Around Our Region published March 2, 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.

Graphic art of a 2022 12-month calendar

Youth and Family

Novice bonspiel: March 11-12. The Glacial Ridge Curling Club welcomes spectators at the 14th annual novice bonspiel, Friday evening, March 11, and all day Saturday, March 12, at the Willmar Civic Center. Half of each team must be novice curlers, with two years of experience or less.

Income tax assistance

WILLMAR — Free tax with assistance from AARP volunteers will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Thursday through April 14 at the Willmar Community Center. Appointments required. To set up your appointment, call 320-354-3529 between 1 and 4 p.m. weekdays.

Ridgewater College

WILLMAR — Ridgewater College is presenting a social justice speaker series open to the public via Zoom with registration. All sessions will be recorded. Look for links at . The remaining sessions are:

  • March 15, 11 a.m. “Tactile the World: A DeafBlind Woman’s Journey,” with Christine “Coco” Roschaert. An avid traveler, Coco has experienced 62 countries and has had to rely on her instinct, experience, challenges and resources to navigate the globe as a DeafBlind woman using a blind-cane and tactile sign language. This presentation will be in American Sign Language with voice interpretation. Register at .
  • March 24, 11 a.m. “Understanding Somali Culture,” with Hudda Ibrahim, author of “From Somalia to Snow” and “What Color is My Hijab?” and a faculty member at St. Cloud Technical and Community College. She will clarify diversity, equity, inclusion and unconscious bias; share how different cultures impact communication; discuss specific needs of Somali students; share language and communication styles and ways to bridge the communication gap; and explore religion, spirituality and Islamic dietary laws. Register at

Willmar Community Center

WILLMAR — The Willmar Community Center has several events set. All events are free unless noted. For reservations, call 320-262-5288 or go online at .

Willmar Area Senior Citizens Club: March 23, 2 p.m., freewill donation, entertainment by Terry Shaw.


Friday afternoon of dancing: March 4, 1 p.m., $2 non-dancers, $7 dancers; light lunch served; music by Michael James.

Aging Wisely: March 3, 1:30 p.m., free; Chris Radel of Willmar Municipal Utilities will talk about conserving energy, cutting costs and smart swaps to make in the home.

Make-and-take décor signs: March 5, 2 p.m., $32-$37 varies on the sign. Must sign up in advance. Call the Community Center for more details.

Veterans coffee social: March 7 and March 21, 9:30 to 11 a.m. Open to all veterans, police, fire and emergency medical services members.

National Popcorn Lovers Day: March 10, 50 cents for a bag of fresh popped corn all day.

Puppy yoga: March 13, 10:30 a.m., $15, children 10 and younger free with paying adult, advance registration required. Come practice basic yoga positions with four-legged friends in this fundraising event for the Hawk Creek Animal Shelter. Dogs will be available for adoption at the event.

Kids Art Club: March 14, 2:30 p.m., for kids ages 4-8 to explore different mediums of art that encourage the growth and development of imagination.

Shamrock shake party: March 17, 2 to 3 p.m., all ages, $3 per shake. Join us for an afternoon of luck as we enjoy minty shakes, games o’ luck, crafts of gold, and a leprechaun scavenger hunt.


Cooking with Riley — Japanese Onigiri: March 19, 2 p.m., $20, advance registration required. Learn how to make rice balls stuffed with two different fillings and wrapped in seaweed.

Yahoo for Yahtzee: Every Monday, 12:30 p.m.

Let’s Draw Art Sketching Club: Mondays, 1 p.m., ages 12-100, $5 for 5 classes. A weekly art class that will go over the basics of drawing, sketching and painting with basic art supplies provided.

Check Mates Chess Club: Mondays 6 p.m. Whether you are advanced or just learning the game, we would love to have you join our club.

Hand & foot cards: Every Tuesday and Thursday, 12:30 p.m., free, popular variation of canasta, easy to learn.

Community Kids: Wednesdays, 4 p.m. Different activities from crafts to science to simple creative snacks for K-5 students. Register one week in advance to assure appropriate supplies, $5 each week.

Square dance lessons: Thursdays, 6:30 p.m., practice and learn the varieties of square dances. All ages and skills welcome.

Farkle Fridays: Every Friday, 1 to 4 p.m., all ages, a classic dice game to try and reach 10,000 points first. Each player will have their own cup and dice.


Exercise classes: Gently Yoga, Bone Builders, SAIL (Staying Active and Independent for Life), contact Community Center for details and prices.

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. 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.

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 go online to the 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.

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.  

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. New titles each month.

Seed Library: Browse the seed library and/or request seeds online on the library’s website under adult services.

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. Ages 12-18 only, one per month and will need to re-register each month. March’s theme is superheroes.

Pocket of Sunshine: Long winter getting you down? Stop and pick up your pocket of sunshine at the library; all ages, while supplies last.

Adult make-and-take: Crafts are posted on the website as they are available. March 7 opens for rainbow honeycomb ball, and March 21 opens for cozy cat cross stitch. 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.

Preschoolers storytime: Every Tuesday, 10 a.m., ages 3-6, no registration required.

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

Lego Club: March 2, 4 to 5 p.m., kindergarten through sixth grade, no registration is necessary. Test your creativity and skills with Don.

Early Readers Book Club: March 3, 4 p.m., for children who have graduated from storytime age, best for grades K-2. Club will read a story, discuss and do activities.

Children’s Matinee: March 4, 4 p.m.

Teen Take & Make Crafts: March 7 opens for pasta cactus magnets, March 21 for popsicle stick rainbow. For ages 12-18, limit one per person as supplies are limited. Sign up on the library website.

Teen hangout: March 9, 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: March 10, 4 p.m., engineer a leprechaun trap.

Teen Gaming Club: March 11, 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+.

Adult game night: March 15, 6 p.m., ages 18 and up, every third Tuesday.

Teen movie: March 16, 5:30 p.m., ages 12-18, no registration required.

Adult Book Club: March 17, noon, “Of Women and Salt” by Gabriela Gardia. Book discussion upstairs at the library with Zoom access available. New members are always welcome, meets every third Thursday.

Adult movie matinee: March 18, 2 p.m., PG-13 rated, no cost or registration, refreshments provided.

Physical activities

Outdoor ice rinks: Open rinks with lights at Garfield, Hilltop and Lincoln parks.
Garfield warming house: 5 to 8 p.m. Monday and Thursday, 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Open curling: 6 to 9 p.m. Saturdays, Willmar Civic Center, $3 for all ages. Last night for the season is March 6.
Adaptive/open curling: 4 to 5 p.m. Thursdays, Willmar Civic Center, $3 for all ages.

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.
What To Read Next
Area funerals scheduled through Feb. 6, 2023
Area funerals scheduled through Feb. 4, 2023
Five Ridgewater programs took their shows on the road to Buffalo Lakes-Hector-Stewart High School. Fifty Marshall High School students also explored automotive classes at the Ridgewater campus.
Club plans to do 100 acts of kindness each month throughout 2023.