Your Lake Crystal Happenings
from the Lake Crystal Area Chamber of Commerce
Here at the Lake Crystal Area Chamber we continue to hear great stories about the ways that local businesses and individuals are supporting one another during this time. Please share these Random Acts of Community at: lcacc56055@gmail.com and work together to keep these positive vibes going! 
ANNUAL SCOUTING FOR FOOD PROGRAM
MOVES TO ONLINE FORMAT IN WAKE OF COVID-19
Area residents are being asked to help raise money for local food banks by donating money to the “Scouting for Food” campaign, now through March 31st. Normally, area Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts representing Twin Valley Council go door to door asking for canned food donations, but this year Scouts are not able to do so because of the COVID-19 virus.
Scouting for Food is the largest single service project that the Twin Valley Council conducts and greatly benefits local food shelves and those in our community most in need of food. With the COVID-19 virus and shortages of supplies, those in need would be even more vulnerable if the Scouting for Food program was canceled outright.
Instead of cancelling this very important community service project, area Scouts are seeking cash donations online, instead. For the online Scouting for Food Program, 100% of proceeds will go to local food banks so they can purchase supplies to help those in need. Monetary donations are often preferred by food banks for several reasons. Cash is easy to organize, there is no overhead associated with it and food banks can often buy more food at wholesale prices with cash.
Through the online Scouting for Food Program, donors will be able to select a donation level and even choose one of 33 participating food banks in Southern Minnesota to help.
To donate, go to the Twin Valley Council website at www.twinvalleybsa.org/food Donations will be accepted online from now until March 31, 2020.
The Scouting for Food drive is proudly sponsored by New Country Minnesota 93 radio, CHS, WOW!Zone and Walmart Distribution Center. The online e-commerce solution was donated by Lime Valley Advertising. Twin Valley Council is a partner agency of the Greater Mankato Area United Way.

In keeping with the values of Scouting, Boy Scouts devote themselves to community service. For more information on Scouting, including diversity/specialty programs, visit twinvalleybsa.org.
NEW Drive Through Dining Options
The Lake Crystal Dairy Queen...

THANKS YOU for your support this week!
Keep using the call in option to have your order ready for pick-up or drive-thru. 

Thanks for your patience with the long drive-thru lines. It brings them joy to see the cars lined up and remember... ice cream still brings you JOY 🍦
The Lakes Sports Bar and Grill
Starting Tuesday, March 24th The Lakes will be doing curbside carry out for eats and off sale!! 
Hours: 11am - 7pm
Curbside pick up ONLY! The doors will not be open, so please understand they are not open for walk-in business at this time. Please respect this for the safety of you and their staff ❤️
Here’s the deal...
Call and place your order at
507.726.6801 - Order off the menu provided and/or your off sale request. Because they need to keep you and the staff safe, all orders must be paid for over the phone with credit card. 
Pick up in the parking lot... they will come to you 😀 They are looking forward to serving you again! They miss you and appreciate the love and support!   #LCSTRONG
Kevin's Market Specials
To view the entire ad - click HERE
Cooped Up and missing your LCARC workouts?
Lake Crystal Chamber Spring City Wide Garage Sale
Take this time of uncertainty and the Deep Spring Cleaning you're doing and make a little ca$h, too!

Registration deadline - May 1st.  
C  lick  HERE   for YOUR registration form

*Note  -  The Chamber will need a minimum of 50 sales or there will not be a map/handout for this springs sales. This change is due to the cost of printing and advertising expenses. Remember those that pay $10 to register, receive many more shoppers!
If the COVID-19 outbreak warrants cancellation of this event
your registration fee will be refunded.
Have you sent in your nomination yet?
Chamber Businesses Eligible - Deadline Date April 6th
Past winners are not eligible-
2019 Business of the Year - Mani Street Accouting and Rising Star - Dairy Queen
2018 - Business of the Year - The Lakes Sports Bar and Rising Star - LC ACE Hardware
Email your nominations to: lcacc56055@gmail.com
or send to: LCACC - PO Box 27 - Lake Crystal, MN 56055
'Shop Small' - Support your Local Businesses
Please spread the word that small businesses are now eligible for disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration.
Here are 10 things to do while in quarantine this weekend...
Responsibilities:
Get your taxes ready
With no brunches to go to, games to watch, or really any public fun to be had, this is the perfect time to start wrapping up your taxes.
Clean and get organized
This reporter will not indulge in the misnomer that “cleaning can be fun,” however it is something that’s necessary to do. Do ALL of your laundry, purge your home clean, and tidy up like there’s no tomorrow.
Exercise
Quarantine or not there’s still plenty of ways to stay in good health. It might not be the same as your routine workout but there’s plenty of options and workouts that are being  streamed  to do from home.
Explore ways to save money
With no going out, no commutation costs, and many more ways to save a little bit of dough, now is the chance to go over your own finances to evaluate where you can save up during COVID-19 times
Check in on those close to you
This is an obligation.
Having strong mental health in times of seclusion is certainly as important as having good physical standing too. Call or Facetime your friends and family routinely, it will be much appreciated.

Fun things to do:
Video chat like you’re in middle school again
Many of us remember the days of group video chats on weekday evenings back from our younger days. Who’s to say you can’t have a night like you’re back in the seventh grade procrastinating your homework with your buddies? There’s nothing wrong with having a little fun to get through a challenging time.
Start a podcast
All you’ll need is a phone and free online editing software.
Start a quarantine confessional, go on a rant about the things that peeve you the most, or talk about the good in the world or how much we all miss sports! Keeping your mind sharp is important now.
Do karaoke
Fortunately, nobody will be watching which should add a layer of encouragement for many. There’s tons of free websites where you can not only belt out some high notes, but also have your family join. Sing off the hard times.
Redecorate
Let your creative side show and take an opportunity to make some fresh and new executive decisions for your living space. Move things around, play with your decor, give things a springy new feeling!
Binge watch the weekend away

- Stay Safe Lake Crystal -