Around Our Region published April 7, 2021

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


Willmar Community Center

WILLMAR — The Willmar Community Center is open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays, following Minnesota Department of Health guidelines, providing visitor screening forms upon arrival, and operating at reduced capacity. The phone number is 320-262-5288 .

Willmar Area Senior Citizens Club: April 7, 2 p.m., freewill donation, entertainment by Donovan Tharaldson. April 14 is Terry Nelson, April 21 is Black Diamond Band, April 28 is Dennis Amundson.

Tea time painting class: April 10, 2 p.m., $20. Join a guided art class with Riley; paints, canvas and brushes provided. Painting will be spring themed. Register in advance by calling 320-262-5288 or emailing .

Curbside Crafts: April 12, 2 p.m., $6, Spring Sun Catcher. Join us for this Curbside Craft Class.

C ommunity Strides Walking Group: April 14, 1 p.m. Come enjoy fresh air and go for a stroll with others around the Robbins Island area. All experiences welcome. Free. Meet under canopy at Willmar Community Center.


All things board games: April 18, 2 p.m., all ages. Come play classic board games, free. Advance registration required.

Woodshop class, planters: April 21-22, 4:30 p.m., $15. Make your own wood flower pot; learn basic cutting, sanding, and assembling to make your own pot. Advance registration required.

P izza box herb garden: April 24, 2 p.m., $10. Decorate, plant and create your own herb garden that grows the perfect garnishes to pizzas. Advance registration required.

Court Whist Tournament: April 29, 12:30 p.m., advance registration required, $2 entry fee.

National Jazz Day: April 30, 1 p.m., special jazz performance.

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

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. A classic dice game to try and reach 10,000 points first. Each player will have their own cup and dice.


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.

Public WiFi

WILLMAR — Free wireless internet WiFi service is available in Pennock, Blomkest and north of Willmar to help anyone in need of internet service. The spots are courtesy of Kandiyohi County and MVTV Wireless. The login is mvtv and the password is 5705. The buildings are not open but the WiFi can be accessed from outside at the Pennock Community Center, Blomkest Community Center, Dovre Township Hall and the Lake Andrew Township Hall. Both township halls are located on Kandiyohi County Road 5 Northwest, north of Willmar.

Willmar Public Library WiFi can be accessed 24/7 from a parked car in the lot behind the library or in front of the building. No Library Card? Open a digital library card through Overdrive completely online by providing your cell phone number.

Willmar Public Library

WILLMAR — The Willmar Library is open to come inside from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Take 20 minutes to browse, check out, pick up holds, etc. No appointment is necessary but there is limited capacity; doors will be locked if max number is met. The website is . Call 320-235-3162 . Anyone under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. Study rooms, the children’s play area, and seating are unavailable. Face masks are required and social distancing: Please maintain six feet between yourself and others when possible.

Brainfuse: Free, live tutoring online. Check library website for link to the site.

Seed Library: Request seeds online and use our curbside service to pick them up. Fill out the form on our website with your selections.

I nteractive 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. Staff will contact you by phone or email when it is ready for pickup. April kits are “The Lego Movie,” “Peter Rabbit” and “Mary Poppins.”


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. For 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.

Peeps Diorama contest: April 25 is the deadline to submit photos of your diorama. Contest opened April 1. Free five-packs of Peeps chicks available at the library while supplies last. Limit one per person, all ages welcome. Entry forms on the library website.

Adult make-and-take : Various crafts will be posted on our website as they are available usually around the first and 15th of the month. Use the form on the website to reserve your 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. April 15 is a hanging planter.

Teen Take & Make Crafts: April 5 opens for yarn rain cloud, April 19 opens for wood magnet shapes. For ages 12-19, limit one per person, supplies limited. Sign up on the library website.

Teen Gaming Club: April 9 and 23 on Discord, 6 to 8 p.m. Play multiplayer games, party games, board and card games, and point-and-click mystery games. Sign up on the website.

Teen YA Read Aloud: April 12 and 26, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Take the hard part out of book club and let someone else read for you on Zoom. Sign up on the library website. Book is “Spy X Family” by Tatsuya Endo.

Adult trivia: April 15 and 29, 7 p.m. Play live trivia solo or assemble a team, via a Facebook group, ages 18 and over.

Teen hangout: April 16, 6 p.m. Get together with other teens on Discord and talk about TV, movies, books, games, etc. Sign up on the website to be able to participate in teen Discord programs.

Adult Online Book Club : April 21, noon, “The Mystery of Mrs. Christie” by Marie Benedict. Book discussion using Zoom on your computer, tablet, phone, etc. Fill out the form on the website to receive further info on how to sign in to the Zoom meeting. Meets every third Wednesday. May book is “The Midnight Library” by Matt Haig.

Garden exchange: April 21, 4 p.m. Bring extra plants, seeds, pots, bulbs, etc. and swap them for something else. Everyone is welcome, outside the library. Wear a mask.

Classic TV trivia: April 22, 7 p.m. Join our Facebook group and play live Trivia about classic TV shows, solo or assemble a team, ages 18 and over.

Craft & Coloring Chat: April 28, 2 p.m., virtually through Zoom. Register in advance on the library website. Once you've registered, your coloring sheets will be set aside for you to pick up. Meets the fourth Wednesday.

Among us night: April 30, 6 p.m. Register to join the teen library Discord server. The code for the game will be posted there on the night of the event.

Pioneerland Public Libraries

All Pioneerland Libraries have different hours and services due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please check individual libraries for guidelines and hours at .

Great River Public Libraries

Great River libraries include the Myrtle Mabee Library in Belgrade, 320-254-8842 , and the Paynesville Library, 320-243-7343 . Call the libraries for their hours and services.

Sibley State Park

NEW LONDON — Sibley State Park is open. A vehicle permit is required to enter the park and is available online. Sibley State Park is west of New London just off U.S. Highway 71. Hiking/walking trails are in mostly good condition. Some shaded areas may be muddy. For more information, visit the state Department of Natural Resources website at .

Prairie Woods ELC

SPICER — The Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center trails may be used during daylight hours at no cost. Fat-tire and mountain bike trails are closed. A bathroom with composting toilets is open by the pavilion. Pets should be on a leash. More information is on the website at or call 320-354-5894 .

Equipment rental: All equipment rentals (fat-tire bikes, kayaks, canoes) will be handled on a reservation basis, made at least 24 hours in advance. To reserve equipment for the weekend, please call by noon Friday.

Earth Day: April 24, 1 to 4:30 p.m., events held at the farm site, including the recycled outdoor gear sale for which donations are welcome.

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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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