Around Our Region published May 25, 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

Poppy Day

WILLMAR — The Willmar American Legion Auxiliary will be collecting donations for the bright red poppy on Thursday, May 26, which is Poppy Day. They will be available in grocery stores, restaurants and at the post office. The donations will be used to help veterans.

Memorial Day

WILLMAR — The West Central Tribune will publish a list of Memorial Day programs in the May 28 edition. To have your event included in the listing, contact Donna Middleton today, May 25, by email at or phone her at 320-235-6809 .

Area celebrations

Boyd: Good Time Days, June 3-5, more information at

Renville: Sugar Beet Days, June 8-12, grand parade at 3 p.m. Saturday; more information online at

Kandiyohi: Kandi is Dandy Days: June 10-11, grand parade at 11:30 a.m. Saturday; more information online at or the Kandiyohi Men’s Club on Facebook at


West Central Dairy Days: Open house, June 11, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Gene Gatewood farm, 7130 90th Ave. S.E., Willmar.

Paynesville: Town and Country Days, June 12-18, grand parade at 7 p.m. Thursday; more information online at

Montevideo: Fiesta Days, June 12-19, go online for more information at

Atwater: Festival Days, June 14-19, go online for more information at or on Facebook at

Bird Island: Island Days, June 15-19, go online for more information at or on Facebook at

Milwaukee Road Heritage Center: June 18, 10th annual craft and vendor show, 9 4 p.m., 320-269-9563; more information online at or on Facebook at

Redhead Creamery: June 18, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m, Jer-Lindy Farms, north of Brooten. The fourth annual Curd Fest will feature three bands; more than a dozen vendors; several nonprofits; food stands; beverages from at least two breweries, one cidery, and three wineries; and thousands of curds. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Kids 11 and under are free, tickets available on their website, .

Youth and Family

Summer Movies in the Park: Willmar Parks and Recreation will be hosting three free movie nights this year at three different city parks. At 9 p.m. June 10m Disney’s "Luca" will play at the Dorothy Olson Aquatic Center. The additional shows will be July 22 and Aug. 19.


Summer Vacation Kids Movies: 10 a.m. Monday and Wednesday, Golden Ticket Cinemas, Uptown Willmar, $1 movie; $5 movie, popcorn and drink combo. June 6 and 8 “Despicable Me,” with shows running through Aug. 10.

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: May 25, 2 p.m., freewill donation, music by Terry Shaw. Will also be having a memorial service for deceased members 2019 through April 2022.

Friday afternoon of dancing: May 27, 1 to 4 p.m., music by Leroy and Marie; $7 dancers, $2 listeners.

Little Art Session: May 25, 2 to 5 p.m., free. Create art to be on display in our Little Art Galleries around Willmar.

Court whist tournament: May 26, 12:30 p.m., advance registration required, $2 entry fee.

Vets Gone Fishing: June 13, 11 a.m. light lunch, 12:30 p.m. leave for Green Lake for afternoon boat ride and fishing with the Let’s Go Fishing group. Open to all veterans, spouses and family. Space is limited, call Community Center to sign up.

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.

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.


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

Craft & Coloring: May 25, 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. Every fourth Wednesday.

Children’s Pokémon terrariums: May 26, 5:30 p.m., ages 8-12, advance registration required on website. Build a habitat for a Pokémon inside a Pokémon ball.

Teen Book Club: May 27, 4 p.m., club discussion of this month’s book, in the multipurpose room, no registration necessary.

Classic movie for adults: June 7, 5:30 p.m., “Singin’ in the Rain,” no cost or registration.

Master Gardener Table Topics: June 21, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ask a Master Gardener questions.

Teen Take & Make Crafts: May 23 opened for pressed flower dish. 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. Flower basket cross stitch opens May 31. 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.


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. May’s theme is Under the Sea.

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.

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.

Myrtle Mabee Library

BELGRADE — The Myrtle Mabee Library has the following events scheduled. The library phone number is 320-254-8842 .

Summer reading: The summer reading program “Read Beyond the Beaten Path,” runs June 6 through Aug. 6 and is open to preschoolers through high school. Register at the library.


Story Stroll: May 21-31. Take a walk through the park while reading together. Story pages will be posted at Belgrade City Park off U.S. Highway 71 and Western Avenue.

Paynesville Public Library

PAYNESVILLE — The Paynesville Public Library has the following events scheduled. The library phone number is 320-243-7343 .

Summer reading: The summer reading program “Read Beyond the Beaten Path,” runs June 6 through Aug. 6 and is open to preschoolers through high school. Register at the library.

Story Stroll: May 21-31. Take a walk through the park while reading together. Story pages will be posted at Gazebo Park, 115 E. Main St.

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.

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

Archery Park: Open during daylight hours, located on 19th Avenue SE, across from Walmart, seven shooting lanes ranging from 10 to 70 yards, all ages, 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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