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  1. Nov

    1. November 30 Crow River Singers Concerts
      7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

      The Crow River Singers will present their winter concerts on Friday, November 30th, and Sunday, December 2nd. The Friday performance will be at the First Congregational United Church of Christ (31 4th Avenue SW) in Hutchinson beginning at 7:00 PM. The Sunday performance will be at Peace Lutheran Church (400 Franklin Street SW) in Hutchinson beginning at 2:00 PM. Admission is $7.00 per person with children under the age of 12 admitted for free.

  2. Dec

    1. December 1 “Reason for the Season” Advent Brunch
      8:15 am – 10:00 am

      Everyone is welcome to join the women of St John’s Lutheran Church (625 12th Avenue) in Howard Lake for “The Reason for the Season” Advent Brunch on Saturday, December 1st. The doors will open at 8:15 AM for the country store. The advent program will start at 9:00 AM and serving for the brunch will begin at 10:00 AM.

    2. December 1 Christmas at Trinity
      9:00 am – 12:00 pm

      Trinity Lutheran Church (54384 Highway 12 East) in Grove City invites you to its 19th Annual Christmas at Trinity on Saturday, December 1st, from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM. This year’s event will feature a cookie walk (cookies priced at $3.50/dozen), candies, baked goods, ethnic favorites including lefse, quilts, rugs, cards, napkins and other crafts. Brunch will also be served. The cost for the brunch is $7.00 for adults ($7.00 for takeout orders as well) and $3.00 for children 10 years of age and younger. If you just want a snack, you can get coffee and a roll for $2.00.

    3. December 1 Holiday Fair at St. John’s Lutheran (Annandale)
      9:00 am – 1:00 pm

      St. John’s Lutheran Church (331 Harrison Street W) of Annandale is hosting a Holiday Fair on Saturday, December 1st, from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM. Shop for bakery items, craft items, unique treasures, collectibles and antiques. New to this year’s bakery items and sold on site, fresh made lefse! Lunch will be available, with a menu featuring sloppy joes, sweet rolls, pie, coffee and milk. Proceeds from the event will go toward charitable projects.

    4. December 1 11th Annual Trees & Traditions
      9:30 am – 3:00 pm

      Christ the King Lutheran Church (1040 South Grade Road) in Hutchinson will host the 11th Annual Christmas Trees & Traditions, “The Bells of Christmas,” on Saturday, December 1st, from 9:30 AM – 3:00 PM. Come and view the decorated trees, table settings, collections, quilts, and period wedding dresses. There will be music performances, lefse and krumkaka demonstration, and you’re invited to share a light lunch with friends (available from 11:00 AM – 1:30 PM) and shop at the Country Cupboard and the Bake Shoppe. The cost is a free will offering.

    5. December 1 Pioneer Park’s Pioneer Christmas
      12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

      You and your family are invited join in the warmth and cheer of Minnesota Pioneer Park’s “Pioneer Christmas” with free admission on Saturday, December 1st, from 12:00  – 3:00 PM.  You can visit Santa and Mrs. Claus, toast marshmallows by the bon fire, enjoy free cider, coffee and cocoa, and even go on a horse drawn wagon ride!  They’ll also be selling holiday baked goods and crafts.  Minnesota Pioneer Park is located at 725 Pioneer Park Trail, along Minnesota State Highway 55, just east of Annandale.

  3. Dec

    1. Drive-by Living Nativity
      5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

      The Sibley County Fairgrounds in Arlington will host a Drive-by Living Nativity on Sunday, December 2nd, from 5:30 – 7:30 PM. Actors and live animals will portray the events leading to Christ’s birth. The cost is a cash or non-perishable food item donation for the Sibley County Food Shelf. Please note that if the Arli-Dazzle Parade that evening is postponed due to weather, the Living Nativity will begin at 7:00 PM. Upon entering the Fairgrounds, tune your radio to 104.9 FM.

  4. Dec

    1. December 3 Sibley (County) Sonics Tip Night at Pizza Ranch
      4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

      Come out and support the Sibley (County) Sonics Special Olympics delegation by eating at the Pizza Ranch (2409 9th Street East) in Glencoe on Monday, December 3rd, between 4:00 – 8:00 PM. Proceeds will go towards assisting athletes with tournament fees and provide additional sports.

  5. Dec

    1. December 7 Christmas Concert Featuring Patty Kark at Peace Lutheran
      7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

      Christmas Concert Featuring Patty Kark at Peace Lutheran – December 7th

      Peace Lutheran Church (400 Franklin Street SW) in Hutchinson will host a Christmas Concert featuring Patty Kark on Friday, December 7th, beginning at 7:00 PM. A free will offering will be taken to benefit Little Lambs Christian Center. Refreshments will be served following the concert.

  6. Dec

    1. December 8 All Saints Lutheran Church Christmas Craft & Bake Sale
      8:30 am – 1:00 pm

      All Saints Lutheran Church (118 North 1st Street) in Darwin is having a Christmas Craft & Bake Sale with a luncheon and basket raffle on Saturday, December 8th, from 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM, including a lefse making demonstration beginning at 8:30 AM. The luncheon, featuring barbecue sandwiches, chips and dip, fruit, veggies, a dessert and beverages, will be served from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM. The cost for the luncheon is $6.00 for everyone over the age of 10, and $3.00 for children 10 years of age and younger.

    2. December 8 Free Community Breakfast at Bethlehem United Methodist Church
      8:30 am – 9:30 am

      Bethlehem United Methodist Church (665 Miller Ave SW) in Hutchinson is offering a  free, hot breakfast from 8:30 – 9:30  AM on Saturday, December 8th.  Everyone is welcome, and while there is no cost, they would appreciate it if you would contact the church (call  320-587-3312 )  to let them know how many will be attending.  You may also pick up a ticket at Common Cup Ministry’s office (218 Main Street South) in Hutchinson.  The free breakfast is served on the second Saturday of each month.

    3. December 8 St. Paul’s Lutheran Church (Hector) Cookie Walk
      8:30 am – 11:00 am

      St. Paul’s Lutheran Church (500 Cedar Avenue East) in Hector will have its 16th Annual Cookie Walk on Saturday, December 8th, from 8:30 – 11:00 AM or until the goodies are gone. The cookie walk will feature traditional and fancy cookies, plus homemade lefse and candles. Proceeds will go to elevator maintenance and the church flooring project.

    4. December 8 Bake Sale & Chili Luncheon at Prairie Community Church
      11:00 am – 1:30 pm

      Prairie Community Church (700 1st Avenue North) in Lester Prairie is having a Bake Sale & Chili Luncheon on Saturday, December 8th, from 11:00 AM – 1:30 PM. It’s the easy way to get your holiday baking done and you’ll enjoy the chili luncheon, featuring chili, egg salad sandwiches, cake, milk and coffee.

    5. December 8 First Evangelical Lutheran Church Christmas Bazaar
      11:00 am – 1:00 pm

      First Evangelical Lutheran Church of Cosmos will have its Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, December 8th, at the Cosmos American Legion (100 East Astro Boulevard) in Cosmos. The hours for the bazaar will be from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM.

  7. Dec

    1. December 9 Community Bingo at Ecumen Oaks & Pines
      2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

      Area seniors are invited to play Community Bingo on Sunday, December 9th, from 2:00 – 3:00 PM in the Dining Room at the Ecumen Oaks & Pines (1015 Century Avenue SW) in Hutchinson. The cost is 25 cents per card for each regular game. The last game will be a “cover all” game and will be $1.00 per card, winner takes all. Coffee and snacks will follow the fun! Community Bingo is offered the second Sunday of each month. For more information, contact Jane Messner at 320-234-0868 .

    2. December 9 Compassionate Friends Remembrance Candle Lighting
      7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

      The Hutchinson Area Chapter of The Compassionate Friends, an organization offering grief support after the death of a child, will host its 11th Annual Remembrance Candle Lighting on Sunday, December 9th, at the Dobratz-Hantge Funeral Chapel (899 Highway 15 S) in Hutchinson, beginning at 7:00 PM. The event is open to anyone who would like to come and light a candle in remembrance of a child who has died too soon, whether it be your own child, or that of a neighbor, co-worker, relative or friend. The local event is happening in conjunction with the Compassionate Friends worldwide candle lighting. Refreshments and a time of sharing will follow. For more information, call Jo at 320-833-2300 .

  8. Dec

    1. December 11 – 13 Sibley County Santa’s Helper Gift Distribution
      8:00 am – 5:00 pm

      The Santa’s Helpers program in Sibley County will have its 2012 Gift Distribution on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, December 11th, 12th and 13th at American Lutheran Church (911 8th Street) in Gaylord.  Each child will be presented with a gift valued at $20.00, a pair of mittens and a hat. Each family is also provided with a new blanket or quilt.  For more information, call Sibley County Public Health and Human Services at 507-237-4000.

  9. Dec

    1. December 18 Caregiver Support Group Meeting
      1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

      The next meeting of the Renville County Hospice Caregiver Support Group will be on Tuesday, December 18th, from 1:30 – 3:00 PM in the Willette Room of RC Hospital & Clinics (611 East Fairview) in Olivia. The meeting is free of charge, and there will be time for discussion and support. Future meetings are scheduled the third Tuesday of each month. Also, it is possible to have your care receiver spend the afternoon at Heart to Heart Adult Day Services. For more information, contact Paulette Svoboda at 320-523-3451.

  10. Dec

    1. December 20 REACH Program’s Holiday Celebration Outreach Supper
      6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

      The Hutchinson area REACH Program will host a Holiday Celebration Outreach Supper on Thursday, December 20th, from 6:00 – 7:00 PM at Peace Lutheran Church (400 Franklin Street SW) in Hutchinson.  The supper is for individuals and/or families in the area in need this holiday season.  The meal is free, but they do ask that if you’re planning to attend that you pick up a free tickets at Peace Lutheran Church or Common Cup Ministry so they know to prepare for how many.

  11. Dec

    1. December 21 Matthew 14:16 Supper and Free Movie Night at Peace Lutheran Church
      5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

      Peace Lutheran Church (400 Franklin Street SW) of Hutchinson will host its monthly Matthew 14:16 Supper on Friday, December 21st, beginning at 5:00 PM.  The event offers a free, warm, nourishing meal, to anyone in the community.  Following the supper, they’ll have their free family movie night, beginning at 6:30 PM.  Come enjoy the movie as well as some free popcorn and lemonade

  12. Dec

    1. December 22 Lunch With Santa
      11:00 am – 2:00 pm

      NAMI Meeker/McLeod Counties and the Foundation for Challenged Children (FFCC) invite you to Lunch with Santa on Saturday, December 22nd, from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM at the McLeod County Fairgrounds (780 Century Avenue SW) in Hutchinson. You can enjoy a lunch of a hot dog, cookie, chips and a beverage. Bring your camera and have your picture taken with Santa. The event will also feature music by “Chopper – The World’s Nuttiest DJ,” games, prizes, treat bags, a limbo contest, a dance contest, a small flea market and more. The cost is a $4.00 donation plus a donation for the McLeod Emergency Food Shelf. The event is co-sponsored by Econofoods.

  13. Dec

    1. 90TH Birthday Open House
      2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

      90TH Birthday Open House-December 29th For Elsie Weselah

      Open House Saturday December 29th from 2:00-3:30 PM The Oaks Senior Living.

  14. Jan

    1. January 3 “Happy Feet, Happy Heart” 5K Run/Walk Registration Underway
      1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

      Registration is underway for the Buffalo Lake Healthcare Center’s “Happy Feet, Happy Heart” 5K Run/Walk and Half-Mile Kids Run on Saturday, February 23rd. The cost for the 5K Run/Walk is $15.00 if you pre-register or $20.00 the day of the race. There is no cost for children to participate in the Half-Mile Kids Run. Runners will receive a t-shirt for participating. Proceeds will benefit BLHC’s Friends and Relatives Enabling the Elderly (F.R.E.E.) Organization. To get a registration form or for more information, contact Lori Fischer at lausspurs@gmail.com or Jamie Mahoney at Jamie_M_Mahoney@yahoo.com.

  15. Jan

    1. January 6th Bullhead Feed
      10:00 am – 11:00 am

      The Brownton Rod and Gun Club will have its annual Bullhead Feed on January 6th starting at 10 a.m. till gone. The Brownton Rod and Gun Club is located off Highway 15 near Lake Marion.

    2. January 6 BASICS Holiday Concert
      3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

      The BASICS (Brothers And Sisters In Christ Singers) will perform a holiday concert on Sunday, January 6th, beginning at 3:30 PM at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church (201 South Street) in Stewart.  A free will donation lunch will follow the concert.  Proceeds will be used to further the BASIC music ministry.

    3. February 6 Family Style Turkey Supper at Zion United Methodist Church
      4:30 pm – 7:30 pm

      Zion United Methodist Church (306 2nd Street NW) in Buffalo Lake will serve its annual Family Style Turkey Supper on Wednesday, February 6th, from 4:30 – 7:30 PM with take out orders available for the entire time. Advance tickets are priced at $8.50, and are available at CenBank, Main Street Market, the Straw Hat Grill, and Buffalo Lake Insurance (all in Buffalo Lake), the News*Mirror office in Hector, and any church member. Tickets at the door will be $9.00 for adults, $4.00 for children ages 5 – 11, and free for preschoolers.

  16. Jan

    1. January 8 Memory Loss Caregiver Support Group
      6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

      The next meeting of a local area support group for adult children, spouses, and friends caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or a related memory loss will be on Tuesday, January 8th, beginning at 6:00 PM at First Lutheran Church (925 13th Street East) in Glencoe. The group meets the second Tuesday of every month, is open to the public and is free of charge. For more information, please contact Kristal Ehrke, Alzheimer’s Association volunteer facilitator, at (320) 583-1551. In addition, information about Alzheimer’s disease and other support groups in the area can be obtained by calling the Alzheimer’s Association at 1-800-272-3900 or www.alz.org/mnnd.

  17. Jan

    1. January 12th & 13th St. Joseph Winter Blast (all-day)
      Jan 12 – Jan 13

      St. Joseph Catholic Church (41 East First Street) in Waconia invites you to its Winter Blast on Saturday and Sunday, January 12th and 13th. Saturday’s activities include the Knights of Columbus Fish Fry Basket/Beer Dinner from 4:00 – 7:00 PM at the church’s Parish Center. Following the dinner there’s a free public dance with bar featuring “The Losers” from 7:30 – 11:30 PM in the St. Joseph School gymnasium. Sunday’s activities from 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM in the Parish Center include a brunch, cash raffle, children’s carnival with games, prizes, face painting and more. For more information call the church office at 952-442-2384.

    2. January 12 Free Community Breakfast at Bethlehem United Methodist Church
      8:30 am – 9:30 am

      Bethlehem United Methodist Church (665 Miller Ave SW) in Hutchinson is offering a free, hot breakfast from 8:30 – 9:30 AM on Saturday, January 12th. Everyone is welcome, and while there is no cost, they would appreciate it if you would contact the church (call 320-587-3312) to let them know how many will be attending. You may also pick up a ticket at Common Cup Ministry’s office (218 Main Street South) in Hutchinson. The free breakfast is served on the second Saturday of each month.

    3. January 12 Benefit for Don Artmann
      4:00 pm – 11:45 pm

      A benefit dinner and dance is planned for Don Artmann (owner of Big Don’s Carthedral of Lester Prairie) on Saturday, January 12th, at Neaton’s Shed (3480 County Road 21), located across from the Hollywood Sports Complex, rural Watertown. Don was diagnosed with leukemia in July of 2011. All proceeds from the event will help with Don and his family with medical and housing expenses. The benefit will start at 4:00 PM and continue until midnight, including a great meal, silent auction and a dance with live music by Diamondback.