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Around Our Region published Sept. 21, 2022

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 at least a week in advance.

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Youth and Family

Kandi Land Farm: Weekends 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.

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.

Nelson Family Farm: Pumpkin Patch Festival weekends 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.

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. on select Fridays, Sept. 23, Oct. 14 and Oct. 21.

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 em@kcmm.us 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.

Keep reading for more of this week's calendar items below the related content.

More community news:
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 at least a week in advance.
Submissions about charities, benefits and nonprofit fundraisers for the weekly Good Neighbors calendar published Wednesdays should be emailed to news@wctrib.com by noon Friday.
Artists in the Upper Minnesota River Valley are hosting the 18th annual arts crawl known as the Meander, featuring 41 artists throughout the five-county region.


The West Central Tribune will run a list of Halloween events in this column. To have your event included it the list, email detailed information to news@wctrib.com or mail it to Donna Middleton, West Central Tribune, P.O. Box 839, Willmar, MN 56201.

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 are free of charge, but registration is required for Zoom links at ridgewater.edu/events/categories/dei . The first two sessions are as follows:

Borderless Dreams: Sept. 22, 11 a.m. Entrepreneur, activist and immigrant DREAMer Samantha Ramirez-Herrera shares her compelling journey of challenges she faced, from language barriers and economic obstacles to cultural differences, immigration policies, and lack of resources for higher education. Her family journeyed to America when she was 7 years old, and she grew up undocumented.

How We Learn & Remember Racial History in America: Sept. 27, noon. Take part in a guided, interactive discussion with panelists to explore insights, perceptions and impact of how we learn and remember various racial histories in the United States. Moderators are Shelly Bormann of Goodwill Easter Seals and Jehana Schwandt, Ridgewater diversity, equity and inclusion director. Panelists will include:

  • Dr. Michael Favor, Rosemount school superintendent and a leader in educational equity;
  • Kevin Lindsey, chief executive officer for the Minnesota Humanities Center and a leader working toward inclusive, equitable employment and policies;
  • Dr. Ron Ferguson, Ridgewater sociology faculty member, Multicultural Club adviser and participant in the Ridgewater Equity and Inclusion work group. 

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 willmarparks-rec.com .

Willmar Area Senior Citizens Club: Sept. 21, 2 p.m., freewill donation, music by Jason, Dan & Colleen.


Friday afternoon of dancing: Sept. 23, 1 to 4 p.m., music by Jerry's Band; $7 dancers, $2 listeners.

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.

Senior Club annual bazaar: Oct. 1, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., silent auction, bake sale, Grannie's attic, several vendors and lunch will be available.

Community Thread Studio: Oct. 4 and 11, 1 to 3 p.m. or 4 to 6 p.m., $5, grades 4 and up, advance registration required. Learn the basics of running a sewing machine to make your own clothing or home items. Oct. 11 class will create a pillowcase. Supply list will be provide when you register.

Community Kids: Oct. 4, 3:30 to 5:15 p.m., grades K-5, $8 per class or $50 for the seven classes through the school year; advance registration required by the Friday before the class. Activities will range from crafts to science,and games with a different focus each month. October will focus on giving directions and listening to directions. Play fall games and make Halloween crafts.

Aging Wisely: Oct. 6, 1:30 p.m., free. Hear Willmar Sons of Norway board members talk about the Norwegian culture and ways to get involved. For more information and to make a reservation, call Britta at 320-262-5288 by 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5.

Youth in the Woodshop: Oct. 25 or Oct. 27, 4 to 6 p.m., grades 5 and up, $10; for children interested in working with their hands and building things. Woodshop volunteers will go through basic safety and skills to help them create a project.


Weekly events: Chess club, Yahtzee, Farkle, Hand & Foot cards, cribbage corner, 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 www.willmarpubliclibrary.org . 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.

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