Around Our Region published May 18, 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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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 by email at or phone her at 320-214-4341 .

Area celebrations

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

West Central Dairy Days Cattle Show: June 24, 10:30 a.m., Kandiyohi County Fairgrounds. Cattle ages 5 - 21, as of Jan. 1, can exhibit in classes for all six dairy breeds. Awards for Junior and Grand Champion Overall, plus Junior, Intermediate and Senior Showmanship. For entry forms, contact Mary Swart, , 320-220-0904 or Lane Johnson, 320-815-1276 .

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 18, 2 p.m., freewill donation, music by Kris Nelson-Jensen and Steve Mahlum. The May 25 program will include a memorial service for members who died in 2019 through April 2022. RSVP to Donna Evenson, 320-212-9775 or Ken Newberg, 320-894-1043 .

Friday afternoon of dancing: May 13, 1 to 4 p.m., music by Michael James; $7 dancers, $2 listeners.

Put the “GRAND,” in Grandparent: May 18, 12:30 p.m., free; This informative session will leave you with tools to show your (great) grandkids how cool you are.

Make-and-take summer sign: May 19, 2:30 p.m. $32, D & H Design summer sign, all supplies provided. Advance registration required.

Cooking with Riley: May 21, 2 p.m., $20, advance registration required. Make Vietnamese Spring Roll & Carrot Salad, native to the Vietnamese culture.

Community board games: May 21, 2 p.m., free, all ages. Learn a new featured game, bring some friends, and play any available games in our library.

Jolly Twirlers Square Dance: May 21, 7 p.m., $5. All are welcome to join in this square dancing evening.

Community Center Book Club: May 23, 3:30 p.m. Join our Community Book Club for a discussion and new book picked each month.


Community bingo night: May 24, 5 to 7 p.m., $3 for the night; two cards per person.

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.

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.

Wisdom & Wine: Ticket sales close today, May 18, for the Friends of the Willmar Public Library's June 9 Wisdom & Wine fundraising event featuring Minnesota authors, dessert and wine. They are available for $35 at the library and at

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

Adult Book Club: May 19, noon, book discussion upstairs at the library. New members are always welcome, meets every third Thursday.

Adult movie matinee: May 20, 2 p.m., no cost or registration, refreshments provided.

Dementia Friends: May 24, 2 p.m. All community members are welcome to learn about dementia and turn that understanding into creating a dementia-friendly community.

Pajama-rama storytime: May 24, 6:30 p.m. Come in your pajamas, bring a blanket and listen to stories. Milk and cookies afterward before you head home to bed.

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.

Teen Take & Make Crafts: May 9 opened for flower frame, and May 23 opens 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. Mental health awareness kit opened May 2, kumihimo bracelets opened May 16, and 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. .

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.

Myrtle Mabee Library

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

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.

Lorna Landvik: May 23, 4 p.m., adults. Join the author as she talks about her life as a writer and performer.

Paynesville Public Library

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

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.

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, 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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