January 7

NAMI Connections: Mental Illness Support Group is a self-help group for people recovering from mental illness. It's a place to find acceptance, support and friendship. It will meet at Timber's back dining room on the first and third Monday of the month. The next meeting is on January 7, from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. No registration or fee required. Just walk in and join us. For information call facilitator Richard Iverson at (507) 454-5472 or Helen Newell at (507) 494-0900. This support group is cosponsored by National Alliance on Mental Illness - Winona, MN affiliate and Project COMPASS.

The Winona Area Autism Spectrum Disorder Support Group is for the families, friends and primary care providers of persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) (including Asperger's PDD/NOS or other related disorders). It meets the first Monday of the month. The next meeting will be January 7, from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. at St. Stan's Middle School (new location).On-site childcare provided by Home & Community Options. Snacks will be served. Questions? Call Stacey Marg, Parent Facilitator at (507) 452-8731 or Karen Bunkowski at (507) 457-6264.

The Prostate Cancer Support Group of Winona will meet at 7 p.m. January 7, in the Parkview Conference Room of Community Memorial Hospital. A report on conflicting articles on nutrition and cancer prevention will be given. The group is for those who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer and those recovering from treatment. The group strives to protect the privacy of each member. For information call the hospital's Education Services Department at 507-457-4491.

January 8

The Winona Area Crime Stoppers Board of Directors will meet on Tuesday,January 8,at Timbers Restaurant in Winona. The meeting begins at 8:00 a.m. and is open to the public.

January 10

The Hiawatha Valley Civil War Round Table will hold its regular monthly meeting on Thursday, January 10, at 7 p.m. at the Historical Society building, 160 Johnson Street, Winona. All are invited.

The monthly meeting of the Minnesota City Historical Association will be held on Thursday,January 10, at the Riverway Learning Community, 115 Iowa Street in Minnesota City. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. and is open to the public. The agenda includes thearchaeology presentation scheduled forFebruary 24, at Riverway.There will be updates onseveral other projects including the work at First Baptist Church, the Minnesota Statehood Anniversary grant,and the historical walking tour brochure.

January 14

Chautauqua Club will meet January 14, at the home of Grace Welle. Pat Malotka will co-host with Enda Fitzmaurice presenting the program.

January 16

Harvest House will hold their monthly meeting Wednesday, January 16, at St. Stanislaus Church. Mass at 1:00 p.m. with Father Lawrence Ginther as celebrant. A business meeting will follow in the church hall. Our guest speaker will be Kathy Foerster of Elder Network to discuss the options of services available to seniors. The block nurse will be at the meeting to take blood pressure, pulse and weight. A lunch will be served.

January 17

January 17th: Open House of the Southeast Minnesota Chapter of the Holistic Moms Network, 6:30 p.m. at the Houston Nature Center, Houston, Minn. Visit or contact Tricia at for more info.

January 24

Tri-County Retired Educators luncheon meeting will be Thursday, January 24, at noon, at Valley High Golf Club. Soup and salad buffet for $6.50. Karla Kinstler of the Houston Nature Center will speak on her trip to the World Owl Conference in Europe. Reservations with check to Lorna Peterson, Box 224, Houston, MN 55943 by Monday, January 21. Questions call 507-896-2241.

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