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National Night Out 2018

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You’re invited.  Get to know your neighbors on Tuesday, Aug 7th, at the neighborhood gathering closest to you.

The following list of National Night Out parties was compiled by Heart of Hutch. A few other parties are planned but organizers asked that they not be listed here — invitations have been sent out in those neighborhoods.  Join a party and say hello to someone new!

 

CLEVELAND AVENUE SOUTHWEST
Who’s invited: All neighborhood residents
Location: 1120 Keith Street SW.
Time: Potluck beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Contact: Bonnie Ackland-Fimon at 320-587-6962
Bring: A dish to pass and a chair. Organizers will supply plates, napkins, utensils, water and tables.

 

GRACE LUTHERAN CHURCH
Who’s invited: Anyone who wishes to attend
Location: The church is at 450 Fifth Ave. S.W.
Time: 5 p.m. to dusk
Contact: Grace Lutheran Church at 320-587-3051
Chairs, food, games and prizes will be provided.
Bring: shields and buckets for “Hutchinson’s Largest Water Fight”

 

ISLAND VIEW HEIGHTS
Who’s invited: People in the Island View Heights Association
Location: Gazebo on Prairie View Drive Southwest
Time: Starts at 5:30 p.m., potluck dinner served at 6 p.m.
Contact: Betty Braun at bj.braun@mchsi.com, or 320-587-3423, or Sue Boske at 320-587-8330
Bring: A dish to pass and a chair. Plates, utensils and beverages will be provided.

 

GREENSVIEW COURT NORTHWEST
Who’s invited: Residents of the Meadows Townhouse Association
Location: 832 Greensview Court N.W.
Time: 6 to 8 p.m.
Contact: Ken Schuts at 952-221-2778
Bring: A dish to pass and a lawn chair. Paper plates, utensils and beverages will be provided.

 

NORTHWOODS PARK
Who’s invited: Anyone and everyone
Location: Northwoods Park Shelter
Time: 5 p.m. to whenever
Contact: Mavis Schwanke at 320-587-2058 or schwanke@hutchtel.net
Bring: A dish to pass.
Pulled pork, barbecues, beverages and prizes for the kids will be provided. The firetruck will make an appearance if all goes as planned.

 

PARK TOWERS PATIO
Who’s invited: Residents of Park Towers
Location: Park Towers community room
Time: 4 to 4:30 p.m.
Contact: Lorri Olson at lolson@hutchtel.net
Bring: Nothing.
BBQ’s, beans, chips and lemonade will be served

 

ROLLING OAKS LANE NORTHWEST
Who’s invited: Residents of Rolling Oaks Lane
Location: Driveway at 1240 Rolling Oaks Lane
Time: 5 to 7 p.m.
Contact: Pat Docken 320-224-2945
Bring: A dish to pass and a lawn chair

 

SOUTHWEST COURT
Who’s invited: Residents of the neighborhood
Location: Lions Park West on Sunset Street
Time: 6 to 8 p.m.
Contact: Toni Fischer at 320-552-3977
Bring: A dish to pass, beverage, chairs and utensils.

 

TWIN OAKS TOWNHOMES
Who’s invited: Residents of Echo Manor Apartments and Twin Oaks Townhomes
Location: End of D building at 1035 Texas Ave.
Time: 5 to 7 p.m.
Contact: Janis Rannow at Twin Oaks Townhomes at 320-587-7505
Bring: A chair. Taco in a bag and beverages will be served. Lots of games and prizes for the kids, and a great chance to get to know your neighbors.

 

VFW PARK
Who’s invited: Residents of the immediate neighborhood
Location: VFW Park
Time: 6 to 8 p.m.
Contact: John Paulson at 320-583-1941
Bring: Nothing. Plenty of picnic tables are available for seating. Cold treats will be provided. Kid-friendly activities are planned.

 

OAKWOOD COURT NORTHWEST
Who’s invited: Anyone in the neighborhood
Location: Gazebo on Oakwood Court
Time: 6 pm
Contact: Sandy Lennes at 320-455-0257, or Letty Bernhagen at 320-587-6508
Bring: A dish to pass and a chair. Tables, utensils and beverages will be provided.

 

ELKS PARK
Who’s invited: City residents
Location: Elks Park on Sherwood Street Southeast
Time: 5 to 7 p.m.
Contact: John Hassinger at 320-582-2342
Bring: A chair. Serving cookies and water. Hosted by South Orchard Avenue Estates.

 

BETHLEHEM UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
Who’s invited: Anyone who wishes to attend
Location: The parking lot of Bethlehem United Methodist Church, 665 Miller Ave. S.W.
Time: 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Contact: Church office at 320-587-3312
Bring: An item to donate to the McLeod Emergency Food Shelf. Root beer floats and corn dogs will be provided. Organized games are planned.

 

DEER PARK APARTMENTS
Who’s invited: Residents of Deer Park Apartments
Location: Park and community building at 309 North High Drive N.W.
Time: 5 to 7 p.m.
Contact: Janis Rannow at 320-587-7505
Bring: A lawn chair. Tacos in a bag and beverages will be served.

 

TYLER STREET SOUTHWEST
Who’s invited: Residents of the immediate neighborhood
Location: 725 Tyler St. S.W.
Time: 6 to 8 p.m.
Contact: Jacob Sanken at 320-582-0141
Bring: A lawn chair and a dish to share.

 

HIDDEN CIRCLE
Who’s invited: Residents of the neighborhood
Location: Hidden Circle cul-de-sac
Time: 6 p.m.
Contact: Kim Kotzer at 612-219-8229, or Sue Peters at 507-829-6917
Bring: A dish to pass, something to grill and utensils.

 

SOUTHWIND DEVELOPMENT
Who’s invited: Residents of Ottawa Avenue and Calgary Lane
Location: Corner of Ottawa Avenue and Calgary Lane
Time: 5 to 6:30 p.m.
Contact: Kay Yoch at 320-587-2955
Bring: A chair. Root beer floats will be provided.

 

WOODSTONE SENIOR LIVING AND CHRIST THE KING LUTHERAN CHURCH
Who’s invited: Church members, Woodstone residents and anyone living in the neighborhood
Location: Christ the King parking lot, 1040 South Grade Road S.W.
Time: 5:30 to 8 p.m.
Contact: The church office at 320-587-2776
Bring: A chair and a dish to pass. Hotdogs and hamburgers will be provided. There will be games for kids and a live band.

 

BLACKBIRD AND BLACKHAWK DRIVES SW
Who’s invited: area residents
Location: corner of Blackbird and Blackhawk Drives SW
Time: 6 to 8 p.m.
Contact: Sue Lambertson at 320-296-1991
Bring: A chair and a dish to pass and your family. Optional: a non-perishable food item for the food shelf.

 

COUNTRY CLUB TERRACE
Who’s invited: All Country Club Terrace residents
Location: grassy area by the office
Time: 5 to 8 p.m.
Contacts: Dawn Aldrich at 320-587-2000
Bring: A dish to pass. Hotdogs and table service will be provided as well as lots of children’s activities.

 

LYNN TOWNSHIP
Who’s invited: All residents of Lynn Township.
Time: 5 to 8 pm
Location: Lynn Town Hall
Contact: Cheryl Bleil at 320-587-2746
Bring: a dish to pass. Plates, utensils and beverages will be provided.

Random Acts of Kindness

Celebrate Kindness

Hutchinson’s Kindness Celebration Day – A Call to Action

• What: A day to focus on doing for others and practicing kindness
• When: May 1st, 2018
• Where: Throughout the Hutchinson area
• Who: All community members, organizations, churches, and businesses are encouraged to participate

 The concept is to continue to build off of previous kindness-centered activities in Hutchinson, in order to keep momentum.

Background: The Connect Committee initially wanted to revive the Random Acts of Kindness Day that was proclaimed by a group from the Chamber’s Leadership Institute a couple years back.  Since then, the response from our community regarding projects like Reagan’s Kindness Campaign and Bo Young’s Kindness Revolution seems to confirm that this is an initiative worth pursuing.  The great thing about the concept is that in most daily situations, being kind or responding kindly pertains to all ages, backgrounds, and viewpoints. People don’t need to sacrifice their beliefs or stop being passionate of their cause to be kind to each other.

 

The Kindness Celebration Day on May 1st is meant to follow the pattern of National Night Out – community members are encouraged to plan acts of kindness within their homes, churches, organizations, or businesses that take place on Tuesday, May 1st.

Kindness ideas to brighten someone’s day –

  • smiling

  • paying a compliment

  • giving of personal time to help someone

  • volunteering as a group

  • creating kindness notes

  • writing thank you notes to community helpers

  • making a special effort to welcome customers or visitors all day

  • picking up litter

Heart of Hutch will be promoting more ideas in the coming weeks prior to May 1st.  If your organization is interested in participating and wants to invite community members to join in, please email your plans to the Heart of Hutch Connect Committee at: info@heartofhutch.com.  Questions? Need a little facilitation assistance? Send an email our way.


 

 

 

 

 

Personalized fitness

Hutchinson has a wide variety of opportunities for physical activity. 

The Great {WINTER} Outdoors

Getting outside can feel like a lot of effort as the temps begin to drop, but there are so many great opportunities to explore our community all winter long.  In fact, winter can make the regular neighborhood route feel like a new place.  As the leaves have dropped, you might notice a few more views that trees were blocking in the summer.  If you feel a bit more adventurous, check out a favorite trail.  Fresh snow fall is perfect to use snowshoes.  Did you know snowshoes are available to rent at Hutchinson Parks and Rec for just $5 a set?  There are a variety of sizes for ages 4 and up.

Check out the Winter Activity Guide for more info on snowshoes, ice time, open gym time and other community happenings.

Speaking of community happenings, be sure to put Winterfest on your schedule for Saturday, Feb 3rd.  If you can believe it, we’ll have even more winter fun family activities to showcase in 2018 along with some old favorites like dogsled rides and outdoor games.

 

2018’s OBOC Book Choice

Song Poet: A Memoir of My Father by Kao Kalia Yang.

Volunteers Needed

There are a TON of upcoming community events that depend on local volunteers.  Show your support by giving your time to one of these upcoming events.  Your time commitment could be as little as a hour and could be done individually or in groups with family, friends or co-workers.
If you’re planning to participate in one of these events, don’t rule out volunteering.  Many different volunteer roles are needed and don’t conflict with participating.  Volunteering at registration or event clean up allows you to participate in the race AND volunteer.
If you’re not planning to walk or run, volunteering is a great way to get in on the action.  Check out these other benefits of volunteering at a race event.
UPCOMING EVENTS
MFT Glow Run, Sept 9th
Tiger Time Challenge, Sept 30th
Walk/Bike to School Day, Oct 3rd
Spooky Sprint, Oct 28th

National Night Out 2017

You’re invited.  Get to know your neighbors on Tuesday, Aug 1st, at the neighborhood gathering closest to you.

The following list of National Night Out parties was compiled by Heart of Hutch. A few other parties are planned but organizers asked that they not be listed here — invitations have been sent out in those neighborhoods.

1. CENTURY COURT TOWNHOUSES
Who’s invited: Friends and residents of Century Court Townhouses
Location: Century Court Playground
Time: 6 to 8 p.m.
Contact: Kelli Johnson or Joanne Harfiel at 320-234-7234
Bring: A lawn chair. Ice cream treats will be provided.

2. CLEVELAND AVENUE SOUTHWEST
Who’s invited: All neighborhood residents
Location: 835 Chicago Ave. S.W.
Time: Potluck beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Contact: Bonnie Ackland-Fimon at 320-587-6962
Bring: A dish to pass and a chair. Organizers will supply plates, napkins, utensils, lemonade and tables.

3. MAHOGANY COURT SOUTHWEST
Who’s invited: Residents who live in the immediate neighborhood, along Eighth and Ninth avenues southwest, along Eighth and Ninth avenues southwest, Mahogany Court Southwest, Roberts Street Southwest and Lakewood Drive Southwest
Location: Mahogany Court Southwest
Time: 6 to 8 p.m.
Contact: Jenelle Stiras at 320-234-6944
Bring: lawn chairs, and children should bring their bicycles and tricycles. Freezees will be served.

4. GRACE LUTHERAN CHURCH
Who’s invited: Anyone who wishes to attend
Location: The church is at 450 Fifth Ave. S.W.
Time: 5 p.m. to dusk
Contact: Grace Lutheran Church at 320-587-3051
Bring: Nothing. Chairs, food, games and prizes will be provided.

5. ISLAND VIEW HEIGHTS
Who’s invited: People in the Island View Heights Association
Location: Gazebo on Prairie View Drive Southwest
Time: Starts at 5:30 p.m., potluck dinner served at 6 p.m.
Contact: Betty Braun at bj.braun@mchsi.com, or 320-587-3423, or Sue Boske at 320-587-8330
Bring: A dish to pass and a chair. Plates, utensils and beverages will be provided.

6. GREENSVIEW COURT NORTHWEST
Who’s invited: Residents of the Meadows Townhouse Association
Location: 832 Greensview Court N.W.
Time: 6 to 8 p.m.
Contact: Ken Schuts at 952-221-2778
Bring: A dish to pass and a lawn chair. Paper plates, utensils and beverages will be provided.

7. NORTHWOODS PARK
Who’s invited: Neighborhood residents
Location: Northwoods Park Shelter
Time: 5 p.m. to whenever
Contact: Mavis Schwanke at 320-587-2058 or schwanke@hutchtel.net
Bring: A dish to pass. A hog roast, sloppy joes, beverages and prizes for the kids will be provided. The firetruck will make an appearance if all goes as planned.

8. PARK TOWERS PATIO
Who’s invited: Residents of Park Towers
Location: Park Towers community room
Time: 4 to 4:30 p.m.
Contact: Lorri Olson at lolson@hutchtel.net
Bring: Nothing. Barbecue sandwiches, beans, chips and lemonade will be served

9. ROLLING OAKS LANE NORTHWEST
Who’s invited: Residents of Rolling Oaks Lane
Location: Driveway at 1245 Rolling Oaks Lane
Time: 5 to 7 p.m.
Contact: Tammy Lauer at 320-583-2567
Bring: A dish to pass and a lawn chair

10. SOUTHWEST COURT
Who’s invited: Residents of the neighborhood
Location: Lions Park West on Sunset Street
Time: 6 to 8 p.m.
Contact: Toni Fischer at 320-552-3977
Bring: A dish to pass, beverage, chairs and utensils.

11. TWIN OAKS TOWNHOMES
Who’s invited: Residents of Echo Manor Apartments and Twin Oaks Townhomes
Location: Between the B and C buildings of Twin Oaks Townhomes at 1035 Texas Ave.
Time: 5 to 7 p.m.
Contact: Janis Rannow at Twin Oaks Townhomes at 320-587-7505
Bring: A chair. Taco in a bag and beverages will be served. Lots of games and prizes for the kids, and a great chance to get to know your neighbors.

12. VFW PARK
Who’s invited: Residents of the immediate neighborhood
Location: VFW Park
Time: 6 to 8 p.m.
Contact: John Paulson at 507-276-1994
Bring: Nothing. Plenty of picnic tables are available for seating. Cold treats will be provided. Kid-friendly activities are planned.

13. OAKWOOD COURT NORTHWEST
Who’s invited: Anyone who wishes to attend
Location: Gazebo on Oakwood Court
Contact: Sandy Lennes at 320-455-0257, or Letty Bernhagen at 320-587-6508
Bring: A dish to pass and chairs. Tables, utensils and coffee will be provided.

14. ELKS PARK
Who’s invited: City residents
Location: Elks Park on Sherwood Street Southeast
Time: 6 to 8 p.m.
Contact: Donna Anderson at 320-587-8561
Bring: A chair. Serving cookies and water. Hosted by South Orchard Avenue Estates.

15. BETHLEHEM UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
Who’s invited: Anyone who wishes to attend
Location: The parking lot of Bethlehem United Methodist Church, 665 Miller Ave. S.W.
Time: 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Contact: Church office at 320-587-3312
Bring: An item to donate to the McLeod Emergency Food Shelf. Root beer floats and pretzel dogs will be provided. Organized games are planned.

16. DEER PARK APARTMENTS
Who’s invited: Residents of Deer Park Apartments
Location: Park and community building at 309 North High Drive N.W.
Time: 5 to 7 p.m.
Contact: Janis Rannow at 320-587-7505
Bring: A lawn chair. Tacos in a bag and beverages will be served.

17. TYLER STREET SOUTHWEST
Who’s invited: Residents of the immediate neighborhood
Location: 705 Tyler St. S.W.
Time: 6 to 8 p.m.
Contact: Bonnie Hahn at 320-583-1586
Bring: A lawn chair and beverage. Food and root beer floats will be provided. Games are planned for the kids.

18. HUNTERS STREET SOUTHWEST
Who’s invited: Residents of the immediate neighborhood
Location: 866 Hunter St. S.W.
Time: 6 to 8 p.m.
Contact: Mandy Sturges at 320-234-7319
Bring: A lawn chair. Root beer floats will be served.

19. HIDDEN CIRCLE
Who’s invited: Residents of the neighborhood
Location: Hidden Circle cul-de-sac
Time: 6 p.m.
Contact: Kim Kotzer at 612-219-8229, or Sue Peters at 507-829-6917
Bring: A dish to pass, something to grill and utensils.

20. SOUTHWINDS SOUTHEAST NEIGHBORHOOD
Who’s invited: Residents of Ottawa Avenue and Calgary Lane
Location: Corner of Ottawa Avenue and Calgary Lane
Time: 4:30 to 7 p.m.
Contact: Bill Arndt at 320-587-6882
Bring: A chair. Root beer floats will be served.

21. HERITAGE AVENUE NORTHWEST
Who’s invited: Residents of the 1200 block and 1300 corner of Heritage Avenue, Birdie Court and Birdie Circle
Location: 1270 Heritage Ave. N.W.
Time: 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Contact: Leann Gallagher at 320-583-8198, Michelle Kiefer at 507-430-2280 or Lori Tauer-Ankrum at 507-384-2133
Bring: A dish to pass, beverage and chair. Plates and utensils will be provided. Yard games and music are planned weather permitting. Donations will be accepted for the Heart of Minnesota Animal Shelter.

22. WOODSTONE SENIOR LIVING AND CHRIST THE KING LUTHERAN CHURCH
Who’s invited: Church members, Woodstone residents and anyone living in the neighborhood
Location: Christ the King parking lot, 1040 South Grade Road S.W.
Time: 5:30 to 8 p.m.
Contacts: Erika Smith at 320-234-8917 or email hutchcommunitylife@woostoneseniorliving.com, or the church office at 320-587-2776
Bring: A chair and a dish to pass. Hotdogs and hamburgers will be provided. There will be games for kids and a live band.

 

National Night Out is Aug. 1

Save the date — Tuesday, Aug. 1. It’s National Night Out.

By: Becky Felling at Heart of Hutch Connect Committee

The goal of National Night Out is to strengthen neighborhood bonds by bringing neighbors together to watch their neighborhoods and prevent crime. It is a great time to have a neighborhood barbecue, potluck or ice cream social. Last year there were more than 25 neighborhood gatherings in Hutchinson.

Shelters in the city parks can be reserved through Hutchinson Parks and Recreation by calling 320-587-2975. If tables and chairs are needed, they are available through the McLeod County Fairgrounds at 320-587-2499. The rental fee is $5 for one table and eight chairs. Tables and chairs are also available, without cost, through Parks and Recreation by calling 320-587-2975. If delivery is requested, there is a $10 charge.To designate a no-traffic area for a gathering, traffic barriers can be obtained through the Hutchinson Police Department by calling 320-587-2242.
 
In the past, members of the police department, fire department and ambulance crews have stopped by many of the neighborhood gatherings.
 
Whatever you and your neighbors decide to do, make Tuesday, Aug. 1 an evening to remember.
 
Original Post: Crow River Media

Power of Produce

The Power of Produce (PoP) club is a program that runs May through October for kids ages 3-12. Kids get $2 worth in tokens every market to buy fresh fruit and veggies from local farmers. A big thanks to everyone who contributed. Learn more about the program here!