Around Our Region published March 23, 2022 – West Central Tribune

WILLMAR — Free tax 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 session is:

  • 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 23, 2 pm, freewill donation, entertainment by Jay Struckrud.

Friday afternoon of dancing: March 25, 1 pm, $2 non-dancers, $7 dancers; light lunch served; music by Jerry’s Band.

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.

Veterans coffee social: April 4 and 18, 9:30 to 11 am, open to all veterans, police, fire and emergency medical services members.

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

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.

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.

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.

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. ages 8-12. Younger kids are welcome with an adult to help.

teencraft: April 6, 6 pm, ages 12-18, registration required; making faux stained glass.

Teen Gaming Club: April 8, 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+.

teen hangout: April 13, 5:30 pm, ages 12-18, no registration required. Enjoy video games, arts and crafts, board and card games, snacks and beverages.

teen movies: April 20, 5:30 pm, ages 12-18, no registration required.

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

Adoption and foster care: April 26, 6 pm, online panel put on by MN Adopt and Nexus-Kindred Family Healing. Panel of adoptive parents and foster care and adoption professionals will share their stories and answer your questions on what the process looks like to foster and/or adopt in Minnesota. Register in advance on the library website under adult services.

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

Teen Take & Make Crafts: March 21 opened for popsicle stick rainbow. April 4 opens for twine bunny, and April 18 opens for watercolor diamond. For ages 12-18, limit one per person as supplies are limited. Sign up on the library website.

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. One per month and you will need to re-register each month. April’s theme is art.

Adult make-and-take: Crafts are posted on the website as they are available. March 7 opened for rainbow honeycomb ball, and March 21 opened 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.

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.

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