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The city’s ethics board dismissed a complaint against a city council member, but only after strongly condemning her actions

The city’s Ethics Board Monday dismissed the complaint against City Council Member Deb Ryan following a closed session meeting. According to the complaint, Ryan is alleged to have accused County Board Member William Harris of providing “illegal” legal advice to Mayor Katie Rosenberg regarding the city’s version of the A Community for All resolution. And, the complaint accused Ryan of attempting to get Harris fired from his job at Judicare and threatening the job of the director when she refused to take action against Harris. In a written response to the complaint obtained by City Pages, Ryan’s attorney says that Ryan’s conduct did not violate the code of conduct laid out for city council members and thus did not commit an ethics violation. According to the response letter, Ryan is alleged to have defamed Harris by saying he provided advice to the mayor regarding the A Community for All resolution, which he says is untrue. The response lays out Rosenberg saying at the beginning of a meeting that the resolution is “is a lot of

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his work” and thanking Harris for his efforts. Ryan also disputes the characterization of the phone call with Judicare, saying that she was concerned about the organization remaining non-partisan and denies ever asking that Harris be fired. The motion, read by Ethics Board member Robyn De Vos, said the Ethics Board “strongly condemns the actions of Alderman Ryan in the strongest terms,” but found that those actions did not violate the city’s code of ethics for city council members. The board voted to dismiss the complaint. The actions came after one Ethics Board member recused himself and the first chair of the board, Mary Thao, resigned with pointed remarks about the process. She did not clarify those remarks to City Pages. Emails between Thao and city officials obtained by city officials didn’t shed much light on the matter.

Marathon County mulling countywide emergency medical services study

Marathon County leaders are considering commissioning a study that would look at the possibility of developing a countywide emergency medical services program. The county’s public safety committee voted earlier this month to keep looking into adding the study on Administrator Lance Leonhard’s work plan for the year, but elected to deprioritize it. The study would look at the need, costs and feasibility of developing a countywide system for EMS. No specific proposal is on the table, but programs in other counties range from having their own departments

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Kronenwetter to hold candidate forum

The village of Kronenwetter will host a candidate forum after seeing the most number of candidates to ever run for office in the village. The forum will take place 7 pm March 29 at the Kronenwetter Municipal Center at 1582 I-39 Frontage Road. The forum will see candidates Danielle Bergmann, Tami Bloch, Jason Holmes, Ken Charneski, Jordyn Wadle-Leff and Timothy Shaw face off for three village board seats. The contest initially had eight candidates, two of whom were eliminated in the February primary. Three will be chosen by voters on April 5.

Petrowski won’t seek reelection

State senator Jerry Petrwoski announced he will not seek reelection to District 29 after serving in the post for roughly a decade. Petrowski Petrowski was first elected to the State Assembly in 1998 before running and winning the State Senate seat in 2012. Petrowski in a press release said that while he enjoyed serving the district, he has more he wants to accomplish and wants to spend more time with his family. Petrowski authored 160 bills in his time in the state legislature, including everything from protecting the state transportation fund to providing North Central Health Care $5 million to address mental health reform to shielding taxpayers from the fallout of the dissolution of the village of Brokaw after the paper mill shut down in 2012. Petrowski recently made headlines after a bill he worked on in the State Senate that would have raised Wausau’s TIF district limits was nixed after outcry that local leaders hadn’t been consulted. The bill had passed the assembly but didn’t appear to have a path forward as the state senate’s session was set to come to a close. The state senate seat, which covers a swath of land including the Wausau area and all the way northwest to Sawyer County, is up for reelection in this November. Mosinee Mayor and County Board Supervisor Brent Jacobson has announced he will run for the seat. Jacobson is not running for reelection to the county board.

SAFER down to five candidates to replace resigned chief

The South Area Fire and Emergency Response District (SAFER) Commission has settled on five final candidates to replace former SAFER chief Matt Savage after previously narrowing applicants down to 10 in a closed session meeting last week. Savage recently exited the role for undisclosed reasons the commission has declined to reveal. The candidates left are Battalion Chief Benjamin Goodreau of Wisconsin Rapids, SAFER Battalion Chief Eric Lang, Assistant Fire Chief Paramedic Travis Teesch of Kaukauna, former Vesper Fire Department Captain Todd Eckes and SAFER interim chief Josh Finke. The Weston Village Board almost terminated its contract with SAFER for fire and ambulance services in 2021 before deciding to stay. Village President Mark Maloney said Monday he believes those difficulties are in the past and believes the organization is on better footing. “We are on a great path right now. The direction is going well,” he said. “A couple of years ago, oh my god, I was done ... We stuck at it and it is a nice joint venture. It has really gone well, not talking about the resignation. We just need to move forward. We have a great group out there and we are doing well and are trying not to compete with other municipalities.” SAFER will interview candidates March 16 and make a selection afterward. (Evan J. Pretzer for City Pages)

Former Mosinee teacher accused of sexual assault suing school, school officials

A former Mosinee teacher once accused of sexual assault is now suing the school, school officials, the student and Mosinee law enforcement. Christy Mathis was accused last year of touching a 12-year-old student in class. A judge in August ruled that there was insufficient evidence and dismissed the case. Named in the suit are the Mosinee School District, School Superintendent David Munoz, school board president Kevin Hermening, middle school principal Brad Grube, the city of Mosinee, the school resource officer and the Mosinee Police Chief. Mathis filed the suit in federal court in late January. According to the complaint, Mathis demanded the cell phone of a girl who was looking at it in class, the complaint reads. The student and two of her friends went to the principal’s office after class to report an assault, according to the suit. Mathis lost her job as a result of the accusations. According to the complaint, Mathis says she was never interviewed about her side of the story prior to being arrested and only the student’s two friends said they saw the assault happen. They later expressed reservations that police didn’t take seriously, the complaint alleges.

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JUDICIAL CONTEST

Two local attorneys have their eye on a circuit court judicial seat separating them is a challenge

Nancy Stencil and county board supervisor Jeff Johnson. Harris’s endorsements are fewer, though they include Marathon County judges (none of Cveykus’ endorsements are from Marathon County Circuit Court judges). He points out that though fewer, all his endorsements left personal messages, such as Jill Falstad, former District Attorney and later circuit court judge. She is now retired.

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It’s been something of a trend lately that even non-partisan races could hardly be called so in reality, even if technically true. With parties on both sides getting involved in spurring candidates to run for local office, something that kicked into high gear as Donald Trump was elected president, local races are much different than they used to be. Which makes the race for Marathon County Judge of Branch 2 so interesting. County Board Supervisor and Judicare attorney William Harris is running against private defense attorney Ricky Cveykus. In that, and in talking with both candidates, it’s not easy to draw ideological differences between the two. And both respect and like each other, they say; it’s been a cordial political campaign. Both are the same age: 39. Neither, for instance, believes that a judge should bring ideology into the courtroom or legislate from the bench. Both acknowledge, however, a very important role a judge plays in the broader criminal justice conversation. While the day-to-day operations are very important, the role of shaping how criminal justice is handled in the county is also an important part of being a judge. Both in their interviews with City Pages acknowledged the issues of court backlogs spurred further by the pandemics. There are a number of causes of the court backlog,

Cveykus tells City Pages, from the pandemic to prosecutors dropping a hundred pages of discovery right before a trial to defendants playing games such as firing their attorney right before a trial to buy time. And the delays in getting some clients a defense attorney. Limited resources in both the district attorney’s and public defender’s office also add to the court burden. And, Harris adds, those have an impact on both victims and defendants. He pushes diversion programs for that very reason — not just for the taxpayer relief (more court delays equal more time in jail taxpayers are paying for as well as the strain it puts on the system). This isn’t Cveykus’ first run at a judge position — he ran for Third District Appeals Court judge this time last year. Though Cveykus doesn’t prescribe himself to a partisan ideology and counts people of conservative and liberal leanings amongst his friends, he found himself outgunned financially by a conservative candidate with heavy GOP backing. Cveykus says he was a bit politically naive in that race. He assumed he could run a non-political campaign and that would keep politics out of it. So much for that. Cvekyus points to his endorsements, which are pretty numerous, as evidence of that. He’s got conservatives such as Sheriff Parks and Kevin Hermening, and liberals such as

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Harris grew up in Florida, the son of a Baptist Deacon and his mother a former educator who helped with the church finances. Cveykus grew up in the Wausau area, the son of farmers and graduated from D.C. Everest High School. Both candidates cite their family’s farming background in them being raised to value hard work. Cveykus earned his law degree from UW-Madison. Harris earned his law degree from Thomas M Cooley in Lansing, Mich. after earning his bachelor’s from the University of Tampa and being selected to study at Oxford in England as part of an honors program. Cveykus has coached the mock trial program at D.C. Everest and has taught part-time at UW-Madison, teaching criminal law, constitutional law and the first amendment. He’s a managing partner with Cveykus Law practicing criminal, family and small claims. Harris works in Judicare’s civil unit, representing “victims of domestic and child abuse, sexual assualt, low-income clients facing homelessness, as well as clients facing employment discrimination in the 33 Northern Counties in Wisconsin” according to his website. He’s also represented clients in tribal court cases.

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The race for school board

Five candidates vie for three seats on the Wausau School Board after a tough couple of years The election for Wausau School Board last time around became a pretty contentious contest. One group of candidates was referred to as “The American Taliban”; one of the then-current school board members had her personal life scrutinized online. Protests happened outside of school board members’ houses. The issue was COVID-19 and how to handle it. And it clearly divided people here as it did around the country. The potential dangers of catching COVID-19 were weighed against the achievement gap that was developing as a record number of students received failing grades. Meanwhile student mental health, already a growing concern, seemed to be further deteriorating. The contentious chatter around last year’s Wausau School Board races seems to be largely absent, or at least not nearly as severe as last year. A recent decision to remove mask restrictions met with little attention and passed unanimously, as cases continue to decline. Five candidates will vie for three seats. They include three incumbents and two challengers, range in age from 22 to 67, and come from a wide range of backgrounds. City Pages sent out a series of questionnaires and will attempt to summarize each candidate below. Full responses will be published on City Pages’ website with only light editing for grammar and punctuation. We’ve listed them in the order they appear on the district’s election pulldown item.

JAMES BOUCHE

(incumbent), 67, spent 42 years in education, including 20 as a coach and teacher, and 22 as an administrator. Bouche is running again because he believes it’s his civic duty to give back to the district where his children were educated. And, he feels there is a lot of work for the board to do that was delayed Bouche due to the pandemic. Bouche touts his years in education as giving him a perspective in all areas of education, has a passion for reluctant learners and children with special needs, and has experience overseeing the remodel of two high schools. Bouche feels like he wants to continue to work on the district’s communication with teachers, parents, taxpayers, employees and students, and wants to focus on the current achievement gap, for which he’d like to see regular updates. Bouche cites his work on the Wisconsin Association of School Boards as Region 5 director, his experience starting a charter school and his involvement in the Cooperative Educational Service Agency in helping get professional training for teachers as reasons to choose him for school board.

KAYLEY MCCOLLEY, 22, is the youngest candidate for school board. She currently works as a behavioral health

technician at North Central Health Care. She’s currently attending college for social work, and has a nursing background, earning a CNA license when she was 17. McColley says she doesn’t subscribe to the notion that someone needs to reach a certain age to run for office, and wants to bring her ideas, motivation and passion to the position and advocate for Wausau’s youth. As a graduate of Wausau West after spending her whole life in the district, she feels she would be a voice for the district’s younger folk, as well as minority voices. McColley organized the first-ever Juneteenth celebration last year, as well as Martin Luther King day events, the Black Lives Matter march among others. McColley says she is open to compromise and discussion. She’d like to see greater resources put toward helping students struggling with mental illness, wants to see the district really listen to its educators, and find solutions for updating the district’s facilities despite budget constraints. McColley says the community has a responsibility to amplify and share all voices, and that a vote for her is a vote for inclusivity.

JON CREISHER, 39,

works as a director of strategic partnerships and has four children in the district. Creisher says he’s running again because he cares about the community and wants to see every student have access to a great education. He wants to see data drive important decisions as the district faces many oncoming

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Someone suggested he write a number of writs to spark change; Cveykus said instead he would pick up the phone and talk. Cveykus says he was able to make that change, not only saving defendants an extra day in jail but saving taxpayer dollars since each day in jail costs about $50/day (a figure that likely has increased with rampant inflation). Harris says part of his door-to-door work is explaining that he plans to be completely non-partisan from the bench, despite what certain talk show hosts might claim. The A Community for All debates led people to believe he would be a left-leaning judge. Harris counters that by saying he admired Falstad for the opposite quality: that she approached every courtroom decision from a perspective of being fair and listening to people. Though he’s had a few people slam doors in his face, largely people have listened. He’s worked especially hard to appeal to rural voters, citing his own family’s background in farming in the Alabama area before his parents moved to Florida. What everyone would have a hard time denying is that both have a great reason to want to be judge. For Harris, he cites a time when he was four years old and his parents adopted him. Being familiar with church through his family’s background, he recalls the courtroom seemed similar as his father lifting him up to the judge. The judge asked what he wanted and Harris said to have a name like his dad’s. The judge gaveled and made it so. He asked his parents if he’d just spoken to God. They laughed and explained that no, it was the judge of the court. That stuck with him. For Cveykus, he cites his father. His father has been dealing with dementia for a number of years, and it’s his dream for his father who worked hard all his life to see him sworn in as judge before he’s not around any longer. Cveykus tears up as he explains this. Voters will only be able to choose one of them on April 5.

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challenges. Creisher touts his experience in engineering and strategic sales, giving him the ability to use critical thinking to analyze situations. He believes his strength is his ability to persevere through difficulty and adversity. Creisher says the district needs to think outside the box to address the achievement gap and student success. He also highlights the need to address issues every district is facing such as talent shortages and recruitment of teachers with a strategic plan. And he’d like to see greater support of teachers with better tools and skills to help students achieve. Creisher says he first ran last year (to fill a partial term) because he saw a need to be addressed to ensure students could succeed better, and touts his ability to act with professionalism and respect even with those with whom he disagrees.

JOANNA REYES, 35, is a

data entry analyst with two children in the district. Reyes says she joined the race in order to fight for what’s best for hers and other children, and says children’s education should not be a political experiment. Reyes says as someone who grew up in the Los Angeles Unified School District, she Reyes brings the perspective of someone who knows the challenges of growing up in a multi-cultural, multi-lingual household. And through her professional experience, she knows how to listen to the needs of others, adapt to changing technology and maintain fiscal responsibility in constrained environments. Reyes believes that parental involvement in education is critical, and feels the achievement gap is one of the most pressing issues the district faces. She also highlights the mental health challenges students are facing. She’d like

to see more career prep for younger students to expose them to different opportunities out there. Reyes says she will always put families first, and that it all starts and ends with the children. Reyes says as a parent of young children and as a Latina woman, she would bring a diverse perspective to the board.

JANE RUSCH, 61, is a former state corrections officer whose children attended the district but graduated years ago. Rusch has served on the board for 15 years, and has a deep knowledge of the district and how the board works. She’s attended workshops, has a small library of books on education Rusch and even finished all the classes for an education degree (though because of her physical health volunteered instead). She wants to keep Wausau a welcoming place so students stay here. Rusch says as a correctional officer she saw firsthand the problems a lack of quality education can bring. Rusch says the work of the board is to balance the needs of all the constituents and ensure the best well-rounded education for the district’s students and a rewarding positive environment for the district’s staff while maintaining acceptable tax levels. Rusch says new voices on the board are important, but so is having seasoned members who know the history and can prevent repeating old mistakes. She points out that the district is on its third superintendent every administrative position has turned over at least once in the time she’s served. She touts her experience on the board, as well as her experience as the parent of two autistic children, giving an insight into the needs of those parents.

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TV REViEW

By B.C. Kowalski

Formula 1 Season four is a little jumpy, still a blast There are some shows that, when a new season pops up on Netflix, will prompt me without hesitation to click play. Formula 1: Drive to Survive is one of those shows. As I’ve discussed before, Formula 1 represents something of a new genre of television show: the blending of sports and drama. It’s hardly the first. Sunderland or Die (Netflix) was a great early example of this concept. Revolving around the football club of the same name, in a small English city where life practically revolves around the local football team, it’s an inside look at the near collapse and attempted revival of a football club. Both work for the same reason: you get to know all the big names as real people, see all the drama behind the scenes, and get a sense how a football club or For-

mula 1 team actually works. Season 4 of Formula 1 is no exception, and is nearly as good as every other season has been so far, with one exception: it’s a little choppy chronologically. One the challenges of the new season is that it jumps around a little more in time than its predecessors, and one thing that is sacrificed is the sense of moving through the Formula 1 season. It’s been a bit difficult to get a sense of the overall season this time around as we revisit races again and again. Last time the producers used minor flashbacks to bring us into the present, but this time it feels like we jump back and forth a lot in real time. It’s like they don’t trust us to hold multiple storylines in our heads at once. The effect is, ironically, a bit discombobulating. But just a bit. Overall, the latest season of Formula 1 is still a blast, with all the great story that comes with it. And after four seasons, most of the characters are

known to viewers who have hung along for trying to make itself irrelevant. If any sport could use the Formula 1 the ride. It means many of them take less introduction and by now I’ve found myself treatment, it’s baseball. Until then, start your engines. invested in underdogs like Haas and Williams Racing. That said, if the goal was to get me to watch more Formula 1, it failed in that goal. Now I view the actual sport as a spoiler to the next Netflix season. Maybe that’s why this format won’t take off afterall. Then again, maybe there are some sports that could use it. I recently learned that Major League Baseball has been in a labor dispute and a lockout has been READY TO EXPAND YOUR initiated. I found that out from news program BreakBUSINESS OR START ing Points, and otherwise A NEW ONE? would have been clueless. CONTACT When I was in junior high, there was a lockout EMMERICH PROPERTIES and it’s all anyone would TODAY! talk about. Today, many people probably have no idea it’s even happening. From a marketing perspective, MLB seems to be doing everything it can to keep fans away. Games are expensive in person, blackouts meant to OFFICE SPACE AVAILABLE, drive purchases of expenSUIT TO REMODEL TO FIT YOUR NEEDS! sive cable packages make CENTRALLY LOCATED BETWEEN it tough to watch local WAUSAU, WESTON, AND SCHOFIELD AREA, teams on TV or on online LOCATED ON THE BANKS OF THE platforms like MLB TV. In EAU CLAIRE RIVER an age of streaming, it’s as if the sport is intentionally

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VIC FERRARI: SYMPHONY ON THE ROCKS

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FRIDAY 3/18 | GRAND THEATER, WAUSAU

If you’ve lived in Wisconsin you’ve probably heard of Vic Ferrari — the band is a perennial powerhouse in the Cheese State’s music scene, starting in 1988. This big rock band — seven members at present — has collectively played 2,500 shows in its time, ranging from festivals such as Octoberfest and Summerfest to places all over the U.S., Mexico, and the Caribbean. Watch them take on songs from bands as diverse as The Eagles to Bruno Mars to Cake and Electric Light Orchestra. And in their Symphony on the Rocks show, they’re backed by a symphony for an even richer experience. 7:30 pm. Tickets start at $35. Grandtheater.org.

7 Bridge Band: The Ultimate Eagles Experience FRIDAY 3/18 | ARTS COUNCIL, WISCONSIN RAPIDS

If you were looking for the next best thing to watching The Eagles live, it would have to be this. The 7 Bridge Band: The Ultimate Eagles Experience has been touring around the country for 14 years now, bringing this crazy Eagles experience to life to delighted audiences. The band’s goal is to recreate the Eagles concert experience faithfully and accurately from the band’s most prolific period. You can tell they’re really into it — they list the band members as “playing the part of” Don Henley or Joe Walsh, as if it were a movie. If you’re an Eagles fan this is probably a must-see for you. 7:30 pm. $37 adults, $10 students. Details and tickets at savorthearts.com.

GIN MILL HOLLOW

SATURDAY 3/19 | INTERMISSION, WAUSAU

From Madison, this semi-acoustic rock group plays a high-energy brand of original Americana and roots music. Incorporating elements of bluegrass and folk, Gin Mill Hollow draws from a variety of influences including The Wood Brothers, Greensky Bluegrass, Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, and more. Their string-band approach is augmented by the use of Porchboard kick-drum emulators giving the trio’s sound an extra foot-stomping rhythm. 9 pm. 715-849-9377.

Celtic Angels Ireland SATURDAY 3/19 | GRAND THEATER, WAUSAU

Celebrate the St. Patrick’s Day season with the Celtic Angels as they bring their joyful celebration of everything Irish to Wausau. The Celtic Angels highlights sweet vocals of five of Ireland’s finest singers, the athletic precision of the Celtic Knight Dancers, and the Trinity Band Ensemble, who round out the show with flawless interpretations of traditional tunes. Watch as these passionate performers celebrate their cherished heritage through traditional musicianship, rigorous dance, and the stirring songs of Ireland. 7:30 pm. Tickets start at $29. Grandtheater.org.

Ball in the House TUESDAY 3/22 | LAKELAND UNION HIGH SCHOOL, MINOCQUA

They look like just another boy band. However, the five members don’t need any instruments to make their music, only their voices in a sensational a cappella style pulling from varied and unexpected genres. Based in Boston, the group performs over 150 shows a year and has appeared on the Today Show and America’s Got Talent. The Boston Globe declares that Ball in the house, “has everything you would expect to find in a successful pop/R&B band... the one thing it doesn’t have is instruments.” Mixing Motown, R&B, oldies, gospel, and original music makes for a compelling sound. Starts at 7 pm. $25. Tickets at lakelandperformingarts.org.

The TEN Tenors: Love is in the Air THURSDAY 3/24 | GRAND THEATER, WAUSAU

Open your hearts to The TEN Tenors, because Love Is In the Air! One of Australia’s hottest touring groups, The TEN Tenors, return to The Grand to sing some of their most popular feel-good love songs. They’ll cover many of your favorite romantic tunes, from pop songs with a twist to classic love songs, and even a few of the most famous and touching love arias in existence. You’ll hear “All You Need Is Love,” “Unchained Melody,” “Somebody to Love,” and more, all performed in incredible 10-part harmony! Starts at 7:30 pm. Ticket start at $35. Tickets at Grandtheater.org.

RAIN: A Tribute to the Beatles FRIDAY 3/25 | GRAND THEATER, WAUSAU

In celebration of the anniversary of Abbey Road, RAIN will bring the greatest hits of this epic recording to life, in addition to all your early Beatles favorites. This mind-blowing performance takes you back in time with the legendary foursome delivering a note-fornote theatrical event that is “the next best thing to seeing the Beatles” according to the Associated Press. Experience the worlds’ most iconic band and come celebrate the best of Abbey Road. 7:30 pm. Tickets start at $45. Grandtheater.org.

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Thursday March 17

St. Patrick’s Day Jam-A-Thon · Malarkey’s Pub & Townies Grill, Wausau. Variety. 3 pm. 715-819-3663 Tuck Pence · Northern Waters Distillery, Minocqua. Acoustic variety. 4 pm. 715-358-0172 Rich & Rich · Bull Falls Brewery, Wausau. Traditional Irish. 6 pm. 715-842-2337 The Foxfire Affair · District 1 Brewing Company, Stevens Point. Celtic, folk, maritime, alternative. 6 pm. 715-544-6707 Michael Sullivan · O’Brien’s on Main, Amherst. Celtic. 7 pm. 715-824-3317 Karaoke · Hiawatha Restaurant and Lounge, Wausau. 8:30 pm. 715-848-5166 DJ Becky Bacon · Intermission, Wausau. 9 pm. 715-849-9377 Karaoke · Denmar Tavern, Wausau. 9 pm. 715-298-3131

Friday March 18

Sage Leary · Granite Peak Ski Resort, Wausau. Americana, rock, blues. 5 pm. 715-845-2846 Carl Jackson · Sawmill Brewing Company, Merrill. Variety. 6 pm. 715-722-0230 Open Tab · Mosinee Brewing Company, Mosinee. Acoustic. 7 pm. 715-693-2739 Reverend Meantooth & Keith Daniel · Timekeeper Distillery, Wausau. Folk, blues, variety. 7 pm. 715-679-3777 Killing Rapunzel · District 1 Brewing Company, Stevens Point. Hard rock. 7 pm. 715-544-6707 Troy Allen · O’Brien’s on Main, Amherst. Country. 7 pm. 715-824-3317 Jackson Taylor · The Dugout, Merrill. Country. 8 pm. 715-536-8870 Aaron Lee Kaplan w/ Bernardo Cano · Whitewater Music Hall, Wausau. Folk, blues, Zydeco. 8 pm. 715-298-3202 Local Heroes Band · Malarkey’s Pub & Townies Grill, Wausau. Variety. 8 pm. 715-819-3663

Saturday March 19

October Tree · O’so Brewing Company, Plover. Acoustic. 3 pm. 715-254-2163 Soul Whiskey · Sunset Point Winery, Stevens Point. Country. 5:30 pm. 715-544-1262 Kylar Kuzio · District 1 Brewing Company, Stevens Point. Acoustic. 6:30 pm. 715-544-6707 Hijinx · Backcountry Brewing Company, Plover. Variety. 7 pm. 715-310-2474 JIRF · Ciao Fine Italian Restaurant & Cocktail Bar, Wausau. Acoustic rock, alternative, classic & outlaw country. 7:30 pm. 715-298-2004 Sean Jordan · Malarkey’s Pub & Townies Grill, Wausau. Acoustic. 8 pm. 715-819-3663 Minor Distraction · Cruisin’ 1724, Wausau. Punk, variety. 8 pm. 715-675-2940 TeXXas · Homestead on 52, Wausau. Country. 8 pm. 715-843-7555 Blame it on Waylon · North Point Pub, Stevens Point. Country. 8 pm. 715-341-1999 Bryce Thomaschefsky · The Dugout, Merrill. Acoustic country, variety.

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9 pm. 715-536-8870 DJ Static Shock · Rib Mountain Taphouse, Wausau. 9 pm. 715-571-9069 Gin Mill Hollow · Intermission, Wausau. Americana, folk-rock, alt-bluegrass. 9 pm. 715-849-9377

Sunday March 20

Pam & Scott · Cop Shoppe Pub, Wausau. Polka. 1 pm. 715-845-2030 Soul Whiskey · O’Brien’s on Main, Amherst. Country. 3 pm. 715824-3317

Thursday March 24

Gerard Fischer · Rookies Sportspub, Stevens Point. Acoustic. 8 pm. 715-344-7026

Friday March 25

J-me Baptist · Sawmill Brewing Company, Merrill. Acoustic variety. 6 pm. 715-722-0230 Alex Dalnodar · District 1 Brewing Company, Stevens Point. Bluegrass. 6:30 pm. 715-544-6707 Brady Luke Trio · Mosinee Brewing Company, Mosinee. Country. 7 pm. 715-693-2739 Jordan Bain · Whitewater Music Hall, Wausau. Acoustic variety. 8 pm.

715-298-3202 JIRF · The Dugout, Merrill. Acoustic rock, classic, contemporary & outlaw country. 9 pm. 715-536-8870

Saturday March 26

Scott Wilcox · O’so Brewing Company, Plover. Americana blues. 3 pm. 715-254-2163 Tom Burt · Backcountry Brewing Company, Plover. Acoustic. 6 pm. 715-310-2474 The Fretters · O’Brien’s on Main, Amherst. Variety. 7 pm. 715-824-3317 Gerard Fischer · District 1 Brewing Company, Stevens Point. Acoustic. 7 pm. 715-544-6707 Krestfall · Cruisin’ 1724, Wausau. Hard rock. 8 pm. 715-675-2940 Josh White · Malarkey’s Pub & Townies Grill, Wausau. Variety. 8 pm. 715-819-3663 Cory “Dr Dj” Ninja · Campus Pub, Wausau. Acoustic. 9 pm. 715-675-1960 Brady Luke Band · Homestead on 52, Wausau. Country. 9 pm. 715-843-7555 Ratchet Dolls and Saint Tragedy · Speakeasy, Schofield. Rock. 9 pm. 715-298-6303

Wes Brown · Rookies Sportspub, Stevens Point. Country, variety. 9 pm. 715-344-7026

Sunday March 27

Mark & Rich · Cop Shoppe Pub, Wausau. Polka. 1 pm. 715-845-2030 October Tree · O’Brien’s on Main, Amherst. Acoustic. 3 pm. 715-824-3317

Thursday March 31

Brad Emanuel · Northern Waters Distillery, Minocqua. Country. 4 pm. 715-358-0172 Jon Grove · District 1 Brewing Company, Stevens Point. Acoustic. 5 pm. 715-544-6707

Friday April 1

Bradley Sperger · District 1 Brewing Company, Stevens Point. Acoustic. 6:30 pm. 715-544-6707 Tom Burt · Mosinee Brewing Company, Mosinee. Acoustic. 7 pm. 715-693-2739 Soul Whiskey · Backcountry Brewing Company, Plover. Country. 7 pm. 715-310-2474 The Drovers · Homestead on 52, Wausau. Classic rock. 7 pm. 715-843-7555

Saturday April 2

Aaron Lee Kaplan · Sunset Point Winery, Stevens Point. Folk, blues. 6 pm. 715-544-1262 Daniel Sukow · Bull Falls Brewery, Wausau. Variety. 7 pm. 715-842-2337 Tom Zalac · District 1 Brewing Company, Stevens Point. Variety. 7 pm. 715-544-6707 Slab · Cruisin’ 1724, Wausau. Pop & rock. 8 pm. 715-675-2940 The Allen Brothers · O’Brien’s on Main, Amherst. Rock, pop & funk. 8 pm. 715-824-3317 Dustin Lee · Rookies Sportspub, Stevens Point. Variety. 8:30 pm. 715-344-7026

Sunday April 3

Pam & Scott · Cop Shoppe Pub, Wausau. Polka. 1 pm. 715-845-2030

Friday April 8

Severio Mancieri · Sawmill Brewing Company, Merrill. Acoustic. 6 pm. 715-722-0230 Reverend Meantooth & Keith Daniel · District 1 Brewing Company, Stevens Point. Gospel, blues, folk, variety. 7 pm. 715-544-6707

Saturday April 9

Manic Sarcastic · Sunset Point Winery, Stevens Point. Americana. 6 pm. 715-544-1262 Hyde · Cruisin’ 1724, Wausau. Pop & rock. 8 pm. 715-675-2940

Sunday April 10

Mijal & Son · Cop Shoppe Pub, Wausau. Polka. 1 pm. 715-845-2030

Saturday April 16

Stewart Ellyson · Sunset Point Winery, Stevens Point. Acoustic variety. 6 pm. 715-544-1262 Spicy Tie Band · North Point Pub, Stevens Point. Rock n’ roll. 7 pm. 715-341-1999

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Chris Okkerse · Rookies Sportspub, Stevens Point. Variety. 8:30 pm. 715-344-7026

Sunday April 17

Pam & Scott · Cop Shoppe Pub, Wausau. Polka. 1 pm. 715-845-2030

Thursday April 21

Brad Emanuel · Bull Falls Brewery, Wausau. Country. 6 pm. 715-842-2337

Friday April 22

Mattea Joy · Bull Falls Brewery, Wausau. Acoustic variety. 6 pm. 715-842-2337 The Foxfire Affair · Sawmill Brewing Company, Merrill. Celtic, folk, maritime, alternative. 7 pm. 715-722-0230

Saturday April 23

Garth Englebright · Sunset Point Winery, Stevens Point. Acoustic variety. 5 pm. 715-544-1262 Save Point · Backcountry Brewing Company, Plover. Classic rock, country, blues, indie rock, original. 7 pm. 715-310-2474 5 Mile Scream · Cruisin’ 1724, Wausau. Rock. 9 pm. 715-675-2940 Northwoods Skitchers · Homestead on 52, Wausau. Classic rock, blues, variety. 9 pm. 715-843-7555

Sunday April 24

Mark & Rich · Cop Shoppe Pub, Wausau. Polka. 1 pm. 715-845-2030

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Trivia · Mondays, Guu’s on Main, Stevens Point. Trivia starts at 7 pm. http://guusonmain.com/ 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. Teams can include up to 6 people. http://www.sawmillbrewing.net/ 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/ Team Trivia at Malarkey’s · Wednesdays, Malarkey’s Pub & Townies Grill, Wausau. Trivia starts at 7 pm. https://www.malarkeyspub.com/ Trivia · Wednesdays, O’so Brewing Company, Plover. Trivia starts at 7 pm. https://www.osobrewing.com/ Open Mic Night · Wednesdays, LT Club, Wausau. Starts at 9 pm. 715-848-3320 Open Mic at Sawmill Brewing Company · Thursdays, hosted at Sawmill Brewing Company, 1110 E 10th St, Merrill. Open mic every Thursday for those who want to perform comedy, music or poetry. Starts at 6:30 pm. http://www.sawmillbrewing.net/ Trivia · Thursdays, Backcountry Brewing Company, Plover. Starts at 7 pm. 715-310-2474 Highway 51 Wood and Wire Sessions · Thursdays, Whitewater Music Hall, Wausau. Americana music played live by regional musicians and guests. Starts at 7 pm. $5. 715-298-3202

Karaoke · Thursdays, Hiawatha Restaurant and Lounge, Wausau. Starts at 8:30 pm. 715-848-5166 Karaoke · Thursdays, Hy-Da Way, Merrill. Starts at 8:30 pm. 715-722-0660 Karaoke · Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, LT Club, Wausau. Starts at 9 pm. 715-848-3320

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ON STAGE 7 Bridges Band: The Ultimate Eagles Experience · Fri. 3/18, Performing Arts Center of Wisconsin Rapids, 1801 16th St S, Wisconsin Rapids. Tribute to the Eagles band performed by 7

Bridges Band. Starts at 7:30 pm. $37 adults $10 students. http://www.savorthearts.com/ Vic Ferrari Symphony on the Rocks · Fri. 3/18, Grand Theater, Wausau. Rock symphony featuring music from Earth, Wind and Fire, Led Zeppelin, Queen, Styx and more. Starts at 7:30 pm. $35. Grandtheater.org Brewery Comedy Tour · Fri. 3/18, O’so Brewing Company, Plover. Comedy. Starts at 8 pm. $18. https://www.universe.com/events/ the-brewery-comedy-tour-at-oso-tickets-WRKDJ1 Celtic Angels Ireland · Sat. 3/19, Grand Theater, Wausau. Celtic music sung by five of Ireland’s best singers. Starts at 7:30 pm. $29 Grandtheater.org Rising Phoenix · Sat. 3/19, Rookies Sportspub, Stevens Point. Classic rock. Starts at 9 pm. $5 advance, $10 at the door. 715-344-7026 Sara Gazarek · Tues. 3/22, Stevens Point Country Club, 1628 Country Club Drive, Stevens Point. Jazz. Starts at 7 pm. $35. https://www.jazzcoterie.com/ Ball in the House · Tues. 3/22, hosted by Lakeland Performing Arts Association at Lakeland Union High School, 9573 WI-70, Minocqua. R&B/Soul/Pop a cappella. Starts at 7 pm. $25 adults, $5 students. https://lakelandperformingarts.org/ The TEN Tenors: Love is in the Air · Thurs. 3/24, Grand Theater, Wausau. Australian ensemble that sings a variety of hit music. Starts at 7:30 pm. $35. Grandtheater.org RAIN: A Tribute to the Beatles · Fri. 3/25, Grand Theater, Wausau. Concert that plays music from the Beatles. Starts at 7:30 pm. $45. Grandtheater.org Comedy Night · Sat. 3/26, Sunset Point Winery, Stevens Point. Comedy. 21+ show. Starts at 5:30 pm & 8 pm. $20 advance. https://spwcomedynight.brownpapertickets.com/ Fool House · Sat. 3/26, Granite Peak Ski Resort, Wausau. 90s pop, hip-hop and dance. 21+ event. Doors open at 8 pm, show starts at 9 pm. $10 early bird, $15 advance, $20 day of show. https://bit.ly/3HmMjoR Curbstomp, Til I Get Paid & Embrace the Misery · Sat. 3/26, Polack Inn, Wausau. Metal, thrash metal. Starts at 9 pm. $5 at the door. 21+. 715-845-6184 Elvis Comes to Edgar · Sun. 3/27, hosted by the Edgar Fine Arts Association at Edgar Auditorium, 210 N 2nd Ave, Edgar. Elvis tribute with Fred “E” Heidmann. Starts at 1 pm. $10 general admission. https://www.edgar.k12.wi.us/district/fine-arts-board.cfm Katrina Brown · Fri. 4/1, Cruisin’ 1724, Wausau. Comedy. Seating begins at 8 pm, show time at 9 pm. $10 advance, $15 day of show. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wausau-wi-katrina-brown-cruisin1724-tickets-221629348347 Cherry Pie · Fri. 4/1, Rookies Sportspub, Stevens Point. Rock. Starts at 9 pm. $10. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cherry-pie-at-rookiestickets-289009724867 The Highwaymen Show-American Outlaw Tribute · Sat. 4/2, Lucille Tack Center for the Arts, Spencer. Classic country show that pays tribute to Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings & Kris Kristofferson. Starts at 7:30 pm. $35. https://lucilletackcenter.com/buy/ Un-Broken, Catastrophic Heros, For Once & Seilies · Sat. 4/2, Polack Inn, Wausau. Hard rock, metal. Doors open at 8 pm, music starts at 9 pm. $5 cover. 21+. 715-845-6184 The Messiah: Community Easter Oratorio · Sun. 4/3, Grand Theater, Wausau. George Frideric Handel concert performed by the Wausau Symphony Orchestra and a full choir. Starts at 3 pm. Free. Advance reservations recommended. https://tickets.grandtheater.org/3210 Whose Live Anyway? · Tues. 4/5, Grand Theater, Wausau. Watch 90 minutes of improvised comedy. Starts at 7:30 pm. $39. Grandtheater.org Red Hot Chilli Pipers · Sat. 4/9, Grand Theater, Wausau. Scottishthemed music that blends rock music with bagpipes. Starts at 7:30 pm. $25. Grandtheater.org Spring Awakening Concert · Sat. & Sun. 4/9-4/10, hosted by the Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra at Woodlands Church, 190 Hoover Ave, Plover. Dvorak, Sung, Walker and Brahms concert performed by the Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra. Starts at 7:30 pm on 4/9 and 4 pm on 4/10. $32 adult, $27 senior, $12

student with ID. http://cwso.org/ Miles Over Mountain & River Valley Rangers · Sat. 4/9, Whitewater Music Hall, Wausau. Bluegrass. 21+. Doors open at 7 pm. Show starts at 8 pm. $10 advance, $12 day of show. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/river-valley-rangers-and-milesover-mountains-tickets-290993357967 Miss Gay Central WI · Sat. 4/9, Oz Nightclub, Wausau. Drag show. Starts at 10:30 pm. $5 cover charge. 715-679-3606 Crocodile Rockin’ · Sun. 4/10, hosted by Lakeland Performing Arts Association at Lakeland Union High School, 9573 WI-70, Minocqua. Elton John tribute performed by Jim Witter. Starts at 1 pm. $25 adults, $5 students. https://lakelandperformingarts.org/ Crocodile Rockin’ · Mon. 4/11, hosted by the Merrill Area Concert Association at Merrill High School Auditorium, Merrill. Elton John tribute performed by Craig Meyer. Starts at 7 pm. $45 adult, $18 student, $105 family membership. http://www.merrillconcerts.org/ Roman & Sachal · Tues. 4/12, Stevens Point Country Club, 1628 Country Club Drive, Stevens Point. Jazz. Starts at 7 pm. $35. https://www.jazzcoterie.com/ Jim Belushi & the Board of Comedy · Wed. 4/13, Grand Theater, Wausau. Comedian who performs improvised comedy. Starts at 7:30 pm. $49. Grandtheater.org The Belle Weather · Thurs. 4/14, Grand Theater, Wausau. Indie rock fused with folk. Starts at 8 pm. $10 advance. Grandtheater.org Portland Cello Project: Purple Reign · Wed. 4/20, Grand Theater, Wausau. Alt-classic ensemble that plays music influenced by pop musician Prince. Starts at 7:30 pm. $25. Grandtheater.org TUSK-The Ultimate Fleetwood Mac Tribute · Thurs. 4/21, Campanile Center for the Arts, Minocqua. Five musicians play covers of Fleetwood Mac’s greatest hits. Starts at 7 pm. $30-$42. https://www.campanilecenter.org/ The British Invasion · Fri. 4/22, Grand Theater, Wausau. Multimedia show involving British music, film footage and photos from the Simon & Garfunkel Story. Starts at 7:30 pm. $40. Grandtheater.org Un-Broken, Scarlet & Our Last Vision · Sat. 4/23, Rookies Sportspub, Stevens Point. Hard rock. 21+. Starts at 8 pm. $5 cover. 715-344-7026 Michael Perry · Fri. 4/29, Jensen Community Center Theater, Amherst. New York’s bestselling author, humorist, singer/songwriter, playwright and radio show host. Masks required. Doors open at 6 pm; show starts at 7 pm. $20. https://www.brownpapertickets.com/ event/5354138 or 1-800-838-3006 for tickets

Ongoing

Book club forming to discuss A New View of Being Human · with kinleiners Nancy Kohorn Henricks and Loretta Ulmschneider. Book that provides a platform to consider the power of being human and the value of each person’s contribution to the world. Authored by pioneers in the profession of kinlein which assists persons in building on their strengths. Meetings on Fridays starting Feb. 11 from 3 pm-4:30 pm via Zoom. For more info, call 715-842-7399 Donate your Deer Hide · drop off your hide at Wisconsin Lions Camp. Money raised from deer hides go to the Lions Camp to help serve others. Go to https://wlf.info/deer-hide-collection/ to find a dropoff location near you. Reception & Customer Service - Good News Project is looking for volunteers to answer phones, fill in paperwork, & greet guests. Other small duties may be assigned during down time. This position would need to commit at least a ½ day per week on a regular schedule. If you are interested in helping out, please go to https://www.goodnewswi.com/volunteer-application/ to fill out an application OR contact Susie at (715) 843-5985. We do require proof of COVID vaccination for all staff and volunteer. Thank you! e-CYCLING Environmental Help- We have an ongoing need for volunteers to help with the Good News Project’s e-CYCLING program. Volunteers are needed on Fridays between the hours of 9-4. Our scheduling is very flexible; you can choose to volunteer every Friday or once or twice a month, full days or half days. Moderate lifting (50 lbs.) on occasion (usually team lift), unload cars, weigh electronics, and sort them into the appropriate containers. Non-lifting customer service positions are also available. This is

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events/40155-still-rendering-2022-point-s-48-hour-film-project “Spring into the Arts” Tour-2022 · Sat.-Sun. 4/23-4/24, hosted by the Clark County Economic Development Corporation & Tourism Bureau. Tour Clark County, meet 37 artists, and purchase different art pieces. Starts at 9 am on 4/23 & 10 am on 4/24. Free. 715-2559100 or www.clarkcountywi.org for a brochure or more information Wisconsin Valley Coin Club’s Annual Show · Sun. 5/1, Quality Inn, 2901 Hummingbird Rd, Wausau. Meet currency collectors; check out kid’s activity table, free door prizes, raffles and collectors’ exhibit. Starts at 9 am. Free admission. 715-574-2777

OUTDOORS Ironbull Winter Challenge-Nine Mile · now thru March, hosted by IronBull and Wausau Nordic Ski Club at Nine Mile County Forest Recreational Area. Log your ski or snowshoe outings and be eligible for a custom medal and weekly prizes. Free. More info at https://www.ironbull.org/details-winter-challenge Slopestyle · Sat. 3/19, Granite Peak Ski Resort, Wausau. Compete freestyle on a rebuilt terrain park. Starts at 11 am. https://www.skigranitepeak.com Pond Skim · Sat. 3/26, Granite Peak Ski Resort, Wausau. Skim across a 100’ pond while dressed in costume. Starts at 12 pm. https://www.skigranitepeak.com The Cardboard Cup II · Sun. 3/27, Granite Peak Ski Resort, Wausau. Slide a cardboard sled down Hot Cocoa to win a cardboard cup. Starts at 12 pm. https://www.skigranitepeak.com Doggy Dash · Sat. 4/16, hosted by Woodson YMCA at the Wausau Branch YMCA, 707 Third Street, Wausau. Take your dog out for a 2k run/walk along the Riverlife Trail. Registration opens in March. Pick up your doggy bag during regular business hours after completing your route. $30. https://www.woodsonymca.com/events/doggy-dash-2022 White Deer Triathlon · Sat. 5/21, Boulder Junction & Boulder Lake. Go for a 3 kilometer paddle on Boulder Lake, 22 kilometer bike ride through Boulder Junction and 6 kilometer run along the countryside and forest trail. Starts at 9 am. $75-$170. https://boulderjct.org/white-deer-triathlon/

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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. www.uwsp.edu Wheel-Throwing with Ben Wendt · Thurs. 3/17, Center for the Visual Arts, Wausau. Learn how to make a mug or bowl in a beginning to intermediate wheel-throwing class. All supplies provided. Starts at 6:30 pm. $165. https://www.cvawausau.org/ Romaine Calm & Garden On: Choosing the Site and Varieties · Every first & third Wednesday 3/2-9/21, hosted online by Extension Marathon County & Marathon County Public Library. Learn how to plant a garden, improve quality of soil, how to manage pests and disease and more. Starts at 10 am & 6 pm. Free. https://www.mcpl.us/events/10731 Oil Painting for Beginners through Intermediate · Tuesdays 3/154/19, Chestnut Center for the Arts, 208 S Chestnut Ave, Marshfield. Learn proper oil painting techniques. Provide your own materials or purchase at the Chestnut Center. Starts at 6 pm. $140. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/oil-paintingfor-beginners-through-intermediatetickets-215819601237 Map of Marathon County School Districts · Food Thurs. 3/17, hosted online by the Marathon Served Until County Historical Society. Learn how the Marathon County School Districts were Midnight documented in the 1940s leading to the creation of a map. Starts at 12:30 pm. Free. On Facebook Live The Invasion of Ukraine: A Public Conversation · Thurs. 3/17, hosted by UWSP at Pinery Room, Portage County Library, 1001 Main St, Stevens Point. Learn about the history between Russia and Ukraine and the origins of the Ukraine invasion. Starts at 6 pm. Free. uwsp.edu Hand Appliqué “I Love WI” T-Shirt · Sat. 3/19, Judah Studios, 9489 1st St, Nelsonville. Create your own “I Love WI” T-shirt. Starts at 10 am. $35 includes supplies and refreshments. Bring your own Open 7 Days a Week: Mon-sat 11am-8pm · sun 11am-6pm T-shirt. 715-347-4544 to register Watercolor Greeting Cards · Sun. 3/20, 316 sherman st., Wausau · 715-841-0105 · Chestnut Center for the Arts, 208 S

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Mosinee Papermakers Game · Fri. 3/18, hosted by Mosinee Papermakers Hockey at the Mosinee Recreation Center 701 11th St, Mosinee. Mosinee Papermakers vs. DePere Deacons. Starts at 10 pm. Mosineepapermakers.com Friends of MCPL Members-Only Book Sale · Sat. 3/19, hosted by Friends of MCPL at 300 N First St, Wausau. Books, CDs, TV movies, artwork, board games and puzzles for sale. Open to members but nonmembers can join for yearly membership of $10 per person or $25 per family. Starts at 9:30 am. https://www.mcpl.us/events/10779 37th Annual Wausau Antique Show & Sale · Sat.-Sun. 3/19-3/20, D.C. Everest Sr. High School, Greenheck Field House, 2305 Jelinek Ave, Weston. Shop around for antique items, toys, stoneware, furniture and more. Win a $50 gift certificate and have lunch at Everest concession. Free parking. Starts at 9 am on Sat. and 10 am on Sun. 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Enjoy tea, children’s crafts, photo fun and take-home treat bag. Dress up or come as you are. Starts at 2 pm. $15/adult, $10/child, and $35/ family. Call 715-842-5750 for tickets True Crime Book Club: “Black Dahlia, Red Rose” by Piu Eatwell · Wed. 3/30, hosted online by the Marathon County Public Library. Discuss Eatwell’s story during the true crime book club, Lunch with Col. Mustard. Starts at 12 pm. Call 715-261-7230 for more info. GoToMeeting (Online) Book-of-the-Month-Club: “Confessions of a Domestic Failure” by Bunmi Laditan · Fri.-Sat. 4/1-4/30, hosted by the Marathon County Public Library at MCPL Athens. Pick up the Book of the Month and questions to think about as you read. Call 715-257-7292 for more info Grab & Go Craft for Adults: Thimble Bouquet Pendant · Fri.-Sat. 4/1-4/30, hosted by the Marathon County Public Library at all MCPL locations. Grab a kit containing supplies for making a thimble bouquet pendant. Pick up the kits anytime the library is open. Free. https://www.mcpl.us/events/10683 Movie Trivia · Fri.-Sat. 4/1-4/2, hosted by Friends of 90FM at Rogers Cinema, Stevens Point. Watch a trivia movie. Starts at 9:30 pm. $3 at the door. https://www.uwsp.edu/ucm/news/Pages/Trivia52-22.aspx Polka meets Country · Sat. 4/2, Central Wisconsin Convention & Expo Center, Rothschild. Enjoy food, beverages and music from Polish Connection and the Brad Emanuel Band. Doors open at 5:30 pm. Music starts at 6:30 pm. $15 advance, $20 at the door. 715-302-0684 Trivia 52: The Stacked Deck · Fri.-Sun. 4/8-4/10, hosted by Friends of 90FM at UW-Stevens Point campus, Stevens Point. Form a team and compete in a trivia competition. Trivia parade starts at 4 pm on Fri. and trivia starts at 6 pm same day. More info at https://www.uwsp. edu/ucm/news/Pages/Trivia52-22.aspx Marathon City Book Club: “Never Let Me Go” by Kazuo Ishiguro · Mon. 4/11, hosted by the Marathon County Public Library at MCPL Marathon City. Discuss Ishiguro’s novel with other readers. Starts at 5:45 pm. Call 715-443-2775 for more info Hatley Book Club: “The Maidens” by Alex Michaelides · Tues. 4/12, hosted online by the Marathon County Public Library at MCPL Hatley. Discuss Michaelides’s newest novel with other readers. Starts at 1 pm. Call 715-443-2775. GoToMeeting (Online) ABC Kids Spring & Summer Children’s Consignment Sale · Thurs.Sat. 4/14-4/16, hosted by ABC Kids-Wausau at Central Wisconsin Convention & Expo Center, Rothschild. Clothes size 0-18, toys, baby equipment, books, movies and more. Most items half off on Saturday except items marked ND. Starts at 7 am on 4/14, 9 am on 4/15 and 8 am on 4/16. More info at http://www.abc-consign.com/ Virtual Book Club: “While Justice Sleeps” by Stacey Abrams · Mon. 4/18, hosted online by the Marathon County Public Library at MCPL Mosinee. Join a virtual discussion about Abrams’s story. Starts at 2 pm. Call 715-693-2144 for more info. GoToMeeting (Online) Stratford Book Club: “The Midnight Library” by Matt Haig · Wed. 4/20, hosted by the Marathon County Public Library at MCPL Stratford. Discuss Haig’s book with other readers. Starts at 1 pm. Call 715-687-4420 for more info. Still Rendering: Point’s 48-Hour Film Challenge · Fri.-Sun. 4/22-4/24, hosted online by CREATE Portage County. Compete in an online filmmaking challenge. Tickets are limited. Starts at 6 pm. $75 per team until 4/20. https://createportagecounty.networkforgood.com/

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warehouse work, please dress for the weather and wear closed toe shoes. Health Equipment Sanitization & Restocking - Volunteers are needed on a weekly basis to assist with the turn-around of donated medical equipment. Items need to be sanitized, reassembled, and the coordination of inventory is required to meet ongoing client needs. We attempt to help volunteers find a 2–3-hour shift that fits best within their schedule during our regular business hours, Mon. – Fri. from 9-4. If you are interested in helping out, please go to https://www.goodnewswi.com/volunteer-application/ to fill out an application OR contact Susie at (715) 843-5985. We do require proof of COVID vaccination for all staff and volunteer. Thank you! 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. Werle Park Plus Neighborhoods of Wausau · 2nd Monday of most months, Grace United Church of Christ, 535 S 3rd Ave, Wausau. Meet and discuss neighborhood issues. Use basement entrance off back of church. Starts at 6 pm. 715-845-7051. 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 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 Lenten Soup Kitchen · Every Wed. 3/9-4/13, Church of the Resurrection, 621 Second St, Wausau. Homemade soup & fresh bread available for dine-in or takeout. Free will donations appreciated. Elevator and stairs to Brennan Hall in lower level. Serving from 11 am-1 pm. 715-845-6715 “Bloomin’ Greenhouse Tour”-2022 · Tues.-Mon. 4/15-10/31, hosted by the Clark County Economic Development Corporation & Tourism Bureau at the Garden Center Headquarters, Clark County, WI. Enjoy a tour throughout Clark County and check out greenhouses consisting of 100,000 plants of many varieties. No cost. For a brochure, call 715-255-9100 or visit www.clarkcountywi.org Aspirus Wausau Farmers Market · Every Thursday, Located at Aspirus Corporate Parking Lot, 2200 Westwood Dr, Wausau. Opens 9 am. Aspirus.org History Chats · Every Thursday, hosted online by the Marathon County Historical Society. Learn about Marathon County’s history from Ben Clark and/or Gary Gisselman. Starts at 12:30 pm. On Facebook Live and Marathon County Historical Society’s Youtube page Out & About · Every Thursday (except 4/14 & Thanksgiving), Jubilee House Free Community Meal, St. Matthew Catholic Church Campus, 221 S 28th St, Wausau. 4:30 pm-6 pm. 715-848-6120 Stevens Point Area Winter Farmers Market · Saturdays thru April, Located at the Boys and Girls Club, 941 Michigan Ave, Stevens Point. Opens 8 am-noon. https://www.spawinterfarmersmarket.com/ Wausau Winter Market · Saturdays November-April, Located at Whitewater Music Hall, 130 1st Ave, Wausau. Parking on River Drive. Opens 8 am-noon. wausauwintermarket@gmail.com Wall Climb · Saturdays, Greenheck Field House, Weston. Starts at 7 pm. $5. https://www.dce.k12.wi.us/greenheckfieldhouse

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ARTS/EXHIBITS 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 Q Artists Cooperative, Stevens Point · Facemasks required. Gallery open Tues.-Sat. 10 am-5 pm, Sun. 11 am-3 pm. closed Mondays. https://qartistscooperative.com/ Hometown: Portage County · Tues. 3/8-5/3. Check out Portage County’s artwork in downtown Stevens Point created by Q Artist members. https://qartistscooperative.com/ Riverfront Arts Center, Stevens Point · Open Wed.-Fri. 11 am to 5 pm. Sat. & Sun 11 am to 3 pm. stevenspoint.com/rac “Peeps” Art Exhibit · Fri.-Sun. 4/8-4/24. Art and dioramas using peeps candy made by local families, businesses, artists and more. stevenspoint.com/rac Woodson Art Museum, Wausau · 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. Facemasks and social distancing required. Art Deco Glass from the David Huchthausen Collection · now until 6/5. Glass artwork created by David Huchthausen. lywam.org Molten: 30 Years of American Glass · Glass artworks with origins in Wisconsin that spread from East Coast to West Coast. View glass demonstrations from 4/29-5/8. lywam.org Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art · Open noon-5 pm Tues-Sat. Closed until 4/1. Face masks required. Wmoca.org Center for the Visual Arts, Wausau · Free. Gallery hours Wed.-Fri. 10 am-4 pm; Sat. 12 pm–4 pm. Closed Sun.-Tues. 715-842-4545, cvawausau.org. Inspired by activities and events. Northern Perspectives · Fri. 3/11-4/29. Artwork that depicts what

the Northern Midwest looks like from an artistic point of view. Cvawausau.org Explorations & Antiquity · Fri. 3/11-4/29. Ceramic artwork that uncovers society’s relationship with history. Cvawausau.org 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 Marathon County Historical Society · Open Tues.-Fri. 9 am-4:30 pm. Sat.-Sun. 1 pm-4:30 pm. https://www.marathoncountyhistory.org/facilities/exhibits. Milking Time: The Evolution of the Dairy Industry in Marathon County · Jan. 2022 thru Dec. 2023. Exhibit that features development of the dairy industry through innovations such as herd improvement and electrification. https://www.marathoncountyhistory.org/facilities/exhibits Preserved for Generations: A Century of Marathon County Parks System · Jan. 2022 thru Dec. 2023. Exhibit that shows how parks were preserved for many years. https://www.marathoncountyhistory.org/facilities/exhibits Our Stories: The History of Marathon County · Jan. 2022 thru Dec. 2025. Learn about the stories of people who lived in Marathon County for a long time. Themes include arriving here, making a living and having fun. https://www.marathoncountyhistory.org/facilities/exhibits Art Cluster · Now until 3/31, hosted by the Marathon County Public Library at MCPL, 300 N First St., Wausau. View artwork by local students. Free. 715-261-7220 for more info Gallery Show-“The Art of a Blue Bear” · Now until 3/31, hosted at the Chestnut Center for the Arts, 208 S Chestnut Ave, Marshfield. “The Art of a Blue Bear” by contemporary Native American artist Christopher Sweet will be on display through March. Gallery hours are Mon.-Thurs. 10 am-3 pm. Artist reception on 3/19 from 1:30 pm-3:30 pm. Free. Chestnutarts.org Traveling Mini Art Gallery · Mon. 3/7-4/4, hosted by the Marathon County Public Library at MCPL Rothschild & Mosinee. View artwork created by members of the public. Exhibit will be at Marathon County Public Library Rothschild until 3/21 & will move to Mosinee and display from 3/28-4/4. https://www.mcpl.us/events/10622 for more details

KIDS/TEENS Youth Poetry Contest (All Locations) · Thurs.-Fri. 1/6-5/27, hosted by the Marathon County Public Library at all MCPL locations. Youths ages 9-18 can enter a poem in a poetry contest. Poems can be any length and each person can enter two poems. Entrants must be Marathon County residents. Submit entries at poetry@mcpl. us or drop them off at any MCPL location. Call 715-261-7220 for more info Grab & Go Craft for Kids: Quilled Monster Magnet · Tues.-Thurs. 3/1-3/31, hosted by the Marathon County Public Library at all MCPL locations. Grab a kit containing supplies for making a monster magnet through the process of quilling. Pick up the kits anytime the library is open. Free. https://www.mcpl.us/events/10649 Spring Break in the Gardens · Mon.-Thurs. 3/21-3/24, Monk Botanical Gardens, Wausau. Kids in grades 2-4 can play and learn in the gardens. Each day has a different theme. Starts at 8:30 am. $15 per day for members, $20 per day for non members. https://givebutter.com/mbgspring22 Bunny Bash Gymnastics Camp · Mon. 3/21, Woodson YMCA, Wausau Branch Gymnastics Center. Gymnastics for ages 4-7. Each participant will also receive a treat bag. Starts at 1 pm. $39 members, $47 nonmembers. https://www.woodsonymca.com/ Family Story Time: Construction! · Tues. 3/22, hosted online by the Marathon County Public Library. Listen to stories about construction equipment. Starts at 10 am. Free. https://www.youtube.com/user/MCPLwausau 48th Annual Children’s Festival · Sat. 3/26, hosted by the Wausau & Marathon County Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department at Marathon Park East Gate, Wausau. Kids can enjoy over 15 activity booths and food. Starts at 10 am. Free. https://www.co.marathon. wi.us/Departments/ParksRecreationForestry.aspx Family Story Time: Trains! · Tues. 3/29, hosted online by the Marathon County Public Library. Listen to stories about trains. Starts at 10 am. Free. https://www.youtube.com/user/MCPLwausau Grab & Go Craft for Kids: Colorful Shadow Art · Fri.-Sat. 4/1-4/30, hosted by the Marathon County Public Library at all MCPL locations. Grab a kit containing supplies for making stained glass-like art pieces. Pick up the kits anytime the library is open. Free. 715-261-7220

Family Story Time: Shadows! · Tues. 4/5, hosted online by the Marathon County Public Library. Listen to stories about shadows, learn about the Grab & Go craft kits and go on a virtual field trip to the Woodson Art Museum. Starts at 10 am. Free. https://www.youtube.com/user/MCPLwausau Educational Programs · Wed. 4/6, UWSP Museum of Natural History, Stevens Point. Learn through hands-on activities about naturerelated topics. Starts at 5 pm. Free. uwsp.edu Family Story Time: Cupcakes! · Tues. 4/12, hosted online by the Marathon County Public Library. Listen to stories about cupcakes and sing along to a cupcake rhyme. Starts at 10 am. Free. https://www.youtube.com/user/MCPLwausau Story Time Spring 2022 · Fri. 4/15, UW Museum of Natural History, Stevens Point. Read nature-themed stories, color and do crafts. Intended for ages 2-5. Starts at 10 am. Free. https://forms.office.com/r/2BiY7yN26t 1st Annual Eggstravaganza Easter Egg Hunt · Sat. 4/16, hosted by the Wausau & Marathon County Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department at Marathon Park, Wausau. Kids can enjoy arts and crafts and an Easter egg scavenging hunt. Starts at 10 am for ages 6 and under & 10:15 am for ages 7 and up. Free. https://www. co.marathon.wi.us/Departments/ParksRecreationForestry.aspx Family Story Time: Rainy Days! · Tues. 4/19, hosted online by the Marathon County Public Library. Listen to stories about making the most out of rainy days and learn some sign language. Starts at 10 am. Free. https://www.youtube.com/user/MCPLwausau Be the Bunny Enrichment Eggs-travaganza! · Sat. 4/23, Wildwood Park & Zoo, Marshfield. Hide Easter eggs for animals to find. Prepurchase baskets at Marshfield Parks & Recreational Department. Starts at 10 am. $20 per basket. https://apm.activecommunities. com/marshfieldparkrec/Activity_Search Mina with Author and Illustrator Matthew Forsythe · Sat. 4/23, hosted online by the Marathon County Public Library. Listen to a story about a mouse who gets a pet squirrel that she believes to be a cat. Online via Zoom. Starts at 11 am. Free. 715-261-7220 Family Story Time: Clay! · Tues. 4/26, hosted online by the Marathon County Public Library. Listen to stories about clay and clay creations. Starts at 10 am. Free. https://www.youtube.com/user/MCPLwausau Outdoor Family Story Time · Wed.-Thurs. 4/27-4/28, hosted by the Marathon County Public Library at MCPL, 300 N. First St, Wausau. Listen to stories and sing along outside on the library’s lawn. Bring

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your own chair or blanket. Starts at 10 am. 715-261-7220 Wisconsin Valley Coin Club’s Annual Show · Sun. 5/1, Quality Inn, 2901 Hummingbird Rd, Wausau. Meet currency collectors; check out kid’s activity table, free door prizes, raffles and collectors’ exhibit. Starts at 9 am. Free admission. 715-574-2777

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Greater Wausau Children’s Museum, Cedar Creek Mall, Rothschild. Open Tues-Thurs. 9 am-2 pm, Fri. & Sat. 9 am-5 pm, Sun. 12 pm-5 pm. Closed Monday. $5 per child 1-12 years, free for children under 1 year, $1 for parents and caregivers. http://www.wausauchildrensmuseum.org/ or 608-408-4668 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/ Mini Monets · Select Wednesdays, Greater Wausau Children’s Museum, Rothschild. Preschool art program for children ages 2-5. Starts at 10 am. http://www.wausauchildrensmuseum.org/ or 608-408-4668 Family Storytime · Wednesdays, hosted online by T.B. Scott Free Library. Listen to stories, songs, and rhymes every Wednesday. Starts at 10 am. On Facebook Live Bounce House · Wednesdays, Greenheck Field House, Weston. Starts at 6 pm. $5 per child under 12 years. https://www.dce.k12.wi.us/greenheckfieldhouse Weekly Play and Learn · Thursdays, hosted by Children’s WisconsinMarathon County Family Resource Center at Cornerstone Lutheran Church, Wausau. Children can enjoy fun, educational activities. Registration required and masks required. Starts at 9:30 am or 10:30 am. No cost. 715-660-8103 Preschool Science · Select Thursdays, Greater Wausau Children’s Museum, Rothschild. Hands-on science, art and sensory play for toddlers and preschoolers. Starts at 10 am. More info at http://www.wausauchildrensmuseum.org/ 608-408-4668 Young Picassos · Select Saturdays, Greater Wausau Children’s Museum, Rothschild. Art program for children ages 7+. Starts at 10 am. More info at http://www.wausauchildrensmuseum.org/ 608-408-4668

LIFELINES Medicare options through Security Health Plan · hosted weekly, hosted online by the Marshfield Clinic. Learn how Medicare plans offered by Security Health Plan of Wisconsin can help you afford quality insurance. Visit www.securityhealth.org/OnlineEvent Personal Needs Closet · First United Methodist Church, 903 3rd St,

Wausau. Free toilet paper, paper towel, soap, personal toiletries and laundry detergent. Enter from parking lot on Fulton St. 2nd Tuesdays 1-3 pm, 4th Saturdays 9-11 am. 715-842-2201 Claire’s Critter Closet · First United Methodist Church, 903 3rd St, Wausau. Free cat food, dog food, beds, toys, treats, collars and cat litter. Enter from parking lot on Fulton St. 2nd Tuesdays 1-3 pm, 4th Saturdays 9-11 am. 715-842-2201 Living Well with Chronic Conditions · Mondays 2/14-3/21, hosted online by Aging & Disability Resource Center of Central Wisconsin. Learn how to set goals, solve problems, cope with symptoms, and how to handle living with ongoing health conditions. Registration required. Starts at 5 pm. Free. https://www.adrc-cw.org/classes/ living-well-chronic-conditions/ Healthy Living with Diabetes · Thursdays 3/10-4/14, hosted by Aging & Disability Resource Center of Central Wisconsin at ADRC-CW Wausau, 2600 Stewart Ave, Wausau. Program for adults with prediabetes or type 2 diabetes. Starts at 1 pm. Free. https://www.adrc-cw.org Living Well with Chronic Conditions · Wednesdays 3/16-4/20, hosted online by Aging & Disability Resource Center of Central Wisconsin. For adults with ongoing health conditions such as heart disease, arthritis, depression or other chronic conditions. Starts at 9 am. Free. 888-496-9545 Blood Drive · Thurs.-Fri. 3/17-3/18, Stevens Point Blood Donation Center, 3210C Main St, Stevens Point. Starts at 8:15 am. Redcrossblood.org Powerful Tools for Caregivers Class · Thursdays 3/17-4/21, hosted by Aging & Disability Resource Center of Central Wisconsin at ADRC, 1519 Water St, Stevens Point. Class to help caregivers with handling stress, improving self-confidence, better communication and life balance. Starts at 10 am. $30 donation suggested. 715-346-1401 to register. Preregistration required Blood Drive · Fri. 3/18, Blades and Boards, 3109 Rib Mountain Dr, Wausau. Starts at 9 am. Redcrossblood.org Blood Drive · Mon.-Tues. 3/21-3/22, Stevens Point Blood Donation Center, 3210C Main St, Stevens Point. Starts at 11:45 am. Redcrossblood.org Blood Drive · Tues. 3/22, Spencer Church of Christ, B3942 State Hwy 13, Spencer. Starts at 11 am. Redcrossblood.org Blood Drive · Tues. 3/22, Our Saviors Lutheran Church, 703 Flieth St, Wausau. Starts at noon. Redcrossblood.org Blood Drive · Thurs.-Fri. 3/24-3/25, Stevens Point Blood Donation

Center, 3210C Main St, Stevens Point. Starts at 8:15 am. Redcrossblood.org Blood Drive · Mon. 3/28, Plover Municipal Building, 2400 Post Rd, Plover. Starts at 11 am. Redcrossblood.org Blood Drive · Mon.-Tues. 3/28-3/29, Stevens Point Blood Donation Center, 3210C Main St, Stevens Point. Starts at 11:45 am. Redcrossblood.org Pain Medication Safety Workshop · Wed. 3/30, hosted by Aging & Disability Resource Center of Central Wisconsin at ADRC, 1519 Water St, Stevens Point. Learn how to safely store your pain medication, what to do with unused medicine, understanding label directions, and more. Adults age 55+ and caregivers encouraged to preregister. Starts at 1 pm. Free. 715-344-1401 Blood Drive · Thurs.-Fri. 3/31-4/1, Stevens Point Blood Donation Center, 3210C Main St, Stevens Point. Starts at 8:15 am. Redcrossblood.org Blood Drive · Fri. 4/1, Mosinee Brewing Company, 401 4th St, Mosinee. Starts at noon. Redcrossblood.org Blood Drive · Sat. 4/2, Stevens Point Blood Donation Center, 3210C Main St, Stevens Point. Starts at 8:15 am. Redcrossblood.org Blood Drive · Mon.-Tues. 4/4-4/5, Stevens Point Blood Donation Center, 3210C Main St, Stevens Point. Starts at 11:45 am. Redcrossblood.org Lifeline Health Screening · Mon. 4/4, hosted by Life Line Screening at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, 3210 Maple Dr, Plover. Get a health screening for plaque buildup in arteries, HDL and LDL cholesterol levels, diabetes risk, bone density, kidney and thyroid function and more. https://www.lifelinescreening.com/ or call 1-877-237-1287 to register. Preregistration required. Blood Drive · Mon. 4/4, Peace Lutheran Church, 293 S. Main St, Amherst. Starts at 1 pm. Redcrossblood.org Powerful Tools for Caregivers Class · Wednesdays 4/6-5/11, hosted online by Aging & Disability Resource Center of Central Wisconsin. Class to help caregivers with handling stress, improving selfconfidence, better communication and life balance. Starts at 10 am. 1-888-486-9545. Blood Drive · Thurs.-Fri. 4/7-4/8, Stevens Point Blood Donation Center, 3210C Main St, Stevens Point. Starts at 8:15 am. Redcrossblood.org Blood Drive · Thurs. 4/7, First Universalist Unitarian Church, 504 Grant St, Wausau. Starts at noon. Redcrossblood.org Powerful Tools for Caregivers Class · Thursdays 4/7-5/12, hosted by

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VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITIES Volunteer Opportunities for the Week of March 14th, 2022 Find More Donation + Volunteer Opportunities! Go to the United Way Volunteer Connection volunteer website at www.unitedwaymc.galaxydigital.com. Share the Gift of a Lift! Volunteer 1-2x/month with Faith in Action Marathon County, providing transportation for seniors living in rural areas going to medical appointments or grocery shopping. Volunteers are contacted and asked if they are available to provide transportation usually with one week’s notice. No steady commitment is necessary, volunteer as often or as little, as you would like. Contact Jamie at Faith in Action, 715-848-8783, email WausauFIAinfo@gmail.com to start a volunteer application. Provide Bedside Support. Vigil volunteers are special volunteers who help provide a loving presence at the bedside of Hospice patients as they are quickly approaching end-of-life. Vigil volunteers are requested when no family or loved ones are available or when family needs a break from the bedside. Special training is offered for this type of volunteering. Please contact Heartland Hospice’s office today at 715-344-4541 or email them at Amanda.Cottrell@ hcr-manorcare.org or Colette.Stoflet@hcr-manorcare.org to learn more about how you can get involved. Gift Shop Cashiers Needed. The Heartfelt Gift Shop is a quaint little shop located in the new Mount View Care Center nursing home tower. Visit with residents, friends, and family as they browse the Gift Shop. Ring up their purchases and provide a friendly customer experience. The shop sells new, seasonal and consignment items. The times needed are 9:00 AM-12:00 PM or 12:00-3:00 PM Monday-Friday. Call NCHC at 715-848-4450 to get involved.

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Manure Spreader Needed. Stable Hands Equine Therapy Center has a few in-kind requests to support their programming including a manure spreader. If you can donate, call Jenna at 608-359-5297. Men’s Career Clothing Needed. Emerging Leaders’ Career Closet needs the following items: men’s dress pants (sizes 28-34), men’s jeans (sizes 28-34), belts (30-36) and dress shirts (especially small and medium sizes). Donations of clean, modern, and gently used items can be made to the United Way office M-F 8am-5pm: 705 S. 24th Ave Ste 400B, Wausau, WI 54401. Contact Amber with questions: akraft@unitedwaymc.org or 715-298-5712.

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range, not too hot or cold. Even moderate temperature increases can cause thermal stress that contributes to coral bleaching and infectious disease. The ocean has warmed 1.3 degrees (F) since the Industrial Revolution, meaning many reefs are stuck in dangerously hot water. The stress on reef creatures has been immense. When coral polyps— small, anemone-like animals that form the living base of reefs—get stressed, they expel the symbiotic algae that grows on them and provides them with nutrients. This is what’s called coral bleaching. With no algae to feed coral and give it its color, the abandoned coral turns white. That doesn’t necessarily mean it’s dead, but with no nutrient supply its ability to grow and fight off diseases is significantly hampered. Warming water also causes stronger and bigger storms, which can destroy entire reef systems as they pass. Hurricane Dorian hit the Bahamas in 2019 and destroyed 30 percent of the islands’ coral reefs. In 2005, Hurricane Rita caused extensive damage to coral reefs in the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary off the coast of Texas. Research suggests some storms may at times be beneficial for coral reefs by lowering water temperature. The influx of cool water can reduce heat stress on polyps, according to the Reef Resilience Network. But that temporary relief isn’t enough to make up for long-term warming. As surface temperatures increase, scientists hope that coral reefs might be able to slowly move themselves into cooler water—or that deep-water reefs already exist undiscovered. Researchers in Tahiti announced in February

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