Area celebrations

FarmFest: The annual farm show continues through Aug. 5 at the Gilfillan Estate, southeast of Redwood Falls. Website is or on Facebook at

Pope County Fair: Fairgrounds in Glenwood, Aug. 4-7.

Meeker County Fair: Fairgrounds in Litchfield, Aug. 5-8.

Upper Sioux Community Pezihutazizi Oyate Traditional Wacipi: Aug. 6-8 pow wow at Upper Sioux Community wacipi grounds at former Firefly Creek Casino; on Facebook at

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Pennock Fun Days: Aug. 6-8, on Facebook at

Lake Lillian Fun Days: Aug. 7-8, on Facebook

Hanley Falls: Aug. 7-8, The Good Old Days & Threshing Show on the grounds of the Minnesota Machinery Museum in Hanley Falls. This year it is featuring International Harvester. Website is and on Facebook at

Bechyn Czech Heritage Festival: Aug. 8, 30th annual festival, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; 320-522-1218.

Kandiyohi County Fair: Fairgrounds in Willmar, Aug. 11-14.

Renville County Fair: Fairgrounds in Bird Island, Aug. 12-14.

Belgrade Augustfest: Aug. 13-14, parade 4 p.m. Saturday; on Facebook at

Youth and family

Outdoor lap swimming: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Dorothy Olson Aquatic Center.

Movies in the parking lot: Willmar Parks and Recreation presents the free movie “Soul” at 8 p.m. Aug. 20 in the Willmar Civic Center parking lot.

YMCA bus trip

Twins-White Sox game, Minneapolis: Aug. 11, 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Target Field in Minneapolis, a kickoff event for the Happy Together Program that seeks to engage people 55 and older in activities and events. Cost is $5 to reserve game ticket and bus seat. Advance registration required by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 4. Bus will depart from YMCA at 9:30 a.m., game begins at 12:10 p.m., return time dependent on game length. Coach bus will have air conditioning and bathroom. For information, call 320-222-9622 or see

Willmar Community Center

WILLMAR — The Willmar Community Center is open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. The patio area is set up, and all are welcome to enjoy at any time of the day. You can meet a friend for coffee or maybe some lemonade served from Britta’s Brew Station. The phone number is 320-262-5288. For reservations call or online at

Willmar Area Senior Citizens Club: Aug. 4, 2 p.m., freewill donation, entertainment by Kris Nelson-Jensen and Steve Mahlum.

Friday afternoon of dancing: Aug. 6, 1 p.m., $2 non-dancers, $7 dancers; light lunch served; music by Michael James.

Willmar Level 1 role playing game, The Press Heist: Aug. 7, 2 to 6 p.m. free, advance registration required, call 320-262-5288. Dread is a great beginner role-playing game of risk and hope with the goal to carefully choose what risks your character takes on their adventure. You will take on the role of someone trapped in a story that is only as compelling as it is hostile — someone who will find themselves making decisions we hope never to face in real life. It uses Jenga instead of dice, pull from the tower and you succeed. Refuse to pull and you fail. The choice is yours.

Cornhole tournament: Aug. 12, noon. Sign up as an individual or a team at 320-262-5288. Cost is $3 for individual, $6 for team.

Lantern decorating: Aug. 12 or Aug. 25, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Decorate a lantern to create ambiance in downtown Willmar.

Veterans coffee: Aug. 16, 9:30 to 11 a.m.

Sweet treats baking class: Aug. 21, 2 p.m., $10. Make two different cookies, vegan chocolate chip no-bake and salted chocolate chip; advance registration required.

Darling drink coasters: Aug. 25, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., free. Create your own drink coaster, registration deadline Aug. 20.

Court Whist Tournament: Aug. 26, 12:30 p.m., $2 entry free, whist with a royal twist; must register, call 320-262-5288.

All things board games: Aug. 28, 2 p.m., all ages, free. Come play medieval themed games this month.

Squeegee art class with Riley: Aug. 28, 2 p.m., $15, advance registration required. Try out this dabbling painting method.

Smash Brothers, through generations: Aug. 29, 6 p.m. Play all the classic smash brother games on a variety of gaming systems.

Community crafts: Aug. 31, 2 p.m., $4, advance registration required. Create a succulent rock cacti.

Yahoo for Yahtzee: Every Monday, 12:30 p.m.

Hand & Foot Cards: Every Tuesday and Thursday, 12:30 p.m., free, popular variation of canasta, easy to learn.

Farkle Fridays: Every Friday, 1 to 4 p.m. A classic dice game to try and reach 10,000 points first. Each player will have their own cup and dice.

Community puzzle exchange: Daily, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., drop off, pick up, or swap out a puzzle in our exchange program.

Woodshop: Open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, 6 to 9 p.m. Monday evenings. Advance registration required by calling 320-262-5288. Cost is $5 for a daily pass, $25 for a three-month membership, and $60 yearly.

Willmar Public Library

WILLMAR — The Willmar Library is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Full services are available except the meeting room. The website is Call 320-235-3162. Curbside pickup remains available during regular hours. Face masks strongly encouraged for those not fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Programs will either be online or with limited participants and social distancing. The WiFi can be accessed 24/7 from a parked car in the lot behind the library or in front of the building using your library card or through Overdrive.

Summer reading: The summer reading program runs June 1 through Aug. 31.

Children’s storytime in the park: 11 a.m. every Tuesday at Jaycees Park and Bria’s Playground, corner of Ella Avenue and Seventh Street Northwest.

Interactive movie kit: The interactive movie kits include a script along with props for up to six participants. Limit of one per week per household. Register on the library website. A new August kit is “Finding Nemo.”

Book Box: Register for a book box on the library website, check out a copy of the book, open the items as you reach specific chapters in the book, all ages.

Teen lit loot: Sign up and you will receive a library book based on your interests and a bag of goodies to go with it. One per month and will need to re-register each month.

Nailed It! dessert challenge: Aug. 2-29, all ages. Each participant will receive an ingredients kit as well as a card with a photo of the dessert to replicate. Email a photo of the finished work by Aug. 29. It will be judged by how closely it matches the original as well as overall skill/presentation. Winners in each age group will be announced Aug. 31. All ages. One kit per person. Supplies are limited. Register online.

Teen Take & Make Crafts: Aug. 2 opened for fruit jar, and Aug. 16 opens for ice cream cone. For ages 12-18. Limit one per person as supplies are limited. Sign up on the library website.

Adult Make-and-Take Crafts: Various crafts will be posted on the website as they are available, usually around the first and 15th of the month. Use the form on the website to reserve supplies to make your very own featured project. Once you have registered, library staff will call you or email you when it is ready to be picked up. Ages 18 and over. Aug. 2 opened for cactus planter by Art’deavors by Grace. Aug. 16 is a magnet set by Art’deavors by Grace.

Adult trivia: Aug. 5 and Aug. 19, 7 p.m. Play live trivia solo or assemble a team, via a Facebook group, ages 18 and over.

Teen Book Club: Aug. 27, 4 p.m., at the library.

Adult Book Club: Aug. 18, noon, “Talking to Strangers” by Malcolm Gladwell. Book discussion upstairs at the library. Meets every third Wednesday, new members are always welcome.

Teen Iron Chef contest: Aug. 20, 6 p.m., in the library’s back parking lot (weather permitting). Compete with other teens to see who can make the best snack, using the secret ingredient. Work in teams of three. Judges will rate a team's dishes on creativity, presentation and taste. For ages 12-18 only. Registration is limited. Check website for details.

Craft & Coloring Chat: Aug. 25, 2 p.m., upstairs at the library. Bring any crafts or coloring you are working on or use the provided supplies for coloring and more.

Physical activities

Robbins Island: Destination Playground; 18-hole disc golf course starts north of playground; swimming is allowed during daylight hours, no lifeguards; North Business Highway 71, Willmar.

Rice Park: Splash pad and changing rooms, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, 805 Third St. S.W.

Grind Central Skate Park: Open during daylight hours, Swansson Fields; southwest Willmar.

Dorothy Olson Aquatic Center: Open noon to 7 p.m. daily; $3 per person including observers; 1601 22nd St. S.W., Willmar.