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The La Crosse Area Convention & Visitors Bureau Invites You To Explore Our Great River Region.

800.658.9424 www.explorelacrosse.com


WISCONSIN

On behalf of the citizens of La Crosse, it is my pleasure to welcome you to our beautiful city in Western Wisconsin. La Crosse is a wonderful community bordered by rolling bluffs to the east and the mighty Mississippi River to the west. Our historic town features exciting new developments, modern conveniences, and enlivened stores, restaurants, and galleries. The timeless beauty of our natural resources begs you to boat along our splendid riverways, bike our many woodland and urban trails, drive atop our scenic bluffs, stroll through our beautiful parks – the possibilities are endless! Our friendly, hospitable people are proud and pleased to share with you our wonderful city. We invite you to visit us, and we know you’ll want to return again and again. - Tim Kabat, Mayor Whether your interests include boating, biking or bird watching, French Island has something to offer everyone. With its natural geographical beauty, visitors find it hard not to stop and look us over. For a fantastic view of a sunset all year long, please visit our observation deck overlooking Lake Onalaska on our northern borders. Since we are an island, we have some of the best fishing opportunities in the entire state of Wisconsin. The winter season offers cross country skiing, ice fishing and snowmobiling.

EXPERIENCE

Our River City

The majestic bluffs of Minnesota provide a natural haven to the eagle, which we can watch fishing in the open waters of the Black River on our eastern border. Many visitors stop to take advantage of our local Thomasville Gallery and the Company Store Outlet located just off the Interstate on Sky Harbour Drive. Also located on Sky Harbour Drive is a Days Inn which offers rest for weary travelers and rooms for meetings or gatherings of all sorts. We look forward to your visit and wish to welcome you to the Town of Campbell. -Scott Johnson, Chairman, Town of Campbell

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1-800-658-9424 The official La Crosse Area Visitors Guide is published annually by the La Crosse Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information in this guide. The LACVB assumes no responsibility for errors, changes or omissions. For corrections or inclusion in the next issue, contact the LACVB at 608-782-2366. If you are interested in having your ad placed in future publications, please call the LACVB at 1-800-658-9424. Visit us at our Web site: www.explorelacrosse.com. Reproduction of material used in this publication requires the written consent of the La Crosse Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. Photography by RJ & Linda Miller. Contributing photographers Alan Stankevitz, Doyle and Shirley Gates and Terry Tobin Graphic Design.

Š 2013 La Crosse Area Convention & Visitors Bureau


Historic Beauty...

Community Each year, La Crosse attracts more than one million visitors, as people from across the globe are attracted by the natural beauty and recreational opportunities offered by the upper Mississippi River area—not to mention the region’s rich history, unique attractions and variety of great shopping, dining and cultural offerings. Whether you’re stopping over for a short trip or looking for the perfect spot for an extended getaway, La Crosse is the ideal destination for you, conveniently located between Minneapolis, Minnesota and Chicago, Illinois, there is something for everyone!

Grandad Bluff (above) has become not only a destination point for thousands, but also a symbol of this great Coulee Region. La Crosse's recent renovation showed the importance and grandeur of Grandad Bluff to all who visit.

2013

B.A.S.S. Elite Series #6 Tournament on the Mississippi River.

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June 20-23 Weigh-ins take place at Veterans Freedom Park (West Copeland Park). Featuring a family festival, food and exciting entertainment. Weigh-ins daily starting at 3:15 pm.

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OurLocal Community Step back in time into an 18th Century Landmark that has stood the test of time. La Crosse Footwear manufactured from 1897 – 2006. Now renovated. Our steakhouse menu includes delicious comfort foods, broasted chicken, homemade specials, soups & always a fresh Salad Bar. Famous Friday Night Fish Fry. Fine selection of wines, beers and spirits.

STAMP ‘n HAND The Best of Both Worlds

Gifts for collecting and decorating, greeting cards plus the area’s best source for Rubber Art Stamps, Unique Papers, Stencils and Stickers. Open everyday except holidays.

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To experience La Crosse is to sit outside on a beautiful day and enjoy the ambiance of our historic downtown or take in a play at the Community Theatre, discover the Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine, an exhibit at the Pump House Regional Arts Center, walk around the Myrick Hixon EcoPark, the downtown farmer’s market, take the kids to the Children’s Museum or a La Crosse Loggers baseball game, and we haven’t even mentioned Oktoberfest or Riverfest yet!

Named the Most Romantic City in America by Redbox Ranked in the Top 10 Best Places to Live by the U.S. News & World Report Ranked as a 4-Star Logistics Metro Area by Expansion Management

(608) 784-9548

4th & Pearl, Downtown La Crosse Open at 6:30 am Daily Happy Hour 4 - 6 pm Daily

Whether you are a connoisseur of fine beer and ale, find delight in the camaraderie of friendly patrons and staff or simply appreciate the eclectic surroundings of this historic establishment, you will enjoy the hospitality of your host and the proprietor, Jeff Hotson.The Bodega offers one of the Midwest's largest selection of micro brew and international beer brands. Choose from nearly 400 beer labels from around the world. Soup & Salads & Sandwiches

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Natural Beauty Ideally located between the tall, limestone bluffs and the mighty Mississippi River, La Crosse is in the heart of what is known as the “Driftless Region” – an area of Western Wisconsin and Southeastern Minnesota that was spared the flattening effects of the Ice Age glaciers that covered two-thirds of North America. With its steep, hardwood studded hills and deep valleys intact, the region’s rugged beauty is unequaled anywhere in the Midwest.

Attractions The Mississippi River is where it all started, and it is by far our most

important feature…but there’s much more beyond its shores! A leisurely stroll through Riverside Park is a great way to introduce yourself to the area. While you’re there, be sure to visit our International Friendship Gardens, celebrating our sister cities in China, Russia, Norway, France, Germany, and Ireland. On the east side of town, head up Grandad Bluff, where you can scope out the panorama of the three-state region. You can even cross the river into neighboring Minnesota and drive along La Crescent’s breathtaking Apple Blossom Drive. La Crosse has been famous for beer since 1858, when Gottlieb Heileman first established the City Brewery. Later renamed the G. Heileman Brewing Company, it grew to become the third-largest brewery in America before being sold and eventually closed. Now enjoying new life as a contract brewer for a number of national beverages, City Brewery still connects present-day La Crosse to our early history. Looking for something more family-oriented? Take the kids to the Children’s Museum. Take in some history at the Hixon House, the Riverside Museum or the Swarthout Museum. Myrick Park is home to picnic shelters, Kids Coulee Playscape and the Myrick-Hixon EcoPark. Feed your spirit by touring the St. Rose Convent and Chapel or the beautiful Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe. The Shrine is located on a 100 acre site, sheltered by woodlands about two miles south of La Crosse along Hwy 14. The domed Shrine Church, key component of the eye-catching complex, attracts pilgrims who come to receive God’s forgiveness in the Sacrament of Penance and to participate in the Holy Mass.


Apple Blossom Scenic Drive: Drive the secondmost-scenic overlook in Minnesota through neighboring La Crescent, the “Apple Capital� of Minnesota. More than 1,400 acres include 12 apple orchards in La Crescent. Take in the spectacular view of the colorful tree-lined bluffs, decorative rolling hills and the majestic Mississippi River; a must-see in autumn as fall colors peak. Follow County Hwy. 12. Children’s Museum: Here is a place where children play to learn and adults learn to play. Three floors of hands-on exhibits, birthday party/meeting rooms, a multipurpose theater, gift shop and more. $6 per person. Open 10 a.m.5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday. 207 Fifth Ave. S.; 608-784-2652, funmuseum.org. Dahl Auto Museum: Take a stroll down memory lane and immerse yourself in the rich history of the most widely used mode of transportation, the automobile. The Dahl Auto Museum celebrates the Dahl family’s involvement as automotive dealers spanning over 100 years and 5 generations. It also features the history of the automobile through the eyes of Ford Motor Company, an extensive mascot collection and many beautifully restored classic automobiles from the turn of the century to present. Adults $4, Children 9-16 and Seniors $3. Thursday 2-7pm, Friday and Saturday 10am-4pm. 711 3rd Street, La Crosse, 608-791-6494, dahlautomuseum.com Grandad Bluff: City park located by following Main Street east which becomes Bliss Road as you ascend the bluff. At the top, the entrance is found by turning right on Grandad Bluff Road. The 590-foot-high bluff overlooks the city of La Crosse. The view of the Mississippi River Valley includes the three states of Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa. Wisconsin Trails readers voted this “the 2nd most scenic view in the state.� It features a shelter house, coin-operated binoculars, picnic areas and is the site of the annual Skyrockers’ New Year’s Eve Fireworks Show. Great River Road: Designated in 1938, the Great River Road, a National Scenic Byway, stretches from Lake Itasca, MN, to the Gulf of Mexico. The Wisconsin section, Hwy. 35/53, with La Crosse being the largest city on the route, showcases breathtaking views of the river valley and bluffs beyond. Bald eagles are a common sight along the route.

Hixon House: The La Crosse County Historical Society’s Italianate-style residence gives an authentic glimpse into the elegant Victorian lifestyle enjoyed by lumberman-financier Gideon Hixon. The beautiful woodwork, period furnishings and charming gardens make the tour a worthwhile experience. Open daily, except Mondays, Memorial Day through Labor Day, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Last tour at 4 p.m. Group tours by appointment. 429 N. 7th St.; lchsweb.org, 608-782-1980. Kid’s Coulee: Located in Myrick Park is La Crosse’s premier kid’s attraction, Kid’s Coulee, a kid-designed, community-built playscape that is accessible to children of all abilities. This multi-leveled playground features climbing and balance beams, a riverboat with a stage, rubber river, sandmoat, castle, fort, maze, swings, tunnels, bridges, ladders, slides and much more. Equipment for kids with disabilities is integrated throughout the playscape. Lock and Dam No. 7 & Lock and Dam No. 8: Watch 400-foot barges as they navigate up and down the Mississippi River through the lock and dam system. No. 7 is located at the intersection of I-90 and Hwy. 14/61 in Dresbach, MN No. 8 is 12 miles south of La Crosse along the Great River Road, Hwy. 35 in Genoa, WI. Myrick Hixon EcoPark: Welcomes you to our world of environmental education, hiking, birding, prairie restoration, live indigenous animal exhibits, and many wonderful community events. Myrick Hixon EcoPark (MHEP) is a non-profit organization whose vision is to achieve community understanding of, and respect for nature, and to protect the environment for future generations. Our mission is to create a unique destination with dynamic educational programming, interactive displays, and live animal exhibits that will advance the appreciation and conservation of our natural resources. Neshonoc Dam, Powerhouse & Mill: Located along Hwy. 16 in West Salem, these buildings were once a major part of the thriving community of Neshonoc. Pickwick Mill, Inc.: Winona, MN. The Pickwick Mill is on the National and State Register. Built of local limestone, it stands six stories tall. The mill contains 19th-century machinery and a beautiful 20-by-4-foot waterwheel. 507-452-9658.

Riverside International Friendship Gardens: La Crosse enjoys thriving relationships with sister cities, business partners, students and people from around the world. We celebrate the success of these partnerships, and built a tribute to the culture and traditions of our worldwide friends. The gardens represent the style of a typical garden in each sister city. La Crosse’s current sister cities are: Epinal, France; Luoyang, China; Friedberg, Germany, Dubna, Russia; Bantry, Ireland; Forde, Norway. Located in Riverside Park. www.riversidegardens.org.

Attractions

ATTRACTIONS

Riverside Museum: In 1870, the steamboat War Eagle burned and sank at the docks of La Crosse. The Riverside Museum features the largest collection of artifacts brought up from the wreck of the War Eagle, as well as exhibits about the impact the rivers had on the growth and development of La Crosse. The museum also has many artifacts from the Mississippi Valley Archaeological Center. Located in Riverside Park. 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Memorial Day-Labor Day; also weekends during September and October. 608-782-1980. 1930s Steam Locomotive Aeolus #4000: A Hudson type engine used on the Burlington Railroad. Standing nearby is the railroad tower built in 1928 that controlled the grand crossing of four railroads, the Milwaukee, Burlington, Green Bay and North Western, which once converged nearby. Located in Copeland Park. Shenanigans: La Crosse’s newest destination for children, teenagers, and the young-at-heart. Bump, climb, play and tag your way through our one-of-a-kind attractions. Shenanigans is sure to be the Coulee Region’s most exciting play destination. It’s a blast! 2100 Dawson Ave., French Island, La Crosse. 608-783-3333, www.shenanigansfun.com. Swarthout Museum: A variety of permanent and changing exhibits educate and enlighten both children and adults about the history of La Crosse County. 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 1-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 9th and Main streets; 608-782-1980.

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Waterfowl and Mississippi Viewing Platform: Located in Nelson Park in the Town of Campbell. Follow Lakeshore Drive as far north as possible. Catch the migration of swans, ducks, geese and eagles. This viewing platform was created to provide a comfortable environment for people of all ages and physical capabilities to view migrating waterfowl.

ARCHITECTURE Christ Episcopal Church: 111 N. Ninth St., 608-784-0697. This church holds the traditional symbolic features of a European cathedral, from Romanesque architecture and a Gothic cruciform shape to an interior of Italian Renaissance. Built in 1898, the cathedral also has a magnificent Tiffany window. St. Rose Convent: 715 S. Ninth St., 608-784-2288. The Mother House of the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, the Chapel of Angels is recognized as one of the most beautiful in the United States. Since Aug. 1, 1878, at least two Franciscan Sisters have maintained a 24-hour, 365 day per year prayer vigil for the Church, community and world peace.

St. Joseph the Workman Cathedral: 530 Main St., 608-782-0322. This traditional Gothic cathedral is the church of the Bishop. The Cathedral holds 12 burial vaults for diocesan bishops, two chapels and a 1,500pound bronze canopy over the Botticiano marble altar. Beautiful stained-glass windows depict Wisconsin’s Catholic heritage. A relief carving of St. Joseph the Workman above the main entrance depicts the Saint with a carpenter’s square symbolizing his labors. Masses: Saturday 5:10 p.m., Sunday 7 a.m., 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. and 5:10 p.m. Weekdays 6:30 a.m., 8 a.m, 12:10 p.m. No 12:10pm mass on Saturdays. cathedralsjworkman.org.

arts with a Midwest emphasis. Educational outreach is an important part of its mission. The Pump House is located in a former water pumping station, one block from the Mississippi River. $2 suggested donation. Tuesday through Friday 12-5 p.m.; Saturday 12-4 p.m. 119 King St.; thepumphouse.org, 608-785-1434.

ART GALLERIES

La Crosse Center: The Wisconsin Society of Architects has given the Center its “Award for Excellence in Architecture� for the flexibility offered by its design. The award honors the Center on the Mississippi as a center of choices that shapes itself to many purposes. This flexibility makes it the center of choice for events from all over the state and region. See ad featured on page 2 (inside front cover).

Viterbo University Art Gallery: 929 Jackson St., 608-796-3100. UW-La Crosse Art Gallery: 16th St. and Vine Street, 608-785-8522. Pump House Regional Arts Center: Founded in 1977, the center presents visual and performing

La Crosse Public Library: 800 Main St., 608-789-7100. Changing exhibits, paintings for loan.

MEETING/CONVENTION FACILITIES

Omni Center: The Onalaska Omni Center is a multipurpose facility offering two arenas, four conference rooms and an outdoor picnic shelter that hosts a variety of events each year. From wedding receptions and company picnics, to conferences and trade shows.

History Made Daily

Hixon House 7th & Badger

Weds-Sun 10 am-2 pm

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NEW LOCATION announcement! Library Gallery Corner of 9th & Main

Mon: Closed Tue-Fri: 10 am-5 pm Sat & Sun: 1 pm-5 pm

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Visit the Historical Society Today... and Visit Yesterday! Silent City cemetery tours, Ice Cream Social, Mystery Bus Tour, period re-enactments --

Riverside Museum Mon-Sat: 10:30-4:30 pm Sun: 10:30-4 pm Riverside Park After Labor Day: Open Sat & Sun only (thru Oct.)

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Anidonts: Abstract boy and dog sculpture by Luis Arata, located in Myrick Park. Fledgling: Contemporary sculpture by Mike Martino of a boy with his skateboard, sporting wings. Located on Fourth and Vine streets. Hiawatha: Located in Riverside Park, this 25foot, 25-ton sculpture by artist Anthony Zimmerhakl stands guard over the sacred place where three rivers meet (the Mississippi River, Black

River and La Crosse River). Legend says that where three rivers meet, no natural disaster will befall. To date, this legend has remained true. La Crosse Eagle: This majestic sculpture by artist Elmer Petersen stands 38-feet tall as it watches over the Mississippi River and Riverside Park. La Crosse Players: Trademark of the city, this sculpture depicts three Ho-Chunk Indians playing the game of their day. It can be found on the Hwy. 53 welcome sign, as well as on the corner of Second and Main streets.

Take a stroll down memory lane‌ and immerse yourself in the rich history of the most widely used mode of transportation, the automobile. The Dahl Auto Museum celebrates the Dahl family’s involvement as automotive dealers spanning over 100 years and 5 generations. It also features the history of the automobile through the eyes of Ford Motor Company and many beautifully restored classic automobiles from the turn of the century to present. lo r F u ll C o

Le Pinau: Symbolizing the history of the city is a copy of a IV Century B.C. Greek statue of a little boy picking “une ĂŠpineâ€? or thorn out of his foot. Hence the name Epinal. The statue is inspired by a story that as a little boy sat to pull a thorn from his foot, he saw that Epinal was the right place to build a city. The sculpture was a gift from our Sister City of Epinal, France for the 20th Anniversary of our Sister City relationship. The sculpture was placed in Civic Center Plaza in August 2007.

Attractions

SCULPTURES

Reflections: Fountain-based piece by Paul T. Granlund. Located in front of the Public Library, 800 Main St. The Scroll: An abstract piece by Dale Kendrick representing the beginning of the written word. Located at Third and La Crosse streets. A Simpler Time: Set along the levee on the bank of the Mississippi River, “A Simpler Time� is a sculpture by local artist Mike Martino. This project includes a life-size sculpture of children and their dog surrounded by a plaza with an inlay of bricks inscribed with the names of contributors. Located in Riverside Park. Water Over the Dam: A contemporary piece by Jeff Weideman represents water falling over a dam. Located at Fourth and Vine streets.

711 South 3rd Street | La Crosse, WI 54601 608.791.6494 | dahlautomuseum.com Hours: Thursday 2 to 7 pm, Friday and Saturday 10 am to 4 pm

Unforgettable in Every Season...

Norskedalen Nature & Heritage Center

Tour 1890s Pioneer Log Homestead Experience our seasonal Special Events Enjoy our Museums & Gift Shop Walk the Beautiful Hiking Trails and Arboretum Rent our Year Round Paulsen Cabin: Cozy, Sleeps 6, Fully Furnished- including kitchen

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Attractions Amish Tours of Harmony ........... 800-752-6474 Children’s Museum of La Crosse..................................... 608-784-2652 Cinderella Carriages LLC ............ 608-606-0614 Dahl Auto Museum ...................... 608-791-6494 Down a Country Road Amish Tours .................................... 608-654-5318 Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center ............................ 507-467-2437 Elmers Auto & Toy Museum ...... 608-687-7221 House on the Rock ....................... 608-935-3639 La Crosse Queen ........................... 608-784-8523 Mississippi Explorer Cruises .................................. 877-647-7397

Don’t settle for an “Up, Down, Turn-Around, Cruise.� Join us for an interactive and guided riverboat tour through the wild & scenic backwaters of the Mississippi River’s Wildlife Refuge. Our Wildlife Eco-Tours will take you within feet of beautiful backwaters: riverbanks, bald eagle nests, beaver lodges, turtle logs, muskrat huts, blooming lotus & water lilies, and much more. Professionally guided by qualified naturalists; bring your own food and drink. Call for reservations.

Myrick Hixon EcoPark.................. 608-784-0303 Niagara Cave .................................. 800-837-6606

Norskedalen Nature & Heritage Center ......................... 608-452-3424 Ocooch Mountain Acres ............ 608-606-2866 Old Country Cheese .................... 608-654-5411 Pearl Street Brewery .................... 608-784-4832 Pickwick Mill, Inc. .......................... 507-452-9658 Pleasoning Gourmet Seasoning ............................. 608-787-1030 Taste Before You Buy at the Pleasoning Gourmet Seasoning Outlet Store. 34 different seasoning blends that will help you add gourmet flavor easily to your food, while using less sodium! Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM. 2418 South Avenue (on the corner of West Avenue and South Avenue). Made in La Crosse since 1952! Tours available for groups of 20 or more with reservations. 800-279-1614 pleasoning.com. A Symphony For Your Tongue!

Riverside Amusements, Ltd. ..... 608-781-7529 Seven Hawks Vineyards.............. 608-687-9463 Shenanigans................................... 608-783-3333 Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe ................................. 608-782-5440 Southwind Orchards ................... 507-643-6255 Tenba Ridge Winery, LLC............ 608-525-2413 Vernon Vineyards Winery .......... 608-634-6734 WI Cranberry Discovery Center ............................................... 608-378-4878

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Dining All that shopping will work up an appetite, and La Crosse loves to eat! From award-winning restaurants in historic buildings to ethnic enclaves ripe for exploration, there’s something for everyone’s taste. A town known for its beer can’t help but have great pub food and pizza, and you’ll find both in ample quantity and variety. Because La Crosse is not locked into a particular style of pizza, like Chicago or New York, you can get what suits your fancy—including a signature wood-fired pizza from Edwardo’s or Buster's Bar & Grill. And the burgers! No matter where you’re staying, you’re not far from a juicy, homemade interpretation of the American classic, complete with an accompanying order of fries, onion rings or Wisconsin’s favorite: cheese curds. Those delectable nuggets of non-aged cheese fresh out of the vat have an affinity for beer batter and hot oil like no other food, and to visit here without tasting this incredible treat would be to ignore the very soul of this dairy-farming, beer-drinking destination. Looking for something a little fancier? Enjoy the top-quality steaks and seafood at the historic Freight House or the expanded gourmet menu and hickory pit at Piggy’s – both La Crosse landmarks – or the elegant newcomer between the two, The Waterfront Restaurant & Tavern. Check out Cajun and Creole specialties with a cold beer at Buzzard Billy’s. Got a craving for traditional Irish, Chinese or Mexican? Soul food or a great breakfast with a Bloody Mary? We’ve got you covered.

Ranked 13th of the Top 25 Best Green Places to Live in America by Country Home Magazine Ranked 16th of 50 Smart Places to Live in the US by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance La Crosse selected as Best Revitalized Downtown in Wisconsin by Wisconsin Trails Magazine

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OurLocal Cuisine All that shopping can work up an appetite, and La Crosse loves to eat! From award-winning restaurants in historic buildings to ethnic enclaves ripe for exploration, there is something that will tip your taste buds.

PIGGY’S RESTAURANT

Piggy’s Restaurant is one of the most awarded and unique restaurants in the Seven Rivers region. Fresh seafood, house-smoked specialties and choice steaks make the menu one of a kind. Open nightly for dinner.

THE BLUES LOUNGE

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The Blues Lounge with its beautiful antique back bar serves lunch M–F and dinners nightly with casual entrees, including BBQ favorites, sandwiches, salads, appetizers and desserts. Live blues Friday and Saturday nights.

In the Historic Pioneer Foundry Building

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RUDY’S DRIVE-IN

“A must-see� as featured on Discover Wisconsin.“ For lip-smacking drive-in fare, pull into Rudy’s where cheese curds (it is Wisconsin, after all) are delivered by servers roller-skating to tunes made famous by the likes of Jerry Lee Lewis.�

How do I love Rudy’s Drive-In? Let me count the ways. The smooth, fullbodied root beer, brewed in-house, comes to the car in heavy glass mugs. A triple-stack burger with cheese, lettuce and tomato dubbed the Monster, lives up to its name. The softserve ice cream comes in wacky flavors like green apple and bubble gum. The carhops wear roller skates, and on Tuesday nights they don poodle skirts, in honor of classic-car night and its 1950s music. Even the surroundings — long sheltering carports that still retain their original mid 1960s looks — are a blast! — Minneapolis Star Tribune,

— Rand McNally Atlas “Best of the Great River Road�

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Visit La Crosse’s Famous National Historical Site

FREIGHT HOUSE RESTAURANT The Freight House Restaurant is “A Must Visit when in La Crosse.� A National Historic Site, it is the area’s premier steak and seafood restaurant. Also offers daily fresh fish specials, impressive salad bar and extensive wine list.

Recipient of the Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator Magazine, seven years running.

The Freight House is known for its slow-roasted prime rib, handcuts of naturally-aged prime beef charbroiled to your order, chicken and steak teriyaki, seafood, fresh fish and plentiful vegetarian platter and salad bar. Dedicated staff. Great bar with a fireplace; some of the region’s best musicians appear every Friday and Saturday night. Truly a fun and fabulous place.

Open 7 nights a week

608-784-6211

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FAYZE’S RICH TRADITION Located right in the heart of historic downtown La Crosse, Fayze’s has created a tradition of mouthwatering recipes and flavors to suit any style. Enjoy breakfast, lunch, or dinner at Fayze’s Restaurant and Bakery. Experience our comfortable, casual atmosphere while catching up with friends or dining with family. Order your favorite cocktails from our full service bar.

4th & Pearl, Downtown La Crosse

Open at 6:30 am Daily

Before you leave, check out our homemade bakery treats and a variety of sourdough breads, along with our signature Talame™ buns! Large group space is available for family reunions, rehearsal dinners, or parties.

Happy Hour 4 - 6 pm Daily

(608) 784-9548

fayzes.com “You’ll Love Our Buns!� BUSTERS BAR & GRILL

Whether you want to watch the game or spend time with friends, our full service bar and lounge is a great place to unwind at the end of the day. Come and enjoy a delicious appetizer or one of our cold tap beers! Don’t miss our build-your-own BLOODY MARY BAR every Sunday 9am-Noon !

Located in the heart of historic downtown La Crosse, Busters’ Wood-Fired Pizza & Grille is the perfect choice for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Specializing in gourmet wood-fired pizzas and specialty pastas. Buster's menu also offers a wide selection of salads, burgers, and sandwiches.

Adjacent to the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Open 7 days a week 200 Pearl Street

608-782-3236

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Dining 4 Sisters Wine Bar & Tapas...........608-782-8213 Ahz Pasta ..........................................608-788-7278 Ardie’s Lang Drive Restaurant ........................................608-784-2242 B.A. Burrito. ......................................608-785-2227 Bodega Brew Pub, Inc. .................608-782-0677 Boot Hill Pub....................................608-782-3826 Borgens CafÊ ...................................608-634-4003 Burnstad’s .........................................608-372-4040 Buster's Bar & Grill .........................608-782-3236 Buzzard Billy’s Flying Carp CafÊ ..608-796-2277 Carlos O’Kelly’s ...............................608-783-1782 Ciatti’s ................................................608-781-8686

Coney Island ....................................608-782-6314 Courtesy Corp. dba Mc Donald’s ...........................608-781-8080 Drugan's Castle Mound ...............608-526-4144 Dublin Square .................................608-519-2509 Culina Mariana................................608-788-8400 Culvers Family Restaurant ..........608-787-5050 Culvers of Onalaska ......................608-781-6777 Digger’s Sting..................................608-782-3796 Domino’s Pizza................................608-781-3345 Edwardo’s .........................................608-783-7791 Famous Dave’s ................................608-779-4100 Fayze’s ................................................608-784-9548

Fiesta Mexicana.................................608-788-3206 Hackberry's Bistro.............................608-784-5798 Hooters of La Crosse........................608-782-9464 Howie's on La Crossee ....................608-784-7400 Hunan Chinese Restaurant ...........608-784-7878 Hungry Peddler .................................608-788-1895 King Street Kitchen ..........................608-784-9660 Lindy’s Subs of La Crosse ...............608-785-7200 Monarch Public House ...................608-687-4231 Nell’s City Grill ....................................608-782-7004

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Dining Olive Garden ...........................608-783-0090 Offering a genuine Italian dining experience serving fresh, high-quality Italian food including our signature garden-fresh salad and warm, garlic breadsticks. When You’re Here, You’re Family. 9413 Hwy 16 Onalaska, WI. Orange Julius Dairy Queen Treat Ctr ......................608-781-3080 Outback Steakhouse .......................608-781-4329 Pickerman’s Soup & Sandwiches.....................................608-782-7087 Piggy’s Restaurant ............................608-784-4877 Pizza Doctors......................................608-784-0450 River Jack’s ..........................................608-781-7070 Rudy’s Drive-In ..................................608-782-2200 Schmidty’s ...........................................608-788-5110 Sloopy’s Alma Mater. .......................608-785-0245 Stateroom. ..........................................608-785-7666











Subway.................................................608-784-2774 Sullivan’s Supper Club ....................608-534-7775 That Salad Place ................................608-789-2010 The Freight House Restaurant ...........................................608-784-6211 The Waterfront Restaurant and Tavern ....................608-782-5400 The Wine Guyz, Inc. ..........................608-782-9463 Three Rivers Lodge ..........................608-793-5018 Tom Sawyer's Bar & Grill .................608-519-3130 Trempealeau Hotel ..........................608-534-6898

Food/Coffee Cabin Coffee Company ..................608-519-3055 People’s Food Cooperative, Inc. ...............................608-784-5798 Pogy’s ....................................................608-784-2386 Premier Catering ...............................608-782-0886 Quillin's Food Centers .....................608-785-1424 Serves You Right Catering .............608-782-8050 Woodman's Food Market ..............608-783-2233

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Natures Place To Play! Skiing, golfing, hunting, fishing, hiking, bowling, swimming and biking – if you want to be active, we’re here to help. If you’re just looking for peace, quiet and relaxation, there’s plenty of that, too.

Sports & Recreation Whoever wrote the bit about “idle hands” wasn’t hanging out here. With an abundance of natural beauty, woods, water and wildlife, La Crosse offers much in the way of recreation. Sure, you can just relax and take it all in…and there’s no better way to do it than out on the river. Spend a lazy afternoon aboard the traditional paddlewheeler La Crosse Queen—or combine relaxation with education with a professionally-guided eco-tour led by Mississippi Explorer Cruises. If you’re more of a landlubber, enjoy our unparalleled scenic beauty on foot, by bicycle or by car: Hike the Hixon Forest trails, connecting to Human Powered Trails atop Grandad Bluff; bike the La Crosse River State Trail from La Crosse to Sparta; or drive along the Great River Road (State Highway 35) and take in the breathtaking views of the river and bluffs. Maybe you’re looking for some fast-paced competitive action? In the summer, check out a La Crosse Loggers baseball game, the NCAA Division III powerhouse UW-La Crosse Eagles take to the gridiron for exciting college football. During racing season, check out one of the best short tracks in the nation for NASCAR-sanctioned fun at La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway. Spring through fall, the region is golf heaven, with dozens of fine courses within a few minutes’ drive. If you think we hibernate during our famous Wisconsin winters, think again: Mount La Crosse is home to some excellent downhill skiing, while Goose Island and Norskedalen offers a great location for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.


AREA PARKS The La Crosse Area features many parks that highlight our area’s unique geographical features. From the rivers to the coulees, to the bluffs, our parks are sure to meet your recreational needs. Copeland Park: On the banks of the Black River, located at the corner of Clinton Street and Copeland Avenue. t5FOOJT$PVSUT t#BTLFUCBMM$PVSUT t#BTFCBMM4PGUCBMM'JFMET t4QMBTI1BSL t4IFMUFS)PVTF t)JTUPSJD4UFBN&OHJOF t4JUFPGNVMUJQMFÜTIJOHUPVSOBNFOUT (Bassmaster Elite 2012 & 2013) t)PNFPGPVS-B$SPTTF-PHHFST Goose Island County Park and Campground: Located on the banks of the Mississippi River, three miles south of La Crosse on Highway 35. t8BUFS FMFDUSJD BOEQSJNJUJWF camping sites t4FBTPOBM$BOPF,BZBLSFOUBMT t#PBU-BVODI t4BOEZ#FBDI t4IFMUFS3FOUBMT t8BMLJOHUSBJMT

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Electric & water hook-ups Restrooms & Showers Laundry 3 Dump Stations Beach Playgrounds Rentals Store Minature Golf Big Rig Friendly Reservations Accepted (608) 788-7018

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LA CROSSE AREA CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU

Our Mission: “To foster the growth of sporting events which enhance the quality of life in our communities

B.A.S.S. Elite Series #6 June 20-23, 2013 Greater La Crosse Sports Connection Awards Banquet March 24, 2013 WI State High School Ski & Snowboard Championships at Mt. La Crosse Feb. 16-18, 2013 Feb. 15-17, 2014

Jeremiah Burish, Director of Sports Events & Sales

Greater La Crosse Golf Show at the La Crosse Center March 8-10, 2013 Between the Bluffs Beer, Wine & Cheese Festival April 27, 2013 WIAA State Track & Field Championships May 31 and June 1, 2013

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BIKE TRAILS The La Crosse area is the destination for bicyclist from across the country. Why? Natural features, beautiful river rides, smooth trails, that’s why. La Crosse boasts more bicycling trails than most, with access to 4 major trails right in the heart of Riverside Park! Abandoned railroad tracks, paved milk

routes, and rugged off-road, shared use trails make La Crosse a bicycling dream! t-B$SPTTF3JWFS4UBUF5SBJM t(SFBU3JWFS4UBUF5SBJM t4QBSUB&MSPZ4UBUF5SBJM t8JTDPOTJO4UBUF5SBJM For more information go to: bike4trails.com or bicylelacrosse.com Mountain Bike & Shared Use Trails: Volunteers created over 11 miles of human powered trails on the rim of the city. We have mountain biking trails for the entire family, or for more adventurous spirits you can enjoy heart-pounding descents from high atop scenic bluffs that provide sanctuary for both bird watching and those determined to find the fastest way off spectacular bluffs that were left untouched by glaciers in the Driftless area. www.humanpoweredtrails.com

BOATING Why not start your La Crosse adventure on the Mighty Mississippi River? With endless beaches, pristine water skiing, and spectacular sunsets, the La Crosse area has miles of riverfront to begin your journey. La Crosse has multiple municipal harbors and facilities for overnight boat storage. Additionally, the Riverside Park public docks allow boaters to tie up their boat and explore La Crosse. Within a short walk, land lovers will find our famous restaurants, gift shops, and nightlife, or just enjoy a stroll through the park. Contact the La Crosse Area Convention and Visitors Bureau to plan your next excursion. 1-800-658-9424

CAMPING The greater La Crosse area has several public and private campgrounds to choose from. Some are even accessible by water, such as Goose Island Campground (608-788-7018) and Pettibone Park Resort (800-738-8426), or just find yourself a nice island beach to set up your camp. Other popular campgrounds include Neshonoc Lakeside Camp Resort (888-783-0035), and Veterans Memorial Park in West Salem (608-786-4011). For a complete list of accommodations, visit our website at www.explorelacrosse.com

CANOEING/KAYAKING From the Mississippi River, our scenic bluffs provide a spectacular backdrop as seen from a kayak or canoe coming across our pristine backwaters. The challenge is to momentarily stop paddling, take it all in, before you lose yourself yet again in the heightened efforts of physical activity that can't be replicated anywhere. And yet you remain a few strokes away from the city. Home to 7 rivers, most are able to be paddled during portions of the year. Popular paddle rivers include the La Crosse, Black, Root, Mississippi, and many more. Visit our web site to learn more at www.explorelacrosse.com

FISHING With all this water, there has to be some good fishing, right? Right indeed. The Mississippi River, and all its tributaries host one of the largest collections of freshwater fish in the world! Popular game fish include pan fish, northern and walleye pike, catfish, bass, and perch. Soaking a night crawler at the end of your line should keep you busy all afternoon, but if you are seeking more adventure, try our world-class bass fishing waters. Recent host of the Bassmaster Elite Series fishing tournament and many others, anglers are amazed at how many keeper bass

Your Luxury Summer Cottage Can Float! These deluxe houseboats come with 11/2 or 2 baths, private staterooms, full kitchen with microwave, waterslides and deluxe furnishings. Amenities like air-conditioning, VCR/DVD, gas grill, stereo and more. Vacation packages from $600.

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La Crosse offers a unique experience for golfers. Peering from the t-box, you may have a river view, a view of Grandad Bluff, or view of our abundant wildlife, just be sure to keep your head down and drive it right down the middle!

HUNTING Hunters in the La Crosse area chase squirrels, ducks, geese, deer, turkey, and many more varieties of game. There are more than 20,000 acres of public accessible land, plus Mississippi river access for duck and goose hunters.

Due to a geological effect commonly called the Driftless Area, caused by the lack of a glacier during the ice-age, the Greater La Crosse area has miles of fishable trout streams as well. The trout industry is thriving, thanks in part to the public access through the cooperation of many state agencies and private land owners. All fishable properties are posted by the land-owners, so please respect their rights when chasing a rainbow, brook, or brown trout. Trout season runs spring through early fall, check out the Wisconsin DNR website for exact dates.

WINTER ACTIVITIES Snowy activities include alpine, crosscountry skiing, snow shoeing, and sledding. Many local golf courses offer groomed trails for cross-country skiing, such as Drugan’s Castle Mound, and Forest Hills. The challenging bluffs attract athletes from around the country that are looking for a challenge in the winter, and can provide great training for those training for races or for fitness.

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Snowmobiling is another popular activity, when the weather permits. Over 600 miles of groomed trails await visitors.



Connecting communities across the state, snowmobiling is a great way to witness all the beauty that winter brings. To request a copy of snowmobiling maps, contact the La Crosse Area Convention and Visitors Bureau at 800-658-9424, or check them out online at www.laxsnowmobile.com

SWIMMING Many local municipalities have recently built or updated their pools, including Holmen, Onalaska, La Crescent, and La Crosse. Indoor pools can be found at the YMCA and some of our local schools, such as UW-La Crosse. In the summer, our river beaches are safe, clean, and have lifeguards. Pettibone Beach is located directly across from Riverside Park and is a local treasure. The Black River Beach has recently undergone improvements, and has outdoor showers and plenty of parking.

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they caught in the La Crosse area. At certain times of the year, anglers are routinely pulling trophy northern pike from the waters. If you have a boat, use it, but if you don’t, the La Crosse area has several public fishing areas, such as the popular Riverside and Houska Parks. For a small fee, anglers can fish on several fishing barges (floats). To find out more, visit our web site at www.explorelacrosse.com

TENNIS Tennis is a thriving recreational sport in La Crosse. The city of La Crosse maintains many free public access courts. To find a list of them all, visit www.cityoflacrosse.com

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BIRD WATCHING More than 200 species of birds live in or pass through the La Crosse Area in a typical year, and travelers don’t have to go far to see them. Bald eagles, in fact, have been seen right in Riverside Park near the city’s downtown. The Great River Birding Trail passes right through La Crosse County, and bird-watchers find the viewing is great in several nearby sanctuaries, including Myrick Marsh, Hixon Forest, Goose Island County Park and Nelson Park, which are all in or near La Crosse. La Crosse County contains a segment of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge, and more than 300 species of birds can be spotted there, or nearby, as they nest here or migrate through. Turkeys prowl the woods and fields near La Crosse, delighting hunters and photographers. Waterfowl, especially ducks, gather by the tens of thousands on the Mississippi River and nearby Lake Onalaska each fall, providing thrills for both bird-watchers and hunters. Tundra swans pass through La Crosse each fall as they make their way from nesting grounds near the Arctic Circle to Chesapeake Bay. They use the Mississippi River Valley as a resting spot before continuing on their 4,000-mile journey.

Visit The Upper Mississippi Wildlife Refuge District Visitor Center and Offices at N5727 County Z Road, Onalaska, WI (Brice Prairie) For more information, contact the La Crosse District Office at (608) 779-2399 XXXGXTHPWSFGVHF 6QQFS@.JTTJTTJQQJ@3JWFS LaCrosse_District

In 2011, the communities of La Crosse and Trempealeau were recognized as part of Bird City Wisconsin.

This is a program that Rewards Communities for creating healthy habitats for birds and people.

EAGLES They are majestic, historically significant, and present in large numbers in the La Crosse area. We are talking about eagles, of course, and watchers get a thrill every time one is spotted soaring on a breeze, or snagging a meal out of a river, or simply perched on a limb alongside a stream. The most spectacular time of the year for eagle enthusiasts is the late fall and early spring, when the birds follow changing ice conditions on the Mississippi River. They like open water, and more than 150 of them have been spotted at one time, scavenging fish from Lake Onalaska and Richmond Bay on La Crosse’s North Side. The area has several nesting pairs of eagles, and they can be spotted along the Mississippi River and its tributaries in the La Crosse area, and sometimes out in the countryside wherever food might be available. Wildlife experts encourage everyone to view eagles from a distance, so as not to startle the birds. They also suggest staying in a vehicle, since it will act as a blind because stepping out of the vehicle may well scare the eagles away.

Sports & Recreation All-Star Lanes .....................................608-788-7827 Black River Express Canoe & Kayak Rental ...................................608-488-7017 Cedar Creek Country Club.............608-783-8100 Clements Fishing Barge & Captain Hooks ...............................608-689-2800 Coulee Region Adventures ...........608-769-7809 Dabblers & Divers Mississippi River Waterfowl Guide Service ...............608-498-2735 Drugan’s Castle Mound ..................608-526-4144 Fun N’ The Sun Houseboats ..........888-343-5670 Human Powered Trails ....................608-785-0000 La Crosse Area Family YMCA ........608-782-9622 La Crosse Country Club ..................608-781-5837

La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway ................................ 608-786-1525 NASCAR short track racing at its best. Family friendly atmosphere with an outrageous and wacky novelty event each week. Join the fun every Saturday night during the racing season! www.lacrossespeedway.com

La Crosse County Facilities Department......................608-785-9770 La Crosse Loggers Baseball Club ..608-796-9553 La Crosse Pettibone Boat Club ....608-317-0480 Mt. La Crosse ......................................608-788-0044 Pettibone Park Resort, Inc. ............608-782-5858 Pla-Mor Lanes ....................................608-784-3043 S & S Houseboat Rentals, Inc. .......800-728-0131 Shenanigans.......................................608-783-3333 Snowflake Ski & Golf Club .............608-634-3211 Sunset Bay Marina .................. 608-534-6033 Sunset Bay Marina is located on the majestic Mississippi River between La Crosse, WI and Winona, MN in historic Trempealeau, WI. Sunset Bay Marina is a 150 slip marina providing full service to boaters including fuel dock, pump out services, slip rentals, transient dockage, mechanical service, water storage, laundry, bathroom/showers and more. Home of the Nautis Tiki Bar providing beverages, food and music. sunsetbaymarina.us

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Summer Fun Houseboat Vacations ................................. 262-955-2628 The grand Mississippi River provides the adventure; Summer Fun Houseboat Vacations provides the luxury. You will depart from Sunset Bay Marina in historic Trempealeau, WI as the captain of your own luxury houseboat. Chart your course for quiet sunrises, lush green towering bluffs, beautiful sunsets, millions of stars and a vacation of a lifetime. Each of our yachts are equipped with 4 or 6 private queen sized staterooms plus a queen hide-a-bed, a 6 person hot tub, an upper deck party top, 12.5KW or 20KW generator, central air and heat, a waterslide, a LED TV with Blu-Ray player, a Weber Gas Grill and much more. Summer Fun Houseboat Vacations is Simply the Best. summerfunhouseboatvacations.com YWCA of La Crosse ...........................608-781-2783


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ACCOMMODATIONS

Our Accommodations are easily accessible by Interstate Highways, Amtrak and the La Crosse County Airport

We’re glad you made it here‌now where are you going to stay? No worries, weary traveler – La Crosse has accommodations for everyone, in every price range. Follow in the footsteps of those adventurous souls who came before – over rugged trails on fur-trading expeditions, down Old Man River, on the run with 1920s gangsters, or via plane, train or automobile like so many modern-day pilgrims in search of all we have to offer.

Premier hotels and motels 2,000+ rooms

Relaxation, excitement, romance‌it’s all here for the living. Experience some of our historic architecture up close and personal at a historic bed-and-breakfast. Treat yourself to a well-appointed stay at a major hotel in the heart of downtown and a short walk from a diverse selection of eateries, watering holes and cultural events. Stay close to I-90 while still enjoying a clean, comfortable room, perhaps a refreshing dip in the pool or waterpark and a taste of our local hospitality.

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FEELING ADVENTUROUS If you’re into the outdoors, pitch a tent or park the RV! If the season’s right, you know a place with this much natural beauty has great camping. Wherever you stay, you’ll find convenience, comfort, good prices and excellent service.

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Don’t just rent a room... rent a house. Two unique, affordable and fully-furnished houses. Free Wi-Fi and bicycles. Centrally located. BluffViewHouseRental.com

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Visit the dairy barn while we do the morning or evening milking. Help feed a baby calf or pick eggs from the chicken coop. Located in Viroqua, WI.

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Bicycling Capital of America Enjoy the Elroy Sparta and LaCrosse River State Bike Trails, it is a Rails to Trails paradise! The tunnels, the landscape, the wildlife-beautiful all season long. Enjoy the local shopping, Deke Slayton Memorial Space & Bike Museum, great dining & Concerts in the Park.

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Enjoy history, bluff-top views, outstanding trails and charming river towns along Hwy 35, the Wisconsin Great River Road—Wisconsin’s only designated National Scenic Byway.

Your Luxury Summer Cottage Can Float! These deluxe houseboats come with 11/2 or 2 baths, private staterooms, full kitchen with microwave, waterslides and deluxe furnishings. Amenities like air-conditioning, VCR/DVD, gas grill, stereo and more. Vacation packages from $600.

The Wisconsin Great River Road parallels the Mississippi River for 250 miles from Prescott in the north to Kieler in the south. Along the way, you’ll experience some of the most incredible scenery in the Midwest and 33 unique communities, some of which are the oldest in Wisconsin.

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In Western Wisconsin Wisconsin is consistently among the highest-ranked states in the nation with regard to education. It's an integral part of our culture. The importance of a good education begins in preschool and continues through higher education. It is a community-wide dedication.

The University of WisconsinLa Crosse, founded in 1909, has roots in teacher and physical education. UW-La Crosse got its start as a teachers’ college. UW-L has become more diversified in the past quarter century and boasts an ever-growing athletic national championship tally. It has evolved into one of the top institutions in the UW System — and in the Midwest. UW-L consistently ranks among the top three public universities in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report and is listed annually in Kiplinger’s Top 100 Best Value institutions nationwide. See more at: www.uwlax.edu

Viterbo University, founded by the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration in 1890, remains committed to its Catholic Franciscan values and its mission to prepare students for faithful service and ethical leadership. Today, Viterbo offers more than 50 majors and programs for traditional undergraduate, adult and graduate students. Over the past 15 years, university enrollment has doubled, nearing 3,200 students. Construction of a new $15.8 million state-of-the-art nursing facility is being completed which follows several other significant construction projects including a new fitness/recreation center and science and technology center. See more at: www.viterbo.edu

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Western Technical College, founded in 1912, has provided area employers with a capable workforce for nearly a century. Western currently has six locations in western Wisconsin that serve more than 19,000 students annually. Known for providing quality hands-on training, Western offers


associate’s degrees and technical diplomas in over 60 programs, including a new transfer degree option — the Associate of Liberal Arts transfer degree — where students can transfer to a 4-year university as a junior. The college also offers shortterm certificates as well as a variety of Lifelong Learning courses. See more at: http://www.westerntc.edu.

School District of La Crosse (lacrosseschools.com) The School District of La Crosse is a composite of city and rural areas contained in approximately 100 square miles. The district is approximately 15 miles long and 7 miles wide. Included within school district boundaries are the City of La Crosse and parts of the Townships of Medary, Shelby, Greenfield, Bergen, Hamburg, Washington and all of the Town of Campbell. The District stretches from County Trunk B in Medary to School Section Road near Stoddard. The western boundary is the Mississippi River and the eastern most point is near St. Joseph’s Ridge. The district has approximately 7,300 students served by: t5XFMWFFMFNFOUBSZTDIPPMT t'PVSNJEEMFTDIPPMT











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Experience It’s no coincidence that La Crosse was founded as a trading post, for the fabled buildings of Historic Downtown are home to a fabulous variety of shops. Whether you’re after fine jewelry or outdoor adventure, sports or music, novelties or collectables, you’ll find something distinctive and unique from a truly special group of merchants who take pride in their trade.

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Downtown is only the beginning; a short drive north on Highway 16 leads you to Valley View Mall. Anchored by major department store chains and a Barnes & Noble, the area’s largest mall features a food court with selections to entice everyone’s taste buds, as well as dozens of shops from familiar to quirky. Gourmet coffee, fine jewelry, trendy apparel, Macy’s, Sears, JC Penney‌this mall’s got it all. Then there are the smaller, outdoor shopping centers that have served their respective parts of town for many years: Shelby Mall on the far Southside; Bridgeview Plaza on the far North; the Village Shopping Center and Jackson Plaza along Highway 33 on the Southeast; and the charming Old Towne North, the timeless pride of the North Side.

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Shopping Monsoor’s Sport Shop ....608-784-0482 Nelson Flag & Display .....608-788-2990 Satori Arts ............................608-785-2779 Scott Joseph Menswear .608-782-1314 SSE Music.............................608-781-2850 Stamp N’ Hand ...................608-784-1234 The Company Store .........608-783-6646 The Second Showing ......608-785-1220 TJ’s-Cheddarheads Gift Gallery ..........................608-784-8899 Treehouse Gift & Home ..608-783-4438 Valley View Mall Management .....................608-781-4700 Village Shopping Center ...................................608-788-7555 Westby Cooperative Creamery .............................608-634-3181 Wettsteins ...........................608-784-6868 Wisconsin Unlimited .......608-783-3377

Antique Center of La Crosse ..............................608-782-6533 Caledonia Street Antique Mall .......................608-782-8443 Carpet One..........................608-784-9800 Cranberry Country Mall ........................................608-372-7853 Crescent Jewelers .............608-784-9275 Designing Jewelers ..........608-782-4499 Dregne’s Scandinavian Gifts .......................................608-634-4414 Finnottes Nut & Chocolate Shop .................608-782-3184 Gerhards First Supply Showroom ..........................608-791-3685 Great Big Outlet ................608-796-0265 Handmade Natural Beauty Boutique ...............608-782-7627 Jackson Plaza Shopping Center ..............608-386-4537 La Crosse Area Harley Davidson................608-783-6112 La Crosse Clock..................608-782-8200 La Crosse Floral..................608-784-7500 La Crosse Olive Oil ............608-782-6930 Main Street Framing & Crosse Stitchery ............608-782-7008













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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Grand River Singers ............ 608-438-1567 La Crosse Boy Choir ............ 608-780-8169 La Crosse Center ................. 608-789-7400 La Crosse Community Theatre ................................ 608-784-9292 La Crosse Symphony Orchestra ............................. 608-783-2121 Marcus Theatres.................. 608-791-1999 Marie W. Heider Center for the Arts .............. 608-786-1220 Onalaska OmniCenter ........ 608-781-9566 Pump House Regional Arts Center .......... 608-785-1434 River City Waterski Club ..... 608-788-9644 Shenanigans ....................... 608-783-3333 Weber Center for the Performing Arts .................. 608-784-9292

Arts & Entertainment Cheese isn’t the only thing cultured here. People who live in La Crosse can’t help but be inspired‌and they express themselves in a myriad of ways. The arts are alive in this river paradise. There’s always a new art exhibit at the Pump House Regional Arts Center. Check out the local thespians at one of the La Crosse Community Theatre’s quality productions at the newly constructed Weber Center for the Performing Arts. Toland Theatre at the University of La Crosse-Wisconsin and Viterbo University’s Fine Arts Center are often home to excellent theatre productions or concerts as well.

FESTIVALS Between the Bluffs Beer, Wine & Cheese Festival ...... 800-658-9424 Bicycle Festival.................... 608-782-2366 Butterfest ............................ 608-769-9910 Coon Creek Trout Festival .. 608-787-1883 Festival Foods Grandad Half Marathon ..................... 608-789-7593 GardenFest .......................... 608-781-2783 Great River Folk Festival .... 608-784-3033 Irishfest-La Crosse, Inc........ 608-785-8153 0LUPCFSGFTU64" La Crosse Festivals .............. 608-784-3378 Prairie Dog Blues Festival ...................... 608-326-0085 Riverfest .............................. 608-782-6000 Rotary Lights ....................... 608-784-9993











Music enthusiasts will be mesmerized by the La Crosse Symphony, one of the finest in the upper Midwest‌and what could be finer than to spend a beautiful, summer Wednesday evening at Riverside Park for a free performance at the band shell by the La Crosse Concert Band? If you’re looking for something more up-tempo, La Crosse has a thriving live music scene; nearly every weekend, there’s a live band playing at one of our many clubs. From acoustic folk music to pop country to full-tilt rock and roll. Regional festivals offer fun for residents and visitors of all ages. The festivities really heat up June through October with area favorites like Riverfest, Irishfest, and Oktoberfest—one of the largest and most anticipated festivals in the area. Let’s not forget the festivals of nearby cities, such as Prairie du Chien’s Prairie Dog Blues Festival or the Sparta Butterfest‌and the list goes on. They say fun-loving folks ike us are “easily entertained.â€? Spend enough time with us, and you will be, too.



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fast! Wisconsin Cranberry Discovery Center, 204 Main Street, Warrens, WI, 54666. 608-378-4878, www.discovercranberries.com Mar 2 Coulee Region Chill Hockey Game 7pm, versus Janesville. Onalaska Omni Center, 255 Riders Club Rd. 608-781-9566 www.omnicenter.net

LA CROSSE AREA CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU Call 800-658-9424 or 608-782-2366 for more information. Events subject to change without notice. Please call ahead. www.explorelacrosse.com MARCH Mar 1 Coulee Region Chill Hockey Game - 7pm, versus Janesville. Onalaska Omni Center, 255 Riders Club Rd. 608-781-9566 www.omnicenter.net

Mar 1-2 Monster Truck Show - 7:30pm. La Crosse Center. 300 Harborview Plaza. 608-789-7400 www.lacrossecenter.com

Mar 1-31 Exhibit: “K-12 District Honors Show� - Heider Center for the Arts, 405 E Hamlin St. West Salem. 608-786-2550 www.heidercenter.org Mar 2 Polar Plunge - Pettibone Beach, La Crosse. Registration opens at 9am, Plunging begins at noon. 608-789-7596 www.specialolympicswisconsin.org Mar 2 An Evening of Opera and Song - 7:30pm (Doors open at 7pm). Husband and wife Liam and Kathryn Moran, with accompanist David Richardson, present an evening of opera, operetta, musical theater and song. Listen, laugh, and fall in love with these young

professionals who have appeared with companies including Boston Lyric Opera, the Boston Pops, the National Symphony, Madison Opera and Glimmerglass Opera. $18-$25. Pump House Regional Arts Center, 119 King Street, La Crosse. 608-785-1434, www.pumphouse.org Mar 2 Happy 14th Birthday to the Children’s Museum! - 10am-5pm, Enjoy party fun and games included with admission. Children’s Museum, 207 5th Ave S, La Crosse. 608-784-2652, www.funmuseum.org Mar 2 Cranberry Scones Make, Bake and Take Class - We are very excited to announce our always fun and popular "Cooking with Cranberries" Make, Bake and Take series of classes. These classes are held each winter to provide a fun and delicious activity for our guests. During each class, participants learn from our test kitchen gurus how to make the featured cranberry bakery item, bake it at the WCDC and take it home to share. Be sure to mark your calendars and visit our website for the registration form right away, because space is limited and these classes fill up

Mar 2 Dinner on the Bluff: “Dorothy Molter: The Root Beer Lady� - 5:30pm. Treat yourself to a night of great food and enlightened conversation. The cost is $20/person for early bird reservations, and $25/person for reservations made the week of the event. Some know her as “The Root Beer Lady,� others, the Florence Nightingale of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. Dorothy Molter is a northwoods Minnesota icon. Hear about the making of the wilderness area as it pertained to her 57-year history on the Isle of Pines Resort on Knife Lake. Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center, 28097 Goodview Drive, Lanesboro, MN, 55949. 507-467-2437, www.eagle-bluff.org Mar 3 Girl Scout Daisies: Money Counts Leaf 1pm-4pm. Play throughout the three floors of the museum, climb the 28’ Mt. LeKid Climbing Wall, and earn the Money Counts Leaf. Understand the different kinds of coins, paper money, and the cost of fun the Museum way. $14/scout with chaperones free (1 chaperone required per 5 scouts). Fee includes the financial literacy leaf, program materials, snack and admission to the museum and Climbing Wall. Children’s Museum, 207 5th Ave S, La Crosse, WI. 608-784-2652, www.funmuseum.org Mar 3 Film Society at the Pump House - Join us for the fourth annual Pump House Film Society season. The society gathers one Sunday evening per month, September through May, to screen award winning films from around the world. Join the Film Society for camaraderie, great films, and a light meal. Pump House Regional Arts Center, 119 King Street, La Crosse. 608-785-1434, www.thepumphouse.org Mar 7-9, 15-16, and 22-23 Love, Loss, and What I Wore - On the surface, Love, Loss, and What I Wore is a story about women and their clothes; however, this compelling show takes you on a memorable journey, and covers a range of topics including relationships, personal fashion, and everything that comes with life. Directed by Anne Drecktrah. $15-$18. Pump House Regional Arts Center, 119 King St. La Crosse. 608-785-1434 www.thepumphouse.org

Adult: $8.00 Senior: $7.00 (62+) Youth: $6.00 (7-17) 6 and under: FREE

Enjoy the scenery of La Crosse while relaxing on the air-conditioned trolley bus. The bright red trolley bus is a nostalgic re-creation of another era. Enjoy interesting narration provided by the La Crosse County Historical Society as you tour historic La Crosse. Approximately 1.5 hours.

Mar 8 Night (out) at the Museum - 5:30pm8:00pm for ages 3-11. Parents get a night out on the town‌Kids get a night out at the Museum! $10/member, $15/non-member. Pre-registration and pre-payment required. Drop off is between 5:30-6pm, and pick up is between 7:30-8pm. Children’s Museum, 207 5th Ave S, La Crosse. 608-784-2652, www.funmuseum.org

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Mar 8-10 Greater La Crosse Golf Expo La Crosse Center, 300 Harborview Plaza. 608-793-1956 www.lacrossegolfshow.com Mar 9 Norskedalen’s Rummage Sale - Shop for donated items at discount prices! Norskedalen Nature and Heritage Center, N4550 Ophus Road, Coon Valley. 608-452-3424, www.norskedalen.org Mar 9 Barre Co-Ed Lions Club 3rd Annual Bowling Tournament - 11:00am-8:00pm, Features Sports Bar & Grill, 1425 W Hwy 16, West Salem, WI 54669. 608-786-9000. Five person teams, $75 per team to enter. Three shifts to choose from (sign up early to guarantee your desired time slot): 11:00am2:00pm, 2:00pm-5:00pm or 5:00pm-8:00pm. Win fun prizes including free drinks, t-shirts, door prizes and prize payouts to the top six teams. www.BarreCoedLions.com Mar 9 WWE Smackdown Road to WrestleMania - 7:30pm. Tickets range $16.50-$96.50. La Crosse Center, 300 Harborview Plaza, La Crosse. 608-789-7400 www.lacrossecenter.com Mar 9-10 Model Train Show - La Crosse Center. 300 Harborview Plaza. 608-789-7400 www.lacrossecenter.com Mar 10 Girl Scout Juniors: Product Design Badge - 1pm-4pm. Play throughout the three floors of the Museum, climb the 28’ Mt. LeKid Climbing Wall, and earn the Product Design Badge. Become an innovation detective by finding solutions, and figuring out what works and what does not. $14/scout with chaperones free (1 chaperone required per 5 scouts). Fee includes the Product Designer Badge, program materials, snack and admission to the museum and climbing wall. Children’s Museum, 207 5th Ave S, La Crosse. 608-784-2652 www.funmuseum.org Mar 13 Spamalot - 7:30pm. Tickets range from $30.50-$56.50. La Crosse Center, 300 Harborview Plaza. 608-789-7400 www.lacrossecenter.com

Mar 14-16 Picnic - Thursday-Saturday at 7:30pm, and Sunday at 2:00pm. Summer draws to a close with the annual Labor Day picnic in a sleepy Kansas town where everybody knows everybody. A handsome young drifter suddenly arrives to stir passions and derail expectations in this Pulitzer-Prize winning story of love, lust, and longing in a more innocent time and place. $13 General Admission, Viterbo Fine Arts Center, 900 Jackson Street, La Crosse. 608-796-3100, www.viterbo.edu Mar 15-17 God’s Country Racing Association’s Custom Car Show - La Crosse Center, 300 Harborview Plaza. 608-317-6824 or 608-781-9887 www.clubs.hemmings.com/clubsites/gcra/ Mar 15 Spring Gun Show - Onalaska Omni Center. Come see all of the sights and new equipment at the Spring Gun Show, in Arena 2. 255 Riders Club Rd, Onalaska, WI. 608-781-9566, www.omnicenter.net Mar 16 Show Choir Competition - La Crosse Center, 300 Harborview Plaza. 608-789-7400, www.lacrossecenter.com Mar 16 Maple Syrup Fest - 10am - 2pm. The snow is melting and the sap is flowing - it’s Maple Syrup Season! Join a naturalist and head into the sugar bush to tap a tree and collect maple sap. Gather around the evaporator to watch this boiling sap turn to liquid gold! Activities, crafts, and a tasty treat await as together we celebrate the coming of spring. Cost: $5/person, kids 5 & under are free. Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center, 28097 Goodview Drive, Lanesboro, MN, 55949. 507-467-2437, www.eagle-bluff.org Mar 17 Enchantment Theatre Company presents “The Velveteen Rabbitâ€? - 3:00pm. “When a child loves you for a long, long time‌ then you become real.â€? So says the horse to the Velveteen Rabbit in Margery William’s muchloved literary classic. With a song-filled original musical score, extraordinary puppets, masks, and magic, Enchantment Theatre Company brings to life this charming tale of love and devotion. Tickets range from $13-9 for adults,

and $11 -$7 for a child. Viterbo Fine Arts Center, 900 Jackson Street, La Crosse. 608-796-3100 www.viterbo.edu/fac Mar 17 Wee Bit O’Fun at the Museum St. Patrick’s Day fun from 1-3pm! Included with Museum admission. Children’s Museum, 207 5th Ave S, La Crosse. 608-784-2652, www.funmuseum.org Mar 19 Celtic Crossroads - 7:30pm. Critically acclaimed as “the most exhilarating and authentic show to come from Ireland in decades,� Celtic Crossroads blends traditional Irish music, bluegrass, gypsy, and jazz with the pulsating rhythms of Irish dance percussion. Experience a thrilling fusion of Irish music and dance that will captivate you and leave you shouting for more. $34/Main Floor, $30/Lower Balcony, $25/Upper Balcony. Viterbo Fine Arts Center, 900 Jackson Street, La Crosse. 608-796-3100, www.viterbo.edu/fac Mar 22-24 La Crosse Area Home and Builders Show - Founded in 1980, the Greater La Crosse Home & Builders Show is held annually in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Visitors to the show can see the latest products and services displayed by exhibitors to assist them in building and improving their home and yard. The Greater La Crosse Home & Builders Show has thousands of ideas to help make your house a home! La Crosse Center, 300 Harborview Plaza, La Crosse. 608-789-7400 www.lacrossecenter.com Mar 23 Lisa Rock in “Close to You� - The Music of The Carpenters - 7:30pm. Singer and playwright Lisa Rock has compiled a moving tribute to the music and life of Karen Carpenter and brings it to the stage with her six-piece band. Dedicated to re-creating the true sound of The Carpenters, Rock and her band showcase some of the most memorable songs of the 1970s including We’ve Only Just Begun, Rainy Days and Mondays, and of course, Close to You. $33/Main Floor, $29/Lower Balcony, $24/Upper Balcony. Viterbo Fine Arts Center, 900 Jackson Street, La Crosse. 608-796-3100, www.viterbo.edu/fac

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March 24 Girl Scout Brownies: Inventor Badge - 1-4pm. Play throughout the three floors of the Museum, climb the 28’ Mt. LeKid Climbing Wall, and earn the Inventor Badge. Think, learn, and discover as an inventor. Warm up your mind, find lots of ways to solve the problem, make a needs list, and share your invention. $14/scout with chaperones free (1 chaperone required per 5 scouts). Fee includes Inventor Badge, program materials, snack, and admission to the Museum and Climbing Wall. Children’s Museum, 207 5th Ave S, La Crosse. 608-784-2652 www.funmuseum.org March 24 Coulee Parenting Connection’s Family Fun Expo: Under the Big Top! - Omni Center. Under the Big Top! This Circus themed event is sure to be a huge hit, full of fun, and laughs for everyone in your family. 255 Riders Club Road, Onalaska. 608-781-9566 www.omnicenter.net March 25 Robert Baca Jazz Orchestra 7:30pm, Tickets are $20/$18. Packed with costume changes, solo features, stories, and jokes, you’ll go home snapping fingers, tapping feet and appreciating an original American art form. Heider Center for the Arts, 405 East Hamlin St, West Salem. 608-786-2550 www.heidercenter.org March 28-29 Easter EGG-Stravaganza 9:30am-11:30am. For ages 2-7 with an adult. Join the Easter Bunny in an egg hunt, games, crafts and more! Earn bunny money to purchase prizes. Pre-registration and pre-payment required. $5/child members and $10/child non-members (adults are free). Museum will be open from 12pm-5pm. Children’s Museum, 207 5th Ave S, La Crosse. 608-784-2652 www.funmuseum.org March 29 Three Days Grace, Shinedown, & P.O.D. - 7:00pm, La Crosse Center, 300 Harborview Plaza, La Crosse. 608-789-7400, www.lacrossecenter.com

APRIL April 1-30 Exhibit: “Abuzz with Birds, Bugs and Blooms� by Marchy Thompson and “Bits & Pieces� by Kathy Fitchuk and Sherri Diamon - Heider Center for the Arts, 405 E Hamlin St. West Salem. 608-786-2550 www.heidercenter.org April 4-May 4 Youth Art Exhibit: “Onalaska School Art Exhibition� - The high school students of Onalaska School District present a collection of art created in an attempt to capture the influential beauties rooted in life and imagination. Reception April 11th from 4-5:30pm. Pump House Regional Arts Center, 119 King Street, La Crosse. 608-785-1434 www.thepumphouse.org

April 5 Pump House Regional Arts Center Annual Patron Recognition Party - This year’s celebration will honor Richard and Lisbeth Reynertson. Stay tuned for more information! Pump House Regional Arts Center, 119 King Street, La Crosse. 608-785-1434 www.thepumphouse.org April 6 Celebration 2013 - 7:30pm. Platinum Edition’s annual variety show has something for everyone, from Broadway to pop to jazz and more. Join Viterbo’s own show choir and their special guests, including the Coulee Kids Choir and the Apple Annies, as they celebrate 2013 with this musical extravaganza. Tickets $18-$12 Viterbo Fine Arts Center, 900 Jackson Street, La Crosse. 608-796-3100, www.viterbo.edu/fac April 6 Dinner on the Bluff: “The Impact of Karst in Southeastern Minnesotaâ€? - 5:30pm. Treat yourself to a night of great food and enlightened conversation. The cost is $20/ person early bird, and $25/person for reservations week of the event. Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center, 28097 Goodview Drive, Lanesboro, MN, 55949. 507-467-2437, www.eagle-bluff.org April 6-7 16th Annual Spring Gift and Craft Show - Join us to welcome in April with the 16th Annual Spring Gift and Craft Show, Saturday the 6th and Sunday the 7th. A two-day, free admission show, free parking, and a lot of wonderful vendors. Omni Center, 255 Riders Club Rd, Onalaska. 608-781-9566 www.omnicenter.net April 6-7 WIZM Radio Auction - Tune into WIZM Radio during the auction to bid on one-of-a-kind objects, art, gift cards, and service packages from local artists and businesses. As an annual event for the Pump House Regional Arts Center, The Pump House Regional Arts Center, 119 King Street, La Crosse. 608-785-1434, www.thepumphouse.org April 7 Girl Scout Day of Play: 1pm-4pm. Play throughout the three floors of the Museum, climb the 28’ Mt. LeKid Climbing Wall, and HAVE FUN! Celebrate your scout year together and enjoy the day of fun‌all fun provided by the Museum. $8/scout with chaperones free (1 chaperone required per 5 scouts). Fee includes program materials, snacks, and admission to Museum and Climbing Wall. Children’s Museum, 207 5th Ave S, La Crosse. 608-784-2652, www.funmuseum.org April 7 Cranberry Sweet Breads Make, Bake and Take Class - "Cooking with Cranberries" Make, Bake and Take series of classes. During each class, participants learn from our test kitchen gurus how to make the featured cranberry bakery item, bake it at the WCDC and take it home to share. Visit our website for the registration form right away, because space is limited and these classes fill up fast! Wisconsin Cranberry Discovery Center, 204 Main Street, Warrens, WI, 54666. 608-378-4878 www.discovercranberries.com

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April 7 Film Society at the Pump House - Join us for the fourth annual Pump House Film Society season. The society gathers one Sunday evening per month, September through May, to screen award winning films from around the world. Join the Film Society for great films, and a light meal. Pump House Regional Arts Center, 119 King Street, La Crosse. 608-785-1434, www.thepumphouse.org April 11 50 Fest - 3:00pm-8:00pm, Onalaska Omni Center. A new twist on the RSVP Wellness Expo will include additions such as food vendors, a cash bar, well-known entertainment, and live music, while still focusing on a variety of exhibitors, health screenings, speaker presentations, and fitness testing. For more information, call 608.785.0500 or visit www.rsvplax.org. Onalaska Omni Center, 225 Riders Club Road, Onalaska, 54650. April 11-13 The 60’s‌It’s Not Just a Decade Anymore - The Boomers are moving into the 60’s and 70’s - decades that is, not age - well, okay, age too. Join them as they use stories, images, and music to revisit what being a teenager during those turbulent groovy years. Their fourth show is sometimes tender, often comical, even insightful. $15-$21. Pump House Regional Arts Center, 119 King Street, La Crosse. 608-785-1434, www.thepumphouse.org April 11-14 Stansfield Team Pool Tournament - La Crosse Center, 300 Harborview Plaza. 608-789-7400 www.lacrossecenter.com April 12 The Marchvelous Wonderettes 7:30pm, Tickets are $20/$18. Bask in girl group renditions of “The Shoop Songâ€? and “Leader of the Packâ€?. These irrepressible, bubbly “Marchvelous Wonderettesâ€? sing their hearts out in this charming, fast-paced musical. Heider Center for the Arts, 405 East Hamlin St, West Salem. 608-786-2550 www.heidercenter.org April 12 Spring Fling - 5:00pm-9:00pm, Historic Downtown La Crosse. Visit over 20 businesses for specials and refreshments while exploring the historic downtown district! www.lacrossedowntown.com April 12 Night (out) at the Museum - 5:30pm8:00pm for ages 3-11. Parents get a night out on the town‌Kids get a night out at the Museum! $10/Member, $15/Non-member. Pre-registration and pre-payment required. Drop off is between 5:30-6pm, and pick up is between 7:30-8pm. Children’s Museum, 207 5th Ave S, La Crosse. 608-784-2652 www.funmuseum.org April 12-May 4 Art Exhibit: The graduating seniors from the University of Wisconsin La Crosse, Viterbo University, and Western Technical College proudly present “Coming Into View.â€? This exhibition will represent the culmination of undergraduate art study and provides you the opportunity to view the works of our area college seniors. Reception April 26th from 5-7pm. Pump House Regional Arts Center, 119 King Street, La Crosse. 608-785-1434 www.thepumphouse.org


April 27 Between the Bluffs Beer, Wine, and Cheese Festival - 2-6pm, South Oktoberfest Grounds. 800-658-9424, 608-782-2366 www.betweenthebluffsbeerfest.com

April 13 The Piano Men II - 7:30pm. Jim Witter returns with the follow-up to his popular “Piano Men� concert, featuring the timeless music of Billy Joel and Elton John. Join Witter and his band as they take you on a musical journey through the 1970s and ‘80s infusing stories, news headlines, and pop culture memorabilia with the celebrated music of two of the era’s most popular musicians. Tickets $34-$25 Viterbo Fine Arts Center, 900 Jackson Street, La Crosse. 608-796-3100, www.viterbo.edu/fac April 13 Coulee Cornhole Tournament Onalaska Omni Center, 255 Riders Club Rd. 608-781-9566, www.omnicenter.net April 14 Teddy Bear Clinic at Children’s Museum - Sponsored by Gundersen Lutheran. Children’s Museum, 207 5th Ave S, La Crosse. 608-784-2652, www.funmuseum.org April 14-15 Reinhart Food Show - La Crosse Center, 300 Harborview Plaza. 608-789-7400 www.lacrossecenter.com April 18 MOMIX Botanica - 7:30pm. Experience modern dance at its finest, infused with stunning athleticism, riveting music, outrageous costumes, and inventive props to create an entertaining multimedia experience. It follows the rhythms of the seasons, the changing shape of life on Earth, and the passing of a day. Tickets $38-$29 Viterbo Fine Arts Center, 900 Jackson Street, La Crosse. 608-796-3600, www.viterbo.edu/fac April 18 Inchworm Kids Consignment Expo - Onalaska Omni Center. Stock up on wonderful items for your family! 255 Riders Club Rd, Onalaska. 608-781-9566, www.omnicenter.net April 19 Lucy Kaplansky in Concert - 7:30pm (Doors open at 7:00pm). Lucy Kaplansky brings the simplicity and beautiful minimalism of all American country folk to a new level. Her luminous voice and evocative songwriting makes Kaplanky’s performances burst with passion. $18-$25. Pump House Regional Arts Center, 119 King Street, La Crosse. 608-785-1434, www.pumphouse.org











April 19 Rodney Carrington in Concert 8:00pm, Tickets $43.25. La Crosse Center, 300 Harborview Plaza, La Crosse. 608-789-7400, www.lacrossecenter.com April 19-20 A Chorus Line - Viterbo’s debut at the new La Crosse Performing Arts Center 7:30pm. Michael Bennett’s Tony Award-winning masterpiece, A Chorus Line, "is a stunning musical-verite" about a chorus audition for a Broadway musical. It tells of the achingly poignant ambitions of professional Broadway gypsies to land a number in the show, and is a powerful metaphor for all human aspirations. $22/Main Floor, $19/Balcony. La Crosse Performing Arts Center, Front Street, La Crosse. 608-796-3100, www.viterbo.edu/fac April 20 First Annual La Crosse Public Library Edible Book Fest - Create a book-related dish inspired by a favorite tale, a pun on a book title or in the shape of a book made entirely out of edible materials. Whether you’re a professional chef or just like to play with your food, the festival is open to anyone! Registration is free to enter. Non-perishable food donations will be accepted for WAFER food shelf. Don’t want to create an entry? Come and vote for your favorite on April 20th, from 10am - 1pm at the South Community Library, 1307 South 16th Street. 608-789-7103, www.lacrosselibrary.org/ branches/south.asp April 21 “Seussical� by Theatreworks USA 3:00pm. Oh, the thinks you can think! Join the Cat in the Hat, Horton, the Who's down in Whoville, and all your favorite Dr. Seuss characters on a musical adventure for children of all ages. This clever musical will show you that “anything’s possible.� Tickets: $15 -$11 adult $13-$9 child. Viterbo Fine Arts Center, 900 Jackson Street, La Crosse. 608-796-3100, www.viterbo.edu/fac



April 27 Liysa Callsen: “Tell’em� Liysa Callsen is the hearing daughter of deaf parents. Her unique brand of storytelling - told with voice and signing — fosters connections between parents and children, hearing and deaf alike. Her newest endeavor brings all her experiences to life in a touching comedy. Join her as she shares stories of her childhood school days, and explores technology while growing up with deaf parents. $15-$21. Pump House Regional Arts Center, 119 King Street, La Crosse. 608-785-1434, www.thepumphouse.org

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April 25 World’s Largest Office Party - La Crosse Center, 300 Harborview Plaza. 608-789-7400 www.worldslargestofficeparty.com

April 27 Root River Valley Earth Day Celebration - 10am - 2pm. The local community and Eagle Bluff are teaming up with YOU to celebrate the Earth! This FREE day will have something for everyone. Participate in crafts and activity stations under the big tent in Sylvan Park, or just come to learn more about the local earth-friendly organizations. Join us and make a difference! More information available at Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center, 28097 Goodview Drive, Lanesboro, MN, 55949. 507-467-2437, www.eagle-bluff.org April 27 Annual Multiple Sclerosis Walk La Crosse Center, 300 Harborview Plaza. 608-789-7400, www.lacrossecenter.com April 27 Iron Works Training Center MMA Event - Join us for an action packed line-up! This is sure to keep your attention with all the action, athleticism, and fun! Onalaska Omni Center, 255 Riders Club Rd. 608-781-9566, www.omnicenter.net April 27 The Musical Genius of Duke Ellington - 7:30pm. Duke Ellington was one of America’s foremost instrumental composers, a musical genius beyond category. The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra will take you on a musicaljourney with such classics as Mood Indigo from Ellington’s early days at the Cotton Club to Japan and resulting in the 1966 recording titled The Far East Suite. Tickets $36-$27 Viterbo Fine Arts Center, 900 Jackson St. La Crosse. 608-796-3100,www.viterbo.edu/fac April 28 CafÊ Music for Piano Trio - 3:00pm. Enjoy this talented trio as they perform the music of Astor Piazzolla, Maurice Ravel and Paul Schoenfield. $15 General Admission. Viterbo Fine Arts Center, 900 Jackson Street, La Crosse. 608-796-3100, www.viterbo.edu/fac

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS (continued) MAY May 1-31 Exhibit: “W.S.H.S. Senior Art Show� Heider Center for the Arts, 405 E Hamlin St, West Salem. 608-786-2550, www.heidercenter.org May 2 Science and Math Expo - La Crosse Center, 300 Harborview Plaza. 608-789-7400, www.lacrossecenter.com May 3 La Crosse Area Builders Association Home and Garden Show - Onalaska Omni Center, 255 Riders Club Rd. 608-781-9566 www.omnicenter.net May 3-4 Festival Foods Grandad Half Marathon - This is a two-day celebration that gives area residents and visitors from across the country an opportunity to enjoy a range of activities--from a half Marathon to a 5-kilometer run/walk, youth events and cycling events--offers challenges to both experienced and novice athletes. Proceeds from the Festival Foods Grandad Half Marathon are donated to the St. Clare Health Mission, Youth Enrichment Association, and Special Recreation of La Crosse. 608-789-7304 www.festivalfoodsgrandadhalf.com May 4 Wienerfest - 2:00pm - Midnight. Oktoberfest grounds. Wienerfest is a gathering to celebrate the end of winter, and hot dogs have long been a symbol of summer fun! Enjoy live music and hot dogs! www.wienerfestlacrosse.com May 4 Willy Porter in Concert - 7:30pm (Doors open at 7pm). Willy Porter closes our excellent concert season this year. Anticipate brilliance and you will not be disappointed. $18-$25. Pump House Regional Arts Center, 119 King Street, La Crosse. 608-785-1434 www.pumphouse.org May 5 8th Annual Mayfair Arts Festival West Salem High School, 475 N Mark Street, West Salem. 608-786-2550 www.heidercenter.org May 9-25 Youth Art Exhibition: “Aquinas Catholic School K-12 Art Exhibition� - Aquinas Catholic School’s K-12 students display artwork created in various media. Artworks are inspired by art history, cultures around the world, nature, pop-culture, self-expression through drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, ceramics and sculpture. Reception is scheduled for May 9th from 5-7pm. Pump House Regional Arts Center, 119 King Street, La Crosse. 608-785-1434, www.thepumphouse.org May 10 Western Technical College Graduation - La Crosse Center, 300 Harborview Plaza. www.westerntc.edu

May 10-11, 16-18, and 23-25 Glengarry Glen Ross - This Pulitzer prize-winning comedy took Broadway and London by storm and was eventually adapted into a major motion picture. Here is David Mamet at his best, writing about small-time, cutthroat real estate salesmen trying to grind out a living by pushing plots of land on reluctant buyers in a never-ending scramble for their share of the American dream. $15-$21. Pump House Regional Arts Center, 119 King Street, La Crosse, WI. 608-785-1434, www.thepumphouse.org

May 17-19 Syttende Mai Festival - Westby. This Norwegian festival celebrates the “17th of May.� Arts & crafts fair and smorgasbord. 866-493-7829. www.westbysyttendemai.com

May 11 Viterbo University Graduation

May 18 Trempealeau Hotel’s Reggae Fest – 2-11 pm. Jamaican music, indoor/outdoor bars, arts and crafts. Trempealeau Hotel, 150 Main Street, Trempealeau, WI, 54661. 608-534-6898, www.trempealeauhotel.com

May 11 Scout Stewardship Day - 8:30am12pm. Call for Volunteers! Eagle Bluff needs your help protecting our native plants. Come along with your scout troop and get your hands dirty removing invasive plant species around Eagle Bluff. This is an excellent opportunity to make a difference for our native plant species, earn service hours, and have a great time outdoors! Bring a sack lunch or purchase one through Eagle Bluff for a stewardship victory lunch. Pre-registration required, free. Sack lunches are $7. Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center, 28097 Goodview Drive, Lanesboro, MN, 55949. 507-467-2437, www.eagle-bluff.org May 12 Happy Mother’s Day from the Children’s Museum! - Mothers receive FREE admission to the Museum from 12pm-5pm! Children’s Museum, 207 5th Ave S, La Crosse, 608-784-2652, www.funmuseum.org May 17-19 She is‌Outdoors Weekend - This weekend will offer over 20 classes in a variety of venues, both for the outdoor and indoor enthusiast. Class choices will include rock climbing, fly fishing, shooting, treetops high ropes course, hiking, canoeing, food dehydrating, crafting and much more! Come enjoy this beautiful spring weekend in the valleys of Lanesboro. This is a great opportunity to relax with your girlfriends. Pre-registration required. Cost: $195. Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center, 28097 Goodview Drive, Lanesboro, MN, 55949. 507-467-2437, www.eagle-bluff.org

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May 18-19 “Quiltfest on the Mississippi� Quilt Show - Saturday from 9am-5pm, and Sunday from 10am-3pm at the Days Inn Hotel, 101 Sky Harbour Drive, La Crosse. Enjoy quilts on display, a variety of vendors, and a quilt raffle. Sponsored by the La Crosse Area Quilters. 608-785-2693 lacrossequiltguild.com

May 18 Riverside Family Fun Fair - Celebrating National Tourism Week- Noon-4:00pm, Riverside Park. Food, games, exhibits. 608-782-2366 May 18 War Eagle Day - Explore the history of this sunken treasure. Riverside Park. 608-782-1980 www.lchsweb.org May 19 University of Wisconsin La Crosse Graduation - La Crosse Center, 10am and 2pm. May 23-25 NCAA Division III Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Championships - University of Wisconsin La Crosse, Veterans Memorial Field Sports Complex.www.ncaa.com/championships/ trackfield-outdoor-men/d3 May 24 Central High School Graduation La Crosse Center, 300 Harborview Plaza, 608-789-7400, www.lacrossecenter.com May 25 Holmen High School & Logan High School Graduations - La Crosse Center, 300 Harborview Plaza. 608-789-7400 www.lacrossecenter.com May 30-July 6 Art Exhibit: “The Space Between Order and Chaos� by Christine Alfery - Christine Alfery paints abstractly because of her desire to create and live in the space between chaos and order as much as she can; in a space where the unimaginable can be imagined. Reception is scheduled for June 7th from 5-7pm. Pump House Regional Arts Center, 119 King Street, La Crosse. 608-785-1434 www.thepumphouse.org


May 31-June 1 WIAA State Track & Field Meet UW-La Crosse, www.wiaawi.org May 31-June 2 June Dairy Days- West Salem Village Park. www.junedairydays.com. Rides, food, entertainment, fireworks and fun!

JUNE June 1 Trempealeau Hotel’s Blues Bash – 2:00pm - 11:00pm, Trempealeau Hotel, 150 Main Street, Trempealeau, WI, 54661. 608-534-6898, www.trempealeauhotel.com Day long festival of jammin’ blues tunes featuring local and national acts. June 1-2 YWCA GardenFest- 9:00am-4:00pm, Southside Oktoberfest Grounds. 608-781-2783 www.ywcagardenfest.com. Bringing gardeners and suppliers together. June 2 La Crosse Loggers Baseball - 5:05pm, versus the Wisconsin Rapids Raptors. The Lumberyard, 800 Copeland Park Drive, La Crosse. 608-796-9553, www.lacrosseloggers.com June 3 La Crosse Loggers Baseball - 7:05pm, versus the Wisconsin Rapids Raptors. The Lumberyard, 800 Copeland Park Drive, La Crosse. 608-796-9553, www.lacrosseloggers.com June 4 Summer High Ropes Course Challenge - Tuesdays and Saturdays in June, July & August. Tuesdays: 1pm, Saturdays at 10am and 2pm. Meet the challenge on the ropes course this summer! This confidence-building experience promotes personal growth and strengthens group bonds as participants traverse 30 feet in the air through a series of towers connected by various cable, rope, and log events. Experiencing success on the course is a powerful experience with a lasting effect. Walk-ins will be accepted if space allows. Youth under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Pre-registration required. Cost: $20 for 10-17 years of age; $25 for 18 years or older. Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center, 28097 Goodview Drive, Lanesboro, MN, 55949. 507-467-2437, www.eagle-bluff.org June 6-7 Winona State University Wellness Exchange for Lifelong Learners - On June 6th - 7th, WSU will host its first annual wellness conference. The event will showcase and highlight the concept of holistic wellness











and how it is manifested through structures, programs and services working simultaneously. Community members, faculty, staff and students nation-wide will come together to emphasize that there is wellness in all aspects of campus and community. For more information, visit www.winona.edu/wellnesscomplex/ wellnessexchange.asp or email wsuwellnessexchange@winona.edu June 6-9 Butterfest Celebration-SpartaCarnival, live music, quilt show, classic car show, parade on Sunday. 800-354-2453, www.spartabutterfest.com June 8 La Crosse Loggers Baseball - 6:05pm, versus the Green Bay Bullfrogs. The Lumberyard, 800 Copeland Park Drive, La Crosse. 608-796-9553, www.lacrosseloggers.com June 8 Summer High Ropes Course Challenge - Tuesdays and Saturdays in June, July & August. Tuesdays: 1pm, Saturdays at 10am and 2pm. Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center, 28097 Goodview Drive, Lanesboro, MN, 55949. 507-467-2437, www.eagle-bluff.org June 8-9 Becoming an Outdoor Family Weekend - Get your family out this summer for some hands-on outdoor fun! This weekend will provide families an opportunity to reconnect with each other while participating in lifelong outdoor activities. Class options include: archery, geocaching, fly casting, air guns, ropes course, and more. Cost: $80/person, $300/family of four, and $75/additional family member. Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center, 28097 Goodview Drive, Lanesboro, MN, 55949. 507-467-2437, www.eagle-bluff.org June 9 La Crosse Loggers Baseball - 5:05pm, versus the Green Bay Bullfrogs. The Lumberyard, 800 Copeland Park Drive, La Crosse. 608-796-9553, www.lacrosseloggers.com June 9 St. Elias Mediterranean Festival Southside Oktoberfest Grounds. 12-5:00pm. An afternoon with delicious food, fun & entertainment. Admission FREE. 608-782-8641 www.stelias-lacrosse.org/steliasfestival



June 9 YMCA Got Energy? Triathlon 7:00am, Lake Neshonoc, West Salem, WI. The Got Energy Triathlon takes place in beautiful Lake Neshonoc and surrounding West Salem neighborhoods. It is a great fit for any ability, beginners to elite. This event allows people to test their ability at open water swimming, road cycling, and running. Athletes can compete individually or as teams. For more information, contact the YMCA at 608-783-9622 or visit www.laxymca.org

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May 30-July 6 Art Exhibit: “Team Works� by Regional Artist Group - The Pump House Regional Arts Center recognizes volunteers who help present gallery exhibitions with a showed called “Team Works.� It is no surprise that many of these dedicated workers are also talented artists, working in a variety of styles and media. These artists/volunteers certainly aren’t “square,� but the art in this exhibition will be, with all pieces being in that format. Three dimensional work will include a square or cube in the composition. Reception will be scheduled for June 7th from 5-7pm. Pump House Regional Arts Center, 119 King Street, La Crosse. 608-785-1434, www.thepumphouse.org

June 10 La Crosse Loggers Baseball - 7:05pm, versus the Eau Claire Express. The Lumberyard, 800 Copeland Park Drive, La Crosse. 608-796-9553, www.lacrosseloggers.com June 11 La Crosse Loggers Baseball - 7:05pm, versus the Eau Claire Express. The Lumberyard, 800 Copeland Park Drive, La Crosse. 608-796-9553, www.lacrosseloggers.com June 11 Celebrate Life Cancer Survivors Picnic - La Crosse Center, 300 Harborview Plaza, 608-789-7400, www.lacrossecenter.com June 11 Summer High Ropes Course Challenge - Tuesdays and Saturdays in June, July & August. Tuesdays: 1pm, Saturdays at 10am and 2pm. Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center, 28097 Goodview Drive, Lanesboro, MN, 55949. 507-467-2437, www.eagle-bluff.org June 12 La Crosse Loggers Baseball 7:05pm, versus the Battle Creek Bombers. The Lumberyard, 800 Copeland Park Drive, La Crosse. 608-796-9553, www.lacrosseloggers.com June 13 La Crosse Loggers Baseball 7:05pm, versus the Battle Creek Bombers. The Lumberyard, 800 Copeland Park Drive, La Crosse. 608-796-9553, www.lacrosseloggers.com June 15 Freedom Fest Air Show & Veterans Memorial Ride - 608-779-9994 www.freedomfestlacrosse.com June 15 Coon Creek Trout Festival - A family friendly celebration of trout, trout fishing, environmental stewardship & outdoor activities complete with food, fun & live music. 608-787-1883, www.cooncreektroutfest.com

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June 15 Summer High Ropes Course Challenge - Tuesdays and Saturdays in June, July & August. Tuesdays: 1pm, Saturdays at 10am and 2pm. Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center, 28097 Goodview Drive, Lanesboro, MN, 55949. 507-467-2437, www.eagle-bluff.org June 16 Happy Father’s Day from the Children’s Museum! - Fathers receive FREE admission from 12pm-5pm! Children’s Museum, 207 5th Ave S, La Crosse, WI, 608-784-2652, www.funmuseum.org June 17 La Crosse Loggers Baseball 7:05pm, versus the Wisconsin Rapids Raptors. The Lumberyard, 800 Copeland Park Drive, La Crosse. 608-796-9553 www.lacrosseloggers.com June 18 Summer High Ropes Course Challenge - Tuesdays and Saturdays in June, July & August. Tuesdays: 1pm, Saturdays at 10am and 2pm. Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center, 28097 Goodview Drive, Lanesboro, MN, 55949. 507-467-2437, www.eagle-bluff.org June 19 La Crosse Loggers Baseball 7:05pm, versus the Eau Claire Express. The Lumberyard, 800 Copeland Park Drive, La Crosse. 608-796-9553, www.lacrosseloggers.com June 19-20 Blood Drive - La Crosse Center, 300 Harborview Plaza, 608-789-7400. www.lacrossecenter.com June 20-23 BASSMASTER Elite Series “Mississippi River Rumble� - Veterans Freedom Park, La Crosse. Join the excitement as the world’s best fishermen visit the big muddy for this bass fishing showdown! Onsite family activities include games, exhibits, rock wall, bounce houses and more. 608-782-2366 www.fishlacrosse.com

June 21 La Crosse Loggers Baseball 7:05pm, versus the Wisconsin Woodchucks. The Lumberyard, 800 Copeland Park Drive, La Crosse. 608-796-9553, www.lacrosseloggers.com June 22 La Crosse Loggers Baseball 6:05pm, versus the Wisconsin Woodchucks. The Lumberyard, 800 Copeland Park Drive, La Crosse. 608-796-9553, www.lacrosseloggers.com June 22 Summer High Ropes Course Challenge - Tuesdays and Saturdays in June, July & August. Tuesdays: 1pm, Saturdays at 10am and 2pm. Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center, 28097 Goodview Drive, Lanesboro, MN, 55949. 507-467-2437, www.eagle-bluff.org June 22-23 Great Race 2013 - A time speed endurance rally for vintage cars. Starting in St. Paul, MN, these vehicles will travel through La Crosse and end their journey in Mobile, AL. The Great Race is a cross-country rally that pits driver/navigator teams against the clock and against each other. Visit La Crosse to view the vehicles while they make their stop in the historic downtown district on Saturday. For more information, visit www.greatrace.com or call 800.989.7223. June 22-23 Norskedalen’s Midsummer Fest 608-452-3424 www.norskedalen.org Scandinavian-style celebration with fun, food and festivities for the whole family. Sat 8am-6:30pm and Sun 10am-4pm the grounds are filled with old-time demonstrations, Norwegian arts and crafts, wagon rides, children’s activities and delicious food. Norskedalen Nature and Heritage Center, 3 miles north of Coon Valley on Hwy PI. June 23 La Crosse Loggers Baseball 5:05pm, versus the Wisconsin Woodchucks. The Lumberyard, 800 Copeland Park Drive, La Crosse. 608-796-9553, www.lacrosseloggers.com

June 25 Summer High Ropes Course Challenge - Tuesdays and Saturdays in June, July & August. Tuesdays: 1pm, Saturdays at 10am and 2pm. Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center, 28097 Goodview Drive, Lanesboro, MN, 55949. 507-467-2437, www.eagle-bluff.org June 27 La Crosse Area Day at Miller Park Enjoy this bus trip to Miller Park and watch the Milwaukee Brewers take on the Chicago Cubs! Tickets are $80/person and include transportation, tailgate party and game ticket. 608-782-2366 www.lacrosseareaday.com June 27 La Crosse Loggers Baseball 7:05pm, versus the Lakeshore Chinooks. The Lumberyard, 800 Copeland Park Drive, La Crosse. 608-796-9553, www.lacrosseloggers.com June 28 La Crosse Loggers Baseball 7:05pm, versus the Lakeshore Chinooks. The Lumberyard, 800 Copeland Park Drive, La Crosse. 608-796-9553, www.lacrosseloggers.com June 29 Summer High Ropes Course Challenge - Tuesdays and Saturdays in June, July & August. Tuesdays: 1pm, Saturdays at 10am and 2pm. Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center, 28097 Goodview Drive, Lanesboro, MN, 55949. 507-467-2437, www.eagle-bluff.org June 29 Eagle Bluff Sampler - 9am- 12pm. Sample the best that Eagle Bluff has to offer! Dip a net in the pond to catch aquatic invertebrates, hit a bulls-eye in archery, or go on a scavenger hunt through the woods. Both self-guided and instructor led activities will provide you with a taste of Eagle Bluff and the great outdoors. Cost: $5/person, Kids under 5 are free. Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center, 28097 Goodview Drive, Lanesboro, MN, 55949. 507-467-2437, www.eagle-bluff.org June 30-July 3 Pathfinders Youth Camp Students entering grades 7-9. Campers will be on the move each day exploring what Southeastern Minnesota has to offer. Stops include, but not limited to: hiking at Whitewater State

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JULY July 2 La Crosse Loggers Baseball - 7:05pm, versus the Madison Mallards. The Lumberyard, 800 Copeland Park Drive, La Crosse. 608-7969553, www.lacrosseloggers.com July 2 Summer High Ropes Course Challenge - Tuesdays and Saturdays in June, July & August. Tuesdays: 1pm, Saturdays at 10am and 2pm. Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center, 28097 Goodview Drive, Lanesboro, MN, 55949. 507-467-2437, www.eagle-bluff.org July 3 La Crosse Loggers Baseball 7:05pm, versus the Madison Mallards. The Lumberyard, 800 Copeland Park Drive, La Crosse. 608-796-9553, www.lacrosseloggers.com July 3-6 Riverfest- Riverside Park 608-782-6000 www.riverfestlacrosse.com River activities including River City Water Ski Shows, top name entertainment and continuous events. Fireworks, food, beverages, crafts, and music.

July 5 La Crosse Loggers Baseball 7:05pm, versus the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters. The Lumberyard, 800 Copeland Park Drive, La Crosse. 608-796-9553 www.lacrosseloggers.com July 6 Mayo Clinic Health System – Franciscan Healthcare hosts the Big Blue Dragon Boat Race -Saturday, July 6, 2013, at Riverside Park. The race offers fun and excitement for the whole family. Watch as crews of breast cancer survivors, corporate colleagues and community members race head-to- head on the Mississippi River to support women with breast cancer. For more information, visit www.riverfestlacrosse.com. July 6 Norskedalen’s Art Fair on the Farm & Ice Cream Social - 608-452-3424 Free admission for the day to our open-air museum. Stroll the grounds and visit with families who lived in the various log homes, play lawn games, enjoy a live auction of antiques and other items. Half mile west of Coon Valley, WI. 10am-4pm, Skumsrud Heritage Farm, just outside of Coon Valley on Hwy 14/61 www.norskedalen.org July 6 Summer High Ropes Course Challenge - Tuesdays and Saturdays in June, July & August. Tuesdays: 1pm, Saturdays at 10am and 2pm. Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center, 28097 Goodview Drive, Lanesboro, MN, 55949. 507-467-2437, www.eagle-bluff.org July 6 La Crosse Loggers Baseball 6:05pm, versus the Battle Creek Bombers. The Lumberyard, 800 Copeland Park Drive, La Crosse. 608-796-9553, www.lacrosseloggers.com

July 7 La Crosse Loggers Baseball 5:05pm, versus the Battle Creek Bombers. The Lumberyard, 800 Copeland Park Drive, La Crosse. 608-796-9553, www.lacrosseloggers.com July 7-12 Forkhorn I Youth Camp Students entering grades 5-7. Co-sponsored with the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association, this camp aims to provide campers with both the knowledge and skills needed to become a responsible and successful hunter. Each camper has the option to use this camp to become Firearm Safety Certified by a DNR Firearm Safety Instructor. Pre-registration required. Cost: $405. Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center, 28097 Goodview Drive, Lanesboro, MN, 55949. 507-467-2437, www.eagle-bluff.org

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Park, geocaching along the Root River Trail, climbing Elba’s fire tower, and visiting Lanesboro’s State Fish Hatchery. Time spent at Eagle Bluff each evening will engage youth in camp favorites like archery, ropes course, rock climbing and night hikes. Cost: $300. Pre-registration required. Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center, 28097 Goodview Drive, Lanesboro, MN, 55949. 507-467-2437, www.eagle-bluff.org

July 9 Summer High Ropes Course Challenge - Tuesdays and Saturdays in June, July & August. Tuesdays: 1pm, Saturdays at 10am and 2pm. Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center, 28097 Goodview Drive, Lanesboro, MN, 55949. 507-467-2437 www.eagle-bluff.org July 11-13 Downtown Krazy Daze 608-784-0440 www.lacrossedowntown.com

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Come Join The Great Race Rally & See The Great Cars!

The Great Race is a cross-country rally that pits driver/navigator teams against the clock and against each other. This year’s event will travel along the Mississippi River from Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico. Following specific course instructions, teams navigate through timed checkpoints. Lowest time wins.

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July 11-13 Doubletake: Save the eARTh Sale - Time for a change? Not sure what to do with that old painting over your couch? Come to Doubletake: Save the eARTh Sale! It is an exhibition and sale of original art donated by the public. Donate, come for the sale, or both! The Pump House Regional Arts Center, 119 King Street, La Crosse. 608-785-1434 www.thepumphouse.org July 12-14 Trempealeau Catfish Days- Catfish sandwiches, food, music, flea Market, arts and crafts. 608-534-6335, Trempealeau, WI, 54661 July 13 Summer High Ropes Course Challenge - Tuesdays and Saturdays in June, July & August. Tuesdays: 1pm, Saturdays at 10am and 2pm. Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center, 28097 Goodview Drive, Lanesboro, MN, 55949. 507-467-2437, www.eagle-bluff.org July 13 Hixon House Ice Cream Social 11:00am - 4:00pm, On the corner of 7th & Badger Streets. Enjoy music, games & family fun! Free admission. 608-782-1980 www.lchsweb.org July 13-14 Barron Island Rendezvous9am-4pm, Pettibone Park. Experience life as it was during the fur trade era. 608-526-4206. July 15 La Crosse Loggers Baseball 7:05pm, versus the Madison Mallards. The Lumberyard, 800 Copeland Park Drive, La Crosse. 608-796-9553, www.lacrosseloggers.com July 16 La Crosse Loggers Baseball 7:05pm, versus the Madison Mallards. The Lumberyard, 800 Copeland Park Drive, La Crosse. 608-796-9553, www.lacrosseloggers.com July 16 Summer High Ropes Course Challenge - Tuesdays and Saturdays in June, July & August. Tuesdays: 1pm, Saturdays at 10am and 2pm. Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center, 28097 Goodview Drive, Lanesboro, MN, 55949. 507-467-2437, www.eagle-bluff.org July 18 La Crosse Loggers Baseball 7:05pm, versus the Eau Claire Express. The Lumberyard, 800 Copeland Park Drive, La Crosse. 608-796-9553, www.lacrosseloggers.com July 19 La Crosse Loggers Baseball 7:05pm, versus the Eau Claire Express. The Lumberyard, 800 Copeland Park Drive, La Crosse. 608-796-9553, www.lacrosseloggers.com July 18-Aug 31 Art Exhibit: “Double Vision� by Therese Smerud and Byron Annis - While Therese Smerud and Byron Annis use the same photographic equipment and software to produce their images, their photographs are dissimilar, probably because of the differences of gender, personality and life

experience. Although their visions diverge, their work is, in some important aspects, complementary. They hope that viewers will find their display accessible and, at the same time, thought provoking. Reception is scheduled for July 26th from 5-7pm. Pump House Regional Arts Center, 119 King Street, La Crosse. 608-785-1434, www.thepumphouse.org July 18-Aug 31 Art Exhibit: “Aboutface� by Jeanne Arenz - This exhibit is a mixed media art exhibit featuring the work of Bangor artist Jeanne Arenz. Using a wide range of materials and processes, Arenz explores the countless ways that the human face can be represented. Painting, printing, photography, building, stitching and beading are combined in facial images that often begin with loose, simple drawings. The combinations of materials in both two and three dimensional works are an effort to explore the line between fine art and domestic craft. Reception is scheduled for July 26th from 5-7pm. Pump House Regional Arts Center, 119 King Street, La Crosse. 608-785-1434 www.thepumphouse.org July 18-Aug 31 Art Exhibit: “Rural America� by Elizabeth Ann Larson - Rural America is a watercolor exhibition about using found objects, old homesteads, landmarks from the Midwest, old farm machinery and vegetation. Larson’s paintings are a result of her passion for the Midwest and the beauty that surrounds her. Reception scheduled for July 26th from 5-7pm. Pump House Regional Arts Center, 119 King Street, La Crosse. 608-785-1434, www.thepumphouse.org July 19-21 La Crosse Interstate Fair West Salem Fairgrounds, Hwy 16. Enjoy youth exhibits, music, carnival rides and barns full of animals! 608-788-5506 July 20 Rail Fair- 10am-4pm Copeland Park 608-781-9383 www.4000foundation.com Railroad show, flea Market, swap meet, tours. $5 July 20 Summer High Ropes Course Challenge - Tuesdays and Saturdays in June, July & August. Tuesdays: 1pm, Saturdays at 10am and 2pm. Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center, 28097 Goodview Drive, Lanesboro, MN, 55949. 507-467-2437, www.eagle-bluff.org July 21-24 Outdoor Explorers Youth Camp Students entering grades 3-5. Outdoor Explorer’s camp offers the best of Eagle Bluff specifically designed for first time campers. Each day will be filled with activities that encourage kids to dig into nature and learn new skills. Some of the camp favorites include searching for critters in the pond, wading in the

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Root River, shooting a bow and arrow and locating hidden “caches� in the woods using a GPS. A highlight for many will be a trip through Eagle Bluff’s Ropes Course: a series of events constructed 30 feet above the ground. Pre-registration required, Cost: $275. Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center, 28097 Goodview Drive, Lanesboro, MN, 55949. 507-467-2437, www.eagle-bluff.org July 23 Summer High Ropes Course Challenge - Tuesdays and Saturdays in June, July & August. Tuesdays: 1pm, Saturdays at 10am and 2pm. Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center, 28097 Goodview Drive, Lanesboro, MN, 55949. 507-467-2437, www.eagle-bluff.org July 25 La Crosse Loggers Baseball 7:05pm, versus the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters. The Lumberyard, 800 Copeland Park Drive, La Crosse. 608-796-9553, www.lacrosseloggers.com July 26 La Crosse Loggers Baseball 7:05pm, versus the Green Bay Bullfrogs. The Lumberyard, 800 Copeland Park Drive, La Crosse. 608-796-9553, www.lacrosseloggers.com July 26-27 Prairie Dog Blues Festival Regional, national and international blues bands performing on two stages in city park on historic St. Feriole Island, right on the Mississippi River. Camping on site & shuttles run to most motels. Plenty of good food, beer and vendors selling hand-made items. Ticket/camping hotlines open May 1. 888-567-1567 www.prairiedogblues.com Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin July 27 Summer High Ropes Course Challenge - Tuesdays and Saturdays in June, July & August. Tuesdays: 1pm, Saturdays at 10am and 2pm. Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center, 28097 Goodview Drive, Lanesboro, MN, 55949. 507-467-2437, www.eagle-bluff.org July 27 La Crosse Loggers Baseball - 6:05pm, versus the Green Bay Bullfrogs. The Lumberyard, 800 Copeland Park Drive, La Crosse. 608-796-9553, www.lacrosseloggers.com July 27-28 AAUW Art Fair on the GreenUW-La Crosse Campus, 16th & State Streets. 608-788-7439 pstaupe@centurytel.net 100 artists of all mediums in this juried show. All proceeds go to local scholarships. $4 for both days. Sat 10-5, Sun 10-4.


July 28 La Crosse Loggers Baseball - 5:05pm, versus the Alexandria Beetles. The Lumberyard, 800 Copeland Park Drive, La Crosse. 608-796-9553, www.lacrosseloggers.com July 28-Aug 3 TRAILBLAZERS Youth Camp Students entering grades 5-7. Created for the adventurist at heart, Trailblazer’s camp aims to satisfy the quest to go! Campers will spend the day canoeing down the Root River, traversing through the ropes course, scampering up the rock wall, “surviving� in the wild and so much more! A special day trip will be planned to explore Forestville State Park and Mystery Cave along with one night camping alongside the scenic Root River near Eagle Bluff’s campus. Pre-registration required. Cost: $350. Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center, 28097 Goodview Drive, Lanesboro, MN, 55949. 507-467-2437, www.eagle-bluff.org July 30 Summer High Ropes Course Challenge - Tuesdays and Saturdays in June, July & August. Tuesdays: 1pm, Saturdays at 10am and 2pm. Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center, 28097 Goodview Drive, Lanesboro, MN, 55949. 507-467-2437, www.eagle-bluff.org July 30 La Crosse Loggers Baseball 7:05pm, versus the Alexandria Beetles. The Lumberyard, 800 Copeland Park Drive, La Crosse. 608-796-9553, www.lacrosseloggers.com July 31 La Crosse Loggers Baseball - 7:05pm, versus the St. Cloud Rox. The Lumberyard, 800 Copeland Park Drive, La Crosse. 608-796-9553, www.lacrosseloggers.com

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Aug 3 Summer High Ropes Course Challenge - Summer High Ropes Course Challenge - Tuesdays and Saturdays in June, July & August. Tuesdays: 1pm, Saturdays at 10am and 2pm. Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center, 28097 Goodview Drive, Lanesboro, MN, 55949. 507-467-2437, www.eagle-bluff.org Aug 4 La Crosse Loggers Baseball 5:05pm, versus the Lakeshore Chinooks. The Lumberyard, 800 Copeland Park Drive, La Crosse. 608-796-9553, www.lacrosseloggers.com Aug 5 La Crosse Loggers Baseball 7:05pm, versus the Lakeshore Chinooks. The Lumberyard, 800 Copeland Park Drive, La Crosse. 608-796-9553, www.lacrosseloggers.com Aug 5 Summer High Ropes Course Challenge - Tuesdays and Saturdays in June, July & August. Tuesdays: 1pm, Saturdays at 10am and 2pm. Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center, 28097 Goodview Drive, Lanesboro, MN, 55949. 507-467-2437, www.eagle-bluff.org

Aug 10 Summer High Ropes Course Challenge - Tuesdays and Saturdays in June, July & August. Tuesdays: 1pm, Saturdays at 10am and 2pm. Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center, 28097 Goodview Drive, Lanesboro, MN, 55949. 507-467-2437, www.eagle-bluff.org Aug 11 La Crosse Loggers Baseball 5:05pm, versus the Wisconsin Woodchucks. The Lumberyard, 800 Copeland Park Drive, La Crosse. 608-796-9553, www.lacrosseloggers.com Aug 13 Summer High Ropes Course Challenge - Tuesdays and Saturdays in June, July & August. Tuesdays: 1pm, Saturdays at 10am and 2pm. Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center, 28097 Goodview Drive, Lanesboro, MN, 55949. 507-467-2437, www.eagle-bluff.org

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Aug 3 Root River Rendezvous - 9am - 3pm. Dip your paddle in one of the most scenic rivers in Southeastern Minnesota! The Root River will provide paddlers with a handful of rapids to create some excitement along with slow moving waters to take in the views. An experienced instructor will be your guide as you travel 8.5 miles downriver. The program includes a short introduction to paddle strokes and safety on the water. All equipment provided including a lunch along the river. *Participants need to carpool 4 miles to the put in location on Country Road 21. Pre-registration required, cost: $45/adult. Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center, 28097 Goodview Drive, Lanesboro, MN, 55949. 507-467-2437, www.eagle-bluff.org

Aug 15-18 Juvenile Diabetes Bike Ride La Crosse Center, 300 Harborview Plaza. 608-789-7400 www.lacrossecenter.com Aug 16-18 Kornfest- Holmen 608-526-4444 www.holmenwi.com Fireworks on Friday, parade on Saturday, fresh corn on the cob, music, carnival, tractor pulls, water fights, car show and swap meet. Aug 17 Summer High Ropes Course Challenge - Tuesdays and Saturdays in June, July & August. Tuesdays: 1pm, Saturdays at 10am and 2pm. Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center, 28097 Goodview Drive, Lanesboro, MN, 55949. 507-467-2437, www.eagle-bluff.org

Aug 9-11 Irishfest- Southside Oktoberfest grounds. www.irishfestlax.org Entertainers and Irish dance shows, a Wee Folks area, tea garden, cultural tent, Market, and food vendors.

Aug 20 Summer High Ropes Course Challenge - Tuesdays and Saturdays in June, July & August. Tuesdays: 1pm, Saturdays at 10am and 2pm. Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center, 28097 Goodview Drive, Lanesboro, MN, 55949. 507-467-2437, www.eagle-bluff.org

Aug 10 La Crosse Loggers Baseball 6:05pm, versus the Wisconsin Woodchucks. The Lumberyard, 800 Copeland Park Drive, La Crosse. 608-796-9553, www.lacrosseloggers.com

Aug 24-26 Great River Folk Fest-Traditional and contemporary folk music, crafts, children’s activities and dance. Phone 608-784-3033, www.greatriverfolkfest.org

Aug 10 Three Rivers Roleo Log Rolling Tournament - Great River Landing in Onalaska. Amateurs, Adult Novice and Elite log rollers will enjoy a day of fun which consists of a doubleelimination tournament (Round Robin if 4 or less people in the Bracket) on carpeted logs. Spectators are welcome and events are free. www.lacrosselogrolling.com

Aug 24 Uff da Open Golf Tournament Norskedalen Nature and Heritage Center, N455 O Ophus Road, Coon Valley. 608-452-3424, www.norskedalen.org

Aug 1 Join the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual "EPSBUJPOBTUIFZDFMFCSBUFZFBSTPG prayer. The sisters invite the community to an hour of prayer in Mary of the Angels Chapel, 701 Franciscan Way, La Crosse, on Aug. 1 from 6 to 7 p.m.. For more information visit fspa.org.

Aug 24 Summer High Ropes Course Challenge - Tuesdays and Saturdays in June, July & August. Tuesdays: 1pm, Saturdays at 10am and 2pm. Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center, 28097 Goodview Drive, Lanesboro, MN, 55949. 507-467-2437, www.eagle-bluff.org Aug 24 Pride Fest - 12:00pm - 11:00pm. Southside Oktoberfest Grounds. 608-784-0452 www.lacrossepride.us

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Aug 27 Summer High Ropes Course Challenge - Tuesdays and Saturdays in June, July & August. Tuesdays: 1pm, Saturdays at 10am and 2pm. Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center, 28097 Goodview Drive, Lanesboro, MN, 55949. 507-467-2437, www.eagle-bluff.org Aug 30-Sept 2 Labor Day Weekend Bicycle Festival - Celebrate bicycling in the Driftless Region of Wisconsin. Daily road and mountain bike rides. 800-658-9424, www.bicyclelacrosse.com Aug 31 Summer High Ropes Course Challenge - Tuesdays and Saturdays in June, July & August. Tuesdays: 1pm, Saturdays at 10am and 2pm. Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center, 28097 Goodview Drive, Lanesboro, MN, 55949. 507-467-2437, www.eagle-bluff.org Sept 6 Norskedalen’s “Twilight Tour� - 3 miles north of Coon Valley on Hwy PI. 608-452-3424 Reservations Required. www.norskedalen.org Historical characters came to life as visitors follow a lantern carrying guide Sept 6-7 La Crosse Storytelling Festival – at Myrick Park, Storytelling, workshops, folk music, food, local artists’ work and nationally recognized storytellers. www.lacrossestoryfest.com 608-797-2807 Sept 6-8 Elvis Explosion- at the La Crosse Center. 608-785-7464 www.eenonline.com Sept 7 Steppin’ Out in Pink - 9am-1pm. Gundersen Lutheran, 1900 South Avenue, La Crosse. Walk for local breast cancer research. 5 miles walk and family fun event. *shopping *raffles *door prizes *entertainment www.gundluth.org/steppinout Sept 8 Eve of Destruction - 7:00pm La Crosse Speedway. Green Mamba Jet Car, Trailer Race, Monster Trucks, Hornets, Action, Excitement and Novelty Event! La Crosse Speedway, Hwy 16 & Cty M, West Salem, WI 54669. 608-786-1525 www.lacrossespeedway.com

SEPTEMBER Sept 14 Discover the Silent City Cemetery Tour - Costumed guides lead tours while re-enactors present stories taken from historical records. Oak Grove Cemetery, 1407 La Crosse Street. Tours start every 15 minutes. Last tour at 3pm. Rain or shine. www.lchsweb.org Sept 15 Tri-Quest Run, Bike and Golf Challenge yourself! The event starts with a run, then bike, and finishes with golf. More information can be found at www.tri-quest.org Sept 19-21 Trempealeau Hotel’s Tremptoberfest - Featuring a mixture of oompah and alternative bands, traditional German food, an outdoor beer garden and fun for all. Trempealeau Hotel, 150 Main Street, Trempealeau, WI, 54661. www.trempealeauhotel.com 608-534-6898 Sept 19-22 Applefest – La Crescent, MN. 507-895-2800 www.applefestusa.com Orchard tours, live music, carnival, food, arts, crafts, flea market, and a Sunday parade. Sept 21 The Wedding Event - This is the 1st Annual Wedding Event Expo for the Onalaska Omni Center! Featuring vendors of all different wedding categories, photographers, dress shops, menswear, jewelry, cake, caterers, fashion Show and so much more! Onalaska Omni Center, 255 Riders Club Rd, 608-781-9566, omnicenter.net Sept 21 Norskedalen’s Threshing Bee 608-452-3424 www.norskedalen.org 10am-5pm Threshing Bee in an authentic pioneer setting complete with a wide variety of demonstrations of farm and home skills. Children’s activities, horse drawn wagon rides and other animals on the farm, and don’t forget to make reservations for the mouth-watering, rib-sticking threshing dinner. 3 miles north of Coon Valley on Hwy PI

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American Queen: Wed. July 13.............noon- 5:00 pm Mon. July 15.........8:00 am-1:00 pm Wed. Aug. 28.........8:00 am-1:00 pm Mon (Labor Day) Sept. 2....................8:00 am 1:00 pm Thur. Oct. 3................12:00-5:00 pm Mon. Oct. 7............8:00 am-1:00 pm Thur. Oct. 17.............12:00 - 5:00 pm Mon. Oct. 21................8:00-1:00 pm

Queen of the Mississippi: Thur. July 11.....11:30 pm- 4:00 pm Mon. July 15.....10:00 pm.- 4:00 pm Thur. Aug. 8......11:30 pm- 4:00 pm Mon. Aug. 12.....10:00 pm- 4:00 pm Thur. Aug. 22........1:30 pm-4:00 pm Mon. Aug. 26....10:00 pm-4:00 pm Thur Oct. 10.....10:00 pm-4:00 pm Mon. Oct. 14......10:00 pm- 4:00 pm Thur. Oct. 24......11:30 pm- 4:00 pm Mon. Oct. 28......10:00 pm-4:00 pm Boats dock at Mississippi River Levee Schedule is subject to change, please Visitors Bureau

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Oct 24-26 Norskedalen Ghoulees in the Coulees - 608-452-3424 www.norskedalen.org Reservations REQUIRED. Call after Labor Day. Unforgettable haunted hike through the woods. Norskedalen Nature & Heritage Center, N455 O Ophus Road, Coon Valley, WI 54623.

Sept 27-Oct 5 Oktoberfest - 608-784-3378 www.oktoberfestusa.com Celebrating over 50 years of the best family activities, including the Maple Leaf Parade. Carnival rides, ethnic foods, authentic German entertainment, national entertainers as well as local and regional country, pop, blues and rock groups and children’s acts. Sept 27-29 Cranberry Festival - As the largest cranberry festival in the world, Warrens Cranberry Festival has been ranked among the top 100 events in the nation. Visitors can enjoy over 1250 booths of arts and crafts, antique and flea markets, in addition to a farmers market. Come join the fun! Warrens, WI. 608-387-4200, www.cranfest.com

OCTOBER Oct 3-6 Oktoberfest Race Weekend - Featuring over 16 different divisions of racing action & excitement. La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway, Hwy 16 & Cty M, West Salem. 608-786-1525, www.lacrossespeedway.com Oct 2 Oktoberfest Heritage Night - La Crosse Center, 300 Harborview Plaza, 608-789-7400, www.lacrossecenter.com Oct 5 Harvest Day Open House - Wisconsin Cranberry Discovery Center, 204 Main Street, Warrens, WI, 54666. 608-378-4878, www.discovercranberries.com Oct 5 Big Muddy Run 5K - Benefit for the Children’s Museum. 608-784-2652. Run takes place at Myrick Park, La Crosse. www.bigmuddyrun.org Oct 12 Downtown Mainstreet Historic Downtown Day – 608-784-0440, www.lacrossedowntown.com Premier family event showcasing downtown.

Oct 12 Fall Gift and Craft Show - Onalaska Omni Center, 255 Riders Club Rd. 608-781-9566, www.omnicenter.net Oct 12 Fall Scholarship Fundraiser & Banquet - Fantastic food, great company, and knowing your money is allowing children to visit Eagle Bluff - what more could you wish for in an evening? All proceeds from this event go to Eagle Bluff’s scholarship fund. Pre-registration required. Cost: $40/person. Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center, 28097 Goodview Drive, Lanesboro, MN, 55949. 507-467-2437, www.eagle-bluff.org Oct 15 Reinhart Food Show - La Crosse Center, 300 Harborview Plaza. 608-789-7400, www.lacrossecenter.com Oct 12-13 Norskedalen’s Civil War Heritage Weekend - 608-452-3424 www.norskedalen.org 10am-5pm Experience life during the Civil War as Company B 2nd WI Civil War Re-Enactors and other units bring history alive. Stroll the grounds and see the daily life of the soldiers and the families. At 1pm watch the battle unfold. 3 miles north of Coon Valley on Hwy PI

Oct 25 Haunted High Ropes Course 6pm- 10pm. For ages 6 & older. Join us the Friday before Halloween for a SPOOKTACULAR High Ropes experience at Eagle Bluff! Participants will traverse through the course encountering dressed goblins, skeletons, and vampires! These characters will ensure a safe, fun, and candy filled adventure for all! Costumes are encouraged. Kids aged 6-10 must have an adult accompany them on the course. Pre-registration required. Cost: $20/person. Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center, 28097 Goodview Drive, Lanesboro, MN, 55949. 507-467-2437, www.eagle-bluff.org

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Sept 27 Oktoberfest Festmaster’s Ball La Crosse Center, 300 Harborview Plaza, 608-789-7400, www.lacrossecenter.com

Oct 25-26 BOO-Seum Halloween Party 5:30-7:30pm for ages 2-9. Collect treats, stickers, and small prizes at each station of games, crafts, stories and more. $5/Member, $10/Non-Member. Children’s Museum, 207 5th Ave S, La Crosse, WI. 608-784-2652, www.funmuseum.org Oct 26 Norskedalen’s Pumpkin Walk - Enjoy a no-scare walk through the woods viewing the 400 jack-o-lanterns carved and lit by Norskedalen volunteers! This evening is especially nice for young families, scaredy cats and those that don’t need the heart-pounding thrill of goblins. Norskedalen Nature & Heritage Center, N455 O Ophus Road, Coon Valley, WI 54623. 608-452-3424 www.norskedalen.org Oct 26 Trick or Treating - Historic Downtown District, 11am-4pm. 608-784-0440 www.lacrossedowntown.com

The Midwest’s Largest German Fall Festival The fall festival delivering family fun! With the best of family activities including the Grande Maple Leaf Parade and the fantastic illuminated Torchlight Parade.

La Crosse Festivals, Inc. #1 Oktoberfest Strasse P.O. Box 1716 La Crosse, WI 54602-1716 (608) 784-FEST (3378) Fax (608) 782-2098







You’ll find carnival rides, ethnic foods, authentic German entertainment, national & local and children’s acts. Rated in the top 10 Oktoberfests by USA Today in September 2000. Featured in Sept./Oct. 2005 edition of Midwest Living.

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NOVEMBER Nov 1-2 Championship Bull Riding & Bull Fighting Extravaganza - La Crosse Center, 300 Harborview Plaza. 608-789-7400 www.lacrossecenter.com Nov 2 Scouts Day “Survive Alive� - 9am -12pm. For ages 8 & older. On your Mark, get set, SURVIVE! Working together will be essential as troops maneuver through a survival challenge course building fires, constructing shelters, navigating through the woods, and identifying native plants. Prior knowledge is not necessary as youth will participate in skill building exercises just before the survival challenge begins. Youth will leave with a sense of camaraderie and hands-on experiences that can be applied to both girl and boy scout badge requirements. Pre-registration required, Cost: $5/scout. Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center, 28097 Goodview Drive, Lanesboro, MN, 55949. 507-467-2437, www.eagle-bluff.org Nov 8 Holiday Open House - 5pm-9pm. Visit the Historic Downtown District and over 20 businesses for in-store specials and refreshments! 608-784-0440 www.lacrossedowntown.com Nov 11 GRANDKIDZ DAY “Hibernation Station� - 9am - 4pm. For ages 6 & older. Blizzards, cold, and ice - oh my! Grandparents alongside grandkids will learn just how nature prepares itself for winter. From bats to mice, insects to birds; each has its own survival technique. Activities include a guided discovery hike, nature crafts, books and games. A special highlight will be meeting a live snake to learn how it survives winter. Lunch and snack included in price. Pre-registration required. Cost: $65/ two family members, $30/each additional family member. Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center, 28097 Goodview Drive, Lanesboro, MN, 55949. 507-467-2437, www.eagle-bluff.org

Nov 21 La Crosse Community Thanksgiving Dinner - La Crosse Center, 300 Harborview Plaza. 608-789-7400 www.lacrossethanksgivingdinner.com Nov 21-24 Holiday Fair & Craft Show La Crosse Center 608-789-7400 www.lacrossecenter.com. Thu: Noon-9 Fri: Noon-9 Sat:9-6 Sun: 11-3 Nov 22-Dec 31 Rotary Holiday Lights-More than TWO MILLION lights illuminate La Crosse’s Riverside Park from 5-10 daily. Among the splendor is a 140-foot Christmas tree, and animated light displays fill the park. Live nativity presentation on weekends until Christmas. Santa is here until Christmas Eve. 800-658-9424 www.rotarylights.org

DECEMBER Dec 1-31 Rotary Holiday Lights Continue! www.rotarylights.org Dec 7 Wisconsin Cranberry Discovery Center Holiday Open House - Wisconsin Cranberry Discovery Center, 204 Main Street, Warrens, WI, 54666. 608-378-4878, www.discovercranberries.com Dec 7-8 Norskedalen’s Old Fashioned Christmas - 608-452-3424 www.norskedalen. org 10am-4pm. Timeless sounds, smells and traditions of old. Activities and delicious holiday treats throughout the beautifully decorated buildings and grounds. 3 miles north of Coon Valley on Hwy PI.

snowshoes. An illuminated trail will guide your way through the woods of Eagle Bluff. Stop to stargaze or relax at an outdoor fire; the evening is yours. Check in at the Discovery Center. Fee includes snowshoe rental. *A winter hike will take place in the event of no snow. Cost: $8/ person. Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center, 28097 Goodview Drive, Lanesboro, MN, 55949. 507-467-2437, www.eagle-bluff.org Dec 27 Winter Break Rock Climbing - 10am 3pm. For ages 6 & Older. Break away from the holiday bustle and come rock climbing! Eagle Bluff’s indoor rock wall has 8 routes reaching 30 feet high. Try our double overhang, scamper up the chimney, or attempt to climb the crack. Harnesses and helmets provided. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Cost: $10/climber. Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center, 28097 Goodview Drive, Lanesboro, MN, 55949. 507-467-2437, www.eagle-bluff.org Dec 31 Happy NOON Year from the Children’s Museum! - Welcome the new year a little early with a noisy countdown to noon! Activities included with Museum admission. Children’ s Museum, 207 5th Ave S, La Crosse, WI. 608-784-2652, www.funmuseum.org Dec 31 Skyrockers New Year’s Eve Fireworks Display - From atop Grandad Bluff since 1929, this is the longest running community sponsored fireworks display in the U.S. Show times are 6pm and Midnight. www.skyrockers.org

Dec 15 UW-L Graduation Dec 21 Winter Solstice Snowshoe - 5pm10pm. Embrace the shortest day of the year by traveling along the glistening snow on a pair of

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Admission is FREE. Donation of cash or can goods are requested. Food donations benefit local food pantries.

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BUSINESS AND SERVICES

Merchants Bank ..................................608-779-8200 Midwest Coca-Cola of La Crosse ................................................608-784-3139 National Association for Hearing Impaired ...............................608-785-1660 Noelke Distributors, Inc. ...................608-785-0984 Olympus Media ...................................608-784-8200 Park Bank ...............................................608-782-2265 Pepsi-Cola of La Crosse.....................608-785-0450 Plesha Photo Arts ...............................608-782-1150 Poellinger’s............................................608-785-1234 Preferred Distributors .......................608-269-3177 Reinhart Companies ..........................608-782-4999 River Bank..............................................608-788-6300 River City Chiropractic ......................608-406-2488 Ron Hammes Refrigeration Inc. ................................608-788-3110 S & S Distributing................................608-269-5071 SagePoint Financial, River Ins. Svs. .608-788-2200 Schomburg Refrigeration Company, Inc. ......................................608-781-6614 Signature Chiropractic & Massage .............................................608-785-7778 Sir Speedy Printing ............................608-783-6440 Sniffit .......................................................608-787-2587 Synergy Leadership Group .............608-785-1520 Sleeping Giant Studio, LLC ..............608-788-9977 Stansfield Vending .............................608-782-7181 State Bank Financial...........................608-784-4600 Supreme Graphics..............................608-788-1733 Terry Tobin Graphic Design Studio .......................................608-269-1682 Trim Design............................................608-782-7233 The Big Event Company ...................608-783-3333 Tom’s Tent Rental, Inc. .......................608-788-6607 Trane Company ...................................608-787-2000 Tri State Business Machines ............608-781-2100 The UPS Store ......................................608-782-6966 US Bank La Crosse ..............................608-791-7201 WalzCraft ...............................................608-781-6355 Welcome Celebrations Newcomers Greeting Service.........608-519-1893 Wells Fargo Bank .................................608-784-7000 Westland Insurance ...........................608-343-5120 Wisconsin Insurance Center ...........608-781-6733 Xcel Energy ...........................................608-789-3673 Yellow Book ..........................................608-354-5767 Zeman Graphic Design, SDG ..........906-221-1955

A Absolute Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning .........................608-788-6350 Advanced Business Systems...........608-781-5440 Apartment ConNEXTion Rental Guide .........................................608-785-7368 Aramark Uniform Services, Inc. .....608-781-2700 Associated Bank ..................................608-796-4436 AVS Group .............................................608-787-1010 Ballweg Midwest Toyota ..................608-793-7000 Band Box Cleaners and Laundry, Inc. ................................608-372-5642 Best Kept Portables............................608-317-4232 Brown & Brown Insurance ...............608-784-7676 Brown Printing.....................................952-898-7502 Cary Specialized Services ................608-519-3335 CenturyLink ..........................................608-796-7480 Charter Communications ................608-783-8126 Child First Centers of Discovery & Care. ................................608-783-3601 Citizens State Bank.............................608-785-2265 Clason Pontiac Buick GMC, Inc. .....608-788-7246 Cleary Management ..........................608-783-7500 Com Was, LLC .......................................888-525-7229 Commerical AV Systems, LLC .........608-781-2210 Community Creations Inc................614-460-3656 Community Credit Union ................608-779-2400 Computer Sign Engraving ............... 608-788 3547 Coulee Bank..........................................608-784-9550 Crescent Printing ................................608-781-1050 Culligan Water Conditioning of La Crosse ...............608-781-2500 Curtis Printing ......................................608-784-2684 Dairyland Power Cooperative ........608-787-1247 Davy Engineering ...............................608-782-3130 Designz ..................................................608-782-6701 Don’s Towing & Repair ......................608-784-5872 Edwards Investments ........................608-785-1770 Fifth Ave Awards .................................608-782-3410 First Student/First Transit .................608-781-3880 Gerrard-Hoeschler Realtors ............608-796-1615 Hawkins, Ash & Baptie ......................608-784-7737 Historic Preservation & Heritage Tourism...................................................608-797-7753 Identity Works ......................................608-786-3700 Image World/Monogram Express...608-788-8585 Intech ........................................................507-452-2658 Isynergi, LLC............................................608-784-7450 JDLake Communications ...................608-792-3419 JFK Associates ........................................866-787-5771 JFHerman Design .................................608-784-7450 Johns, Flaherty & Collins S.C. ..........608-784-5678 Kwik Trip Stores ...................................608-781-8988 La Crosse Area Jazz Society ............608-791-1190 La Crosse Beverage, LLC ...................608-781-2400 La Crosse County UW-Extension...608-785-9593 La Crosse Graphics .............................608-788-2500 La Crosse Hmong Mutual Assistance Association ...........................................608-781-5744 La Crosse Sign Company .................608-781-1450 La Crosse Tent & Awning..................608-781-1946 Logistics Health, Inc. ..........................608-782-0404 Main Street Title, Inc. .........................608-784-2848 Marine Credit Union ..........................608-784-7329

Brian Udermann..................................608-785-8181 Dr. Jack Curtis, Speaker.....................608-780-1772 Fred Kusch, JFK Associates ..............866-787-5771 Jon Fields, Ph. D., Speaker ...............608-788-8932 Ken Visger, Speaker ............................507-894-4715 Michael Scott .......................................608-519-1061 Patty Henrickson, Speaker ..............800-557-2889 Ralph Heath, Synergy Leadership Group .............608-785-1520 Rick Kyte, Speaker ..............................608-796-3704













CHURCHES Cathedral of St. Joseph the Workman .......................................608-782-0322 Living Waters Bible Camp ................608-634-4373

CONVENTION SPEAKERS

Roger Fish, Speaker ...........................608-786-2873 Sara M. Slayton, Speaker ..................608-787-2807 Stu Robert Shaw .................................608-784-1821 Terry Visger, Speaker .........................608-269-1682 Tom Thibodeau, Speaker .................608-787-5061

HEALTHCARE Allergy Associates of La Crosse, Ltd. ......................................608-782-2027 Mayo Clinic Health System Franciscan Healthcare .....................608-785-0940 Gundersen Lutheran .........................608-782-7300 Signature Chiropractic & Massage Center...............................608-785-7778

MEDIA La Crosse Radio Group .....................608-782-8335 La Crosse Tribune ...............................608-782-2400 La Crosse Visitor Publishing ............608-784-3999 Midwest Family Radio .......................608-782-1230 News Channel 8 WKBT TV................608-782-4678 Winona Radio.......................................507-452-4000 WXOW News 19 ..................................507-895-9969

ORGANIZATIONS Chamber of Westby ...........................608-634-4011 Coulee Region RSVP ..........................608-785-0500 Downtown Mainstreet, Inc. ............608-784-0440 Friends of McGilvray Road ..............608-782-1753 La Crescent Chamber of Commerce........................................507-895-2800 La Crosse Area Chamber of Commerce ....................608-784-4880 La Crosse Area Development Corp. (LADCO) ......................................608-784-5488 La Crosse Area Restaurant Association ...........................................608-317-8438 La Crosse County & City Tavern League .............................608-782-9342 La Crosse County Historical Society ................................608-782-1980 Mississippi Valley Conservancy.........................................608-784-3606 New Glarus Chamber ........................608-527-2095 North La Crosse Business Association .........................608-792-6877 Onalaska Tourism Commission..........................................608-781-9570 Prairie du Chien Chamber of Commerce........................................608-326-8555 Riverfront, Inc. .....................................608-784-9450 Roy L. Vingers Legion Post #52 ...................................608-782-3232 Town of Campbell ..............................608-783-0050 Trempealeau Chamber .....................608-534-6524

TRANSPORTATION Badger Coaches, Inc. .........................608-255-1511 Colgan Air Services ............................608-783-8359 Go Carefree Shuttle ...........................800-280-9270 La Crosse Municipal Airport ...........608-789-7464 Lamers Buslines, Inc...........................608-781-8177 Ready Bus Lines...................................507-895-2349 Travel Leaders ......................................608-784-9820

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God’s Country. Two words are all it takes to describe the La Crosse area. The bluffs hold the city in their hands, while the Mississippi, Black and La Crosse rivers provide nourishment and growth to the community. You could travel the world over, and be hard pressed to find a community as beautiful as La Crosse. Being able to experience all four seasons in this natural grandeur is enough in itself. Add the “small town� feel to the advance in technology, healthcare and education and our cup overflows with opportunity. La Crosse is home to two nationally renowned healthcare systems, Mayo Clinic Health SystemFranciscan Healthcare employs approximately 3,000 people, and Gundersen Lutheran Healthcare (the largest employer in the area) with approximately 5,000 employees. In addition, the La Crosse Medical Health Science Consortium is located here. The consortium acts as an education and training facility for

students as well as allied health professionals. The consortium also provides research opportunities and assists in the technological advances in the area. Population: Wisconsin (2011) ........................................5,711,767 La Crosse County (2011) ............................115,572 La Crosse City (2011) ...51,7193FBMUPST3FOUBM Apartment ConNeXTion Rental Guide ....................................... 608-785-7368 Gerrard-Hoeschler Realtors............. 608-782-2300 Electric: Xcel Energy .......................................... 800-895-4999 Dairyland Power ................................ 608-788-4000 Riverland Energy Cooperative ...... 800-411-9115 Natural Gas: Xcel Energy .......................................... 800-895-4999 Midwest Natural Gas ........................ 608-781-1011 Water & Sewer: City of La Crosse ................................. 608-789-7536

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TRANSPORTATION Located on French Island (Town of Campbell), the La Crosse Municipal Airport services air traffic passengers in the greater La Crosse area. Delta and American Airlines have daily flights out of the airport. Both of these carriers provide direct flights to and from Minneapolis, Chicago and Milwaukee. When booking your flight, enter LSE as the airport identifier code. With a short walk to the parking lot and a friendly, hometown staff, you will enjoy your flight in and out of La Crosse. Delta, delta.com ............................... 800-225-2525 American Airlines, aa.com ........... 800-433-7300 Private air service Colgan Air Service........................... 608-783-8359 Car rental service available at airport: Alamo.................................................... 608-781-5624 Avis......................................................... 608-781-7700 Hertz ...................................................... 608-781-7550 National ............................................... 608-781-5678 Amtrak’s Empire Builder is located at 601 St. Andrew St. in La Crosse and makes two daily stops with links to the Twin Cities, Milwaukee and Chicago, amtrak.com...................................... 1-800-872-7245 Interstate Highway 90 runs east/west right through the area with four exits to La Crosse. Exit 2 — Airport, Town of Campbell Exit 3 — Hwy. 35 & 53S – Old Towne North and Historic Downtown La Crosse Exit 4 — Hwy 157 & 53N Exit 5 — Hwy 16

MEDIA Newspapers: La Crosse Tribune Radio: FM Stations: WLSU 88.9 WHLA 90.3 WIZM 93.3 KHTW 94.7 WQRV 95.7 WCOW 97.1 KQYB 98.3 WKBH 100.1 KQEG 102.7 WLXR 104.9 WFBZ 105.5 WQCC 106.3

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