Tornado scam: beware of automated phone call claiming to be the Salvation Army
- Give online at SalvationArmyNorth.org or call 800-SAL-ARMY (725-2769).
- Text “STORM” to 80888 to make a $10 donation via your mobile phone. To confirm your gift, respond “Yes.”
- Mail a check to the Salvation Army, 2445 Prior Ave. N., Roseville, MN 55113. Designate your gift “Oklahoma Tornado.”
Breakfast on Farm set June 1
The sixth annual Stearns County Breakfast on the Farm will be held from 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, June 1 at Groetsch Dairy, owned by the Steve and Lisa Groetsch family. The event will include children’s activities, a farm animal petting zoo, tours of the farm, a visit from Princess Kay of the Milky Way, an obstacle course with the Vikings cheerleaders and live radio broadcasts with KCLD and WILD Country. The Kimball Lions will cook up a hearty breakfast of Swany Cakes, French toast, eggs, sausage, juice, coffee and milk for a nominal fee. Children 5 and under eat free. Come join the many agricultural community sponsors to celebrate June Dairy Month. Bring the whole family to this agricultural awareness event and see a dairy farm in action. The event will occur rain or shine.
Plant an extra row for the food shelf
Consider planting an extra row in your garden and donating the produce to your local food shelf. Favorites include carrots, beans, beets, kohlrabi, corn, potatoes, cabbage, peppers, onions and asparagus. Any produce that has a longer shelf life is accepted. This is an easy way to help our food shelves during the summer and fall. For more information, call Catholic Charities Emergency Services 320-229-4560 or the Salvation Army 320-252-4552.
First-time homebuyer education set June 11
If you are looking to purchase your first home, now is the time to participate in Home Stretch, a first-time homebuyer workshop that takes participants through the entire home buying process. The next workshop will be offered from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday, June 11 at the St. Cloud Federal Credit Union. Registration is required, and participants will receive a completion certificate at the end of the workshop.
In one day, you will learn about credit, qualifying for a mortgage, shopping for a home, the closing process, basic home maintenance and affordable mortgage products that may be available to first-time homebuyers. Some affordable mortgage products, government loans and down-payment and closing-cost assistance programs may require a buyer to receive a Home Stretch certificate.
Homebuyer education is also offered as an online course. Framework is a new online tool to prepare you for successful homeownership. Framework will provide you with the facts you need to become a knowledgeable buyer. Many lenders have approved Framework to meet homebuyer- education requirements. The registration link can be found at www.cmhp.net.
Central Minnesota Housing Partnership, a non-profit organization providing affordable housing services to the central region of Minnesota, coordinates the Home Stretch workshop. To register for the online Framework course or the Home Stretch workshop, call Kelly at 320-258-0681 and for more information, visit www.cmhp.net.
Pre-purchase counseling is also available by appointment and is strongly recommended prior to taking Home Stretch. This is a free service to anyone who wants to speak with a certified homeownership counselor about their financial situation prior to buying a home.
Get introduced to geocaching
An introduction to geocaching program will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 6 at the Al Ringsmuth Public Library, 253 5th Ave. N., Waite Park. The program will cover the fundamentals of this high-tech, entertaining adventure game in which people use GPS-enabled devices to navigate to a set of GPS coordinates and find hidden items. The program will include the basic use of a GPS for finding, hiding and placing geocaches. Participants can try out their new skills during the Waite Park Family Fun Fest Geocaching Contest, June 10-13. Advanced registration is required. For more information, call 320-253-9359.
Anti-bullying T-shirt contest set
Submit the Documentary, a film addressing cyberbullying, is seeking artists 16 years and older to submit a T-shirt design emulating anti-bullying to be revealed during the film’s worldwide screening and film festivals later this year. The top two designs will be selected for voting by social media. Deadline for submissions is July 1.
The T-shirt design must be one that middle school and high school students cannot wait to put on. Not only will kids want these shirts, but we will be distributing them to all ages across the world in promotion with our film “Submit the Documentary” which gives solutions to the growing trend of cyberbullying. This contest is ideal for aspiring graphic design students in high school or college.
The design must emulate anti-bullying or cyberbullying. It does not need to be literal. The design can be conceptual, but must be able to make the connection that the concept is standing up to bullies. It must also relate to our cyberbullying film Submit the Documentary. What is “Submit the Documentary”: The way we hurt each other has evolved ™. In today’s digital generation, we stay in touch with the world and our friends through our phones, tablets and laptops. Digital devices are glued to our hands. It’s easy to be invisible online. Anyone can be a cyberbully. Submit features interviews from affected teens, parents of victims, educators, experts and law enforcement as they tackle this worldwide issue, while offering solutions to this complicated problem.
Prize includes contest winner’s bio and picture featured on the Submit website and promoted on social media networks. The design will be featured worldwide at film screenings and film festivals. The top two designs will be put onto social media for voting www.facebook.com/submitthedoc.
Cyberbullying is truly a year-round problem and Submit the Documentary is taking action to spread awareness and we hope that you help us spread the word. Even if you are not eligible for the contest host your own private screening of Submit the Documentary to raise awareness on cyberbullying and that this growing trend #NeverQuits.
For more information, screening kits, and contest information, please visit www.submitthedocumentary.com.