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Around Our Region published Aug. 17, 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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Area town celebrations

Grove City: Windmill Days, Aug. 19-21, go online for more information at grovecitymn.com/grove-city-windmill-days

Raymond: Harvest Fest, Aug. 26-28, go online for more information at www.facebook.com/Raymond125thYear

County Fairs

Swift County: Aug. 17-21, Appleton, swiftcountyfair.org

Lac qui Parle County: Sept. 8-11, Madison, lqpfair.com

Youth and Family

Little Crow Water Ski Shows: Aug. 19, 7 p.m., Neer Park in New London. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for students, preschoolers get in free; reserved seating is $8. Grand finale show is Aug. 26.


Summer Movies in the Park: Aug. 19, 8 p.m., Baker Field at Bill Taunton Stadium. Willmar Parks and Recreation presents free movie night featuring Angels in the Outfield.”

Kandiyohi County Historical Society 125th anniversary celebration: Aug. 20, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Pioneer Cabin on the Kandiyohi County Fairgrounds in northwest Willmar. The 2nd Minnesota Battery Light Artillery, of Red Wing, will set up a Civil War encampment. Learn about Minnesota soldiers and their life in the Civil War with different stations for the public to see including the cannon, small arms and a ladies area — which will feature the Soldiers' Aid Society, quilt display, and apothecary. The Gun Drill will be held at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. The 2nd Minnesota Battery Re-enactors are a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of Civil War history by living it.

There will also be kids carnival games, root beer floats, food, music, a silent pie auction and a friendly competition between the towns in Kandiyohi County. Each town will have a jar and the one who ends up with the most money in it at the end of the day will be featured in a display in 2023 at the museum and at the Kandiyohi County Fair. For the silent pie auction, anyone is welcome to donate pies. Call Karen Hernandez at 952-540-3470 .

Forest City Stockade Rendezvous: Aug. 20-21, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the site 6 miles northeast of Litchfield on state Highway 24. Admission is $5, ages 12 and under free. Pioneer crafts, new sod house, Native American artifacts display by Larry Levin, live music, schoolhouse with children’s activities, wagon rides, violin making, birch bark canoe builder on Sunday only. Food served all day including buffalo sandwiches, pickled eggs, homemade ice cream, old-fashioned root beer, fry bread and more. The early fur trade encampment to the east of the stockade welcomes visitors. Find more information online at www.forestcitystockade.org .

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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.
Submissions about charities, benefits and nonprofit fundraisers for the weekly Good Neighbors calendar published Wednesdays should be emailed to news@wctrib.com by noon Friday.
Artists in the Upper Minnesota River Valley are hosting the 18th annual arts crawl known as the Meander, featuring 41 artists throughout the five-county region.

Willmar Community Center

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

Willmar Area Senior Citizens Club: Aug. 17, 2 p.m., freewill donation, music by Gig Noonan.

Friday afternoon of dancing: Aug. 19, 1 to 4 p.m., music by Marie & Mike; $7 dancers, $2 listeners.


Coffee with the cops: Aug. 18, 9 to 10:30 a.m. Come have coffee with our local police officers, ask questions or just come support our local law enforcement officers.

Cooking with Riley — shrimp boil: Aug. 20, 2 p.m., $30. Enjoy making a mess in this one-pot meal enjoyed in the Deep South. It includes baby potatoes; fresh, sweet summer corn; and shrimp. We’ll top everything off with herbs, spices and a delicious lemon garlic butter and make Mint Cucumber Lemonade. This month we are offering a BOGO option, bring your friend.

Senior Citizen Day luncheon: Aug. 22, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Enjoy a lunch of a hot dog, chips, cookie and beverage for being an awesome senior in our community. Free for those 55 and older, while supplies last.

Garden bingo: Aug. 23, 2:30 p.m., $3 per person. An afternoon of bingo with a variety of local grown produce for the prizes.

Court whist tournament: Aug. 25, 12:30 p.m., advance registration required, $2 entry fee.

Community Book Club: Aug. 29, 3:30 p.m., free. Join for a discussion of “Remarkably Bright Creatures” by Shelby Van Pelt.

Weekly events: Chess club, Yahtzee, Farkle, Hand & Foot cards, puzzle exchange, exercise classes and open woodshop, contact Community Center for details and prices.

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.


Summer reading: June 6-Aug. 31. Participate in one of our summer reading programs for children, teens, and adults.

Read Down Your Fines: June 1-Aug. 31, ages 0-18. Got fines? Read them away — 15 minutes of reading equals $1 off your account. Read up to $20 off your account. Some restrictions apply.

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

Words on Paper: Aug. 17, 3 p.m., no registration required. Books that shaped and reflected America from 1950-70 presented by Minnesota author Forrest Peterson. Copies of his books will be available to purchase at the event.

Teen movie: Aug. 17, 5:30 p.m., ages 12-18, no registration required, popcorn and refreshments provided.

Adult Book Club: Aug. 18, noon, “The Streel” by Mary Logue. Book discussion upstairs at the library. New members are always welcome.

Adult movie matinee: Aug. 19, 2 p.m., no cost or registration, “The Lost City,” refreshments provided.

Pajama-rama storytime: Aug. 23, 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.

Little Art session: Aug. 24, 3 to 6 p.m., free. Create art to be on display in our community art galleries.

Teen Book Club: Aug. 26, 4 p.m., club discussion of this month’s book in the multipurpose room, no registration necessary, snacks and beverages provided.

Spider-Man escape room: Aug. 27, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., all ages. Can you escape from Oscorp in time to help Spider-Man save the city? Played in a group of two to four, those 12 and under need at least one adult present. Register in advance on the library website for a set block of time.

Health series: Aug. 31, 1 p.m. Hear for the Health of It! A presentation on age-related hearing loss from the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Division of the Minnesota Department of Human Services. Advance registration requested at the library or online at forms.gle/2jkWgSxgVuFG1dXb6 .

Nailed It! challenge: Aug. 1-20, all ages. Can you nail this mystery dessert challenge? Register for a Nailed It! kit on the library website, one kit per person. Photo submissions must be turned in by Aug. 20.

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.

Physical activities

Robbins Island: Destination Playground; 18-hole disc golf course starts north of playground; North Business Highway 71, Willmar.

Rice Park: Splash pad and changing rooms, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, 805 Third St. S.W. Open Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Dorothy Olson Aquatic Center: Open 1 to 6 p.m. daily through Aug. 18 at 1601 22nd St. S.W., Willmar. Cost is $3 per person including observers.

Grind Central Skate Park: Open during daylight hours, Swansson Fields; southwest Willmar.

Archery Park: Open during daylight hours, located on 19th Avenue Southeast across from Walmart. Seven shooting lanes ranging from 10 to 70 yards. For all ages but children under 15 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

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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