Nov 7, 2022
Staff photo by Fritz Busch A good-sized crowd of women participated in the New Ulm Women’s Expo and Craft Fair at Jefferson Elementary School Saturday.
NEW ULM — While the 2022 Minnesota firearms deer season opened Saturday, many women, children, and even a few men flocked to Jefferson Elementary School the New Ulm Women’s Expo and Craft Fair.
Part of the citywide Shopping Opener, the event is a fundraiser for New Ulm Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) and Eagles Preschool programs.
Dozens of local, home and small businesses, crafters, agencies and non-profit organizations participated. Space rental fees support activities for children ages birth to kindergarten.
“It’s a great fundraiser for our programs,” said ECFE Director Betty Uehling.
New Ulm Medical Center General Surgeon Dr. Cori Jordan and Brooke Landreville were at the New Ulm Medical Center table early Saturday.
“It gives a glimpse of community talent and its a way to meet more people,” Landreville said.
“It’s an impressive kickoff to the holiday season, connecting to the community and wishing everyone a safe, holiday season,” said Jordan.
Available material included Allina Health’s Immunization Schedule for everyone from two-month-old babies to those over age 65.
Several other vendors said the admission-free expo was an event they look forward to every year, a one-stop shop and great way to meet new folks.
The New Ulm ECFE Community Preschool Information Night is set for 5:45 to 6:45 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 15 at Washington Learning Center, 910 14th St. N. Questions about community preschool will be answered.
Programs represented at the free event include Eagles Preschool, Head Start, Immanuel Lutheran Preschool, St. Paul’s Preschool, New Ulm Area Catholic School Preschool and Little Kids Connection.
A Brown County foster parent recruitment presentation begins at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 29 at Brown County Human Services, 1117 Center, New Ulm. Door prizes will be given away.
Eagles Preschool is trying a new fundraiser. Participants are asked to donate used sneakers, any brand, any condition, almost any size. Shoes must be at least 4 1/2 inches from heel to toe. No sandals, dress shoes or crocs.
Shoes can be placed anytime in the blue bin outside door #1 at the Washington Learning Center. Gotsneakers offers $1 for every pair of sneakers accepted.
Most people throw way used sneakers every 125-200 days without thinking of recycling. Since sneakers are made with non-biodegradable material, they remain in landfills or are incinerated, which leads to toxic chemicals in our air and soil.
The sneaker manufacturing process produces large amounts of C02 that contributes to the serious effects of climate change and global warming, according to
For more information, email Betty Uehling at Call the ECFE office at 507-233-8311.
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