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  1. Nov
    14
    Sat

    1. Free Family Concert – Handel With Care
      11:00 am – 1:00 pm

      Free Family Concert – Handel With Care

      On Saturday, November 14th, the second installment of the Mankato Symphony Orchestra’s “Handel With Care”
      family concert series will take place at the Mankato YMCA. This interactive show is suitable for all ages, and is
      intended to offer children a fun and educational experience about classical music. Performances begin at 11 am,
      last approximately 45 minutes, and feature live classical music and interactive educational activities.

      Attendance is free; however, free-will donations are encouraged.

      These hilarious and fun filled performances are based on the life and music of George Frideric Handel, featuring an
      actor portraying the German composer and the MSO String Quartet. Each child gets to take home a gift and a snack
      at the end of each show. 

      This is a perfect first concert experience for a child, being much more open and informal than a typical string quartet
      performance. It’s OK for the kids to sing and dance along!

      The Mankato YMCA is located at 1401 S. Riverfront Drive, Mankato, MN 56001.

      For more information, call the MSO office at 507-625-8880 or email us at mso@hickorytech.net.

  2. Nov
    16
    Mon

    1. ‘Farm to Fork: The Sibley East School Garden’
      6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

      ‘Farm to Fork: The Sibley East School Garden’ is Keynote Address for

      Nov. 16 Regional Food Access Gathering Events at Minnesota State Mankato

      Mankato, Minn. – Jeff Eppen and Tim Uhlenkamp, agricultural educators at Sibley East High School in Arlington, Minn., will present the keynote address “Farm to Fork: The Sibley East School Garden,” on Monday, Nov. 16 from 6-8 p.m. at Centennial Student Union in Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Ostrander Auditorium.

      In their presentation, part of the University’s 2015 Common Read program and free and open to the public, Eppen and Uhlenkamp will present information on their school garden and its impact on the community. Their presentation will be followed by a brief discussion on regional food system issues and what steps can be taken for improvement.

      The evening presentation by Eppen and Uhlenkamp will follow three Nov. 16 afternoon discussion sessions on the subject of food gathering that are also free and open to the public. 

      All three afternoon sessions, listed below, are available at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.:

      ·         “Kids and Hunger,” Centennial Student Union Room 201 – Hosted by Heather Von Bank, associate professor in Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of Family & Consumer Science (College of Allied Health and Nursing), and Cassandra Schreiber, doctoral student in Minnesota State Mankato’s school psychology program

      ·         “Food on a Budget,” Centennial Student Union Room 203 – Hosted by Rachel Jones, University of Minnesota Extension/SNAP-Ed

      ·         “The Minnesota Food Charter: A Tool for Change,” Centennial Student Union Room 204 – Hosted by Natasha Frost, Public Health Law Center, and Kelly Kunkel, University of Minnesota Extension

      For more information, contact Monika Antonelli, associate professor and reference/outreach librarian at Minnesota State Mankato, by phone at 507-389-2507 or by email atmonika.antonelli@mnsu.edu

      A full listing of Minnesota State Mankato’s common read activities are available online here.

      The day’s events are hosted by and with support from the Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) – Minnesota Department of Health; Minnesota State University, Mankato;University of Minnesota Extension; and the Public Health Law Center.

  3. Nov
    17
    Tue

    1. TRIAD MEETING
      10:00 am – 12:15 pm

      TRIAD MEETING 

      The monthly meeting of TRIAD will be held on November 17 at 10:00 am at the Senior Center in New Ulm (600 N. German).  The speaker this month is Dave Borchert, City Emergency Manager Director.  He will speak on how to be prepared for any emergencies that may happen in our area.  Emergencies such as blizzards, electricity being out for a long time, hazardous waste train derailment, tornadoes.

      As always we will talk about the latest scams and local law enforcement will be on hand to answer questions.

      for more information contact Opal Dewanz at 507-359-9808

    2. Come One Come All to Happy Joe’s to Support Pro Kinship for Kids
      5:00 pm – 7:30 pm

      Come One Come All to Happy Joe’s 
      to Support Pro Kinship for Kids

      Tuesday, November 17, 2015
      5:00 – 7:30 pm
      New Ulm Happy Joe’s

      Come to enjoy the buffet at
      Happy Joe’s in New Ulm
      Tuesday, November 17, 2015
      5:00 – 7:30 pm

      We need everyone to come participate by eating at the buffet on this night at
      Happy Joe’s for all the buffets purchased this night will give 50 cents to our
      program.  This money will support Pro Kinship for Kids programming and all
      tips collected that night as Pro Kinship for Kids Mentors and Mentees serve
      also go to support our activities. 

  4. Nov
    18
    Wed

    1. 26th ANNUAL COOKIE BAKE CHURCH OF ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST, SEARLES (all-day)
      Nov 18

      26th ANNUAL COOKIE BAKE
      CHURCH OF ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST
      SEARLES
      DECEMBER 5th AND 6th 2015

      19 VARIETIES AVAILABLE 

      GIFT PAK OF 2 1/2 DOZEN ASSORTED & READY FOR GIFT GIVING

      ALL VARIETES $4.00 PER DOZEN GIFT PAKS $11 EACH

      Order may be placed by contacting any committee member:
      Carol 359-4339, Sherry 354-8029, or Lester and Linda 354-4234
      OR
      www.holycrossafc.org/cookie-bake.html 
      OR email
      llb@newulmtel.net

      ALL ORDERS MUST BE PLACED BY NOVEMBER 29th.  
      ORDERS ARE TO BE PICKED UP AT THE CHURCH OF
      ST. JOHN’S BASEMENT ON DECEMBER 5th FROM 3 – 7 OR
      DECEMBER 6th 8 – NOON

      THIS IS A CATHOLIC UNITED FINANCIAL MATCHING GRANT FUNDRAISER
       

  5. Nov
    20
    Fri

    1. New Ulm High School Presents: big the musical
      7:00 pm – 2:00 pm

      New Ulm High School Presents

      big
      the musical

       Friday, Nov. 20 ~ 7:00 pm
      Saturday, Nov. 21 ~ 7:00 pm
      Sunday, Nov. 22 ~ 2:00 pm
      State Street Theater

      Assigned Seating Tickets on Sale Now!
      $12            $10        $8

      Assigned Seating Tickets Available Starting Nov. 5 at:
      New Ulm High School Office:  359-8426
      Monday – Friday 8am – 4pm 
      or online at isd88.ticketleap.com/big

      Also available at the door one hour before each show 

  6. Nov
    21
    Sat

    1. Hector United Methodist Church Christmas Bazaar
      2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

      Hector United Methodist Church
      300 W. 2nd  St

      Christmas Bazaar

      Saturday, November 21
      2 pm

      Fancy Cakes ~ Coffee
      Bake Shop ~ Candy Booth  ~ Country Store
      Christmas Booth 

       

    2. Lafayette American Legion Post 300 Turkey Bingo
      7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

      The Lafayette American Legion Post 300 will host their annual

      Turkey Bingo 
      Saturday, November 21
      7:00 pm

      Lafayette Community Center
      Lafayette

       All ages welcome.

  7. Nov
    25
    Wed

    1. 26th ANNUAL COOKIE BAKE CHURCH OF ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST, SEARLES (all-day)
      Nov 25

      26th ANNUAL COOKIE BAKE
      CHURCH OF ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST
      SEARLES
      DECEMBER 5th AND 6th 2015

      19 VARIETIES AVAILABLE 

      GIFT PAK OF 2 1/2 DOZEN ASSORTED & READY FOR GIFT GIVING

      ALL VARIETES $4.00 PER DOZEN GIFT PAKS $11 EACH

      Order may be placed by contacting any committee member:
      Carol 359-4339, Sherry 354-8029, or Lester and Linda 354-4234
      OR
      www.holycrossafc.org/cookie-bake.html 
      OR email
      llb@newulmtel.net

      ALL ORDERS MUST BE PLACED BY NOVEMBER 29th.  
      ORDERS ARE TO BE PICKED UP AT THE CHURCH OF
      ST. JOHN’S BASEMENT ON DECEMBER 5th FROM 3 – 7 OR
      DECEMBER 6th 8 – NOON

      THIS IS A CATHOLIC UNITED FINANCIAL MATCHING GRANT FUNDRAISER
       

  8. Nov
    26
    Thu

    1. St. James Thanksgiving Blood drive
      7:30 am – 11:30 am

      St. James Thanksgiving 

      BLOOD DRIVE 

      Location:  National Guard Armory
      521 Armstrong Blvd N.

      Thursday, November 26
      7:30 – 11:30 am

      For appointments call 1-800-733-2767
      or online @ www.redcrossblood.org
      enter sponsor code:  STJAMESMN

      All presenting donors will receive
      a complimentary pumpkin pie
      courtesy of
       Paul’s Food Pride!

    2. New Ulm Community Thanksgiving Dinner
      11:30 pm – 1:00 am

      New Ulm Community Thanksgiving Dinner

      Community Friends Thanksgiving Dinner will be held at St. Mary’s Church, 417 S. MN St. on Thursday, November 26, 2015 from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm

      Volunteers are needed Wednesday from 1:30 pm to 7:00 pm and on Thanksgiving Day from 8:00 am to 5 pm.

      If you would like to volunteer for this event, need a ride or if you would like a meal delivered, please call Mary Ellen on or before 11/24/15.  You can also email us at: newulmcommunityfriends@yahoo.com

      Cash donations are needed to help offset costs for this event.

      Everyone is welcome, no reservations needed.

  9. Dec
    2
    Wed

    1. Come One Come All to McDonald’s to Support Pro Kinship for Kids
      4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

      Come One Come All to McDonald’s to Support Pro Kinship for Kids

      Wednesday, December 2, 2015
      4 – 7 pm
      New Ulm McDonald’s

      Come to enjoy a Christmas Themed Family Fun Night
      at McDonald’s in New Ulm
      Wednesday, December 2, 2015 from 4 – 7 pm

      We need everyone to come dine-in or take-out food on this night for 10% of all the
      business from 4 – 7 pm that night will go to support Pro Kinship for Kids programming.
      There will be a special appearance by Santa Claus this night, so bring your
      cameras for a chance to get your picture taken with the jolly guy himself.  Pro
      Kinship for Kids Volunteers will also be running some games like Hole in One, Ring Toss, and
      Peanut Toss for prizes.  There will be some fun Christmas activities to enjoy as well with face
      painting available.  McDonald’s will be running a movie for families to enjoy.  Drawing will be
      held for adults and kids as well as materials available on Pro Kinship for Kids. 

  10. Dec
    3
    Thu

    1. CRECHEFEST 2015
      1:30 pm – 5:00 pm

      Centennial Lutheran Church, 701 Locust Street, Henderson Minnesota invites you to “CRECHEFEST 2015”

      The Crecehfest is an Advent event which features nativity displays in a beautiful lighted setting.  An ordinary church basement becomes an extraordinary setting for displaying Crèches (old, simple elaborate and from around the world), the rest of the Story, depicting the crucifixion, resurrection and ascension of our Lord; and displays of angels, churches and more.  Join us Thursday, December 3from 1:30 – 9:00, Friday December 4 from 1:30 – 7:00, or Saturday December 5 from 1:30 – 5:00.

      Join us Thursday, December 3 from 1:30 – 9:00, Friday December 4 from 1:30 – 7:00, or Saturday December 5 from 1:30 – 5:00. 

      Included in the event is “Stories and Songs of Christmas” presented by Allan and Matt Carlson, a father and son duo who share a passion for music, especially classic country gospel and hymns.  They enjoy entertaining while encouraging their audiences with positive uplifting messages.  The Stories and Songs of Christmas will be onThursday, December 3 at 7:00 p.m.

      Start the Advent season by attending Crechefest 2015.  Your entire family will enjoy this experience.  Children are welcome and encouraged to attend.  Handicap accessible.

  11. Dec
    6
    Sun

    1. Clements American Legion Annual Sausage feed
      4:30 pm – 7:00 pm

      Clements American Legion Annual Sauasage feed will be held Sunday, December 6, from 4:30 to 7:00 pm, at Clements American Legion Hall in Clements MN.

  12. Dec
    8
    Tue

    1. Stroke Support Group – New Ulm Medical Center
      10:00 am – 11:30 am

      The Stroke Support Group meets the second Tuesday of each month from 10-11:30 am in the New Ulm Medical Center clinic lower level meeting room. Enter through the clinic and follow the signs. For more information, call 507.217.5173.

  13. Dec
    10
    Thu

    1. Riverbend Chapter of Minnesota Federation of the Blind – Mankato
      6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

      The Riverbend Chapter of Minnesota Federation of the Blind is now meeting on the 2nd Thurs of every month at the American Legion Club #11 – 223 East Walnut Street – Mankato MN from 6:30-8:30 pm in the basement meeting room.

      For more information call Jack Rupert President 507.276.4640 or email jerupert@outlook.com

    2. Prairie Piecemakers Quilt Guild Monthly Meeting
      7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

      The Prairie Piecemakers Quilt Guild will have their monthly meeting on Thurs December 10th at 7 pm at St. Pauls Lutheran church.  We will have potluck and reveal our 3fats in a bag.

      For more information please call Bonnie Rabe 507-228-8536

  14. Dec
    11
    Fri

    1. State Street Theater presents Fifth Annual Holiday Radio Play
      7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

      State Street Theater presents

      Fifth Annual Holiday Radio Play – A Christmas Carol

      1 North State Street
      New Ulm

      Friday December 11 – 7:30 pm
      Saturday December 12 – 7:30 pm
      Sunday December 13 – 2:00 pm

      Tickets are on sale at the Chamber, Hy-Vee and at the door

      $10 – Adults
      $5 – Children 12 and under 

  15. Dec
    12
    Sat

    1. Augustana Lutheran Church St. James, MN will celebrate St. Lucia Day
      6:30 am – 9:00 am

      Augustana Lutheran Church
      St. James, MN
      will celebrate

      St. Lucia Day

      Saturday, December 12th

      Breakfast ~ 6:30 to 9:00 am
      Free Will Offering

      Christmas Shoppe 6:30 to 9:00 am

      Come celebrate with us! 

  16. Dec
    13
    Sun

    1. STATE STREET THEATER PRESENTS FIFTH ANNUAL HOLIDAY RADIO PLAY
      2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

      State Street Theater presents

      Fifth Annual Holiday Radio Play – A Christmas Carol

      1 North State Street
      New Ulm

      Friday December 11 – 7:30 pm
      Saturday December 12 – 7:30 pm
      Sunday December 13 – 2:00 pm

      Tickets are on sale at the Chamber, Hy-Vee and at the door

      $10 – Adults
      $5 – Children 12 and under 

  17. Dec
    14
    Mon

    1. Nicollet Blood Drive
      1:00 pm – 7:00 pm

      The Nicollet Blood drive will be in Nicollet

      Monday, December 14th
      from 1:00 to 7:00 pm
      Legion Hall in Nicollet

      To make an appointment call:  Darlene @  507-359-2816

       

       

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  18. Jan
    7
    Thu

    1. SNOWMOBILE SAFETY CLASS
      4:45 pm – 5:45 pm

      The Watonwan County Sheriff’s Office is sponsoring the following:

      SNOWMOBILE SAFETY CLASS

      January 23, 2016
      8:00 am – 3:00 pm

      Watonwan Human Services Building
      715 2nd Avenue South
      St. James, MN 56081

      Youth must be 11 years of age before the class start date in order to be eligible to take class.

      Pre-registration is required by obtaining a study CD before 1/23/2016 by calling 507-375-2579.  Class size is limited so register early.

      For more information contact:
      Sgt Barry Gulden
      507-357-2579
      or
      barry.gulden@co.watonwan.mn.us 

    2. The Prairie Piecemakers – Monthly Meeting
      4:45 pm – 5:45 pm

      The Prairie Piecemakers will have their monthly meeting on Thursday January 14 at 7 pm at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.  Carl Christensen will be the speaker.

      Everyone is Welcome

  19. Jan
    8
    Fri

    1. Dairy Queen Blizzard Day ~ Pro Kinship For Kids
      4:15 pm – 5:15 pm

      Come buy a Blizzard any time on Friday, January 15, 2016 at the New Ulm Dairy Queen and a portion of the amount you pay for your blizzard will go to fund Pro Kinship for Kids activities.  You will be able to enjoy a great treat and support Pro Kinship at the same time.  Bring your friends, family, or your whole neighborhood for fun!!!

      You can also bring your children or neighborhood children down to Dairy Queen this day for a real feel for what it is like to be part of Pro Kinship for Kids.  Staff and volunteers of Pro Kinship will be available to answer questions, and tell you about the program.  You can experience Pro Kinship activities from 4 – 7:30.  For donations to Pro Kinship for Kids children or any one who is a child at heart can make different craft items to take home with them and play games with us.  Here are just a few things you can do this day:

      *Decorate your own Foam Art Item                *Get your Face Painted                 *Play Ring Toss and Cup Toss

       *Decorate a Votive Candle Cup                    *Create a Wood Snowflake               *Play Tic Tac Toe Toss and Fish Bowl Toss

       

      QUESTIONS CONTACT: PRO KINSHIP FOR KIDS  507-359-2445 or  WWW.PROKINSHIP.ORG

  20. Jan
    11
    Mon

    1. St. Paul’s Pre-Kindergarten
      2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

      You are invited to

      St. Paul’s Pre-Kindergarten

      126 South Payne Street, New Ulm

      OPEN HOUSE

      Monday, January 11, 2016

      2-6 PM

      Visit school, let your child “try out” the room and talk to Mrs. Meyer about our Pre-K program for 3 & 4 year olds!

      Questions – call Pre-K Director Heidi Meyer 612-578-2819

  21. Jan
    12
    Tue

    1. Stroke Support Group – New Ulm Medical Center
      10:00 am – 11:30 am

      The Stroke Support Group meets the second Tuesday of each month from 10-11:30 am in the New Ulm Medical Center clinic lower level meeting room. Enter through the clinic and follow the signs. For more information, call 507.217.5173.

    2. Senior Dance
      1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

      Senior Dance

      Tuesday, January 12
      1:00 – 4:00 pm
      Music provided by
      “Lyndon Peterson”

      American Legion
      229 W. Nassau
      St. Peter

      Cost:  $5.00

      Questions? Call Sylvia @ 934-7227 

  22. Jan
    14
    Thu

    1. Riverbend Chapter of Minnesota Federation of the Blind – Mankato
      6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

      The Riverbend Chapter of Minnesota Federation of the Blind is now meeting on the 2nd Thurs of every month at the American Legion Club #11 – 223 East Walnut Street – Mankato MN from 6:30-8:30 pm in the basement meeting room.

      For more information call Jack Rupert President 507.276.4640 or email jerupert@outlook.com

  23. Jan
    16
    Sat

    1. 4th Annual High Island Lake Ice Fishing Contest
      10:00 am – 2:00 pm

      Friend of High Island

      4th Annual High Island Lake

      Ice Fishing Contest

      New Auburn, MN
      January 16, 2016

      10:00- 2:00/Registration start 9:00 am
      Food Available on site/shelters allowed

      Cash Prizes awarded for fish categories

      1-Largest Walleye $100.00
      1-Second Largest Walleye $75.00
      1- Third Larges Walleye $50.00

      1- Largest Crappie $100.00
      1- Second Largest Crappie $75.00
      1- Third Larges Crappie $50.00

      1- Largest Sunfish $100.00
      1- Second Largest Sunfish $75.00
      1- Third Largest Sunfish $50.00

      Largest Bass  $50.00
      Largest Rough Fish $50.00 

      Youth contest – 12 and under FREE with paid adult
      1- Largest Fish $50.00
      1- Second Largest Fish $30.00
      1- Third Largest Fish $15.00

      A project of Friends of the Minnesota Valley 

  24. Jan
    20
    Wed

    1. Beef or Turkey Commercial Supper – Catholic United Financial
      4:30 pm – 7:00 pm

      Catholic United Financial

      St. Mary’s and St. Joseph’s
      Catholic United Council

      invites all parishioners and friends to the annual

      Beef or Turkey
      Commercial Supper

      Beverages – desserts – salads – bread

      Adults – $8.50
      10 yrs. & under – $5.00
      Preschool – $3.00

      Wednesday, January 20
      4:30 – 7:00 pm 

      St. Andrew’s Social Center
      Fairfax MN

      Carry out available,please call: 426-7069

      Everyone is welcome!

      Earnings from the nights event will benefit St. Andrew’s Religious Education Program

      St. Mary’s and St. Joseph’s will receive a matching grant
      up to $1000 from Catholic United Financial

      For more information about Catholic United Financial Fraternal Programs and Financial Products,
      please call your local Sales Representative, Curtis Wangen, at 866.942.7710