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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.
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If you want to join Facebook but are not sure of where to start, come to Facebook 101 at the Willmar Public Library. You’ll be walked through setting up a profile and learn the basic features to help you get the most out of your Facebook account. The class is Thursday morning, May 21st at ten at the library. You can bring a device (laptop, tablet, smartphone) or use a library device for the hands-on portion of this class. Registration is required and can be done by calling the library at 235-3162.
Donors of all blood types, especially those with type’s O negative, A negative and B negative, are needed to help ensure blood is available for patients this spring. There will be two blood drives in Litchfield, both at the Christian Church. One is on Thursday, May 21st from 1-7 and the other on Friday, May 22nd from eight to one.
Sibley State Park will have a Nite Hike on Friday, May 22nd from 8:30-9:30. The natural world comes alive at night, so venture outside under the light of the moon to see nature’s night life. Meet at the Visitor Center Amphitheater if you want to take part in his adventurous program. Call the park at 235-2055 for more information.
The Koronis Nite Owls of Paynesville will have its Red, White and Blue Square Dance with Bob Maiden calling. The event is Saturday, May 23rd. Plus workshop starts at 7:30. Mainstream dancing is from 8-10 at the Paynesville Elementary School. There will be a potluck lunch following the dance.
There are several programs going on Saturday, May 23rd at Sibley State Park. The first is from ten to 11:30 when you take a stroll from the Interpretive Center to the Lake Andrew shoreline with the naturalist on a .8 mile long paved Woodland Wildlife Trail. The second is the ‘Let’s Go Ponding’ event from 2-3. Meet outside the Interpretive Center for both these events.
The Historic Chippewa City of Montevideo will open for the season on Saturday afternoon, May 23rd at one, and the Swensson Farm Museum will open for the season on Sunday afternoon, May 24th at one. Hours for Historic Chippewa City are Monday-Friday from 9-5 and Saturdays, Sundays, and Holidays from 1-5. The farm museum will be open Sunday afternoons from 1-5 with private tours available by appointment. These hours will continue through Labor Day Weekend. Call 269-7636 for more info.
There will be a Belgian waffle breakfast on Saturday, May 23rd from 8:30-11:30 at the Willmar Community Center sponsored by the Willmar Nordic Ski Club with the Willmar High School Nordic ski team. All registered in the Memorial Day 5K walk/run & 2 mile walk at Robbins Island may get a complimentary tickets for the breakfast. Tickets are $7 in advance or $8 at the door. Children under five eat free. Take-outs available. For more info call 441-9772 or 222-9622.
Take a seat in the Interpretive Center’s wetland room at Sibley State Park and listen to a reading of ‘The Little Wood Duck.’ Afterwards you’ll make your own wood duck observations from the viewing platform and take a secret look into a real wood duck nest. Start earning your Junior Park Naturalist badge and certificate at the event on Sunday afternoon, May 24th from 2-3. Call the park at 354-2055 for more information.
There’s a ‘Campfire Cooking’ event at the Cedar Hill shelter building at Sibley State Park on Sunday night May 24th from 6-7:30. Whether you’re a beginner campfire chef or a s’more pro, join the naturalist to discover some secrets of the campfire cooking world and add some new recipes to your camping cookbook. You’ll be cooking and tasting.
The Kandiyohi County Sanitary Landfill will be closed Monday, May 25th in observance of Memorial Day. Regular hours at the landfill are Monday through Saturday from 8-4. Call 354-2707 for more information.
Learn about architectural gems, history of housing and businesses built in the early days of Alexandria. You’ll walk 1.7 miles. The ‘Silk Stocking District Tour’ meets at the city parking lot behind Cowing Robards on Wednesday morning, May 27th. The tour is from 9:30-11. Call 320-762-3310 for more information.
‘Being Mortal, Medicine and What Matters in the End,’ by doctor and New York writer, Atul Gawande, is a book that looks at our difficulty I facing death and how we might have a meaningful life near the end of our life. Read the book and join Gawande for a group discussion in ‘Being Mortal Book Study’ on Wednesday night, May 27th from 6-7:30 at the Alexandria High School. Call 320-762-3310 for more information.
The Swift County Historical Society will host a Tribute to Veterans program on Thursday night, May 28th at seven. In honor of the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War, Tom Rice from Appleton will give a presentation on our Minnesota Regiments and what they were doing and where they were at as the war came to a close. The doors at the historical society open at six. Questions call 843-4467.
The Swift County Historical Society and Museum will be hosting a Tribute to Veterans program on Thursday evening, May 28th at 7 in honor of the 150th Anniversary of the end of the Civil War. Tom Rice from Appleton will be giving a presentation on our Minnesota Regiments and what they were doing and where they were at as the war came to a close. The doors will open at 6. Call 320-843-4467 if you have questions.
Join Representative Dave Baker as he reads from the new children's book, "It's Okay to Ask at the Willmar Public Library on Friday morning, May 29th at ten. You’ll also get a book of your very own. Written by the experts at Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare, and illustrated Nancy Carlson, "It's Okay to Ask!" helps children see beyond a person's disability and form positive opinions through friendship. There will also be crafts and other stories for the children. Call the library at 235-3162 for more info.
Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services public health office will have an immunization clinic at the office on Monday morning, June 1st from ten to noon. Bring along an up-to-date record of all past immunizations. No one will be denied due to inability to pay. Call the office at 231-7800 for more information.
There will be an ice cream social at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Grove City on Wednesday, June 3rd from 4:30-7. Barbeque or ham sandwiches, potato salad, potato chips, baked beans, pie, ice cream, and beverage. Suggested donation of $6 for adults, and $3 for children 11 and under. Pie and ice cream only is $2. All are welcome. All proceeds go to the Trinity Bible Camp fund.
‘The Elements’ is a series of acrylic paintings. Choose to paint one or all of these 16” x 20” abstracts of the Earth, Wind, Fire and Water! Enroll in “The Elements: Earth” offered at Brophy Park in Alexandria on Thursday night, June 4th from 6-8:30. No experience is necessary! Invite a friend. Call 320-762-3310 for more info.
Spend a Saturday morning in the park making a stove from recycled cans. The rocket stove burns twigs, but is very intense and can cook a meal at your next camp-out. After you make a stove we will roast hot dogs and have s’mores. The class is at Curt Felt Park in Alexandria on Saturday, June 6th from 10-12:30. For more information call 320-762-3310.
There will be a Recipe Swap at the Willmar Public Library, where you’ll taste dishes prepared by others and leave with new recipes to try. Pick one of your favorite recipes and make the dish to bring along with a copy of the recipe. At the event, you can sample other dishes and exchange cooking tips. At the end of the swap, you will leave with a copy of all the recipes to try at home. The first Recipe Swap will take place on Saturday morning, June 13th at 11 in the Willmar Public Library. Registration is required and can be done by calling the library at (320) 235-3162.
If you like to grow your own herb plants but don’t have room for a garden, come to the Willmar Public Library for a DIY Mason Jar Herb Garden event. You’ll make two herb jars to take home. The jars are perfect for your kitchen window sill or to put outside and will provide you with fresh herbs to use in your cooking. It’s on Saturday afternoon, June 20th at two in the library. This event is open to all ages, however individuals 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Space is limited so register early.
There will be a Birding in Minnesota State Parks book signingon Saturday night, June 6th from 6-7 at the Visitor Center amphitheater in Sibley State Park. A rainy day alternative is in the theater. Join expert birder and author, Bob Janssen, as he explores birds in Minnesota through photographs and stories of birding hot spots in state parks. Bring your questions and enthusiasm for birds for this presentation and debut of his book ‘Birding in Minnesota state parks.” Call the park 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. New members are always welcome. The next meeting will be on Tuesday night, June 9th at seven in the library. The discussion will be ‘The House Girl’ by Tara Conklin. Call the library at 235-3162 with questions.
The eleventh annual ‘Tea at the Sperry House’ will be held Friday afternoon, June 12th from 1-3. The theme this year is ‘All Aboard.’ Come enjoy treats similar to ones served on passenger trains. The cost is $20 per person (adults only), with proceeds to benefit the Sperry House. Only 16 people will be served for each of the two teas. Call 235-1881 to register or stop at the museum.
There will be a free, two-day workshop June 24-25 at the Prairie’s Edge Casino Resort in Granite Falls. Forecast presenters will review recent, local, national & international public art projects and provide a step-by-step guided tour through the process of developing a public art project. You’ll also engage in a discussion on the benefits that public art can bring to your communities. Call 507-537-1471 for more information.