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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
Habitat for Humanity of West Central Minnesota is seeking monetary donations and inventory for the ReStore in Willmar. The ReStore accepts new and gently used furniture, home accessories, building materials, and appliances, all of which are sold to the public at a reduced price. The proceeds help Habitat construct new homes in the community, call Habitat for Humanity.
NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness) sponsors free support groups for families and friends of individuals living with a mental illness. Led by trained facilitators who also have a family member with mental illness, the support groups help families develop better coping skills and find strength through sharing their experiences. A family support group meets in Willmar at 6:30 on the 1st and 3rd Thursday nights, at the Lakeland Health Center, Seminar room 2 on the lower level. For more information, call 320-444-4860.
Kandiyohi County Public Health has started a new car safety seat initiative called TIKE (Toddler Info Kept for Emergencies). Emergency info can be placed on a free sticker and attached to the back of the car seat - emergency personnel can then access info about the child in the event an adult is unable to after a car crash. Free stickers are available at Kandiyohi County Public Health.
The Willmar Stingers and J.D. Kreps Financial Group have joined efforts once again to recognize local veterans in the community this summer. During the Stingers home game on Wednesday, June 28th, nine local veterans will be honored at Bill Taunton Stadium as part of a Veterans Appreciation game. On this night, the nine recognized veterans will also receive their very own baseball card.
The 1st 250 fans through the gates will be featured on a complete set of baseball cards of these nine local heroes courtesy of J.D. Kreps Financial Group.
The card set will represent each branch of the military and honor those who are currently serving our country, veterans who have served in the past but are no longer active, and those who bravely fought for our country, but have since passed away. Military Trading Card Nomination Form
The Stingers and J.D. Kreps Financial Group are currently seeking nominations of local veterans for this unique recognition event this summer.
To nominate a veteran, all you need to do is complete the nomination form below. The nomination form gives you the opportunity to highlight your nominee and showcase their service in the armed forces.
Each veteran selected will also receive complimentary tickets and concessions vouchers courtesy of J.D. Kreps Financial Group and the night will conclude with a patriotic post-game fireworks display.
Nominations will be taken until May 5th with an official announcement being made in mid-May.
Nomination forms can be accessed by visiting willmarstingers.com, or by visiting the Stingers office during normal business hours. Nominations can be dropped off directly to the Stingers office at the ballpark or by mailing the nomination to PO Box 201, Willmar, MN 56201.
Please include a photo of the military hero along with your completed nomination form.
For more information on this night or to access a nomination form, please contact Ryan Voz at (320) 828-1329 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
The New London Spicer FFA will have a fundraiser Friday night, April 28th at the New London High School Gym. It’s donkey basketball with trained donkeys and semi-trained players. Admission is $5. Get your tickets from FFA members, New London-Spicer Community Ed or at the door.
There will be a Sip and Paint fundraiser ‘Team Henry’ paint night at the Blue Ice Studio in Raymond on Friday night, April 28th from 7-10. This class is for adults ages 21 plus. Team Henry was formed to educate people about congenital heart defects and to support heart families. Henry died at age 4. He is the son of Selena Owen of Raymond. All funds raised will be used to support heart families in need. Follow Team Henry at www.teamhenry4chd.com.
There will be a Children’s Matinee at the Willmar Public Library on Friday afternoon, April 28th from 3:30-5. This month’s movie tells the imaginative story of a young girl and the Giant who introduces her to the wonders and perils of Giant Country. The Giant is friendly, standing 24 feet tall with enormous ears and a keen sense of smell. He is endearingly dim-witted and keeps to himself for the most part. Call the library for more information.
The First Lutheran Church of Kensington will have its annual WELCA spring salad luncheon on Saturday, April 29th from 11-1 at the church. Salads of all kinds, home-made buns, meatballs and more. Come enjoy the luncheon and visit with friends on the 29th at the First Lutheran Church in Kensington.
The New London People’s Climate Paddle will take place on Saturday afternoon, April 29th from 2-3:30 at the Mill Pond in New London. Join your community for a day of paddling in fun as they gather in solidarity with marches happening around the country to call for action on climate change. Gather at the beach at 2:30. If you don’t have a boat, come to the beach on foot, by bike, or whatever means necessary.
There will be a benefit for Jerry Spencer on Saturday, April 29th from 3-7 at the Atwater Community Center. It’s a freewill donation benefit with a pulled pork full meal deal, bake sale, silent auction and raffles. Spencer has diabetic retinopathy and has lost most of his eyesight. He has had several surgeries and will require more in the future. If you can’t attend, donations can be sent to the Jerry Spencer Benefit at Home State Bank in Litchfield.
The Willmar Area Chapter of Let’s Go Fishing will have its 11th annual Dad’s Waffle Feedon Saturday morning, April 29th from 8-11 at the Willmar Community and Activity Center on North Highway 71, Willmar. All you can eat waffles, sausage and beverages. Carry-outs also available. Children 5 and under free. All net proceeds go to support the chapter’s mission and outreach to seniors, youth, the disabled and veterans. Call 320-409-1132 for more info.
There will be a Lane Halvorson family benefit spaghetti dinner on Saturday, April 29th from 4-8 at the Spicer American Legion. $8 a plate; bake sale; silent auction. Hosting this are Brady Lindquist and Jacky Lindquist.
The Little Crow Anglers youth fishing clinic is Saturday morning, April 29th with registration from 8:15 to nine and the clinic from nine to noon at the Willmar Middle School. It’s free to all West Central Minnesota youth. Each child will rotate through 15 minute sessions on boat and water safety; fish identification; rod and reel casting; minnow races; tying lines and knots; and conservation education. Lunch from 11-11:30; prizes by drawing. Parents pick up children at noon or plan to attend with them.
The Chippewa County Historical Society will host an open house at the Lac qui Parle Mission on Sunday afternoon, April 30th from 1-3. There is no admission fee to visit the site or attend the open house. A volunteer from the historical society will be on hand to answer questions about this historic site. Hours for the 2017 season will be from 8-8 Monday throughSunday from April 30th through Labor Day weekend.
The public health office in the Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services Building in Willmar will have an immunization clinic Monday morning, May 1st from ten to noon in the public health office. No appointment is needed. Bring along 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 KMS Business Professionals of America (BPA) is sponsoring three fundraisers in May. They are raising money for six students who qualified for the National BPA Competition in Orlando, FL May 10-14. The Students competed on the region and state levels to qualify for the national competition. The Computer Animation Team designed and animated a new water ride for the Disney Parks. The other students are competing in the Torch Awards Program where the student prepare a resume highlighting all of their community and chapter activities. The first event is a spaghetti feed on Monday night, May 1st from 5:30 to 7 prior to the Spring Band Concert in the KMS High School Commons. Free will offering, suggested $5 per plate.
There will be a Children’s Book Club on Tuesday afternoon, May 2nd from 4-5 at the Willmar Public Library. This is for grades 2-6. The book is ‘The Girl Who Drank the Moon,’ by Kelly Barnhill. It’s an epic fantasy about a young girl raised by a witch, a swamp monster and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon, who must unlock the powerful magic buried deep inside her. When she approaches her 13th birthday, her magic begins to emerge on schedule. Call the library for more information.
It’s Trauma Awareness Month in May and the American Red Cross urges eligible blood and platelet donors to make an appointment to give blood. There will be a blood drive at the Eden Valley Event Center on Tuesday, May 2nd from 1-7; and at the Renville County West High School on Friday, May 5th from 9:30-2:30. Blood and platelet donors of all types are currently needed. Call the Red Cross at 651-291-3290 for more information.
The regular meeting of the Swift County Mental Health Advisory Council will be held on Wednesday afternoon, May 3rd at 4 at the Benson Public Library. Special guest Father Steve Verhelst will share strategies for Living with Stress and Anxiety. Persons interested in child and/or adult mental health issues are invited to attend. Any questions can be directed to Jennifer Warnock at 320-843-6331 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Willmar Branch of the American Association of University Women will hold their annual used book sale on Thursday, May 4th and Friday, May 5th from 9-7 and Saturday, May 6th from nine to noon at the Willmar Community Center. If you have books to donate, drop them off at the community center on May 3rd. Proceeds from the sale will go for national grants and fellowships for women, a scholarship for a female student at Ridgewater, who will go on for a four year degree, and the Wilmar Civic Scholarship Fund.
The 35th annual Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast will be Thursday morning, May 4th at 6:30 at the Willmar Conference Center. The featured speaker is LTC Brad Fenske, a native of Paynesville, who is currently the Commander for the Minneapolis Recruiting Battalion. Complimentary tickets will be offered to the first 250 Veterans/Current Military at the Willmar City Office or Living Hope Church. General tickets are $15 each. Call 235-4317 for more information.
Sacred Heart Saints Baseball is throwing a Cinco De Mayo party on Friday night, May 5th from 5-7 at the Sacred Heart Community Center. Taco Meal with all the fixings! Free Will Donation. Dance from 7-11; silent auction 5-8. All proceeds will support the Sacred Heart Saints Amateur Baseball team with expenses of equipment, umpires and uniforms.
The United Lutheran Church of Lake Lillian will have its annual pork chop dinner on Friday, May 5th from 4:30-7. One chop dinner is $10 and two chop dinner is $13. The meal features ‘famous Don’s’ grilled pork chops, baked potatoes, cole slaw, vegetable, bread/butter, beverages and a variety of home-made desserts. Enjoy the first grilling of the season.
There are several events for teens planned at the Willmar Public Library. One is Fridayafternoon, May 5th from 3:30-5:30. Here you can help plan programs, choose materials and make the library a better place for teens. Apply online or in the Teen Area. On Monday night, May 8th from 6-10 is a Teen Murder Mystery party. Dress up, put together clues and help solve the mystery. Registration required. On Tuesday afternoon, May 9th from 4-6 it’s Teen Book and Media Chat. Call the library for more info.
The Hanley Falls Fire Department will have its 57th annual smelt fry on Saturday, May 6th from 3-9 at the fire department. Also serving Pollock. Proceeds will go towards the Hanley Falls Fireman’s Relief Association. See you at the smelt fry.
The Masons for diabetic youth will have a French Toast Breakfast at the Willmar VFW on Sunday, May 7th from 8-12:30. All you can eat. Tickets are available at the door or in advance by calling 320-894-7463. Adults $7.50; children ages 4-12 $5; and three and under eat free. Proceeds from the breakfast will be used to purchase supplies and equipment for area schools to care for children with diabetes.
The Spicer Sunrise Lions will sponsor free vision screenings for children ages 6 months to 6 years old Sunday, May 7th from 11-2 at the Spicer American Legion. While the target group is six months to six years, the Lions will provide free vision screenings for any child of elementary school age. This screening is part of a nationwide initiative called Lions KidSight USA, a national coalition that brings together Lions programs that screen children from six months to six years of age.
The American Red Cross has scheduled three blood drives in Kandiyohi County during May. The first drive is on Monday, May 8th from 1-7 at the Assembly of God Church in Willmar. The second is on Wednesday, May 10th from 1-7 at the American Legion in Willmar. The third drive is Monday, May 15th from noon to six at the Christian Reformed Church in Raymond.
Willmar Community Education and Recreation will have a ‘Happy 75th Birthday Little Golden Books Class’ on Tuesday night, May 9th from 6-7:30 at the Willmar Middle School. Golden Books Enthusiast Ellen Radel will be present. The cost is $10 per person. Pre-Registration is required by calling Willmar Community Ed and Rec at 231-8490.
The Assembly of God Church of Willmar invites you to come for family fun events geared for preschool kids, but the whole family is welcome. They are come-and-go events and feature fun activities, free play in ‘The Treehouse’ and outside, weather permitting, and a chance to check out Children’s Corner opening this fall. Tuesday night, May 9th from 5:30-7 its Prehistoric Playground; and Saturday morning, May 20th from 10-11:30 it’s Outstanding Outdoors.
Heartbeat will meet at the Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church of rural Spicer and New London on Tuesday night, May 9th from 7-8:30. Heartbeat is affiliated with the national organization of the American Association of Suicidology and was created for mutual support for those who have lost a loved one through suicide. For more information call 320-262-6162, 894-0182 or 796-0168.
The Willmar Community Ed and Rec will have a Little Golden Books Class to celebrate the 75th birthday of those golden gems on Tuesday night, May 9th from 6-7:30 at the Willmar Middle School with local enthusiast Ellen Radel. There is a $10 participation fee. Pre-registration is required by calling Willmar Community Ed & Rec at 231-8490. Come celebrate the Little Golden Books on May 9th.
There will be a board game afternoon at the Willmar Public Library on Wednesday, May 10th from 4-5. This is for children from kindergarten to sixth grade. No registration necessary. Bring friends. Snacks provided. There are numerous benefits of playing board games: spend time with friends; engage in activities that don’t involve staring at a computer screen or a smartphone; revive your creativity and problem solving skills; and just have fun. Call the library for more information.
Women and World War 1 in Southwest Minnesota is the program that will be presentedThursday night, May 11th at seven in the Kandiyohi County Historical Society’s Community meeting room. Women overwhelmingly supported World War I and contributed to the war effort in the ways they could. Many joined the Red Cross and spent many hours knitting comfort items such as socks, scarves and wristlets for the soldiers. Call the historical society for more information.
The Koronis Nite Owls of Paynesville will have a square dance celebrating Veterans on Saturday night, May 13th with Larry Johansen calling. Mainstream dancing is at the Paynesville Elementary School and runs from 7:30-10. A potluck lunch will follow the dance. If you have any questions call Margaret at 320-399-1001.
The schedule for 2017 is June 26, August 21 and October 30th. Please tell your family, friends, and co-workers about this low cost spay/neuter program. Register animals now as the calendar fills up. You can register online at MNSNAP.org or by calling 612-720-8236.