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Summer is in full swing. COVID cases are down, businesses have been open for a while, and events are hopping in the Wausau area. So guess what? The annual Best of the Wausau Area survey is back! Starting next week, we will release the survey through Survey Monkey, and will include a paper ballot in next week’s issue to help you mark your picks. We will take a limited number of ballots via dropping them off in the office, but otherwise we greatly prefer you use the Survey Monkey survey in order to make tabulating easier. And that means The Program magazine will also be back! If you have an event you would like included, please send an email to entertainment@mmclocal.com. Our Big Guide guru Ben will be happy to include it. Remember, City Pages’ Best of is the original version, and we take great pains to make sure no one is ballot stuffing. So you know when you read our results, they’re a real reflection of our readers’ opinions on the Wausau area. So get ready, because it’s coming next week!

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Broadband support

County committees approved support for three broadband expansion projects that will significantly aid internet in rural Marathon County Three new broadband projects would, if ultimately approved, greatly expand broadband in rural parts of Marathon County. The county’s Executive Committee and Human Resources, Finance and Property committee Thursday approved support for three projects from Bug Tussel, Cirrinity and Country Wireless. Those projects will be submitting for grants from the Public Service Commission. Of the three, the largest project is from Bug Tussel, a broadband firm specializing in rural broadband. As part of the project, Bug Tussel would build more than 200 miles of fiber in something of a ring around Marathon County, bring broadband to approximately 5,500 households and lay the groundwork for future expansion by them or other companies. The company isn’t asking any money from the county, which has money set aside for broadband projects. Instead, it is asking the county to secure a nearly $20 million loan to build the project, and plans on giving the county interest for its trouble equalling about $1.2 million over the life of the loan in exchange for guaranteeing the debt payments. The two others are smaller projects.

Cirrinity would build out the Lake Norrie area, using $62,900 from county money to serve around 100 customers; and Country

Wireless would use the remaining money from the county’s funds to build out wireless to two areas: One in southwest Marathon County that would bring broadband to just under 200 homes, and another in the town of Cleveland that would bring broadband to 82 homes. The county also received a proposal from LTD Wireless, but their proposal didn’t fit the criteria the county’s Broadband Task Force set out, says chair John Robinson. The grant applications are part of the county’s efforts to bolster broadband internet in the county, something that is severely lacking and has ramifications for economic development. A study the county commissioned from consultant Design9 suggested to entirely build out the county internet infrastructure would cost roughly $200 million, Robinson pointed out. The county board will need to approve support for the grant applications at its next education meeting. Grants and letters of support are due to the Public Service Commission by July 27, a shorter timeline than in years past. The county’s approach, supporting internet service providers in applying for grants and then supporting the projects, is similar to how Oneida County built out its infrastructure, as pointed out in a 2018 City Pages feature.

County looking to fill vacant board seat

Marathon County is working on filling a vacant position after Supervisor E.J. Stark resigned from his seat. County Board Chair Kurt Gibbs says the county received three applications for the

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position and county officials interviewed candidates on Friday. Stark resigned in May, and mentioned his last meeting would be the county board meeting May 26. He did not cite a reason for resigning. The resignation letter was signed May 24.

Ethiopian refugees could be resettled in Wausau

As many as 75 Ethiopian refugees could be resettled in Wausau, if a proposal to the federal government is ultimately approved. Officials with the Ethiopian Community Development Council submitted a funding proposal to the Department of State to resettle a targeted 75 Ethiopians to Wausau in 2022. Families in the program wouldn’t arrive all at once but at various times throughout 2022, the ECDC says. The application came after consultation with various local officials, but the press release didn’t say which officials. The ECDC says Wausau’s strong network of service providers and welcoming attitude made Wausau a good choice for the program. As part of the program, if ultimately approved, the ECDC would open an office in Wausau and hire staff, bringing jobs to the area.

Police calls to gazebo increasing

Police say there is an increase in illegal activity at the gazebo at Big Bull Falls park, and they’re planning some measures to address them.


Police calls to the park increased from only three in May to 19 in June. Those incidents included a stabbing, and another in which a man with a hatchet hacked at the gazebo itself. There were eight criminal misdemeanors, six welfare checks and four medical emergencies. The gazebo, located just north of Stewart Avenue, has become a frequent hangout for Wausau’s homeless population and Wausau’s homeless liaison officer makes frequent visits there. The increase comes as the city deals with a crime increase in June, including six heroin overdoses.

Library to open to full capacity

The Marathon County Library will soon be open at full capacity after its board gave approval Monday. The Marathon County Library had been operating at half capacity after upgrading from 25% capacity. With the board decision, the library can now open up to full. The decision is largely academic, says interim Library Director Leah Giordano. The Wausau branch is large enough that it never got close to the limited capacity, and of all the branches, only Rothschild had a few times in which they needed to put up a sign to limit capacity during the 25% period. The library board also voted to start some group activities up, starting with smaller groups. Groups will soon be able to rent meeting and study rooms following recommendations from the Marathon County Health Department.

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The Marathon County Library Board could choose a new director by next month. The board will be selecting between current Interim Library Director Leah Giordano and Ashley Thiem-Menning, who is currently the library director in Kaukauna, according to her LinkedIn profile. Marathon County’s library board will hold interviews with Giordano and Thiem-Menning on Aug. 2 and make their decision after that. The board needs to replace its library director after Ralph Illick resigned over allegations of a toxic work culture. The board on Monday accepted the final report from attorneys Von Briesen and Roper with some edits. City Pages has requested a copy of that report and was told the paper will receive it after the edits are made.

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Workforce infusion Evers announces he’s putting $130 million ARPA funds toward workforce development Gov. Tony Evers announced $130 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds will be awarded to workforce development efforts. But the state’s largest business group and GOP legislative leaders said the move fails to address Wisconsin’s workforce needs. Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce continued to call on Evers to end enhanced federal unemployment benefits. Evers said $100 million of those funds will go toward a workforce innovation grant program. The state Departments of Workforce Development and Administration, along with the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp., will select at least 10 local and regional efforts to each receive up to $10 million in grants. “It makes sense that what you’re experiencing here in Green Bay is different than what’s happening in Milwaukee, is different than what’s happening in La Crosse,” said Missy Hughes, secretary and CEO of WEDC. “These grants might be used to support initiatives like training, planning or developing pilot programs that can be applied in other communities.” Another $20 million in ARPA funds will go toward a worker advancement initiative that will be administered by DWD through local workforce development boards. Evers said this program aims to help people who lost their jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic and have yet to re-enter the workforce. The initiative will provide subsidized training opportunities with local employers. The other $10 million is for a worker connection program that will provide workforce career coaches to help people

find employment. DWD Secretary-designee Amy Pechacek said up to 40 career coaches will be based in the communities they’re serving, “so that people can meet them through the local nonprofit organizations that they already know and trust.” Evers said funds will likely be distributed this fall. He said that will give applicants time to create their proposals, while also getting the funds out in a timely manner. “Folks, Wisconsin is bouncing back. But we can’t take our foot off the gas now,” Evers said. “And these investments will help get folks back to work, to help our families and our communities and our state recover together.”

Evers has $7.3M warchest ahead of reelection race Gov. Tony Evers raised $5 million over the first half of the year and finished June with $7.3 million in the bank, his campaign said. Evers’ cash on hand puts him significantly ahead of where Scott Walker was at similar points ahead of his reelection bids. Walker had $2.2 million cash on hand at the end of June 2013 before winning a second term in November 2014. He had $2.4 million in the bank at the end of July 2017 before losing to Evers in November 2018.

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year, according to his filing with the state Ethics Commission. It’s the most any AG candidate has posted on a July fundraising report in an off year over the past decade. It also tops the nearly $304,000 GOP AG candidate Ryan Owens says he raised during the reporting period. Fond du Lac County District Attorney Eric Toney also is running for the GOP nomination. Kaul finished June with $537,359.

West Allis alder running for state treasurer West Allis Alderman Angelito Tenorio announced he will run as a Democrat to replace Dem Sarah Godlewski, who’s running for U.S. Senate. “From my experience serving in the National Guard to my current work involving environmental justice and climate action, I have gained a deep appreciation for servant leadership and the power that comes from community centered advocacy,” Tenorio said in a campaign roll-out video. “This sense of duty and service has led me to run for State Treasurer and work to make a difference for all Wisconsinites.” Orlando Owens, who garnered 15.2 percent of the vote in his 2020 run for 11th AD, filed to run as Republican in the race. Democrat Tricia Zunker, who won 42.9 percent of the vote in her 2020 challenge against U.S. Rep. Tom Tiffany, has been considering a bid for treasurer.

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Judge rules in favor of GOP contracts around redistricting GOP legislative leaders can restart legal contracts they signed in anticipation of a redistricting lawsuit after a split state Supreme Court put on hold a lower court ruling. The justices also granted Republicans’ request to take over the case on the merits, bypassing the appeals court. The decision allows the contracts to resume while the justices weigh the merits of whether lawmakers had the power to sign the deals before a lawsuit was filed. Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu, R-Oostburg, and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester, had argued that a stay was needed because it was unlikely the courts would resolve the merits of the case before a lawsuit is filed. Even the Dane County judge who originally overturned the contracts noted lawmakers would have the power to hire attorneys once a suit was filed.

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industry leaders report growing worker shortages. And preparing enough health care workers to meet the demand may become an even bigger challenge in the future, as enrollment has declined since 2010 at many HERA institutions including UW-Milwaukee, UW-Parkside, and UW-Whitewater. Untapped potential to reverse the trend remains, however, as a large share of high school graduates does not enroll in any college. HERA leaders say the challenge is to get more students to enroll in college and to create welcoming and supportive environments for them once they arrive. Heightened demand for health care workers may also create a need to continue to find ways to create new and expedited pathways to degrees and certificates in critical fields. This information is provided to Wisconsin Newspaper Association members as a service of the Wisconsin Policy Forum, the state’s leading resource for nonpartisan state and local government research and civic education. Learn more at wispolicyforum.org.

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interviews with higher education and health care industry leaders. The data shows the total number of students completing degrees and certificates in health science fields at HERA institutions was modestly higher in 2019 compared to 2011. The number of students completing bachelor’s and advanced degrees in health science fields, however, was 45.6% higher in 2019 than in 2011. The increase in bachelor’s degree completion among nursing students, in particular, follows a national industry trend that has accelerated over the past decade. Meanwhile, the number of students completing shorter certificate and associate degree programs in health science fields declined by 14%. Between 2011 and 2019, men earned less than one of every five degrees and certificates awarded by HERA institutions in health science fields. Black and Latinx students are also underrepresented among health science graduates at the bachelor’s degree level and above. The challenges examined in this report appear to be intensifying, as local health care

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COVER FEATURE

MOVING A MOUNTAIN After some delays, a plan that could reimagine Rib Mountain State Park could be ready by early next year.

Dozens of people, many civic and community leaders, gathered at Granite Peak Ski Area in its main lodge for an announcement. With winter raging outside, Charles Skinner, the owner of Granite Peak Ski Area, told a room full of people

in one of the ski lodges about his plans for a major expansion. The expansion was critical to Granite Peak staying in business as the demands on the ski business have changed, Skinner told those in attendance. That was the winter of 2014-15. It’s now

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summer of 2021, and that expansion has not happened. The ski area changed its plans many times, in large part due to the opposition that formed against making any changes to the mountain. Leave Rib Mountain Alone signs popped up across the Wausau area landscape. Many are probably still in garages, waiting the next announcement of plans. When a final plan for the ski area was in front of the state’s Natural Resources Board, the board in an interesting move decided instead that it would be a good idea to just redo the master plan for the park completely, rather than amend it just for Granite Peak. Looking at the whole park might allow for other new uses. Mountain biking has never been allowed on Rib Mountain, but that could change, for instance. The state DNR held its first public meeting about the master plan revamp early in 2020 - just three weeks before COVID-19 shut down everything. COVID pushed plans back but, it turns out, not that much, says John Pohlman, organizing the planning process for the DNR. The master plan planning process has been quietly chugging along after a break, and the process is only about three months behind its typical schedule. The Greater Wausau Chamber of Commerce helped pay for a study about mountain biking and downhill skiing in particular. A public comment period about that report closed July 14. The DNR will take that report along with other input from other user groups and make something of a draft plan. Then the public will be able to weigh in on the plan before it becomes a final draft. The Natural Resources Board might be reviewing the first draft as early as January, Pohlman says. So what will be in store for Rib Mountain? The draft plans are still being worked on, but area leaders like what they’re seeing so far, and interviews with community recreation leaders, pouring through the report and the public comments the DNR received, as well as talks with Pohlman shed light on what could be possible for Rib Mountain State Park as DNR officials now work on putting together the first draft of a master plan. Although nothing is certain about how the plan will take shape in draft form, and what changes will be made to it once the draft plan undergoes public scrutiny, it seems increasingly likely that doing nothing on the mountain isn’t likely. Changes are coming, and we highlight what some of those changes could look like.

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The DNR commissioned a report from a consultant, SE Group, which looked specifically at mountain biking and downhill skiing at the park. The report was commissioned by the Greater Wausau Chamber of Commerce, Pohlman told City Pages. The DNR has inhouse expertise on a number of recreation activities, but mountain biking and downhill skiing are two the DNR

does not, Pohlman says. The report contains some very interesting insights. Some highlights from the report: • Skiing is the main winter activity. Hiking is the main non-winter activity. • The north slopes of the mountain are largely unused, other than for the occasional hike. Those could represent additional opportunities for new types of recreation. • The most likely types of trails would be downhill and enduro style, something the Wausau area doesn’t have a lot of (though Sylvan Hill is a primarily downhill trail). • A number of other uses are being considered for that north side of the park, including Gondola rides, an alpine slide/ mountain coaster, canopy tours and more. Other activities such as glamping (glamorous camping, if you will) by adding cabins, is being considered.

Potential road blocks

There are a few potential roadblocks the report lays out: • A policy that limits the number of entrances to state parks (Rib Mountain already has a number of access points). • A rule against cabins in state parks (sorry glampers!). • A rule that prohibits leasing land to private entities. It’s doubtful those rules will seriously hinder efforts at the park. But they’re something that needs to be considered by the DNR.

Climate change a challenge

Climate change is expected to have an impact on recreation in the midwest in the future. The report is taking that very seriously, as is the DNR in general, as Pohlman explains. One of the upsides? Granite Peak is at a higher elevation than many of its competitors, and it’s further north than many of them too. But that won’t totally mitigate the effects of climate change. According to the SE Group report, even with snowmaking, it’s expected that Granite Peak’s current five-month season will be likely reduced to more like three months in the coming decades. Anyone who is a fan of snow sports in the Wausau area where snowmaking isn’t happening, such as Nordic skiing or snowshoeing, know this challenge already. Nordic skiers got a month at best of decent skiing conditions this past winter. Pohlman says outdoor sports enthusiasts are already shifting to fat bikes because they can be ridden regardless of snow levels. The report is still bullish on downhill skiing though. They believe that interest will remain strong in skiing, that skiers will just get used to a shorter season and also travel farther to get their skiing in. Data City Pages reviewed hasn’t been as favorable to skiing’s popularity. Data from


the National Ski Areas Association showed a decline in downhill skiing resort visits since 2008. The numbers of skiers and snowboarders in the U.S. dropped from about 10 million to about 9 million. And recidivism rates — how many people take up skiing after trying it once — was only about 10%. Part of that is because it’s such an expensive sport. The 2019-2020 season didn’t do much to change that, at more than one million visits fewer than in 2013-14, for instance. And there are still about 9 million skiers and snowboarders, holding steady but not exactly increasing. COVID likely drove numbers up, however, as the pandemic increased participation in nearly every outdoor sport. Meanwhile, mountain biking caught up. There are now an estimated 9 million mountain bikers in the country as well, growing steadily since 2011.

Major optimism

Whether speaking to mountain biking or skiing folks, optimism abounds. CWOCC President Aaron Ruff told City Pages that there was a slight delay with COVID, but once the SE Group got going with their report, the process moved along quickly. Ruff says the Chamber’s Greater Wausau Prosperity Partnership was instrumental in bringing user groups to the table to help coordinate all the user groups’ interest in the park. Not just downhill skiing and mountain biking, but groups representing activities such as nordic skiing and kayaking were present, Ruff says. “They did a

great job of facilitating the conversation,” Ruff says. Included in the potential plans are cross country mountain bike trails and liftassisted downhill trails. SE Group’s report calls for a variety of options ranging from doing nothing to going full out on expanding mountain biking in the park. “It would make us the crown jewel of mountain biking in central Wisconsin,” Ruff says. And, frankly, Granite Peak itself is on board with mountain biking, says Granite Peak General Manager Greg Fisher. Granite Peak has already been eyeing ways to expand from being primarily a winter business to one that’s year round. Climate change is something that is on the minds of folks at Granite Peak, Fisher says. They’re working on an expanded recycling program and more ways to reduce waste at the park. But considering the report’s predictions that Granite Peak’s season could shrink from five months to three months in the years to come, expanding to summer activities is important, and mountain biking could be a crucial part of that, Fisher says. Fisher says even the local high school cross county ski teams inquired about nordic skiing at Granite Peak for training, since last season snow was so scarce. But as one might think, Granite Peak would still like to see the ski expansion too. The biggest need at the ski hill is more beginner runs at the top of the mountain, Fisher says. Right now, no beginner runs exist at the top of the mountain, and even the intermediate runs at the top are pretty

steep for even an advancing beginner, Fisher says. Beginner runs at the top would allow the whole family to ride the lift up together and take runs appropriate for their ability level.

Other uses

The comments are full of ideas, of course. But one activity stands out as being asked about far more than just about any other: Rock climbing. Parsing through the public comments, just about every page contains at least one comment asking about rock climbing. Currently rock climbing is allowed at the park as long as it’s bouldering: a type of rock climbing in which climbers climb rocks with short vertical height and often horizontal paths, without the use of ropes. (Crash pads are often used, with a spotter holding them underneath the climber. Top rope climbing was once allowed but was made illegal at the park some time ago. Support also came in for expanded hiking, camping, disc golf, fat biking, horseback riding, off-leash dog walking, a nature center (which was actually in the 2005 master plan but never built), paragliding, rope courses and or zip lines, mountain coasters, and even skijoring (where a dog pulls you on skis). Specific to skiing, respondents wanted more beginner and intermediate runs, ski-in and out lodging, and more non-ski activities around the hill for those who either don’t ski, or don’t ski as long and

want something else to do. Although a bulk of the respondents resided in Marathon County, a significant portion of them came from throughout the Midwest, with clusters of people weighing in from the Chicago, Milwaukee, Madison and Minneapolis area. Granite Peak draws plenty of skiers from metros to the south, and it’s not uncommon to hear multiple languages from folks while walking around Granite Peak. There are plenty of comments that asked for nothing to be done to Rib Mountain. During the early days of the expansion plans, a number of residents formed a “Leave Rib Mountain Alone” group that sought no changes to the mountain park. Many of those are reflected in the comments too.

Big changes

The initial public comment period wrapped up July 14. The DNR will now put together a draft plan based on all the input it received. That draft plan will then undergo its own public comment period. That could come by early winter, Pohlman says. The DNR will then tweak the master plan based on all the input it receives. It could have a draft plan to the Natural Resources Board by January. Fans of downhill skiing, mountain biking, climbing and folks who would just rather see the park stay as it is will be on pins and needles until then. But a safe bet is that the draft plan will be a compromise of all the proposals.

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You know the trope: A putzy has-been of a husband, married to an attractive and surprisingly understanding wife, gets into weekly hi-jinx through his bumbling ignorance. Understanding wife attempts to educate bumbling husband who, toward the end of the episode, finally sees the error of his ways. Only to bumble into the next situation the following week, all to the backdrop of a laugh track. What about that attractive, understanding wife? Kevin Can F... Himself, from AMC, asks that question. It takes the schluppy husband-doesn’t-know-best-butkind-of-figures-it-out-in-the-end trope and makes an art piece out of it. The show tries something new, a rarity in these times: a show and then a show behind a show. In the show we follow Allison (played by Annie Murphy of Schitt’s Creek fame), a Bostonian housewife married to Kevin (Eric Peterson), the most schmucky of schmuck sitcom husbands. Kevin is bad with money, has an even more dimwitted sidekick neighbor, and a dad that is for some reason always hanging around the house. We could almost say we have a pretty typical schmuck husband sitcom except the show is nearly an hour per episode. Outside of the 22-min sitcom, we see the rest of Allison’s life. The brightly lit, multi-cam King of Queens-style set and

laugh track transforms to dim lighting and single camera angles more like Breaking Bad, with the moody sountrack of a drama. And we get into Allison’s depressing life that intersects with the sitcom. Because, if it isn’t obvious by the title, she’s really come to hate her schmucky husband and fantasizes about killing him. What the audience is left with is a fascinating show that includes a show within a show: When Kevin is on screen, we’re in sitcom mode; when he’s not, Allison’s working class life becomes a dark comedy/ drama. Especially as she starts plotting to kill him. It might sound gimmicky but believe me: it’s extremely effective at telling its story. Allison’s burgeoning friendship with her sketchy salon-owning neighbor who previously hated her, her humorous mishaps and misadventures and the fancy cosmetics shop she keeps returning to despite how much they insult her, all make the story behind the story compelling. And you just really want something good to happen for Allison. One thing to prepare you for: Murphy speaking in a Boston accent was a little jarring at first, and will be for anyone who was a fan of Schitt’s Creek. My first thought was that it was a bad accent, but I think it’s more that it seems unnatural on her because we’re used to the overly perky and naive Alexis, and her Valley accent as she says “Ew, David!” They might look similar, but Allison is very different than Alexis. Allison is a little

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Thursday July 22

Dig Deep · Sconni’s Alehouse and Eatery, Schofield. Americana/bluegrass. 5 pm. 715-241-7665 Alex Rossi Trio · Tiki Beach Bar and Grill, Mosinee. R&B. 6 pm. 715-342-2232 Billy Bronsted · Malarkey’s Pub & Townies Grill, Wausau. Country, rock. 6 pm. 715-819-3663 Bob Allen · Backcountry Brewing, Plover. Acoustic. 6:30 pm. 715-310-2474 Latin Night · Nightschool Nightclub, Schofield. Latin music. 8 pm. 715-600-0996

Friday July 23

Justin and Allison Zopel · Stoney Acres Farm, Athens. Jazz. 5 pm. 715-432-6285 Hip Pocket · Bull Falls Brewery, Wausau. Rock, variety. 6 pm. 715-842-2337 Billy Bronsted & John Kneipp · Rhinelander Brewing Company, Rhinelander. Country, rock. 6 pm. 715-550-2337 Exit Stage Left · Sawmill Brewing Company, Merrill. Acoustic rock. 7 pm. 715-722-0230 DJ Stylz · Nightschool Nightclub, Schofield. Electronic, dance. 8 pm. 715-600-0996 Psychic War Elephant · Elbow Room, Stevens Point. Rock, blues, psychedelic. 8 pm. 715-344-9840 Max Koepke · Rookies Sportspub, Stevens Point. Classic rock. 8:30 pm. 715-344-7026 DJ on Friday · Jalapenos Mexican Restaurant & Bar, Wausau. Variety. 11 pm. 715-842-9206

Saturday July 24

Fattenin Frogs · Stoney Acres Farm, Athens. Country blues.

5 pm. 715-432-6285 Wildside · Tiki Beach Bar and Grill, Mosinee. Rock. 5 pm. 715-342-2232 Bradley Sperger · Sunset Point Winery, Stevens Point. Variety. 6 pm. 715-544-1262 Kyle Megna & Ross Catterton · Mosinee Brewing Company, Mosinee. Rock, variety. 7 pm. 715-693-2739 The Allen Brothers · Bullheads Bar & Grill, Stevens Point. Rock, pop, funk, Americana, reggae. 7 pm. 715-344-5990 Tailwater · Backcountry Brewing, Plover. Pop and rock. 7 pm. 715-310-2474 Through Crimson · The Office Bar, Schofield. Alternative rock. 7 pm. 715-355-5432 Billy Bronsted & John Kneipp · Sawmill Brewing Company, Merrill. Country, rock. 7 pm. 715-722-0230 The Hucksters featuring Jay Stulo and Doug Kroening · Rock Island, Merrill. Classic rock & original. 7 pm. 715-536-8560 Tom Zalac · District 1 Brewing Company, Stevens Point. Variety. 7:30 pm. 715-544-6707 DJ Alex B · Nightschool Nightclub, Schofield. Electronic, dance. 8 pm. 715-600-0996 Max Koepke · Rookies Sportspub, Stevens Point. Classic rock. 8:30 pm. 715-344-7026 Soul Inspiration · Intermission, Wausau. Soul, jazz. 9 pm. 715-849-9377 Hand Picked · Black Bear Bar & Grill, Minocqua. Bluegrass, variety & original. 9 pm. 715-358-2116

Sunday July 25

Justin Zopel · Malarkey’s Pub & Townies Grill, Wausau. Jazz. 12 pm. 715-819-3663 Polish Connection · Gorski’s Bar & Grill, Mosinee. Polka. 1 pm. 715-693-4001 R&R Band · Cop Shoppe Pub, Wausau. Polka. 1 pm. 715-845-2030

Pat and Patience· Tiki Beach Bar and Grill, Mosinee. Rock. 1 pm. 715-342-2232 Sundays with Santy · Rhinelander Brewing Company, Rhinelander. Variety. 2 pm. 715-550-2337 StripT · Rock Island, Merrill. Acoustic classic rock & variety. 2 pm. 715-536-8560 Michael Murphy and the MOB · Renee’s Red Rooster Bar and Grill, Stevens Point. Roots, rockin’ blues. 3 pm. 715-344-9825

Wednesday July 28

Aaron Lee Kaplan · Sunset Point Winery, Stevens Point. Folk, blues. 5:30 pm. 715-544-1262 Kevin Troestler · Guu’s on Main, Stevens Point. Blues and country. 6:30 pm. 715-344-3200 Sam Ness · Intermission, Wausau. Folk/Americana. 8:30 pm. 715-849-9377

Thursday July 29

Zac Matthews Band · Tiki Beach Bar and Grill, Mosinee. Country. 6 pm. 715-342-2232 Christopher Gold · Mosinee Brewing Company, Mosinee. Folk, country, rock & roll, variety. 6 pm. 715-693-2739 Kevin Troestler · Malarkey’s Pub & Townies Grill, Wausau. Blues and country. 6 pm. 715-819-3663 J-me Baptist · Backcountry Brewing, Plover. Acoustic variety. 6:30 pm. 715-310-2474 Latin Night · Nightschool Nightclub, Schofield. Latin music. 8 pm. 715-600-0996

Friday July 30

Anthony Lux · Stoney Acres Farm, Athens. Variety. 5 pm. 715-432-6285 Alex Dalnodar (Dig Deep) · District 1 Brewing Company, Stevens Point. Americana, bluegrass. 6:30 pm.

715-544-6707 Street Corner Jam w/Tyler & Justin · Malarkey’s Pub & Townies Grill, Wausau. Variety. 7 pm. 715-819-3663 Shade of Blooze · Backcountry Brewing, Plover. Blues rock. 7 pm. 715-310-2474 Kyle Megna & Dave Leblanc · Mosinee Brewing Company, Mosinee. Indie folk rock. 7 pm. 715-693-2739 DJ NK · Nightschool Nightclub, Schofield. Electronic, dance. 8 pm. 715-600-0996 Jim Carlson · Elbow Room, Stevens Point. Americana. 8 pm. 715-344-9840 DJ on Friday · Jalapenos Mexican Restaurant & Bar, Wausau. Variety. 11 pm. 715-842-9206

Saturday July 31

Jerry Schmitt · Gorski’s Bar & Grill, Mosinee. Country, rockabilly. 1 pm. 715-693-4001 Derek Lind Live Music · O’so Brewing Company, Plover. Acoustic. 3 pm. 715-254-2163 Wausau Belly Dance · Stoney Acres Farm, Athens. Dance. 5 pm. 715-432-6285 Through Crimson · Tiki Beach Bar and Grill, Mosinee. Alternative rock. 5 pm. 715-342-2232 Max Koepke · Sunset Point Winery, Stevens Point. Classic rock. 6 pm. 715-544-1262 Jackson Taylor · Rhinelander Brewing Company, Rhinelander. Country. 6 pm. 715-550-2337 20 Watt Tombstone · The Office Bar, Schofield. Rock. 7 pm. 715-355-5432 Tailwater · Bullheads Bar & Grill, Stevens Point. Rock, pop. 7 pm. 715-344-5990 The Night Crawlers · Rock Island, Merrill. Rockabilly-surf and classic rock. 7 pm. 715-536-8560 DJ Sushi · Nightschool Nightclub, Schofield. Electronic, dance. 8 pm. 715-600-0996 4988

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Jason McNabb · Rookies Sportspub, Stevens Point. Country, acoustic. 8 pm. 715-344-7026 Billy Bronsted and the Loot · Intermission, Wausau. Country, rock. 9 pm. 715-849-9377 Older Budwiser · Black Bear Bar & Grill, Minocqua. Blues rock, classic rock. 9 pm. 715-358-2116 The MilBillies w/Red Horse · Main Street Taps, Stevens Point. Variety. 10:30 pm. 715-544-6500

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ON STAGE Stevens Point City Band Concerts · Wednesdays 6/9-8/4, Pfiffner Park, Stevens Point. Bring your own chair and blanket. Starts at 7 pm. Free. 715-345-0061 Marshfield Civic Band · Wednesdays 6/16-7/28, Columbia Park, Marshfield. Concerts start at 7:30 pm unless noted otherwise. Grand Sousa concert on 7/28 starts at 7 pm at Oak. Ave Community Center gymnasium. Free. www.marshfieldcivicband.org Wausau Concert Band · Thursdays, 7/8-7/22, Marathon Park Band Shell, 7/29, Rothschild Pavilion, 8/5, Bull Falls Biergarden (8/12 rain date), Wausau. Starts at 7 pm. wausauconcertband@yahoo.com Gazebo Nights: Bryce Thomachefsky · Thurs. 7/22, Normal Park, Merrill. Acoustic country and variety. 5 pm. 715-536-6972 Gazebo Nights: The Quitters · Thurs. 7/22, Normal Park, Merrill. 80s classic rock and variety. 6 pm. 715-536-6972 Levitt Amp Concert Series: Angela Perley & the Howlin’ Moons · Thurs. 7/22, Pfiffner Park, Stevens Point. Folk, Americana, psychedelic rock. 6 pm. Createportagecounty.org Save Point · Thurs. 7/22, Lake Pacawa Park, Plover. Variety. 6 pm. 715-204-5122 SoulFource · Sat. 7/24, Whitewater Music Hall, Wausau. Acoustic variety. 7 pm. 715-298-3202 Wolfdog Comedy Show · Sat. 7/24, Rhinelander Brewing Company, Rhinelander. 2 hour stand-up comedy. Starts at 8 pm. $10 online or $15 at the door. rhinelanderbrewingco.mybigcommerce.com/ wolfdog-comedy-tickets Notes at Night: Aaron Kaplan · Wed. 7/28, Mathias Mitchell Public Park, Stevens Point. Folk, blues. 5:30 pm. Stevenspoint.com Concerts on the Square: Kari Lynch Band · Wed. 7/28, 400 Block, downtown Wausau. Country, Americana, pop, rock. Free. 6 pm. Wausauevents.org Troy Graham & Scott Kirby · Wed. 7/28, Peeple’s Park, 10394, Main Street, Boulder Junction. Folk, bluegrass. Free. 7 pm. Boulderjct.org Gazebo Nights: Bryce Thomachefsky · Thurs. 7/29, Normal Park, Merrill. Acoustic country and variety. 5 pm. 715-536-6972 Gazebo Nights: Red Higgins & The Freedom Train · Thurs. 7/29, Normal Park, Merrill. Classic country. 6 pm. 715-536-6972 Levitt Amp Concert Series: Longshot & Lazerbeak · Thurs. 7/29, Pfiffner Park, Stevens Point. Electronic dance. 6 pm. Createportagecounty.org Kids from Wisconsin: Live! In Living Color · Fri. 7/30, hosted by The Playhouse Theatre Group at Lake Pacawa Park Bandshell, 1831 Maple Drive, Plover. Broadway show performed by touring group Kids from Wisconsin. Bring lawn chair. Starts at 6:30 pm. Free but donations appreciated. 715-340-4605 Nato Cole and Blue Diamond · Fri. 7/30, Whitewater Music Hall, Wausau. Variety. 7 pm. 715-298-3202 Aaron Lee Kaplan · Sat. 7/31, Whitewater Music Hall, Wausau. Folk, blues. 7 pm. 715-298-3202 Jazz on the River Concert Series · Every Sun. 8/1-8/29, 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

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Stevens Point Farmers Market · Every day from May thru Oct. Located at Mathias Mitchell Public Square, Stevens Point. Opens 6:30 am. https://www.stevenspointfarmersmarket.com Rothschild Farmers Market · Daily thru Sept. Located at Rothschild Pavilion, Rothschild. Starts at 3 pm. 920-639-0293

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Mosinee Farmers Market · Tuesdays from June thru Oct. Located at River Park, Mosinee. Starts at 11 am. www.mosineechamber.org Wausau Farmers Market · Wednesdays and Saturdays from May thru Oct. Located on River Drive, Wausau. Opens 7 am. www.farmersmarketofwausau.com Aspirus Wausau Farmers Market · Every Thursday, Located at Aspirus Corporate Parking Lot, 2200 Westwood Dr, Wausau. Opens 9 am. Aspirus.org Good News Project Laptop E-cycle · Fridays throughout the year. Safely recycle your old laptop for free at 1106 N 5th St, Wausau. All laptop recycling free for 2021 only! 9 am to 4 pm. 715-843-5985 The Landing Literacy Book Club · 4th Wed. of each month. Book club at the Landing YMCA, Wausau. Book notices at YMCA, Literacy Council and Janke Bookstore. 715-841-1855 CWOCC Group Rides · Thursdays, hosted by the Central Wisconsin Offroad Cycling Coalition at Nine Mile Country Forest, Wausau. Go for a group bike ride. Event takes place throughout the summer every Thursday evening. Starts at 6 pm. Free. Cwocc.org Senior Bingo · Every Tuesday, hosted by the Marshfield Parks & Recreational Department at Drendel Room, 211 E 2nd St, Marshfield. Starts at 1 pm. $1 for 2 cards. 715-486-2041 Marshfield Pickleball · Every Mon., Tues., Weds., and Fri., hosted by the city of Marshfield. Located at the Oak Ave. Community Center, 201 S. Oak Ave. Advanced ticket discounts available through the Parks & Rec department. Ci.marshfield.wi.us. Recycling Education Kiosk in the Park · Every day thru Labor Day weekend, located at the Green Circle trail near the Wisconsin River between Pfiffner Park and Bukolt Park. Use the kiosk to learn about waste reduction and tips on recycling. https://www.recyclingconnections.org/ Wednesday Night Pokémon · Wednesdays, The Gaming Emporium, 4317 Stewart Ave, Wausau. Pokémon trading card game night every Wednesday. Starts at 5 pm. Free. 715-298-4073

EVENTS/SPECTATOR SPORTS “Bloomin’ Greenhouse Tour”-2021 · Sat. 5/15 thru Sun. 10/31, hosted by the Clark County Economic Development Corporation & Tourism Bureau at the Garden Center Headquarters, Clark County, WI. Enjoy a tour in 21 gigantic greenhouses throughout Clark County consisting of over 100,000 plants of many varieties. No cost. For a brochure, call 715-255-9100 or visit www.clarkcountywi.org Merkel Brothers Vietnam Veterans Memorial Patio · Thursdays 5/20-7/29, hosted by American Legion Post 54, 2110 S Maple St, Marshfield. Enjoy food and live music Thursday nights from May thru July. Lineup includes: 5/20 Jeff Cannon, 5/27 The G-Man, 6/3 Jeff Eisberner, 6/10 The G-Man, 6/17 Christy Anna, 6/24 Fox Fire Affair, 7/1 Doug Kroening, 7/8 The G-Man, 7/15 Exit Stage Left, 7/22 Jeff Eisberner and 7/29 Christy Anna. Starts at 5 pm. Free. 715-384-9697 Central Wisconsin Water Ski Shows · Tuesdays 6/1-8/31 and Thursdays 6/3-8/26, enjoy water ski performances and free popcorn. Free but donations welcomed. Tuesdays at DC Everest Park, 1800 S. 3rd Ave, Wausau. Thursdays at South Beach Bay, 4480 Park Road, Mosinee. Shows start at 6:30 pm. Cwwaterwalkers.com or 715-409-9276 2021 Lunch by the River · Every Thurs. 6/3-8/26, hosted by the Heart of Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce at Veterans’ Memorial Park, Wisconsin Rapids. Enjoy live entertainment and lunch from local restaurants and food trucks. Starts at 11:30 am. Free. More info at Wisconsinrapidschamber.com Cop Shoppe Polka Sundays · Sun. 6/6-9/5, 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 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 Side Quests: Family Board Game Night · Thurs. 7/15-8/26, hosted by Evercon Gaming Convention at The Gaming Emporium, 4317 Steward Ave, Wausau. Play some board games every Thursday. Starts at 5:30 pm. Free. 715-298-4073 Pizza in the Orchard · Thurs. 7/22, hosted by Rock Ridge Orchard at 128752 State Hwy 153, Edgar. Enjoy homemade pizza and music from the Schmittkicker Duo (Jerry & Bernie). No carry-ins. Bring your own lawn chair. Starts at 4 pm. Free. http://rockridgeorchard.com/ Goatapalooza · Thurs. 7/22, Barker-Stewart Island, Wausau. Goat themed celebration with events like scavenger hunts, goat cheese sampling, goat activities listed by the library, goat selfies and goat yoga. Starts at 4 pm. $5 for goat yoga. 715-261-1550 or sign up for goat yoga at https://secure. rec1.com/WI/marathon-county-parks-recreation-and-forestry/catalog?filter=c2VhcmNoPTE2NzE5NjY%3D&fbclid=Iw AR0tx0PnftxyhdMU-a1A-uj7NH9VYXUjIZEDJYQqknvXD54PbjK333cafpI Fun@5 with Sure-Dry Basement Systems Inc. · Thurs. 7/22, hosted by the Greater Wausau Chamber of Commerce at Sure-Dry Basement Systems, Wausau. Network with others and enjoy appetizers, beverages, yard games and music from Jason McNabb. You also can get a chance to win door prizes. Must be 21 or older. Starts at 5 pm. $10 members online, $15 members at the door, $20 non members online, $25 non members at the door. wausauchamber.com DIY Crate Creations-Adult Craft Class · Thurs. 7/22, hosted by the Chestnut Center for the Arts, 208 S Chestnut Ave, Marshfield. Decorate your own crate. Event has limited seating. Starts at 6 pm. $25. chickenwares.square.site/shop/diy-class-sign-up/2 Wis. Rapids Rafters Game · Thurs. 7/22, 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 Wis. Woodchucks · Thurs.-Fri. 7/22-7/23, 324 E Wausau Ave, Wausau. Woodchucks vs. Lakeshore Chinooks. Starts at 6:35 pm. $9 general admission. Woodchucks.com State Park Speedway · Fri. and Sat. 7/23 and 7/24, State Park Speedway, Wausau. Detjens Memorial weekend. 7/23 Big 8 Bandolero’s & Support Divisions. 7/24 ARCAMWT, Bandolero’s & Support Division. Fan gate opens at 4:30 pm, race starts at 7 pm. Stateparkspeedway.com Wis. Rapids Rafters Game · Fri. 7/23, 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 Camp Wildwood: Adult Edition · Sat. 7/24, Wildwood Park, Marshfield. Event for adults who want to learn about and interact with the zoo animals. Starts at 9 am. $30. https://www.ci.marshfield.wi.us/ Alice in the Gardens · Sat. 7/24, hosted by Monk Botanical Gardens at 1800 N 1st Ave, Wausau. Enjoy Wonderland in the gardens following a tea party with the Mad Hatter. Dress as your favorite character from Alice in Wonderland to enter a contest to win a free membership for next year. Starts at 9 am. $20 per adult non member, $18 per adult member, children 12 and under $15 non-member and $13 for members. 715-261-6309 Our Savior’s 45th Annual Polish Fest · Sat. & Sun. 7/24-7/25, hosted by Our Savior’s Parish at Mosinee Rec Center, 11th St, Mosinee. Polish festival with polka music from Cynor Classics and New Polish sounds, American and Polish foods, beverages, dinners and other entertainment. Starts at 1 pm on 7/24 and 10 am on 7/25. Free admission. 715-693-2241 State Park Speedway · Thurs. 7/29, State Park Speedway, Wausau. SLM & Support Divisions. Fan gate opens at 4:30 pm, race starts at 7 pm. Stateparkspeedway.com Dinner in the Vineyards · Thurs. 7/29, 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 Wis. Woodchucks · Thurs. 7/29, 324 E Wausau Ave, Wausau. Woodchucks vs. Green Bay Booyah. Starts at 6:35 pm. $9 general admission. Woodchucks.com Fore the Road · Fri. 7/30, hosted by the Wisconsin Automotive and Truck Education Association at Greenwood Hills Country Club, Wausau. Play some golf, have some complimentary food, wine, soda, beer and listen to a Vic Ferrari concert. Registration starts at 9:30 am. $35 advance or $40 the day of the event. https://watea. org/Content/Fore-The-Road.cfm Hub City Days · Fri. & Sat. 7/30-7/31, hosted by Main Street Marshfield. On 7/30 go shopping or dine downtown and listen to Old Soul Society at the Wenzel Family Plaza. Bring receipt to the refreshment tent at the plaza for a chance to win Hub City Brew fest tickets. Shop between 5-9 pm and listen to music at the plaza at 7 pm. Bike and car show, live DJ, kids games, prizes for teens and young adults and more on 7/31. Car show starts at 10 am, and music & mocktails at 5 pm. Event is free. https://mainstreetmarshfield.com/


Wis. Rapids Rafters Game · Fri. 7/30, Witter Field, 521 Lincoln St, Wisconsin Rapids. Wisconsin Rapids Rafters vs. Madison Mallards. Starts at 6:35 pm. $9 general admission. Raftersbaseball.com Hmong Wausau Festival · Sat. and Sun. 7/31-8/1, Marathon County Sports Complex, 602 E Kent St, Wausau. Celebrate Hmong culture with football, soccer, volleyball, singing, dancing and a talent pageant. Starts at 7 am. $7 Sat., $5 Sun. yeelengxiong@hmongamericancenter.org Celebrate Plover · Sat. 7/31, Lake Pacawa Park, 1831 Maple Drive, Plover. Craft vendors, youth activities, water fights, food and beverages, car show, live music, fireworks show and more. Starts at 9 am. Free. http://www.celebrateplover.com/

OUTDOORS/SPORTS 2-Man Lantern League · Wed. 5/5-8/25, hosted by the Bullseye Golf Club, 2800 Ridgewood Trail, Wisconsin Rapids. Men can partner up for a 9 hole golf match. Starts at 4:30 pm. $60 for league entry fee, $25 for cart and weekly green fee. 715-423-2225 Ladies Scramble League · Mon. 5/10-8/23, hosted by the Bullseye Golf Club, 2800 Ridgewood Trail, Wisconsin Rapids. Ladies can team up in pairs and play against others in non-competitive golf. Event prizes also featured weekly. Starts at 5 pm. $50 for league entry fee, $25 for cart and weekly green fee. 715-423-2225 Yoga in the Gardens · Wed. 6/2-8/30, hosted by Monk Botanical Gardens at 1800 N 1st Ave, Wausau. Every Monday and Wednesday from June to August, bring a mat and do some yoga. Masks and social distancing required. Starts at 6 pm. $5 cash only. 715-261-6309 Gardens Tours · Sat. 6/5 thru 9/25, hosted by Monk Botanical

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Gardens at 1800 N 1st Ave, Wausau. Every Saturday, garden tours will be available for guests. Starts at 10 am or 2 pm. $2 for non members and free for members. 715-261-6309 Ironbull Picnic Challenge · Thurs. 7/15-8/5, hosted by IronBull, Wausau. Go for a picnic at a park for a chance to win a raffle. Grand prize is a Lake Wausau cruise and dinner at the Wausau Country Club. Submit your picnic photo on Ironbull’s Facebook page or submit by email. https://www.ironbull.org/picnic Self- Guided Interpretative Hikes—Winged Wonders · Fri.Thurs. 7/16-8/12, hosted at Mead Wildlife Area, Milladore. Search for bees, bats, birds and butterflies. Daylight Hours. Free. Meadwildlife.org Up-A-Notch Mountain Biking · Thurs. 7/22 & 7/29, Minocqua Zip Line Trails, 7849 US-51, Minocqua. Learn how to ride bike on difficult terrain. Starts at 5:30 pm. $50. https:// www.nicoletcollege.edu/community/outdoor-adventure Primitive Fire Starting · Fri. 7/23, hosted at Nicolet College, 5364 College Dr, Rhinelander. Meet at the Red Oak Center 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 Wausau 24 Race · Fri. & Sat. 7/23-7/24, Nine Mile County Forest, Wausau. 5K, 10K and half marathon run on Friday and mountain bike race on Saturday. Friday’s run starts at 7 pm and Saturday’s mountain bike race starts at 10 am. 715-223-5851 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 Bee · Wed. 7/28, hosted at Wildwood Zoo, Marshfield. Learn about honey and bee-

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LECTURES/WORKSHOPS Hosta Diseases with Brian Hudelson · Thurs. 7/22, hosted online by Extension Marathon County UW-Madison. Learn about hosta diseases and ways to manage them. Starts at 6 pm. Free. https://marathon.extension.wisc. edu/2021/07/01/learn-about-hosta-diseases/ 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 Mental Health First Aid Training · 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

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Event starts at 2 pm on even days and 10 am on odd days. $2 members or $4 nonmembers. Fee is for children only. www.monkgardens.org/tots-gardens Grab & Go Craft for Kids: Bug Hotel · Thurs. 7/1-7/31, hosted by the Marathon County Public Library at all MCPL locations. Grab a kit to make a bug hotel. Free. Call 715-261-7220 for more info Wausau Play and Learn · Thurs. 7/8-7/29, hosted by Family Resource Centers of Marathon County at Marathon Park-Big Kitchen Shelter, 800 Garfield Ave, Wausau. Children can enjoy fun, educational activities outside. Masks required. Starts at 9:30 am or 10:30 am. 715-660-8103 Summer Camp in the Gardens: Kitchen Garden Kids · Mon.-Fri. 7/19-7/23, hosted by Monk Botanical Gardens, Wausau. Learn how to take care of plants used in the kitchen. For 3rd-5th graders. Starts at 8 am. $120 for non members, $100 for members. Register at www.monkgardens.org/page/camps Javascript Developer Jam · Tues.-Fri. 7/19-7/23, or Mon.-Fri. 8/2-8/6, hosted online by UWSP. 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