YMCA Healthy Aging

WILLMAR — The YMCA Healthy Aging program has several events planned at the Kandiyohi Area YMCA in Willmar. All are open to the public. For questions, call Beth Johnston at 320-222-9622.

Happy Together Club: Form Nov. 19, 10 a.m., free, for persons 55 and over. John Lambing will speak on the “Wild Blue Yonder.” He is a pilot, glider flier, plane builder and radio-controlled airplane enthusiast.

Compassionate Friends

WILLMAR — The West Central Minnesota chapter of The Compassionate Friends will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, at the Kandiyohi County Historical Museum in Willmar. Bring a wallet-size photo of your child to make an ornament to take home. The Compassionate Friends is a self-help group offering friendship and understanding to families who have experienced the death of a child at any age. More information is available at www.compassionatefriendswcmn.org.

Aging Wisely

WILLMAR — “Aging Wisely: Finding New Confidence and Purpose” will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, at the Willmar Community Center. The program is part of a series to help support the educational, social and nutritional needs of older adults. Jay Baker and Larry Kleindl will speak about recycling. For more information, call Carrie at 320-231-2598.

Memory loss

WILLMAR — The Questions about Memory Loss program on “The 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s” will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, at the Willmar Public Library. Early detection matters if you or someone you know is experiencing memory loss or behavioral changes. This session discusses common warning signs, tips for approaching someone about memory concerns, and the benefits of early diagnosis. The program is hosted by the West Central Dementia Awareness Network. It is free and open to the public.

NAMI Western Minnesota

WILLMAR — The NAMI Western Minnesota mental health support groups for families and peer-to-peer support will meet from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, at the Family Practice Medical Center in Willmar. Use the east door, downstairs to the Lakeland Auditorium. Family groups are led by trained facilitators who also have a family member with mental illness. The group helps families develop better coping skills and strength through sharing. It is sponsored by the National Alliance on Mental Illness. For more information, call 320-444-1707 or 320-235-3084.


WILLMAR — The You Are Not Alone cancer support group will meet from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 25, at the Willmar Fire Station training room in Willmar. It is open to anyone who has been diagnosed with cancer, any stage, any age. Amber Silva, health and wellness coach, will speak on exercise and nutrition. For more information, call Rachel at 320-231-4570.

Planned Parenthood

WILLMAR — The clinic hours at Planned Parenthood, 2320 U.S. Highway 12 E., Willmar for family planning and reproductive health services for women and men may vary. Call 320-235-9150 for hours and appointments. Most insurance plans accepted. Interpreter services are available.

Community Health Service

WILLMAR — Community Health Service Inc. provides affordable health care for seasonal workers, farmers, hired help and families who have been employed in agriculture in the past 24 months. Retired and disabled farmers also qualify. Health care services are available at Community Health Service, 1804 Trott Ave. S.W., Willmar. Sliding fee scales are income-based. Late clinic hours are offered with a health care provider. Interpreter services also are available. For more information about hours and appointments, call 320-214-7286.

Insurance counseling

WILLMAR — Trained staff and volunteers with Senior LinkAge Line are available to help answer questions and provide assistance with Medicare, supplemental insurance, long-term care insurance, prescription drugs, forms and more. Counseling is free and confidential. Walk-ins are welcome. Upcoming dates are 9 to 11 a.m. Nov. 26 and Dec. 10, consumer health library at Rice Memorial Hospital, Willmar.

Immunization clinic

WILLMAR — Kandiyohi County Public Health will hold a walk-in immunization clinic from 2 to 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2 and Dec. 16, Suite 1080 at the Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services Building, 2200 23rd St. N.E., Willmar. No appointment is needed.

All childhood vaccinations are available. An administration fee is charged for vaccinations given to children who qualify for the Minnesota Vaccines for Children program. A tetanus booster for adults that is recommended every 10 years is also available along with other adult vaccinations. Medical Assistance, BluePlus, UCare and MinnesotaCare are accepted as payment — your card must be presented at the clinic. However, no one will be denied their immunizations due to inability to pay. If financing is a problem, call 320-231-7860. Parents are asked to bring immunization records to the clinic for accurate recordkeeping.


The American Red Cross conducts blood drives in the west central area. To give blood you must be at least 17 years old, weigh 110 pounds or more and be in good health. Sixteen-year-olds may if they have a signed Red Cross parental/guardian consent form. You can give blood every 56 days. Double red cells can be donated every 112 days. While all blood types are needed, type O and type B-negative donors are especially encouraged to give.

Appointments can be made at 1-800-RED-CROSS or online at www.redcrossblood.org unless otherwise noted. All donors need acceptable identification. The preferred form is a government-issued picture identification, such as a driver’s license, or a Red Cross blood donor card. Otherwise you will need to provide two other forms of identification, such as a work identification, Social Security card, personal check or credit card. Personalized mail such as a utility bill will not be accepted. Blood drives scheduled for the Tribune area are:

Nov. 19, Willmar: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Ridgewater College

Nov. 25, Grove City: 1 to 7 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church

Nov. 26, Clarkfield: Noon to 6 p.m., Clarkfield Lutheran Church

Nov. 29, Willmar: Noon to 6 p.m., American Legion

Dec. 2, Echo: 2 to 7 p.m., Community Center

Dec. 4, Willmar: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Willmar Public Library

Dec. 5, New London: 1 to 7 p.m., Open Door Christian Church

Dec. 5, Holloway: Noon to 6 p.m., Holloway Community Center

Dec. 6, Benson: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Swift County-Benson Health Services

Dec. 9, Willmar: 12:30 to 5:30 p.m., Assembly of God

Dec. 9, Maynard: 1:30 to 6:30 p.m., Maynard Events Center

Dec. 9, Olivia: 2 to 6 p.m., Renville County Government Services Center

Dec. 10, Clara City: 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., MACCRAY High School

Dec. 10, Cosmos: 1 to 7 p.m., City Center

Dec. 11, Willmar: Noon to 6 p.m., VFW

Dec. 11, Kerkhoven: 1 to 7 p.m., Civic Center

Dec. 12, Olivia: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., BOLD High School

Dec. 13, Willmar: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Rice Memorial Hospital

Dec. 13, Olivia: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Max’s Grill