Market Monday open, harvest is plentiful
Market Monday is open Labor Day, Sept. 7 from 3-6:30 p.m. at Riverside Plaza, 101 7th St. N., Sartell. Meet local author Dennis Herschbach or just stop by, chat and see what’s new. Market Monday wants your input on which location you prefer the market at – Riverside Plaza or City Hall? Your input is as easy as adding a sticker to a piece of poster board. It might feel like summer is winding down but the fields are plentiful. Market Monday runs through Oct. 19; make it part of your back-to-school routine.
New Scout night held for Girl and Cub Scouts
From 7-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, Girl and Cub Scouts will jointly host a new Scout night at both Pine Meadow and Oak Ridge elementary schools. Pine Meadow is located at 1029 Fifth St. N., while Oak Ridge is located at 1111 27th St. N., both in Sartell. For more information on Cub Scouts go to bsacmc.org and on Girl Scouts go to gslakesandpines.org.
New scout night held for Girl and Cub Scouts
From 7-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, Girl and Cub Scouts will jointly host a new Scout night at both Pleasantview and Mississippi Heights elementary schools. Pleasantview is located at 1009 Sixth Ave. N., while Mississippi Heights is located at 1003 Fourth St. S., both in Sauk Rapids. For more information on Cub Scouts go to bsacmc.org and on Girl Scouts go to gslakesandpines.org.
Senior Connection hosts world traveler
The Sartell Senior Connection will host Pat McNeal, former teacher and world traveler, at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8 in District Service Center, 212 Third Ave. N. Sartell. McNeal will describe many secret places of the Southwest such as White Pockets, Goblin Valley, Coyote Buttes, The Wave, Paria Canyon, Havasupi Canyon, Coral Pink Sand dunes, Peekaboo Canyon and more. Refreshments served.
Trash collection rescheduled
Due to the Labor Day holiday, trash collection for next week has been rescheduled from Thursday, Sept. 10 to Friday, Sept. 11.
Legion Auxiliary hosts bake sale for vet projects
The American Legion Auxiliary of Unit 238 will hold a bake sale from 8:30 a.m. until items are sold out Friday, Sept. 4 at Sentry Bank in St. Joseph. All proceeds benefit veterans’ projects.
Teen Challenge Choir to sing at Abounding Joy
The choir of the Central Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge will present a concert at the 9:30 a.m. worship service on Sunday, Sept. 6 at Abounding Joy Lutheran Church at 6000 County Road 120 in St. Cloud (1.5 miles west of CentraCare Health Plaza). The choir delivers powerful music and incredible testimonies of Teen Challenge’s mission of offering professional, faith-based recovery programs for those struggling with the bondage of drug and alcohol addiction. All are welcome.
Concussion talk set Sept. 10
Learn how to prevent, recognize and respond to concussions and other brain injuries from 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10 at CentraCare Health Plaza – Windfeldt Room. The free event will be presented by Concussion Specialist and Speech-Language Pathologist Karla Fleming, MS, SLP-CCC, St. Cloud Hospital Rehabilitation Center. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate 1.6 million to 3.8 million concussions occur each year and an estimated 47 percent of athletes do not report feeling any symptoms after a concussive blow. Fewer than 10 percent of sport-related concussions involve a loss of consciousness (e.g., blacking out, seeing stars and more). Consider this: the impact speed of a football player tackling a stationary player is 25 mph and the impact speed of a soccer ball being headed by a player is 70 mph. To register, visit centracare.com or call 320-656-7021.
Enrollment opens income tax course
Enrollment for H&R Block’s Income Tax Course is now open in the St Cloud area. The course is conducted at multiple locations at different times throughout the day. The course starts Thursday, Sept. 10.
In the past year alone, federal and state tax code changes impacted health care, education, property ownership and more. Keeping up with them can be a daunting task. Help is now available for those who want to know how these changes impact their lives and the lives of others.
“The H&R Block Income Tax Course is a great opportunity to learn new skills from an industry leader,” said David Lundborg, franchise owner for H&R Block. “We will teach students to prepare taxes like a pro and help students who want to better understand their own taxes.”
The Income Tax Course curriculum includes the following: wages, income and taxes; filing requirements; exemptions and adjustments; interest and dividends; credits; retirement and more.
The classes offer a unique blended-learning approach for students. It combines face-to-face classroom instruction from experienced tax professionals with self-study learning and activities. The self-paced study experience combines guided study with online learning. This innovative approach provides students with the best features of both classroom and online instruction in a flexible and convenient learning environment.
At some locations, bilingual classes are taught in English and the instructor or assistant will be able to answer questions in Spanish as needed. In bilingual courses, textbooks will be provided in both English and Spanish and course exams will be offered in a bilingual format. Graduates receive H&R Block certification, a certificate of completion and qualifying education hours.
For more information, visit http://www.hrblock.com/class. To enroll in H&R Block’s Income Tax Course in St Cloud call 1-800-HRBLOCK.
United Way Volunteer Opportunities
Become a volunteer advocate
The Central Minnesota Sexual Assault Center will host volunteer advocate training. Volunteer advocates are required by the state of Minnesota to complete a required 40-hour training which qualifies volunteers to provide support counseling, crisis intervention, and advocacy for survivors of sexual violence and their friends and family on CMSAC’s 24-hour phone line, at local law-enforcement centers and at area hospitals. The trainings are held on Monday evenings and two Saturdays starting Oct. 5. Being a volunteer advocate provides valuable and rewarding experiences working directly with survivors of sexual violence and multi-disciplinary professionals. It also provides an opportunity for community members to get involved with a very important issue. Contact CMSAC at 320-251-4357 or visit www.cmsac.org.
Electronic waste recycling event
UCP will host an electronic waste recycling event from 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Sept. 10-12 at the Municipal Athletic Center located at 5001 Veterans Drive, St. Cloud. Items accepted are the following: appliances, laptop and desktop computers, monitors, TVs, DVD players, fax machines, printers, cell phones and other electronic devices. There is no fee for working tablets, laptops or cell phones; 40 cents/pound for all other e-waste. Cash, credit cards and checks accepted. The net proceeds will benefit programs that empower veterans and people living with a disability. This helps our environment too. UCP needs volunteers to help with this event too. Contact UCP at 320-253-0765 for more information.
Help patients look and feel their best
If you are a licensed cosmetologist, the St. Cloud Hospital needs you. They are looking for volunteers to make a difference for both hospice and oncology patients by helping them look and feel their best. Hours are flexible; they will work with your schedule. Volunteer responsibilities include: cut, style, blow-dry, shampoo, shave, simple manicures, painting nails and rubbing hands with lotion. All equipment and supplies provided. Contact CentraCare Volunteer Office at 320-255-5638 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
United Way Day of Caring ~ More than 200 volunteers still needed
United Way of Central Minnesota will host Day of Caring on Sept. 24. Day of Caring is designed to bring people together to volunteer on community projects. The day will begin with a kick-off breakfast at United Way’s office from 7:30-8:30 a.m. Volunteers will be provided with a continental breakfast during the kick-off and a free T-shirt (T-shirts can be picked up on Sept. 17 at the United Way office and worn on Day of Caring). This is a great opportunity to volunteer with co-workers, friends, family and service groups for your community. Projects include painting, packaging food, fall clean-up, children’s activities and crafts. Project sign-up will be available on our website through Sept. 11. Visit www.unitedwayhelps.org to register. Contact Mary Krippner, volunteer engagement coordinator at 320-223-7991.
Literacy and math tutors
Would you love to help children grow their reading or math skills, succeed in school and get extra support? If your answer is yes, you can be trained to serve as a tutor with Minnesota Reading Corps or Minnesota Math Corps at St. Cloud School District 742. Whether you want to explore an educational career, re-enter the workforce or give back to your community, you can succeed as a tutor. As a literacy tutor, you will use strategies that help students believe in themselves and succeed. As a math tutor, you will help fourth- through eighth-grade students prepare for algebra. They offer part-time and full-time options and tutors typically serve most of their hours during the regular school day. In addition to extensive training, tutors will receive on-site support from specially trained school mentors. Tutors come from many backgrounds and include recent high school and college grads, career changers, stay-at-home parents and retirees. Tutors may earn a living allowance, educational award, federal student loan forbearance and other benefits, and have the change to make a real difference in the life of a child. To apply or learn more visit https://minnesotareadingcorps.org or https://minnesotamathcorps.org. Contact Minnesota Reading or Math Corp at email@example.com or 866-859-2825.
For more information, contact Mary Krippner, United Way Volunteer Engagement Coordinator at (320) 223-7991 or Mkrippner@unitedwayhelps.org