Public Service Announcements


Weeks 12/12/19 to 12/31/19

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.

  • Alexandria Public Schools Community Education announces new Adult Enrichment Classes are now open for registration. There are over ninety-one classes in over thirteen categories to choose from: Arts, Cooking, Dance, Exercise, Gardening, Hobbies and many more. For a complete list and to register visit online at
  • Catholic Charities is looking for volunteers ages 55 and older for the Foster Grandparent Program. Local schools and organizations need caring adults. Orientation and training is provided. All volunteers receive ongoing support from school and staff. This program allows volunteers to make a lasting difference in the lives of our Minnesota children and youth. To learn more about this program call: 1-866-895-7992 or visit online at
  • United Way of Douglas and Pope Counties are currently accepting donations for the Annual Coat Drive. They are in need of coats, hats, gloves/mittens, scarves, snowpants and boots. All sizes are needed for children, men and adult plus sizes are in short supply, ew encourage those who have these sizes to give. If you are in need of a coat, visit the Community Coat Room located at 503 Hawthorne Street in Alexandria. All items are offered free of charge. Office hours are Monday thru Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • The 10th Annual “Santa’ For Seniors” will be held again this year. This annual event touches up to 1,000 seniors each year, with over 5,000 baskets delivered. The young people of our community will deliver baskets to our seniors on Wednesday, December 11th and Thursday, December 12th. This is funded anonymously through local business and individuals. If you would like to help you can call Bruce at: 320-808-4031.
  • The New York Mills Regional Cultural Center invites you to their Annual Holiday Bazaar and Stock Up Sale on Thursday, December 12th thru Saturday, December 14th. This will be held in the charming historic visual art gallery on Main Avenue. A dozen local artists will have their one-of-a kind artwork available. This is in addition to the many beautiful items made by over 100 local artists, as well a Scandinavian candy and more, in their Gift Shop. The Bazaar begins at 10:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Thursday and on Friday and Saturday the hours are 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • The Pay it Forward Theatre Club will be having a production of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” at Grand Arbor on Friday, December 13th at 5:30 and 7:00 p.m. and on Saturday, December 14th at 2:30 and at 4:00 p.m. Grand Arbor is located at 4403 Pioneer Road SE in Alexandria.
  • The Andria Theatre in Alexandria announces the upcoming performance of “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe”. Performances will be held beginning Thursday, December 12th and run thru Sunday, December 15th. Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. and the Sunday matinees will begin at 2:00 p.m. For information or to buy tickets call the box office at: 320-762-8300.
  • An upcoming fundraiser “Giving Hope for the Holiday’s” will be held on Saturday, December 14th from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at New Testament Church located at 2505 State Highway 29 North in Alexandria. This is to help Safe Families for Children an initiative of West Central MN. If you would like to donate an item or basket to be sold at the silent auction please have it ready for pick up by Wednesday, December 11th. If sending a donation, please write a check to Safe Families of West Central MN and send to: PO Box 1302, Alexandria, MN 56308. If attending the event invite your friends and
  • The Cultural Center in New York Mills announces its Fall Schedule of Events. For more information, call: 218-385-3339 or visit online:
    1. Beginning Needle Felting with Cheryl Bannes – Saturday, December 14th from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Maximum participants is 8, minimum required is 4. Cost details to come. Learn the basics of needle felting while making a small felted creature. All materials will be provided.
    2. Gentle YOGA – 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, December 18th at the center. Come rebalance and find your energy flow. Cost is $4.00 per class. Bring your own yoga mat.
    3. Longest Night Music Festival – Saturday, December 21st at 7:00 p.m. This is a free concert as the world turns toward the longer days of spring. Also, this is the last Cultural Center concert of 2019.
  • 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. 1,000 Books before Kindergarten: This reading program will increase awareness of the importance of early literacy and encourage parents to embrace their roles as their child’s first teacher. Sign up at the library. Ongoing!
    2. Make and Take Crafts: Explore arts and crafts from around the world, outer space, books, movies and your own imagination. Crafts will change weekly. Available each week while supplies last. Ongoing!
    3. Find Our Shelf Elf: Monday, December 2nd thru Monday, December 23rd. Find Harry our own magical mischief making shelf elf and tell the librarians what he has been up to and receive a holiday treat. He will be hiding in a new spot each week. For all ages. During library open hours.
    4. The Agate Man: Thursday, December 12th at 6:00 p.m. Lyndon Johnson, agate collector will be sharing his discoveries in Minnesota. For all ages.
    5. Crafts and Cocoa for teens and adults: Saturday, December 14th from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Make fun holiday crafts, gift tags and ornaments. For ages 12 and over. While supplies last.
    6. Live Action Candy Land: Monday, December 16th thru Saturday, December 28th. During library open hours. Play Candy Land where you are the playing piece. A sweet snack to share awaits those who find their way to King Kandy’s candy castle. For families.
    7. Lego Hour Challenge: Thursday, December 19th from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Inspire your creativity with our Lego challenges. For ages 5 to 12. Limit is 16, registration is required.
    8. Open Mic Night: Thursday, December 19th at 6:00 p.m. Bring your ukulele, guitar, voice or any instrument for a jam session with other local musicians. Beginners welcome to sing, play and learn from more experienced performers. For teen and adults.
    9. Jan Brett Storytime: Thursday, December 26th at 6:00 p.m. Come for a fun filled storytime featuring books written and illustrated by Jan. You will listen to stories, make a craft and enjoy a sweet treat. For age 3 to 8. Limited to 30, pre-registration is required.
  • The Myrtle Mabee Library in Belgrade has these upcoming and ongoing events. For more info, call: 320-254-8842
    1. 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.
    2. Make and Take Crafts: Come in to make a craft on our new Maker Space. Make a clothespin reindeer in December. While supplies last for ages 3 to 12. During library open hours.
    3. R.E.A.D. Book Club: Friday, December 20th from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. This is for adults. Contact the library for the book selection and other details.
  • The Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce’s Noontime Knowledge luncheon will be held on Monday, December 16th from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. at Broadway Ballroom located at 115 30th Avenue East in Alexandria. Here’s an opportunity for everyone in the community to learn about Financial Holiday Hangover. Guest speakers will be Jill Carlson, Vice President of Training and Community Relations and Nicole Pfeffer, Alexandria Branch Manager with MMGCU. The cost is $10.00 and includes lunch. No RSVP required you can pay at the door. This month’s luncheon will be a holiday spin-off. MMFCU will give away thre gift baskets with a total value of $150.00 and there will be multiple Chamber Bucks drawings.
  • The Red Cross Blood Drive will be at the Alexandria Senior Center on Wednesday, December 18th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The center is located at 414 Hawthorne Street. For more information visit the website at:
  • The Written Gift will host Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce Wake Up Alexandria event on Friday, December 20th from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at Anderson Funeral Home located at 659 Voyager Dr. NW in Alexandria. 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, the Alexandria Art Guild. All Chamber members will also be placed in a drawing for the Pot of Gold, which is currently valued at $4,600.
  • The Alexandria Chamber of Commerce and the Echo Press are accepting nominations for the 2019 Top 5 Under 40 Young Professionals. To nominate a young professional younger than 40, download a form at the Chamber’s website:  or call: 320-763-3161 to request the form. Nominations must be received by Friday, December 20th. You can email the form to: or you can drop it off or mail it to the office at: 206 Broadway, Alexandria, MN 56308.
  • The Forada Lions Bohemian Day Bar Bingo at the Muddy Boot in Forada will be held on Saturday, December 21st from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. All proceeds will be donated to the Alexandria Area High School Food Shelf. They accept donations of old eyeglasses.
  • There will be a fundraiser for the Alexandria Senior Center “Holiday Swing and Sweets on Sunday, December 22nd at 2:00 p.m. at the Andria Theatre located at 618 Broadway Street in Alexandra. There will be lots of holiday music and sweets available to purchase. This is being put on by Katy’s Swing Band. Tickets are $10.00.
  • Central Square Cultural and Civic Center in Glenwood announces “The Nutcracker” performance will be held on Sunday, December 22nd at 3:00 p.m. Advance tickets are $30.00 or $35.00 at the door. Children age 12 and under is free with a paid adult. For tickets call the office at: 320-634-0400. For more information visit the website at:
  • The First Congregational UCC located on the corner of 7th Avenue and Elm Street invites you to Christmas Day Dinner on Wednesday, December 25th. Serving will be from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. If you need transportation or would like to volunteer call: 320-763-3341. There is no charge, donations will be accepted.
  • The Douglas County Mobile Food Drop will take place on Monday, December 30th 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.
  • The Lakes Area Professional Women, an organization dedicated to helping women in business develop personally, professionally and philanthropically will feature Trent Shelton at their upcoming annual EMPOWERED Scholarship Fundraiser Event. This event will take place on February 17th  For ticket information and details go to the LAPW Facebook page.
  • Habitat for Humanity is excited to announce that it has 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 homes. Homeowners are provided services based on individual needs which focus 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:
  • 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 PAs at