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Around Our Region published Jan. 18, 2023

The weekly Around Our Region calendar of events is published Wednesdays. Submissions may be emailed to news@wctrib.com with “Around our Region” in the subject line at least a week in advance.

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Youth and Family

Spicer Winterfest: Weekends Jan. 21 through Feb. 4, highlighted by the Polar Plunge and fireworks on Jan. 28. Activities scheduled for this weekend are:

  • 10th annual Tommy Swenson Memorial ice fishing tournament, Saturday, Jan. 21, registration from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at the Saulsbury Beach Landing, fishing from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Central Minnesota Pond Racing Speed Run, Saturday, Jan. 21, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., on Green Lake
  • Central Minnesota Pond Ice Ovals Race, Saturday, Jan. 21, all day beginning at 11 a.m. on Green Lake
  • Music by John Dokken, Saturday, Jan. 21, 8 to 11 p.m., O’Neil’s
  • Music by a DJ, Saturday, Jan. 21, 10 p.m., Zorbaz
  • Fifth annual Kids Ice Fishing Derby, Sunday, Jan. 22, registration noon to 1 p.m., fishing 1 to 3 p.m., in front of Pirrotta Park on Green Lake; $5 per child 15 and younger, must be accompanied by an adult.

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 willmarparks-rec.com .

Willmar Area Senior Citizens Club: Jan. 18, 2 p.m., $2, music by Jay Elliason

Friday afternoon of dancing: Jan. 20, 1 to 4 p.m., music by Jerry's Band; $7 dancers, $2 listeners.

Community crafts: Jan. 19, 2:30 p.m., $15, all ages, advance registration required. Make a giant-sized wooden snowflake.

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Little Art Gallery session: Jan. 20, 2 to 4 p.m., free. Create one free art item to be on display in our community art galleries in January with the themes of Valentine's Day, Presidents Day, chocolate, African-American heritage and love.

Dog Days of Winter: Jan. 21, two sessions, 2 to 2:45 p.m. or 3 to 3:45 p.m., $5, advance registration required. Bring your furry friend for a playtime session to burn some energy.

Community Center Book Club: Jan. 23, 3:30 p.m. Join our book club for a discussion, new book picked each month.

Community bingo: Jan. 24, 5 to 7 p.m., $3 per person, two cards at a time.

Woodshop: Open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, 6 to 9 p.m. Monday evenings, 8 a.m. to noon on first and third Saturday. Register by 4 p.m. Thursday for Saturday morning and Monday evening. Advance registration required by calling 320-262-5288 . Cost is $10 for a daily pass and $70 yearly.

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The weekly Around Our Region calendar of events is published Wednesdays. Submissions may be emailed to news@wctrib.com with “Around our Region” in the subject line at least a week in advance.

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 www.willmarpubliclibrary.org . 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.  

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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.

Winter Reads: Through March 31, ages 18 and older, for every five books read, you will receive a prize with the options of a mug, a windshield scraper or a cloth grocery bag. After receiving two prizes, any further entries will go to a possibility of winning the grand prize, a $100 gift card.

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

Homeschool Hour: Jan. 18, 2 p.m., homeschoolers of all ages. Learn about animal hibernation, migration and adaptation during winter.

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

Adult Book Club: Jan. 19, noon, “Women Rowing North: Navigating Life’s Currents and Flourishing as We Age” by Mary Pipher. Book discussion upstairs at the library. New members are always welcome. February book is “Firekeeper’s Daughter” by Angeline Boulley. March book is “The School for Good Mothers” by Jessamine Chan.

Adult movie matinee: Jan. 20, 2 p.m., no cost or registration, refreshments provided.

Adult art program: Jan. 24, 2 p.m., register in advance on the library’s website for a folded book fir tree. Supplies are limited.

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Pajama-rama storytime: Jan. 24, 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.

Teen Book Club: Jan. 27, 4 p.m., club discussion of this month’s book “Dark Room Etiquette” by Robin Roe, no registration necessary, snacks and beverages provided.

Teen take-and-make: Jan. 9 opened for desktop calendar and Jan. 23 opens for shadow jar. 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. Jan. 9 opened for pine cone pine trees and Jan. 23 opens for snug llama cross-stitch. 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. January’s theme is Sports.

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.

Willmar Community Education

WILLMAR — Willmar Community Education has released its winter schedule of classes. Advance registration is required.

Telling a Historical Truth, Henry Hastings Sibley and a State Park: Jan. 24 or April 4, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Jefferson Learning Center, instructor Kelsey Olson. Presentation on the controversial history of Henry Hastings Sibley and the history of the creation of Sibley State Park. Learn about the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862 and Sibley's role in the genocide of the Dakota people. Followed by a roundtable discussion about the effort to change the park's name, including an update on where the process is today.

Vanventure: These small-group winter outings will be to the Dassel History Center & Ergot Museum and the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Tour dates and times have not been set yet. They will leave from the Jefferson Learning Center in Willmar and are for ages 18 and up at a cost of $5 each. More information on the Willmar Community Education website.

Myrtle Mabee Library

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

Take & Make Kit: Jan. 3, kit for kids 3 and older will be offered for pickup at the library each month, while supplies last.

Book Battle: Jan. 10-Feb. 26, weekly. How many of the library’s most checked out books of 2021 have you read? Vote for your favorites to declare the ultimate “Book of 2021”… at least for our library. In person and on Facebook.

R.E.A.D Book Club: Jan. 24, 4 p.m. The book club for adults will discuss a different book each month.

Paynesville Public Library

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

Take & Make Kit: Jan. 3, kit for kids 3 and older will be offered for pickup at the library each month, while supplies last.

Book Battle: Jan. 10-Feb. 26, weekly. How many of the library’s most checked out books of 2021 have you read? Vote for your favorites to declare the ultimate “Book of 2021”… at least for our library. In person and on Facebook.

Physical activities

Open Gym at Jefferson: 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Friday during the school year. Check in at the Community Education office. Gym and equipment available for ages 0-8 with parental supervision; families put toys away when finished.

Outdoor ice rinks: Rinks with lights at Garfield and Hilltop parks.

Garfield warming house: 5 to 8 p.m. Monday and Thursday, 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, will not be open if -10 wind chill or below.

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 . Open events in the next week are:

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.

Open skating: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday, $3 for all ages; $2 skate rental.

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

Open noon hour curling: Noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8-March 9, $45 registration fee.

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

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

Open tennis: 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday; 8 to 9:45 a.m. Sunday.

Pee Wee A and B1: Jan. 20-22, youth hockey tournament.

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 dmiddleton@wctrib.com or phone 320-214-4341.
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