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Cinco de Mayo

Willmar, Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Willmar Middle School football field; outdoor family festival featuring music, dancers, food and more.

Willmar High School

Willmar, Monday, 7:30 p.m., high school theater; varsity band and choir concert.

Prairie Winds Band

Willmar, Monday, 7 p.m., WEAC; rehearsals begin for the summer concert season which starts June 9; members from all sections are welcome.


Middle School

Willmar, May 13, 7:30 p.m., WEAC; sixth- through eighth-grade bands.

The Upper Mississippians

Glenwood, May 16, 3 to 7 p.m., Lakeside Ballroom; Lakeside Dance Club presents "The Upper Mississippians," a big band from the Bemidji area; $20 per couple; no jeans or shorts;

Litchfield Area

Male Chorus

Litchfield, May 16, 7:30 p.m., First Lutheran Church; annual spring concert; $5, pre-schoolers admitted free; tickets available at the door.

Willmar High School

Willmar, May 17, 7:30 p.m., high school theater; High School and Middle School orchestra concert.


Middle School

Willmar, May 17, 7:30 p.m., high school theater; sixth- through eighth-grade orchestras.


Middle School

Willmar, May 20, 7:30 p.m., WEAC; sixth grade choirs.

Willmar High School

Willmar, May 25, 7 p.m., high school theater; commencement concert featuring all the "Best of Site" winners.


Middle School

Willmar, May 27, 7:30 p.m., middle school gym; seventh- and eighth-grade choirs.

Bus trips

Bus trips by community education and other non-profit groups to art related events are listed below according to the date of the event. Price must be included.

Swift County and Big Stone County libraries: Bus trip to the Minnesota History Museum on May 11 and May 15 for residents of the two counties. Free bus ride and free admittance to see the Minnesota Greatest Generation exhibit. Make reservations by calling one of the following libraries where the bus will make stops: Appleton, 320-289-1681; Benson, 320-842-7981; Kerkhoven, 320-264-2141; Graceville, 320-748-7332; or Ortonville, 320-839-2494.

Book lecture/signing

Scott Wolter will speak at 7 p.m. May 13 at the Kandiyohi County Historical Society about his new book "The Hooked X: Key to the Secret History of North America." He will speak about his recent research on the Kensington rune stone, and additional sites/artifacts found in North America which appear to be tied together.

Mary Logue will speak at 10:30 a.m. May 15 at the Renville Public Library. The award-winning author will also sign her books.

Will Weaver will speak at 7 p.m. May 20 at the Bird Island City Hall. A native of northern Minnesota, Weaver writes fiction for adults and young adults. He will do a book signing.

Mike Lynch will speak at 1 p.m. June 5 at the Olivia Public Library. The WCCO meteorologist will sign his books.


First Lutheran Church, 703 S. Sibley Ave., Litchfield

Kandiyohi County Historical Society, North Business 71 (by the train engine), Willmar

Lakeside Ballroom, 180 Lake Shore Dr. S., Glenwood

WEAC, Willmar Education and Arts Center, 611 Fifth St. S.W., Willmar

Willmar High School, corner of Civic Center Dr. and County Road 9, Willmar

Willmar Middle School, 201 Willmar Ave S.E., Willmar

Community and high school art events such as concerts and stage productions will be printed each Thursday in this calendar up to a month in advance. The deadline is noon Monday.

Items may be submitted on the Tribune Web site at; faxed to 320-235-6769; mailed to Arts Calendar, P.O. Box 839, Willmar, MN 56201 or e-mailed to with "arts calendar item" in the subject line.