Around Our Region published Aug. 25, 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

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.

Lac qui Parle County Fair: Fairgrounds in Madison, Sept. 9-12.

Prairie Pothole Day: Sept. 11, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Stony Ridge Farm, New London, the 38th annual event sponsored by the Prairie Pothole Conservation Association.

Atwater: Sept. 11-12, Threshing Days at the site on the east side of Atwater. Minneapolis Moline are the featured machines this year. Website is and on Facebook at .


Belonging Begins with Us

WILLMAR — A Willmar Welcome Week event will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11, at Selvig Park in downtown Willmar. The event is part of Welcoming Week celebrations across southwest Minnesota led by local communities and supported by Southwest Initiative Foundation in partnership with Pioneer PBS and Southwest Minnesota Arts Council.

Whether it’s starting a new job, changing schools, or settling into a new neighborhood, everyone has had moments of feeling a little out of place, like they didn’t belong. For many who moved to Willmar in the last year or many years ago, this experience can last for more than a moment. That’s why belonging in Willmar is being reimagined — both for born-and-raised residents and newcomers. When everyone belongs, the community benefits from new talent, perspectives and contributions.

There will also be a “Miles 4 Mentors” run kicking off at 9:50 a.m., followed by Willmar Main Street’s “Touch-a-Truck” event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the First Presbyterian’s 150th celebration from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Food vendors, artistic performances, and family-friendly activities will be located throughout the downtown.

Youth and Family

Movies in the parking lot: Willmar Parks and Recreation presents the free movie “Raya and the Last Dragon” at 7 p.m. Sept. 17 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. 25, 2 p.m., freewill donation, entertainment by Mikko Cowdry.

Friday afternoon of dancing: Aug. 27, 1 p.m., $2 non-dancers, $7 dancers; light lunch served; music by Jerry's Band.

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 free, 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. $5 daily pass, 3-month membership $25, yearly $60.

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. 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.

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.

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.

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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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