Category: Community

Volunteer opportunities in St. Cloud, MN

Want to do something good for your community? Here are some volunteer opportunities you can take part in in St. Cloud, Minnesota, courtesy of us here at Don Robinson Mitsubishi.

American Red Cross

You can become a volunteer for the American Red Cross at their St. Cloud Donation Center. Volunteers help assist the Red Cross by greeting and registering donors and offering refreshments. Hours are flexible, so you can work around your work schedule.

Whitney Senior Center

The Whitney Senior Center has various volunteer positions open, from hosting weekly events to teaching or leading workshops. Have a special talent you want to share with people? Here’s your chance.

Salvation Army

The Salvation Army will always accept volunteers in areas like food serving, food shelf staff, and cooking. Volunteering in these areas means that you’ll get to help feed the members of your own community who are in need.

Tri-County Humane Society

This local humane society helps find homes for cats, dogs, or other animals that come through their doors. You can volunteer to transport animals, walk them and keep their kennels clean, or even photograph them. What’s better than hanging out with dogs and cats?

Volunteering is a great, selfless way to enjoy the community of St. Cloud. There are even more volunteering opportunities than this, so get out there and look for the right fit for you.

The holiday season can take a lot out of you. All that budgeting, running around searching for the perfect presents, decorating, and preparing food for family gatherings requires a lot of energy. However, if you want to go into the new year feeling refreshed and re-energized, here are some going tips for kicking off the beginning of January by getting back into the groove after the holidays.

  • Sleep More: With all that running around to attend friend and family events, you’ve probably exhausted yourself by having an inconsistent sleep schedule. Get back on a normal routine.
  • Minimize Stress: Fatigue builds up over the holiday season. Make a point to take some time out of the day just to meditate or have quiet time.
  • Exercise and Eat Right: Let’s face it—everyone’s diet takes a nosedive during Christmas. You probably didn’t have time to work out, either. Focus on a balanced diet and exercise plan, and you’ll feel better in no time.
  • Get Your Finances on Track: All those presents are expensive! Hold onto all those gift receipts, balance your checkbook, and give yourself a budget. You’ll be glad you did later.
  • Organize Your Life: While you were cleaning the entertaining areas of your home for the holidays, you may have let your other routines fall to the wayside. Stay on top of domestic chores and, now that you’re settled, make time for your family, too.

After the holidays, you might feel like you’re sliding down a slippery slope, but just a few more days of resting and preparing can make you feel brand new.

Local Food Pantries in St. Cloud

Thanksgiving is rolling around, which means family and friends will be coming together for a feast before you know it. This holiday season, however, we here at Don Robinson Mitsubishi would like to ask you to give a little back to your community. The local food pantries in St. Cloud could use your donations in preparation this coming holiday.

The Salvation Army Food Shelf is one of the major food pantries in our area. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday between 1pm and 3pm as well as Tuesday and Thursday between 9am and 11am.

Those in need should note that there’s a one visit per month limit and you’ll need a photo ID and proof of address as well. The Salvation Army Food Shelf in St. Cloud, Minnesota serves the Benton, Sherburne, and Stearns counties.

It doesn’t matter how little or how much you give—every bit helps feed the hungry and less fortunate in our very own community.

If you don’t have anything to give, consider volunteering your time instead. Contact the food pantry directly at (320) 252-4552. Potential volunteers can also fill out a volunteer application and drop it off at the Worship and Service Center located at 400 U.S. Highway 10 South.

family Halloween costume

You have a few more weeks until Halloween, which is enough time to put the final touches on everyone’s Halloween costumes. If you and your family really want to go all out this year, consider a family Halloween costume. Here are some great ideas that are sure to win the next costume contest.

  • Space Family. With this theme, you could combine astronauts and aliens. Anything silver is a good choice.
  • One parent can dress as a zookeeper while everyone else can choose their favorite animal costume.
  • Despicable Me. Have Dad dress as Gru, Mom can be Lucy Wilde, and the kids can all be cute yellow Minions.
  • Football team. Parents can dress as referees, while the little ones can pack on the pads and helmets. If you have a newborn, dress the baby as the football.
  • For a touch of scary for your family costume, try some creepy costumes from this classic movie.
  • Lord of the Rings. Create your own fellowship with your favorite characters from this iconic book and movie series.
  • Toy Story. Let your kids choose their favorite characters from the Toy Story movies and Mom and Dad can fill in the gaps.

Are you planning a family Halloween costume this year? Be sure to stop by Don Robinson Mitsubishi for our trunk or treat event leading up to Halloween!

Summertime by George Festival

Live in or near the St. Cloud area in Minnesota? Every year, the Rotary Club at St. George takes advantage of the summer heat to hold the annual Summertime by George Festival on the shores of the newly-renovated Lake George. The festival began in June, but runs for 12 weeks every Wednesday until August 26th. The event opens to the public at 5pm; the music begins at 6 and lasts until 9.

Admission to Summertime by George is entirely free to the public. Other activities at the festival include the Middle Town Market, providing access to a diverse variety of local vendors and food. The Eastman Tavern is nearby and serves craft beers, wine, and snacks, and the little ones can play to their hearts’ content in Little Georgetown. There’s also a trolley that runs through the area every 10 minutes Wednesday evenings, which makes parking much easier.

The Summertime by George Festival celebrates fun, live musical performances as well as local artisans and culture, nearby eateries, and area breweries. Whether you’re getting a drink with friends or looking for an evening with your family, Lake George has an all-summer-long event to keep you entertained.  Stop in and tell us all about it at Don Robinson Mitsubishi.

St. Cloud Granite City Days

If you are looking for something to do this month, we at Don Robinson Mitsubishi highly recommend taking time to go to the St. Cloud Granite City Days. This year’s festival is celebrating 10 years of amazing events and will take place starting Thursday, June 23rd through Sunday, June 26th.

The official Opening Ceremonies begin at 6:30pm on Thursday, but for all you early birds, there’s plenty going on before the festival officially starts. There is a variety of event and entertainment available during the four-day festival. Each day is jam-packed with great activities such as a Lemonade Concert and Art Fair, a Medallion Hunt, a Parade, a Fishing Derby, and even a Civil Air Patrol Fly-In Pancake Breakfast.

There are also canoe rides from Beaver Island to River Bluffs Park and a Gran Fondo Bike Ride at Lake George, which is a new addition to this year’s festivities. In addition to many great activities for you and your family to do, this festival will see it’s fair share of amazing entertainers, such as TONIC SOL-FA, Justin Ploof & the Throwbacks, and Jack and Kitty.

For more information and a detailed schedule, click here. This is one amazing festival that you do not want to miss!

Spring Cleaning

As the weather warms, it can only mean one thing: spring cleaning. This time of year is perfect for washing away dirt and debris, giving your car a fresh, clean look. We’ve put together a list of five spring cleaning tips for your car.

According to Fox News, slush, salt, and cold temperatures can be especially harmful on your car, leading to corrosion. One important area to clean that you don’t normally see is the underbody. Salt from the road can coat the bottom of your car, doing serious damage. Check your local car wash to see if they have an undercarriage power wash. If not, simply spray it off with a hose.

Next, clean the exterior paint and the interior fabric or leather. Make sure to scrub the hard to reach places, like the bottoms of doors, window channels, and around the wheel wells. Also, get a steam cleaner if possible to remove any salt that may have been tracked to the interior.

After this is done, replace your wiper blades. Winter can be especially harsh on your wipers, making the spring the perfect time to get a new pair. You might also consider applying RainX or other treatments that may have worn off.

Don’t forget to check your tires! Tire pressure increases for every 10-degree rise in temperature. Make sure tires are at the proper psi (pressure per square inch) rating. You may also check for uneven wear, cracking, or low tread. Warmer weather is a great time to consider new tires.

Finally, top off your fluids. Make sure wiper fluid is at proper levels, and also check oil, transmission fluid, antifreeze/coolant, brake fluid, power steering fluid, and any other systems you might have. This is also a great time of year to change your oil, giving your car a fresh start for warmer weather.

And if you want to get a good clean detail on your vehicle, stop by Don Robinson Mitsubishi for a great detailing job by our Detail Department!

New Year's Eve

New Year’s is a great time to celebrate the ending of the year and the beginning of the next.  In St. Cloud, there are many events that you can go to help start the year off right, from events that are great for the family or for just you and your significant other.  See what we recommend to do this New Year’s Eve in St. Cloud from Don Robinson Mitsubishi

New Year’s Eve Bowling Bash

If you are looking for a great place to take the kids and still have a good time, Great River Bowl is the place to be.  The best part about this party is that there are two!  The first one is for the early birds and goes from 6 to 8:30.  This is great for families with young children.  The second party starts at 9:30 and goes till 1am.  There’s also a chance to win some cool prizes.

Fireworks by Lake George

Lake George is perhaps one of the best places to see fireworks and for the 2nd year in a round, they will be letting them off for New Year’s!  Our towns’ Mayor Kleis will be leading the countdown and this free event will host hot cider, coffee and bagel bites to everyone!

Deuces Wild New Year’s Eve

If you are looking for some entertainment to end the year, the Paramount Theatre and Visual Arts Center will be presenting the Deuces Wild New Year’s Eve.  Tickets for this event are $25 and there are two showing, once at 7pm and again at 10pm.

There is plenty more to see and do this New Year’s in our great city.  To see what else is going on St. Cloud this New Year’s, click here to find out more!

Halloween trick or treat

Let’s face it—Halloween is all about the kids. Kids are the ones who get dressed up, get cute pumpkin-shaped baskets, go door-to-door yelling “Trick or Treat!” and get to fill up on candy. But some parents rightly have a few reservations about letting their little ones take candy from strangers – which is when trunk-or-treating becomes a viable option.

Trunk-or-treating, put simply, is an event in which some people from a community parks their cars in a parking lot somewhere and has the costumed kids go trunk-to-trunk for candy instead of door-to-door. Typically, these are small events held in church parking lots, but the practice is starting to catch on in other venues as well!

The benefits of trunk-or-treating include keeping your children confined to a community of people that know one another and are trustworthy. Also, the whole process of trick-or-treating becomes a lot easier and more streamlined. There’s no walking around with your kids, and no getting to the edge of the neighborhood and realizing you have to turn around and walk all the way back. Additionally, decorating your car for the event can be a fun family experience for both you and the children.

Trunk-or-treating might not be for everybody. Trick-or-treating certainly provides more options and gives kids a more traditional experience, and that’s just fine for some people. But sometimes it’s also just nice to know there are other options for parents who worry about their little ones on Halloween.  Tell us what you think of this new emerging Halloween tradition here at Don Robinson Mitsubishi.