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  1. Nov

    1. Brown County Heartland Express (all-day)
      Nov 22

      The Brown County Heartland Express transit service will NOT be operating on Thanksgiving Day.

      However, the Brown County Heartland Express will be operating and the transit office will be open as usual the day after Thanksgiving on Friday, November 25.

      To arrange for a ride this coming Friday, you’re asked to call the Heartland Express office no later than 3pm on Wednesday, November 21 at 359-2717 or 1-800-707-2717 .

    2. Brown County Offices Closed Thanksgiving & Friday (all-day)
      Nov 22 – Nov 23

      All Brown County offices will be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 22 and 23 for the observance of the Thanksgiving weekend.

  2. Nov

    1. Life on the River Presentation at New Ulm Library
      6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

      Join photographer and lecturer Ron Bouldan for a pictorial trip through Minnesota River Valley on Tuesday, November 27, at 6pm at New Ulm Public Library. Prairies, wetlands, hardwood stands and wildlife – boating, hunting, fishing and festivals – all are part of life on the river and all are captured by the camera lens.

      Ron is a board member of the Minnesota River Valley National Scenic Byway Alliance, curator of the Regional River History Center of New Ulm and director of the River Ranger Program. He has spent 20 years photographing the Minnesota River basin and he is eager to share his adventure.

      The program is free to the public and suitable for all ages. For more information, please call the library at 507-359-8336 .

  3. Nov

    1. Christmas in Christ Chapel, Gustavus (all-day)
      Nov 30 – Dec 2

      Christmas in Christ Chapel, the annual holiday tradition at Gustavus Adolphus College, will be held November 30-December 2, and is themed “Jubilee: Proclaiming the Year of the Lord’s Favor”. The college will be celebrating two anniversaries during this year’s celebration as it is the 40th year of Christmas in Christ Chapel and the 50th Year – the Jubliee Year – of Christ Chapel.

      Dates and times of services for Christmas in Christ Chapel are:

      Friday, November 30 at 7:30pm; Saturday, December 1 at 3:30pm and 7:30pm and Sunday, December 2 at 3:30pm and 7:30pm

      A limited number of tickets remain for this year’s Christmas in Christ Chapel services. Tickets are $25 apiece and can be purchased online at gustavustickets.com or by calling the Gustavus Office of Marketing and Communication at 507-933-7520 .

    2. Holiday Bake Sale and Luncheon, Springfield
      11:00 am – 1:00 pm

      Zion Lutheran Church in Springfield is having a Holiday Bake Sale and a Soup and Sandwich Luncheon on Friday, November 30 from 11am-1pm. Take outs are available.

    3. Zion Lutheran Church Luncheon, Springfield
      11:00 am – 1:00 pm

      Zion Lutheran Church in Springfield is having a Holiday Bake Sale and Soup and Salad Luncheon on Friday, November 30, from 11am-1pm. Take outs are available.

  4. Dec

    1. Bake Sale & Country Store, Glencoe
      9:00 am – 1:00 pm

      Bake Sale & Country Store, Fellowship Center, First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 925 13th Street East, Glencoe on Saturday, December 1, 9am-1pm.

      Serving hot turkey sandwiches, homemade pies, coffee. 11am free entertainment by ‘Jack Noenning & the Community Strings’

    2. Santa is Coming to Courtland
      1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

      Santa is Coming to the Courtland Community Center on Saturday, December 1, 1-3pm. Kids visit with Santa and register to win 1 of 4 bikes.

      Sleigh rides with or without snow; decorate your own Christmas cookie; bring your camera for a photo with Santa Claus; bring a food item for the food shelf.

      This event is sponsored by the Courtland Lions.

    3. New Ulm American Legion Junior Auxiliary
      2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

      New Ulm American Legion Unit 132 Junior Auxiliary is sponsoring Cozy Kids for Christmas Event and Visit with Santa on Saturday, December 1, 2-4pm.

      Bring a new hat, mitten or scarf and proceeds will be given to Santa’s Closet.

    4. Sleepy Eye Eagles Fish Fry
      4:30 pm – 8:00 pm

      Sleepy Eye Eagles Fish Fry on Saturday, December 1, 4:30-8pm at Eagles Orchid Inn.

      Serving all you can eat fish, American potato salad, cole slaw, baked beans; $10 per person; takeouts available

    5. NUACT Presents ‘Murder at the Spoke & Wheel Club’
      6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

      NUACT Presents ‘Murder at the Spoke & Wheel Club’, written and directed by Paul Warshauer

      Murder Mystery Dinner on Saturday, December 1, 6:30pm at Turner Hall in New Ulm. Tickets are $30 and includes a stuffed pork chop dinner. Tickets can be purchased at the Chamber or by calling Jeff at 507-276-2003 .

      ‘Murder at the Spoke & Wheel Club’ is sponsored by the New Ulm Rotary Club and features local actors from NUACT. All proceeds from this event will go to benefit the Foundation for Saving Sight for their work in San Lucas Guatemala.

  5. Dec

    1. Drive By Living Nativity, Arlington
      5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

      Drive By Lighting Nativity on Sunday, December 2, 5:30-7:30pm at the Arlington Fairgrounds. Actors and live animals portray events leading to Christ’s birth. This is the 23rd year.

      Cash or food shelf donation at gate.

  6. Dec

    1. Free Online Marketing Seminar
      9:00 am – 11:00 am

      How to Compete Online as a Small Market Business

      Everybody knows the importance of advertising online but do you know how?

      Spark Logix Studios is a Minneapolis based web design and online marketing company that understands how hard it is to create an online marketing strategyKNUJ and SAM FM Radio has invited Spark Logix Studios to host a free seminar to share their experience and expertise in an effort to help local business owners understand the benefits and proven techniques of marketing online. Whether your business has been marketing online for years, or you’ve never sat at a computer, this open format seminar will help you learn how to save money on advertising and take your business to the next level.

      A light breakfast will be served at 8:30 am and the seminar will run from 9:00 am to 11:00 am at the Holiday Inn in New Ulm!

      For more information or to register click here.

    2. Sleepy Eye Sportsmen’s Club Fundraiser
      11:00 am – 6:30 pm

      Sleepy Eye Sportsmen’s Club Chili/Soup Fundraiser on Thursday, December 6, from 11am-6:30pm at the Servicemen’s Club.

      $7.50/all you can eat including chili, chicken soup, egg salad & ham sandwiches and beverages. Take outs available. Call day of at 794-7391.

    3. Crechefest and HymnFest
      1:30 pm – 7:30 pm

      Creche Fest will take place Thursday, December 6, and Friday, December 7, 1:30-7:30pm at Centennial Lutheran Church, 701 Locust Street, Henderson. View over 200 Creche and Angel Displays.

      Hymn Fest will be 7:30pm Thursday; hymns, carols and stories about the Christ Child. 8:30pm – view Creche’s with fellowship and refreshments.

    4. South Central Collegiate DECA Chapter Dinner
      5:00 pm – 7:30 pm

      The South Central Collegiate DECA Chapter, in collaboration with the U.S. Marine Corps League, is hosting the 4th Annual Spaghetti Dinner from 5-7:30pm on Thursday, December 6 at South Central College Heritage Hall.

      All proceeds from the dinner will benefit the Toys for Tots Campaign. Cost for the dinner is $5/per plate; children 5 and under/$3.

  7. Dec

    1. Sleepy Eye Pride Silent Auction (all-day)
      Dec 7

      Sleepy Eye Pride (Positive Behavior Intervention Supports Team) will be hosting a silent auction on Friday, December 7, at Sleepy Eye Public School.

      This program, it its second year of implementation, fosters safe, responsible and respectful behavior in students. The money raised through the auction will be used to help promote positive behavior in both the school and within the community. Sleepy Eye Pride invites the community to attend the silent auction beginning at 6pm in the high school.

      The auction features items from Minnesota Zoo, Chanhassen Theatre, the Ordway, Minnesota Swarm, Minnesota Vikings, Minnesota Twins, Wild, Minnesota Timberwolves and many local and area businesses. This event is being held in conjunction with a doubleheader basketball game featuring Sleepy Eye Public girls and boys versus Nicollet, the bidding will conclude during the second half of the second game.

    2. Annual Cookie Sale & Bazaar, New Ulm
      10:30 am – 1:00 pm

      Annual Cookie Sale and Bazaar on Friday, December 7, from 10:30am-1pm at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 700 South Broadway, New Ulm.

      There will be lunch, cookies, crafts, baked goods and candies.

    3. Fairmont Opera House
      7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

      The Fairmont Opera House is pleased to announce an upcoming performance. DALA will be appearing on Friday, December 7, at 7:30pm, with the Bar/Box Office opening at 6:30pm.

      DALA features vocal harmonies guaranteed to give you chills. Duo members Sheila Carabine and Amanda Walther also make use of their considerable talents on guitar and grand piano to create a unique brand of acoustic pop. Their fun and energetic stage presence has made DALA a fan favorite as festivals across the country. They will also be playing traditional Christmas music as well as songs they have written.

    4. MLC Presents ‘A Tale of Two Cities’
      7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

      Martin Luther College Forum Presents ‘A Tale of Two Cities’, a Radio Play by Orson Wells, based on the novel by Charles Dickens.

      December 7 and 7:30pm and December 8 at 2pm. WCC Auditorium; $2/general admission. For more info, please call 507-233-9114.

  8. Dec

    1. Calvary Lutheran Church Cookie Sale (all-day)
      Dec 8 – Dec 9

      The Calvary Lutheran Church in Rapidan will be having a Cookie Sale on December 8 & 9. Walk around to choose your cookies for $10/box. They will be having live, holiday music while you are picking your cookies.

    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 8, from 9:30am-12pm at Oak Hills Living Center, located at 1314 8th North Street, New Ulm.

      The sale includes a number of Christmas baked goods and craft items. Also, the Brown County Humane Society cookbooks are available for $10/each, plus tax, if you purchase three or more.

      All the funds are used to support the day-to-day operations of the Humane Society. Anyone wishing to donate baked goods or items for the event can drop them off at the shelter on Friday, December 7.

      For more info, call the Humane Society at 507-359-2312.

    3. 22nd Annual Cookie Walk, Lafayette
      10:00 am – 1:00 pm

      22nd Annual Cookie Walk will be Saturday, December 8, 10am-1pm at St. Gregory’s the Great Catholic Church, 440 6th St, Lafayette

      Cookies are $3.50/dozen. A lunch will be served of BBQ sandwiches, pickles, chips and apple cider.


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

      American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Holiday Fair on Saturday, December 8, at the New Ulm American Legion, 13 S Minnesota, New Ulm.

      There will be a bake sale and curiosity shop beginning at 10am. Lunch served from 10:30am-1pm.

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

      Christmas in Hanska will be Saturday, December 8, at the Hanska Community Center from 10am-1pm.

      Upstairs, the City of Hanska will be hosting cash and carry vendors. Hanska Community Library will be having a book fair.

      Hanska Women of Today’s Santa Visit will be 10am-11:30am. Goodie bags for all children; visit with Santa from 10am-11:30am; enter a drawing for a turkey and cookie dough; cookies and refreshments will be served.

      There will be a drop off box for New Ulm Sertoma’s Club Santa’s Closet project and food for Brown County Food Shelf.

  9. Dec

    1. Dinner and Bake Sale, Sleepy Eye
      8:00 am – 12:30 pm

      Catholic United Financial Matching Grant Fundraiser, sponsored by St. Mary’s Catholic United Financial Council in Sleepy Eye is having a Dinner and Bake Sale on Sunday, December 9.

      Bake Sale starting at 8am. Swiss steak dinner serving from 10:30am-12:30pm at St. Mary’s School Cafeteria. Meal includes Swiss steak, mashed potatoes, gravy, dressing, carrots, coleslaw, dessert and beverage. Carry outs available.

      All proceeds donated to the Parish Education Program plus a Catholic Aid Matching Grant of up to $1,000.

    2. Sean Randel Benefit
      11:00 am – 12:00 pm

      There will be a Sean Randel Benefit held on Sunday, December 9, at the American Legion in New Ulm starting at 11am. There will be a donation meal, bake sale and silent auction. Meal will start at 12pm and the close of the silent auction being at 2:30pm.

      Sean is the son of Tonya Bonnifield (wife of Al Bonnifield) and Robert Randel. Early morning on November 2, Sean was involved in a car accident. The vehicle flipped, Sean was ejected and the vehicle landed on top of him. Sean has several fractures in his pelvis. The benefit will be used to help defer medical costs and any other type of costs that incur.

    3. Clements American Legion Sausage Feed
      4:30 pm – 7:30 pm

      Clements American Legion Robert Seikora Post 519, Clements, Annual Sausage Feed on Sunday, December 9, 4:30-7pm.

      Adults/$10; children 5 and under/$5. Meal includes sausage, beans, potato salad, coffee and juice.

  10. Dec

    1. Santa Visits the Cox House
      1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

      Mr. and Mrs. Cox and their children cordially invite you to call on Santa while he’s taking visitors at the Cox House on Saturday, December 15, from 1-3pm.

      Richard Tostenson and the Minnehaha Questers Chapter of St. Peter have transformed the house into a Victorian holiday celebration. Costumed interpreters will portray the Cox family. Santa will be on hand to hear from all the good boys and girls. Refreshments will be served.

      The Cox House is located at 500 North Washington Avenue in St. Peter.

  11. Jan

    1. Life Living Series 2013
      7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

      Erin Walsh
      Monday, January 14
      7pm, DAC Auditorium
      “Why Do Kids Act That Way”?

      Erin combines experience and examples to help parents understand the impact of technology on their kids. Her expertise is body image, video game violence and teenage brain development.


      Katy Smith
      Monday, January 21
      7pm, DAC Auditorium
      “2011 Teacher of the Year”
      Educator/Humorist Katy Smith will tell you how her job as an ECFE teacher demonstrates the fast pace of today’s children and how she counters that with calm and creativity.

      Maria Willits
      Monday, January 28
      7pm, DAC Auditorium
      “Shatter the Silence”
      Maria shares her personal story to help prevent suicide, access mental health resources and give hope to survivors.

      Sponsored by United Way of Brown County and Healthy Communities/Healthy Youth. If you have any questions or need additional information, please call Carol at 507-356-8561. CEU’s will be available for Dist. 88 and 84 staff and Brown County daycare and foster care.