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FEBRUARY

Feb. 22-25 -- "Catch Me if You Can"

Musical presented by Worthington High School; 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22-24 and 2 p.m. Feb. 25 at Memorial Auditorium Performing Arts Center. $6 for adults, $4 for kids. More information at friendsoftheaudfiorium.com.

Feb. 22 -- "TESTIFY" Reception

5 to 6:30 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Nobles County Heritage Center, 225 Ninth St., Worthington. Beverages and appetizers will be served, and the event is open to the public. The occasion celebrates “TESTIFY: Americana from Slavery to Today,” which is on display through the end of March at the Nobles County Heritage Center. “TESTIFY” is a traveling rendition of an exhibit based on African-American artifacts and artworks from a collection assembled by retired Minnesota Supreme Court justice and former Minnesota Viking Alan Page and his late wife, Diane Sims Page.

Feb. 23-24 --"Spud Lake Cabin Scandal:"

Presented by the Calumet Players; the murder mystery/dinner theater will be at 7 p.m. both nights at the Pipestone Performing Arts Center in Pipestone. There is a limit of 50 tickets per performance. Tickets cost $40, which includes the meal and performance. Reservations are required and no tickets will be sold at the door. To purchase tickets, call (507) 825-2020 or 1-877-722-2787 Tuesday-Friday, noon-4 p.m., or purchase them online at www.pipestoneperformingartscenter.com.

Feb. 23 -- Knights of Columbus Fish Fry

5 to 7 pm at the Forster Building in Rock Rapids. Adults $15 (all you can eat) or $12 (one pass). First through sixth grade $5 & K or younger free. Proceeds help fund the Randy Bruggeman Memorial scholarships given to local high school seniors.

Feb. 23 -- Hartley American Legion Friday Fish Fry
Serving fried Alaskan Pollock, baked potato, coleslaw, French fries, dinner roll, baked beans or vegetable and dessert from 5 to 7 p.m. with carry-outs available.  Cost is $12 for adults, $6 for ages 7 to 12, free for ages 6 and under.  All proceeds benefit the projects of the American Legion family of Arthur W. Kirchhoff Post 288.

Feb. 24 -- Egg Robber Hunt

Coordinated by the Jackson County Conservation League, Pheasants Forever and Ducks Unlimited. Register no later than 11:59 p.m. Feb. 23 at The Shed Grille & Chill, Lakefield. Check out the Egg Robber Hunt Facebook page for more information.

Feb. 24 -- Tracy Area Animal Rescue Game Room Event

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Big Top Tent Rentals, 321 W Hatting St, Luverne, This family friendly event will include arcade games, mini golf, axe throwing, a golf simulator and more. Meet some of the fosters and purchase puppy treats to bring home to your fur babies. Entry is by free-will donation, and walking tacos will be available for lunch. Visit Facebook for more information.

Feb. 24 -- Fundraiser for Brock Holman
Noon to 3 p.m. at Oak Hill Outdoor in Milford. Local musicians performing. Food and drinks available. Silent auction. Donations can be made through geecees.com/forbrock. All proceeds raised will go to Brock to help pay his medical expenses from his December medical emergency.

Feb. 24 -- Hadley Area's 31st Wild Game Feed

5 p.m. at the Hadley Area Community Center. Adults $15, ages 5-15 $10. Raffle tickets $5 each. Wild game donations accepted; call the Hadley Bar at (507) 836-8019.

Feb. 24 -- Mallrats present “MTV Unplugged”
7 p.m. at the Palace Theatre in Luverne. Embark on a musical journey through the iconic era of flannel shirts, neon jackets and alternative rock. Mallrats is not a band; it’s a time machine transporting you straight into the heart of a 90’s party filled with iconic sing-a-long rock. Tickets are $30 and are on sale now. Purchase online at www.palacetheatre.us or at the Palace Box Office (507-283-4339). A cash bar will be available at the show.

Feb. 25 -- Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast

9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. Leo Catholic Church Hall in Pipestone. Regular and Blueberry pancakes, sausage, milk, juice, or coffee for ages 13 & older $10, ages 5-12 years $5 and ages 4 and under free. Fundraiser for Kiwanis Youth programs and the Pipestone Area School Marching Band.  

Feb. 26 -- Ashton Legion Soup & Dessert Supper
5 to 7: p.m. at the Ashton Community Building. The William Ben Hoffman American Legion Post will be serving a meal of vegetable beef, chili, or chicken noodle soup. Served with a tavern on the side and dessert. Freewill donations will be used for veteran projects. 

Feb. 27 -- Red Cross Blood Drive

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, 300 S. Grant St., Fairmont. Visit redcross.org for more information and to learn about other events in the region.

Feb. 27 -- Nobles County DFL and Republican caucuses

Sign-in for DFL event at 6:30 p.m., convening at 7 p.m. at the Worthington Middle School. The Republicans' event will be at the same time at Worthington HIgh School.

Feb. 28 -- Bethel Mission Soup & Dessert Supper
5 to 7p.m. at Bethel Reformed Church, rural Little Rock. Serving chili, chicken wild rice and broccoli cheese soups, buttered bread with cheese and drinks.

Feb. 28 -- Rays Unlimited Community Impact Event

5 p.m. start at the Worthington Pizza Ranch. 100% of your donations and a portion of the sales event's will be given to Rays Unlimited, a program that helps re-connect people and walk alongside them to overcome their addictions.

Feb. 29 -- How the Senior Linkage Line Can Help You

This virtual presentation will begin at 10 a.m.; presented by the Senior LinkAge Line. Call 1-800-333-2433 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday or visit http://bit.ly/3RSZBAN to sign up for the class, as space is limited.

Feb. 29 -- Wok on the Wild Side

5 to 7 p.m. at the Forster Community Building in Rock Rapids. A made-to-order meal with pasta and your choice of sauce and a variety of toppings. There will also be a variety of basket prizes to win. Raffle tickets available at the event only! Visit https://lyoncounty.iowa.gov/conservationevents/ for more. Meal is a free-will donation, with all proceeds going to the Lyon County Conservation Foundation.

MARCH

March 1 -- Red Cross Blood Drive

11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at First Lutheran Church, 100 Church St., Marshall; and noon to 5 p.m. at Tracy United Methodist Church, 162 Morgan St., Tracy. Visit redcross.org for more information and to learn about other events in the region.

March 1 -- An Evening with Jason Gray

7 p.m. at Journey Coffeehouse Church with Phileo's Coffee & Eatery, Proceeds will benefit the Worthington Fellowship for Christian Athletes. Students through college-age $12, adults $25, VIP/meet and greet $40.

March 2 -- Great SW Minnesota Hotdish Cookoff

5 to 7 p.m. at Jasper Memorial Hall. To participate, sign up at Peoples Bank or Jasper City Office by Feb. 16.  Hotdishes should be hot and ready to serve. Offering prizes for best overall hotdish and fan favorite. $10 per person. Proceeds raised benefit new the splash pad for the Jasper community. 

March 2 -- Midwest Dairy Association of Murray County Dairy Princess Banquet

7 p.m. in Slayton at the Murray County 4-H Building. A catered meal will be served followed by entertainment, and the 2024 Dairy Princess will be crowned. Door prizes throughout the evening.  Tickets for the event are $12 are available by contacting the Extension office in Slayton or any of the Dairy Association’s officers.  Potential princess candidates may contact coordinator Jodi Beckmann at (507) 836-6891.

March 3 -- Melvin Fire Department Annual Brunch

9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Melvin American Legion Building. Pancakes, sausage, omelets, coffee, juice and milk. $5 for adults, $2 for children under 12. Donations will be accepted. Dine in or carryout will be available; call (712) 260-2289 to make arrangements for pickup.

March 5-6 -- Pipestone County Museum Donation Rummage Sale

5 to 7 p.m. on March 5 and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 6 at the Pipestone American Legion. Brown Bag Sale starts at noon on March 6. Proceeds help support programs at Pipestone County Museum.   

March 6-7 -- Red Cross Blood Drive

1 to 7 p.m. March 6 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 7 at Red Baron Arena and Expo, 1651 Victory Drive, Marshall. Visit redcross.org for more information and to learn about other events in the region.

March 7 -- EMR Certification Class

The class includes a live lecture portion that can be completed in person at 811 Fifth St. S.E., Pipestone or via Zoom, and three total in-person sessions during the 10-week program. Specific times and dates to be announced. Course registration is $550 with fees reimbursable through the Murray County EMS if certification requirements are met, in addition to signing on and committing to serve for two years on the Murray County EMS. Registration includes textbook & CPR certification. Upon completion of the class, participants will be certified in Basic Life Support CPR and also be certified as an Emergency Medical Responder. For more information or to register for the class, contact Jennifer Kirchner, Murray County EMS Director, at kirchnerj@murraycountymed.org or (507) 227-2129.

March 1 -- Red Cross Blood Drive

8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Fairmont High School, 900 Johnson St. Visit redcross.org for more information and to learn about other events in the region.

March 8 -- Knights of Columbus Fish Fry

5 to 7 pm at the Forster Building in Rock Rapids. Adults $15 (all you can eat) or $12 (one pass). First through sixth grade $5 & K or younger free. Proceeds help fund the Randy Bruggeman Memorial scholarships given to local high school seniors.

March 8 -- Hartley American Legion Friday Fish Fry

Serving fried Alaskan Pollock, baked potato, coleslaw, French fries, dinner roll, baked beans or vegetable and dessert from 5 to 7 p.m. with carry-outs available.  Cost is $12 for adults, $6 for ages 7 to 12, free for ages 6 and under.  All proceeds benefit the projects of the American Legion family of Arthur W. Kirchhoff Post 288.

March 9-10 -- Try Hockey for Free

10 a.m. to noon at the Worthington Ice Arena. Ages 4-12. ring yourself, a friend, an open mind and a smile; the Worthington Hockey Association will help with the rest. 

March 9 -- 40th Annual Windom Farm and Home Show

8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Windom Area Middle/High School All are invited to join this free event that recognizes local farm and home-related businesses. To learn more about how to set up a booth, contact the Windom Area Chamber at (507) 831-2752 or by email office@windomchamber.com.

March 9 -- Murray County Historical Society Trivia Night.

7 p.m. at Fulda American Legion’s Community Hall. Teams may be two to six members. $25 entrance fee per team.  Sign up by March 6. Winning team receives half the pot after expenses, but no less than $50.  Contact the Murray County Historical Society at (507) 836-6533.

March 12 -- Red Cross Blood Drive

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Marshall-Lyon County Library, 201 C St., Marshall. Visit redcross.org for more information and to learn about other events in the region.

March 14 -- Red Cross Blood Drive

1 to 7 p.m. at Worthington Christian Church, 1501 Douglas Ave. Visit redcross.org for more information and to learn about other events in the region.

March 15 -- Knights of Columbus Fish Fry

5 to 7 p.m. at St. Leo Catholic Church, Pipestone. Fish, coleslaw, potato, ice cream, dinner roll, and beverage.  $15 for adults $7 for ages 6-12 free for ages 5 and under.

March 16 -- Family Fair/Farm & Home Show,

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Murray County Central Gym. Sponsored by the Slayton Area Chamber of Commerce and Murray County Early Childhood Initiative, the event is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. To register a booth for the event, you can fund the form at www.slaytonareachamber. com/farm-homeshow. Exhibitors get an 8x8 space at a cost of $25 for nonprofits, $50 for profits. There is also a $10 fee if you need a table in your space. Set-up for your booth can be done at 7:30 p.m. Friday or beginning at 7 a.m. Saturday. Anyone interested in a booth can contact Julie Dahlhoff at 507-220-1373.

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March 16 -- Brewster Fire Department Relief Association Dance

7 to 11 p.m. at the Brewster American Legion, Featuring the band Starfire; pork sandwiches and chips will be served. Raffle tickets will be available up until the drawing.

March 18 -- Faith Community Church Annual Pancake Supper

4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the church, 506 Eighth St., Sheldon. Proceeds from the free-will donations will be used to pay camper scholarships.

March 18 -- Severe Weather Awareness Training

7 p.m. at Northwest Iowa Community College in Sheldon. The class is free and open to the public; no preregistration required.

March 21 -- Sioux Center Indoor Fair Meal

5 to 7 p.m. at the Dordt University Recreation Center. Free-will donation to support Midwest Honor Flight. Learn more at midwesthonorflight.org.

March 22 -- Knights of Columbus Fish Fry

5 to 7 pm at the Forster Building in Rock Rapids. Adults $15 (all you can eat) or $12 (one pass). First through sixth grade $5 & K or younger free. Proceeds help fund the Randy Bruggeman Memorial scholarships given to local high school seniors.

March 22 -- Hartley American Legion Friday Fish Fry

Serving fried Alaskan Pollock, baked potato, coleslaw, French fries, dinner roll, baked beans or vegetable and dessert from 5 to 7 p.m. with carry-outs available.  Cost is $12 for adults, $6 for ages 7 to 12, free for ages 6 and under.  All proceeds benefit the projects of the American Legion family of Arthur W. Kirchhoff Post 288.

March 23 -- 29th Annual Prayer Breakfast

Early Risers Kiwanis of Worthington is hosting its annual event at 8 a.m. at American Reformed Church. Jill Koopman will be the guest speaker and her theme will be perseverance, character and hope. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at Fareway, American Bank & Trust, Hy-Vee, First State Bank Southwest and FORWARD Worthington, or from any Early Risers Kiwanis member. The menu includes scrambled eggs with ham, fruit, muffin, juice and coffee.

March 24 -- Rushmore Fire and Rescue Pancake Breakfast Fund Raiser

9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Rushmore School Gym. Serving pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, juice and coffee for a free-will offering.

March 29 -- 38th Annual Good Friday Passion Play

Presented by the Osceola County Ministerial Association. There will be three performances at 5, 7: and 9 p.m. at the Sibley-Ocheyedan High School Auditorium in Sibley. Free tickets are available and may be reserved by calling (712) 754-2945 oremailing ocmapassionplay@gmail.com. Church groups and organizations may request enough tickets for their entire group.

APRIL

April 5-7 -- "The Lottie & Bernice Show"

Presented by Reading Community Theater. Dinner at 5 p.m. and show at 7 p.m. on April 5 and 6, and matinee show begins at 2 p.m. on April 7. Evening show tickets are $25; matinee tickets are $15. For tickets, call Mary at (507) 370-1007.

 

April 5 -- Pipestone County Hospice Annual Benefit

5:30 p.m. at Pipestone Country Club. Pipestone County Cattlemen prepare ribeye steaks, and Stacy offers hors d’oeuvres and the rest of the meal. Silent and live auctions. Dessert and ice cream. $50 tickets available or purchase a table for $600. For tickets or to donate, call the Hospice House office.

April 7 -- Jackson Center for the Arts Fundraiser Auction and Meal

The auction is part of an organizational goal to become at least semi self-sufficient. The fundraiser will first see businesses and local people come together to donate merchandise items, services, gift certificates and basket items for the auction and dinner. For more information, contact the JCA by messaging its Facebook page, or email jca23.office@gmail.com Items for the auction are needed by March 8 so they can be included in advertising and be ready for the event in April.   

April 8 -- Apple Tree Grafting Class

Offered by University of Minnesota Extension; 3 p.m. or 6 p.m. in Pipestone. Instructor Keith Esselink of Leota will offer the hands-on learning workshops at the Pipestone County Extension office. $35 cost to cover supplies of grafting one tree, and an. additional cost of $5 to graft a second tree.  The deadline to register is Feb. 23.  Must register and pay ahead of class to ensure all items are ordered and available on time. Call (507) 825-1193 for more information. 

 

April 20 -- Adult Prom: Gettin' Groovy

7 p.m. at the Worthington Elks Lodge, 1102 Second Ave. Fun, music, snacks and beverages. Age 21+. Tickets are $20 per person in advance or $25 at the door. Purchase at the lodge during operating hours or send a message to the Worthington Elks Lodge Facebook page. All proceeds benefit the lodge.  

April 22 -- Salute to Women Banquet

Hosted by FOWARD Worthington. Call 372-2919 to nominate a woman for the Inspiration Award. More details to be released at a later date.

April 21 -- Pancake Feed

10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Forster Community Center in Rock Rapids. Pancakes, sausage and more; hosted by the Rock Rapids VFW and American Legion posts. Free-will donation for Midwest Honor Flight.

April 22 -- Firearms Safety Training Classroom Class

Class dates will continue on April 23, 25, 29 and. May 2. Class time is 7 to 9:30 p.m. There will be a field day starting at 9 a.m. May 4 at the Rock County Sheriff's Office Firearms Range. To register or for questions, contact instructor Daryl Fuerstenberg at (507) 283-5000 or email daryl.fuerstenberg@co.rock.mn.us. Must be 11 years of age before class start date listed above in order to be eligible to take this class.

  

ONGOING EVENTS:

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!

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. 

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.

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.

AARP is again providing free taxes beginning Feb 5 at the Center for Active Living, 211 11th St., Worthington. Please call for an appointment at (507) 295-2784. You must have an appointment, as there will be no walk-ins. 

Coat Closet Gap Ministry through 1st Evangelical Lutheran Church will be opening up again on Oct. 2. If you are in need of a coat, please ask a deacon for a voucher. Donations of clean, gently used and new coats for Love INC’s Coat Closet may be dropped off at First Lutheran Church, 1200 Fourth Ave. or at Love INC’s office, 515 S Shore Drive. All sizes are needed from children to adults. Items in short supply and high demand are children’s coats sizes 2T to Junior’s size 14. Snow boots and snow pants for students in grades K-8 are often requested.

The Minnesota Family, Career and Community Leaders of America in Heron Lake as well as the Heron Lake Caring Connection will be having a winter clothing drive to help with Caring Connections. Donations are needed as soon as possible due to the coming winter season. If you are able to donate any warm clothing items, they especially need kids' coats, snow pants and boots. Adult items are also needed, especially sizes small and medium, and there is a need for heavy warm gloves and mittens. Gently used or new items are acceptable for donations, and the items can be donated to Fest Transportation or also in a box in the foyer at Heron Lake-Okabena High School.

Past Worthington Windsurfing Regatta & Music Festival shirts are now on sale at the Forward Worthington office for $5 each as inventory is getting cleaned out to prepare for 2024. 

Windom Area Health Foundation Scholarships are now open for applications. These scholarships are for local students who are interested in pursuing a career in a healthcare field. Deadline for applications is April 12. Contact Katie Greener, Foundation Director, at (507) 831-0633 or kathryn.greener@windomareahealth.org with questions. To learn more about how to apply and download your application, go to windomareahealth.org/foundation/

“TESTIFY: Americana from Slavery to Today,” is currently on display through the end of March at the Nobles County Heritage Center, 225 Ninth St., Worthington. “TESTIFY” is a traveling rendition of an exhibit based on African-American artifacts and artworks from a collection assembled by retired Minnesota Supreme Court justice and former Minnesota Viking Alan Page and his late wife, Diane Sims Page. For more information on the exhibit, contact Beth Rickers at (507) 295-5397. The museum is generally open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Interested in performing on stage with a six-piece band? Submit a three-minute video audition of yourself performing some type of country music to thememorialauditorium@gmail.com by 5 p.m. on Feb. 23. Must be available for rehearsals the afternoons of March 9 and 23 and April 6. The Gone Country show is at 7 p.m. April 6.

The Southwest Crisis Center is looking for new members for its board of directors. Contact Executive Director Sara Wahl at (507) 360-2432 or sara@mnswcc.org. Applications will be reviewed starting March 10.

Modern Woodmen Fraternal Financial of Marshall, MN has offered to donate up to $1,000 to match donations Tracy Area Animal Rescue receives during the month of February. Donations can be made on Tracy Area Animal Rescue's Facebook page, Venmo: @TracyArea-AnimalRescue, or PayPal/GiveMN: Tracy Area Animal Rescue. Send a Facebook message with any questions, or if you'd like to send your donation via check.

Orders for the annual Egg My Yard are due March 22. Purchase pre-filled eggs, and they will be hidden in your front yard on Easter eve/ All proceeds benefit Tracy Area Animal Rescue. Bunnies are available in Worthington, Slayton, Fulda and Dundee. If it rains or snows that night, you will receive your eggs in a bag on your front porch with a letter from the Easter Bunny. The number of yards we can egg are limited. Text Shelly at (507) 329-2016 to order. The order link can also be found on Tracy Area Animal Rescue's Facebook page.

Got any old holiday lights or electrical cords you don't know what to do with? Rock County Opportunities started the holiday light and electrical cord recycling program to create work opportunities for some of the adults with disabilities who receive services at RCO. The lights are collected and then turned over to RCO’s clients, who remove the bulb and ends from the string of lights. Once these are removed, the wire is then recycled. Laundry, paper shredding, holiday lights and electrical cords can be brought in to 807 W. Main St., Luverne. Call (507) 283-4582 to schedule a drop-off.

It will be 85 years of celebrating King Turkey Day this year and the board has begun the planning. Help with ideas for a theme is being sought. Comment on our Facebook post or contact the Chamber at (507) 372-2919 or 

wcofc@forwardworthington.com or see the King Turkey Day Facebook page. “The Wizard of Oz” and “Gone with the Wind” both came out in 1939, Frank Sinatra made his recording debut and an 85th anniversary is the Moonstone anniversary. Thin mints were introduced in 1939 as "Cooky-Mints." The board will discuss ideas at its Feb. 21 and March 20 meetings.

The Milford Kiwanis Club will host BINGO on the second & and fourth Thursdays of each month beginning at 6 p.m. Jan. 11th at the Spirit Lake VFW, 914 Lake St., Spirit Lake. All profits will go to the Dickinson County and Milford area youth individual needs, programs and scholarships. Bingo cards will be on sale beginning at 5:30 p.m., and the VFW Auxiliary will serve a light meal for a free-will donation. 

The Windom Kiwanis is sponsoring Open Gym in the Windom High School Blue Gym from 1-3pm every Saturday through March 3.

Murray County Early Childhood Initiative is offering multiple Sundays of Family Fun in January, February, & March. Free and open to all families with children ages up to 8 years old. “Wiggle-a-While” Open Gym will be from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Jan. 14, 21 & 28 at West Elementary in Slayton and 1 to 4 p.m. Feb. 4, 18 and 25. ECI Open Swim will be at Fulda’s swimming pool from 1 to 4 pm March 3. Check for other details on Murray County ECI’s Facebook page.

The “Give It Your Best Shot: Focus on Cottonwood County Parks” is currently being displayed in the Remick Gallery. Admission is free to this exhibit that features photographs taken in Cottonwood County by local photographers relating to this year’s theme ‘Parks’. Be sure to stop in and vote for your favorite photograph. This exhibit runs till March 23 and is sponsored by the Robert & Helen Remick Endowment. The Cottonwood County Historical Society is located at 812 Fourth Ave. in Windom, and open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and Saturday by appointment only. For more information, contact the museum at (507) 831-1134.

The Jackson Center for the Arts is inviting both businesses and individuals to donate merchandise items, services, gift certificates and basket items for a fundraising silent auction and dinner for the group coming up in April. The fundraising is looking to support local artists and bring art opportunities to the community. The event is coming up on April 7 at the American Legion, but they’ll only be taking donated items at the JCA until March 8th to be included in advertising. Email them at jca23.office@gmail.com if you have something you’d like to know or visit Jackson Center for the Arts on Facebook for the QR code.

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