Around Our Region published July 21, 2021
The weekly Around Our Region calendar of events is published Wednesdays. Submissions may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Around our Region” in the subject line at least a week in advance.
Fourth Street Block Party: Willmar, July 21, 4 p.m., in front of Barn Theatre. The businesses and organizations on Fourth Street Southwest present a block party with outdoor live entertainment, games, silent auction, children’s movie inside, food and beverages and more.
Yellow Medicine County Fair: Fairgrounds in Canby, July 22-25.
Green Lake Lutheran Ministries: July 23-24, 37th annual quilt auction at the Green Lake Bible Camp in Spicer. Quilt review from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday and again from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday. Live auction at noon Saturday. The online auctions have different closing times. Website is www.gllm.org .
Kerkhoven Town and Country Days: July 23-25, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/City-of-Kerkhoven .
Glenwood Waterama: July 23-25, parade 1 p.m. Sunday. Website is www.waterama.org .
Chippewa County Fair: Fairgrounds in Montevideo, July 28-Aug. 1
FarmFest: Plans are being made for Minnesota Farmfest 2021 on Aug. 3-5 at the Gilfillan Estate, southeast of Redwood Falls. Website is www.ideaggroup.com/farmfest or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MNfarmfest .
Youth and Family
Kites & Kids: July 23, 5 to 7 p.m., Willmar Civic Center. Family fun: Design and fly your own kite. Registration is free and is strongly encouraged on the Willmar Parks and Rec website at willmarparks-rec.com .
DOAC Olympics: July 24, 1:30 to 6 p.m. Come play “Olympic” games including pool noodle hurdles, splash basketball, curling, relay events, cornhole and swimming challenges at the Dorothy Olson Aquatic Center.
Stingers Splash: July 30, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Swim with 2021 Willmar Stingers players at the Dorothy Olson Aquatic Center. Cannon ball contest, tug of war, relay races and more.
Outdoor lap swimming: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Dorothy Olson Aquatic Center.
Lucky Duck Thursday: Every Thursday in July, bring a donation for the Kandiyohi County Food Shelf and get into the Dorothy Olson Aquatic Center for $1.
Movies in the parking lot: Willmar Parks and Recreation presents the free movie “Soul” at 8 p.m. Aug. 20 in the Willmar Civic Center parking lot.
YMCA bus trip
Twins-White Sox game, Minneapolis: Aug. 11, 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Target Field in Minneapolis, a kickoff event for the Happy Together Program that seeks to engage people 55 and older in activities and events. Cost is $5 to reserve game ticket and bus seat. Advance registration required by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 4. Bus will depart from YMCA at 9:30 a.m., game begins at 12:10 p.m., return time dependent on game length. Coach bus will have air conditioning and bathroom. For information, call 320-222-9622 or see kandiymca.org .
Willmar Community Center
WILLMAR — The Willmar Community Center is open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. The patio area is set up, and all are welcome to enjoy at any time of the day. You can meet a friend for coffee or maybe some lemonade served from Britta’s Brew Station. The phone number is 320-262-5288 . For reservations call or online at willmarparks-rec.com .
Willmar Area Senior Citizens Club: July 21, 2 p.m., freewill donation, parking lot entertainment by Jerry's Band
Lantern decorating: July 22, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. or July 31, noon to 2 p.m. Decorate a lantern to create ambiance in downtown Willmar, free.
Friday afternoon of dancing: July 23, 1 p.m., Jerry's Band.
Mortal Kombat: July 24, 6 p.m., video game tournament, free, advance registration required
Lantern decorating: July 31, noon to 2 p.m. Decorate a lantern to create ambiance in downtown Willmar.
Willmar Level 1 RPG, The Press Heist: Aug. 7, 2 to 6 p.m. free, advance registration required, call 320-262-5288 . Dread is a great beginner role-playing game of risk and hope with the goal to carefully choose what risks your character takes on their adventure. You will take on the role of someone trapped in a story that is only as compelling as it is hostile — someone who will find themselves making decisions we hope never to face in real life. It uses Jenga instead of dice, pull from the tower and you succeed. Refuse to pull and you fail. The choice is yours.
Yahoo for Yahtzee: Every Monday, 12:30 p.m.
Hand & Foot Cards: Every Tuesday and Thursday, 12:30 p.m., free, popular variation of canasta, easy to learn.
Farkle Fridays: Every Friday, 1 to 4 p.m. A classic dice game to try and reach 10,000 points first. Each player will have their own cup and dice.
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. Full services are available except the meeting room. The website is www.willmarpubliclibrary.org . Call 320-235-3162 . Curbside pickup remains available during regular hours. Face masks strongly encouraged for those not fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Programs will either be online or with limited participants and social distancing. 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: The summer reading program runs June 1 through Aug. 31.
Book Spine Poetry Contest: July 1-31. Use book spines to create a poem. Stack up books at the library or use books from home. All ages. Register online.
Fantasy Land Directional Signs: July 1–30. Sign up online for a fantasy land (Narnia, Wonderland, etc.) and paint a directional sign. Return to the library by July 30. The signs will be displayed in the library for all to see.
Children’s storytime in the park: 11 a.m. every Tuesday at Jaycees Park and Bria’s Playground, corner of Ella Avenue and Seventh Street Northwest.
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. Register on the library website.
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.
Teen take & make crafts: July 19 opened for tassel wall hanging. For ages 12-19. Limit one per person as supplies are limited. Sign up on the library website.
Adult make-and-take: Various crafts will be posted on the website as they are available, usually around the first and 15th of the month. Use the form on the website to reserve supplies to make your very own featured project. Once you have registered, library staff will call you or email you when it is ready to be picked up. Ages 18 and over. July 15 is macrame feather on driftwood by Art’deavors by Grace.
Adult Book Club: July 21, noon, “The Life We Bury” by Allen Eskens. Book discussion upstairs at the library or by Zoom. Fill out the form on the website to receive further info on how to sign in to the Zoom meeting. Meets every third Wednesday.
Adult trivia: July 22, 7 p.m., play live trivia solo or assemble a team, via a Facebook group, ages 18 and over.
Teen Book Club: July 23, 4 p.m., at the library. Club discussion of “Six of Crows” by Leigh Bardugo in the multipurpose room. No registration necessary.
Craft & Coloring Chat: July 28, 2 p.m., upstairs at the library. Bring any crafts or coloring you are working on or use the provided supplies for coloring and more.
Robbins Island: Destination Playground; 18-hole disc golf course starts north of playground; swimming is allowed during daylight hours, no lifeguards; 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.
Grind Central Skate Park: Open during daylight hours, Swansson Fields; southwest Willmar.
Dorothy Olson Aquatic Center: Open noon to 7 p.m. daily; $3 per person including observers; 1601 22nd St. S.W., Willmar. See special events above.