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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.
Empower: Women United and United Way of West Central Minnesota invite you to ‘Brew Ha Ha’ featuring SongBlast – Dueling Guitars. Two great voices, and guitar players deliver a fun stream of endless songs from yesterday and today. It’s on Friday night, Jan. 20th at the Barn Theatre, 321 4th Street Southwest in owntown Willmar. Ticks are $35 online atwww.liveunitedwcm.org. All the proceeds will benefit the Imagination Library Program. Come join the fun.
Willmar Teen Filmmakers work days are Friday afternoon, Jan. 20th from 3:30-5:30 andSaturday afternoon, Jan. 28th from noon to four. Get started making videos. On Saturday, Jan. 21st from 9-4 is a Teen TV Marathon. The survivors of a plane crash are forced to work together to survive on a seemingly deserted tropical island. This is at the Willmar Public Library. Snacks provided.
In the Culinary Arts: Gluten Free Baking, students will be given fail-safe recipes for basic gluten free baked goods such as sandwich bread, dinner rolls, quick bread, pie crust, and more. Students will bake one recipe of their choice in class, and will make and take home the instructor’s best Gluten Free All-Purpose Flour Substitute. The class is Saturday afternoon, Jan. 21st from noon to four in the Alexandria Area High School Culinary Arts Lab. Register by calling 320-762-3310, #4272.
There will be a spaghetti feed benefit for Bryan Sietsema on Saturday, January 21st from ten to two at the Atwater Community Center and Fire Hall. Dinner will be served from 11-1. There is also a silent auction, bake sale and kids activities. Sietsema had major health issues this past year. He’s had both a liver and kidney transplant and is at home recovering.
Winter Story Hour at the Willmar Public Library will be Fridays, January 20th through February 24th. Story Hour runs from 10-10:45 and is for ages 2-1/2-6 years old.
Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services Public Health will have an immunization clinic on Monday afternoon, January 23rd from 3-6 in the public health office in the Health and Human Services Building. No appointment is needed. 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.
Its Teen Movie Night at the Willmar Public Library on Monday night, Jan. 23rd from 5:30-8. The movie is about how, when her little brother experiences the same events that once tested her sanity, a girl works to unlock the truth behind the terror, which brings her face to face with an entity that has an attachment to their mother. Movie snacks will be provided.
Get Moving with Zumba. This class is for grades K-2 and will be held in the Voyager Music Room #95 in Alexandria Monday afternoons, January 23 and 25 from 2:30-3:30 each day. Zumba is a great way to get moving and have fun at the same time! This class will provide an opportunity for Children to learn basic, kid friendly, Latin and Hip Hop dance steps. No previous dance experience is necessary.
The American Red Cross has a number of blood drives scheduled. There is one at the Faith Lutheran Church in Spicer on Tuesday, January 24th from 107; one at the Atwater Community Center on Thursday, January 26th from 1-7; and a third on Tuesday, Feb. 7th from 2-7 at the United Lutheran Church in Lake Lillian. You’re urged to give blood to help restock the shelves for the Red Cross to overcome a shortage.
There will be an introduction to Cross Country Skiing from grades 2 and up on Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 24th and Thursday, Feb. 2nd from 4-5:30 each day at the Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center. Come learn the basics of cross country skiing, then hit the trails to practice your new skills. Instruction and equipment provided. Meet at the main building. Call 354-5894 for more info.
The Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center will have a program ‘Intro to Cross Country Skiing’ for kids in grades two and up Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 24th fro 4-5:30 through Thursday Feb. 2nd. Come learn the basics of cross country skiing. Then hit the trails to practice your new skills. Instruction and equipment provided. Meet at the main building. Call 354-5894 for more info.
Through a grant from ASPCA, the Humane Society of Kandiyohi and Meeker Counties is looking for help with the Adoption Ambassador program. This 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. Call Bobbie at the shelter for more info.
The annual soup supper of the Emden Christian Reformed Church of Renville, will be heldon Wednesday night, January 25 from 5-7, at the church. The meal includes your choice of Chili, Vegetable Beef, Chicken Rice and Broccoli Cheese soups. Also, included in the meal is a meat and cheese platter, bread, dessert and beverage. Free will donation! Everyone is welcome!
Sign up now for the paint party class that will take place Thursday night, Jan. 26th from 6-8 at the Spicer Public Library. Artist Ashley Lucas will provide step-by-step directions to help you create a masterpiece. The class is free, but registration is limited to 15 people. Call the library at 796-5560 to sign up.
The annual kick off for neXt is Thursday afternoon, Jan. 26th at five at the Willmar Conference Center. This is a free event with food, door prizes and games. Take this opportunity to discover what neXt has to offer for this year. Happy Hour is at five, with a presentation at six, and the drawing at 7. Must be present to win the door prizes. RSVP to 235-0300.
Registration for the Willmar/Spicer Special Olympics Minnesota Polar Plunge is now open. The plunge is Saturday, Jan. 28th at Saulsbury Beach in Spicer. The plunge begins at one that afternoon. Check-in the day of the Plunge is from 10:30-12:30 at the Plunge site. It’s never too early to sign up. Come show your support for Special Olympics Minnesota and learn firsthand what it means to be ‘freezing’ for a reason.’ To learn more visit plungemn.org.
A Sno-Skipper Radar Run is happening Saturday, January 28th on the Fairgrounds Foot Lake in Willmar. Registration opens at nine, races are from 10-3:30. 1,000 foot shaved track with a 2,500 foot shaved shutdown. Trophies for first and second place in each class. Contact Joe at 979-4953 or Paul at 979-4017. Classes are Trail Stock, Stock, Imp Stock, Pro Stock, Open Mod, 4-Stroke, Kitty Cats, 120, Moto Cycle, 4 Wheeler, Vintage.
There will be a Dad’s Belgian Waffles feed on Saturday morning, January 28th from 8:30-11:30 at the Roosevelt Elementary School in Willmar. Freewill offering. Suggested princes are $7 for adults and $5 for kids ages 6-12. Door prizes, silent auction, games, skills. The proceeds benefit the Willmar Baseball/Fastpitch Boosters Association.
There will be a Riverside Comedy Showcase at the Granite Falls American Legion Saturday night, January 28th, with the proceeds to go to support the United Way of Southwest Minnesota. There will be a cocktail hour with free hors doeuvres at 6:30 with the two hour stand-up comedy show to start at 7:30. Tickets are $18. For more information contact the legion at www.granitefallslegion.com.
The Sons of the American Legion will have a Winterfest Omelette Breakfast on Sunday, Jan. 29th from 8-12:30 at the Spicer American Legion. The cost is $8 for adults; $5 for children ages 6-12; and free for children 5 and under. Includes all the fixings for your omelette, plus cheese, hollandaise sauce, hash browns, sweet rolls, coffee, juice and milk.
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 Feb. 1st, 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, Feb. 2nd from 6:30-8 at WCI, the former West Central Industries building in Willmar. Join Kandiyohi County Parent Coordinator Marilyn Hukriede as she hosts Kelsey Olson from the Minnesota DNR and Sibley State Park. She will share the health benefits of the outdoors, and winter safety tips along with activities you can add into your family’s routines. Call 444-5403 for more information.
There will be American Red Cross Blood Drives in Olivia and Grove City in February. The Olivia drive will be in the BOLD High School on Friday, Feb. 3rd from 9-2. The drive in Grove City will be on Monday, Feb. 6 from 1-7 at the Trinity Lutheran Church. Bring a photo ID or donor card. Call Linda at 320-857-2073 for more information, or the Red Cross at 1-800-733-2767.
The Renville County Sheriff's Office in cooperation with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will be hosting a Youth Snowmobile Safety Training Course on Saturday morning, Feb. 4th at nine. The class will start in the lower level of the Renville County Office Building, then meet at the Renville County Fairgrounds for the riding portion. Pre-registration is required and students must be at least 11 years of age; be accompanied by a parent or guardian; have their own snowmobile and proper safety gear; and successfully complete online snowmobile class and bring a printout of the Certification of Completion. To register, call the Renville County Dispatch Center.
The fourth annual Tommy Swenson Memorial Ice Fishing tournament is Saturday, Feb. 4th from nine to noon on Green Lake in Spicer. Register at the Spicer American Legion from 7:30-8:30. Door prizes and prizes for the largest fish. Lunch is at 12:30. The $25 ticket includes a chicken dinner. A portion of the funds will go to the Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center to help fund youth sporting programs. Call 295-9531 with questions.
There will be an American Red Cross blood drive on Monday, Feb. 6th from 1-7 at the Trinity Lutheran Church of Grove City. Bring along a photo ID or donor card. Call Linda at320-857-2073 for an appointment or for more information. You can also call the American Red Cross at 1-800-733-2767.
There will be a mini Senior Wellness Fair on Wednesday, Feb. 8th from noon to one in the Willmar Community Center Sunshine Room. This is a free event. Contact Willmar Community Education and Recreation for more details at 231-8490.
There will be an Indoor Rock Climbing Gym for all ages on Thursday afternoons, Feb. 9th and March 16th from 4-5:30 at the Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center. Climbing offers a chance to challenge yourself both physically and mentally. It’s a true adventure sport and beginners can learn about the sport, exercise and have fun. Equipment will be provided. Instructors will be there to help you reach new heights. For more information call 354-5894.
A pancake breakfast and silent auction will be held Saturday morning, Feb. 18th from 8-11 at the Bethel Lutheran Church in Willmar. This is a fundraising event for the Matthew and Timothy Houses in Willmar. There will be many items to bid on. The pancakes are free but you can make a donation if you wish. For more information call Dwight at 320-444-6890.