Around Our Region published Nov. 30, 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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Holiday events

WILLMAR — The holiday season brings many special festivities. From school concerts and community celebrations to church programs, there are many events in which people may choose to participate. The West Central Tribune will publish a list of events weekly beginning with the Nov. 26 edition. Please send your events by email to .

Ridgewater College diversity series

WILLMAR — To build an intercultural mindset and community, Ridgewater College will host a virtual speaker series that will highlight German heritage and American racial history, as well as celebrate and honor the experiences of people of color, Indigenous people, and immigrants of the United States. All events are free of charge, but registration is required for Zoom links at

Stress, Success, and Duck Syndrome: Dec. 1, 11 a.m. Tianna Soto is a Puerto Rican, Jamaican-Chinese storyteller who empowers students to care for their mental health and wellness and face the college journey with confidence. Her work is heart-centered, service-driven, culturally informed and rooted in empathy. As the first in her family to attend college, Soto knows what it is like to juggle multiple majors, roles and responsibilities while secretly struggling with anxiety, burnout and perfectionism. One day, she discovered a term for what she was experiencing — “duck syndrome” — a common phenomenon of college students appearing cool and calm on the surface while paddling hard underneath.

Physical activities

Children's Open Gym at Jefferson: 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Friday during the school year. Check in at the Community Education office. Gym and equipment available for ages 0-8 with parental supervision; families put toys away when finished.

Willmar Civic Center

Open skating: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday, $3 all ages, $2 skate rental.


Noon hour basketball: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Open pickleball: Monday and Friday, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.; Wednesday, 2 to 8 p.m.; Thursday, 8 to 11:30 a.m.

Open tennis: Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 7:30 to 9:30 a.m.

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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 available during regular hours. Programs are in-person in the library. Advance registration required for some events. 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.

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.  

Little People storytime: Every Wednesday, 10 a.m., ages 0-3, no registration required.

D.L. Houseman reading: Dec. 6, 4 p.m. The author will read his Christmas-themed “Harvey and His Friends” children’s book.


Classic movie for adults: Dec. 6, 5:30 p.m., “Christmas in Connecticut,” no cost or registration, refreshments provided.

STEMtastic Thursday: Dec. 8, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., topic is holiday slime. Create a jar of sparkly, festive slime. Best for ages 7-12, though younger ones are welcome with adult help.

Teen Gaming Club: Dec. 9, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., ages 12-18, no registration required. Play games on the Xbox One or board and card games. Some games are rated 13+. Refreshments provided.

Winter sock creatures: Dec. 13, 5:30 p.m. Make a sock snowman or penguin. For kids 12 and under, though younger ones will need assistance. Registration required. Sign up on the website.

Teen hangout: Dec. 14, 5:30 p.m., ages 12-18, no registration required. Enjoy video games, arts and crafts, board and card games, snacks and beverages.

Teen movie: Dec, 21, 5:30 p.m., ages 12-18, no registration required, popcorn and refreshments provided.

Teen take-and-make: Dec. 5 opens for embroidery hoop ornament, Dec.19 opens for wood bead wreath. For ages 12-18, limit one per person as supplies are limited. Sign up on the library website.

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. December’s theme is winter wonderland.


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.

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: Nov. 30, 2 p.m., freewill donation, music by Duke Zecco.

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

Holiday toy drive: Nov. 1-Dec. 23, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. Drop off new, unwrapped gifts for youth in Kandiyohi County at the big box under the canopy.

Curbside craft kits: Available between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on three Thursdays in December. Advance registration required at 320-262-5288 as supplies will be limited. Dec. 1 kit is holiday string art, Dec. 8 is cork ornaments (reindeer and tree) and Dec. 15 kit is Olaf snowman treat. Cost for all three kits is $5. If you would like to purchase an individual kit for $2 each, specify when registering. There will be a guided instruction class at 2:30 p.m. each Thursday.

Aging Wisely: Dec. 1, 1:30 p.m., free. Celebrating the holidays with a sing-along and cookie exchange. For more information and to make a reservation, call Britta at 320-262-5288 by 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30.

Holiday Boutique: Dec. 3, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Come do some holiday shopping with us at our first ever Holiday Boutique, with more than 20 local shops to check out, free kids crafts, and light refreshments to purchase.

Veterans coffee social: Dec. 5 and 19, 9:30 to 11 a.m., open to all veterans, police, fire and emergency medical services members.

Community Kids: Dec. 6, 3:30 to 5:15 p.m., grades K-5, $8 per class. Advance registration required by the Friday before the class. Activities will range from crafts to science and games with a different focus each month. December focus is taking turns and problem solving.

Community Thread Studio: Dec. 6 and Dec. 13, 1 to 3 p.m. or 4 to 6 p.m., $5, grades 4 and up, advance registration required. Learn the basics to running a sewing machine to make your own clothing or home items.

Santa Gnome Wreath: Dec. 13, 3 p.m. or Dec. 21, 4 p.m., $8, advance registration required. Come and make this cheery gnome wreath. It can be added to your Curbside Crafts — all four for $10.

Words on Paper: Dec. 14, 4 p.m. Enjoy a review of major historical events and a listing of books in the 1950-70 decades that reflected and influenced society.

Elks dance: Dec. 14, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The Elks sponsor dances for local and surrounding group home residents to enjoy a night of dancing and socializing.

Weekly events: Chess club, Yahtzee, Farkle, Hand & Foot cards, cribbage, puzzle exchange, exercise classes, Jolly Twirlers square dance lessons and open woodshop, contact Community Center for details and prices.

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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