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General PSA's

-Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota is seeking individuals and couples who can serve as foster parents to children and youth. Ideal foster parents have compassion for kids and are open to caring for children from different backgrounds. Professional training and ongoing support is provided. A monthly, non-taxable reimbursement is also provided to foster parents. Call Lutheran Social Services at 320-424-3859

-NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness) sponsors free support groups for families and friends of individuals living with a mental illness. Led by trained facilitators who also have a family member with mental illness, the support groups help families develop better coping skills and find strength through sharing their experiences. A family support group meets in Willmar at 6:30 on the 1st and 3rd Thursday nights, at the Lakeland Health Center, Seminar room 2 on the lower level. For more information, call 320-444-4860.

-Kandiyohi County Public Health has started a new car safety seat initiative called TIKE (Toddler Info Kept for Emergencies). Emergency info can be placed on a free sticker and attached to the back of the car seat - emergency personnel can then access info about the child in the event an adult is unable to after a car crash. Free stickers are available at Kandiyohi County Public Health.

-Habitat for Humanity of West Central Minnesota ReStore is accepting donations of building materials, large appliances, furniture and more. All donations must be approved by staff before acceptance. Donations can be brought to the ReStore between 11-14:30 Wednesday through Friday and 11 and 3 on Saturdays. For more information call 235-9000.


Heartbeat will meet at the Our Lady of Lakes Catholic Church, rural Spicer, Tuesday night, Dec. 12th from 7-8:30. Heartbeat is affiliated with the national organization of the American Association of Suicidology. The group was created for mutual support for those who have lost a loved one through suicide. For more information call 320-262-6162, 894-0182 or 796-0168.

There will be a lighted Holiday Train show and food shelf fundraiser on Tuesday morning, Dec. 12th from 10-10:45 at the CP Railroad Glenwood Depot in Glenwood. This is a fundraiser for the local Pope County Food Shelf. Drop boxes will be available Dec. 1-11 for non-perishable food items. Those include Minnewaska Area Elementary School, Glacial Hills Elementary, Kingdom Kids, Glenwood State Bank, Eagle Bank, Central Square and the Glenwood Lakes Area Chamber and Welcome Center.

Parent Support Groups will meet in Willmar on Friday, December 1 from noon-1: at Deidra's Coffee; in New London on Tuesday, December 12 from noon-1:30 at McKale's Restaurant; in Benson: Thursday, December 14 from 11:45-1:00 p.m. at Go Set Ready Coffee; and in Olivia on Thursday night, December 14 from 6-7:30 at the Olivia Public Library.

A number of Hawk Creek Animal Shelter pet therapy visits take place this month (December). On Wednesday afternoon, Dec. 13th, they will be at Day Break at one and the Scandia House at two. On Wednesday afternoon, Dec. 20th they’ll be at Rice Care Center at one and Bethesda Grand at two. On Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 19th they will be at Brookdale at one and at Copperleaf at 2. Call the Hawk Creek Animal Shelter for more information.

The Assembly of God Church in Willmar will present its 53rd annual Night of Music – Two from Galilee, on ThursdayFriday and Saturday nights December 14, 15 and 16 at seven, and Friday and Saturdayafternoons Dec. 16 and 17 at three. Doors open one hour before each performance. Tickets are free, but required. They are available online at www.willmarag.org or at the Church office Monday through Fridaybetween 8:30-4:30. A freewill offering will be received for the Kandiyohi County Area Food Shelf.

Santa will be at the Olivia Pet Clinic on Thursday afternoon, Dec. 14th from 3-6 to take pictures with your pets. You need to bring your own camera to take pictures. The Hawk Creek Animal Shelter will have a variety of items displayed that would make great stocking stuffers for your pet. If you are able, bring dog or cat food as a donation to the local animal shelters. Apple cider and cookies will be provided for refreshments.

Kids ages 3-5 can come help decorate Christmas Cookies on Thursday afternoon, Dec. 14th from 5:15-5:45 in the EEC Classroom D101 in Alexandria. You’ll have fun getting messy while decorating those cookies.

Little People Storytime at the Willmar Public Library runs Thursday mornings from 10-10:30 through Dec. 14th. This is for infants through kindergarten. Ms Kathy and Ms LaRae have planned a morning of books, music and movement. And parents, if you have any parenting questions, LaRae will be available after class to visit with you. Call Willmar Community Ed and Rec at 231-8490 to register your children.

There will be a Glenwood Chamber and Welcome Center open house and family night on Thursday, Dec. 14th from 4-7 at the welcome center in Glenwood. There will be Santa’s sleigh and reindeer rides; an ECFE make and take activity, coloring contest, Christmas cookie decorating and photos with Santa. See real reindeer and take a ride on Santa’s sleigh.

The annual Christmas program will be held at the historic Salem Community Church four miles north of Paynesville on Saturday, Dec. 16th. Sleigh rides with real reindeer will be given from 3-4:15, followed by a program at 4:30. Refreshments will be served following the program. Bring a non-perishable food items for the Paynesville Community Center. Freewill donation.

There will be an immunization clinic on Monday afternoon, Dec. 18th from 3-6 in the public health office in the Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services Building in Willmar. Bring along an up-to-date record of all past immunizations. No one will be denied due to inability to pay. Children under 18, must be accompanied by a parent or guardian or have proper written consent. Call the public health office at 231-7800 for more information.

The West Central Connection Chorus will present a free holiday concert on Monday night, Dec. 18th at 7:30. It’s a Christmas theme and all are welcome. It is being held at the Willmar Community Center. For questions or comments call Willmar Community Ed and Rec at 231-8490.

There will be a Writing Club on Monday, Dec. 18th from 5-8 at the Willmar Public Library. Come share your poems, short stories, etc. with other teens and learn how you can be part of the library’s teen anthology to be published in 2018. There is a Teen Book Club on Tuesdayafternoon, Dec. 19th from 4-6. Meet at Hardees to discuss ‘Rot and Ruin’ by Jonathan Maberry. Registration is required. Sign up in the Teen Area.

Early Childhood Family Education and the Willmar Public Library are working together to bring you and your two to five year old an evening of fun. Each night there will be a new story, which will be brought to life with the help of your child. There will be music, activities and more for you and your child. Class if Tuesday night, Dec. 19th from 6-7. Call 231-8490 to register.

The American Red Cross bloodmobile will be at the Willmar Pubic Library on Wednesday, Dec. 20th from 9-3 and at the First Presbyterian Church in Willmar on Tuesday, Dec. 26th from 1-7. The bloodmobile will be at the American Legion in Paynesville on Thursday, Dec. 21 from noon to six. The Red Cross urges eligible donors to give more life by giving blood.

The American Red Cross has several blood drives scheduled in both Meeker and Renville Counties. There is a blood drive at the Covenant Church in Dassel from 1-7 on Wednesday, Dec. 20; and one at the Church of St. Anthony in Watkins from 1-7 on Wednesday, Dec. 27th. There is a drive in Morton at Jackpot Junction from 1-7 on Thursday, Dec. 21st; and a drive at the BOLD High School from noon to six on Thursday, Dec. 28th.

The Willmar Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce will have its final lunch with leaders on Wednesday, Dec. 20th from noon to one in the community room at Bremer Bank. They will be learning more about the local Latino community, their events and the challenges they face. Speakers are Amelia Amor, Roberto Valdez, and Javier Valenzuela. This is a free event with an RSVP. You are asked to bring your own lunch.

Come see the Living Nativity and take a moment to reflect on the reason for the season. See real camels, donkeys and other farm animals. Free cookies and cider. The event is on Thursday, Dec. 21st from 4-7 in Glenwood. Music will be by the Hope Community Church from 6-6:45. The live nativity scene will be on Minnesota Avenue by the Glenwood Area Lakes Chamber of Commerce and Welcome Center.

Saturdaymorning, Dec. 23rd from 9-10, bring your iPad and compete against other teens to win a prize. If you don’t like video games, come make a gingerbread house instead. It’s happening at the Willmar Public Library. Also, there is a teen holiday party on Saturday, Dec. 23rd from noon to four. Food, games and a movie. Register at the information desk.

Christmas in the Barn at the Dale and Debbie Tonsfeldt home, 13200 15th Street Southeast, Blomkest is on Monday, Dec. 25th. The Svea Lutheran Church Services is at 9:30 in the morning and includes singing and a live nativity. Everyone is welcome.

Christmas in the Barn at the Dale and Debbie Tonsfeldt home, 13200 15th Street Southeast in Blomkest, is Monday, Dec. 25th. The Svea Lutheran Church Service is at 9:30 in the morning and including singing and a live nativity. Everyone is welcome. On Wednesday morning, Dec. 27th the Hawk Creek Animal Shelter will be at the CARES Treatment Center in Willmar at 8:30, Bethesda Grand Memory Care at ten and Bethesda Centennial Square Independent Living at 11.

The Kandiyohi County Sanitary Landfill will be closed Monday, Dec. 25th in observance of Christmas, and Monday, January 1st in observance of New Year’s Day. Regular hours are Mondaythrough Friday from 8-4 and noon to 8 on Saturdays. Call the landfill at 354-2707 if you have questions or want more information.

Through a grant from the ASPCA, the Hawk Creek Animal Shelter of Willmar is looking for help with the Adoption Ambassador program. This program gives adoptable animals a better chance at finding homes by engaging folks as adoption counselors and foster parents at the same time. Fosters are needed badly to help save lives, and the animal shelter can find the perfect fit for anyone who is interested. Give Bobbie a call at the animal shelter.

There will be a New Year’s Eve celebration at the Willmar Community Cent4er on Sunday, Dec. 31st from 1:30 to 7. There will be holiday music at 1:30, a barn dance at 3:30 with Maggie Harp as the caller. A sloppy joe supper will be served at five, followed by games, crafts and more. See you there.


Rice Memorial Hospital is committed to investing in the health and wellness of our community. They are challenging everyone to stay active for eight weeks and help reach the goal of 38,402 total active miles as a community. If Rice Memorial Hospital meets the goal they will be giving a $4,000 travel voucher to one grand prize winner! The challenge runs from January 22, 2018 through March 18, 2018. The Trek to the Tropics Community Health Challenge is free but you must register by January 22nd. Go online to ricehospital.com to sign up.

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Our year end newsletter will be going out in November. We appreciate all who contribute on a regular
basis. If you are thinking about your yearend giving plans, please remember the Hawk Creek Animal Shelter. With
your help we can help animals that come into the shelter and care for them until new homes can be found. Your
donation also helps with other programs that happen during the year. Thank you in advance for considering a
donation to Hawk Creek Animal Shelter. Check out our website at www.thehskmc.com for the Donate Now button,
stop by with a gift or mail a check to Hawk Creek Animal Shelter P.O. Box 709 Willmar, MN 56201

Through a grant from the ASPCA, we are looking for help with the Adoption Ambassador program. The Adoption Ambassadors program gives adoptable animals a better chance at finding homes by engaging folks as adoption counselors and foster parents at the same time. It lets adopters get more detailed information about an animal’s behavior in a home environment and improves quality of life while awaiting adoption. Of course, we will continue to have our more “traditional” foster parents and hope that more folks will join us in that so critical role. Fosters are needed badly to help save lives and we can find the perfect fit for anyone who is interested! Give Bobbie a call if you would like more information or would like to be a part of this program.

The 2018 dates have been planned. They are February 5, April 2, June 11, August 6, October 1, and November 12. Please tell your family, friends, and co-workers about this low cost spay/neuter program. Register animals now as the calendar fills up. You can register online at MNSNAP.org or by
calling 612-720- 8236.


Habitat for Humanity of West Central Minnesota is seeking  monetary donations and inventory for the ReStore in Willmar.  The ReStore accepts new and gently used furniture, home  accessories, building materials, and appliances, all of which  are sold to the public at a reduced price. The proceeds help  Habitat construct new homes in the community,  call Habitat for Humanity.

website: www.newlondonlittletheatre.com 
The Little Theatre will be undergoing many changes in the coming year. We will be installing new LED lights that will enhance your theatre experience while reducing our energy consumption.  We have also hired Laurel Iverson as our Operations Manager.  We are in the process of planning a full year of family friendly play production, concerts, movies from the New London Roaming Cinema, Story Show and some social awareness seminars. 
This is an exciting time for us and we hope to have your support as we expand our venue and offer our community a variety of entertainment options.
The Little Theatre Board 

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"Blithe Spirits"
Written by Noel Coward

Directed by Thomas Rosengren

Production Dates Feb. 8-10, 15-18

A successful novelist, Charles Condomine, wishes to learn about the occult for a novel he is writing, so he arranges for an eccentric medium, Madame Arcati, to hold a seance at his house. At the seance, she inadvertently summons Charles's first wife, Elvira, who has been dead for seven years. This encounter leaves only Charles with the ability to see and hear his ghostly wife. As the days go by, Elvira makes continued, and increasingly desperate, efforts to disrupt Charles' marriage to his second wife, Ruth. When Ruth is accidentally killed, her ghost comes back to seak revenge on Elvira. With the ghosts of two wives in the house, Charles is desperate to put an end to the turmoil. He calls Madame Arcati to come back in an attempt to exorcise both of the spirits. Will they be successful? Come join us for the zany antics of the supernatural.

Cast List:

EDITH - a maid, retired from the Navy
RUTH - Charles' current wife, stylish in her mid-thirties
CHARLES - husband to Ruth and, before her passing, to Elvira in his forties
DR. BRADMAN wealthy middle-aged
MRS. BRADMAN wealthy middle-aged, fair and rather faded
MADAME ARCATI - a medium, a striking middle-aged woman
ELVIRA - Charles' late wife

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