Around Our Region published March 9, 2022 – West Central Tribune

Novice Bonspiel: March 11-12. The Glacial Ridge Curling Club welcomes spectators at the 14th annual novice bonspiel, Friday evening, March 11, and all day Saturday, March 12, at the Willmar Civic Center. Half of each team must be novice curlers, with two years of experience or less.

WILLMAR — Free tax with assistance from AARP volunteers will be from 9 am to 3 pm every Thursday through April 14 at the Willmar Community Center. Appointments required. To set up your appointment, call 320-354-3529 between 1 and 4 pm weekdays.

WILLMAR — Ridgewater College is presenting a social justice speaker series open to the public via Zoom with registration. All sessions will be recorded. Look for links at The remaining sessions are:

  • March 15, 11 am “Tactile the World: A DeafBlind Woman’s Journey,” with Christine “Coco” Roschaert. An avid traveler, Coco has experienced 62 countries and has had to rely on her instinct, experience, challenges and resources to navigate the globe as a DeafBlind woman using a blind-cane and tactile sign language. This presentation will be in American Sign Language with voice interpretation. Register at
  • March 24, 11 a.m. “Understanding Somali Culture,” with Hudda Ibrahim, author of “From Somalia to Snow” and “What Color is My Hijab?” and a faculty member at St. Cloud Technical and Community College. She will clarify diversity, equity, inclusion and unconscious bias; share how different cultures impact communication; discuss specific needs of Somali students; share language and communication styles and ways to bridge the communication gap; and explore religion, spirituality and Islamic dietary laws. Register at

WILLMAR — The Willmar Community Center has several events set. All events are free unless noted. For reservations, call 320-262-5288 or go online at

Willmar Area Senior Citizens Club: March 9, 2 pm, freewill donation, entertainment by Kris Nelson-Jensen and Steve Mahlum.

Friday afternoon of dancing: March 11, 1 pm, $2 non-dancers, $7 dancers; light lunch served; music by Leroy and Jerry.

National Popcorn Lovers Day: March 10, 50 cents for a bag of fresh popped corn every day.

puppy yoga: March 13, 10:30 am, $15, children 10 and younger free with paying adult, advance registration required. Come practice basic yoga positions with four-legged friends in this fundraising event for the Hawk Creek Animal Shelter. Dogs will be available for adoption at the event.

Kids Art Club: March 14, 2:30 pm, for kids ages 4-8 to explore different mediums of art that encourage the growth and development of imagination.

Shamrock shake party: March 17, 2 to 3 pm, all ages, $3 per shake. Join us for an afternoon of luck as we enjoy minty shakes, games o’ luck, crafts of gold, and a leprechaun scavenger hunt.

Cooking with Riley—Japanese Onigiri: March 19, 2 pm, $20, advance registration required. Learn how to make rice balls stuffed with two different fillings and wrapped in seaweed.

Veterans coffee social: March 21, 9:30 to 11 am, open to all veterans, police, fire and emergency medical services members.

Board Game Play Day: March 21, 3 to 4 pm Come join us and students of Kennedy Elementary to play games. This is a free event and all are welcome to join us.

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

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

Book Club: March 28, 3:30 pm relaxed, providing you an opportunity for you to read new books and enjoy discussion with other readers. Contact the community center for more details.

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

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

Let’s Draw Art Sketching Club: Mondays, 1 pm, ages 12-100, $5 for 5 classes; a weekly art class that will go over the basics of drawing, sketching and painting with basic art supplies provided.

Check Mates Chess Club: Mondays 6 pm Whether you are advanced or just learning the game, we would love to have you join our club.

Hand & Foot Cards: Every Tuesday and Thursday, 12:30 pm, free, popular variation of canasta, easy to learn.

Community Kids: Wednesdays, 4 pm Different activities from crafts to science to simple creative snacks for K-5 students. Register one week in advance to assure appropriate supplies, $5 each week.

Square dance lessons: Thursdays, 6:30 pm, practice and learn the varieties of square dances. All ages and skills welcome.

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

Exercise classes: Gently Yoga, Bone Builders, SAIL (Staying Active and Independent for Life), contact Community Center for details and prices.

Community puzzle exchange: Daily, 8:30 am to 4 pm, drop off, pick up, or swap out a puzzle in our exchange program.

Wood shop: Open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, 6 to 9 p.m. Monday evenings. Advance registration required by calling 320-262-5288. Cost is $5 for a daily pass, $25 for a three-month membership, and $60 annually.

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

Book to librarian: Set up an hour long, 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 go online to the library’s website under adult services.

Makerspace equipment: Cricut, Dremel Stylo, button maker, jewelry stamping and sewing machine. Equipment must be used in the library and consumable materials are not supplied. Makerspace users must agree to the Makerspace Policy and complete training on safety and equipment use. Make reservations on the library’s website under adult services.

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

Interactive movie kit: The interactive movie kits include a script along with props for up to six participants. Limit of one per week per household. Register on the library website. New titles each month.

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

BookBox: Register for a book box on the library website, check out a copy of the book, open the items as you reach specific chapters in the book, all ages.

Teen lit loot: Sign up and you will receive a library book based on your interests and a bag of goodies to go with it. Ages 12-18 only, one per month and will need to re-register each month. March’s theme is superheroes.

Adult make-and-take: Crafts are posted on the website as they are available. March 7 opened for rainbow honeycomb ball, and March 21 opens for cozy cat cross stitch. Use the form on the website to reserve supplies to make your very own featured project. Once you have registered, library staff will call you or email you when it is ready to be picked up. Ages 18 and over.

Preschoolers story time: Every Tuesday, 10 am, ages 3-6, no registration required.

Little People storytime: Every Wednesday, 10 am, ages 0-3, no registration required.

Teen Take & Make Crafts: March 7 opened for pasta cactus magnets, March 21 opens for popsicle stick rainbow. For ages 12-18, limit one per person as supplies are limited. Sign up on the library website.

teen hangout: March 9, 5:30 pm, ages 12-18, no registration required. Enjoy video games, arts and crafts, board and card games, snacks and beverages.

STEMtastic Thursday: March 10, 4 pm, engineer a leprechaun trap.

Teen Gaming Club: March 11, 3:30 to 5:30 pm, ages 12-18, no registration required, play games on the Xbox One or board and card games. Some games are rated 13+.

Adult Game Night: March 15, 6 pm, ages 18 and up, every third Tuesday.

teen movies: March 16, 5:30 pm, ages 12-18, no registration required.

Adult Book Club: March 17, noon, “Of Women and Salt” by Gabriela Gardia. Book discussion upstairs at the library with Zoom access available. New members are always welcome, meet every third Thursday.

Adult movie matinee: March 18, 2 pm, PG-13 rated, no cost or registration, refreshments provided.

Pajama-rama storytime: March 22, 6:30 pm Come in your pajamas, bring a blanket and listen to stories. Milk and cookies afterward before you head home to bed.

Craft & Coloring: March 23, 2 pm, upstairs at the library. Bring any crafts or coloring you are working on or use the provided supplies for coloring and more. Every fourth Wednesday.

Adult trivia: March 24, 6:30 pm, theme is USA. Ages 18 and up, individuals only, no teams. Register in advance on the library website under adult services.

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

Children’s pokemon terrariums: March 31, 5:30 p.m.

Outdoor ice rinks: Open rinks with lights at Garfield, Hilltop and Lincoln parks.
Garfield warming house: 5 to 8 p.m. Monday and Thursday, 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Adaptive/open curling: 4 to 5 pm Thursdays, Willmar Civic Center, $3 for all ages, final night of the season.

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