−Food for Kidz, Sleepy Eye11:15 am – 3:00 pm
Food for Kidz – 10th Annual will be held Sunday, November 17. The community is invited to package food for the hungry. It will be held at the Eagles Orchid Inn in Sleepy Eye with two choices of shifts to help.
Come as a family and encourage the kids to being a ‘buddy’ along to help. The 1st shift is from 11:15am-1:15pm and the 2nd shift is 1-3pm. Help us package a nutritious meal of rice, soy, vitamins and vegetables that is fed to hungry children around the world.
In the past nine years, our community has packaged 639,350 meals and fundraised nearly $75,000
Questions, call Rick at 320-583-7442 or Deb at 507-240-0546.
Sponsored by Divine Mercy Area Faith Communities in Sleepy Eye, Leavenworth, Comfrey and Morgan, plus all the Sleepy Eye Area Churches and Schools.+11:15 amFood for Kidz, Sleepy Eye
−American Red Cross Blood Drives8:00 am – 6:00 pm
American Red Cross Blood Drives
Wednesday, November 20 – GFW High School in Winthrop, 8am-1pm
Thursday, November 21 – Faith Lutheran Church in Janesville, 1-7pm
Friday, November 22 – St. Peter Regional Treatment Center’s Tomlinson Hall, 8am-1pm
Friday, November 22 – Hutchinson Mall from 1-6pm
For more information on giving blood, log onto redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-red-cross.+8:00 amAmerican Red Cross Blood Drives
−New Ulm High School Presents ‘Footloose’6:00 pm – 6:00 pm
New Ulm High School Presents ‘Footloose The Musical’ on Friday, November 22, 7pm; Saturday, November 23, 7pm; Sunday, November 24, 3pm, at the District Administrative Center in New Ulm.
Assigned seating tickets on sale now for $12, $10 and $8. Available at: Community Education Office, 359-8561. Also available at the door one hour before each show. Call 359-8561 for more information.+6:00 pmNew Ulm High School Presents ‘Footloose’
−Poultry Party, Plato7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Plato Baseball Club’s Annual Poultry Party will be held on Friday, November 22, 7pm at the Plato Hall in Plato.
Sponsored by Plato Baseball Club.+7:00 pmPoultry Party, Plato
−Fall Classic Poultry Show, New Ulm8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday, November 23 – New Fall Classic Poultry Show will be held at the Brown County Fairgrounds from 8am-5pm. Free admission to the public.
On display will be heritage breeds of poultry and miniature Bantams in many beautiful colors and breeds. Show sponsored by Brown County Poultry and Pigeon Association.+8:00 amFall Classic Poultry Show, New Ulm
−Fine Arts Expo & Craft Fair, Howard Lake9:00 am – 2:00 pm
The 35th Annual Fine Arts Expo and 33rd Annual Creative Crafts Fair will be held Saturday, November 23, 9am-2pm at the Middle School in Howard Lake.
There will be 100+ artists and craft persons exhibiting their works for sale. No admission fee. There will be food stand, bake sale and prizes.+9:00 amFine Arts Expo & Craft Fair, Howard Lake
−Bake Sale & Luncheon, Sleepy Eye10:00 am – 1:00 pm
A Season of Giving – Bake Sale, Candy Shoppe and Sandwich Luncheon will be held at Faith United Methodist Church in Sleepy Eye on Saturday, November 23, 10am-1pm
Proceeds will be shared by the Sleepy Eye Fire Department; The Sleepy Eye Ambulance and Faith United Methodist Church Projects.+10:00 amBake Sale & Luncheon, Sleepy Eye
−Hector United Methodist Church Christmas Bazaar2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Hector United Methodist Church Annual Christmas Bazaar will be held Saturday, November 23, starting at 2pm.
There will be candy, country store, bake sale, layer cakes, coffee & cider and much more.+2:00 pmHector United Methodist Church Christmas Bazaar
−Lafayette Turkey Bingo7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
The Lafayette American Legion Post 300 will host a Turkey Bingo on Saturday, November 23, starting at 7pm at the Lafayette Community Center. Children are welcome.+7:00 pmLafayette Turkey Bingo
−Grace Lutheran Church Closing Service, Ormsby2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Grace Lutheran Church of Ormsby closing Service will be Sunday, November 24, 2pm. All former members and others interested are invited to attend. Meal served following service.+2:00 pmGrace Lutheran Church Closing Service, Ormsby
−Commissioner Charlie Zelle presents Minnesota Go, New Ulm9:00 am – 10:00 am
Commissioner Charlie Zelle presents Minnesota Go at the New Ulm Community Center, 600 N German, New Ulm, on Monday, November 25, from 9-10am. Enjoy free continental breakfast.
Join them for this important presentation and have an opportunity to take part in a Q & A session. Charles Zelle is the Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Transportation. He will talk about our 50-year vision to help us see how transportation will connect people, natural resources and businesses to each other and to the world beyond. It’s a great vision, but it will take a serious investment.
This event is sponsored by the New Ulm Area Chamber of Commerce. Questions, call the New Ulm Chamber 507-233-4300.+9:00 amCommissioner Charlie Zelle presents Minnesota Go, New Ulm
−Breakfast with Santa, New Ulm7:30 am – 12:30 pm
Join Santa and help a deserving children – Breakfast with Santa will be held Sunday, December 1, St. Mary’s Church, New Ulm, from 7:30am-12:30pm. Proceeds to benefit Santa’s Closet.
Bring your camera to take photos with Santa, bring an unwrapped gift to donate or start shopping early by participating in our silent auction. Silent auction ends at 12:30pm. Menu includes pancakes, sausages and applesauce.
Ticket sales: New Ulm Chamber of Commerce, Cash Wise, Sleepy Eye Chamber, HyVee, Alliance Bank, Bank Midwest, Citizens Bank, Southpoint Federal and United Prairie Bank. Cost is $6/presale; $7/at door; $3/children 10 and under presale and at the door.+7:30 amBreakfast with Santa, New Ulm
−St. James Winter Carnival11:00 am – 5:30 pm
St. James Winter Carnival will be December 6-8.
Many activities taking place throughout the week
Monday – Medallion hunt begins
Tuesday – First National Bank Holiday Open House 9am-4pm
Thursday – Business After House at Pioneer Bank 5-6:30pm
Friday – Cocoa and Cider stands open at 5pm at Encore and Stray Cat; lighted parade at 5:30pm though downtown St. James; Village Walk 6-7pm;
Saturday – Women’s Morning Out; Kiddie Games in Park 11am-1pm; trolley rides; Home Vendor Show; wine tasting at St. James Liquor
Sunday – Holiday Brunch at Encore 10am-1pm; Free community movie at 3:30pm at the Princess Theater; free trolley rides+11:00 amSt. James Winter Carnival
−American Red Cross Blood Drives12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
December 2 – Truman Community Center, 12-6pm
December 3 – Waldorf Community Center, 1-7pm
December 5 – Town and Country Leisure Hall, Mapleton, 1-7pm
December 6 – Hanska Community Center, 1-6pm
To learn more about giving blood, go online to redcrossblood.org.+12:00 pmAmerican Red Cross Blood Drives
−MNsure Informational Session, New Ulm6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Join us for a FREE informational session about MNsure, the new marketplace where Minnesotans can find, compare and purchase quality health care coverage. This will be Tuesday, December 3, 6:30pm at NUMC third floor Auditorium.
Speakers include MNsure Southwest Region Community Outreach Liaison Ellen De la torre and New Ulm Medical Center President Toby Freier. Come learn how to sign up for health insurance through MNsure and how to determine which plan fits you and your family best. This session is free and open to the public. No registration is required. Co-sponsored by the New Ulm Chamber of Commerce.+6:30 pmMNsure Informational Session, New Ulm
−New Ulm SAL Dinner5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
The New Ulm Sons of the American Legion Squad is sponsoring a Schnitzel Dinner on December 4, from 5-7:30pm at the American Legion in downtown New Ulm and cost is $7.50.
Dinner includes pork schnitzel, spaetzle or French fries, mushroom gravy or pepper gravy and red cabbage.+5:00 pmNew Ulm SAL Dinner
−Introducing the MENding Project, Gaylord7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Introducing the MENding Project, Wednesday, December 4, 7pm, United Church of Christ, 318 4th Street, Gaylord.
Featured speaker will be Cara Bishop, Henderson. Cara will bravely speak from the heart, telling the story of how her daughter, Josselyn, was murdered by her ex-boyfriend on July 8, 2011. Here a mother’s perspective on how domestic violence can change the lives of many forever. Learn from this very powerful message some of the warning signs of control and violence. Parents note – this speech contains graphic descriptions of the incident. Not suitable for younger children.
Everyone is invited to attend. Please bring your spouses, children, friends, neighbors. Light refreshments available after the presentations.
Domestic violence does exist in Sibley County. It plagues schools, work places, communities and homes. Please come to learn more about a new project: The MENding Project, which acknowledges men’s unique opportunity to end men’s violence against women and our collective responsibility to do so.
Sponsored by: Sibley Lodge No. 209 of Winthrop/MENding Project. Questions, contact Steve Johnson at 507-647-2648.+7:00 pmIntroducing the MENding Project, Gaylord
−Nicollet-Sibley Corn and Soybean Growers Breakfast Meeting8:00 am – 11:00 am
Corn and Soybean Farmers invited to Nicollet-Sibley Corn and Soybean Growers Breakfast Meeting on Friday, December 6, at the Lafayette Community Center. No charge and no pre-registration needed.
Enjoy free breakfast at 8am; followed by the meeting from 9-11am.
Learn results of seed variety plot trials; Mark “Y” from farm business management will discuss crop budgets for next year; Dave Nicolai and Doug Munson will give presentations; Bob Cook, Extension Soybean Entomologist will discuss progress of soybean invasive species; seed reps will be on hand.
Brought to you by Nicollet-Sibley County Corn and Soybean Growers and the Soybean Checkoff.+8:00 amNicollet-Sibley Corn and Soybean Growers Breakfast Meeting
−Annual Cookie Sale, New Ulm10:30 am – 1:00 pm
Annual Cookie Sale and Bazaar will be Friday, December 6, from 10:30am-1pm at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 700 South Broadway, New Ulm.
Lunch, cookies, crafts, baked goods, candies, etc.+10:30 amAnnual Cookie Sale, New Ulm
−Christmas in the Country, GFW High School8:30 am – 1:30 pm
Christmas in the Country will be celebrated by the Winthrop General Foundation of Women’s Clubs on Saturday, December 7, at the GFW High School.
Christmas cookies at $4/dozen from 8:30am-1:30pm; refreshments, coffee cake servings and muffins available for purchase; crafts by local crafters.+8:30 amChristmas in the Country, GFW High School
−Dad’s Belgian Waffles, Sleepy Eye9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Dad’s Belgian Waffles all you care to eat will be Saturday, December 7, 9am-1pm, Sleepy Eye Public School Cafeteria, sponsored by Sleepy Eye Basketball Boosters.
Serving waffles, sausages, toppings and beverages. Tickets can be purchased from any 3rd-12th grade basketball player or at Freedom Gas Station. This fundraiser benefits all K-12 basketball players at SEPS.+9:00 amDad’s Belgian Waffles, Sleepy Eye
−St. Paul’s Lutheran Church WELCA Advent Brunch, Hector9:30 am – 12:30 pm
St. Paul’s Lutheran Church WELCA of Hector invites all to their Advent Brunch on Saturday, December 7.
Brunch will be served at 9:30am in St. Paul’s Fellowship Hall. Following brunch, the guest speaker is Treava Lundberg, featuring her ‘Celebration of Musis’ Program.+9:30 amSt. Paul’s Lutheran Church WELCA Advent Brunch, Hector
−Arli-Dazzle, Arlington10:00 am – 10:00 pm
Arli-Dazzle, Arlington will be Saturday, December 7. The Parade will be at 5:30pm on Main Street – probably the largest lighted Christmas parade in Minnesota.
Vendor Fair from 1-5pm Main Street Hall; Santa Day 10am-1pm; Dash Through the Snow 5K 12:30pm start; food vendors; Music on Main Street by Schell’s Hobo Band and Sibley East Carolers; Fish Camp Fun-After Parade.+10:00 amArli-Dazzle, Arlington
−St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church Cookie Walk10:00 am – 1:00 pm
St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church’s 23rd Annual Cookie Walk will be Saturday, December 7, 10am-1pm, 440 6th Street, Lafayette.
Cookies are $4/dozen. A BBQ lunch will also be available. Let them do your holiday cookie baking!+10:00 amSt. Gregory the Great Catholic Church Cookie Walk
−Santa is Coming to Courtland1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Santa is Coming to Courtland at the Courtland Community Center on Saturday, December 7, 1-3pm.
Kids visit with Santa; register to win prizes; decorate your own Christmas cookie; sleigh rides with or without snow; bring your camera for a photo with Santa. Bring a donation for the Food Shelf.
Sponsored by the Courtland Lions.+1:00 pmSanta is Coming to Courtland
−North Star Boys’ Choir, New Ulm7:00 pm – 10:30 pm
An Old World Christmas presented by the International Award-Winning North Star Boys’ Choir
They will be at Holy Trinity Cathedral, 605 North State, New Ulm on Saturday, December 7, 7pm and Saint George Catholic Church, 63105 Fort Road, New Ulm, on Sunday, December 8, 8:45am.
Sponsored by the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame.+7:00 pmNorth Star Boys’ Choir, New Ulm
−St. Mary’s ‘Willy’s Winter Wonderland’, New Ulm11:00 am – 3:00 pm
St. Mary’s Presents “Willy’s Winter Wonderland” on Sunday, December 8, 11am-3pm; tour admission is $3.
Tour the home of Willy Osgood/Stacy Olson at 1226 North Jefferson, New Ulm. There will be drinks and Christmas cookies. Take out lunch menu for an additional cost includes BBQ and German Potato Salad. Bake/Craft Sale featuring: Smearkuchen; rugs; vintage glass; dish towels; quilts and more.
Home tour will take you back in time where you will see vintage Nativity scenes, Christmas villages, Christmas trees and more.
All proceeds from this event will be donated for religious education, plus the Catholic United Financial will provide matching funds up to $1,000.+11:00 amSt. Mary’s ‘Willy’s Winter Wonderland’, New Ulm
−A Cantata for Christmas, Fairfax & Gibbon3:00 pm – 9:00 pm
A Cantata for Christmas by Joseph M. Martin will be Sunday, December 8, 3pm at the United Methodist Church in Fairfax and 7pm at Augustana Lutheran Church in Gibbon.
Presented by The Southwest Area Parish Choir, directed by Patricia Ericson; accompanied by Maria Cuff. Refreshments following Cantata.+3:00 pmA Cantata for Christmas, Fairfax & Gibbon
−Canadian Pacific Holiday Train, New Ulm5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train is returning to New Ulm. The train is scheduled to arrive around 5pm on Sunday, December 8.
The train will be parked on the tracks between Third North and First North Street.
People coming to see the holiday train are encouraged to bring a food or cash donation for the food shelf. Parking is available in the German Park lot, on the street and in the adjacent Mueller Park lot.+5:00 pmCanadian Pacific Holiday Train, New Ulm
−Drive-By Living Nativity, Arlington5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Drive-By Living Nativity will be Sunday, December 8, 5:30-7:30pm at the Sibley County Fairgrounds in Arlington.
Actors and live animals portray events leading to Christ’s birth in six different scenes. Cash of food shelf donation. Upon entering, tune radio to 104.9 FM.+5:30 pmDrive-By Living Nativity, Arlington