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Life Connections event begins 8 a.m. Friday

Life Connections, an event featuring booths, exhibits, seminars and entertainment for older adults, will be 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday at the Willmar Civic Center. Admission costs $4 in advance or $5 at the door. Advance tickets are available in Willmar at Cashwise, Cub Foods, Willmar Community Ed and Rec office in Jefferson Learning Center and the West Central Tribune.

WILLMAR — The West Central Tribune’s 16th annual Life Connections event will be 8 a.m. to

4 p.m. Friday at the Willmar Civic Center.

Tickets are $4 in advance and $5 at the door. Advance tickets are available at Cashwise, Cub Foods, Willmar Community Ed and Rec office in Jefferson Learning Center and the West Central Tribune.

Life Connections is a tradition for mature adults of Willmar and southwest Minnesota, providing exhibits, seminars, entertainment and probably most important — interaction — for those who attend.

This year’s entertainment will once again include an entertaining show by the musical Kingery family of Grove City and the Wendinger Band brings back the rich, musical heritage of New Ulm for dancing.

Highlights of the day include Dad’s Belgian waffles, bingo, Cub pie fest, seminars and prizes.

Transportation from the parking lot of the Civic Center to the front door will be provided compliments of Compassionate Care and their friendly drivers.

The 2015 Outstanding Senior Award, sponsored by West Central Sanitation, will be presented at Life Connections.

Back for a second year will be recognition of a senior-friendly nonprofit organization of the year, sponsored by the Willmar Area Community Foundation.

“It’s exhibitors, entertainment, seminars, prizes and a lot of fun,” said Kevin Smith, Life Connections coordinator. “This event has a real following here in Willmar. Whether you come join your friends for a waffle breakfast, pie and coffee in the afternoon, play bingo or dance, you are sure to have a great time.”

Schedule of events Exhibit area

8 a.m. to 3 p.m.: exhibitors will be available

Food court

8 to 9:15 a.m.: Dad’s Belgian Waffle Breakfast: Waffle, sausage and beverage for $1

1 to 2:15 p.m.: Pie Fest: Pie and coffee for $1; proceeds go to hospice

Conference Room

10 to 10:20 a.m.: Better Business Bureau.

Stage

9:10 to 9:50 a.m.: Brent Olson, Big Stone County author

10:20 a.m.: Outstanding Senior Award; Non-Profit of the Year Award

10:30 a.m.: Kingery family music performance

11:10 a.m.: Reduce one’s risk of developing cancer and recommendations for cancer screening by Kelly Sing, nurse practitioner

12:30-1:15 p.m.: Bingo

2 to 4 p.m.: Dance with music by the Wendinger Band

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