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Around our region published Nov. 30

Split Rock Lighthouse glows above a line of people waiting in November 2015 to take tours of the lighthouse. Mike Roberts will speak Dec. 12 in Willmar about his time working at the iconic lighthouse. (Clint Austin / Forum News Service file photo)

Holiday events

The Tribune is publishing a listing of holiday events weekly. This week it will be in the Gift Guide in Thursday's paper.

If you have a school or church concert, festival or other holiday event you would like included, please email with "holiday events" in the subject line or mail it to Donna Middleton, West Central Tribune, P.O. Box 839, Willmar, MN 56201.

Last Keeper at Split Rock

WILLMAR — Mike Roberts turned off the light at the Split Rock Lighthouse just before Christmas in 1968. Hear his stories about this iconic Lake Superior national landmark from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Dec. 12 at the Jefferson Learning Center. Cost is $9 for a single, $12 per pair, $20 per family. Register in advance by calling 320-231-8490 or online at

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

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.

Baby lap sit infant/toddler story time: For parents and their 6-week to 2½-year-old child, 10 a.m. Thursdays through Dec. 22. 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 Art Atrium: Nov. 30, 5 to 8 p.m. Bring your art to share or create art with us. Art supplies provided.

Teen Advisory Board: Dec. 2, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Help plan library programs and events, select new materials for the teen collection, and make the library a fun and welcoming place for teens. Apply online or in the Teen Area. Ages 13 and up.

Handmade gifts: Dec. 3, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Handmade gifts are always special, so join us and wow your friends & family this holiday season. A variety of crafts will be provided for you to try out. Heck, we'll even provide some paper for wrapping. Adults 18 and up. No cost and no registration necessary.

Teen movie: Dec. 5, 5:30 p.m. A homeschooled girl from Africa enters public school for the first time where she meets and assimilates into a group of unkind girls and later tries to bring them down, rated PG-13, movie snacks provided.

Children's book club: Dec. 6, 4 to 5 p.m. grades 2 to 6. Book club will be the first Tuesday of the month. December's book is "Shiloh's Christmas" by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor. Club will discuss the book and there will be several activities and a snack.

English Conversation Club: Dec. 7, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Practice speaking English with others who are learning English in a relaxed and casual atmosphere. Adults 18 and older are welcome to come in and practice their speaking and listening skills. Each session will cover a variety of topics, and all non-native English speakers are welcome. Free and no registration necessary.

Teen hangout: Dec. 9 and 16, 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 TV Marathon: Dec. 10, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. A novice sleuth is hired by the police after he cons them into thinking he has psychic powers which help solve crimes. With the assistance of his reluctant best friend, the duo take on a series of complicated cases. Rated TV-PG. Snacks provided.

Teen movie: Dec. 12, 5:30 p.m. After a highly unusual zombie saves a still-living girl from an attack, the two form a relationship that sets in motion events that might transform the entire lifeless world, rated PG-13, movie snacks provided.

Teen book and media chat: Dec. 13, 4 to 6 p.m. Have a book, movie, video game, etc., that you are dying to talk about? Come chat about it!

Cookbook Club: Dec. 13, 7 p.m. Are you looking for new recipes or a great way to meet other foodies? Join the Cookbook Club. Everyone brings a dish to share based on the theme. December's theme is chocolate. Free, no registration. New members always welcome.

Board game afternoons: Dec. 14, 3:30 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: Dec. 14, 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.

Myrtle Mabee Library

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

Dave Cofell concert: Dec. 2, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Guitarist and singer Dave Cofell will perform a variety of music including rock, blues and jazz. All ages welcome.

Holiday ornaments: Dec. 5 through Dec. 10, during library hours. All ages are invited to make holiday ornaments, all materials will be provided.


Little Crow Archers

WILLMAR — The Little Crow Archers will have an open house from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, at the indoor range, 435 Benson Ave. S.W. in downtown Willmar. The 20-yard indoor shooting range has animal and target leagues, kids-only league, and open shooting with a 24/7 keyed access. Individual and family memberships.

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 For more information. visit

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

Full Moon Hike: Dec. 13, 5 to 6 p.m. The stories that are held in the winter night sky are as abundant as the stars. Join the naturalist for a guided hike that will bring these tales to life. Meet in the Interpretive Center.

Donna Middleton

Coordinates calendars/listings (Church, Good Neighbors, Arts, Around Our Region) along with School and Students and handles letters to the editor. Began working part time at West Central Daily Tribune in 1975, working evenings in the sports department. Moved to news department fulltime days in September 1994. Married to retired Tribune sportswriter/photographer Rand Middleton. 2 grown children.

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