Hutchinson Community Running Group is an inspiring group! This user based group started with a run on National Running Day around June 6th with a few people in Hutchinson getting together for an evening run. Since then, they have met every Wednesday with the hope of encouraging others to run with them. They used the tag #1of100 for their goal of getting 100 runners. Their goal was achieved last Wednesday- August 22nd with over 100 community runners showing up to join their weekly social fun run. What a great example of a group of people teaming up in their community to promote wellness and outreach!
From salsa to spaghetti sauce, from spicy tomato juice to tomato jam, home preserved tomatoes are versatile and tasty! Learn the safest and most current tomato preservation methods for canning, freezing, drying, and making salsa.
Join us for Preserving Tomatoes and Salsa on Tuesday, August 14 from 2:30 – 4:00 pm and repeated from 6:30 – 8:00 pm at the Litchfield Senior High School in Room C110 (FACS Room).
Presenter will be Deb Botzek-Linn, University of Minnesota Extension Educator in Food Safety.
This class is sponsored by “One Vegetable, One Community” and the Statewide Health Improvement Program. Attendance is free, although pre-registration is requested by calling Meeker County Public Health at 320.693.5370.
Whether you are new to home food preservation or have been preserving tomatoes for years, this session is for you!
- An hour of vigorous swimming will burn up to 650 calories! More than walking or biking!
- Swimming strengthens the heart and lungs and works the body’s major muscles
- Swimming helps reduce stress
- Water’s buoyancy makes swimming the ideal exercise for anyone seeking a low impact exercise
- Swimming is a great cardio exercise because you are moving against the water’s resistance which is over ten times that of the air
- Because it’s FUN!!!
Glencoe’s Farmer’s Market season will begin on Thursday, June 7th. This year, over twenty vendors are committed to providing a variety of fresh, locally-grown produce, promising the best year yet for the market! The Farmer’s Market will be held on Thursdays from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m offering locally-grown produce, including early-summer favorites including strawberries, radishes, asparagus, beans, and more. Numerous vendors also feature honey, jellies, pickles, and an assortment of delicious baked goods. The market is located adjacent to the Glencoe City Center building at 1107 11th Street East next to Glencoe Oil Co
Source: Glencoe Chamber of Commerce Community Newsletter
1. Plan your route.
Map out the safest and most enjoyable bike route from your home to work. Your route should avoid cars, is well traveled by other bikers or runners, and offer easy access to gas stations in the event your bike breaks down or you encounter bad weather. Carefully observe your bike route to determine the high risk spots, such as intersections with heavy traffic or streets with lots of parked cars, and road hazards, such as grates, potholes, and spots with sand and loose debris. Talk to your local bike shop for bike route tips, buy a local map that shows designated bike routes and trails, and check out Google.com/Maps to map out a bike-friendly route.
2. Drive Your Bike, Be Seen, and Be Safe.
Serious bikers know to drive-their-bike as if they were behind the wheel of a car and how critical it is to wear a bike helmet to prevent head injuries. Equally important is to be seen and that means wearing bright colored jackets, jerseys or shorts, such as a screaming yellow P.R.O. Barrier lite jacket — especially in low light conditions such as early morning or dusk. It’s vital to equip your bike with front and rear lights and reflectors, and always carry identification on you when you bike and put a card in your wallet with emergency phone numbers should you be injured while biking and are unable to call for help.
3. Bring clothes to work.
If you work in a more casual work setting, it may not matter as much, but if your workplace is slightly more formal, you may need to bring in a change of clothes when you drive into work. Talk to your local bike store about getting a waterproof backpack or pannier to carry clothes and shoes to work wrinkle free.
4. Gear up.
It’s important to be comfortable when you ride to work. Arriving to work cold, wet or with a sore behind will take the fun out of biking to work really fast. Start by investing in a pair of high quality bike shorts or pants that include anatomic 4D chamois technology to make the ride on your behind more comfortable. Be prepared for unexpected weather changes by packing a water-resistant jacket, arm and leg warmers, and sunglasses.
5. Bike for the streets.
Many bike manufacturers now make bikes specifically designed for urban commuting. Serious riders who commute all year round, even in snow, change their tires to match road conditions. Equip your bike with an extra tube for your tire, air pump and an easy-to-access tool set in the event you experience bike trouble.
6. Have a bail-out plan.
Expect drivers to act without seeing you. If you see backup lights, expect them to back into your path; if you see drivers parked, expect them to open their doors into your path. Always try to make eye contact with a driver – especially at intersections. Wave to a driver if you don’t think they see you. If they don’t look at you, they’re probably not seeing you. If they are texting, or gabbing on their cell phones, they won’t see you.
7. Road rage.
If you bike frequently enough, eventually you’ll encounter an angry driver. In any road rage situation, the person on the bike is exposed and extremely vulnerable. Do not challenge or confront enraged drivers, or drivers who are drunk, or high on drugs. Apologize, go meekly away, and live to ride another day.
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