Weeks 6/19/19 to 6/30/19
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- The Great River Regional Library announces the 2019 Summer Reading Program will begin on Monday, June 10th and run through Saturday, August 10th. The program is open to all kids, ages 0 to 18 and is divided into three categories: baby (ages 0 – 5), child (age 3 to grade 6) or teen (grades 7 to 12). Ages 3 to 5 can choose between the baby or child program. Registration begins on Monday, June 10th by visiting one of the GRR:’s 32 branches or online at: griver.org.
- Zion Lutheran School will host Free Breakfast and Lunch for children ages 18 and younger. All children and parents regardless of income level are welcome for breakfast and lunch. Serving breakfast Monday thru Friday from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m. and lunch served from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. This program will begin on Monday, June 10th and run thru Friday, August 23rd. Monthly menus are available at the school or on the website at: zionalexschool.org. Adults may eat at a cost of $2.50 for breakfast and $4.50 for lunch. For more information you can call the school at: 320-763-4842. Zion Lutheran School is located at 300 Lake Street in Alexandria.
- United Way of Douglas and Pope Counties announces that the Traveling Tree House began on Monday, June 10th and will run thru Thursday, August 15th. The Tree House is a mobile learning center that provides free summer learning opportunities for local children. At each visit kids experience 75 minutes of reading, crafts and activities. A snack and gently used book, of their choice, is sent home with them to keep after each visit. The Tree House stops at 11 designated locations within Douglas County. Program last for 10 weeks and is designed for children ages 4 to 11. No pre-registration is required to attend. Here is the schedule for the Traveling Tree House:
- Monday: Osakis Osagi Park 10:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and Maple Ridge Townhomes from 1:00 to 2:15 p.m.
- Tuesday: Garfield Park-A-While Gardens from 9:00 to 10:15 a.m., Zion Lutheran Church Parking Lot from 10:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Noonans Park from 1:00 to 2:15 p.m.
- Wednesday: Alexandria City Park 9:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m., Carlos City Park from 10:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Miltona Downtown Shelter from 1:00 to 2:15 p.m.
- Thursday: Evansville Park from 9:00 to 10:15 a.m., Brandon Lion’s Park from 10:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Fillmore Park from 1:00 to 2:15 p.m.
- The Myrtle Mabee Library of Belgrade has these upcoming and ongoing events. For more info call: 320-254-8842
- 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten – ongoing. This is a reading program designed to increase awareness of the importance of early literacy and to encourage parents to embrace their roles as their child’s first teacher. Plus, there are prizes. Sign up at the library during open hours.
- Royal Tea Party – Wednesday, June 19th from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. For ages 3 and up. Limit is 15, pre-registration is required.
- R.E.A.D. Book Club – Friday, June 21st from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. This is for adults, contact the library for the book selection and other details.
- The Sauk Centre Public Library has these upcoming and ongoing events. For more info call: 320-352-3016. Most programs and events are held during library open hours.
- Concerts in the Park for June. All concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. – Wednesday, June 19th – MN State Band and on Wednesday, June 26th – DJ Pete – Kids night
- LEGO Hour Challenge – Thursday, June 20th from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. For ages 5 to 12. Class size is limited, pre-registration is required.
- The Oz Brothers – Tuesday, June 25th from 6:00 to 6:45 p.m. Celebrate the 80th Anniversary of “the Wizard of Oz”. For ages 5 to 11 and their families.
- Lake Carlos State Park is offering these programs and events through the end of June. The Visitor Center is open daily in June to August from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. For more information or if you need accommodations call: 320-852-7200.
- Thursday, June 20th from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. – Bald Eagle Walk. Meet at the swimming beach. This is an easy walk, one mile round trip. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
- Thursday, June 20th from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. – Hidden Treasure – Geocaching 101. Meet at the Visitor Center. Come prepared to be outside on the trails. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
- Friday, June 21st from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. – Fishing Frenzy Friday. Meet at the fishing docks near the Amphitheater. All fishing equipment will be provided. Only non-Minnesota residents 16 and older need a fishing license to participate.
- Saturday, June 22nd from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. – Paddle the Long Prairie River. Meet at the boat access. Registration is required and is limited. Cost is $15.00 per canoe, which includes a shuttle, equipment, life jackets and the instruction from the area naturalist. Register at the park office.
- Friday, June 28th from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. – Fishing Frenzy Friday. Meet at the fishing docks near the Amphitheater. All fishing equipment will be provided. Only non-Minnesota residents 16 and older need a fishing license to participate.
- Saturday, June 29th from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. – Let’s Rock: Story Time. Meet at the Visitor Center. Join the naturalist for this pre-school age (2-6) program. We will have story time followed by some crafts and activities. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
- Saturday, June 29th from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. – Fire Starting. Meet as the Visitor Center. We will discuss safety, methods, history and tips for making a great fire.
For more information or if you need accommodations call: 320-852-7200.
A MN state Park vehicle permit is required to attend all programs and events. You can purchase at the park visitor center for $7/day or $35 for an annual permit
For more information on programs visit the DNR webpage and click on events calendar at: dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/events
- Carlos Lions Club presents Bingo at Herby’s Bar and Grill Café every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. The dates for the month of: June are the 20th and 27th. All proceeds are donated back to the surrounding community. Herby’s is located at 211 Main Avenue in Carlos.
- The Evansville Art Center invites musicians to play at Open Mic Night on Thursday, June 20th from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. This is a free concert, but donations are accepted. Those attending may bring a treat to share and the EAC provide beverages. The EAC is located at 111 Main Street.
- The Red Willow Arts Coalition 2019 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.
- June 20th: Green Lake Bluegrass Band –Sponsored by American Financial
- June 27th: Bobby Vee – 60’s – Sponsored by Village Cooperative/Dwain Schuette Insurance
- July 4th: Special Patriotic Concert –Sponsored by Douglas County Sheriff’s Federation and REA Round-up
- July 11th: Billy D & the Crystals – 50/60’s – Sponsored by Echo Press & West Central Sanitation
- July 18th: Cassie & the Bobs – Country – Sponsored by Kyle’s Barber Shop
- July 25th: Bob & Beachcombers – Surfer Rock – Sponsored by Larson Insurance and Glenwood State Bank
When rain is imminent concerts will be cancelled. Cancellations will be announced to the area radio stations by 2:00 p.m. We will notify KIKV, Facebook and here on our website if a concert is cancelled. Website: redwillowartscoalition.org.
- Alexandria Public Schools Community Education is offering Coffee Break in the Gardens on Wednesday, June 26th from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Last day to register is Friday, June 21st. You can register by calling: 320-762-3310 extension 2.
- The Butterfly Hill Nature Preschool, located at 2210 6th Avenue East in Alexandria will host Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce Wake Up Alexandria event on Friday, June 21st from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. This event is open to everyone. The $1.00 admission includes a light breakfast, networking and a chance to win door prizes. All money raised will be donated to the day’s nonprofit recipient, Smokey Timbers Campground. All Chamber members will also be placed in a drawing for the Pot of Gold, which is currently valued at $4,692!
- Bethany On The Lake is having an Ice Cream Sundae fundraiser on Friday, June 21st from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. in the Kalina Dining room. The cost is $2.00 and the donation will be applied to the Bethany On The Lake’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s Team. Bethany On The Lake is located at 1020 Lark Street in Alexandria.
- The 51st Annual Osakis Festival will begin on Friday, June 21st with music by Rob Justice from 7-10 p.m. Then on Saturday, June 22nd thru Sunday, June 23rd, there will be events held in Park Osagi, Osakis Community Center, Osakis Liquor Store and the Osakis VFW. Some events are: a money hunt, games/bouncy house, craft sale, food vendors, bean bag tournament, music, craft sale and so much more. The Grand Parade will be held on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. with Osakis Fireman Water Fights to follow.
- Todd County Breakfast on the Farm will be held on Saturday, June 22nd from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This will be held at Twin Eagle Dairy in Clarissa. Shuttle service provided for a cost of $1.00. You will be able to visit with Bob Anderson and members of the Mid Minnesota RPC about racing pigeons.They will have information brochures and birds to view in person.
- Stearns History Museum is offering area Tour of Town Ballparks. This will be on Friday, June 28th with pre-registration by Saturday, June 22nd. The bus will leave at 1:30 p.m. and return around 10:00 p.m. You will be responsible for paying for the cost of your meals. You can call: 320-253-84245 or visit the website at: stearns-museum.org.
- The Prairie Lakes Audubon Chapter will be hold their Annual Potluck Picnic on Sunday June 23rd at 12:00 p.m. at the Glacial Lakes State Park picnic shelter located at 25022 County Road 41 in Starbuck. Table service, lemonade and water will be provided. Each vehicle will need to have a Minnesota State Park vehicle permit and can be purchased that day at the office for $7.00/day or $35.00/annual. Please come and support the Chapter and meet fellow birders.
- Spruce Hill Summer Song Fest will be held on Sunday, June 23rd at 1:00 p.m. at the historic Spruce Hill Lutheran Church located at 13148 Spruce Hill Park Rd. NE. Following the Song Fest, enjoy a picnic at nearby Spruce Hill County Park. Rides to the Spruce Hill Park will be provided. A free will offering for both activities is much appreciated.
- Alexandria Public Schools Community Education is offering many classes on Let’s Get Crafty. To register or for more information visit online at: alexandria.ce.eleyo.com:
Starting the week of June 24th:
- Paint Pouring
- Custom Serving Tray
- Rock Cutting and Polishing
- The Diocesan Council of Catholic Women is sponsoring a Fun, Food and Fund Day on Tuesday, June 25th from 9:00 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. at St. Augustine Catholic Church in St. Cloud.
- Join University of Minnesota Extension Educator Robin Trott and Master Gardener Pat Jepsen for an informative gardening session on Community Read “Shelterbelts”. This will be held at the Douglas County Library meeting room on Tuesday, June 25th from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. This is a free session with no registration required. Bring your lunch or snack. The library is located a t 720 Fillmore Street in Alexandria.
- An old-fashioned picnic is planned for all Alumni of the Alexandria Area Newcomers Club on Tuesday, June 25th at 5:00 p.m. at City Park in Alexandria. Come alone or bring your family. Bring your own food and beverage, blanket, chair, and lawn games. Open to anyone who was a member of the Alexandria Area Newcomers Club since its inception in 1952. City Park is located at 118 City Park Road.
- The Douglas County Mobile Food Drop will take place on Thursday, June 27th 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.
- L’Etoile du Nord Vineyard and West Central Initiative will co- host the Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce’s Off the Clock event on Thursday, June 27th from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. The event will take place at L’Etoile du Nord Vineyard located at 16451 NW Irene Court NE, Parkers Prairie. The event is open to everyone. The $1.00 admission includes appetizers and the chance to win a door prize drawing valued at $100. All money raised will be donated to the day’s non-profit recipient, Central Lakes Symphony Orchestra. The $100 Chamber Bucks door prize drawing is sponsored by Alexandria Area Young Professionals.
- Trinity Lutheran Church in Holmes City will be having their Annual Pork Chop Supper on Friday, June 28th. Serving is from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the church.
- The Melrose Riverfest will begin on Friday, June 28th and run thru Saturday, June 29th. There will be a medallion hunt, kid’s games, bingo, music, cake walk, parade, fireworks and so much more. For a complete list of events and times go online to: melroseriverfest.com.
- Beginning on Friday, February 1st library card holders can begin Stargazing with Great River Regional Libraries telescopes. The telescope project is part of GRRL’s burgeoning “Try it Yourself” kit collection, offering patrons the chance to test potential new hobbies for free with their library cards. To visit their catalog and request a telescope visit online at: griver.org
- The Minnesota Academy of PA’s wants to remind people that too much sun gives you a greater risk of developing Melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer. Use a daily sunscreen with a broad spectrum that blocks both UVA and UVB rays and is at least an SPF 30 is recommended. Apply sunscreen at least thirty minutes prior to going out in the sun and reapply it every two hours. For more information you can visit the website at: minnesotapa.org.
- 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.