Around Our Region published Sept. 14, 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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Area celebrations

Olivia Hobo Days: Sept. 11-18, go online for more information at .

Appleton Applefest: Sept. 15-16, go online for more information at the Chamber Facebook page at

Granite Falls: Squid Fest, Rib Fest and more, Sept. 17, go online for more information at .

Youth and Family

Iverson Tree Farm: Fall festival weekends through Oct. 29; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays at 42652 County Rd. 7, Belview. Tickets are $10 for ages 2 and up. Pick-your-own pumpkin patch, corn/sorghum mazes and more. Adults-only from 5 to 9 p.m. Fridays, Sept. 16, Sept. 23 and Oct. 14, Oct. 21.

Sam’s Pumpkin Patch: Weekends through Oct. 30, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays at 4425 186th St., Montevideo. Also open Oct. 20-21. Tickets are $5, ages 1 and under free. Pumpkin patch, hayrides, corn pit and more.


Kandi Land Farm: Weekends Sept. 17 through Oct. 30, 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays, 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays at 3843 15th Ave. S.W., Willmar. Also open Oct. 20-21. Tickets are $7, ages 2 and under free. Pumpkin patch, corn maze and more.

Nelson Family Farm: Pumpkin Patch Festival weekends Sept. 24 through Oct. 30, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays at 23618 County Rd. 1, Litchfield. Also open Oct. 20-21. Tickets are $12, ages 2 and under free. Pumpkins for sale, corn maze and more.

Woodland Centers

WILLMAR — The last Community Wall Art Project will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.,Wednesday, Sept. 14, Woodland Centers on Willmar Avenue. Come and paint by number. All ages and abilities are welcome.

Mayor’s Bike Ride

WILLMAR — The annual Mayor’s Bike Ride, led by the mayors of Spicer, New London and Willmar, will begin at 5 p.m. Sept. 16. The three groups will meet at Goat Ridge Brewing in New London for a picnic. The ride and picnic are free, but participants need to register in advance by calling 320-235-3552 or emailing . The rides will leave at 5 p.m. from the city parking lot across from the American Legion in New London, the Glacial Lakes State Trail parking lot across from Mel’s Sport Shop in Spicer and the Glacial Lakes State Trail parking lot next to the Willmar Civic Center. You can join the Willmar group at 5:15 p.m. at the Glacial Lakes State Trail parking lot at County Road 26.

Free smoke alarm/installation

WILLMAR — The American Red Cross is partnering with fire department, Kandiyohi County Emergency Management and Rescue Squad, Willmar Area CERT and CentraCare Ambulance Service to provide free smoke alarms and installation in homes.

To request an alarm and installation, call 320-214-6780 or email by Sept. 28. Each household can request up to three smoke alarms. Hearing impaired detectors are also available. Installations will be Saturday, Oct. 4, or Tuesday, Nov. 15, depending on where you live.

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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 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: Sept. 14, 2 p.m., freewill donation, music by Terry Shaw.

Friday afternoon of dancing: Sept. 16, 1 to 4 p.m., music by Michael James; $7 dancers, $2 listeners.

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

Little Art Gallery session: Sept. 16, 2 to 4 p.m., free. Create art to be on display in our community art galleries.

Willmar Noon Lions: Sept. 17, 7:30 a.m. to noon, pancake breakfast.

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

Book signing: Set. 19, 5 to 7 p.m. Willmar author Mary Seifert will read and sign her books.

Fall gnome wreath: Sept. 20, 2:30 p.m., make this friendly gnome wreath to welcome guests to your home this fall, $12, register in advance.


Community Book Club: Sept. 26, 3:30 p.m., free. Join for a discussion of different books.

Community Bingo: Sept. 27, 5 to 7 p.m., $3 per person, two cards at a time.

Cribbage corner: Wednesdays, 12:30 p.m., all levels welcome, free.

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

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.

Cozy fall starter kit: Teens and adults can request a kit when checking out a book while supplies last.

Adulting 101: Sept. 14, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., in the conference room. Topic is helping your mental health; teens and adults welcome.

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

Adult Book Club: Sept. 15, noon, “The Authenticity Project” by Clare Pooley. Book discussion upstairs at the library. New members are always welcome.

Adult movie matinee: Sept. 16, 2 p.m., no cost or registration, refreshments provided.

Master Gardener Table Topics: Sept. 20, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., ask a Master Gardener questions.

Pirate Party: Sept. 20, 5:30 p.m. Join us after International Pirate Day for a swashbuckling good time with stories, games, crafts, and treasure. For kids 12 and under.

Adult game night: Sept. 20, 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 are welcome. No cost and no registration. Refreshments provided.

Homeschool Hour: Sept. 21, 2 p.m., this month’s topic is the Oregon Trail. We'll discuss the dangers of heading west, create a game and make a replica of the wagons pioneers used.

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

Seed harvesting: Sept. 22, 5 p.m., no registration required. Unsure how to harvest seeds at the end of the season? The Master Gardeners of Kandiyohi County will show you how.

Teen Book Club: Sept. 23, 4 p.m., club discussion of this month’s book in the multipurpose room, no registration necessary, snacks and beverages provided.

Harry Potter Day: Sept. 24, noon to 3:30 p.m., watch “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone,” enjoy themed crafts, activities, and snacks. No registration required, all ages welcome.

Pajama-rama storytime: Sept. 27, 6:30 p.m. Come in your pajamas, bring a blanket and listen to stories. Milk and cookies afterward before you head home to bed.

Teen take-and-make: Sept. 12 opened for flower pen and Sept. 26 opens for velvet pumpkin. For ages 12-18, limit one per person as supplies are limited. Sign up on the library website.

Adult make-and-take: Crafts are posted on the website as they are available. Sept. 6 opened for sunflower wooden coasters, Sept. 19 oens for fall felt leaf wreaths. For ages 18 and over, limit one per person, supplies 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. September’s theme is Harry Potter.

Mask making contest: Oct. 3-22 submission, voting Oct. 24-29, decorate a paper-mache mask for Halloween, one mask per person, masks are limited, complete rules and registration on the website.

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. .

Physical activities

Robbins Island: Destination Playground; 18-hole disc golf course starts north of playground; North Business Highway 71, Willmar.

Grind Central Skate Park: Open during daylight hours, Swansson Fields in southwest Willmar.

Archery Park: Open during daylight hours, located on 19th Avenue Southeast across from Walmart. Seven shooting lanes ranging from 10 to 70 yards. For all ages but children under 15 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

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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