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  1. Dec

    1. Introducing the MENding Project, Gaylord
      7:00 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.

  2. Dec

    1. Nicollet-Sibley Corn and Soybean Growers Breakfast Meeting
      8:00 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.

    2. Annual Cookie Sale, New Ulm
      10:30 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.

  3. Dec

    1. Christmas in the Country, GFW High School
      8:30 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.

    2. Dad’s Belgian Waffles, Sleepy Eye
      9:00 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.

    3. St. Paul’s Lutheran Church WELCA Advent Brunch, Hector
      9:30 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. 

    4. Arli-Dazzle, Arlington
      10:00 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. 

    5. St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church Cookie Walk
      10:00 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!

    6. Santa is Coming to Courtland
      1:00 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.

    7. North Star Boys’ Choir, New Ulm
      7:00 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.

  4. Dec

    1. St. Mary’s ‘Willy’s Winter Wonderland’, New Ulm
      11:00 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.

    2. 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.

    3. 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.

    4. 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.

    5. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.


  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.