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Around our region published for Jan. 11

Spicer Winterfest

SPICER — Winterfest 2017 will be Jan. 20 through Feb. 12 in Spicer with complete details available on the website, www.spicermn.com.

The major activities start Jan. 20-21 with an art exhibit and wine tasting from noon to 9 p.m. both days at the Glacial Ridge Winery. On Saturday,Jan. 21, the Frozen 5K run/walk is at 9 a.m. starting at Zorbaz and the lighting ceremony and fireworks are at 7 p.m. at Saulsbury Beach.

The following weekend, Jan. 28-29, will have the 13th annual Polar Plunge at 1 p.m. Jan. 28, the Green Lake pond hockey tournament both days and the Sons of the American Legion omelet breakfast will be served from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Jan. 29 at the American Legion in Spicer.

The final weekend, Feb. 11-12, will have the 11th annual softball tournament on Feb. 11 and the Ski and Sleigh Festival from 11 am. to 4 p.m. Feb. 12 at the Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center.

The medallion hunt will begin Jan. 21.

Churches of Kandiyohi County

SPICER — Greg Harp will talk at 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 23,at the Dethlefs Center in Spicer about how he put together his "Churches of Kandiyohi County" photo project. He did the project for the Kandiyohi County Historical Society and Museum and several of his prints are currently on loan to the Dethlefs Center.

Income tax assistance

WILLMAR — Trained AARP Tax-Aide volunteers will provide free help with filing tax forms for low- and middle-income taxpayers, with special attention for senior citizens, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursdays, starting Feb. 2, at the Willmar Community Center, 624 Highway 71 N.E.

To make an appointment, call the Willmar Community and Education office at 320-231-8490 on weekdays.

When you come to your appointment, bring your (and your dependents') Social Security card(s), photo proof of identity, last year's tax return, and all pertinent tax information such as W-2, forms 1099-R, SSA-1099, 1099-Int, etc. Also health coverage forms 1095-A, 1095-B or 1095-C that you may have received from your health insurance provider, or a Health Coverage Exemption issued by MNSure. If you are filing for renter's or property tax refunds, you will need to bring your certificate of rent paid and/or your most current (2016 or 2017) property tax statement and information of any additional nontaxable income such as SSI, veterans benefits, etc.

Ice fishing tournament

SPICER — The Tommy Swenson Memorial Ice Fishing Tournament will be from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 4, on Green Lake in Spicer. Register at the American Legion in Spicer between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m. Tickets are $25, plus a non-perishable food item for the food shelf, and include a chicken dinner at 12:30 p.m.

Gardening

Scheduled classes and events over the winter months:

Creating Curb Appeal: Jan. 18, 12:15-1 p.m., AgCountry Auditorium, University of Minnesota's West Central Research and Outreach Center, 46352 State Hwy. 329 in Morris. Become the envy of your neighborhood. This "Come Grow with Us" class is free, but donations are accepted. Feel free to pack your lunch. For more information call 320-589-1711.

Library programs

Willmar Public Library

WILLMAR — The Willmar Public Library has the following events scheduled for the coming weeks. OverDrive is the service used by the library to allow borrowing of eBooks and audiobooks. For more information, call the library at 320-235-3162. All are free, register in advance at the checkout desk or by phone if required. Some registrations available online at www.willmarpubliclibrary.org.

Book Your Winter Getaway: Jan. 3-March 3, annual winter reading program for ages 18 and older for reading and/or listening to books. Get a reading log and information about the prizes at the library.

Study Center: 5 to 7 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays. Meet in the conference room for a quiet place to study and do homework. Call ahead to see if tutors are available. Laptops available for checkout for teens 16 and older; iPads available to use alongside tutors only.

Board game afternoons: Jan. 11, 4 to 5 p.m. for grades kindergarten through sixth grade. Come play traditional board games, enjoy refreshments, feel free to bring your own board games.

Adult game night: Jan. 11, 6:30 p.m. Invite your friends to play some of the library's games or bring a favorite from home. Board games, card games, Wii and more! Everyone 18 and over are welcome. No cost and no registration. Refreshments provided.

Little people story time: Jan. 12, 10 a.m. for parents and their 6-week to kindergarten child, 10 a.m. Thursdays through May 4, no class March 30 or April 13. There will be music, finger plays and stories. There is no fee, but you must call Community Education at 320-231-8490 to register.

Teen hangout: Jan. 13, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Come to the library for a place to just hang out and do whatever. We've got board games, iPads, and a Wii.

Teen book club: Jan. 17, 4 to 5:30 p.m. ages 13 and older. We will be eating pizza and discussing this month's book, "It's Kind of a Funny Story" by Ned Vizzini. Registration is required.

Bringing stories to life: Jan. 17, 6 to 7 p.m., for parents and children 2½ to 5 years old. Early Childhood Family Education and the Willmar Public Library will present a new story each night which will be brought to life with the help of the children. There will be music, activities and more. Call Community Education at 320-231-8490 to register.

Lunch Bunch Book Club: Jan. 18, noon. January's book is "Circling the Sun" by Paula McLain. The Willmar Public Library club meets at Cornerstone Coffee in the Skylark Mall on the third Wednesday of the month. Everyone is welcome.

Free legal advice clinic: Jan. 20. Central Minnesota Legal Services will be available by appointment to provide free legal counseling. Call 320-403-1051 to set up an appointment or for more information.

Children's Story Hour: Preschoolers story hour for ages 2½ to 6 at 10 a.m. Fridays, Jan. 20 through Feb. 24. It includes picture books, puppetry, flannelgraph stories, music, fingerplays and more. Children are encouraged to check out books before or after the story hour. No registration is necessary. The theme is " Snow and Snowmen" on Jan. 20, "Penguins" on Jan. 27, "Winter Animals" on Feb. 3, "Hearts and Love" on Feb. 10, "Fairy Tales" on Feb. 17 and "Finding Dory" on Feb. 224.

Willmar Teen Filmmakers, work days: Jan. 20, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Get started on making videos.

Teen TV Marathon: Jan. 21, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The survivors of a plane crash are forced to work together in order to survive on a seemingly deserted tropical island. Rated TV-14. Snacks provided.

Teen movie: Jan. 23, 5:30 p.m. When her little brother experiences the same events that once tested her sanity, a girl works to unlock the truth behind the terror, which brings her face to face with an entity that has an attachment to their mother; rated PG-13, movie snacks provided.

After-school activity hour: Jan. 24, 3:30 to 5 p.m. Once a month the library will have an activity for children in kindergarten through sixth grade. The theme is "Painting Book Ends" on Jan. 24, "Valentine Card Making" on Feb. 14, "Pine Cone Bird Feeder" on March 28, "Easter Crafts" on April 11 and "Plant a Flower/Vegetable" on May 9.

Craft Circle: Jan. 24, 4 to 6 p.m. Join the Willmar Public Library's Craft Circle that meets the fourth Tuesday of each month. Bring your knitting, crocheting or other craft and enjoy a couple of hours with like-minded individuals. All skill levels are welcome.

Coloring for adults: Jan. 25, 2 p.m., Serene Scenes, stress reducing coloring for adults. Coloring has been shown to have a calming effect on the mind and promote wellness. Coloring pages, supplies and refreshments are provided.

Teen Art Atrium: Jan. 25, 5 to 8 p.m. Bring your art to share or create art with us. Art supplies provided.

Myrtle Mabee Library

BELGRADE — The Myrtle Mabee Library has the following events scheduled. The library phone number is 320-254-8842.

Mystery Craft Night: Jan. 13, 6:15 to 8 p.m., teens and adults. Make a mystery craft. Attendance limited to 10, advance registration required.

READ Book club: Jan. 20, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The Read, Eat and Discuss book club for adults. Contact the library for book selection.

Paynesville Public Library

PAYNESVILLE — The Paynesville Public Library has the following events scheduled. The library phone number is 320-243-7343.

Preschool Storytime: Jan. 11, 10:30 to 11:15 a.m., ages 0 to 6. Stories, activities and crafts intended to help develop reading readiness skills. Attendance limit is 20, registration is required.

Outdoors

Prairie Woods ELC

SPICER — The Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center welcomes hikers and snowshoers during daylight hours at no cost. The seven miles of ski trails have been groomed but more suitable snow is needed to lay tracks. No dogs on ski trails, and pets should be on a leash. For more information check the website at www.prairiewoodselc.org or call.

Lac qui Parle State Park

WATSON — Lac qui Parle State Park programs are free and held at various locations in the park. A vehicle permit is required to enter the park and they are available at the park office. For more information or to register, call 320-734-4450.

Snowshoeing: Jan. 21, 1 p.m. Begin at the Education Center for an indoor presentation followed by a guided snowshoe hike, ages 8 and up, snowshoes provided, advance registration is required.

Sibley State Park

NEW LONDON — The Interpretive Center's hours vary. Sibley State park programs are on the weekends at the Interpretive Center and are led by the park naturalist or visiting expert. The programs are free but a vehicle permit is required to enter the park and they are available at the park office. For more information call 320-354-2002. For current information on naturalist programs visit the DNR Web site at www.dnr.state.mn.us. Outdoor winter programs may be canceled in inclement or dangerous weather. In event of cancellation, programs will be marked as canceled online at least two hours prior to event.

Trails: The ski and snowmobile trails have been groomed, but more suitable snow is needed to track the ski trails.

Full Moon Hike: Jan. 12, 6 to 7 p.m. Winter's icy grip is upon us. With this cold season comes winter constellations, including Orion rising high overhead. Discover the splendid stars that make up the Night Hunter on a guided hike. Meet in the Interpretive Center Theater.

Squirrel appreciation: Jan. 28, noon to 2 p.m. Celebrate our fuzzy friends through a neighborly day of competition. Do your best squirrel impersonation, challenge yourself to collect as many acorns as possible and let your squirrely self go wild. Meet in the Interpretive Center Theater. Bring a team with or join a team here. Compete to win the golden squirrel.

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