Around Our Region published April 13, 2022 – West Central Tribune

Easter egg hunt: There will be two Easter egg hunts, from 9 to 10 am or 10:30 to 11 am Saturday, April 16, at the Willmar Public Library. Hunt for eggs around the library, play with rabbits, and say hi to the Easter bunny. Advance registration is required on the library website. Limit of 50 kids per session and five eggs per child. Bring your own basket.

May Day celebration: 1 to 3 pm April 30 at the Litchfield Opera House for children ages 3 through third grade. Make a May Day basket, dance around the maypole, plant a flower, craft and decorate a cookie. Cost of $1 per child, who must be accompanied by an adult or responsible older sibling.

Willmar area community tree planting project: A variety of bare-rooted shade trees will be given away beginning at 10:45 am Sunday, April 24, in the Vinje Lutheran Church parking lot in Willmar. It will be a drive-through pickup and planting information will be attached.

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: April 13, 2 pm, freewill donation, Music by Peggy.

Friday afternoon of dancing: Do not dance on April 15, which is Good Friday.

Macrame key chain craft: April 14, 2 pm, $3, advance registration required. Tie together this colorful key chain.

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

Put the “GRAND” in Grandparent: April 20, 12:30 p.m., free. This informative session will leave you with tools to show your (great) grandkids how cool you are.

Willmar Level 1 RPG: April 20, 5:30 pm, free, advance registration requested, call 320-262-5288. Role playing game based off of Dungeons and Dragons.

Springtime gnome sculpture: April 21, 10 am, $12 per gnome, advance registration required by calling community center. Come paint your own handmade clay gnome made by Kraft Koop.

SWCD Spring Showcase: April 21, 1 to 4 pm, free. The Kandiyohi County Soil and Water Conservation District will hold an open house. Come decorate a bee house, learn about nitrate in your water, and other fun nature booths.

Jolly Twirlers Squaredance: April 23, 7 p.m., $5. All are welcome to join in this square dancing evening.

Community Center Book Club: April 25, 3:30 pm Join our Community Book Club for a discussion and new book picked each month.

Community bingo night: April 26, 5 to 7 pm, $3 for the night; two cards per person.

Court Whist Tournament: April 28, 12:30 pm, advance registration required.

Cooking with Riley—Japanese Ramen: April 30, 2 pm, $25, advance registration required. Make this dish native to the Japanese culture.

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.

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.

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.

Wisdom & Wine: Tickets are available now for $35 at the library and at for the Friends of the Willmar Public Library’s June 9 Wisdom & Wine fundraising event featuring Minnesota authors, dessert and wine.

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.

STEMtastic Thursday: April 14, 4 p.m., ages 7-12. Talk about the science of papermaking and make recycled paper to take home.

Adult movie matinee: April 15, 2 pm, no cost or registration, refreshments provided.

Adult game night: April 19, 6 to 8 pm Invite your friends to play some of the library’s games or bring a favorite from home. Everyone 16 and over are welcome. No cost and no registration. Refreshments provided.

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

Adult Book Club: April 21, noon, “Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City” by Matthew Desmond. Book discussion upstairs at the library. New members are always welcome, meets every third Thursday.

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. A 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.

Pajama-rama storytime: April 26, 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: April 27, 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.

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 under “Arts Classes / Workshops.”

Teen Take & Make Crafts: April 4 opened 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.

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.

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

BELGRADE — The Myrtle Mabee Library has the following events scheduled. The library phone number is 320-254-8842.

Blackout Poet-tree: April 1-30, all ages. We’re celebrating National Poetry Month. Bring out your inner poet by grabbing a book page or two and creating a poem by blacking out words on the page, leaving only the words to your poem. Bring your poem to the checkout desk and we will add it to our community.

Paynesville Public Library

PAYNESVILLE — The Paynesville Public Library has the following events scheduled. The library phone number is 320-243-7343.

Community Poetry: April 1-30, all ages. We’re celebrating National Poetry Month. Explore the beauty of words and help build a community poem at the library. Add a word or line and come back next visit to see what others have built from your contribution. Then add a little more.

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