Around our region published on March 23, 2022 – West Central Tribune


WILLMAR — Free AARP Volunteer Tax Assistance will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Thursday through April 14 at the Willmar Community Center. Appointment required. To schedule your appointment, call 320-354-3529 between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays.

WILLMAR – Ridgewater College presents a social justice lecture series open to the public via Zoom with registration. All sessions will be recorded. Look for the links at The remaining session is:

  • March 24, 11:00 am “Understanding Somali culture”, with Hudda Ibrahim, author of “From Somalia to the snow” and “What color is my hijab?” and a faculty member at St. Cloud Technical and Community College. It will clarify diversity, equity, inclusion and unconscious bias; share the impact of different cultures on communication; discuss the specific needs of Somali students; share language and communication styles and ways to bridge the communication gap; and explore Islamic religion, spirituality, and dietary laws. Sign up at

WILLMAR – The Willmar Community Center hosts several events. All events are free unless otherwise stated. For reservations, call 320-262-5288 or go online at

Willmar Area Seniors Club: March 23, 2 p.m., voluntary donation, hosted by Jay Struckrud.

Friday afternoon dance: March 25, 1 p.m., $2 non-dancers, $7 dancers; light lunch served; Jerry’s Band music.

Put the “GRAND” in Grandparent: March 23, 12:30 p.m., free. This informative session will leave you tools to show your (great) grandchildren how cool you are.

Community board games: March 27, 2 p.m., free, all ages. Learn a new featured game, Mind the Gap! Bring friends and play all the games available in our library.

Reading Club: March 28, 3:30 p.m. relaxed, giving you the opportunity to read new books and chat with other readers. Contact the community center for details.

National Pencil Day: March 31, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., all ages, free. Coloring is more fun with others. Come choose from a variety of coloring pages or bring your own.

Veterans Social Café: April 4 and 18, 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., open to all veterans, police officers, firefighters and members of the emergency medical services.

Aging Wisely: April 7, 1:30 p.m., free. Jill Wohnoutka of the Kandiyohi County Historical Society will talk about the county’s history, volunteer opportunities, and ways to contribute to your story.

Yahoo for Yahtzee: Every Monday, 12:30 p.m.

Let’s Draw Art Sketching Club: Monday, 1 p.m., 12-100 years old, $5 for 5 classes; a weekly art class that will cover the basics of drawing, sketching and painting with basic art supplies provided.

Check Mates Chess Club: Mondays at 6 p.m. Whether you are confirmed or just learning the game, we would be delighted to welcome you to our club.

Hand and foot cards: Every Tuesday and Thursday, at 12:30 p.m., free, popular variant of the canasta, easy to learn.

Children of the community: Wednesdays, 4 p.m. Different activities ranging from crafts to science to simple creative snacks for students from kindergarten to grade 5. Register a week in advance to ensure proper supplies, $5 per week.

Farkle Fridays: Every Friday, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., all ages, a classic dice game to try to reach 10,000 points first. Each player will have their own cup and their own dice.

Exercise classes: Gently Yoga, Bone Builders, SAIL (Staying Active and Independent for Life), contact the community center for details and pricing.

Community Puzzle Exchange: Every day, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., drop off, pick up or exchange a puzzle as part of our exchange program.

Carpentry: Open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday evenings. Advance registration required by calling 320-262-5288. The cost is $5 for a daily pass, $25 for a three-month subscription, and $60 per year.

WILLMAR — The Willmar Library is open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The website is Call 320-235-3162. Curbside pickup remains available during regular hours. The programs are in person at the library. WiFi is accessible 24/7 from a car parked in the parking lot behind the library or in front of the building using your library card or via Overdrive.

Story time for preschoolers: Every Tuesday, 10 a.m., 3-6 years old, without registration.

Little People story time: Every Wednesday, 10 a.m., 0-3 years old, without registration.

Crafts and coloring: March 23, 2 p.m., upstairs in the library. Bring along any crafts or coloring you’re working on or use the provided supplies for coloring and more. Every fourth Wednesday.

Stories for adults: March 24, 6:30 p.m., the theme is the United States. From 18 years old, individuals only, no teams. Register in advance on the library website in the adult services section.

Teen Book Club: March 25, 4 p.m., club discussion of this month’s book, in the multipurpose room, no registration necessary.

Pokémon terrariums for children: March 31, 5:30 p.m. for 8-12 year olds. Young children are welcome with an adult to help them.

Teen crafts: April 6, 6 p.m., ages 12-18, registration required; manufacture of fake stained glass.

Teen Play Club: April 8, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., ages 12-18, no registration required. Play games on Xbox One or board and card games. Some games are rated 13+.

Teen meeting: April 13, 5:30 p.m., ages 12-18, no registration required. Enjoy video games, arts and crafts, board and card games, snacks and beverages.

Movie for teens: April 20, 5:30 p.m., ages 12-18, no registration required.

Teen Book Club: April 22, 4 p.m., club discussion of this month’s book, in the multipurpose room, no registration necessary.

Adoption and foster family: April 26, 6 p.m., online panel hosted by MN Adopt and Nexus-Kindred Family Healing. A panel of foster parents and foster and adoption professionals will share their stories and answer your questions about what the fostering and/or adoption process is like in Minnesota. Register in advance on the library website in the adult services section.

Art at the Willmar Library: DEMO Inc. (Developing Exploring Maintaining Originality through the arts) received funding from the Southwest Minnesota Arts Council for classes for students in grades 4-12. Full information available in the Showcase section of today’s newspaper.

Takeaway and make crafts for teens: March 21 opened for Popsicle Stick Rainbow. April 4 opens for the String Rabbit and April 18 for the Watercolor Diamond. For ages 12-18, limit one per person as supplies are limited. Register on the library website.

Teen Booty Lit: Sign up and you’ll receive a library book based on your interests and a bag of goodies to go with it. One per month and will need to re-enroll each month. April’s theme is art.

Adult make-and-take: Designs are posted on the website as they become available. March 7 opened for Rainbow Honeycomb Ball and March 21 for Cozy Cat Cross Stitch. Use the form on the website to reserve supplies to complete your own featured project. Once you have registered, library staff will call or email you when it is ready to be picked up. 18 and over.

Book a librarian: Schedule a 1-hour one-on-one appointment with a librarian for help with computer skills, tablets, research and more. Appointments can be made in person, by calling 320-235-3162, or online on the library’s website under adult services.

Manufacturing space equipment: Cricut, Dremel Pen, button maker, jewelry stamping and sewing machine. The material must be used in the library and consumables are not provided. Makerspace users must agree to Makerspace’s policy and complete equipment safety and usage training. Make reservations on the library website under adult services.

Brainfuse HelpNow: Free online tutoring service, K-12, one-on-one live homework help by online tutors between 2-11 p.m. daily; English or Spanish; math, science, English/language arts, social studies, and reading assistance; app available for mobile.

Interactive Movie Kit: Interactive film kits include a script and props for up to six participants. Limit one per week per household. Register on the library website. New titles every month.

Seed library: Browse the seed library and/or request seeds online at the library’s website under adult services.

Book box: Sign up for a book box on the library website, view a copy of the book, open items as you reach specific chapters in the book, all ages.


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