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Things to do this weekend in the Willmar Lakes Area

Movies in the Park WILLMAR -- The movie "Spider-Man Into the Spider Verse" will be shown at 9 p.m. Friday, June 21, at Robbins Island in Willmar. There will be activities for one hour before the movie. Free popcorn and pop, bring a chair or blank...

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Erica Dischino / Tribune file photo A family chat before the movie starts during the Summer Movies in the Park event at Robbins Island during a 2015 event. The movie "Spider-Man Into the Spider Verse" will be shown at 9 p.m. Friday, June 21, at Robbins Island in Willmar.

Movies in the Park

WILLMAR - The movie "Spider-Man Into the Spider Verse" will be shown at 9 p.m. Friday, June 21, 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

Atwater Festival Days: June 14-22.

Willmar Fests: June 18-23, Grande day parade at 10:30 a.m. June 22

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Granite Falls Western Fest: June 20-22, grand parade at 1 p.m. June 22.

New London

Little Crow Water Ski Team, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Neer Park; adults $5, students $3

Sibley State Park

Sibley State Park programs are held at the Interpretive Center and are led by the park naturalist or visiting expert. The programs are free but a vehicle permit is required to enter the park and they are available at the park office. The Interpretive Center's hours vary. For more information call 320-354-2002. For current information on naturalist programs visit the DNR Web site at www.dnr.state.mn.us . Sibley State Park is west of New London just off U.S. Highway 71.

Centennial event - Forest Foray: June 22, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sibley has turned 100. Forest bathing, from 10 to 11:30 a.m., is a slow, methodical stroll in the woods as you experience the natural world with all your senses. Walk about a half mile on wide mowed grass as well as narrow, hilly dirt trails as we stop and listen and look and feel the forest around us. It starts outside the Interpretive Center and will end sitting together under the shade of trees while enjoying tea and sharing our experiences. The Interpretive Center will have an Animal Live program from noon to 1 p.m. and a wood ducks nature cart from 2 to 3 p.m. Singer/songwriter Jesse Eugene from Little Falls will perform foot stomping blues to lonesome country ballads by the Lake Andrew Campground from 4 to 5:30 p.m.

Prairie Woods ELC

The Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center welcomes hikers on the grounds during daylight hours at no cost. Pets should be on a leash. Contact PWELC at 320-354-5894 or by email at pwelc@co.kandiyohi.mn.us . For more information. visit www.prairiewoodselc.org .

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Robbins Island Beach

Swimming is allowed during daylight hours, no lifeguards, North Business Highway 71, Willmar.

Dorothy Olson Aquatic Center

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

1-6pm: August 13-25

Rice Park Splash Pad

Splash pad and changing rooms, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, 805 3rd St. S.W.

Grind Central Skate Park

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Open during daylight hours, Swansson Fields; southwest Willmar.

Disc Golf courses

Willmar: Open during park hours, park in main lot, 18-hole starts where one-way road begins; Robbins Island, North Business Highway 71, Willmar.

Ridgewater College, Willmar: 9-hole course starts by the tennis courts, park in the far east student lot since it is the closest to the course.

Atwater: Tadd Lake Disc Golf course, 12-hole course starts by softball field parking lot.

Cosmos: Cosmos County Park next to Thompson Lake, 9 holes starts with Hole No. 1 shooting downhill toward the lake.

Granite Falls: Rice Park, downtown, 9-hole course that runs along the east side of the Minnesota River.

Montevideo: Lagoon Park along the Chippewa River and Chinhinta Park near Sanford Elementary School

Donna Middleton started working at the West Central Tribune in 1975 and has been the news assistant since 1992. She compiles the arts, health, farm and community page calendars, as well as rewrites and works on the special sections.
She can be contacted at dmiddleton@wctrib.com or phone 320-214-4341.
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