Understanding Somali culture

WILLMAR – The Community Integration Center presents Professor Huda Ibrahim, author of “From Somalia to Snow,” at 5 p.m. Oct. 17 at the Willmar Conference Center. She will talk about understanding the Somali culture. This session aims to bridge the gaps and create an environment where understanding and compassion thrives by sharing our cultural diversity. The event is free with food and drinks. RSVP your attendance to communityintegrationcentre@gmail.com

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.

City celebrations

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.

Study Center: 5 to 8 p.m., Monday and Thursday, meet in the conference room to receive basic homework help from one of the volunteer tutors.

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.

Walking Book Club: Sept. 25, 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.

Crafts and coloring: Sept. 25, 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.

Teen movie: Sept. 25, 5:30 p.m. Movie based on a popular banned children’s book.

Fall story hour: Sept. 27, 10 to 10:45 a.m., for children and their parents, featuring stories, music, fingerplays and other activities. Today’s theme is ABCs of back to school.

Harry Potter escape room: Sept. 28, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Enter Hogwarts and test your magical abilities and wit. Groups of four will be given 40 minutes to solve the escape room. All ages welcome, register in advance online or at the library.

Lego Club: Oct. 2, 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.

Fall story hour: Oct. 4, 10 to 10:45 a.m., for children and their parents, featuring stories, music, fingerplays and other activities. Today’s theme is picking apples.

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; or see www.prairiewoodselc.org.

Sibley State Park

NEW LONDON – 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.