Public Service Announcements

Weeks of 10/15/19 to 10/31/19

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: alexandria.ce.eleyo.com/courses.
  • 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: ccstcloud.org.
  • Save the Trinity of Henning announces the Trinity Center Raffle 2019 fundraiser. Help rebuild the wonderful historic building. Purchase a raffle ticket for $20.00 for ninety one chances to win $100.00. This raffle will draw winners in the month’s of September, October and November. Also, if you win once your name goes back into the drawings.
  • Someplace Safe and UCAN is hosting the 13th Annual Taking Steps Against Domestic Violence Walk on Tuesday, October 15th at 5:00 p.m. The walk will begin at the Douglas county Courthouse and ends at Calvary Lutheran Church. October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Guest Speaker is Mary Nortman: Survivor – Becoming a Thriver. There will be free food and you will receive a free t-shirt.
  • The Douglas County Auditor/Treasurer office is issuing a reminder to property owners that the second half real estate tax payments are due on or before Tuesday, October 15th. Payments may be made in person until 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 15th. If mailing your tax payment, envelopes must be postmarked no later than October 15th to avoid penalty. Douglas County installed a drop box outside the building on the south side of the Courthouse for customer convenience. Tax payments may be dropped off there.
  • Edgewood Memory Care specially trained experts is offering a 5-part educational training series. “Journey Through Memory Care”. These sessions will all be held at 12:00 p.m. There is no cost to attend, complimentary lunch will be served. Please RSVP 24 hours in advance of event to: 320-759-2121. Edgewood Healthcare is located at 1902 7th Avenue East in Alexandria.
    1. Wednesday, October 16th: Effective Communication – learn appropriate and effective ways to communicate, both verbally and non-verbally
    2. Wednesday, November 6th: “Tis the Season – Taking the Stress out of Holiday Caregiving – learn ways to adjust your holiday traditions to ensure enjoyment for all.
  • Our Lady of the Angels is having their Annual Chow Mein Dinner on Thursday, October 17th from 4:00 to 7:30 p.m. There will be raffle with lots of prizes, drawing at 7:15 p.m. Dinner tickets are $8.50, children ages 4 to 9 is $5.00. Proceeds of the dinner help subsidize Holy Family School. The church is located at 211 7th Street in Sauk Centre.
  • Alexandria Golden K Kiwanis Annual Pancake Fundraiser will be held on Friday, October 18th at the Alexandria Senior Community Center located at 414 Hawthorne Street. Serving AYCE pancakes and special toppings from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Tickets are $8.00, ages 6 thru 12 is $3.00 and children under age 6 is free. All proceeds support youth and community activities.
  • Mission Quilters Annual Quilt Sale will be held on Friday, October 18th at the Alexandria Senior Center from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Items include all sizes of quilts, baby blankets, receiving blankets, crocheted afghans and wall hangings. There will also be a miscellaneous table with mittens, caps, school bags and a variety of baked goods. Proceeds go to purchase batting and supplies for quilts given to local organizations.
  • Gain a Lifetime of Knowledge and Leave a Better Leader! Leadercast Women 2019 is a gathering of leaders across the world. This is your opportunity to learn from these nationally renowned, exceptional women and hear their inspiring stories and to network with fellow attendees who share similar leadership challenges. This will be held on Friday, October 18th at the Alexandria Public Schools District Office from 7:15 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Cost is $99 and includes, breakfast, lunch, snacks and a journal. Limited seats so call: 320-762-3310.
  • Alex Vision Source, located at 2210 Hwy. 29 South, Suite 201 in Alexandria will host Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce Wake Up Alexandria event on Friday, October 18th from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. 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, Chaplains Caring for Companies. All Chamber members will also be placed in a drawing for the Pot of Gold, which is currently valued at $4,247.
  • 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 to encourage parents to embrace their roles as their child’s first teacher. Sign up at the library. Ongoing!
    2. Conversation Circles: Tuesday’s in October from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Come and practice your English speaking skills while making new friends and a relaxed, fun setting. For adults.
    3. Make and Take Crafts: Tuesday’s in October during library open hours. Crafts will change weekly, available each week while supplies last.
    4. Lego Hour Challenge: Thursday, October 17th from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. For ages 5 to 12. Limit is 16, registration is required.
    5. Open Mic Night: Thursday, October 17th at 6:00 p.m. This is for teens and adults. Bring your ukulele, guitar, voice or any instrument for a jam session with other local musicians.
    6. Family Event: Siama’s Congo Roots concert on Tuesday, October 22nd at 6:00 p.m. This is for all ages.
    7. Lorna Landvik, author will be here for a talk/reading/Q&A about her twelfth novel, “Chronicles of a Radical Hag (with recipes)” on Thursday, October 24th at 6:00 p.m. For teens and adults.
    8. Halloween Trick-or-Treat on Main Street: Friday, October 25th from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. Don’t forget to stop by the library in your costume, giving out treat bags filled with a bookmark and candy
    9. Meet Minnesota authors: Norma Carlson, her children’s book “Cattie’s Journey” and Kelly Aul, her Christian romance “Forsaken” will be at the library on Saturday, October 26th at 10:30 a.m.
  • 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. R.E.A.D. – Friday, October 18th from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. This is for adults. Contact the library for the book selection and other details.
    3. Dark Tales of Mystery and Intrigue: Friday, October 25th at 5:00 p.m. This is for ages 14 plus.
    4. Stories and Pumpkin Carving: Monday, October 28th from 3:00 to 4:15 p.m. This is for ages 6 to 12 and younger children with a parent. Pre-registration is required class limit is 10.
  • The Red Cross is urging eligible donors to donate blood this October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Listed are dates, times and locations.
    1. Friday, October 18th from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Viking Plaza located at 3015 Hwy. 29 South in Alexandria
    2. Monday, October 21st from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Alexandria Senior Center located at 414 Hawthorne Street
    3. Monday, October 21st from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Battle Lake Public School located at 402 Summit Street West
    4. Monday, October 21st from 1:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church located at 526 State Street in Evansville
    5. Monday, October 21st from 12:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Calvary Lutheran Church located at 605 Douglas Street in Alexandria
    6. Tuesday, October 22nd from 12:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Calvary Lutheran Church located at 605 Douglas Street in Alexandria
    7. Wednesday, October 23rd from 12:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the Community Center located at 425 4th Street NE in Staples
    8. Wednesday, October 23rd from 2:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Underwood High School located at 100 Southern Avenue East
    9. Thursday, October 24th from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Vitality Wellness Building located at 50 CentraCare Drive in Long Prairie
    10. Thursday, October 24th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Maslowski Wellness and Research Center located at 17 5th Street SW
    11. Thursday, October 24th from 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. at First Lutheran Church located at 505 West Holdt in Battle Lake
    12. Friday, October 25th from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Cornerstone church located at 202 7th Avenue East in Alexandria
    13. Friday, October 25th from 12:00 to 6:00 p.m. at St. William’s Living Center located at 212 West Soo Street in Parkers Prairie
    14. Monday, October 28th from 12:00 to 6:00 p.m. at VFW 7902 located at 701 East 8th Avenue in Osakis
    15. Tuesday, October 29th from 1:00 to 7:00 p.m. at St. Francis Center located at 116 8th Avenue SE in Little Falls
    16. Wednesday, October 30th from 12:00 to 6:00 p.m. at St. Francis Center located at 116 8th Avenue SE in Little Falls
    17. Wednesday, October 30th from 12:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Bongard’s located at 110 Third Avenue NE in Perham
    18. Thursday, October 31st from 8:30 a.m. to 2;30 p.m. at St. Francis Center located at 116 8th Avenue SE in Little Falls

To donate: Individuals of all blood types – especially type O – are asked to make an appointment to donate blood by downloading the free American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

  • Forada Lions Club Bar Bingo will be held on Saturday, October 19th from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at The Muddy Boot in Forada. All proceeds will go to the Outreach Food Shelf. The Lions Club accepts donations of old eyeglasses.
  • Ebenezer Lutheran Church of Leaf Valley invites the public to their 14th Annual “Sounds of the Harvest” on Saturday, October 19th at 7:00 p.m. This will be an evening filled with music by The Chordsmen, a local men’s gospel group organized in 2011. This is a free will offering event. Coffee and desserts will be served.
  • Nicholas Church AYCE Belgian Waffle Feed will be held on Sunday, October 20th. Serving is from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. This is hosted by St. Ann’s Sodality and the Alexandria Evening Lions. Quilt raffle and cookbooks for sale. The church is located at 9473 County Road 3 NE in Carlos.
  • The Alexandria Senior Center will have music on Sunday, October 20th at 2:00 p.m. with Crooner’s Tunes with Mikko and then on Sunday, October 27th at 2:00 p.m. will be Dance Loose Change Band. The center is located at 414 Hawthorne Street.
  • Evansville Art Center is having their Annual Harvest Fest Fundraiser on Sunday, October 20th. The program begins at 2:00 p.m. and at 4:00 p.m. they will be serving pulled turkey sandwiches, coleslaw and chips. There will be several different performers and should get over no later than 7:00 p.m. The Railroad and 2nd Event Center is located at 201 Railroad Street in Evansville. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. Suggested donation is $25.00 per couple, $15 for individual and age 12 and under is $5.00. Proceeds will benefit music programming at the Center during the 2020 season.
  • St. John’s Catholic United Financial Council is hosting a Potato Pancake and Sausage Supper on Sunday, October 20th at St. John’s Church in Meire Grove. Serving is from 2:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tickets at the door are $10.00, children ages 10 and under is $4.00, pre-school age and under is free. All proceeds and matching funds up to $1,000 from Catholic United Financial will be donated for school and parish needs. The church is located at 20 State Hwy. 4 South.
  • The Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce’s Noontime Knowledge luncheon will be held on Monday, October 21st 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 Bitcoin and how to use it. Jeff Meland of Database Systems in Alexandria will be the guest speaker. The cost is $10.00 and includes lunch. No RSVP required you can pay at the door.
  • Habitat for Humanity of Douglas County is having a Blessing of the Build Ceremony on Monday, October 21st at 4:00 p.m. This will be held at 1118 Irving Street in Alexandria. Come celebrate this milestone with the home buyer, Mary Lou Worley. For more information you can call: 320-752-4255 or visit: hfhdouglascounty.org.
  • The Douglas County Developmental Achievement Center is having a Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser on Tuesday, October 22nd from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. This will be held at the Alexandria Elks Lodge located at 116 15th Avenue West. Plates are just $7.00 includes garlic toast and a bottle of water. Proceeds go to the DAC.
  • There will be a Spaghetti Feed and Silent Auction fundraiser benefiting the First Robotics Competition and First Lego League teams of Alexandria. This will be held on Tuesday, October 22nd at Corral Saloon and Eatery in Nelson. Serving is from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.
  • First Presbyterian Church of Osakis invites everyone to the October Friendship Table Meal on Wednesday, October 23rd. Serving spaghetti, salad, garlic bread and dessert from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. This will be held at the Fellowship Hall at 101 West Oak Street. Free will donation accepted.
  • October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Someplace Safe asks that you join them for the Annual Day of Purple on Thursday, October 24th. Participation is easy: wear your favorite purple garment, get the whole office, group of friends, team or club involved. Post your #dayofpurple 19 on your social media page. Free stickers and posters are available to participants to help spread the word. To request materials contact the local Someplace Safe office at: 320-766-1995 or email: newsletter@someplacesafe.info.
  • The Douglas County Mobile Food Drop will take place on Thursday, October 24th 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.
  • Lakeland Mental Health Center, Inc., located at 702 34th Avenue East in Alexandria will host the Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce’s Off the Clock event on Thursday, October 24th from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. The event is open to everyone. The $1.00 admission includes appetizers 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, Vikingland Community Support Program. The $100 Chamber Bucks door prize drawing is sponsored by Brenton, LLC.
  • Alexandria Red Line Booster Club is having their Annual Fundraiser Bingo Night on Friday, October 25th with social hour beginning at 5:30 p.m. and bingo at 6:30 p.m. This will be held at Broadway Ballroom located at 115 30th Avenue East. Ticket available at the door. Cost is $50.00 and includes two cards for 20 games and appetizers.
  • Troop 418 is serving a Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, October 27th from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. This will be held at St. Mary’s School Gymnasium located at 421 Hawthorn Street in Alexandria.
  • Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Nelson is having a Soup and Sandwich Lunch on Sunday, October 27th. Serving is from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. This is a free will donation. The church is located at 100 South Nelson Street.
  • St. Francis De Sales Parish in Belgrade is having their Annual AYCE Sausage and Pancake Supper on Sunday, October 27th. Serving is from 2:00 to 7:00 p.m. This will be held at the Parish Center located across from the church. Tickets are $10.00, children ages 5 to 12 is $6.00 and ages 4 and under is free.
  • There will be a free Halloween Party on Sunday, October 27th from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the Carlos Events Center. Kids ages 11 and under get those costumes on and come and enjoy games, crafts and photo station. There will be a bike giveaway at 6:00 p.m., must be present to win. Youth must be accompanied by an adult. Treats will be provided. The center is located at 210 Victoria Avenue.
  • Central Square Cultural and Civic Center in Glenwood announces the first concert in the 2019 Classic Rock Mini Series will be held on Saturday, October 28th at 7:00 p.m. A tribute to the music of Neil Young by Powderfinger. To purchase tickets, call the office at: 320-634-0400. Advance tickets are $25.00 or $30.00 at the door.
  • The Alexandria Community Education is offering game night of cribbage and 500:
    1. Cribbage: Monday’s in October from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the AAHS classroom B182. Cost is $5.00
    2. Let’s Play 500: Tuesday’s,  November 12th, December 10th, January 7th and/or February 11th at Woodland Elementary School Media Center. The cost is free.

To register call: 320-762-3310 or visit online at: alexandria.ce.eleyo.com.

  • The Cultural Center in New York Mills announces its Fall Schedule of Events. For more information call: 218-385-3339 or visit online: kulcher.org/news-events/upcoming-events
    1. Gentle YOGA – 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. every Wednesday through December 18th at the center. Come rebalance and find your energy flow. Cost is $4.00 per class. Bring your own yoga mat.
    2. Calligraphy for Christmas with Ruth Koehler: Wednesday, October 30th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Please sign up in advance, class participants limited to 15. $20.00 for members and $25.00 for non-members.
  • The Alexandria Downtown Merchants Association announces that the downtown businesses will be handing out Halloween Trick or Treats on Thursday, October 31st. The hours for trick or treats is 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Parents are encouraged to accompany their children.
  • Come celebrate Halloween at the Historic Fort Alexandria on Thursday, October 31st from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. This event will be held outside and is free to all ages. Activities include: make your own edible treat station, crystal ball readings, Viking games, spooky crafts for kids, a special Halloween Scavenger hunt and more. If you haven’t had enough candy from trick-or-treating up and down Broadway, there will be additional treats. The Historic Fort is located at 206 Broadway Street.
  • The Osakis Presbyterian Church is having Trunk or Treat on Halloween, Thursday, October 31st from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. This will be held in the parking lot located at 101 West Oak Street. For those who don’t have trick or treaters you can join the fun, just bring your treats to share. There is plenty of spaces in the parking lot.
  • 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.