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Around Our Region published Oct. 16, 2019

The weekly Around Our Region calendar of events is published Wednesdays. Submissions may be emailed to news@wctrib.com with “Around our Region” in the subject line.

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Understanding Somali culture

WILLMAR — The Community Integration Center presents Professor Hudda Ibrahim, author of “From Somalia to Snow” and a faculty member of St. Cloud Technical and Community College, where she teaches diversity and social justice, at 5 p.m. Oct. 17 at the Willmar Conference Center. She will talk about understanding the Somali culture. This session aims to bridge gaps and create an environment where understanding and compassion thrive by sharing our cultural diversity. The event is free with food and drinks. RSVP your attendance to communityintegrationcentre@gmail.com

From Willmar to Kenya

WILLMAR — The Rural Refugee Project presents "From Willmar to Kenya" at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, at the Willmar Public Library. The Rural Refugee Project is a local initiative that uses documentary photography to share the experiences of the Willmar refugee community. Hamdi Kosar, Jessica Rohloff and Erica Dischino will speak about their journey to the Dagahaley Refugee Camp in Kenya and show photos from the trip.

‘Paris to Pittsburgh’

WILLMAR — The movie “Paris to Pittsburgh” will be shown at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, at Vinje Lutheran Church in Willmar. The National Geographic film about climate change includes economic impacts of climate change, local government roles in climate action, and public health implications of climate change. Everyone is welcome to the free movie and discussion to follow.

Willmar Community Center

WILLMAR — The Willmar Community Center has several upcoming events open to the public, listed by date:

Oct. 17: 2 p.m., bingo, $1.

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Oct. 31: 1 p.m., court whist tournament, call 320-262-5288 to sign up.

Halloween events

The Tribune will run a list of Halloween events in this column. Events may emailed to news@wctrib.com or mailed to Donna Middleton, West Central Tribune, P.O. Box 839, Willmar, MN 56201.

Teen pumpkin decorating: Oct. 16, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Willmar Public Library. Teens can decorate a pumpkin to enter into the library’s pumpkin decorating contest. A limited supply of free pumpkins will be available.

Pumpkin scavenger hunt: Oct. 17-19, (MEA weekend), 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Meeker County Museum in Litchfield. Ten small pumpkins have been hidden in plain sight throughout the building and there is a special prize for those who find all 10. Guides will be available for $1 to help little ones track which pumpkins have been found and which ones are still hiding. Museum admission is $3 for adults, ages 11 and under admitted free.

Pumpkin decorating contest: Oct. 17-21, Willmar Public Library. Bring your pumpkin decorated as your favorite book or book character into the library this week. All ages are welcome. Winners will be on display Oct. 22-25 with the winners announced Oct. 26. Get complete rules at the library or on the library website.

Teen Halloween lock-in spooktacular: Registration deadline is Oct. 21 for the lock-in set for 5 to 10 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Willmar Public Library. Must be 13 or older. Stay past closing time to play games, watch a scary movie and play hide and seek and freeze tag in the dark.

Fall story hour: Oct. 25, 10 to 10:45 a.m., Willmar Public Library, for children and their parents, featuring stories, music, fingerplays and other activities. Theme is little pumpkins.

Children’s matinee: Oct. 25, 3:30 p.m., Willmar Public Library, Halloween movie.

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PWELC Halloween Haunt: Oct. 25, 6 to 9 p.m., grades K-5, $8, Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center, rural Spicer, must be accompanied by an adult. Talk with the creatures on the enchanted trail to find out what they are doing to get ready for winter, carve a jack-o’-lantern, decorate a cookie, play games, and climb the indoor wall, all in your costume.

Fright Forest — Holmstrom Haunt: Oct. 25-26 and Oct. 31, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Little Theatre, New London. Small groups will tour the haunted house in the basement while a movie is playing. Kids under 12 should be accompanied by an adult. Adult tickets at the door are $10, age 12 and under are $5.

Trunk or treat: Oct. 27, 2 to 4 p.m., Calvary Lutheran Church. Family-friendly games, hot chocolate, popcorn and trunk-or-treating fun, everyone welcome.

Fright Forest — Holmstrom Haunt , low scare: Oct. 27, 2 p.m., Little Theatre, New London. Small groups will tour the haunted house in the basement while a movie is playing. Suitable for all ages with mild spookies and pumpkin carving included. Kids under 12 should be accompanied by an adult. Adult tickets at the door are $10, age 12 and under are $5.

Teen DIY costumes: Oct. 30, 4 p.m., Willmar Public Library. Teens are given a variety of supplies to create their own costume from scratch. Feel free to bring clothes and other supplies from home.

Highland Apartments: Oct. 31, trick-or-treating for children from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., use door on Litchfield Avenue Southeast in Willmar.

Fright Forest — Holmstrom Haunt , adults: Nov. 1-2, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Little Theatre, New London. Small groups will tour the haunted house in the basement while a movie is playing. Ages 18 and over only. Tickets are $10 at the door.

Veterans Day

The Tribune will run a list of Veterans Day events in this column. Events may emailed to news@wctrib.com or mailed to Donna Middleton, West Central Tribune, P.O. Box 839, Willmar, MN 56201.

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Willmar Public Library

WILLMAR — The Willmar Public Library has the following events scheduled for the coming weeks. For more information, call the library at 320-235-3162. All are free, register in advance at the checkout desk or by phone if required. Some registrations available online at www.willmarpubliclibrary.org.

Study Center: 5 to 8 p.m. Monday and Thursday, meet in the conference room to receive basic homework help from one of the volunteer tutors.

L unch Bunch Book Club: Oct. 16, noon. October’s book is “Night of Miracles” by Elizabeth Berg. Club meets at Cornerstone Coffee in the Skylark Center in Willmar. Everyone is welcome.

Children’s Art Club: Oct. 16, 4 p.m., kindergarten through sixth grade. The club will do several Halloween art projects.

Fall story hour: Oct. 18, 10 to 10:45 a.m., for children and their parents, featuring stories, music, fingerplays and other activities. Theme is costume time.

Teen Book Club: Oct. 18, 4 to 5 p.m. ages 13 and older, meet at the library, discuss this month’s book “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” by Alvin Schwartz.

Make and take: Oct. 19, 10 a.m. Make a fall-inspired string art, ages 18 and up. No charge, but advance registration is required.

One Book Willmar: Oct. 19, 2 p.m. the third annual Community Read. Sarah Stonich, Minnesota author of “Vacationland,” will speak. The purpose of a Community Read is to offer an opportunity to read, think, talk, listen and grow together. Due to limited seating, tickets are necessary and available at the library.

"Cinderella" play in a day: Oct. 22, 4 to 5:30 p.m., ages 4-7, advance registration required. Act, sing, move and try on silly costumes and put a quick little show at the end of the workshop.

Roaming Readers Walking Book Club: Oct. 23, 8 a.m., meet near the Kandi Mall theater entrance. Enjoy a casual walk while discussing your latest reads and favorite books. New members always welcome, wear walking shoes.

Crafts and coloring: Oct. 23, 2 to 4 p.m. Bring any crafts you are working on and enjoy time with like-minded individuals. Don’t have a craft to work on? Use the provided supplies for coloring, iris paper folding, extreme dot to dot, or paint by sticker. Everyone is welcome.

Teen movie: Oct. 23, 5:30 p.m.

Fall story hour: Oct. 25, 10 to 10:45 a.m., for children and their parents, featuring stories, music, fingerplays and other activities. Today’s theme is little pumpkins.

Adult Nerf wars, humans vs. zombies: Oct. 25, 5:30 p.m. Bring your friends of a fun night of Nerf games Bring your own unmodified Rival blaster or reserve a library blaster on the website. Blaster rounds provided by the library. This is an after-hours event and the doors will lock at 5:30 p.m. Free and open to ages 18 and up, no registration required.

Friends of the Library: Oct. 28, 5:30 p.m., annual meeting. Learn how the group supports the library and more.

Teen Iron Chef: Oct. 29, 4 p.m. Compete to see who can make the best chocolate candy. The catch is, each chef must use the secret ingredient. Advance registration is required.

Adult recess, playtime for grown-ups: Oct. 29, 6:30 p.m. Enjoy sensory activities, crafts, games and snacks, ages 18 and up.

Prairie Woods ELC

SPICER — The Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center welcomes mountain bikers and hikers on the grounds during daylight hours at no cost. The Kandi Trail Riders Club has completed 4.5 miles of mountain bike trail. Pets should be on a leash. The trails will be closed Oct. 26 for a youth pheasant hunt. Call 320-354-5894 to register for any events in advance; www.prairiewoodselc.org .

Halloween: See Halloween listing above.

Sibley State Park

NEW LONDON — The Interpretive Center hours vary. A vehicle permit is required to enter the park and they are available at the park office. For more information call 320-354-2002. Sibley State Park is west of New London just off U.S. Highway 71.

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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 dmiddleton@wctrib.com or phone 320-214-4341.
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