Kenzie Kelash and Brandon Ritt

NEW LONDON — A ham dinner benefit for Kenzie Kelash and Brandon Ritt who were in a motorcycle accident will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at the American Legion in New London. A driver in a car didn’t see them, made a U-turn and hit them on their cycle. Kelash suffered multiple injuries including a broken leg and back injuries. Ritt had multiple injuries including his right leg being amputated. Ham dinner is $10, kids' chicken strips and fries meal is $5, baked goods for sale, silent auction, bucket raffle. Donations may also be sent to Kelash-Ritt Benefit at the Lake Region Bank in New London and Willmar.

Charity walk/ride/bike

Charity events such as walkathons, runs, motorcycle rides and bicycle rides in the area are listed here, including event details, where it will be held, how to register and fundraising events associated with it.

Out of the Darkness: Sept. 14, 11 a.m., Robbins Island, Willmar. Check-in and registration 10 a.m., walk at 11 a.m. to raise awareness and funds for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. More information and advance registration at

Walk to End Alzheimer’s: Sept. 28, 10 a.m., Robbins Island, Willmar. Check-in and registration 9 a.m., opening ceremony 10 a.m. Register in advance online at

Children of Destiny Home

WILLMAR — A pasta dinner to raise money for the Children of Destiny Home in Tanzania will be served from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at Community Christian School in Willmar. Ten percent of the proceeds will go the CCS scholarship fund. Silent auction, pie auction, speakers and project presentation. Tickets are $10 for adults and $3 for kids. For more information and tickets, call 320-262-6689.

Friends of the Library

WILLMAR — The Friends of the Library used book sale will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at the Willmar Public Library.

Noon Lions

WILLMAR — The Willmar Noon Lions will serve Dad’s Belgian Waffles from 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at the Willmar Community Center. Waffles with toppings, sausage, juice, coffee and milk. Adult tickets are $8, ages 5-12 are $5, under 5 eat free.

Dancing with the Atwater Area Stars

GROVE CITY — The Atwater Area Help for Seniors presents Dancing with the Atwater Area Stars at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at the Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City High School in Grove City. Six local couples will participate in the dancing. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for pre-show event. Advance tickets are $35 for adults, $15 for students; both are $10 more at the door. Tickets available at the Atwater Area Help for Seniors office or by calling 320-974-8737.

Free paper shredding

WILLMAR — The annual paper shredding event will be from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 28, at Kensington Bank, 2800 First St. S. in Willmar. West Central Shredding will shred paper documents for free. Food and cash donations accepted for the Willmar Area Food Shelf.

Food for Kidz

NEW LONDON — A turkey dinner with all the trimmings and homemade dessert will be from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at Peace Lutheran Church in New London. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for ages 6-10 and under 5 eat free. The proceeds will support the Food for Kidz packaging event in November.

Willmar Senior Club

WILLMAR — The Willmar Area Senior Club annual craft and gift bazaar from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at the Willmar Community Center. Handicrafts, attic treasures, bake sale, and more. Lunch will be served all day.

Blue Star Mothers

WILLMAR — Blue Star Mothers Willmar Chapter 1 meets on the third Thursday of each month at the Willmar Army Reserve. The parents of military meet for support and to pack boxes to send to deployed troops. They are collecting snacks, hygiene products, paperback novels and notes to be included in the packages. Donation boxes are available at Heritage Bank and the Willmar Army Reserve. If you would like the group to include someone you know who is deployed, send the name and address to Blue Star Mothers, Box 206, Pennock, MN 56279, along with your contact phone number.

New London-Spicer Area Fund

NEW LONDON — The New London-Spicer Area Fund has opened its grant round to fund programs for projects that fit within the categories of arts, healthy communities and lifestyles, environment and large-scale and sustainable initiatives. Deadline is Nov. 1. More information is available at

E-quip Africa

WILLMAR — E-quip Africa in Willmar is accepting newer, smaller computers such as laptops and slim or compact desktops which are easier to ship. All computers need their original power supplies, cords, keyboards and mice and be in good working condition. They need to be Windows machines running Windows 7, 8.1 or 10. Call 320-894-1680 for more information or how to donate equipment. A $25 cash donation is suggested which will help us ship the computers to West African schools.

Habitat for Humanity

WILLMAR — Habitat for Humanity of West Central Minnesota ReStore is accepting donations of building materials, large appliances, furniture and more. All donations must be approved by staff before acceptance. Donations can be brought to 2424 First Street South in Willmar between 11 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday. For more information contact 320-235-9000 or