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Editor's Mailbag, Dec. 10, 2008

December 9, 2008
The Journal

Youth book collection underway

NEW ULM - Have you got books lying around or stored away that some child from birth to age seven years old would enjoy?

The Youth Council of the New Ulm Area will get them to those children. The Youth Council, working in conjunction with the Brown County Early Childhood Initiative, is collecting books that will be made available to children ages 0-7 for free.

These will be in Red Bookcases placed in various locations through out the community starting in January. They are doing this because a child who is read to and has books in their homes has a much better chance to succeed when they start school.

All you need to do is drop off your gently used or new books at one of these sites: Cash Wise, Hy-Vee, Alliance Bank, Bank Midwest, Citizens Bank, Wells Fargo, United Prairie, Southpoint, or Curves. The Youth Council of New Ulm has members from all three high schools in New Ulm and is part of Healthy Community/Healthy Youth of the New Ulm Area and receives support for this project from the New Ulm Area Foundation.

For more information or if you have a location for a Red Bookcase please contact Sheldon Rieke at 354-8632.

CHS & HTMS Band & Choir Christmas Concert planned

NEW ULM - A Christmas concert will be presented at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 14 in the Cathedral High School Gym.

Mrs. Marijo Sweeney, choir director and Mr. Don Jirak, band director, will lead the groups. The band and the choir will be featuring traditional and contemporary Christmas selections.

The public is invited to attend this holiday performance.

Hanska Women of Today plan 'Christmas in Hanska'

HANSKA - The Hanska Women of Today will be having Christmas in Hanska on from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13 at the Hanska Community Center.

Santa will be arriving at 10 a.m. and have a goodie bag for all the children. Pictures will be available for purchase.

Cookies, coffee and apple cider will be available and the we will be giving away 20 turkeys, the drawing will be held at 11 a.m. (you must be present to win)

The Hanska Women of Today are also collecting toys for Santa's Closet and also food for the Brown County food shelf, they may be either dropped off at the Alliance Bank in Hanska or dropped off at the community center on Saturday.

The Hanska Baseball Assoc will be having a Craft/Vendor/Bake sale upstairs of the community center from 9am until 1pm. If interested in a table call Kristy Paulson at 507-276-6640.

Prairie Piecemakers to hold Christmas Show & Tell

NEW ULM - In December the Prairie Piecemakers Quilt Guild will be celebrating Christmas with a show and tell by our members featuring family quilts and the stories behind the quilts.

The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 11 at Leifeld Hall in the basement of Cathedral of the Holy Trinity Church at 605 North State Street in New Ulm.

Members are asked to bring a snack to share. For more information contact Vickie Peterson at 507-228-8532.

Winter Concert planned in Lafayette

LAFAYETTE - The Lafayette Charter School will hold its winter concert at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 11 at the Lafayette Charter School.

Selections for the concert will include songs like: "Children of the World," "Let It Snow," and a number where all the children in the school will play an instrument to form an 80-piece band.



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