Community BriefsPublished 6:00am Saturday, April 5, 2008
Garden can help kids make healthier choices:
Growing healthier youth 4-H-style, the 4-H Children’s Garden is in its second season and is taking registrations for the 2008 summer season.
The 4-H Children’s Garden is for youth in first through third grades in Otter Tail County.
The garden, in the shape of the four-leaf clover with four raised beds in the shape of an H, the trademarks of 4-H, is located on the East Otter Tail County fairgrounds in Perham.
Youth enrolled in the 4-H Children’s Garden plan, plant and maintain their own garden plot. The University of Minnesota Master Gardeners, 4-H and community volunteers who love kids and gardening help assist and educate youth using their gardening experience. Meeting dates are Fridays from 9:30 a.m. — noon with the exception of May 30.
On May 30th it will be from 11:30 to 2:30 p.m. with lunch being provided for this meeting. The remaining dates are June 6, 13, 20, 27, July11, and Aug. 8. The cost is $20 per youth with a family maximum of $40. Scholarship and fee waivers are available upon request.
The Jr. Master Gardener Program for fourth- through sixth-graders that started last year will continue this year. These youth will also have their own plot to plan, plant and maintain, it will also be located at the fair grounds in Perham.
They, too, will meet the same dates and time as youth in the 4-H Children’s Garden. The cost for JMG is $25 per youth with the family maximum of $50. Likewise, scholarships and fee waivers are available upon request.
Along with learning gardening skills, leadership and positive citizenship through engaging hands on activities, youth will be educated in healthy eating habits.
Research has proven that youth who garden tend to eat healthier.
With the ever increasing problem of obesity in youth in our culture, nutritional education is vital in helping youth to make healthier choices.
For more information or a registration form, contact the University of Minnesota Extension office at 218-385-5420. Registration deadline is May 1. The 4-H Children’s Garden is limited to 20 youth and the Junior Master Gardener Program is limited to 10 youth.
Class of 1978 to meet for 30th reunion in July:
The Fergus Falls Class of 1978 reunion is fast approaching.
The 30th reunion is planned July 11 and 12. On Friday evening, the class will enjoy an informal get-together at the Eagles beginning at 7:30 p.m.
On Saturday, a social hour, dinner, and dancing will begin at 5 p.m. at Putters Bar and Grill at Pebble Lake Golf Course.
The registration form, missing classmates and additional information about the Reunion can be found at the Fergus Falls District Alumni website at www.544foundation.org, select the Class of 1978 link.
RSVPs are accepted until June 1, to Class of 1978, 1041 Westside Drive, Fergus Falls, MN 56537.
If you have additional questions send mail to the above address or e-mail FFHS1978@hotmail.com.
Dispose of previously used eyeglasses at Lions waffle supper:
Dispose of previously-worn eyeglasses, which will be recycled and reused, at the Lion’s-sponsored Dad’s Belgian Waffle supper, being served from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, in the community room at the YMCA.
The Elizabeth and Fergus Falls Daybreakers Lions clubs invite residents to stop by for an all-you-can-eat waffle supper with sausage, various syrups and fruit toppings and a beverage before heading home or to church.
Cost is $6.50 for adults; children under 5 eat free. Tickets are available from Lion’s members or at the door.
Proceeds will benefit Campaign Sight First II and other local Lions projects.
DAR hosts tea April 12
The Fergus Falls Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution is hosting a tea for women ages 18 and older that feel they may have an ancestor from the American Revolution at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at the Perham Public Library, 225 NE 2nd Ave., Perham.
The program will be presented by World War II veterans from the Perham area, including Hariey Karvonen, Albert Bretz and John Knight.
The Fergus Falls Chapter of DAR is open to women from Otter Tail County and surrounding areas that have an ancestor that served in the American Revolution in some capacity. The tea is an opportunity to learn more about the organization and enjoy an informative program.
For more information or to make a reservation, call Nancy Palubicki at 218-758-3048, or Pat Sterner at 218-346-4459.
The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in 1890 to promote patriotism, preserve American history, and support better education for our nation’s children. Its members are descended from the patriots who won American independence during the Revolutionary War.
Teddy bear picnic is April 12 at library:
The Noon Kiwanis Club will assist the Fergus Falls Public Library when it sponsors its annual “Teddy Bear Picnic,” from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, April 12, at the library.
Stories, a puppet show and a snack are planned.
All children are invited to attend and bring along their favorite teddy bear or stuffed animal.
Gov. Al Quie to speak at prayer breakfast:
Former Minnesota Governor Al Quie will be the guest speaker at the Noon Kiwanis annual prayer breakfast, planned from 6:45 to 8 a.m. Thursday, at Grace United Methodist Church in Fergus Falls.
Gov. Quie grew up in southeastern Minnesota and served 28 years as a public servant as a state senator, governor from 1979 to 1983, and as a U.S. congressman representing the 1st District. He works with “Minnesota for Impartial Courts,” and he is also actively involved with Early Childhood Development and Learning initiatives.
While a congressman, he started the National Prayer Breakfast for his colleagues and it has become a tradition and attended by every president for more than 50 years.
The 35th state governor was born on his family’s farm in 1923, and he later served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, and graduated from college at St. Olaf in 1950.
He was a state senator from 1954 to 1958 and served from 1958 to 1979 in the U.S. House of Representatives.
He was briefly considered as a vice presidential candidate of the United States in 1974.
Tickets may be purchased at the Chamber of Commerce for $7, by Friday, April 4.