Around Our Region published July 20, 2022

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.

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Area town celebrations

Olivia: Corn Capital Days, July 25-31, go online for more information at or on Facebook at

Kerkhoven: Town and Country Days, July 29-31, go online for more information at the city of Kerkhoven's Facebook page

Glenwood: Waterama, July 29-31, 65th annual event, parade 1 p.m. Sunday; more information online at

Lake Lillian: Fun Days, Aug. 4-17, go online for more information at the city of Lake Lillian's Facebook page

Pennock: Fun Days, Aug. 5-7, go online for more information at


More community news:
The Clubs & Organizations calendar is published weekly on Thursdays. Email submissions to by 5 p.m. Monday.
Submissions about charities, benefits and nonprofit fundraisers for the weekly Good Neighbors calendar published Wednesdays should be emailed to by noon Friday.
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.

Youth and Family

Little Crow Water Ski Shows: July 22, 7:30 p.m., Neer Park in New London. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for students, preschoolers get in free; reserved seating $8.

Summer Movies in the Park: July 22, 8 p.m., Willmar Civic Center Turf Fields. Willmar Parks and Recreation presents free movie night featuring “American Underdog:The Kurt Warner Story.”

Green Lake Bible Camp: The 38th annual Green Lake quilt auction will be July 22-23 at the bible camp east of Spicer. Quilt preview from 3 to 8 p.m. July 22 and 9 to 11 a.m. July 23 for admission of $3. Hotdish supper, beachfront concert on July 22. Live auction at noon July 23 of homemade quilts, online quilt auction closes at 5 p.m., pulled pork lunch and silent auction. Fresh doughnuts and concessions both days. Meals are $9 per person. More information available on the website at .

Farmfest: Aug. 2-4, Gilfillan Estate, southeast of Redwood Falls,

Wacipi: Aug. 5-8, Upper Sioux Community Pezihutazizi Oyate, traditional Wacipi powwow

Hanley Falls: Aug. 6-7 at the Minnesota Machinery Museum, the 47th annual The Good Old Days and Threshing Show, featuring all things J.I. Case and Fairbanks Morse engines. Admission is $10 for adults, ages 12 and under are free with an adult.

Summer Vacation Kids Movies: 10 a.m. Monday and Wednesday, Golden Ticket Cinemas, Uptown Willmar, $1 movie, $5 combo of movie, popcorn and drink. July 20 “The Minions,” July 25 and July 27 “Sing 2.”


County Fairs

Yellow Medicine County: July 21-23, Canby,

Chippewa County: July 27-31, Montevideo,

Pope County: Aug. 3-6, Glenwood,

Meeker County: Aug. 3-7, Litchfield,

Kandiyohi County: Aug. 10-13, Willmar,

Renville County: Aug. 10-12, Bird Island,

Swift County: Aug. 17-21, Appleton,

Lac qui Parle County: Sept. 8-11, Madison,


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. 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.

Summer reading: reading: June 6-Aug. 31. Participate in one of our summer reading programs for children, teens and adults.

Read Down Your Fines: June 1-Aug. 31, ages 0-18. Got fines? Read them away —15 minutes of reading equals $1 off your account. Read up to $20 off your account. Some restrictions apply.

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

Rec & Read at Rice Park: Every Thursday at 1 to 4 p.m. through July 21.

Outdoor Skills & Stories: July 20 and July 27, 3 p.m. Paired with a book, kids will do activities and learn skills they can use outdoors with Rachel from 4-H. Themes are water, hiking and fishing.

Teen movie: July 20, 5:30 p.m., ages 12-18, no registration required, popcorn and refreshments provided.

Adult Book Club: July 21, noon, “The Four Winds” by Kristin Hannah. Book discussion upstairs at the library. New members are always welcome.

Teen Book Club: July 22, 4 p.m., club discussion of this month’s book, “The Girl from the Other Side” by Adrienne Beck Nagabe, in the multipurpose room. No registration necessary, snacks and beverages provided.

Adult art program: July 26, 2 p.m., faux stained glass, advance registration required,

Pajama-rama storytime: July 26, 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 take-and-make: July 11 opened for tiny hat clip and July 25 opens for Mason jar luminary. 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. Tissue paper flowers opened July 11 and Art Deco bottles opens July 25. For ages 18 and over, limit one per person, supplies 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. July’s theme is mystery.

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 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: July 20, 2 p.m., freewill donation, music by Jason Christianson & Dan Burns.

Friday afternoon of dancing: July 22, 1 to 4 p.m., music by Jerry's Band; $7 dancers, $2 listeners.

Little Art session: July 22 1 to 4 p.m., free. Create art to be on display in the community art galleries. Theme is state fair.

Community Book Club: July 25, 3:30 p.m., free; join for a discussion, new book picked each month.

Early bird floats and Little Art session: July 26, 4 to 6 p.m., free to paint a square in the Community Painting; root beer floats $2.

Court whist tournament: July 28, 12:30 p.m., advance registration required, $2 entry fee.

Weekly events: Chess club, Yahtzee, Farkle, Hand & Foot cards, puzzle exchange, exercise classes and open woodshop, contact Community Center for details and prices.

Physical activities

Robbins Island: Destination Playground; 18-hole disc golf course starts north of playground; North Business Highway 71, Willmar.

Rice Park: Splash pad and changing rooms, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, 805 Third St. S.W. Open Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Dorothy Olson Aquatic Center: Open noon to 7 p.m. daily at 1601 22nd St. S.W., Willmar. Cost is $3 per person including observers. Lucky Duck Thursdays in July is $1 admission with a non-perishable food donation for the food shelf. Season passes and 10-visit punch card passes available. Lap swimming is 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

Grind Central Skate Park: Open during daylight hours, Swansson Fields, southwest Willmar.

Archery Park: Open during daylight hours, located on 19th Avenue Southeast across from Walmart. Seven shooting lanes ranging from 10 to 70 yards. For all ages but children under 15 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

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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