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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.
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Saturday, March 8th there will be a spaghetti dinner benefit for the Craig and Sheryl Price family from 11 to 2 in the parish hall at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Willmar. Freewill donations. Five of the seven family members were seriously injured when their vehicle struck a jackknifed semi last October, with Craig still undergoing extensive rehab. Proceeds will assist the family with medical expenses.
The Koronis Nite Owls of Paynesville will have a square dance on Saturday night, March 8th with the calling by Dean Determan, National Caller. The workshop will start at 7:30 and mainstream dancing will be from 8-10. It’s at the Paynesville Elementary School. There will be a potluck lunch following the dance.
There will be an after school archery club for grades 5 and up on Tuesdays, March 11th, 18th and 25th from 4-5:30. It will be at the Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center. You’ll practice the skill of archery, using compound bows to improve your skill. Equipment will be provided. Call 354-5894 for more information.
Alexandria Community Education offers ‘Vegetable Gardening for the Beginner’ on Tuesday night, March 11th from 7-8:30, and Thursday night, March 13th from 6:30-8, both classes at the Discover Middle School. Learn the tools and know how to sprout delicious items for your dinner menu from seeds. Call 320-762-3310 for more info.
Heartbeat will meet at Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church, rural Spicer/New London, Tuesday night, March 11th 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. Call 235-1539 for more information.
The Willmar Lakes Area Chamber will be attending Business Day at the Capitol on Wednesday, March 19th. You’re encouraged to go along but you need to register with the chamber by March 12th. The chamber will be taking a coach bus or two to the event which runs from 9:30-3:45. The bus will leave the Chamber office parking lot at 7:30 and return at 5:30. Call the chamber at 235-0300 to register.
West Central Clean Energy Resource Team (CERTs) and the Minnesota Project are co-hosting an educational event for turkey farmers regarding funding for LED lighting in turkey barns. This free event is Thursday, March 13th from 11:30-2 at the MinnWest Technology’s Life Center auditorium in Willmar. Call 612-626-0455 for more info.
West Central Industries and ARC of Kandiyohi County are teaming up again to offer a fun chance for you to be a Star at the Consumer Conference in April. They’ll be working on putting together a play to perform and will use costumes and come up with fun ideas to make the play come to life. It’s on Wednesdays, March 12, 19 and 26 and April 2 and 9 from 6-7 at West Central Industries.
The Renville County Genealogical Society will be meeting on Thursday afternoon, March 13th at one in the Renville City Library. This will be the first meeting of 2014. The 2014 theme will be on "Lost or Forgotten towns" in Renville County. For those early birds, there’s a get-together lunch at Bart's Café at noon. All interested persons from the public are encouraged to attend. Bring a friend, we hope to see you there!
‘Technology and Social Media: What Parents Need to Know,’ is a class that will be presented Thursday night, March 13th from 7-9 at the Discovery Middle School Media Center. This class will review consequences of instant exposure on the internet, cyber bullying and strategies to encourage increased safety for our children when using social media and the internet.
There will be a St. Patrick’s Day ham dinner and raffle on Sunday, March 16th from 10:30-2 at the Church of St. Patrick in Kandiyohi. Irish music will be provided by the Potluck Band. Adults $9; children ages 6-10 $3.50; children ages 2-5 $1.50; and under two free. Raffle features 61 prizes; country store; kids games.
Kandiyohi County Public Health will have an immunization clinic on Monday afternoon, March 17th from 3-6 at the public health office in the Health and Human Services Building in Willmar. Bring all immunization records along to the clinic. No one will be denied immunizations due to inability to pay. Call 231-7860 for more information.
Learn the basic dance step of the big band era in Alexandria Community Education’s “Basic Swing Dance for Couples”. The popular East Coast swing dance is adaptable to 50's, country and popular music. This class is for adult beginners and is held at the Voyager Elementary School, Monday nights, March 17-April 14 from 6:30-7:45 PM. Call 320-762-3310, ext. 4270 for more info.
Learn about and explore the world of Apps on your iPad. This class will require that you are familiar with your iPad basics and will be only looking into various apps in detail. The class is at the Jefferson High School in Alexandria on Wednesday afternoon, March 19th from 4-6. Call 320-762-3310, ext. 4270 for more info.
Youth in grades 2-6 can learn logic, strategy and have a blast! “Chess Club” is for all students interested in learning more about chess, from beginners to more experienced chess players. Bring a snack for after school. Class is Wednesday afternoons, March 19-April 23, from 3:30 - 5:15. Call 320- 762-3310, ext. 4270 for more info.
There will be a Dad’s Belgian Waffle feed for Paul Brouwer on Monday, March 19th with serving from 4:30-7 at the Roseland Reformed Church in Blomkest. Freewill donation, carry out available. Serving waffles, sausages, flavored syrups and beverage. Brouwer has encountered complications from hip surgery. He will have an extended stay in the hospital.
There will be free blood pressure checks at the Willmar Community and Activity Center March 18th, April 15th and May 20th. Sign-in begins at 9:30. Kandiyohi County Nurses will be on hand to do the blood pressure checks the third Tuesday of each month.
The American Red Cross will be at the First Lutheran Church in Litchfield on Thursday, March 20th from 1-7, and at the ACGC High School in Grove City on Thursday, March 27th from 8:30-2:30. This is American Red Cross Month and you’re asked to help someone in need by giving blood.
The Title 1 program at the Prairie Woods Elementary School and the New London-Spicer PTO are sponsoring an evening of family fun at the Prairie Woods gym on Thursday, March 20th. Students in grades K-8 and their families can try their luck at Book Bingo. At three in the afternoon, it’s the Scholastic Book Fair. From 6:30 to 8 students and a parent can play bingo. There will be raffle drawings for books, prizes and certificates.
The Koronis Nite Owls of Paynesville will have their Food Shelf square dance on Saturday night, March 22nd with Abe Maier calling. Workshop will start at 7:30 and mainstream dancing is from 8-10 at the Paynesville Elementary School. Dancers are asked to bring food for the food shelf. There is a potluck following the dance.
The MACCRAY 2180 Foundation will be having its 6th annual fundraiser supper and silent auction, Friday, March 21st at the MACCRAY High School Cafeteria. Serving is from 5-7, followed by the High School Theater & Music Department production of “Footloose” in the gym. The supper is a free will offering and Footloose tickets are available at the high school office during business hours & at the door if not sold out. Proceeds benefit the district’s educational needs.
There will be a Fernholz dinner and silent auction benefit Saturday, March 22nd from 5-7:30 at the Raymond Christian Reformed Church. Camie Fernholz, daughter of Joe and Diane (Henry) Fernholz is undergoing chemo for an inoperable tumor on her brainstem. Silent auction from 5-7.
There will be four blood drives in Renville County during March. On Monday, March 24th there is a drive at the National Guard Armory in Olivia from 1-7; on Tuesday, March 25th there is a drive at the Prairie Lutheran School in Fairfax from 1-7; on Wednesday, March 26th it’s at the Community Center in Renville from 1-7; and on Thursday, March 27th it’s at the First Lutheran Church in Hector from 1-7.
In Alexandria Community Education’s ‘Rejuvenating Shrubs through good pruning practices,’ learn to bring new life to shrubs. The class is at the Discovery Middle School on Tuesday night, March 25th from 6:30-8. Topics covered rang from deadheading and disbudding to shearing and shaping shrubs, perennial flowers and more. Call 320-762-3310 for more info.
Mike Carter will be presenting classes on firefighting at the Science and Nature Conference in Marshall on May 14th. There will be hands on classes such as rockets, archaeology, CSI, Geocaching and much more. The Physics Course from the University of Minnesota will present the keynote. This is one of the largest single day conferences in the country for K-8th grade students. The early bird registration ends on March 25th so register soon. Call the service cooperative at 507-537-2257 to learn more.
Learn a fun and fast way to paint with oil paint in a class called ‘Rag Painting with Oil.’ This class is Thursday night, March 27th from 7-9 at the Discovery Middle School in Alexandria. This is for beginners to advanced painters. Create an oil painting and take it home the same day. Call 320-762-3310 for more info.
‘Six-thousand years of Bread….and Counting’ is a class that will be presented at the Discovery Middle School in Alexandria on Thursday night, March 27th from 7-9. You’ll follow the story of the grain of wheat from the granaries of ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt to the sack of Rome and to sliced bread on the shelves of America’s supermarkets. Call 320-762-3310 for more info.
There will be a pancake and sausage breakfast and silent auction on Saturday morning, March 29th from 9-11 at the Bethel Lutheran Church in Willmar. The pancakes are free, but you can make a donation if you wish. This is a fundraiser for the Matthew & Timothy Houses. There will be many items on which to bid.
AARP will offer free help with filing tax forms at the Willmar Community Center Thursdays through April 10th from 9-4. This is for low and middle income taxpayers. To make an appointment call 231-8490 on weekdays.
There will be Bunny Bingo on Saturday night, April 12th from 6-8 in the Hancock School Gym. It’s 50 cents a card. This is a fundraiser for the Hancock students traveling on a national trip.