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The schedule for 2017 is August 21 and October 30th.  Please tell your family, friends, and co-workers about this low cost spay/neuter program. Register animals now as the calendar fills up. You can register online at MNSNAP.org or by calling 612-720-8236.

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Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota is seeking individuals and couples who can serve as foster parents to children and youth. Ideal foster parents have compassion for kids and are open to caring for children from different backgrounds. Professional training and ongoing support is provided. A monthly, non-taxable reimbursement is also provided to foster parents. Call Lutheran Social Services at 320-424-3859

NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness) sponsors free support groups for families and friends of individuals living with a mental illness. Led by trained facilitators who also have a family member with mental illness, the support groups help families develop better coping skills and find strength through sharing their experiences. A family support group meets in Willmar at 6:30 on the 1st and 3rd Thursday nights, at the Lakeland Health Center, Seminar room 2 on the lower level. For more information, call 320-444-4860.

Kandiyohi County Public Health has started a new car safety seat initiative called TIKE (Toddler Info Kept for Emergencies). Emergency info can be placed on a free sticker and attached to the back of the car seat - emergency personnel can then access info about the child in the event an adult is unable to after a car crash. Free stickers are available at Kandiyohi County Public Health.



The Sno-Slippers fall power sport show and swap is Saturday, August 12th from 8-3 at the Kandi Mall in Willmar. This is open to all sleds, Race Go-Karts, motorcycles, 4-wheelers; dirt bikes; pulling tractors; race cars (drag and dirt track), race boats, lawn mowers or mini rods; anything with a modified motor. $5 per displace space. No show cars. Call Rhonda at 320-492-2865 or Jason at 320-262-0937.

Pheasants Forever is sponsoring a Youth Sporting Clay and .22 Shoot for ages 11-16 on Saturday afternoon, August 12th from 3-5 with a hotdog dinner to follow the program. The class will give instruction on safe gun handling and shooting technique. Firearms, shells and targets will be provided. You can bring your own 12 or 20ga shotgun. All levels of shooters are invited. Meet at the Westby Shooting Range. Call 354-5894 for more information

Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services Public Health will have an immunization clinic on Monday afternoon, August 14, 21 and 28 from 3-6 each day. It’s at the public health office in the Health and Human Services Building in Willmar. No appointment is needed. Brid an up-to-date of all past immunizations. No one will be denied due to inability to pay. Call 231-7800 for more information

There are a number of teen programs at the Willmar Public Library during August. There is a Teen Book Club Tuesday afternoon, August 15th from 4-6; a Willmar Teen Filmmakers work day Saturday afternoon, August 19th from noon to four; a Writing Club Monday, August 21stfrom 5-8. Come participate in these programs.

The American Red Cross will be in Kandiyohi County this month and ask that you donate to help overcome a chronic blood shortage. There is a drive at the Civic Center in Kandiyohi on Wednesday, August 16th from 1-7. There is a drive Tuesday, August 22nd at the Willmar Public Library from 9-3 and one on Monday, August 28th from 9-3 at the Willmar Elks Lodge.

Pioneer Day for kids in grades 3-6 is Wednesday, August 16th from 9-4 at the Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center. Find out what pioneer life was really like with this all day adventure. You’ll start the day by dressing as a pioneer. Then you’ll get busy with indoor chores which includes preparing a pioneer lunch. Then there’s outdoor activities like doing laundry, cutting wood and beating rugs. Then is time to play a few games, make a craft and enjoy homemade ice cream.

Come to Robbins Island Park, bring a blanket, chairs and bug spray, and enjoy the summer movies in the park. Free admission, popcorn and pop. There are pre-activities such as inflatables, arts and crafts, games and more for one hour prior to the movie. Upcoming movies include ‘The Secret Life of Pets’ on Friday night, August 18th at eight; and ‘Moana’ on Friday night, Sept. 15th at seven. In the event of poor weather, the event will be held at the WEAC building. If you have questions call 231-8490.

Movie Night at Robbins Island: The Secret Life of Pets. Come on out to Robbins Island Friday evening August 18th at 6:00 pm for Movie Night. We will be out there with some of our favorite pets. The Willmar Community Ed & Rec department is sponsoring this fun night.

The Olof Swensson Farm Museum, rural Montevideo, is open Sunday afternoons through September 3rd from 1-5 or by appointment. The 17-acre farmstead features a 22-room house, timber frame barn and the remains of a gristmill. Admission for adults is $5, students $2, with 5 and under admitted free. The museum is located six miles east of Montevideo, then five miles south on County Road 6, to the junction with County Road 15.

Join the Veterans in the Outdoors on Vito Range Day Saturday, August 19th from 10 to three at the Mills Creek Gun Range in Montevideo for a fun-filled day of shooting. Take part in the many different ranges that Mills Creek has to offer over a wide variety of shotgun, handgun and rifle shooting lanes. Bring your guns and ammo. Come support our Veterans and their ability to reconnect with the outdoors. For more information call 320-304-2834.

The Minnewaska Drumline will have a cookout fundraiser on Friday, August 18th from 11-5 and Saturday, August 19th from 10-3. It will be held at Tom’s Market in Starbuck.

The 4th annual 4 Miles Four Paws Lake Ripley walk/run is Saturday morning, August 19th with the walk/run starting at 9:30. This is a fundraiser for the Humane Society of Kandiyohi and Meeker Counties. The run begins at the Lake Ripley Beach area and continues the four miles around the lake. All participants must be registered. Call 320-693-5202 for more info.

There will be a free showing Saturday, August 20th at one at the Little Theatre in New London on ‘Warehoused.’ This is a documentary sharing the plight of refugees in the world’s largest refugee camp. This is sponsored by Vision 2040, Hope Presbyterian Church, Vela Strategy and New London Roaming Cinema.

There will be a Celebration of Community on Sunday, August 20th in the Spicer Downtown Park. This is the dedication of ‘Pirrotta Park’ in memory of Ed Pirrotta. The event is from 2-4 with the dedication at 2:30. There will be games for children, fun for all, bring chairs and blankets. Picnic lunch. Come celebrate Spicer. This is also a celebration of the ten year anniversary of the Wildcat Cove playground project.

The American Red Cross Bloodmobile will be in Meeker County this month. On Monday, August 21 they will be at the Covenant Church in Dassel from 1-7; and on Monday, August 28th they will be at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Grove City from 1-7. You’re urged to get in the final weeks of summer to help overcome a chronic summer blood shortage. Call 651-291-3290 for more information.

There will be a Solar Eclipse event at the Willmar Public Library on Monday, August 21stfrom 11-1. On that day, people across the United States will see the sun disappear behind the moon, turning daylight into twilight. America will fall under the path of a total solar eclipse. In Willmar, you shall see a partial eclipse. Come join us for several "Solar Eclipse Activities" that were produced by NASA and GSUSA just for this occasion. The event is hosted by the Girl Scouts Lakes and Pines. Free Eclipse glasses are provided, which are needed to safely view the eclipse before and after totality. This is for ages K-12. No registration necessary.

There will be a solar eclipse event at the Willmar Public Library on Monday, August 21st from 11 to one for ages kindergarten through 12th grade. No registration necessary. The event is hosted by the Girl Scout Lakes and Pines and the library. Come join us for several ‘solar eclipse activities’ that were produced by NASA and GSUSA just for this occasion. Free eclipse glasses are provided, which are needed to safely view the eclipse before and after totality.

The Kandiyohi County Historical Society is open from 9-4 weekdays and 1-4 weekends and holidays. Adults $3; ages 12 and under and historical society members admitted free. The museum has a number of featured exhibits as well as the train engine located outside the museum and the Sperry House. The house is open by request. Stop or call the museum to set up a tour at the Sperry House at 235-1881. Come enjoy all the special exhibits.

There will be an author presentation and book signing on Thursday night, August 24th at 7 at the Kandiyohi County Historical Society. The author is Patricia Lubeck and the title of the book is ‘Murder, Mystery and Mayhem in Minnesota.’ The book is a small collection of early crime and punishment stories from Redwood County. After the presentation there will be a book signing. Refreshments will also be served.

Thursday, August 24th there will be an indoor rock climbing gym event for all ages. It’s at the Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center from 4-5:30, with participants to meet at the main building. Beginners can learn about the sport of rock climbing, exercise and have fun. Experienced climbers can come train and refine their skills. Equipment will be provided. See you at the Learning Center on the 24th.

The Teen Summer Reading program at the Willmar Public Library runs throughout August 25th, as does the Read Down You Fines. Get one dollar off your fines for every 15 minutes you read. This is for ages zero to 18. Stop by the Children’s or information desk for more information. Also take part in the Teen Hangout that runs August 11th. Call the library for more information.

The last hurrah! the Raymond parade is Saturday  August 26th at 1:00. We are looking for people who are willing to transport a shelter dog to the parade and back to the shelter when the parade is over. If it gets too hot that day for the dogs, we will have walkers only carrying banners and handing out doggie bones. Check Hawk Creek Animal Shelter Facebook page on that day. Contact us at the shelter so we know you are coming or if you want to help with a shelter dog.

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If you’re not a member of the Humane Society, consider becoming one. There are several membership levels. Memberships help provide care to the animal that comes into the Hawk Creek Animal shelter, and helps run programs that benefit people and animals. The shelter is open Tuesday through Friday from noon to six; and Saturdays and Sundays until four. Call 235-7612 for more info.

Through a grant from the ASPCA, we are looking for help with the Adoption Ambassador program. The Adoption Ambassadors program gives adoptable animals a better chance at finding homes by engaging folks as adoption counselors and foster parents at the same time. It lets adopters get more detailed information about an animal’s behavior in a home environment and improves quality of life while awaiting adoption. Of course, we will continue to have our more “traditional” foster parents and hope that more folks will join us in that so critical role. Fosters are needed badly to help save lives and we can find the perfect fit for anyone who is interested! Give Bobbie a call if you would like more information or would like to be a part of this program.


Habitat for Humanity of West Central Minnesota is seeking  monetary donations and inventory for the ReStore in Willmar.  The ReStore accepts new and gently used furniture, home  accessories, building materials, and appliances, all of which  are sold to the public at a reduced price. The proceeds help  Habitat construct new homes in the community,  call Habitat for Humanity.

website: www.newlondonlittletheatre.com  

-The production "Three Murders and It's Only Monday" set for 
August 10-12th at 7:30pm and August 13th at 2:00pm.  We are thrilled to have Thom Rosengren back to direct this comedy.

Thanks to all of you for sharing your talent, whether it was in a past production or one of these.  Your dedication is what keeps community theatre alive in small town America! 

-"Warehoused" documentary: Free showing Sunday, Aug. 20 at 1:00pm at the New London Little Theatre (24 Central Av E).  Sponsored by Vision 2040, Hope Presbyterian Church, Vela Strategy and New London Roaming Cinema 
Warehoused is a documentary sharing the plight of refugees in the world's largest refugee camp.


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