The 22nd annual Children's Book Festival will be on Saturday, Sept.18, from noon until 5 p.m. at the Anderson Center at Tower View. From Vasa it's located just "down the hill," "through the valley" and past the old Burnside School at the end of Highway 19. Eight children's authors and illustrators, including Red Wing's own Jacqueline West, will present their work with readings and book-signing at the meet-and-greet booth. Other features will include a stilt-walker, puppet theater, balloon animals and a couple of food trucks. All activities will be outside on the Tower View grounds. Contact the Anderson Center for more information about this popular yearly event.

Back Alley Tour

The Goodhue County Historical Society offers everyone an interesting opportunity to explore remnants of early Red Wing with a Back Alley Tour on Saturday, Sept.18, at 10 a.m. Those alleys hold clues to a colorful story of past Red Wing events, including a series of fires in 1876 and how the Jordan Creek shaped early building of the city. There is a small fee of $7 for members and $10 for non-members. Meet in John Rich Park and wear comfortable shoes. For more information, phone (651)-388-6024 or email info@goodhistory.org

Bloodmobile area stops

Minnesota State College in southeast Red Wing will host the bloodmobile on Tuesday, Sept.21, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. The bloodmobile will be at Treasure Island Resort and Casino on Wednesday, Sept. 29, from 1-7 p.m. Farther in the future are blood donation events planned at St. Ansgar's Lutheran Church on October 11, Cross of Christ Lutheran Church November 4-5 and Vasa Lutheran Church November 18-19. Registration is required. Check out the Red Cross website to make an appointment and learn of other upcoming blood donation sites and dates. The need is great, even though "vacation season" is ending with the start of school. Thank you for doing what you can.

Church news

The worship service at Vasa Lutheran Church on September 19 will be a special intergenerational one, followed by the start of Sunday school on September 26. Classes will be held at the Lutheran Center this year, also at 9 a.m. Masks are recommended at worship services and Sunday school.  

  To keep informed about happenings in Vasa, check out the church's website. The office phone number is 651-258-4327; be advised that office hours are limited. Please leave a clear message and phone number, and someone will return your call. Email the church at any time: office@vasalutheran.org. Reach Pastor Maureen at: pastor@vasalutheran.org. Sunday morning worship services are at 9 a.m. at the church and available on YouTube, and the Wednesday evening service is at 6:30 p.m. at the Lutheran Center. Have coffee and conversation with neighbors on Tuesday mornings at the Lutheran Center, about 9:30. All are welcome at these events. Contact the church office for information about the Vasa Museum, which is open to the public free of charge on Sundays. Donations are always needed and appreciated.  

Looking ahead, Cross of Christ Lutheran Church in rural Welch will hold its 30th annual "Taste of Welch" on October 9 with some modifications. Their bake sale will be by pre-order by September 25. The choices are cookies, bars, breads, sweet breads, chicken noodle soup and chili. Pick up your items in the church parking lot on October 9. Please remain in your vehicle. Information about their traditional raffle and how to order bake sale items is on their website ccchurch.us and on Facebook, Cross of Christ Lutheran Church.  

As we turned the page to September, here's a reminder that there are just a few more Sundays that the Vasa Museum will be open. Appointments are available at other times by contacting any member of the museum board or the church office. Make meal reservations for the October 16 Vasa free community dinner by noon on October 6. Phone or email the church office. The volunteer crew prepared and handed out or delivered 310 meals on September 8 and thank Lorentz Meats for the generous donation of the brats.

 And so, Dear Readers, I hope you are healthy and safe. Until next week, may your joys be many and your cares be few!

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