Meetings & Events 12-1-05

Memorial Service to be held at hospital

For many individuals and families, the holiday season is a difficult time because of an empty place at the table. The gaiety of the festivities is often infused with a sense of sorrow and loss. It's a time of year when the pain of death, divorce and estrangement are magnified by a celebratory atmosphere that permeates daily life.

To commemorate and honor how difficult this season may be, Nicole Schmidt, chaplain at Queen of Peace Hospital in New Prague, will present a memorial service from 6-7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, at the hospital’s Jameen Mape Conference Center.

Those planning to attend should RSVP to Schmidt at 952-758-8176 or 800-584-6667, Ext. 176.

Catholic Aid plans spaghetti supper

Everyone is welcome to attend a spaghetti supper at St. John’s Hall in Union Hill on Friday, Dec. 2, from 4:30-7:30 p.m. St. John’s and St. Benedict’s Catholic Aid Society are sponsoring the matching grant fundraiser that will benefit the religious education of children of both parishes. Funds raised will be matched up to $1,000 by the Catholic Aid Association.

Auxiliary Sweet Shoppe is Dec. 3

The annual Queen of Peace Hospital Auxiliary Sweet Shoppe will be held Saturday, Dec. 3, from 9-11 a.m. in the Hospital Conference Center. Holiday baked goods, candies, rosettes and mocha cakes are some of the featured items. Raffle tickets will be sold for several holiday items. The coffee shop opens at 8:30 a.m. Proceeds from this event benefit Queen of Peace Hospital.

Rice Co. sets WIC voucher pick-up

Rice County will be holding two WIC voucher pick-ups at the Northfield City Hall in Northfield. Both will be held from 8:30 a.m. to noon and from 1-4 p.m. The first WIC voucher pick-up will be held Monday, Dec. 5, and the second will be held Wednesday, Dec. 7. A Spanish language interpreter will be available until 3 p.m.

Separated/Divorced Group meets Dec. 6

The Area Separated and Divorced Support Group meets the first and third Tuesday of each month at St. Wenceslaus Church hall, New Prague, 7-8:30 p.m. The topic for the December 6 meeting is The Challenges of the Holidays. These topics are from the book: Rebuilding When Your Relationship Ends. There will be no session on December 20. People can come and experience support as they move through this time in their lives. People of all faiths are welcome. Call Mary at 952-873-6781 for more information.

Le Sueur Co. Legion meets Dec. 7

The Le Sueur County Council of the American Legion and Auxiliary will hold a quarterly meeting at the Le Sueur City Hall (Fire Hall), Second and Fairy Street on Wednesday, Dec. 7, at 7:30 p.m.

Le Sueur Post 55 and its Auxiliary will host the meeting. Legion and Auxiliary members of posts in Le Sueur County are welcome to attend.

Dr. Milton W. Mootz will be the guest speaker and talk on the issues of the Iraq war. Committee reports will be given, updates will be given on the annual clergy dinner and coloring contest and other business will be transacted.

County Council dues from posts and Auxiliary units may be paid at this meeting.

Lunch and refreshments will be served after the meeting.

Prairie Quilters to hold Christmas party

The Prairie Quilters of the New Prague Area will hold their Christmas party from 7-9 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 8, at the home of Katie Ferrell Edwards. Those attending should remember their fat quarter gift and white elephant item.

For more information call Reidun Peulen at 952-758-3596.

Low Vision Support Group offered

Individuals with vision loss are welcome to join a support group facilitated by Becky King of Vision Loss Resources, at Queen of Peace Hospital in New Prague.

Participants will be able to meet others who are experiencing vision changes and learn ways to manage this loss, as well as gain insight, new ideas and experience adaptive equipment that is available. Vision Loss Resources serves people with vision loss in the nine county metro area. King earned a master’s degree in gerontology and has been working with people with vision loss for more than 30 years. Family members or friends are also encouraged to attend. Meetings will take place the second Thursday of each month from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in the hospital solarium. The first meeting is scheduled for December 8.

Persons interested in participating in this group should register by calling Queen of Peace Community Education at 758-8187.

Veterans Christmas party is Dec. 9

The veterans’ annual Christmas party will be held at the New Prague Park Ballroom on Friday, Dec. 9, beginning at 6 p.m. Reservations are needed by Sunday, Dec. 4.

For reservations contact one of the following: George Tupy, 952-758-3179; Mary Ann Bauer, 952-492-2056; Michael LaDuke, 952-758-5127; or Ken or Linda Picka, 952-758-3569.

MCCL fundraiser ends Dec. 10

The Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life (MCCL) Stanley-Fuller Fundraiser in the area will wrap up on Saturday, Dec. 10. The fundraiser sells a variety of products including colognes, fragrances, cleaning products and other items, with funds going to the MCCL’s mission against abortion. For more information contact Dorothy at 952-758-3575 or Mavor 507-364-5738.

Christmas tea set for Stans House

This holiday season step back in time and enjoy a 1920s Christmas tea at the historic 1908 Stans House, 128 Second Ave. W., Shakopee, with costumed interpreters of Mr. Holmes or Mrs. Stans. Learn about 1920-period holiday treats, customs and decorations, and bring home some tea and treat recipes. The event will be held from 6:30-8 p.m. on Thursdays, Dec. 1-29, and 12:30-2 p.m. on Saturdays, Dec. 3, 10 and 17. Reservations are required and there is a fee for this event.

For information, contact the Scott County Historical Society at 235 Fuller St. S., Shakopee, or call 952-445-0378, or visit online at

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