Around Our Region published May 19, 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.


Poppy Day

WILLMAR — The Willmar American Legion Auxiliary will be collecting donations Thursday, May 20, for the bright red poppy. Poppies will be available in grocery stores, restaurants and at the post office. The profits donated are used to help veterans.

Memorial Day

WILLMAR — The West Central Tribune will publish a list of Memorial Day programs in the May 29 edition. To have your event included in the listing, contact Donna Middleton by email at or phone her at 320-214-4341 .

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 .

Community Strides Walking Group: May 19, 1 p.m. Come enjoy fresh air and go for a stroll with others around the Robbins Island area. All experiences welcome. Free. Meet under canopy at Willmar Community Center.

Willmar Area Senior Citizens Club: May 19, 2 p.m., freewill donation, parking lot entertainment.


Older Americans Month Celebration: May 21, 2 p.m., classic yard games, throwback hits and a treat.

Curbside Crafts: May 22 reservation deadline for Memorial Day poppies. Kit pickup 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., in-house assembly at 2 p.m. on May 24. Cost is $6 per kit. Call 320-262-5288 to reserve your craft kit for pickup and for in-house assembly.

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 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.

Public WiFi

WILLMAR — Free wireless internet WiFi service is available in Pennock, Blomkest and north of Willmar to help anyone in need of internet service. The spots are courtesy of Kandiyohi County and MVTV Wireless. The login is mvtv and the password is 5705. The buildings are not open but the WiFi can be accessed from outside at the Pennock Community Center, Blomkest Community Center, Dovre Township Hall and the Lake Andrew Township Hall. Both township halls are located on Kandiyohi County Road 5 Northwest, north of Willmar.


Willmar Public Library WiFi can be accessed 24/7 from a parked car in the lot behind the library or in front of the building. No Library Card? Open a digital library card through Overdrive completely online by providing your cell phone number.

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. Take 20 minutes to browse, check out, pick up holds, etc. No appointment is necessary but there is 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 and social distancing: Please maintain six feet between yourself and others when possible.

Brainfuse: Free, live tutoring online. Check library website for link to the site

Seed Library: Request seeds online and use our curbside service to pick them up. Fill out the form on our website with your selections.

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. Staff will contact you by phone or email when it is ready for pickup.

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. For 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.

Teen Take & Make Crafts: May 17 opened for mini hanging planter. For ages 12-19. Limit one per person as supplies are limited. Sign up on the library website.


Children’s “How to Train Your Dragon” kit: Available for kids 12 and under. Register on the website.

Children Take & Make Crafts: May 18 opened for yarn butterfly. For ages 12 and under. Limit one per person as supplies are limited. Come in and pick up.

Adult Online Book Club : May 19, noon, “The Midnight Library” by Matt Haig. Book discussion using Zoom on your computer, tablet, phone, etc. Fill out the form on the website to receive further info on how to sign in to the Zoom meeting. Meets every third Wednesday. June book is “A Promised Land” by Barack Obama and July is “The Life We Bury” by Allen Eskens.

Teen hangout: May 21, 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.

Superhero bingo: May 25, 6 p.m., via Zoom. Join us for a view rounds of bingo. Register on the website.

Craft & Coloring Chat: May 26, 2 p.m., meet virtually through Zoom. Register in advance on the website. Once you've registered, your coloring sheets will be set aside for you to pick up. Meets the fourth Wednesday.

Adult trivia: May 27, 7 p.m. Play live trivia solo or assemble a team, via a Facebook group, ages 18 and over.

Sibley State Park

NEW LONDON — 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. Hiking/walking trails are in mostly good condition. Some shaded areas may be muddy. For more information, visit the state Department of Natural Resources website at .

Prairie Woods ELC

SPICER — 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 is on the website at or call 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 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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