Independent Lifestyles holds fundraiser July 19
Independent Lifestyles will hold its Summer Nights fundraiser, featuring 176 Keys Fun Pianos Show and silent auction, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 19 in the St. Cloud VFW Granite Post 428, 9 18th Ave. N. All proceeds will go to veteran retreat center. For tickets, call 320-529-900 or visit independentlifestyles.org.
St. Stephen Centennial in full swing this weekend
St. Stephen, the oldest continuous Slovenian town in the United States, will kick up its heels for a three-day bash this weekend to celebrate its 100th birthday. There will be literally something for everyone during the fest: a parade, car show, tractor show, polka Mass, lots of music, raffles, food, baseball, Centennial books for sale, baseball and softball games and a breakfast featuring Slovenian specialties. A bus shuttle service will provide pick-up and drop-off service after the 2 p.m. parade until 8 p.m. on Saturday at the following locations: Church of St. Stephen, Schmidty’s, Trobec’s Bus Service, City Hall, Smoley Fields and the crossroads of CR 2 and 5. For a complete list of events, visit www.thenewsleaders.com and search “Birthday bash.”
TCHS seeks help July 19 for shelter renovation project
The Tri-County Humane Society, with a generous $5,000 grant from Pedigree and GreaterGood.org, is painting their dog kennels and cleaning up its dog trail and needs help from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 19. Both projects will require lots of physical labor. TCHS is looking for able-bodied adults to help prep the kennels for painting and work on widening and putting new mulch on its dog walking trail. Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older for this renovation and trail maintenance project. Heavy-duty cleaning chemicals will be used to clean and remove existing paint in the kennel rooms, and weed wackers and hedge trimmers will be used on the trail. If you have your own tools for trail maintenance, please bring them. Free lunch is included. To sign up to volunteer, contact Kim at 320-252-0896.
TCHS dog sale
In conjunction with the renovation project, TCHS needs to empty the kennel rooms in order to paint them. Throughout July, all dog adoption fees will be discounted. Take 1 percent times the number of days a dog has resided in our shelter off of the adoption fee. (Adoption fee on a dog that has been here 50 days would be 50-percent off.)
Coffee with a cop set July 24 at McDonald’s
Join your neighbors and Police Chief Joel Klein for coffee and conversation from 8:30-11:30 a.m. Thursday, July 24 at McDonald’s Restaurant, St. Joseph.
No agenda or speeches, just a chance to ask questions, voice concerns and get to know the officers in your neighborhood. Contact 230-2433 or 363-8250 for additional information.
Quan Li K’an hosts free martial arts seminar
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For more information, contact Mary Krippner, United Way Volunteer Engagement Coordinator at (320) 223-7991 or email@example.com.
Golf for heart health set July 21 at Blackberry Ridge
The third annual Zipper Open golf tournament, sponsored by Mended Hearts Chapter and supported by CentraCare Heart and Vascular Center, will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, July 21 at Blackberry Ridge, 3125 Clubhouse Road, Sartell. Proceeds will help raise funds for automated external defibrillator (AED) purchase, education and training. An AED is a portable device that checks heart rhythm. If needed, it can send an electric shock to the heart to try to restore a normal rhythm. AEDs are used to treat sudden cardiac arrest. Contact Joel Vogel at 320-260-5433 for information about forming a team. Mended Hearts, a national, non-profit organization affiliated with the American Heart Association, assists heart patients and their families through hospital visits, support group meetings and education. Its mission is to help people understand there can be a rich, rewarding life with heart disease.
United Way Volunteer Opportunities
Spend time with kids
The Boys and Girls Club can always use volunteers at any of their 16 sites. Whether you’re interested in playing basketball with teens, reading to a child or doing paperwork in the administrative office, they need you. Just go online and fill out a Volunteer Application Form. Contact Boys and Girls Club at 320-252-7616 or visit www.bgcmn.org.
Develop a special friendship with a resident of Country Manor by visiting with them regularly. You can visit their rooms, the lounges, the bird aviary or when the weather permits you can take the resident outside the facility to one of our gardens and/or ponds for your visit. The residents have very interesting stories and insights to share about their lives. Please take some time to listen to a piece of their history and life experiences. You will learn so much about their generation. Contact Jacquie Hartman, volunteer coordinator, at 320-253-1920.
CentraCare summer student sessions
CentraCare St. Cloud Hospital is offering a unique opportunity for a condensed and meaningful healthcare volunteer experience. Volunteer four hours each day Monday-Friday for a total of 80+ hours. Volunteer shifts are 8 a.m. to noon, noon to 4 p.m., with limited 4 to 8 p.m. shifts. Learning tracks include: administrative assistance, patient experience and retail. Session #2: July 28 to Aug. 22 available. Contact CentraCare Volunteer Services at 320-255-5638 or visit centracare.com/volunteer.
The Sisters of St. Benedict’s Monastery and St. Scholastica Convent are active in diverse ministries throughout the community. Each site offers unique opportunities for volunteers of all ages to accomplish important, fulfilling tasks and projects. St. Scholastica’s biggest needs are sister companions. Volunteers will drive and accompany nuns to appointments, read aloud, write letters for nuns or play cards, games and visit with nuns. Contact Sister Marina Schlangen, St. Scholastica Convent, at 320-251-2225.
For more information, contact Mary Krippner, United Way volunteer engagement coordinator, at 320-223-7991 or firstname.lastname@example.org.