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  1. Dec

    1. A Cantata for Christmas, Fairfax & Gibbon
      3:00 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.

    2. Canadian Pacific Holiday Train, New Ulm
      5:00 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.

    3. Drive-By Living Nativity, Arlington
      5:30 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.

    4. SC MN Compassionate Friends, New Ulm
      6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

      The SC MN Chapter of Compassionate Friends will meet on Sunday, December 8, at 6:30pm for a social time over refreshments. At 7pm, our candles will be lighted and we will have a program.

      They will have candles, but you may bring a special one of your own if you wish. They will meet at Redeemer Lutheran Church, LCMS, 700 South Broadway, New Ulm.

  2. Dec

    1. Holiday Open House, New Ulm Community Market and Cooperative
      4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

      Holiday Open House on December 12, 4-7pm, 526 South Minnesota, New Ulm, New Ulm Community Market and Cooperative.

      Check out our new building; live music; holiday bake sale; hot drinks and holiday treats; silent auction with many local and green items; meet the board; art project for the kids; everyone is welcome.

      Web: nucommunitymarket.com; email: info@nucommunitymarket.com.

  3. Dec

    1. Zion Lutheran Church Bake Sale & Luncheon, Springfield
      11:00 am – 1:00 pm

      Zion Lutheran Church Springfield is having their second annual Christmas Bake Sale and Soup and Salad Luncheon on Friday, December 13. The Christmas Bake Sale and Luncheon will be from 11am-1pm. Take outs available.

    2. NUACT Presents, ‘A Seussified Christmas Carol’
      7:30 pm – 4:00 pm

      NUACT is presenting “A Seussified Christmas Carol” by Peter Bloedel, a whimsical reinvention of Dickens’ most beloved Christmas story in wacky rhymed couplets for three shows on December 13, 14, & 15.  

      Performances are Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30pm and Sunday at 2pm. All performances are at Martin Luther College Auditorium. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for kids. Tickets available at the New Ulm Chamber of Commerce, HyVee, Cash Wise and online at www.newulmact.com.

  4. Dec

    1. St. Lucia Day, St. James
      6:30 am – 9:00 am

      Augustana Lutheran Church, St. James, will celebrate St. Lucia Day on Saturday, December 14, breakfast 6:30-8:30am.

      A short program will be held at 8:30am in the church sanctuary. Christmas Shoppe 6:30-9am. Free will offering.

    2. Brown County Humane Society Bake & Craft Sale
      9:30 am – 12:00 pm

      The Brown County Humane Society will hold their annual Christmas Bake and Craft Sale on Saturday, December 14, from 9:30am-12pm at Oak Hills Living Center, 1314 8th North Street, New Ulm.

      The sale includes a number of Christmas baked goods that are excellent for holiday entertaining, as well as a number of craft items. Also, this year the New Ulm Actors Community Theatre is providing a free ticket to see that evening’s performance of a “Seussified Christmas Carol” for a $10 or greater purchase.

      All of the funds used to support the day-to-day operations of the Humane Society.

      Anyone wishing to donate baked goods or items for this event can drop them off at the shelter on Friday, December 13.

      For more info, contact 507-359-2312 or 507-276-5888.

    3. American Legion Auxiliary Holiday Fair, New Ulm
      10:00 am – 1:00 pm

      American Legion Auxiliary Holiday Fair Bake Sale & Luncheon, Saturday, December 14, 10am-1pm, 13 SouthMinnesota, New Ulm.

      No early sales; lunch service starting at 10:30am of turkey supreme sandwich, pulled pork sandwich, German potato salad, desserts, coffee.

    4. Christmas in Hanska
      10:00 am – 1:00 pm

      Christmas in Hanska, Saturday, December 14, at the Hanska Community Center, 10am-1pm

      Santa will be present from 10-11:30am; each child will visit with Santa and receive a goodie bag. Photos with Santa will be available for purchase; Turkey drawing for adults and cookie dough drawing for children; drop off box for Santa’s Closet and Brown County Food Shelf; cookies, apple cider and coffee will be served.

      Also taking place upstairs is the Christmas in Hanska Vendor Fair from 10am-1pm in the upstairs of the Hanska Community Center.

      The City of Hanska, along with the Hanska Community Library, will be hosting many cash and carry vendors so you can start or finish your Christmas shopping. Hanska Community Library will also be having a book sale.

      Call the City of Hanska at 507-439-6246 if you are interested in being a vendor.

    5. St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Christmas for Kids
      10:00 am – 1:00 pm

      St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, located at 201 North State Street, is hosting its first annual ‘Christmas for Kids’ day celebration on Saturday, December 14, at 10am.

      This is a fun day for children ages 3-12. The day will include the Christmas story, crafts, music, and a free lunch – for children and parents. 

      There is also an optional parent class available that morning, entitled ‘Giving Good Gifts to Your Children’.

      Please call 507-354-3641 to pre-register or just show up that day, too.

  5. Dec

    1. Smart Guy Shopping, New Ulm
      4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

      Smart Guy Shopping, One Night Only – Monday, December 16, 4-8pm in New Ulm.

      Free personal shoppers; free drink at B & L; free gift wrapping only at these fine stores: Lambrecht’s Gifts; The Splendid Nest; New Ulm Furniture; A to Zinnia Floral and Gifts; Gallery 512 Boutique; Patterson’s Diamond Center; Semblance; Hope and Faith Floral and Gifts.

  6. Dec

    1. Blood Drives for Week of December 23
      10:00 am – 5:30 pm

      There’s a Christmas gifts you can give that can’t be found in stores – the Gift of Life.

      The American Red Cross Bloodmobile will be making several stops around the area this week to allow you to help hospital patients in need this holiday season.

      December 23 – Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato, 10am-3pm

      December 24 – Christian Assembly Church in Waseca from 8am-12pm

      December 26 – Gaylord American Legion from 1-7pm

      December 26 – St. Michael’s Church in Morgan, 1:30-6:30pm

      December 26 – Hutchinson Mall from 12-6pm

      December 27 – Lamberton American Legion from 11:30am-5:30pm

      For more information on giving blood, log on to redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-red-cross.


  7. Dec

    1. Schell’s Brewery, Christmas Candle Lumanaries
      6:30 pm – 10:00 pm

      Schell’s Brewery in New Ulm will be having their Christmas Candle Luminaries on Christmas Eve from 6:30-10pm and Christmas night from 5:30pm until they burn out.

  8. Dec

    1. Fitness Fun Day, New Ulm
      6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

      Fitness Fun Day at the Rec. Center in New Ulm on Friday, December 27, from 6-9pm.

      Rec. Center will be open, free of charge for individuals and families to swim, play basketball, gym games or walk the track.

      Program sponsored by New Ulm Park and Rec., Allina Health-New Ulm Medical Center and Physicians Group of New Ulm.

  9. Dec

    1. No Heartland Express Service on New Year’s Day
      12:00 pm – 11:45 pm

      The Brown County Heartland Express will not be operating and the office will be closed on New Year’s Day, Wednesday, January 1. Service will resume on Thursday, January 2, as usual.

      Please note that the Heartland Express will only be operating until 3pm on New Year’s Eve Day, Tuesday, December 31.

      Those needing transportation on Thursday, January 2, are asked to call the Heartland Express Office no later than 3pm on Tuesday, December 31, to make arrangements for your rides. Call 359-2717 or countywide toll free at 800-707-2717.

  10. Jan

    1. American Red Cross Bloodmobiles
      1:30 pm – 5:30 pm

      January is National Blood Donor Month and the American Red Cross is inviting you to join the millions of donors across the country who Give the Gift of Life.

      January 6 – Salem Lutheran Church, Madelia, 1:30-6:30pm

      January 6 – Redwood Falls National Guard Armory, 1-7pm

      January 6 – Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Bird Island, 1-7pm

      January 7 – Comfrey Community Center, 1-7pm

      January 7 – Redwood Falls Armory, 1-7pm

      January 7 – Montgomery American Legion, 1-7pm

      January 8 – Buffalo Lake Community Center, 1-7pm

      January 8 – Wabasso Community Center, 1-7pm

      January 8 – Springfield High School, 9am-3pm

      January 9 – Cactus Jack’s in Stewart, 2-7pm

      January 9 – Mankato Red Cross Headquarters on Homestead Drive, 12:30-5:30pm

      January 10 – Mankato Red Cross Headquarters on Homestead Drive, 9am-1pm

      To learn more about giving blood and National Blood Donor Month, go online at redcrossblood.org.

  11. Jan

    1. U of M Extension to Offer The Buzz of Bees
      5:30 pm – 9:00 pm

      Make plans now to attend “The Buzz of Bees”, an educational evening on Tuesday, January 7, at the Ney Nature Center in Henderson offered through the University of Minnesota Extension in Nicollet, Sibley and LeSueur Counties. 

      Come and learn about Minnesota’s bee population and what you can do to help it thrive. The evening will begin with a food/drink reception at 5:30pm. Beginning at 6pm, Becky Mastermann and Elaine Evans from the U of M’s Bee Squad, will present on topics including native bees, colony collapse disorder, bee friendly plants, honey and beekeeping. The evening will conclude by 9pm. There will be time for questions and discussion. 

      Preregistration is encouraged, but not required. For more info, contact Extension Educator Christian Lilienthal at 507-934-0363.

  12. Jan

    1. Youth Snowmobile Safety Training, Olivia
      9:00 am – 12:00 pm

      The Renville County Sheriff’s Office in cooperation with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will be hosting a Youth Snowmobile Safety Training course on January 11, beginning at 9am, at the Renville County Office Building, 105 5th Street South, Room 117-lower level, Olivia.

      You can register with the Renville County Dispatch Center by calling 320-523-1161. Contact Deputy Karla Koplin or Deputy Tom Sywter at 320-523-3776 or 320-523-3774.

      Pre-registration is required and students must meet the following requirements:

      -be at least 12 years of age
      -be accompanied by parent or guardian
      -have your own snowmobile and proper safety gear
      -successful completion of the Minnesota DNR Safety CD and printout of the Certificate of Completion. The Safety CD can be obtained by calling 888-646-6367 or 651-296-6157. 

  13. Jan

    1. MN Music Hall of Fame Parade of Bands, New Prague
      12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

      Minnesota Music Hall of Fame, Inc. Parade of Bands Fundraiser & Concertina Jamboree will be held Sunday, January 12, 12-6pm, Park Ballroom, New Prague.

      Food and beverages available. Entertainment: 12-1pm Czech Area Concertina Club; 1:10-2:40pm Charlie Sticha Band; 2:50-4:20pm The Revival Band; 4:30-6pm Wendinger Band. Bands are subject to change.

      Concertina Jamboree 1pm in the Ballroom Meeting Room. Nancy Buckentine, Master of Ceremonies & Nancy Brooks, registrations. Featuring Bob Pexa and Steve Moran and friends on drums and tuba. 

      For more information, contact Minnesota Music Hall of Fame, 27 N Broadway, PO Box 1, New Ulm, MN 56073; 507-359-9014.

      All proceeds will be used for the MMHF Museum located at 27 North Broadway, New Ulm, MN.

  14. Jan

    1. UCare Informational Meetings
      9:30 am – 3:30 pm

      UCare to offer informational meetings on its Medicare plan options. To register for a meeting or to obtain more information, call 1-877-523-1518.

      Tuesday, January 14 – 9:30am, Mankato Best Western Plus Hotel, 1111 Range Street, North Mankato, MN 56003

      Tuesday, January 14 – 1:30pm, New Ulm Community Center, lower level, 600 North German, New Ulm, MN  56073

      UCare is an independent, nonprofit health plan providing health care and administrative services to more than 300,000 members. Visit www.ucare.org.

    2. Senior Dance, St. Peter
      1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

      There will be a Senior Dance on Tuesday, January 14, from 1-4pm at the American Legion, 229 W Nassau in St. Peter. Music provided by “Jolly Woodchopper”. There will be an admission charge for this event. Questions, call Sylvia 507-934-0484. Sponsored by St. Peter Senior Center.

  15. Jan

    1. Pancake Breakfast, St. John’s Catholic Church, Hector
      9:00 am – 1:00 pm

      St. John’s Catholic Church in Hector is having their annual Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, January 19. The men of our parish will be serving at the American Bar and Grill (formerly the American Legion) in Hector from 9am-1pm.

      The menu includes pancakes, French toast, ham and eggs, applesauce and beverage. Cost is $6/adults; $3/children 5-10; and free for children 4 and under.

  16. Jan

    1. Minnesota Beer and Brewing History
      7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

      Presented by the MN Historical Society and Schell’s Brewing Co. Minnesota Beer and Brewing History on Tuesday, January 21, 7pm at the Gaylord Library. 

      Learn about MN’s rich brewing tradition and enjoy free beer sampling provided by Schell’s. Remember to sign up for the Winter Reading Program starting January 21. 

  17. Jan

    1. New Ulm Sons of American Legion Supper
      5:00 pm – 7:30 pm

      The New Ulm Sons of American Legion are presenting Homemade Roast Beef or Turkey Commercials on Wednesday, January 22, from 5-7:30pm or until gone at the New Ulm American Legion Clubroom.

      Full or half orders will be available, as well as milk, coffee or water. The cost is $6.75 for a full order and $4.25 for a half order.

  18. Jan

    1. Winter Blast, New Ulm
      1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

      Friday, January 24, from 1-4pm at the New Ulm Vogel Arena. $10/fee admits participants for all activities: inflatable action, swimming and gym games. Punch cards and memberships do not apply.

      Co-sponsored by Optimist Club, Jaycees, RS Electric, Inc. and United Prairie Bank.

  19. Jan

    1. Snowmobile Safety Class, St. James
      8:00 am – 4:00 pm

      The Watonwan County Sheriff’s Office is sponsoring the following Snowmobile Safety Class on January 25, from 8am-4pm at the Watonwan Public Library, 125 5th Street South, St. James. 

      Youth must be 11 years of age before the class start date in order to be eligible to take the class. Pre-registration is required by obtaining a study cd before 1-25-14 by calling 507-375-2579. Class size is limited, so register early.

      For more information, contact Sgt. Barry Gulden at 507-375-2579 or barry.gulden@co.watonwan.mn.us.

    2. Community Family Fun Night, New Ulm
      4:30 pm – 9:00 pm

      Community Family Fun Night – Escape the Winter Blues on Saturday, January 25, at Holy Trinity Gym, 515 North State, New Ulm for Food, Games and Talent Show. Food served 4:30-6:45pm; Games from 5-6:45pm; Talent Show 6:30pm. Admission for the talent show is $5/adults; $3/students with a family cap of $15.

      There will be a Carnival of Games including Kid’s Raffle; Surprise Door Game; Plunk-It; Fish Pond; Bean Bag Toss; Cherry Tree; Face Painting; Bingo; Food featuring tacos in a bag, chicken strips, bbq pork, Happy Joe’s pizza and more. 

      Call 233-0751 for more information on Family Fun Night. This event is sponsored by New Ulm Area Catholic Schools; all proceeds to assist with educational expenses.

    3. Ducks Unlimited Banquet, Winthrop
      5:30 pm – 11:00 pm

      Ducks Unlimited 9th Annual Arhart’s Mallards Banquet will be held Saturday, January 25, at Tanker Bay Sports Bar in Winthrop.

      Bring your spouse or significant other for an evening of fun and entertainment. Doors open at 5:30pm and dinner to follow at 7pm. 

      Questions, call Isaac 320-583-9839