Around Our Region published Aug. 18, 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.


Area celebrations

Swift County Fair: Fairgrounds in Appleton, Aug. 18-22

Forest City: The Stockade Rendezvous Aug. 21-22 is a family-friendly event that allows you to step back in time to 1862 and enjoy friendly people, delicious food, and many pioneer activities. Website is and on Facebook at .

Raymond Harvest Fest: Aug. 27-29, on Facebook at .

Sunburg: Sept. 6, Labor Day Trolls Classic Car Show, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunburg Community Center grounds. Spectators free; food, crafts, homemade items for sale. No dogs.

Youth and Family

Outdoor lap swimming: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Dorothy Olson Aquatic Center.


Movies in the parking lot: Willmar Parks and Recreation presents the free movie “Soul” at 8 p.m. Aug. 20 in the Willmar Civic Center parking lot.

Willmar Community Center

WILLMAR — The Willmar Community Center is open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. The patio area is set up, and all are welcome to enjoy at any time of the day. You can meet a friend for coffee or maybe some lemonade served from Britta’s Brew Station. The phone number is 320-262-5288 . For reservations, call or go online at .

Willmar Area Senior Citizens Club: Aug. 18, 2 p.m., freewill donation, entertainment by Gig Noonan

Friday afternoon of dancing: Aug. 20, 1 p.m., $2 non-dancers, $7 dancers; light lunch served; music by Michael James.

Sweet treats baking class: Aug. 21, 2 p.m., $10. Make two different cookies, vegan chocolate chip no-bake and salted chocolate chip; advance registration required.

Darling drink coasters: Aug. 25, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., free. Create your own drink coaster, registration deadline Aug. 20.

Lantern decorating: Aug. 25, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Decorate a lantern to create ambiance in downtown Willmar.

Court Whist Tournament: Aug. 26, 12:30 p.m., $2 entry fee, whist with a royal twist. Must register, call 320-262-5288 .


All things board games: Aug. 28, 2 p.m., all ages. Come play medieval-themed games this month, free.

Squeegee art class with Riley: Aug. 28, 2 p.m., $15, advance registration required. Try out this dabbling painting method.

Smash Brothers, through generations: Aug. 29, 6 p.m. Play all the classic smash brother games on a variety of gaming systems.

Community crafts: Aug. 31, 2 p.m., $4, advance registration required. Create a succulent rock cacti.

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.

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. Full services are available except the meeting room. The website is . Call 320-235-3162 . Curbside pickup remains available during regular hours. Face masks strongly encouraged for those not fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Programs will either be online or with limited participants and social distancing. 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: The summer reading program runs June 1 through Aug. 31.

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. A new August kit is “Finding Nemo.”

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.

Children’s storytime in the park: 11 a.m. every Tuesday through Aug. 24 at Jaycees Park and Bria’s Playground, corner of Ella Avenue and Seventh Street Northwest.

Nailed It! dessert challenge: Aug. 2-29, all ages. Each participant will receive an ingredients kit as well as a card with a photo of the dessert to replicate. Email a photo of the finished work by Aug. 29. It will be judged by how closely it matches the original as well as overall skill/presentation. Winners in each age group will be announced Aug. 31. All ages. One kit per person. Supplies are limited. Register online.

Teen Take & Make Crafts: Aug. 16 opened for ice cream cone. For ages 12-18. Limit one per person as supplies are limited. Sign up on the library website.

Adult Make-and-Take Crafts: Various crafts will be posted on the website as they are available, usually around the first and 15th of the month. 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. Aug. 16 is a magnet set by Art’deavors by Grace.

Adult Book Club: Aug. 18, noon, “Talking to Strangers” by Malcolm Gladwell. Book discussion upstairs at the library. Meets every third Wednesday, new members are always welcome.

Adult trivia: Aug. 19, 7 p.m., play live trivia solo or assemble a team, via a Facebook group, ages 18 and over.

Teen Iron Chef Contest: Aug. 20, 6 p.m., in the library’s back parking lot (weather permitting). Compete with other teens to see who can make the best snack, using the secret ingredient. Work in teams of three. Judges will rate a team's dishes on creativity, presentation and taste. For ages 12-18 only. Registration is limited. Check website for details.

Craft & Coloring Chat: Aug. 25, 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.

Teen Book Club: Aug. 27, 4 p.m., at the library. Club discussion of “Six Crimson Cranes” by Elizabeth Lim. In the multipurpose room, no registration is necessary.

Physical activities

Robbins Island: Destination Playground; 18-hole disc golf course starts north of playground; swimming is allowed during daylight hours, no lifeguards; 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.

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

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

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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