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Free Concerts at Robbins Island

Wednesday evenings – June 7 – July 5 at 7:30 pm

Bring a blanket or a chair to sit on and enjoy a free Prairie Winds Concert Band concert in the park – fun for all ages and free popcorn too!


The schedule for 2017 is June 26, August 21 and October 30th.  Please tell your family, friends, and co-workers about this low cost spay/neuter program. Register animals now as the calendar fills up. You can register online at MNSNAP.org or by calling 612-720-8236.

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Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota is seeking individuals and couples who can serve as foster parents to children and youth. Ideal foster parents have compassion for kids and are open to caring for children from different backgrounds. Professional training and ongoing support is provided. A monthly, non-taxable reimbursement is also provided to foster parents. Call Lutheran Social Services at 320-424-3859

NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness) sponsors free support groups for families and friends of individuals living with a mental illness. Led by trained facilitators who also have a family member with mental illness, the support groups help families develop better coping skills and find strength through sharing their experiences. A family support group meets in Willmar at 6:30 on the 1st and 3rd Thursday nights, at the Lakeland Health Center, Seminar room 2 on the lower level. For more information, call 320-444-4860.

Kandiyohi County Public Health has started a new car safety seat initiative called TIKE (Toddler Info Kept for Emergencies). Emergency info can be placed on a free sticker and attached to the back of the car seat - emergency personnel can then access info about the child in the event an adult is unable to after a car crash. Free stickers are available at Kandiyohi County Public Health.


The Resource Center is enrolling for the summer session Thursday nights starting June 29th. These four week sessions are for children ages 6-11 with ADHD/ADD; Autism; Asperger’s; and other social developmental delays. Each features well planned lessons, goal setting and feedback on the child’s progress. Children learn important communication skills and gain friendships and confidence. Parent involvement and discussion time provides support and tips for helping your child reach their fullest potential. Call 235-5310, extension 206 for more info.

The West Central Dairy Days Cattle Show is on Friday morning, June 30th at 10:30 on the Kandiyohi County Fairgrounds. All children ages 5-19 are welcome to exhibit. All dairy breeds can be exhibited. Contact Wade Gustafson, Dairy Management Instructor at Ridgewater College at 320-222-5269 or at wade.gustafson@ridgewater.edu; or Brant Groen at 320-220-1342, or at brantgroen@formafeed.com for more information.     


The Minnewaska Community Health Services Auxiliary’s Heritage Days’ event will be held Saturday, July 1, from 9-1 at the Minnewaska Lutheran Home Commons in Starbuck. There will be a bake sale, white elephant sale and two raffles: a quilt made by “Bits N’ Pieces” and a gas/charcoal grill. Lunch available is: BBQs, taco in-a-bag, rommegrot, fruit soup, doughnuts, bars and beverages.  Supplemental funds provided by Pope County Thrivent Financial Chapter #31314.

There will be a Party in the Pavilion at the Farm Site at the Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center of rural Spicer. There will be an open house and donor recognition event from 2-5 the afternoon of Saturday, July 1st. Live music by Jeff Ray & the Stakes; food concessions; portable climbing wall and more. This is a free event and all are welcome. The donor recognition is at 2:30.

Somali Independence Day is Saturday, July 1 with a downtown street party on Litchfield Avenue – 4th-6th streets from 11-5. It will feature Delmar Yare, Somali singer; and dancing by Willmar Senior High Students. Games for kids. That night there is Somali Music and Dance from 7-11:30 at the Willmar Community Center. Entertainment by Yare 7-9 and music by a DJ and dancing until 11:30. All are welcome.

The Danube Zion United Methodist Homemade Ice Cream Social is Wednesday, July 5th at the church with serving beginning at five. In addition to the homemade ice cream, there will be BBQs, hot dogs, Coney dogs, pies, brownies, sundaes, coffee and punch. Take outs are available. Free will donation. Proceeds will go to support the church mission fund.

The American Red Cross is holding several blood drives in the area. There’s one at the American Legion in Paynesville on July 5th from noon to six. There are two drives in Willmar. The first is on July 5th from nine to two at the Kandiyohi County Area YMCA; and another on July 6th from 1-7 at the United Methodist Church of Willmar. Come donate that lifesaving commodity.

The Danube Fun Days Tractor, Classis Car and Motorcycle show is Saturday, July 8th from 9-1 on Danube’s main street by the school. Car awards will be participants’ choice, mayor’s choice, and Danube Area Action Club choice. Motorcycle awards will be participant’s choice for both American Bike and Foreign Bike. The tractor award is participant’s choice and mayor’s choice. There is parade line up right after the show for those who wish to be in it. Door prizes will be given out to participants during the show. Food and beverage available at the show. This is taking place rain or shine.

There will be an Ice Cream Social on Wednesday, July 12th from 5-7 at the United Lutheran Church in Lake Lillian. Freewill offering. The menu includes BQs, hotdogs, beans, potato chips, pickles, watermelon, ice cream sundaes, pies and beverage. Come to the social at the United Lutheran Church located at 811 Lakeview Street. All are welcome.

Last year, 53 motorcyclists died in Minnesota crashes. Don’t be a statistic, train to be the best. There are classes in July for Moped riders to train. Those are Friday nights, July 14th and 28th from 6-10:30. Participants must be at least age 14 to enroll. Interested 14 year olds may take the course, but they must wait until they’re 15 years old to apply for the motorized bicycle permit.

Join the Kandiyohi County Historical Society on a Bus Trip to Little Falls on July 14th. The trip includes stops at the Morrison County Historical Society, the Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site, and the Minnesota Military Museum. The bus leaves from the KCHS parking lot at 8 that morning and will be back in Willmar by 6 that night. The cost of the trip is $50 for members or $60 for non-members. The price includes bus, admission, and lunch. The included lunch will be at the Black & White Restaurant. The deadline to reserve your spot(s) on the bus is July 6. For questions or to reserve your spot, call 235-1881,kandhist@msn.com, or in person at the KCHS Museum Monday through Friday from 9-4.

On Thursday, July 20th join the Kandiyohi County Historical Society for a themed painting workshop. This year, the historical society is honoring the 100th anniversary of World War I. Poppies became a symbol for World War I remembrance after WWI. So the painting will be of poppy flowers. New London artist, Michelle Westhoff Ogdahl, will guide you step-by-step through creating this piece of art. This workshop is open to all skill levels. All supplies and materials are provided. There will be limited spots available. Make your reservation today. Groups are welcome. To register or for questions, call 235-1881.


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Hawk Creek Animal Shelter 
Willmar MN

If you’re not a member of the Humane Society, consider becoming one. There are several membership levels. Memberships help provide care to the animal that comes into the Hawk Creek Animal shelter, and helps run programs that benefit people and animals. The shelter is open Tuesday through Friday from noon to six; and Saturdays and Sundays until four. Call 235-7612 for more info.

Through a grant from the ASPCA, we are looking for help with the Adoption Ambassador program. The Adoption Ambassadors program gives adoptable animals a better chance at finding homes by engaging folks as adoption counselors and foster parents at the same time. It lets adopters get more detailed information about an animal’s behavior in a home environment and improves quality of life while awaiting adoption. Of course, we will continue to have our more “traditional” foster parents and hope that more folks will join us in that so critical role. Fosters are needed badly to help save lives and we can find the perfect fit for anyone who is interested! Give Bobbie a call if you would like more information or would like to be a part of this program.


Habitat for Humanity of West Central Minnesota is seeking  monetary donations and inventory for the ReStore in Willmar.  The ReStore accepts new and gently used furniture, home  accessories, building materials, and appliances, all of which  are sold to the public at a reduced price. The proceeds help  Habitat construct new homes in the community,  call Habitat for Humanity.

website: www.newlondonlittletheatre.com  

The production "Three Murders and It's Only Monday" set for 
August 3-5th, 10-12th at 7:30pm and August 13th at 2:00pm.  We are thrilled to have Thom Rosengren back to direct this comedy.

Thanks to all of you for sharing your talent, whether it was in a past production or one of these.  Your dedication is what keeps community theatre alive in small town America! 

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