Area celebrations

Olivia Harvest Festival: Sept. 15-19, on Facebook at

Appleton Applefest: Sept. 18-19, Chamber Facebook at

Willmar Rail Road Days: Sept. 18, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sept. 19, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; $20 individuals, $35 family pass, for both days. The Kandiyohi County Historical Society will be open for tours, a living history hobo camp, music, and fun railroad activities for big and little kids. The Willmar Community Center will have a Rail Fair vendor show for railroad enthusiasts, presentations on the railroad history in Willmar and lunch both days. On Sunday there will be a bus tour in the afternoon of the Willmar and railroad area. This is a separate ticket for $10 per person and is available on the website at

Mayor’s Bike Ride

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WILLMAR — The ninth annual Mayor’s Bike Ride will begin at 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17, led by the Mayors of Spicer, New London and Willmar. The three groups will meet in Spicer for a picnic. The ride and picnic are free, but participants need to pre-register by calling 320-235-3552 or emailing with the names of each rider, phone number and where they will be starting from and a contact number in case of bad weather.

The rides will leave at 5 p.m. from the city parking lot across from the American Legion in New London, the Glacial Lakes State Trail parking lot across from Mel’s Sport Shop in Spicer and the Glacial Lakes State Trail parking lot next to the Willmar Civic Center. You can join the Willmar group at the Glacial Lakes State Trail parking lot at County Road 26 at 5:15 p.m.

Youth and Family

Cub Scout registration: The 2021-2022 Scouting program is recruiting new members in Grades K-5 for Cub Scouts. Due to Covid it will be done online, go to Find groups by school names, zip codes and/or pack numbers to register right online, as well as see local joining event information and local leader contact information.

Movies in the parking lot: Willmar Parks and Recreation presents the free movie “Raya and the Last Dragon” at 7 p.m. Sept. 17, in the Willmar Civic Center parking lot.

Sam’s Pumpkin Patch: weekends through Oct. 31, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (also MEA Oct. 21-22), tickets $5, ages 1 and under free; 4425 186th St., Montevideo. Pumpkin patch, hayrides, straw bale maze and more.

Kandi Land Farm: weekends through Nov. 6, Saturdays 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sundays 1 to 5 p.m. (also MEA Oct. 21-22), tickets $7, ages 2 and under free; 3843 15th Ave. S.W., Willmar. Pumpkin patch, corn maze and more.

Iverson Tree Farm: Fall festival weekends Sept. 18 through Oct. 30; Fridays 4 to 7 p.m., Saturdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sundays noon to 5 p.m. tickets $5 per person, immediate family cap $20; 42652 County Rd 7, Belview. Pick your own pumpkin patch, corn and cover crop maze and more.

Nelson Family Farm: Pumpkin Patch Festival weekends Sept. 25 through Oct. 31, Saturdays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday noon to 5 p.m., (also MEA Oct. 21-22), tickets $11, ages 2 and under free; 23618 CSAH 1, Litchfield. Pumpkins for sale, corn maze and more.

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. To pre-register call or online at

Willmar Area Senior Citizens Club: Sept. 15, 2 p.m., free will donation, entertainment by Cletus Goblirsh.

Friday afternoon of Dancing: Sept. 17, 1 p.m., $2 non-dancers, $7 dancers; light lunch served; music by Michael James.

Veterans Coffee Social: Sept. 20, 9:30 to 11 a.m. , open to all veterans, police, fire and emergency medical services members.

Let’s make sushi: Sept. 25, 2 p.m., $20, learn how to make your own sushi roll, pre-registration required.

All things board games: Sept. 26, 2 to 6 p.m., all ages; come play some new, some classic games, pre-registration required, call the community center.

Craft classes: Classes at 2 p.m., pre-registration required. Sept. 21, make a copper sponge pumpkin, $3.

Exercise classes: Gently Yoga, Bone Builders, SAIL (Staying Active and Independent for Life), contact Community Center for details and prices.

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.

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. $5 daily pass, 3-month membership $25, yearly $60.

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. Programs are in person in the library. 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.

Brainfuse HelpNow: Free online tutoring service, grades K-12, one-to-one live homework help from online tutors between 2 and 11 p.m. daily; English or Spanish; math, science, English/language arts, social studies and reading assistance; app available for mobile.

Library Card Sign Up Month: Sept. 1-30, anyone signing up for a new library card in September can enter the drawing to win a $25 gift card. Already have a library card? Complete a Bingo (sheets available at or at the library) and return by Sept. 30 to enter.

Button Art Contest: Sept. 1-30, online or in person, calling all artists, doodlers, and visual creators. We want your help designing button art. Winning entries will be used to make 1.25 inch pinback buttons for anyone interested to pick up at the Willmar Public Library. Maximum of 5 entries per person. Visit for complete rules.

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. Reserve on the library website.

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.

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.

Little People storytime: Every Wednesday. 8, 10 a.m., ages 0-3, no registration required.

Teen Take & Make Crafts: Opened for “Mini yarn pumpkins,” ages 12-18, limit one per person, supplies limited, sign up on the library website.

Adult book club: Sept. 16, noon, “Klara and the Sun” by Kazuo Ishiguro. Book discussion upstairs at the library. Meets every third Wednesday, new members are always welcome.

Movie Matinee: Sept. 17, 2 p.m., PG-13 rated, no cost or registration, refreshments provided.

Community potluck: Sept. 21, 6:30 p.m., looking for new recipes or a great way to meet other foodies? Bring a dish to share and a copy of the recipe based on the theme. Come every month or just when the theme interests you. September’s theme is rice. No registration required.

Breakout game, The Oregon Trail: Sept. 23, 4 p.m., ages 8-12, In this escape room style game, unlock the codes and decode the clues to discover if you have what it takes to cross the Oregon Trail, pre-register online or at the library.

Teen book club: Sept. 24, 4 p.m., discussion of September’s book, no registration necessary.

Crafts & Coloring: Sept. 22, 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.

Nerf night: Sept. 24, 5:30 p.m., bring your friends for 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., ages 16 and up, ages 16-17 will need a signed permission form turned in by Sept. 20. Wear comfortable shoes and bring a water bottle if you would like.

Bookworms book club: Sept. 28, 4 p.m. grades 3 -5, September’s book is the first book in the “Amulet” graphic novel series.

Bounce Back Project Book Club: Sept. 28, 6:30 p.m., Bounce Back Project is focused on promoting health through happiness. Join this new book club as we discuss “The Four Agreements” by Don Miguel Ruiz. Request a book using your library card at or call 320-235-3162. Future meeting dates and book selections will be discussed at this meeting. No registration required.

Physical activities

Robbins Island: Destination Playground; 18-hole disc golf course starts north of playground; North Business Highway 71, Willmar.

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