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Grow Our Own Discussion Group
District 518 Community Education will be hosting a Grow Our Own discussion group once a month this spring. Agency/organizational representatives are invited to come for informal networking and discussions about how we can help young people and their families experience success and overcome poverty. Participants are encouraged to bring information about their upcoming programs to share with the group. These sessions will meet on Mondays, March 11, April 8, and May 13, from 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the Hickory Lodge, Worthington. To sign up call Community Education at 507-376-6105.
Nominations Sought for Faces of Hope Recipient
The Southwest Crisis Center needs your help in honoring one individual and one group/agency in our 5 county service area who has done exemplary work in support and help of victims and survivors of domestic and sexual violence. The award winners will be recognized at our Faces of Hope Banquet. Fill out our online form at https://www.mnswcc.org/foh-nomination-form or print the application and return to or mail to: 1043 4th Ave. Suite 1, Windom, MN 56101.
Manna Food Pantry Fundraiser
It's that time of year again when the Manna Food Pantry is beginning their largest fundraiser of the year. Starting February 25th through April 7th their goal is to raise funds both monetary and product donations in excess of $75,000! We will accept any donation, large or small, everything counts. If you or your organization would be willing to raise funds for Families in Need in Nobles County please give them a call at 507-329-1951. The Worthington Regional Health Care Foundation is going to match us dollar for dollar up to $30,000 which is a great help for our fundraiser. If you are sending a check please make it out to WRHCF with Manna in the memo line.
Certified Nursing Assistant program
Certified Nursing Assistant program will be co-sponsored by SW MN Private Industry Council, District 518 Community Education and MN West CTC. Scholarships are available for qualifying participants. The bridge preparation sessions will start on March 1st, meeting Fridays only through April 26th, and then the class will start on April 30th and run Tuesdays and Thursdays through May 30th. Anyone who is interested can contact Sandy Demuth at 507-295-5029, or Marty Olsen at 507-376-6105.
Grassroots Community Theatre Needs your Help! – We need more people involved in general, but more particularly, we need replacement for our director, Mary Jane, who is retiring. Producing plays requires active involvement. That involvement gives a great amount of satisfaction that comes from working with a group, developing passionate characters, watching an actor grow in their confidence, and giving the audience a satisfying performance. Our community theatre needs people who want to experience things, who don’t fear challenges, and who see the value of keeping this theatre alive. We hope this plea for help motivates you to become involved. The position of director is vital. Mary Jane is willing to help anyone get started beginning with the summer production. Please contact Jay 605-695-0724 if you have interest.
Worthington City Council Honorary Member
The Worthington City Council is seeking people interested in the inner-workings of city government for their Honorary Member program. The Honorary Member serves for three months, attending regular council meetings and participating in discussions. They do not make motions or vote. They attend as able various advisory board and commission meetings, and attend a staff briefing and tour the facilities. They also receive all correspondence directed to City Council, including staff reports and League of Minnesota City publications. There is no monetary compensation, and applicants must be 21 years of age and a resident voter of the city for at least 30 days prior to appointment. Visit the City of Worthington web page here to apply!
Nixle - Public Safety System
Nixle is a community information service via the Worthington Police Department dedicated to helping you stay connected to the information that matters most to you. You can receive alerts for closed roads, weather alerts, safety alerts, missing persons, general notifications, special events, canvassing witnesses for leads and other evidence. To sign up, visit the City of Worthington Public Safety webpage.
You are invited to become a member of the Lake Okabena Improvement Association! The projects would not be made possible without your generous donations and commitment. Find the details on membership dues or renewals here. .
March 21 - Discover Thailand Informational Meeting
The Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce has teamed up with Chamber Explorations to present: Discover Thailand on October 15th – 22nd, 2019. There will be an informational meeting on Thursday, March 21st from 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at the Center for Active Living, 211 11th Street, Worthington. Receive information on the cost, lodging and the itinerary for the trip. Highlights of the trip include: Bangkok City Tour, Grand Palace, Emerald Buddha Temple, Thai Dinner & Dance Experience, Silom Village, Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, Bridge over the River Kwai and more!
March 21 - Farm Transition and Estate Planning
For those thinking about how to transfer a farm business or land to the next generation, the University of Minnesota and Extension and the Minnesota State College and University System will present a farm transition and estate planning workshop on March 21 in Slayton. The workshop is from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Slayton Pizza Ranch, and covers family communications, goal setting, business structures and retirement. Farmers at any stage, from beginning to retirement can benefit from the workshop materials. There is no cost to attend, and lunch is included. To register, go to z.umn.edu/transitionslayton. Space is limited, so register early. For assistance, contact the Murray County Extension Office at 507-836-6927.
March 22 - Second City Comedy Tour
The Memorial Auditorium presents the Second City Comedy Tour on Friday, March 22 at 8 p.m. Join them for the next generation of comedy’s best and brightest cutting edge comedians. Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the door, College students $20 in advance or $25 at the door.
March 25 - CoderDojo
CoderDojo will take place on Monday, March 25th. Pizza served at 5:45. Coding activities will begin at 6:00 pm and conclude at 7:30 pm. If your children are in 2nd grade or longer, we ask that you remain with them throughout the event. It will be held in the computer lab (room 606) at MN West in Worthington. If interested in attending, call Dan Harrington at 507-360-7472.
March 26 - Nobles County Corn and Soybean Growers Annual Meeting
The Nobles County Corn and Soybean Growers will hold an annual meeting on Tuesday, March 26 at the American Reformed Church in Worthington. Guest speaker will be Cad Hart, an Ag Economist from Iowa State University. Tickets are $10 in advance or $20 at the door, available at First State Bank Southwest. To learn ore, go to mncorn.org or mnsoybean.org.
March 26 - Ecumen Meadows presents Eric Joens on Recycling
On Tuesday, March 26, Eric Joens, Schaap Sanitation District Manager, will give an informative presentation at 9:30 a.m. at Ecumen Meadows on the dos, don'ts and facts about local recycling. Eric will also answer any of your questions. Please join us in the south dining room. Coffee and a snack will be served.
March 28 - Commissioners At Your Cafe
The Nobles County Commissioners will host the next Cafe event from 7:30 - 9:30 a.m. Thursday, March at the Subway inside the Adrian Kum & Go at 305 N. Maine Avenue.
March 29 - Southwest Crisis Center Project Kick-Off
The Southwest Crisis Center, Nobles County Attorneys Office and local law enforcement are embarking on a two year project, with the kick-off on March 29 at the Minnesota West Community College - Worthington Campus. A project kick-off luncheon will be from noon to 1:30 p.m. in Room 214. This lunch and networking opportunity is for everyone, including the general public. To RSVP, call Kaity at the SWCC at 507-376-4311 or email email@example.com. For more information, go to mnswcc.org.
March 29 - YMCA Cruise Dinner
The YMCA Cruise Dinner will be Friday, March 29, 2019 with entertainment by The Johnny Holm Band. Sponsorships now available. Ticket and Table info will be available soon by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. This benefit event is the help support the Youth & Family Financial Assistance needs for memberships, programs and the many subsidy needs at the YMCA.
March 30 - Women's Expo
The Globe will host its 12th Annual Women’s Expo Health and Home Show on Saturday, March 30, 2019, at Minnesota West Community & Technical College in Worthington. This event features area vendors, local businesses, health care facilities and reps from all sorts of direct selling companies, as well as speakers & workshops. If you have questions or would like more information, contact The Globe at 507-376-7313. Expo day is a great day full of shopping, learning, eating and networking.
March 31 - Pancake Breakfast
The Heron Lake Fire Department Relief Assocation will host a Pancake Breakfast from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 31, at the HL-O Elementary School. There will be a free will donation for a menu of pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, fruit and beverages. Proceeds will go toward HLFD equipment and training.
March 31 - Arts by St. Joseph
The Arts of St. Joseph presents "John Moore in Concert with the Alexander Piano Trio" on Sunday, March 31 at 4:30 p.m. at St.Joseph Catholic Church, Miford, Iowa. A reception will follow the free concert in the Parish Center.
April 1 - Little Minnesota in World War II
The Adrian Branch Library, with cooperation from the Minnesota Art's and Cultural Heritage Fund, presents "Little Minnesota in World War II: The Stories Behind 140 Fallen Heroes from Minnesota's Littlest Towns." This will be presented by authors Jill Johnson and Deane Johnson from 1 to 2 p.m. Monday, April 1, at the Adrian Branch Library. Treats will be served after the program.
April 4 - Spring Wine Dinner
The Worthington Liquor Store is offering a fabulous Spring wine dinner at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 4 at the Worthington Event Center. This wine dinner will feature a 5-course meal along with a wine to pair with each course. This is a great opportunity for you to enjoy delicious wine and great food. Doors open at 6 p.m., meal at 7 p.m. Tickets are $55 per person and are available at the Worthington Liquor Store – cash or check only.
April 6 - Boy Scout Pork Chop Feed
Boy Scouts Troop 134 will be holding their annual pork chop feed on Saturday April 6th at the Elks Lodge in Worthington. They will be serving JBS pork chops, baked potatoes, coleslaw, apple sauce, dinner roll, cupcakes, and coffee or juice. Eat in or Carry out. Contact any Troop Member for tickets or buy them at the door. $10 a ticket.
April 13 - Community Prayer Breakfast
Community Prayer Breakfast will be Saturday, April 13 at 8:00 a.m. at the American Reformed Church, 1720 N. Burlington. Program featuring Ken Besel. An ordinary day, an ordinary job, an ordinary family with an extra ordinary miracle about to happen - just when you think your life has been determined, God sends a miracle that no one saw coming. Listen to the faith inspiring story of Ken Besel’s fight of survival after undergoing 55 minutes of CPR. Ken is the brother of local educator Rich Besel. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at Avera Medical Group Optometry, Hy-Vee Customer Service or Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce. They can also be purchased from Early Risers Kiwanis Member by calling 370-2416.
April 18 - Red Cross Blood Drive
The Red Cross will hold a blood drive from 1 to 7 p.m. April 18 at the American Reformed Church
April 23 - Leveling Up: Strategies for Assessing and Communicating Equity in Rural Organizations
A Leveling Up: Strategies for Assessing and Communicating Equity in Rural Organizations will take place April 23 from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. at the Biotechnology Advancement Center (BAC), 1527 Prairie Drive, Worthington. In responding to changes in racial, ethnic, and language differences in the community, you have made a myriad of changes to practice. So, what now? Join us for a dynamic conversation with DeeDee LeMier of Charities Review Council to explore ways to level up your communication with internal and external stakeholders as you continue to work toward organizational equity and inclusion. Refreshments will be provided by Worthington Regional Health Care Foundation. There is no fee or registration required to attend.
May 1 - Red Cross Blood Drive
The Red Cross will hold a blood drive from 1 to 7 p.m. May 1 at the YMCA
May 10 - Leadercast
Learn the art and science of building healthy teams at #Leadercast Worthington Area 2019. The event is May 10, 2019 at Minnesota West Community and Technical College for the world's largest one-day #leadershipevent and bring home lessons you can use the next day. Online registration at http://bit.ly/WAL2019
May 11 - Faces of Hope Banquet
The Southwest Crisis Center presents the 6th annual Faces of Hope Banquet featuring the Emmy Award-Winning a capella ensemble Tonic Sol-fa on May 11, 2019 at the Worthington Event Center. Doors open at 5:00, dinner at 5:30 followed by live auction/awards entertainment at 7:30. This gala event honors individuals and organizations making a difference in the lives of domestic and sexual violence victims and survivors in Southwest Minnesota. A live gift-basket auction and catered meal by the Bluestem Restaurant rounds out the night's festivities in raising awareness and funds to restore hope and healing in our community. Join them Mother's Day weekend in celebration of the women in your life! For tickets and information visit www.mnswcc.org
May 17-19 - Lifeguard Certification Course
YMCA will host a Lifeguard Certification Course March 8-10 at 5:30 p.m. The course is for those For ages 15 and up. Cost is $175. This comprehensive course offers up to date information on how to guard, anticipate and prevent problems and to take action to help those in need. CPR, First Aid and AED certifications are included in the cost of the program, 30 hours of course work and hands on experience. Participants must pass a physical test on the first day of class in order to remain registered (300 yard swim, 2 minutes treading water without hands and a timed recovery drill). Certification is good for 2 years. Register online www.ymcaworthington.org or through the front desk.
May 25 - Raptor Center visits Pipestone National Monument
The University of Minnesota's Raptor Center will bring several raptors - including a bald eagle - for a 1 hour program on Saturday, May 25 at the Pipestone National Monument. The program will begin at 1:00 p.m. behind the visitor center. Feel free to bring a lawn chair if you like, but please keep dogs away from the vicinity during the program (these birds are hunters!). The program is interactive and very kid-friendly.
May 31-June 1 - Art of Parenting Conference
The Grace Community Church will host the Art of Parenting Conference on Friday, May 31 from 6 pm - 9 pm and Saturday, June 1, 9 am - 4 pm at the church. The goal of FamilyLife's Art of Parenting is to aim your child's heart toward God, and highlights core issues that every parent and child need to address together. Learn more and register at www.graceonline.net/parentingconference
June 19 - Market Smarter
Market Smarter will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 19 at the Worthington Event Center. Cost is $69 per person for the full day, $89 after June 1. Featuring keynote speaker Nancy Lyons. Nancy is a commanding candid and entertaining speaker. She has been locally and nationally recognized for her role as owner and CEO of Clockwork. To register contact Community Education at 507-376-6105.
July 11 - Red Cross Blood Drive
The Red Cross will hold a blood drive from 1 to 7 p.m. July 11 at the American Reformed Church
July 30 - Red Cross Blood Drive
The Red Cross will hold a blood drive from 2 to 7 p.m. July 30 at the Wilmont Community Center
August 20 - Red Cross Blood Drive
The Red Cross will hold a blood drive from 1 to 7 p.m. August 20 at the Christian Church
October 21 - Red Cross Blood Drive
The Red Cross will hold a blood drive from 1 to 7 p.m. October 21 at the YMCA.
November 5 - Red Cross Blood Drive
The Red Cross will hold a blood drive from 2 to 7 p.m. November 5 at the Lismore American Legion
November 7 - Red Cross Blood Drive
The Red Cross will hold a blood drive from 1 to 7 p.m. November 7 at the American Reformed Church