Around Our Region published Sept. 28, 2022

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Free smoke alarm/installation

WILLMAR — The American Red Cross is partnering with fire departments, the 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.

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. on select Fridays, Oct. 14 and 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 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 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.

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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.

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 .

German American Heritage Day: Oct. 6, 11 a.m. Jessica Gordon, the education and diversity, equity, accessibility and inclusion coordinator from the German American Heritage Museum of Iowa, will explore The White Rose, a resistance group in Nazi Germany that was led by five students and one professor.


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 or mail it to Donna Middleton, West Central Tribune, P.O. Box 839, Willmar, MN 56201. 

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. 28, 2 p.m., freewill donation, music by Terry Nelson.

Friday afternoon of dancing: Sept. 30, 1 to 4 p.m., music by Leroy & Joe; $7 dancers, $2 listeners.


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.

Veterans coffee social: Oct. 3, 9:30 to 11 a.m., coffee social for all veterans, police, fire and emergency medical services members.

Art for all Beginners: Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31, 1 p.m., $2 per class or eight classes for $12. Beginner art class for all ages and abilities using a variety of art mediums. Advance registration required.

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.

Willmar Elks sheltered dance: Oct. 12, 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.

Fam-BOO-lous Fun: Oct. 15, 3 pm. Bring the family to make homemade caramel apples and decorate with your favorite toppings. Then create a spooky craft just in time for Halloween. Cost is $8 for two apples and the craft.


Veterans coffee social: Oct. 17, 9:30 to 11 a.m., coffee social for all veterans, police, fire and emergency medical services members.

Community crafts: Oct. 20, 2:30 p.m., $8, all ages, advance registration required. Make stackable pumpkins, a fall decoration that can transform into a stacking game.

Community Book Club: Oct. 24, 3:30 p.m., free. Join for a discussion, new book picked each month.

Medicare Made Easy: Oct. 25, 1 p.m. Learn the options, how to register and how Medicare works. Free, no sales will be made at this workshop.

Youth in the Woodshop — robot man: Oct. 25 or Oct. 27, 4 to 6 p.m., grades 5 and up, $10. For children interested in working with his/her hands and building things, woodshop volunteers will go through basic safety and skills and help them create a robot man.

Community Bingo: Oct. 25, 5 to 7 p.m., $3 per person, two cards at a time.

Court whist tournament: Oct. 27, 12:30 p.m., advance registration required, $2 entry fee.

Drive-Thru & Treat: Oct. 31, 3:30 to 6 p.m. We want to see your best costumes come through our drive-up event under the Willmar Community Center Canopy. All ages (& pets) welcome.

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 . 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.  

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.

Little People storytime: Every Wednesday, 10 a.m., ages 0-3, no registration required.

Classic movie for adults: Oct. 4, 5:30 p.m., “The Mummy,” no cost or registration, refreshments provided.

Lego Club: Oct. 5, 4 to 5 p.m., kindergarten through sixth grade, no registration is necessary. Test your creativity and skills the first Wednesday of the month.

Early Readers Book Club: Oct. 5, 4 p.m., grades K-2, intended for children who have graduated from storytime age. We will read a story, discuss, and do activities. October is a Dory Fantasmagory book.

Children's Matinee: Oct. 7, 4 p.m., no cost or registration, popcorn provided.

Pumpkin painting: Oct. 12, 2 p.m., limited openings, register online.

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

Teen Gaming Club: Oct. 14, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., ages 12-18, no registration required. Play games on the Xbox One or board and card games. Some games are rated 13+. Refreshments provided.

Tween Craft: Oct. 18, 6 p.m. ages 9-14 only. Turn a dollhouse into a haunted dollhouse with all supplies provided. Register online.

Adult game night: Oct. 18, 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.

Homeschool Hour: Oct. 19, 2 p.m. This month’s topic is “All About Spiders.”

Teen movie: Oct. 19, 5:30 p.m., ages 12-18, no registration required, popcorn and refreshments provided.

Adult Book Club: Oct. 20, noon, “Maverick, Movies & Murder” by Mary Seifert. Book discussion upstairs at the library. New members are always welcome.

Adult movie matinee: Oct. 21, 2 p.m., no cost or registration, refreshments provided.

Adulting 101: Oct. 25, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., in the conference room. Topic is introduction to resume; teens and adults welcome. Register in advance on the website.

Pajama-rama storytime: Oct. 25, 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.

Frankentoys: Oct. 26, 5:30 p.m., ages 6-12. Take apart toys and rebuild something totally unique (and totally Franksenstein).

Teen Halloween party: Oct. 28, 3 to 5:30 p.m., ages 12-18 only. Watch a scary movie followed by a few rounds of Trivia Murder Party. No registration required.

Trick or Treat: Oct. 31. The library will be give out treats to kids who stop in.

Teen take-and-make: Oct. 3 opens for maple leaf mason jars, Oct. 17 for spooky tissue paper painting and Oct. 31 for custom suitcase tags. For ages 12-18, limit one per person as supplies are 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. October’s theme is horror.

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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