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 Public Service Announcements for: 6/23//17 to 7/15//17

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The Runestone Museum is proud to announce the Grand Opening of the Ice Age Giants Exhibit. Come in and discover the Ice Age Animals of Minnesota and learn what’s become of them today. Students and adult alike will enjoy our in-depth and easy to navigate Ice Age exhibit that includes local bones and teeth up to 12,000 years old. The Museum is located at 206 Broadway in Alexandria.

The Stearns History Museum announces the Smithsonian Traveling Exhibit “Searching for the ‘70’s”. The museum is open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday and 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday’s. Admission is $7.00 for adults, $3.00 for children ages 5 and older. There is also a family cap of $17.00. The museum is located at 235 33rd Avenue South in St. Cloud.

The Great River Regional Library and City of Sartell announce a Pilot Project that will bring library services directly to the new Sartell Community Center. This project is an enhancement to regional library services already used by Sartell residents through GRRL branch libraries in other cities. The project is in the form of a locker system, a payment kiosk and book-drop. Patrons will be able to use the remote system to connect with the Great River collection and pick up their requested materials, return materials that are due, renew existing checked-out materials and make payments on any fines they may have.

The Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce celebrated a Pot of Gold winner at its Wake Up Alexandria event at Ecumen Bethany Community in Alexandria on June 16. Minnesota Lakes Realty of Alexandria, now doing business as EXIT Minnesota Lakes Realty won the drawing, which included a prize package valued at $3,074.

The Myrtle Mabee Library (Bryant) of Belgrade has these upcoming events. For more info call: 320-254-8842
  1. 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is an ongoing program. Give your child the gift of reading and literacy. Track your progress and win prizes. From birth to Kindergarten. Sigh up anytime during open hours.

The 113th Barrett Minnesota Old Settlers Reunion will be held beginning Wednesday, June 21st and run through Sunday, June 25th. Festivities begin with a Firemen’s Water Fight, there will be a 50th Anniversary picnic style meal, bean bag tournament, fireworks, music and lots of fun for kids in the park. Check out their facebook page for a complete list and times of events at: Barrett Old Settlers Reunion 2017.

The 33rd Annual Alexandria’s Vikingland Band Festival will be held on Sunday, June 24th beginning at 1:30 p.m. on Broadway. The Minnesota Drum Corps Premiere will be held on Saturday, June 24th at 6:30 p.m. at the Alexandria Area High School football field.

Browerville Heritage Days will be held on Friday, June 23rd through Sunday, June 25th. There will be events held for the whole family: softball and bean bag tournaments, 5K run/walk, parade, turtle races, inflatables, festival area, food, beer garden, music and so much more. Check out their facebook page for a list of events and times at Browerville Heritage Days.

Melrose Riverfest begins on Friday, June 23rd and runs through Sunday, June 25th. There will be a medallion hunt, crazy days and sidewalk sales downtown, helicopter rides, duck races, kids games, bingo, 5k/1k run-walk, music, fireworks and so much more. To register for events and for more information on times of events go to: melrosemn.org/riverfest.

Prairie Lakes Audubon Chapter’s Annual Picnic will be held on Sunday, June 25th 12:00 p.m. at Glendalough State Park, near Battle Lake. Everyone is asked to bring a dish to share, their own plate, silverware and cups. Water, Lemonade and pop will be provided. Each vehicle will need to have a Minnesota State Park year round entry sticker or you can buy a one day entry permit at the office. If you need more information you can call: 712-449-0216.

You are invited to Inspired Spine’s 2nd Annual Minimally Invasive Surgery Reception and Dinner scheduled for Monday, June 26th at 5:30 p.m. This is hosted by Tristate Brain and Spine Institute in Alexandria.

The Sauk Centre Public Library has these upcoming events. For more info call: 320-352-3016

  1. “I Spy” Board, see if you can find all the hidden objects, for ages 3 to 12. Runs through August
  2. But what does it do? Can you figure out the patient: A new patient each week. For teens. Runs through August
  3. Animal houses, can you match the animal to their houses. Give it a shot all summer long at the library. For ages 3 to 6.
  4. A “Monumental” challenge. Can you name that monument just by the clues given? There will be a new monument each week. For ages 6 to 13. Runs through August.
  5. Fishing story hour – let’s catch some great stories, eat a fishy snack and make an awesome craft. The fun is on Wednesday, June 28th from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. For ages 4 to 8, limit is 30, pre-registration is required.
  6. Reading by Design to Help Build a Better World with Gary Harbo. Would you like to learn how to draw machines that have been invented to make a better world for All? This will be held on Thursday, June 29th from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. For ages 7 to 15, limit is 30, pre-registration is required.

The Red Willow Arts Coalition 2017 Summer Concert Series is once again having free concerts on the Douglas County Courthouse lawn on Thursday nights at 7:00 p.m. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy the music.

  1. June 29th: Meire Grove Band – Concert Band

Rain Policy When rain is imminent concerts will be cancelled with the exception of Bob & the Beachcombers (July 6) and Rockin Hollywoods (July 20). These concerts will be re-located to the Alexandria Area High School Performing Arts Center. Cancellations will be announced to the area radio stations by 2:00pm. We will notify KIKV, Facebook and here on our website if a concert is cancelled. Webiste: redwillowartscoalition.org

The Vintage Car Club of Alexandria is having their 29th Annual Car Show and Swap Meet on Sunday, June 25th at the Douglas County Fairgrounds located in Alexandria. Registration is from 7:00 to 11:00 a.m. Awards will be presented at 2:00 p.m. General admission is $4.00, children ages 12 and under are free.

The Myrtle Mabee Library (Bryant) of Belgrade has these upcoming events. For more info call: 320-254-8842

  1. How far can you launch? – listen to stories and construct and launch with catapults on Monday, June 26th from 3:00 to 3:45 p.m. for ages 3 to 12.
  2. Get chalked! – let’s create amazing art on the library sidewalk using chalk. Bring your creativity to the library on Monday, July 3rd from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. for ages 3 to 13.

The Gardening Brown Bag Series will be held on Tuesday, June 27th with Master Gardener Mary Jane Keith on Deer Resistant Plants. This will be held at the Douglas County Library meeting room from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. These sessions are free of charge without pre-registration. Bring your lunch or snack if you wish and explore Minnesota gardening. This is sponsored by the University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardeners of Douglas County. The sessions are led by Master Gardener volunteers

The University of Minnesota Extension of Douglas County is having the first summer camp on Wednesday, June 28th at Alexandria City Park. This “Explore Animals” camp is for those who have completed grades K to 3 and want to have fun while learning about animals big and small. To register or for any questions please call the Douglas County Extension at: 320-763-3890.

First Presbyterian Church of Osakis invites everyone to a community supper on Wednesday, June 28th at the Fellowship Hall located at 101 West Oak Street in Osakis. Serving is from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. The menu will include pulled pork sandwiches, pasta salad, chips and dessert. Free will donations accepted.

Starbuck Heritage Days begins on Thursday, June 29th and runs through Sunday, July 2nd. There will be a kids fun run/walk, business crazy days, golf tournaments, street dance, craft fair, fly in pancake breakfast, bake and craft sale, inflatables for kids, kids and grand parade, fireworks, and so much more. For a complete list of events go online at: starbuckmn.org.

The Evansville Art Center is having a family concert with Ralph Covert on Friday, June 30th at 7:00 p.m. This is a high energy interactive family concert and is free and open to the public. The art center is located at 111 Main Street. Please feel free to bring a treat to share. Beverages will be provided.

United Way’s Community Impact Coalition wants to let everyone to know of the Mobile Food Drop that will take place on Thursday, June 30th at New Life Christian Church located at 1910 County Road 82 SE in Alexandria beginning at 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. or until food is gone. You are asked to bring your own boxes and baskets to carry food. If you are interested in volunteering please contact United Way at: 320-834-7800.

Evansville 2017 Celebration will begin on Friday, June 30th and run through Sunday, July 2nd. There will be a free 5K Color Run/Walk, bake sale, bean bag tournament, Lions Grand Parade, music, silent auction, pork chop feed, fireworks and a lot of family fun! For a complete list of events, days and times visit the website at: www.evansvillemn.com then click on the events tab, move calendar to July, then click on event list, then click on the July 2017 Celebration tab.

Ruby’s Pantry will be distributing food on Saturday, July 1st at River of Life Church located at 705 12th Street South in Sauk Centre. Distribution begins at 10:00 a.m. You are asked to bring your own box or clothes basket to carry your food. For a small donation, you’ll leave with two large containers full of food.

The Shalom Run: 5K, 10K, 1K kids run will be held on Saturday, July 1st. Registration begins at 7:00 a.m. with the 5K/10K starting at 8:00 a.m. The 1K kids run will be held at 9:15 a.m. Shalom Lutheran Church is located at 681 Voyager Drive in Alexandria. To register online go to: zap event dot com. For more information you can visit Shalom’s website at: shalom lutheran dot org.

West Union will be having their 29th Annual Parade on Tuesday, July 4th. Parade will begin at 2:00 p.m. The West Union Country Kids 4-H Club will be furnishing hot dogs, buns and beverage. In lieu of the traditional potluck, families are encouraged to bring their own chairs/blanket and picnic food. There will be a bouncy house in the park.

The 119th Annual Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration at Elim Lutheran Church will be held on Tuesday, July 4th beginning at 10:30 a.m. Guest speaker will be Tim Tingelstad. Following the program a potluck dinner will be served at 12:00 p.m. The day will continue will old fashioned games and activities to be enjoyed by all ages. Please bring your own lawn chairs. The church is located at 16307 141st Street in Osakis.

The Red Willow Arts Coalition 2017 Summer Concert Series is once again having free concerts on the Douglas County Courthouse lawn on Thursday nights at 7:00 p.m. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy the music.

  1. July 4th Special Patriotic Concert – Sponsor: DC Sheriff Fed./REA Round Up
  2. July 6th Bob & the Beachcombers – Surfer Rock
  3. July 13th Lightning Creek – Country

 Rain Policy When rain is imminent concerts will be cancelled with the exception of Bob & the Beachcombers (July 6) and Rockin Hollywoods (July 20). These concerts will be re-located to the Alexandria Area High School Performing Arts Center. Cancellations will be announced to the area   radio stations by 2:00pm. We will notify KIKV, Facebook and here on our website if a concert is cancelled. Webiste: redwillowartscoalition.org

The 6th Annual Kortni Botzet Memorial Event 5K Run/Walk and Kids Fun Run and Raffle will be held on Saturday, July 8th at Carlos Elementary School. Registration/check-in at 7:30 a.m. with an 8:00 a.m. start for the 5k Run/Walk. Registration is available online at: kortnis path dot wix dot com backslash kortni or you can call: 320-766-5523. Find information on Facebook: “Celebrating the Life of Kortni Anne Botzet”. Proceeds go to the scholarship fund in Kortni’s name. Her kindergarten classmates (class of 2022) will be the first recipients.

The Gardening Brown Bag Series will be held on Wednesday, July 12th with Sauerkraut by Lowell Anderson. This will be held at the Douglas County Library meeting room from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. These sessions are free of charge without pre-registration. Bring your lunch or snack if you wish and explore Minnesota gardening. This is sponsored by the University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardeners of Douglas County. The sessions are led by Master Gardener volunteers.

The Charles Lindbergh House and Museum in Little Falls has the following events and programs for July:

    1. Discover Life on the Minnesota Home Front During WWI on Saturday’s, July 1st and July 15th
    2. Explore Lindbergh’s Complex Legacy from Iconic Pilot to Un-American Traitor on Friday’s July 7th and July 28th
    3. Celebrate national Hammock Day by Relaxing on the Lindbergh Lawn on Saturday, July 22nd

For a complete list of all Minnesota Historical Society events visit the website at: m n h s dot org backslash media

Todd County Health and Human Services announces these upcoming events available to the public:

Immunizations and Influenza Vaccine, no appointment necessary, first come, first served. 212 2nd Avenue South, Long Prairie

  1. Monday, July 10th and/or Monday, July 24th 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Closed 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.

Call for appointment for the Immunization clinics listed below:

  1. Staples, Thursday, July 6th at Lakewood Senior Campus, door C
  2. Eagle Bend, Tuesday, July 11th at Assembly of God Church

Call 320-533-4652 or 1-888-838-4066 for eligibility, an appointment or more information

Child and Teen Check – ups: Ages 6 months to 21 years old: By Appointment Only, call Debra for an appointment at: 320-533-4652 or 1-888-838-4066

  1. Thursday, July 6th in Staples
  2. Tuesday, July 11th in Eagle Bend
  3. Long Prairie call for an appointment

WIC – Woman, Infants and Children, for more information or to see if you qualify call: 320-732-4456 or 1-888-838-4066

  1. Thursday, July 6th at Lakewood Senior Campus located at 401 Prairie Avenue NE, door C from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon and from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Closed from 12;00 to 1:00 p.m.
  2. Tuesday, July 11th at Assemblies of God Church in Eagle Bend from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

Other services available upon request at any Todd County Health & Human Services Clinics:

  1. Dental Varnishing: fluoride varnish is a protective coating that is painted on your child’s teeth to help prevent cavities and to help stop cavities that have already started.
  2. Blood Lead Screening: children’s blood lead levels should be tested at 12 and 24 months of age. Is your child at risk: was your home built before 1050? Was your home built before 1978 with remodeling? Does anyone in the household have a job or hobby that uses lead?

If you have any questions or would like more information about any of these services call Debra at 320-533-4652 or 1-888-838-4066.

Faith Lutheran of Miltona and Esther Lutheran of Rural Parkers Prairie invite you to their Pork Chop Dinner on Friday, July 14th at Faith Lutheran Church located at 5500 County Road 14 NE in Miltona. Serving is from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. Adults is $10.00, children 5 to 10 is $5.00 and children under 5 is free. Hot dogs are available for the kids upon request.

Alexandria Public Schools/Community Education Classes offered for Summer 2017:

Pre-K Classes: Youth Enrichment
  1. Animal Poses Yoga (ages 3-5) 3 sessions for parent/child on Wednesday’s June 14th to 28th from 5:15 to 6:00 p.m.

School Age Childcare: Compass Now taking registrations for both Summer Compass and School Year Compass 2017-2018. Register with easy online at: https://alexandria.ce.eleyo.com

  1. Summer Compass is held at Woodland Elementary School June 12th to August 25th from 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday thru Friday
Summer Athletic Training:
  1. Summer Strength Academy (grade 9 to recent alumni) 27 sessions Mon/Tue/Thu/Fri June 12th to July 31st from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. or 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. No class July 3rd and 4th.
  2. Summer Speed PLUS Strength Academy (grade 9 to recent alumni) 23 sessions Mon/Tue/The/Fri June 19th to July 31st from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. or 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. No class July 3rd of July 4th
  3. Beginner Cardinal PEAK Performance (grade 4-5) 13 sessions Tues/Friday June 13th to July 28th from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. No class July 4th.

Advanced Cardinal PEAK Performance and Summer Academy (grade 8) 13 sessions No class on July 3rd

  1. Boys: Mon/Wed June 12th to July 26th from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  2. Girls: Mon/Wed June 12th to July 26th from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m.

Cardinal PEAK Performance and Summer Academy (grade 6-8) 13 sessions No classes on July 4th

  1. Girls: Mon/Wed June 12th to July 26th from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m.
  2. Boys: Tue/Fri June 13th to July 28th from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m.
  3. Boys and Girls: Tue/Fri June 13th to July 28th from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m.

Summer Activities:

  1. Summer Discovery Advantage (grade 6-8) You can pick and choose your weeks – 6 weeks in total: Tue/Thu June 20th to August 3rd No class July 4th and 6th
    • All week: 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    • Half Day Week: 7:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. OR 12:00 to 4:30 p.m.

Youth Activities: Private Lessons with Steve Deitz (grade 1-12) Private lessons include: guitar, electric guitar, voice, electric bass, beginning piano and drawing/cartooning. Lessons are available at 30 minute increments. No lessons on July 3rd or 4th

  1. Mondays June 12th to July 17th from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
  2. Tuesdays June 13th to July 18th from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
  3. Wednesdays June 14th to July 12th from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
  4. Thursday, June 15th to July 13th from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
  5. Fridays June 16th to July 14th from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Movie Maker: 4 sessions each

  1. Grades 2-3 Mon – Thu June 26th to June 29th from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Adult Education classes:

Health Education:

  1. Medicare 1 session at Public Works Conference Room at 526 Willow Dr., Wednesday, July 19th 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
  2. American Heart Association Heartsaver Certification Course 1 session on Saturday, August 26th 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Creative Arts:

  1. From Ordinary to Extraordinary, welcome to the beautiful world of Dixie Belle chalk paint, held in the basement studio of Hello Beautiful Boutique and Coffee Shop located at 507 Broadway Street in Alexandria. 1 session 2 different dates: Wednesday, June 21st 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 25th 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Dance, Exercise and Recreation:

  1. Summer E Fit, at Nelson Gables Wellness Center Exercise room at 1220 Nokomis St. 11 sessions each on Mondays and Wednesdays or you can do 2x a week. Monday’s June 5th to August 28th 3:30 to 6:00 p.m. and/or Wednesday’s June 7th to August 30th 3:30 to 6:00 p.m. No class July 3rd, 5th, 31st and August 2nd

Early Childhood/Family Education – sibling care available for some sessions. Check with Community Ed for session times: 320-762-3305

  1. Incredible Infants (0-14 months): 5 sessions Monday’s July 10th to August 7th 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
  2. Time for Toddlers (12-23 months) 5 sessions Monday’s July 10th to August 7th 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. or Tuesday’s July 11th to August 8th 8:30 to 10:00 a.m.
  3. Prime Time Two’s and Three’s (24-47 months) 5 sessions available Monday’s July 10th to August 7th from 8:30 to 10”30 a.m. or Tuesday’s July 11th to August 8th from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  4. Musikgarten (birth – 5 years old with parent) 5 sessions Monday’s July 10th to August 7th from 10:45 to 11:15 a.m. or Tuesday’s July 11th to August 8th from 10:15 to 10:45 a.m.
  5. Parenting with “PRIDE” (2-7 years old) 5 sessions Monday’s July 10th to August 7th from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
  6. “Ready Set Go to Preschool” (Fall) is for children who will be 3 by January 1st 2018. Sibling care is available only when the parent is attending. 34 sessions:
    1. Parent and Child: Monday’s September 11th to May 21st 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Child Alone: September 13th to May 23rd from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
    2. Parent and Child: Monday’s September 11th to May 21st from 1:15 to 3:15 p.m. Child Alone: Wednesday’s September 13th to May 23rd from 1:15 to 3:15 p.m.
    3. Parent and Child: Tuesday’s September 12th to May 22nd from 1:15 to 3:15 p.m. Child Alone: Thursday’s September 14th to May 24th from 1:15 to 3:15 p.m.

Registration made easy – online at: www.alexandria.thatscommunityed.com or call: 320-762-3110 ext. 4272 or in person to either the Community Education or Early Education Center offices located in the Woodland Elementary School, 1410 South McKay Avenue.

USDA Seeks Applications for Grants to Support the Development of Rural Community Facilities click on this link for more information

USDA

Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota is launching a new service, Neighbor to Neighbor Companions. This service offers support traveling to medical appointments, grocery shopping, running errands or getting the bills  paid and in the mailbox. Its goal is to promote health and independence, particularly for adults over the age of 55. With rapidly aging communities, particularly in rural Minnesota, Neighbor to Neighbor Companions allows these services to become more widely available. If you are interested in receiving a Neighbor to Neighbor Companion or would like to learn more about becoming a companion, you can learn more by calling: 877-540-9443 or by emailing to: neighbortoneighbor@lssmn.org. For comprehensive information about the work of Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota visit their website at: lssmn.org.

We Got your Back USA” has officially launched their campaign in Douglas County. We Got your Back USA is a group of concerned citizens realizing the need to better support our law enforcement officials, firemen and emergency medical personnel. We Got your Back USA needs your support, to make a tax deductible donation so local billboards, yard signs, banners and more will show our support to our law enforcement officials that we have their back. To donate visit: wegotyourbackusa.org.

Need to get rid of that lamp or a whole room of furniture? Bring it to Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore on North Nokomis in Alexandria. Donations are accepted Monday thru Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Need to have it picked up? Call 320-762-4255 or 320-759-1989. The ReStore is open for business Thursday thru Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. You never know what you might find at the Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore.