Around Our Region published Dec. 22, 2021

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Holiday season

The holiday season brings many special festivities and the Tribune is publishing a list of events each week in the Showcase section. Please send your events by email to or submit them on our online calendar at .

Income tax assistance volunteers

WILLMAR — Volunteers are needed for the United Community Action Partnership’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program.

Free training on everything you need to know to become a trained, IRS-certified tax preparer and to help ensure that low-income taxpayers receive the full amount of tax credits and refunds to which they are entitled. If you already know the basics, the training will help develop your skills even more.

Each return that is prepared by a volunteer is also reviewed by an experienced reviewer before being electronically filed.

Volunteers are also needed to be site assistants to welcome customers to the tax clinic, talk to them about the process and screen their documents. They may also meet with customers interested in learning more about other benefits and assistance for which they might be eligible.


The demand for service continues to grow, and United Community Action Partnership is seeking to expand its teams in Glencoe, Hutchinson, Jackson, Marshall, Redwood Falls, Windom and Willmar.

Training for all new volunteers will be held in January. For more information or to volunteer, contact Michelle Jensen at or call 507-841-2614 .

Willmar Community Center

WILLMAR — The Willmar Community Center is open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. You can meet a friend for coffee or maybe some lemonade served from Britta’s Brew Station. The phone number is 320-262-5288 . To register for any programs, call or go online at .

Willmar Area Senior Citizens Club: Dec. 22, no entertainment.

Curbside crafts: These kits are great activities to do with all ages and skill sets. Kits are available to pick up on Thursdays. On Dec. 23 it's a Santa candy sleigh. A few kits remain from last week's festive cookie decorating. Reserve your craft kits by calling 320-262-5288 . Supplies will be limited. Cost is $3 per kit.

Friday afternoon of dancing: Dec. 24, no dance.

Community bingo: Dec. 28, 5 to 7 p.m., $3, two cards per person, all ages welcome.

Exercise classes: Gentle Yoga, Bone Builders, SAIL (Staying Active and Independent for Life); contact Community Center for details and prices.


Yahoo for Yahtzee: Every Monday, 12:30 p.m.

Card playing: 12:30 to 4 p.m., bridge on Monday, hand & foot on Tuesday and Thursday, whist on Wednesday and Friday.

Farkle Fridays: Friday, 1 to 4 p.m. A classic dice game to try and reach 10,000 points first.

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 . Cost is $5 for a daily pass, $25 for a three-month membership, and $60 yearly.

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. Face masks strongly encouraged. 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.

The library will be closed Dec. 24-25.

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


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. Reserve on the library website. New titles each month.

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. December's theme is fantasy.

Preschoolers storytime: Every Tuesday, 10 a.m., ages 3-6, no registration required.

Little People storytime: Every Wednesday, 10 a.m., ages 0-3, no registration required.

Teen holiday party: Dec. 22, 5:30 p.m., white elephant gift games and other games, snacks and beverages. Register in advance on library website.

Teen Book Club: Dec. 29, 4 p.m., club discussion of this month’s book, in the multipurpose room, no registration necessary.

Physical activities

Outdoor ice rinks: Ice rinks with lights at Garfield, Hilltop and Lincoln parks.

Garfield warming house: 5 to 8 p.m. Monday and Thursday, 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Open skating: Willmar Civic Center, $3 for all ages; $2 skate rental; 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 26 and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 27-30, open skate in Cardinal Arena.

Adaptive/open curling: 4 to 5 p.m. Thursdays, Willmar Civic Center, $3 for all ages.

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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