Around Our Region published April 27, 2022

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Syttende Mai celebrations

Norway Lake: The Norway Lake Lutheran Historical Association will celebrate Syttende Mail at 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 13, at First Lutheran Church of Norway Lake, west of New London. Catered meatball supper with all the accompaniments including rommegrot, krumkakke, lemon bars and more. Freewill offering. Entertainment by the Sound Image Quartet. RSVP via the association's Facebook page at . All are welcome.

Milan: Milan will celebrate its Norwegian pioneer heritage with A Taste of Syttende Mai from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 14. The Kvitseid Church Smorgaas tea will be from 10 a.m to 1 p.m. The arts and craft vendors will set up at 10 a.m. with kids activities and music and entertainment begins at noon, in downtown Milan. The Uff-Da Parade on main street is at 2 p.m.

Sunburg: The 17th annual Syttende Mai celebration will be a full day of events Sunday, May 15. Hope Lutheran pancake breakfast, food stands at baseball field and tractor pull site, fireman’s supper. tractor pull, boutique at the Community Center, Sunburg Trolls Car Club car display, Sunburg Lakers baseball game, kids pedal tractor pull, Grand Day parade at 3:30 p.m. and more.

Youth and Family

May Day celebration: 1 to 3 p.m. April 30 at the Litchfield Opera House for children ages 3 through third grade. Make a May Day basket, dance around the maypole, plant a flower, crafts and decorate a cookie. Cost of $1 per child, who must be accompanied by an adult or responsible older sibling.

Willmar Community Center

WILLMAR — The Willmar Community Center has several events set. All events are free unless noted. For reservations, call 320-262-5288 or go online at .


Willmar Area Senior Citizens Club: April 27, 2 p.m., freewill donation, music by Gig Noonan

Friday afternoon of dancing: April 29, 1 to 4 p.m., Senior Club Spring Fling celebrates National Dance day; $7 dancers, $2 listeners.

Court Whist Tournament: April 28, 12:30 p.m., advance registration required.

Veterans coffee social: May 2, 9:30 to 11 a.m., open to all veterans, police, fire and emergency medical services members.

Aging Wisely: May 5, 1:30 p.m., free; Jerrid Sebesta from Taatjes Financial Group and co-founder of Retired Repurposed, talk is titled “Don’t retire, become repurposed.”

Make-and-take button bouquet: May 12, 2 p.m., $5. This colorful button bouquet will make the perfect pop of spring color, advance registration required.

Veterans coffee social: May 16, 9:30 to 11 a.m., open to all veterans, police, fire and emergency medical services members.

Community Kids: May 17, 2:30 p.m., $5, registration deadline May 13. Make a fun animal-themed craft before the Zoo Man arrives.


Zoo Man show: May 17, 4 p.m. Come see this traveling zoo show, freewill donation.

Put the “GRAND,” in Grandparent: May 18, 12:30 p.m., free. This informative session will leave you with tools to show your (great) grandkids how cool you are.

Yahoo for Yahtzee: Every Monday, 12:30 p.m.

Let’s Draw Art Sketching Club: Mondays, 1 p.m., ages 12-100, $5 for 5 classes; a weekly art class that will go over the basics of drawing, sketching and painting with basic art supplies provided.

Check Mates Chess Club: Mondays 6 p.m. Whether you are advanced or just learning the game, we would love to have you join our club.

Hand & Foot Cards: Every Tuesday and Thursday, 12:30 p.m., free, popular variation of canasta, easy to learn.

Farkle Fridays: Every Friday, 1 to 4 p.m., all ages, a classic dice game to try and reach 10,000 points first. Each player will have their own cup and dice.

Exercise classes: Gently Yoga, Bone Builders, SAIL (Staying Active and Independent for Life), contact Community Center for details and prices.


Community puzzle exchange: Daily, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., drop off, pick up, or swap out a puzzle in our exchange program.

Woodshop: Open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, 6 to 9 p.m. Monday evenings. Advance registration required by calling 320-262-5288 . Cost is $5 for a daily pass, $25 for a three-month membership, and $60 yearly.

Willmar Public Library

WILLMAR — The Willmar Library is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The website is . Call 320-235-3162 . Curbside pickup remains available during regular hours. Programs are in person in the library. The WiFi can be accessed 24/7 from a parked car in the lot behind the library or in front of the building using your library card or through Overdrive.

Little People storytime: Every Wednesday, 10 a.m., ages 0-3, no registration required.

Wisdom & Wine: Tickets are available now for $35 at the library and at for the Friends of the Willmar Public Library's June 9 Wisdom & Wine fundraising event featuring Minnesota authors, dessert and wine.

Classic movie for adults: May 3, 5:30 p.m., no cost or registration, refreshments provided.

Lego Club: May 4, 4 to 5 p.m., kindergarten through sixth grade, no registration is necessary. Test your creativity and skills the first Wednesday of the month.

Early Readers Book Club: May 5, 4 p.m., for children who have graduated from storytime age, best for grades K-2, will read a story, discuss and do activities.

Children’s matinee: May 6, 4 p.m., no cost or registration, popcorn provided.

Teen hangout: May 11, 5:30 p.m., ages 12-18, no registration required, enjoy video games, arts and crafts, board and card games, snacks and beverages.

Teen Take & Make Crafts: May 9 opens for flower frame, and May 23 opens for pressed flower dish. For ages 12-18, limit one per person as supplies are limited. Sign up on the library website.

Adult make-and-take: Crafts are posted on the website as they are available. Mental health awareness kit opens May 2, kumihimo bracelets open May 16, and flower basket cross stitch opens May 31. Use the form on the website to reserve supplies to make your very own featured project. Once you have registered, library staff will call you or email you when it is ready to be picked up. Ages 18 and over.

Teen lit loot: Sign up and you will receive a library book based on your interests and a bag of goodies to go with it. One per month and will need to re-register each month. May’s theme is Under the Sea.

Myrtle Mabee Library

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

Blackout Poet-tree: April 1-30, all ages. We’re celebrating National Poetry Month. Bring out your inner poet by grabbing a book page or two and creating a poem by blacking out words on the page, leaving only the words to your poem. Bring your poem to the checkout desk and we will add it to our community.

R.E.A.D Book Club: May 16, 4 p.m. The book club for adults will discuss a different book each month.

Paynesville Public Library

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

Community Poetry: April 1-30, all ages. We’re celebrating National Poetry Month. Explore the beauty of words and help build a community poem at the library. Add a word or line and come back next visit to see what others have built from your contribution. Then add a little more.

Lorna Landvik: May 6, 5:30 p.m., adults. Join the author as she talks about her life as a writer and performer.

Donna Middleton started working at the West Central Tribune in 1975 and has been the news assistant since 1992. She compiles the arts, health, farm and community page calendars, as well as rewrites and works on the special sections.
She can be contacted at or phone 320-214-4341.
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