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There is a free grocery give away every Saturday morning from 9-10:30 at the Harvest Community Church at 905 Litchfield Avenue Southwest in Willmar. This is a collaborative effort with the Willmar Area Food Shelf and Hope for the City. Its free to all, just bring your own box, bag or tote.
Kandiyohi County Humane Society is waiving the adoption fee this week so that cats they have can be home for this Thanksgiving holiday. From now through Saturday, all adult cats are free. Kittens are 15% off. Check out the kitties, and send in your friends and relatives to do the same. If you can't adopt a cat right now, consider making a monetary donation to the Humane Society.
Clara City’s annual Christmas kickoff is Friday, Nov. 29th. The Clara City Lions will have a pancake feed and Christmas tree sale at the MACCRAY Senior High School from 4:30-7; Santa arrives at 5: pictures with Santa from 5:30-7 at the high school; the Jaycees meat raffle at six at Kegger’s Bar; A queen committee ‘s’more making’ fundraiser from 6:30-9; a lighted Christmas parade at eight; & fireworks after the parade.
There will be a benefit for Kevin Hood of Clara City, formerly of the New London/Spicer area, on Saturday, Nov. 30th from 4-7 at the Belgrade VFW Club. Kevin was injured in a hunting accident Sept. 14th, climbing the tree to his deer stand. He fell 14-16 feet to the ground and was airlifted to Hennepin County Medical Center with numerous injuries. See you at the benefit.
During the month of November, organizations from around Kandiyohi County will be busy setting up Christmas Trees at the Kandiyohi County Historical Society. This is done each year as a part of the Kandiyohi County Historical Society’s Festive Forest. Most of the trees will have a theme which is chosen on by the organization. The trees can be viewed from December 1-December 29, Monday through Friday from 9-5 and on Sundays from 2-5. The Museum will be closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Christmas at the Sperry House will take place Sunday afternoons, Dec, 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th from 2-5 or by appointment. The Sperry House is decorated for Christmas and the Christmas Tree displays a variety of late 1800s (Victorian) ornaments. Cider and cookies will be available.
In ‘Art on the Spot – Holiday Style,’ students in grades K-3 will create holiday art projects they’ll be taking home each afternoon. The class is at the Lincoln Elementary School in Alexandria Mondays afternoons, December 2nd through Dec. 16th from 2:50-4:30. You’ll experiment with many different types of art. Call 320-762-3310 for more info.
Kandiyohi County Public Health will have an immunization clinic on Monday morning, Dec. 2nd from ten to noon at the public health office in the county health and human services building. Bring all immunization records along to the clinic. No one will be denied immunizations due to inability to pay.
Steve Gralish, newly appointed coordinator of the Toys for Tots Campaign in both Kandiyohi County and part of Stearns County, is looking for volunteers to help collect toys for this special project. The toys are distributed through the Salvation Army. They have to be new and unwrapped and appropriate for ages zero through 18. All toys collected will be distributed locally. Call 354-5546 if you can help or for more information.
Do your holiday baking in one evening of fun. In Bake and Take Cookies and Candies, bake and take home six dozen holiday treats for your family and guests. the dough is all pre-made. Bring containers to take cookies home. The class is at the Discovery Middle School in Alexandria Tuesday, Dec. 3rd from 5:30-8:30. Call 320-762-3310 for more info.
Lutheran Social Service will have a foster parent informational meeting at Bethel Lutheran Church in Willmar on Tuesday night, Dec. 3rd at six. You’ll learn more about how you can become a foster parent and provide a safe, loving home for a child. Call 235-5411 for more information.
Learn the art of glass slumping in order to make small dishes, candle holders, centerpieces and more. Take the Advanced ‘Glass Fusion/Glass Slumping’ class at the Jefferson High School in Alexandria December 4th and 11th from 5:30-7:30. No experience is necessary, just bring your creativity. Call 320-762-3310 for more information.
The Alexandria Area Branch of AAUW and Community Education District 206 are sponsoring “Project Bookshelf.” New children’s books are being collected and redistributed through the local Jingle Bells program. You are asked to donate a book for a child who may not get one this holiday season. Donations of money to “Project Bookshelf” are also appreciated. Books are needed by December 4th. For more information, call (320) 762-3310.
A class on ‘Minnesota Landlord and Tenant Law: A Guide to Residential Leasing’ will be given at the Jefferson High School in Alexandria on Thursday night, Dec. 5th from 6:30-8:30. The class will walk you through the Minnesota Standard Residential Lease. Call 320-762-3310 for more info.
The Veterans On The Home Front support group will meet on Thursday night, Dec. 5th at seven at the Willmar VFW. They unite local veterans throughout the community, discuss topics and experiences only a fellow Veteran would understand. You’re encouraged to participate at your own comfort level. All Veterans welcome and refreshments will be provided. Call 612-280-6211 or 522-2545 for info.
A networking group on video modeling will meet Thursday night, Dec. 5th from 6:30-8 at the First Lutheran Church in Litchfield. You’ll learn the use of videos to provide modeling of targeted skills for a child with Autism, Asperger’s, ADHD, or other life challenges. You’ll also learn shoebox tasks for children with autism and learning disabilities. This is offered by West Central Industries – The Resource Center program.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are now more than 1.1 million people living with HIV/AIDS in the U.S., and nearly 200,000 of them don’t know they are infected. This fact highlights an awareness gap and the need for education. With regular testing, early detection and increasingly effective treatments, people can manage HIV and live long productive lives. Visit actagainstaids.org to learn where you can get tested today. A public service message from United Healthcare, and this station.
The Calvary Lutheran Church in Willmar will have its 2013 Advent Festival ‘Come, Lord Jesus,’ Friday & Saturday, Dec. 6 & 7 from 1-7 and Sunday, Dec. 8 from noon to five. There will be rooms decorated from inspirations from Bible verses, crafts to make, shore movies, music and refreshments. Call 235-2508 for more info.
The Assembly of God Church in Willmar presents its 49th Annual Night of Music, ‘The Voice,’ December 6, 7, & 8, & December 13, 14, & 15. Tickets are free but are required. A free-will offering will be received for the Salvation Army Emergency Fund. You may get your tickets at the church office between 8:30 and 4 PM, Monday through Friday, or at the church.
An "Icelandic Christmas in the Village" will be held Saturday, Dec. 7, from 10 to four at the Historic Chippewa City, near Montevideo. A variety of events are going on from the Candy Shop and Bake Sale; to area artisans with unique gift items; A Yule Tide Christmas at the Ness House; Santa, horse drawn rides, kids rafts, displays, exhibits; and an old fashioned radio show. Admission is $4 for adults; $2 for ages 12-17; and free under 11.
There will be a lutefisk and meatball dinner at the Green Lake Bible Camp in Spicer on Saturday, Dec. 7th from 4-6:30 The meal includes lutefisk, meatballs, mashed potatoes, gravy, corn, glorified rice, romegrot, lefse, flatbread, rosettes, milk and coffee. The cost is $14 for adults. Children ages 5-12 pay $6.
Judging of the Northstar International Circuit of Nature Photography is the topic at the Saturday morning, Dec. 7event at the Kandiyohi County Historical Society. There will be a digital slide presentation and judging by the Little Crow Photo Club. There is no charge to attend the event.
Two blood drives are scheduled in Kandiyohi County & one in Meeker County during December. In Willmar the two blood drives are Monday, Dec. 9th from 1-7 at the Assembly of God Church; and the second on Thursday, Dec. 12th from ten to 3 at Rice Memorial Hospital. The Drive in Meeker County is Wednesday, Dec. 11th from 1-7 in the village hall at Watkins.
Heartbeat will meet at Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church of rural Spicer/New London on Tuesday night, Dec. 10th from 7-8:30. The group provides mutual support for those who have lost a loved one through suicide. Area adult survivors are invited to attend. For more information call 235-1539, 894-0128 or 796-0168.
Start with the most basic of phone operations and slowly work up to some of extra features the iPhone has to offer in “iPhone Basics” class. Learn to make phone calls and send text messages/photo text messages, check notifications, set up, receive and send emails and customize your phone and home screen to make them easier and faster to use. The class is Wednesday, December 11th from 4-6 at Jefferson High School. Call Alexandria Community Education at 320-762-3310.
The Koronis Nite Owls of Paynesville will have their Sock Hop Square Dance on Saturday night, Dec. 14th with Roger O’Neil calling. the Mainstream workshop starts at 7:30, with Mainstream dancing from 8-10. It’s at the Paynesville Elementary School. There will be a potluck lunch and quarterly meeting for members following the dance.
There will be a snowmobile safety class for students Saturday, December 14th from 8:30 to one or until done, at the New Life Church in Alexandria. Students must prove completion of the snowmobile youth safety CD, and their full legal name must be on the application. Anyone born after December 31, 1976 must have a snowmobile safety certificate. A child 11 years old may complete the course. However, they will not be able to get their certificate until their 12th birthday.
Kandiyohi County Public Health will have an immunization clinic on Monday afternoon, Dec. 16th from 3-6 in its office at the Health and Human Services Building, Willmar. Bring all immunization records along to the clinic. No one will be denied immunizations due to inability to pay.
The Little Crow Photography Club will have its annual club social, potluck and meeting on Monday night, Dec. 16th at six at the Kandiyohi County Historical Society. Club members, spouses and members guests may attend. Each member should bring a dish to pass for the potluck, plus their own beverages, plates and eating utensils.
West Central Industries is baking Christmas cookie treats again this year. They have 20 different items you can order from festive cookies, to different types of bread to a Cinnamon Roll Christmas tree. Call 235-5310, extension 219 to order. The last day to place an order is Dec. 18th. Cookie pick up is until 10 the morning of Dec. 24th.
You’re invited to the annual Norwegian language worship service at Calvary Lutheran Church in Willmar on Monday night, Dec. 23rd at seven. Called Little Christmas Even (Lillejulaften), the service will feature Norwegian scripture reading, prayers, sermon and songs. The service folder will be in Norwegian with full English translation. Following will be fellowship, coffee and treats in Bethany Hall.
The American Red Cross is asking for your help in raising awareness about the need for blood this holiday season. The winter campaign runs through January 6th and encourages eligible donors to donate blood or platelets for hospital patients in need, from accident victims and premature babies, to cancer patients and those with blood disorders. Give something that means something this holiday season.