Public Service Announcements

Weeks of 2/19/19 to 3/15/19

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.

  • The Alexandria Adult Basic Education is offering a FREE Preparatory Math class for spring semester. This will be held on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 10:00 a.m. from January 15th to May 15th. The 16-week course will improve adults’ basic math skills as well as prepare them to take the Accuplacer for college entrance and will be held at ATCC. Please call: 320-762-3312 extension 1 for more information.
  • 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.
  • Douglas County Safe Communities Coalition will be hosting the Toward Zero Deaths Traffic-Safety Recognition Luncheon on Tuesday, February 19th from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. at Douglas County Public Works located at 526 Willow Drive in Alexandria. This event will be an opportunity for community leaders to hear from local traffic safety professionals from the Douglas County Safe Communities Coalition on best practices, ongoing and new traffic challenges and new approaches to reducing traffic fatalities and life-changing injuries. The community partners that will be recognized include: Alexandria Area High School We Act Club, Casey’s Amusement Park, Alexandria Police Officer Jim Gripne, and a “Saved by the Helmet” award will be given to Alex Olson who was involved in a motorcycle crash in July 2018.
  • Alexandria Public Schools announce its time for Kindergarten Registration. To be eligible to enter kindergarten for the 2019-20 school year a child must be 5 years old by September 1st, 2019. Each elementary school will offer a chance for parents to learn more about the kindergarten experience through a short presentation and video, to meet the school principal and receive their child’s kindergarten registration packet. Eligible children do not need to attend this first meeting, they will be invited to other planned activities prior to the start of school. The following schedule outlines dates and times for each school:
    1. Voyager Elementary, 203 Voyager Drive: Tuesday, February 19th at 5:30 p.m.
    2. Lincoln Elementary, 1120 Lark Street: Tuesday, February 21st at 5:30 p.m.
    3. Woodland Elementary, 1410 South McKay Avenue, Thursday, February 21st 5:30 p.m.
    4. Carlos elementary, 20 North Douglas Avenue in Carlos: Tuesday, February 26th at 5:00 p.m.
    5. Miltona Science Magnet Elementary, 271 Dale Street in Miltona: Tuesday, February 26th at 6:30 p.m.
    6. Garfield Elementary, 303 Sanstead Street East in Garfield: Thursday, February 28th at 5:30 p.m.

 Kindergarten brochures, along with a letter from your child principal have been mailed out. If you did not receive one, please contact   the District Office at: 320-762-2141 ext. 4201.

  • Glendalough Park has rescheduled the Candlelight Ski for Saturday, February 23rd from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. It was canceled due to cold weather and difficult trail conditions. Meet at the Glendalough Trail Center.
  • 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.
    1. Open Mic/Music Night – Thursday, February 21st from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. Bring your ukulele, acoustic guitar and voice for a jam session with other local musicians. For adults and teens.
    2. Friendship Storytime Tuesday, February 26th from 6:00 to 6:45 p.m. For ages 3 to 8. Limit is 30, pre-registration required.
    3. Minnesota Author Bob Kunkel – Thursday, February 28th at 6:00 p.m. Mr. Kunkel will speak about his newly published book Walking Point: A Vietnam Memoir. For adults and teens.
    4. 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten: this is an ongoing 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. You can register anytime at the library.
    5. Make and Take Crafts – ongoing. Making A-Z crafts in February. Crafts will change weekly. Available each week while supplies last.
    6. Best Reads of 2018 – ongoing thru February. Share your favorite books read in 2018 and why you liked the. For all ages.
    7. Actual Size! – ongoing thru February. Mark your height on our board and find out if you are as tall as a penguin, a bear or another animal. Learn cool facts about many different animals.
    8. I-Spy Board – ongoing thru February. “Get Yeti to Read!” There will be lots of winter, animal and book themed items on our giant I-Spy board. Find all of the items on the list and get a treat. Come back each week for a new list. For all ages.
  • United Way of Douglas and Pope Counties is having their 10th Annual Beer and Wine Tasting fundraiser on Friday, February 22nd from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m.at Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center located at 2100 Arrowwood Lane NW in Alexandria. This is a age 21+ event. Advance tickets are $25.00 or $30.00 at the door. Advanced tickets can be purchased at: United Way office and Cash Wish Liquor until Thursday, February 21st.
  • The Alexandria Evening Lions is serving an “All You Can Eat Waffles” on Sunday, February 24th at St. Luke’s Church in Garfield. Serving is from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Adults is $8.00, ages 6 to 12 is $4.50 and ages 5 and under is free. Funds going to Local Missions. Take out will be available.
  • A benefit for Michelle Pittman will be held on Sunday, February 24th from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the basement of St. Alexus Church in West Union. Serving home roasted coffee with pie and desserts. This is a free will donation. Monetary donations can be dropped off at any MN National Bank or mailed to: Michelle Pittman Benefit, care of MN National Bank, PO Box 306, Sauk Centre, MN 56378. Checks payable to Michelle Pittman Benefit. Michelle has been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. The church is located at 11 Oak Street SE in West Union.
  • The Osakis Community Red Cross Blood Drive is being held on Monday, February 25th from 12:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the Osakis VFW Post #7902 located at 701 East 8th To make an appointment call: 1-800-733-2767 or go online: redcrossblood.org.
  • The Douglas County Mobile Food Drop will take place on Thursday, February 28th 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.
  • LifeQuest Chiropractic and Sports Clinic located at 123 3rd Avenue East, Suite 100 in Alexandria will host the Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce’s Off the Clock event on Thursday, February 28th 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, the Alexandria Education Foundation. The $100 door prize drawing is sponsored by Tasha West and Sheryle Steinbring of RE/MAX Lakes Area Realty.
  • Lakes Area Recreation Board Meeting will be held on Thursday, February 28th at 5:30 p.m. in the U of M Extension Conference Room located at 720 Fillmore Street in Alexandria.
  • Registration for the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women Spring Lenten Retreat “Dignity of Women” to be held on Saturday, March 16th at Seven Dolors Catholic Church in Albany is due by Friday, March 1st. Cost is $15.00 and can be mailed to Linda Borgerding, 33504 Shorewood Drive, Avon, MN 56310.
  • The first Friday Concert at the Evansville Art Center will be held on Friday, March 1st from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Craig Torgerson and Special Guest will be performing. This is a free concert. Bring a treat to share if you like. Beverages will be provided. Donations accepted. The Art Center is located at 111 Main Street.
  • Ruby’s Pantry will be distributing food on Saturday, March 2nd 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.
  • The Parkers Prairie Pride of Lions Club presents a Comedy Show along with Wine and Ale Tasting on Saturday March 2nd at the Prairie Event Center located at 201 West Main Street.  The comedy show features C Willi Myles, a Minnesota comedian. The wine and ale tasting begins at 6:30 p.m. with the comedy show to start at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25.00 for general admission and for tables of 8 they are $20.00 each. For more information visit: ppwinealecomedy19.eventbrite.com or on Facebook at Parkers Prairie Pride of Lions.
  • The Annual Carlos Lions Pancake Breakfast will be held on Sunday, March 3rd at the Carlos Events Center and Town Hall. Serving is from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Adults is $8.00, children $5.00 and kids under 5 eat for free. A fee vision screening will be offered for all who attend. For more info go online at: carloslions.org.
  • The 24th Annual Springfest will be held on Sunday, March 3rd at the Holy Family School located at 231 Sinclair Lewis Avenue in Sauk Centre. The event will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the school cafeteria and gym. There will be theme baskets, crafts, raffle, live auction and more. The day will be filled with fun, activities and great food.
  • First Lutheran Church of Kensington is having their Annual Meatball Dinner on Sunday, March 3rd. Serving is from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Everything homemade and from scratch. Free will donations accepted. The church is located at 23 State Street East.
  • Enjoy Live Music on Sunday’s March 3rd, 10th and 17th at the Alexandria Senior Center from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. Then on the 4th Sunday, March 24th is Let’s Dance from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. The Senior Center is located at 414 Hawthorne Street.
  • First Presbyterian Church of Osakis invites everyone to the Fat Tuesday Pancake and Sausage Supper on Tuesday, March 5th. Serving is from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. This will be held at the Fellowship Hall at 101 West Oak Street. Free will donations accepted.
  • The Carlos Lions presents Progressive Bingo at Herby’s Bar Grill and Café every Thursday night at 6:30 p.m. Bingo will be Thursday, March 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th. All proceeds are donated back to the surrounding community. Herby’s is located at 211 Main Avenue in Carlos.
  • Open Mic Music will be held the second Friday of the month with March to be held on Friday, March 8th at the Brandon Community Center located at 105 Holmes Avenue. Set up begins at 6:00 p.m. with music from 6:45 to 9:00 p.m. All ages and skill levels are welcome to perform. Bring a treat to share if would like. A hat will be passed to cover expenses.
  • Alexandria Community Ed and Schutz Martial Arts Association is offering Self Defense Class on  Monday, March 11th from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at the Discovery Middle School Gym court 3 –Auxiliary. For more information call: 320-762-3310 ext. 2 or visit online at: alexandria.ce.eleyo.com.
  • Pope County Mobile Food Drop will be held on Tuesday, March 12th at Glenwood United Parish beginning with registration at 11:00 a.m. and distribution at 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. You are asked to bring your own boxes and baskets to carry food. The church is located at 10 17th Avenue NW. Volunteers are needed, if you or your business or organization are interested, contact Maria at: mhaug@uwdp.org.
  • The Alexandria Public Schools Community Education is offering classes in 2019 to increase your health and fitness. To register or for more information visit online at: alexandria.ce.eleyo.com:
  1. FREE E Fit Introductory Class: this is all new, current and past E Fit attendees are welcome to come
  2. E Fit: this is an easy, effective, energizing exercise for every “Body”.
  3. Tai Chi for Arthritis and Health: shown to increase muscular strength, and supports and protects joints which will reduce pain.
  4. Body Transformation: Learn what combination of eating and exercise works best for YOUR weight loss.
  5. Introduction to Kickboxing: Try the new introduction to Kickboxing class where you’ll learn how to kick, punch and move effectively.
  6. Mindful Meditation for Stress Relief: Mindfulness training can enhance learning concentration, creativity, personal resilience and professional effectiveness.
  • 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: 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.