Classes and workshops calendar published Nov. 3, 2021

Art classes and meetings in the area

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Square Dance Lessons

The Jolly Twirlers Square Dance Club will be teaching the art of square dancing to singles and couples of all ages. The lessons are from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursdays, beginning Nov. 4 at the Willmar Community Center, The Jolly Twirlers dancers serve as mentors for new dancers learning the different square dance “calls.” Adults $3 per lesson, students ages 16 and under are $1.50.

Milan Village Arts

Milan Village Arts classes have been scheduled for the next year. The complete schedule is on the website. Members receive a discount on tuition. Supply fees are paid to the instructor at the end of class. To register or for more information on any of these workshops call 320-734-4807 or visit the website at; email: The art school has several studios. Check the website for studio dates and more information. Upcoming classes listed by registration deadline are:

Scandinavian Sunday: Nov. 7, noon to 4 p.m., Greater Milan Initiative building (the former Milan High School); free, pre-registration is required, call 1-800-726-3178 or online at, in conjunction with Pioneer PBS. Pieper Bloomquist workshop on the Swedish Folk art of story painting known as Dalmålning at noon. Preview of two new Pioneer PBS Postcards stories about Pieper Bloomquist and Harley Refsal at 2 p.m. Everyone at the in-person event is required to be fully vaccinated.

Christmas cookie sampler: Dec. 4. 1 to 5 p.m., instructor Maureen Hark; beginner and above; ages 12 and under must be accompanied by a parent; make krumkake, kransekake and more; tuition $70 supplies included; registration deadline Nov. 20.

Willmar Community Education

Willmar Community Education has several art-related classes scheduled. Pre-registration is required for all the classes. Cooking classes are in the Food and Drink calendar in the Thursday paper.


Rock painting: Have you found any painted rocks outside around Willmar? Learn how to create your own! Paints, brushes and rocks will be provided for each class. The classes are from 10:30 a.m. to noon, Saturdays, at Jefferson Learning Center, ages 5 and up; those ages 5-11 will need to sign up with a responsible adult; $5 first person, $3 for each additional family member; instructor Sarah Miller. There are two remaining classes scheduled for this fall. They are:

Rock painting lettering: Nov. 13, learn tips for getting started with lettering in addition to a few simple background designs that will amaze anyone who sees your work.

Rock painting gnomes: Dec. 11, step-by-step instructions to paint your very own gnomes. In addition to the basic instructions, you'll learn some simple variations to make your gnome unique for any personality or holiday.

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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 or phone 320-214-4341.
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