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Willmar

Becker Market, 3 to 6:30 p.m. today, Becker Ave between Fourth and Fifth streets downtown.

New London

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Little Crow Water Ski Team, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Neer Park; adults $5, students $ 2, 6 and under admitted free.

New London

Farmers Market, 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Holm Park on the Mill Pond.

Community celebrations

Through Saturday, Willmar

WILLMAR FESTS: Grande day parade 10:30 a.m., water ski show and fireworks Saturday; downtown block party and kiddie parade today; and more.

Through Saturday,

Granite Falls

WESTERN FEST: Rodeo performances at Lee Mar Ranch, street dances, kids' carnival, grande parade 1 p.m. Saturday, queen pageant; fireworks; www.granitefalls.com.

Through Sunday,

Bird Island

WING DING DAYS: Join the flock in Bird Island for the 16th annual community event; medallion hunt, three Wing Ding flings, games, coed volleyball tournaments, exotic animal display, hunt for "King Wing and Queen Ding," regatta parade at 4 p.m. Saturday; Bird Stock concert at 6 p.m. Saturday; www.birdislandcity.com.

Friday through Sunday, Hanley Falls

125TH CELEBRATION: Movie night, swap meet, car show, kids' games, bean bag toss tournament, street dance; 125th program at 1 p.m. Sunday on north lawn of museum; www.hanleyfallsffr.com/events.

Saturday and Sunday, Dawson

RIVERFEST: Celebrate Dawson's 125th birthday with a boat parade, unveiling of the 2009 gnome, fireworks, sports tournaments, street dance, children's activities, kiddie parade, craft fair, fitness runs, antique tractor, car and motorcycle display, all school reunion on Saturday, grande parade at 2 p.m. Sunday.

Saturday, Murdock

MURDOCK DAZE: From 3 p.m. on there will be games for the kids, food stand, craft sale/vendors, medallion hunt, petting zoo, tours of the Murdock House, street dance with Whiskey Junction.

Saturday and Sunday, Lake Lillian

ANTIQUE POWER SHOW: Flea market and swap meet, kids' games, tractor pull, parade, chainsaw sculpture; 320-664-7040.

Sunday, Alexandria

VIKINGLAND BAND FESTIVAL: Parade of marching bands, 1:30 p.m. Sunday.

Outdoors

Prairie Woods ELC

At Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center, hikers are welcome on the grounds during daylight hours at no cost. Pets must be on a leash. Contact PWELC at 320-354-5894 or by e-mail at pwelc@co.kandiyohi.mn.us. For more information check the Web site at www.prairiewoodselc.org or call.

Sibley State Park

Interpretive Center open during the week; call 320-354-2002 for hours.

Sibley State park programs are on the weekends at the Interpretive Center and are led by the park naturalist or visiting expert. A vehicle permit is required to enter the park and they are available at the park office. For more information call 320-354-2002.

Dragons in the air: 10 a.m. today. Following a PowerPoint presentation on these insects with the amphibian-like lifestyle, we'll go hunting for dragons!

Bluebird conservation story: 2 p.m. today.

Butterflies, Winged Wildflowers: 10 a.m. Friday.

Bald eagle: 2 p.m. Friday. A PowerPoint program examining the life, culture and history dedicated to our national symbol.

Wet and wild bugs: 10 a.m. Saturday. A PowerPoint presentation and walk for a look at the seldom seen world of the aquatic insect. Examine snorklers, scuba divers and insects that swim on their backs.

Fish features and facts: 1 p.m. Saturday. We will examine fish parts, fish life, and Minnesota fish facts along with playing the Fish Facts Quiz.

Two little owls: 2 p.m. Saturday. A video about two little great horned owls includes incredible footage rarely seen of these birds.

Remarkable Reptiles: 11 a.m. Sunday. Sibley is home for 11 of the 29 species of reptiles found in Minnesota.

Lower Sioux Agency

The Lower Sioux Agency Historic Site is nine miles east of Redwood Falls on Redwood County 2. It is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and holidays and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for senior citizens, and $4 for ages 6-12. For more information call 507-697-6321 or check the Minnesota Historical Society Web site at www.mnhs.org.

Tipi life: Sunday. Spend the day at the Lower Sioux Agency and learn about the history of tipis including how to make a tipi, what items are found in a tipi and customary etiquette for using a tipi.

Footprints of History: Join a guided tour which will offer insights into traditional Dakota culture; how the lives of the Dakota changed because of government policies and treaties; the role and purpose of the Lower Sioux Agency; how the Agency would have looked 150 years ago; and the events that led up to the U.S.-Dakota War. Tours begin at 11 a.m., 1 and 4 p.m. Saturday, 1 and 4 p.m. Sunday.

Children's program: 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Learn about the customs, construction and items found in a tipi and help set up a small tipi.

Physical activities

Robbins Island Beach

Lifeguards on duty, 1 to 6 p.m. daily, weather permitting; North Business Highway 71, Willmar.

Rice Park wading pool

Open daily, 1 to 6 p.m., weather permitting; Kandiyohi Avenue and Second Street Southwest, Willmar.

Dorothy Olson

Aquatic Center

Open daily, noon to 7 p.m.; $3, non-swimmer $2, group rate $2.50; 1601 22nd St. S.W., Willmar. Lucky Duck Thursdays, every Thursday in July admission is $1 plus a non-perishable food item

Disc Golf course

Open during park hours, park in main lot, 9-hole starts where one-way road begins; Robbins Island, North Business Highway 71, Willmar.

Grind Central Skate Park

Open during daylight hours, Washington Learning Center; 325 Willmar Ave. S.W., Willmar

If you would like your event listed in Weekend, submit it online at www.wctrib.com. Or write the information briefly and mail it to: Weekend, West Central Tribune, Box 839, Willmar, MN 56201 or e-mail donnam@wctrib.com with Weekend in the subject line.

Events must be open to the public.

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