Public Service Announcements

Weeks 1/21/2020 to 1/31/2020

If you have community announcements you would like aired, drop them off at our office, 604 3rd Avenue West in Alexandria at least two weeks prior to the event or fax them to 320-762-2156.

  • Alexandria Public Schools Community Education announces new Adult Enrichment Classes are now open for registration. There are over ninety-one classes in over thirteen categories to choose from: Arts, Cooking, Dance, Exercise, Gardening, Hobbies and many more. For a complete list and to register visit online at: alexandria.ce.eleyo.com/courses.
  • Catholic Charities is looking for volunteers ages 55 and older for the Foster Grandparent Program. Local schools and organizations need caring adults. Orientation and training is provided. All volunteers receive ongoing support from school and staff. This program allows volunteers to make a lasting difference in the lives of our Minnesota children and youth. To learn more about this program call: 1-866-895-7992 or visit online at: ccstcloud.org.
  • United Way of Douglas and Pope Counties are currently accepting donations for the Annual Coat Drive. They are in need of coats, hats, gloves/mittens, scarves, snowpants and boots. All sizes are needed for children, men and adult plus sizes are in short supply, we encourage those who have these sizes to give. If you are in need of a coat, visit the Community Coat Room located at 503 Hawthorne Street in Alexandria. All items are offered free of charge. Office hours are Monday thru Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • The Red Cross needs your help spreading the word that healthy blood donors are needed now with Influenza season upon us. Listed are dates, times and locations.
    1. Tuesday, January 21st from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the American Legion 187 located at 186 Hwy. 55 in Glenwood
    2. Tuesday, January 21st from 12:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the Community Center located at 607 2nd Street in Henning
    3. Wednesday, January 22nd from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Cornerstone Church located at 202 7th Avenue East in Alexandria
    4. Wednesday, January 22nd from 12:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the Parkers Prairie High School located at 411 South Otter Avenue
    5. Tuesday, January 28th from 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church located at 108 West 8th Street in Morris
    6. Tuesday, January 28th from 1:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church located at 310 Medayto Drive in Spicer
    7. Wednesday, January 29th from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Rocori High School Student Council located at Fifth Avenue North in Cold Spring
    8. Thursday, January 30th from 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Glenwood Lutheran Church located at 206 East Minnesota Avenue
    9. Thursday, January 30th from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Camp Ripley Armory located at 15000 Highway 115 in Little Falls

To donate: Individuals of all blood types – especially type O – are asked to make an appointment to donate blood by downloading the free American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

  • The Sauk Centre Public Library has these upcoming and ongoing events in January. For more info call: 320-352-3016. Most programs and events are held during library open hours.
    1. 1,000 Books before Kindergarten: This reading program will increase awareness of the importance of early literacy and to encourage parents to embrace their roles as their child’s first teacher. Sign up at the library. Ongoing!
    2. Best Reads of 2019: “Snow better time to read!” Share your favorite books read in 2019 and why. For all ages. During open library hours in January.
    3. Make and Take Crafts: Explore arts and crafts from around the world, outer space, books, movies and your own imagination. Crafts will change weekly. Available each week while supplies last. Ongoing!
    4. Animal Tracks: Can you guess what wild animal left a set of tracks? All of the animals are from around here. A different set of tracks will be available to guess each week. For ages 0 to 8 in the month of January.
    5. “I Spy” Board: There will be lots of winter, animal and book themed items on the giant I-spy board. Find all of the items on the list and get a great. Come back each week for a new list. For all ages. During the month of January.
    6. Ezra Jack Keats Storytime: Thursday, January 23rd at 6:00 p.m. For ages 3 to 8, limit is 30, registration is required.
    7. Tea-Rex Storytime: Saturday, January 25th at 10:30 a.m. For all ages, limit is 30, registration is required.
  • The Myrtle Mabee Library in Belgrade has these upcoming and ongoing events in January. For more info call: 320-254-8842
    1. 1,000 Books before Kindergarten: This reading program will increase awareness of the importance of early literacy and to encourage parents to embrace their roles as their child’s first teacher. Sign up at the library. Ongoing!
    2. Make and Take Crafts: Come in to make a craft on our new Maker Space. While supplies last for ages 3 to 12. During library open hours. During the month of January.
  • The Alexandria Senior Center has these upcoming events during the month of  January:
    1. Sunday, January 26th beginning at 2:00 p.m. will be dance with music by Loos Change Band

The senior center is located at 414 Hawthorne Street.

  • The Douglas County Mobile Food Drop will take place on Thursday, January 23rd at New Life Christian Church located at 1910 County Road 82 SE in Alexandria. Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. with distribution of food beginning at 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. or until food is gone. Anyone who eats and lives in Douglas County is able to utilize this program. 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.
  • The 23rd Annual Pierz Knights of Columbus/American Cancer Society Buffalo Raffle and appreciation meal will be held on Saturday, January 25th at the Pierz Ballroom. The meal will be served from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Drawing for prizes will be held at 8:15 p.m. Half of the proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society and the remainder benefits the Pierz Knights of Columbus.
  • Lutheran Social Services announces there is a great need of child foster care in this area. They are looking for kind and dedicated persons who are interested in child foster care to assist meeting this need in this area. There will be Child Foster Care information sessions will be held at the Lutheran Social Services office on Monday, January 27th at 5:00 p.m. Please register by calling: 320-424-3859. The office is located at 507 22nd Avenue East, suite one.
  • The Lakes Area Professional Women, an organization dedicated to helping women in business develop personally, professionally and philanthropically will feature Trent Shelton at their upcoming annual EMPOWERED Scholarship Fundraiser Event. This event will take place on February 17th  For ticket information and details go to the LAPW Facebook page.
  • Habitat for Humanity is excited to announce that they have launched a new program called Aging in Place. Supported by the Alexandria Area Community Foundation, this program partners with people ages 65 and older to help them age safely in their home. Homeowners are provided services based on individual need with focuses on safety improvements, mobility modifications and weatherization enhancements. To learn more about this program or get an application, contact the office at: 320-762-4255 or check out the website: hfhdouglascounty.org.
  • Most people are aware that kids need a series of immunizations as they grow. The immunizations they start receiving during their first 18 months of life will help protect them from measles, mumps, hepatitis, diphtheria, tetanus and many other dangerous diseases. Adults also need to keep their immunizations current as they age. Talk to your health care provider to see if your immunizations are up to date. Find out more from the Minnesota Academy of PA’s at: minnesotapa.org.