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Free grocery giveaway. Come one, come all Saturday mornings from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. to the Harvest Community Church in Willmar. All who come will receive food, even at 10:30 a.m. Community Basics, Inc. in partnership with Matter in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, utilizes corporate surplus to fight poverty, hunger and disease.
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
Come to the Willmar Public Library to partake in the latest relaxation technique – coloring. Not just for kids anymore, coloring has been shown to have a calming effect on the mind and promote wellness. The next Serene Scenes: Stress Reducing Coloring for Adults will take place on Tuesday night, February 9th and Thursdaynight, February 25th at 6:30 at the library. Coloring pages, supplies and refreshments will be provided. Call 235-3162 for more info.
There will be a teen book chat on Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 9th from 4-5 at the Willmar Public Library. Come chat about the latest book you read. Then on Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 24th from 4-5, ages 13 and older are invited to the Teen Book Club. You’ll eat pizza and discuss ‘Orbiting Jupiter’ by Gary Schmidt. You must register.
Preschool screening for three, four and five year olds in the Montevideo School District will be held Tuesday morning, Feb. 9th and Wednesday morning, Feb. 10thfrom 8-11:30 at the Trinity Lutheran Church. Early Childhood Screening is required for entrance into kindergarten. Call 269-5026,extension 3000 to schedule your appointment.
There will be a Swedish Meatball supper on Tuesday, Feb. 9th from 4:30-7 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Montevideo. Adults $10; 12 and under $4; take-outs available. For delivery of meals call 269-5954 by four that afternoon. Proceeds will benefit Catholic education within the parish. See you there.
There will be a silent auction and bingo on Wednesday night, Feb. 10th at 6:30 at the Raymond CRC. You’re invited to come for a night of fellowship and bingo while supporting Bunde and Raymond youth ministry. See you on the 10th.
The Meeker County Networking Support Group will have an event called ‘Parenting Tips’ on Thursday night, Feb. 11th from 6:30-8 at the first Lutheran Church in Litchfield. For more information contact Becky at email@example.com.
‘Valentine Hugs & Kisses’ is the theme of Story Hour on Friday morning, Feb. 12thfrom 10-10:45 at the Willmar Public Library. This is for ages 2-1/2 to six. No registration necessary. It’s a time to explore language, sound, movement and printed books. Children are encouraged to check out books before or after the program. Call the library at 235-3162 for more info.
On Friday night, Feb. 12th at six, the Cornerstone Baptist Church of Montevideo is hosting a free evening of food, music and fellowship. All are welcome. You are asked to RSVP. For more information call 320-413-0676. Child care will be provided.
Peer Connect will have a Valentine’s Day party at West Central Industries in Willmar on Saturday, February 13th from 6:30-8. Join the party as they celebrate friendship, play games and enjoy treats. You’re asked to RSVP to Becky at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Koronis Nite Owls of Paynesville will have a Valentine’s square dance on Saturday night, Feb. 13th with Larry Johansen calling. Mainstream dancing at the Paynesville Elementary School runs from 7:30-10 with PLUS dancing with the dance. A potluck lunch will follow the dance.
The third annual sleigh-fest & winter family fun day is Sunday, Feb. 14th from 11-4 at the Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center. Free sleigh rides, chili feed, music and games of Kubb. Snowshoeing and cross country skiing equipment available. Indoors you can war up by the fire, try your hand at the climbing wall and check out over 30 exhibits of winter hobbies, sports and activities. Call 354-5894 for more info.
There will be a free Early Childhood Family Education event on Sunday afternoon, Feb. 14th from 3:30-5:30 at the Douglas County Library and LAR gym. There will be Special Story Times with Sarah from 4-5 in the children’s library. Run and play in the LAR gym. Make a Valentine frame for an instant picture we take for you.
The Kandiyohi County Sanitary Landfill will be closed Monday, Feb. 15th in observance of Presidents’ Day. Landfill winter hours are Monday through Friday from 8-4 and at noon on Saturdays. The landfill can be reached at 354-2707.
Join the Lunch Bunch Book Club to discuss books every third Wednesday of the month at12 noon at the Willmar Public Library. New members are always welcome. The next book club meeting will be Wednesday, February 17 in the Skylark Mall. They will be discussing A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler. Pick up a copy of A Spool of Blue Thread and join the group on February 17.
Vegetable Gardening 201 will be held Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 17th from 12:15 to one in AgCountry Auditorium at the West Central Research and Outreach Center in Morris. The class will cover weeding strategies; integrated pest management for the organic grower; small space vegetable gardening; and growing warm season crops. For more info call 589-1711.
There will be a Churchmen’s Chili Supper on Thursday, Feb. 18th from 5-7 at the Salem Lutheran Church in Montevideo. Chili, crackers, cole slaw, bars, coffee and milk. Adults are $7; children 12 and under are $3. The church is located at 631 North 7th Street.
The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to help ensure a sufficient blood supply for patients by giving blood this month. There is a blood drive at the St. Francis De Sales Parish Center in Belgrade on Thursday, Feb. 18th from 1-7; at the Open Door Christian Church in New London on Wednesday, Feb. 24th from 1-7; and at the Vinje Lutheran Church in Willmar on Monday, Feb. 29th from 1-6.
The Blomkest Fire Department Relief Association will have a fish fry on Saturday, Feb. 20th with two serving times – 11-1 and 4-7. It’s at the Blomkest Community Center. Dine in or take out. Deep fried fish, French fries or baked potato, cole slaw, bread and butter, coffee and lemonade. Raffle drawing at seven. Support your local fire department. Recommended minimum donation of $10. Bake sale during morning meal.
Come one, come all to the Winter Movie on Ice: Minions!!! Its Saturday night, February 20th starting at 6 at the Willmar Civic Center. Despicable Me's minions get their very own spin-off in this summer tent-pole from Universal Pictures. Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda co-direct this animated comedy featuring the voices of Sandra Bullock and Jon Hamm. The author if Jason Buchanan. Free admission, popcorn, pop and ice skate rental on a first come basis. Bring your own skates if you have them.
The MnSNAP (Spay, Neuter Assistance Program) will be at the Hawk Creek Animal Shelter in Willmar on Monday, Feb. 22nd. They will also be there March 21st, June 27th, August 22nd, October 3rd and Nov. 28th. Register animals now as the calendar fills up. You can register online at MNSNAP.org or by calling 612-720-8236.
The Willmar Area Food Shelf is seeking additional teams to bring chili for the taste testing for the third annual chili feed fund-raiser. It will be from 5-7 Monday, Feb. 22nd at the Willmar Community and Activity Center. More information is available on their web site atwww.willmarafs.org.
Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services Public Health will have an immunization clinic on Monday afternoon, Feb. 22nd 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.
The Willmar Area Food Shelf is kicking off Food Share Month with its third annual chili fest on Monday, Feb. 22nd from 5-7 at the Willmar Community and Activity Center on North Highway 71. Come for dinner. Freewill offering. There will be a chili cook-off. You can taste test and vote for your favorite. Local mayors will serve as judges. People’s Choice Award and Best Child Award. This event is a fundraiser that’s open to the public.
Sibley State Park will have an event where you travel on snowshoes under the full moon. Called ‘Full Moon cannapopa wi Snowshoe,’ the event is on Monday night, Feb. 22nd from 6:30-8. Snowshoes are available to borrow. Call or email to reserve yours today. The program will be cancelled if temperatures are below zero with windchill, and rescheduled for the following day. Dress for conditions. The program will take place as a hike if snow depths aren’t sufficient. Call the park at 354-2055 for more info.
If you enjoy knitting, have just started to knit, or do crochet or another craft, join the Willmar Public Library’s Craft Circle. Bring your craft and enjoy this two hour period with like-minded individuals. All skill levels are welcome. The Craft Circle meets every fourthTuesday afternoon of the month from 4-6 at the Willmar Public Library. The next meeting will be Tuesday, February 23. Call 235-3162 for more info.
Do you have what it takes to survive a Minnesota winter pioneer style? Come to the 1888 cabin, dress as a pioneer, help saw wood, make candles, learn how to build a fire with flint and steel, try snow shoeing and warm up by the fire with some hot apple cider. Meet at the farmsite at the Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center on Friday afternoon, Feb. 26thfrom 4-6. Call 354-5894 for more info.
Donations are being asked for now to bring the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall to Robbins Island in Willmar July 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th. Donations are needed to help cover the cost of bring the Wall to Willmar. You can mail your donation to the following non-profit organization: Veteran’s Central Council, % Ron Mackedanz, P.O. Box 251, Kandiyohi, Mn. 56251. For more info contact Ron at 894-7840 or Jon Lindstrand at 212-2978.
‘Dying to Talk’ is an event held Monday nights from 6:30-8 at the Alexandria High School, is for you to bring your coffee and engage in open discussion raising the awareness of dying, death and bereavement. This is not a grief group but rather an open place to discuss all aspects of death and dying, share thoughts and ideas on end of life concerns and discuss plans to help alleviate fears and find solutions. Call320-762-3310 for more info.
The Willmar Area Food Shelf is looking for volunteers for both mornings and afternoons. Volunteer drivers are needed to pick up donations at local grocery stories. This usually take one to two hours. If you only have a couple of hours a day to help, your help is needed. Call 235-2641, stop in, or visit the website at www.willmarafs.org