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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.
Try out the traditional Nordic lawn game called Kubb for a fun game that the whole family (ages 10 and up) can play. Learn the rules of this game where teams toss wooden “batons” at chess like pieces set up on a lawn court. This is an old game that maybe Big Ole played in the day. The lawn game is offered at the Big Ole Parking Lot, Tuesday afternoon, April 21st from 4-5:30. Call 320-762-3310 for more info.
The American Red Cross encourages eligible blood donors to make a difference in the lives of patients this spring by giving blood. There is a blood drive at the Buffalo Lake Hector Stewart High School in Hector on Wednesday, April 22nd from 9-2. In Kandiyohi County there are two blood drives on Thursday, April 30th. One is at the Kandiyohi County Area YMCA from 9-2 and the other is at Cash Wise Foods from 1-7.
Have fun learning Alexandria history in “Fact, Fiction or Folklore”, which will be presented in an interactive “Clue” game format. The class is at Grand Arbor, Thursday afternoon, April 23rd from 4-5:30. Register for this and many other adult enrichment opportunities by calling 320-762- 3310.
There will be a free kidney screening on Thursday, April 23rd from 11:30-1:30 in the Lakeland Auditorium of Rice Memorial Hospital. Did you know that diabetes and high blood pressure are the two leading causes of chronic kidney disease? Learn the risk factors and how to prevent this silent epidemic. No registration necessary. Call 235-4543 for more info.
There will be a children’s matinee on Friday afternoon, April 24th at 3:30 at the Willmar Public Library. The movie recounts a day in the life of a grumpy young boy who has everything go wrong, all in one day. The movie is rated PG and is 81 minutes long. This movie is based on a children’s book. For the movie title call the library at 235-3162.
The Little Crow Anglers will have a free youth fishing clinic on Saturday, April 25 at the Middle School in Willmar, with registration starting at 8:15 and the clinic itself at nine. This is for youth in grades 1-6. There will be six, 20 minute classes on fishing education. There’s also minnow racing, a lunch of hot dogs and chips, then drawings for prizes. It’s a great opportunity for grandpas to get their grandkids and come to the event. It’s a great opportunity for some one-on-one time.
Hope Presbyterian Church of Spicer will hold it’s annual Spring Rummage & Bake Sale on Saturday, April 25th from 8-1. Come early for morning coffee and rolls. The Rummage Sale includes clothing and miscellaneous household items. Be sure to check out the Bake Sale and Grandma’s Attic. Everyone is welcome to join us for a delicious lunch.
The Koronis Nite Owls of Paynesville will have their Hawaiian square dance on Saturday night, April 25th with Larry Johansen calling. The Plus workshop will start at 7:30, with mainstream dancing from 8-10 at the Paynesville Elementary School. Graduation of new dancers will be held, with a potluck lunch to follow the dance.
The Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center’s Earth Day celebration is Saturday, April 25th from 8-1. There will be a pancake breakfast from 8-10, exhibits and lots of family friendly fun. There’s also a watershed and soils info, free trees, archery, the climbing wall, a live hawk demo, birding info and more. The event is free. Freewill donations are appreciated. For more info call Prairie Woods at 354-5894.
A recycled outdoor gear sale will be held at the Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center Saturday, April 25th from 8-1 during the Earth Day celebration. You can donate gently used outdoor gear to be sold on Earth Day to support youth and family programs at Prairie Woods. Call to arrange pick-up or drop-off of donated items. Check out some great deals on good used gear on Earth Day.
You’re invited to the Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center on Saturday, April 25th from 8-1 for the Earth Day celebration. Come have pancakes from 8-10, then check out the exhibits, try out the climbing wall, take a scavenger hunt, see a live Hawk demo, reptiles, kids’ yoga, soil tunnel, a fly-time demo and lots more. Visit www.prairiewoodselc.org and get more information or find us on Facebook.
You can donate your gently worn shoes to the Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center for its WorldWear fundraising project. Call the center at 354-5894 and ask how your school can easily earn Prairie Woods Bucks by collecting shoes for re-use and recycling. Shoes can be dropped off anytime, or bring them to the Earth Day celebration on Saturday, April 25th between eight and one.
The West Central Singers will present "Bedtime Stories". This concert will feature a mixture of favorite tunes from Frozen, The Little Mermaid, Mary Poppins, Aladdin, The Lion King, Hansel & Gretel and Beauty & the Beast plus bedtime prayers and other songs about nighttime. Concerts will be performed at the Peace Lutheran Church in New London on Saturday night, April 25th at 7 and at Bethel Lutheran Church in Willmar on Sunday afternoon, April 26th at 4. Tickets are $10 for adults and kids are free.
Lee-Mar Ranch Equine Center and Minnesota Valley Riding will have its 5th annual Raise the Roof fundraiser on Saturday, April 25th with the doors opening at 5. It will be at the Prairie’s Edge Casino Resort Convention Center in Granite Falls. 2-meat buffet dinner, silent and live auction, music and karaoke. Call 507-828-0526 for more info
‘Annie’s Fight,’ a benefit for Annie Wilner-Miller will be held Saturday, April 25th from 3-8 at the Cosmos American Legion. Bake sale, silent auction, live auction, music following the benefit. She sustained a fracture to her C3 vertebrae and spinal cord January 4th that left her paralyzed from the shoulders down. She is married to Paul Miller.
The first annual West Central Broncos Frisbee golf tournament will be Saturday, April 25th at Robbins Island in Willmar. This is a fundraiser for the football team and the Willmar Area Food Shelf. You’re asked to bring a food shelf item to donate. Registration is at nine in the morning with the tee off at ten. Lunch will follow, after which the second round starts. There is also a silent auction.
The Immanuel Lutheran Church’s annual hog roast is Sunday, April 26th from 11-1 at the Atwater Community Center. Tickets are $8 for adults; $4 for children ages 6-12; children under five are free. Proceeds benefit the Christian Education program. Matching funds from Thrivent. Sponsor is the WELCA group of Immanuel Lutheran.
There will be an Earth Day celebration on Monday afternoon, April 27th from 4-5 at the Willmar Public Library. This event will take place in the children's room at the library. Target Team Members will read stories, bring snacks and have some fun activities planned for the children. Call 235-3162 for more information.
The Craft Circle at the Willmar Public Library will meet Tuesday afternoon, April 28th from 4-6 at the library. If you enjoy knitting, have just started to knit, crochet or do another craft, join this group, bring your craft and plan to spend two hours with like-minded individuals. All skill levels are welcome.
The five Willmar-area community banks are partnering with the American Red Cross by inviting the community to roll up a sleeve to make a lifesaving deposit of a pint of blood on Thursday, April 30th from 9-2 at the Kandiyohi County Area YMCA. All blood types are needed. Donors with O negative, A negative and B negative are urged to schedule an appointment to donate blood. Rh negative is also in demand.
Alexandria Community Education will have a program called ‘Proper Design for a Bird and Butterfly Garden’ class to learn about birds and butterflies native to our region and how to attract them to your garden. Learn what habitat is necessary for a bird and butterfly area in your garden that is beautiful, low maintenance and can be enjoyed by all ages. The class is Thursday night, April 30th from 6:30-7:30 at the Alexandria Area High School. Call 320-762-3310 for more info.
A class called ‘Landscaping for Tough Sites,’ will be presented at the Discovery Middle School in Alexandria on Thursday night, April 30th from 6-7:30. You’ll discuss landscaping for problem areas and problem soils, and your problem site if you wish. Call 320-762-3310 for more information.
All twelve months of birthdays will be celebrated with cake and playing some party games during ‘Birthday Bash,’ which is designed for adults with varying disabilities. It’s offered at the Voyager Elementary School in Alexandria on Thursday night, April 30th from 6-8. Each house/family should bring a decorated cake for the celebration. There will be a contest for the most creative cake. Register for this at 320-762-3310.
Best Life Ministries is hosting a one day women’s event at The Church in the Grove at Benson on Saturday, May 2nd. Registration is at 8:30. The day includes encouraging worship, a main session with Executive Director & Author, Kathy Weckwerth, and 3 workshops including, ‘Letting Go of Fear & Worry,’ ‘Living Your Best Life With Vitality’, and ‘When Faith Stretches, Stretch With It.’ Lunch is Included. Free will offering. Register today at www.bestlifeministries.com.
The Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services Public Health will have an immunization clinic on Monday, May 4th from ten to noon in the clinic, which is located in the Health and Human Services building in Willmar. Bring along an up-to-day record of all past immunizations. Call 231-7800 for more information.
There will be an Identity Theft presentation Tuesday night, May 5th at six at the Willmar Public Library. Community Resource Sergeant Mike Jahnke of the Willmar Police Department will talk about identity theft as part of Choose Privacy Week, an initiative aimed to educate & give citizens the resources they need to make informed decisions about their own privacy. Afterwards, Jahnke will be available to answer questions and talk with attendees. Call 235-3162 for more info.
The Humane Society will be having a pet vaccination clinic on Thursday, May 7th from 5:30-7:30 at the Meeker County Fairgrounds in Litchfield. For $20 your pet will be vaccinated for Distemper (parvo or respiratory), and rabies. Microcipping will be available for $9. Microchipping will be available for $25 plus tax, per animal. Pet ID tags are $47.50 plus tax. For more info call 235-7612.
The Willmar Public Library now 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, May 12th at the library. The discussion is on ‘The Dovekeepers’ by Alice Hoffman. Call the library at 235-3162 for more info.
The Swift County Historical Society is sponsoring a bus trip on June 16, 2015. Come with us to the American Swedish Institute and take a tour of the Turnblad Mansion. After lunch at the Institute we will be going on an Ole and Lena Uff-Dah Scandinavian Heritage Tour. The deadline for sign-up is May 15th. Call now to reserve your spot: 320-843-4467.
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.