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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
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.
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.
"MN libraries are doing a"Minnesota Loves Libraries" campaign. Below is a link to a page that has some questions about why you love your local library. These will be sent to your local legislators. If you wouldn't mind filling this out I would really appreciate it. A lot of legislators don't know half of the things libraries do for the community. Many people say that libraries are not important because nobody reads any longer, and some legislators see them as a way to free up some money. It's important that you talk about your local library and some of the things that they offer which they may not know about. Free classes, tech tutors, makers spaces, online databases, reference work they may have done for you, are just a few examples."
Website states they are collecting stories in Dec. & Jan. - if you have a story to share, please do so soon!http://mnloveslibraries.crplsa.info/
There will be an informational meeting at Swift County Human Services in Benson for anyone who is interested in taking training to become licensed in their home as a Child Foster Care individual or family. The meeting is on Monday night, Feb. 27th at 6:30. Call 320-843-3160 for more information
Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services public health office in Willmar will have an immunization clinic on Monday afternoon, Feb. 27th from 3-6 at the public health office. Bring an up-to-date record of all past immunizations. No one will be denied due to inability to pay. Children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian or have proper written consent. Call 231-7800 for more information.
There will be a Teen Movie Night on Monday night, Feb. 27th from 5:30-8 at the Willmar Public Library. A group of concerned citizens are willing to do whatever it takes to save Planet Earth. Call the library for more information.
The Willmar Public Library has a number of winter activities, one of which is the Lego Club. The sky is the limit for your imagination. You’ll create a new structure each time that may be put on display. Legos are provided for this club. This club is for children in kindergarten through sixth grade. Snacks are provided and registration is not necessary. The event will be Wednesday afternoons from 4-5 on March 1st April 5th and May 3rd. Call the library at 235-3162 for more information.
The Resource Center Program’s next Parent Support Group meeting is Thursday night, March 2nd from 6:30-8 at WCI (formerly West Central Industries) across from Bill Taunton Stadium. The topic is ‘low incidence disabilities.’ Presenters will be Jill Rowan and Karin Marquardt. Childcare will not be provided. Walk-ins are welcome. Call 320444-5403 for more info.
Qi ssage is a specialized technique that combines the energy principles of qi gong with the art of massage. This healing procedure relieves stress, calms and quiets the body using gentle touch and stimulation of key energy points. Qi ssage focuses on balancing and enhancing the flow of energy through the body creating powerful and effective healing results. The sessions are in the DMS Room D200 Media Center on Thursday nights, March 2 and 9 from 6-8.
The American Red Cross will hold three blood drives in Willmar during March. The first is on Friday, March 3rd from ten to 4 at Rice Memorial Hospital; the second is Friday, March 10th from 10-4 at the United Methodist Church; and the third is Monday, March 13th from 1-7 at the Assembly of God Church. March is Red Cross Month and you’re invited to help save lives by donating your blood. Donors of all blood types, especially Type O, are needed.
ACT Preparation for grades 10-12, is an intensive test preparation workshop coaching high school sophomores, juniors and seniors to do their best on the ACT. In the five-hour ZAPS seminar, students will learn strategies for using partial knowledge to eliminate wrong choices, gain tips for improving in English, Math, Reading, Science; understand the most strategic ways to use limited testing time, take shortened practice tests that mirror the actual testing experience, reduce their test anxiety and gain confidence, and receive a comprehensive study guide and 24 practice test workouts with detailed answer explanations. The session is Saturday, March 4th from 9-3.
Kennedy Elementary School in Willmar will have a special event called Sambusa Sunday in the school cafeteria on Sunday afternoon, March 5 from 2-3:30. This is a neighborhood gathering where you’ll be given free sambusa and chai tea. This is not a rally and there will be no big speeches. Just come out, visit with your neighbors and let all of the Willmar Lakes Area know we stand together.
The First Lutheran Church of Kensington will have its annual meatball dinner on Sunday, March 5th from 11-1 at the church. Everything is homemade & ‘from scratch.’ There are meatballs, mashed potatoes, gravy, sides and desserts. Come enjoy this homemade goodness. If you have questions, call Dawn Miles at the church.
There will be a Dad's Belgian Waffle Supper at the Roseland Reformed Church on Monday, March 6 from 4:30-7:00. There will be a freewill offering with proceeds to go to Family Promise and the church’s upcoming roofing project. Family Promise helps homeless or low income families achieve independence with help from the community. For more information call 320-978-8010.
Story Hour at the Pioneer Cabin at the Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center isTuesday afternoon, March 7 from 4-5:15. This is for grades K-3rd. Dress as a pioneer and listen to a story about the Ingalls family and what pioneer life was like. Kids, ask your parents if they want to come too. Meet at the Farmsite. Those attending will do as An activity that Laura did. Call 354-5894 for more info.
A beginner archery class for grades 5 and up will be held at the Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center on Tuesday afternoon, March 7th from 4-5:30. You’ll learn the basics of a compound bow and arrow. You’ll work on form, technique and safety on how to properly use the equipment. All the equipment will be provided. Meet at the farmsite. Call 354-5894 for more information.
There will be a Children's Book Club on Tuesday afternoon, March 7th from 4-5 for children in grades second through sixth at the Willmar Public Library. The discussion will be on the book ‘Capture the Flag’ by Kate Messner. When the original Star Spangled Banner is stolen, seventh-graders Anne, José, and Henry, all descendants of the Silver Jaguar Society, pursue suspects on airport carts and through baggage handling tunnels while stranded at a Washington, D.C. airport during a snowstorm. Pizza and other snacks will be served. New book readers are always welcome. Call 235-3162 for more info.
Your pictures tell a million stories, and are the memory prompts for special family events and milestones. Don't stress or worry about losing all those precious memories. Instructor Pam Thompson will show you how to organize, title, save and backup digital pictures. ‘Memories Secured’ will be taught in the WES Room Media Computer Lab in Alexandria on Thursdaynight, March 9th from 6-7:30.
The MACCRAY 2180 Foundation will have its annual supper fundraiser on Friday night, March 10th. This is a dinner and a show, with dinner served from 5-7 at the MACCRAY High School Cafeteria, and Seussical the Musical presented at 7:30 in the high school gymnasium by the MACCRAY Drama and Music Departments. Freewill offering, silent auction, face painting and student entertainment.
The Koronis Nite Owls of Paynesville will have a Food Shelf Month Square Dance on Saturday night, March 11th with national caller Dean Dederman, doing the calling. Mainstream dancing at the Paynesville Elementary School from 7:30-10. Dancers are asked to bring a food shelf item to donate. A potluck lunch will follow the dance. Call 320-399-1001 for more information.
The Koronis Nite Owls of Paynesville, will have a Food Shelf Month Square Dance on Saturday night, March 11 with national caller Dean Dedemann calling. Mainstream dancing at the Paynesville Elementary from 7:30-10. Dancers should bring a food shelf item to donate. A potluck lunch will follow the dance.
The Prairie Winds Concert Band and the Willmar Senior High School bands will be holding a Free Concert on Tuesday March 14th at 7:30 pm at the WECA auditorium at 611 W 5th Street in Willmar. The concert will include a few musical selections from each of the bands and conclude with the Cardinal Band joining the Prairie Winds Concert Band to perform The Minnesota March. Admission is free.
Bethany Christian Services, a non-profit global adoption and child welfare agency, invites you to join in celebrating the inaugural national ‘Pregnancy Counselor Appreciation Day’ on the second Tuesday in March. The day is dedicated to celebrating the professionals who provide critical support to women and families facing unplanned pregnancies. Visit I’mpregnant.org for more information.
There will be a Father Daughter Dance for grades K-5 on Friday night, March 24th from 6:30-8:30 in the gym at the Woodland Elementary School in Alexandria. Dance the night away at this ‘Enchanted Evening’ with your father, grandfather, uncle or any father figure! Activities include a Grand March, DJ, crafts, recreational activities, food and more. We encourage you to dress up for this event! Call 320-762-3310, #4272 for more info.
There will be a father/daughter dance for grades K-5 at the Woodland Elementary Cafeteria/gym in Alexandria on Friday night, March 24th from 6:30-8:30. Dance the night away at An Enchanted Evening with your Father, Grandfather, Uncle or any Father figure! Activities include Grand March, DJ, crafts, recreational activities, food and more. There is an early bird special of $26 per couple; $11 per additional daughter and after March 3, $36 per couple; $16 per additional daughter. We encourage you to dress up for this event! Call 320-762-3310 for more info.
There will be a Father Daughter Dance for grades K-5 on Friday night, March 24th from6:30-8:30 in the gym at the Woodland Elementary cafeteria in Alexandria. Dance the night away at An Enchanted Evening with your Father, Grandfather, Uncle or any Father figure! Activities include a Grand March, DJ, crafts, recreational activities, food and more. There is an early bird special of $26 per couple; $11 per additional daughter and after March 3, $36 per couple; $16 per additional daughter. You’re encouraged to dress up for this event! Call 320-762-3310 for more info.
The Woodbury Chorus and Orchestra will present their Willmar concert ‘American Impressions’ on Sunday afternoon, March 26th at four at Bethel Lutheran Church in Willmar. This is to benefit the Willmar Area Food Shelf. The concert is free. A freewill offering will be taken with all the proceeds to benefit the food shelf. In seven concerts for the Willmar Food Shelf, audiences have given $26,194, enough to provide 130,973 meals.
Come to the Willmar Public Library on Wednesday afternoon, March 29th from 4-5 and play board games with friends. The library has several board games to choose from. Come join the group and engage in activities that do not involve staring at a computer screen or a smartphone. Exercise your brain by learning something new. Improve your memory, revive your creativity and problem solving skills, practice problem solving and more. Call the library at 235-3162 for more information.