Bulletin Board  – Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Toys for Tots is a charity sponsored by the employees of the City of Crookston for needy children in the city.  Cash donations are greatly appreciated and preferred which allows the volunteers to purchase age and gender-specific gifts for each child.  Books, toys and gift wrap donations have also been received. Donations can be sent or brought to the Water Department during business hours at 124 North Broadway.

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church’s Fellowship Committee is hosting a bus trip to attend the annual Concordia Christmas Concert on Saturday, December 7 at 2:00 p.m. The bus will board at the church parking lot at 11 A.M. and depart 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.  They 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 the church office at 281-3638.

There will be a DDD course today  at 1:00 p.m. at Andy Oman State Farm Office.  The class is instructed by Suzie Coauette, and cost is $15. Call 281-3643 to register. 

The Fertile Public Library will host free-of-charge workshops on book-making today at 2:00 and 4:00 p.m. Learn how to make a reverse piano hinge book with removable sections and go home with a finished book. They make great gifts! 

The Crookston Eagles will have swing dance lessons tonight  from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. and an auxiliary meeting at 7:00 p.m. 

The Fisher American Legion Wednesday Night Special for tonight  is Tacos, Rice, and Refried Beans for $8. 

The Golden Link’s Experienced American Annual Christmas Party will be Thursday, December 5 at the Crookston Eagles.  Social Hour is at 4:30 p.m., dinner at 5:30 p.m. and program at 6:15 p.m. with Just for Kix. The meal is Walleye or Swiss Steak, Potatoes and Gravy, Candied Carrots, Salad, Bun, and Dessert.  The cost is $15 per person, register and pay by December 2 at the Golden Link 281-3072. 

The Climax Parish Food Shelf will be open Thursday, December 5 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Author and former Red Lake Falls resident Mary Ann Byron will be at the Red Lake Falls Library on Thursday, December 5 at 5:00 p.m. to talk about her book “No Ordinary Life”, a thrilling inside account of newlywed diplomats who embark on their first assignment to the U.S. Embassy in Cape Town, during one of the most dangerous periods in South Africa, when Nelson Mandela was elected President. 

The Crookston Eagles will have the Golden Link Christmas Party Thursday, December 5 at 5:30 p.m. and bar bingo a 7:00 p.m. 

The RiverView Health Auxiliary’s Angel Tree will be available through Friday, December 6 outside the Limited Edition Gift Shop.  These are community members no longer able to participate in the holiday activities the way they wish. Gifts range from $5 to $15.  

Requests for a Community Christmas Food Basket can be made Monday through Friday until Friday, December 6 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. by calling 218-280-8026.  Donation boxes for non-perishable food items are available at various church entrances. Monetary donations may be dropped off in the Trinity Lutheran Church Office or mailed to P.O. Box 598, Crookston, MN, 56716, designate your give to “Community Christmas Food Baskets”.   Those interested in helping with the baskets, packing will take place Friday, December 13 at 6:00 p.m. at the National Guard Armoury and delivery will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, December 14. 

The Crookston Eagles will have the RiverView Health Holiday Party Friday, December 6 at 6:00 p.m. 

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church’s Fellowship Committee is hosting a bus trip to attend the annual Concordia Christmas Concert on Saturday, December 7 at 2:00 p.m. The bus will board at the church parking lot at 11 A.M. and depart 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.  They 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 the church office at 281-3638.

Santaland will be held Saturday, December 7 from noon to 3:00 p.m. in the Sargeant Student Center at UMC.   Student clubs and organizations will host crafts, prizes, and holiday fun activities for all Crookston Elementary students along with the opportunity for festive photos with Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus and their elves.  The event is free and no parking permits are required. Cookies and hot chocolate will be provided. Sponsored by the Crookston Student Association. 

The Crookston Eagles will have bar bingo Saturday, December 7 at 3:30 p.m., $400 must go and the Altru Holiday Party at 7:00 p.m. 

Trinity Lutheran Church of Crookston is sponsoring the Stable Program at the University of Minnesota, Crookston at the University Outreach and Teaching Center on Saturday, December 7 at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, December 8 at 2:00 p.m.  This one-hour program will include singers, instrumentalists, and a bell choir, along with favorite Christmas carols sung by the audience. All are invited and there is no admission charge, although a free-donation is accepted which is used to help defray expenses and provide some funds for this event next year.  Hot cider is served at the end of the program. 

The Villa St. Vincent Auxiliary invites you to take part in the “Light Up A Life” Tree.  A $5 gift will light a bulb on the tree in memory or in honor of someone special. The tree lighting ceremony and reading of all the names will be on Sunday, December 8 at 4:00 p.m. in the Villa St. Vincent Wellness/Activity Room. After the ceremony there will be coffee and cookies.  All are invited to attend. 

The Crookston High School Choir and Orchestra Departments present the 20th Annual “Classic Noel!” will be Sunday, December 8.  Doors open at 5:30 p.m., dinner served at 6:00 p.m., concert at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the evening are $20. The menu will include Prime Rib, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, Starter Salad with Bread Roll, and Ice Cream Dessert.  Catered by Drafts Sports Bar & Grill. Tickets are available from the CHS Music students, at the CHS Officer, Montague’s Flower and Crookston Floral. Tickets for the concert only are $4/adult, $3/student, and are available at the door. 

Red Lake Falls Civic and Commerce will host their 3rd Annual Holly Dazzle event in Red Lake Falls on Sunday, December 8, from 5-8. There’ll be  music and bonfires at the Memorial park Gazebo from 5-5:30. From 5:30-6, they will light their 50 foot long train, town tree, grazing deer, and the  newest creation, a large Gingerbread House, by Framed Lighting Inc. From 6-8, there will be a Free Will supper catered by Driftwood Grill at the Red Lake Falls Legion along with Santa, local singers, a raffle and grand prize drawing. The event is free and open to the public, with all donations going towards additional light fixtures for next year. 

The Crookston Lions will meet Monday, December 9 at 12:00 p.m. at Crookston Inn.

The Crookston Public Library has a Harry Potter Escape Room planned from Monday, December 9 with two sessions.  Session 1: 5:00 to 5:45 p.m. Session 2: 6:00 to 6:45 p.m. Find the clues and solve the codes to escape Azkaban. For teens and adults. Limited to 8 spots per session.  Please sign up by calling the library. 

ECFE’s Mixed Monday event for Monday, December 9  is Daddy and Me for birth to 5 year olds and will be held from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Washington School. Registration is not required. 

The City of Crookston Truth in Taxation meeting will be held Monday, December 9 at 6:30 p.m. in the council chambers at city hall. 

Crookston City Council will meet Monday, December 9 at 7:00 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chamber. The Ways and Means committee will meet immediately following.

The Polk County Commissioners will meet Tuesday, December 10 at 8:00 a.m. in the Commissioner’s Room at the Polk County Government Center. A budget hearing will be held at 6:00 p.m.

The free ECFE Unplug and Play for ages birth to kindergarten will be Tuesday, December 10 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Washington School gym. A variety of equipment will be available for children and their parents to enjoy and explore together.  

Crookston VFW Post 1902 and the Auxiliary will meet Tuesday, December 10 at 6:00 p.m. at the VFW.

The Fisher American Legion and SAL meetings will be Tuesday, December 10 at 7:00 p.m. 

Crookston Community Education will have a Kids N Canvas Holiday party Saturday, December 14 from 10:30 a.m. to noon in the Washington School Cafeteria.  The cost is $20, all supplies included plus a snack/drink. There will be step-by-step instructions provided and wrapping paper if you wish to make it as a gift.  Aprons are provided, but please wear paint clothes. There is a minimum of 10 for the class, maximum of 20, register by Wednesday, December 11 by calling 281-5078. 

Crookston Public Schools will have early dismissal on Wednesday, December 11. 

The Crookston Chamber Executive Board will meet Wednesday, December 11 at 8:00 a.m. at the Chamber Office.

The Crookston Public Library will have a What’s on Wednesday event on December 11 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. Recreate your selfie as a Minecraft character.  Geared for children ages 7-12. 

Crookston Community Education will have a Kids N Canvas Holiday Art Class for kids ages 6-13 on Saturday, December 14 from 10:30-noon at the Washington Elementary Cafeteria. Instructor is Jolene Beiswenger.  Kids will paint a wooden Christmas stocking door hanger, wrapping paper will be available if they want to wrap it as a gift. Aprons will be provided, but please wear paint clothes. Cost is $20 and you must sign up by Wednesday, December 11th. To register, call 281-5078. 

The Fertile Public Library will host a free early out activity featuring science, technology, and art on Wednesday, December 11 at 2:30 p.m. Children in grades K-8 are invited to explore Platonic Solids and make Tetrahedrons with library staff.  Children ages 10 and under should be accompanied by an adult. 

The Fisher American Legion Wednesday Night Special for December 11 is a BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich and Baked Beans for $8. 

The Crookston Cub Scouts are having a hat and mitten drive for the Community Food Boxes.  They will be collecting through December 12 at Cathedral, TLC Family Hair Care, Trinity Lutheran, Hardware Hank, Crookston True Value, and Rejuv Salon & Spa. 

Northern Sky Bank will host a Holiday Open House on Thursday and Friday, December 12 and 13 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00. Everyone is invited to stop in and enjoy refreshments and visit with the staff. 

RiverView Health will host a four hour CPR class at 6:00 p.m. Thursday, December 12 at the RiverView Home Care Building located at 721 South Minnesota Street. Cost is $45 for those needing certification and free for those not needing certification. For more information or to register, call 218-281-9405.

The Crookston Public Schools School Readiness Winter Party will be Thursday, December 12 at 6:00 p.m. 

The Fisher American Legion will have a chamber meeting Thursday, December 12 at 7:00 p.m. 

Area farmers are invited for coffee, conversation, and community support events held Saturday, December 14 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Brekken Farms, 28383 255th Ave SW in Crookston.  And from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Adams Family Farm, 20817 430th Ave SW, just south of East Grand Forks. The events offer a venue for the farming community to come together and support each other after a challenging harvest.  The events are organized by Northwestern Mental Health Center, Brenda Mack Consulting, H.O.P.E. Coalition, CHS, Inc., Adams Family Farms, and Brekken Family Farms. 

Crookston Community Education will have a Kids N Canvas Holiday Art Class for kids ages 6-13 on Saturday, December 14 from 10:30-noon at the Washington Elementary Cafeteria.   

The Crookston Lions will meet Monday, December 16 at 12:00 p.m. at Crookston Inn.

The Crookston Park Board will meet Monday, December 16 at 4:45 p.m. at City Hall.

CHEDA will have a board meeting Tuesday, December 17 at 7:00 a.m. at Valley Technology Park.

The Polk County Commissioners will meet Tuesday, December 17 at 9:30 a.m. in the Commissioner’s Room at the Polk County Government Center. 

Hospice of the Red River Valley’s support group Grief Journeys for Adults will meet Tuesday, December 17 from 10:30 a.m. – noon at the Crookston Public Library.  This support group is for adults 18 years and older who have experienced a loss through death. 

Affordable Land Rent Seminars will be hosted by the University of Minnesota Extension on Thursday, December 17.  The first will be from 1:300 to 3:00 p.m. in UMC’s Youngquist Auditorium. The second from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Joe DiMaggio’s Restaurant in Red Lake Falls.  Topics will include local historical and projected farmland rental rate trends, current farm land values and sales, and a worksheet to help determine a fair and profitable rental agreement.  No pre-registration is necessary. 

The Crookston Public Library will have Cookie Decorating Tuesday, December 17 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Get in the holiday spirit and join library staff for a winter-themed storytime, followed by decorating cookies.  All ages are welcome, hot cocoa provided. 

RiverView Recovery Center is inviting the public to a presentation by Nate Espinoza about addiction.  As a pastor, and a person who identifies with long-term recovery, he understands the power of addiction. His message resonates well with those still struggling with the disease, as well as those who may thankfully find themselves in recovery.  The presentation will be Tuesday, December 17 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the Crookston Care and Share. 

The Compassionate Friends of North Star will meet Tuesday, December 17 at 7:00 p.m. in the St. Charles Room at the St. Joseph Parish Center in Red Lake Falls.  All TCF members have lost a child, sibling or grandchild and continue to travel the long road this life-changing journey. Contact Mary Jo Schmitz 253-4160 or Kathy Stich 253-2272.  

The Crookston Planning Commission will meet Tuesday, December 17 at 7:00 p.m. at City Hall.

Crookston Township will have a regular board meeting Wednesday, December 18 at 6:30 a.m. at Valley Technology Park.

The RiverView Health Diabetes Support Group, led by Darcey Larson, will be held Wednesday, December 18 from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m in Meeting Room 2. For more information, call 218-281-9589.

The Crookston Baseball Association will meet Wednesday, December 18 at 7:00 p.m. at the Crookston Eagles.

The Fisher American Legion Wednesday Night Special for December 18 is a Hot Turkey Dinner with Stuffing for $8. 

RiverView Health will have a Collective Goods Sale on Wednesday and Thursday, December 18 and 19 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Friday, December 20 from 8:00 to 3:00 in Meeting Room 1. 

Crookston Boy Scout Troop #41 is doing a Holiday Fruit Basket Sale.  Small baskets are $20, medium baskets are $30, and large baskets are $40.  The baskets can be delivered within Crookston City Limits on Thursday, December 19 after 10:00 a.m. or picked up.  Basket pick up and same day orders will be Thursday, December 19 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church.  To order call/text Christi at 218-289-1696.

The Climax Parish Food Shelf will be open Thursday, December 19 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

A Cakes and Carols Pancake Brunch Event for a Guatemala Mission Trip will be held at the Fertile Community Center on Sunday, December 22 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Free will donation. 

Winter Break begins December 23 for Crookston Public Schools. 

The Crookston Chamber Board of Directors will meet Monday, December 23 at 7:00 a.m. at Valley Technology Park.

The Crookston Lions will meet Monday, December 23 at 12:00 p.m. at Crookston Inn.

Crookston City Council will meet Monday, December 23 at 7:00 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chamber. The Ways and Means committee will meet immediately following.

Ther Fisher American Legion will be closed Tuesday, December 24 and Wednesday, December 25. 

Crookston City Hall will be closed Christmas Day, Wednesday, December 25.

ECFE Pop In and Play,  for ages birth to kindergarten entrance, will be December 28  from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Washington School. Come play in the gym using equipment designed for young children. Class is free. 

The Crookston Lions will meet Monday, December 30 at 12:00 p.m. at Crookston Inn.

The Crookston Public Library will have a Harry Potter Breakout Puzzle Monday, December 30 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.  The sorcerer’s stone is missing. Solve the clues and find the codes to break into the locked box in this escape room style game.  For ages 7-12. 

Classes will resume at Crookston Public Schools on Thursday, January 2. 

Crookston Public Schools Early Childhood Screening will be held January 6 and 7.  The screening is a quick and simple check of how children are doing between the ages of three and four years. Children born before January 1, 2017, who have not yet been screened, will be eligible. If you didn’t not receive information about setting up an appointment for screening,  call 281-5078. 

There will be a Baby Sign and Early Literacy class for parents and caregivers of children ages birth to 2 years and 11 months on Tuesday, January 6  from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Crookston Public Library. Participants will learn basic baby signs and literacy tips to develop language through reading books. This is a free, one time class. Contact Lori Morgan at 218-281-5078. 

The free ECFE Unplug and Play for ages birth to kindergarten will be Tuesday, January 7 from 5:30 to 6:30 at Washington School gym. A variety of equipment will be available for children and their parents to enjoy and explore together.  

Crookston Public Schools will have early dismissal on Wednesday, January 8. 

The free ECFE Unplug and Play for ages birth to kindergarten will be Tuesday, January 14 from 5:30 to 6:30 at Washington School gym. A variety of equipment will be available for children and their parents to enjoy and explore together.  

Affordable Land Rent Seminars will be hosted by the University of Minnesota Extension on Wednesday, January 15.  The first will be from 1:300 to 3:00 p.m. in UMC’s Youngquist Auditorium. The second from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in UMC’s Bede Ballroom.  Topics will include local historical and projected farmland rental rate trends, current farm land values and sales, and a worksheet to help determine a fair and profitable rental agreement.  No pre-registration is necessary. 

There will be no school for Crookston Public Schools on Monday, January 20. 

Four out of five car seats are used incorrectly.  Could one of them be yours? Is your child’s safety seat on a recall list?  Come and we’ll check it out! Did you know that children up to 4’9” tall should be riding in a booster seat for the safest ride? Safe Kids, Altru Health System and Brost Chevrolet will partner to hold a car seat checkup Thursday, January 23 from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. at Brost Chevrolet.  

.ECFE Pop In and Play,  for ages birth to kindergarten entrance, will be January 25  from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Washington School. Come play in the gym using equipment designed for young children. Class is free. 

The Crookston Civic Music League Entertainment Series will have a violinist Timothy Chooi concert on Thursday, January 30  at 7:00 at the Crookston High School Auditorium. Admission is by season ticket only. 

Buy your season ticket for the Crookston Civic Music League Entertainment Series 2019-2020. Concert admission is by season ticket only.  To print out a membership form click here- http://concertassociation.net/crookstonmn/membership_form.pdf  For more information on ticket prices and concert dates visit www.crookstoncivicmusicleague.com 

Due to the RiverView Health construction, the south entrance to the Altru Clinic parking lot will be closed effective until further notice. Please use Carroll Street to access the north entrance to the Altru Clinic parking lot.  Altru Clinic would like to apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. 

It’s never too late to learn. Adult Basic Education hours are Monday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. For more information, call 218-277-7334 or email csander@nwservice.org.

The Golden Link serves home cooked from scratch lunch at noon on weekdays. All meals are $6 and come with veggies, bread, butter, milk, and dessert. Wine and beer can be purchased with your meal for $2 each. Please call before 10:00 a.m. for the noon meal. Call 281-3072

The Crookston Lions Club meets every Monday at noon at the Crookston Inn. 

The Crookston Public Library hosts baby bounce for ages birth to 2 years old the second and fourth Tuesday of every month October through May at 10:00 a.m. with songs, stories, flannel board, action poems for infants and toddlers plus their caregivers. Registration is not required.

Tai Chi Health will be offered every Monday (check the calendar on RiverView’s webpage at www.riverviewhealth.org for confirmation each week) from 4:00 to 5:00 pm in the Education Room at the Home Care Building, 721 S. Minnesota St., Crookston. Please wear flat footwear and comfortable clothes. 

ECFE’s Unplug and Play for ages birth to Kindergarten entrance is held the first and second Tuesday of each month October through May from 5:30-6:30 at Washington School. A variety of equipment will be available. Class is free and registration is not required.

ECFE’s Pop In and Play for ages birth to Kindergarten entrance is the fourth Saturday of each month from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. September through April at Washington School. Play in the gym using equipment designed for young children. Class is free and registration is not required. 

Fertile Library will host a knitting group each Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  All are welcome and the event is free of charge. 

The Crookston Public Library hosts WOW: What’s on Wednesday? the second Wednesday of each month at 2:00 p.m. for children ages 7-12 with crafts, activities and more. 

JAM TIME, which stands for Jesus and Me, Together in Motion Every Day, is a new, non-denominational children’s ministry program to help kids dig into the Bible and grow their relationship with the Lord. The program will be Wednesday nights from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at Hope Church in Fertile, starting in October. All children, Pre-K through 6th grade, are invited to attend! Each night at JAM TIME, children will engage in a variety of small group and large group activities that reinforce a key Bible point and verse for the week. Join us for the kick-off event, “JAM Session”, on October 2nd! Learn more and print registration forms at hope4fertile.org/jamtime

Every Thursday at 10:30 a.m., preschool children and their caregivers are invited to Storytime at the Crookston Public Library. Each week, they’ll explore a different theme through stories, songs, finger plays, flannel board stories, and a craft. No pre-registration is required, but they ask childcare providers and other groups to call ahead to ensure there will be adequate supplies at 281-4522.

Riverview Health’s monthly Type 2 Diabetes Support Group meets the fourth Wednesday of every month from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. at RiverView Health in Meeting Room 1.  The group is led by RiverView Dietitian Darcy Larson, RD, LD and Kelsey Billing, RN, BSN. The Type 2 meetings are open to anyone with Type 2 diabetes and their family members.  New members are always welcome.