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There is a free grocery giveaway every Saturday morning from nine to 10:30 at the Harvest Community Church in Willmar. All who come will receive food, even at 10:30. Due to the rising costs of gas and vehicle upkeep there is a charge of $1 per family per week for the food. Community Basics, Inc. in partnership with Matter in St. Louis Park, utilizes corporate surplus to fight poverty, hunger and disease.
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The Kandiyohi County Sanitary Landfill will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 26th in observance of Thanksgiving Day. The landfill can be reached at 354-2707. Regular hours are Monday through Friday from 8-4 and Saturdays from 8-noon.
The 15th annual community Thanksgiving meal will be served at Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church of rural Spicer on Thursday, Nov. 26th from 11-1. This dinner is for anyone who may not have a place to go, will be alone, or will not have the opportunity to enjoy a turkey dinner on Thanksgiving. For transportation to the church or to have a meal delivered to your home call the church at 796-5664.
Clara City’s annual Christmas Kickoff is Friday, Nov. 27th. Clara City Lions pancake feed and Christmas tree sale from 4:30-7 at the MACCRAY high school; at five Santa arrives. Pictures with Santa 5:30-7:30; Jaycees meat raffle at six at Kegger’s Bar; lighted Christmas parade through the business district at 8; and fireworks after the parade at the high school.
Sibley State Park will have a 1.2 mile guided hike on Friday, Nov. 27th from 10 to noon from the Interpretive Center to Mt. Tom. Travel through the fall colors of mature oak forests and prairie grasslands and have the science of the season revealed. Hike back at your leisure or pack a picnic to enjoy at the end of the trail. This hike will end at Mount Tom. Call the park at 354-2055 if you have questions or want more info.
Get out of the house and meet other parents and babies for the bi-weekly nature themed get-together called ‘Little Babe in the Big Woods.’ Its December 2nd and 16th and January 6th and 20th from nine in the morning to ten at night. This week discover nature, play in fall leaves and experiment with fall color fun! Open to babies’ ages new born to three years old. Meet in the Interpretive Center at Sibley State Park to begin introducing your little one to nature and start your Sibley memories today. Call 354-2055 for more info.
Celebrate Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year, on Monday night, Dec. 21st from 6:30-8 at Sibley State Park. Discover the reason for our holiday season traditions as many of them are rooted deep in winter solstice traditions from around the world. We will explore the solstice inside then head out for a short snowshoe hike, warm up around the bonfire while sipping a traditional solstice drink. Meet in the Interpretive Center Theater. Snowshoeing will not take place if it is below zero with windchill. Snowshoes available for borrow. Call 354-2055 for more info.
Z Puppets Rosenschnoz will present ‘The Amazing Gnip Gnop Circus’ on Saturday, Nov. 28th at 9:30 at The Little Theatre in New London. The show will be followed by a puppet making workshop that lasts until noon. This is free and recommended for ages 2 and up. Children five and under need to be accompanied by an adult.
November is American Diabetes Month. Did you know the YMCA in Willmar has a diabetes prevention program? If you or someone you know is at risk of developing type 2 diabetes, this program can help you make lifestyle changes to improve overall health. You can take control. Find out your risk and encourage your loved ones to do the same. Call the Y for more information.
Children’s Book Club will be on Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 1st at four at the Willmar Public Library. Snacks, activities and discussion on this month’s book which is about a female struggling with Asperger’s who shares a bond with her dog. This Book Club is for children in grades 2-6. Call 235-3162 for more information.
The American Red Cross has three blood drives scheduled in Willmar during December. The first is Wednesday, Dec. 2nd from 10-4 at Rice Memorial Hospital. The second is Thursday, Dec. 10th from noon to six at the Willmar VFW Post. The third is Monday, Dec. 14th from 1-7 at the Assembly of God Church.
Learn to make metal jewelry for yourself or for gifts in the Intro to Metalworking-Cold Connection classes, which are held Wednesdays, December 2nd through December 16th from 5-8 in the Senior Center Art Room in Alexandria. Spend three hours each session to design, saw, drill, hammer, rivet, texture and finish one of a kind works of art. You can expect to create three to four pieces during these sessions. You can register for this class and many more by calling 320-762-3310.
The December Thursday Gathering will be held on Thursday afternoon, December 3rd at1:30 at the museum in Benson. The topic will be ‘A Christmas Conversation.’ Call 843-4467 with questions. Marie Tucker is Director of the Swift County Historical Society and Museum in Benson.
There will be an archery open house on Friday night, Dec. 4th from 6:30-8:30 at the Little Crow Archers Indoor Range on Benson Avenue Southwest in downtown Willmar. Pot luck appetizers and desserts. 20-yard indoor shooting range; open shooting; animal & target leagues; tournaments; kids only leagues back this year; 24//7 keyed access for your shooting convenience; individual and family memberships.
Calvary Lutheran Church will have its Advent Festival open house on December 4th, 5th and 6th. Friday and Saturday the event is from 1-7 and Sunday from noon to five. The theme is ‘Christ, Our Light.’ There is no admission charge. The festival presents more than 15 rooms decorated from inspirations from Bible verses. Crafts, short movies, musical presentations and light refreshments.
There will be holiday stories, music, fingerplays and crafts at the Willmar Public Library on Friday morning, Dec. 4th from 10-10:45. This program is for children ages 2-1/2 to six years. No registration necessary. For more information call Kathy at the library, 235-3162.
Holiday Cookies & Holiday Hearts. That's the Way the Season Starts. Fridaymorning, Dec. 4th from 10-10:45 there will be holiday stories, music, finger-plays, and crafts at the Willmar Public Library. This program is for children ages 2 1/2 to 6 years old. No registration is necessary.
There is an ‘In Bethlehem Inn’ by John Carter dinner theater at the Green Lake Bible Camp in Spicer. The event will be presented four days, Friday, Dec. 4th, Saturday, Dec. 5th, Friday, Dec. 11th and Saturday, Dec. 12, at 5:30 each day. Full evening of theater and music, four-course meal. $30 per person. Contact the camp at 796-2181 to make your reservations.
Christmas at Trinity will be held Saturday, Dec. 5th from nine to noon at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Grove City. There will be a brunch with tickets $7 for adults; $3.50 for ten and under; coffee and roll $2, and take outs are $7.50. Cookie walk, bake sale, lefse and ethnic goodies, candy crafts, cards and napkins. Call 320-420-5699 for more info.
A ‘Golden Christmas in the Village’ will be held on Saturday, Dec. 5th from 10-4 at Historic Chippewa City near Montevideo. Candy shop bake sale, area artisans, visit from Santa, horse drawn rides, and much more. Admission is $5 for adults; $2 for kids ages 12-17; with 11 and under free. For more information call the Chippewa County Historical Society at 269-7636.
The Willmar Area Symphonic Orchestra will present Nutcracker, a collaboration with Colleen’s School of Dance and Mannheim Steamroller Christmas on Sunday afternoon, Dec. 6th at three at the WEAC Center in Willmar. Adults $10; Students ages 5-18 $5; children under five are free. Family pack is $25. Purchase tickets at Whitney Music or at the door 30 minutes before the concert.
There will be an immunization clinic on Monday morning, Dec. 7th from 10 to noon at the public health office in the Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services building in Willmar. Bring a record of all past immunizations. No one will be denied due to inability to pay. Call 231-7800 for more information.
Consider donating blood at one of several upcoming American Red Cross drives. There is one at the Cosmos American Legion on Tuesday, Dec. 8th from 1-7, and one at the Dassel Covenant Church from 1-7. There is one at the First Lutheran Church in Litchfield and the Unity Christian Reformed Church in Prinsburg on Tuesday, Dec. 15th from 1-7.
Get in the holiday spirit by visiting the Pioneer Cabin at the Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center on Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 8th from 4-5:30. This is for ages third through sixth grade. You can dress as a pioneer, get creative while making holiday decorations, and warm up with some hot cider. Meet at the farmsite. Call 354-5894 for more info.
‘Heartbeat’ will be meeting at Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church of rural Spiceron Tuesday night, Dec. 8th 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 the meetings. Call 235-1539, 894-0182 or 796-0168 for more information.
Willmar Assembly of God is preparing to present its 51st annual Night of Music, entitled, A Time for Christmas. Performance dates are December 10th, 11th & 12th at 7 each night and December 12th & 13th at 3 in the afternoon. Doors will open 1 hour before each scheduled performance. Tickets are FREE, but required, and available online at www.willmarag.org or at the church office Monday-Friday between 8:30-4:30. A free-will offering will be received, for the Hope Pregnancy Center in Willmar
The Koronis Nite Owls of Paynesville will have their sock hop square dance on Saturday night, Dec. 12th with Larry Johansen calling. Mainstream dancing is from 7:30-10, with PLUS tips done during the dance. This is at the Paynesville Elementary School. A potluck lunch will follow the dance, plus there is a quarterly meeting for members.
There will be a benefit for Dawn Glesne Larson on Saturday, December 12th from 11-3 at the New London American Legion. There will be a chicken dinner and auction. Larson was injured July 24th following a motorcycle crash. She has undergone many surgeries and there may be more surgeries.
Join the Lunch Bunch Book Club Wednesday, Dec. 16th at noon in the Skylark Mall to discuss ‘The Truth According to Us’by Annie Barrows. In 1938, Layla Beck gets a job with the Federal Writers’ Project that sends her to Macedonia, West Virginia. Once she secures a room in the home of the Romeyn family, she soon gets entangled in their family history and when secrets come to light, Layla delves deeper into the town legend and everyone involved becomes transformed.