Local events and meetings for the day.

For changes call 320-269-2156, Fax: 320-269-2159 or (non-office hours) e-mail to mbutzin@montenews.com  Office Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 8-5p.m., Fri. 8-3 p.m.

Regular Weekly and Monthly Meetings:

HIV: Living Positive Support Group at Woodland Centers, 1125 SE 6th St., Willmar. First and third Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. Call 1-800-992-1716.

MOPS (Mothers of Pre-schoolers): Meets (Third Week Sept. - 1st Week in May ) the first and third Wednesdays of the month, Salem Lutheran Church, 631 North 7th Street, in Montevideo; 9:15-11:30 a.m.; Contact 320-269-7624 for more info. Starts September 18, Registration 9-9:15 a.m.

TOPS: Wednesday mornings 8:15 a.m. at the Montevideo Community Center. (320) 269-5194 for info.

Western Minnesota Shrine Club: First Wednesday at 6 p.m.

Gluten Intolerance Support Group - For individuals with an intolerance to gluten/wheat or diagnosed with celiac disease. Jan Bartell: (320) 297-1103 or (320) 598-3355 or Anna Landmark: (320) 226-4569.

Sexual Abuse Survivors Support Group: Meets weekly. For more information, call (320) 269-7397 or 888-564-4894.

Women’s Issues Therapy Group: Call (320) 235-5411.

Other Area Events:

Wed., Jan. 4: SWWC’s Conference for Young Writers - 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., SMSU, 1501 State St., Marshall. Must have preregistered online. Students learn that writing is a skill that can open up a lifetime of opportunities. Classes features speakers and hands-on activities. Keynote speaker will be Geoff Herbach, an author from Minneapolis. Information at www.swsc.org/page/831