Fidgety Fairy Tales

WILLMAR — “Fidgety Fairy Tales — The Mental Health Musicals” will be presented in several area towns this weekend. The hour-long musical uses gentle humor, great music, and compelling performances by talented youth to raise awareness about children’s mental health. The shows are “Mary Had a Little Lamb” about anxiety, “The Ants and the Grasshopper” about attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and “Puss in Boots” about autism. A group of local students will perform “Sleeping Handsome” about depression. Free admission, but seating is limited and reservations are strongly recommended at www.macmh.org/fidgety. Show times and dates are:

Renville: Oct. 25, 6:30 p.m., Renville County West Elementary.

Willmar: Oct. 26, 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., Kennedy Elementary theater.

Grove City: Oct. 26, 7 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church.

Income tax assistance volunteers

WILLMAR — Volunteers are needed for the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program that provides free help with filing tax forms for low- and moderate-income taxpayers. Facilitators are needed to greet clients and help them fill out intake forms, and tax preparers are needed who prepare the income tax returns on computers. Training and IRS certification provided. For more information about volunteering, call 1-888-687-2277 or online at aarpfoundation.org/taxaide.

Prairie Woods ELC

SPICER — The Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center hiking and biking trails will be closed this Saturday, Oct. 26, for a youth pheasant hunt. Call 320-354-5894 or see www.prairiewoodselc.org.

Halloween events

Pumpkin decorating contest display: Oct. 23-26, Willmar Public Library, pumpkins decorated as a favorite book or book character on display. Winners announced Oct. 26.

Story hour: Oct. 25, 10 to 10:45 a.m., Willmar Public Library, for children and their parents, featuring stories, music, fingerplays and other activities. Theme is little pumpkins.

Children’s matinee: Oct. 25, 3:30 p.m., Willmar Public Library, Halloween movie.

PWELC Halloween Haunt: Oct. 25, 6 to 9 p.m., grades K-5, $8, Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center, rural Spicer, must be accompanied by an adult. Talk with the creatures on the enchanted trail to find out what they are doing to get ready for winter, carve a jack-o’-lantern, decorate a cookie, play games, and climb the indoor wall, all in your costume.

Fright Forest — Holmstrom Haunt: Oct. 25-26 and Oct. 31, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Little Theatre, New London. Small groups will tour the haunted house in the basement while a movie is playing. Kids under 12 should be accompanied by an adult. Adult tickets at the door are $10, age 12 and under are $5.

Halloween party: Oct. 26, 2 to 4 p.m., Willmar Public Library. Creepy crafts, spooky music, tricks and treats, cookie decorating and candy. For ages 2 to 12 and their families. Drop in anytime and stay as long as you like. Costumes welcome.

Halloween party: Oct. 26, New London American Legion; music by Last Exit Band, costume contest.

Halloween party: Oct. 26, 8 p.m. to midnight, Willmar Eagles Club; music by Jason and Danny, costume contest.

Halloween dance: Oct. 26, 8 p.m. to midnight, Prairie’s Edge Casino Resort near Granite Falls, live music, costume contests.

Willmar Haunted House: Oct. 25-26, 7 to 10 p.m. The Clear Water Collective presents “A Haunting on Campbell Avenue,” 800 Campbell Ave. N.W., Willmar. Adult tickets are $7, ages 12 and under are $5. Hot dogs, candy, chips, popcorn, soda and caramel apples available for purchase.

Trunk or treat: Oct. 27, 2 to 4 p.m., Calvary Lutheran Church. Family-friendly games, hot chocolate, popcorn and trunk-or-treating fun, everyone welcome.

Fright Forest — Holmstrom Haunt, low scare: Oct. 27, 2 p.m., Little Theatre, New London. Small groups will tour the haunted house in the basement while a movie is playing. Suitable for all ages with mild spookies and pumpkin carving included. Kids under 12 should be accompanied by an adult. Adult tickets at the door are $10, age 12 and under are $5.

Teen DIY costumes: Oct. 30, 4 p.m., Willmar Public Library. Teens are given a variety of supplies to create their own costume from scratch. Feel free to bring clothes and other supplies from home.

Highland Apartments: Oct. 31, trick-or-treating for children from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., use door on Litchfield Avenue Southeast in Willmar.

Willmar Haunted House: Oct. 31, 4 to 10 p.m., The Clear Water Collective presents “A Haunting on Campbell Avenue,” 800 Campbell Ave. N.W., Willmar. Adult tickets are $7, ages 12 and under are $5. Hot dogs, candy, chips, popcorn, soda and caramel apples available for purchase.

Spooky Space: Oct. 31, 4 and 7 p.m., Southwest Minnesota State University Planetarium, Marshall. “Spooky Space: Cosmic Connections to Halloween” is a new production at the planetarium. Space has its monsters in space — black holes, zombie stars and spectacular ghostly nebulae and more, Laser light show “Fright Light” will follow. Admission is $5 at the door for all ages, except children sitting on a lap of a parent.

Halloween party: Nov. 1, Willmar Veterans of Foreign Wars post.

Fright Forest — Holmstrom Haunt, adults: Nov. 1-2, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Little Theatre, New London. Small groups will tour the haunted house in the basement while a movie is playing. Ages 18 and over only. Tickets are $10 at the door.

Veterans Day

Veterans Day events may emailed to news@wctrib.com.

Raymond: All veterans and their spouses are invited to the potluck Veterans Day supper at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, at the Raymond Community Center. It is sponsored by the Raymond American Legion Auxiliary. Raymond’s 2019 Girls Stater Annie Dykema will report on her experience at Girls State. A representative from the Eagles Healing Nest at Sauk Centre will speak and the Schuellers will talk about their trip to Washington, D.C. Bring a dish to share. Beverages and utensils will be provided.

Willmar: The 21st annual observance Nov. 10-12 at the War Memorial Auditorium in downtown Willmar will feature a military display of more than 6,000 items from the Civil War through the present open for public viewing from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day. At 7:30 p.m. Nov. 11, there will be a special observance program. More information can be found at www.usmhc.org.

Willmar: For all veterans and active duty military and family, free coffee and rolls from 10 a.m. to noon Monday, Nov. 11, at the Barn Theatre. Receive a free copy of “Journey … the Art of Arthur Norby” featuring the Minnesota Korean War Veterans Memorial.

Willmar: Veterans game feed, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 11, at the American Legion.

Willmar Public Library

WILLMAR — The Willmar Public Library has the following events scheduled. For more information, call the library at 320-235-3162 or see www.willmarpubliclibrary.org.

Roaming Readers Walking Book Club: Oct. 23, 8 a.m., meet near the Kandi Mall theater entrance. Enjoy a casual walk while discussing your latest reads and favorite books. New members always welcome, wear walking shoes.

Crafts and coloring: Oct. 23, 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: Oct. 23, 5:30 p.m.

Fall story hour: Oct. 25, 10 to 10:45 a.m., for children and their parents, featuring stories, music, fingerplays and other activities. Theme is little pumpkins.

Children’s Matinee: Oct. 25, 3:30 p.m., Halloween movie.

Nerf wars, humans vs. zombies: Oct. 25, 5:30 p.m. Bring your friends of a fun night of Nerf games Bring your own unmodified Rival blaster or reserve a library blaster on the website. Blaster rounds provided by the library. This is an after-hours event and the doors will lock at 5:30 p.m. Free and open to ages 18 and up, no registration required.

Halloween party: Oct. 26, 2 to 4 p.m., Willmar Public Library. Creepy crafts, spooky music, tricks and treats, cookie decorating and candy. For ages 2 to 12 and their families. Drop in anytime and stay as long as you like. Costumes welcome.

Friends of the Library: Oct. 28, 5:30 p.m., annual meeting, learn how the group supports the library and more.

Teen Iron Chef: Oct. 29, 4 p.m. Compete to see who can make the best chocolate candy. The catch is, each chef must use the secret ingredient. Advance registration is required.

Sensory story time: Oct. 29, 5 p.m., children ages 3 to 10, geared for children with autism and other developmental disabilities. Staff from Nolan’s Place will lead the program.

Adult recess, playtime for grown-ups: Oct. 29, 6:30 p.m., enjoy sensory activities, crafts, games and snacks, ages 18 and up.

Teen DIY Costumes: Oct. 30, 4 p.m. Teens are given a variety of supplies to create their own costume from scratch. Feel free to bring clothes and other supplies from home.

Interactive movie: Oct. 30, 6:30 p.m. A new twist on movie night, with props and scripts provided for a fun movie experience. Featured film will be rated PG. No cost, no registration.

Fall story hour: Nov. 1, 10 to 10:45 a.m., for children and their parents, featuring stories, music, fingerplays and other activities. Theme is explore puppetry.

Willmar Community Center

WILLMAR — The Willmar Community Center has several upcoming events open to the public, listed by date:

Oct. 31: 1 p.m., court whist tournament, call 320-262-5288 to sign up.