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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.
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Fall Story Hour at the Willmar Public Library on Friday morning, Oct. 24th is about Autumn Leaves and Trees. Story Hour is from 10-10:45 for children ages 2-1/2 to six. Children will be entertained with quality literature, flannel graph stories, puppetry, music, fingerplays and an occasional movie. Kids can check out books before or after the program. Call 235-3162 for more info.
The Willmar Noon Lions will have a Zombie Haunted House and Zombie Shoot at the strip mall at 1605 South First Street in Willmar Oct. 24-25th, Oct. 30th-31st and Nov. 1 from 6:30-9:30. Admission is $10 for ages 11 and up. Those under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. Come see the Walking Dead.
The 4th annual Hancock Expo fundraiser is Saturday, Oct. 25th from 9-2 in the Hancock School Gym. Over 30 vendors will be there. This is a fundraiser for 10-12 grade students going to our nation’s capitol and New York City. The silent auction will end at one, and Pizza Ranch will be available on site.
Come celebrate Early Childhood Family Education’s 40th birthday on Saturday afternoon, Oct. 25th at five. All are welcome. It’s in the Alexandria Area High School Performing Arts Center. Park in the north parking lot. Snacks are provided, children’s music, the Flyers.
The Koronis Nite Owls of Paynesville will have a Halloween Square Dance and chili feed on Saturday night, Oct. 25th with Larry Johansen calling. The Mainstream workshop will start at 7:30 and mainstream dancing will be from 8-10 at the Paynesville Elementary School. There will be a potluck lunch following the dance. Club members will provide chili and fixings.
Willmar Community Ed and Rec is hosting the Pumpkin Patch Carnival for kids ages 3-12 on Sunday afternoon, Oct. 26th from 2-5 at the Willmar Community and Activity Center. This is free of charge. Call Willmar community Ed and Rec at 231-8490 for more information. Kids ages 3-12 are welcome to attend this carnival.
The Holy Redeemer Church will have a turkey dinner at the Renville Community Center on Sunday, Oct. 26th from 11-1. The cost for Adults is $10, and the cost for children ages 3-11 is $5. Those under 3 eat free. Take outs are available at the east entrance. The cost for take outs is $10. All welcome.
Bethel Lutheran Church of Lester Prairie will have its 39th annual lutefisk and meatball dinner on Sunday, Oct. 26th from noon to five. Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for children 12 and under. Served family style: lutefisk, meatballs with gravy, mashed potatoes, lefse and more. Call 320-395-2125 for more info.
There will be a Mike Gunninck Family Benefit on Sunday, Oct. 26th from 10:30-1 at the MACCRAY East Elementary School in Raymond. Freewill donation. Hot turkey sandwiches and sides, silent auction. 45 year old Gunninck died of a heart attack Sept. 27, He and his wife, Naomi, ran the café in Raymond with their four children.
The American Red Cross and a propane company are asking you If you want to learn tricks for using the iPad apps? Come to iPad: the Apps at the Willmar Public Library. In this class, you will learn about Safari, Photos, Notes, Calendar and more! This is a follow up to iPad: the Basics however everyone is welcome to attend. It will be held Tuesday morning, Oct. 28th from 10-11 at the library. Register by calling the library at 235-3162.
Batman turns 75 years old this year and to mark the occasion there will be a superhero party at the Willmar Public Library. Come dressed as your favorite superhero. You’ll make a Batman mask, and each child will receive a comic book, poster, bag, tattoo, and a bookmark from DC comics. It’s happening on Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 28th from 4-4:45 for children ages 3-10. No registration needed. Call 235-3162.
The First Baptist Church of Willmar will have a Jack-O-Lantern Jamboree on Wednesday night, Oct. 29th from 6:15 to 7:45. There is fun for all ages 0 to 99. There are carnival games, candy car collection, face painting, snacks, and inflatable. Dress in a non-scary outfit. See you at the Jamboree.
There will be a free MS (Multiple Sclerosis) educational session Thursday night, Oct. 30th from 6-8 at the Willmar Conference Center. Check-in time is 5:30. Speakers will be Heli Marjatta Hunter from the Schapiro MS Center in Minneapolis and Carrie Paulsen, an MS advocate from Chicago, Illinois. A free dinner will be served.
Have a safe Halloween. Avoid costumes with long or billowing fabric because it can be a fire hazard; use battery operated candles or glow sticks inside jack-o-lanterns; teach your children to stay away from open flames and to stop, drop and roll if their clothes catch fire; and keep decorations like hay and corn stalks away from any ignition source. Happy Halloween.
The Humane Society of Kandiyohi and Meeker Counties has an October special that runs through the 31st. It’s a cat special and the cats must be at least 75 percent black or orange. $13 is what it costs. Stop at the Hawk Creek Animal Shelter and pick out that orange and black cat.
Olivia will have a Hunted House on Friday night, October 31st from 7-9 at 312 North 12th St in Olivia. The house has its own resident ghosts, an elderly couple and a man in a wheelchair. All are friendly and welcome visitors. The house has its own dungeon/basement and mourning room. The tour covers the city block, has a graveyard, carriage house and haunted wagon ride.
Come trick or treat at the Willmar Fire Station on Friday, Oct. 31st from 5-9. Also, you can participate in Mall-O-Ween at the Kandi Mall from 6-7. This is open to children 12 and under and their parents. You’ll go from store to store trick-or-treating. From 3-5 the Willmar Library is showing ‘The Toy Story of Terror’ and ‘Pooh’s Heffalump Halloween movie
Two movies will be shown during the children’s matinee on Friday afternoon, Oct. 31st. The movies run from 3:30-5:30. One movie is the Toy Story of Terror where the toys go on a road trip. The second is Pooh’s Heffalump with Poop, Roo, Lumpy, and Tigger. Call the library at 235-3162 for more information.
to help fuel your community. Every two seconds someone needs a blood transfusion and you can help. Come to donate blood or platelets at a Red Cross blood drive during October and you could win a $5,000 Visa gift card, courtesy of the propane company. Make a blood appointment today by calling 1-800-Red Cross.
The American Cancer Society’s Navigator program works in select communities across the country to help people affected by cancer to identify and obtain beneficial resources. Navigators offer free, confidential assistance to cancer patients and those who care for them. For cancer prevention tips to help you stay well and resources to help you get well, visit cancer.org or call 1-800-227-2345.
In celebration of autumn, the Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center will host the annual Great Halloween Haunt on Friday night, October 31st from 6-9. A family event, the Haunt will include fun activities for all ages. Everyone is welcome. Enjoy pumpkin carving, games, wall-climbing, candy, cookies, and the popular “Enchanted Creature Trail.” Come in costume, expecting more “fun” than “frights!” Register in advance by calling 354-5894.
The Glenwood American Legion will host an ‘open to the public and children’s event on Sunday, Nov. 2nd from noon to two. Christmas cards for soldiers serving overseas will be made. Volunteers are needed to assist with planning and supervising the event. If interested, call Julie at 320-424-0341.
Kandiyohi County Public Health will have an immunization clinic Monday morning, Nov. 3rd from ten to noon at the public health office in the Health and Human Services building, Willmar. Bring all immunization records along to the clinic. No one will be denied immunizations due to inability to pay. Call 231-7860 for more information.
Youth in grades 3-5 can learn the vast ways to serve in their community and around the world by gaining first-hand experience in doing service projects. Participants will work with the instructor in requesting a small local grant and utilizing the funds to accomplish the goals of the project. “Service Club” is at the Voyager Elementary School in Alexandria on Monday afternoons, November 3-17 from 2:30-4:30. Bring a snack and water bottle each day. Call 320-762-3310 for more info.
Sign Language 101 provides students in kindergarten-5th grade an opportunity to learn sign language! This beginner course will introduce students to a new theme each session, family, animals, colors, etc., and will review and practice each time the group meets. Students will also be introduced to signing to music! Bring a snack and water bottle to each session. The class is Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, November 4-18 from 2:30-4:45 at the Voyager Elementary School in Alexandria. Call 320-762-3310 for more info.
The Willmar Public Library has a new book club for mystery lovers. The Whodunit Book Club will meet Tuesday night, November 4th at 6 at the library. This is a week earlier due to the library being closed for Veterans Day. The book for November is Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger. Set in Minnesota, the book centers around the life of Frank Drum, a thirteen year old boy forced to grow up fast when tragedy unexpectedly strikes his family. Call 235-3162 for more info.
The art of belly dance has been around since ancient times. From shimmies to hip bumps, enjoy a fun workout while learning this unique and graceful feminine style. “Beginning Tribal Belly Dance” is for women of all ages and sizes. You will learn the basic tribal belly dance moves. The class is at the Nelson Wellness Center Tuesday nights, November 4-December 9 from 6:30-7:30. Call 320-762-3310 for more info.
In ‘Advanced Glass Fusion/Glass Slumping’, learn the art of glass slumping in order to make small dishes, candle holders, centerpieces and more. Learn about the principles of glass fusing and slumping using glass with molds or duroboard. Firing will be done during the second session. The class is at the Alexandria Area High School, Wednesday nights, November 5-12 from 5:30-7:30. Call 320-762-3310 for more info.
A turkey bingo fundraiser is planned for Saturday night, Nov. 8th from 6-8 in the Hancock School gym. Each card is fifty cents. All proceeds go to the 10-12th grade students traveling to our nation’s capitol and New York City.
A benefit for Jon and Kris Hackman has been set for Saturday, Nov. 8th from 11:30 to 3:30 at the Cross of Calvary Church in Olivia. Jon has been diagnosed with VHL-von hippel lindeau disease. Silent auction, freewill donation. Serving ham sandwiches, salads, chips, cake/bars and beverages.
There will be an American Red Cross Blood Drive at the Assembly of God Church in Willmar on Monday, Nov. 10th from 1-7. Donors are needed in the weeks leading up to the winter holidays to help prevent seasonal declines. Donors of all blood types and especially those with type O negative, A negative and B negative are needed to help maintain a stable blood supply. Call 1-800-733-2767 for more info.
Willmar Community Ed & Rec is now taking signups for the fun filled cast of Prairie Fire Theatre’s original version of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs during the week of November 10-15 at the WEAC building. All youth in grades 1-12 are encouraged to enroll. The cost is $29 for the week. Pre-registration is required by calling 231-8490.
There will be a fundraiser for Athena (Serbus) Krueger on Saturday, Nov. 22nd from 3-7 at the Bird Island Ballroom in Bird Island. Pulled pork dinner, silent auction, door prizes, kids’ activities. Live music 7-10. Athena has cancer, conventional medicine has not been effective and they’re seeking integrative treatment. The benefit is to help with the cost since these treatments aren’t covered by insurance. Call 894-6436 for more info.