The huge $5 jewelry and accessory fundraiser is back at the Sanford Medical Center in Thief River Falls.  Join them in the conference rooms of Sanford on Tuesday, December 10th from 4-7pm and on Wednesday, December 11th from 8am-2pm.  This event is sponsored by Sanford Medical and the Sanford TRF Auxiliary, with proceeds going to local projects.

The Autism Society of Minnesota, in partnership with Northland Community and Technical College, invites you to participate in a training tailored to educate about Autism Spectrum Disorder and provide strategies for helping people with autism.  Training will be presented by Eric Ringgenberg of the Autism society of Minnesota at Northland college on Tuesday, December 10th from 6-8:30pm.  This seminar is FREE, registration is not required; contact Mary Cox at 218-689-7514 if you have any questions.  Prior to training, please join them for a fundraising dinner at the Eagles Club from 4:30-7pm; donations will be collected to cover training costs.

The Marshall County Central Student Council, the Music Dept., and Family Consumer Science Classes are proudly hosting a Senior Citizen Tea event at the high school on Wednesday, December 11th at 1pm. They will have holiday music selections, holiday treats, and a special presentation to area senior citizens in the commons at the high school. During the event an Honorary Diploma will be presented to Earl Hanson, WWII Veteran.  For more information contact Superintendent Jeffrey Lund at or call him at 218-874-8530.

 Join Thief River Falls ECFE for a fun evening of Christmas activities on Thursday, December 12th from 5-7pm at Challenger Preschool.  You can visit with Santa, make holiday crafts, enjoy a snack, and have some playtime too.  This event is for families with children 5 years old and younger.  A freewill donation will be accepted at the door to help with ECFE events.

As part of a yearly tradition, the residents of Oakland Park Communities are holding an annual event called “The Love Light Tree”, where a Christmas tree is lit with lights in honor or memory of someone or of a special event.  A lighting ceremony is held with a reading of names, Christmas carols are sung, with coffee fellowship to follow.  Instead of asking for a monetary donation to light a bulb, residents are asking that non-perishable food items be given; at the end of the season all items will be donated to the local food shelf.  Please join them at the lighting ceremony, which will be held in the Activity Room on Thursday, December 12th at 6:30pm.

The Pennington County Humane Society is sponsoring a “Clear the Shelter Holiday Event” on Saturday, December 14th from 12-6pm.  The shelter has a record number of cats that are in desperate need of good homes; their goal is to have all their furry friends in homes for the holidays.  Cat adoption fees will be waived, and fees reduced on long-term resident dogs.  For more information call 218-681-8045 or go to

Distribution at the Thief River Falls Food Shelf is every Tuesday from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm and every Thursday from 3:00-6:00 pm at the Food Shelf Building, located at 16330 150th St. NE (go south on Hwy 59 past the movie theater and turn left onto Hwy 61/150th St. it is the green building/2nd drive on the left).  Please bring your own boxes.



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