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Around Our Region published April 6, 2022

The weekly Around Our Region calendar of events is published Wednesdays. Submissions may be emailed to news@wctrib.com with “Around our Region” in the subject line at least a week in advance.

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Youth and Family

Calvary Easter egg hunt: A children’s Easter egg hunt will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 9, at Calvary Lutheran Church in Willmar.

Redeemer Easter egg hunt: The annual Easter egg hunt will be from 11:30 a.m. to noon Sunday, April 10, at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Willmar. Families welcome.

Library Easter egg hunt: There will be two Easter egg hunts, from 9 to 10 a.m. or 10:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday, April 16, at the Willmar Public Library. Hunt for eggs around the library, play with rabbits, and say hi to the Easter bunny. Advance registration is required on the library website. Limit of 50 kids per session and five eggs per child. Bring your own basket.

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 willmarparks-rec.com .

Willmar Area Senior Citizens Club: April 6, 2 p.m., freewill donation, entertainment by Terry Nelson.


Friday afternoon of dancing: April 8, 1 p.m., $2 non-dancers, $7 dancers; light lunch served; music by Jerry’s Band.

Aging Wisely: April 7, 1:30 p.m., free, Jill Wohnoutka from the Kandiyohi County Historical Society will talk about the history of the county, volunteer opportunities and ways to contribute your history.

Community board games: April 9, 2 p.m., free, all ages. Learn a new featured game “Mind the Gap!”, bring some friends and play any available games in our library.

National Pet Day: April 11, 3 to 5 p.m. The Hawk Creek Animal Shelter will bring some of their available pets to adopt. They will accept donated supplies to help the shelter.

Macramé key chain craft: April 14, 2 p.m., $3, advance registration required. Tie together this colorful key chain.

Veterans coffee social: April 18, 9:30 to 11 a.m., open to all veterans, police, fire and emergency medical services members.

Put the “GRAND,” in Grandparent: April 20, 12:30 p.m., free. This informative session will leave you with tools to show your (great) grandkids how cool you are.

Willmar Level 1 RPG: April 20, 5:30 p.m., free, advance registration requested, call 320-262-5288. Role playing game based off of Dungeons and Dragons.


Springtime gnome sculpture: April 21, 10 a.m., $12 per gnome, advance registration required by calling community center. Come paint your own handmade clay gnome made by Kraft Koop.

SWCD Spring Showcase: April 21, 1 to 4 p.m., free. The Kandiyohi County Soil and Water Conservation District will hold an open house. Come decorate a bee house, learn about nitrate in your water, and other fun nature booths.

Jolly Twirlers Square Dance: April 23, 7 p.m., $5. All are welcome to join in this square dancing evening.

Community Center Book Club: April 25, 3:30 p.m. Join our Community Book Club for a discussion and new book picked each month.

Community bingo night: April 26, 5 to 7 p.m., $3 for the night; two cards per person.

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

Cooking with Riley — Japanese Ramen: April 30, 2 p.m., $25, advance registration required. Make this dish native to the Japanese culture.

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 www.willmarpubliclibrary.org . 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.

Preschoolers storytime: Every Tuesday, 10 a.m., ages 3-6, no registration required.

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

Wisdom & Wine: The Friends of the Willmar Public Library will sell tickets from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 4-6 at the Willmar Public Library for Friends of the Library members — become a member for $10 — for a June 9 Wisdom & Wine fundraising event featuring Minnesota authors, dessert and wine. Tickets go on sale to the public April 11 in the library and at willmarwisdomandwine.eventbrite.com. The website is not functional until sales open.

Lego Club: April 6, 4 to 5 p.m., kindergarten through sixth grade, no registration is necessary. Test your creativity and skills the first Wednesday of the month.

Teen craft: April 6, 6 p.m., ages 12-18, registration required; making faux stained glass.

Early Readers Book Club: April 7, 4 p.m., for children who have graduated from storytime age, best for grades K-2, Club will read a story, discuss and do activities. First Thursday of the month.

Teen Gaming Club: April 8, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., ages 12-18, no registration required. Play games on the Xbox One or board and card games. Some games are rated 13+.

Teen hangout: April 13, 5:30 p.m., ages 12-18, no registration required. Enjoy video games, arts and crafts, board and card games, snacks and beverages.

STEMtastic Thursday: April 14, 4 p.m., ages 7-12. Talk about the science of papermaking and make our own recycled paper to take home.

Adult movie matinee: April 15, 2 p.m., no cost or registration, refreshments provided.

Adult game night: April 19, 6 to 8 p.m. Invite your friends to play some of the library’s games or bring a favorite from home. Everyone 16 and over are welcome. No cost and no registration. Refreshments provided.

Teen movie: April 20, 5:30 p.m., ages 12-18, no registration required.

Adult Book Club: April 21, noon, “Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City" by Matthew Desmond. Book discussion upstairs at the library. New members are always welcome, meets every third Thursday.

Teen Book Club: April 22, 4 p.m., club discussion of this month’s book, in the multipurpose room, no registration necessary.

Adoption and foster care: April 26, 6 p.m., online panel put on by MN Adopt and Nexus-Kindred Family Healing. A panel of adoptive parents and foster care and adoption professionals will share their stories and answer your questions on what the process looks like to foster and/or adopt in Minnesota. Register in advance on the library website under adult services.

Pajama-rama storytime: April 26, 6:30 p.m. Come in your pajamas, bring a blanket and listen to stories. Milk and cookies afterward before you head home to bed.

Craft & Coloring: April 27, 2 p.m., upstairs at the library. Bring any crafts or coloring you are working on or use the provided supplies for coloring and more. Every fourth Wednesday.

Art to the Willmar Library: DEMO Inc. (Developing Exploring Maintaining Originality through the arts) has received funding from the Southwest Minnesota Arts Council for classes for students in grades 4-12. Complete information available in the Showcase section in today’s paper under "Arts Classes / Workshops."

Teen Take & Make Crafts: April 4 opened for twine bunny, and April 18 opens for watercolor diamond. For ages 12-18, limit one per person as supplies are limited. Sign up on the library website.

Book a librarian: Set up an hour-long, one-on-one appointment with a librarian for help with computer skills, tablets, research and more. Appointments can be made in person, by calling 320-235-3162 or go online to the library’s website under adult services.

Makerspace Equipment: Cricut, Dremel Stylo, button maker, jewelry stamping and sewing machine. Equipment must be used in the library and consumable materials are not supplied. Makerspace users must agree to the Makerspace Policy and complete training on safety and equipment use. Make reservations on the library’s website under adult services.

Brainfuse HelpNow: Free online tutoring service, grades K-12, one-to-one live homework help from online tutors between 2 and 11 p.m. daily; English or Spanish; math, science, English/language arts, social studies and reading assistance; app available for mobile.  

Interactive movie kit: The interactive movie kits include a script along with props for up to six participants. Limit of one per week per household. Register on the library website. New titles each month.

Seed Library: Browse the seed library and/or request seeds online on the library’s website under adult services.

Book Box: Register for a book box on the library website, check out a copy of the book, open the items as you reach specific chapters in the book, all ages.

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. April’s theme is art.

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.

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.

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 dmiddleton@wctrib.com or phone 320-214-4341.
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