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November 25-December 2, 2021

Library has a new literary sheriff in town

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Your guide to the winter season

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One of the things I learned, unfortunately, is that the speedskating club has folded. I had once skated in the club, and it was fun; but also, it was pretty expensive. The club always seemed caught in a catch 22: ice time is very expensive, so the club either needed a lot of members paying a smaller fee, or a few members paying a larger one. It’s hard to get a lot of members if your fees are high, but if you don’t charge high fees, well, someone has to pay for that ice time. If too few people pay the smaller fees, that leaves a pretty big ice bill. In a column by Keith Uhlig last year, it appears that people are starting to distance skate on river and lake ice, which is common in Nordic countries. And you’ll see from the guide that there are plenty of places to fat bike. It’s sad to see the club go, but at least there are plenty of other winter sports in the area to take its place. Buddhism teaches impermanence of all things, and it’s a lesson I continue to learn. It’s also a good reminder to be thankful for what we have, while we have it. That’s all we have in the end.

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THE STUFF EDiTOR’S NOTE ........................................... 2 METRO BRiEFS ............................................. 4 Turning the page

CAPiTOL EYE ............................................... 6 Map veto

STATE NEWS ............................................... 8 Gableman considering broader 2020 election investigation

TV REVIEW ................................................ 10

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WiNTERBOOK ...................................... 11-14

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Turning the page

New library director named to replace previous director who resigned amidst allegations of a toxic work culture

DCE super to retire next year

D.C. Everest School District’s superintendent will be retiring next year, she announced last week. Kristine Gilmore plans to retire from the post June 30, 2022. The D.C. Everest board last week accepted her retirement notice, following 19 years as superintendent. Gilmore started with the Gilmore district in 1997, taking a job as the D.C. Everest Junior High Principal and athletic director. She then worked as the Evergreen Elementary School Principal and the D.C. Everest Middle School Principal before coming superintendent. “Dr. Gilmore has always championed the needs and wellbeing of our students, staff and community,” D.C.Everest School Board President Katie Felch said in a press release. “To serve those interests, she has led our district in becoming an early adopter of technologies that provide learning opportunities for all students, redefined how we measure student achievement, ensured staff have ample opportunity for advancement and professional

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candidate from Colorado, Library Board President Sharon Hunter told City Pages. “We are excited that Leah applied again and made it through the selection process,” Hunter told City Pages.


Roughly six months after the Marathon County Library Director resigned amidst toxic work culture allegations, the library now has a new director. The library announced last week that Leah Giordano would be the new library director. Giordano had previously worked at the library and served as the interim director while the Marathon County Library Board worked on filling the role. Giordano The position opened after the library board began an investigation this year into former library director Ralph Illick, over claims the library had become a toxic work environment under his leadership. Illick resigned in May, as did his business manager. The employee who initially brought the complaint to the board was fired after the investigation revealed he’d been harassing other library employees as well. Giordano joined the Marathon County Public Library staff in 2014 and worked as the library services director until taking the role of interim director May 20. Before moving to Wausau, she worked at the Detroit Public Library and the Eastpointe Memorial Library in Eastpointe, Mich. Giordano was a finalist in the first search for a new director, but the board elected to broaden its search because it didn’t feel like it had seen a large enough pool of candidates to be satisfied. Giordano was again a finalist for the position after the second search, up against a

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she flees from the Callahan ranch in fear,” Lionsgate’s description of the film reads. “She’s rescued by gunman Billy Tyson (Brock Harris), who safeguards her at a remote outpost run by Ryker (David Deluise) as he staves off Jody’s attempts to reclaim his bride.” D.C. Everest will hold a screening of the film 1:30 pm Sunday, Dec. 5 at the high school.

Chickens are now allowed in the town of Rib Mountain. The town passed an ordinance last week allowing the chickens, pigeons, ducks and rabbits on lots that are at least 15,000 square feet in size, according to documents included in the town board packet. No roosters or geese are allowed under the ordinance. The town will allow four chickens, ducks or pigeons, and two rabbits. Larger lots may allow more animals. The ordinance came after the town received a petition of 60 residents asking for an ordinance. Many municipalities have been adding them. Wausau passed an ordinance allowing backyard chickens in 2017 after passing on a similar ordinance the year prior.

Arrest at post office was related to heroin

An arrest at the post office was related to heroin, and had nothing to do with the mail, police say. Officers arrested a man at the Post Office on Forest Street last week on heroin charges, Marathon County Lt. William Stuart told City Pages. The person arrested was the subject of an investigation by the Central Wisconsin Narcotic Task Force. The fact that he was arrested at the post office had nothing to do with the mail at all, Stuart told City Pages, though it garnered plenty of speculation on social media. The subject just happened to be going there when they arrested him, Stuart says.

D.C. Everest grad stars in Lionsgate release

A native of D.C. Everest High School has stared in a Lionsgate motion picture and the school will be featuring a special screening to celebrate. Skylar Witte, a Wisconsin native who attended Altoona and D.C. Everest high schools, stared in a Lionsgate film Last Shoot Out, which is slated to release in select theaters, DVD and streaming, according to a press release by Lionsgate. Witte, who now lives in Los Angeles, was crowned Miss Wisconsin in 2017 and competed in the Miss America pageant in Las Vegas. She got her start as a model who has twice walked during New York Fashion Week. She’s appeared in several commercials, TV shows and films. That includes a role in the upcoming Top Gun: Maverick. “After newlywed Jocelyn Miller Callahan (Skylar Witte) learns that her husband Jody Callahan (Michael Welch, Twilight franchise) had her father shot down,

Mosinee schools closing temporarily as COVID cases uptick Mosinee School District is closing its schools for an extended Thanksgiving as COVID-19 cases are on the rise in the district. All schools closed Nov. 23 and 24, with elementary schools closed starting on Nov. 18. According to the district’s dashboard, the district as of Friday had 48 active student cases and 7 active staff cases. The most active cases were in the elementary schools, with 24 active cases. Active cases, according to the dashboard, are those with a positive COVID-19 test who have not yet completed their isolation period.

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deciding the redistricting case, including a possible trial beginning Jan. 18. The court also signaled it will rule on or around Nov. 30 on three questions it had asked the parties to weigh in on. That includes whether the justices should use a “least-change” approach to new maps as advocated by GOP lawmakers and whether the partisan makeup of districts is a valid factor to consider. Meanwhile, a federal court yesterday added at least another month to the stay it issued in a redistricting suit to give the Wisconsin Supreme Court more time on the similar case before the justices. The order, issued before the state Supreme Court laid out a possible timeline, extended a previously issued stay until Dec. 6. The three-judge panel will then reevaluate whether it’s necessary to move toward a possible trial.


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A criminal defense attorney said the Kyle Rittenhouse case does not set much precedent in Wisconsin selfdefense law, but it is likely to have a greater “societal impact.” Milwaukee attorney Craig Mastantuono spoke to “UpFront,” produced in partnership with, after a Kenosha jury on Friday acquitted Rittenhouse in the fatal shootings of two men during the protests and riots that rocked Kenosha after the police shooting of a Black man last year. Mastantuono said the high-profile case will continue to have people talking about the questions it raised, especially around self-defense. “In terms of people wondering whether self-defense is afforded fairly as a privilege across the board to all segments of our society, (that) is going to be something that people are going to continue to have debates about and use this trial, use this case, as a teaching point at best, and as a point of contention at worst, probably,” Mastantuono said. He also said he thought civil litigation coming out of the Rittenhouse case is unlikely. “That acquittal, I think, is a strong statement and you’re going to have to get an attorney to carry that litigation forward. Having said that, it’s possible somebody will pick that up and try to meet the burden with a lower burden of proof,” he said. In another segment, an expert on the mental health of Black men and boys said it’s possible the Rittenhouse case, and other big trials that followed the deaths of George Floyd in Minnesota and Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia, can cause post-traumatic stress responses in the Black community. Alvin Thomas, an assistant professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at the School of Human Ecology at UW-Madison, pointed out that the Rittenhouse case stemmed from protests and demonstrations involving the Black Lives Matter movement. “This was less an issue about black or white and more an issue around humanity,” he said.

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The state’s troubled youth prisons are showing signs of improvement in at least some key problem areas, according to the latest court-ordered monitor’s report. Monitor Teresa Abreu in her 11th report, which covers Oct. 14 through Sept. 30, noted improvement from partial compliance to substantial compliance in some areas, bringing to 12 areas in substantial compliance. Most of the improvements came from areas related to strip searches because the facility maintained its youth inmate search policy implemented during the last reporting period. Abreu also noted there were no youth inmates strip searched during the latest reporting period. After her Oct. 14 visit to Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake and multiple virtual and in-person meetings, she also noted improvements in youth and staff attitudes and morale since the last reporting period. Abreu said increased structure for youth inmates through educational and other activities led to less antisocial behavior among youth. She also said youth complaints at Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake over staff, food, education and confinement in the facilities present in the last report were absent this period. “Youth did not make any of these complaints this site visit,” she said. “In fact, several youths spoke to the Monitoring team and indicated that the facility culture, programs, and safety is much better now compared to their previous commitments to the facility.” Corrections Secretary Kevin Carr praised the progress. “The steps this administration has taken at Lincoln Hills School/Copper Lake School have not always been easy,” he said in a statement. “However, I believe they were necessary to transform the schools into a facility where youth are provided evidence-based treatment and education, not just punishment.” An ACLU Wisconsin spokeswoman told WisPolitics. com the state should still close the facilities, despite the noted improvements.

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November 25-December 2, 2021

The Capitol Report, produced by — a nonpartisan, Madison-based news service that specializes in coverage of government and politics — provides a weekly analysis of issues being debated in Wisconsin state government. It is underwritten by the WNA and produced exclusively for its members. WisPolitics. com President Jeff Mayers is a former editor and reporter for the Associated Press and a former political writer for the Wisconsin State Journal. Former Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Mike Gableman said he’s considering adding a fourth prong to his 2020 election review after watching the Racine County Sheriff’s Office announce results of its own investigation. During an Assembly Campaigns and Elections Committee public hearing on Nov. 10, Gableman said watching the event where Sgt. Michael Luell joined family members of alleged voting fraud victims in a local nursing home spurred him on. He said his team may widen the scope of its investigation to include longterm care facilities. “It really moved me when I saw that press conference,” he said. “That really put a human face on it. That is when I resolved to myself: we will find out, we will find out.” Gableman testified before the committee as he released an interim report on this work. He said his work has focused on three things so far: The influence of outside money on Wisconsin elections. Five of the cities targeted for subpoenas received the bulk of the private grants from a group largely funded by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg to help cover the costs of putting on an election during a pandemic. Issues with the Wisconsin Elections Commission and the authority of clerks. Gableman said part of that is a deeper look at who runs elections in Wisconsin. Voting machines. He said his review will look at aspects of voting machines that weren’t covered by the Legislative Audit Bureau in its report. The hearing was at times contentious. At one point, Rep. Mark Spreitzer, D-Beloit, said the former justice is “frankly one of the people undermining voter confidence.” Gableman called the charge ridiculous and “one of the most absurd things I’ve ever heard.” In the 26-page report, Gableman says he already has evidence that private groups gave large grants to Wisconsin cities to “co-opt our election apparatus to their benefit.” He wrote his office has drawn no conclusions after its initial information gathering. Still, he also questioned the Legislative Audit Bureau’s description of how municipalities utilized outside help in administer-

ing last fall’s elections. Gableman’s interim report quotes from the audit released last month. The LAB report noted one municipality indicated a consultant attended the August 2020 primary as an observer, helped to modify the community’s election training materials, and provided technical assistance for electronic voting equipment while at least five poll workers monitored the help at all times. The nonpartisan agency noted a second municipality indicated a consultant provided logistical support and offered elections administration recommendations, but didn’t have the authority to make decisions and didn’t count ballots. “This cursory reporting is concerning, because it substantially waters down already-public information relating to the involvement by a number of private groups in election administration, and it suggests problems were raised and adequately resolved by clerks and (the Wisconsin Elections Commission),” Gableman wrote. Gableman later added his office has already uncovered evidence that raises questions if the involvement of private groups turned nonpartisan government agencies into get-out-the-vote operations. The report touches on a series of issues that former President Trump and his allies raised as they unsuccessfully sought to overturn the election results after Joe Biden won Wisconsin by under 21,000 votes. For example, Gableman says his office has evidence there were “numerous possible violations of state law” with Madison’s Democracy in the Park events in September and October 2020 as paid poll workers collected absentee ballots in city parks. Gableman wrote those possible violations call into question the validity of more than 17,000 absentee ballots. Various courts rejected Trump’s efforts to have those votes thrown out. In the report, Gableman disclosed he has issued 17 subpoenas. He also wrote his office has taken steps to “initiate an open and full technical audit of various voting systems to understand and report on the security of these systems.” The $676,000 taxpayer-funded budget that Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester, approved for Gableman’s probe includes $325,000 for a data analysis contractor. Gableman also wrote in the report that if his office obtains information that could be used in a criminal investigation, it will cooperate with law enforcement. The Capitol Report is written by editorial staff at, a nonpartisan, Madison-based news service that specializes in coverage of government and politics, and is distributed for publication by members of the Wisconsin Newspaper Association.


November 25-December 2, 2021




Review by B.C. Kowalski

Tiger King Season 2:

I hope you weren’t hoping for closure (Netflix, docuseries, 5 episodes) It was the perfect TV series for its time. People were already in a pretty weird place when the bizarre cast of characters that comprise the world of big cat people hit our Netflix screens. The pandemic had gone from being something we heard about in the news to the main focus of our reality. Schools, businesses, events: all closed down. And then this guy, the Tiger King, was staring at us from our Netflix screens. We happened to have plenty of time to invest ourselves into the very strange life of Joe Exotic: a gay, gun-toting, mulleted, country meets cat print-clothed owner of a big cat ranch tourist attraction. With the pandemic raging outside, somehow Joe Exotic and his strange battle with another big cat rancher, Carole Baskin, seemed a little more palatable than thinking about COVID-19. At the time, we had no idea how long it would last, or what its impacts would be. At least Joe Exotic and all his ridiculousness were safely tucked away inside our television sets. Safely tucked away is how we find Joe Exotic on Tiger King season 2, which just dropped on Netflix. At the end of the first season, Exotic found himself in the hoose-

gow for plotting the murder of Baskin, his rival tiger ranch owner. Which, duh. Making videos about how you want to kill someone, firing guns on facsimiles of them on film, tends to make it pretty easy for someone to set you up. (Either as in legitimately giving you the rope to hang yourself with, or in the sense of falsely accusations — we’ll see in latter episodes that’s less clear.) Without giving too much away, the first episode is kind of a jumble of clips showing us what has become of the various cast members of the first season. As you might have guessed, a hugely popular Netflix special brought an enormous amount of attention to Exotic’s ranch, the new ranch owned by Jeff and Lauren Lowe, and to Exotic’s ex-employees. Exotic comes to us in the form of interviews from behind bars, and the remaining cast has mixed feelings about that. And those feelings change throughout the series. The end of episode one hints at resurrecting the Baskin murder mystery — remember much was devoted to the disappearance of her husband, Don. As you might recall, a large chunk of the first season of Tiger King centered on Don’s disappearance and Joe’s insistence that she killed him. That takes up

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a pretty big chunk of season 2 as well, and we learn A LOT more about Don than we did the first go through. In fact, Exotic seems to disappear into the background as the Baskin mystery takes center stage, with a jail interview interspersing some of Exotic’s thoughts on the situation. (But at this point, do we put much stock in it?) We also learn a little more behind the effort to get Exotic pardoned, including a strange intersection with the Jan. 6 insurrection. Overall I have very mixed feelings about the second season of Tiger King. Love or hate Joe Exotic, there was value in producing the first season. We learned about this whole crazy world of tigers and other big cats and the crazy cast of characters who own them.


And the rise and fall of Joe Exotic himself is definitely a story worth telling. I was ready to dismiss season 2 as mere pandering - and like most sequels, it pales compared to the original. But it also came at a time of doldrums for Netflix. Aside from the recent Korean-made Squid Game, what other Netflix series have we been talking about lately? Like Tiger King, which filled our suddenly time-filled, holed-up lives with entertainment, season two found a time when not much else has been popping up on streaming. And while the final episode was a bit unsatisfying, it did go in a direction I didn’t expect. Season 2 isn’t the Tiger King we want, but maybe it’s the Tiger King we’re bored enough to settle for?




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November 25-December 2, 2021


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Iverson Park Winter Sports Area

Pleasant View Park, Wausau (lighted)

Two 300-ft. toboggan slides, and three sled and saucer hills, one for ages 6 & under and the other for snowboards. Outdoor lighted recreational skating rink. All lighted for night use until 9pm. No snowboards allowed on saucer/sled hills. Bring your own saucer, sled or inner tube, or rent padded toboggans. Sleds and saucers not allowed on the snowboarding hill. Snowboards not allowed on the sled and saucer hills. Staffed warming lodge, restrooms. 715-346-1531, See sledding rules and more information online.

Just south of Hwy. 66 (Main Street), Stevens Point. South on Sunrise Avenue then east on Hillcrest Drive. Turn left into the parking area.

Open when snow cover permits, sunrise to 11 pm. No fees.

east side at 12th and Summer streets, just north of Townline Road

3M Park, Wausau (lighted) southwest side, at Third Avenue and Park Boulevard, south of W. Thomas Street Riverside Park, Wausau (unlit) near west side at First Avenue and E. Sherman Street

Fees: Sledding free. Toboggan rentals $10 per hour, $5 per half hour

Schofield Park, Wausau (unlit) northwest side along Wisconsin River, E. Randolph Street

George Street Park, Rothschild (unlit)

Holiday hours: Closed Dec. 24–25; open noon–8 pm Dec. 26–Jan. 1


The Winter Sports Area will close when the air temperature and or wind chill is -15 degrees or colder. Winter Season Runs from the second week of December through the end of February, depending on weather conditions. Private party rentals available.

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Stevens Point area outdoor rinks

Wausau outdoor rinks

Usually open mid-December through end of February.

Rinks are built as conditions allow and maintained thru Feb. 16, weather permitting. All are lighted for night skating.

Emerson School Park

and hockey rink with boards. Warming house, lighted

(west of downtown at Clark and Reserve streets) and McKinley School (south side, east of Church Street on Blaine). Both unlit

400 Block, downtown Recreation rink with warming house, lighted

Iverson Park

Thom Field Recreation

Open Fri. 6-9 pm, Sat. 12-8 pm and Sun. 12-5 pm.

Marathon Park Recreation

(lighted, with warming house)

rink, warming house, and lighted Rinks open weekdays 5-8 pm, Sat.-Sun. 10 am–8 pm

Holiday hours: Dec. 23 noon-8, Dec. 2425 closed, Dec. 26–Jan. noon–8 pm.

Special holiday hours: Mon.-Sat. 1–8 pm, Sun. 1–4:30 pm. Closes 8 pm Dec. 24, closed Dec. 25.

Goerke Park

(lighted, warming house with restrooms) hockey rink with staff.

Doepke Park, Rib Mountain 151414 Highway N

Lighted rink and hockey rink with a warming house, public restrooms. Warming house open weekdays 4–9 pm, Sat. & Sun. 1–9 pm. Closed Christmas Eve and Day.

Kennedy Park, Weston 2201 Neupert Avenue

Lighted rink and hockey rink with a warming house. Warming house open weekdays 6-9 pm, Sat.–Sun. and school holidays 1-5 pm & 6-9 pm.

Open weekdays 6–9 pm, Sat. noon–8 pm, Sun. noon–5 pm · Holiday hours Dec. 23 noon-9 pm, Dec. 24-25 closed, Dec. 26–Jan. 1 noon–9 pm. 715-346-1531.

Downtown square

Not staff supported, but it is lighted. Hours are subject to change and are dependent on weather conditions.


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November 25-December 2, 2021

Marathon Park (indoor)

Multi-Purpose Bldg No. 1, Wausau Public skating may be canceled from time to time due to schedule conflicts or special events. Advance notice will be posted at the rinks. Rinks may be reserved for private ice time at parks.asp. 715-261-1570. Public skating regular hours: Weekdays 11 am–1 pm thru March 13 Wed. evenings 7–9 pm thru Feb. 23 Sundays 2–5 pm thru Feb. 23 Holiday hours: Closed Nov. 25–26, Dec. 24–25, and Dec. 31, Jan. 1, Feb. 20 Dec. 26 2-4 pm: Dec. 27: open 11-2 pm Dec. 28-29: Noon-3 pm Dec. 30: open 11-2 pm Fees: Daily $4 adults, $3 youth. Skate rental $3. Bonus cards and season passes available

WiNTERbook Greenheck Field House (indoor)

6400 Alderson St., D.C. Everest High School, Weston Public skating sessions (lasting 60-80 min.) run two or three days or weekends each month. Call the hotline at 715-355-4118 or check the calendar online at for hours. Fees: $4 daily. Skate rental $3, birthday party package available. Skating aids (resemble walkers) available free of charge to help beginning and young skaters Timberline Figure Skating Club: Learn to Skate Classes held Saturdays, Nov. 23-March 14, at 11 am, and Mondays, Nov. 25-March 2, at 5:30 pm. or

Smith Center (indoor)

1100 Marc Drive, Merrill In the Merrill City Smith Multi-Purpose Center, the rink facility includes food & refreshment stand, seating and large lobby area. Public skate sessions Mon.-Fri. 1-3 pm; Friday-Saturday nights 6-8 pm. For all other ice availability, contact via Facebook or call 715-536-6187 or 715-536-7313. Fees: $4 admission, free age 2 and under; skate rental $2. Punch cards and season passes available.


Trails open when deemed safe, with maps updated each year. More than 863 miles of trails, with most open to properly used ATVs according to the regulations and rules posted by the Wisconsin DNR and only when temperature is below 28°. Wausau-area details at, under Departments > Parks Recreation Forestry. Also see for updates, maps and Park & Ride locations for trail access. Parks Dept. at 715-261-1550, trail condition hotline 715-355-8788. All vehicles must be registered and follow the regulations posted by the AWSC and the Wisconsin DNR. For trail maps in other counties, go to that has a list of nearly 600 local snowmobile clubs statewide, and contact info about finding local maps. Wisconsin does not have a statewide map available. Annual trail passes: Online through the DNR and its licensed sales agents. $30 ($50 for non-WI resident), with discount for current members of a Wisconsin snowmobile club. Details at, or (search “snowmobile”). Laws and regulations also available on under the snowmobile section or call 1-888-936-7463.

Mosinee Rec Center (indoor) 709 11th St.

Open skate times vary. Check schedule at Free, no rentals. 715-814-1452

K.B. Willett Arena (indoor) 1000 Minnesota Ave., Stevens Point Public skating times subject to change without notice. Monthly calendar at To confirm dates and times call 715-346-1576. Public skating hours Look online at for monthly skating hours for learning to skate, public skating, and open freestyle skating. Fees: Admission $4. Freestyle $15. Skate rental $4. Passes and punch cards, learn to skate program available. Skate sharpening also available, $5.

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Big Eau Pleine Park

Sylvan Hill Park

8.8 miles of groomed snow bike trails for bikes 3.7” or greater. Parking lot and trailhead at the A-frame Park manager’s office. Groomed after each 5” snowfall. Open Dec. 15-March 15, weather permitting. Donations accepted at trailhead. 715-261-1566 or visit

Six runs on two slopes with wire tows. Tubes provided. Children must be 42” tall minimum. One rider per tube, parents may NOT hold small children on lap. Personal equipment such as skis, snowboards, saucers, sleds, plastic flyers or inflatables not allowed on the runs. Open Dec. 14 thru March 8, weather conditions permitting. Call 715-573-2424 for update on weekends. Chalet and tubing slopes available for private party rental. Call Parks Dept. at 715-261-1000.

West of Mosinee off Hwy. 153

1329 Sylvan St., off N. Sixth Street, Wausau

CWOCC trail in Ringle

Access at Marathon Co. Landfill, 172900 Hwy. 29 Ten miles of trails and bike repair station, created by Central Wisconsin Off-Road Cycling Coalition. Biking conditions available online at Find updates at CWOCC’s Facebook page by joining their Facebook group.

Chalet has a fireplace and snack bar, carry-in food allowed only on the lower level Fees (adult = ages 14 & up, youth = 42” tall to age 13): Per session $10 ages 14 & up, $7.50 youth 42” to 13 years

Green Circle Trail

Schmeeckle Reserve, Stevens Point 27 miles used for winter and all seasons recreation. Fat bikes allowed on all sections except Plover River segment and Iverson park, where the trail is groomed for skiing. No fee. Trailhead at Schmeekle Reserve center. 715-346-4992.

Group passes: group of 4 Youth/$28.50/session group of 8 Youth/$55.50/session group of 12 Youth/$82.50/session group of 12 Adult/$110.00/session

Underdown Recreation Area

Opening weekend hours Dec. 14 & 15: Sat. 1:30-5 pm and 6-9:30 pm, Sun. 1:30-5 pm

Biking allowed on snowshoe trails. No warming house or equipment rental, pit toilets available.

Regular hours: Fridays 6–9:30 pm Saturdays 1:30–5 pm and 6–9:30 pm Sundays 1:30–5 pm

North of Merrill, Hwy. 51 north to Hwy. K, right on H, right on Copper Lake Road

Fees: $8 daily or $25 winter season pass required. Children under 16 free. Lincoln Co. Parks at 715-539-1034.

Extended winter recess hours Sat.-Sun. hours same as regular season Mon. Dec. 23 & 30: 1:30–5 pm and 6–9:30 pm Tues. Dec. 24 & 31: 1:30–5 pm Closed Dec. 25 for Christmas Thurs. Dec. 26: 1:30–5 pm and 6–9:30 pm Wed. Jan. 1: 1:30–5 pm

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Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer Jr. FRI.-SAT. 11/26-11/27 | UW CENTER FOR CIVIC ENGAGEMENT, WAUSAU

This is Central Wisconsin Children’s Theatre’s annual Thanksgiving weekend production, which never fails to be a fabulous way to spend time with the whole family. The holiday classic Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer soars off the screen in this musical adaptation of the beloved television special. Filled with holiday hits like “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “A Holly Jolly Christmas,” this show teaches us that what makes you different can be what makes you special. Because of his shiny nose, Rudolph doesn’t feel like he belongs in Christmastown and sets off to find a place that accepts him. Along his journey, he encounters fellow misfits, only to realize that home is where he has belonged the whole time. When a storm threatens to keep Santa’s sleigh from taking flight, it’s up to Rudolph to save Christmas! Shows at 2 pm & 7 pm. $15 adults, $13 seniors and children. Details and tickets at

Marshfield Rotary Winter Wonderland OPEN DAILY 11/27-12/31 | WILDWOOD ZOO & PARK, MARSHFIELD

Decorating for the holidays means hours of hanging up, like, a million lights. Maybe you feel that way, but it’s not hyperbole for the Marshfield Rotary. The group sets up literally two million lights throughout the zoo and park, and it really is a wonder to behold. Trees, snowflakes, pretty presents, archways, gingerbread houses, animated displays and more are wrapped in or created entirely from strands of glowing lights. Dress to stay warm! You’ll be outside for at least an hour walking through numerous displays. A driving route is available, though you won’t get nearly as many close-up experiences. Open daily 5-9 pm. Admission is free, but food and monetary donations are encouraged to help local food pantries around Marshfield. Full schedule of Gingerbread Jamz musical performers and other details at

Intermission 20th Anniversary SATURDAY 11/27 | INTERMISSION, WAUSAU

The Intermission turns 20 years old! They are celebrating with trivia and live music throughout the day by Kalani, Carmyn, Billy Bronsted and Brad Emanuel. They are taking this day to give back to their community. Bring in a food or cash donation and you’ll receive a complimentary shot of Jameson! All food and cash donations will go to support Kats (Keeping Area Teens Safe). Come wish this awesome local bar a Happy Birthday while supporting a good cause. Starts at 1 pm. 715-849-9377.

Shriner’s Breakfast with Santa SATURDAY 11/27 | WAUSAU LABOR TEMPLE

Christmas is just around the corner! That means it’s time for kids to tell Santa what they want for Christmas. At this annual Breakfast with Santa, enjoy an all you can eat breakfast of pancakes, eggs, sausages, applesauce and beverages. Kids can meet Santa, get a face painting, and shop at the elf shelf. Proceeds support to the Shriner’s Children’s Hospitals. Starts at 8 am. $7 adults, $3 children 5-12 and free for 5 and under. 715-8483320.


This classic rock and pop cover band has been making waves throughout Wisconsin since they formed in 2008. They were voted People’s Choice Band in 2016 and 2017 by the Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI) and have shared the stage with rock acts including Candlebox, Shinedown, Seether, Skillet, Journey and more. Fronted by powerful female vocals, shredding guitar and backed up by a veteran rhythm section, HYDE will get you up and on your feet with your favorite hits from the 70’s to today. This is one party you won’t want to miss! 9 pm. 715-359-2363.



This guy is a one-man-band powerhouse, but don’t let the one-man part fool you. He combines his voice and guitar with electronic live looping that allow him to project a full sound that you would hear from a group of musicians. It’s fascinating to watch him start on one instrument, and as the song progresses, go from one instrument to the other, adding each one in succession to create the full sound. 6:30 pm. 715-544-6707. November 25-December 2, 2021





Friday November 26

Bradley Sperger · District 1 Brewing Company, Stevens Point. Variety. 6:30 pm. 715-544-6707 Kurt Schweers · Backcountry Brewing, Plover. Variety. 7 pm. 715-310-2474 Jason Francis and the Old Trucker Band · Rookies Sportspub, Stevens Point. Country. 8 pm. 715-344-7026 The Electric Lila Trio · Elbow Room, Stevens Point. Variety. 8 pm. 715-344-9840 Josh White · Malarkey’s Pub & Townies Grill, Wausau. Variety. 8 pm. 715-819-3663 The Chad O’ Kennedy, Adam Bluhm, Chris Ashburn & Paul Swiercz · The Glass Hat, Wausau. Acoustic. 10 pm. 715-298-0016


Saturday November 27

Brian Bethke · Granite Peaks Ski Resort, Wausau. Acoustic variety & original. 1 pm. 715-845-2846 The Shantytowners · O’so Brewing Company, Plover. Americana, folk, country & roots rock. 3 pm. 715-254-2163 Aaron Scharmer · Ciao Fine Italian Restaurant & Cocktail Bar, Wausau. Piano jazz. 5:30 pm. 715-298-2004 Aaron Lee Kaplan · Sunset Point Winery, Stevens Point. Folk, blues. 5:30 pm. 715-544-1262 Slab · Homestead on 52, Wausau. Pop & rock. 7 pm. 715-843-7555 Soul Whiskey · District 1 Brewing Company, Stevens Point. Country. 7 pm. 715-544-6707 The Hellhounds · Cruisin’ 1724, Wausau. Rock. 8 pm. 715-675-2940 Through Crimson · Hiawatha Restaurant and Lounge, Wausau. Alternative rock. 8 pm. 715-848-5166 Usual Suspects · Rookies Sportspub, Stevens Point. Rock. 8:30 pm. 715-344-7026 Hyde · Arrow Sports Club, Weston. Pop & rock. 9 pm. 715-359-2363 Max Koepke · The Glass Hat, Wausau. Classic rock & original. 10 pm. 715-298-0016

Sunday November 28

Rich and Mark · Cop Shoppe Pub, Wausau. Polka. 1 pm. 715-845-2030 Open Mic · Intermission, Wausau. 9 pm. 715-849-9377

Friday December 3

Pat & Patience · Backcountry Brewing, Plover. Classic rock. 6:30 pm. 715-310-2474

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Fast Times · Homestead on 52, Wausau. Classic rock. 8 pm. 715-843-7555 Paul Filipowicz · Speakeasy, Schofield. Blues. 8 pm. 715-298-6303 Krestfall · Cruisin’ 1724, Wausau. Hard rock. 9 pm. 715-675-2940

Sunday December 12

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

Thursday December 16

Andy Braun · Mosinee Brewing Company, Mosinee. Folk-rock. 6 pm. 715-693-2739

Friday December 17

Hijinx · Backcountry Brewing, Plover. Variety. 7 pm. 715-310-2474 Kevin Troestler · Timekeeper Distillery, Wausau. Blues & country. 7 pm. 715-679-3777 Aaron Lee Kaplan · Sawmill Brewing Company, Merrill. Folk, blues. 7 pm. 715-722-0230 Reverend Meantooth & Cody James · Arrow Sports Club, Weston. Blues, gospel, folk, variety. 8 pm. 715-359-2363 Jackson Taylor · The Dugout, Merrill. 90s country. 8 pm. 715-536-8870

Saturday December 18

BG listings must be received at least 10 days in advance. Drop your listing off at our Washington Square office or mail to: City Pages, P.O. Box 942, Wausau, WI 54402-0942; email to: Please include a contact name and phone number. Salmon Run · District 1 Brewing Company, Stevens Point. Acoustic. 7 pm. 715-544-6707

Saturday December 4

Tuba Christmas · Bull Falls Brewery, Wausau. Brass holiday tunes. 1 pm. 715-842-2337 Michael Murphy & the Mob · Renee’s Red Rooster Bar and Grill, Stevens Point. Jamming blues. 2 pm. 715-344-9825 Derek Lind · O’so Brewing Company, Plover. Folk, original country, variety. 3 pm. 715-254-2163 Fennec Fox · Hiawatha Restaurant and Lounge, Wausau. Acoustic. 5 pm. 715-848-5166 Gerard Fischer · Backcountry Brewing, Plover. Country & rock. 6 pm. 715-310-2474 Tom Jordan · District 1 Brewing Company, Stevens Point. Folk, gospel, blues. 7 pm. 715-544-6707

Minor Distraction · Cruisin’ 1724, Wausau. Punk, variety. 8 pm. 715-675-2940 Outlaw’D · Homestead on 52, Wausau. Country. 9 pm. 715-843-7555

Friday December 10

Jackson Taylor · District 1 Brewing Company, Stevens Point. 90s country. 6:30 pm. 715-544-6707 Save Point · Backcountry Brewing, Plover. Variety. 7 pm. 715-310-2474 Tae · Elbow Room, Stevens Point. Soul, R&B, Pop-rock. 8 pm. 715-344-9840

Saturday December 11

October Tree · O’so Brewing Company, Plover. Acoustic. 3 pm. 715-254-2163 Jackson Taylor · Backcountry Brewing, Plover. 90s country. 7 pm. 715-310-2474

Derek Lind · O’so Brewing Company, Plover. Folk, original country, variety. 3 pm. 715-254-2163 Nick Foytik · Sawmill Brewing Company, Merrill. Blues, soul, rock & roll. 7 pm. 715-722-0230 Rising Phoenix · Cruisin’ 1724, Wausau. Classic rock. 8 pm. 715-675-2940 Texxas · Homestead on 52, Wausau. Country. 8 pm. 715-843-7555 Garth Englebright · Backcountry Brewing, Plover. Country, folk, Americana, roots rock, blues, bluegrass. 8 pm. 715-310-2474 Gnarcissus, Sweetalk & Last Bridge · Polack Inn, Wausau. Alternative rock, rock, indie rock. 9 pm. 715-845-6184

Tuesday December 21

Max Koepke · Rachel’s Roadside Bar & Grill, Wittenberg. Classic rock & original. 6 pm. 715-253-3190

Thursday December 23

Mark Wayne · Northern Waters Distillery, Minocqua. Acoustic country, rock, variety. 4 pm. 715-358-0172 Jackson Taylor · The Dugout, Merrill. 90s country. 9 pm. 715-536-8870

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Max Koepke · The Glass Hat, Wausau. Classic rock & original. 10 pm. 715-298-0016

Sunday December 26

Max Koepke · Granite Peak Ski Resort, Wausau. Classic rock & original. 1 pm. 715-845-2846

Friday December 31

Max Koepke · The Garage, Wausau. Classic rock & original. 7 pm. 715-393-4495

Sunday January 2

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


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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. Trivia · Mondays, Guu’s on Main, Stevens Point. Trivia starts at 7 pm. Trivia · Wednesdays, O’so Brewing Company, Plover. Trivia starts at 7 pm. Team Trivia Nights at Sawmill Brewing Company · Wednesdays, hosted at Sawmill Brewing Company, 1110 E 10th St, Merrill. The games start at 6 pm each Wednesday. Social distancing in place. Make reservations online for your team of 2-4 people. 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 Open Mic at Sawmill Brewing Company · Thursdays, hosted at Sawmill Brewing Company, 1110 E 10th St, Merrill. Open mic every Thursday for anyone who wants to perform comedy, music or poetry. Starts at 6:30 pm.

NEW Piano Guys-Dueling Pianos at Rookies · Fri. 12/3, Rookies Sportspub, Stevens Point. Enjoy an evening with some piano entertainment. Doors open at 6 pm. Showtime starts at 7:30 pm. $20. Willy Wonka KIDS · Fri.-Sat. 12/3-12/4, hosted by The Playhouse Theatre Group at Benjamin Franklin Junior High, Stevens Point. Classic show about a group of children who are invited to the factory of candy maker, Willy Wonka. Starts at 7 pm on 12/3 and 1 pm on 12/4. Free but unwrapped gift donation for teens at Family Crisis Center appreciated. A Carpenter’s Christmas with Helen Welch · Fri. 12/3, Lucille Tack Center for the Arts, Spencer. Listen to Christmas music sung by vocalist Helen Welch. Starts at 7:30 pm. $40. Winter Concert: Peace, Love & Hope · Fri. & Sun. 12/3 & 12/5, hosted by Monteverdi Chorale at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, Stevens Point and Holy Spirit Parish, Stevens Point. Starts at 7:30 pm & 3 pm. $15 regular ticket, $12 seniors. Comedian Dan Bublitz Jr. · Fri. 12/3, Cruisin’ 1724, Wausau. Comedy. Doors open at 8 pm. $10 advance, $15 at the door. 715-675-2940 The Nutcracker · Sat.-Sun. 12/4-12/5, hosted by the Central Wisconsin School of Ballet at the Grand Theater, Wausau. Christmas ballet show. Meet the characters after the 1:30 pm shows and children can arrive early on the 7 pm show to make crafts. Starts at 1:30 pm on 12/4 & 12/5 & 7 pm show on 12/4. Tickets $40, $32 & $22. 715-842-0988 or Feed the Dog & Armchair Boogie with Pickin’ Friends · Sat. 12/4, Whitewater Music Hall, Wausau. Bluegrass. 21+ event. Starts at 7 pm. $15 advance, $20 at the door. feed-the-dog-armchair-boogie-with-pickin-friendstickets-204839850507 Fanfare Jubilee-Wausau Symphony Orchestra Concert · Sun. 12/5, First Presbyterian Church, Wausau. Wind band music written by female composers. Starts at 4 pm. $15 adults, $10 seniors, free for kids 18 and under and students.

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Asleep at the Wheel · Sun. 12/5, hosted by Rubber Soul Productions at Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School, Wittenberg. Listen to some American roots music. Starts at 4 pm. $45 general reserved seating, $50 premium reserved seating. Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis · Wed. 12/8, Grand Theater, Wausau. Christmas music performed for the holidays. Starts at 7:30 pm. Christmas with the Nelsons · Thurs. 12/9, Performing Arts Center of Wisconsin Rapids, 1801 16th St S, Wisconsin Rapids. Rock concert along with humor performed by two brothers, Matthew and Gunnar. Starts at 7:30 pm. $46 adults $10 students. http://www. 3 Redneck Tenors Christmas Spec-Tac-Yule-Ar · Fri. 12/10, Campanile Center for the Arts, Minocqua. Listen to high energy, classic/pop Christmas music sung by the 3 Redneck Tenors. Doors open at 6 pm and show starts at 7 pm. $28 advance, $33 at the door, $15 for students. The Gift of the Magi · Fri.-Sat & Thurs.-Sat. 12/10-12/11 & 12/16-12/18, Wisconsin Rapids Community Theatre, Wisconsin Rapids. Holiday heartwarming romantic comedy. Starts at 7 pm with a second show also on 12/18 at 2 pm. $18 tickets. Gloria! A Time to Rejoice · Fri.-Sun. 12/10-12/12, hosted by Wausau Lyric Choir at First Presbyterian Church, 406 Grant St, Wausau. No ticket needed but free-will offering suggested. Masks recommended. Starts at 7:30 pm on 12/10-12/11 & 3 pm on 12/12. A Christmas Story · Fri.-Sun. 12/10-12/12, hosted by Wausau Community Theater at the Grand Theater, Wausau. Christmas play based off a famous story by Charles Dickens. Starts at 7:30 pm on 12/10-12/11 and 2 pm on 12/12. $22 adults, $18 seniors, college, active military, $14 youth. A Christmas Celebration! · Sat.-Sun. 12/11 & 12/12, Jensen Community Center, 487 N Main Street, Amherst. Enjoy a Christmas show full of music, singing and dancing. Bake sale, craft sale and more after each show. Starts at 2 pm & 5 pm on Sat. and 1 pm & 4 pm on Sun. $10 per ticket, free for ages 4 and under. 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.

Community Holiday Concert · Sun. 12/12, Nicolet College, Rhinelander. Listen to holiday music performed by members of the Rhinelander Community Band, Lakeland Barbershop, Rhinelander Male Chorus, Northwoods Choraliers, and the Hymns and Hyrs. Starts at 2 pm. Free. https://www. community-holiday-concert-free The Holiday Christmas Movie Wonderthon · Thurs., Sat. & Sun. 12/16, 12/18 & 12/19, hosted by Out of the Woods Theatre, Wausau Elks Lodge #248, Wausau. Comedy that uses themes from Hallmark movies. Starts at 6:30 pm, on 12/16, 7 pm on 12/18 & 2 pm on 12/19. $15 advance tickets, $20 at the door. An Olde English Christmas with Herman’s Hermits & Peter Noone · Thurs. 12/16, Grand Theater, Wausau. Listen to Christmas music performed by Peter Noone and English 60s beat band Herman’s Hermits. Starts at 7:30 pm. $35. The John Altenburgh Christmas Extravaganza · Fri. 12/17, Grand Theater, Wausau. Celebrate Christmas with some jazz, blues and holiday songs. Starts at 7:30 pm. $44. Brewery Comedy Tour · Fri. 12/17, O’so Brewing Company, Plover. Comedy. 8 pm. $14. events/the-brewery-comedy-tour-at-oso-tickets-WRKDJ1 The High Hawks with special guests Tuck Pence & Scott Kirby · Sat. 12/18, Grand Theater, Wausau. Enjoy an evening of jam, bluegrass, and Americana. Starts at 7:30 pm. $25-35. Brewery Comedy Tour · Sat. 12/18, Mosinee Brewing Company, Mosinee. Comedy. 8 pm. $14. https://www.universe. com/events/the-brewery-comedy-tour-at-mosinee-ticketsDBTV1J Michael Charles · Sat. 12/18, Hollyrocks LLC, 110 2nd St N, Wisconsin Rapids. Listen to blues music performed by Grammy elected Australian blues artist, Michael Charles. Starts at 8 pm. Free. Josh White · Mon. 12/27, Granite Peak Ski Resort, Wausau. Singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist. Starts at 5 pm. 715-896-0907


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

Aspirus Wausau Farmers Market · Every Thursday, Located at Aspirus Corporate Parking Lot, 2200 Westwood Dr, Wausau. Opens 9 am. Wausau Winter Market · Saturdays November-April, Located at Whitewater Music Hall, 130 1st Ave, Wausau. Parking on River Drive. Opens 8 am-noon. 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 Become an E-cycle Volunteer! Want to learn about recycling electronics? Good News Project has an ongoing need for volunteers to help with the e-CYCLING program on Fridays between the hours of 9-4; scheduling is very flexible. Volunteers unload cars, weigh electronics, and sort them into the appropriate containers. This is warehouse work, please dress for the weather and wear closed toe shoes. Call 715843-5985 or email Susie at for inquires. 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 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! Health Equipment Sanitization & Restocking - Volunteers are needed on a weekly basis to assist with the turnaround 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 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! 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. 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 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 to find a drop-off location near you. Habitat for Humanity Collects Holiday Lights · Recycle your used lights at any of the following drop off boxes: Wausau City Hall, Mosinee City Hall, Pick ‘n Save all three Wausau locations, Piggly Wiggly Mosinee, Intercity State Bank all three Wausau locations, Marathon Savings Bank all three Wausau locations, People’s State Bank all 5 Wausau locations, Prevail Bank-Wausau, Nigbur’s Fine Furniture or the Habitat Store during store hours 9 am-1 pm (closed holidays) until January. For more information, email

EVENTS/SPECTATOR SPORTS Rosemaling Class · Tuesdays 10/26-12/7, Chestnut Center for the Arts, 208 S Chestnut Ave, Marshfield. Learn how to create a decorative Norwegian painting. No class on 11/23. Supplies included. Starts at 12:30 pm or 6 pm. $140. 715-315-0124 to register Grab & Go Craft for Adults: Little Art Exhibit · Mon.-Tues. 11/1-11/30, hosted by the Marathon County Public Library at all MCPL locations. Grab a kit containing a variety of different art supplies and make your own work of art. Pick up the kit whenever the library is open. Free. Call 715-261-7230 for more info Book-of-the-Month-Club: “Two Old Women” by Velma Wallis · Mon.-Tues. 11/1-11/30, 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 The Joy of Drawing · Tuesdays 11/16-12/7, Jensen Community Center, 487 N Main Street, Amherst. Four week course for those who wish to learn how to draw. Starts at 6:30 pm. $100. 715-445-6464

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7:10 pm. $9 ticket adult or $10 walk-up, $6 kids 5-18 or $7 walkup, 5 and under free. Northern Wisconsin Reptile Expo · Sun. 11/28, hosted by Northern Wisconsin Reptile Expo at 10101 Market St, Rothschild. Look at the reptiles from different breeders, stock up on supplies and possibly take a reptile home. Starts at 11 am. $5 for adults, $2 for children 4-12 and free for children 3 and under. Hands on Plants- Wreaths · Tues. 11/30, Monk Botanical Gardens, Wausau. Create an 18” balsam wreath. For ages 21 and older. Starts at 6 pm. $40 members, $45 nonmembers. Holiday Parade · Fri. 12/3, Marathon Park to 400 Block, Wausau. Watch the holiday parade march from Marathon Park towards the 400 Block. Candy & coloring books will be distributed after the parade. Starts at 6 pm. Free. Mosinee Papermakers Game · Fri. 12/3, hosted by Mosinee Papermakers Hockey at the Mosinee Recreational Center 701 11th St, Mosinee. Mosinee Papermakers vs. Calumet Wolverines. Starts at 8 pm. Tomorrow River Christmas Craft Show · Sat. 12/4, Jensen Community Center, 487 N Main Street, Amherst. Boutique style craft show. Starts at 9 am. $2 admission. Christmas Craft Show, Festival and Parade · Sat. 12/4, downtown Mosinee and Mosinee High School. Check out the craft, small business & vendor show at Mosinee High School at 9 am, enjoy breakfast and photos with Santa at Mosinee High School Cafeteria also at 9 am, line up for the parade at 5:30 pm, watch the mayor light up the tree at 5:45 pm and watch the parade at 6 pm. Free admission. Parade route

and more info at Holidays at the Houses: Traditions in our Community · Sat. 12/4, hosted by the Marathon County Historical Society at 410 McIndoe St, Wausau. Admire the holiday displays; enjoy presentations from The Hmong American Center and Mt. Sinai Synagogue, live entertainment, children’s activities and current exhibits, Milking Time, Preserved for Generations and Our Stories. Starts at 11 am. Guided tours also available until 4 pm. Free admission. Guided tour tickets are $5. 715-842-5750 46th Annual Stevens Point YMCA Frostbite Winter Run/Walk · Sat. 12/4-12/11, Stevens Point Area YMCA or virtually. Go for a 5 mile timed run, 10 mile timed run or 2.5 mile noncompetitive walk. Starts at noon. $25. More info at https:// Santa Paws is coming to town! · Sat. 12/4, Humane Society of Marathon County, Wausau. Bring your pet to the humane society and have their photo taken with Santa. Proceeds go to the humane society. Starts at 12 pm. $10. Pancake Breakfast and Bake Sale · Sun. 12/5, Eagles Club 251, Wausau. Enjoy all you can eat potato, regular, blueberry or chocolate chip pancakes, scrambled eggs with or without cheese, applesauce, milk, and coffee. 3 sausages and orange juice included. Starts at 9 am. $10 for adults, $5 for kids ages 6-10 and free for children 5 and under. 715-845-4795 Holiday Showcase on Chestnut 2021-Arts and Craft Vendor Event · Sun. 12/5, Chestnut Center for the Arts, 208 S Chestnut Ave, Marshfield. Shop around for arts and crafts; enjoy live music, art raffle, hot chocolate, coffee, cookies and more. Starts at 10 am.

Edgar Holiday Parade · Sun. 12/5, Edgar Village Hall, Edgar. Watch the parade march from Redwood Street to Oak Street Park up 4th Ave (main Street), visit Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Oak Street Park Shelter, meet the reindeer, and enjoy hot chocolate, cookies and treats. Start at 1 pm. Free. 715-352-2577 Intro to Pickleball · Tues. 12/7, hosted by Woodson YMCA at the Wausau YMCA Branch. Learn how to play pickleball, a sport that combines tennis, badminton and table tennis. This class is for ages 55+. Starts at 9 am. $10 members, $15 nonmembers. 715-845-2177 Hands on Plants-Kissing Balls · Tues. 12/7, Monk Botanical Gardens, Wausau. Create a kissing ball. For ages 21 and older. Starts at 6 pm. $40 members, $45 nonmembers. DIY Workshop-Electrocuted Wooden Christmas Ornament · Wed. 12/8, hosted by Electrocuted Wood and ChickenWares at the Chestnut Center for the Arts, 208 S Chestnut Ave, Marshfield. Paint and decorate a 12” wooden ornament. Starts at 6 pm. $35. product/diy-workshop-electrocuted-wooden-christmasornament/211 Fun@5 with Granite Peak Ski Area · Thurs. 12/9, hosted by the Greater Wausau Chamber of Commerce at Granite Peak Ski Area, 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. Mosinee Papermakers Game · Fri. 12/10, hosted by Mosinee Papermakers Hockey at the Mosinee Recreational Center 701 11th St, Mosinee. Mosinee Papermakers vs. Eagle River Falcons. Starts at 8 pm. 4988

Turkey Jam · Thurs. 11/25, Woodson YMCA, Wausau Branch. Work out with strength exercises, Zumba, cardio and more. Starts at 8 am. Free with non-perishable food donation. Christmas Walk · Fri. 11/26, hosted by Boulder Junction Chamber of Commerce at Boulder Junction. Go on a free horse drawn wagon ride at Hwy M at 3 pm, check out Christmas arts and craft show starting at 9 am, check out Santa and Mrs. Santa on Main Street at 4:15 pm, go for cookie walk at 4 pm at the Acorn Lodge, check out the Boulder Junction light-up at Veterans Memorial Triangle at 5 pm and listen to Christmas carols by Trillium at 5 pm on Main Street at Peeple’s Park. Wausau Cyclones Game · Fri. 11/26, Marathon Park, Wausau. Wausau Cyclones vs. Rochester Grizzlies. Starts at 7:10 pm. $9 ticket adult or $10 walk-up, $6 kids 5-18 or $7 walkup, 5 and under free. Shriner’s Breakfast with Santa · Sat. 11/27, Labor Temple, 318 S 3rd Ave, Wausau. Enjoy all you can eat breakfast of pancakes, eggs, sausages, applesauce and beverages. Kids can meet Santa; get a face painting and elf shelf. Proceeds go to the Shriner’s Children’s Hospitals. Starts at 8 am. $7 adults, $3 children 5-12 and free for 5 and under. 715-848-3320 Side Quest Smorgas-Board · Sat. 11/27, hosted by Evercon Gaming Convention at Dragons, Daggers n Games, Merrill. Play some board games. Starts at 1 pm. Free. Marshfield Rotary Winter Wonderland · Sat.-Fri. 11/2712/31, Wildwood Zoo & Park, Marshfield. Over a million lights illuminate the park and zoo. Starts at 5 pm. Free but donations encouraged. Wausau Cyclones Game · Sat. 11/27, Marathon Park, Wausau. Wausau Cyclones vs. Rochester Grizzlies. Starts at



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12th Annual Deck the Malls Craft Event · Sat.-Sun. 12/1112/12, hosted at the Cedar Creek Mall, 10101 Market St, Rothschild. Shop for the holidays, have your picture taken with Santa and enjoy hot cocoa bombs and cookies. Starts at 9 am. $15 for three photos. 715-298-3811 Yoga 4 Paws · Sun. 12/12, hosted by the Portage County Humane Society and Ana Marie Yoga at SentryWorld Atrium, 601 Michigan Ave N, Stevens Point. Get some exercise from doing yoga. Proceeds go towards the Humane Society of Portage County. Starts at 9:30 am. $25 donation. Intro to Pickleball · Tues. 12/14, hosted by Woodson YMCA at the Aspirus Branch Gym, Weston. Learn how to play pickleball, a sport that combines tennis, badminton and table tennis. This class is for all ages. Starts at 5:30 pm. $10 members, $15 nonmembers. 715-845-2177 Hands on Plants-Holiday Centerpieces · Tues. 12/14, Monk Botanical Gardens, Wausau. Make a holiday centerpiece. For ages 21 and older. Starts at 6 pm. $40 members, $45 nonmembers. Wausau Cyclones Game · Fri. 12/17, Eagle River Recreational Center, Eagle River. Wausau Cyclones vs. Oregon Tradesmen. Starts at 7:10 pm. $9 ticket adult or $10 walk-up, $6 kids 5-18 or $7 walkup, 5 and under free. Mosinee Papermakers Game · Fri. 12/17, hosted by Mosinee Papermakers Hockey at the Mosinee Recreational Center 701 11th St, Mosinee. Mosinee Papermakers vs. Fox Cities Ice Dogs. Starts at 8 pm. Wausau Cyclones Game · Tues. 12/28, Marathon Park, Wausau. Wausau Cyclones vs. Oregon Tradesmen. Starts at 7:10 pm. $9 ticket adult or $10 walk-up, $6 kids 5-18 or $7 walkup, 5 and under free. Wausau Cyclones Game · Wed. 12/29, Marathon Park, Wausau. Wausau Cyclones vs. Oregon Tradesmen. Starts at 7:10 pm. $9 ticket adult or $10 walk-up, $6 kids 5-18 or $7 walkup, 5 and under free.

OUTDOORS Starwood Sleigh Rides (thru January) · Ringle, WI. Reservations required. 715-297-8512 or 715-446-2485 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. 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. $35. Cranberry Jam · Sat. 11/27, Granite Peak Ski Resort, Wausau. Freestyle event on the mini-rail park. Starts at 12 pm. Luminary Garden Walk · Fri. 12/3, Monk Botanical Garden, Wausau. Go for an evening stroll through the illuminated gardens and enjoy a bonfire, hot chocolate, and roasted marshmallows (bring your own marshmallows and sticks). Starts at 5:30 pm. $5 per adult, $2 for kids 12 and under and free for members. Cash only. 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.

LECTURES/WORKSHOPS Wheel-Throwing with Ben Wendt · Tuesdays 11/9-12/14, 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. No class on Thanksgiving week. Starts at 6:30 pm. $165. Virtual Gardening: Heirloom Biographies · Mon. 11/29, hosted online by Marathon County Public Library and Extension Marathon County. Learn about heirloom plants such as the Beaver Dam pepper. Starts at 11 am. Free. Kissing Ball Workshop · Mon. 11/29, Hsu Growing Supply, Wausau. Learn how to make your own kissing ball. Starts at 6 pm. $45 kit, $50 workshop. 715-675-5856 DIY Holiday Wreath · Thurs. 12/2, Hsu Growing Supply, Wausau. Make your own holiday wreath. Starts at 6 pm. $45 kit, $50 workshop. 715-675-5856 Ceramic Ornament Workshop · Sat. 12/4, Center for the Visual Arts, Wausau. Learn about glazing and firing techniques as you decorate 8 ornaments of your choice. All materials provided. Starts at 2 pm. $45. “Does Making Cents Make Sense? Arguments For and Against Music Streaming Platforms” · Thurs. 12/9, UWStevens Point, Noel Fine Arts, room 221, Stevens Point. Examine arguments in favor or against music streaming. Starts at 6:30 pm. Free. 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.

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, Currently on display until 12/23: The Earth We Share & Constructing Memories. Inspired by activities and events. 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. Birds in Art 2021 on display from 9/ 11-11/28. Artists’ portrayal of birds using several different mediums. Facemasks and social distancing required. Q Artists Cooperative, Stevens Point · Facemasks required. Gallery open Tues. 10 am-5 pm, Wed. 10 am-5 pm, Thurs. 10 am-5 pm, Fri. 10 am-5 pm, Sat. 10 am-5 pm, Sun. 11 am-3 pm. Closed Mondays. Merrill History & Cultural Center · Open Mon., Weds. and Fri. From 9 am to 1 pm. Appointments can be made for other days. 715-536-5652, 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. Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art · Open noon-5 pm Tues-Sat. Exhibit on display: ANJE Annual National Juried Exhibition from 11/4-12/31. Face masks required.

KIDS/TEENS Family Storytime · Wednesdays 10/6-12/8, hosted online by T.B. Scott Free Library. Listen to stories and improve literacy skills. Starts at 10 am. Free. On Facebook Live. Grab & Go Craft for Kids: Marble Maze Run · Mon.-Tues. 11/1-11/30, hosted by the Marathon County Public Library at all MCPL locations. Grab a kit containing supplies for making a marble maze run. Pick up the kits anytime the library is open. Free. Call 715-261-7220 for more info Family Story Time: Fishing! · Tues. 11/30, hosted online by the Marathon County Public Library. Listen to stories about going fishing and preview December’s Grab & Go craft. Starts at 10 am. Free. Story Time: Dress-up Holiday Party · Fri. 12/3, UWSP Museum of Natural History, Stevens Point. Children can read nature-themed children’s books, color, do a craft and play games. Starts at 10 am. Register at aspx?id=rUucIBTfckGH3wYPhPAaEQ

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Everglades National Park was created on Seminole land that the tribe depended on for food,” reports Treuer. Since we live in a time of “historical reconsideration,” he says, the national parks should be returned to Native control. “Indians should tend—and protect and preserve—these favored gardens again,” he writes, adding that not only would making such a transition be good for tribes, it would also be good for the American people and the parks themselves, which he says have been mismanaged in recent decades and currently face insurmountable federal maintenance and other backlogs. “All 85 million acres of national-park sites should be turned over to a consortium of federally recognized tribes in the United States,” urges Treuer, excepting “a


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