Around Our Region published Aug. 24, 2022

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.

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Area town celebrations

Raymond: Harvest Fest, Aug. 26-28, go online for more information at

Appleton: Applefest, Sept. 15-16, go online for more information at the Chamber Facebook page at

Granite Falls: Squid Fest, Rib Fest and more, Sept. 17, go online for more information at

Youth and Family

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

Prairie Pothole Day: Sept. 10, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Stoney Ridge Farm, south of the intersection of U.S. Highway 71 and state Highway 9. Outdoor celebration includes dog trials, black powder shoot, archery competition, slough scoot, walk in the woods, kids’ activities, food, raffle, duck calling contest, goose calling contest and more.


Atwater Threshing Days: Sept. 10-11, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., site on the east side of Atwater, admission charged. Music, threshing, corn shelling and more featuring hot air engines, vintage cookie jars and a special display of Ford Model T conversions and equipment.

Mayor’s Bike Ride: Sept. 16, 5 p.m., ninth annual Mayor’s Bike Ride, led by the mayors of Spicer, New London and Willmar. The three groups will meet at Goat Ridge Brewing in New London for a picnic. The ride and picnic are free, but participants need to register in advance by calling 320-235-3552 or emailing . The rides will leave at 5 p.m. from the city parking lot across from the American Legion in New London, the Glacial Lakes State Trail parking lot across from Mel’s Sport Shop in Spicer and the Glacial Lakes State Trail parking lot next to the Willmar Civic Center. You can join the Willmar group at 5:15 p.m. at the Glacial Lakes State Trail parking lot at County Road 26.

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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 has several events set. All events are free unless noted. The phone number is 320-262-5288 . For reservations, call or go online at .

Willmar Area Senior Citizens Club: Aug. 24, 2 p.m., freewill donation, music by Acoustic Vibe.

Friday afternoon of dancing: Aug. 26, 1 to 4 p.m., music by Jerry's Band; $7 dancers, $2 listeners.

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 . 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.

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 .

Classic movie for adults: Sept. 6, 5:30 p.m., “Princess Bride,” no cost or registration, refreshments provided.

Lego Club: Sept. 7, 4 to 5 p.m., kindergarten through sixth grade, no registration is necessary. Test your creativity and skills the first Wednesday of the month.

STEMtastic Thursday: Sept, 8, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Build a boat designed for capacity or speed. We'll test how well your boat works outside. Best for ages 7-12, though younger ones are welcome with adult help.

Teen Gaming Club: Sept. 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+. Refreshments provided.

Teen take-and-make: Aug. 15 opened for ice cream keychain, Sept. 12 opens for flower pen and Sept. 26 opens for velvet pumpkin. 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. Sept. 6 opens for sunflower wooden coasters, Sept. 19 for fall felt leaf wreaths. For ages 18 and over, limit one per person, supplies limited, sign up on the library website.

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. August’s theme is Kawaii and September is Harry Potter.

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.

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 or phone 320-214-4341.
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