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  1. Dec
    2
    Fri

    1. 14th Annual GSR Fine Art Festival – Mankato
      11:00 am – 7:00 pm

      14th Annual GSR Fine Art Festival

      Friday Dec. 2nd & Saturday Dec. 3rd

      Mankato’s Verizon Wireless Center

      More than 40 visual artists will display and sell their locally made, one-of-a-kind work at the 14th annual GSR Fine Art Festival. Work by potters, painters, photographers, jewelers, sculptors, glass, leather, wood and fiber artists will be available in a wide range of prices. A detailed list of artists can be found on our website. 100% of sales go directly to the artist.

      Hours:
      Friday Dec. 2nd: 11 am – 7 pm
      Saturday Dec. 3rd: 10 am – 6 pm

      Admission is free and the GSR Fine Art Festival is open to the public. Many free parking options are available.

      Beer / Wine and Food will be available for purchase daily from noon until close.

      GSR’s Up & Coming Artist: We’re pleased to introduce painter Amber Rahe. Rahe will be painting near the entrance and welcomes questions about her creative process as she demonstrates.

      A schedule of Live Music Performances is also available on our website.

      For more information, visit our website www.GSRFineArtFestival.com or call Patty Conlin at:  507.934.5655

    2. 14th Annual GSR Fine Arts Festival
      11:00 am – 7:00 pm

      14th Annual GSR Fine Arts Festival

      Friday December 2nd – 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
      Saturday December 3rd – 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
      Verizon Wireless Center…Mankato

      If you are passionate about Arts in southern Minnesota area, don’t miss the 14th Annual GSR Fine Arts Festival

      Featuring the work of over 45 local artists and musicians including sculptures, jewelry, pottery, and painting, sculptors, leather, glass, wood and fiber arts.

      Free Parking…Free Admission…Live Music…Shopping is open to the Public…Wine Beer and Food is available for purchase

    3. Holiday Tour of Homes – Winthrop
      6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

      Holiday Tour of Homes – Winthrop Community Historical Society

      Evening “Dazzle” Tour – Friday December 2nd, 2016
      6:30 pm
      $20.00 per person – enjoy a “Sampler of Holiday Treats” (Only 20 tickets to be sold)

      Traditional Holiday Tour of Homes – Saturday, December 3rd, 2016
      4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
      $10.00 per person

      Highlight of all tours is HO Scale train & village

      Tickets available at Perenial Bank, MidCountry Bank or Wintrhop City Hall

      Homes on the tour are:
      LaRay & Cheri Sandquist – 810 Oak Lane
      Tome & Sue Johnson – 603 E. 11th Street
      David & Donna Schiro – 1001 Oak Lane

  2. Dec
    3
    Sat

    1. Gift Wrapping @ Herbergers – Benefit Brown County Humane Society (all-day)
      Dec 3

      Gift Wrapping @ Herberger’s – Benefit for Brown County Humane Society

      Saturday, December 3, 2016

      Sunday, December 4, 2016

    2. A MORNING WITH SANTA
      9:00 am – 11:00 am

      A Morning With Santa
      Sponsored by Courtland Lions Club

      Saturday, December 3, 2016

      9:00 am – 11:00 am

      Courtland Community Center

      Enjoy a donut, hot chocolatee or milk with Santa!
      Donate a FOOD SHELF ITEM; bring your used EYE GLASSES; tell SANTA your Christmas Wishes; take a horse drawn wagon ride; receive a goodie bag (with or without peanuts); register for Prizes (0-8 years of age); Drawing at 11:00 am – must be present to win.

    3. Santa & Craft Day – Nicollet
      9:00 am – 2:00 pm

      Santa & Craft Day – Nicollet

      Sponsored by Nicollet American Legion Auxiliary

      Nicollet Legion Friendship Hall

      Saturday, December 3rd

      Santa: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

      Crafters of all kinds: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

      Girl Scout’s Bake Sale: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm or until gone

      Lunch Available

      Free Hot Chocolate and Cookies all Day!

    4. 14th Annual GSR Fine Art Festival – Mankato
      10:00 am – 6:00 pm

      14th Annual GSR Fine Art Festival

      Friday Dec. 2nd & Saturday Dec. 3rd

      Mankato’s Verizon Wireless Center

      More than 40 visual artists will display and sell their locally made, one-of-a-kind work at the 14th annual GSR Fine Art Festival. Work by potters, painters, photographers, jewelers, sculptors, glass, leather, wood and fiber artists will be available in a wide range of prices. A detailed list of artists can be found on our website. 100% of sales go directly to the artist.

      Hours: 
      Saturday Dec. 3rd: 10 am – 6 pm

      Admission is free and the GSR Fine Art Festival is open to the public. Many free parking options are available.

      Beer / Wine and Food will be available for purchase daily from noon until close.

      GSR’s Up & Coming Artist: We’re pleased to introduce painter Amber Rahe. Rahe will be painting near the entrance and welcomes questions about her creative process as she demonstrates.

      A schedule of Live Music Performances is also available on our website.

      For more information, visit our website www.GSRFineArtFestival.com or call Patty Conlin at:  507.934.5655

    5. 14th Annual GSR Fine Arts Festival
      10:00 am – 6:00 pm

      14th Annual GSR Fine Arts Festival

      Friday December 2nd – 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
      Saturday December 3rd – 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
      Verizon Wireless Center…Mankato

      If you are passionate about Arts in southern Minnesota area, don’t miss the 14th Annual GSR Fine Arts Festival

      Featuring the work of over 45 local artists and musicians including sculptures, jewelry, pottery, and painting, sculptors, leather, glass, wood and fiber arts.

      Free Parking…Free Admission…Live Music…Shopping is open to the Public…Wine Beer and Food is available for purchase

    6. American Legion Auxiliary Holiday Fair, Bake Sale & Luncheon
      10:00 am – 1:30 pm

      American Legion Auxiliary Holiday Fair, Bake Sale & Luncheon

      Saturday, December 3, 2016
      10:00 am – 1:30 pm

      13 South Minnesota St.
      New Ulm, MN

      Lunch available starting at 10:30 am
      *Turkey supreme Sandwich * BBQ Sandwich * German Potato Salad * Desserts * Coffee

      NO EARLY SALES

    7. St. Nikolaus Storytime & Craft
      10:00 am – 11:15 am

      St. Nikolaus Storytime & Craft

      Saturday, December 3, 2016

      10:00 am

      New Ulm Public Library

    8. Holiday Open House & Sleigh Rides
      11:00 am – 5:00 pm

      Holiday Open House and Sleigh Rides

      Morgan Creek Vineyards

      Friday, December 3, 2016

      11:00 am – 5:00 pm

    9. Happy Tails New Ulm Dog Park Pictures with Santa
      12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

      Happy Tails New Ulm Dog Park Fund Raiser – Pictures with Santa

      Saturday, December 3, 2016

      12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

      Runnings in New Ulm

      $10.00 donation.

      Bring your pets and kids to have their pictures taken with Santa. Enjoy homemade treats for dogs and you. Doggie nail trimming will be available for $5.00 donation. Holiday Bandannas also available to purchase for pets. Will have a donation box by the entrance for the Humane Society, feel free to bring something for them also.

    10. Holiday Tour of Homes – Winthrop
      4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

      Holiday Tour of Homes – Winthrop Community Historical Society

      Traditional Holiday Tour of Homes – Saturday, December 3rd, 2016
      4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
      $10.00 per person

      Highlight of all tours is HO Scale train & village

      Tickets available at Perenial Bank, MidCountry Bank or Wintrhop City Hall

      Homes on the tour are:
      LaRay & Cheri Sandquist – 810 Oak Lane
      Tome & Sue Johnson – 603 E. 11th Street
      David & Donna Schiro – 1001 Oak Lane

    11. Concord Singer’s 85th Anniversary Concert
      7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

      Concord Singer’s 85th Anniversary Concert

      With special guest performers the “Cold Spring Mennerchor”

      Saturday December 3rd at 7:00 PM

      New Ulm High School auditorium on North Highland Ave.

      The show is free, but the concord singers will accept Free Will donations,
      And they ask that you bring an appropriate donation for the Food Shelf

    12. MLC ANNUAL CHRISTMAS CONCERTS – “BORN IS A CHILD”
      7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

      MLC ANNUAL CHRISTMAS CONCERTS – “BORN IS A CHILD”

      Saturday, December 3rd at 7:30 pm

      Sunday, December 4th at 4:00 pm

      Chapel of the Christ
      Martin Luther College

      Light refreshments will be served in the Chapel Fellowship Room after each concert.

      www.mlc-wels.edu 1.877.MLC.1995

  3. Dec
    4
    Sun

    1. “PUT SOME SKIN IN THE GAME AND HELP BOBBI FIGHT CANCER” (all-day)
      Dec 4

      “Put Some Skin in the Game and Help Bobbi Fight Cancer” Benefit for Bobbi Love, daughter of Kevin and Rhonda Ludewig of Springfield.

      Sunday, December 4, 2016

      Springfield Area Community Center

      Benefit will include a luncheon and a silent auction.

      Monetary donations may be sent to: SouthPoint Financial Credit Union in Springfield, attention “Bobbi Love Benefit Account”.

      Questions? call 507.723.7754

    2. Gift Wrapping @ Herberger’s – Benefit the Brown County Humane Society (all-day)
      Dec 4

      Gift Wrapping @ Herberger’s – Benefit for Brown County Humane Society

      Saturday, December 3, 2016

      Sunday, December 4, 2016

    3. Pancake Breakfast – The Church of the Japanese Martyrs Leavenworth
      9:00 am – 12:00 pm

      The Church of the Japanese Martyrs Leavenworth
      Catholic United Financial Matching Grant Pancake Breakfast

      Sunday, December 4th, 2016

      Serving from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the church hall.

      Pancakes, Scrambled Eggs, Sausage, Applesauce, Coffee, Chocolate Milk and Juice.

      $7.00 for adults
      $5.00 ages 6-12
      $1.50 Preschool

      Everyone is welcome.

    4. Holiday Open House & Sleigh Rides
      1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

      Holiday Open House and Sleigh Rides

      Morgan Creek Vineyards

      Saturday, December 4, 2016

      1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

    5. Cow Collector’s Mooseum Holiday Open House
      2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

      Cow Collector’s Mooseum Holiday Open House

      Sunday December 4, 2016

      2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

      34085 – 515th Ave
      Lafayette

    6. MLC ANNUAL CHRISTMAS CONCERTS – “BORN IS A CHILD”
      4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

      MLC ANNUAL CHRISTMAS CONCERTS – “BORN IS A CHILD”

      Saturday, December 3rd at 7:30 pm

      Sunday, December 4th at 4:00 pm

      Chapel of the Christ
      Martin Luther College

      Light refreshments will be served in the Chapel Fellowship Room after each concert.

      www.mlc-wels.edu 1.877.MLC.1995

  4. Dec
    5
    Mon

    1. Medicare Open Enrollment (all-day)
      Dec 5

      The Annual Medicare Open Period is from October 15th to December 7th each year.  During this time, you can join a plan or change to a different plan.  “If you have Medicare and want to save the most money on your medications you need to compare options each year”, says Robin Thompson, Information and Assistance Director for the Senior LinkAge Line®

      Medicare beneficiaries are encouraged to review their 2017 plan information carefully.  Look to see if the medications you are taking are covered in 2017.  Also look to see if your co-pay level has changed or if new restrictions have been added.  

      If you have questions, need help in researching your plan options or enrolling in a Medicare Prescription Drug plan please call the Senior LinkAge Line® at 1-800-333-2433.  The Senior LinkAge Line® is a service of the Minnesota Board on Aging and the Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging®, Inc. 

      Visit our website at: www.mnraaa.org

    2. Business of the Year Banquet
      5:15 pm – 8:00 pm

      Business of the Year Banquet

      Monday, December 5, 2016

      5:15 pm – 8:00 pm

      Best Western / New Ulm Conference Center

  5. Dec
    7
    Wed

    1. Mitten Trees – New Ulm Women’s Literary Club (all-day)
      Dec 7

      New Ulm Women’s Literary Club is sponsoring 2 Mitten Trees

      One will be located at the New Ulm Chamber and the other in Alliance Bank

      Donors may bring mittens, gloves, scarves or head gear starting on Friday, November 4, 2016. Sertoma Club members will pick up the items on December 9, 2016. Please leave items by December 7, 2016 at one of the locations.

    2. Mitten Trees – New Ulm Women’s Literary Club (all-day)
      Dec 7

      New Ulm Women’s Literary Club is sponsoring 2 Mitten Trees

      One will be located at the New Ulm Chamber and the other in Alliance Bank

      Donors may bring mittens, gloves, scarves or head gear starting on Friday, November 4, 2016. Sertoma Club members will pick up the items on December 9, 2016. Please leave items by December 7, 2016 at one of the locations.

    3. Santa Claus @ McDonald’s – Pro Kinship for Kids New Ulm
      4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

      Santa Claus will make an appearance at McDonald’s in New Ulm!

      Wednesday, December 7, 2016

      4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

      Enjoy a Christams Themed Family Fun Night at McDonald’s. Pro Kinship for Kids Volunteers will be running some games for prizes, fun Christmas activities to enjoy, drawings will be held for adults and kids. Bring your camera for a picture taken with the jolly guy himself from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm.

      15% of all business goes to support Pro Kinship for Kids.                                                                                      

      www.prokinship.org

    4. 75th Anniversary of the Bombing of Pearl Harbor
      5:00 pm – 7:30 pm

      Seifert Bianchi American Legion Post 132

      Seifert Bianchi American Legion Post 132 is observing the 75th Anniversary of the Bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 2016 by holding two events.

      The first is a ceremony dedicating a POW/MIA table display in the Club Room entrance area at 6:30 pm.

      The second The Legion is hosting a Roast Beef dinner from 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm with meat raffles to help fund the purchase or repair of the Legion’s kitchen equipment and for building maintenance projects.

      We hope to see you at the New Ulm American Legion, 13 South Minnesota Street on December 7, 2016!
      The events are open to the public. For information on Legion meetings and activities, check out www.nuamericanlegion.com and click on Calendar!

      Contact info:
      507.304.2760

  6. Dec
    8
    Thu

    1. Red Cross Blood Donation Opportunities
      12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

      Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

      Blue Earth County:

      12/8/2016: 12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., American Red Cross, 105 Homestead Drive

    2. W.A.F.E.R FOOD SHELF FUNDRAISER
      5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

      W.A.F.E.R. food shelf fundraiser

      Thursday, December 8, 2016

      5:00 to 7:00p.m. 

      St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Wabasso. 

      The menu includes sauerkraut and dumplings, sausage, hamburger hotdish, salads and desserts.  There will be a free will offering and take outs will be available. All proceeds go to the W.A.F.E.R. food shelf.

  7. Dec
    9
    Fri

    1. Red Cross Blood Donation Opportunities
      9:00 am – 1:00 pm

      Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

      Blue Earth County:

      Mankato

      12/9/2016: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., American Red Cross, 105 Homestead Drive