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There is a free grocery give away every Saturday morning from 9-10:30 at the Harvest Community Church at 905 Litchfield Avenue Southwest in Willmar. This is a collaborative effort with the Willmar Area Food Shelf and Hope for the City. Its free to all, just bring your own box, bag or tote.
If you’re part of a non-profit organization and have an upcoming event, we’d like to hear about it. And so would our listeners. As a free public service to our local nonprofits, we can help spread the word on your event with on-air mentions and through our websites with all three of our stations: AM 1590 KDJS; 97.3 The River; and Hot Country K95.3, along with social media. This way we can help you reach people who maybe wouldn’t have known of your event otherwise. Get us all the info on your event today. Email us through the website k-musicradio.com, connect with us on Facebook or Twitter, or call the newsline at 235-2900.
Enjoy music, holiday treats and fun with your friends! Adults with disabilities, come to our holiday party and don’t forget to wear your red and green! Do a little dancing and enjoy the sparkling holiday fun! Students and staff wishing to participate should bring a $2 gift for the exchange game. The “Red and Green Party” is Thursday night, December 18th from 6-8 at the Discovery Middle School in Alexandria. Call 320-762-3310 for more info.
Join children ages 2-1/2 to six for the Happy Holiday Story time on Friday morning, Dec. 19th from 10-10:45 at the Willmar Public Library. There will be some fun stories about the upcoming holidays. You’ll be doing holiday crafts and enjoying a snack. No registration is necessary. Call 235-3162 for more information.
There will be a Kid’s Birthday Party for Jesus on Saturday morning, Dec. 20th at 11:30 at the Living Word Lutheran Church. The church is located at 16245 County Road 9 Northeast, New London, Mn. Join us as we celebrate ‘His’ birthday. There will be crafts, lunch, birthday cake and other activities. Call Amanda at 354-9088 for more info.
The Renville County Veterans Association has been shipping packages to deployed military personnel since 2010 and wants to make sure all deployed soldiers are on their holiday shopping list. If you know someone who is deployed, call the office at 523-3763 or stop at the Renville County Veterans Service Office with their mailing address.
A fund has been set up for 17 year old Raelyn Gonnerman, who was seriously injured in an auto crash north of Kandiyohi June 30th. She is the daughter of Ryan and Lauri Gonnerman of Kandiyohi. She continues to receive medical attention and is receiving physical therapy. Send donations to Raelyn Gonnerman benefit, Heritage Bank, 310 1st Street South, Willmar, MN. 56201.
You’re invited to the annual Norwegian language worship service at Calvary Lutheran Church in Willmar on Tuesday night, Dec. 23rd at seven. The service is called Little Christmas Eve (Lillejulaften) (prounounced Lill-le-yool-af-ten) and will feature Norwegian scripture reading, prayers, sermon and songs. Following the service there will be coffee and treats in Bethan Hall. Wear bunads or Norwegian sweaters if you have them.
The Kandiyohi County Sanitary Landfill will close at 12 noon on Wednesday, Dec. 24th and will be closed on Thursday, Dec. 25th in observance of Christmas. They will also be closed onThursday, January 1st in observance of New Year’s Day. The landfill can be reached at 354-2707. Regular hours are Monday through Friday from 8-4 and Saturdays from eight to noon.
New toys and gifts for the Salvation Army Christmas Toy Shop can be dropped off at the Salvation Army in Willmar or placed in Toys for Tots collection boxes in the area. You can also put donations in one of the Red Kittles found in nine locations throughout Kandiyohi County. All conations remain in the county and are disbursed through the Salvation Army social services emergency fund.
The Blue Star Mothers of Pennock, Chapter 1, is collecting items to mail to troops deployed overseas in war zones. They need snacks like beef jerky, nuts, raisins, granola bars, microwave popcorn, hard candy, licorice, tuna, canned ravioli/beef stew, powdered drink mix; hygiene items like nasal spray, eye drops, lip balm, foot powder, paperbacks, DVD’s, travel size games, etc. Contact the Blue Star Mothers at Box 206, Pennock, Mn with the name and address of someone you know is deployed so they can be included, along with a return date and contact number.
A fund has been established for four year old Berkley Damhof who has been diagnosed with state 4 neuroblastoma. She is the daughter of Duane and Kandace Damhof of Paynesville & the granddaughter of Tony and Deb Bengtson of Paynesville and Phil and Jan Damhof of Blomkest. Send donations to Berkley Damhof, Paynesville Central Minnesota Credit Union, Box 209, Paynesville, Mn.
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. Bring donations to the ReStore during store honors which are ten in the morning to six at night Tuesday through Friday and 10 in the morning to four in the afternoon on Saturdays. Call 235-9000 for more information or go to www.habiatwcm.org.
The Hawk Creek Animal Shelter asks for your support through a fundraiser they have through Schwan’s Cares. If you order by Dec. 25th, 20 percent of the product and 40 percent of e-certificate sales will go back to Hawk Creek. In addition, Schwan’s will contribute five percent of all orders to Hawk Creek for the rest of the year. Call 235-7612 for more information.
There will be a Children’s Matinee on Friday afternoon, Dec. 26th from 3:30-5:15 at the Willmar Public Library. Popcorn and pop will be provided or you can bring your own snack. Call the library at 235-3162 for the title of the movie. This is the story of a young hero boy on Christmas Eve who boards a powerful magical train headed to the North Pole and Santa’s home.
Roger and Julie Mitteness will have a Christmas lights display until Dec. 28th. The lights will be on from 5-10:30 each night. They’re located south of Benson at 525 20th Avenue Southeast. They invite you to drive through the yard and enjoy the Christmas lights.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation asks that you use caution when driving during the holidays, and take advantage of the tools MnDOT makes available for safer, more predictable travel. Check 511 travel information when planning your holiday trips. 511 is also available online at www.511mn.org/ and by dialing 511.
The annual New Year’s Eve celebration will be from 4:30-8 on Wednesday night, Dec. 31stat the Kandiyohi County Area Family YMCA in Willmar. Bring the family for a night of fun at the Y and celebrate the start of the New Year with carnival games, prizes, inflatables, swimming and food.
Kandiyohi County Public Health will have an immunization clinic on Monday, January 5th from ten to noon in the public health office in the Health and Human Services building in Willmar. Bring an up-to-date record of all past immunizations. No one will be denied due to inability to pay. Call 231-7800 for more information.
The American Red Cross will have a blood drive in Renville County in January. The first drive will be Monday, January 5th from 1-7 at the Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Bird Island. The second drive will be on Tuesday, Jan. 6th from 1-7 at the Community Center in Sacred Heart. The third drive is at the Community Center in Buffalo Lake on Wednesday, Jan. 7th from 1-7.
Tuesday afternoon, January 6th from 4-5 the Children’s Book Club will meet at the Willmar Public Library. The book this month is ‘Wild Born’ by Brandon Mull. As a dark force engulfs the land, the fate of Erdas has fallen on the shoulders of four young strangers who each have forged a rare bond with their spirit beasts. There will be several activities, plus snacks.
The Children’s Book Club will meet on Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 6th from 4-5 at the Willmar Public Library. The book is ‘Wild Born’ by Brandon Mull. As a dark force engulfs the land, the fate of Erdas has fallen on the shoulders of four young strangers who each have forged a rare bond with their spirt beasts. There will be several activities, and snacks will be served.
If you enjoy classic movies, come to Coffee and a Classic at the Willmar Public Library. It’s held the first Wednesday of each month. The library will provide coffee, a light afternoon snack and a classic movie for all to enjoy. The next Coffee and a Classic will be held Wednesday afternoon, January 7th at 2. Contact the library at 235-3162 to find out which classic movie will be showing.
Learn natural movements of your body using slow and controlled movements. “Introduction to Pilates” will focus on your core strength to strengthen your back, as well as flexibility, posture and balance. Bring a towel and a mat if you have one. The class is Wednesday nights, January 7-28 from 7:15-8 at the Early Education Center in Alexandria. Call 320-762-3310 for more information.
Classical ballet is known for its graceful movements and precise technique, but it can also be a great workout and a lot of fun as well. You’ll gain balance, muscular strength and endurance, flexibility, grace and confidence through the art of ballet. The “Adult Ballet” class is designed for those of all fitness levels and no previous ballet experience required. The class is at the Nelson Wellness Center in Alexandria, Thursday nights, and January 8-February 12th from 6:30 to 7:30. Call 320-762-3310 for more info.
The Willmar Public Library will host Suzanne Congdon LeRoy the afternoon of Saturday, January 10th from 1-2. She will talk about her debut memoir ‘Nightingale: A Memoir of Murder, Madness and the Messenger of Spring,” which was published last June. Elisabeth Congdon was heiress to a mining fortune and victim of one of Minnesota’s most notorious homicides. In addition to the presentation, she will also do a book signing.
Come give blood at the American Red Cross blood drive on Monday, January 12th from 1-7 at the Assembly of God Church in Willmar. January is National Blood Donor month, and the Red Cross asks that you make a resolution to give blood regularly in 2015, beginning in January. Donors of all blood types are needed, especially those with O negative, A negative and B negative.
The Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center welcomes hikers, snowshoers and skiers on the grounds during daylight hours at no cost. The seven miles of ski trails are open from nine to sunset. No dogs on ski trails and pets should be on a leash. Call 354-5894 for more info.