Around Our Region published Dec. 11, 2019

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AARP Tax-Aide

WILLMAR — Volunteers are needed for the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program that provides free help with filing tax forms for low- and moderate-income taxpayers. Facilitators are needed to greet clients and help them fill out intake forms, and tax preparers are needed who prepare the income tax returns on computers. Training and IRS certification provided. For more information about volunteering, call 1-888-687-2277 or go online at .

United Community Action Partnership

WILLMAR — Training is set for January for volunteers to work at the United Community Action Partnership’s free tax clinic. The tax clinic serves low-income taxpayers and helps ensure that they receive the full tax credits and refunds that they are entitled to. United Community Action Partnership provides training so that anyone can become an IRS-certified tax preparer. For more information or to volunteer, call Michelle Jensen at 507-847-2632, ext. 3102 or email .

Music Together

WILLMAR — Music Together in Central Minnesota will have two special events for families at the Willmar Public Library. Register in advance at .

Family music class: Dec. 12, 10:45 to 11:15 a.m. Sing and dance with your baby, toddler or preschooler in a rich musical environment.

Family pajama party: Dec. 16, 5:15-5:45 p.m. Sing and dance with your baby, toddler or preschooler. Get those extra wiggles out and end the day with a gentle lullaby. Pajamas are welcome but not required.


Holiday events

The holiday events listing will be published this week in the Thursday Showcase section.

Willmar Public Library

WILLMAR — The Willmar Public Library has the following events scheduled for the coming weeks. For more information, call the library at 320-235-3162. All are free, register in advance at the checkout desk or by phone if required. Some registrations available online at .

Teen movie: Dec. 11, 5:30 p.m., date moved due to Christmas.

Little People story time: Dec. 12, 10 a.m., for parents and children infant to age 8. Designed with toddlers in mind, class might be called “kids on the move, books in the background.” There will be music, fingerplays and stories. There is no fee, but you must call Community Education at 320-231-8490 to register.

Snowy stories: Dec. 12, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., ages 4-10. Come when you can, stay as long as you like, for an evening of snow crafts, snow stories, wintry masks, fun songs, wintry puppets and theater games. A short interactive winter story will be offered toward the end of the event with Sparkles the Snow Fairy.

Holiday story hour: Dec. 13, 10 a.m., Willmar High School 2701 music group will perform and Santa will make a stop to visit with the children.

Teen Gaming Club: Dec. 13, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Play games on the HTC Vive VR set and Xbox One or board and card games. Some games are rated 13+.

Teen after hours at the library: Dec. 13, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. When the library's doors close at 5:30, we will reopen them for teens to continue to hang out and have some fun.


Teen bad movie: Dec. 17, 4 p.m. Join us for movies that are so bad, they’re good.

Lunch Bunch Book Club: Dec. 18, noon. November’s book is “Bridge of Clay” by Markus Zusak. Club meets at Cornerstone Coffee in the Skylark Center in Willmar. Everyone is welcome.

Children’s craft: Dec. 18, 4 to 5 p.m., kindergarten through fifth grade. Come create your own DIY photo block. Supplies will be provided. If you want to add a photo, please bring it.

Teen hangout: Dec. 18, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Come to the library for ugly sweater decorating. Decorating supplies provided, but you must bring your own old sweater or sweatshirt.

Teen Book Club: Dec. 20, 4 to 5 p.m. ages 13 and older. Meet at the library, and discuss this month’s book “The Diviners” by Libba Bray.

Teen murder mystery party: Dec. 21, noon to 4 p.m. You have been invited to Chris Cringle’s famous Ugly Sweater Party. Everything is jolly until someone is murdered and it is up to you to solve the murder. Ages 13-18, advance registration is required. Register on the library website .

Myrtle Mabee Library

ELGRADE — The Myrtle Mabee Library has the following events scheduled. The library phone number is 320-254-8842.

READ Book club: Dec. 20, 6:30 to 8 p.m., the Read, Eat and Discuss book club for adults. Contact the library for book selection.


Make and Take Crafts: For ages 3-12, come in and make a craft in the new Maker Space during library hours. The December craft is a clothespin reindeer.

Paynesville Public Library

PAYNESVILLE — The Paynesville Public Library has the following event scheduled. The library phone number is 320-243-7343.

Preschool storytime: Dec. 11, 10:30 to 11:15 a.m., ages 0 to 6; stories, activities and crafts, attendance limit is 20, advance registration is required.

Prairie Woods ELC

SPICER — The Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center welcomes skiers, snowshoers and mountain bikers during daylight hours at no cost. The trailhead will be open 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. No dogs on ski trails, pets should be on a leash. Snowshoe, skis and kicksled rental available, call 320-354-5894. For more information, call or check the website at .

Cross-country skiing: Trails have been packed and tracked.

Fat tire biking: Trail has not been packed.

Winter Fun Day: Feb. 9, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Exhibitors needed who would like to share a winter hobby, craft or sport during Winter Fun Day. Call for more information.

Sibley State Park

NEW LONDON — The Interpretive Center hours vary. A vehicle permit is required to enter the park and they are available at the park office. For more information, call 320-354-2002. Sibley State Park is west of New London just off U.S. Highway 71. For current information on naturalist programs and groomed trail conditions, visit the state Department of Natural Resources website at .

Cross-country skiing: Trails are in fair to good condition. Many of the trails have minimal snow cover due to recent plowing and windy conditions.

Snowmobiling: Trails are in poor condition, snow covered but ungroomed.

Sledding hill: Packed and is snow covered.

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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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