Holiday refuse schedule
Due to the July Fourth holiday, St. Joseph refuse collection has been rescheduled from Thursday, July 4 to Saturday, July 6.
St. Anna holds church bazaar June 30
The St. Anna Church Bazaar will be held Sunday, June 30 at Immaculate Conception Church, St. Anna, 5 miles north of Avon. A dinner will be served from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; live music featuring the Gene Ostendorf Band will be held from 2-6 p.m.; and a raffle drawing will be held at 7 p.m. Other events include a silent auction, kids’ games, bounce house, bingo, cake walk, paddle wheel, country store, food court and beverage stands. A Mass will be held at 8 p.m. Saturday, June 29 only. The 125th anniversary cookbooks will also be available.
Club Invention will reinvent summer club
Invent Now Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to honoring and fostering invention and creativity, announced that its nationally-acclaimed Club Invention summer program is returning to St. Joseph this summer. Club Invention is a weeklong summer day program for children entering grades one through six, created in partnership with the National Inventors Hall of Fame and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The program engages children to discover their own innate creativity and inventiveness through hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math content.
The College of St. Benedict is hosting Club Invention during the week of July 8-12. This year’s Club Invention program is Geo-Quest, which features the “I Can Invent: Launchitude module,” where children combine physics and re-engineered household items to create the ultimate duck- chucking device.
Each day children rotate through integrated modules that employ creative thinking to solve real-world challenges. Children learn life skills such as problem solving and teamwork through imaginative play.
Even if a child has participated in Club Invention in the past, he or she will benefit from brand new adventures throughout the week.
To register a child for these programs or to learn more about Invent Now programming, visit www.ClubinventionNE.org or call 800-968-4332.
Host families sought for two July weekends
This summer, nearly 100 students from Okinawa, Japan will visit the College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University for three weeks in July. As part of English as a Second Language program, the students will spend one weekend with a home stay family. For them, these three-week programs provide motivation to continue their study of the English language and introduce them to aspects of American culture not revealed through TV and Hollywood. There will be two home-stay weekends this summer: July 12-14 and July 26-28. Interested families who would like to host a student, contact Mallory Smith, coordinator for short-term and exchange programs, at 320-363-5930 or email Smith at email@example.com.
Collecting empty liquid coffee creamer containers
RSVP and the Sartell Police Department are looking for clean, empty-liquid-coffee-creamer containers (example – Coffeemate or International Delight). Plastic containers can be dropped off in a drop box located in the Whitney Center Recreation Lobby, at the RSVP office in the Elk River Activity Center or the Sartell Police Station. The containers are filled with ice melt and given out at the Senior Expo. Seniors can carry them in the winter to avoid falls. Contact Jackelyn, RSVP, at 320-650-3083 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
WACOSA is looking for volunteers to answer phones, do data entry and plan special events. They are asking for a 20-hour minimum commitment and volunteer once per week for a two-hour shift. This position is available between 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday with some evening and weekend opportunities available as special events arise. Contact Sarah Schulze, WACOSA volunteer coordinator, at 320-251-0087.
Children, teens, get chance to read down fines at library
Read Down Your Fines is the new initiative from Great River Regional Library to encourage young people, especially teens, to read and to use their library.
June 24-29 is Read Down Your Fines week for library cardholders 16 and younger. Children and teens will be able to read down their fines at the library. Staff will track the time spent reading at the library that week. For each 15 minutes of reading, $1 will be waived from fines. In the case of very young children with fines on their card, a parent will be able to read down the child’s fines by reading to them in the library.
Read Down Your Fines will apply only to charges levied against ‘minor’ cards given to those 16 and younger, and it will only be applied to fines accumulated for late returns. This means the items concerned have been returned in good condition and are available for use by other people.
National Catholic Youth Choir to perform at SJU
The National Catholic Youth Choir will perform a concert at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 2 in the Great Hall at St. John’s University. A free-will offering will be collected. The choir will also perform at the 10:30 a.m. Mass Sunday, June 23, at St. John’s Abbey and University Church. The choir is made up of 35 high school students ages 14-18 from 17 states. Visit www.catholicyouthchoir.org to view daily camp and concert tour photos, to make a donation or host a future concert.