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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.
Residents and landowners in the Shakopee Creek area in northwest Kandiyohi County are invited to picnic and informational meeting about land and water quality on Thursday, August 21st from 4:30-7 at Kandiyohi County Park 7 on Games Lake. Bring the family. Hot dogs and sides, hear about conservation efforts, share ideas for land and water quality improvements. Call 269-2139, extension 116 for more info.
Sibley State Park has a number of programs going on. On Thursday, August 21st, its ‘Digital Nature Photography for Kids’ from 10-11. The afternoon event is ‘Geocaching 101’ from 2-3. On Friday, August 22nd the morning program from 10-10:30, it’s the Loon, Minnesota’s State Bird. Then from 2-3 there’s a program on Hairy Critters. Saturday, Aug. 23rd its ‘Canoeing for Beginners from 10-11:30, and Geocaching from 2-3. Call 354-2055 for more info.
The Paynesville Elementary School is the location for a Red Cross Blood Drive on Saturday, August 23rd from 8:30-1:30. And on Monday, August 25th from 1-7 stop at the Elmer Z, in Sauk Centre from 1-7. Blood donations often decline during the summer months, particularly around summer holidays. With school starting back up and summer activities coming to an end, there is still time for eligible donors to make a difference in the lives of patients.
There will be a reception on Saturday, August 23rd from noon to 1:30 on the lawn of the Terrace Mill during the Terrace Art Crawl for the Little Crow Photography Club exhibitors. All are welcome to attend the reception and visit with the photography club members, will be at the Terrace Mill from noon to 6 on Saturday and Sunday, the 24th.
The first annual Upper Chippewa River Art Crawl will be held Saturday and Sunday, August 23rd and 24th from noon to six. The crawl involves four galleries in the Terrace area: The Wheeler Gallery; The Dreaming River Gallery; the Chippewa Falls School House Gallery; and Pottery by Roxanne Sorenson, all in Terrace.
The Humane Society of Kandiyohi/Meeker Counties will have its annual garage sale on Saturday, August 23rd from 8-3. If you have items you would like to donate you can drop it off this week, or Friday, after 3 in the afternoon. No clothes. Larger items that do not sell will need to be picked back up at three on Saturday. Help is needed to set up, sell and tear down. Call 235-7612 for more info.
Come spend some time at Sibley State Park. Sunday, August 24th there is a program on ‘Animal Track Making for Kids from 11-11:30, and in the afternoon, from 2-2:30 come learn about Spider Making. On Monday, Aug. 25 the event is ‘Kids – I Can Fish’ from ten to noon. In the afternoon, from 2-2:30 learn about ‘Fish Printing for Kids.” Call the park at 354-2055 for more info.
The Little Crow Photography Club will meet Monday night, Aug. 25th at seven in the meeting room of the Kandiyohi County Historical Society. The public is welcome. Activities at the meeting include viewing the photos from the Photo Scavenger Hunt. The program is ‘Creativity in Photography.’
Willmar Community Ed & Rec is now taking registrations for Level 1 Basic Dog Obedience Class with Glenda. It begins on Tuesday, August 26th. Call community ed at 231-8490 for more details or to enroll.
Check out a new program Alexandria Community Educationis planning this fall and consider volunteering your time to beinvolved. CATCH Healthy Habits is an intergenerationalprogram connecting adults age 50+ with children in gradesK-5 to encourage healthy eating and active living. All materialsare provided with the first training to be held the end of Augustand other trainings offered periodically throughout the year asneeded. The program will begin the middle of September.Call 320-762-3310, extension 4670 for more info.
Enjoy the great outdoors at Brophy Park in Alexandria while you create your own masterpiece in “Oil Painting (van Gogh’s Vase with Red Poppies” class! Learn a fun and fast way to paint with oil paint. In this class, you will paint a vase of flowers inspired by van Gogh's famous Vase with Red Poppies painting. This is a fun class for beginners to advanced painters. The class is Tuesday night, August 26th from 6-9. Call Community Education at 320-762-3310, extension 4270 for more info.
Willmar Community Ed & Rec is now taking registrations for Level 1 ‘Basic Dog Obedience Class with Glenda.’ The class begins on Tuesday, August 26th. Call Community Ed & Rec at 231-8490 for more details or to enroll.
You’re invited to join the Craft Circle, which meets the fourth Wednesday of the month at the Willmar Public Library. The next meeting is Wednesday afternoon, August 27th from 3-4. Bring your craft and enjoy this hour with like-minded individuals. All skill levels welcome.
Sibley State Park has a number of programs during August. On Thursday, August 28th from 10-10:30 hear about the Loon, and from 2-3 participate in the Geocaching 101 program. On Friday, August 29th, from 10-11 its ‘Digital Photography for Kids, and from 2-2:30 its ‘Hairy Critters.’ Sunday, August 30th from 10-11 its Geochacing; and from 2-3, Digital Photography for Kids. Call 354-2055 for more info.
To end the summer theme, ‘Paws at Your Library,’ the library will be showing the movie ‘See Spot Run’ on Friday afternoon, Aug. 29th from 3:30-5. Popcorn and beverages will be served or you can bring your own snack. According to the library catalog, Gordon, an offbeat mailman, never met a dog he couldn’t handle. That is until he offers to watch a neighbor’s young son, James.
GPS units will be provided in the Geocaching 101 – High Tech Treasure Hunt at Sibley State Park on Saturday morning, August 30th from 10-11. There is a limit of 20 people. Children must be 8 years old and accompanied by an adult. From 2-3, its Digital Nature Photography for Kids. Call the park at 354-2055 for more information.
Learn about Animal Track Making for Kids in Sibley State Park’s program on Sunday morning, August 31 from 11-11:30. From 2-2:30, the program is on the Loon, Minnesota’s State Bird. On Monday, Sept. 1 from ten to noon take part in the ‘Kids – I Can Fish’ event. From 2-2:30 its ‘Fish Printing for Kids.’
The Kandiyohi County Sanitary Landfill will be closed Monday, Sept. 1st in observance of Labor Day. The landfill can be reached at 354-2707. Regular hours are from 8-4 Monday through Saturday.
If you enjoy classic movies, come to Coffee and a Classic at the Willmar Public Library. Held the first Wednesday of each month, the library will provide coffee, a light afternoon snack and a classic movie for all to enjoy. The first of these programs will be held Wednesday afternoon, September 3rd at 2. Contact the library at 235-3162 to find out which movie will be shown in September.
Atwater Threshing Days in Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 6th and 7th from 8-5 each day. Tractor parade both days at one; Sunday morning worship at eight. Something for everyone – threshing, corn shedding, saw mill, hot air engines,= childrens’ barnyard, rope making, quilting, wood spinning, lefse
The Little Crow Photography Club will have an exhibit at= Terrace Mill’s Wheeler Gallery in Terrace through Sept. 8th. The exhibit is Wednesdays through Sundays from noon to three. The theme of the exhibit is ‘Rural.’
The Jolly Twirlers Square Dance Club will have square dance lessons Monday nights from 6:30-9, November through March at the Jefferson Learning Center in Willmar. The instructor is a licensed square dance caller. For more information call 235-8321, 264-0341 or 894-9627.
The 9th annual pork loin dinner at the Ebenezer Lutheran Church in Kandiyohi Will be on Wednesday, September 10th from 4:30-7:30. The menu is Pork Loin, real potatoes, buttered corn, creamy coleslaw, finger rolls, home-made desserts, milk and coffee. Adults are $8; kids ages 6-11 $4; with kids five and under free.
There’s a new book club for mystery lovers. The Whodunit Book Club will meet the second Tuesday night of every month at 6 at the Willmar Public Library beginning in September. While all traditional components of book clubs will be present, they will also complete a hands on activity related to the book for that month. The first meeting will be September 9th at 6. The book is ‘Case Histories’ by Kate Atkinson.
Harvest Community Church, located in downtown Willmar, is gearing up for the clothing exchange which is held annually at the church. They’re collecting clothes, gently used or new. They especially need winter wear for infants, toddlers and kids. This is an event where people can exchange clothing they no longer want or need. If you don’t have clothing to bring in, come in come and shop anyways. Clothing will be collected Sept 15-17. The clothing exchange is Friday, September 19th from noon to 7.
September is Library Card Sign-up Month. Throughout the course of September, the library will host a September Selfie contest to celebrate Library Card Sign-up Month. Individuals are encouraged to take a selfie with their library card. Selfies will be displayed in the library throughout the month. The most creative selfies, as voted on by the staff, will receive prizes at the end of the month. The contest is open to individuals of all ages. Call the library for more info.