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Around Our Region published Jan. 4, 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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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 curling: 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, $3 for all ages.

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

Family gym: 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday

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. Saturday and Sunday.

Physical activities

Outdoor ice rinks: Open 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.

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.

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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. 4, 2 p.m., freewill donation, music by Wendall Nash.

Friday afternoon of dancing: Jan. 6, 1 to 4 p.m., music by Night Owls; $7 dancers, $2 listeners.

Crafts with Cardinals: Jan. 4, 12:45 to 1:45 p.m., $1. Make art, bracelets, greeting cards and knitting with Willmar High School students.

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.

Soup 2 Go: Jan. 5 is registration deadline for classes Jan. 12 and Jan. 26, 3:30 p.m. Cost is$30 for both classes, $20 for one class. Join us in this assembly class to prepare fresh soups to take home and simply add water. Thursday, Jan. 12, will be Country Soup and Taco Soup; Thursday, Jan. 26, will be Chicken Tortilla Soup and Split Pea Soup.

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.

Hawk Creek Animal Shelter collection drive: Jan. 7-Feb. 18, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., weekdays. Support local shelter by donating items including Milk Bones, training treats, wet dog/cat food, paper towels, toys, blankets, Lysol wipes.

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Community Thread Studio: Jan. 10, 2 to 4 p.m.; $5, grades 4 and up, advance registration required. Bring your questions of all things regarding sewing.

Veterans coffee social: Jan. 17, 9:30 to 11 a.m., open to all veterans, police, fire and emergency medical services members.

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

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.

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.

Keep reading for more of this week's calendar items below the related content.

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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.  

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. (No class Jan. 4).

Lego Club: Canceled for January.

Teen hangout: Jan. 11, 5:30 p.m., ages 12-18, no registration required. Enjoy video games, arts and crafts, board and card games, snacks and beverages.

STEMtastic Thursday: Jan. 12, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., topic is roller coaster engineering. Figure out what works and what doesn’t as you design our own roller coaster. Best for ages 7-12, though younger ones are welcome with adult help.

Teen Gaming Club: Jan. 13, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., ages 12-18, no registration required. Play games on the Xbox One or board and card games. Some games are rated 13+. Refreshments provided.

Pokemon Party: Jan. 14, noon to 3 p.m., watch “Pikachu, I Choose You,” themed crafts, activities and snacks. For all ages, no registration required.

CentraCare MyChart presentation: Jan. 17, 4 p.m. A representative from CentraCare will talk about the best way to use MyChart. Bring either your phone or laptop, whichever you use to access MyChart, so you can get practical experience. Register on the library’s website.

Adult game night: Jan. 17, 6 to 8 p.m. Invite your friends to play some of the library’s games or bring a favorite from home. Everyone 16 and over are welcome. No cost and no registration.

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” by Mary Pipher. Book discussion upstairs at the library. New members are always welcome.

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.

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 opens 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 opens 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.

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.

Online Storytime: Jan. 15, 9 to 9:45 a.m., ages 3-8 and their families, limit of 24 families, advance registration required. Join Miss Jennifer for a special online storytime. Pick up your storytime kit at the library. Zoom information will be provided in the packet.

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.

Online Storytime: Jan. 15, 9 to 9:45 a.m., ages 3-8 and their families, limit of 24 families, advance registration required. Join Miss Jennifer for a special online storytime. Pick up your storytime kit at the library. Zoom information will be provided in the packet.

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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