Sacred Heart

Ice cream social, 4 p.m. program by Building Bridges Choir, Sunday, Hawk Creek Lutheran Church, rural Sacred Heart; barbecues, salads, chips, pie and ice cream and beverages served 5 to 6:30 p.m.; freewill donation.

Historic Salem

Salem Fest, 12:30 p.m., Sunday, Historic Salem Church, north of Paynesville; potluck picnic at 12:30 p.m., bring a dish to share; 2 p.m. program featuring a short documentary “Salem: The Story of a Country Church” and trumpet music by Pastor Jim Pritchett. The church is located four miles north of Paynesville on Stearns County Road 33 and then left on 220th Street for a half mile. GPS address is 28547 220th St., Paynesville.

New London

Little Crow Water Ski Team, no show, team at nationals in Warsaw, Indiana.

Antique Car Run

Aug. 7-10, 33rd annual New London to New Brighton Antique Car Run features cars from 1915 and earlier; country tours Aug. 7-9, leaving from New London daily; run to New Brighton on Aug. 10.

Dragon Boat Racing

Aug. 9-10, co-ed races on Lake Minnewaska near Starbuck; boats provided.

City Celebrations

Belgrade Augustfest: Aug. 9-10, parade 4 p.m. Aug. 10

Bechyn Czech Festival: Aug. 11.

County Fairs

Stevens County: Aug. 6-11, Morris

Renville County: Aug. 7-9, Bird Island

Kandiyohi County: Aug. 7-10, Willmar

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.

Rice Park Splash Pad

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

Prairie Woods ELC

The Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center welcomes mountain bikers and 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 For more information. visit

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 Sibley State Park is west of New London just off U.S. Highway 71.

Fish Frenzy: Aug. 9, 4:30 to 6 p.m. Meet at the picnic tables by the Lake Andrew fishing pier and visit with the naturalist to find out what fish are in the lake and how you can check them. All equipment provided, poles and tackle provided, Minnesota residents do not need a fishing license.

I Can Fish, pre-registration program: Aug. 10, noon to 2 p.m. Adults and children age 5 and older, join us on the shores of Lake Andrew for an introduction to fishing. Poles and equipment included. meet at the fishing pier. Pre-registration and a $7 fee for ages 12 and older is required. Call 1-866-857-2757 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. daily. (excluding holidays)

Animal Live: Aug. 10, noon to 1 p.m. Each week we will meet a live animal. Meet in the Interpretive Center downstairs theater.

Wildflower Wonder: Aug. 10, 9:30 to 11 a.m. Join the naturalist for a casual walk through the prairie with frequent stops to identify a diverse range of prairie wildflowers.

Veteran's Conservation Corps Hike: Aug. 10, 1 to 3 p.m. Meet the men who built Sibley State Park by hand in the 1930s. Meet at the Lakeview Campground shelter and walk along the beach.

Parks on the Air Live: Aug. 10, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Join amateur ham radio operator Ron Wall as he communicates with other operators around the world live at Sibley State Park at the Lakeview Campground Shelter built by the VCC. He will have Civilian Conservation and Veterans' Conservation Corps memorabilia on display.

Turtle Tuesday: Aug. 10, 2 to 3 p.m. Join the naturalist for a family friendly program to play a turtle game or hear a turtle story before we meet a live painted or snapping turtle.

Black Bears of the Prairie: Aug. 10, 7 to 8 p.m. Explore the incredible adaptations that allow prairie black bears to live in locations throughout the state!

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

Grind Central Skate Park

Open during daylight hours, Swansson Fields; southwest Willmar.