Editor’s Malbag

Library to offer movie screening,

discussion on homelessness

NEW ULM — On Thursday, September 26, at 6 p.m., New Ulm Public Library will show a newly released dramatic film that highlights the role that one library played in serving its city’s homeless population. Minnesota Valley Action Council (MVAC) Homelessness Prevention Supportive Services Counselor Kate Hengy-Gretz, retired Brown County Human Services Director Tom Henderson, NUMAS Haus Shelter Coordinator Karla Diehn, and NUMAS HAUS Board President and Nora Unitarian Universalist Church Pastor Lisa Doege will help facilitate the discussion with information about their agencies’ services to the homeless in Brown County. The film is rated PG-13 and runs 119 minutes. This program is free and open to the public. Film screening made possible by the New Ulm Optimist Club. Call New Ulm Public Library at 507-359-8331 for more information.

Library to offer programs about Word War I

NEW ULM — New Ulm Public Library invites you to two events focusing on World War 1. Educator and historical re-enactor Arn Kind will present “Minnesota in The Great War” on Tuesday, September 24, at 6:30 p.m. Kind will dress in the authentic uniform of an American Doughboy and discuss “the war to end all wars.” His multimedia presentation will use power-point, video, music, drama, role-playing and living history experiences to give an understanding of this turbulent time and make history come alive. This program is made possible by a grant provided by the Traverse des Sioux Library Cooperative and is funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

New Ulm Public Library will also host a screening of a recent World War 1 documentary on Tuesday, October 1, at 6:30 p.m. Through ground-breaking computer restoration technology, filmmaker Peter Jackson’s (“Lord of the Rings,” “The Hobbit”) team creates a moving real-to-life depiction of World War 1, as never seen before in restored, vivid colorizing & retiming of the film frames, in order to honor those who fought and more accurately depict this historical moment in world history. This film screening is sponsored by the Optimist Club of New Ulm. For more information on these free public programs call 507-359-8331.

Exploradome planetarium to visit

NEW ULM — New Ulm Public Library and New Ulm Park and Recreation invite children and teens to marvel at the wonders of the universe! The University of Minnesota Bell Museum’s Exploradome traveling planetarium will offer free space exploration shows for children and teens ages 4-18 from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Monday, October 7, at Vogel Fieldhouse (122 S Garden). Multiple shows will be offered with age-specific topics. Space is limited; registration for specific show times is required. Call New Ulm Public Library at 507-359-8331 to register.

Communities invited to attend

free Change to Chill training

MINNEAPOLIS — Change to Chill is a free, award-winning, mental well-being program offered by Allina Health. Through an interactive website tailored to both teens and the adults who work with them, Change to Chill helps teens become more aware of the things that stress them out and equips them with relevant tools and resources to better manage stress and anxiety, so they can live happier, more resilient lives.

As Change to Chill grows, we are seeing an influx in requests for Change to Chill trainings. To address these requests we are hosting free training sessions open to the community.

The Change to Chill training sessions are designed for school staff, mental health professionals, community organizations and parents of teens and will:

Provide educators and members of community groups with knowledge about teen stress;

Demonstrate ready-to-use, plug-and-play lessons and do-it-yourself activities, including foundations of mindfulness, athlete-specific content, information from the Action Guide for Teens and more;

Facilitate participant sharing and discussion time to generate program application ideas and provide time for community networking; and

Provide educators and members of community groups with the skills to implement Change to Chill in a school, home or community setting and the knowledge to train others about program components that fit their needs.

There is no cost to attend this training. Light and healthy snacks will be served. A certificate of participation will be provided to each attendee.

To reserve your spot, visit Changetochill.org and click on the banner on the home page. Select from the following training locations when you register.

• Friday, Oct. 11 from 9am – noon at New Ulm Medical Center, 3rd floor hospital auditorium, 1324 5th St. N, New Ulm

• Friday, Oct. 25 from 9 – noon at Chanhassen Library, Wilder Room, 7711 Kerber Blvd., Chanhassen

• Friday, Oct. 25 from 9am – noon at White Bear Lake City Hall

4701 Highway 61 N. Expansion Room (2nd floor), White Bear Lake

• Monday, Oct. 28 from 1-4pm at Centennial Library in Circle Pines, 100 Civic Heights Circle, Circle Pines

• Friday, Nov. 1 from 9am – noon at Ham Lake Senior Center

15544 Central Ave. NE, Ham Lake,

• Thursday, Nov. 14 from 9am – noon at District One Hospital in Faribault, 200 State Street, Schwartz Conf. Room, Faribault.