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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.

August

Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services Public Health office will have an immunization clinic on Monday, August 3rd from ten to noon at the public health office in Willmar’s Health and Human Services Building. Bring an up-to-date record of all past immunizations. No one will be denied due to inability to pay.

Persons living in Meeker County have three cities in which they can give blood during August. There is a blood drive at the Covenant Church in Dassel on Monday, August 3rd from 1-7; one at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Eden Valley on Wednesday, August 12th from 1-7; and two at St. Phillips Church in Litchfield, one on August 12th from 1-7, and the second on Thursday, August 13th from 1-7.

You entering grades 1-4 in Alexandria have a chance to work on various projects that can be used to decorate their room or give away as gifts. Gather your friends to join the fun in the “Arts & Creative Design” class. The Class is Monday-Thursday, August 3-6, from 12:30-4:30 at the Discovery Middle School. Bring a snack and a water bottle each day. Register by calling 320-762-3310.

Through the ‘Senior Housing Tour’ in Alexandria, learn about some of the choices in the Alexandria area  such as senior apartments, adult foster care facilities, assisted living facilities and 55+ housing communities. After a short informational session, board a Rainbow Rider bus and visit several senior housing sites. Handouts will be provided. The tour meets at Public Works on Monday afternoon. August 3 from 3-4. Call 320-762-3310 for more info. 

Paint like master painters Jackson Pollock, van Gogh and Monet. “Art Camp” for youth entering grades 6 and up will provide a variety of unique paint projects from which students may to choose, including free time for their own creation of a canvas masterpiece. Students may bring a water bottle and snack to the class which is Tuesday-Thursday mornings, August 4-6 from 9:30-11:30 at the Discovery Middle School in Alexandria. For more information call 320-762-3310. 

The Morris Police Department will be hosting a car seat clinic Wednesday, August 5th, from 4-7 at the Stevens County Ambulance garage. Officer Reggie Welle, along with other car seat practitioners will be at the clinic inspecting car s eat installation and educating people on their use. See you there.

The Kandiyohi County Fair will be August 5th through the 8th, and the Kandiyohi/Meeker County Humane Society has an opportunity for volunteers to raise some funds for the shelter. Wednesday and Friday nights they’ll be selling tickets at the front entrance. On Saturday, August 8th during the Kids Day event from 9-1 shelter pets will be on display at the fairgrounds. Call Bobbie at 235-7612 if you can help.

The Willmar Public Library will hold two yoga sessions in August for adults. The yoga sessions will take place on Wednesday afternoons, August 5th and 19th at four at the library. Wear loose, comfortable clothing and bring a mat or towel if you have one. A limited supply of mats will be provided on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Call the library at 235-3162 with questions.

The American Red Cross is having a community blood drive on Wednesday, August 5th from 2-7 at the Kerkhoven Civic Center. Bring a photo ID or a donor card. To make an appointment or for more information call Ginny at 264-0341. Blood is needed and you’re urged to come and give of that life-saving commodity on August 5th.

The Morris Police Department will host a car seat clinic on Wednesday, August 5th from 4-7 at the Stevens County Ambulance Garage. Officer Reggie Welle, along with other car seat practitioners will be at the clinic inspecting car seat installation and educating people on their use.

The August Thursday Gathering at the Swift County Historical Society and Museum in Benson will be Thursday afternoon, August 6th at 1. The topic will be on 4-H.  Hope to see you there.  Call 320-843-4467 if you have any questions.

The Little Crow Archers of Willmar and Swift County Archers of Benson are hosting the annual 60-target 3-D shoot August 8th and 9th at the Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center. Registration August 8th is from 9-3 and on August 9th from 9-2. There is a half course of 30 targets or a full course of 60 targets.

The First Covenant Church of Willmar is hosting the 15th annual Old Fashioned Hymn Sing on Sunday night, August 9th at six at the church. Chuck Gustafson will be the song leader. Musicians are Don Franklin and Saralyn Olson. Call 214-1109 with questions.

There will be 2 American Red Cross blood drives in Willmar during August. The first will be Monday, August 10th from 1-7 at the Assembly of God Church. The second will be Tuesday, August 11th from ten to four at the Willmar VFW Post 1639. The Red Cross must collect 15,000 blood donations every day to meet the needs of patients at about 2,600 hospitals and transfusion centers across the country.

Join the Lunch Bunch Book Club to discuss books every third Wednesday of the month at 12 noon hosted by the Willmar Public Library. New members are always welcome. The next book Cornerstone Coffee in the Skylark Mall. We will be discussing Left Neglected by Lisa Genova. A career-driven mother, who suffers from a traumatic brain injury.

Come give blood in Renville County during August. There is a drive at the St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Olivia on Thursday, August 10th from 1-7; one at the Prairie Lutheran School in Fairfax on Tuesday, August 11th from 1-7; two drives on Wednesday, August 12th, the first at Jackpot Junction in Morton from ten to four and the other at the Community Center in Renville from 1-7; and one at the First Lutheran Church in Hector on Thursday, August 13th from 1-7.

Learn to make savory healthy breads using dough that you mix in minutes, can store for up to two weeks and will allow you to have fresh artisan breads in five minutes a day! Bake a loaf in class to share, plus bring home a batch of dough to make more bread over the next two weeks. Receive recipes for various breads. The class includes demonstration, hands-on and tasting. Bring a five quart mixing bowl with cover to take home your dough. The class is at the Alexandria Senior Center on Monday, August 10th from 1:30-4. Call 320-762-3310.

The MN Snap vehicle with the Spay Neuter Assistance Program will be at the Hawk Creek Animal Shelter in Willmar on Monday, August 10th. Volunteers are needed to help clean instruments and wrap surgery packs. Shifts will be set up throughout the day. If you have a pet that needs to be spayed or neutered, call 612-720-8236.

A class on ‘Logic, Strategy & Brain Games’ will be presented at the Woodland Elementary School in Alexandria on Tuesday, August 11th and Thursday, August 13th from 12:30-4. Time will also be spent on brainteasers and learning how to "think outside of the box". Bring a snack and water bottle each day. This class is for students entering grades 2-6. Call 320-762-3310.

The Sauk Centre Arts Council will present ‘Blast from the Past’ car show on Wednesday night, August 12th from 6:30-8 in the Sinclair Lewis Park in Sauk Centre. There will be live music by 57 Chevy from 7:30-8:45. This is a free event and you’re invited to attend.

The Humane Society of Kandiyohi/Meeker Counties will hold an appreciation picnic for all volunteers on Wednesday night, August 12th at six at Robbin’s Island, Shelter No. 1. Wear your volunteer t-shirt if you have one and bring a lawn chair. There will be food and a few games. Sign up at the shelter or email Bobbie at bobbie@thehskmc.com.

The Renville County Genealogical Society will be meeting on Thursday afternoon, August 13th at one at the Renville City Library.  For the early birds, there is a get together lunch at either Bart's Cafe or Main Street Cafe just a block north of the library at noon that day. All interested persons from the public are encouraged to attend the meeting at 1. Bring a friend, we hope to see you there!

The Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services Public Health will have an immunization clinic Monday afternoons, August 17th, 24th and 31st from 3-6 at the public health office in the Health and Human Services Building, Willmar. There is no appointment needed. Bring up to date records of all past immunizations. Call 231-7800 for more info. 

Join the Lunch Bunch Book Club on Wednesday, August 19th at noon at Cornerstone Coffee in the Skylark Mall. You’ll be discussing ‘Left Neglected’ by Lisa Genova. The book club meets the third Wednesday of each month and new members are always welcome. Call 235-3162 for more information.

There will be a benefit concert for the ALS Association of Minnesota on Saturday afternoon, August 22nd at two at the Freedom Ridge south of Atwater. The concert will feature Chris Hawkey, the Plott Hounds and Copperhead Creek.

There will be a pulled pork sandwich benefit for Phil Sommers of New London on Sunday, August 23rd from 11-3 at the Spicer American Legion. Sommers has stage 4 lung cancer that has metastasized into his brain, adrenal gland, and kidney. $10 for the meal. All are welcome to attend the benefit.

If you enjoy knitting or just started to knit; if you crochet or do another craft, join the Willmar Public Library’s Craft Circle. Bring your craft and enjoy this two hour period with like-minded individuals. All skill levels are welcome. The Craft Circle is meeting at a new time! It is every fourth Tuesday of the month from 4-6 at the Willmar Public Library. The next meeting will be Tuesday, August 25th. Call the library at 235-3162 for more info. 

Tap into the power of puppets,music and yoga to join the Quest for Calm!  Monkey Mind Pirates Family Yoga Party is the world’s only puppet, rock, yoga adventure for families on the Quest for Calm. Meet Captain Fitz and the Monkey Mind Pirates and get the whole family moving with this 40 minute mix of puppets, music, and playful mindfulness for ages 2+.


August 7th & 14th the MONKEY MIND PIRATES ARTS AND MINDFULNESS WORKSHOPS

Cost: $12 per family. Includes admission to the New London Music Festival.  Register through New London-Spicer Community Education

Tap into the power of puppets, music and yoga to join the Quest for Calm! In this 2-part, sensory-friendly workshop, families will gain creative tools for finding calm with the fun characters, story and music of the award-winning tale of Monkey Mind Pirates. Participants will learn songs and basic moves to guest star as the Sailor Chorus in Z Puppets' performance of Monkey Mind Pirates Family Yoga Party at the New London Music Festival. Turn your family's "Arghs" into "OMs" with the Monkey Mind Pirates. No previous performance experience needed. Open to all abilities.

Workshop Dates:
Part 1: Fri. Aug. 7 from 5:30-7pm 

Part 2: Fri. Aug. 14 from 5:30-7pm 

Performance, Sat. Aug. 15 at 3 pm (must arrive at 1:30pm) at the New London Music Festival

Sunday, August 16th @ 1:00 - THE STORY SHOW

Freewill donation
Back by popular demand, the seem of this summer's Story Show is lifelong friendship.  Come out and enjoy an afternoon of storytelling and song at the Little Theatre and be amazed at how fun a round of good stories can make you feel!

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