Around Our Region published Oct. 2, 2019

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


Diversity walk

WILLMAR — A “Celebrate our diversity walk” will be at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at the Goodness Coffee Shop in Willmar. Hamdi Kosar and Jessica Rohloff will speak and the walk will begin at 9:30 a.m. through downtown and ending back at the coffee shop.

Terrace Mill

TERRACE — A blessing of the animals is set for 11 a.m. Oct. 6 at Terrace Mill. The blessing will be followed by refreshments for four-legged and two-legged participants.

Common Threads

NEW LONDON — The Norway Lake Historical Association presents “Common Threads: Sharing Our Immigration Stories” from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13, at First Lutheran Church, west of New London. There will be speakers from first-generation immigrants new to our community, reflections on the immigration experience of pioneer settlers and discussion of the similarities and differences in the immigration experience followed by multicultural food sampling, coffee and conversation.

Willmar Community Center

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

Oct. 15: 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., a marathon of the TV classic “I Love Lucy.”


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

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

Understanding Somali culture

WILLMAR — The Community Integration Center presents Professor Huda Ibrahim, author of “From Somalia to Snow,” at 5 p.m. Oct. 17 at the Willmar Conference Center. She will talk about understanding the Somali culture. This session aims to bridge the gaps and create an environment where understanding and compassion thrives by sharing our cultural diversity. The event is free with food and drinks. RSVP your attendance to

Halloween events

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

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

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.

Explore Greece: Oct. 2, 6 p.m. Join us as we explore the country of Greece. Try a variety of snacks, listen to music, and test your trivia knowledge about the country. No cost and no registration. Everyone age 18 and older is welcome.

Lego Club: Oct. 2, 4 to 5 p.m., kindergarten through sixth grade, no registration is necessary. You will create a new structure each time that will be put on display. Legos provided, donations of additional Legos welcome.


Fall story hour: Oct. 4, 10 to 10:45 a.m., for children and their parents, featuring stories, music, fingerplays and other activities. Theme is picking apples.

Teen Advisory Board: Oct. 4, 3:30 p.m, Help plan library programs and events, choose materials, and make the library a better place for teens.

Harry Potter escape room: Oct. 5, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The escape room is back for anyone who didn’t get a chance to do it the first time. Enter Hogwarts and test your magical abilities and wit. Groups of four will be given 30 minutes to solve the escape room. All ages welcome. Register in advance online or at the library.

Let’s dish, community potluck: Oct. 8, 7 p.m. Stuck in a recipe rut? Bring a dish to share and a copy of the recipe based on the theme. Come every month or just when the theme interests you. October theme is Mediterranean. No registration required.

Adult game night: Oct. 9, 6 to 8 p.m. Invite your friends to play some of the library’s games or bring a favorite from home. Everyone 16 and over welcome. No cost and no registration. Refreshments provided.

Fall story hour: Oct. 11, 10 to 10:45 a.m., for children and their parents, featuring stories, music, fingerplays and other activities. Theme is falling leaves.

Teen Gaming Club: Oct. 11, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Play games on the HTC Vive VR set and Xbox One or board and card games. Some games are rated 13+. This month for TeenTober, every game will be a competition.

After hours at the library: Oct. 11, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Every second Friday after Gaming Club, when the library's doors close at 5:30, we will reopen them for teens to continue to hang out and have some fun. TeenTober after hours will include bristle bots and 3D pens for teens to try out.


Teen bad movie: Oct. 15, 4 p.m. Join us for movies that are so bad, they’re good.

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

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. Call 320-354-5894 to register for any events in advance; .

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 or phone 320-214-4341.
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