−St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church Cookie Walk10:00 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!+10:00 amSt. Gregory the Great Catholic Church Cookie Walk
−Santa is Coming to Courtland1:00 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.+1:00 pmSanta is Coming to Courtland
−North Star Boys’ Choir, New Ulm7:00 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.+7:00 pmNorth Star Boys’ Choir, New Ulm
−St. Mary’s ‘Willy’s Winter Wonderland’, New Ulm11:00 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.+11:00 amSt. Mary’s ‘Willy’s Winter Wonderland’, New Ulm
−A Cantata for Christmas, Fairfax & Gibbon3:00 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.+3:00 pmA Cantata for Christmas, Fairfax & Gibbon
−Canadian Pacific Holiday Train, New Ulm5:00 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.+5:00 pmCanadian Pacific Holiday Train, New Ulm
−Drive-By Living Nativity, Arlington5:30 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.+5:30 pmDrive-By Living Nativity, Arlington
−SC MN Compassionate Friends, New Ulm6:30 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.+6:30 pmSC MN Compassionate Friends, New Ulm
−Holiday Open House, New Ulm Community Market and Cooperative4:00 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.+4:00 pmHoliday Open House, New Ulm Community Market and Cooperative
−Zion Lutheran Church Bake Sale & Luncheon, Springfield11:00 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.+11:00 amZion Lutheran Church Bake Sale & Luncheon, Springfield
−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.+7:30 pmNUACT Presents, ‘A Seussified Christmas Carol’
−St. Lucia Day, St. James6:30 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.+6:30 amSt. Lucia Day, St. James
−Brown County Humane Society Bake & Craft Sale9:30 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.+9:30 amBrown County Humane Society Bake & Craft Sale
−American Legion Auxiliary Holiday Fair, New Ulm10:00 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.+10:00 amAmerican Legion Auxiliary Holiday Fair, New Ulm
−Christmas in Hanska10:00 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.+10:00 amChristmas in Hanska
−St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Christmas for Kids10:00 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.+10:00 amSt. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Christmas for Kids
−Smart Guy Shopping, New Ulm4:00 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.+4:00 pmSmart Guy Shopping, New Ulm
−Blood Drives for Week of December 2310:00 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.+10:00 amBlood Drives for Week of December 23
−Schell’s Brewery, Christmas Candle Lumanaries6:30 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.+6:30 pmSchell’s Brewery, Christmas Candle Lumanaries
−Fitness Fun Day, New Ulm6:00 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.+6:00 pmFitness Fun Day, New Ulm
−No Heartland Express Service on New Year’s Day12:00 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.+12:00 pmNo Heartland Express Service on New Year’s Day
−American Red Cross Bloodmobiles1:30 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.+1:30 pmAmerican Red Cross Bloodmobiles
−U of M Extension to Offer The Buzz of Bees5:30 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.+5:30 pmU of M Extension to Offer The Buzz of Bees
−Youth Snowmobile Safety Training, Olivia9:00 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.+9:00 amYouth Snowmobile Safety Training, Olivia
−MN Music Hall of Fame Parade of Bands, New Prague12:00 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.+12:00 pmMN Music Hall of Fame Parade of Bands, New Prague
−UCare Informational Meetings9:30 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.+9:30 amUCare Informational Meetings
−Senior Dance, St. Peter1:00 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.+1:00 pmSenior Dance, St. Peter
−Pancake Breakfast, St. John’s Catholic Church, Hector9:00 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.+9:00 amPancake Breakfast, St. John’s Catholic Church, Hector
−Minnesota Beer and Brewing History7:00 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.+7:00 pmMinnesota Beer and Brewing History
−New Ulm Sons of American Legion Supper5:00 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.+5:00 pmNew Ulm Sons of American Legion Supper