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CWA flights return to pre-pandemic levels
4 Jan. 6 investigation costs add up
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10 Balloon Glow, dueling pianos and more this weekend
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Police are looking into why warning sirens went off in the Wausau area early on the Fourth of July. Sirens at The Landmark in Wausau and in Rothschild at around 1 am on July 4. The sirens shouldn’t have gone off, officials with the Marathon County Sheriff’s Office say, and were not part of a drill. Deputies are investigating why the sirens went off, since there was no emergency and it wasn’t part of an exercise or planned drill.
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DNR sends letter to city after contamination found under mall
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The grants could spark some of the first projects to start addressing the severe broadband shortage in the rural parts of the county, an issue Marathon County has been wrestling with for more than a decade. Task Force Chair John Robinson says there has already been a lot of interest from ISPs in joining the county on the project. Cirrinity, part of Wittenberg Telephone Company, already submitted a proposal for a project, and several others have had discussions with county leaders. There could be some challenges, however; Robinson says fiber is in high demand and short supply, and fiber ordered today will show up a year later. Charter and LTD are both interested in expanding services, Robinson says, but concerns about fiber shortages could lead to significant delays in getting that service going. And, County/city IT Director Gerry Klein says getting accurate data could be a challenge. Often a provider will say they cover a large swath of land but realistically far fewer than shown on the map will actually have service. Northern parts of the county have had trouble with internet and phone in areas already covered, for example. Klein says they’ve been gathering address level data and also a new speed test Brown County is using provides more accurate data about service and speeds. Klein recommended to PSC officials they use those speed tests in their evaluations. Another challenge: Melinda Osterberg, who worked for UW-Extension and coordinated a lot of the county’s broadband efforts, took a job at the Wisconsin Economic
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▲ Business has nearly returned to normal at Central Wisconsin Airport, management says.
Daily flights at the Central Wisconsin Airport have returned to pre-pandemic levels, the airport’s manager says. CWA Manager Brian Grefe says daily flights as of July 1, a date he selected to illustrate his point, were up to 11. That’s eleven flights entering and 11 flights disembarking from the airport. That’s up from even a month ago, when the airport saw only eight daily flights, and two months ago when CWA only had six daily flights, Grefe says. One year ago, in the middle of the pandemic, there was only one daily flight at the centrally-located airport. People still had to travel during the pandemic, Grefe says, but it is nice to see air travel pick up steam in the past couple of months. “We’re seeing a lot more leisure travel,” Grefe says. “That’s the result of great airline prices.” The traffic increases come as the airport undergoes some needed construction, Grefe says. The 6,500-foot north-south runway is being overhauled, a $14 million project funded through FFA dollars. One of the airport’s hangars was renovated last year and another is just started undergoing construction, and should be complete by the fall. Grefe says the airport has been working on new marketing efforts as air travel opens back up and more folks feel comfortable flying again. That includes radio, TV and targeted YouTube ads.
A fight late last month in the Marathon County Jail started over the results of the Milwaukee Bucks playoff game, according to court records. Police responded to a report of a fight June 20. When police arrived, they discovered that Andrew Falkowski got into a fight about the Bucks games with fellow inmate Shabaka Pianki Nubian-Yi. According to the criminal complaint, Nubian-Yi was mad about the game, and Falkowski gloated that the Bucks won. The two men went into the bathroom and had it out, the criminal complaint says. Both men were charged with battery by prisoner. Nubian-Yi was also charged with disorderly conduct, court records show.
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Developers at the time told City Pages there wasn’t likely to be contamination, but that seemed unlikely. Downtown malls were generally built on street grids with existing businesses such as dry cleaners and auto garages that often polluted the area because environmental regulations were less stringent than they are today. Dry cleaning chemicals were listed amongst possible contaminants on the site in a previous DNR report. The city is on the hook for cleanup costs because that was part of the development agreement the city signed in order to redevelop the mall.
Deputies were called to a report of a fire in Athens, but ended up witnessing a man start the fire and jump out of the building. Deputies along with fire personnel responded to a report of a fire in the 200 block of Meuller Street June 26 but were a bit surprised to see no evidence of a fire when they arrived, according to the criminal complaint. Instead, the complaint says, they found a man shouting about a fire and breaking windows on the second story of the building. When police entered the building to talk to the man, he set fire to the building and jumped out of the building, police say. Police found him lying on the ground and arrested him, according to police reports. The man was charged with arson and reckless endangerment. The man told police he was not injured in the jump, according to the criminal complaint.
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Life celebration for Coach Steff set for later this month
▲ A DNR letter to the city of Wausau details contamination found on the Wausau Center site.
Northcentral Technical College will be able to educate the workforces of more area businesses, thanks to a more than one half million dollar grant. The technical college received a $575,604 grant to go toward workforce training for area businesses. Those trainings help the school reach nearly 1,000 area employees through training in areas including safety and risk management, improving performance, leadership and in dairy industry practices. NTC has helped 33 area businesses through individual partnerships or through consortiums of businesses with shared skillset needs, according to the college.
A celebration of life for the late D.C. Everest Football Coach Wayne Steffenhagen is planned for Steihm Stadium on Saturday, July 24. Steffenhagen was a well-loved coach of D.C. Everest Football and Track and Field. During his career at the head of the football program, he won 278 games, five WIAA State Championships, one WIAA Championship runner up and 18 Wisconsin Valley Conference titles. Steffenhagen was known for instilling character and leadership in his players, which went well beyond the confines of football. “For over 40 years, the Steffenhagen family has em-
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Retired fire chief wins statewide award
Now-retired Wausau Fire Chief Tracey Kujawa was named 2020 Chief of the Year. Kujawa received the award last month by the Wisconsin State Fire Chiefs Association. Kujawa retired April 1 after working up the ranks in Stevens Point and helming that department before heading to Wausau in 2014. She was both Wausau’s and Stevens Point’s first female fire chief and took steps in both departments to make the fire service more welcoming to female candidates.
Ain’t that weird? Plover water tower misspelling gains national attention
You gotta feel for someone working in Plover because they had a rough day last week when the internet discovered someone managed to spell “Plover” wrong on the village’s water tower. The tower read “Plvoer” long enough for folks to notice, and the mistake went viral, with Fox News and other outlets running a short segment on it. Stevens Point’s mayor even got in on the action, wearing a “Celebrate Plvoer” shirt that also had a chicken with a line through it, poking fun at the village recently turning down a proposed backyard chickens ordinance. 4988
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Evers and Oneida sign pact on sports gambling
Gov. Tony Evers has signed an amendment to the state’s gaming compact with the Oneida Nation allowing its casinos to offer betting on sports and other events, a first for Wisconsin. In a press conference with Oneida Chairman Tehassi Hill, Oneida Vice-chairman Brandon Stevens and Administration Secretary Joel Brennan, Evers praised the move as an opportunity to increase employment and revenue opportunities for the northeastern tribe. The guv also said it’s a signal of the state’s continued partnership with the Oneida Nation and other tribal nations in Wisconsin. “The Oneida Nation and all of Wisconsin tribal nations play a vital role in our state’s culture, our history, economy and of course, our future,” he said. “My commitment remains to continuing to strengthen our partnerships, respect tribal sovereignty above all and work together to tackle the challenges we face.” The compact amendment now heads to the Bureau of Indian Affairs, which will have 45 days to review the amendment before approving or denying it. Stevens said the move will help increase tourism revenue for the tribe and the rest of northeastern Wisconsin as those who wager must physically visit the tribal lands if they want to pick up their winnings. Bettors would be able to place wagers online, but they would have to be on certain tribal lands to do so.
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President Biden in La Crosse praised a pending bipartisan infrastructure deal as a “blue-collar blueprint to rebuild America.” In his second visit to the state since becoming president, Biden touched on the nation’s high road fatality rates and how car exhaust is one of the leading causes of air pollution in America. He said the package would target these problems by promoting electric vehicles, public transportation and better rail networks. Biden, an avid Amtrak rider, said studies have shown that people would prefer to take a train on short trips over a car whenever possible. “I bet any one of you could tell me what the most dangerous intersections in your home towns are,” Biden said at La Crosse’s Municipal Transit Utility. “Imagine if you could get from Chicago to La Crosse in two hours instead of four-anda-half. This is the largest investment in passenger rail since the creation of Amtrak.” Amtrak’s expansion plans, if funded through federal infrastructure measures, would add new stops in Wisconsin cities like Madison, Eau Claire and Green Bay.
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referendum money would fund. Despite its hefty $1 billion price tag, the district says the measure is not projected to increase the property tax rate — although any increase in assessed value will raise individual tax bills. For now, referendum advocates in Racine applaud increased tax dollars that will allow the district to “right-size” by closing underenrolled schools, refurbishing and expanding others, and adding new technology, including a science, technology, engineering, arts and math school. O’Connell said there was no other way to raise the money. “I think that’s why you see so many school districts, big and small, urban and rural, going to referendum,” he said. “If you find a school district that’s been able to raise money without going to referendum, please let me know.”
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The results of the referendum that would bring $1 billion over 30 years to the Racine Unified School District — and allow the district to revamp buildings dating back to the Civil War — came down to just five votes. On April 7, 2020, voters approved the referendum by this impossibly thin margin. Little more than two weeks later, observers gathered in Festival Hall and held their collective breath as they watched the recount of 33,315 ballots. Racine Unified School Board president Brian O’Connell said it felt like watching the final seconds of a championship. After six rounds of ballot-counting, the results were final: The referendum had passed. It was a hard-fought campaign for the referendum, O’Connell recalled, one that met staunch opposition from HOT (Honest, Open and Transparent) Government, the same group that would later challenge the five-vote victory, appealing all the way to the state Supreme Court. School officials are awaiting a final verdict from the high court before they break ground on the full slate of projects the
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for everything from maintenance of old school buildings and construction of new schools to employee pay. Since 2016, more than seven out of every 10 of Wisconsin’s 421 school districts have gone to referendum, with two-thirds of those ballot measures passing, said Ari Brown, a researcher with the Wisconsin Policy Forum. The frequency with which districts in Wisconsin must exceed state-imposed revenue limits shows the nearly 30-year-old state funding formula is failing to keep up with present-day needs, school officials say. Prior to 1993, local school districts generally had the authority to raise as much as they deemed necessary and have the local taxpayers to cover it, with the state covering a certain percentage, Brown said. But that year, the Wisconsin Legislature imposed revenue limits in response to concerns by lawmakers and members of the public about rapidly rising tax bills to fund schools. The limits are based on a complicated formula that takes into account the assessed property in the district, the size of enrollment and past revenue, Brown said. State aid can decrease as property values increase or if student enrollment decreases. Places like Gibraltar in Door County rely more heavily on property taxes to pay for schools, because the district is considered “property rich,” with 83.8 percent of its operating budget in 2020 coming from property taxes. Districts like Beloit rely more on state aid, because property taxes cover a smaller percentage, 2.5% of its operating budget in 2020. And proposals by former state superintendent and current Democratic Gov. Tony Evers to change the system — and vastly increase state funding to education — have been rebuffed by the GOP-run Legislature.
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Brown said while the per pupil state aid has increased over time, the rate has not kept up with inflation. From the 2009-10 school year to 2018-19, inflation rose 17%, while the state average revenue limit per pupil increased only 6%, he said. And if a district’s enrollment decreases, the effect on its bottom line can be magnified, said Dale Knapp, director of Forward Analytics, the research arm for the Wisconsin Counties Association. “The challenges for school districts is they have a lot of what I would call semifixed costs, for example, teachers,” he said. “Suppose your average class size is 25, and you’re a medium-sized district, but you lose 50 students in a year. It’s going to be across multiple grades, so you can’t necessarily in that year lay off two teachers because you have 50 fewer students. ….So your costs don’t decline linearly with enrollment.” Dan Rossmiller, director of government relations for the Wisconsin Association of School Boards, said this dynamic has created funding problems for many districts — one that is difficult to explain to taxpayers who may oppose increasing taxes to pay for schools where enrollments are declining. “What’s happened since about the early 2000s is that enrollment has been decreasing,” Rossmiller said. “That’s what’s pinching school district budgets. As enrollment goes down, the state-imposed revenue limit
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The Green Bay Area Public School District, the fourth largest district in the state, is no stranger to referendums — going to voters eight times since 1993. Its most recent pair passed in 2017, which included $68.25 million for a districtwide building and facilities improvement plan and an operational referendum authorizing the district to exceed the revenue cap by $16.5 million per year for 10 years. “So the revenue cap is what needs to change — pure and simple,” said Pete Ross, the Green Bay district’s chief operations officer. “It has not increased with inflation in any of the years since it’s been put in place.” Ross said the cap has locked Green Bay into a level of spending that no longer supports the district’s needs. In 2017, Green Bay’s per pupil spending was $9,691 — well below the state average of $10,444, district spokeswoman Lori Blakeslee said. “In 1993, we were fixed as a low-spending district and could not move out of that fixed spot we were in,” Ross said. “So going into the 1993 school year, if you were a poor district, a low-spending district, you
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group recognizing the need if the community was going to prosper and thrive, they needed to invest in their schools,” LaCroix said. On that day, those 17 community members agreed on a $200 tax to build a new school house and a $50 tax to pay for a teacher. Fast forward 165 years, and school finance in 2021 is infinitely more complex — and the needs of students and the community have grown to levels unfathomable in the 1800s. Because Howard-Suamico was a lowspending district back in 1992, it has held nine referendum questions to boost spending since 2005, seven of which passed. Most recently, on April 6, district voters approved two referendum questions, including $98 million to renovate learning spaces and operational funding to decrease class sizes, better compensate teachers and maintain facilities. “Over 160 years ago, leaders in this community recognized education is not an expense, it’s an investment,” LaCroix said. “We have a duty, a moral and ethical obligation, to educate every child and help them maximize their potential.” Press Times Editor Ben Rodgers and Wisconsin Watch’s Mario Koran and Dee J. Hall contributed to this story. It was produced by the NEW News Lab, a collaboration of newsrooms focusing on issues important to northeastern Wisconsin.
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on School Funding. Both are long-time former school board members in northeastern Wisconsin. In 2019, the commission put forth 20 recommendations for legislative action — including restoring the state’s commitment of two-thirds funding of school costs, adjusting per-pupil funding with inflation, factoring in the needs of lowincome pupils and updating revenue limit formulas. (A complete list of recommendations can be found at tinyurl.com/blueribbonrecs) The Legislature has taken no action on those proposals, but, said Kitchens, “I would hope that we would still have a chance to get those done this time or in the future.” Another former school board member, state Rep. Kristina Shelton, D-Green Bay, said Wisconsin needs a school funding formula that is “transparent, equitable and sustainable.” “Unfortunately,” she said, “what we found is our formula is none of those things, and it is harming Wisconsin kids, families and teachers.”
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were destined to be that forever.” Savion Castro, Madison school board vice president, said even high property value districts like Madison do not fare well under the revenue caps because of the significant needs of some of their students. The district passed a pair of referendums in November 2020 totaling $350 million — $317 million for capital projects and $33 million in operating funds that will phase in over four years. “We have very, very, very high levels of inequity in our school system. West High School has the highest level of income inequality in the whole state,” Castro said. “Big picture, I think we need to come up with a formula that is reflective of the actual needs of students and the changing demographics that we are seeing in our schools.” But former Republican state Sen. Luther Olsen, who chaired the Senate Education Committee until 2020, said the nearly 30-year-old funding formula has done the job, curbing what lawmakers and many members of the public felt was unfettered spending by school officials. “What was happening is that schools were writing checks and the state was having to sign its name on the bottom, and when it said it would fund whatever a school spent, there was no concern,” he said.
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The Tomorrow War is fun, despite being full of plotholes Review by B.C. Kowalski The Tomorrow War Rated PG-13 | 140 min. Amazon Prime I think we’re starting to get an idea of the kind of movies we can expect from Chris Pratt. The days of the lovable goofball Andy Dwyer from Parks and Recreation are long gone. In his place is… well, this. The Tomorrow War, released on Amazon Prime July 2, seems pretty typical of modern day action movies. The premise is a bit eye-rolling, but hey, who cares because cool-looking alien monsters and fun explosions and fight scenes and Chris Pratt doing cool Chris Pratt things? So, the premise: thirty years into the future aliens show up (or so they thought) and just start eating humanity and pretty much every other living creature. These aren’t little green men aliens, but more like giant tentacled monster aliens that
feed on humans and all other forms of life. So, surviving rangers from the future engaged in this war hop back in time to recruit humans to come to the future to also fight the bad aliens. A worldwide draft of just about everyone from former special forces (Chris Pratt!) to, like, 40-year-old accountants. If that sounds, I don’t know, dumb, don’t worry, Tomorrow War has an explanation. Turns out, time isn’t like Back to the Future, in which going into the past and changing things affects the future. The two time points are like two rafts floating on a river, the film explains to us, and you can jump from one raft to another farther down the river and back, but the two rafts keep moving. Of course, this opens up all kinds of rabbit holes the film doesn’t care much to go down. This explanation seems to be pushing a multi-verse view of the universe, where there are infinite universes and each one has its own set of circumstances. But then why should droves of people from
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teams of people to fight a war without much of a strategy for winning? And also, too, people wouldn’t fight this? Look how much people kicked and screamed over wearing a mask. People would just accept being sent to an alternate universe earth most likely in order to die, since the vast majority of people don’t make it back? Well, I could go on.) With all that aside, I can’t say that The Tomorrow War isn’t enjoyable. The action is fun, and Chris Pratt’s main character these days — tough but still loveable (Guardians of the Galaxy, every Jurassic Park movie he’s been in, etc) — is still easy to root for. And I thought the plot with his daughter at two different ages was enjoyable. I wouldn’t say don’t watch The Tomorrow War — just don’t expect to take the plot too seriously. Tomorrow War is a lot like the streaming generation’s Starship Troopers, although Starship Troopers was more intentional parody than unintentional. But either way they’re both fun movies with light sci-fi elements. I think we can enjoy it for what it is.
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the Dueling Piano group put on a comedic piano performance. Starts at 7:30 pm. $400 for table of 8 or $50 single ticket. www.playhousetheatergroup.com Living River Outdoor Concert · Sat. 7/10, hosted by Highland Community Church, Merrill Campus at Riverside Park, Merrill. Bring lawn chairs. Starts at 10:30 am. 715-842-5683 Rising Phoenix at Taste N Glow Balloon Fest · Sat. 7/10, 140914 Stettin Dr, Marathon. Rock. 6 pm. Tasteandglow.com Mattea Joy · Sat 7/10, Whitewater Music Hall, Wausau. Variety. 7 pm. 715-298-3202 Bryanna Banx$ & Friends Drag Extravaganza · Sat. 7/10, hosted by Bryanna Banx at Main Street Taps, 956 Main St, Stevens Point. Two drag shows at Main Street Taps. Starts at 7 pm and 10:30 pm. $10 admission. 715-544-6500 Jazz on the River Concert Series · Every Sun. 7/11-8/29, Kickbusch Plaza, Wausau. Lineup TBA. Bring lawn chairs and picnic dinners. If raining, relocate across the street from Whitewater Music Hall. Starts at 5 pm. Free. www.rivervalleyjazz.org/jazz-on-the-river Second Tuesday Concerts: Quarry Road · Tues. 7/13, hosted by Walls of Wittenberg at Washington Park Bandshell, Wittenberg. Bring chairs. If raining, concert held in WOW. Concert starts at 6 pm. Free. www.wallsofwittenberg.com Mosinee Summer Concerts · Tues. 7/13, 7/20, Mosinee Rec Center, 701 11th St, Mosinee. Mosinee Community Band plays on 7/20 and Bull Falls Brass plays on 7/13. Starts at 7 pm. https://www.wibandshellsandstands.com/mosinee.html Notes at Night: Doug Sheen · Wed. 7/14, Mathias Mitchell Public Park, Stevens Point. Acoustic and new rock. 5:30 pm. Stevenspoint.com Concerts on the Square: Johnny & The Motowns · Wed. 7/14, 400 Block, downtown Wausau. Blues, rock. Free. 6 pm. Wausauevents.org The Soul Inspirations featuring David Deon · Wed. 7/14, Peeple’s Park, 10394, Main Street, Boulder Junction. Soul, jazz. Free. 7 pm. Boulderjct.org “Disney’s The Little Mermaid”-Playhouse Theatre Group · Wed.-Sat 7/14-7/17, hosted by the Playhouse Theatre Group at Stevens Point Area High School, Stevens Point. Watch a play about a mermaid who sacrifices her voice to become human. Starts at 7 pm on 7-14-7/16 and 1 pm on 7/17. $12. www.playhousetheatergroup.com Gazebo Nights: Winchester · Thurs. 7/15, Normal Park, Merrill. Acoustic variety. 5 pm. 715-536-6972 Gazebo Nights: Paul Filipowicz Band · Thurs. 7/15, Normal Park, Merrill. Rock/blues, original. 6 pm. 715-536-6972 Levitt Amp Concert Series: John Roberts y Pan Blanco · Thurs. 7/15, Pfiffner Park, Stevens Point. Funk, African, salsa. 6 pm. Createportagecounty.org The Sound of Music · Thurs.-Sat. 7/15-7/17, hosted by the Wausau Community Theatre at the Grand Theater, Wausau. Famous musical about a nun who watches over the children of a naval officer. Starts at 6:30 pm on 7/15, 7:30 pm on 7/16, and two performances on 7/17 at 2 pm and 7:30 pm. $22 for adults, $18 seniors, $14 youth. www.wausaucommunitytheatre.org
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7 pm each Wednesday. Social distancing in place. Make reservations online for your team of up to 6 people. http://www.malarkeyspub.com/ Trivia@MBCo · Wednesdays, hosted at Mosinee Brewing Company, 401 4th St, Mosinee. Trivia starts at 7 pm each Wednesday. Masks required. Limit team size to 6 people. http://www.mosineebrewing.com/ Trivia Night at Burks Bar · every other Wednesday, hosted at Burks Bar, 4711 Stewart Ave, Wausau. Starts at 7 pm. Use your phone to play along. 715-848-2253 Team Trivia Nights at Sawmill Brewing Company · Wednesdays, hosted at Sawmill Brewing Company, 1110 E 10th St, Merrill. The games start at 6 pm each Wednesday. Social distancing in place. Make reservations online for your team of 2-4 people. http://www.sawmillbrewing.net/ Happy Hour Hootenany · Thursdays, Sconni’s Alehouse and Eatery, Schofield. Music on the patio every Thursday thru September. Starts at 4 pm. 715-241-7665 Highway 51 Wood and Wire Sessions · Thursdays, Whitewater Music Hall, Wausau. Americana music played live by regional musicians and guests. Starts at 7 pm. 715-298-3202 West Side Tasty Treat Presents: Live at Westside, The Westside Tasty Beats · Thursdays, West Side Tasty Treat, 118 S. 3rd Ave, Wausau. Outdoor dining and live music every Thursday all summer. Starts at 6 pm. 715-298-0726 Open Mic at Sawmill Brewing Company · Thursdays, hosted at Sawmill Brewing Company, 1110 E 10th St, Merrill. Open mic every Thursday for anyone who wants to perform comedy, music or poetry. Starts at 6:30 pm. http://www.sawmillbrewing.net/
Cop Shoppe Polka Sundays · Sun. 6/6-9/5, hosted by Cop Shoppe, Wausau. Every Sunday until Labor Day, Cop Shoppe will be hosting Polka performances. Listen to Pam & Scott, R&R Band, and Mijal & Son from 6/6 to 8/29. Events start at 1 pm. No cost. 715-845-2030 Dining on the Street · Wed. and Sat. 6/9-9/15, hosted by Wausau River District at downtown Wausau, 3rd Street. Dine outdoors at participating restaurants downtown and enjoy live music. Event starts at 5 pm. Free. wausauriverdistrict.org/dining-on-the-street Book-of-the-Month-Club: “The Weight of Ink” by Rachel Kadish · Thurs. 7/1-7/31, hosted by the Marathon County Public Library at MCPL Athens. Ongoing book club meeting to discuss Kadish’s novel. No cost. Call 715-257-7292 for more info Grab & Go Craft for Adults: Mini Fairy Doll · Thurs. 7/8-7/31, hosted by the Marathon County Public Library at all MCPL locations. Grab a kit and create a fairy doll. Free. Call 715-261-7230 for more info Iola Car Show 2021 · Thurs.-Sat 7/8-7/10, hosted by Iola Car Show at 700 East State Street, Iola. See over 2,500 show cars and enjoy some snacks. Theme is 70s show. Starts at 6 am. $15 a day or $28 for 3 days. Iolaoldcarshow.com Dinner in the Vineyards · Thurs. 7/8, hosted by Willow Springs Garden, 5480 Hillcrest Dr, Wausau. Enjoy craft cocktails, appetizers, salad, homemade bread and dessert along with a walk through the vineyards. Starts at 6 pm. $50 per person. 715-675-1171 Name that Musky · Thurs. 7/8-7/21, hosted online by Boulder Junction Chamber of Commerce. Naming contest for an 18 foot musky statue. Entries accepted until 7/21 and winner decided on 8/7. Free. Submit suggested names at boulderjct.org Taste N Glow Balloon Fest · Fri.-Sun. 7/9-7/11, 140914 Stettin Dr, Marathon. Check out balloon launches, balloon glows, tractor pull, craft show, flea market, live music, food trucks
and beer garden. Starts at 11 am. Free. Tasteandglow.com Prints for Paws · Fri.-Sun. 7/9-7/11, 140914 Stettin Dr, Marathon. Get your picture taken at a photo booth. Proceeds go to the Humane Society of Marathon County. Starts at 11 am. http://catsndogs.org/ Chalkfest · Sat. 7/10-Sun. 7/11, 400 block downtown Wausau. Check out chalk artwork. Wausauevents.org Wis. Rapids Rafters Game · Sat. 7/10, Witter Field, 521 Lincoln St, Wisconsin Rapids. Wisconsin Rapids Rafters vs. Green Bay Booyah. Starts at 6:35 pm. $9 general admission. Raftersbaseball.com Back to the Moon for Good · Sun. 7/11, hosted at the UW-Stevens Point Blocher Planetarium, Stevens Point. Learn about the history of lunar exploration. Starts at 2 pm and 3:30 pm. Free. Uwsp.edu Wis. Rapids Rafters Game · Sun. 7/11, Witter Field, 521 Lincoln St, Wisconsin Rapids. Wisconsin Rapids Rafters vs. Green Bay Booyah. Starts at 5:05 pm. $9 general admission. Raftersbaseball.com Marathon City Book Club: “The Giver of Stars” by Jojo Moyes · Mon. 7/12, hosted by the Marathon County Public Library at MCPL Marathon City. Onsite or virtual meeting to discuss Moyes’s novel. Starts at 5:45 pm. No cost. 715-443-2775 Seeing! A Photon Journey Across Space, Time, and Mind · Mon. 7/12, hosted at the UW-Stevens Point Blocher Planetarium, Stevens Point. Learn about photons within space. Starts at 6 pm and 7:30 pm. Free. Uwsp.edu Wis. Woodchucks · Mon.-Tues. 7/12-7/13, 324 E Wausau Ave, Wausau. Woodchucks vs. Lakeshore Chinooks. Starts at 6:35 pm on. $9 general admission. Woodchucks.com Wis. Rapids Rafters Game · Mon. 7/12, Witter Field, 521 Lincoln St, Wisconsin Rapids. Wisconsin Rapids Rafters vs. Madison Mallards. Starts at 6:35 pm. $9 general admission. Raftersbaseball.com
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Hatley Book Club: “The Tattooist of Auschwitz” by Heather Morris · Tues. 7/13, hosted by the Marathon County Public Library at MCPL Hatley. Onsite or possible virtual meeting to discuss Morris’s book. Call to learn more info. Starts at 1 pm. No cost. 715-446-3537 GiGi’s Playhouse Ribbon Cutting · Tues. 7/13, hosted at 3910 Schofield Ave, Suite 3, Weston. Celebrate the opening of GiGi’s Playhouse at a new location. Starts at 2 pm. Free. GiGisPlayhouse.org/Wausau Concerts in the Gardens · Tues. 7/13-7/27, hosted by Monk Botanical Gardens at 1800 N 1st Ave, Wausau. Every Tuesday from June thru July, enjoy local food, music and beer. Gates open at 4:30 pm with events starting at 5 pm. Free for members, $15 for non-members. 715-261-6309 Gather by the Gazebo · Tues. 7/13 & 8/10, hosted by the Heart of Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce at Rome Town Center, Rome. Enjoy food and music. 7/13: Music from Ben Chitek and food from Purple Basil. 8/10: Music from Bob Allen and food from Fusco’s Chow Bella. Starts at 5:30 pm. Free. 715-422-4859 Phantom of the Universe-The Hunt for Dark Matter · Tues. 7/13, hosted at the UW-Stevens Point Blocher Planetarium, Stevens Point. Learn about the existence of dark matter. Starts at 6 pm and 7:30 pm. Free. Uwsp.edu Fiction in the Fresh Air Book Club: “American Dirt” by Jeanine Cummins · Wed. 7/14, hosted by the Marathon County Public Library at MCPL Stratford. Discuss Cummins’ book outdoors from the library. Starts at 1 pm. No cost. 715-687-4420 ArtsWalk & the Night Market · Wed. 7/14 & 9/1, hosted by CREATE Portage County, Stevens Point. Take a walk downtown and check out the artwork and music playing during Notes at Night. Starts at 5 pm. No cost.
Createportagecounty.org Live! In Living Color · Wed. 7/14, hosted by Kids From Wisconsin at Stiehm Stadium, Schofield. Watch a Vegasinfluenced musical performance from a professional troupe, Kids From Wisconsin. 5 students from DC Everest have been chosen to join Kids From Wisconsin. Also included is the “Arts Spotlight” which showcases community arts. Event starts at 4:30 pm for “Arts Spotlight” and 6:30 pm for the performance. Tickets available at https://dce.booktix.com/ Wis. Woodchucks · Wed. 7/14, 324 E Wausau Ave, Wausau. Woodchucks vs. Green Bay Booyah. Starts at 12:05 pm and 6:35 pm. $9 general admission. Woodchucks.com Pizza Nights on the Patio · Wed. 7/14, 7/21, 8/4, 8/18, 9/1, 9/8, hosted by Willow Springs Garden, Wausau. Have some all you can eat pizza, salad, bread, lemonade, dessert, milk and water. Starts at 6 pm. $12 per person 11 and older, $4 for ages 6-10 and 5 and under free. 715-675-1171 From Earth to the Universe · Wed. 7/14, hosted at the UWStevens Point Blocher Planetarium, Stevens Point. Learn about what the people of the past thought of the Earth and universe and the ways we currently learn about the universe with astronomy and technology. Starts at 6 pm and 7:30 pm. Free. Uwsp.edu Wis. Rapids Rafters Game · Wed. 7/14, Witter Field, 521 Lincoln St, Wisconsin Rapids. Wisconsin Rapids Rafters vs. Fond Du Lac Dock Spiders. Starts at 6:35 pm. $9 general admission. Raftersbaseball.com Portage County Fair of Amherst · Thurs.-Sun. 7/15-7/18, Amherst Fair, Amherst. Carnival rides, tractor pulls, food, animal judging, demolition derby and more. Starts at 5 pm. $5 day or $12 season pass. Amherstfair.com Booze and Botany · Thurs. 7/15, hosted by Monk Botanical Gardens at Timekeeper Distillery, 720 Grant St, Wausau.
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to identify butterflies. Advanced registration required and space is limited. Starts at 10 am. Free. To register email email@example.com Mid Summer Musky Fishing · Sun. 7/11, hosted by Boulder Junction Chamber of Commerce at the Lions Pavilion behind the Community Center on Hwy M, Boulder Junction. Learn about musky fishing in the summer. Starts at 7 pm. Free. https://boulderjct.org “Wild Edibles”-Naturalist Guided Hike · Wed. 7/14, hosted 2-Man Lantern League · Wed. 5/5-8/25, hosted by the by Mead Wildlife Area at 201517 Country Rd S, Milladore. Bullseye Golf Club, 2800 Ridgewood Trail, Wisconsin Rapids. Go for a hike with a naturalist and learn about foraging. Men can partner up for a 9 hole golf match. Starts at 4:30 Advanced registration required and space is limited. Starts at pm. $60 for league entry fee, $25 for cart and weekly green 10 am. Free. To register email Pamela.firstname.lastname@example.org fee. 715-423-2225 Wild Wednesdays-Remarkable Reptiles · Wed. 7/14, hosted Ladies Scramble League · Mon. 5/10-8/23, hosted by the at Wildwood Zoo, Marshfield. Learn about reptiles and Bullseye Golf Club, 2800 Ridgewood Trail, Wisconsin Rapids. amphibians. Masks required. Starts at 11 am and 1 pm. Ladies can team up in pairs and play others in non-competFree. 715-384-4642 ext. 0 itive golf. Event prizes also featured weekly. Starts at 5 pm. Self- Guided Interpretative Hikes—Winged Wonders · Fri.$50 for league entry fee, $25 for cart and weekly green fee. Thurs. 7/16-8/12, hosted at Mead Wildlife Area, Milladore. 715-423-2225 Search for bees, bats, birds and butterflies. Daylight Hours. Self- Guided Interpretative Hikes—Frog Scavenger Hunt Free. Meadwildlife.org · Tues.-Thurs. 6/1-7/15, hosted at Mead Wildlife Area, Pedal Point Rally · Sat. 7/17, hosted at Hostel Shoppe, 3201 Milladore. Look around for frogs. Daylight Hours. Free. John Joanis Dr, Stevens Point. Go bike riding with proceeds Meadwildlife.org going to the Boys and Girls Club of Portage County. $25 per Yoga in the Gardens · Wed. 6/2-8/30, hosted by Monk Boadults and $10 per child. Register at tanical Gardens at 1800 N 1st Ave, Wausau. Every Monday www.bgclubpc.org/pedalpointrally and Wednesday from June to August, bring a mat and do Fly Fishing for Various Fish Species · Sat. 7/17, hosted at some yoga. Masks and social distancing required. Starts at 6 Nicolet College, 5364 College Dr, Rhinelander. Learn how pm. $5 cash only. 715-261-6309 to catch trout, salmon, bass, pike, musky, crappie, yellow Gardens Tours · Sat. 6/5 thru 9/25, hosted by Monk Botanical perch, bluegill and other fish. Starts at 9 am. $35. Gardens at 1800 N 1st Ave, Wausau. Every Saturday, garden https://www.nicoletcollege.edu/community/outdoor-adventure tours will be available for guests. Starts at 10 am or 2 pm. Advanced Fly Fishing and Casting · Sat. 7/17, hosted at Nico$2 for non members and free for members. 715-261-6309 let College, 5364 College Dr, Rhinelander. Advanced class for 2021 Garden Walk · Fri. 7/9 and Sat. 7/10, hosted by the those experienced with fly casting. Starts at 1 pm. $35. North Central Wisconsin Master Gardeners Association https://www.nicoletcollege.edu/community/outdoorin Marathon County. Go for a walk through five gardens. adventure Get your tickets at UW Extension, 212 River Drive Suite 3 Summer Walleye & Crappie Fishing · Sun. 7/18, hosted Wausau or at one of the gardens. Starts at 1 pm on 7/9 and by Boulder Junction Chamber of Commerce at the Lions 9 am on 7/10. $10 per person. Pavilion behind the Community Center on Hwy M, Boulder fyi.uwex.edu/marathonmg/garden-walk Junction. Learn how to fish for walleye and crappie during Overnight in the Gardens · Fri., 7/9 and 8/6, hosted by Monk the summer. Starts at 7 pm. Free. https://boulderjct.org Botanical Gardens at 1800 N 1st Ave, Wausau. Bring your Beavers-Amazing Builders-Naturalist Guided Hike · Mon. camping gear, set up a campfire, go hiking and enjoy a gar7/19, hosted by Mead Wildlife Area at 201517 Country den fresh meal. Masks and social distancing required. Starts Rd S, Milladore. Go for a hike with a naturalist and learn at 5:30 pm. $60 non-member family and $50 for member about beavers. Advanced registration required and space family. 715-261-6309 is limited. Starts at 6 pm. Free. To register email Pamela. Group Hike · Sat. 7/10, 11/13 and 12/11, hosted by the email@example.com Friends of Rib Mountain State Park, Rib Mountain. Go hiking Sunset at Smokey Hill-Naturalist Guided Hike · Mon. 7/19, on the second Saturday of each month. Starts at 10 am. hosted by Mead Wildlife Area at 201517 Country Rd S, Free. Ribmountain.org/events Milladore. Go hiking and night-time bird watching. Bring Turtles at Mead-a Naturalist Guided Hike · Sat. 7/10, hosted binoculars, cameras and insect repellant. Meet at the by Mead Wildlife Area at 201517 Country Rd S, Milladore. Smokey Hill Road observation deck. Starts at 7:30 pm. Go for a walk with a naturalist and learn how to indentify Meadwildlife.org turtles. Advanced registration required and space is limited. Wild Wednesdays-River Valley Raptors · Wed. 7/21, hosted Starts at 10 am. Free. To register email at Wildwood Zoo, Marshfield. Learn about raptor conservaPamela.firstname.lastname@example.org tion. Masks required. Starts at 11 am and 1 pm. Free. Rec Release · Sat. 7/10-Sun. 7/11, hosted at Wausau White715-384-4642 ext. 0 water, 200 River Dr, Wausau. Paddle or slalom in the waters. Up-A-Notch Mountain Biking · Thurs. 7/22 & 7/29, Minocqua ACA membership, helmet, boat floatation, life jacket Zip Line Trails, 7849 US-51, Minocqua. Learn how to ride required. Starts at 10 am. $20 per day, $30 per weekend, bike on difficult terrain. Starts at 5:30 pm. $50. https:// $10 ACA fee. www.wausauwhitewater.org www.nicoletcollege.edu/community/outdoor-adventure Monarchs & other Butterflies-Naturalist Guided Hike · Sun. Primitive Fire Starting · Fri. 7/23, hosted at Nicolet College, 7/11, hosted by Mead Wildlife Area at 201517 Country Rd 5364 College Dr, Rhinelander. Meet at the Red Oak Center S, Milladore. Go for a hike with a naturalist and learn how entrance. Learn how to start a fire. Bring a survival knife or rod flint if you have one. Starts at 6 pm. $35. https://www.nicoletcollege.edu/ community/outdoor-adventure Fishing for Campers · Sun. 7/25, hosted by Boulder Junction Chamber of Commerce at the Lions Pavilion behind the Community Center on Hwy M, Boulder Junction. Learn about how to fish while camping. Starts at 7 pm. Free. https://boulderjct.org Wild Wednesdays-Wisconsin Honey ST TH Bee · Wed. 7/28, hosted at Wildwood Zoo, Marshfield. Learn about honey and beekeeping. Masks required. Starts at 11 am and 1 pm. Free. 715-384-4642 ext. 0 Dragonflies-Amazing Sky HuntersNaturalist Guided Hike · Wed. 7/28, hosted by Mead Wildlife Area at 201517 Country Rd S, Milladore. Go for a hike with a naturalist and search for dragonflies. Advanced registration required and space is limited. Starts at 1 pm. Free. To register email Pamela. email@example.com Rec Release · Sat. 8/7-Sun. 8/8, hosted at Wausau Whitewater, 200 River Dr, Wausau. Paddle or slalom in the waters. ACA membership, helmet, boat floatation, life jacket required. Starts at 10 am. $20 per day, $30 per weekend, $10 ACA fee. www.wausauwhitewater.org History Hike · Sat. 8/14, hosted by the FarmersMarketOfWausau.com Friends of Rib Mountain State Park, Weekly updates on Facebook Grouse Ln, Rib Mountain. Go hiking and learn about Rib Mountain’s history. Starts at 10 am. Free. 19257 Ribmountain.org/events
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IRONBULL Underdown Trail Races · Sat. 8/21, hosted by IronBull at W3221 Copper Lake Ave, Gleason. Run 50k, half marathon or full marathon after the Thunderdown bikers. Starts at 9:30 am. $40-$85. www.ironbull.org/underdown-details Rec Release · Sat. 8/21-Sun. 8/22, hosted at Wausau Whitewater, 200 River Dr, Wausau. Paddle or slalom in the waters. ACA membership, helmet, boat floatation, life jacket required. Starts at 10 am. $20 per day, $30 per weekend, $10 ACA fee. www.wausauwhitewater.org 2021 Ultra Trail 15k/50k · Sat. 10/2, hosted by IronBull at State Park Speedway, 147711 N Mountain Rd, Wausau. Put your body to the test with a 15k or 50k race along the Rib Mountain trail. Starts at 6 am. From now to 8/31, 85$ for 15k race and $125 for 50k race. For more details on pricing, additional information and registration go to https://www.ironbull.org/ultra-marathon-details Red Granite Grinder · Sat. 10/16, hosted by IronBull at downtown Wausau on the 400 Block. Choose between 85 miles, 50 miles, 144 miles and 12 miles and ride along the gravel trails through the Wausau area. 12 mile ride is recreational, timed, non-competitive and great for the family. Costs $90 for 144 miles, $70 for 85 miles or 50 miles, and $35 for 12 miles (free for ages 18 and under). For more info or registration visit https://www.ironbull.org/red-granite-grinder-details
LECTURES/WORKSHOPS Mental Health First Aid Training · Wed. 7/14, Fri. 8/6, Mon. 9/20, Wed. 10/6 & Mon. 11/8, hosted online by Extension Wood County. Learn how to identify mental illness and provide care. Starts at 9 am. Free. tinyurl.com/UW21MHFA Impressions of Poland · Sat. 7/10, hosted online by the Marathon County Historical Society. Learn about the history of Poland from Rick Lohr. Starts at 2 pm. Free. On Facebook Live Make Your Own Hiking/Walking Stick · Sat. 7/24, Sandhill Wildlife Area, 1715 County Rd X, Babcock. Use sticks and other provided materials to create a walking stick. Ages 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Starts at 8:30 am or 12:30 pm. $5 in advance. 715-652-3131 Separating the Wheat from the Chaff in Our Lives: Upheaval, Deep Listening, New Paths · Fri. 7/30, hosted by St. Anthony Spiritual Center, 300 E 4th St, Marathon. Go on a retreat and learn how you can handle difficulties in your life. Starts at 6 pm. $200. www.sarcenter.com Guitar Lessons with Adam Greuel · Running now, hosted online through UWSP. Learn how to play guitar with Adam Greuel of Horseshoes and Hand Grenades. Lessons times vary. Available to all levels. $69 for 30 minutes, $114 for 60 minutes. Uwsp.edu
ARTS/EXHIBITS Center for the Visual Arts, Wausau · Free. New gallery hours Wed. 1-8 pm; Thurs-Fri. 11 am-4 pm; Sat. noon–4 pm. 715-842-4545, cvawausau.org. Hard and Soft · 5/14-7/10. Ceramic and soft fiber art used to make sculptures. Constructive Rhythm · 5/14-7/10. Exhibits created through musical and visual rhythms. Inspired by activities and events. Woodson Art Museum · Free. Open Tues-Fri 9 am-4 pm, first Thurs. of each month 9 am-7:30 pm, Sat-Sun noon-5 pm and closed Mon. and holidays. Handstitched Worlds: The Cartography of Quilts available from 6/12-8/29. Exhibit showing quilt creations from early America. Pacific Quilt on view from 6/12-8/29. Giant quilt depicting the Pacific Ocean. Avian Celebrations a new exhibit comprised of different mediums depicting birds in the wild. Facemasks and social distancing required. lywam.org Q Artists Cooperative · Facemasks optional. Gallery open Tues. noon-4 pm, Wed. noon-4 pm, Thurs. 10 am-5 pm, Fri. 10 am-5 pm, Sat. 10 am-4 pm, Sun. 10 am-2 pm. Closed Mondays. Merrill History & Cultural Center · Open Mon., Weds. and Fri. From 9 am to 1 pm. Appointments can be made for other days. 715-536-5652, preservethefuture.org Riverfront Arts Center, Stevens Point · Open Tues.-Fri. 11 am to 5 pm. Sat. & Sun 11 am to 3 pm. Closed holidays. Current exhibit: Visions XXII: 22nd annual juried event. On view 6/25-8/17 from 3 pm to 5 pm. stevenspoint.com/rac Marathon City Heritage Center · Open from noon to 2 pm on the second Sunday of each month from Oct. to April, Open Sun. 4/5 noon-2 pm and 5/3 noon-2 pm. 715-443-2221. www.marathoncity.org Motorama Auto Museum, Aniwa · Open Weds.-Sat. 9 am to 5 pm from May to Oct. Check out 400+ rare, vintage vehicles. $10 for adults, free for kids. 715-449-2141. Alfaheaven.com Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art · Open noon-5 pm Tues-Sat. Exhibit on display: Iconic-A Poets Artists exhibit on display from 7/1-8/28. Face masks required. Wmoca.org July Gallery Show-Vortexual Spectral Forest Floor by Kathryn Petke · Thurs. 7/1-7/31, hosted at the Chestnut Center for the Arts, 208 S Chestnut Ave, Marshfield. “Vortexual Spectral Forest Floor” by Kathryn Petke will be on display through July. Opening reception on 7/1 from 6-8 pm. Gallery hours are Mon.-Thurs. 10 am-3 pm. Free. Chestnutarts.org North Woods Art Tour · Weds.-Fri. 7/23-7/26, hosted by North Woods Art Tour. Tour across Vilas, Oneida, Iron, Langlade and Lincoln counties and check out different arts
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Rothschild. Create colorful, fizzy fountains. Starts at 9 am. Free. http://wausauchildrensmuseum.org/ Make Your First Video Game · Mon.-Fri. 8/2-8/6, hosted online by UWSP. Children can learn how to create their own video game. For ages 8-14. Starts at 8:30 am or 12:30 pm. Tuition is $169. More info on www.uwsp.edu RKR Rocket Kart Racers · Mon.-Fri. 8/2-8/6, hosted online by UWSP. Children can learn how to create 3D kart-racing games. For ages 8-14. Starts at 8:30 am or 12:30 pm. Tuition is $169. More info on www.uwsp.edu App Attack! · Mon.-Fri. 8/9-8/13, hosted online by UWSP. Children from 8-11 and 11-14 can learn how to develop mobile apps. For ages 8-14. Starts at 8:30 am or 12:30 pm. Tuition is $169 per class. More info on www.uwsp.edu Minecraft Modders · Mon.-Fri. 8/9-8/13, hosted online by UWSP. Children can learn about game modding from Minecraft. For ages 8-14. Starts at 8:30 am or 12:30 pm. Tuition is $169. More info on www.uwsp.edu Preschool Gymnastics Fun Days Camp · Tues. 8/17, hosted by the Woodson YMCA at Wausau YMCA Gymnastics, 707 N 3rd St, Wausau. Gymnastics camp for boys and girls ages 4-6. Starts at 11:30 am. $23 per member. http://www.woodsonymca.com Wednesday Learning Centers · Every Weds., hosted by the Stevens Point Area YMCA and Boys & Girls Club of Portage County. Available for students in K thru 6th grade. Young learners will get the chance to socialize and learn after school. Centers are open all day. $10 per child. More info at https://www.bgclubpc.org/
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