Landmark 15th year of helping to feed local communities
The CP Rail Holiday Train will pass through our area and stop Sunday night, Dec. 15. Approximate times of stops: 6 p.m. Buffalo, 7:30 p.m. Annandale, 9 p.m. Kimball. No stop is planned for Eden Valley this year, but will pass through town around 10:30 p.m.
The schedule, available on CP’s website at www.cpr.ca, and on CP’s Facebook page, outlines plans for the “train of lights” to partner with communities in raising food and money for local food banks.
Children in Zambia being rescued from streets
Interested in enjoying a fun evening that has meaning and purpose this holiday season? How about paying for a good meal and a dance that benefits orphaned street children?
The Minnesota-based nonprofit, Action for Children-Zambia, celebrates its 10th anniversary with a Dinner and Dance Gala starting with a 6 p.m. social hour Friday, Dec. 6, at Reichel’s Event Center in Annandale. Proceeds from the event pay for housing and educating children rescued from the streets of Lusaka, Zambia, by Carol McBrady, who grew up in Maple Lake.
McBrady (Mama Carol to the kids), who lives fulltime in Zambia, is in Minnesota for a visit and is the honored guest. She will tell stories about some of the 200 children that now lead productive, happy lives and how her homes in the city of Lusaka and on a farm are filled to capacity with 112 kids. Her theme is “Making Room For One More” as she hopes to grow AFCZ to help more children leave the dangers and horrors of street life.
The Watkins Senior Citizens plan their Christmas Party for Wednesday, Dec. 4, at St. Anthony Manor. Social hour is 5:30 p.m., and chicken dinner with all the trimmings will be served 6 p.m. You will need to let them know if you are attending. The price is $7 per member, and $8 for non-members.
Please sign up before Nov. 30, so they know how many to prepare for. To register, please call Lorraine at (320) 764-5505, Carol at (320) 764-9292, or sign up at
St. Anthony Manor.
The Senior Citizens would be interested in having new members join their club, so please sign up for the Christmas Party, they can collect your dues for the next year. Dues are $2 per year.
Every year millions of people lovingly pack shoe boxes full of gifts and supplies and give them to Operation Christmas Child. They are then delivered to needy children around the world. For the first time in the 20 years of this project we have a local drop off site in the area, River Of Life church in Cold Spring. National Collection Week is Monday, Nov. 18, through Monday, Nov. 25. Shoe boxes can be dropped off at the following times:
Monday, Nov. 18, 1-3 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 19, 4-6 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2-4 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 21, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 22, 3-5:30 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 23, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 24, 1-3 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 25, 9-11 a.m.
In addition to the gifts and supplies, Operation Christmas Child brings hope and the good news of Jesus to the children. For more information about OCC, or to find out how to pack a shoebox, visit www.samaritanspurse.org/occ.
The Catholic Order of Foresters will have Bouja and Chicken Noodle Soup for sale Sunday, Nov. 17, from 8:30 a.m. to noon at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Watkins.