Around Our Region published Feb. 26, 2020
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Figure skating show
WILLMAR — Diamond Edge Figure Skating presents “Quantum Leap: Skating through Space and Time” at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 29, and 1 p.m. Sunday, March 1, at the Willmar Civic Center. Guest skaters will be members of the American Ice Theatre Minneapolis-St. Paul. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students when purchased in advance at Cash Wise Foods in Willmar or online at diamondedgeskating.com . At the door, tickets are $12 for adults and $7 for students. Ages 3 and under are free with a paid adult.
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 www.willmarpubliclibrary.org .
Adult Winter Reading: Through March 2, the annual winter reading program, “Snow is Falling, Books are Calling,” is open for ages 18 and older for reading and/or listening to books. Get a reading log and information about the prizes at the library..
Crafts and coloring: Feb. 26, 2 to 4 p.m. Bring any crafts you are working on and enjoy time with like-minded individuals. Don’t have a craft to work on? Use the provided supplies for coloring, iris paper folding, extreme dot to dot, or paint by sticker. Everyone is welcome.
Teen movie: Feb. 26, 5:30 p.m.
Little People Storytime: Feb. 27, 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.
Winter story hour: Feb. 28, 10 to 10:45 a.m., for babies through preschoolers, featuring stories, music, fingerplays and other activities. Theme is bear story time (bring your stuffed bear).
Children's interactive movie: Feb. 28, 3:30 p.m. Because the movie is interactive, you can sing along with Elsa and Anna to your favorite songs and participate along with the movie. Movie snack provided, rated PG, call the library for the title.
Lego Club: March 4, 4 to 5 p.m., kindergarten through sixth grade, no registration is necessary. You will create a new structure each time that will be put on display. Legos provided, donations of additional Legos welcome.
Little People Storytime: March 5, 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.
A Taste of France: March 5, 6 p.m. Join us as we explore a different country every first Thursday of the month. Try a variety of snacks, listen to music, and answer trivia about France. No cost and no registration. Everyone age 18 and older is welcome.
Winter Story Hour: March 6, 10 to 10:45 a.m., for babies through preschoolers, featuring stories, music, fingerplays and other activities. Theme is sledding.
Teen Advisory Board: March 6, 3:30 p.m. Help plan library programs and events, choose materials, and make the library a better place for teens.
Superhero slime party: March 7, 9 to 11 a.m., families welcome. Dress up as your favorite superhero, made superhero slime, design your own cape, mast and cuffs and other activities.
Superhero trivia: March 7, noon. Great for all superhero fans whether you just watch the movies or obsess over the comic books. Kids to adults can participate in teams of two to six — come as as team or the library will pair you up. No registration required.
Teen bad movie: March 10, 3:30 p.m., join us for movies that are so bad, they’re good.
Let’s Dish community potluck: March 10, 10, 7 p.m. Stuck in a recipe rut? Bring a dish to share and a copy of the recipe based on the theme. Come every month or just when the theme interests you. The March theme is coconut. No registration required.
Little People Storytime: March 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.
Teen Gaming Club: March 13, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Pay games on the HTC Vive VR set and Xbox One or board and card games. Some are rated 13+.
After Hours at the Library: March 13, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., after Gaming Club. When the library's doors close at 5:30, we will reopen them for teens to continue to hang out and have some fun!
Myrtle Mabee Library
BELGRADE — The Myrtle Mabee Library has the following events scheduled. The library phone number is 320-254-8842.
Make-and-take crafts: For ages 3-12, come in and make a craft in the new Maker Space during library hours, while supplies last.
Lego build challenge and contest: March 9-14. Make a Lego masterpiece during library hours. Staff will take a photo and post for patrons to vote on their favorites.
READ Book Club: March 20, 6:30 to 8 p.m., the Read, Eat and Discuss book club for adults. Author Frank Weber will discuss his latest book “Last Call.”
Paynesville Public Library
PAYNESVILLE — The Paynesville Public Library has the following event scheduled. The library phone number is 320-243-7343.
Preschool Singalong Storytime: March 11, 10:30 to 11:15 a.m., ages 0 to 6. Stories, songs, activities and crafts. Attendance limit is 20 advance registration 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 by calling 320-354-5894. For more information, call or check the website at www.prairiewoodselc.org .
Cross-country skiing: Trails tracks are icy and skiing is marginal.
Kicksledding: There is still enough snow to kicksled.
Fat tire biking: Not groomed at this time.
Indoor rock climbing: March 5, 4 to 5:30 p.m., $10 per session, for all ages. Challenge yourself both physically and mentally at your own pace: Beginners can learn about the sport, exercise and have fun; experienced climbers can train and refine their skills. PWELC instructors will be there to help. Equipment is provided, advance registration required. Additional class April 2.
Story hour at the Pioneer Cabin: March 12, 4 to 5:15 p.m., prekindergarten through third grade. Dress as a pioneer and listen to a story about the Ingalls family and what pioneer life was like and do an activity that Laura did. Parents are welcome. Cost is $5 per child for each session, adults free. Each session will have different story and crafts. Advance registration required.
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 groomed trail conditions, visit the state Department of Natural Resources website at www.dnr.state.mn.us . Trails were last groomed Feb. 21, check the website for current trail conditions.