Around Our Region published Dec. 18, 2019

The weekly Around Our Region calendar of events is published Wednesdays. Submissions may be emailed to with “Around our Region” in the subject line.


Love Thy Neighbor

WILLMAR — The Rev. Mandy France and Dr. Ayaz Virji will present “Love Thy Neighbor” at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, at the Barn Theatre in Willmar on the importance and value of interfaith work. Virji wrote the book “Love Thy Neighbor: A Muslim Doctor's Struggle for Home in Rural America.” It was named one of the top 20 best books of 2019 by Publisher’s Weekly. France is a pastor at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Bird Island.

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 .

L unch 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.

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

BELGRADE — 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.

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 by the main building and in the woods by the farm site are in great shape. Trails through the prairie at the farm site have been packed but are in rough shape due to high water issues.

Fat tire biking: The Kandi Trail Riders Club Trail welcomes volunteers to assist with winter trail grooming.


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 good condition. Many of the skate trails have minimal snow cover due to recent plowing and windy conditions.

Snowmobiling: Trails are in good condition.

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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