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Area news: Flu shot clinic ... Stocking stuffers ... Baby sitter's training

Flu shot clinic: A seasonal flu shot clinic will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Monday at the RiverView Family Clinic in Crookston, located on the north end of the RiverView Health campus.

Flu shot clinic: A seasonal flu shot clinic will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Monday at the RiverView Family Clinic in Crookston, located on the north end of the RiverView Health campus.

Cost for the seasonal flu vaccine is $25. Some insurance companies can be billed or cash will be accepted. Medicare and Medicaid cover the costs, so bring insurance cards.

H1N1 vaccines will also be available during the flu clinic at no charge for pregnant women, people who live with or provide care for infants younger than 6 months, children 6 months through 24 years and people ages 25 to 64 who have medical conditions that put them at higher risk for influenza-related complications.

For more information, call (800) 743-6551, ext. 9259.

Pearl Harbor: Gov. Hoeven has directed that U.S. and state flags be flown at half-staff on government and public buildings Monday in honor of those who lost their lives at Pearl Harbor. The governor's directive is in accordance with a proclamation issued by the president designating Dec. 7 as National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.


Stocking stuffers: The Ryan House and Alcott Manor in Grand Forks are seeking support of "Santa-helping" businesses to fill stockings for 50 low-income apartment residents. The gifts will be distributed at 10 a.m. Dec. 23. For more information, call (701) 772-5480 or (701) 740-1955.

Winter Fest meeting: Anyone from Grand Forks and East Grand Forks interested in providing an activity for Winter Fest 2010 is invited to attend a planning meeting at 7 p.m. Monday in East Grand Forks City Hall, 600 DeMers Ave. Items of discussion will include final roster of activities, event layout and cancellation criteria.

For more information, log on to www.grandforksgov.com/greenway .

Silver Sneakers: Older area adults are invited to an open house showcasing the national Healthways Silver Sneakers Fitness Program at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at both Center Court Fitness and the YMCA in Grand Forks. For more information, call (701) 746-2790, (701) 775-2586 or (218) 329-8071.

Alcohol, seat belt enforcement: The North Dakota Highway Patrol and Grand Forks County Sheriff's Department will conduct an alcohol enforcement saturation in Grand Forks County Dec. 11-12. Both departments will have additional officers out on patrol both nights using an overtime program funded by the North Dakota Department of Transportation. The goal is to remove alcohol-impaired drivers from the roadway.

Polk County Sheriff's Deputies, Crookston and East Grand Forks police officers also will conduct extra DWI patrols as well as enforce Minnesota's primary seat belt law as part of a Minnesota-wide crackdown throughout December.

Sing-along: The Germans from Russia Heritage Society will host a Christmas sing-along and refreshment time from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Dec. 13 at 4000 Valley Square, Grand Forks. The public is invited to attend. Info: (701) 772-5418.

Baby sitter's training: The American Red Cross will offer baby sitter's training, designed for youth ages 11 to 15, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 19 or Dec. 30 at 1708 River Road N.W. in East Grand Forks.


The course fee is $30. Bring a bag lunch. For more information or to register, call (218) 773-9565.

Santa Lucia festival: Christmas tradition of old Sweden comes again to the region at the 23rd annual Santa Lucia Festival sponsored by the Agassiz Swedish Heritage Society. This year it's in First Lutheran Church in Karlstad, Minn., at 2 p.m. Dec. 12.

The Rev. Gary Halverson will bring a welcome from First Lutheran and Lyndon Johnson, Hallock, Minn., and the president of the society will speak.

Karlstad is named after a major Swedish city.

The Sola Strings, a girls violin quartette from the region, will perform, and Scriptures will be read in Swedish. Queen Lucia, with her crown of lighted candles, will proceed with her attendants.

The legend of Lucia, which dates to the fourth century A.D., is about a young Christian girl in Sicily martyred for her faith.

The longest day of the year on the ancient Swedish calendar was Dec. 13, and the holiday begins the Christmas season in Sweden.

There will be coffee and desserts. Everyone is welcome.


Info: First Lutheran (218) 436-2406.

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