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  1. Nov

    1. Hector United Methodist Church Christmas Bazaar
      2:00 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. Lafayette Turkey Bingo
      7:00 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.

  2. Nov

    1. Grace Lutheran Church Closing Service, Ormsby
      2:00 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.

  3. Nov

    1. Commissioner Charlie Zelle presents Minnesota Go, New Ulm
      9:00 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.

  4. Dec

    1. Breakfast with Santa, New Ulm
      7:30 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.

  5. Dec

    1. St. James Winter Carnival
      11:00 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

    2. American Red Cross Blood Drives
      12:00 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.

  6. Dec

    1. MNsure Informational Session, New Ulm
      6:30 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.

  7. Dec

    1. New Ulm SAL Dinner
      5:00 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.

    2. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.