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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.
If you want to learn more about the “Alexandria Area Men's Chorus” before you join, two free sessions may be just what you need. Join Craig Schlangen, retired music director with 30 years of experience, and other men age 16 and up at no charge on Tuesday nights, September 23 & 30 from 6:30-8:30 at the Alexandria Area High School. After these free trial sessions, you may join the regular season of the Men’s Chorus held on Tuesdays, October 7-May 26. Register by calling 320-762-3310, ext. 4270.
Join ‘Introduction to Metalworking—Cold Connections’ and learn to make jewelry for yourself or for a gift. Design, saw, drill, hammer, rivet, texture, finish and use cold connections to create works of jewelry art. During this five week course, you will make four pieces. This class is at the Discovery Middle School in Alexandria on Tuesday nights, September 23-October 21 from 5-7. Register by calling 320-762-3310, ext. 4270.
The Renville County Senior Expo is Tuesday, Sept. 23rd from 9-2:15 at the Bird Island Ballroom. The doors open at nine with free doughnuts and coffee. There are a numberof speakers; music; lunch; drawings; free blood pressure checks and free diabetic screenings. Admission is $8 per person. Includes noon lunch.
A Food for Kidz packaging event will be held Wednesday, Sept. 24th at the Atwater Community Center. Volunteers will be filling bags with nutritious meals. The local committee has set goals of packaging 60,000 meals and raising the $9,000 to cover the cost of the ingredients to reach their goal of meals. Donations can be sent to Food For Kidz, P.O. Box 179, Atwater, Mn. For more info call 974-8525.
You’re invited to join the Craft Circle at the Willmar Public Library. Bring your craft to this two hour period. The circle meets the fourth Wednesday afternoon of each month from 3-5. The next meeting is Wednesday, Sept. 24th and the time has been extended to allow for more time for you to complete your crafts. Call 235-3162 for more information.
A gallery exhibit and reception featuring the work of Craig Edwards of New London will run from now through Oct. 31st in Marshal at the Southwest Minnesota Arts Council Council gallery. There is a reception for Edwards on Thursday, Sept. 25th from 5-7. There will also be folk music by Bill Gossman, Anrew Renneker and Maggie Harp, all from the New London area.
Fall story hour at the Willmar Public Library will be Friday mornings, Sept. 26-Oct. 31 from 10-10:45. On Sept. 26 the \ program is ‘Back to School and Buses.’ The programs are for children ages 2-1/2 to six years old. The activities are designed to stimulate your preschoolers’ literacy skills. Children are encouraged to check out books before or after their program.
The children’s matinee at the Willmar Public Library on Friday afternoon, Sept. 26th from 3:30-5 will be on ‘How to Eat Fried Worms.’ The gist of the story is that a new family moves to town, their pre-teen son gets into an altercation with the school kids over eating worms. Call the library for more info.
The Danube Historical Society will have a fall festival on Saturday, Sept. 27th from 11-2 in the Danube Depot Museum. Serving brats, sauerkraut, hot dogs, chips, bars, lemonade and coffee. Freewill donation. Raffle drawing at 2. Entertainment by Verlyn Kling’s one man band. All welcome.
The Koronis Nite Ows, Paynesville, will have their Anniversary Square Dance on Saturday night, Sept. 27th with Jim Lizakowski calling. The PLUS workshop will start at 7:30, with mainstream dancing from 8-10 at the Paynesville Elementary School. A potluck lunch will follow the dance.
Willmar Community Ed and Rec is taking registrations for ATV training. This class will be held on Saturday, Sept. 27th from nine to noon at Motor Sports of Willmar. The class fee is $10. For more information or to register, call 231-8490.
The First Lutheran Church of Norway Lake will hold its annual meatball dinner on Sunday, September 28, from 11 to 1. The menu includes meatballs with gravy, mashed potatoes, vegetables, salads, desserts and beverages. The cost is $9 for adults, $4 for kids 6-12 and children 5 and under eat free. The event also includes a bake sale, garden produce, crafts and "Granny's Attic."7
It’s Dad’s Belgian Waffles, all you care to eat, Sunday, Sept. 28th from 8:30-12:30 at the Atwater Community Center. Serving waffles, sausages, toppings and beverages. Adults are $7 in advance or $8 at the door. For kids 10 and under is $5 in advance or $6 at the door. Carry out is $8. This is sponsored by Atwater Karting Speedway.
The Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Murdock will have its annual fall turkey dinner on Sunday, sept. 28th 4-7:30 at the church in Murdock. Silent auction-these baskets and other items, including Juan Ana coffee from our mission families in San Lucas Toliman in Guatemala, available in ground, regular roast bean or dark roast bean. The cost for the dinner is $10 for adults age 11 and up; ages 5-10 its $5; ages 4 and under, free; and takeout meals, $10.
Hear Lee Hurd’s story and see photos from her trip to Romania. Learn more about getting involved in this and other programs available, especially with Global Volunteers that is headquartered in Minnesota and plans volunteer trips all over the world. The class is at Grand Arbor in Alexandria Monday, September 29th from 5-6:30. Call 320-762-3310, ext. 4270.
Turn your DSLR (Digital single-lens reflex) camera off auto pilot and get an introduction to aperture, shutter speed and ISO. These three functions control almost everything in your pictures and understanding how they work will immeasurably improve your images. Bring your DSLR camera, tripod (if you have one), manual, charged batteries and a memory card to the Discovery Middle School in Alexandria, Tuesday night, September 30, 6:30-8:30. Call 320-762-3310, ext. 4270.
Alexandria Community Education’s Pottery class is designedfor the beginner to advanced student. Basics of working with clay will be covered -- wheel-thrown pottery, hand building and glazing. Treat yourself to the experience of working with clay. Enjoy taking risks and exploring new ideas with a local artist at the Alexandria Area High School, Tuesday nights, September 30-November 18 from 6-8:30. You can register by calling 320-762-3310, ext. 4270.
The Humane Society of Kandiyohi and Meeker Counties wil have a pet vaccination clinic on Tuesday night, Sept 30th from 5:30-7 at the Hawk Creek Animal Shelter in Willmar. Distemper-Parvo and Rabies for dogs are $10 each. For cats, the rabies and the distemper-respiratory are $10 each. Cash preferred. Pets much be on a leash or in a shelter
Come to Coffee and a Classic at the Willmar Public Library to enjoy a cup of coffee, a light afternoon snack and a classic movie. It’s held the first Wednesday of each month, and this next Coffee and a Classic is on Wednesday afternoon, October 1st at 2. Contact the library at 235-3162 to find out which classic movie will be shown.
Flu shots are available at the St. Cloud VA Medical Center for spouses, significant others, caregivers, children ages 3 and up and Veterans not enrolled for health care with the VA. It’s from 8-11 on October 1st and 2nd only. A payment of $35 will be required, or your health insurance can be billed. Bring your insurance cards. For Veterans receiving VA health care and unable to attend VA facility clinics, bring your VA identification card.
The Humane Society of Kandiyohi and Meeker Counties will have a pet vaccination clinic in Litchfield on Thursday night, Oct. 2nd from 5:30-7 in the Meeker County Sheriff’s Department Garage. Rabies and Distemper-Parvo shots for dogs are $10 each; for cats Rabies and distemper-respiratory are $10 each. Pets much be on a leash or in a carrier. Contact the shelter for more information.
A free PACER workshop for parents of children with disabilities is set for Thursday night, Oct. 2nd from 6:30-8:30 in the multipurpose room of the Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services Building. Topics include: behavior as communication; behaviors that may reflect unmet metal health needs; and positive interventions and alternatives to punishment at home, school and in the community.
The Meander, Upper Minnesota River Arts Crawl is Friday, Oct. 3rd from 12 noon to six; Saturday, Oct. 4th from nine to six; and Sunday, Oct. 5th from nine to four. There are numerous events throughout the three day weekend. On Friday, Granite Falls will have a riverside celebration for all ages featuring music, food, walking theatre and historic tours centered around downtown and the historic Robeling Footbridge spanning the Minnesota River. Call 866-866-5432 for more info.
There will be a Fall Story Hour at the Willmar Public Library on Friday morning, Oct. 3rd from 10-10:45. The story is ‘Apples and Johnny Appleseed.’ Children will be entertained with quality literature, flannel graph stories, puppetry, music, fingerplays and an occasional movie. Children are encouraged to check out books before or after the program. This is for children ages 2-1/2 to six years old.
The annual fall festival for Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church of rural Spicer is Saturday, Oct. 4th from nine to 12 noon. Cookie walk, Christmas crafts, Grandma’s Attic, baked goods and breads, creative home and garden, pie shop and more. Rolls and coffee served at nine; lunch served from 10:30 to noon.
Hope Lutheran Church of Sunburg will have its annual fall bazaar on Saturday, Oct. 4th from 10:30-1. Bakery shoppe with lefse, krum kaka, rosettes, sandbakkels, flatbread and more; garden market; quilt raffle; shop our Apron Booth and General Stores; used book sale; cards and napkins. Lunch is soup, ham sandwiches, salad, rommegrot and a variety of pies.
Kandiyohi County Public Health will have an immunization clinic on Monday morning, Oct. 6t from 10 to noon at the clinic in the Health and Human Services Building, Willmar. No appointment is needed. Bring all immunization records along to the clinic. No one will be denied immunizations due to inability to pay. Call 231-7860 for more info.
The Minnewaska Community Health Services Auxiliary Fall Bazaar will be held Saturday, October 11 from nine to one at the Minnewaska Lutheran Home Commons in Starbuck. There will be a bake sale, crafts, grab bags, white elephant sale and two raffles, a 32" flat screen T.V. and a rosemaled plate. Lunch includes BBQs, rommegrot, homemade doughnuts, bars and beverages
A benefit for Macy Rohner Erickson, a KMS fourth-grader who was injured this summer in a horse accident, will be held Sunday, October 12, from 11 to 1. At the East Norway Lake Lutheran Church in rural New London. The eventincludes a dinner, silent auction and bake sale, with free-will donations accepted.
The Willmar Public Library has a new book club for mystery lovers. The Whodunit Book Club will meet on the 2nd Tuesday night of every month. While all traditional components of book clubs will be present, they will also complete a hands-on activity related to each book they read. The next meeting will be Tuesday night, October 14 at 6 at the library. The book for October is The Cuckoo’s Callingby Robert Galbraith, a pseudonym for J.K Rowling. Call the library at 235-3162.
Join the Lunch Bunch Book Club to discuss books every 3rd Wednesday of the month at 12 noon. New members are always welcome. The next book club meeting will be Wednesday, October 15 at Cornerstone Coffee in the Skylark Mall. There will be discussion on ‘The Orchardist’ by Amanda Coplin. The book tells the tale of a solitary orchardist named Talmadge who provides shelter to two runaway girls in the American West.
The Salvation Army in Willmar is collecting coats now and will distribute them Oct. 23rd and 24th between 8:30 and 11:45 and 1:15 to four. Bring your gently used or new coats and winter wear of coats, hats, boots, scarves, mittens, snowpants, etc., all sizes and mostly children’s sizes. Drop them off at the Salvation Army, Nelson’s Cleaners & Laundry, Family Video, Schwegman’s Cleaners or First Covenant Church. Call 235-2033.