What's happening in November!

Autumn is the season of change; the crispness in the air and the crunch of the leaves; the harvest dust that signals prosperity and a faith in something bigger than ourselves. Our daylight hours get a little shorter and we are forced to adjust to a change in routine. As a parent I can tell you, this is always a slight dread, because not only am I trying to modify my clock, I also have three other people to ease into this new season. Change is hard and uncomfortable, but once we get those clocks set properly — Nov. 3, by the way — we slowly settle into the newness and within no time, it’s like this was the norm, like it always was. Change is good; it’s how we grow and discover newness in ourselves and others.

The Sleepy Eye Young Professionals group held the first event of their calendar year this past Friday, Oct. 18, at Sleepy Eye Lanes. Current and non-members were invited to experience a lesser known amenity to our city. In truth, unless you had a phy-ed class at the high schools or had a parent who bowled, there’s a chance you had no idea a Sleepy Eye bowling alley existed. Well it was our hope to change that, and with a little help from Illegal Amigos and their tasty loaded nachos, I think our two dozen attendees would agree, it was a successful night. The SEYP group has lots more planned for this upcoming year: coffee and lights, a brewery tour, learning about guardianship and wills, high school career panels, and an end of the year block party. If you are interested in finding out more about this group, check out their Facebook page or the Chamber website for more information and membership details.

In November, the Sleepy Eye Chamber is teaming up with SEMC, Sleepy Eye Care Center/VOA, Sleepy Eye HRA/Ross Park Apts., Divine Providence Community Home, Alissa Fischer Law, and Miller Sellner, to bring you the first annual “Age Strong, Live Long” community expo. It is on Monday, Nov. 18, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., at the Sleepy Eye Event Center. This event is an informative planning, health and resource, expo for pre-seniors, seniors, and their families. Listen to a variety of speakers inform you of: Medicare Basics, Screenings and Healthy Aging, Powers of Attorney and Health Care Directives, and a discussion of your housing options here in Sleepy Eye. Information vendors, door prizes, and refreshments will be present. Please “save the date” for the Sleepy Eye tailored event, to provide you with the healthiest and best opportunities as you age strong and live long. Look for more information in the upcoming weeks or visit our Chamber website for Latest Opportunities.

This year the Sleepy Eye Chamber of Commerce will once again “Light the Night” along with Holiday Lights in Motion out at Sportsmen’s Park on Saturday, Nov. 30, from 5 to 7 p.m. with FREE carriage rides, s’mores & hot cocoa, hotdogs & popcorn, and much more. Santa will again arrive courtesy of our Sleepy Eye Fire Department around 5:30 p.m. to visit with kids and hear their hopeful requests. We encourage attendees to once again bring an unwrapped toy for Santa’s Closet — for those children in Brown County whose Christmas may need a little brightening. The Sleepy Eye Chamber is excited to hold this event, and we hope you, too, continue the tradition this holiday season, or make a change from the past, a new norm under a canopy of lights, with a community of friends, celebrating the Season.