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A Baby Lap Sit event is going on at the Willmar Public Library on Monday morning, July 25th and August 29th from 10-10:45 both days. This story time is for kids up to two and a half years old. There will be stories, music, activities related to the story and so much more. No registration needed, just come.
A number of activities are taking place at Sibley State Park. Turtle Tuesday is from 1-2 on Tuesday afternoon, July 26th; Geocache 101 on Wednesday, July 27th from 11-1; Rad Bats Thursday night, July 28th from 8-9; YOUNiverse on Friday night, July 29th from 8-9; a morning Wildflower stroll on Saturday, July 30th from 10-11 and Geocache 101 from 2-4, the Land of Rocks and Rolls from 8-9 that night; and Roving Naturalist Drop-in Sunday, July 31st from 10 to noon and Five Facts in Five Minutesfrom 2-4.
The Culpepper & Merriweather Circus will be in Atwater on Tuesday, July 26th in the track area of Centennial Park. Advance sale tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for children and seniors. If they’re purchased at the circus the cost is $13 for adults and $8 for kids, and seniors. This is sponsored by the Atwater Chamber of Commerce.
The Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center has a Youth Sporting Clays open shotgun shoot. The clays come from the left, right, straight at you, behind you, and there is even one that rolls on the ground. Bring your own 12 or 20 ga to use or borrow one of ours. There will be two ranges set up, one for youth with shooting experience and a second for first time shooters. Meet at the Westby Shooting Rangeon Tuesday night, July 26th. This is for ages 11-18. Call 354-5894 for more info.
Grades K-3 can take part in the Nature Days event at the Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center on July 26th, 27th and 28th from 8:30-11:30 each of those mornings. Explore the natural world in which we live. We’ll use hands-on activities and games to better understand the forest, prairie and the wetlands at Prairie Woods, Meet at the main building. Call 354-5894 for more info.
The new Forget-Me-Knot Memory Café will hold its first gathering for participants on Thursday afternoon, July 28th from 2-4 in the upper level of the Willmar Public Library. Meetings will continue on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month. A Memory Café is a social gathering where people with memory loss and their care companions can come together in a safe, supportive environment to share conversation over a cup of coffee in a relaxed atmosphere. Call 235-8573 for more info.
Nominations are now being sought for the Outstanding Senior Citizen Awards for Kandiyohi County. The award recognizes outstanding senior citizens who have contributed their time and talent to benefit their community after reaching the age of 65. Official nomination forms are available by contacting Gwen Krebsbach at 220-0141 or Kathy at 905-3806.
Celebrate the 125th anniversary of Minnesota State Parks. Sample a variety of activities at your leisure. Sibley State Park will celebrate the amazing world of water – from lakes to prairie pot holes. Paint a water color portrait or look at the tiny dancing invertebrates of wetlands under a microscope. Visit the I Can Fish station at Lake Andrew and sign up for a guided paddle on a Voyageur canoe.
The New London-Spicer Sports Booster Club fundraiser Wildcat golf outing and auction will be held Friday afternoon, July 29th at the Little Crow Country Club. The shotgun start for the 4-5 person scramble will be at 12:30. A buffet dinner will be served from 5:30-8. You can pre-register by calling the country club at 354-2296.
Kerkhoven Town & Country Days will have its 7th annual Park it in The Park car, truck and tractor show on Saturday, July 30th from ten to two. It’s sponsored by the Kerkhoven Lions Club and will be held on the south side of Pillsbury Park. There is a parade at 3:30. Call Steve Youngberg at 905-0914 for more info.
Amateur entertainers of all varieties and ages are encouraged to participate in the Kandiyohi County/State Fair Talent Contest which will be held Thursday, August 11thon the Heritage Stage at the county fair. Auditions will be held Saturday, July 30th at the Willmar Community Center in Willmar from 10-1. Call Gwen at 220-0141 or Kathy at 905-3906 prior to audition if you have questions.
‘The Willmar 8’ will be shown Saturday night, July 30th at seven at the Little Theatre in New London through New London Roaming Cinema. Lee Grant’s documentary tells the story of eight women in Willmar who were driven by sex discrimination at work to go on strike. It was the longest bank strike in American history.
The 7th annual Park it in the Park car, truck and tractor show will be held Saturday, July 30th from 10-2 during Kerkhoven Town & Country Days. It’s sponsored by the Kerkhoven Lions Club and will be held on the south side of Pillsbury Park. There is a parade a 3:30. Call 264-3061 to register for the parade. $5 entry fee per show vehicle. Games, door prizes, expanded trophy categories. Dash plaques to the first 50 participants. Call 905-0914 for more information.
The Footprints Infant and Pregnancy Loss Support group meeting in Tuesday night, August 2nd from 7-8 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Willmar. Footprints is a non-denominational group formed to support parents, friends and family members through the loss of a pregnancy or infant one year of age or younger, regardless the cause of death. Call 979-6632 for more information.
The August Thursday Gathering at the Swift County Museum in Benson will be heldThursday afternoon, August 4th at 1:30 at the Swift County Museum. You’ll learn how and when the Swift County Schools came into existence, and relive our country school experiences. Bring pictures and memories to share. Call 843-4467 for more information.
Family Promise of Kandiyohi County will have its Volunteer Appreciation open house on Thursday afternoon, August 4th from 4-6 at the day center on the third floor of First Presbyterian Church in Willmar. This is an opportunity to say Thank You to the Family Promise volunteer force. Hors d’oeurves and dessert will be served. Volunteers for the Day Center are needed for Saturdays from 9-1 and Sundays from 1-5.
Pennock Fun Days is August 5th, 6th and 7th with numerous events throughout the three day weekend. Friday is the kiddie parade/tractor parade; coronation of junior royalty, free rootbeer floats and more. Saturday is the car and tractor show at Lion’s Park, the parade, a quilt show, the Lion’s Antique Tractor pull; clowns, kids activities, a street dance and more. Sunday there is a community worship service at the Community Center.
Pennock Fun Days is happening Friday, August 5th, 6th and 7th with a variety of activities going on each day, from a Lion’s Threshing demo, to a kiddie parade/tractor parade, the coronation of junior royalty, to a quilt show, Lion’s antique tractor pull, to a street dance. There is an outdoor community worship service on Sunday at the Community Center.
4-H on Wheels has started and runs through the rest of July, and two dates in August, the 11th and 18th. This year’s theme is ‘Icky Sticky Messy,’ and there are six sessions. ‘Slimy, Sticky Science,’ ‘Kitchen Science Mix Up’, Bubbles, Engineering, and Rocket Reactions and Explosions.’ Call 235-5162 to Register.
The First Covenant Church of Willmar is hosting the 16th annual old fashioned hymn sing on Sunday night, August 14th at six at 801 Willmar Avenue in Willmar. Chuck Gustafson will serve as song leader. Musicians will be Saralyn Olson and Steve Eng. Refreshments will follow the hymn sing.
The 16th Old Fashioned Hymn Sing will be held Sunday night, August 14th at six at the First Covenant Church in Willmar. The leader is Chuck Gustafson. Musicians are Pastor Steve Eng and Saralyn Olson. Refreshments and social hour following the hymn sing. See you there.
The Lego Club meets on Wednesday afternoon, August 17th from 4-5 at the Willmar Public Library. The sky is the limit for your imagination. Legos are provided. You’ll create a new structure each time that will be put on display. This program is for children in grades second through sixth. No registration is necessary, just come.
Learn about the geology of Kandiyohi County on Thursday night, August 18th at seven at the Kandiyohi County Historical Society community room. The presentation will be led by Sibley State Park naturalists. The program is free and open to the public. For more information contact Jill at 235-1881.