Public Service Announcements

Weeks 10/22/18 to 10/31/18

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.

  • Samaritan’s Purse is responding to help families affected by hurricanes this season. Samaritan’s Purse is assisting homeowners and sharing hope with families. To support this effort or if you are interested in volunteering go to: SamaritansPurse.org.
  • Bethany On The Lake in Alexandria is having an educational seminar on Wednesday, October 24th at 2:00 p.m. in Winona Shores. Changes to Medicare for Minnesota Seniors is coming. Get the facts and put your mind at ease. The seminar will have guest speaker Mary Krueger, Douglas County Senior Coordinator discuss changes to Medicare for 2019. Mary will address how changes will impact seniors, and availability of cost-effective plans. This session is free and open to the public as part of Bethany On The Lake’s Senior Lifestyle Academy. Winona Shores is located at 1010 Lark Street.
  • The Lakes Area Professional Women’s organization (LAPW) invites the public to its annual recognition luncheon on Wednesday, October 24th at 11:30 a.m. at Broadway Ballroom located at 115 30th Avenue East in Alexandria. The organization honors a Woman of the Year and also two Employers of the Year. The Woman of the Year will be revealed at the luncheon and the two employers honored this year are: Widseth Smith Nolting and Associates and Carlos Creek Winery. Tickets are $20.00 and may be purchased by calling: 320-808-7575.
  • The First Presbyterian Church of Osakis invites everyone to the Friendship Table Meal on Wednesday, October 24th. This month’s meal will be spaghetti, garlic bread, salad and dessert. Serving will be from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. This is held at the Fellowship Hall located at 101 West Oak Street in Osakis. Free will donations will be accepted.
  • The Lakes Area Professional Women, LAPW, will begin selling tickets on Wednesday, October 24th for their event in January 21st, 2019. Featured speaker is Rachel Hollis, a #1 New York Times best-selling author, Girl, Wash Your Face, a TV personality, top motivation speaker, top podcast host, CCO of the Hollis Company and mother of four. For ticket information and details go to the LAPW facebook page.
  • The Douglas County Mobile Food Drop that will take place on Thursday, October 25th 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.
  • Kendra Lund, Program Manager of the Alzheimer’s Association will present four areas of lifestyle habits associated with healthy aging on Thursday, October 25th at 1:30 p.m. at Bethany On the Lake Chapel. This program is free and open to the public as part of Bethany On the Lake’s Senior Lifestyle Academy. The chapel is located at 1010 Lark Street in Alexandria.
  • Art Bar 39 located at the Viking Plaza Mall in Alexandria will host the Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce’s Off the Clock event on Thursday, October 25th from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. The event is open to everyone. The $1.00 admission includes appetizers, door prizes 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, Theatre L’Homme Dieu. The $100 gift certificate drawing is sponsored by Spirit Cove Lodge Bed and Breakfast.
  • The Lakes Area Recreation Board Meeting will be held on Thursday, October 25th at 5:30 p.m. in the U of M Extension Conference room located at 720 Fillmore Street in Alexandria.
  • The Red Line Booster Club is having a fundraiser, Bingo Night on Friday, October 26th at Broadway Ballroom located at 115 30th Avenue East in Alexandria. Social hour is at 5:30 p.m. with bingo beginning at 6:30 p.m. Over $3,000 cash prizes, also, a raffle and silent auction. Cost is $50.00 for 20 games two playing card and appetizers.
  • Zion Lutheran School in Alexandria is having a fundraiser, serving Dad’s Belgian Waffles and also a Bake Sale on Saturday, October 27th from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Tickets for the meal is $7.00, ages 5 and under eat free. Proceeds go to Zion Lutheran School. The school is located at 300 Lake Street.
  • The Carlos Lions Club is having a fundraiser on Saturday, October 27th at the Carlos Events Center, located at 210 Victoria Avenue. Plan for a night out on the town. For $40.00 a person you will enjoy a 3 course dinner, pictures and dance or for $20.00 per person enjoy pictures and dance. Music by On Stage DJ and Karaoke Wedding Fun Show. Craft Beer pairing by Copper Trail Brewing Company and complimentary professional 5 x 7 by ABCreative Photography. The food is catered by Herby’s Bar, Grill and Café. Call or text Ed at 320-766-7628 to purchase tickets.
  • The Alexandria Evening Lions will be serving All You Can Eat Belgium Waffles and Sausage breakfast on Sunday, October 28th. This will be held at St. Nicholas Church in Bell River Township, serving is from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Proceeds to benefit Lions projects and St. Nicholas fundraising for kitchen projects.
  • The Hoffman Lions and the Kensington Lions is sponsoring a Pancake Breakfast Benefit and Silent Auction for Jim Satre of Hoffman. This will be held on Sunday, October 28th at the Community Center located at 127 Main Avenue in Hoffman. Serving will be from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Free will donations will be accepted. Jim was recently diagnosed with cancer. If you would like to donate an item to the silent auction you can call Rhonda at: 320-460-0378.
  • Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Nelson is having their Annual Fall Soup and Sandwich luncheon on Sunday, October 28th. Serving is from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This is a free will offering. The church is located at 100 S. Nelson Street South.
  • Holy Cross Church in Harding is having Turkey Bingo on Sunday, October 28th at 1:30 p.m. $5.00 for 20 games, plus other special games. There will be concessions and free lunch.
  • Sunday Dance at the Alexandria Senior Center will be held on Sunday, October 28th from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Music by Michael James & Midi, Old Tyme & Country. This is a free will offering. Suggested donation is $5.00. The Senior Center is located at 414 Hawthorne Street.
  • St. Francis De Sales Parish in Belgrade is having an All You Can Eat Sausage and Pancake Supper on Sunday, October 28th. Serving is from 2:00 to 7:00 p.m. This will be held at the parish across from the church. Adults is $9.00, children ages 5 to 12 is $6.00 and 4 and under is free.
  • The Lions Club of Carlos and the Liberty Livewires 4-H Club is hosting a free Halloween Party on Sunday, October 28th from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the Carlos Events Center. Kids will enjoy games, crafts, treats and a photo station. There will be a bike given away for ages 11 and under. Must be present to win. Costumes are encouraged.
  •  There will be a Red Cross Blood Drive in Osakis on Monday, October 29th from 12:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the VFW Post #7902 located at 701 East 8th To make an appointment call: 1-800-733-2767 or online at: redcrossblood.org.
  • The Runestone Museum in Fort Alexandria is celebrating Halloween with a Fall Fest on Wednesday, October 31st from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. Activities include: make your own edible treat station, crystal ball readings, Viking games, spooky crafts for kids, a special Halloween Scavenger hunt and more. Dress for the weather as this event is primarily outdoors. Treats and cider provided. Free to all ages. The museum is located at 206 Broadway.
  • The Osakis Presbyterian Church is having a Trunk or Treat on Halloween night, Wednesday, October 31st. This will be held in the church parking lot located at 101 West Oak Street beginning at 4:30 p.m.
  •  During Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, the American Red Cross is reminding the community that a blood donation is one way to help bring hope and healing to those fight cancer and other illnesses. The Red Cross will be in these counties: Douglas, Morrison, Otter Tail, Stevens, Todd and Traverse on these dates and times:
  1. Tuesday, October 23rd from 1:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church located at 526 State Street in Evansville
  2. Tuesday, October 23rd from 12:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the Community Center located at 425 4th Street NE in Staples
  3. Wednesday, October 24th from 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the University of Minnesota Student Center located at 600 East 4th Street in Morris
  4. Thursday, October 25th from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the University of Minnesota Student Center located at 600 East 4th Street in Morris
  5. Thursday, October 25th from 12:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Browerville Elementary School located at 620 Park Avenue North
  6. Thursday, October 25th from 1:00 to 7:00 p.m. at St. William’s Living Center located at 212 West Soo Street in Parkers Prairie
  7. Monday, October 29th from 12:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the VFW 7902 located at 701 East 8th Avenue in Osakis
  8. Monday, October 29th from 1:00 to7:00 p.m. at St. Francis Center located at 116 8th Avenue SE in Little Falls
  9. Tuesday, October 30th from 12:00 to 6:00 p.m. at St. Francis Center located at 116 8th Avenue SE in Little Falls
  10. Wednesday, October 31st from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at St. Francis Center located at 116 8th Avenue SE in Little Falls
  11. Wednesday, October 31st from 1:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Wheaton High School located at 1700 3rd Avenue South
  • How to donate blood: 1.) Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App 2.) Visit online at: RedCrossBlood.org or 3.) Call: 1-800-733-2767 to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients.
  • Alexandria Community Ed is offering these upcoming classes:

  1. Beginning Quilting –London Crossroads – 6 sessions, Thursdays, October 18th thru November 29th from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Discovery Middle School No class November 22nd
  2. Senior Housing Tour – 1 session, Monday, October 22nd from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Public Works Conference Room located at 526 Willow Drive
  3. Introduction to Rustic, Artisan Bread Baking – 1 session, Monday, October 22nd from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. at Discovery Middle School FACS Kitchen
  4. Spring Forest Qi Gong – 4 sessions, Tuesday’s October 23rd to November 20th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Discovery Middle School media center
  5. Saving Your Seeds – 1 session, Tuesday, October 23rd from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Discovery Middle School
  6. American Heart Association Family and Friends CPR – 1 session, Wednesday, October 24th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Discovery Middle School media center
  7. Halloween Spook-tackular – 1 session, Thursday, October 25th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Discovery Middle School cafeteria
  8. Scandinavian Folk Dancing – 4 sessions, Thursday’s October 25th thru November 15th from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Woodland Elementary School cafeteria
  9. Winter Perennial Prepping – 1 session, Thursday, October 25th from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Discovery Middle School media center
  • You can register online at: alexandria.thatscommunityed.com or call: 320-762-3310 extension #2
  • Ruby’s Pantry will be distributing food on Saturday, November 3rd at River of Life Church located at 705 12th Street South in Sauk Centre. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. and distribution begins at 10:00 a.m. You are asked to bring your own boxes or laundry basket to carry your food. For a small donation, you’ll leave with two large containers full of food.
  • Stearns History Museum kicks off Zip Code Saturdays. You will be able to explore and immerse yourself in history for free during these Saturday’s. Discover Stearns County’s role during World War I or find a long-lost family member in the Research Center. Area residents can visit the Museum for free on selected Zip Code Saturdays throughout the 2018-2019 school year. Just show Museum staff your current ID with the corresponding zip code for that selected Saturday. The museum is located at 235 33rd Avenue South in St. Cloud. For more information visit online: stearns -museum.org.
    1. November 3rd – South Haven and Clearwater
    2. November 17th – Holdingford, St. Stephen and Bowlus
    3. December 15th – Sartell
  • The Titus 2 Ministry Center is offering classes for women on Communication, Relationship, Parenting and Finance. The center is located at 7005 County Road 82 SE in Alexandria. For more info on classes, dates and times call: 320-491-1851.
  • The International Wolf Center: Teaching the World about Wolves is offering free programs for ALL Minnesota public school classrooms (grades 2-12), summer youth programs in public parks, visitors to state parks, public libraries and nature centers:
  1. 60 minute programs can be customized to fit your available time
  2. Meets a variety of state academic standards
  3. Presented by International Wolf Center outreach educators
  • For more information or to schedule your FREE program, contact Director Misi Stine at: 763-560-7374 extension 234 or email to: outreach@wolf.org or visit the “programs” section at wolf.org.
  • The Minnesota Academy of PA’s at Minnesota wants to remind everyone that being an organ donor makes you a modern day super hero. Super heroes save lives and so can you when your register to become an organ donor. Find out about becoming an organ donor by visiting online at: minnesotaacademyofpa’s@Minnesotapa.org.
  • Great River Regional Library now offers a new suite of resources – collectively called MN Writes MN Reads, this is to help authors connect with readers locally and beyond. MN Writes MN Reads is a free, user-friendly collection of tools for creating, publishing and sharing e-books with readers across Minnesota and potentially the country. For more information visit your local library or visit the website at: griver.org.
  • Habitat for Humanity of Douglas County is seeking families for new homes to be built in 2018. If you or someone you know has a need for a housing, an ability to pay and a willingness to partner with us, you may qualify. Right now, there is no waiting list, so apply today! Call 320-762-4255 or visit the website at hfhdouglascounty.org or stop by the Habitat office located at 1221 North Nokomis NE in Alexandria for more information.
  • 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.
  • Do you want to be a homeowner, but not sure you can afford it? You may be eligible for a home loan through USDA Rural Development. USDA Rural Development is offering low-income home buyers affordable financing with no down payment and no mortgage insurance required. Loan funds can be used to purchase or build homes throughout rural America. For more information, contact the Alexandria office at: 320-763-3191 or visit the website at: rd.usda.gov.