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PAGE 26 November 17, 2016 'Away in the Basement: A Church Basement Ladies Christmas' Coming to the DasseI-Cokato Performing Arts Center Nov. 25 The Dassel-Cokato Arts Association is thrilled to pres- ent the hilarious "Away in the Basement: A Church Basement Ladies Christmas!" This profes- sional Troupe America, Inc. tour- ing production will be presented 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25, at Dassel- Cokato Performing Arts Center. And out of the basement shall come a Church Basement pro- gram of good tidings, great humor and joy! The ladies serve up a hol- iday sequel to the original Church Basement Ladies comedy. Away in the Basement takes us back to 1959 and the day of the Sunday School Christmas Program. In the midst of holiday preparations and sprin- klings of love in the air, the ladies in their witty, down-to-earth style, are creating their own memories from Christmases past and pres- ent. Content to do things the way they have always been done, yet pondering new ideas, the reality of everyday life hits home as they plan the Sunday School Christmas Program. As the children rehearse up in the sanctuary, several of the they are once again called upon to ladies of the kitchen are finishing step in and save the day. upthetreatbagsfilledwithapples, Away in the Basement is the peanuts and ribbon candy, while perfect show for the whole family the others put the final touches this Christmas season. Reserved on the nativity pieces. As they seat tickets are $25/Adults and mend old bathrobe costumes, dis- $10/Youth, and are available cuss the politics of who's going to online at pac.dc.kl2.mn.us. They play the various roles, little do the are also sold through the Dassel- ladies know what surprises are in Cokato Community Education store for them. Known for their office. For tickets or for more infor- hilarious antics and subtle charm, mation, call (320) 286-4120. Career Fair scheduled at St. Cloud VA The St. Cloud VA is hosting a assist people with understanding Career Fair for nursing and clin- the process. ical occupations from 9 a.m. to Pre-registration is not required. Noon, Saturday, Dec. 3, in Bldg. 8 Attendees are encouraged to bring (Auditorium), at the St. Cloud VA a copy of their resume or CV, and a Medical Center, located at 4801 laptop computer or tablet so they Veterans Drive, in St. Cloud. can set up an account in the elec- While there are openings in tronic hiring system during the many areas, the Career Fair is event. focused on the full range of nurs- Information on benefits, ing roles, advancements, pay scales, and the The Career Fair features an VA boarding process will be avail- introductory session designed to able at the Career Fair. educate applicants on the fed- VA careers offer salaries and eral hiring process, and Human comprehensive benefits compa- Resources staffwillbeavailableto rable to the private sector. But, VA has something that no other health care system does: the opportunity to serve veterans. As the largest health care system in the U.S., the career opportunities are endless, matched with the ful- fillment that comes with caring for these brave men and women. For more information on the Career Fair contact Mandi Loxterkamp at (320) 252-1670, Ext. 6571, or Elaine Eckstrom, at (320) 252-1670, Ext. 7276. A current list of job openings is available at www.usajobs.gov. Catholic Charities looking for groups to adopt families for Christmas It's an American tradition to All families to be adopted are "We ask that people who are serve the poor during the holiday nominated by area social work- adopting families plan to spend season, but one area program is ers from area human service about $70 per family mem- serving not just the poor, but those organizations, ber," says Bulson. "Families of in our community in the greatest "By definition, social workers all sizes are available to adopt." need. work with those who are experi- Confidentiality for both donor and Catholic Charities Share the encing the hardest times in life, recipient families is respected. Spirit program matches families said Mishon Bulson, Program Those who would like to vol- who are experiencing hardship Coordinator for Catholic Charities unteer to adopt a family can visit with groups of people who want to Share the Spirit Program. "By ask- www.ccstcloud.org, for details and adopt such a family for Christmas. ing social workers to nominate to fill out an online donor form by The organization is accepting families, we are able to uplift the Oct. 31. donors to adopt families now on families who are in the most need their website, www.ccstcloud.org, during the holiday season." www.tricountynews.mn Agriculture and Horticulture Extension Education and Resources By Karen lohnson, Free feel to share your thoughts witL Extension Educator me at either the McLeod or Meeke] Have a question and need help County Extension office. finding the answer for farm and Another 24-7 resource avail- garden related topics? Look no able is the University of Minnesot~ further and contact the McLeod or Extension website. Simply type Meeker County Extension office! www.extension.umn.edu, into yore Extension is designed as the browser to access unlimited infor- outreach arm of the University mational resources at your finger- of Minnesota to provide a broad tips. There are a number of dif- range of education and informa- ference icons across the top of th~ tional resources to the public. Extension webpage to help guidc UniversityofMinnesotaExtension you toward the information yot works to provide the research- may be looking for. Outside of agri- based information to help solve culture and the well-known 4-tq the critical issues of the farm and youth development program, there garden. This education is pro- are several other areas such a~, vided through many different out- community, environment, family lets. A few of the outlets for educa- food and gardening that showcase tion include news releases, publi- resources on the Extension website. cations, radio interviews, e-mail, The last way to access resource, social media, technical service, is by visiting your county Extensior and ed~icational programs. Services office. Contact Karer Often during the months Johnson, McLeod and MeekeJ of November through March, County Extension Educator fo] Extension offers a number of dif- agricultural or horticultural assis- ferent types of workshops being tance in either of the two coun- hosted. Land rental meeting, pri- ties. Locally, the office will knox~ rate pesticide applicator training, about upcoming educational pro- horticulture day and winter crops grams in the area. The McLeoc days are most common in our area. County Extension Office is locatec In utilizing this timeframe, we uti- in Hutchinson at (320)484-4303 o] lize the slower time of the year to theMeekerCountyExtensionOfficc showcase research and education is located in Litchfield at (320) 693- resources to aid in farm and garden 5275. Contact Karen lohnson b3 decision making. Through the local e-mail at ande9495@umn.edu Extension offices, we encourage Workshop inquiries, agriculturc the public to share topic ideas and questions, and topic suggestion, insight on howto improve Extension always welcome! workshops and resources provided. Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company, a West-Central MN manufacturer of fuel, industrial and beverage ethanol and distillers grain co-products, has an opening for a Quality Manager. This individual will plan, coordinate, and direct the quality control program designed to ensure continuous production of products consistent with established standards, Requires a Bachelors degree in Chemistry. Preference will be given to applicants with experience in ethanol industry. CVEC is offering an exciting work environment and a competitive compensation package. Send resume and applications to: CVEC Human Resources 270 20th Street NW :i i iiii Benson, MN 56215 ' iii : or email: mconnolly@cvec.com. CVEC is an Equal Opportunity Employer / ,t St. Cloud Hospital Art Expo and Craft lights up Dec. 1 Fair Nov. 19 The 28th annual Festival of Lights is from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, in front of St. Cloud Hospital, 1406 The 38th annual FINE ARTS EXPO and 36th Sixth Ave. N. The event is free and open to the public. annual CRAFTS FAIR will be held 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to bring non-perishable Saturday, Nov. 19, in the Activity Center, HL-W-W food items to donate to the FoodShelf. Middle School, 8700 County Road 6 SW, Howard In addition to the traditional holiday lighting cer- Lake. Free admission. There will be 80+ artists and emony at 7 p.m., there will be horse-drawn trolley craft persons exhibiting their works for sale. This is rides, reindeer, holiday carols by the Tech High School an outstanding opportunity for the public to meet Chamber Choir, a living nativity presented by Messiah artists and craft persons. Lutheran Church of Sartell, visits with Santa and Mrs. Many of the exhibitors will be demonstrating Claus, as well as cookies and cocoa. The Gorecki Guest their techniques and are eager to share their talents House, across the street from the hospital, also will light and ideas. There is no admission fee. Register to win up thanks to Emerald Companies Inc. prizes. Enjoy the food stand. All ages are welcome, Stop by the St. Cloud Hospital Gift Gallery for its bring friends and family. Food stand, bake sale and annual holiday sale from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, prizes. Howard Lake-Wavefly-Winsted Community Dec. 1, and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2. Merchandise Education sponsors this event, will be 20 percent off storewide; some exclusions apply. Other opportunities available in these divisions VAN I ImeRmoa4t Team and Solo Regional and Over-the-Read COMPANY DRIVER BENEFff$ $6,000 tuition reimbursement I Paid odentatJon and ongoingtraining Medical, dental and vision insurance and 401(k) plan SOHN1DR SOO.44-PRiOE