Around Our Region published June 2, 2021

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.


City celebrations

Grove City Windmill Days: June 4-6, website is /

Renville Sugar Beet Days: June 9-13, grand parade at 3 p.m. Saturday. Facebook page at

Kandiyohi Kandi is Dandy Days: June 11-12, grand parade at 11:30 a.m. Saturday; website is or the Kandiyohi Men’s Club on Facebook at

Willmar Community Center

WILLMAR — The Willmar Community Center is open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays, following Minnesota Department of Health guidelines, providing visitor screening forms upon arrival, and operating at reduced capacity. 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

Community Strides Walking Group: June 2, 1 p.m., come enjoy the fresh air and go for a stroll with others around the Robbins Island area every Wednesday. All experiences welcome. Free. Meet under canopy at WCC.


Willmar Area Senior Citizens Club: June 2, 2 p.m., free-will donation, parking lot entertainment by Terry Nelson

Curbside Crafts: June 4 reservation deadline, Sharpie Mugs, in-house assembly at 2 p.m. June 8; kit pick-up 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. June 9. Reservations required to reserve your craft kit for pick-up and for in-house assembly.

Pour Painting For Beginners: June 5, 2 p.m., $20, pre-registration required; art class used to demonstrate the natural flow and separation of paints, each will take home two paintings.

Seated Yoga & Meditation Flow: June 19, 2 p.m., free, pre-registration required; A seated yoga flow to stretch the whole body, and meditation session to stretch the mind.

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 weekdays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday evenings 6 to 9 p.m., pre-registration required by calling 262-5288. $5 daily pass, 3-month membership $25, yearly $60.

Willmar Public Library

WILLMAR — The Willmar Library is open to come inside from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, 45 minutes to browse, check out, pick up holds, etc. No appointment is necessary, limited capacity, doors will be locked if max number is met. The website is . Call 320-235-3162. Anyone under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. Study rooms, the children’s play area, and seating are unavailable. Face masks are required. Social distancing, please maintain six feet between yourself and others when possible.

Summer reading: The summer reading program runs June 1 through Aug. 31.

Interactive movie kit: The interactive movie kits include a script along with props for up to 6 participants. Limit of one per week per household. Register on the library website, staff will contact you by phone or email when it is ready for pick up.

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.

Adult make and take: Various crafts will be posted on our website as they are available usually around the first and 15th of the month. Use the form on the website to reserve your 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. June 7 is “macrame zipper pull,” and June 21 is “metal flower trio.”

Children Take & Make Crafts: June 7 opens for “CD Suncatchers,” June 14 for “pom pom creatures” and June 21 for “superhero puppets,” ages 12 and under, limit one per person, supplies limited, come in and pick up.


Children’s storytime in the park: 11a.m. at Jaycee’s Park and Bria’s Playground, corner of Ella Avenue and 7th St. NW.

Nerdy trivia challenge: June 4, 7 p.m., online on Discord.

Teen Take & Make Crafts: June 7 opens for “Butterfly feeder,” June 21 opens for “Art of Kumihimo,” ages 12-19, limit one per person, supplies limited, sign up on the library website.

Children’s Bad Art Night: June 9, 4:30 p.m., Miller Park, corner of Kandiyohi Avenue and 11th St. S.W.

Teen gaming club: June 11, on Discord, 6 to 8 p.m.; play multiplayer games, party games, board and card games, and point and click mystery games; sign up on the website.

Adult online book club: June 16, noon, “A Promised Land” by Barack Obama, at the library. July book is “The Life We Bury” by Allen Eskens.

Yard games: June 17, 7 p.m., at Rice Park, for entire family.

Teen hangout: June 18, 6 p.m. Get together with other teens on Discord and talk about TV, movies, books, games, etc. Sign up on the website to be able to participate in teen Discord programs.

Sibley State Park

Sibley State Park is open. A vehicle permit is required to enter the park and is available online. Sibley State Park is west of New London just off U.S. Highway 71. Construction projects include renovation of the amphitheater near the Interpretive Center and a new trail connecting Sibley State Park to the Glacial Lakes State Trail, which requires closing of the Mt. Tom Trail this summer. The beach store is open. For more information visit the state Department of Natural Resources website at .

Prairie Woods ELC

The Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center trails may be used during daylight hours at no cost. A bathroom with composting toilets is open by the pavilion. Pets should be on a leash. More information on the website at or by calling 320-354-5894.

Equipment rental: All equipment rentals (fat-tire bikes, kayaks, canoes) will be handled on a reservation basis, made at least 24 hours in advance. To reserve equipment for the weekend, please call by noon on Friday.

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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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