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There is a free grocery giveaway every Saturday morning from nine to 10:30 at the Harvest Community Church in Willmar. All who come will receive food, even at 10:30. Due to the rising costs of gas and vehicle upkeep there is a charge of $1 per family per week for the food. Community Basics, Inc. in partnership with Matter in St. Louis Park, utilizes corporate surplus to fight poverty, hunger and disease.
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There will be an AARP "Smart Driver" course at the North American State Bank in Willmar on Tuesday, March 31st & Wednesday, April 1st from 9-1 each day. This class teaches drivers age 55 and older valuable defensive driving skills & provides a refresher of the rules of the road. There are no written or driving tests to pass this course. The class will qualify you for a 10% discount on your automobile insurance. Call 235-7000 to register.
Come to the Social Media Basics program at the Willmar Public Library on Tuesday night, March 31st at 6:30. Learn what you need to know to get started on the social media site that best serves your needs. You’ll be able to set up your own account on the network of your choice with help from the instructor. Registration is required at 235-3162.
The Southwest Minnesota Arts Council Gallery will feature the ceramic sculpture of John Larson of Milan, with the display, which opened March 5th, runs through May 1st. You’re invited to come see Larson’s work. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 8 to noon and 1-4:30. Larson fires an Anagama kiln and maintains his studio in Milan.
On Thursday, April 2nd, Amelia Jackson, Agricultural Afterschool 4-H Program Coordinator, will be downstairs in the Willmar Public Library. Amelia will show the children how to make a bird feeder you can hang from a tree using a pine cone. Children will be able to enjoy watching the birds eat the seeds as they come back for spring. No registration is necessary and this event will be held in the children's room of the library. The class will start at 3:45 that afternoon and children may come and go.
Amelia Jackson, agricultural after school 4-H program coordinator, will be downstairs in the children’s room of the Willmar Public Library on Thursday afternoon, April 2nd. She will show the children how to make a bird feeder using a pine cone that you can hang from a tree. No registration necessary. The class starts at 3:45 and children may come and go. Call 235-3162 for more info.
The Thursday Gathering at the Swift County Historical Society and Museum in Benson will be on Thursday afternoon, April 2nd at one. The program will be on Genealogy. Call 843-4467 if you have questions.
The Willmar Jaycees’ 22nd Annual Easter Egg Hunt will be on Saturday morning, April 4th beginning at ten at the Kennedy Elementary School. This is for children ages 2-7. Registration for the hunt is at 9:45. Bring an item to donate to the food shelf and receive a chance to win a special prize.
The Children’s Book Club will meet on Tuesday afternoon, April 7th from 4-5 at the Willmar Public Library. The book they will be reading this month is The Surprise Attack of Jabba the Puppett: An Origami Yoda book by Tom Angleberger. There will be several activities and snacks will be served.
Author Bill Schrankler will discuss his book, ‘Shadows of Time…..Minnesota’s Surviving Depots,’ on Thursday night, April 9th at seven at the Kandiyohi County Historical Society. The book brings to life 168 of Minnesota’s remaining railroad depots. He will share fact filled information along with hundreds of photographs, maps and other images. Call 235-1881 for more information.
The Atwater Baseball Association will have its 9th annual spring baseball supper on Friday, April 10th from 5:30-8 at the Atwater Community Center. Freewill donation. Proceeds will benefit local baseball including Tri-Town Black Sox and Atwater Chuckers and improvements to Kingery Field.
The Koronis nite Owls of Paynesville will have their Saturday night, April 11th square can with Richard Miller calling. The Plus workshop starts at 7:30, with mainstream dancing from 8-10, at the Paynesville Elementary School. Sloppy Joes will be served by the club following the dance. Members will hold a quarterly meeting after lunch.
The 33rd annual Kandiyohi County Pheasants Forever Chapter banquet is Saturday, April 11th at the Willmar Convention Center. Crowing Hour is at five, dinner at 7:15, and a program at eight. Proceeds are used to fund local youth events at the Prairie Wood Environmental Learning Center, and the Youth Trap Shoot at the Willmar Trap range. Call 212-3505 for more info.
‘Let’s Go Fishing with Seniors’ Willmar Area Chapter will have its tenth annual ‘Dad’s Belgian Waffles’ event on Saturday, April 11th from 7:30 to noon at the Willmar Community and Activity Center. All are welcome. There will be a silent auction with a live auction starting at 9:45. Advance sale tickets are $7, tickets at the door are $8. Children five and under are free. All you can eat.
A Ryane Clara Memorial Scholarship Fundraiser will be on Saturday, April 11th from 11-3 at the New London American Legion. He was killed in 2010 while deployed to Afghanistan. There will be a meat raffle, silent auction and a bake sale. There is also an $8 per plate chicken dinner.
There will be a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Habitat Day on Saturday, April 11th from noon to four at the Litchfield Wetland Management District Office, rural Litchfield. Build your own birdhouse, view displays and meet the Wildlife Wizard. A presentation by the Raptor Center with live birds from 1-2; and open discussion with the center from 2:30-3:30 with birds on display. Call 693-2849 for more info.
If you’re interested in how elements react to each other and what makes things fizz, pop, expand or contract, if you want to learn how electricity works, take ‘The Mad Scientist’ class. This is for grades 1-5. Bring a snack. The class is at Voyager Elementary School, Tuesday through Thursdays afternoons, April 14-23, 2:30 - 4:30. Call 320-762-3310 for more info.
If you have an e-reader or table and would like to get library books onto your device, or if you can’t seem to figure out how to navigate the site, come to the eBook Demonstration at the Willmar Public Library. It’s on Tuesday afternoon, April 14th from 4-5. You’re encouraged to bring your own device for the hands-on portion of this demo. Call 235-3162 for more info.
Register for ‘Spring into Health with Salads and Ice Cream’ and learn to make a homemade salad dressing, a crunchy cabbage salad and a low-calorie banana ice cream to help keep you on track with nutrition goals. Come try these ‘no-cook recipes and learn the benefits of using a food processor. Bring a beverage and a container in case of leftovers. The class is at the Discovery Middle School in Alexandria on Tuesday, April 14th from 5:30-8:30.
Learn about aerodynamics by launching corks, water bottles and balloons high up in the air! In ‘Up, Up, and Away,’ "Mad Scientist" Alex Koperberg will use water, air pressure and every day materials to launch rockets. All launches are safe, fun and afford an outdoor adventure for all students involved. Youth in grades 1-5, come fly with us after school this spring! Bring a snack for after school. The class is at the Lincoln Elementary School in Alexandria on Wednesday afternoons, April 15-29 from 2:45-4:45.
In ‘Lincoln at the Library’, historian Dale Blanshan brings Abe Lincoln to life. Explore Lincoln’s roots in Kentucky, Indiana, & Illinois, first as a pioneer child growing up on the American frontier, and later as he struck out on his own, before entering the rough and tumble world of what was then western politics. The class is Thursday afternoon, April 16th from 2-3:30 at the Douglas County Library in Alexandria. Call 320-762-3310 for more info.
There will be Community Dementia Education Training on Wednesday afternoon, May 20th from 1-5 in Room 102 at Vinje Lutheran Church in Willmar. Members who want to provide dementia education to various groups in Kandiyohi County must attend and become certified to provide to do so. Members who were trained in 2014 must be recertified. A minimum of 10 participants are needed to provide this training in Willmar. It is free, at no cost to ACT volunteers. Call Andrea Carruthers at 320-979-8313 by April 17th.
There will be a fundraiser for the Willmar Archery Park. It will be an outdoor 3D shoot on Saturday, April 18th at the new archery park, located on Pleasant View Park, 700 19th Avenue Southeast in Willmar. Proceeds will be used to update the park shooting bales.
There will be an Outdoor 3D shoot fundraising event on Saturday, April 18th from 9-4 at the new Willmar Archery Park, 700 19th Avenue Southeast, Willmar. Proceeds will be used to update the park shooting bales.
The next ACTion Team meeting has been set for Monday afternoon, April 20th, from 3:30 to 5 at Vinje Lutheran Church. Willmar Area ACT on ALZ is moving forward with its Implementation work plan and budget dollars to support its efforts throughout 2015.
The West Central Singers will present "Bedtime Stories". This concert will feature a mixture of favorite tunes from Frozen, The Little Mermaid, Mary Poppins, Aladdin, The Lion King, Hansel & Gretel and Beauty & the Beast plus bedtime prayers and other songs about nighttime. Concerts will be performed at the Peace Lutheran Church in New London on Saturday night, April 25th at 7 and at Bethel Lutheran Church in Willmar on Sunday afternoon, April 26th at 4. Tickets are $10 for adults and kids are free.
Lee-Mar Ranch Equine Center and Minnesota Valley Riding will have its 5th annual Raise the Roof fundraiser on Saturday, April 25th with the doors opening at 5. It will be at the Prairie’s Edge Casino Resort Convention Center in Granite Falls. 2-meat buffet dinner, silent and live auction, music and karaoke. Call 507-828-0526 for more info
‘Annie’s Fight,’ a benefit for Annie Wilner-Miller will be held Saturday, April 25th from 3-8 at the Cosmos American Legion. Bake sale, silent auction, live auction, music following the benefit. She sustained a fracture to her C3 vertebrae and spinal cord January 4th that left her paralyzed from the shoulders down. She is married to Paul Miller.
The Craft Circle at the Willmar Public Library will meet Tuesday afternoon, April 28th from 4-6 at the library. If you enjoy knitting, have just started to knit, crochet or do another craft, join this group, bring your craft and plan to spend two hours with like-minded individuals. All skill levels are welcome.