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  1. Mar
    23
    Mon

    1. Pre-Kindergarten Readiness Program at LCS – Sept. 2015
      12:15 pm – 1:15 pm

      Lafayette Charter School has been approved by the Minnesota Department of Educaiton to provide a tuition-based Pre-Kindergarten Readiness program for 4 year old students beginning in September 2015.

      The Pre-K program will include an instructional curriculum that prepares students to attend Kindergarten the following year. The authorized program will also allow LCS to apply for a Parent Aware rating which should result in scholarship opportunites for some students.

      Lafayette Charter School has provided an early childhood education program since 2006 under the direction of Mary Schroeder. The Pre-Kindergarten Readiness Program beginning in September of 2015 is already almost at capacity. Parents who may be interested in the program for their four year old should call the school at 507.228.8943 with any questions or for an application.

  2. Mar
    24
    Tue

    1. Hours for Hillstrom Museum of Art during Upcoming Spring Break
      8:15 am – 11:00 pm

      During the upcoming spring break of Gustavus Adolphus College, the Hillstrom Museum of Art will be open as follows: open regular hours this week through Friday, March 27, 2015; open regular hours next week from Monday, March 30 through Thursday, April 2, 2015; open regular hours the following Monday, April 6, 2015 through the end of the current exhibitions (please see below) on Sunday, April 19, 2015.  The Museum will be closed Saturday and Sunday, March 28 and 29, and will also be closed Friday,Saturday, and Sunday, April 3, 4, and 5, 2015.

      Exhibitions on view at the Hillstrom Museum of Art through April 19, 2015 (after which the Museum will be closed until Saturday, May 2, 2015, which is the opening of the annual juried exhibition of works by graduating studio art majors, on view through Sunday, May 31, 2015):
      Imagined Worlds, Large and Small: the Photographs of Sarah Hobbs and Lori Nix features photography of created environments, each artist working on a different scale.  Lori Nix works in miniature, constructing detailed dioramas that are photographed and then disassembled.  Sarah Hobbs creates life-size, site-specific installations and then photographs them.  Both artists create images devoid of human figures that rely on the viewer’s engagement to complete the work.  Hobbs’s photographs place the viewer in the position of the unseen individual whose neurotic tendencies are explored in the image.  Her works are culled from several series, titled Small Problems in LivingDoes This Sound Like You?, Emotional Management, and Overpacked.  Nix’s apocalyptic works from her series The City invite the viewer to be a member of the unseen humanity and to contemplate what has led to its absence.  Both artists’ works explore and blur boundaries between the real, the unreal, and the surreal, through staged interiors that serve as metaphors for our emotions, fears, and imaginings.
       
      Hobbs lives in Atlanta, Georgia, and her works are found in prominent collections such as the Art Institute of Chicago, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Brooklyn Museum of Art.  Nix lives in Brooklyn, New York, and her works are in important collections such as the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C., the George Eastman House in Rochester, New York, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

      Imagined Worlds, Large and Small was organized by the Hillstrom Museum of Art in collaboration with Priscilla Briggs, associate professor, Department of Art and Art History, Gustavus Adolphus College, who teaches photography and video classes at the College.  Hobbs will visit campus to work with students in Briggs’s Digital Photography II class to create an installation and then photograph it, an activity supported with funds from the College’s Ethel and Edgar Johnson Fund for the Arts.  The gallery talks in the exhibition by both Hobbs and Nix are presented with support from The Gustavus Artist Series.

      In Memory of Richard L. Hillstrom, 1915-2014 is a focused exhibit presented as a memorial to the Reverend Richard L. Hillstrom, namesake of the Hillstrom Museum of Art and a 1938 graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College.  A paragon of generosity, support, and friendship, Hillstrom died December 16, 2014 at the age of 99 years.  The two oil paintings on view, Dunes (1894), by Homer Dodge Martin (1836-1897), and Breaker (c. 1930s or 1940s), by Harry D. Froot (1892-1952), are the final artworks to come to the Museum from Hillstrom’s collection.  The total number of works given by Hillstrom to the Museum is around 250, and these were the last two artworks he had in his apartment, favorites kept until his final day.

      FOCUS IN/ON: Everett Shinn’s Magician with Shears is another of the Museum’s FOCUS IN/ON projects, in which a single work from the Hillstrom Collection is analyzed in depth, in collaboration with a colleague from across the Gustavus Adolphus College curriculum.  An oil painting titled Magician with Shears by American Ashcan painter Everett Shinn (1876-1953) is the subject of an exhibition and essay co-written by Micah J. Maatman, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance, and Hillstrom Museum of Art Director Donald Myers, which considers the artist, his career, and his strong interest in theatre, in particular vaudeville, through the painting, and will also reconsider the painting’s likely date and suggest the identity of the particular magician depicted by Shinn.
       
      The Hillstrom Museum of Art presents Imagined Worlds, Large and Small: the Photographs of Sarah Hobbs and Lori Nix, on view February 16 through April 19, 2015, concurrently with two additional exhibitions, In Memory of Richard L. Hillstrom, 1915-2014, and a continuation of FOCUS IN/ON: Everett Shinn’s Magician with Shears.

      As with all programs of the Hillstrom Museum of Art, these exhibitions are free of charge and are open to the public.  All three of the exhibits are accompanied by an illustrated brochure that is available free of charge.  Regular hours for the Museum are weekdays, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and weekends, 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.  For more information, please visit www.gustavus.edu/hillstrom.

       

      Click the Events below for more information

      Winter Exhibition – Everett Shinn’s Magician with Shears

      Imagined Worlds Large and Small – the Photographs of Sarah Hobbs and Lori Nix

      In Memory of Richard L. Hillstrom 1915-2014

  3. Mar
    27
    Fri

    1. 35th Annual Home & Health Show
      3:00 pm – 2:30 pm

      35th Annual Home & Health Show

      New Ulm Civic Center
      1212 N Franklin

      March 27-29

      Friday 3-8 pm
      Saturday 10 am – 6 pm
      Sunday 11 am – 4 pm

      Daily Drawings!
      Free Seminars!
      200 Booths!

      Free Admission! 

  4. Mar
    29
    Sun

    1. Annual Smoked Ham & Pancake Breakfast
      8:00 am – 1:00 pm

      Annual
      Smoked Ham
      & Pancake Breakfast

      St. Paul’s Lutheran Church
      Green Isle 

      Sunday March 29, 20-15
      8:00 am – 1:00 pm

      Menu: Pancaked, scrambled eggs, ham, cheese,
      applesauce, bars and beverage 

      Free will offering

      Please feel free to join us for worship
      service at 9:00 am 

    2. Nicollet Firemen’s Pancake, Egg, Sausage Breakfast
      9:00 am – 1:00 pm

      Nicollet Firemen’s Pancake, Egg, Sausage Breakfast

      Nicollet Fire Hall
      400 3rd Street
      Nicollet MN 56074

      Sunday March 29, 2015
      9:00 am to 1:00 pm

      FREE WILL DONATION
      All proceeds go to Nicollet Firemen’s Relief Association 

    3. Lafayette Girls Softball T-ball, Peanuts, Rookies Sign Up
      10:30 am – 1:00 pm

      Lafayette Girls Softball T-ball, Peanuts, Rookies Sign Up

      Sign up times:

      March 15: at the Lions Pancake breakfast at the Community Center in Lafayette 9:00 am- 1:00 pm

      March 29: at the Fire Departments ham dinner from 10:30 am – 1:00 pm at the Fire Department

      Registration forms are also available at the C-Store in Lafayette

  5. Apr
    1
    Wed

    1. Pro Kinship for Kids – at McDonald’s in New Ulm
      4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

      Come one come all to McDonald’s
      to support Pro Kinship for Kids

      Wednesday, April 1, 2015
      New Ulm McDonald’s

      Come to enjoy an Easter Day Themed Family Fun Night

      Dine-in or tack-out food on this night for 10 percent of all the business from 4-7 pm that night to go to support Pro Kinship for Kids programming. There will be a special appearance by the Easter Bunny this night, so bring your cameras for a chance to get your picture taken with the Easter Bunny.

      Pro Kinship for Kids Volunteers will also be running some games like Hole in One, Ring Toss, and Peanut Toss for prizes. There will be some fun Easter activities to enjoy as well with face paining available. McDonald’s will be running a movie for families to enjoy. Drawing will be held for adults and kids as well as materials available on Pro Kinship for Kids. Hope to see you there!!

  6. Apr
    3
    Fri

    1. N.U.S.E. Hockey Assn Pasta Meal
      4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

      N.U.S.E.
      Hockey Assn
      Pasta Meal

      Orchid Inn
      500 Burnside St. SE – Sleepy Eye

      Friday
      April 3rd
      4 pm – 8 pm

      Tickets – $10
      Take Outs Available

      Meat Choices: Chicken pieces, Sausage
      Seafood Choice: Shrimp
      Pasta: Fettuccini, Penne

      Vegetables: Onions, Mushrooms, Bell Peppers, Broccoli, Tomatoes

      Sauces: Marinara, Alfredo, Pesto, Rose Sauce

      Breadstick 

  7. Apr
    4
    Sat

    1. Saturday Mornings at the Grand for Kids
      9:30 am – 11:30 am

      March 14 -
      Its almost Spring, time to do some house painting, birdhouse that is!! We have the houses, you do the painting

      March 21st-
      We will paint a picture together and when you take it home, it will be ready to hang. Show your family what an artist you are!

      March 28th-
      Well, Easter is a week away, so let’s get together and paint some wooden eggs. They can decorate your home for years! 

      All classes will be 9:30-11:30 am
      Classes are held on the second floor in our community education room
      Ages 6-12 (Class size limited to 15) 
      Each class is $20.00, everything included
      Call 507.359.9222 to save your spot! 

  8. Apr
    9
    Thu

    1. Skywarn Spotter Training to be Held
      6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

      Skywarn Spotter Training to be Held

       

      Blue Earth County, Nicollet County and the National Weather Service will host Skywarn Spotter Training onThurs., April 9, 2015 at 6 p.m. The training will take place at South Central College in North Mankato and is open to all interested parties.  There is no charge for the training and d pre-registration is not required. 

       

      This course will teach the basic skills necessary to become a weather spotter.  Storm spotters help their communities by participating in an organized effort to watch for approaching storms and warn of the formation of tornadoes or other threatening severe weather.  Even with the use of Doppler radar equipment, there is a need for spotters in the field.  Radar can only detect the parent circulation that spawns tornadoes and information is needed about whether tornadoes are actually being produced and to detect their precise location.

       

      For additional information, please contact either Blue Earth County Emergency Management at (507) 304-4806 or Nicollet County Emergency Management at (507) 934-7872.

    2. Riverbend Chapter of Minnesota Federation of the Blind – Mankato
      6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

      The Riverbend Chapter of Minnesota Federation of the Blind is now meeting on the 2nd Thurs of every month at the American Legion Club #11 – 223 East Walnut Street – Mankato MN from 6:30-8:30 pm in the basement meeting room.

      For more information call Jack Rupert President 507.276.4640 or email jerupert@outlook.com

    3. Documentary Film Series – St. Peter
      7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

      Documentary Film Series –
      Cox House Short Film Series Treaty Site History Center
      Thursday, April 9, 2015 7:00 p.m.
      Free admission.

      PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE! Please join us for the 2014-15 documentary film series. A partnership between St. Peter Community and Family Education and the Nicollet County Historical Society, films are screened every month at the Treaty Site History Center, September through May. Cox House Short Film Series

      The Cox House Short Film Series shines a light on the life in the Victorian Midwest during the late 1800s. Using archival photos and documents from around the region, as well as the “living archive” of the E. St. Julien Cox House museum, these short films share the experiences of local people in the context of pressing issues of the day, including the roles of women, life as a child, disease and death, the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862, and really wide streets! The Cox House Short Films are student films created in a collaboration between the Department of Communication Studies at Gustavus Adolphus College and the Nicollet County Historical Society.

      Gustavus students and Martin Lang, Associate Professor of Communication Studies, will be on hand to discuss the experience of producing these short films.

      The Treaty Site History Center features a national award-winning exhibit on the Traverse des Sioux Treaty of 1851 and its consequences, as well as local history, and a full-service research archive. Please contact the Society at 507-934-2160 or museum@nchsmn.org for more details.

      Admission to the film series is free for all. The Treaty Site History Center is located one mile north of downtown Saint Peter at Highways 169 and 22, across from the Mankato Clinic.

  9. Apr
    10
    Fri

    1. Plato City Wide Garage Sales -April 10th & 11th
      8:00 am – 5:00 pm

      Plato City Wide Garage Sales

      Friday & Saturday, April 10th & 11th
      Starting at 8:00 am

      Great Quality, Many Locations

      Watch for Balloons!! 

  10. Apr
    12
    Sun

    1. Winthrop Lions Club Omelet Breakfast
      9:00 am – 1:00 pm

      Winthrop Lions Club
      Omelet Breakfast

      Sunday, April 12, 2015

      St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church
      5th & Brown Street, Winthrop

      Serving 9:00 am -1:00 pm
      Cost – $7

      ($6.50 with Grackle Days button) 

      Proceeds used to support Lions projects

    2. Men’s Dinner – Church of St. Raphael School Auditorium – Springfield MN
      10:00 am – 1:00 pm

      Men’s Dinner
      Sunday, April 12, 2015
      10:00 – 1:00 pm

      Sausage, Homemade Sauerkraut,
      Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, Ice-Cream & Beverage

      Adults $10.00
      Ages 5 12 $4.00
      Preschool $2.00

      Delivery inside city limits
      Call 723-4139 by 12 pm to place your order 

      Drive-up Take-Outs
      Available behind the North East corner of school

      Spknsored by Catholic Order of Forester
      Up to $1500 in matching grant funds

      Church of St. Raphael
      School Auditorium – Springfield MN 

    3. Pork Chop Dinner – Immanuel Lutheran Church, Rural Courtland
      11:00 am – 1:00 pm

      Pork Chop Dinner

      Sunday April 12, 2015
      Immanuel Lutheran Church, Rural Courtland
      (3 miles east of Courtland on Co. Rd. 25) 

      Serving 11 am – 1 pm

      Meal Includes:
      Pork Chop(s) or Hot Dog, German Potato Salad,
      Corn, Dinner Roll,
      Ice Cream and Beverage

      1 Chop Dinner – $9
      2 Chop Dinner – $12
      Hot Dog Meal – $3 

      Take outs available

  11. Apr
    14
    Tue

    1. Stroke Support Group – New Ulm Medical Center
      10:00 am – 11:30 am

      The Stroke Support Group meets the second Tuesday of each month from 10-11:30 am in the New Ulm Medical Center clinic lower level meeting room. Enter through the clinic and follow the signs. For more information, call 507.217.5173.

    2. Spring Festival – Trinity Lutheran Church, Madelia, MN
      11:00 am – 1:00 pm

      Spring Festival

      Tuesday April 14
      11 – 1 pm 

      Trinity Lutheran Church, Madelia, MN
      Adults $6
      Salad Luncheon 

      Drawing for a variety of prizes
      drawing held at 12:30

      Everyone is Weclome! 

    3. Senior Dance – American Legion St. Peter
      1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

      Senior Dance

      Tuesday, April 14th
      1:00 – 4:00 pm

      Music provided by
      “Luverne Wanous”

      American Legion
      229 W. Nassau
      St. Peter

      There will be an admission charge for this event

      Questions? Call Sylvia @ 934.7227
      Co-sponsored by the St. Peter Senior Center
      and First National Bank 

  12. Apr
    23
    Thu

    1. Annual Spring Luncheon – United Church of Christ New Ulm
      10:45 am – 1:00 pm

      United Church of Christ
      301 S Minnesota St New Ulm

      Please us 3rd Street entrance

      Annual Spring Luncheon

      “The one you’ve been waiting for!!”
      Thursday April 23rd
      10:45 am to 1:00 pm

      Enjoy your choice of turkey salad with shoestring potatoes
      or ham and broccoli casserole
      PLUS: your choice of salad AND dessert, dinner roll
      and beverage

      Just $9 per person….

      Take-outs and Express Line for those with limited time!

      Delicious!! Come and Enjoy!

       

    2. Choirs – Ridgewater’s Hutchinson and Willmar Campuses- Faith Lutheran Church in Hutchinson
      7:00 pm – 9:15 pm

      On Thursday, April 23, Ridgewater’s combined choir of students from both Hutchinson and Willmar campuses will perform at Faith Lutheran Church in Hutchinson, 335 Main St. S. The 7:00 p.m. performance is free and open to the public.

      The same concert will also hit the stage in Willmar on Tuesday, April 28 at 7 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church at 312 SW Sixth St.

      This year’s theme is “All in the Family,” and will feature songs from childhood and family relationships.

      The choir is directed by Gayle Marcus and accompanied by Judith Zylstra.

      For more information about any of the performances, contact Sally at 320-222-7605 or 800-722-1151 ext 7605, or sally.borgos@ridgewater.edu.

  13. Apr
    25
    Sat

    1. Grand Opening Ceremony and Bike Ride for the Bike Circle Route
      9:00 am – 10:00 am

      Grand Opening ceremony and bike ride for the Bike Circle Route

      Saturday, April 25, 2015, at 9 a.m. at German Park, 200 North German Street, lower parking lot (easy access from 3rd North Street).

       

      This event, sponsored by the Heart of New Ulm Project, the City of New Ulm Park and Recreation Department and the New Ulm Bicycle Group, is to celebrate the completion of the designated circle bike route’s linkage and signing. 

       

      After the short opening celebration, members of the bike group will lead a ride of the Bike Circle Route.  If you can, bring your bike and join in all or part of the ride on New Ulm’s Bike Circle Route.

    2. Saturday Mornings at the Grand for Kids
      9:30 am – 11:30 am

      March 14 -
      Its almost Spring, time to do some house painting, birdhouse that is!! We have the houses, you do the painting

      March 21st-
      We will paint a picture together and when you take it home, it will be ready to hang. Show your family what an artist you are!

      March 28th-
      Well, Easter is a week away, so let’s get together and paint some wooden eggs. They can decorate your home for years! 

      All classes will be 9:30-11:30 am
      Classes are held on the second floor in our community education room
      Ages 6-12 (Class size limited to 15) 
      Each class is $20.00, everything included
      Call 507.359.9222 to save your spot! 

  14. Apr
    29
    Wed

    1. “Picasso at the Lapin Agile” – Ridgewater College Stage
      7:30 pm – 7:30 pm

      Theatre

      “Picasso at the Lapin Agile” is this year’s spring comedy on the Ridgewater College stage, running Wed., April 29 through Saturday, May 2. Curtains open at 7:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Building.

      This comedy by Steve Martin is set in Paris in 1904, where Pablo Picasso and Albert Einstein meet in a bar. Both are nearing amazing ideas when they debate the value of talent and genius.

      General admission is $5; Ridgewater students are free. Reserve your tickets at 320-222-7605.

      This production is directed by Matt Hegdahl.

      For more information about any of the performances, contact Sally at 320-222-7605 or 800-722-1151 ext 7605, or sally.borgos@ridgewater.edu.

  15. May
    12
    Tue

    1. Stroke Support Group – New Ulm Medical Center
      10:00 am – 11:30 am

      The Stroke Support Group meets the second Tuesday of each month from 10-11:30 am in the New Ulm Medical Center clinic lower level meeting room. Enter through the clinic and follow the signs. For more information, call 507.217.5173.

  16. May
    14
    Thu

    1. Riverbend Chapter of Minnesota Federation of the Blind – Mankato
      6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

      The Riverbend Chapter of Minnesota Federation of the Blind is now meeting on the 2nd Thurs of every month at the American Legion Club #11 – 223 East Walnut Street – Mankato MN from 6:30-8:30 pm in the basement meeting room.

      For more information call Jack Rupert President 507.276.4640 or email jerupert@outlook.com

  17. Jun
    9
    Tue

    1. Stroke Support Group – New Ulm Medical Center
      10:00 am – 11:30 am

      The Stroke Support Group meets the second Tuesday of each month from 10-11:30 am in the New Ulm Medical Center clinic lower level meeting room. Enter through the clinic and follow the signs. For more information, call 507.217.5173.

  18. Jun
    11
    Thu

    1. Riverbend Chapter of Minnesota Federation of the Blind – Mankato
      6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

      The Riverbend Chapter of Minnesota Federation of the Blind is now meeting on the 2nd Thurs of every month at the American Legion Club #11 – 223 East Walnut Street – Mankato MN from 6:30-8:30 pm in the basement meeting room.

      For more information call Jack Rupert President 507.276.4640 or email jerupert@outlook.com

  19. Jul
    9
    Thu

    1. Riverbend Chapter of Minnesota Federation of the Blind – Mankato
      6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

      The Riverbend Chapter of Minnesota Federation of the Blind is now meeting on the 2nd Thurs of every month at the American Legion Club #11 – 223 East Walnut Street – Mankato MN from 6:30-8:30 pm in the basement meeting room.

      For more information call Jack Rupert President 507.276.4640 or email jerupert@outlook.com

  20. Jul
    14
    Tue

    1. Stroke Support Group – New Ulm Medical Center
      10:00 am – 11:30 am

      The Stroke Support Group meets the second Tuesday of each month from 10-11:30 am in the New Ulm Medical Center clinic lower level meeting room. Enter through the clinic and follow the signs. For more information, call 507.217.5173.