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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.

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 Kerkhoven Girl Scouts are putting a collection box in the city office as well as other businesses and locations in Kerkhoven. They’re collecting new or used linens for the Humane Society. They’re putting these containers throughout the city and will have them out until March 1. Help them out by donating these items.

January 2015

Story Hour at the Willmar Public Library starts Friday morning, Jan. 23rd from 10-10:45. This is a six week session for children ages 2-1/2 to six years old. The Jan. 23 Story Hour is ‘Winter in Snow Much fun. On January 30th its Once Upon a Reader featuring the book ‘Moo’ and Farm Fun. This is a Legacy Event. Call the library at 235-3162 for more info.

Two upcoming story swap workshops this weekend will collect history and stories about New London for an original community based theater production. This production will be performed during Water Days to celebrate New London’s sesquicentennial. They will be held Saturday afternoon, Jan. 24th from 2-4 at the New London Senior Center and Sunday afternoon, Jan. 25th from 2-4 at the Little Theatre. Come and share your story. Call Ashley at 952-486-0533 for more info.

The Koronis Nite Owls of Paynesville will have a Veterans Square Dance on Saturday night, January 24th with Myron Hollatz calling. Workshop will start at 7:30, Mainstream dancing from 8-10. This is held at the Paynesville Elementary School. There will be a potluck lunch following the dance.

Willmar Community Ed & Rec is offering a ‘Raising Bees – A through Z’ class with local bee keeper Mark Mulder on Saturday, January 24th at the Willmar Senior High School. Come and learn how to start a hive of your own. For more details, including the time, and to enroll call 231-8490.

Willmar Community Education and Recreation is offering a hands-on discussion group that is focused on start-up bee keeping. It will get you all the information you need to successfully start your own hive and have ongoing support during the season. Classes meet Saturday, Jan. 24th from nine to noon with Mark Muldrow at the Willmar Community and Activity Center. Call 231-8490 to pre-register.

There will be a Dad’s Belgian Waffles fundraiser Saturday, Jan. 24th from eight to 12 noon at the Roosevelt Elementary School. Adults are $7 at the door; kids ages 6-12 are $5 at the door; and kids five and younger are free. Family cap is $25. Door prizes, silent auction, games, skills. The proceeds will benefit the Willmar Baseball/Fastpitch Boosters Association.

Come enjoy some Dad’s Belgian waffles and support local athletics on Saturday, Jan. 24th from eight to noon at the Roosevelt Elementary School in Willmar. Door prizes, silent auction, games, skills and more. Adults are $7; Kids 6-12 are $5; and kids five and under are free. There’s a family price cap of $25. Proceeds benefit the Willmar Baseball/Fast Pitch Boosters Association.

The Immanuel Lutheran Church of Clara City will have its annual chili/soup feed and silent auction on Sunday, Jan. 25th following the semi-annual meeting. The committee is looking for new items for the silent auction such as homemade crafts, gift baskets, gift cards, and new this year homemade pies and cakes. Proceeds go to different needs in the church. Call 847-3561 for more info.

The West Central Concert Series board is sponsoring a Community Appreciation Concert on Sunday afternoon, Jan. 25th at three at the Willmar Education and Arts Council auditorium. The concert will feature four local choral groups. There is no admission charge and no advance reservations. A free will offering will be received for Music Matters. Seating is on a first come, first served basis. Call 320-905-0618 for more info.

The New London Little Theatre Crow River Players board is looking for acts of all ages for a community talent show Sunday, Jan. 25th. Anyone interested is asked to call the theatre at 354-2559 or email April Kummrow at kummrowa@nls.k12.mn.us. The show will help raise money for improvements to the theatre’s light system.

The Willmar Area ACT on ALZ Action Team will meet on Monday afternoon, January 26th at 3:30 in Vinje Lutheran Room 102 to plan strategy for community education to build dementia awareness throughout 2015. Mark your calendars for this important meeting. Meetings will be quarterly in 2015

Kandiyohi County Public Health will have an immunization clinic on Monday afternoon, January 26th from 3-6 at the public health office in the Health and Human Services building in Willmar. Bring an up-to-date record of all past immunizations. No one will be denied due to inability to pay. Call the public health office at 231-7800 for more info.

There will be an ACTION team meeting for Willmar Area ACT on ALZ . The meeting will be at the Vinje Lutheran Church on Monday afternoon, Jan. 26th at 3:30. It’s important you attend because decisions have to be made regarding 2015. The meeting will include the fiscal management report; Phase 4 Plan; action by volunteer members; and other business.

Alexandria Community Education will have a ‘Belly Fat’ class on Tuesday night, Jan. 27th from 7-8:30. The class will cover the contributing factors that make your body store belly fat. Learn the health consequences associated with the "apple" shape and find out what you can do to reverse it or prevent it from happening. The class is at the Alexandria Area High School. You can call 320-762-3310, or register online at www.alexandria.thatscommunityed.com.

In this ‘Body Sculpting Exercise’ class you will burn more body fat all day long. You’ll work on movements that will strengthen arms, shoulders, legs and core muscles. Participants will work with hand weights between three and 10 pounds depending upon your fitness level (provided). The class is at Nelson Wellness Center, Tuesday nights, January 27-February 17 from 6:30-7:20. Call 320-762-3310 for more info.

‘Exercise: How to Get Started,’ is a strength training program at the Nelson Wellness Center on Thursday, Jan. 29th from noon to one. Come learn proper form and leave with a total body workout you can do anywhere, anytime. Call 320-762-3310 for more information.

There will be a children’s movie matinee on Friday afternoon, Jan. 30th at 3:30 at the Willmar Public Library. The movie is about Anna, a fearless optimist that sets off on an epic journey with rugged mountain man Kristoff and his loyal  reindeer Sven to find her sister Elsa. Call the library at 231-8490 for the title of the movie or other information.

The Kandiyohi County CEO (Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities) is inviting you to their "Night in the 20's" dinner party on January 31st from 5-8 at the Willmar Conference Center. The guest speaker will be CEO Class Founder Craig Lindvahl. Come dressed in your best 1920's attire and enjoy an elegant dining experience, all while supporting a good cause. All the money made at the dinner will go to support the individual businesses they will be starting at the end of the year.

The Willmar/Spicer Plunge will be held at Salisbury Beach in Spicer on January 31st at one in the afternoon. Pre-check in will be held Friday, January 30 at the Spicer American Legion. Day of the Plunge check-in will also be held at the Spicer American Legion. In 2014, more than 300 brave souls took the Plunge in Willmar/Spicer and raised about $74,372 in support of Special Olympics Minnesota.

Feburary

Enjoy learning the basics of Country Dance. “Beginning Country Dance” is geared toward the beginner. Instructors Jerry and Jeanne Miller will teach country two-step with turns, Texas Waltz and introduction to three-step. The class is at the Voyager Elementary School in Alexandria on Monday nights, February 2 - March 9 from 7:15 - 8:30. Register for this and many other adult enrichment opportunities by calling 320-762-3310.  

If you enjoy growing fruits and vegetables, maybe it is time to grow them to sell. In “Growing for Market”, explore the possibility of starting a small market garden in your backyard. Explore what resources you may have and what resources are necessary to start a fresh produce business. This is a good opportunity for all ages. The class is Monday night, February 2nd from 6-7:30 at the Discovery Middle School in Alexandria. Register by calling 320-762-3310.  

Join Education Coordinator for the Sauk River Watershed District, Adam Hjelm, and learn all about composting. Learn how to save your scraps for spring--compost!  Adam aims to inform the members of communities like our Alexandria Lakes Area about the impacts of human activity on water quality and ways to improve our land use practices. “Recycle Your Leftovers” is offered Tuesday night, February 3rd from 6:30-7:30 at the Alexandria Area High School. Register by calling 320-762-3310.  

Enroll your child in “Animal Themed Fun Foods!” and they will create foods like Chocolate “Moose", Skunk Cabbage Slaw, and Pigs in a Blanket! Recipes will be sent home with each student. Designed for students in grades K-2, the class is Tuesday and Thursday afternoonsFebruary 3 and 5 at the Lincoln Elementary School from 2:30-4:30. Register by calling 320-762-3310.

The American Red Cross will have several donations in the area during February. There is a drive at the Paynesville American Legion on Wednesday, Feb. 4th from noon to six; one at the Assembly of God Church in Willmar on Monday, Feb. 9th from 1-7; and one Tuesday, Feb. 10 at the United Lutheran Church in Lake Lillian from 2-7.

The Renville County West Post Prom committee will be serving a supper on Thursday, Feb. 5th from 5-7 in the Renville School. Turkey sandwiches, chips, bar and water for $5. The Lady Jaguars girls basketball team will play CMCS that night.

‘Give Kids a Smile’ is a program from the American Dental Association that provides free cleanings and checkups for children whose families face barriers to dental care. On Friday, Feb. 6th, Rice Regional Dental Clinic and a team of local dental professionals will volunteer their time and materials to make a difference for area families. To register call Rice Hospital at 214-2620.

The Willmar Public library has a new night book club for fiction lovers. Novels @ Night will meet the second Tuesday night of each month at 7 to discuss a book and enjoy sweet treats. The next meeting will be Tuesday night, February 10th. They will be discussing ‘The Bookman’s Tale’ by Charlie Lovett. This novel is focused on the story of Peter, a young bookseller who relocates to the countryside after the death of his wife. Call the library at 235-3162 with questions.

A class on basic computer skills – computers 101 – will be held at the Willmar Public Library on Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 10th at two. Computers will be available for hands-on learning or you can bring your own laptop. You’ll learn basic computer skills. Registration is required by calling 235-3162. Space is limited, so register right away and don’t miss out on learning basic computer skills

You’re invited for an evening of dining, dancing and entertainment at the Tim Orth Memorial Foundation’s Valentine’s Day Black Tie Gala. It’s on Saturday, Feb. 14th. The doors open at five, with dinner at six. Entertainment and a dance will follow. It’s at the Island Ballroom in Bird Island. The cost is $60 per person. Advance ticket sales only by calling 905-4623.

The next Lunch Bunch Book Club meeting is Wednesday, February 18 at noon at Cornerstone Coffee in the Skylark  Mall. They will be discussing The Vacationers by Emma  Straub. The Vacationers follows the Post family as they travel to the island of Mallorca. Come discuss this story about the side of ourselves we choose to show and those we try to conceal. For questions, contact the library at 235-3162. 

The 32nd annual Rice Hospice Bowl for Hospice is Saturday, Feb. 21st at a number of bowling lanes in the area. Those include New London Bowl, Benson Bowler, Kandi Bowl in Willmar, Alley Cat Lanes in Ortonville, Dawson Bowl, Don’s Alleys at Graceville and Mel’ody Lanes in Montevideo, all from nine to noon. The other is the 7th Avenue Bowl & Tavern in Granite Falls from ten to one. One Hundred percent of the monies go to patient services.

The Blomkest Fire Department will have a fish fry fundraiser on Saturday, Feb. 21st with serving from 11-1 and from 4-7 at the Community Center in Blomkest. There is a minimum $10 donation for the fish fry. Come enjoy fish and socializing.

Silent auction donations and volunteers are needed for the Humane Society of Kandiyohi/Meeker Counties ‘Save Our Tails’ event, which is Friday night, Feb. 27 at the Holiday Inn. Volunteers are needed to help with the set up at the Holiday Inn, and to help the night of the event with tickets, the live auction and check out. Call 235-7612 for more info.

 

February 14th  7:00  -  Green Lake Bluegrass Band, "Cabin Fever Three!"
Since it's inception playing summer worship services at the Green Lake Bible Camp in the mid 1990s, the Green LakeBluegrass Band has grown into a true bluegrass tradition. Playing county fairs and festivals throughout west central and southwestern Minnesota, the GLBB brings their skill, home-spun humor, and love for the music to every show.  In addition to the bluegrass tunes, the five member band also dabbles in gospel, country, folk and Irish tunes.

 

February 28th @ 7:00  -  Ring of Kerry with the St. Paul Irish Dancers
Ring of Kerry is a bursting-with-energy Irish music group that captures the hearts of listeners.  The group takes its name from a beautiful craggy drive in southwestern County Kerry, Ireland  Its Celtic music, however, is played with a heart much closer to its American home.  As a special treat for this show the band will be performing with a fully costumed troupe of Irish dancers.

 

March 28th @ 7:00  -  Enterprise Band
The Enterprise Band has been performing in the upper Midwest for 34 years.  The original members, lead guitarist Kevin Klimek and bassist Jim Faber formed the band in 1981 and their credentials include opening for legends such as Buck Owens, playing on stage with Bill Haley's Comets, recording and Nashville and also being a part of Connie Lee's Tennessee Roadhouse Band who' radio show is heard weekly by over three million listeners on BOB FM Radio.  For this show they will be playing a variety of country, rock and blues songs from artists such as George Jones and Ray Price to the Beatles and Stevie Ray Vaughn.

 


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