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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.

October

There will be a free MS (Multiple Sclerosis) educational session Thursday night, Oct. 30th from 6-8 at the Willmar Conference Center. Check-in time is 5:30. Speakers will be Heli Marjatta Hunter from the Schapiro MS Center in Minneapolis and Carrie Paulsen, an MS advocate from Chicago, Illinois. A free dinner will be served.

Have a safe Halloween. Avoid costumes with long or billowing fabric because it can be a fire hazard; use battery operated candles or glow sticks inside jack-o-lanterns; teach your children to stay away from open flames and to stop, drop and roll if their clothes catch fire; and keep decorations like hay and corn stalks away from any ignition source. Happy Halloween.

The Humane Society of Kandiyohi and Meeker Counties has an October special that runs through the 31st. It’s a cat special and the cats must be at least 75 percent black or orange. $13 is what it costs. Stop at the Hawk Creek Animal Shelter and pick out that orange and black cat.

Olivia will have a Hunted House on Friday night, October 31st from 7-9 at 312 North 12th St in Olivia. The house has its own resident ghosts, an elderly couple and a man in a wheelchair. All are friendly and welcome visitors. The house has its own dungeon/basement and mourning room. The tour covers the city block, has a graveyard, carriage house and haunted wagon ride.  

Come trick or treat at the Willmar Fire Station on Friday, Oct. 31st from 5-9. Also, you can participate in Mall-O-Ween at the Kandi Mall from 6-7. This is open to children 12 and under and their parents. You’ll go from store to store trick-or-treating. From 3-5 the Willmar Library is showing ‘The Toy Story of Terror’ and ‘Pooh’s Heffalump Halloween movie

Two movies will be shown during the children’s matinee on Friday afternoon, Oct. 31st. The movies run from 3:30-5:30. One movie is the Toy Story of Terror where the toys go on a road trip. The second is Pooh’s Heffalump with Poop, Roo, Lumpy, and Tigger. Call the library at 235-3162 for more information.

to help fuel your community. Every two seconds someone needs a blood transfusion and you can help. Come to donate blood or platelets at a Red Cross blood drive during October and you could win a $5,000 Visa gift card, courtesy of the propane company. Make a blood appointment today by calling 1-800-Red Cross.

The American Cancer Society’s Navigator program works in select communities across the country to help people affected by cancer to identify and obtain beneficial resources. Navigators offer free, confidential assistance to cancer patients and those who care for them. For cancer prevention tips to help you stay well and resources to help you get well, visit cancer.org or call 1-800-227-2345.

In celebration of autumn, the Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center will host the annual Great Halloween Haunt on Friday night, October 31st from 6-9. A family event, the Haunt will include fun activities for all ages. Everyone is welcome. Enjoy pumpkin carving, games, wall-climbing,  candy, cookies, and the popular “Enchanted Creature Trail.” Come in costume, expecting more “fun” than “frights!” Register in advance by calling 354-5894.

November

Every child should experience the joy of reading. Kiwanian members believe this so, that is why six members of the Kiwanis Club will be at the Willmar Public Library this Saturday afternoon, Nov. 1st from 3-4. Kiwanian members will be at the library to read to the children or the children will read to them. No registration is necessary and this event is for children ages 2-1/2 to 10. 

The Glenwood American Legion will host an ‘open to the public and children’s event on Sunday, Nov. 2nd from noon to two. Christmas cards for soldiers serving overseas will be made. Volunteers are needed to assist with planning and supervising the event. If interested, call Julie at 320-424-0341.

Kandiyohi County Public Health will have an immunization clinic Monday morning, Nov. 3rd from ten to noon at the public health office in 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. Call 231-7860 for more information.

Youth in grades 3-5 can learn the vast ways to serve in their community and around the world by gaining first-hand experience in doing service projects. Participants will work with the instructor in requesting a small local grant and utilizing the funds to accomplish the goals of the project. “Service Club” is at the Voyager Elementary School in Alexandria on Monday afternoons, November 3-17 from 2:30-4:30. Bring a snack and water bottle each day. Call 320-762-3310 for more info.

Sign Language 101 provides students in kindergarten-5th grade an opportunity to learn sign language! This beginner course will introduce students to a new theme each session, family, animals, colors, etc., and will review and practice each time the group meets. Students will also be introduced to signing to music! Bring a snack and water bottle to each session. The class is Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, November 4-18 from 2:30-4:45 at the Voyager Elementary School in Alexandria. Call 320-762-3310 for more info.

The Willmar Public Library has a new book club for mystery lovers. The Whodunit Book Club will meet Tuesday night, November 4th at 6 at the library. This is a week earlier due to the library being closed for Veterans Day. The book for November is Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger. Set in Minnesota, the book centers around the life of Frank Drum, a thirteen year old boy forced to grow up fast when tragedy unexpectedly strikes his family. Call 235-3162 for more info.

The art of belly dance has been around since ancient times. From shimmies to hip bumps, enjoy a fun workout while learning this unique and graceful feminine style. “Beginning Tribal Belly Dance” is for women of all ages and sizes. You will learn the basic tribal belly dance moves. The class is at the Nelson Wellness Center Tuesday nights, November 4-December 9 from 6:30-7:30. Cal320-762-3310 for more info.

In ‘Advanced Glass Fusion/Glass Slumping’, learn the art of glass slumping in order to make small dishes, candle holders, centerpieces and more. Learn about the principles of glass fusing and slumping using glass with molds or duroboard. Firing will be done during the second session. The class is at the Alexandria Area High School, Wednesday nights, November 5-12 from 5:30-7:30. Call 320-762-3310 for more info.

The Hope Presbyterian Church's annual turkey supper will be Thursday, November 6th from 4-7 at the church located at 7730 North Shore Drive, Spicer. The menu is turkey and dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn, coleslaw, cranberries, home baked breads, bars and a beverage. All are invited to attend this turkey supper.

A turkey bingo fundraiser is planned for Saturday night, Nov. 8th from 6-8 in the Hancock School gym. Each card is fifty cents. All proceeds go to the 10-12th grade students traveling to our nation’s capitol and New York City.

A benefit for Jon and Kris Hackman has been set for Saturday, Nov. 8th from 11:30 to 3:30 at the Cross of Calvary Church in Olivia. Jon has been diagnosed with VHL-von hippel lindeau disease. Silent auction, freewill donation. Serving ham sandwiches, salads, chips, cake/bars and beverages.

The Koronis Nite Owls of Paynesville will have their Veterans Square Dance on Saturday night, Nov. 8th with Abe Maier calling. The workshop will start at 7:30, with mainstream dancing from 8-10 at the Paynesville Elementary School. There will be a potluck lunch following the dance.

There will be an American Red Cross Blood Drive at the Assembly of God Church in Willmar on Monday, Nov. 10th from 1-7. Donors are needed in the weeks leading up to the winter holidays to help prevent seasonal declines. Donors of all blood types and especially those with type O negative, A negative and B negative are needed to help maintain a stable blood supply. Call 1-800-733-2767 for more info.

The 2014 Veteran’s Day Observance will be Nov. 10th, 11th and 12th at the Kandi Mall Shopping Center in Willmar in the former K-Mart location. The Observance program is Tuesday night, Nov. 11th at 7:30. There will be a military uniform and equipment display all three days from eight in the morning to eight at night. Over 5,000 military items.

Willmar Community Ed & Rec is now taking signups for the fun filled cast of Prairie Fire Theatre’s original version of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs during the week of November 10-15 at the WEAC building. All youth in grades 1-12 are encouraged to enroll. The cost is $29 for the week. Pre-registration is required by calling 231-8490.

The Humane Society/Hawk Creek animal shelter in Willmar is starting a Schwan’s campaign Nov. 10th. Each time you purchase Schwan’s Ice Cream or other frozen foods, a percentage is given to the shelter. For the first 45 days, the shelter can receive up to 40 percent of your purchase. For the remaining year, the shelter will earn 5 percent of the sales.  

Heartbeat will meet at the Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church of rural Spicer on Tuesday night, Nov. 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. For more info call 235-1539, 894-0182 or 796-0168.

The Kandiyohi County Sanitary Landfill will be closed Tuesday, Nov. 11th in observance of Veterans Day. The landfill can be reached at 354-2707. Regular hours at the landfill are Monday through Friday from 8-4 and Saturdays from 8 to noon.

November 13th is Give to the Max Day. The Willmar Area Community Foundation is offering a single $1000 local Golden Ticket grant to the top fundraising Kandiyohi County 501c3 non-profit on Give to the Max Day 2014. If you’ve been thinking about making a gift to support the foundation, mark your calendars for November 13 and log onto www.givemn.org to make it that day. Search for Humane Society of Kandiyohi & Meeker Counties and make your gift.

There will be a fundraiser for Athena (Serbus) Krueger on Saturday, Nov. 22nd from 3-7 at the Bird Island Ballroom in Bird Island. Pulled pork dinner, silent auction, door prizes, kids’ activities. Live music 7-10. Athena has cancer, conventional medicine has not been effective and they’re seeking integrative treatment. The benefit is to help with the cost since these treatments aren’t covered by insurance. Call 894-6436 for more info.


October 31st, Nov. 1st and Nov. 2nd @ 7:00 is the New London-Spicer High School production of Mixed Nuts.

"What happens when a shy, aspiring writer from the Midwest comes to the Big Apple in search of fame and fortune?  For Michael Caldwell, life becomes a series of hilarious encounters with the unpredictable residents of his dilapidated apartment house."

Tickets for this show are $5 for adult and $4 for students.

The Cactus Blossoms will be onstage Saturday, Oct. 4th @ 7:00.  Brothers Jack Torry and Page Burkum "write songs like Hank Williams, weave sweet harmonies like the Everly Brothers, and their earnest performances revive the sound of country and western's early days".   They've been crowd favorites at the New London Music Festival the past two years and are coming back to town for an intimate duo show.
Tickets for The Cactus Blossoms are $10 and can be purchased at the door the night of the show


On Saturday, Nov. 15th @ 7:30 Lehto and Wright return to the Little Theatre with their own unique blend of  traditional and modern Irish, English and American Folk traditions, adding  a healthy dose of original compositions and  bringing a fresh approach to the world of Folk and Folk Rock.
Tickets for Lehto and Wright are $10 and can be purchased at the door the night of the show.


Saturday Nov. 22nd @ 7:00 sit back as Cassie and the Bobs will take you on a musical journey back in time. Imagine it is the early 60's and you are at a concert featuring the biggest female singer in the country, Patsy Cline.  Join them for a truly memorable musical experience.
Tickets for Cassie and the Bobs are $15 and advance tickets will be available at Mord's Hardware in New London and Whitney Music in Willmar two weeks prior to the show.  This show has sold out in the past so get your tickets early!


October 15th & 16th at 6:30 auditions take place for the Christmas production of Believe!



"Alex is a teenager fed up with the commercialism of Christmas. His family and friends try their best to get him back in the holiday spirit, but can this Scrooge rediscover the true meaning of Christmas? The show is a fun musical with traditional carols and everyone is encouraged to join in the singing!"




 


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