Around Our Region published Nov. 25, 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 curbside events set for December. All events are free unless noted. The center will be closed at least through Dec. 18. The phone number is 320-262-5288.

Curbside Secret Santa: Sign up by Dec. 4 by calling the Community Center at 320-262-5288.

Toy drive: Dec. 1-23, new unwrapped toys can be dropped off daily between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. weekdays and they will be donated to the Kandiyohi County Toys for Tots.

The "Grateful as a slice of pie social" Monday at the Willmar Community Center was converted to a drive-up event to comply with COVID-19 restrictions. Participants bought a slice of holiday pie for $2 and were invited to be grateful for all we have endured and overcome this year.

Curbside Crafts: Pick up a take-home craft activity, call 320-262-5288 to sign up. On the date specified, pick up the craft between 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. under the canopy at the Community Center. Crafts are $3 per week or $10 for all 4. Dec. 7 is holiday candy tree, a decorative but tasty treat; Dec. 14 is tree ornament; Dec. 21 is a candy sleigh, a display for your candy; and Dec. 28 is a glitter candle holder.


Public Wi-Fi

WILLMAR — Free wireless internet Wi-Fi 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 Wi-Fi 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 W-iFi 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 Dec. 15 to be included in the collaborative art display.

Adult make-and-take: Various crafts will be posted on the 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.

Interactive movie kit: The kits will feature one of four holiday movies "Elf," "A Christmas Story," "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," or "Home Alone" and include an interactive movie script along with props for up to 6 participants. The DVD is not included, please request the movie separately. Limit of one per week per household. Register on the library website, and staff will contact you by phone or email when it is ready for pick up.


Gingerbread House Contest: Pick up some supplies at the library to get you started (while they last). Categories for all ages and prizes for winners! Complete rules and registration form on the library website.

Craft & Coloring Chat: Nov. 25, 2 p.m., virtual meeting 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, but no meeting in December.

One Book Minnesota: Dec. 8, 7 p.m., statewide author discussion featuring Louise Erdrich, author of “The Plague of Doves.” Advance registration required, available on the library website. Access the free audiobook and ebook on .

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 crafts, Master Gardeners Table Topics, Library of Things Checkouts.

Sibley State Park

NEW LONDON — Sibley State Park will be closed to all visitors on Saturday, Nov. 28, and Sunday, Nov. 29, for a special Muzzleloader deer hunt. The purpose for the hunt is to control the deer population and protect natural resources. Sibley State Park is located 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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