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Page 14 Communi W Calendar Thursday, December 9, 2010 Tri-County News Kimball, MN Government Saturday, Dec. 11, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 14, 7 p.m., Maine 6th annual Holiday Stop-N-Shop craft and vendor sale, at Kimball United Methodist Church. Sloppy loe lunch avail. See ad on page 9. Saturday, Dec. 11, 7 p.m., "The Kingery Family Holiday Concert" at Kingston Community Center, sponsored by the Kingston Lions; see ad on page 3 for details. Sunday, Dec. 12, 10 p.m., Dead- line for Legion Auxiliary Mitten Tree donations; see story on page 3. Monday, Dee. 13, 7 p.m., St. Cloud Municipal Band annual Holiday Concert, at Whitney Senior Center; free admission, donations accepted for food shelf. &lt;www.> Monday, Dec. 13, 9 p.m., Holi- day Train to stop in Kimball; see ad on page 8 for schedule and details. Bring a donation (cash or non-per- ishable food item) for the Kimball Area Food Shelf (which serves sev- eral local communities). Saturday, Dec. 18, 9 a.m.-noon, "Many Gifts One Spirit," free items for those who need them, at Kim- ball United Methodist Church. Friday, Jan. 7, KES 5th and 6th grade Fish Fry fundraiser. Saturday, Jan. 8, 10:30 a.m., Second annual Woodchuck Bocci Tournament, at Watkins Skating Rink; watch for details. Saturday, Jan. 15, 5-7 p.m., Lake Union Covenant Church Wild & Tame Game Feed, at Kingston Com- munity Center; watch for details. Education Friday, Dec. 10, 8-11 p.m., Junior high dance, at KAHS cafetorium; sponsored by Community Ed. Monday, Dec. 13, 6:00 p.m., KAHS Choir concert, followed at 6:30 p.m. by band concert. Fol- lowing the concerts, busses will be available to transport people to the Holiday Train in the park. See story on page 4 and ad on page 8. Thursday, Dec. 16, 5:30-7:30 p.m., "Holiday Movie Night" at Kimball public library; see story on page 3. Friday, Dee. 24-Friday, Dec. 31, Winter holiday break: NO SCHOOL. Monday-Tuesday, Dee. 27-28, SCSU Holiday youth baseball camp; see story on page 9 for details. Monday, Jan. 3, 2011, Classes resume (Kimball Schools). Friday, Jan. 14, Deadline to sub- mit Teacher of the Year nomina- tions to di;cersiCOM; <www.diver-> for more info. Prairie Township meeting at Kim- ball Area Fire Hall; (320) 398-2905. Wednesday, Dec. 15, Dead- line to file homestead for property taxes. Wednesday, Dec. 15, 6:30 p.m., Kimball school board meeting, beginning with Truth in Taxation meeting, in board room in Kim- ball Area High School; (320) 398- 5585. Tuesday, Dec. 28, through Tues- day, Jan. 11, affidavits of candidacy for Maine Prairie Supervisor (one three-year term) will be accepted. Commun0000 Saturday, Dec. 11, 10 a.m.-noon, Kimball Santa Day at Kimball City Hall. As is tradition, Santa will arrive by fire truck at the front of City Hall. Kimball Kruisers 4-H will have their Santa Store. Images by Marguerite will take your child's photo with Santa. And there will be treats for all. (lust don't be late, as Santa has several other stops that day!) Saturday, Dec. 11, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., 6th annual Holiday Stop-N-Shop craft and vendor sale, at Kimball United Methodist Church. Sloppy Joe lunch avail. Saturday, Dec. 11, 11 a.m.- 2 p.m., Horse-drawn sleigh rides, Santa, refreshments, and more; sponsored by Fairhaven Lions at Schindele's Elk Ranch in Clearwa- ter; see ad on page 3. Monday, Dec. 13, 9 a.m., "The state we're in: Reflections on Min- nesota History" at Stearns History Museum; see story on page 15 for details. Monday, Dec. 13, 6:30 p.m., Kimball Legion Auxiliary pot-luck and Christmas exchange. Monday, Dec. 13, 9 p.m., Hol- iday Train to stop in Kimball; see ad on page 8 for schedule and details. Dress warmly! Tuesday, Dec. 14, 6:30-7 p.m., Santa will take live phone calls at DTV, (320) 764-7444; see story on page 3. Wednesday, Dec. 15, 1-7 p.m., American Red Cross Bloodmobile will be at Watkins City Hall; see notice on page 3. Wednesday, Dec. 15, 5-7 p.m., Spaghetti supper at Kimball United Methodist Church; $2 sug- gested donation. Saturday, Dec. 18, 1-3 p.m., Santa will be at Triple R Grill & Bar in Kimball; see their ad on page 3. Tuesday, Feb. 22, 7 p.m., Kim- ball Area Historical Society meet- ing and program. r i i i i i i i i l i l News , 00-County , ! Always somethmgfo eecyone!t read... ! Tri-county News Subscription Form: l NEW IRENEWAL[ 1l*20,year SEN,OR a,n Minnesota O S30,year SE'OR ae Ou- i i (.RNIORS are age 62 and older) i =qame" Telephone' [ [,ddress/Cit y/State/Zip: ........ [ethtodzofepayment: aCheckenclosed.or [lPleasecharge$ tom]]SA ,MC [ I Signature I P.O. Box 220, Kimball MN 55353-0220 I I Tel/Fax (320) 398-5000 L l l l I I I l I l l i l SPO ILT $CH D U LE$ Kimball Cubs EV-Watkins Eagles Boys' Basketball THIJ., DEC. 9, 6 PM, V. MILACA Tue., Dec. 14, 6 pm, at Meadow Creek Christian THIL, DEC. 16, 4:30 PM, KIMBALL TOURN. Thu.-Sat., Dec. 16-18, TBD, St. John's Prep Tourn. SAT., DEC. 18, 12 NOON, KIMBALL TOURN. TUE., DEC. 21, 6 PM, V. HOLDINGFORD Tue., Jan. 4, 6 pm, at Eden Valley-Watkins Wed.-Thu., Dec. 29-30, TBD, at Annandale Tourn. FRI., JAN. 7, 6 PM, V. HOLDINGFORD TIIE., JAN. 4, 6 PM, V. KIMBALL Girls' Basketball Fri., Dec. 9, 6 pm, at ACGC THU.,DF_.9, 6 PM, V. ST. CLD. CATHEDRAL Tue., Dec. 14, 6 pm, at Eden Valley-Watkins TUE., DEC. 14, 6 PM, V. KIMBALL FRI., DEC. 17, 6 PM, V. HOLDINGFORD Fri., Dec. 17, 6 pm, at Pierz MON., DEC. 20, 6 PM, V. UPSALA SAT., DEC. 18, 6 PM, V. FOLEY TUE., JAN. 4, 6 PM, V. MILACA Thu., Dec. 23, 6 pm, at ACGC Wrestling FRI., DEC. 10, 6 PM, V. PAYNESVILLE DUAL Fri., Dec. 10, 4 pm, at Willmar Invitational TUE., DEC. 14, 5 PM, KIMBALL TRI THU., DEC. 16, 5 PM, EV-W TRIANGULAR TRIANGULAR Tue., Dec. 21, 6 pm, at Browerville/EV Call for art: 1 l th Annual Essential Art Exhibition Visual Arts Minnesota presents the 1 lth Annual Essential Juried Art Exhibition and Competition. Artists residing in Minnesota are invited to submit up to 2 pieces of artwork (2 and 3 Dimensional) to compete for cash prizes. Registrations are available by email at <vam@visualarts>, or by calling (320) 257-3108. Registrations and sub- mission fees are due on Dec. 30. Art work can be delivered January 3, 4, or 5, to the Paramount Theatre Lobby in order to be juried by artist Arrnando Gutierrez of St. Patti. The exhibition reception will be from 5-7 p.m. Jan. 10, 201-1. The exhibition will run from Jan. 10 - Feb. 11, and will be exhibited in the historical Paramount The- atre Lobby Gallery. The juror will be available and will speak about the jury process. This is an opportu- nity to learn more about visual art and enjoy the wide range of medi- ums and styles of Minnesota artists. For more information, go to <www.>, or call Heidi Steadman at (320) 257-3108. Visual Arts Minnesota is a non- profit organization located in the Paramount Arts District whose pri- mary focus is to encourage the exhi- bition and promotion of visual art- ists. This activity is funded, in part by the Minnesota arts and cultural heritage fund through a grant from the CMAB as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on Nov. 4, 2008. For more information on Visual Arts Minnesota, go to <www.>. For information on the juror for this exhibit, Armando Gutierrez G. go to <>. Christian Women's Club Dec. 9 What better way to get into the Christmas spirit than by attend- ing the "Timeless Christmas Tra- ditions" brunch held at Reichel's Catering in Annandale, at 9:30 a.m. Dec. 9. Since Christmas cooking and baking is so much a part of the holidays the feature will be recipes and aprons. Don't forget to wear your favorite holi- day apron (or any apron for that matter). The calming music of the harp played by Katherine Strand of Annandale will fill you with that wonderful Christmas peace, and Nancy Reimann of Arden Hills will talk about the origins of many of those special Christmas tradi- tions. Grab a friend and join in for an enjoyable and relaxed morn- ing. Make reservations bycalling Sheree, before 8 p.m., at (320) 963- 6625, Betty at (320) 274-5395. A $1 per mom nursery is available with reservations. This event is spon- sored by Stonecroft Ministries. Scrooge-O-Meter: The true cost of charging gifts Given the economy this past year and with the biggest shop- ping days upon us, it's important to think about holiday spending and the true cost of using plastic for those unbeatable deals you're sure to be tempted with this holiday sea- son. LSS Financial Counseling has a whimsical tool to help you stay aware of credit costs. It's called the Scrooge-O-Meter and can be found by visiting < scroogecalculator>. "Those pre-holiday sale items could end up costing you quite a bit more for literally years after the initial purchase" explained Ruth Hutchins, counselor supervi- sor at LSS. "Say you spend $500 on a credit card that offers an 18-per- cent APR (annual percentage rate). If you only make the minimum payments until the card is paid off, your $500 purchase now costs you almost $700 once you've paid all the interest. Even worse, you will still be paying it off three holiday seasons later! Do you remember what gifts you purchased three seasons ago?" Consider the following ques- tions before you join your fellow shoppers this year: What are some of your fond- est holiday memories? Involve fam- ily members in discussions about what the holidays mean for them. Do they remember all the gifts they received in years past or are family traditions more memorable? Keep old traditions alive and think cre- atively about ways to incorporate new ones. How can we slim down on holiday gift-giving this year? With extended family, suggest a white elephant gift exchange instead of buying a gift for every person. Or, draw names from a hat and set a price limit on how much everyone will spend. Consider making gifts for others, such as teachers, your hair dresser or baby sitter. What's the plan? Going into any store without a plan is like jumping out of a plane without a parachute. Continuously doing so can lead to financial ruin. Once you're in the depths of a store, it's easy to justify any "deal" and before you know it, your cart is packed with a bunch of items that would never be on any- one's wish list. Go in with a plan and don't deviate from it. Of course, quitting holiday shopping altogether is like going on a diet and not eating the foods you enjoy most. To be most successful this holiday season, remember that moderation is the key. And whether you've overspent this holiday season or if you are fac- ing financial problems of any sort, seek guidance from the experts. LSS Financial Counseling Service can help. "Believe it or not, there's no bet- ter time to start planning for the 2011 holiday season than right now," Hutchins said. "Why not get ahead of your New Year's resolu- tion to gain better control of your finances?" LSS Financial Counseling Ser- vice, a member of the Better Busi- ness Bureau and the National Foun- dation for Credit Counseling, helps more than 20,000 people every year with free budget and debt counsel- ing, foreclosure prevention coun- seling and monthly debt manage- ment plans. With nine offices statewide, LSS can work in-person with individu- als and families or provide financial counseling by phone or online. For more information or to make an appointment, call (888) 577-2227. Editor's Note: The National Foundation for Credit Counseling is the oldest and most respected credit counseling association in the nation. All LSS financial counselors are NFCC-certified as consumer credit and housing counselors.