Movies in the Park

WILLMAR – The movie “How to Train Your Dragon” will be shown at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16, at Robbins Island in Willmar. There will be activities for one hour before the movie. Free popcorn and pop, bring a chair or blanket and bug spray. In case of bad weather, the event will be at the City Auditorium in downtown Willmar.

Heritage Hill

MONTEVIDEO – The 39th annual Threshing Show will be Aug. 16-18 at Heritage Hill, four miles east of Montevideo. Steam threshing, lumber sawing, old tractors, flea market, crafts and food. Gates open 7 a.m. daily.

Stockade Rendezvous

FOREST CITY – The annual Forest City Stockade Rendezvous is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 17-18. Pioneer crafts, food and more at the site 6 miles northeast of Litchfield. Admission is charged.

American Pickers

Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz and their team plan to film episodes of the hit series “American Pickers” throughout Minnesota in October. The documentary series explores the fascinating world of antique “picking” on the History channel.

The show follows Mike and Frank as they hunt for America’s most valuable antiques. They are always excited to find sizable, unique collections, learn the interesting stories behind them and meet characters with remarkable and exceptional items. The pair hopes to give historically significant objects a new lease on life, while learning a thing or two about America’s past along the way.

American Pickers is looking for leads and would love to explore your hidden treasure. If you or someone you know has a large, private collection or accumulation of antiques that the pickers can spend the better part of the day looking through, send the name, phone number, location and description of the collection with photos to: or call 855-653-7878.

City celebrations

Raymond Harvest Fest: Aug. 23-25, grand day parade at 1 p.m. Aug. 24.

County fairs

Swift County: Aug. 14-18, Appleton

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

Summer Reading: Through Aug. 31, the summer reading program is open to preschoolers through high school, register at the library.

Read Down your Fines: Through Aug. 31, read at the library and up to $20 in fines can be written off. See library for details.

Teen Book Club: Aug. 16, 4 to 5 p.m. ages 13 and older. Meet at the library and discuss this month’s book “Wilder Girls” by Rory Power.

Sibley State Park program: Aug. 14, 10 a.m. Join a state park naturalist for a hands-on, family-friendly program on storms; all ages, no registration is necessary.

Adult game night: Aug. 14, 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.

Children’s Story Hour: Aug. 16, 10 a.m. Families are welcome for the cultural story hours this summer as we travel around the world hearing stories from different countries. This week is Cherokee legends and local farming. We will listen to stories, music, fingerplays and other activities. Weekly event through Aug. 23.

Teen bad movie: Aug. 20, 4 p.m. Join us for movies that are so bad, they’re good.

Teen hangout: Aug. 21, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Come to the library for a place to just hang out and do whatever. We’ve got video games, arts and crafts (decorating notebooks), board and card games.

Lunch Bunch Book Club: Aug. 21, noon. August’s book is “The Library Book” by Susan Orlean. Club meets at Cornerstone Coffee in the Skylark Center in Willmar. Everyone is welcome.

Children’s Story Hour: Aug. 23, 10 a.m. Families are welcome for the cultural story hours this summer as we travel around the world hearing stories from different countries. This week is Norwegian. We will listen to stories, music, fingerplays and other activities.

Movie Matinee: Aug. 23, 2 p.m., PG rated.

End-of-summer party: Aug. 24, 10:30 a.m. to noon at Rice Park, interactive concert by “The Flyers” with catchy songs, fun movements and colorful props. Bring a lawn chair or blanket, your own snacks or bag lunch, swimsuits for later. If raining, it will be held at the library.

Teen DIY soap: Aug. 24, noon. Learn how to make a simple soap. Each teen will make their own soap to take home.

Walking Book Club: Aug. 28, 8:30 a.m., meet near the beach at Robbins Island. Enjoy a casual walk while discussing your latest reads and favorite books. New members always welcome, wear walking shoes and bring a bottle of water if you would like. Every fourth Wednesday.

Prairie Woods ELC

SPICER – The Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center welcomes mountain bikers and hikers on the grounds during daylight hours at no cost. Pets should be on a leash. Call 320-354-5894 or see for information.

Sibley State Park

NEW LONDON – The Interpretive Center’s hours vary. Sibley State Park programs are at the Interpretive Center and are led by the park naturalist or visiting expert. The programs are free but a vehicle permit is required to enter the park and they are available at the park office. For current information on weekend naturalist programs visit the website at For more information, call 320-354-2002.

Centennial event – Full Moon Walk: Aug. 15, 9 to 10 p.m. Join the naturalist for a walk under the stars. Toe-covered shoes recommended as trail does have periodic poison ivy.

Volunteer Ventures: Aug. 23, noon to 2 p.m. Want to make a difference through volunteering? Join the park naturalist once a month during the summer for a three-part series. Each month will take an hour to contribute to park, either pulling an invasive species, picking up garbage or conducting citizen science. Then we will explore an area of the park together. Long pants and/or tall boots recommended. A light, long-sleeved shirt and sun protection recommended; water bottle and snacks also highly encouraged.

Centennial event – Water Wing Ding: Aug. 24, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Interpretive Center unless noted. Sibley has turned 100. Go for a guided canoe paddle on Lake Andrew from 9 to 11 a.m.; children must be 4 or older, life jackets and gear provided, advance registration required. Catch water critters in the pond from noon to 1 p.m. Then become a Beach Beaver during this naturalist program from 2-3 p.m. and learn how beavers are adapted for life in the water and participate in the beaver dam challenge on the Lake Andrew beach near the picnic tables. Finish the day with live music by Chris Holm, an acoustic folk blues and country musician, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Pack a blanket or a chair and a picnic to enjoy on the hill below the Lake Andrew Campground by the fish cleaning building. Parking available by the beach.

Turtle Tuesday: Aug. 27, 2 to 3 p.m. Join the naturalist for a family-friendly program to play a turtle game or hear a turtle story before we meet a live painted or snapping turtle.