Sunday, December 4, 2016.

The 17th Annual Crookston Classic Noel Dinner and Concert will be Sunday, December 4th at the Crookston High School. Doors open at 5:30, dinner will be served at 6:00 p.m. and the concert begins at 7:30 p.m.  There will be performances by music students throughout the dinner. There will also be a Silent Auction on baskets that have been donated by local businesses. Admission for just the concert is $4 for adults and $3 for student.

The Bygland Lutheran Church will have a Lutefisk and Meatball Dinner, Bazaar and Bake Sale on Sunday, December 4th. From 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.  Cost is $15 for adults. The church is located 8 miles south of East Grand Forks on Highway 220.

Altru Clinic in Crookston is set to host its monthly Community Wellness Connection on Monday, December 5 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the conference room. This month’s 30-minute presentation, followed by a question and answer session is focused on Healthy Holiday Eating. Presenter will be Erin Brule, from Wonderful Life Foods . Call 281-9100 to register. There is no charge for this session.

Sign up now for these Crookston Community Education Classes:

December 5th, 5:30-7:30pm, Painting a Snowman on a Blue Plate Grades 2-6. Class Fee-$10 Supply Fee-$12

Adult Chinese Cooking Class – Pan Fried Dumplings & Mushroom and Bok Choy Soup - Thursday, December 8   6:00pm-8:00pm CHS – Room D110. 

December 10th, 10-11:30am, Gallery on the Go-Holiday for Ages 6-13.  Class Fee-$20.

December 10th, 5:30-7:30pm, Gallery on the Go Holiday Painting Party at Cofe’ for adults has been cancelled.

For more info and to register, call 281-5078

RiverView Rehab Services will offer free developmental screenings for children birth through age six on Monday, December 5 from 4:00-6:00 pm, at RiverView Clinic East Grand Forks, 1428 Central Ave. NE. Flu shots will also be available at the screening, and a Sensory Santa will be on hand for children who prefer a quieter visit with Old Saint Nick.  To schedule an appointment for a free screening, call 218-773-1390.

Baby and Me is a free class held on December 5th from 5:30-6:30pm at Washington School. Ages: Birth to 12 Months (and Moms & Dads). These informal FREE classes will give parents and their babies the opportunity to explore and learn together.  Chat with other parents about the joys and concerns of parenting an infant.  Activities in the areas of movement, sensory experience, music and exercise will be offered as well.  For more info and to register, call 281-5078

The RiverView Auxiliary’s Annual Cookie Walk will be Tuesday, December 6th starting at 9:00 am in Heritage Hallway at RiverView Health.  Cookies and candies will be sold by the pound.  Be sure to be there on time as items sell out fast.

Guided Meditation – Praying the Scriptures will meet on Tuesday, December 6 at 7:13 p.m., in the Fireside Room at First Presbyterian Church. Ruth Sanders guides this group.

Everyone is invited to the Villa’s Annual “Light Up a Life” tree lighting ceremony and reading of names on Tuesday, December 6 at 5:00 p.m. at the Villa St. Vincent new entrance. Your gift of $5.00/name will light a bulb on the tree this holiday season. Consider donating in memory or in honor of someone special; donation envelopes are available at the Villa or The Summit.

RiverView Health Auxiliary will be hosting an Angel Tree on December 6th, 7th and 8th.  Located in the main lobby of RiverView Health, the tree is covered with angels displaying the needs of Care Center residents and Adult Day Services participants in Crookston.  Everyone is invited pick an angel from the tree.  On the back of the angel is a wish list of items ranging in price from $5 to $15.  After you have purchased the gift you bring it back to the Limited Addition Gift Shop.  By picking an angel you will be bringing much joy to a resident who may or may not receive a present otherwise.  You will also experience the true meaning of Christmas!

The RiverView Auxiliary will have a Bedding Sheet Sale on Wednesday, December 7th in Heritage Hallway at RiverView Health from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. 

The Overtones will perform at the Crookston Trinity Lutheran Church on Wednesday, December 7 at 7:00 p.m.

2016 Prairie Grains Conference will be held December 7th and 8th at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks, ND.  Online registration opens November 1st.  Visit for full programming information and to register.

The 4th Annual Parade of Trees at the Climax Community Center will be Thursday, December 8 from 5:00-9:00 p.m., Saturday, December 10 from 2:00-8:00 p.m. and Monday, December 12 from 5:00-9:00. For more info call or text Jean Vatnesdal at 218-791-3962.

The Crookston American Legion Auxiliary will hold their December 8th meeting at 5:30 in the back room at the Irishman’s Shanty.  Dinner will be on your own.  There will be a very short meeting; guest speaker is Paula Lundgren, who we sponsored to attend a Female Veteran’s Spa Weekend this fall.

If you know of someone who needs a Holiday Food Basket, or if you need one yourself, names will be taken through Friday, December 9th.  To request a basket, please call 281-4276 between 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon and  1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Tuesday-Friday beginning November 29th to December 9th. Please DO NOT leave a voice message as there is other information we need to obtain other than your name. Monetary gifts are always needed and can be dropped off in the church office or mailed to P.O. Box 598, Crookston, MN. Please remember to designate your gift to “Holiday Food Baskets.” Basket assembly will begin at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, December 16th at the Crookston National Guard Armory, and delivery beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, December 17th. Last year Christmas care food baskets were provided to over 775 individuals in 225 families in our local community.

The Blue Christmas worship service will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, December 9th at Wesley United Methodist Church. All are welcome to observe this time of music, scripture, stories, silent reflection and healing prayer.

The Grand Theatre will have their 11th Annual free movie for kids on Saturday, December 10th at 10:00 a.m. Register to win prizes, too!

Santa is coming to Nielsville Saturday, December 10 from 1:00-4:00 p.m. at the Nielsville Fire Hall. Sleigh rides by Keith, if there’s snow, pictures with Santa, Mrs. Claus and the elves.

Enjoy some holiday spirit during three special musical events in December.  The U of M Crookston Choir will perform on Saturday, December 10, at 2 p.m. at the Hafslo Chapel at the Polk County Museum. There will be a free-will offering taken to support choir activities.  The concert is co-sponsored by the U of M Crookston Music-Theater Department and the Polk County Historical Society. The Choir is under the direction of Associate Professor George French.

A holiday dance with the University of Minnesota Crookston Jazz Band, a concert by the Community Band and a performance by the U of M Crookston Choir will be held December 10 and 11. The U of M Crookston Jazz Band will host a Holiday Dance on Saturday, December 10 in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center. The dance begins immediately following the Golden Eagle Men's Basketball game (approximately 8 to 10 p.m.). The Jazz Band is directed by TJ Chapman.

The U of M Crookston Community Band Fall Concert will be held on Sunday, December 11 in the Kiehle Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. The Community Band is under the direction of TJ Chapman.

The 2nd Annual “Let There Be Peace on Earth” concert will be at Trinity Lutheran Church on Sunday, December 11th at 3:00 p.m. The event features the Greater Crookston Area Men’s and Women’s Choruses presenting “Appalachian Winter,” under the direction of Jim Kent. First Presbyterian Church Bells of Praise will also perform seasonal music.

St. Joseph Parish Center, 112 Edward Ave NW,  in Red Lake Falls will participate in The Compassionate Friends 20th Annual Worldwide Candle Lighting at 7:00 p.m., Sunday, December 11. It will feature a short service with readings, music, candle lighting and camaraderie. No registration is required and all are welcome.  If you have questions, however, call Mary Jo Schmitz at 253-4160 or Kathy Stich at 253-2272.

It’s Toddler Time is a free class for ages 12-36 months and will be held on December 12th from 5:30-6:30pm at Washington School. Toddlers and parents are invited to this fun and FREE monthly class.  For more info and to register, call 281-5078.

The Minnesota Canola Council will have their Winter Meeting on Wednesday, December 14 at the Roseau Community Center. For more info or to register visit

The RiverView Auxiliary Jewelry is Fun Sale will be on Thursday, December 15th from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm and Friday, December 16th from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm.  Jewelry and accessories will be $5.00 each.  Other items such as toys, games, books and Christmas items will be $7.99 each.  Please come and check out this sale as there is something for everyone!

The deadline to sign up to participate in the Rydell and Glacial Ridge National Wildlife Refuges (NWR)  2nd Annual Christmas Bird Count is Tuesday, December 14th. Meet at the Rydell NWR Visitor Center at 8:00 am. on Thursday, December 16th. People new to birding will be teamed up with experienced birders to search areas by vehicle and/or on foot. The 15-mile wide count circle includes portions of both Rydell and Glacial Ridge NWRs, as well as the towns of Mentor and Erskine. If you do not have your own binoculars and/or bird guides, they can loan them to you for the count.  A midday potluck lunch will be provided, courtesy of the Refuge staff.  Plan to meet back at the Visitor Center around noon to “fuel up” and to tally the morning sightings. Sign up by emailing Lisa Wiersma at or call Rydell NWR at 218-687-2229, extension 10

Pop in and Play is a free class on December 17th from 10:00-11:30am at Washington School. Ages: Birth to Kindergarten Entrance. Pop in and play in the gym every third Saturday!  For more info and to register, call 281-5078

Early Childhood Screening will be held on January 9, 10, and 12 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 1214 University Avenue, next to Washington School for children who are 3 years old by 1/1/17 or 4 & 5 year olds who have not been screened.  Screening is a simple check of how children are doing to identify possible learning or health concerns to get the needed help before they start school.  Screening is free.  Call 281-5078 for a screening appointment or for more information.  *Minnesota law requires all children be screened before entering school.

The Crookston Sports Center is offering six reserved premium parking spaces for the calendar year of 2017.  The spaces will be reserved for $200.00 apiece.  Anyone interested in one of these spaces should go to City Hall at 124 N. Broadway and give your name, number and address, along with a post dated check for $200.00. The cut off for taking names and checks will be Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at 4:30 p.m. A drawing from these names will be made on Wednesday, December 21, at 4:00 p.m. in the City Hall Conference Room.  Mayor Gary Willhite will be doing the drawing. The checks of those whose names are not drawn will be returned to the owners.  

Women's Basketball Scrimmages for any women out of High School are on Sundays at 4pm @ CHS.  For more information, contact Leah Kent at or at CHS 218-281-2144

Due to the holiday season, there will be no Men's Basketball until January.  Men's basketball will resume on Wednesday, January 4, 2017.   Participants who have not already registered will be required to register and pay their fee before participating, and must be 18 years of age and out of High School.  Class Fee is $15. Register at the Community Education Office located at Washington School or call 281-5078 for more information.

The next Justin Knebel Memorial Ice Fishing Tournament is scheduled for February 4, 2017, at Zippel Bay Resort in Williams, Minn. Upcoming golf tournaments include the Mark Olsonawski Golf Tournament on June 22, 2017, at Two Rivers Golf Course in Hallock, Minn., and the UMC Teambackers Golf Classic on July 14, 2017, at Minakwa Golf Course in Crookston, Minn.

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