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Entertainment briefs - Oct. 19 edition

AARP Smart Driver Classes set for October, November

AARP has developed a Driver Safety course to help keep driving skills sharp for the Over 50 Groups. There is an eight-hour course for those who have never taken the Over 50 session. Taking the course allows insurance companies to give a 10 percent discount on annual auto policy premiums. The insurance companies do ask that after taking the 8 hour session a refresher of four hours be taken every three years.

Classes are at the Sebeka United Methodist Church. The four-hour refresher class will be held Oct. 21 and the eight-hour class will be held Nov. 18. A minimum of four participants is required to hold a class. The cost is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members. Classes begin at 8 a.m. and coffee and snacks are provided. If a group of four or more wish to hold a class at a different time and place please contact Kay Oehlenschlager.

For more information or to sign up for a class please call Kay Oehlenschlager at 218-472-3288.

Kinship mentors needed

Kinship of the Wadena Area needs you! Kinship is a non-profit youth mentoring program that provides safe, quality mentoring relationships that improve the lives of youth in our community. The program is available to any child ages five-14 years old that could benefit from having another caring adult in their life. A mentor is a friend that will support and encourage Kinship youth to develop their character and capabilities. Kinship is unique in that it not only encourages single adults to mentor, but also couples and families who want to get involved with mentoring as well. Mentors need to be at least 18 years old and able to commit to spending time with their youth at least two times a month (two-four hours), for a minimum commitment of one year.

If you are interested in becoming a Kinship mentor or if you know of a child who could benefit from having a Kinship mentor, please contact the program Coordinators: Laura Kiser and Monica Watson at (218) 631-6226 or email

Adult Woodworking class slated for November, December

Have a project you would like to built? Don't have a place to build it, not the right tools you need or not completely sure how to build what you want? Here is your opportunity! Join Tom Smith, Sebeka High Shop instructor for six, two hour sessions at the Sebeka High School shop. Use the up-to-date tools in the shop and personalize your project with the use of the laser engraver.

Classes will be held Nov. 2, 8, 16 and 29 and Dec. 7 and 13. All sessions will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Sebeka School Industrial Arts Shop. Cost is $30 per person.

Contact Tom Smith for any questions via email at Materials can be purchased and brought in or purchased from the school.

Youth Halloween Party in Sebeka on tap Oct. 28

Area youth, sixth grade and younger, are invited to Sebeka for a Halloween Party Oct. 28 from 10 p.m. to midnight at the Sebeka High School Gym. Games and activities for all ages will be held in the Sebeka gym. Mark your calendar and plan to attend! Watch for more details as the time draws nearer. Girls volleyball playoffs may affect the date and time.

Free fun, bargain bowling and haunted hayrides this Halloween

The City of New York Mills has much ado for youth, teens, and adults the weekend before Halloween.

First, the Cultural Center in New York Mills is hosting its annual Free Kids' Halloween Party on Saturday, Oct. 28 from 3 to 5 p.m. For the first hour only, from 3 to 4 p.m., Impressions by Sarah Photography will be taking free Halloween photos of kids on the second floor of the Center. For the full two hours, games, snacks, and art activities tailored for children 10 and under are available. Pumpkin and cookie decorating is offered as long as supplies last. This event is free to attend and while costumes are encouraged, they're not required. This is family friendly - adults welcome to attend with any children; children under eight years of age must bring an adult. This event is sponsored by the New York Mills Civic and Commerce Association.

When the party at the Center is wrapped up, children of school age from Kindergarten up through 12th grade can avail themselves of discounted bowling at Mills Lanes and Lucky Strike Grill. Proprietors Dolly and Owen Tumberg are offering $2 games for all kids with free shoe rentals from 5 until 9 p.m. on Saturday.

Coinciding with the Saturday festivities, but stretching across the entire weekend, the local VFW Post 3289 offers haunted trail rides at their location off of U.S. Highway 10. All ages are welcome to partake for a $10 fee, the proceeds of which benefit two local charitable organizations: The Make A Wish Foundation and the Veterans Memorial Maintenance Fund. Hot chocolate is served during the family-friendly rides. Find the trail entrance by the back garage of the VFW. The rides are offered on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Oct. 27-29 from 7 until 11 p.m.

For more information on the children's Halloween party, please call the Cultural Center at (218) 385-3339 or visit the Center's website at Mills Lanes can be reached at (218) 385-3691 or find them on Facebook at Mills Lanes & Lucky Strike Grill. To inquire about the haunted trail rides, call the VFW at (218) 385-3510 or find them on Facebook at VFW Post 3289.