5:30 to 8 p.m. in downtown Jackson. Featuring Hot Dog Dash, entertainment from Jeremy DeWall, and Farmers Market and Craft Show in Ashley Park.
June 9-10 -- Good Ole Summertime
Parade lineup will begin at 9:30 a.m. with the parade starting at 10:30 a.m. in Sibley. Lineup will be on Ninth Street West beginning at First Avenue. Contact the Sibley Chamber to fill out a registration form. Theme is "Peace, Love, Sibley."
There will also be a co-ed sand volleyball tournament as part of the festival. Eight teams per tournament based on registration date and payment submission, maximum of three men per team. Cost is $60 per team. The tourney begins at 5:30 p.m. Friday night and continues starting at 11:30 a.m. Saturday.
June 9-11 -- Windsurfing Regatta & Music Festival
Friday schedule: 11 a.m., food vendors open; 4 p.m., beer tent open; 6:30 p.m., opening ceremonies, national anthem and flag raising; 7 p.m., Jacuzzi Puma;; 9:30 p.m., Chase Matthew. Saturday schedule: 9 a.m. to noon, Bloody Mary Bar; 9 a.m., skippers' meeting with racing to follow; 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., children's activities; 11 a.m., food vendors open; 2 p.m. to midnight, beer tent open; 4 p.m., Show me the Hits; 6 p.m., chair auction followed by raffle drawing; 7 p.m., Derek Jones & 50th South; 9 p.m., Fabulous Armadillos. Sunday schedule: 9:30 a.m., skippers; meeting with racing to follow;
10 a.m., community church service.
June 9-11 -- Ellsworth Family Fun Days
Friday night: 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., Cruise In Car Show; 8:45 p.m. to dusk, glow run/walk; Music Under the Tent at Mickies. Saturday: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., craft show; noon, Little Miss Ellsworth; noon, Bean Bag Tournament; 1 p.m., Little Kids Pedal Pull; 2 to 6 p.m., inflatables; 4:30 to 6 p.m., Community Club Meal with pork loin and pulled pork (under the tent); 6:30 p.m. parade (inflatables will resume following the parade); 7:30 p.m., cow pie bingo. Sunday: 10:30 a.m., church service at Ellsworth High School; 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., fireman's pancake breakfast; noon, big ticket drawing.
June 9 -- Slayton Area Chamber Golf Tournament
Slayton Country Club; proceeds to benefit the “Light up Gullord Park” holiday event. Sign up to play by May 31.. Contact the Slayton Area Chamber at (507) 836-8154. $40 person, $160 per four-person team. Golf cart rentals not included. Meal includes pork chops grilled by Murray County Pork Producers.
June 10 -- Mustang Booster Club Golf Tournament
Registration from 8:30 to 9 a.m.; rounds are 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. and a lunch at 11:30 a.m. at the Otter Valley Golf Course. All proceeds to benefit the George-Little Rock sports teams.
June 10 -- "Touch-A-Truck"
Presented by the Murray County Early Childhood Initiative; 10 a.m. to 2 pm. at the Murray County Fairgrounds in Slayton. Family-friendly and hands-on event giving kids of all ages the opportunity to explore big vehicles., understand how trucks work and the people behind the wheel. Refreshments and lunch available.
June 10 -- Scandinavian Smorgasbord
Hosted by the Sons of Norway Stavanger Lodge 1-538; 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Cottonwood County Historical Society, 812 Fourth Ave., Windom. Call Sons of Norway co-President Bonnie Frederickson at (507) 370-2850 for more information..
June 10 -- 3rd Annual Tom Tracy Memorial Ride
Kickstands up at 12:30 p.m. The event begins and ends in Worthington at "The Old Sale Barn." There will be 50-50 drawings, and all vehicles are welcome. Cash payout for top three poker hands. Live music by Eric Grunden. $10 per person, $5 per passenger. Proceeds will be donated to the family of Emmitt Gonzalez, who was recently diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor.
June 10 -- Party By The Pit
5 to 11 p.m. at the Sibley Golf Course. Woody's Axe Throwing from 5 to 9 p.m. and music from DJ Spaz beginning at 7 p.m. Cornhole boards will be out for pickup games.
June 14 -- Carlson’s Pillow Cleaning Service
8 a.m. to 4 pm. at the home of Merry Hollis (3207 Redwood Ave., Slayton). Have your feather pillows cleaned with new ticking and support programs for veterans in the process. This is an annual Slayton American Legion Auxiliary Unit 64 fundraiser. An assortment of feather pillows will also be for sale.
June 14-17 -- Buffalo Ridge Young Marines Recruit Training
8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Worthington. Graduation Day is 10 a.m. on June 17. Registration fee includes the guidebook, uniform and T-shirts. The Young Marines is a national non-profit 501c (3) youth education and service program for boys and girls, ages 8 through high school graduation. The Young Marines promotes the mental, moral and physical development of its members. The program focuses on teaching the values of leadership, teamwork and self-discipline so its members can live and promote a healthy, drug-free lifestyle. For more information, call Dan Harrington at (507) 360-7472 or email Buffalo Ridge@Youngmarines.org.
June 14 -- Lake Okabena Improvement Association Meeting
5 p.m. until dark at Slater Park, Worthington. There will be an informal "Meet & Eat" with hot dogs, chips and refreshments provided. Come with questions, solutions, ideas or concerns. Discussed will be different committees or task forces the association is looking to establish to work towards improvements that it feels are essential to the wellbeing of the lake.
June 14 -- Slayton Area Chamber Burger Feed
5 to 7 p.m. at Pocket Park on Broadway Avenue in Slayton. Murray County Cattlemen’s Association will be grilling. Burger meal (hamburger, chips, cookie, and water) for $8, and $4 for just a burger. Service personnel eat free with military credentials. Live music by: Car Knees (Miron & Alex Carney). There will also be a Classic Car Roll In event.
June 15 -- Ralph's World
1 p.m. at the Nobles County Library in Worthington. Ralph's World is "the mega-fun musical planet where kids rock, rock, rock and dance, dance, dance to their own and their parents' delight. Open to everyone.
June 16 -- Ties and Tiaras
5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Worthington Area YMCA. Registration begins May 1. Open to all moms, dads, stepparents, aunts/uncles, godparents, big brothers/sisters or any other special person in a child's life. There will be crafts, walking the red carpet, a special photo, dinner and dancing.
June 17 -- Breakfast on the Farm
In celebration of June Dairy Month, Jones Dairy invites people to visit ts working family dairy farm and see where milk comes from. This free event will be from 7 to 10 a.m. on the farm located outside Milford, Iowa at 2680 250th Ave.
June 17 -- Racin' for the Bacon 5K Family Event
9 a.m. at Gomsrud Park, Fairmont. Sign up at fairmonttriathalon.org.
June 19 -- Blood Drive
Hosted by Community Blood Bank and Pipestone County Medical Center; 9 a.m. to noon and 1:30 to 5 p.m. in the circle drive located on the east side of PCMC. Call for an appointment at 1-877-877-3070 or obtain an appointment online at www.CBBLifeBlood.org.
June 20 -- Nobles County Corn and Soybean Growers Association Golf Outing
Adrian Country Club. 2 p.m. tee time, 5:30 p.m. steak dinner. Call the country club at (507) 483-2722 by June 19 to reserve a spot.
June 21 -- A Cemetery Walk with Adrian Lee
6 to 8 p.m. at the Worthington Cemetery, 2195 Nobles St. Lee will talk about the symbolism of art in the cemetery, The program will be presented by the Nobles County Library.
June 22 -- Bowling Seminar
4 to 7 p.m. at Locomotion Lanes in Sanborn, Iowa. Pre-registration is required. This is a free seminar from USA Bowling. Free-will donation for the lanes' junior bowling program.
June 22 -- Cruisin' on Main
5:30 to 8 p.m. in downtown Jackson. (also scheduled second and fourth Thursdays in July and August)
June 23-24 -- Shetek Lutheran Ministries Quilt Auction
Quilt preview from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on June 23 ($2) with picnic from 5:30 to 7 p..m. including brat or burger with sides ($8). Quilt preview from 8:30 to 10 a.m. on June 24; Quilt auction starts at 10:30 a.m. with more than 200 items plus silent auction items; pulled pork lunch ($10).
June 23-25 -- Ashton Town & Country Days
June 24 -- Osceola County Tractor Ride
Meet at 8 a.m. at the Osceola County Fairgrounds; coffee and rolls will be served for donation, Travel to Tracy House Museum in Ocheyedan, where there will be snack for a free-will donation. Travel then to Melvin for a lunch at your own expense served by Melvin 313 Club, then back to Sibley. Contact Ken Loerts at (712) 720-0754 or Gary Thomsen at (712) 348-3643 for more information.
June 24 -- Blue Heron Days
Heron Lake. If interested in becoming a vendor, visit the Blue Heron Days Heron Lake, MN page and leave a message, or call (507) 227-3136.
July 1 -- Freedom Days 5k Fun Run
8 a.m. with packet pick-up encouraged June 30 between 4 and 6 p.m.. For non-runners, there is also a non-timed 1-mile walk option. Awards will be given to the top three 5k finishers in each age and gender bracket. The race will be held on the Recreation Trail, with the race beginning at the intersection of L-14 and A-34 (also known as Locker Pond). All proceeds will go toward rec trail improvements. The cost to participate is $25 if registered before June 17. For more information, call or text (712) 348-0778 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Participants can also register at runsignup.com.
July 10 -- Worthington YMCA Basketball Camp
Hosted by Olivia Hayenga and Terbuto Ochothow; for boys and girls entering grades 1-9. The camp runs Mondays and Wednesdays from July 10 through Aug. 3. First- through third-graders will go from 11 a.m. to noon, fourth- through sixth-graders from noon to 1:30 p.m. and seventh- through ninth-graders from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Register at YMCAWorthington.org.
July 18 -- Downtown Scavenger Hunt
1 to 3 p.m. in downtown Worthington. Be part of a team and explore Worthington's downtown in a whole new way. This is part of the Teen Summer Reading Program. People must register by June 8 to be part of the program
July 29 -- Round Lake Fire Department Motorcycle and Car Ride
10:30 a.m. at the Round Lake Fire Department.; arrive 30 minutes prior. To register and receive more information, call (507) 841-4063. Dinner is included; $30 for vehicle and driver and $10 for extra passenger. This fundraiser also will have raffles, door prizes and a dice game.
The Nobles County Historical Society is seeking volunteers to help out at its Pioneer Village Historic Site. Duties include: greeting visitors, taking admission fees and providing general information on the Village and local community. Hours are Noon to 5pm Thursday, Friday and Sunday and 10am to 3pm on Saturday. Volunteers are asked to commit to at least a 2-hour shift. Families are welcomed to volunteer! for more information: noblescountyhistory.org, follow them on facebook or call 376-4431.
Volunteers needed at Manna Food Pantry
Manna Food Pantry is in need of a volunteer to help hand out meat during the harvest truck that delivers to the pantry approximately at 11 am on the first and third Thursdays of each month. If you are able to help, please contact Linda Sanchez at 507-329-1951.
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.
A local church group is in need of used blankets, mattress pads, fleece blankets or any other type of filler for quilts. They use what is available to them. People who have any clean blankets that have seen better days but still would keep someone warm -- or clean quilt batting or fleece that is sitting in a corner that hasn’t been used -- are encouraged to make donations. Please contact Joanne at A.C.E., (507) 295-5262.
Support Worthington Trojan athletes and join the Worthington Trojan Sports Boosters Club. Join the club for $30 per individual/family or $60 per business. Participation does not require being a board member. Make checks payable to Trojan Booster Club; Attention Jessica Nixon, Treasurer; 723 W. Lake Ave., Worthington 56187.
Multiple donations are being sought at American Lutheran Church, including: shampoo/conditioner, soap/body wash, deodorant, toothbrushes/toothpaste, shaving items, feminine products, first aid items, brushes/combs, Kleenex and more, They may be brought to the church office at 915 Winifred St. in Worthington or Love INC at 515 S. Shore Drive in Worthington.
Love INC of Worthington's Coat Closet is accepting new and gently used winter clothing in all sizes. Coats, snow pants and snow boots are being requested. Children's sizes are the most needed. Cash donations in any amount are also welcome. Donations may be dropped off at First Lutheran Church, 1200 Fourth Ave., Worthington, or Love INC, 515 S. Shore Drive, Worthington.
During Amelia Earhart’s growing-up years, that date back to the early 1900s, she spent her summers in Worthington. A bronze statue honoring Earhart will soon have a home in Worthington. To contribute funds for the statue, checks may be mailed to Freedom Veterans' Memorial, 700 Second Ave., Worthington 56187. Write "Amelia" in the memo or send a message. The statue is set to arrive at its home on Sailboard Beach in May.
Worthington-Crailsheim International Inc. represents Worthington in an endeavor to foster peace and brotherhood. The partnership is now entering the 76th year with student exchanges from both cities through a large majority of these years. It's only with the support from our community that the committee continues to award a scholarship to one student each year. Monetary contributions as well as host families or even membership on our committee are more than welcome. Visit www.wgtn-crailsheim.org or Facebook group: Worthington-Crailsheim sister-city relationship, for more information. The mailing address is WCII, PO Box 742, Worthington 56187.
The Worthington Regional Health Care Foundation will again be conducting its Heart of Gold Raffle. This fundraiser helps support the work the foundation does all year long. Only 500 tickets will be sold. $20 each; drawing on July 17.
The Minnesota Sheriffs Association is hosting its annual Cash Raffle. There are 18 opportunities to win cash totaling $19,000. Tickets may be obtained from area sheriff's offices.
Purchase a $20 ticket for the Worthington Windsurfing Regatta & Music Festival and have the chance to win a Sea Doo Trix with sound package and trailer (sponsored by Jaycox Powersports) as well as 10 other prizes. Raffle tickets can be purchased from any board member or from at Radio Works, Forward Worthington, Johnson Builders & Realty, Big Orv's in Adrian, Classy & Sassy & Worthington Eye Clinic. You can also email email@example.com or call (507) 372-2919. You do not have to be present to win.
The Worthington Farmers Market is seeking artisans interested in selling crafts and having a booth at this year's market. There is a $20 season fee that goes to the Farmers Market Committee. The artisans will get six to eight feet of booth space. Contact Cristina Adame at (507) 666-5018 for more information. Food trucks and musicians are also being sought for the Farmers Market on Tuesday nights; contact Adame to learn more.
The Cottonwood County Veteran’s Service Office is currently looking for drivers to help local veterans get to where they need to go. These are volunteer positions but you will be reimbursed mileage. This is a great opportunity to support the men and women of our military and show your appreciation for their service. To learn more about becoming a driver, call (507) 831-5522 or email Mitchell.Chmielewski@co.cottonwood.mn.us.
Advocate Connect Educate (A.C.E.) of Southwest Minnesota is currently looking for volunteers from all communities within Cottonwood County to create a county-wide dementia awareness network. The public is invited to come to an organizational meeting about creating a dementia awareness network that will bring resources and education events to all caregivers and residents living in Cottonwood County.
King Turkey Day raffle tickets are now available for purchase for $10 each. Seven prizes will be awarded, and the drawing will be July 15 at the Nobles County Fairgrounds. Need not be present to win.
The Sheldon Civic Music Association is in the midst of its annual membership campaign through July 1. Call Lyle Hollander at (712) 348-2114 or (712) 475-2634 for more information. The first concert will be on Sept. 12,with the Church of Cash and other scheduled concerts include Yesterday Once More, with the music of Karen and Richard Carpenter, The Hollander Jazz Ensemble, and the final concert Brandon and James, with special guest Effie Passero.