WILLMAR — Girl Scouts in the Willmar area are forming new troops and will have free information meetings at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, at Lakeland Elementary and Roosevelt Elementary schools in Willmar. Girl Scout activities reach far beyond cookies, arts and crafts. They go hiking, camping, and learn about the outdoors, volunteer in the community, learn about robotics and cybersecurity and more. Meet current local Girl Scouts and troop leaders and register for membership on-site. Girl Scouts is open to all girls in Kindergarten through 12th grade. Cost is $25 annually and scholarships are available.
Movies in the Park
WILLMAR — The movie “Wonder Park” will be shown at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, 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.
Appleton Applefest: Sept. 21-22, afternoon parade Sept. 22.
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.
Lego club: Sept. 11, 4 to 5 p.m., kindergarten through sixth grade, no registration is necessary. You will create a new structure each time that will be put on display. Legos provided, donations of additional Legos welcome.
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.
Yoga for adults: Sept. 12, 6 p.m. Candice Clemens will offer a yoga session for anyone who wants to try yoga, advance registration is required.
Teen Gaming Club: Sept. 13, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Play games on the HTC Vive VR set and Xbox One or board and card games. Some are rated 13+.
After Hours at the Library: Sept. 13, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Every second Friday after Gaming Club, when the library's doors close at 5:30, we will reopen them for teens to continue to hang out and have some fun!
Mocktails and masterpieces: Sept. 14, 2 p.m. Enjoy a beverage while painting with Gallery on the Go with Alli. Ages 18 and up, advance registration is required.
Curiosity Day: Sept. 16, 10 to 10:45 a.m. Families with young children, celebrate with Curious George with stories, crafts, songs, games and a snack.
Movie matinee: Sept. 17, 2 p.m., R rated.
Teen bad movie: Sept. 17, 4 p.m. Join us for movies that are so bad, they’re good.
Lunch Bunch Book Club: Sept. 18, noon. September’s book is “The Witch Elm” by Tana French. Club meets at Cornerstone Coffee in the Skylark Center in Willmar. Everyone is welcome.
Board game afternoon: Sept. 18, 4 to 5 p.m. for grades kindergarten through sixth grade. Come play traditional board games, enjoy refreshments, feel free to bring your own board games.
Teen hangout: Sept. 18, 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 board and card games, snacks and beverages.
Little People Storytime: Sept. 19 through Dec. 12, 10 to 10:30 a.m., for parents and children infant to age 8. Designed with toddlers in mind, class might be called “kids on the move, books in the background.” There will be music, fingerplays and stories. There is no fee, but you must call Community Education at 320-231-8490 to register. No class Oct. 17 and Nov. 28.
Friends of the Library book sale: Sept. 20, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sept. 21, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Teen Book Club: Sept. 20, 4 to 5 p.m. ages 13 and older. Meet at the library and discuss this month’s book, “The Knife of Never Letting Go” by Patrick Ness.
Banned Books Week: Sept. 22-28. Check out your favorite banned book, participate in the week-long scavenger hunt and watch the movie based on a popular banned children’s book at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 25.
Prairie Woods ELC
SPICER — The Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center welcomes mountain bikers and hikers on the grounds during daylight hours at no cost. The Kandi Trail Riders Club has completed 4.5 miles of mountain bike trail. Pets should be on a leash. Call 320-354-5894 to register for any events in advance; www.prairiewoodselc.org.
Sibley State Park
The Interpretive Center hours vary. A vehicle permit is required to enter the park and they are available at the park office. For more information call 320-354-2002. Sibley State Park is west of New London just off U.S. Highway 71.