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East High Apartments to become market rate

4 Evers changes mind on tax breaks

6 Remember the children’s museum? That’s happening now

7 Pert Near Sandstone, hockey, and other weekend fun

Home Away From Home

As Wausau prepares to welcome refugees from Ethiopia and Afghanistan, one woman shares her journey from Kabul to Fort McCoy

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Lucius Annaeus Seneca the Younger – that’s quite a name, isn’t it. He was a great statesman and philosopher in ancient Rome, and he usually went by a shortened version of his name: Seneca. Around AD 49 he wrote a book called “On The Shortness Of Life”. In it he writes “The part of life we really live is small. For all the rest of existence is not life, but merely time.” What he seems to be saying is that in general, we have a decent amount of time to spend living but we sometimes don’t invest it wisely. We’re too busy trying to impress others by accumulating money and power. The trade-off is that there is little left in the day for ourselves. The struggle for survival tends to focus one’s attention on the basics: Food and water, shelter, medical care, etc. But for many of us, these needs are amply met, giving us precious time to “really live,” as Seneca puts it. Ironically, while we guard our wallets and purses closely, we liberally dollop out large chunks of time on false ambitions and nothingness. When all is said and done, one must let go of the titles and trophies, let go of everything and surrender to the great darkness. The question then is, If these trinkets are not worthwhile, what is? That is a question each of us needs to decide for ourselves – but if we consider those we love, and the time we spend with them, it shouldn’t be hard to find the answer.

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METRO BRiEFS

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Market rate change

By 2024, all apartments at East High will be market rate, according to letters sent to residents Owners of the East High Apartment complex have sent out letters to residents informing them the apartments will become market rate apartments. According to a letter obtained by City Pages, owners Stone House Management sent a letter to residents in April telling them that by 2024 their apartments will become market rate apartments. The East High Apartments were completed in 2005, and developer Stone House Developers of Madison received Low Income Housing Tax Credits through the federal Housing and Urban Development office. The project transformed the old Wausau East High School building into an apartment complex after students transitioned to the new East High building on the northeast side of town. Today, recipients of those credits must maintain the affordable apartments for 30 years, but at the time the East High Apartments were built, developers could choose between 15-year and 30-year options. Stone House chose the 15-year option, Community Development Manager Tammy Stratz told City Pages. Stone House also received city incentives in the form of a loan for the project, but has since paid off that loan, Stratz told City Pages. A resident who spoke with City Pages on condition of anonymity said right now he pays $805 per month for a one-bedroom apartment. The letter didn’t specify how much rent would increase, but a market-rate one-bedroom apartment currently advertised on the East High Apartments site for $1,100. It’s not a direct comparison but gives a rough idea of what rent might increase to. According to a dataset City Pages researched, there were 430 units built through LIHTC since 1988, and East High accounted for 46 of them. That would mean a nearly 11% reduction in affordable housing units built through LIHTC in Wausau.

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County taxpayers will see increase next year

Taxpayers in Marathon County will see an increase on the county portion of their tax bill next year, according to the county’s proposed budget. The tax rate increased slightly for next year, from $4.53 per $1,000 to $4.55 — but an additional increase should come from a one-time levy increase approved by the state, according to a news release from Marathon County leaders. That means a hypothetical homeowner with a home valued at $100,000 would pay $455 to the county in taxes next year. The rate is still low — 25% below the average tax rate of neighboring central Wisconsin counties, the release points out. The tax rate hasn’t increased since before 2010, according to county records.

School board adopts new public comment policy for board members

The Wausau School Board adopted a policy against board members speaking during a public comment period after one member chose to do so at a recent meeting. The board adopted the new policy Monday, which doesn’t prohibit a board member using the public comment period to speak on issues not noticed on the agenda, but discourages it and make a disclaimer that the individ-

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The city of Wausau will participate in a regional housing study that will look at affordable housing needs in the area. The city council Tuesday night approved spending $7,500 toward the Metro Wasuau Housing Assessment, which will be conducted by the North Central Regional Planning Commission. That’s about 13% of the total cost of the study, $55,500. Marathon County will be covering the bulk of the cost at $30,000. Besides, Wausau, the study will include Mosinee, Schofield, Kronenwetter, Maine, Marathon City, Rothschild, Weston and Rib Mountain. The study will look at the continuing housing stock shortage in central Wisconsin, including the “missing middle” range between high-end housing and low-income housing. The assessment is expected to take 12 to 18 months, according to a memo sent to Economic Development Committee members. Support was unanimous for the study, though some questioned whether the study should go to the Economic Development Committee for review, another committee or even a committee of the whole convened specially to receive and discuss the report. Council Member Tom Kilian told the council Tuesday that he sees the report as a positive, but highlighted the need for speed for the report’s completion as the housing situation is only getting worse. “It’s very important we keep our eyes on the clock and the calendar,” Kilian said Tuesday. “There is a need, and that need won’t wait 18 months.”

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Wausau Events added a new airport-based event to its 2022 schedule. Next summer Wausau Events will put on Wings over Wausau, a new event planned for June 24-25 at the Wausau Municipal Airport. The new event will feature “airshow, car show, kid’s activities, live music, and the area’s largest fireworks show at dusk each night,” according to a press release from the event organizer. The event will coincide with the annual Run the Runway 5K, and Wausau Events is also moving the annual Chalkfest event to that weekend as well. “We know how important our events are to building community in the Wausau area” says Alissandra Aderholdt, Executive Director at Wausau Events. “We are very excited to offer an entire weekend of events and activities for attendees of all ages.” Airport Director John Chmiel says the last time Wausau had an airshow was nearly 30 years ago, in 1993. The move means Chalkfest will no longer align with the new version of the Balloon Rally, Taste N’ Glow, which drew major crowds to the town of Stettin earlier this year. The event came about after Wausau’s Balloon Rally was canceled earlier this year over COVID concerns. Taste N’ Glow organizer Steve Woller says he was a little disappointed they couldn’t work together with Wausau Events, but understands they need to do their own events. Woller told City Pages they are working on adding new events to next year’s Taste N’ Glow that he is not yet ready to reveal. Those events will take place during the day to help fill out the schedule, Woller says. Also, they’re adding a 5K run.

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Witholding update

Gov. Evers to update tax withholding for 2022 after vetoing a similar GOP provision been sufficiently funded by the Legislature.” He added the Revenue secretary has the ability to make the adjustments “as appropriate and will assess whether and when these updates should be made within the full context of revenue collection trends and other state priorities.” Since Evers signed the budget, the Legislative Fiscal Bureau reported state tax collections continued to exceed expectations in the 2020-21 fiscal year as the state took in $319 million more than what the agency had projected in June. Joint Finance Co-chair Mark Born, RBeaver Dam, dinged Evers for “once again realizing his mistakes and flip-flopping on the budget vetoes he issued less than four months ago.”

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Three months after vetoing a similar provision in the GOP-authored state budget, the Evers administration announced it will update individual income tax withholding tables, effective Jan. 1. The update reflects income tax cuts signed in the state budget as well as those implemented in 2019 and 2020, plus changes to income brackets and the standard deduction in effect for tax year 2022. The Department of Revenue said the tables, last updated in 2014, must be implemented by employers no later than Jan. 1. In his veto message, Gov. Tony Evers wrote he was rejecting the provision to require Revenue to make the adjustments “while other critical priorities have not

“First personal property tax, now this -- at least he’s following our lead and connecting the dots to do what’s best for the people of Wisconsin,” Born said The changes will mean a one-time reduction in income tax revenues of $709.8 million in the 2021-22 fiscal year, according to LFB. Still, that reduction will be offset by smaller tax refunds that filers will receive in tax year 2023.

GOP AG field uncertain following Owens dropout

Attorney Jake Curtis tells WisPolitics.com he’s considering a run for attorney general after fellow Republican Ryan Owens left the race. Curtis previously served as a legislative aide, associate counsel for the conservative Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty and chief legal counsel for the Department of Natural Resources under former GOP Gov. Scott Walker. He’s now in private practice with the Milwaukee firm von Briesen & Roper. He said he’s praying with his wife and consulting with friends and family to determine if this is the right time for a statewide race. “Whatever our decision, we are committed to doing everything we can to ensure our kids, nieces and nephews, and every young person in this great state has the same awesome opportunities we had to succeed,” Curtis said. “ Because frankly, at this point in time and on this current trajectory, we’re not sure they will.” Owens dropped out of the race, citing the strain on his family from criticism he faced over past comments and podcasts that were pulled from the website of the UW-Madison Tommy G. Thompson Center he once led. That left Fond du Lac County DA Eric Toney as the only Republican in the race to take on Dem AG Josh Kaul.

Taylor launches Lt. Gov. bid State Sen. Lena Taylor, of Milwaukee, launched her bid for lieutenant governor today, becoming the first Dem to declare for the race. In an interview, Taylor said her two decades of experience as a legislator and her time on the Joint Finance Committee, along with her perspective as an entrepreneur and a mother, would help Gov. Tony Evers in his reelection bid. “I want to be on the team in order to be able to strengthen his reelection,” Taylor said. “I want to be on the team to help make sure individual voices all around the state are heard.” Taylor, who was first elected to the Assembly in a 2003 special election and the Senate in 2004, had been considered a candidate for Milwaukee mayor with Tom Barrett nominated to become the ambassador to Luxembourg. She lost a challenge of Barrett in April 2020 with 36.9 percent of the vote. Then-Senate Minority Leader Jennifer Shilling, D-La Crosse, removed Taylor from the Joint Finance Committee in May 2018 after a staffer filed a complaint against the lawmaker accusing her of harassment and discrimination. The investigation concluded the allegations of harassment and discrimination were not founded, but the lawmaker had violated the Senate Policy Manual’s anti-retaliation provisions. A month earlier, Taylor was cited for disorderly conduct after an incident with a bank teller in Milwaukee. Other Dems who have been considering bids include: state Rep. David Bowen, of Milwaukee; state Rep. Sara Rodriguez, of Brookfield; former legislative candidate Kriss Marion; Wausau Mayor Katie Rosenberg; Brown Deer Village Trustee Emily Siegrist; and Racine Ald. John Tate II.

Lasry, Godlewski make U.S. Senate campaign moves Dem Sarah Godlewski’s campaign says she recently put $1 million into her bid for the U.S. Senate. The infusion of personal money comes after Godlewski raised $513,081 during the second quarter. The donation will be reflected on Godlewski’s upcoming report for the third quarter. Her campaign also announced the hires of Jake Strassberger as her campaign manager and Annie Kehler as finance director. Strassberger most recently served as a senior adviser to the campaign of U.S. Rep. Haley Stevens, D-Mich.

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THE BUZZ

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▲ This rendering of The Water Zone shows an example of what an exhibit at the new Children’s Imaginarium will look like.

Imagination 2.0

The founders of a new children’s museum — now called the Children’s Imaginarium — will start construction next year It’s been a long time coming. Co-founders and presidents Maggie Gordon and Tammy Szekeress and others have been quietly working in the background to get a children’s museum up and running. It hasn’t always been easy — finding a location that would suit the needs of such an endeavor has been a challenge. So the two were especially happy to announce to a reporter on Monday: The Children’s Imaginarium will start construction in the summer of 2022. Under the new name, changed in 2019 since they felt it better described the experience the organization is going for, will start construction in a portion of the HOM Furniture building. Sources close to WOZ say the HOM Building, which is more than 100,000 square feet, will be revamped into two glass walls on either side of the HOM space. One side will be home to the Imaginarium; the other will be retail space. By fall of that year, parents will be able to bring their children to the Imaginarium’s five exhibits: The Air Zone, The Construct, the Market, The Farm, and The Water Zone, plus The STEM Tree: a STEM lab for growing interest in math, science and technology. Gordon told City Pages that Wausau Opportunity Zone official Jeff Stubbe reached out to the group with an idea: What if they made the Imaginarium part of the new development downtown as the Wausau Center mall comes down and new development, a mix of downtown housing and commercial space, goes up and transforms the downtown? If they’d been leery, it would have been understandable. Gordon and Szekeress had been working on the idea since 2013, and several spaces looked promising, including the third floor of the Marathon County Public Library, the YWCA building, and even the Graebel building. Those all fell through for various reasons. In the case of the library and the YWCA, the problems were structural; neither would have supported the infrastructure of the museum without a significant degree of

engineering - an expense that would have taken away from putting those resources into the exhibits themselves. So being leery would have been understandable, but Gordon and Szekeress knew this was the right partnership, and they were excited. “It was downtown, and we are passionate about it being downtown,” Gordon told City Pages. The group wants the Imaginarium downtown to better serve the most people, making it accessible via bus, centrally located throughout the county, and now to be part of the developing downtown, which should look very different ten years from now than it looks today. Having it take so long has been frustrating at times, the two say. There are times when they wondered if it would happen, but every time they entertained those thoughts, someone would call to express their support and get them excited again. Support for the Imaginarium has remained strong; they’ve raised 90% of the $3.4 million needed to fully build the museum, and that’s all individual, foundation and business donors; they’ve yet to open fundraising to the public. That’s ready to happen now, the two say, and they’re expecting support to be strong. A study from 1999 showed a number of visions for Marathon County, and the only one that hasn’t been fulfilled is the idea of a children’s museum like the one they have planned. The 2013 Life Report also called for one. Kidzibits, a firm based in St. Paul that designs children’s exhibits, has designed the five spaces for the Imaginarium; there will also be two general-purpose rooms for programming and birthday parties. With so much raised, the two are confident that construction will start in the summer, and that the Imaginarium will open downtown, one of the first projects in the downtown mall redevelopment area. Interested parties can contact the Imaginarium organizers at www.childrensimaginarium.org and via email at info@ childrensimaginarium.org.

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As Wausau prepares to welcome refugees from Ethiopia and Afghanistan, one woman shares her journey from Kabul to Fort McCoy For as long as thirty-seven year old Khwaga Ghani has been a reporter, she’s gone wherever her stories have led her. Ghani’s parents always had her safety in the back of their minds as she covered topics ranging from war crimes to educational access. It’s something they discussed over their morning coffee and something they counted their blessings for when Ghani returned safely in time for coffee each evening. When the Taliban took over, safety was all Ghani and her family could think about. “We had to flee the country,” Ghani says. The journey that led Ghani, her parents and her sister from Kabul to Fort McCoy,

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in Doha, Qatar with thousands of other families. They were able to shower, eat and rest comfortably for a day until they began the next leg of their journey. “We were told to line up,” Ghani says, imitating the harsh tone of the directing military officer. If Ghani hadn’t asked where they were heading, she wouldn’t have known. “He said Germany, (and there was nothing I could say except) ok, we are going to Germany.” Ghani says her time in Germany was anything but pleasant. At the German Base, the men were separated from women and children, and there was no easy way to communicate with or stay in touch with her dad. On top of that, she says it was dirty. “We couldn’t take showers. There were so many people from villages and mountains who had never seen cities and had no idea how to use bathrooms. The showers were filled with laundry,” Ghani recalls. “One woman was caring for ten children on her own (because husbands were separated from women and children). The kids were too scared to go to the bathroom and they ended up peeing on the bed. It was a real nightmare.” On the fourth day, Ghani was so desperate, she convinced her dad to bring her to the men’s quarters for a shower. “I felt so dirty. I couldn’t take it anymore. A shower never felt so good.” From Germany, Ghani and her family flew to Washington D.C. In D.C., she waited for just five hours, before an agent came to speak with her. Just when Ghani was ready to breathe a sigh of relief, the agent collected her documents

and put them inside of a yellow envelope emblazoned with the words ‘DEPORTATION DOCUMENTS.’ “My heart dropped. I thought there must be something wrong with my documents.” The next morning in Washington D.C. (well over a week since her departure from home), Ghani did breathe a sigh of relief when an agent gave her family the greenlight to proceed to the Expo Center, where fellow Afghan refugees gathered to shower, eat and bathe before proceeding to their final destinations. After a night of sleep, a shower and a meal, Ghani needed to make a decision. “All night long, we kept hearing announcements: If you’re going to Texas go to this gate and if you’re going to Wisconsin, go to that one. These were the two options,” Ghani says. For Ghani, it was a no brainer. “Wisconsin--I said. My dad asked about Texas (and I quickly explained that) from what I knew about Texas, Wisconsin was a more appropriate place for us. I knew my friend was in Wisconsin and I just knew it would be better for us. It was definitely the right decision.” Nearly two weeks after departing from her home in Afghanistan with a long cold wait in Kabul, followed by a short hot stay in Qatar, four nightmarish days and nights in Germany, a few nights in Washington D.C., seven biometric scans and a deportation scare later, Ghani and her family were en route to Fort McCoy, Wisconsin. When the flight reached its proper altitude, Ghani was relieved about one thing. “I got my first coffee in more than a week and a half,” Ghani giggled with relief. “We’re

so addicted to coffee. We have one cup in the morning and another cup after work around five or six. My mom and dad would be sitting in the yard on the grass with a little table and chairs with coffee all set up so that we could have coffee together when I got home from work and my sister got home from university (back home). I’ve never been so happy to have coffee as I was on the airplane on my way to Wisconsin.”

Life at Fort McCoy

At the base in Wisconsin, Ghani and her family stay in a bunker with four other families. She says that while she’s relieved to be in a safe, warm place where she feels well cared for, she misses simple things like bread, tea and freedom and she is craving for transparency. “Back home if we didn’t have anything else, we always had tea, sugar and bread,” Ghani says. “If we cooked pasta and rice at home, we’d still have bread. Here we don’t have bread. “There are many people here (at the base) with health issues like diabetes who need insulin and other meds. On top of that, it’s getting colder and they’re bringing in warm clothes, while also working on our paperwork all at the same time.” Part of the appeal of going to Wisconsin for Ghani was the fact that her close friend lives in the state and she imagined seeing and spending time with her. As it turns out, for as long as the refugees are at the base, there is no entering and exiting and no guests, which means she never actually got to see her friend.

“Oh well...” Ghani says with a resigned chuckle. “I’m feeling a little bit like I’m in prison. I am a workaholic and I love being busy. I’ve never had this much time to sit idly.” Ghani is using her freetime to stay in touch with friends and to help with translating and tutoring at the base. She has not yet been reunited with her radio equipment, which she says is held up at the airport in Washington D.C. The hardest thing for Ghani has been the feeling of being in limbo, of not knowing what her next steps are or what she needs to prepare for. “When we arrived at Fort McCoy, they said we’d be out in 21 days. Two weeks after being here, we learned we’d be here for at least another 21 days (so they can monitor side effects of the vaccinations). One person says one thing and another says another so I’m not sure who to believe.” Ghani and the other refugees went through three vaccinations--one for measles and two others. She’d already had her Covid vaccine before traveling. The feeling of not knowing what’s coming next or what to expect is not new to Ghani since leaving Afghanistan. “We were going from airplane to airplane, country to country and nobody was telling us anything (other than basic orders). (We were given orders like-) Just get on a plane. Get off the plane. Get on the bus. Line up,” Ghani recalls. “We’re leaving, ok. But, where are we going? Until I got to Wisconsin on a Tuesday in August, I was not sure I would make it here.” continues on 10 u

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In the same way that Ghani hasn’t necessarily known her next step in fleeing from Afghanistan, she says that she really didn’t feel prepared to have to flee her country in the first place. “If we had known that the United States was going to leave after 20 years, everyone would’ve prepared themselves,” Ghani says. Even though the Biden Administration warned Afghans about the possibility of U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, she describes what she and others imagined as a bit of a ‘boy calling wolf’ scenario. “Multiple presidents have said we’re (the US is) going to leave. They say we’re going to leave on this date, and then they didn’t leave. They said again ‘we’re going to leave’ and then nothing happened. Biden came into office and said the U.S. was leaving and then boom. The U.S. left.” While many are questioning what the United States was ever doing in Afghanistan in the first place and some have suggested that its 2021 departure was twenty years too late, Ghani says she wishes the U.S. could have stayed twenty years more. “When I came back (to Afghanistan) from Pakistan in 2011, people still didn’t value education,” Ghani says. “Slowly, slowly, by 2016 I started to see a shift. People were valuing education. Girls were playing cricket and football (soccer). Boys and girls were in school. Men and women were in college.” Ghani recalls running into an old illiterate man escorting his 17 year old daughter to school. “I asked him why he was taking his daughter to school now instead of when she was a child. He told me he didn’t understand what an education was, but he understood now and he wanted his daughters to have access to education. He said he was taking her so she could learn something and teach him something.” Both of Ghani’s parents are educated but she understands the sentiment of that man. “I do the same thing with my parents. I had to teach them how to use a smartphone, a laptop and all of the current technology.” Ghani has a 19-year-old friend with

her laugh. “I laugh because I never trusted anything they said. When we were sitting in Doha and they were telling us, there would be women’s rights. I said ‘no that’s not going to happen’ and it’s not happening. Women aren’t going to work. Girls aren’t going to school. Even if girls are going to university, there is segregation with curtains separating boys from girls.” When asked if she thinks it’s the Taliban stopping people or people’s fear of the Taliban that is getting in the way of life as Afghans had recently known it, Ghani says it’s complicated. “People feel that they cannot trust the Taliban. There is a long history of distrust and people are naturally afraid.” While fear might temporarily paralyze some people or get in the way as they try to find their way back to work and a sense of normalcy, Ghani says many women refuse to be quiet. “Women have understood a little bit about their rights and their value. They will not stay calm. They will not shut up. Even if they risk getting killed, they will keep raising their voices.” ▲ As the primary breadwinner for her family as a

journalist for NPR, Khwaga Ghani and her family are among the thousands of Afghans that fled Afghanistan after the U.S. withdrawal. (Contributed)

aspirations of being a professional female athlete who she left behind. The friend played volleyball in a national league. She began attempting to leave two weeks before the Taliban takeover. “She asked me to help her find a way out so she could continue to play her sport and be a role model for other Afghan women,” Ghani says. “I couldn’t help her and now my heart bleeds for her. Since the Taliban came, she’s not playing, she’s not studying. She’s at home.” It may be too soon to tell if the Taliban will make good on their promises to be kinder, more inclusive and more humanitarian in their ways this time around. Ghani says the fact that they have even made any such promises is enough to make

Adapting to life in America

Professor Hatem Bazian is the founder of the Islamophobia Research & Documentation Project at U.C. Berkeley. While he has never met Ghani, he follows interactions between the U.S, Afghanistan and neighboring Middle East countries closely. While Bazian worries about the well-being of people like Ghani with the Taliban now being in charge, he’s also critical of the United States occupation of Afghanistan. “The U.S. shouldn’t have been there to begin with. After September 11, the U.S. said it would engage in offensive operations. What I advocated for at that time was to send food and support, not bombs,” Bazian says. “It’s been four presidents that have used Afghanistan for a broader strategy of the U.S. global hegemonic footprint. The Trump administration, followed by the Biden administration, were trying to get out of a war that had no end (in sight) and

no objective specific to Afghanistan.” Bazian speculates that while the Afghan Army and U.S. military ran the country by day, the Taliban were in some ways in control at night, leading to what some have called a failure on the part of the U.S. military. After the U.S. withdrew, President Biden stated that he could no longer justify American soldiers fighting in a war that the Afghan army didn’t have the will to fight. Bazian says that’s unfair, particularly considering that it’s the U.S. who trained the military. “To blame the Afghans is to absolve the United States for its failure and all of its military strikes, bomb campaigns and drone attacks in the country.” Now as thousands of Afghan people are fleeing the country and joining communities in places like Wisconsin, Bazian says it’s especially important to think critically about media messages and to think critically about the narratives we’ve been fed for decades. “When (former President Bush) and (former VP) Cheney began launching the invasion of Afghanistan, they framed it in the way of liberating Afghan women while simultaneously pushing the war on terror,” Bazian says. “Nobody in their right mind would call either of these men feminists, while they were curtailing women’s rights domestically opposing maternity rights, equal pay for women and other things. Whether it’s Afghanistan, the United States or the world, the reason why there’s an issue with the oppression of women is because of men, not brown men. We need to challenge the oppression of women, gender inequity and oppression in general as global issues.” Bazian says he has no doubt that the shift in power to the Taliban will happen on the backs of already marginalized groups like women, yet he says he thinks it’s important for the U.S. and the western world to give the people of Afghanistan time and space to have a say in their own futures. “We can insist (to our legislators) on non-military intervention strategies in Afghanistan when we’re thinking of how to help.”

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In terms of how to be allies to the thousands of Afghan people who’ve been forced to flee the country during the Taliban takeover, Bazian says to reduce television news consumption and instead get to know and find out how to support real refugees arriving in your communities. “I’d say to tune out the mainstream news for some time. There is no breaking news. Six companies control the media that we use, watch and consume and we tend to replicate the opinions that guests share,” Bazian says. Ghani says the most compassionate way to welcome Afghan newcomers to communities across the United States including Wisconsin is with patience, kindness and transparency. “Give them a chance to understand the rules and regulations. They will understand everything gradually,” Ghani says. “Also (we hope the U.S. government can) be as transparent as possible so we understand what the real situation is and we can prepare ourselves for whatever is coming.” In terms of the most important lesson she’s learned from the lens of a self-proclaimed workaholic journalist who fled her country abruptly to live on a military base in the middle of Wisconsin, Ghani says it’s simple yet profound. “Be strong,” she says. “So you’re ready to face everything that comes in front of you.” When Ghani gets the green light this week, she plans to go to the San Francisco Bay Area, where she has an opportunity to pursue a human rights and journalism fellowship in Berkeley while being closer to relatives. Even though Ghani’s next stop is in California, there are plans for dozens of other refugees to make their way to the Wausau area as the idea has been approved by the federal government. For those whose heartstrings have been tugged on with this story or who might want to offer a care package to a refugee staying at Fort McCoy or have access to massive quantities of bread, the address is: AAR Guest(s) 1654 S. 11th Ave Fort McCoy, WI 54656

Resettlement in Wausau: How will it work? By B.C. Kowalski

When Bojana Zoric Martinez heard that Milwaukee and Madison were being considered for a new wave of Ethiopian and possibly Afghan refugees, she quickly thought there were better opportunities in the state of Wisconsin. And in fact, that opportunity meant one place in particular: Wausau. It was through conversations with Mayor Katie Rosenberg as well as many visits to the area that convinced Martinez, director of refugee programs for the Department of Children and Families, who then convinced officials at the Ethiopian Community Development Council that Wausau would be a great place for resettlement. “We thought of Milwaukee for resettlement,” says Dr. Tsehaye Taferra, director of the ECDC. “Then we met with Bojana. She said why not look at other places? She suggested Wausau. I only knew the name, but we had our first meeting with the community, including the mayor, and we were very impressed.” Taferra says Wausau was chosen because of its welcoming attitude. “They were really clear to us that this would be a welcoming place.” The ECDC announced late last month

that they’d gotten approval from the state department, and that the first batch of 10 or more refugees could come through as soon as December. Another 75 people could come to Wausau between January and Septmber of next year. Right now, the ECDC is working on hiring a director, starting a local office and hiring staff. In addition, a new local organization called New Beginnings has formed to help coordinate volunteers who would like to help new refugees, including a co-sponsorship program. During a webinar hosted by the Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy and Service Thursday, community leaders from the Marathon County Literacy Council to religious leaders to school leaders say they’ve been making preparation for months to help the new refugees. So who are the refugees and where do they come from? Martinez explained in the webinar the vetting all refugees go through, highlighting her own experience as a refugee to the United States from Yugoslavia back in 1999. The whole process takes two full years, and includes medical screenings, background checks and vetting from no less than nine different U.S.

agencies, including the FBI, Homeland Security and even the TSA. Refugees are then resettled by agencies such as the ECDC and if someone already has family somewhere, they will resettle with them; otherwise they look for populations already existing. For Martinez, that meant a place with other Yugoslavians. Refugees also sign contracts to pay back the cost of their airfare. Martinez says her father started working two weeks after resettling, and others in her family did so shortly thereafter. Rosenberg on Thursday says she attended a conference recently that showed people are moving out of the north and toward the south. Gaining refugees is a great way to bring in more people and help keep the community sustainable. (The latest census data showed Wausau did gain a small number of people over previous counts.) Rosenberg cited a paper by the U.S. Immigration Policy Center which found contrary to popular belief that refugees had no impact on local expenditures or revenue. “I’m excited,” Rosenberg said Thursday. “A city’s job is to grow. We can do that a lot of different ways. This is one of those things that can bring in people, bring in workers.”

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The Music of Billy Joel & Elton John Starring Michael Cavanaugh THURSDAY 10/14 | GRAND THEATER, WAUSAU

Listen to musical tributes to Billy Joel & Elton John performed by Tony and Grammy-nominated singer Michael Cavanaugh, who was made famous for his piano and vocal skills in Movin’ Out, the 2002 hit Broadway musical featuring the music of Billy Joel. Hand-picked by Joel himself to star in the show showcasing his life’s work, critics rushed to call Cavanaugh “The New Piano Man.” You’ll hear all the classic hits from these two legends—from “Rocket Man” to “Piano Man” and so many more. No Billy Joel or Elton John fan should miss this incredible performance. Starts at 7:30 pm. Tickets start at $39. Grandtheater.org.

Tony Williams FRIDAY 10/15 | MALARKEY’S PUB & TOWNIES GRILL, WAUSAU.

Minneapolis-based singer and songwriter Tony Williams returns to Malarkey’s Pub for an evening of engaging tunes. The solo artist’s songs are a blend of indie and rock, featuring melodic choruses that leave your head nodding, and revealingly honest lyrics that leave your heart aching. His performance features unique mashups and extensive live looping, where songs are built up layer by layer to sound like a full band. 8 pm. 715-819-3663.

Wausau Cyclones Home Opener FRIDAY 10/15 | MARATHON PARK, WAUSAU

A new era of junior hockey in Wausau begins with the Wausau Cyclones season home opener! Wausau’s North American 3 Hockey League, previously known as the Wausau RiverWolves, was renamed the Wausau Cyclones after an ownership transfer earlier this year. The change brings a historic name back to Wausau. The original Wausau Cyclones adult hockey team was founded in 1972 by Walter “Coke” Fehl and played at Marathon Park for decades into the early 2000s. Get ready for some entertaining hockey as the team takes on the St. Louis Jr. Blues. The first 250 fans receive a Cyclones magnet schedule presented by Exquisite Windows and Doors. Game starts at 7:10 pm. Adults $9 in advance or $10 walkup; kids $6 in advance or $7 walk-up; free under 5. Details and tickets at wausaucyclones.com.

EgoCon SATURDAY 10/16 | HOLIDAY INN & CONVENTION CENTER, STEVENS POINT

If you’re a fan of the TV show “Doctor Who” this is the event for you. Sponsored by the North Eastern Wisconsin Friends of the Doctor, EgoCon is a science fiction, fantasy and gaming event. A highlight for fans of the show will be seeing full sized Daleks and a TARDIS on display. Listen to seminars, watch demonstrations, play games and trivia, and much more. The event features a charity auction with proceeds going to St. Paul’s Food Pantry and WPTV. Youths must be accompanied by an adult. Held 9:30 am-5 pm. Adults $10 in advance or $15 at the door; ages 12 and under $5 in advance or $7 at the door. Details at egocon.org.

Moon Walk Wisconsin SATURDAY 10/16 | TOMORROW RIVER STATE TRAIL, PLOVER Crisp fall air, pumpkin mile markers and optional costumes makes this non-competitive walk fun for all ages. Walk 4, 8 or 12 miles along the Tomorrow River State Trail under the night sky safely, with nutrition and nature stops along the way. Participants are encouraged to bring flashlights and headlamps. Fun costumes are welcome. Meet at 1850 Plover Road in Plover. 12 mile walk at 6 pm; 4- and 8-mile walks at 7 pm. $10 registration. Details at activeportagecounty.com.

An Evening with Pert Near Sandstone and River Valley Rangers FRIDAY 10/15 | WHITEWATER MUSIC HALL, WAUSAU

From the Twin Cities, Pert Near Sandstone plays American string band music that melds old-time sensibilities with modern song craft. They perform with infectious energy and an undeniable joy that cuts straight to the heart. Gathered around a single microphone, they have delivered their unique brand of string band music to fans across generations and genres all over the world. They are joined by the River Valley Rangers, a Chicago-based bluegrass band performing free-flowing arrangements full of rhythmic changes, melodic sequences, and improvised jamming. 7 pm. $20. Tickets and details at whitewatermusichall.com.

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SATURDAY 10/16 | WESTON LANES

Get your polka on at this 11th annual event. Dance along or listen to continuous music from 6:30 pm until 1 am! That’s over 6 hours of live music. Entertainment is provided by Polish Connection and The Brady Luke Band playing alternating sets. The event features raffle prizes, a huge dance floor, spacious seating, food and beverages. Proceeds benefit St. Jude’s Research Hospital. Head on over to polka like no one’s watching and support a good cause. 6:30 pm-1 am. $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Westonlanes.com. 715-359-8488.


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Scott Kirby · Northern Waters Distillery, Minocqua. Acoustic variety. 4 pm. 715-358-0172 Gerard Fischer · Rookies Sportspub, Stevens Point. Acoustic. 8 pm. 715-344-7026

Friday October 15

Jackson Taylor · District 1 Brewing Company, Stevens Point. 90s country. 6:30 pm. 715-544-6707 Tony Williams · Malarkey’s Pub & Townies Grill, Wausau. Variety. 8 pm. 715-819-3663

Saturday October 16

October Tree · O’so Brewing Company, Plover. Acoustic. 12 pm. 715-254-2163 Dalene Fox · O’so Brewing Company, Plover. Country. 3 pm. 715-254-2163 Derek Lind · O’so Brewing Company, Plover. Original country, folk, variety. 6 pm. 715-254-2163 Daniel Larson · Sunset Point Winery, Stevens Point. Variety. 6 pm. 715-544-1262 Eric Hagen & Red River Revival · Sawmill Brewing Company, Merrill. Americana, blues, rock & country. 7 pm. 715-722-0230 Kevin Troestler · District 1 Brewing Company, Stevens Point. Country, blues, bluegrass. 7 pm. 715-544-6707 Through Crimson · Cruisin 1724, Wausau. Alternative rock. 8 pm. 715-675-2940 Fennec Fox · Hiawatha Restaurant and Lounge, Wausau. Acoustic. 8 pm. 715-848-5166 The Other LA & Let Fate Decide · Speakeasy, Schofield. Alternative rock/hard rock. 8 pm. 715-298-6303 20 Watt Tombstone, Tantivy, & Edison Hollow · Polack Inn, Wausau. Rock/hard rock. 9:30 pm. 715-845-6184 Doug Sheen · Rookies Sportspub, Stevens Point. Acoustic classic and new rock. 10 pm. 715-344-7026

Sunday October 17

Local Heroes Acoustic Duo · Bull Falls Brewery, Wausau. Acoustic variety. 4 pm. 715-842-2337

Thursday October 21

Mark Wayne · Northern Waters Distillery, Minocqua. Acoustic country, rock, variety. 4 pm. 715-358-0172 Geoff Landon · Rookies Sportspub, Stevens Point. Acoustic. 8 pm. 715-344-7026

Friday October 22

Austin Skalecki · District 1 Brewing Company, Stevens Point.

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Severio Mancieri · Rhinelander Brewing Company, Rhinelander. Acoustic variety. 6 pm. 715-550-2337 Aaron Lee Kaplan · Whitewater Music Hall, Wausau. Folk, blues. 7 pm. 715-298-3202 Killing Rapunzel · District 1 Brewing Company, Stevens Point. Hard rock. 7 pm. 715-544-6707

Saturday October 30

Jason McNabb · District 1 Brewing Company, Stevens Point. Country. 6:30 pm. 715-544-6707 The Dead Fretz · Karch’s Up Nort’ Resort, Tomahawk. 90s alternative with classic roots. 7 pm. 715-966-0291 Double Tap · Backcountry Brewing, Plover. Rock. 7 pm. 715-310-2474 The Northwood Skitchers · Sawmill Brewing Company, Merrill. Blues, Motown, classic rock, rock & roll. 7 pm. 715-722-0230 Knock Point · Cruisin 1724, Wausau. Rock. 8 pm. 715-675-2940 H1Z1, Dead Loss, Squidhammer & All Kings Fall · Intermission, Wausau. Metal. 9 pm. 715-849-9377

Sunday October 31

Northbound Train · Renee’s Red Rooster Bar and Grill, Stevens Point. Variety. 3 pm. 715-344-9825 Sam Ness · Hiawatha Restaurant and Lounge, Wausau. Folk/ Americana. 6 pm. 715-848-5166

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Derek Lind · O’so Brewing Company, Plover. Folk, original country, variety. 3 pm. 715-254-2163 Stewart Ellyson · Sunset Point Winery, Stevens Point. Acoustic. 6 pm. 715-544-1262 Foxfire Affair · District 1 Brewing Company, Stevens Point. Celtic, maritime, alternative and folk. 6:30 pm. 715-544-6707 Soul Whiskey · Backcountry Brewing, Plover. Country. 7 pm. 715-310-2474 Caster Volor and Killing Rapunzel · Cruisin 1724, Wausau.

Hard rock. 7:30 pm. 715-675-2940 Gin Mill Hollow · Intermission, Wausau. Alt-bluegrass. 9 pm. 715-849-9377 Blame it on Waylon · Rookies Sportspub, Stevens Point. Country. 9 pm. 715-344-7026 DJ Whizz Kid · Nightschool Nightclub, Schofield. Electronic, dance. 11 pm. 715-600-0996

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Brad Emanuel · Northern Waters Distillery, Minocqua. Acoustic. 4 pm. 715-358-0172

Friday October 29

Andy Braun · Backcountry Brewing, Plover. Folk-rock. 6 pm. 715-310-2474

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Movie times thru 10/21 No Time to Die (PG13): Every day 7 pm, Sat. & Sun. 1 pm Venom: Let There Be Carnage (PG13): Every day 7 pm, Fri. & Sat. 7 pm & 9 pm, Sat. & Sun. 1 pm & 3 pm The Addams Family 2 (PG): Every day 7 pm, Fri. & Sat. 7 pm & 9 pm, Sat. & Sun. 1 pm & 3 pm

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Movie times: Thurs.-Wed. 10/14-10/20 No Time to Die (PG13): Thurs. 1:40 pm, 5:10 pm, 8:40 pm (HeatedDreamLounger), 2:20 pm, 3:20 pm, 4 pm, 7:30 pm; Fri., Sat. & Sun. 11:20 am, 2:50 pm, 6:20 pm, 9:50 pm, (HeatedDreamLounger), 12 pm, 3:30 pm, 5 pm, 8:30 pm; Mon. & Wed. 1:30 pm, 5 pm, 8:30 pm (HeatedDreaLounger), 3 pm, 6:30 pm Halloween Kills (R): Thurs. 7 pm, 8 pm, 9 pm; Fri., Sat. & Sun. 11:30 am, 12:20 pm, 1:30 pm, 2:10 pm, 4:10 pm, 4:50 pm, 6:50 pm, 7:30 pm, 8:50 pm, 9:30 pm, 10:10 pm; Mon. & Wed. 1:50 pm, 2:50 pm, 4:30 pm, 5:30 pm, 7:10 pm, 8:10 pm; Tues. 11:30 am, 2:10 pm, 4:50 pm, 6:50 pm, 9:30 pm The Last Duel (R): Thurs. 6 pm, 8:50 pm; Fri., Sat., Sun. & Tues. 11:50 am, 3:10 pm, 6 pm, 9:40 pm; Mon. & Wed. 1:55 pm, 4:40 pm, 8 pm The Many Saints of Newark (R): Thurs. 2:40 pm, 5:30 pm Venom: Let There Be Carnage (PG13): Thurs. 1:30 pm, 2:50 pm, 4 pm, 5:20 pm, 6:30 pm, 7:50 pm; Fri., Sat. & Sun. 11:10 am, 11:40 am, 2 pm, 3 pm, 4:20 pm, 5:20 pm, 6:30 pm, 7:40 pm, 9:10 pm, 10 pm; Mon. & Wed. 1:20 pm, 2:30 pm, 3:40 pm, 5:20 pm, 6 pm, 7:40 pm, 8:20 pm The Addams Family 2 (PG): Thurs. 1:40 pm, 4:10 pm, 6:30 pm; Fri., Sat. & Sun. 11 am, 1:20 pm, 3:40 pm, 7 pm, 9:20 pm; Mon. & Wed. 2 pm, 5:10 pm, 7:20 pm Dear Evan Hansen (PG13): Thurs. 1:30 pm, 4:35 pm, 7:40 pm; Fri., Sat. & Sun. 11 am, 2 pm, 6:10 pm; Mon. & Wed. 2:10 pm, 4:20 pm, 7:30 pm Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (PG13): Thurs. 2 pm, 5 pm, 8:20 pm; Fri., Sat. & Sun. 12:10 pm, 3:10 pm, 6:40 pm, 9:40 pm; Mon. & Wed. 1:40 pm, 4:50 pm, 7:50 pm Free Guy (PG13): Thurs. 1:30 pm

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ON STAGE The Music of Billy Joel & Elton John Starring Michael Cavanaugh · Thurs. 10/14, Grand Theater, Wausau. Listen to musical tributes to Billy Joel & Elton John sung by Tony and Grammy-nominated singer Michael Cavanaugh. Starts at 7:30 pm. $39. Grandtheater.org Dan Holmes at One Way Café · Fri. 10/15, hosted by One Way Café at River Cities Christian Church, 869 Highway 73 South, Wisconsin Rapids. Enjoy food, coffee and music from Christian songwriter/singer Dan Holmes. Doors open at 6:45 pm. Music starts at 7 pm. Free. http://www. rivercitieschristianchurch.com/onewaycafe.html Pert Near Sandstone and River Valley Rangers · Fri. 10/15, Whitewater Music Hall, Wausau. Bluegrass. Starts at 7 pm. $20. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pert-near-sandstonewith-the-river-valley-rangers-tickets-170181500449 Cherry Pie · Fri. 10/15, Rookies Sportspub, Stevens Point. Rock. 8 pm. $10. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cherry-pierookies-tickets-169025908041 Ol’ Style Skratch · Fri. 10/15, North Star Mohican Casino, Bowler. Rock ‘n’ roll. Starts at 9 pm. www.northstarcasinoresort.com/entertainment Made in America-Wausau Symphony Orchestra Concert · Sun. 10/17, First Presbyterian Church, Wausau. Music by American composers. Starts at 4 pm. $15 adults, $10 seniors, free for kids 18 and under and students. https://wausausymphonyband.org/ Waitress · Wed. & Thurs. 10/20-10/21, Grand Theater, Wausau. Watch a Broadway hit about a waitress and expert pie-maker. Starts at 7:30 pm. $70. Grandtheater.org Michael Perry Live: Sneezing Cows & Love Songs · Thurs. 10/21, Lucille Tack Center for the Arts, Spencer. Story-telling and comedy performed by New York Times bestselling author, singer, and songwriter along with his band, The Long Beds. Starts at 7 pm. $25. https://lucilletackcenter.com/buy/

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David Victor formerly of Boston “The Hits of Boston & Styx” · Thurs. 10/21, Arts Council, 1040 8th St, Wisconsin Rapids. Listen to Boston’s greatest hits performed by a five piece band and former Boston musician David Victor. Starts at 7:30 pm. $46 adults $10 students. https://www. davidvictorpresents.com/david-victor-hits-of-boston/ Boo Bash · Sat. 10/23, hosted by the Wausau Academy of Dance at UW-Stevens Point at Wausau, James F. Veninga Theater, Wausau. Watch a Halloween-themed show performed by the Wausau Academy of Dance’s dancers. Starts at 1 pm. $15. https://www.showtix4u.com/events/2267 Thriller · Sat. 10/23, hosted by the Central Wisconsin School of Ballet at the Grand Theater, Wausau. Halloween-themed dance. Starts at 1:30 pm & 7:30 pm. $15 child, $20 adult. 715-842-0988 or www.grandtheater.org Gordon Lightfoot · Wed. 10/27, Grand Theater, Wausau. Singer/song writer folk musician. Starts at 8 pm. $48. Grandtheater.org Home Free at the Grand · Thurs. 10/28, Grand Theater, Wausau. Four vocalists combine music with humor. Starts at 7:30 pm. $35. Grandtheater.org New Polish Sounds · Fri. 10/29, Rookies Sportspub, Stevens Point. Polka. 7 pm. $10. 715-344-7026 ABBA Tour · Sat. 10/30, Grand Theater, Wausau. Touring tribute concert dedicated to Swedish band ABBA. Starts at 7:30 pm. $29. Grandtheater.org Rising Phoenix · Sat. 10/30, Rookies Sportspub, Stevens Point. 70s-80s classic rock. 9 pm. $5 advance, $10 day of the show. 715-344-7026 The Amazing Kreskin · Sun. 10/31, Campanile Center for the Arts, Minocqua. Mentalist show. Not for children 10 and under. Starts at 3 pm. $15-$28. https://www.campanilecenter.org/

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Holiday with CWSO: Featuring Danny Mitchell · Sat. & Sun. 12/11 & 12/12, hosted by the Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra at Woodlands Church, 190 Hoover Ave, Plover. Concert featuring musician Danny Mitchell and cellist Olivia Yang. Starts at 7:30 pm on 12/11 and 4 pm on 12/12. $42 adult, $32 senior, $12 student with ID. http://cwso.org/

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Book club forming to discuss A New View of Being Human · Via Zoom or at Kinlein Offices, Wausau. 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. Times to be determined. For more info, call 715-842-7399 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 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 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. 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 UW-Stevens Point Planetarium Shows · Sundays from September to December, no show on 11/28, UW-Stevens Point Allen F. Blocher Planetarium and Arthur J. Pejsa Observatories, 2001 Fourth Ave, Stevens Point. Shows held at 2 pm. Masks required. Shows are free. 715-346-2208

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 Watercolor Painting For Beginners to Advanced · Tuesdays 9/14-10/19, Chestnut Center for the Arts, 208 S Chestnut Ave, Marshfield. Learn the basics of watercolor painting. Starts at 6 pm. $140. Chestnutarts.org Grab & Go Craft for Adults: Felt Coaster · Fri.-Sat. 10/110/30, hosted by the Marathon County Public Library at all MCPL locations. Grab a kit to make a felt coaster. Free. Call 715-261-7230 for more info Book-of-the-Month-Club: “The Once and Future Witches” by Alix Harrow · Fri.-Sun. 10/1-10/31, 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 Wausau Cyclone Game · Fri. 10/15, Marathon Park, Wausau. Wausau Cyclones vs. St. Louis Jr. Blues. Starts at 7:10 pm. $9 ticket adult or $10 walk-up, $6 kids 5-18 or $7 walkup, 5 and under free. https://www.wausaucyclones.com/ Pumpkin Painting “Family Art Party” · Sat. 10/16, Chestnut Center for the Arts, 208 S Chestnut Ave, Marshfield. Paint a pumpkin with acrylic paint. Starts at 9 am. $5. https://chestnutarts.org/ Learn how to Curl · Sat. 10/16, Wausau Curling Club, 1920 Curling Way, Wausau. Two sessions to learn how to curl. The first session is for those wishing to try curling. The second session is for those who wish to become a new member. Preregistration required. First session starts at 9 am and the second one starts at 1 pm. $10 adults, free for ages 18 and under. https://wausaucurling.org/ EGOCON · Sat. 10/16, Holiday Inn & Convention Center, Stevens Point. Sci-fi fantasy gaming convention with Daleks, guests, classes, games, lectures, costume contests, vendors, charity auction and more. Auction proceeds go to St. Paul’s food pantry and Wis. Public TV. Starts at 9:30 am. $10 advance for adults or $15 at the door, $5 advance for youth ages 12 and under, $7 at the door. http://egocon.org/# Friends of MCPL Book Sale-Members Only Sale · Sat. 10/16, 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/10526 “Weave Your Own Basket” Adult Workshop · Sat. 10/16, Chestnut Center for the Arts, 208 S Chestnut Ave, Marshfield. Weave a two-section basket. Starts at 10 am. $45. https://chestnutarts.org/ Polka Meets Country · Sat. 10/16, Dale’s Weston Lanes, Weston. Enjoy food and beverages, dancing, raffle prizes and music from 6:30 pm to 1 am. Listen to polka by the Polish Connection and country by The Brady Luke’s Band. Doors open at 5:30 pm. $10 advance, $15 at the door. westonlanes.com Wausau Cyclone Game · Sat. 10/16, Marathon Park, Wausau. Wausau Cyclones vs. St. Louis Jr. Blues. Starts at 7:10 pm. $9 ticket adult or $10 walk-up, $6 kids 5-18 or $7 walkup, 5 and under free. https://www.wausaucyclones.com/ Homestead on 52 Halloween Bash · Sat. 10/16, Homestead on 52, Wausau. Costume party and live music from Lee Walker Country, music showcase featuring Melissa Childers and David Sargent. Prizes for best costume. Music starts at 8 pm. 715-843-7555 IBEX: Search for the Edge of the Solar System · Sun. 10/17, hosted at the UW-Stevens Point Blocher Planetarium, Stevens Point. Learn about space exploration with IBEX. Starts at 2 pm. Free. Uwsp.edu Fall Frenzy · Sun. 10/17, Schmeeckle Reserve, Stevens Point. Learn how reptiles and amphibians prepare for the winter season. Meet at the Menzel Pavilion. Registration required. Starts at 3:30 pm. Free. https://www.uwsp.edu/cnr-ap/ schmeeckle/Pages/home.aspx Virtual Mosinee Book Club: “My Own Words” by Ruth Bader Ginsburg · Mon. 10/18, hosted online by the Marathon County Public Library. Join a virtual discussion about


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greet. www.hannahcenter.com Wausau Cyclone Game · Fri. 10/22, Marathon Park, Wausau. Wausau Cyclones vs. Peoria Mustangs. Starts at 7:10 pm. $9 ticket adult or $10 walk-up, $6 kids 5-18 or $7 walkup, 5 and under free. https://www.wausaucyclones.com/ Annual Malloween Crafter & Vendor Event · Sat. 10/23, Cedar Creek Mall, Rothschild. Halloween themed craft and vendor show. Starts at 9 am. No cost. 715-298-3811 9th Annual Craft, Gift & Bake Sale · Sat. 10/23, hosted by the Lincoln County Humane Society at Pine River Town Hall, N1647 Deer Run Ave, Merrill. Proceeds benefit the Lincoln County Humane Society. Starts at 9 am. 715-966-3545 “The History of Astronomy in Wisconsin” · Sat. 10/23, Chemistry Biology Building Room 105, University of Stevens Point, Stevens Point. Learn about the history of astronomy

in Wisconsin from James Lattis, director of the Space Place at UW-Madison. Starts at 2 pm. Free. Uwsp.edu Wausau Cyclone Game · Sat. 10/23, Marathon Park, Wausau. Wausau Cyclones vs. Peoria Mustangs. Starts at 7:10 pm. $9 ticket adult or $10 walk-up, $6 kids 5-18 or $7 walkup, 5 and under free. https://www.wausaucyclones.com/ Daniel J Rupar Pedal It Forward · Sun. 10/24, hosted by Woodson YMCA at the Wausau Branch YMCA, 707 Third Street, Wausau and Aspirus YMCA, 3402 Howland Ave, Weston. Indoor cycling fundraiser followed by half hour yoga, and cash raffle. Starts at 11:30 am. $50. Register at 715-845-2177 or search woodsonymca.com/programs Back to the Moon for Good · Sun. 10/24, UW-Stevens Point Blocher Planetarium, Stevens Point. Learn about the history of lunar exploration. Starts at 2 pm. Free. Uwsp.edu

Preparing for Winter Flower Blooms! · Mon. 10/25, hosted online by Extension Marathon County. Learn about planting flowers indoors during the winter. Registration required by noon on 10/17. Starts at 11 am. Free. https://www.mcpl.us/events/10587 Scandinavian Folk Art Painting · Tuesdays 10/26-12/7, Chestnut Center for the Arts, 208 S Chestnut Ave, Marshfield. Learn how to create a Scandinavian painting. No class on 11/23. Supplies included. Starts at 12:30 pm or 6 pm. $140. 715-315-0124 to register 2021 Wausau Parade of Homes · Thurs.-Sat. 10/28-10/30, hosted by Wausau Area Builders Association. Tour a number of homes at different locations within the Wausau area. Starts at 12 pm on Thurs & Fri and 10 am on Sat. $10 per ticket. Wausauareabuilders.com

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Ginsburg’s story. Starts at 2 pm. Call 715-261-7200 for more info. GoToMeeting (Online) Community Impact Night · Mon. 10/18, hosted by Chapter 72 Financial Life from St. Mark Parish, Rothschild at Pizza Ranch, Weston. Purchase a pizza at Pizza Ranch and tell the cashier you’re at Pizza Ranch for the Warming Center and have 20% of the bill donated to the Wausau Warming Center. Starts at 4 pm. 715-359-5206 “Wicked” 6-Piece Wood Décor “Exploring the Arts” for Adults · Mon. 10/18, Chestnut Center for the Arts, 208 S Chestnut Ave, Marshfield. Paint 6 wooden pieces for holiday display. Starts at 6 pm. $20. https://chestnutarts.org/ Virtual Broadway Trivia · Mon. 10/18, hosted online by the Grand Theater. Test your knowledge with a virtual trivia. Play through the app Kahoot. Starts at 6:30 pm. Free. https://tickets.grandtheater.org/3151 Preparing for Winter Flower Blooms! · Mon. 10/18, hosted online by Extension Marathon County. Learn about planting flowers indoors during the winter. Registration required by noon on 10/17. Starts at 6:30 pm. Free. https://www.mcpl.us/events/10587 Metro Ride Public Meeting Announcement · Wed. 10/20, Marathon County Complex, 212 River Dr, Rm. 1, Wausau. Discuss about the idea of implementing a metro transit service in Wausau and possibilities one could take advantage of if they utilize the service. Meeting both online and in person. If in person, masks recommended. Starts at 10 am. Email nbubash@rlsandassoc.com or call 937-299-5007 to get a link to the Zoom meeting. Fun@5 with Best Western Plus Wausau Tower · Thurs. 10/21, hosted by the Greater Wausau Chamber of Commerce at Best Western Plus Wausau Tower Inn, 201 N 17th Ave, Wausau. Network with others and enjoy appetizers and beverages. You can also 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, and $25 non members at the door. wausauchamber.com Harvest Dinner · Thurs. 10/21, Rothschild Pavilion, Rothschild. Enjoy hors d’ouevres, wine, and a culinary event. Proceeds help feed children in the community. Starts at 5:30 pm. $100. www.bgclub.com Wausau Area Builders Association Home Show · Fri.-Sun. 10/22-10/24, Central Wisconsin Convention & Expo Center, Rothschild. Connect with builders who can help you improve your home. Starts at 4 pm. $5. https://www.wausauareabuilders.com/ Giving for Life Concert & Auction · Fri. 10/22, hosted by The Hannah Center at Center City Church, 2209 W Spencer St, Marshfield. Music from Christian artist Jason Gray and an online silent auction. Preorder tickets by 10/8. Starts at 6 pm. $25 live stream, $30 general admission, $40 meet &

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Treasures of Tomorrow Quilt Show · Fri.-Sat. 10/29-10/30, hosted by the Piecemakers Quilt Guild of Central Wisconsin at the Marshfield Mall, 503 E Ives St, Marshfield. View approximately 150 quilt entries on display and check out vendor booths, quilt raffle, demos, classes, door prizes, desserts/beverages, bed turning, fabric challenge exhibit and a special raffle. Starts at 9 am. $5. https://piecemakers.org/ Haunted Horsey Hustle & Hoopla 2021 · Sun. 10/31, hosted by HART Equine Therapy Center Inc at Wildwood Park, Marshfield. Celebrate Halloween at the park with family friendly events such as the 1 mile run/walk, pumpkin decorating contest, scavenger hunt, costume contest, Halloween egg hunt, pumpkin bowling, food & dessert cook-off, raffles and more. Starts at 11 am. https://hartetc.com/haunted-horsey-hustle-1 Seeing! A Photon Journey Across Space, Time, and Mind · Sun. 10/31, UW-Stevens Point Blocher Planetarium, Stevens Point. Learn about photons within space. Starts at 2 pm. Free. Uwsp.edu

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Self- Guided Interpretative Hikes—Tree ID & Leaves · Thurs. 10/14, Mead Wildlife Area, Milladore. Go hiking and learn how to identify trees. Daylight Hours. Free. Meadwildlife.org If Looks Could Quill · Thurs. 10/14, Schmeeckle Reserve, Stevens Point. Go for a walk and learn about porcupines and their quills. Registration required. Starts at 5 pm. Free. https://www.uwsp.edu/cnr-ap/schmeeckle/Pages/home. aspx Red Granite Grinder · Sat. 10/16, hosted by IronBull at downtown Wausau on the 400 Block. Choose between 85 miles, 50 miles, 144 miles and 12 miles and ride a bike along the gravel trails through the Wausau area. 12 mile ride is recreational, timed, non-competitive and great for the family. Starts at 6 am. Costs $100 for 144 miles, $80 for 85 miles or

50 miles, and $45 for 12 miles (free for ages 18 and under). For more info or registration visit https://www.ironbull.org/red-granite-grinder-details Moon Walk Wisconsin · Sat. 10/16, hosted by Active Portage County at 1850 Plover Road, Plover. Go for a recreational walk along the Tomorrow River State Trail. There’s a 4 mile, 8 mile and 12 mile walk. Bring flashlights and wear a costume. Starts at 5:30 pm. 12 mile walk starts at 6 pm and the 4 mile and 8 mile walks start at 7 pm. $5 through 10/8 and $10 afterwards. http://activeportagecounty.com/ index.cfm Take a Walk on the Wild Side · Thurs. 10/21, Schmeeckle Reserve, Stevens Point. Search for clues animals leave behind and learn what they mean. Registration required. Starts at 5 pm. Free. https://www.uwsp.edu/cnr-ap/ schmeeckle/Pages/home.aspx Creatures of the Night · Sat. 10/23, Schmeeckle Reserve, Stevens Point. Learn how nocturnal animals navigate in the dark. Meet at the Parkway Shelter north of Maria Drive. Registration required. Starts at 5 pm. Free. https://www. uwsp.edu/cnr-ap/schmeeckle/Pages/home.aspx Group Hike · Sat. 11/13, hosted by the Friends of Rib Mountain State Park, Rib Mountain. Go on a group hike. Starts at 10 am. Free. Ribmountain.org/events Turkey Trot 2021 · Thurs. 11/25, hosted by United Way of Marathon County at 111 S. 1st Ave, Wausau. Walk or run for Marathon County’s hunger coalition. Food proceeds get distributed to pantries and grocers all over Marathon County. Event starts at 8:30 am. No cost. www.unitedwaymc.org Group Hike · Sat. 12/11, hosted by the Friends of Rib Mountain State Park, Rib Mountain. Go on a group hike. Starts at 10 am. Free. Ribmountain.org/events

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mug or bowl in a beginning to intermediate wheel-throwing class. All supplies provided. Starts at 6:30 pm. $165. https://www.cvawausau.org/ Getting You Financially Lit! · Wednesdays 10/6-11/17, YWCA Wausau, 613 5th St, Wausau. Workshop for those ages 1626 who wish to learn how to manage their finances. Starts at 7 pm. $20 for the full series. https://www.eventbrite. com/e/getting-you-financially-lit-a-finance-program-foryoung-adults-tickets-170538531338 Ingram S. Horgen · Thurs. 10/14, hosted online by the Marathon County Historical Society. Gary Gisselman talks about the life of Ingram S. Horgen, the first director of the Parks Department of Marathon County and Wausau. Starts at 12:30 pm. Free. On Facebook Live Louise Elster · Thurs. 10/21, hosted online by the Marathon County Historical Society. Ben Clark discusses about Louise Elster, former 4th grade teacher at Franklin School. Starts at 12:30 pm. Free. On Facebook Live History Speaks on the Air: Apples, Botany and Cider · Sat. 10/23, hosted online by the Marathon County Historical Society. Paul Whitaker talks about the history of apples. Starts at 2 pm. Free. On Facebook Live Babysitting Rocks! · Thurs. 10/28, YWCA Wausau, 613 5th St, Wausau. Learn how to babysit with lessons about handling emergencies, stress that comes from babysitting, planning activities for children, communication with children and parents and more. Event starts at 10 am. $40. www.ywcawausau.org “Dawn of the Shaun of the Dead” · Thurs. 10/28, UWStevens Point, Communications Arts Center, room 333, Stevens Point. Figure out how you can survive a zombie apocalypse with critical thinking skills. Starts at 6:30 pm. Free. Uwsp.edu Mental Health First Aid Training · 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 Guitar Lessons with Adam Greuel · Running now, hosted online through UWSP. Learn how to play guitar with Adam Greuel of Horseshoes and Hand Grenades. Lessons times vary. Available to all levels. $69 for 30 minutes, $114 for 60 minutes. Uwsp.edu

ARTS/EXHIBITS Center for the Visual Arts, Wausau · Free. Gallery hours Wed.-Fri. 10 am-4 pm; Sat. 12 pm–4 pm. Closed Sun.-Tues. 715-842-4545, cvawausau.org. Exhibits on display: Roots: Transplanted, Rhapsodies in Paint, and Wausau WRAP from 9/17-11/6. Inspired by activities and events. Woodson Art Museum, Wausau · Free. Open Tues-Fri 9

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KIDS/TEENS Gymtricks · Wed. 9/6-10/23, hosted by Woodson YMCA at the Wausau YMCA branch. Gymnastics for ages 5 and up. Lessons and start times vary. $73 members, $89 nonmembers. More info at https://www.woodsonymca.com/ Wausau Branch Swimming Lessons · Tues. 9/7-10/23, hosted by Woodson YMCA at the Wausau YMCA branch. Learn how to swim. Lessons and start times vary. $35 members, $56 nonmembers. More info at https://www.woodsonymca. com/ After School in the Gardens · Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays 9/9-11/4, hosted by Monk Botanical Gardens at 1800 N 1st Ave, Wausau. Children can play and explore the

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Response to COVID-19. For safety guidelines, see United Way of Marathon County’s website and the Volunteer Connection section at https://www.unitedwaymc.org/. Please adhere to all recommendations from the Federal Government, Center for Disease Control and Marathon County Health Department. Volunteer Case Worker: American Red Cross - Wisconsin. Connect directly with people affected by disasters and help them take the next steps in their recovery journey. Become a Red Cross volunteer caseworker and provide advocacy, referrals and financial assistance. For more information contact Lee at lee.borofka@redcross.org. St. Vincent De Paul: Hanging & Sorting Clothing. This volunteer position can be done on weekly, daily or even in just one visit lending a hand. Contact Kim at 715-298-3028. On-Call Leaf Rakers and Haulers: United Way Volunteer Connection. Make a Difference Day is right around the corner! Get involved in this community effort to support our elderly neighbors by signing up to be on-call to rake and/or haul leaves to the yard waste site. Volunteers will be on call between Oct.24th-Oct. 29th. Bring your own rakes, gloves, tarps, leaf blowers and vehicle. Some rakes available for checkout upon request. Register and learn more at www. unitedwaymc.galaxydigital.com or contact Elizabeth at 715-298-5719 or erobinson@unitedwaymc.org.

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