Public Service Announcements

Weeks of 12/12/18 to 12/31/18

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.
  • The Stearns History Museum opens Firefighting Exhibit. The “Bucket Brigade” an ode to our area firefighters. The exhibit is ongoing and artifacts will change throughout its year run. Admission to the museum is $7.00 for adults, $3.00 for children and free for museum members. The museum is located at 235 33rd Avenue South in St. Cloud. You can visit the website at: stearns-museum .org.
  • Celebrate the Holidays and learn about the Day Service Program at Bethany on the Lake on Wednesday, December 12th from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Refreshments will be served along with ta tour of the center. Bethany on the Lake is located at 1020 Lark Street in Alexandria.
  • The Cultural Center in New York Mills is proud to present SimpleGifts with Billy McLaughlin: A small Town Christmas on Thursday, December 13th at 7:30 p.m. All tickets are general admission so arrive early to claim your best seat. Complimentary snacks and a cash bar will be available. At the door prices are $25 for adults and $15 for students. For more information call: 218-385-3339 or visit: kulcher dot org.
  • The Carlos Lions Club presents Bingo at Herby’s Bar Grill and Café every Thursday. This Thursday, December 13th bingo will begin at 6:30 p.m. All proceeds are donated back to the surrounding community. Come play Progressive Bingo for a chance to win jackpots starting at $500.00. Herby’s is located at 211 Main Avenue in Carlos.
  • The Red Cross: Urgent need for blood donations now. The Red Cross will be in these counties: Douglas, Grant, Morrison and Otter Tail on these dates and times:
    1. Thursday, December 13th from 1: to 6:00 p.m. at Peace Lutheran Church located at 218 Church Street in Barrett
    2. Thursday, December 13th from 1:00 to 7:00 p.m. at New York Mills High School located at 209 Hayes Avenue
    3. Friday, December 14th from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Battle Lake Public School located at 402 Summit Street West
    4. Monday, December 17th from 12:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Calvary Lutheran Church located at 605 Douglas Avenue in Alexandria
    5. Tuesday, December 18th from 12:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Calvary Lutheran Church located at 605 Douglas Avenue in Alexandria
    6. Wednesday, December 19th from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Cornerstone Church located at 202 7th Avenue East in Alexandria
    • How to donate blood: 1.) Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App 2.) Visit online at: RedCrossBlood.orgor 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.
  • The Lyra Chapter 166 Order of the Eastern Star is having a Christmas Bake Sale on Friday, December 14th from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at the Glenwood State Bank in Glenwood and the Lowry State Bank in Lowry. There will be assorted 3 dozen cookie plates for $6.00.
  • The Myrtle Mabee Library of Belgrade has these upcoming and ongoing events. For more info call: 320-254-8842
    1. 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.
    2. R.E.A.D. Book Club: Friday, December 14th from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. This is for adults. Contact the library for the book selection and other details.
  • Open Mic Music will be held the second Friday of the month with Decembers to be held on Friday, December 14th 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.
  • The Lakes Area Humane Society Annual Bake Sale will be held on Saturday, December 15th beginning at 9:00 a.m. at the Viking Plaza Mall in Alexandria. Those who wish to donate bake goods for the sale can bring them to the Mall on the 15th between 8:00 and 9:00 a.m. or the day before at the Lakes Area Humane Society.
  • The Myrtle Mabee Library of Belgrade has these upcoming and ongoing events. For more info call: 320-254-8842
    1. 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.
    2. R.E.A.D. Book Club: Friday, December 14th from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. This is for adults. Contact the library for the book selection and other details.
  • Forada Lions Club Bar Bingo will be held on Saturday, December 15th at the Muddy Boot from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. All proceeds will be donated to Alexandria Area High School Food Shelf.
  • 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. December 15th – Sartell
  • The Sauk Centre Bryant Library has these upcoming events. For more info call: 320-352-3016
    1. 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.
    2. Color Our Giant Gingerbread House – on going in December during open library hours
    3. Teen Events:
      1. Ginger – Who? Match the book character with the number of gingerbread alter-ego for a sweet treat and a chance to win a prize. For tweens, teens and adult. December 1st thru 15th during open library hours
      2. Crafts and Cocoa for teens and adults: Saturday, December 15th from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Ages 12 and up. While supplies last.
    4. LEGO Hour Challenge: Thursday, December 20th from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. For ages 5 to 12. Limit is 16, so registration is required for both dates.
    5. Stuffed Animal Sleepover Storytime: Thursday, December 27th from 6:00 to 6:45 p.m. Bring your favorite stuffed animal to the library for a storytime and leave it overnight. This is for families. Limit is 30, registration is required.
    6. Live-Action Candy Land: December 26th – 31st during open library hours. This is for families.
  • An Old Fashioned Christmas at the Historic Spruce Hill Church will be held on Sunday, December 16th at 2:00 p.m. The church is located at 13148 Spruce Hill Park Road NE in Miltona.
  • The House of Prayer Church will be hosting a Potato Bar, a community fundraiser to raise funds to help a family in need for Christmas. This will take place on Sunday, December 16th beginning at 11:30 a.m. The church has received a Thrivent Action Team Grant. All of the proceeds will be given to help a family in need. The lunch is a free*will donation, with a suggested $10.00 per person donation. The church is located at 3020 Rosewood Lane SE in Alexandria.
  • The Alexandria Chamber is excited to introduce a new one-hour informative lunch opportunity called Noontime Knowledge. The luncheons are the third Monday of each month from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. at Broadway Ballroom located at 115 30th Avenue East in Alexandria. The cost is $10.00 that includes lunch. No RSVP required, just pay at the door. The first one will be held on Monday, December 17th.
  • The Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce and the Echo Press are accepting nominations for the 2018 Top 5 Under 40 Young Professionals. You can download a nomination form at alexandriamn.org or call: 320-763-3161 to request the form. Nominations must be received by Monday, December 17th. The Top 5 Professionals will be honored at the Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Celebration event on Monday, January 28th.
  • The Alexandria American Legion Post 87 will hold their Christmas Bingo on Wednesday, December 19th at the Eagles Club located at 526 North Nokomis Street in Alexandria. There will be twenty regular games for prizes of Turkeys, Hams, Pork and a Goose, as well as many other prizes. Bingo starts at 7:15 p.m. There will also be two blackouts for cash!
  • “Bells to Go”, ringing your favorite Christmas music will be held on Wednesday, December 19th from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. at The Trinity in Henning.
  • The Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program will be in Alexandria and surrounding area. Free introduction to MBSR classes and Mindfulness 3 week Workshops to begin this November, just in time to manage the holidays with joy and calm. The Fall schedule is as follows:
    1. Weekly Mindfulness Classes: $15 (free with referral from healthcare or service provider)
      1. Sunday’s 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Owl Books and Brew located at 214 Central Avenue in Osakis
      2. Monday’s 10:00 to 11:45 a.m. at Nelson Gables located at 1220 Nokomis Street in Alexandria
    2. Mindfulness 3-week Workshop: $60.00 (free with referral from healthcare provider)
      1. December 16 (Sunday’s) from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at Nelson Gables Governors room
      2. December 20 (Thursday’s) from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Nelson Gables Governors room
  • The Lakes Area Recreation Board Meeting will be held on Thursday, December 20th at 5:30 p.m. in the U of M Extension conference room. This is located at 720 Fillmore Street in Alexandria.
  • A Free Christmas Day dinner will be served from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 25th at First Congregational Church located at 7th Avenue and Elm Street in Alexandria. No reservation necessary. The will not have deliveries to home-bound, but will prepare a take-out box if you send someone to pick it up during serving hours.
  • ALP Utilities is having Holiday Customer Appreciation Week, Wednesday, December 26th thru Friday, December 28th. Stop in for coffee, cider and cookies. ALP Utilities is located at 316 Fillmore Street in Alexandria.
  • The Douglas County Mobile Food Drop will take place on Thursday, December 27th 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.
  • Ruby’s Pantry will be distributing food on Saturday, January 5th 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 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’s Repair Program for those 65 and over. This repair program makes safety, accessibility and energy efficiency improvements to the interior or exterior of your home. If you or someone you know is age 65 or better and in need of repairs on your home Habitat for Humanity’s Aging in Place program may be able to help. Call: 320-762-4255, visit the website at: hfhdouglascounty.org or stop by the Habitat office on North Nokomis 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.