Around Our Region published Dec. 21, 2022

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Holiday events

WILLMAR — The holiday season brings many special festivities, from family gatherings to school concerts, community celebrations to church programs. The list is in today’s Showcase section.

Willmar Civic Center

WILLMAR — The Willmar Civic Center has two ice arenas, the Cardinal Arena and the Blue Line Arena which has curling ice. The Events and Recreation Center has court surfaces for basketball, tennis, pickleball, volleyball; an indoor playground; meeting rooms and more. Admission is charged for some open events. For more information, the number is 320-235-1454 . The center is closed Dec. 24-25.

Indoor playground: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and during all events at the Civic Center including the weekends. It is designed for ages 2-10.

Adaptive/open curling: 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday, $3 for all ages.

Open noon hour curling: Noon to 1 p.m. Thursdays through March 9, $45 registration fee.


Noon hour basketball: 11:30 to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Open pickleball: 2 to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday; 8 to 11:30 a.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday; 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Friday.

Youth open gym: 5 to 9 p.m. Dec. 28-30.

Open tennis: 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Wednesday and Friday.

School break ice rink: Open skate from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; open hockey from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Dec. 26-29 in Cardinal Arena.

School break gym: Youth open gym 5 to 9 p.m. Dec. 27-30.

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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: Dec. 21, 2 p.m., freewill donation, music by Jason, Dan & Colleen

Friday afternoon of dancing: Dec. 23, no dance

Christmas: Dec. 24-26, Community Center is closed.

Community Thread Studio: Dec. 27, 1 to 3 p.m. or 4 to 6 p.m.; Jan. 10, 2 to 4 p.m.; $5, grades 4 and up, advance registration required, supply list available when registering. Learn the basics to running a sewing machine to make your own clothing or home items.

Community Bingo: Dec. 27, 5 to 7 p.m., $3 per person, two cards at a time.

New Year’s Eve-Eve-Eve Bingo: Dec. 29, 2 p.m. Ring in the new year with us in a fun afternoon of bingo for $3 per person.

New Year's: Jan. 1-2, Community Center is closed.

Veterans coffee social: Jan. 3, 9:30 to 11 a.m. , open to all veterans, police, fire and emergency medical services members.


Community Kids: Jan. 3, 3:30 to 5:15 p.m., grades K-5, $8 class; advance registration required by the Friday before the class. Activities will range from crafts to science and games, with a different focus each month. January social focus is compromising and apologizing.

Aging Wisely: Jan. 5, 1:30 p.m., free. Maida Berg of the Willmar Public Library will talk about the opportunities, resources and engagements available at the library. For more information and to make a reservation, call Britta at 320-262-5288 by 4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 4.

Pups, Butts, & Guts: Jan. 7, 10 a.m., $15; advance registration required. Get a workout with adoptable pups from Hawk Creek Animal Shelter and Windy of Windy’s Wellness.

Weekly events: Chess club, Yahtzee, Farkle, Hand & Foot cards, cribbage, puzzle exchange, exercise classes, Jolly Twirlers square dance lessons 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 available during regular hours. Programs are in-person in the library. Advance registration required for some events. 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.

Brainfuse HelpNow: Free online tutoring service, grades K-12, one-to-one live homework help from online tutors between 2 and 11 p.m. daily; English or Spanish; math, science, English/language arts, social studies and reading assistance; app available for mobile.  

Homeschool Hour: Dec. 21, 2 p.m. Create your very own working marionette puppet. For kids 12 and under.

Teen movie: Dec, 21, 5:30 p.m., ages 12-18, no registration required, popcorn and refreshments provided.

Pajama-rama storytime: Dec. 27, 6:30 p.m. Come in your pajamas, bring a blanket and listen to stories. Milk and cookies afterward before you head home to bed.

Coloring contest: Dec. 27-Jan. 14 submissions, and voting from Jan. 16-28. Pick up a coloring sheet at the Willmar Public Library or print one from the website. There are two coloring sheets from which to choose, but only one may be submitted for voting. Complete and return the finished coloring sheet to the library by Jan. 14 to be entered into the contest. Voting will take place in the library starting Jan. 16. Winners in each age category will receive a gift card.

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

Teen take-and-make: Dec. 5 opened for embroidery hoop ornament, Dec.19 opened for wood bead wreath. 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. Dec. 12 opened for bird seed ornament and Dec. 27 opens for mini snow globe. For ages 18 and over, limit one per person as supplies are 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. December’s theme is winter wonderland.

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.

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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