Editor’s Mailbag

Kimmel and friends at CASTLE

NEW ULM — Dick Kimmel will hold a Songwriter’s Showcase for CASTLE (Community And Seniors Together Learning Environment), along with songwriters Andrea Lyn and Lori Jean on Tuesday, Feb. 6 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the New Ulm Community Center, 600 N German Street, New Ulm.

They will share with Castle members what inspires them as they write their music and perform it. Members are encouraged to bring a friend and introduce them to CASTLE. It’s all about learning for the joy of learning.

New CASTLE members are welcome at any time of the year. Members’ $100 annual fee will have a renewal date one year from their initial date of payment. Members may attend any and all classes and events throughout the year at no additional charge. Potential new members are welcome to attend one class before joining. More information can be found at http://newulmseniors.org or by phoning 507-354-3212 and leaving a message.

Better Breathers Club meeting

NEW ULM — The next Better Breathers Club of New Ulm meeting will feature Sandy Kistner, giving a presentation on, “What is COPD?”

The meeting will be held Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the New Ulm Medical Center Auditorium 2. For closest entry, park on the 3rd floor parking lot at rear of hospital off North 5th Street, or enter main hospital or clinic entrances and request wheelchair assistance if needed.

If you or your family member has COPD or another lung disease, please attend this free support group to learn the skills to help manage your condition and improve your quality of life. For more information, contact Sandy Kistner, RRT at 507-217-5956 or at sandra.f.kistner@allina.com .

ECFE Gym Night

NEW ULM — Have children who need to run off some extra energy? Join us for ECFE Family Gym Night. Family Gym Night provides an indoor space for kids to scooter, jump, play ball, use riding toys, and lots more. Join us at the Washington Learning Center from 6 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 2. This is a free family event.

Chocolate & Chamber

Music Benefit

MANKATO — The Mankato Area Youth Symphony Orchestra will hold its Chocolate & Chamber Music benefit on Feb. 9 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Kato Ballroom, Mankato. Join MAYSO for an evening of music featuring cheese, chocolate, delicious treats, and a special wine tasting from a variety of local wineries.

Musicians featured at the benefit will include River Valley String Quartet, 14 Eyes on 16 Strings, Madeline Halvorson, Peter Jacob, the Armstrong Brass Quintet, the Hemidemisemiquavers, and Kiara Riehl, the 2018 Concerto Competition Winner.

All proceeds from the benefit will go to help support scholarships and other wonderful things happening at the Mankato Area Youth Symphony Orchestra. Tickets can be purchased online at www.mayso.net

Bedtime Stories for pre-schoolers

NEW ULM — ECFE and the New Ulm Public Library will host story time for parents and their preschoolers. Each session will include stories, simple activities, and a free book for each child to take home courtesy of an anonymous donor in our community. Parents and their Preschools can join us on Wednesday, FEB. 7 from 6 to 7 p.m. at the New Ulm Public Library. This is a free family event.

New Release Movie at Library

NEW ULM — The New Ulm Public Library will show a newly released DVD on Tuesday, FEB. 6 at 6 p.m. This movie is rated PG-13 and runs 112 minutes. Popcorn and drinks will be served at this free event, which is sponsored by the Optimist Club of New Ulm. For more information, call the library at 507-359-8334.

League of Women Voters, Library to host book discussion

NEW ULM — The public is invited to a book discussion hosted by the New Ulm League of Women Voters and New Ulm Public Library on Monday, Feb. 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the library, 17 N. Broadway.

League member and Library Director Kris Wiley will facilitate the discussion, which will focus on the book “The Broken Ladder: How Inequality Affects the Way We Think, Live, and Die” by Dr. Keith Payne.

About the book, from the publisher: “The levels of inequality in the world today are on a scale that have not been seen in our lifetimes, yet the disparity between rich and poor has ramifications that extend far beyond mere financial means. Psychologist Keith Payne examines how inequality divides us not just economically; it also has profound consequences for how we think, how we respond to stress, how our immune systems function, and even how we view moral concepts such as justice and fairness.”

Contact the library at 507-359-8332 to place a hold on a book or for more information.

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