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There is a free grocery giveaway every Saturday morning from nine to 10:30 at the Harvest Community Church in Willmar. All who come will receive food, even at 10:30. Due to the rising costs of gas and vehicle upkeep there is a charge of $1 per family per week for the food. Community Basics, Inc. in partnership with Matter in St. Louis Park, utilizes corporate surplus to fight poverty, hunger and disease.
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 Kerkhoven Girl Scouts are putting a collection box in the city office as well as other businesses and locations in Kerkhoven. They’re collecting new or used linens for the Humane Society. They’re putting these containers throughout the city and will have them out until March 1. Help them out by donating these items.
Silent auction donations and volunteers are needed for the Humane Society of Kandiyohi/Meeker Counties ‘Save Our Tails’ event, which is Friday night, Feb. 27 at the Holiday Inn. Volunteers are needed to help with the set up at the Holiday Inn, and to help the night of the event with tickets, the live auction and check out. Call 235-7612 for more info.
Join the Crow River Trail Guards for a Moonlight Meander on Saturday night, Feb. 28th from 7-9 at the Crow River Nature Park at 200 Burr Street, Paynesville, Mn. It’s a night of free family fun, candle-lit trails, bonfires, hot refreshments, friendly faces & more. See you at the Meander.
The Koronis Nite Owls of Paynesville will have their Pie Night Square Dance on Saturday night, Feb. 28th with Larry Johansen calling. The Workshop starts at 7:30; mainstream dancing from 8-10. It’s at the Paynesville Elementary School. There will be a potluck lunch following the dance.
The Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services Public Health department will have an immunization clinic on Monday morning, March 2nd from 10 to noon at the public health office. Bring along an up-to-date record of all past immunizations. If under 18, you must be accompanied by a parent or guardian or have proper written consent. Call 231-7800 for more info.
Monday morning, March 2nd is Read Across America Day and this year the book is the Seuss classic ‘Oh, the Places You’ll Go.’ Join Janet Clark, the guest reader, at the Willmar Public Library from 10-10:45 for some of her favorite Dr. Seuss books and other fun crafts and activities. This is for ages 2-1/2 to six. Join in on the fun because you’re never too old, too wacky, too wild to pick up a book and read with a child. Call 235-3162 for more info.
The Willmar Area Food Shelf’s 2nd Annual Chili Fest and Cook-Off will be Monday, March 2nd from 5-7 at the Willmar Community & Activity Center. Freewill offering. This is open to the public. This is a kick-off to the Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign. Teams representing our Local Heroes: firefighters, ambulance crews, police, teachers, military, & sports.
Ridgewater College in Willmar will have a blood drive on Tuesday, March 3rd from 8:30-2:30 in its gymnasium. To make an appointment go to www.redcrossblood.org and enter the sponsor code, 1410. This is open to the public.
The American Red Cross will be in Willmar during March. There will be a drive on Tuesday, March 3rd from 8:30-2:30 at Ridgewater College. A second drive will be on Monday, March 9th from 1-7 at the Assembly of God Church, Willmar. You’re encouraged to give blood at one of these drives as the need for blood is constant. Call 651-291-3290 for more info.
The UMM Campus Police, Morris Police Department and Stevens County Sheriff’s Office is putting on an empowerment class consisting of four sessions on empowering and defending yourself. This 12 hour course is for women only, ages 12 to adult. The first session is Tuesday, March 3rd from 6-9; and the other three are Tuesday March 10th, 17th and 24th from 6:30-9 in the wrestling room at the Morris Area High School. For more info contact Karon White at kwhitepo@gmail.
A beginner archery class for kids in fifth grade and up will be held on Tuesday afternoon, March 3rd from 4-5:30 at the Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center. You’ll learn the basics of using a compound bow and arrow. You’ll work on form, safety, technique, how to properly use the equipment, etc. All equipment will be provided. Meet at the farmsite. For more information call 354-5894.
An intense interval training workout called ‘Tabata and Core’ will be held Tuesdays, March 3-31 from 5:15 to 6 at the Nelson Wellness Center in Alexandria. You’ll experience a total body workout while burning mega calories and getting your heart rate up. Tabata training is the interval program that calls for 20 seconds of all-out intensity followed by 10 seconds of rest, repeated eight times. Register for this and many other adult enrichment opportunities at 320-762-3310.
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. The class is at the Early Education Center in Alexandria on Wednesday nights, March 4-25 from 7:15-8. Bring a towel and a mat if you have one. Call 320-762-3310 to register.
Basic Pilates stretches and exercises modified to strengthen pelvic, abdominal and postural muscles is Wednesday nights, March 4-25 from 6:15-7 at the Early Education Center in Alexandria. In “Prenatal and Postnatal Pilates”, focus on breath, slow and controlled movements and coordination. This class is intended for pregnant or new moms. You may bring your baby to this gentle exercise, ages 0-6 months is best, as the class is focused on your strength and flexibility. Bring a towel and a mat if you have one. Register at 320-762-3310.
Elementary children can grab their hat and read with the Cat in the Read Across America event at the Willmar Public Library on Wednesday afternoon, March 4th from 4:15-5. Join the group for some stories, snacks, activities and prizes. No registration is necessary. Call the library at 235-3162 for more information.
Farmland, a feature length documentary will take you inside the world of farming for a first-hand glimpse into the lives of six young farmers and ranchers in their 20s. There is a free showing Thursday afternoon, March 5th at the Willmar Conference Center. The doors open at 4:30 and the movie starts at 5:15. It is a free event however you need a ticket and they are free. Pick them up at United FCS or at the Kandiyohi County Farm Bureau office. Appetizers will be served (they are free also).
The Barn Theatre has a 50th anniversary special event fundraiser on Saturday night, March 7th at 7:30. The theatre is presenting “Love Letters,” a sentimental journey of two friends through the seasons of their lives staring Bev Raske and Doug Wilkowske. There is also a show Sunday afternoon, March 8th at one. Presale general admission tickets of $20 at the Barn Theatre includes complimentary dessert and coffee at intermission.
A benefit waffle feed for Bryent and Jenna Slagter is set for Monday, March 9th from 4:30-7 at the Roseland Reformed Church in Blomkest. It’s a Dad’s Belgian Waffle feed. The two will be traveling to Niamey, Niger to serve at Sahel Academy, an international school comprised of kids of local missionaries. The two will be working as a youth pastor and a teacher’s aide.
There is an After School Archery Club event for grades five and up at the Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center on Tuesday afternoons, March 10th, 17th and 24th from 4-5:30 each day. You’ll learn and practice the skill archery & will use compound bows to improve your skills. You’ll shoot 3-d target, Olympic style archery and use the atl-atl’s. Equipment will be provided. Meet at the farm-site. Call 354-5894 for more info.
The Willmar Public Library has a new night book club for fiction lovers. Novels @ Night will meet the second Tuesday night of the month at 7 to discuss a book and enjoy sweet treats. The next meeting will be Tuesday night, March 10th at seven at the library. The book to be discussed will be ‘Little Bee’ by Chris Cleave. Call the library at 235-3162 with questions.
There will be an indoor rock climbing gym for all ages on March 12th, 19th and 26th from 4-5:30 at the Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center. Equipment will be provided. Meet at the main building. Instructors will help every climber reach new heights. Call 354-5894 for info.
There will be a benefit for Darla Neubarth on Saturday, March 14th from 2-5 for a carnival at the BLHS High School in Hector. There will be a pizza fundraiser, a raffle for kids, and during the evening from 6-8 at the Buffalo Lake Community Center, there is a pulled pork sandwich meal at six; silent auction from 6-8 and a benefit dance from 8:30-11:30. Neubarth has ovarian cancer.
All students in Kindergarten through 8th Grade and their families are invited to try their luck at ‘Book Bingo’ on Tuesday, March 17th at the Prairie Woods Elementary School. The Scholastic Book Fair starts at 3:15 and runs until the end of Book Bingo. Book Bingo is from 6:30-8 and students who are accompanied by a parent can come to the gymnasium for bingo. Hope to see you at Book Bingo night. Call 354-2252, extension 2361 for more info.
Join the Lunch Bunch Book Club to discuss books every 3rd Wednesday of the month at 12 noon. The next book club meeting will be Wednesday, March 18 at Cornerstone Coffee in the Skylark Mall. They’ll be discussing The Astronaut Wives Club by Lily Koppel. This book is being made into a television mini-series on ABC. Call the Willmar Public Library at 235-3162 for more info.