BUFFALO LAKE — Renville County Sheriff Scott Hable and investigator Tom Hendrichs will present a program on “Street drugs and their devastating effects on our communities” at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20, at the Buffalo Lake Community Center.
The presentation is for ages 13 through adults. Learn about street drugs, what they are, who’s using them, and the wake of devastation they often leave behind. There will be a display of actual drugs and drug paraphernalia, all of which have been confiscated by the Renville County Sheriff’s office. Everyone is welcome.
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.
Adult Winter Reading: through March 2, “Snow is Falling, Books are Calling” annual winter reading program for ages 18 and older for reading and/or listening to books. Get a reading log and information about the prizes at the library.
Lunch Bunch Book Club: Jan. 15, noon. January’s book is “Mama’s Last Hug” by Frans de Waal, meets at Cornerstone Coffee in the Skylark Center in Willmar. Everyone is welcome.
Lego Robotics: Jan. 15, 4 p.m., grades 4-8. The 4-H program introduces the skills underlying the robotic revolution — mechanics, engineering design, math, physics, electronics, computer programming, critical thinking, problem solving and teamwork. First monthly session and by the end of the five sessions youth will have built and programmed their own robot and will have it complete a series of real-world tasks.
Teen hangout: Jan. 15, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Come to the library for video games, arts and crafts, board and card games, and snacks and beverages.
Movie Matinee: Jan. 17, 2 p.m.; rated PG-13, no cost, no registration, refreshments provided.
Teen Book Club: Jan. 17, 4 to 5 p.m., ages 13 and older; meet at the library, discuss this month’s book “Fullmetal Alchemist” by Hiromu Arakawa.
Teen TV Marathon: Jan. 18, noon to 4 p.m.; binge watch “Bob’s Burgers,” activities and snacks.
Roaming readers, walking book club: Jan. 22, 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: Jan. 22, 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: Jan. 22, 5:30 p.m.
Teen after hours at the library: Jan. 25, 4 to 6:30 p.m., when the library's doors close at 4, we will reopen them for teens for a game of Capture the Flag in the dark. Pre-registration and permission form required.
Cure your cabin fever
WILLMAR – The Willmar Public Library will have a series of 11 “Cure the Cabin Fever” programs to get you through the cold, dark middle of winter. For each program you attend, you will get a stamp on your card. Each stamp equals an entry in a drawing for a $100 gift card. Programs are for all ages unless otherwise noted and some require pre-registration at the library on online at www.willmarpubliclibrary.org. The programs in the next two weeks are:
Escape Room: Jan. 25, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., ages 10+ with an adult; teams of 4 to 6, 45-minute limit, pre-registration required. As a member of the Hawkins AV club, you are distraught to hear that your friend Will has gone missing. You and the remaining members of the party find yourselves in the principal’s office, where you discover a police file along with a strange locked box that you realize contains the mysterious portal between you and Will. Upon closer examination of the evidence in the file, you realize that Will is trying to communicate with you from the Upsidedown. Can you decipher his messages, and get him back to the portal before it closes for good? The team with the fastest time will win a prize.
Team Iron Chef: Jan. 28, 5:30 p.m., ages 8+ with an adult; teams of 2, 45-minute limit, pre-registration required. A timed cooking competition where teams of two people compete to see who can make the best grilled cheese sandwich using only the ingredients provided. The catch is that teams must compete in mini-challenges to receive their ingredients. A panel of judges will score each sandwich and the winning team will receive a prize.
Myrtle Mabee Library
BELGRADE – The Myrtle Mabee Library has the following events scheduled. The library phone number is 320-254-8842.
Make and Take Crafts: for ages 3-12, come in and make a craft in the new Maker Space during library hours; while supplies last.
READ Book Club: Jan. 17, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Read, Eat and Discuss book club for adults. Contact the library for book selection.
Paynesville Public Library
PAYNESVILLE — The Paynesville Public Library has the following event scheduled. The library phone number is 320-243-7343.
Preschool Storytime: Jan. 15, 10:30 to 11:15 a.m., ages 0 to 6; stories, activities and crafts, attendance limit is 20, pre-registration is required.
Minneapolis Guitar Quartet: Jan. 24, 7 p.m., all ages; the group will present a musical tour of six different countries, ranging from ancient Macedonian folk to Spanish romantic to “Purple Rain” followed by questions and answers.
Prairie Woods ELC
The Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center welcomes skiers, snowshoers and mountain bikers during daylight hours at no cost. The trailhead will be open 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. No dogs on ski trails, pets should be on a leash. Snowshoe, skis and kicksled rental available, call 320-354-5894. For more information on trail conditions call or check the website at www.prairiewoodselc.org.
Extravaganza: Jan. 20, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., grades 1 and older, $25. No school today, what are you going to do? Hit the trails on Nordic skis or Scandinavian kicksleds. Learn some winter survival skills, and finish the day on the indoor climbing wall. Pre-registration required.
Intro to cross country skiing: Jan 28, 4 to 5:30 p.m., grades 2 and older, $8. Learn the basics of cross country skiing and then practice your skills. All equipment and instruction provided; pre-registration required.
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. For current information on naturalist programs and groomed trail conditions, visit the state Department of Natural Resources website at www.dnr.state.mn.us.