Around Our Region published June 29, 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

Spicer: Fourth of July, July 1-4, kiddie parade, arts and crafts show, boat parade, street dance, road race, grand parade, and fireworks.

Prinsburg: Fourth of July celebration, July 2, fun, dinner, afternoon of events with parade at 5 p.m.

Maynard: July 4, parade, picnic, afternoon entertainment in the park and fireworks.

Madison: Summerfest, July 4, go online for more information at

Danube: Fun Days, July 6-10, go online for more information at


Litchfield: Watercade: July 7-10, Grand parade 6 p.m. Saturday; more information online at

Brooten: Bonanza Valley Days, July 8-10, go online for more information at

Clara City: Prairie Fest Days, July 8-10, go online for more information at

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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.
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 1-2, 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 Vacation Kids Movies: 10 a.m. Monday and Wednesday, Golden Ticket Cinemas, Uptown Willmar, $1 movie or $5 combo of movie, popcorn and drink. June 29 “Tom and Jerry,” July 4 and 6 “Abominable.”

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, 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, 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Special events include Stingers Splash from 1 to 2:30 p.m. July 15. With a paid gate admission, you can play games and compete in relay races and a cannonball contest with the 2022 Willmar Stingers.

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.

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: June 29, 2 p.m., freewill donation, music by Duke Zecco.

Friday afternoon of dancing: July 1, no dance on Fourth of July weekend.

Court whist tournament: June 30, 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.


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: 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 restriction apply.

Book cover redesign contest: June 1-July 2. Create a cover design for one of your favorite books. Pick up a blank book cover sheet and return your finished book cover redesign within the contest dates.

Rec & Read at Miller Park: Every Tuesday at 1 p.m.

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

Rec & Read at Rice Park: Every Thursday at 1 p.m.

Classic movie for adults: July 5, 5:30 p.m., “Four Weddings and a Funeral,” no cost or registration, popcorn and refreshments provided.

The World is a Stage: July 6, 1 to 3 p.m., grades 4-12, instructor Nikki Erickson. In this theater and performing arts workshop, learn stage design; make a theater prop, mask and/or puppet; and experience acting, dance, singing and storytelling. Free, register in advance at .

Teen craft — forest book nook: July 6, 6 p.m., for ages 12-18 and guardians. Learn how to make a magical forest book nook. All supplies are provided and it will take at least an hour to complete. Advance registration required.

Teen Take & Make Crafts: June 20 opened for dinosaur keychain, July 11 opens for tiny hat clip. 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. Sun prints opened June 27. 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.

Book a librarian: Set up an hour long, one-on-one appointment with a librarian for help with computer skills, tablets, research and more. Appointments can be made in person, by calling 320-235-3162 or online library’s website under adult services.

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 a small group adult field trip scheduled. Advance registration is required.

Vanventure: July 9, 10:35 am. to 1:45 p.m., Jefferson Learning Center, ages 18 and up, $15. Summer small group trip to C-R Farm in rural Murdock. Theresa will guide us on a dairy goat operation tour to meet the animals, learn about milking and see how they make hand-crafted soap, lotion and cheese and help feed the baby goats at lunchtime. Wear weather- and farm-appropriate clothing and footwear. Advance registration required at .

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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