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Sunday, November 19, 2017

St. Paul’s Fellowship Committee has purchased 25 tickets and is hosting a bus trip to attend the annual Concordia Christmas Concert on Saturday, Dec 2th at 2:00 p.m. We will be loading the bus from the church parking lot at 11:30 a.m. for the concert, followed by a stop at the Frying Pan in Moorhead for dinner on the way home. The bus ride is free and tickets for the concert can be purchased at the group rate of $15. Please make your check out to St. Paul’s Fellowship Committee. We are collecting for the ticket(s) at the church office when you sign up. Tickets will be handed out as we board the bus. For questions, please call St. Paul’s Lutheran at 281-3638.

Please RSVP by today for the Red Lake County Parishes’ celebration of Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 23rd from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., for those who spend Thanksgiving alone and would like to share a meal with others, or who are homebound and would like a full meal delivered. Meals will be delivered starting at 11:30 a.m. Call 218-253-2188 to RSVP. All meals are free.

A Family Freedom Festival, to increase community awareness of VFW Auxiliary Programs: Americanism, Hospital, Legislative, Membership, Scholarships, Veterans and Family Support and Youth Activities, will be held today from 1-4:00 p.m. in the VFW Community Room. The Opening Ceremony is at 1:00, conducted by the Girl and Boy Scouts, with recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance and singing of the National Anthem. Hosted by the VFW Auxiliary, Girl Scouts, and Eagles Auxiliary, the event will include family-friendly entertainment, prizes, drawings, free food (hot dogs, chips and root beer floats) and fun for all ages. Call Rhonda Pahlen at 218-280-4604 or Missy Barrus at 218-556-6295 with questions.

The Fisher American Legion will be open today from 11:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. for the Vikings Football game.

Parks & Rec Wrestling FREE Introduction Clinic on Monday, November 20th & Tuesday, November 21st at the Crookston High School Wrestling Room! Parent Meeting at 7pm on the 21st. Session 1: Pre-K-2nd Grade 6-7pm Session 2: 3rd-6th Grade 7-8pm

The Crookston VFW Auxiliary and American Legion Auxiliary are holding a Blood Drive on Monday, November 20th from noon-6:15 p.m., and on Tuesday, November 21st from 7:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall at Trinity Lutheran Church. For an appointment contact Jenny Amon at 218-281-2609, or go to www.bloodhero.com, sponsor code: crookston

Mix it up on Mondays and enroll in the ECFE class that is going places! “Oh, the Places We’ll Go,” for ages birth-Kindergarten entrance, will be held on November 20, and again on November 27th from 9:30am-11:00am at Washington School. Both parent and child’s needs are met with creative activities and personal growth opportunities. Cost is $50. Call 281-5078 to register

Pie pick-up times at the Crookston Eagles on Monday, November 20th are 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., and 5-7:00 p.m. $5 Burger Baskets are available from 5:30-7:00 p.m., with a Smear Tournament starting at 7:00 p.m.

Crookston Park Board will meet at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, November 20th at Kreutzberg Trail to walk the trail, and will meet back at City Hall at 4:15 p.m. in the City Hall Conference Room.

Altru Clinic in Crookston is set to host Living Well with Diabetes: a team based support group for patients/families on Monday, November 20 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in its conference room.  This month’s focus is on Preventing Long-Term Complications with Jana Sherry presenting. Call 281.9100 to register.  There is no charge for this session. 

The Catholic Daughters Court Bishop Schenk #2010 will meet on Monday, November 20th in the Cathedral dining room. We will begin with a light meal at 5:30 p.m., followed by the meeting at 6:00 p.m. There will be a memorial service for our deceased members following the meeting. We welcome anyone interested in joining Catholic Daughters. If you have any questions, please call Jean LaJesse at 218-289-0463 or Margee Keller at 218-349-4566.

The Crookston Junior High Music Department will present their Fall Concert on Monday, November 20th, at 7:00 pm, in the CHS Auditorium. (Please note the earlier start time.) Performing ensembles will include the Junior High Band, Choir & Orchestra.

The Pirates Cove Store will be open on Monday, the 20th of November during the Junior High Concert.

A Negotiations Committee Meeting with the Crookston Education Association (CEA) will be held at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 21st in the District Office Conference Room at Crookston High School. No action will be taken at this meeting.

The Crookston Planning Commission will meet on Tuesday, November 21st at 7:00 p.m. in the City Hall Conference Room.

Crookston Eagles Aerie will meet on Tuesday, November 21st at 7:00 p.m.

The Golden Link will show the free movie, “The Jungle Book” on Wednesday, November 22nd at 1:30 p.m.

A Community Thanksgiving Eve service, “Now Thank We All Our God,” is planned at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Crookston for Wednesday, November 22nd at 7:00 p.m. Please bring along your non-perishable food items for the community Christmas baskets. Apple and pumpkin desserts will be served by Parish Fellowship following the worship service. All are Welcome!

The Crookston Eagles Pre-Thanksgiving Party will be held on Wednesday, November 22nd from 9:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m. Dance to 8th Hour. $5 cover charge.

Crookston’s Annual Ecumenical Thanksgiving Dinner will be held on Thursday, November 23rd, with serving beginning at 12:30 p.m., in the Cathedral Dining Room, 702 Summit Avenue. If you are spending Thanksgiving alone this year, you are invited! Please call 281-5727 and leave a message, if you plan on attending, or if you would like to help. There is no charge for the meal.

Fisher American Legion’s Burger Night Special on Wednesday, November 22nd will be a Reuben Sandwich for $7.25.

Garbage Collection for Thursday and Friday, November 23rd and 24th (Thanksgiving Holiday) will be collected on Monday, November 27th.  Monday’s garbage collection will remain the same.  

Crookston Public Schools are closed on Thursday, November 23rd and Friday, November 24th for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Crookston City Hall will be closed on Thursday, November 23rd and Friday, November 24th for the Thanksgiving holiday.

The Fisher American Legion will be closed on Thursday, November 23rd for the Thanksgiving holiday.

The Golden Link will be closed November 23-26th for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Crookston Eagles will be closed on Thursday, November 23rd for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Friday, November 24th is the deadline to register for Tri-Valley Opportunity Council and Rebecca Schueller Training & Consulting’s Grantwriting Readiness:  A Workshop to Build Agency Capacity.   There are 2 date options: either Tues., Dec. 12 or Thurs., Dec. 14, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Your registration fee includes a continental breakfast, lunch, and all materials. The fee is $125.00 per person or $225 for a 2-person volunteer/staff team from the same agency. Registrations received after November 24th are $150.00 per person. To register, contact beckyschueller@paulbunyan.net for more information.

The Crookston Eagles will have Bar Bingo starting at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 25th. There will be no Aerie dinner that evening.

ECFE will be hosting Grandparents night on Monday, November 27th from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Washington School.  Grandparents or Special Adult Friends are invited to join children ages 0-5 to learn all about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). Please bring a canned good for the holiday food baskets. Please register by calling the Community Education Office at 281-5078.

Crookston City Council will meet on Monday, November 27th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall. The Ways & Means Committee will meet immediately following the Council meeting in the City Hall Conference Room.

The Golden Link will hold a Foot Care Clinic at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 28th.

The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of the Red River Valley will be conducting a Training to become a Handyman Volunteer at the Golden Link Senior Center on Tuesday, November 28th from 1:00 pm- 2:00 pm. Make a difference in a senior’s life! 

On Tuesday, November 28th at 2:00 p.m. in The SUMMIT Dining Room, Villa St. Vincent’s Foundation will be hosting “Protect, Plan, Prepare…& Pumpkin Pie.” The presentation will feature a Benedictine Health System specialist who will advocate and explain the importance of having a “plan for aging” based on one’s values, resources, beliefs and anticipated future needs.  For more information, call Cindy Hulst, Villa St. Vincent’s Foundation Development Director @ 281-9713.

A Christmas concert will be held at the Carnegie Building on Tuesday, November 28th At 7:00 p.m., George French will lead the concert-goers in singing Christmas carols, followed by concerts by the Men's and Women's Choruses of Crookston.  A free-will offering will be taken to aid the efforts of the Carnegie Restoration Committee in restoring the old library.  Come and enjoy the wonderful acoustics in the old building!

The Fisher American Legion’s Burger Night Special on Wednesday, November 29th is Chicken Wings with Coleslaw for $6.00. 

The Golden Link will show the free movie, “A Family Man” on Thursday, November 30th at 1:30 p.m.

Friday, December 1st is the last day to register for the Experienced Americans Annual Christmas Party, to be held on Thursday, December 7th at the Crookston Eagles. Dinner choices are Swiss Steak or Walleye at $15 per person. Call 281-3072 to register.

Make plans to attend the Crookston Friends of the Library’s 10th Annual Open House “Holiday at the Library” on Friday, December 1st from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Enjoy fellowship, holiday spirits and treats!

St. Paul’s Fellowship Committee is hosting a bus trip to attend the annual Concordia Christmas Concert on Saturday, Dec 2th at 2:00 p.m. We will be loading the bus from the church parking lot at 11:30 a.m. for the concert, followed by a stop at the Frying Pan in Moorhead for dinner on the way home.

The 2017 Winter Fair will be held on Saturday, December 2nd from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the Climax Shelly School. Holiday music, door prizes, Christmas gifts, and lunch. Santa will be there from 10:00 a.m. to noon.

Come and join us for a night of 70's!  Appetizers, costumes, dancing, karaoke, Twister, Pong, and more on Saturday, December 2nd at Captain Crooks in Crookston! The fun starts at 8pm. All proceeds benefit the old Cathedral Church that is currently being restored to become the Young at HArt Community Center. A great cause to support while enjoying a night of fun!

The University of Minnesota Crookston Community Band will perform its fall semester concert on Sunday, December 3, 2017, at 3 p.m. in Kiehle Auditorium. The concert will feature three sections: Celtic music from Ireland and Scotland; Sergei Prokofiev’s "Peter and the Wolf" including narration; and several holiday musical selections. The concert, under the direction of TJ Chapman, is free and open to the public. No parking permits are required.

Toys for Tots Christmas gift wrapping dates are December 4th, 11th and 18th at 1:00 p.m. at the Golden Link.

The U of M Crookston Jazz Band will offer its annual Jingle Jazz Concert on Saturday, December 9, at 7:30 p.m. in Kiehle Auditorium. The Jazz Band will perform holiday jazz music featuring student and faculty soloists. The concert, under the direction of TJ Chapman, is free and open to the public. No parking permits are required.

Tri-Valley Opportunity Council and Rebecca Schueller Training & Consulting are pleased to announce Grantwriting Readiness:  A Workshop to Build Agency Capacity.  This workshop is appropriate for staff and volunteers who are new to grantwriting, as well as more experienced grantwriters who are “getting bored reading their own work!”  The goal is to improve the quality and competitiveness of your organization’s grants. There are 2 date options:  Either Tues., Dec. 12 or Thurs., Dec. 14, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Registration starts at 9:00 a.m. and the workshop begins at 9:30 a.m. The workshop location is the Tri-Valley Opportunity Council main offices located at 102 North Broadway in Crookston. Your registration fee includes a continental breakfast, lunch, and all materials. The fee is $125.00 per person or $225 for a 2-person volunteer/staff team from the same agency, and must be received by November 24th, 2017.  Registrations received after November 24th are $150.00 per person. To register, contact beckyschueller@paulbunyan.net

Wednesday, December 13th is 2W/RE day at Crookston Public Schools. Classes dismiss at noon.

Pop in and play in the gym every third Saturday! “Pop in and Play,” for kids ages birth to Kindergarten entrance, will be held today from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at Washington School Ages: You and your child can come and play in the gym using equipment designed for young children. Come expecting to have lots of fun making wonderful memories with your child. This class is free.

Crookston Public Schools will be closed for Christmas Vacation December 22nd – January 1st.

Openings are still available in the afternoon 4 year olds School Readiness classes. Transportation is provided.  Please call Barb at 281-5078 for more information.

Please note: Altru in Fertile will now be closed on Mondays instead of on Wednesdays.

The new Polk County Sheriff’s Office East Sub-Station is located at 223 N. Omland Ave. Suite A, in Fosston. Contact phone number for Polk County Dispatch will still be 218-435-6611. This office will be utilized by Patrol, Investigations and Administration throughout the day and night. The Fosston contract Deputies will still be working their day shifts out of the Fosston City Hall Sheriff’s Office. There is a phone in the front lobby at the new office to call directly to Polk County Dispatch. If you have an emergency, call 911.

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office will now be utilizing an auto-attendant system to direct incoming non-emergency calls. The auto-attendant will be used Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. only. Incoming calls to the Sheriff’s Office after 4:30 p.m., on weekends and holidays, will go directly to dispatch. When you dial 218-281-0431 you will hear a menu of three options to pick from. Your call will be forwarded based on the option you select. Should you encounter any problems with your daytime calls into the Sheriff’s Office, please do not hesitate to contact Polk County Sheriff Barb Erdman or Chief Deputy Jim Tadman.

Children and their caregivers can enjoy Storytime every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at the Crookston Library. Explore a different theme through stories, songs, finger plays, flannel board stories and/or a craft. Childcare providers and other groups are asked to call ahead to ensure there will be adequate supplies.

Crookston Adult Basic Education classes are held every Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to Noon, and 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Stop in at the classroom at 2015 Sahlstrom Drive (in the DEED office next to the former Cherry Berry restaurant) or call today (218-277-7334) to get started.

Baby Bounce is held on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of every month at 10:30 a.m. at the Crookston Public Library. The program is geared for children through age two.

Parents of pre-kindergarten children, including infants, are invited to join 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten, a new program encouraging parents to read to their children 1,000 times before they enter kindergarten. To participate: visit a LARL library location to sign up for the program, pick up reading logs and a book bag, begin reading!, when you complete a log, bring it to the library for a sticker, and when you’ve read all 1,000 books, visit the library to celebrate completing the program. The program runs about a half hour followed by playtime and chatting with other caregivers. To learn more about 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten, call 281-4522.

RSVP of the RRV is offering 31 volunteer-led exercise classes for seniors to improve balance and strength, remain independent and have more energy. The classes will be held for one hour twice a week. Call RSVP at 281-8289 for more information.

Altru Clinic in Crookston now offers a walk-in clinic and early morning hours, Monday through Friday beginning at 7 a.m. No appointments necessary. The walk-in clinic and early morning hours will provide care for minor illnesses and injury such as flu, strep throat, sprains, strains, seasonal allergies, and more. Patients of all ages can now conveniently walk-in beginning at 7 a.m. to receive the care they need, close to home. Patients can still call for an appointment during daytime hours of Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. For more information, call 218.281.9100 or visit altru.org/crookston. 

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