Tricounty News

Dinner and dance Dec. 6, benefits Carol’s Kids

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 W-Carol kidschildren leave the dangers and horrors of street life.


Watkins Senior Citizens’ Christmas Party Dec. 4

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.

Local shoe box drop off site for Operation Christmas Child

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

Bouja for sale

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.


All Saints Celebration

The Assumption parish in Eden Valley held an All Saints Celebration during mass Friday, Nov. 1.

Forty-one youth in the parish volunteered to dress as saints and be introduced during the Mass.
Fr. Jerome Naduvathaniyil officiated.