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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.
The 18th annual table fair ‘God’s Work-Our Hands’ will be presented at the Kerkhoven Lutheran Church with Women of the ELCA as hosts, on Friday, Nov. 21st from 4:30-6:30. There will be appetizers, table viewing and an auction. Admission is $5 at the door. Proceeds go to Safe Avenues (Shelter House).
A winter fitness expo & Willmar Nordic Ski Club spaghetti dinner is Friday, Nov. 21st from 5-7 at the Vinje Lutheran Church in Willmar. Tickets at the door, $10 adults; $7 students; and $22 family. Advance sale tickets available from ski team and ski club members. The expo will feature cross country ski equipment and local ski trail information, and much more. See you there
The Danube American Legion Post 227 will have its annual poultry party on Friday, Nov. 21st at the Danube Community Center. Supper starts at five. The menu of hot beef buns, chips, pickles, bar and beverage is served by the Danube Historical Society. Proceeds from the lunch will go to the Danube Area Athletic Club. All are welcome.
On Saturday, Nov. 22nd, the Renville County West Music Department will be hosting their annual breakfast with the band and choir fundraiser at the Renville Community Center. Breakfast will be served from 8-11, with the Varsity Band and Choir to provide entertainment during breakfast. Freewill donations will be accepted. The proceeds will benefit the 2016 RCW Band and Choir tour.
There will be a barbecue pulled pork feed and craft sale on Saturday, Nov. 22ndfrom 4-7:30 at the Salem Covenant Church in Pennock. Eric and Becky Peterson are in the process of adopting from Haiti and this event will help them with costs associated with that adoption. All proceeds will go to the adoption costs.
The last day to use the Willmar Brush and Compost Site this season is Saturday, Nov. 22nd. That day the site will be open from nine to six. If you have any questions you can contact the Public Works Department at 235-4252. The Kandiyohi County Landfill accepts brush and leaves at no charge. Call 354-2707 for information on hours.
The Koronis Nite Owls of Paynesville will have their Thanksgiving Leftovers square dance on Saturday night, Nov. 22nd with Larry Johansen calling. The 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.
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.
There is a Ma Bedel (Beetle) scholarship fundraiser for the MACCRAY School District onSaturday, Nov. 22nd at Keggers Bar & Grill in Clara City. Bedel was killed in a car crash a couple years ago, and the fundraiser is in her memory. Buck tourney starts at one; chili feed from noon to five. Call 894-6225 for more information.
There will be a benefit for Raelyn Gonnerman on Sunday, Nov. 23rd from 9-1 at the Kandiyohi Fire Hall. French toast and ham links, silent auction, freewill donation. Raelyn, daughter of Ryan and Laurie Gonnerman, was seriously injured in a car crash on June 30th. She continues to need medical attention & is receiving physical therapy.
A ‘Young Masters Art Camp’ will enable youth in grades K-5 to explore and paint like master painters Jackson Pollock, van Gogh and Monet. This camp will provide a variety of unique art projects from which students may to choose, including free time for the participant’s own creation of a canvas masterpiece. The class is at Woodland Elementary School in Alexandria on Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 24th and 25th from eight to noon each day. Call 320-762-3310 for info.
There will be a blood drive at the Paynesville Lutheran Church on Monday, Nov. 24th from12:30-6:30. The American Red Cross asks that you donate at this drive to help ensure there is sufficient blood supplies for patients this holiday season. Call the Red Cross at 651-291-3290 for more information. Or access the Red Cross online at @RedCrossBloodNC. All types are needed, especially O negative, A negative and B negative.
You’re invited to attend a special free screening of ‘Odd Squad’, PBS and Pioneer Public TV's new program for kids ages 5-8, on Monday afternoon, November 24th from 3:30 to 4:15at the public library in Appleton. Special door prizes will be given to all who attend and there will be drawings for DVDs and other prizes. Refreshments will be served. For more information contact Cindy Hendrickx at 320-289-1681 or Daren Lehne at 320-289-2925.
The Willmar Public Library will be showing a LEGO movie in a 3D animated film on Friday afternoon, Nov. 28th from 3:30-5:15. Popcorn and pop will be provided or you can bring your own snack. There is also a Thanksgiving Story Hour on Wednesday morning,Nov. 26th from 10-10:45. This program is for kids ages 2-1/2 to six. No registration necessary.
The Kandiyohi County Sanitary Landfill will be closed Thursday, Nov. 27th in observance of Thanksgiving Day. The landfill can be reached at 354-2707. Regular hours at the landfill are Monday through Friday from 8-4, and Saturdays from 8 to noon.
Clara City will have its annual Christmas kickoff on Friday, Nov. 28th. From 4:30-7 the Lions will have a pancake feed and Christmas tree sale at the MACCRAY High School. At 5 Santa arrives in town, pictures with Santa from 5:30-7 at the school; a Jaycee meat raffle at 6 at Kegger’s Bar; queen committee fundraiser from 6-8; lighted Christmas parade at 8; and followed by fireworks.
There’s pictures with Santa on Friday, Nov. 28th from 5:30-7 at the MACCRAY High School in Clara City. You’re urged to bring your own camera to take pictures of your child and Santa. Bring your letters for Santa as well, and a food shelf donation. This visit from Santa is sponsored by the Clara City Jaycees.
With the cold snap there has been an increase in the number of cats and kittens coming into the shelter. Any cat or kitten has an adoption fee of $20 plus tax. They also have some kitties who can survive outdoors if there is proper shelter, water and food available. The shelter will be open Monday through Friday from noon until 6, and Saturdays and Sundays from noonuntil 4.
November is National Smoking Cessation Month, and if you're a smoker, there's no better time to kick the habit. Quitting smoking can bring immediate health benefits, even if you already suffer from a smoking-related disease. Three months after quitting, your lung function and circulation will improve. After a year, your risk of heart disease will be cut in half. You'll also reduce your risk of cancer and the likelihood of heart attacks, strokes and chronic lung disease. To learn more, visit www.womeningovernment.org.
Are you saving for college? 529 college savings plans are offered by states to provide easy and affordable ways to save for college. Saving in advance is a key part of preparing for higher education and avoiding high student loan debt. In addition, national studies show that students with savings are much more likely to attend and graduate from college than students with no savings. For more info on how you can start saving visit CollegeSavings.org.
Kandiyohi County Public Health of Willmar will have an immunization clinic on Mondaymorning, Dec. 1st from ten to noon in the public health office in the Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services Building. Bring all immunizations along to the clinic. No one will be denied immunizations due to inability to pay. Call 231-7860 for more information.
Alexandria youth in grades K-3 can learn to make easy, unique and great tasting snacks in the ‘Appetizing Samplers for Beginners’ class Monday, Tuesday and Thursday afternoons,Dec. 1st, 2nd and 4th from 2:45-4:30 at the Lincoln Elementary School. Call 320-762-3310 for more details.
‘Partner Dancing…Take the Next Step,’ is a class being offered for couples to review skills learned in earlier classes and expand dance opportunities with news steps and patterns. The class is offered Monday nights, Dec. 1-15 from 8-9 at the Voyager Elementary School in Alexandria. Call 320-762-3310 for more details.
Come to Coffee and a Classic at the Willmar Public Library on Wednesday afternoon, Dec. 3rd at two. The library will provide coffee, a light afternoon snack and a classic movie for all to enjoy. Come enjoy a great classic film and beat the cold with a warm beverage. Contact the library at 235-3162 to find out which classic movie will be shown.
The Children’s Book Club will meet Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 2nd from 4-5 at the Willmar Public Library. The book this month is ‘Dragonbreath by Ursula Vernon. In addition to hearing about Danny Dragonbreath and his friend, Wendell, there will be several activities, plus snacks will be served. Call the library for more information.
There will be an Archery Open House on Friday night, Dec. 5th from 6:30-8:30 at the Little Crow Archers Indoor range in downtown Willmar. Pot luck appetizers and desserts. New this year is Kids Only Leagues. Open shooting, 20-yard indoor shooting range, animal and target leagues, tournaments, individual and family memberships and 24/7 keyed access for your shooting convenience.
A “Stained Glass Workshop” will introduce you to the tools and techniques needed to make stained glass windows and sun catchers. Learn to cut glass, foil, assemble and solder while making a 10-15 piece project. Glass, materials and tools will be provided. The class is at the Discovery Middle School in Alexandria, Saturday, December 6th from 8-3. Bring a lunch. Call 320-762-3310 for more details.
The Willmar Public Library has a new book club for mystery lovers. The Whodunit Book Club will meet Tuesday night, December 9th at 6. At the library. They will be discussing ‘What the Dead Know’ by Laura Lippman. The book focuses on the case of two sisters who disappeared from a shopping mall thirty years earlier. Read the book and come to the book club to discuss this story. Call 235-3162 with questions
Bake and take home six dozen holiday treats in the Bake and Take Cookies and Candies class at the Discovery Middle School in Alexandria on Tuesday, Dec. 9th from 5:30-8:30. All the dough is pre-made by a professional baker at her restaurant, so you can get in the holiday spirit by creating & baking without all the mess. Bring sis small containers to take cookies home. Call 320-762-3310 for more info.
Grades 3-5 can enjoy a couple afternoons with residents at Bethany Home in Alexandria decorating Christmas cookies and making Christmas wreaths to hang on their doors! Enter Bethany Home across from the LES tennis courts and have your ride available by 4:30at the class which is held Tuesday & Thursday, Dec 9 & 11 from 3-4:30. Call 320-762-3310 for more information.
Grades 4-8 can have fun in the kitchen in the Youth Bake & Take Christmas Cookies’ class at the Discovery Middle School in Alexandria. Learn new recipes and enjoy baking cookies with friends! Take home a dozen cookies or candy each session. These treats can be frozen and served at your holiday gatherings. The registration deadline is Wednesday, December 10th.The class is Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, Dec 15, 16 and 18 from 4:30-6:30. Call 320-762-3310 for more information.
The Koronis Nite Owls of Paynesville will have their At the Hop Square Dance on Saturdaynight, Dec. 13th with Larry Johansen calling. The Workshop will start at 7:30, and mainstream dancing will be from 8-10. It’s at the Paynesville Elementary School. There will be a potluck lunch and quarterly meeting following the dance.
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.