Daylight savings ends
Daylight savings time, which started in March, ends at 2 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 3. Residents should turn clocks back one hour to reflect the ending of daylight savings time.
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Senior Connection hosts orthopedic golfing expert
The Sartell Senior Connection will host a talk on how to improve your golfing while battling arthritis and back pain at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6 at the Sartell Senior Center in the District Service Center, 212 3rd Ave. N., Sartell. Zac Coauette from St. Cloud Orthopedics works with athletes and older adults to help them reach their fitness goals. Snowbirds heading south to golf and Minnesota golfers preparing for spring with arthritis and back pain will learn how to continue golfing with specific exercises. Coauette will demonstrate along with other tips on relieving pain during rotation and enhancing your balance. All are welcome. Call 320-253-4036 for more information.
Sartell Youth Wrestling hosts three-day intro
Sartell Youth Wrestling invites children in grades K-6, to a free three-day introduction to the wrestling program from 5-6 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, Nov. 11, 12 and 13 in the Sartell High School wrestling room. Participants will learn the fundamentals of wrestling and learn how to become part of the youth wrestling program.
Citywide food drive set Saturday, Nov. 9
The third annual St. Joseph Citywide Food Shelf Drive will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 9. Residents are asked to drop off nonperishable food items, personal care items, paper products, cleaning products or cash/check donations at the front of the food shelf location (across from the St. Joseph Meat Market). Volunteers will be available to assist in unloading of vehicles. Coffee or juice and donuts will be serverd. Local religious groups, civic organizations and many individuals have offered support for this much needed community food drive.
Snow-season parking starts Nov. 1
Snow-season parking, which means no on-street overnight parking, starts Nov. 1. Violators will be ticketed by the St. Joseph Police Department and towed.
Winter Hazard Awareness Week set Nov. 4-8
Winter already? Getting ready for winter doesn’t have to take a lot of work. Sometimes it’s just a few little things that can make the difference between safety and suffering: having a survival kit in the car, changing the batteries in the carbon monoxide detector, staying well-hydrated during outdoor fun.
Nov. 4-8 is Winter Hazard Awareness Week in Minnesota. Stearns County Emergency Management would like to remind everyone that although winter can be one of the most beautiful seasons, it can also be dangerous. People can take some simple precautions to have a warm, safe and enjoyable winter. The Emergency Management website offers a few winter safety tips to help people be prepared for this coming Minnesota winter: www.co.stearns.mn.us/LawPublicSafety.
Minnesota youth ice-fishing season set
One of Minnesota’s most popular winter activities, ice fishing, will have a new twist this winter. For the first time, young anglers will be able to participate in a statewide youth ice-fishing season. Yes, add “ice fishing” to the list of structured, competitive wintertime activities for children complete with coaches, teams and stats. The American Angler Leagues’ model introduces fishing to children in a structured environment similar to youth sports.
“We believe in order for children to become lifelong anglers, they need continuous opportunities to fish while they are young, said founder Kolt Ringer. “They also need someone to teach them how to fish and then take them fishing.”
The model relies on encouraging experienced anglers to recruit and fish with non-experienced angling families.
The ice-fishing season will be open to boys and girls between the ages of 5 and 17. Anglers will be allowed to fish anytime on any Minnesota lake from Jan. 1-Feb.23. Using the American Angler Leagues’ standardized scoring system, anglers will earn points for their catch which will be tracked throughout the season on the American Angler Leagues’ website.
On Feb. 23, all registered anglers will be invited to fish in the first ever Minnesota State Youth Ice Fishing Tournament on Lake Minnetonka. Anglers will be allowed to fish anywhere on the lake with an opportunity for recognition and prizes.
“For countless Minnesota families, winter is a time when their attention turns to the ice rink or basketball court,” said Michelle Ringer, American Angler Leagues’ director of marketing. “We’re excited to be able to introduce ice fishing as a fun, structured, competitive activity for families to participate in this winter.”
Registration for the season begins Nov. 1. Families can register any time online at www.americananglerleagues.com, in person at the St. Paul Ice Fishing and Winter Sports Show, or via mail.
VA to host caregiver celebration
Taking care of the Veteran you love can be an incredibly demanding job. In the spirit of honoring those family caregivers of our nation’s heroes, the St. Cloud VA Health Care System will host a Celebration of Caregivers Event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8 in the Auditorium (Bldg. 8) on the St. Cloud VA Medical Center campus, located at 4801 Veterans Drive in St. Cloud. VA provides a number of services to support and educate caregivers of veterans. Attendees can learn about these services, network with other caregivers of veterans, and discover tips for self-care. This program is free and light refreshments will be served.
Caregivers of veterans who were severely injured in the line of duty on or after Sept. 11, 2001 may be eligible for additional VA services, including a stipend and comprehensive caregiver training. The event is hosted by Jess Behrends, the St. Cloud Caregiver Support Coordinator, who acts as a point of resource and referral for caregivers of veterans. She can help caregivers access various services for their veterans within the VA.
The VA has established a toll-free Caregiver Support Line 1-855-260-3274 and a website www.caregiver.va.gov to provide additional resources and support to caregivers.
Writing workshop Nov. 4 with Bill Meissner
A Writing Workshop for adults will be held from 6-8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4 at the Al Ringsmuth Public Library in Waite Park. Bill Meissner, author and director of the creative writing program at St. Cloud State University, will facilitate the first hour, reading from his work and answering questions about writing. During the second hour, participants will share their writing and talk with fellow writers about the writing process. The attendance limit is 12 and registration is required. This program is funded in part with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. For more information, call the library at 320-253-9359.
Baby Bounce set Nov. 5
Infants up to 18 months old are invited to a Baby Bounce program from 10:30-10:50 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5 at the Al Ringsmuth Public Library in Waite Park. Caregivers and infants will enjoy short stories, action rhymes, songs and play time together. The attendance limit is 12 pairs and registration is required. For more information, call the library at 320-253-9359.
Family, friends support group for eating disorders Nov. 7
Help answer phones
If you like to be behind the scenes and offer help, this is a great opportunity for you. Independent Lifestyles Inc. is in need of a volunteer who could assist in answering phones, filing paperwork and work on special projects. Volunteers need to have or be able to learn filing skills, phone skills, follow directions and ask questions if unsure of duties. Help is most needed Monday through Friday mornings from 8 a.m. until noon. Contact Lynn Mischke, Independent Lifestyles Inc., at 320-529-9000.
Catholic Charities Emergency Services helps individuals and families in crisis with immediate, short-term food, clothing and financial assistance at no cost to clients. Currently they are in need of blankets for families in need before the weather gets cold. Drop off new or gently used blankets at 157 Roosevelt Road, St. Cloud. Contact Catholic Charities Emergency Services at 320-229-4560.
Share your artistic talent
Teach WACOSA’s clients age-appropriate, creative, stimulating and varied artistic activities. These may be skill-building classes or classes to teach the clients about a particular fine arts medium through a specific project. Previous volunteers have featured creative movements dance classes, photography, decoupage, bogus paper painting, introductory music and poetry. Volunteer Monday through Friday from 8:45 a.m.-4 p.m. and must be at least 18 years of age. Contact Sarah Schulze, WACOSA’s volunteer coordinator, at 320-251-0087.
CentraCare St. Cloud Hospital needs volunteers in their Central Processing Department. Assist Central Processing in the sterilization process of equipment, fold towels from laundry, help put away supplies and assist with delivering items. Volunteers must be able to stand and walk most of the shift. Contact CentraCare Volunteer Office at 320-255-5638 or email@example.com.
Tutor students who are homeless
St. Cloud School District 742 and the Boys and Girls Club are working together to provide tutoring for homeless students in District 742. Volunteers will work with students who are facing homelessness and need academic support. Tutor Kindergarten through fifth-grade students at the three Boys and Girls Club locations including Southside, Eastside and Roosevelt as well as in District 742 Schools. Volunteers will receive instructional materials and coordination from a District 742 teacher. Volunteers must have a strong interest in working with students and abide by policies including program rules and procedures. Contact Volunteer Services at 320-529-6500 x6268 or visit firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, contact Mary Krippner, United Way Community volunteer coordinator, at 320-223-7991 or email@example.com.