Thursday, Sept. 23

  • Kendall Qualls will speak at 5:30 p.m at the Timbers Event Center in Staples. The event is sponsored by Crossroads Conservatives. To help with planning, reservations would be appreciated. RSVPs may be directed to Diane Carlson at 218-296-1348
  • Taste free samples of lots of varieties at the Wadena chili cook-off from 3-6 p.m. in downtown Wadena.
  • The Batcher Block Opera House is hosting a bonding tour of the building at 11:15 a.m. with House Representative John Poston. RSVP to attend by emailing Melissa Wyman at mwyman@ci.staples.mn.us.
  • Wadena Whirlaways Square dance at the Staples Community Center, 425 4th St. NE from 7:30-10 p.m. The theme is first anniversary of the 50th anniversary and the caller is Larry Johansen.

Friday, Sept. 24

  • Community blood drive at the New Life Church of God in Bertha from noon to 5:30 p.m. Donors schedule a blood donation appointment at RedCrossBlood.org, by downloading the Blood Donor App or by calling 1-800-733-2767.
  • Wadena Veterans Park free-will dinner at 6 p.m. followed by raffle drawing at 9 p.m. at the Wadena VFW.

Saturday, Sept. 25

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  • Princess Warrior 5K. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m., 5K starts at 10 a.m., events to follow.
  • Demo derby at the Wadena County fairgrounds at 1 p.m. Tickets are $12 and those 8 years old and younger are free.
  • Celebrate Oktoberfest in Burlington Northern Park from 4-11 p.m. with games and crafts, authentic German food from Oma's Bakery, pie eating and costume contests and music.

Tuesday, Sept. 28

Join a free yoga session with Tri-County Health Care's Change Your Weighs support group at 5 p.m. Yoga mats will be available or you may bring your own. You can register on the Tri-County website or call 218-632-7113.

Wednesday, Sept. 29

Flu shot clinic for people 65+ at the Tri-County Health Care's Bertha clinic from 7 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. You can call the clinic at 218-924-2250 for an appointment. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged but walk-in appointments are available.

Sunday, Oct. 3

St. Frederick's Catholic Church in Verndale will hold their annual fall breakfast, bake, produce sale and raffle from 8 a.m. to noon. The meal includes pancakes, French toast, ham, scrambled eggs and more. Meal is free-will and there's a raffle drawing.

Standing dates

  • Cards and Farkel 1-4 p.m., Monday - Thursday at the Wadena Senior Center. Closed Friday-Sunday. Call (218) 631-4077 for more information.
  • Celebrate Recovery program will be held at the Verndale Family Life Church, 402 Clark Dr. NE, from 6-8 p.m. every Sunday. For more information please call (218) 445-5568.
  • Wadena Open Alcoholics Anonymous meetings at 8 p.m. Tuesdays (book meeting); 7 p.m., Wednesdays; and 10 a.m. Sundays, at 421 NW 4th St, Wadena.
  • Life After Loss group for parents dealing with the loss of a child on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. on Zoom with Wellness in the Woods. Join by clicking the VSPN logo at www.mnwitw.org/vpsn.
  • Free community meal, drive-thru style, every last Thursday of the month from 4:30 - 6 p.m. at Saint Ann's Catholic Church in Wadena.
  • Wadena Area Food Shelf open 10 a.m. to noon, Mondays and Thursdays. Contact them at 218-631-7605. Located at 205 Aldrich Ave SE, Wadena.
  • Verndale Area Food Shelf is open 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. every Thursday; and 5-7 p.m. every first Thursday at 402 NE Clark Dr. Contact the director at 218-445-5568.
  • Find the Wadena Tuesday market starting mid-July in Burlington Northern Park from 7 a.m. to noon.
  • Stop by the Staples Area Farmers' Market from 2-5:30 p.m. on Thursdays at the Lakewood main campus for vendors fresh fruit, vegetables and herbs, baked goods and more.
  • For the New York Mills market, head to Central Park on Wednesdays from 3 to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Wadena Farmers Market on Fridays from 2-5:30 p.m. on Wesley Lawn across from Tri-County Health Care.
  • Wadena County Republicans meet on the fourth Tuesday of the month at Pizza Ranch in Wadena. Dinner and visiting at 6 p.m. with speakers and a business meeting at 7 p.m. Call (218) 894-1899 for more information.