Around Our Region published Nov. 24, 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.


Willmar Community Center

WILLMAR — The Willmar Community Center is open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. You can meet a friend for coffee or maybe some lemonade served from Britta’s Brew Station. The phone number is 320-262-5288 . To register for any programs, call or go online at .

The Community Center will be closed Thanksgiving Day and Friday, Nov. 25-26.

Holiday toy drive: Through Dec. 18, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. Drop off new, unwrapped gifts at the big box under the canopy. Toys For Tots will go to youth in Kandiyohi County.

Willmar Area Senior Citizens Club: Nov. 24, no meeting.

Clay Ornament Making: Dec. 1, 12:30 p.m., to mold ornament, and Dec. 10, 10 a.m. to paint and decorate it. Cost is $10 for one, $2 for additional ornament. Advance registration required by calling 320-262-5288 .


Aging Wisely: Dec. 2, 1:30, p.m., advance registration required.

Curbside Crafts: These kits are great activities to do with all ages and skill sets. Kits will be available to pick up on Thursdays in December: Dec. 2, candy cane Rudolph; Dec. 9, snowman wood ornament; Dec. 16, festive cookie decorating and Dec. 23, Santa candy sleigh. Be sure to reserve your craft kits by calling 320-262-5288 . Supplies will be limited. Cost is $12 for all four kits or $3 per kit; $5 for cookie kit.

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

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

Card playing: 12:30 to 4 p.m., bridge on Monday, hand & foot on Tuesday and Thursday, whist on Wednesday and Friday.

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

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. Face masks strongly encouraged. 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.

The library will be closed Thanksgiving Day.

Brainfuse HelpNow: Free online tutoring service for grades K-12. One-to-one live homework help from online tutors between 2 and 11 p.m. daily, English or Spanish. Help with 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. Reserve on the library website. New titles each month.

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. One per month and will need to re-register each month. November's theme is puzzles.

Gingerbread house contest: Until Dec. 15, enter your original creation of a gingerbread house made with a food item (i.e. gingerbread, graham crackers, Pop Tarts, etc.) and decorated with food items (candy canes, gum drops, etc.) Categories for all ages and complete rules available on the library website.

Coloring contest: Dec. 1-18, youth and adult categories. Pick up your coloring sheet at the library or print one off the website. Return by Dec. 18 to be entered in the contest.


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.

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.

Open skating: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sundays, Willmar Civic Center, $3 for all ages; $2 skate rental.

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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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