Around Our Region published Nov. 18, 2020

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.


Willmar Community Center

WILLMAR — The Willmar Community Center has several events set for November but they may change as details of the city's new pandemic building closure were pending as of publication deadline. All events are free unless noted. Minnesota Department of Health guidelines are followed with masks required, social distancing and screening form. The phone number is 320-262-5288.

Willmar Area Senior Citizens Club: Nov. 18, 2 p.m., freewill donation, entertainment by Shelby & Alex, no entertainment on Nov. 25, Dec. 2 is Jason Christianson, Dec. 9 is Gig Noonan, Dec. 16 is Guy Stevermer and no entertainment Dec. 23 and Dec. 30.

Evening Shop in the Woodshop: Nov. 23 and 30, 6 to 9 p.m., Community Center woodshop will be open for craftsmen to gather and work on their projects. Advance registration required by calling 320-262-5288 by the Friday before or email . There is a $5 daily pass, a three-month membership for $25, or yearly for $60.

Aging Wisely: Nov. 19, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Court Whist Tournament: Nov. 19, 12:30 p.m.


Farkle Fridays: Nov. 20, 1 to 4 p.m. A classic dice game to try and reach 10,000 points first.

MarioKart Tournament: Nov. 21, 4 to 10 p.m., ages 12 and up. Are you the fastest racer at home, think you got what it takes to be the champ in Willmar? Bring an extra setup and controller if you have one, and call if you are bringing extra friends.

Grateful as a slice of p ie social: Nov. 23, 2 p.m., $2 a slice. Enjoy a slice of your favorite holiday pie, and be grateful for all this year has been and all we have endured and overcome.

Board game afternoon: Nov. 29, noon to 6 p.m., all ages welcome. Wee have a wide variety, ranging from classics like Yahtzee or Monopoly, to fan favorites like Catan or Carcassonne. If there are games you want to try, we can show you how to play! Free.

Cyber Monday Tech Help: Nov. 30, come in today and get help with your technology questions.

Toy drive: Dec. 1-16, new unwrapped toys can be dropped off daily between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. weekdays in the large toy box in the main room.

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 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, use a computer, etc. No appointment is necessary, 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. 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

Puzzle Piece Community Art Project: through Dec. 15, pick up a puzzle piece at the library for either the adult or youth puzzle (while supplies last). Take it home and use the puzzle piece as a canvas for your art (paint, collage, mixed media, etc.) Then return your completed piece by December 15 to be included in the collaborative art display.

Adult make-and-take: Various crafts will be posted on our website as they are available usually around the first and 15th of the month. Use the form on the website to reserve your 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. Nov. 16 is button art canvas.

Adult Online Book Club: Nov. 18, noon, “Sex and Vanity” by Kevin Kwan. 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. There will be no meeting in December. January book is “ The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna” by Juliet Grames.

Adult trivia: Nov. 19, 7 p.m. Play live Trivia solo or assemble a team, ages 18 and over.

Craft & Coloring Chat: Nov. 25, 2 p.m., will meet virtually through Zoom. Register in advance on the library website. Once you've registered, your coloring sheets will be set aside for you to pick up at the library. Meets the fourth Wednesday, no meeting in December.


Additional programs: Programs will continue to be offered online. Check for further information. Grab & Go activities for children and Storytime To Go are available (while supplies last) during Library Express hours. Adult Take and Make crafts, Master Gardeners Table Topics, Library of Things Checkouts.

Sibley State Park

NEW LONDON — Sibley State Park is open. A vehicle permit is required to enter the park and available online. The Ranger Station, Visitor Center, Trail Center, Nature Store Gift Shop and Lakeview Shelter buildings are all closed until further notice. Sibley State Park is west of New London just off U.S. Highway 71. For more information, visit the state Department of Natural Resources website at .

Prairie Woods ELC

SPICER — The Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center welcomes mountain bikers and hikers to use the trails during daylight hours at no cost. They have fat tire bikes, kayaks and canoes for rent. A bathroom with composting toilets is open by the pavilion. Pets should be on a leash. Advance registration is required for all events by calling 320-354-5894 or check the website 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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