Around Our Region published Oct. 6, 2021
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Youth and Family
Sam’s Pumpkin Patch: Weekends through Oct. 31. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (also MEA Oct. 21-22). Tickets are $5, ages 1 and under free; 4425 186th St., Montevideo. Pumpkin patch, hayrides, straw bale maze and more.
Kandi Land Farm: Weekends through Nov. 6. Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays, (also MEA Oct. 21-22). Tickets are $7, ages 2 and under free; 3843 15th Ave. S.W., Willmar. Pumpkin patch, corn maze and more.
Iverson Tree Farm: Fall festival weekends through Oct. 30. Hours are 4 to 7 p.m. Fridays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $5 per person, immediate family cap $20; 42652 County Road 7, Belview. Pick-your-own pumpkin patch, corn and cover crop maze and more.
Nelson Family Farm: Pumpkin Patch Festival weekends Sept. 25 through Oct. 31. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays, (also MEA Oct. 21-22). Tickets are $11, ages 2 and under free; 23618 County Road 1, Litchfield. Pumpkins for sale, corn maze and more.
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Willmar Haunted House: Oct. 8-9, 15-16, 22-23, and 29-31, 7 to 10 p.m., 800 Campbell Ave. N.W., Willmar. Admission charged. The theme of the house is “Where Madness Dwells, Generations of Torment.”
Glenwood Haunted House: Oct. 8-9, 15-16, 22-23, and 29-31, 7 to 10 p.m., 105 Third Ave. N.E., Glenwood. Admission $20. Fright Night is back with the ghouls that haunt the labyrinth of the old high school.
Pumpkin Decorating Contest: Oct. 15-20. Drop off your decorated pumpkin at the Willmar Public Library or submit a photo online, decorated as your favorite book or book character. Get complete rules and entry form at the library or on the library website at www.willmarpubliclibrary.org .
Pet Costume Contest: Willmar Public Library online contest. Submit a photo of your pet in their best Halloween costume by Oct. 24. Voting will be online starting Oct. 25 and the winner will be announced Nov. 1. Complete rules and entry form on library website at www.willmarpubliclibrary.org .
Boo-Bash: Oct. 23, 2 to 6 p.m., Willmar Community Center; Come have some spooky fun with us and make Halloween-themed treats.
Holmstrom Haunt: Oct. 29-31, New London Little Theatre; Ahh-MAZEing Haunted House. “Super Scare hours” are 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 29 and noon to 9 p.m. Oct. 30. “Low scare day for the littles” is from 2 to 5 p.m. Oct. 31. Adult admission is $10, under 12 admitted for $5.
Teen Halloween: Oct. 29, 5 to 8 p.m., Willmar Public Library. Try the escape room and other fun and spooky games. For ages 12-18 only, no registration required.
Drive-Thru & Treat: Oct. 31, 2 to 4 p.m., Willmar Community Center. Trick-or-treat in this drive-thru event. Costumes encouraged, all ages welcome and candy for all.
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Willmar Community Center
WILLMAR — The Willmar Community Center is open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. The patio area is set up, and all are welcome to enjoy at any time of the day. You can meet a friend for coffee or maybe some lemonade served from Britta’s Brew Station. The phone number is 320-262-5288 . For reservations, call or go online at willmarparks-rec.com .
Willmar Area Senior Citizens Club: Oct. 6, 2 p.m., freewill donation, entertainment by Black Diamond.
Friday afternoon of dancing: Oct. 8, 1 p.m., $2 non-dancers, $7 dancers; light lunch served; music by Leroy & Marie.
Craft classes: Classes at 2 p.m., advance registration required. Oct. 7 class is decorating pumpkins out of pallet blocks for $5. Take-home sustainable duster kits available all month for $5.
Aging Wisely: Oct. 7, 1:30, advance registration required.
The Zoo Man: Oct. 12, 3 p.m. The Zoo Man has been traveling with his live animal friends for more than 30 years educating and entertaining the young and the young at heart.
Cider & Spiders Paint Class: Oct. 16, 2 p.m., $15. Come paint with Riley in this paint-by-number class. Sip on cider and complete a fall-themed paint by number. Advance registration required.
Jolly Twirlers Square Dance: Oct. 16, 7 p.m. All are welcome to join in this square dancing evening.
Boo-Bash: Oct. 23, 2 to 6 p.m. Come have some spooky fun and make Halloween*themed treats.
Drive-Thru & Treat: Oct. 31, 2 to 4 p.m. Trick-or-treat in this drive-thru event. Costumes encouraged, all ages welcome and candy for all.
Exercise classes: Gently 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.
Hand & Foot Cards: Every Tuesday and Thursday, 12:30 p.m., free, popular variation of canasta, easy to learn.
Farkle Fridays: Every Friday, 1 to 4 p.m. A classic dice game to try and reach 10,000 points first. Each player will have their own cup and dice.
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. Full services are available except the meeting room. The website is www.willmarpubliclibrary.org . 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.
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.
Pumpkin Decorating Contest: Oct. 15-20. Drop off your decorated pumpkin at the Willmar Public Library or submit a photo online, decorated as your favorite book or book character. Get complete rules and entry form at the library or on the library website.
Pet Costume Contest: Willmar Public Library online contest. Submit a photo of your pet in their best Halloween costume by Oct. 24. Voting will be online starting Oct. 25 and the winner will be announced Nov. 1. Complete rules and entry form on library website.
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.
Preschoolers storytime: Every Tuesday, 10 a.m. ages 3-6; stories, songs, rhymes, and lots of fun; no registration required.
Little people storytime: Every Wednesday, 10 a.m., ages 0-3; stories, songs, and playtime for littles; no registration required.
Teen Take & Make Crafts: Oct. 4 opened for tiny, spooky planter, Oct. 11 for gilded insect faux taxidermy, Oct. 18 for mini tin books. For ages 12-18. Limit one per person as supplies are limited. Sign up on the library website.
Early Readers Book Club: Oct. 7, 4 p.m., for children who have graduated from storytime age. Best for grades K-2. Club will read a story, discuss and do activities.
Teen Gaming Club: Oct. 8, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., ages 12-18, no registration required. Play games on the HTC Vive VR set and Xbox One or board and card games. Some games are rated 13+.
Children’s matinee: Oct. 12, 4 p.m. “Raya and the Last Dragon.”
Teen hangout: Oct. 13, 5:30 p.m., ages 12-18, no registration required, enjoy video games, arts and crafts, board and card games, snacks and beverages.
Stemtastic Thursday: Oct. 14, 4 p.m., ages 7-12, no registration required. “Frankengummies” tear-apart gummy bears will be used to create a whole new bear or other creature.
Moving Words: Oct. 14, 7 p.m., online discussion with three Minnesota Book Award-winning authors: Alison McGhee, Sun Yung Shin, and Mike Wohnoutka. Moving Words is an opportunity for writers and readers to explore various themes together: the impact of literature in their lives, their connection as fellow Minnesotans, and the lens through which we read. Register in advance online.