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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.


The July Thursday Gathering at the Swift County Historical Society and Museum in Benson will be held at one the afternoon of July 2nd. The topic will be on Patriotism.  You can call the museum with questions at 843-4467.

4-H on Wheels will be at the Willmar Public Library on Thursday mornings from 10-11 on July 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th. The theme this year is ‘Express Yourself.’ It’s open  to kids K-6th. Call the library at 235-3162 to register. The kids will get to explore how to express themselves with animals, body language and tone of their voice. There will also be a lesson on expressing with health and another on character counts.

The Minnewaska Community Health Services Auxiliary’s Heritage Days will be held Saturday, July 4th from 9-1 at the Minnewaska Lutheran Home Commons in Starbuck. Bake sale, white elephant sale and two raffles, a quilt made by “Bits N’ Pieces” and a handmade solid oak cedar lined chest. Lunch is BBQs, taco in-a-bag, rommegrot, homemade donuts,   bars and beverages. Supplemental funds provided by Pope County Thrivent Financial Chapter #31314.

The Kandiyohi County Sanitary Landfill will be closed on Saturday, July 4th in observance of Independence Day. The landfill can be reached at 320-354-2707. Regular hours at the landfill are Monday through Saturday from 8-4.

You can start your 4th of July holiday off with a bang by running or walking in the 9th annual Morton Firecracker Run. This is a four mile run or a two mile fun run/walk. Both races are out and back courses in the city of Morton. All ages and skill levels are encouraged to participate. To register go to athletepath.com or in person the morning of race day prior to 7:30. See you there.

The annual Celebrate America program will be held Sunday morning, July 5th at 9 and 10:45 at the Willmar Assembly of God Church in Willmar. Nationally-known gospel tenor, Larry Ford, will sing with the sanctuary choir. Military veterans will be honored. Pastor Keith Kerstetter will bring a message. Call 235-2529 for more info.

Kandiyohi County Public Health of Willmar will have an immunization clinic on Monday, July 6th from 10 to noon in the public health office at the Health and Human Services Building. Bring an up-to-date record of all past immunizations. No one will be denies due to inability to pay. No appointment needed. Call 231-7800 for more information.

On Tuesday afternoon, July 7th from 4-5, the Children’s Book Club will meet at the Willmar Public Library to read the book ‘The Music Festival Mystery’ by Carolyn Keene. In this story, the International Friendship Club is sponsoring a fun weekend, but Nancy (Drew) finds a melting pot of sabotage. Following the story, there will be activities and snacks. Call the library for more information.

The American Red Cross will have several blood donation sites in both Renville and Kandiyohi Counties. The first is Wednesday, July 8th from 1-7 at the Kandiyohi Area YMCA. The next is in in Prinsburg on Thursday, July 9th from 1-7 at the Christian Reformed Church. On Monday, July 13th it’s at the Assembly of God Church in Willmar from 1-7; then Rice Hospital from noon to five on Wednesday the 15th; then 1-7 on the 15th at the Evangelical Free Church. There is also a drive at the Renville Community Center on the 15th from 1-7.

The Danube Zion United Methodist Church will have a homemade ice cream social on Wednesday, July 8th with serving starting at five. Homemade ice cream, BBQs, hot dogs, Coney dogs pies, brownies, sundaes, coffee & punch. There will be take-outs available. Freewill donation. Proceeds go to support the mission fund.

On Thursday night, July 9th at seven, the concert at the Danube Historical Society will feature Mikko Cowdery of Osakis. His repertoire includes the good old tunes of yesterday, plus Irish songs, pop, country and folk songs and stories of the good old days. It’s at Mueller Park in Danube. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. If there is ran come to the Danube School’s Bob Bruggers Auditorium.

A ‘Sleep Out for Homelessness’ event will be held in the First Presbyterian Church Parking Lot in Willmar from 5 the afternoon of Friday, July 10th to eight Saturday morning. You can sleep in a car, a cardboard box, or tent. Cardboard boxes will be available at the event. Call the Heartland Community Action Agency for more info.

Blomest will have an appreciation day with a parade and firemen’s dinner on Saturday, July 11th in Blomkest. All proceeds from the dinner to go to the Blomkest Firefighter Relief Association. The day includes kids’ games, The Amazing Race, music in the park, cow pie bingo, a bean bag tournament, a parade and more. The event starts at eight in the morning, with the last event at seven at night. Serving is from 4:45-6:30. Freewill donation.

You’re invited to Summer Vespers – evenings of Prayer and Praise at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Willmar on Sunday night, July 12th at six. Childcare is provided for children from age birth through four year olds. For more information call 235-4317.

The Chippewa County Historical Society will host the 58th  annual Lac qui Parle Mission Sunday on Sunday, July 12th, the day beginning with a worship service at 10:30. There’s a potluck lunch at noon near the dam site. The afternoon program will begin at one and is on ‘Ulysses Underground: The Unexplored Roots of U. S. Grant and the Underground Railroad.’ Call 269-7636 for more info.

Minion Factory Vacation Bible School will be held the nights of July 26-29 from 6-9 with check-in starting at 5:30. This is at the Assembly of God Church in Willmar. Kids from four to those entering 6th grade will enjoy carnival games, face painting, inflatables, crafts, sno-cones, popcorn and life- lessons from God’s Word, the Bible. Register by July 12 to receive a free t-shirt. Call 235-2529 for more info.

Auditions for Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre’s original musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” will be held on Monday afternoon, July 13th at 12:15 at the Discovery Middle School in Alexandria. Up to 70 local young people are needed to play the roles of Buck, Luck, Yuck-Yuck, and the rest of the Groundlings, the Sprites and the Understudiesof the acting troupe. Auditions are open to anyone entering grades 3-12. Call 320-762-3310 for more info. 

‘Crime Scene Investigation’ will focus on the science-based practices and labs for solving all types of crimes. Scientific reasoning and methods will be employed at every turn with Alex Koperberg as The Mad Scientist. This is designed for students entering grades 4-7. Bring a snack and a water bottle. The class is Monday/Wednesday/Friday, July 13,15 & 17 from eight to noon at the Alexandria Discovery Middle School. Call 320-762-3310 for more info. 

Alexandria Community Education says they will have a ‘SUP Yoga’ class beginning with a paddle boarding warm up and instruction for new paddlers on Tuesday night, July 14th from 6-7 at Lake Le Homme Dieu. Both instructors are CPR/AED and First Aid certified. Wear comfortable clothing, bring a change of clothes and a towel. Call 320-762-3310 for more info.                              

‘Heartbeat’ will meet at Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church of New London/Spicer, will hold its next meeting on Tuesday night, July 14th from 7-8:30. The group was created for mutual support for those who have lost a loved one through suicide. Area adult survivors are invited to attend. For more info contract Kay at 235-1539, Diane at 894-0182, Janae at 796-0168.

A book study ‘Stuffed and Starved’ will be presented Tuesday, July 14th and August 11th from 5-6:30 at the Douglas County Library. This program explores how we go from seed to store to plate. Read the book and join the discussion with members of Local Harvest Market. Call 762-3310 for more info.

Join the Lunch Bunch Book Club to discuss books every third Wednesday of the month at 12 noon. New members are always welcome. The next book club meeting will be Wednesday, July 15 at the Cornerstone Coffee in the Skylark Mall. They will be discussing Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Katherine Boo. Contact the library at 235-3162 with questions.

The Willmar Public Library will hold a 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 July 14th. Discussion will be on Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. Call 235-3162 with questions.

Central Minnesota Legal Services is offering free Legal Counseling at the Willmar Public Library every third Friday of the month, but you must call 320-403-1051 to schedule an appointment. The next Legal Advice Clinic will be Friday, July 17 at the Willmar Public Library. Remember to call ahead and schedule an appointment. No criminal matters are accepted through this clinic. 

The American Red Cross asks that you give blood to help prevent a shortage this summer. There are three drives in Willmar. The first is Friday, July 17th from 9-3 at Calvary Lutheran Church. The second is Monday, July 20th from 1-7 at the American Legion, and the third is Monday, July 27th from 1-6 at Vinje Lutheran Church.

The Bird Island Fire Department Ride is Saturday, July 18t at Tricia’s Pelican Pub. Registration is at 11; kickstands up at noon; hide and seek silent auction ride; final silent auction at five. The $10 cost includes a meal. All are welcome for the meal and silent auction. Funds support the department’s equipment purchases.

There will be free food, games, and fun at the Roseland Reformed Church on Sunday, July 19 from 2-8. This is a free Celebrate the Youth event for everyone, with games for all ages! Bring your friends, family and neighbors. We’ll see you at the church in on July 19th.

There will be an American Red Cross blood drive on Monday, July 20th from 1-7 at the Faith Lutheran Church on Medayto Drive in Spicer. On Tuesday, July 28th, they will be at the Open Door Christian Church in New London from 1-7; and on Thursday, July 30th at the community center from 2-8.

Kerkhoven Town & Country Days will have its sixth annual Park it in the Park car, truck and tractor show on Saturday, July 25th from ten to two at the south side of Pillsbury Park. This is sponsored by the Kerkhoven Lions Club. $5 entry fee per show vehicle; dash plaques to the first 50 participants. Call 264-3061 for more info.


Tickets $15 at the door

Italian guitarist Giacomo Fiore brings eclectic programs to audiences across the U.S., Brazil, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, and Italy. His classical and finger-style guitar playing have won him rave reviews and accolades.   He'll be bringing his talents to New London for a special show with Minnesota's own Lonnie Knight.

Lonnie is one of those rare musicians who has truly earned the title Legendary.  He got his start as a folkie, learning from Townes Van Zandt. Then he played in some of the Midwest’s seminal rock bands, including Jokers Wild, the Nielsen-White Band and the Hoopsnakes. His recent CDs Better Days and I Wrote My Name on You brought him back to his acoustic roots, and with his brand new CD So We Jump, his music is inspiring a whole new generation. 



Tickets $11 at the door

Traditional, classic country music is alive and well! If you've enjoyed seeing Cassie and the Bobs perform at the Little Theatre, you're going to love this show!  With their name taken from the 1971 Lefty Frizzell song, The Honky – Tonk Stardust Cowboys do indeed,” play the country tunes of bygone days”. The band is one of the very few in central Minnesota preforming traditional country music in the spirit and sound of the original recordings. Their song list includes classic hits from artists such as: Martina McBride, Rosanne Cash ,Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard, Tanya Tucker, Loretta Lynn, Dwight Yoakam and many more as well as a number of early rock and roll songs.



Come be a part of the New London WaterDays fun. 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+.

And then come back August 7th & 14th for 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


July 23-25 and July 30-August 1 @ 7:00 - CINDERELLA

Come Rodgers and Hammerstein's enchanting adaptation of the timeless fairytale.  Forces into a life of servitude by her cruel stepmother and self-centered stepsisters, Cinderella dreams of a better life.  With the help of her Fairy Godmother, Cinderella is transformed into a Princess and finds her Prince.  Cinderella features some of Rodgers and Hammerstein's most beloved songs, including "In My Own Little Corner," "Impossible," and "Ten Minutes Ago."


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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