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Around our region published Feb. 22

Susan Lunneborg / Tribune file photo A free vegetable gardening class will be offered March 15 in Morris.

Figure skating show

WILLMAR — Diamond Edge Figure Skating presents "Fire & Ice" at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, and 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, at the Willmar Civic Center. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students when purchased in advance at Cash Wise Foods in Willmar. At the door, tickets are $12 for adults, $7 for students, and 3 and under are free with a paid adult.

Gardening

Scheduled classes and events over the winter months:

Vegetable Growing 301: March 15, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., AgCountry Auditorium, University of Minnesota's West Central Research and Outreach Center, 46352 State Hwy. 329 in Morris. 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.

Teen art atrium: Feb. 22, 5 to 8 p.m. Bring your art to share or create art with us. Art supplies provided.

Coloring for adults: Feb. 22, 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.

Children's Story Hour: Preschoolers story hour for ages 2½ to 6 at 10 a.m. Fridays, 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 "Finding Dory" on Feb. 24.

Children's movie: Feb. 24, 3:30 p.m., movie snack provided, rated PG, call the library for the title.

Willmar teen filmmakers, work days: Feb. 25, noon to 4 p.m. Get started on making videos.

Teen movie: Feb. 27, 5:30 p.m. A group of concerned citizens is willing to do whatever it takes to save planet Earth from being incinerated by falling meteors or overrun by rabid chipmunks. Along the way, everything from High School Musical to Cloverfield gets the parody treatment, rated PG-13, movie snacks provided.

Craft Circle: Feb. 28, 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.

Gmail 101: March 1, 2 to 3 p.m. Sign up for a Gmail email account and learn how to send and receive email, how to use attachments and more. Those registered for this class will need to know how to use a mouse and keyboard; registration is required.

Children's book club: March 7, 4 to 5 p.m. grades 2 to 6; book club will be the first Tuesday of the month. March's book is "Capture the Flag" by Kate Messner. Club will discuss the book and there will be several activities and a snack. April's book will be "An Army of Frogs" and May's book "The Girl Who Drank the Moon." New members always welcome.

Using the cloud: March 7, 2 to 3 p.m. Have you heard of the cloud, but you're not quite sure what that means or where to go to access it? In this class we will take a look at some common cloud applications and learn how easy and convenient cloud computing can be. Registration is required.

Adult game night: March 8, 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.

Outdoors

Prairie Woods ELC

SPICER — The Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center welcomes hikers on the grounds during daylight hours at no cost. Pets should be on a leash. Contact PWELC at 320-354-5894 or by email at pwelc@co.kandiyohi.mn.us. For more information. visit www.prairiewoodselc.org.

Glacial Lakes State Park

STARBUCK — Glacial Lakes 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 320-239-2860.

Snowshoe to the Peak: Feb. 25, 1 to 4 p.m. Join the Naturalist on an epic trip to the peak. We will be snowshoeing, but if there is no snow, we will still hike to the peak and enjoy the view. Dress for the weather, and bring your own snowshoes if you have them, but we will provide snowshoes for those who need them. Register in advance, no children under the age of 12, meet at the Boat Access.

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: Hiking is good in places but be watchful for icy areas on trails and roadways. We recommend some form of traction devices on your boots to avoid slips and falls. A newly designated route along the Mt. Tom road is popular among hikers. Call or check the website for current conditions. The Interpretive Trail Center room and bathrooms are open every day for a view of the park orientation map prior to hitting the trails.

Around Our Region will be published Wednesday here. Arts events and museum events are listed in Thursday's arts calendar. Benefits for individuals and fundraisers for nonprofit organizations are listed in Friday's Good Neighbors. Church-sponsored events are listed in Friday's church page. Submissions may be emailed to news@wctrib.com with "Around our Region" in the subject line or mailed to Donna Middleton, Around Our Region, West Central Tribune, P.O. Box 839, Willmar, MN 56201. If you would also like your events in the online calendar on www.wctrib.com, scroll partway down the home page and submit the event.

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