CROOKSTON COMMUNITY CALENDAR – Crookston Times

April 13

Washington Elementary School Kindergarten Round-Up for children who will be five years old by September 1, 2022 and their parents. Two sessions will be held April 13 with childcare available – one session is from 1:30-2:30 pm and the other from 3:00-4:00 pm Doors open 15 minutes prior to each session. Call 281-2762 for more info.

Crookston Eagles Children’s Easter Party will be held from 4:30- 6:30 pm at the Eagles Club. Kids ages 0-12 can have their photos taken with the Easter Bunny plus there will be games and treats. Admission is free.

April 15

Buddhist Monk sand mandala art will be ongoing from April 11-20 in the Sargeant Student Center with special tours offered Friday, April 15 and Saturday, April 16 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm Parking will be available in Lot “A” .

April 16

Easter Egg Scramble and Craft/Vendor Fair will be held from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm at the Crookston Sports Center. The Easter Egg Scramble is FREE for kids ages 0-10 and the egg drop will be held at 11:00 am with candy-filled eggs or prize tickets inside certain eggs. Pictures with the Easter Bunny will be available through Joyful Heart Photography plus the Shriners will be selling popcorn and cotton candy. Proceeds from the event will go to Trails to Treatment, Ronald Mc-Donald House and the Shriners Children’s Hospital. For more information, call 701-610-6454 or email jess.bengtson@gmail.com.

April 17

Benedictine Living Community Crookston Volunteer Appreciation Week April 17-23: Benedictine will be hosting a cake, coffee and learning event April 21 at 1:00 pm If you are a current volunteer or wanting to become a new volunteer they ask you to attend the learning event . RSVP to Ashley Melsa at 218-281-9273 or email ashley.melsa@benedictineliving.org.

April 22

In the Spirit of Cinco de Mayo event at UMN Crookston will have multiple activities starting with children’s art and crafts from 3:00-5:30 pm in Bede Ballroom plus a free meal from 4:30-7:00 pm in Brown Dining and a dance performance at 7:00 pm in Kiehle Auditorium. The event is open to the public and free of charge.

Crookston Rotary Club Wine & Beer Tasting Fundraiser will be held from 6:00-9:00 pm at the Crookston Inn ballroom. There will be samples, appetizers, raffles and auctions during the event with proceeds going to the Rotary’s community projects and programs. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door and can be purchased from a Rotary member or at the Crookston Inn.

Crookston Gun Club Family Fun Night and Awards will begin with a social at 6:00 pm and stuffed pork chop or walleye dinner at 6:30 pm Cost is $30 for adults and $25 for kids under 18. Ticket price includes dinner and chance to win to firearm. For ticket info contact Steve at 218-289-2115.

April 23

Cathedral School Spring Gala will begin with a cocktail hour from 5-6 pm followed by a dinner at 6 pm at the Crookston Eagles Club. There will be games, live auction and dance to follow. Tickets can be purchased at Cathedral School or through a Cathedral family.

April 24

Pancakes and Ponies will be held from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm in the University Teaching and Outreach Center (UTOC) arena on the UMN Crookston campus.

April 25

Spring Clean-Up Week for the City of Crookston will be held April 25-29 on your regular garbage day only. Cleanup items should be separated into the following piles: garbage, clothing, cardboard, etc.; appliances; branches and yard waste; furniture, metal items, demolition, etc. and tires. All items must be placed on the street boulevard. Polk County Public Health advises to not bring furniture, mattresses, box springs, or bed frames found on the street into your home in order to prevent the spread of bed bugs. Leaves, grass clippings and garden waste will not have to be put in clear City compost bags for this week only. Due to State Law, all video display devices (TV’s, computer monitors, etc.) cannot be land filled. Therefore, these items will not be collected during clean-up. These devices may be available at Polk County Environmental Services (Transfer Station) free of charge. Video display devices left on the boulevard for more than 48 hours are subject to a $25 penalty surcharge. Branches must be cut in four foot lengths, and be bundled. The City will not collect concrete, batteries, partially full paint cans or other chemicals, and large amounts of demolition debris. Arrangements for the disposal of these items can be made by contacting Polk County Environmental Services at 281-6445. Items should be placed on boulevards no more than 72 hours prior to your collection day. Only those with residential water/garbage rates are on clean-up week.

April 28

Safe Kids and Altru Health System will have a car seat checkup event from 4:00-5:30 pm at Brost Chevrolet in Crookston. For an appointment call 281-3385.

April 30

Crookston High School Prom and After Prom Party will be held April 30. May 2

Crookston High School Triple A (Academics, Arts, Athletics) Senior Recognition Banquet will begin at 6 pm in the Commons. Tickets are $15 and must be purchased by April 25. If you have any dietary needs contact the Irishman’s Shanty at 218-281-9912. For questions call CHS at 218-281-2144.

May 3

Crookston Gun Club DNR Hunter Safety Training Classes will be held for ages 11 and older at the gun club at 26521 – 240th St. SW in Crookston. May 14 is the field and test day. To register call 289-2115 or email stevevideen@yahoo.com.

May 7

University of Minnesota Crookston Commencement will be held in the Lysaker Gymnasium.

May 9

Benedictine Crookston Retirement Reception for Judy Hulst, Peggy Wangen and Cindy Hulst will be held May 9 at 2:30 pm in the skilled living station 230 dining room.

Northern Great Plains Youth Institute will be at the UMN Crookston campus.

May 10

Celebrate the Young Child Collaboration invites you to “Imagine if you were ‘Going On A Bear Hunt’” on May 10 from 5:30-7 pm at Castle Park. “Bears, Woods, Exploring, Oh My.”

NW MN Food Packing Event at the Bagley Hockey Arena will be held May 10 and 11. They need 800-1,000 volunteers for the twohour packing shifts. Typically 125,000 meals are packed. Donations are needed by April 10 to determine the total tonage needed to be ordered in time for the event. For questions, to donate or volunteer to pack call 218-766-8176.

May 16

ECFE, School Readiness and Washington Elementary staff and their families will have the End of the Year Picnic on Monday, May 16 (time TBD) at Washington with food and fun. Please register.

May 19

First Annual Alluma Night will be held from 4:30-8:30 pm at UMN Crookston with food trucks, kid’s activities, adult activities, resources and community connection. Transportation will be available in Crookston via THE Bus and call 1-800-201-3432 at least one day in advance.

May 20

Golden Link Senior Center Annual Rummage Sale will be held at TBD time on May 20 and 21. All donations are appreciated.

May 27

Crookston High School Graduation Day June 17

June 17

UMC Teambackers Golf Classic will be held at Minakwa Golf Course in Crookston. The tournament is presented by Altru and shotgun start is at 9 am To register or donate prizes, email mchristo@umn.edu.

July 9

Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) Camp will be held on the UMN Crookston campus July 9-16.

Regular events:

Visit https://region8mn.org/public/genie/58/school/1/ to see the Crookston Pirates sports schedule!

Visit https://goldeneaglesports.com/calendar to see the UMN Crookston Golden Eagles sports schedule!

Crookston City Council meets every second and fourth Monday at 7 pm at City Hall in the Council Chambers.

Crookston School Board meets every fourth Monday at 5 pm at Crookston High School in the choir/orchestra room.

Polk County Board of Commissioners meet the first, third and fourth Tuesdays of every month at 8 am/9:30 am/8 am at the Polk County Government Center.

Crookston Housing & Economic Development Authority (CHEDA) meets at 12 pm at Valley Technology Park on April 19, May 17, July 19, September 20, October 18 and December 20.

Spanish Storytime will be held the first Tuesday of the month at 6 pm at the Crookston Public Library. Join us the first Tuesday of the month at 6:00 pm for story time in Spanish!

Crookston Public Library Books and Brews book club meet every other month on the fourth Tuesday at 6:30 pm at Drafts Sports Bar & Grill to discuss books and enjoy beverages. All are welcome.

Crookston Public Library STEM activity for kids will be held every second Wednesday from 2-3 pm Elementary and middle school students are invited to the library for STEM-sational exciting Science Technology Engineering & Math experiments and inventions.

Crookston Public Library Storytime Thursdays at 10:30 am There will be stories, songs, puppets, crafts, and lots of fun for children and their caregivers. They’ll explore a new theme together every week.

ECFE Classes go through May 20, 2022. Call 281-5078 for more info and to register. WEEKLY classes at Washington Elementary School include: Mixed Age Magic (ages birth to kindergarten entrance and cost is $30) on Fridays from 10:30 am to 12 pm; Music in Me featuring Kindermusik (ages birth to kindergarten entrance and cost is $30) on Wednesdays from 10-11 am; MONTHLY classes at Washington Elementary School include: Pop In and Play (ages birth to kindergarten entrance and cost is FREE) on Saturdays from 10:30-11:30 am April 23. Unplug and Play (ages birth to kindergarten entrance and cost is FREE) ) April 4 at Washington and May 2 at Schuster Park and May 16 at Ray Ecklund Complex. Special Focus Classes the second Monday of each month thru May from 5:30-6:30 pm with April’s class “Just Toddling” (ages 12-24 months and cost is FREE) and May’s class “Daddy and Me” (ages birth to 5 years and cost is FREE.) Special event “Book It and Cook It” is a FREE virtual event that will be available once a week for ages birth to kindergarten entrance and their parents. The class is prerecorded and a link will be provided by calling 281-5078.

Golden Link Senior Center serves breakfast from 8:30 to 10:00 and lunches from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm Monday through Friday and evening dinners on Thursdays. Call 218-281-3072 to reserve the Thursday night meal. Party room rentals are also being accepted and are free for members. Regular events include: Sit/Stand/ Dance class on Mondays at 2 pm, Pinochle on Tuesdays at 1 pm, Recycled Cards the second and fourth Tuesdays at 1 pm, SAIL exercise class on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2:30 pm, Debby’s Canasta the second Tuesday at 6 pm, Men’s Cards on Wednesdays at 8 am, Crafter’s Corner the first and third Wednesdays from 9-11 am, Experienced Cribbage on Wednesdays at 10 am, Bridge the second and fourth Wednesdays at 1 pmplus the first Thursday at 12: 30 pm, Smear on Thursdays at 1 pm, and more. Reflexology the first Thursday of each month. Foot Care the second and fourth Thursdays of each month. AARP Driver’s Safety Class on 3rd Wednesday from 1:00 am to 5:00 pmand 3rd Thursday from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm SUMMER AND FALL TRIPS are planned for Janesville, WI (June 21-24), Frost Fire Theater ( July 20th), and Asheville, TN (September 17-24.) Call the Golden Link to reserve your spot or for more info or check out the new Golden Link Website at www.goldenlinkseniorcenter.com

New Hope Food Shelf is open at the Care and Share building every Monday and Wednesday from 1:00-5:00 pm Call 218-277-000 for more info or to donate.

The Cove Youth Center is open for junior high and high school students on various days throughout the week. For more information call 218-470-0149.

Crookston Visitors Bureau meets the second Thursday of the month at 7 am at the Crookston Inn.

RiverView Health Type 2 Diabetes Support Group monthly virtual meetings are every third Wednesday from 5-6 pm The meetings are free and open to anyone with Type 2 Diabetes or their family members. For more info, call Laura Slaathaug at 218-281-9589.

Crookston Eagles Club – BAR HOURS: Monday-Wednesday 3:00-10:00, Thursday & Friday 3:00-CLOSE, Saturday 1:00-10:00. Mondays: 5:30-7:00 Burger Night. Thursdays: 6:30 BINGO (kitchen will serve food). Fridays: 6:30 BINGO (kitchen will serve food). Saturday: 3:00 BINGO.

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