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  1. May

    1. Hamilton Benefit
      11:00 am – 4:00 pm

      You’re invited to two benefit’s for Lee Hamilton on Saturday, May 31st.  First enjoy a spaghetti dinner starting at 2 pm at the Howard Lake American Legion (Adults $8, Children 12 and under $5).  A meat raffle, silent auction and bake sale are also going on at the Legion.  Then head over to the Howard Lake Municipal for a Beer Bust at 6 pm, plus Games and Fun all night.  Proceeds benefit Lee Hamilton who’s battling Stage 4 Lung, Liver, Bone, and Brain Cancer.

  2. Jun

    1. Community Gardens
      7:30 am – 8:00 am

      Vineyard United Methodist Church is offering free gardens this year. They have 2 that are open, all plowed and ready for planting.  Water will be onsite.  The gardens are located on the north side of the church, corner of School road and South Grade Road.  Contact Dora @ 612-719-6712, or the church office at 320-587-2200 for more information.

    2. Car Buffs Breakfast
      9:00 am – 10:30 am

      The Willmar Car Club is hosting their Car Buffs Breakfast at the Cosmos Legion, Saturday, June 7th at 9 am.  The breakfast is open to area car enthusiasts.  

    3. Motorcycle Run
      9:00 am – 6:00 pm

      The 4th Annual Hutchinson Jaycee Water Carnival motorcycle run will be held on Saturday, June 7. Same day event, registration and lineup begin at 9:00 am at Buffalo Wild Wings with group departure promptly at 10:00 am. The route will feature four stops – Clara City, Spicer, Cold Spring, and Annandale – and will be approximately 160 miles round trip. New for 2014, the first 100 people to register the morning of the event will receive a Water Carnival Motorcycle Run T-shirt. The group will return to Buffalo Wild Wings no later than 6:00 pm for door prizes and other drawings. For more information, visit www.watercarnival.org

  3. Jun

    1. Community Bingo
      2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

      Area Senior Citizens are invited to play Community Bingo on Sunday, June 8 from 2-3 PM in the dining room at Ecumen Pines! Community Bingo will be .25 cents per card, with the last game being a coverall and is $1.00 per card – WINNER TAKES ALL! Community Bingo is offered the 2nd Sunday of EACH month with complimentary coffee and snack immediately following. 

  4. Jun

    1. Alzheimers Support Group
      6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

      The next meeting of the local area support group for adult children, spouses, and friends caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or a related memory loss will meet Tuesday, June 10 at 6 PM. This is a safe and welcoming place to meet others who are affected with similar issues, gather information/resources and to receive support throughout the various stages of this journey. Contact Kristal at (320) 583-1551 for more information. The group meets at 1st Lutheran Church in Glencoe, on the second Tuesday of every month. The support group is open to the public and free of charge. 

    2. Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support Group
      7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

      The next meeting of the Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support Group will be on Tuesday, June 10, beginning at 7:00 PM in Conference Room F of Hutchinson Health Hospital. The group is open to the community at no cost. The group meets the second Tuesday of every other month. Future meeting date for 2014 are August 12, October 14 and December 9. For more information, contact Hutchinson Health Hospital.

  5. Jun

    1. Cosmos Legion Dance
      1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

      The Cosmos Legion is hosting a senior dance on Wed, June 11th from 1:30-4:30 pm.  Music by Marie and the Good Old Boys.

  6. Jun

    1. Bear Lake Sunshine Society Rummage and Bake Sale
      9:00 am – 4:00 pm

      The Bear Lake Sunshine Society is having their annual Rummage and Bake Sale on Friday, June 13th from 9a-4p at Northwoods Park in Hutchinson.  

  7. Jun

    1. Water Carnival Run by the River
      8:00 am – 10:00 am

      The Hutchinson Jaycee Water Carnival committee is seeking runners to participate in the Water Carnival “Run by the River” on Saturday, June 14th.  Registration and race start will be at West Riverside Park. Registration begins at 6:30 am. The 8K run begins at 8:00 am, the 5K begins at 8:30 am, and the kid’s one mile begins at 9:30 am. Entry fees are $15.00 pre-registered and on race day for the kids run; $25.00 pre-registered and $30.00 on race day for the 8K and 5K fun walk/run; ($60.00 pre-registered family max, no maximum day of race registration). Pre-registration prices are good through June 12th, 2014.  Participants must be pre-registered by June 1st in order to receive a commemorative race T-shirt. Those registered after June 1st are NOT guaranteed to receive a T-shirt.  Prizes and/or medals will be awarded to the top finishers.  Proceeds will also benefit the Hutchinson Health Foundation Scholarship Program. Registration forms are available online at www.watercarnival.org

  8. Jun

    1. Dad’s Belgian Waffle Dinner
      8:30 am – 12:30 pm

      You are invited to a Dad’s All you care to eat Belgian Waffles meal on Sunday, Jun 15th from 8:30 am – 12:30 pm at the American Bar and Grill in Hector.  Cost is just a free will donation.  Proceeds benefit future projects by Hector Community Spirit.  Carry outs are available.

  9. Jun

    1. Mayer Lutheran Rummage Sale
      9:00 am – 7:00 pm

      Mayer Lutheran High School is having their 45th annual Rummage Sale on June 17-19th.  Hours Tuesday and Wednesday 9a-8p, and Thursday 9a-7p, all at the High School.  Check out all the many items, including the Plant Sale and New Items.  Concessions also available.

    2. Mcleod County Thrivent Picnic and Concert
      5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

      All Thrivent members are invited to attend the McLeod County Thrivent Chapter Summer Picnic on Tues, June 17th at 5:30 pm at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Hutchinson.  Chicken, beverages and dinnerware provide; please bring a dish to pass.  Bring your family and invite your friends!  RSVP to 238-2148 or 587-5837.  All community members are invited to attend a free concert by The BASICS (Brothers and Sisters in Christ Singers) also on Tues, June 17 at 7 pm at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Hutchinson.  A free will offering of food items and/or money will be collected for the McLeod Emergency Food Shelf.  Door prizes will be given.

    3. BASICS in Concert
      7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

      The public is invited to a concert featuring the BASICS (Brothers and Sisters In Christ Singers).  The concert will be on Tuesday, June, 17, 2014, beginning at 7:00 PM at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Hutchinson.  A free will offering of food items and/or cash for the McLeod County Food Shelf will be collected at the door.  Door prizes will be awarded.  The concert is sponsored by Thrivent Financial.

  10. Jun

    1. Swedlanda Lutheran Midsummer Event
      4:30 pm – 8:30 pm

      All are invited to the Swedlanda Lutheran Midsummer Event on Wednesday, June 18. The Ice Cream Social will be held from 4:30 – 7:00 PM and will feature Pulled Pork Sandwiches, Potato Salad, Baked Beans, Pie, Cake & Ice Cream, Coffee & Lemonade. At 7:00 PM, the Jorgensen Family from Howard Lake will provide music (Family gospel bluegrass band).  Following the program the Swedlanda Men In Mission will serve pie and coffee with home-made ice cream. The church is located 9 miles southwest of Hector on County Road 16. 

    2. MN Teen Challenge Talk
      6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

      MN Teen Challenge will be speaking at Library Square in Hutchinson on Wednesday, June 18th at 6 pm.  The group is a faith based drug and alcohol addition treatment and recovery center and will share their message of hope.  Admission is free.  Grilled hot dogs, chips, and refreshments will be served for a free will donation. For more info go to riversidehutch.org

  11. Jun

    1. Burger Night and Dairy Days
      4:00 pm – 7:30 pm

      It’s Burger Night and Dairy Days in Plato on Thursday, June 19th from 4-7:30 pm at the Plato Park.  Serving Burgers, Ice Cream, and more!  Door Prizes given away and Free Tours of Engelmann Dairy and Tangletown Gardens that day also!

    2. Hawick Ice Cream Social
      4:30 pm – 7:00 pm

      The Hawick United Methodist Church is holding their Ice Cream Social on Thursday, June 19th from 4:30-7 pm.  Cost is just a free will offering for Sandwiches, Salad, Beans, Dessert and Ice Cream.

  12. Jun

    1. Hamburg Zummerfest
      4:00 pm – 10:00 pm

      You are invited to Hamburg’s Zummerfest on June 20th and 21st!  Events Friday include the Classic Car Show and Cruise, Food Stands, Music by the Trailblazers, Adult Bingo, Kids Obstacle Course, and City Wide Garage Sales.  Saturday’s events include Food Stands, Sporting events, Tractor and Truck Pull, Free Youth Activties, Kids pedal pull, BBQ Rib Contest, and DJ Music.  

    2. MidSummer Festival
      5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

      The United Lutheran Church of Lake Lillian is having their MidSummer Festival on Friday, June 20th.  The Chicken Dinner will be served from 5-7 pm.  Cost is $9 for adults, $3 for kids 6-12, and under 5 is free.  On the menu is Fried Chicken, Potatoes and Gravy, Green Beans, Coleslaw, Ostkaka, and more.

    3. MidSummer Festival
      5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

      The United Lutheran Church of Lake Lillian is having their MidSummer Festival on Friday, June 20th.  The Chicken Dinner will be served from 5-7 pm.  Cost is $9 for adults, $3 for kids 6-12, and under 5 is free.  On the menu is Fried Chicken, Potatoes and Gravy, Green Beans, Coleslaw, Ostkaka, and more.

  13. Jun

    1. Contagious Kindness Day
      8:30 am – 5:00 pm

      Saturday, June 21st is Contagious Kindness Day in the area.  A day to encourage people to share a random act of kindness.  People are encouraged to go to the groups facebook page to share what they will do, or what they have done.  (www.facebook.com/pages/Contagious-Kindness/718731554845957

    2. Hamburg Tractor Pull
      8:30 am – 3:00 pm

      The Hamburg Lions & Hamburg Fire Dept. Relief Assn will sponsor a Farm Stock Tractor, Pickup & Semi Truck Pull on Sat  June 21 at the Hamburg Bi-Centennial Park. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Starting time for the pull is 10:30 a.m.  Contact Donald Dammann – for more info at 612-269-8224

    3. CR Beekeeping Fundraiser
      10:00 am – 4:00 pm

      The Crow River Beekeeping Club is having a fundraiser at the Hutchinson Mall on Saturday, June 21st from 10a-6p.  There will be vendors and a bake sale with products made from honey.  The clubs observation hive will be out to see the busy bees, plus they will be giving demonstrations.

    4. Guennigsmann Benefit
      1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

      It’s a fun filled afternoon for the Dave Guenningsman Benefit on Saturday, June 21st, from 1-5 pm at the Evangelical Covenant Church in Dassel.  Enjoy the meal, shop at the bake sale, bid on the silent auction, enjoy family fun and games, listen to live music and more!  Proceeds benefit Dave and his medical bills fighting squamous cell cancer.  

    5. Swedefest
      4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

      Bernadotte Lutheran Church of Layfayette presents their 20th annual Swedefest on Saturday, June 21st from 4-8 pm.  Enjoy Entertainment from the Little Prairie Pickers and the Ken and Ken Show, Eat the famous Swedish Smorgasbord (adults $11, 6-12 $5, under 5 is free), Enjoy refreshments, Get horse drawn wagon rides, kids activities, and more!  More info go to fields-of-grace.org (include the dashes)

  14. Jun

    1. HJLBA Pancake Breakfast
      8:00 am – 12:00 pm

      The Hutchinson Junior League Baseball Assn is having a pancake breakfast on Sunday, June 22nd from 8a-Noon at the Hutchinson Elks Lodge.  On the menu is Mixed fruit, scrambled eggs, pancakes, ham, sausage, and beverage.  Cost is $6 for all you can eat, Kids under 5 eat free.  

    2. WC Power Social Gathering and Cancellation
      1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

      The West Central Antique Power Collectors June 21-22 Antique Power Show is being cancelled due to heavy rain.  Instead, The club invites you to a social gathering Sunday June 22 1-3 pm  at their Hwy 7 show site 1/2 mile East of Blomkest.  Root beer floats, coffee and pie will be available prior to the Raffle Drawings of over 50 prizes including $1100 cash prizes ($2/ticket).

  15. Jun

    1. Pork Chop Fundraiser
      4:30 pm – 7:00 pm

      The Mcleod County Historical Society is having their Pork Chop Supper Fundraiser on Monday, June 23rd from 4:30-7 pm at the Museum in Hutchinson.  Cost is $12 for adults, $6 for kids.  Entertainment by the Ian and Dick Kimmel Bluegrass Band.  More info at mcleodhistory.org

  16. Jun

    1. Alpensterne at Peace
      12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

      Peace Lutheran Church of Hutchinson will begin their Wednesday Noon Recital Series on June 25th at Noon at the church.  This week’s recital is from Alpensterne.  After the concert is a salad and sandwich buffet.  The concert is free, tickets for the buffet is $7 for adults, $2 for children under 12.