LITCHFIELD – The American Bikers for Awareness, Training, and Education of Minnesota will have a rally Aug. 30-Sept. 1 at the Meeker County Fairgrounds in Litchfield. See www.abatemn.org for more.
Prairie Pothole Day
NEW LONDON – The 37th annual Prairie Pothole Day outdoor celebration will be Saturday, Sept. 7, with dog trials, black powder shoot, archery competition, slough scoot, walk in the woods, kids’ activities, food, raffle, duck calling contest, goose calling contest and more. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Stoney Ridge Farm near the intersection of state Highway 9 and U.S. Highway 71 north of Sibley State Park.
ATWATER – Atwater Threshing Days are Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 7-8. Experience farm life in the bygone days: Tractor parade at 1 p.m. daily, threshing, sawmill, flour mill, corn shredding, ensilage cutter, sorghum press, shingle making, butter churning, rug making, spinning, jelly making. Hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Adult admission is $8, 12 and under admitted free. Call 320-974-8588 for more. Show grounds are located one mile east of Atwater on U.S. Highway 12, then a quarter-mile south on Kandi-Meeker Road. The street address is 1100 Kandi-Meeker Road Atwater.
Patriot Day 9/11 Remembrance
WILLMAR – The Thee Book Club presents a patriotic event to honor first responders, police and fire personnel and the military at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, at the Willmar City Auditorium. The keynote will be given by William Federer, a nationally known speaker, best-selling author, and president of Amerisearch Inc., a publishing company dedicated to researching America's noble heritage. His “American Minute” radio feature is broadcast daily across America and on the internet. Rep. Andrew Lang will also speak.
Lac qui Parle County: Sept. 5-8, Madison
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 www.willmarpubliclibrary.org.
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.
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.
Crafts and coloring: Aug. 28, 2 to 4 p.m. Bring any crafts you are working on and enjoy time with like-minded individuals. Don’t have a craft to work on? Use the provided supplies for coloring, iris paper folding, extreme dot to dot, or paint by sticker. Everyone is welcome.
Teen movie: Aug. 28, 5:30 p.m.
Children’s story hour: Aug. 30, 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 Karen. We will listen to stories, music, fingerplays and other activities.
Teen end-of-summer party: Aug. 31, 1 to 4 p.m. Celebrate the end of summer with snacks, games, crafts and more.
Explore Turkey: Sept. 4, 6 p.m. Join us as we explore the country of Turkey. Try a variety of snacks, listen to music, and test your trivia knowledge about the country. No cost and no registration. Everyone age 18 and older is welcome.
Nerf, capture the flag: Sept. 6, 5:30 p.m., ages 18 and up. Play capture the flag in the library, Bring your own unmodified Rival blaster or reserve a library blaster online. Rounds will be provided by the library. An after-hours program, so don’t be late, because the doors will be locked at 5:30 p.m. No cost and no registration.
Teen Advisory Board: Sept. 6, 3:30 p.m. Help plan library programs and events, choose materials, and make the library a better place for teens.
Zumba for adults: Sept. 7, 10 a.m., ages 18 and older. Michelle will lead the dance workout. Wear comfortable clothing, tennis shoes and bring a water bottle. No cost and no registration.
Teen active games: Sept. 9, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Get your body moving with indoor games, table tennis, badminton and virtual reality games.
Cookbook Club: Sept. 10, 7 p.m., September’s theme is apples. Bring a dish to share based on the theme and bring the recipe.
Adult game night: Sept. 11, 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.
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 to register for any events in advance; www.prairiewoodselc.org.
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 state Department of Natural Resources website at www.dnr.state.mn.us. For more information, call 320-354-2002.
Black bears of the prairie: Aug. 30, 6 to 8 p.m. Explore the incredible adaptations that allow prairie black bears to live in locations throughout the state.
Animal live: Aug. 31, noon to 1 p.m. Each week we will meet a live animal. Meet in the Interpretive Center downstairs theater.
"Who lived here" hike: Aug. 31, 2 to 3 p.m. Sibley State Park was once a neighborhood of homes and camps. Enjoy a casual stroll of storytelling along the shores of Lake Andrew. Meet at the sandbox by the Lake Andrew Campground, just east or up the hill from the Fish Cleaning Building.