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Grant money could fund regional forensic science center Marathon County could get more than $9 million in grant money toward its planned regional forensic science center. The grant, which would more than pay for the $6-7 million price tag identified by county officials earlier this fall, is part of a package of grants the county is applying for. The grants would come from the Neighborhood Investment Fund Grant program, administered through the Department of Administration. It’s the same program the city submitted the Wausau Opportunity Zone pedestrian bridge proposal, which drew some controversy from city officials. The county also applied for a $1.7 million grant to fund improvements at Nine Mile, and around $1.1 million for improvements at Big Eau Pleine Park. The county also applied for a tourism grant through the state to fund some work at the Eau Claire Dells. In total the county applied for more than $12 million in state grants to fund improvements in the county. County Administrator Lance Leonhard says the county hopes to hear back about the grant proposals by early to midDecember. The county has been exploring the development of a regional morgue, or what the county is now calling a regional forensic science center, for roughly 6 years now. County leaders want to build one because of challenges transporting bodies to one of only three centers in the state, which are continually becoming more busy. Support for a regional morgue from northern counties is strong because there isn’t a forensic pathologist north of Marathon County, and building one would eliminate a lot of travel time for those counties. Projections provided to Marathon County showed the morgue would cash flow as long as the building cost could be paid for.

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County Judge. County Board Supervisor William Harris, who currently represents District No. 3 which covers downtown Wausau, announced Tuesday he will be running for Branch 2. Branch 2 is currently occupied by Judge Greg Huber. In running for the position, Harris cited his work on the board. He helped lobby for a bus route change so elderly residents of an apartment complex could access the bus route, and advocated for the county to apply for COVID-19 relief funds, something for which there was a surprising amount of reluctance. Harris Harris currently works at Judicare as a staff attorney. “If elected, as a lawyer I will bring my legal skills and knowledge to bear and apply the law equally and fairly, and as a black man, I will bring a different perspective, life experience, and a new voice to the Court,” Harris said in his post announcing the candidacy. “I will represent change!”

Aspirus: antibody treatments showing promise

Officials with Aspirus Wausau Hospital say they’ve been seeing promising results with antibody treatments. The hospital has been treating patients with monoclonal antibodies, which grab onto the cells of the COVID-19 spike proteins and prevent them from entering the cell, says Aspirus Pharmacy Manager Michelle Brenner. “We currently have over ten sites providing this treatment option,” Brenner said. “So, it is in every region of our Aspirus system.” Since starting to offer the treatment one year ago, Aspirus doctors have administered 1,570 treatments, which they say prevented 269 admissions and 54 deaths. Pfizer and Merck have anitviral pills currently undergoing testing. Those will need Food and Drug Administration approval before being available to the public. The news comes as cases in Wisconsin have hit a high for 2021, with 5,020 cases reported on Nov. 23, and an increasing daily average. And in Marathon County, the number of cases has crossed the 100/day mark, the most of 2021 as well. As of Wednesday, 319 people in Marathon County have died of COVID-19.

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A Wausau charter school has been tapped to host a JAG program — and no, that’s not the military’s law unit. The Wausau School District’s Enrich, Excel and Acheive Learning Academy, a charter school at Wausau East High School, has been chosen to become a site for Jobs for America’s Graduates program. What does that mean? That means students will have access to the program, essentially an elective, that provides “a curriculum that is geared toward students discovering and developing their interests for their life after high school,” says Rebecca Zelent, JAG Specialist. The program helps instill skills that help them post-graduation and to find their interests in that regard, Zelent told City Pages. They also follow up with students for up to one year outside of the program, she explains. The EEA is encouraging every student in its program to enroll, Zelent says, since it is in its first year.

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Flags on Tuesday throughout Wisconsin were lowered to half-mast Tuesday to honor the state trooper who recently died in connection to the COVID-19 virus. State trooper Daniel Stainbrook died in early November

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after being hospitalized in October with the COVID-19 virus. The Trooper lived in the Stevens Point area but served at the North Central Region State Trooper’s post. He was a 20-year veteran of the State Troopers. “The state of Wisconsin lost a true public servant with the passing of Dan Stainbrook. With two decades of dedicated service to his community and the state of Wisconsin, his loss is felt deeply by all those who knew and worked with him,” Gov. Evers said in a press release. “Dan was a part of our team, and Kathy and I extend our deepest condolences to Dan’s family and loved ones as well as his colleagues in the Wisconsin State Patrol and Department of Transportation during this incredibly challenging time.” A service for Stainbrook with full law enforcement honors was held in Plover Tuesday.

The city of Wausau passed its $109 million 2022 budget with an increased tax rate, but thanks to adjustments to property valuations, tax bills should be going down, officials say. The levy this year increased by $2 million, according to the budget summary provided on the city’s website. That also means a tax rate increase of $0.46 per $1,000 of valuation, adding $46 onto the tax bill of a hypothetical $100,000 house. But, Finance Chair Lisa Rasmussen told City Pages, the amounts on people’s tax bills actually ought to be a bit lower next year. That’s because “the city’s share to the other taxing entities is reduced by the equalized value adjustment issued by the state due to the revaluation, which is expected to level out next year again,” Rasmussen told City Pages. Rasmussen says the 2022 budget maintained services and infrastructure improvements without resident tax increases. The city did need to hold off on some position requests, Rasmussen added. “While those positions would


help in some areas, they were not critical needs at present,” Rasmussen says.

Police pull elderly woman’s body from river in Whiting

Portage County Sheriff’s Deputies pulled the body of an elderly woman from the Wisconsin River near Whiting, according to the Portage County Sheriff’s Office. Crews located the body around 1:30 pm Friday, according to a release from the Portage County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies say the incident doesn’t appear to be suspicious but the circumstances surrounding how the woman ended up in the river is still under investigation. Police says the woman had left her apartment earlier in the day and later first responders discovered her along the river bank. Sheriff’s Office officials told City Pages they have nothing new to report outside of what was included in a news release.

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Expert on supply chains says shortages could last into second half of 2022 A shortage of consumer goods could last into the second half of 2022, a supply chain expert said. Dr. Marko Bastl, director of Marquette University’s Center for Supply Chain Management, said part of the global capacity to produce and move product has been lost during the pandemic. Bastl appeared Sunday on “UpFront,” produced in partnership with WisPolitics.com. He said consumers are dealing with higher prices, delayed product delivery, and in some cases, empty shelves this holiday season. There is a shortage of workers in Asia to produce goods and a shortage of drivers in the United States to move goods, Bastl said. “I think right after (the) New Year what we are going to see is a little bit of decrease in the demand, that’s going to help a little bit with naturally easing up the pressure on our supply chains,” Bastl said. “But I am confident we are going to be seeing this into the second half of 2022, at least,” he said. Bastl also said there is not a lot the government can do to ease the situation, though the federal government tried

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by opening up the Los Angeles port around the clock, seven days a week. “That was a nice try, right, but because of the issues we have post-port, it didn’t really solve the problem. I don’t see any significant government intervention happening,” he said. Bastl said it will be up to supply chain management experts to think about how to redesign supply chains to make them more resilient and less susceptible to disruption and risk in the future.

Gableman election probe consultant warned of civil war if election results weren’t audited Former Justice Michael Gableman’s office paid $7,520 to a West Virginia firm owned by a man who said it was “complete, absolute bull crap” to say the 2020 election was the most secure election in American history, according to records obtained by WisPolitics.com. Cain & Associates owner Nate Cain claimed in a Dec. 5 podcast the count was paused last fall so opponents could figure out how many votes were needed to overcome Donald Trump’s early lead and falsely claimed it was statistically impossible for Joe Biden to overtake him. In Wisconsin, Biden overtook Trump in the unofficial statewide results after absentee ballots from Milwaukee County and Green Bay were added to the totals as the count

proceeded into the early hours of the day after the election. Trump requested a recount in Dane and Milwaukee counties that upheld the tallies in those communities. In the podcast, Cain called for a forensic audit of the results nationally. “If that does not happen, I am telling you, there will not be a peaceful transition in this country,” Cain told The Debbie Aldrich Show. “We will be looking at a potential of a start of another civil war in this country.” Gableman’s review of the 2020 election, authorized by Assembly GOP leaders, has been criticized for its association with those who have espoused conspiracy theories about the 2020 election. That includes Gableman traveling to Arizona to observe the much-maligned review of Maricopa County results and the former justice attending a symposium in South Dakota hosted by Mike Lindell. The My Pillow CEO has falsely claimed Trump will be restored as president. Assembly Minority Leader Gordon Hintz, D-Oshkosh, slammed Gableman for paying someone who questioned whether the country would have a peaceful transfer of power and openly talked about the potential for civil war. “Mike Gableman and Speaker (Robin) Vos continue to waste taxpayer money crossing off every box on the way to conspiracy town,” Hintz said.

Mandela Barnes trails top Senate rivals in personal wealth

Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes trails his top U.S. Senate rivals in terms of net worth, reporting assets of between $5,005 and $75,000. Barnes’ financial disclosure, filed with the U.S. Senate, lists a single savings account worth between $1,001 and $15,000. The only other investment he listed was his state retirement plan. That includes four investments, each worth between $1,001 and $15,000. Meanwhile, Democratic rivals Sarah Godlewski and Alex Lasry both reported millions in holdings. The two have used

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Republican Jake Curtis, a Milwaukee attorney and first lieutenant in the Wisconsin Air National Guard, is passing on a bid for AG, saying it’s not the right time for his family. Curtis called it an “excruciating” decision. He said he will be on extended military leave this spring, and “I must place my services and family ahead of politics.”

His decision leaves Fond du Lac County DA Eric Toney and former GOP state Rep. Adam Jarchow as the only announced Republicans in the race to take on Dem AG Josh Kaul. While he has registered to run for the office, Jarchow has said his main intent by filing was to oppose Toney and he hoped another conservative would get into the race. Jarchow has indicated he was holding off on taking contributions and would consider moving ahead with a bid for AG if no other conservatives ran. Toney has drawn the ire of some conservatives because he filed and later dropped charges against those who violated Gov. Tony Evers’ original stay-at-home order during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic. Curtis said in his statement the attorney general must be the state’s “top cop” and its “top lawyer.” The latter includes promoting and defending issues such as parental rights, religious liberty, election integrity and Second Amendment rights while fighting “against unconstitutional mandates, the poison of cancel culture, the abuses of Big Tech, open borders and efforts to defund the police.”

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“I still need some time to talk to family, friends and supporters,” said Loudenbeck, who registered with the state Nov. 19. “I expect to make a final decision shortly.” La Follette, 81, told WisPolitics.com today that he won’t make a decision on seeking another term until the spring. He said he doesn’t enjoy working from home amid the COVID-19 pandemic, but otherwise anticipates running for reelection if the pandemic has improved. “My health is pretty good, and I think it’s important to have someone there to stick up for the office against Republicans who have tried to destroy it,” La Follette said.

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Fire shortage As the numbers of calls increase, the numbers of firefighters have stayed the same since 1970. A new plan seeks to change that.

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On the chilly evening of Nov. 11, a garage fire ignited and started burning in the 400 block of 11th Street. Firefighters responded to the call as they always do, thinking about the safety of others before themselves. The timing of the call was unfortunate, although it’s becoming a scenario all too common: Two of the three ambulances from Station No. 1 on the city’s east side were out on fire calls, along with their requisite staff, leaving only an engine company of two to respond to the call. If that seems fewer than ideal, well, it was. The two firefighters — one an engineer the other a lieutenant — hopped onto the fire engine and sped to the call. Other engines and ambulances arrived later. Firefighters on ambulance calls must finish their calls before they can respond to a fire. They

don’t abbreviate care for their patients, a fire official told City Pages. On scene, the garage was blazing and waiting for backup wasn’t an option if they wanted to keep the fire from spreading from the garage to the house, and perhaps to other houses in the neighborhood. The lieutenant grabbed the 2 ½” hose meant to be held by several people, straddled it on the ground to keep it steady, and trained it on the fire. The city’s videographer, Ethan Bares, happened to be doing a ridealong that evening and recorded stunning photos and video of the bravery. The public can see firsthand the work firefighters do on a regular basis. It also offered the perfect case study to demonstrate something Wausau Fire Chief Robert Barteck says has

become a growing problem. The number of calls for service has steadily risen over the years. The number of firefighters/ parademics has not. City Pages analyzed fire calls doing back nearly two decades, and confirmed Barteck’s argument. The number of calls the department has responded to since 2002 has doubled, while the number of firefighters has roughly stayed the same. In fact, Barteck argues, some positions gave way to administration roles. That leaves even fewer boots on the ground, so to speak. Barteck is asking for nine new firefighters for the department. It’s a big ask, but it’s also coming from a department that hasn’t seen a staffing increase since 1970, according to research Barteck put together. But all that is in the backdrop of a larger problem — the challenge of recruiting public safety workers. And, frankly, all workers. As many point out the new The Great Resignation trend, public workers are often some of the hardest to recruit. Following Act 10, the great pay/benefits public worker jobs often offered are gone; with them, one of the best recruitment tools for jobs that are dangerous and/or come with public scrutiny. Generally, incentives align around dangerous jobs; now they’re aligned toward safer private sector jobs. If it hasn’t yet, it should leave you wondering what the future of public safety is going to look like.

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The Wausau Fire Department had five retirements and four resignations in 2021. The department until very recently had five open positions to fill. The Police and Fire Commission last week finally voted to accept the recruits for those positions. That exhausts the list of available firefighters. Barteck said when he was entering the fire service 30 years ago, he was competing with hundreds of other potential firefighters. Waiting lists of qualified applicants were long, so there was always someone to pull from. Those days are over. The recent recruits exhausted the department’s hiring list. They’ll have to go find more. Where are they going? Barteck says two of the four resignations went to the private sector. Both of them went to helicopter ambulance services. The other two left to move closer to home. Barteck says the department needs to think much differently about recruitment than it has in the past. It helps that Wausau is a department of choice. In a meeting of the police and fire commission this year in which commissioners were asking firefighters what they wanted to see in a new chief, several mentioned either specifically choosing Wausau for its reputation and/or selecting Wausau over other departments. That was largely due to the efforts of now-retired chief Tracey Kujawa. Firefighters in the meeting said they wanted to see more of her style of leadership. Barteck says Kujawa really started turning things around at the Wausau Fire Department, including major infrastructure improvements and the development of a strategic plan. Barteck hopes to continue that work, and this initiative to bring more firefighters on board is a step toward that goal. “We need to rebrand ourselves,” Barteck told City Pages from his office at Station No. 1. “We’re really the all-hazard response team in the community. When someone calls for help, we will do what we need to in order to meet the need.” Highlighting that work is an important part of the recruitment strategy. The city videographer, Bares, plays a big role CiTY PAGES

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in that. Filming and putting out high-quality recruitment videos is a huge draw. Wausau’s isn’t the only department doing so. A search on YouTube reveals a number of recruitment videos for departments all over the country. And Wausau’s police department has been incorporating video for some time. In fact, the videographer position is housed at the police department and came from efforts by the police to start putting out more film and engaging in social media more, as a 2019 story in City Pages highlighted.

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Public safety institutions in general are seeing a decline in recruits and changes to the operating models of many departments. According to a study by the Wisconsin Public Policy Institute, many departments are moving away from volunteer models to full-time staff because they can’t keep enough volunteers around. And even recruiting for those positions is difficult. At the Marathon County Sheriff’s Office, Chief Deputy Chad Billeb laid out a situation in the communications center. According to his report, the communications center hired two new dispatchers, who were doing a really good job. They were doing such a good job, he explained, that they were hired away by a truck dispatching company, which offered better pay and more pedestrian hours. (And, presumably, fewer life and death decisions and the pressure that comes with that.) That’s a problem, Billeb explains. The sheriff’s office has been working on building up its new emergency channel the county helped fund several years ago. The equipment is there, but maintaining the staff has been a challenge, Billeb explained recently to the county’s public safety committee.

Likelihood of it passing?

Lisa Rasmussen, city council member and Finance Committee chair, told City Pages she didn’t see many roadblocks

to the nine positions being passed. The Human Resources Committee will look at the matter next and make its recommendations, and then the Finance Committee will consider the funding and timeline. There are a couple of different ways it can happen, Rasmussen told City Pages. Since the actual recruitment will likely take quite some time (the department exhausted its list of recruits with the last hiring it did for five open positions), it’s entirely possible the new firefighters wouldn’t start until the new year, almost halving the costs for 2022. (Some costs, such as the additional gear the firefighters would need, is a fixed cost either way.) That would allow additional time to budget for the new positions in 2023. There’s also the possibility of hiring in phases to stagger the costs a bit, Rasmussen says. In additional, Rasmussen says, the chief is working on applying for a grant that would help offset the costs and allow the city to “absorb the cost over time and perhaps bring them on board over a shorter time frame,” Rasmussen told City Pages.

How’d it get to this point?

Looking at the data showing there hadn’t been an increase in the number of firefighters since 1970 might lead one to wonder: what happened? Both Barteck and Rasmussen provide answers and they don’t flinch in making it: things had been allowed to deteriorate prior to the hiring of the last Chief, Tracey Kujawa. Barteck is clear when speaking to a reporter: Kujawa was the first to really start turning things around when she took over as fire chief in 2014. She was well-respected in Stevens Point (this reporter can attest to that firsthand from covering police and fire in Stevens Point during her reign) and was in Wausau too. During a Police and Fire Commission meeting in which members interviewed firefighters about what they wanted to see in a new chief, they were clear: someone with the same values as Kujawa. But Kujawa had a lot to fix at the department, Rasmussen says. The fire stations were in rough shape, and a number of

needs started to add up at the fire stations. For some reason, those issues never came up in the form of capital requests, so they went unfilled. Rasmussen said when she first started on the city council, making sure public safety got what they needed to do their jobs safely while protecting the community was a major priority for her and also, she says, the Mielke administration. Many changes were made under Kujawa, who lobbied for the things others had left to deteriorate. That didn’t happen in the police department. Whereas fire chiefs prior to Kujawa didn’t seem to have the stomach to lobby for needed improvements during a time period following the recession, now-retired Police Chief Jeff Hardel had no such qualms, Rasmussen told City Pages. So the police got what they needed, and city council members weren’t even fully aware of the deficiencies of the fire department until they were absolutely urgent. A good example? Radios. Typically the fire department had gotten hand-me-down radios from the police department, not new radios like the police department got, Rasmussen says. Why is that a problem? Because the radios weren’t made for the environment of a fire, and would often fail. In something as critical as a fire call, that can’t happen. Rasmussen learned of it and the department was convinced to apply for capital improvement budgets to address the issue. They now sport appropriate radios. Another example is the fact that there was no exhaust in the garage bay and turnout gear was stored near the kitchen; if they’d been to a fire, the whole place smelled like smoke. The dust on the gear is carcinogenic, Rasmussen says. Kujawa addressed both those issues. Rasmussen said the first step was to get the fire department up to safety standards, and make it a good place to work. The next step is to hire people at a department that is safe, which is where the department is at now. So it’s likely (not certain, but nothing in the way of opposition has been voiced yet) that the fire department will get some needed help. But the challenge of finding recruits, as it is for many public safety institutions, remains.

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By February 2022, there will be 44 local governments in Wisconsin with a vehicle registration fee. The list now includes Milwaukee and Dane counties and the cities of Madison, Green Bay, and Appleton. The average fee per vehicle has also risen over time. Notably, the cost of vehicle ownership from all state and local registration fees, taxes on fuel, and environmental fees remains favorable in Wisconsin compared to neighboring states. Data from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation show the owner of a 2020 Toyota Camry who lives in Milwaukee and drives 10,000 miles per year pays state and local governments $248 in annual fees and taxes. That was well below fees and taxes for the same car and driver in the largest cities in Illinois, Minnesota, Michigan, or Iowa. Yet the story is different when we take the same hypothetical driver but substitute an older 2008 Camry — here the Milwaukee motorist’s costs are higher than their counterparts in Minneapolis and Detroit. The main reason for this difference is Wisconsin’s state and local wheel taxes (as well as those in Illinois) are flat fees that do not change with the vehicle’s value. Registration fees in Minnesota, Michigan, and Iowa vary according to a vehicle’s starting value, current age, and in Iowa, vehicle weight. As a result, the fees in Wisconsin amount to a relatively regressive form of taxation compared to those neighboring states and pose a greater difficulty for low-income motorists. As these fees grow, so will their impact. This information is provided to Wisconsin Newspaper Association members as a service of the Wisconsin Policy Forum, the state’s leading resource for nonpartisan state and local government research and civic education. Learn more at wispolicyforum.org.

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8-Bit Christmas gets the 80s right 8-Bit Christmas HBO Max | 97 min. | PG The year (as best I can recollect) was 1988. I was failing math. My dad, out of desperation I assume, made me a bet: If I could get a B in math, he’d buy me a Nintendo Entertainment System. It came as a surprise to me, since my dad never did anything like that before or after. I found out later he honestly didn’t think I could pull it off. So all that is to say that I could identify with the plot of 8-Bit Christmas — a movie on HBO Max in which a boy in the 1980s plots and schemes with his friends to obtain the Nintendo Entertainment System none of their parents would buy for them. Kids today might have a hard time understanding — this was still somewhat new territory in the 1980s, with parents who may or may not have dabbled with earlier Atari systems. Jake Doyle (Winslow Fegley) reminded me of, well, me at that age (minus my Fred Savage-like mop of hair). The fact that the film takes place in Chicago lends a Midwest flavor to it (just swap the Packers/Wisconsinite driver jokes in the film for the Bears/Illinois driver jokes). It also made me immediately think of John Hughes; and being set in the 80s in the Chicago burbs, it could almost fit into the canon though the characters don’t nearly jump out at you the way Hughes’ always did. (Unlike Hughes, the writer of the novel the film is based on, Kevin Jakubows-

ki, was born in the Chicago burbs.) Doyle, much like me at that age and like all his friends, badly wants a Nintendo. And of course there was that one rich kid who not only had one but seemed to have just about every game made for the system. I knew someone just like that too, although he was much nicer than the spoiled rich kid character in the film. Of course, Doyle instead gets tasked with chores to fill his time, including pickup up dog poo. Seriously, this is my childhood on film. The whole plot is told through the adult Jake (Neil Patrick Harris) relaying the story to his tween daughter. His daughter badly wants her own smartphone and Jake likens it to his own insatiable desire for an NES, and how he ultimately obtained it. The story is, of course, “BOORRINNGG” to her, but before long she just can’t wait to hear what happened next. Of course, it’s not lost on me that this is yet one more film capitalizing on the current 80s nostalgia. That nostalgia seemed to start with Stranger Things and Ready Player One, and this is yet another movie milking it for all it’s worth. Aging GenXers such as myself are clearly the main target audience here, or at least that’s my suspicion. But the 80s seem pretty popular with millennials and GenZers as well. The latter, I’ve found, have a distorted view of the 80s which only those who lived through it can correct. One

GenZer said to me “Wow, the 80s must have been awesome!?” Another tweeted a video clip from a high school in the 80s and said it looked like a dream. Well, here is a splash of reality to wake you up. While I share the nostalgia for the 80s, let’s not forget nearly every kind of -ism — racism, sexism, you name it — was going quite strong in the 80s. If you brought up safe spaces someone would have punched you in the mouth. And teachers probably would have just laughed. So what I like about 8-Bit Christmas is that the film doesn’t necessarily gloss over those bits. There’s a hulking bully that intimidates the other kids; there are exhortations about how kids oughta play outside more, even though one kid recently got frostbite (“it’s not even below zero!” Jake’s dad says, and something I probably heard in the 80s too.) Jake’s daughter at one point says “I thought you said the 80s was safer?” “It’s complicated,” he replies. Although I’ve been a bit weary of the “hey remember the 80s?” film and TV shows, I can honestly say I did genuinely enjoy 8-Bit Christmas. It was fun, a nice “Christmas” movie (kind of like how Die Hard was a Christmas movie, in the sense that it takes place at Christmas time but the plot doesn’t really focus on Christmas). And the decade is handled in a way that didn’t remember the era with rose-colored glasses. I guess it was just the right amount of nostalgia. Even if you didn’t scramble to earn a B in math to obtain your NES.

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This annual parade is full of twinkling lights, winter magic and heaps of holiday spirit. The route starts at Marathon Park and heads downtown to The 400 Block via Stewart Avenue, First and Jefferson streets. Stay after the parade for a tree lighting ceremony on the square with Mayor Katie Rosenberg and Santa followed by a candlelight vigil honoring the victims of the Waukesha parade. Also find warming festivities in the Grand Theater’s Great Hall, including hot chocolate, cookies, live music and Santa & Mrs. Claus visiting with the kids. Masks required for the warming party. 6-8 pm. Details at wausauevents.org.

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See the luminous illustrations of Christian Robinson in this exhibition organized by the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature. The playful and thoughtfully poignant artwork of children’s book illustrator Christian Robinson celebrates his “art of fun” mantra while empathetically exploring the value of different perspectives and being kind to all. Robinson, a Caldecott Honoree, and recipient of two Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honors from the American Library Association, uses acrylic paint and collage to create joyful art conveying a range of stories—including historical events and biographies. Museum open Tues.-Fri. 9 am-4 pm, first Thursday of each month 9 am-7:30 pm, Sat.Sun. noon-5 pm. Free. Details at lywam.org.

old-school country sound is an interesting combination, sounding like a cross between Willie Nelson country, Kentucky bluegrass and New Orleans swing. It’s a brand of music unlikely to be seen anywhere else. 4 pm. $45 general, $50 premium. Tickets at rubbersoulproductions.com.

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis WEDNESDAY 12/8 | GRAND THEATER, WAUSAU The magic of the holiday season is brought to life with the music of Mannheim Steamroller. Created by Grammy Award-winner Chip Davis, this show features beloved Christmas music along with dazzling effects. Mannheim Steamroller has sold more than 40 million albums—including 29 million in the Christmas genre. Their holiday CDs have been synonymous with Christmas and occupy top positions on Billboard’s Seasonal Chart every year. Experience the music that has become the hallmark of the holidays and a tradition for multi-generational families. Shows at 4:30 & 7:30 pm. Tickets start at $60. Grandtheater.org.

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This lavish, eye-popping local production is not to be missed. Central Wisconsin School of Ballet has presented this annual holiday dance extravaganza for decades, always visually impressive and always to big crowds. It looks professional because it is, with professional guest dancers rounding out the cast. This year the audiences will see Cassandra Trenary and Calvin Royal III. Tchaikovsky’s ballet follows Clara, who goes to sleep on Christmas Eve with her new doll, only to wake to find a war breaking out between the Rat King, his army, and the Nutcracker soldiers. Every scene rings a new professionallevel wonder to the stage, and the lush sets and dreamy costumes make it a must-see. It’s an entire weekend full of fun. On Saturday and Sunday, ticket holders ages 4-7 can take a ballet class with Clara at 12:45 pm, then after the 1:30 pm performances, the audience can meet the characters. Children can arrive early to the Saturday evening performance to make a craft while adults bid on unique gifts and items for the holidays during the silent auction. Shows Sat. & Sun. at 1:30 pm and Sat. at 7 pm. Tickets start at $22. Grandtheater.org.

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Friday December 3 Pat & Patience · Backcountry Brewing, Plover. Classic rock. 6:30 pm. 715-310-2474 Salmon Run · District 1 Brewing Company, Stevens Point. Acoustic. 7 pm. 715-544-6707 Reckless Dezire · Jalapeno’s Mexican Restaurante & Bar, Wausau. Variety. 9 pm. 715-842-9206 DJ Brettly · Nightschool Nightclub, Schofield. Electronic dance. 9 pm. 715-600-0996 Saturday December 4 Tuba Christmas · Bull Falls Brewery, Wausau. Brass holiday tunes. 1 pm. 715-842-2337 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 Aaron Scharmer · Ciao Fine Italian Restaurant & Cocktail Bar, Wausau. Piano jazz. 5:30 pm. 715-298-2004 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 DJ NK · Nightschool Nightclub, Schofield. Hip-hop, electronic dance. 10 pm. 715-600-0996 Sunday December 5 Michael Murphy & the Mob · Renee’s Red Rooster Bar and Grill, Stevens Point. Jamming blues. 2 pm. 715-344-9825 Thursday December 9 Brad Emanuel · Northern Waters Distillery, Minocqua. Country. 4 pm. 715-358-0172 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, Poprock. 8 pm. 715-344-9840 Saturday December 11 October Tree · O’so Brewing Company, Plover. Acoustic. 3 pm. 715-254-2163 Jordan Bain · Sunset Point Winery, Stevens Point. Acoustic variety. 5:30 pm. 715-544-1262 Jackson Taylor · Backcountry Brewing, Plover. 90s country. 7 pm. 715-310-2474 Fast Times · Homestead on 52, Wausau. Classic rock. 8 pm. 715-843-7555 Paul Filipowicz · Speakeasy, Schofield. Blues. 8 pm. 715-298-6303 Blame it on Waylon · Rookies Sportspub, Stevens Point. Country. 9 pm. 715-344-7026 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 Scott Kirby · Northern Waters Distillery, Minocqua. Acoustic variety. 4 pm. 715-358-0172 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

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Aaron Lee Kaplan · Sawmill Brewing Company, Merrill. Folk, blues. 7 pm. 715-722-0230 Empowerhouse Trio · Cruisin’ 1724, Wausau. Christmas carols. 8 pm. 715-675-2940 Reverend Meantooth & Cody James · Arrow Sports Club, Weston. Blues, gospel, folk, variety. 8 pm. 715-359-2363 Allen Brothers · O’Brien’s on Main, Amherst. Rock, pop, funk. 8 pm. 715-824-3317 Jackson Taylor · The Dugout, Merrill. 90s country. 8 pm. 715-536-8870

Thursday December 30 The Short Pay Riders Duo · Ciao Fine Italian Restaurant & Cocktail Bar, Wausau. Country, folk, blues. 8 pm. 715-298-2004

Saturday December 18 Derek Lind · O’so Brewing Company, Plover. Folk, original country, variety. 3 pm. 715-254-2163 Mattea Joy · Bull Falls Brewery, Wausau. Variety. 3 pm. 715-842-2337 Daniel Larson · Sunset Point Winery, Stevens Point. Piano variety. 6 pm. 715-544-1262 Garth Englebright · Backcountry Brewing, Plover. Country, folk, Americana, roots rock, blues, bluegrass. 6 pm. 715-310-2474 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 Gnarcissus, Sweetalk & Last Bridge · Polack Inn, Wausau. Alternative rock, rock, indie rock. 9 pm. 715-845-6184

Saturday January 1 Killing Rapunzel · Cruisin’ 1724, Wausau. Hard rock. 8 pm. 715-675-2940

Friday December 31 Max Koepke · The Garage, Wausau. Classic rock & original. 7 pm. 715-393-4495 Double Tap · Backcountry Brewing, Plover. Variety. 8 pm. 715-310-2474 Substyle · Arrow Sports Club, Weston. Country, folk, blues. 10 pm. 715-359-2363

Sunday January 2 Pam & Scott · Cop Shoppe Pub, Wausau. Polka. 1 pm. 715-845-2030 New Polish Sounds · Cruisin’ 1724, Wausau. Polka. 1 pm. 715-675-2940 Ongoing Trivia@MBCo · Wednesdays, hosted at Mosinee Brewing Company, 401 4th St, Mosinee. Trivia starts at 7 pm each Wednesday. Masks required. Limit team size to 6 people. http://www.mosineebrewing.com/ Trivia · Mondays, Guu’s on Main, Stevens Point. Trivia starts at 7 pm. http://guusonmain.com/ Trivia · Wednesdays, O’so Brewing Company, Plover. Trivia starts at 7 pm.

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Movie times thru 12/9 Encanto (PG): Every day 7 pm, Fri. & Sat. 7 pm & 9 pm, Sat. & Sun. 1 pm & 3:15 pm Ghostbusters: Afterlife (PG13): Every day 7 pm, Fri. & Sat. 7 pm & 9:15 pm, Sat. & Sun. 1 pm & 3:30 pm Clifford the Big Red Dog (PG): Every day 7 pm, Fri. & Sat. 7 pm & 9 pm, Sat. & Sun. 1 pm & 3:15 pm Cedar Creek Cinema, Rothschild, 715-355-5094

Movie times: Thurs.-Wed. 12/2-12/8 Encanto (PG): Thurs. 2:10 pm (HeatedDreamLounger), 1:20 pm, 3 pm, 4:20 pm, 5:40 pm, 7:10 pm, 8:10 pm; Fri., Sat. & Tues. 1:30 pm, 4:10 pm (HeatedDreamLounger), 12:10 pm, 2:50 pm, 6:30 pm, 9:10 pm; Sat. 12:20 pm, 3:50 pm; Sun. 1:30 pm, 4:10 pm, (HeatedDreamLounger), 12:05 pm, 3:25 pm, 6:30 pm, 9:10 pm; Mon. & Wed. 2:50 pm (HeatedDreamLounger), 1:30 pm, 5:10 pm, 7:50 pm

Tuesday December 21 Max Koepke · Rachel’s Roadside Bar & Grill, Wittenberg. Classic rock & original. 6 pm. 715-253-3190

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https://www.osobrewing.com/ Team Trivia Nights at Sawmill Brewing Company · Wednesdays, hosted at Sawmill Brewing Company, 1110 E 10th St, Merrill. The games start at 6 pm each Wednesday. Social distancing in place. Make reservations online for your team of 2-4 people. http://www.sawmillbrewing.net/ 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. http://www.sawmillbrewing.net/

Thursday December 23 Mark Wayne · Northern Waters Distillery, Minocqua. Acoustic country, rock, variety. 4 pm. 715-358-0172 Local Heroes Acoustic Duo · Bull Falls Brewery, Wausau. Acoustic. 7 pm. 715-842-2337 Jackson Taylor · The Dugout, Merrill. 90s country. 9 pm. 715-536-8870 Max Koepke · The Glass Hat, Wausau. Classic rock & original. 10 pm. 715-298-0016 Friday December 24 Tom Burt · Backcountry Brewing, Plover. Variety. 6 pm. 715-310-2474 Sunday December 26 Max Koepke · Granite Peak Ski Resort, Wausau. Classic rock & original. 1 pm. 715-845-2846 Brad Emanuel · Bull Falls Brewery, Wausau. Country. 2 pm. 715-842-2337

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Ghostbusters: Afterlife (PG13): Thurs. 4:50 pm, 7:50 pm (HeatedDreamLounger), 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm, 4:10 pm, 4:30 pm, 8:30 pm; Fri., Sat. & Tues. 6:50 pm, 9:40 pm (HeatedDreamLounger), 12:20 pm, 3:10 pm, 6 pm, 8:50 pm; Sun. 6:50 pm, 9:40 pm, (HeatedDreamLounger), 12:40 pm, 2:40 pm, 6 pm, 8:50 pm; Mon. & Wed. 5:30 pm, 8:15 pm (HeatedDreamLounger), 1:50 pm, 4:40 pm, 7:30 pm Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch (PG): Fri., Sun. & Tues. 12:10 pm, 5 pm; Sat. 12:10 pm, 2:30 pm, 7:20 pm; Mon. & Wed. 5 pm Elf (PG): Fri., Sun. & Tues. 2:30 pm, 7:20 pm, 9:45 pm; Sat. 4:50 pm, 9:40 pm; Mon. & Wed. 2:30 pm, 7:20 pm The Met: Eurydice (TBD): Sat. 11:55 am Christmas with the Chosen: The Messengers (TBD): Thurs. 5:30 pm, 7 pm; Mon. & Wed. 7 pm House of Gucci (R): Thurs. 1:50 pm, 4:30 pm, 7:30 pm; Fri. & Tues. 12 pm, 3:30 pm, 5:30 pm, 9 pm; Sat. 12:50 pm, 3 pm, 5:30 pm, 9 pm; Sun. 12:30 pm, 3:30 pm, 5:30 pm, 9 pm; Mon. & Wed. 1:40 pm, 4:10 pm, 7:35 pm Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City (R): Thurs. 1:40 pm, 5:20 pm, 8:20 pm; Fri., Sat., Sun. & Tues. 12:40 pm, 3:20 pm, 7:10 pm, 9:50 pm; Mon. & Wed. 2:10 pm, 4:45 pm, 8:10 pm King Richard (PG13): Thurs. 1:40 pm, 8 pm; Fri., Sun. & Tues. 12:30 pm, 3:50 pm, 6:20 pm, 9:35 pm; Sat. 3:50 pm, 6:25 pm, 9:35 pm; Mon. & Wed. 1:30 pm, 4:20 pm, 7:20 pm Clifford the Big Red Dog (PG): Thurs. 2 pm, 5 pm; Fri., Sun. & Tues. 1:10 pm, 3:40 pm, 7 pm, 9:30 pm; Sat. 12:10 pm, 3:50 pm, 6:40 pm, 9:10 pm; Mon. & Wed. 2 pm, 4:30 pm, 7:40 pm Eternals (PG13): Thurs. 1 pm, 4:20 pm, 7:40 pm; Fri., Sun. & Tues. 1 pm, 4:20 pm, 6:10 pm, 9:30 pm; Sat. 12:30 pm, 4:20 pm, 6:10 pm, 9:30 pm; Mon. & Wed. 1:30 pm, 4:50 pm, 7:10 pm Venom: Let There Be Carnage (PG13): Thurs. 7:30 pm; Fri. 1:40 pm, 4 pm, 7:40 pm, 10 pm; Sat. 7:40 pm, 10 pm; Sun. & Tues. 4 pm, 7:40 pm, 10 pm; Mon. & Wed. 2 pm, 4:50 pm

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ON STAGE 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. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/n-e-w-piano-guystickets-198666656317 Willy Wonka KIDS · Fri.-Sat. 12/3-12/4, hosted by The Playhouse Theatre Group at Benjamin Franklin Junior High, Stevens Point. 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. List of suggested items and more info at http://www.playhousetheatergroup.com/ 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. https://lucilletackcenter.com/buy/ 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. https://monteverdichorale.org/ 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 www.grandtheater.org 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. https://www. eventbrite.com/e/feed-the-dog-armchair-boogiewith-pickin-friends-tickets-204839850507 Winter Concert · Sun. 12/5, Campanile Center for the Arts, 131 Milwaukee St, Downtown Minocqua. Holiday music performed by Campanile’s Lakeland Community Band and surprise guests. Starts at 1 pm. $8 suggested donation. 715-356-9700 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. https://wausausymphonyband.org/ 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. http://www.rubbersoulproductions.com/ Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis · Wed. 12/8, Grand Theater, Wausau. Christmas music performed for the holidays. Starts at 7:30 pm. $60-79. Grandtheater.org 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.matthewandgunnarnelson. com/christmas-with-the-nelsons/ 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.

https://www.campanilecenter.org/ 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. https://www.wrctheatre.org/mainstageproductions 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. http://www.wausaulyricchoir.com/ 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. https://www.wausaucommunitytheatre.org 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. https://jensencenter. org/events-calendar/a-christmas-celebrationtickets/ 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/ Community Holiday Concert · Sun. 12/12, Nicolet College, Rhinelander. Listen to holiday music performed by members of the Rhinelander Community Band, Lakeland Barbershop,

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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 Donate your Deer Hide · drop off your hide at Wisconsin Lions Camp. Money raised from deer hides go to the Lions Camp to help serve others. Go to https://wlf.info/deer-hide-collection/ to find a 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 cfrost@habitatwausau.org

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. 715315-0124 to register 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 Marshfield Rotary Winter Wonderland · Sat.-Fri. 11/27-12/31, Wildwood Zoo & Park, Marshfield. Over two million lights illuminate the park and zoo. Starts at 5 pm. Free but donations encouraged. Rotarywinterwonderland.org

Grab & Go Craft for Adults: Wooden Heart Pendant · Wed.-Fri. 12/1-12/31, hosted by the Marathon County Public Library at all MCPL locations. Grab a kit containing supplies for making your own wooden heart pendant. Pick up the kit whenever the library is open. Free. Call 715-261-7230 for more info Book-of-the-Month-Club: “Christmas at the Island Hotel” by Jenny Colgan · Wed.-Fri. 12/1-12/31, 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 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. https://www. wausauevents.org/holiday-parade.html Public Ice Skate · Thurs.-Sun. 12/3-12/5, Greenheck Field House, Weston. Starts at 7 pm on 12/3-12/4 & 2:30 pm on 12/5. $4 public skate, $3 skate rental. https://www.dce.k12.wi.us/ greenheckfieldhouse 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. Mosineepapermakers.com 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. Lettiejensencenter.org 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 http://www.mosineechamber.org/ events-festivals/christmas-craft-show-festivaland-parade/ 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

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Rhinelander Male Chorus, Northwoods Choraliers, and the Hymns and Hyrs. Starts at 2 pm. Free. https://www.nicoletcollege. edu/community/nicolet-live/season-events/ 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 at 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. https://outofthewoodstheatre.com 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. Grandtheater.org 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. Grandtheater.org Chris Barnes & Jake Ruble · Fri. 12/17, Rookies Sportspub, Stevens Point. Comedy. Doors open at 7 pm, show time at 8:30 pm. $10 advance, $15 at the door. https://www.eventbrite. com/e/rookies-comedy-night-with-chris-barnestickets-210827900927 Brewery Comedy Tour · Fri. 12/17, O’so Brewing Company, Plover. Comedy. 8 pm. $14. https:// www.universe.com/events/the-brewery-comedytour-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. Grandtheater.org Home for the Holidays with Desiree and Mara · Sat. 12/18, Nicolet College, Rhinelander. Listen to holiday classical, folk and jazz music performed by musicians Desiree Wattelet and Mara Prausa. Starts at 7:30 pm. $10. https:// www.nicoletcollege.edu/community/nicolet-live/ season-events/home-holidays-desiree-and-mara Brewery Comedy Tour · Sat. 12/18, Mosinee Brewing Company, Mosinee. Comedy. 8 pm. $14. https://www.universe.com/events/the-brewerycomedy-tour-at-mosinee-tickets-DBTV1J 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. https://michaelcharles.us/ Josh White · Mon. 12/27, Granite Peak Ski Resort,

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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://runsignup.com/Race/WI/StevensPoint/ FrostbiteRunOrWalk 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. http://catsndogs.org/ Climbing Wall · Sat.-Sun. 12/4-12/5, Greenheck Field House, Weston. Starts at 6:30 pm on 12/4 & 2 pm on 12/5. $5 per person. https://www.dce.k12.wi.us/greenheckfieldhouse 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. chestnutarts.org 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 Virtual Gardening: Care for Common December Plants · Mon. 12/6 & 12/13, hosted online by Marathon County Public Library and Extension Marathon County. Learn how to take care of your plants during the winter. Starts at 6:30 pm on 12/6 and 11 am on 12/13. Free.

https://www.mcpl.us/events/10592 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. https://givebutter.com/HandsOnPlants 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. https://chickenwares.square. site/product/diy-workshop-electrocuted-woodenchristmas-ornament/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. wausauchamber.com Point Brewery: History on Tap · Fri. 12/10, hosted by Point Brewery and UWSP Museum of Natural History at UWSP Museum of Natural History, Stevens Point. Check out the new exhibit, sample Point products, and join in a discussion about Point Brewery with other speakers. Masks required in the university. Starts at 6 pm. Free. 715-344-9310 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. Mosineepapermakers.com 12th Annual Deck the Malls Craft Event · Sat.Sun. 12/11-12/12, 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 Tree Lighting · Sat. 12/11, YMCA Camp Glacier Hollow, Amherst Junction. Enjoy holiday-themed activities, crafts, carols, hot chocolate, and tree lighting. Starts at 6 pm. $10/family for members, $20/family for nonmembers. www.spymca.org/events 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. www.hspcwi.org/yoga4paws Marathon City Book Club: “Echo Mountain” by Lauren Wolk · Mon. 12/13, hosted by the Marathon County Public Library at MCPL Marathon City. Discuss Wolk’s story with other readers. Starts at 5:45 pm. Call 715-443-2775 for more info Edgar Book Club: “Mr. Dickens and His Carol” by Samantha Silva · Tues. 12/14, hosted by the Marathon County Public Library at MCPL Edgar. Meet with other book lovers and discuss Silva’s novel. Starts at 12 pm. Call 715-352-3155 for more info Hatley Book Club: “A Week in Winter” by Maeve Binchy · Tues. 12/14, hosted by the Marathon County Public Library at MCPL Hatley. Discuss Binchy’s story with other readers. Starts at 1 pm. Call 715-446-3537 for more info 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.

https://givebutter.com/HandsOnPlants Stratford Book Club: “The Rose Code” by Kate Quinn · Wed. 12/15, hosted by the Marathon County Public Library at MCPL Stratford. Discuss Quinn’s novel about spies. Starts at 1 pm. Call 715-687-4420 for more info 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. https://www.wausaucyclones.com/ 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. Mosineepapermakers.com Friends of MCPL Book Sale-Members Only Sale · Sat. 12/18, 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/10525 Virtual Mosinee Book Club: “The Snow Child” by Eowyn Ivy · Mon. 12/20, hosted online by the Marathon County Public Library. Join a virtual discussion about Ivy’s story. Starts at 2 pm. Call 715-261-7200 for more info. GoToMeeting (Online) 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. https://www.wausaucyclones.com/ 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. https://www.wausaucyclones.com/

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OUTDOORS Starwood Sleigh Rides (thru January) · Ringle, WI. Reservations required. www.starwood-farm.net. 715-297-8512 or 715-446-2485 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. www.monkgardens.org/ page/luminary-walks 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

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. https://www.cvawausau.org/ 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. https://www.cvawausau.org/ “Does Making Cents Make Sense? Arguments For and Against Music Streaming Platforms” · Thurs. 12/9, UW-Stevens Point, Noel Fine Arts, room 221, Stevens Point. Examine arguments in favor or against music streaming. Starts at 6:30 pm. Free. Uwsp.edu 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. 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. Facemasks and social distancing required. “What Might You Do? The Art of Christian Robinson”: Exhibit opens from 12/4/212/27/22: Artwork from children’s book illustrator Christian Robinson. “American Woodblock Prints” and “Making the Cut: Relief Prints from the Woodson Art Museum’s Collection”. Exhibits open from 12/4/21-2/27/22. lywam.org Q Artists Cooperative, Stevens Point · Facemasks required. Gallery open Mon. 10 am-5 pm, 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. Merrill History & Cultural Center · Open Mon., Weds. and Fri. From 9 am to 1 pm. Appointments can be made for other days. 715-536-5652, preservethefuture.org Marathon City Heritage Center · Open from noon to 2 pm on the second Sunday of each month from Oct. to April, Open Sun. 4/5 noon-2 pm and 5/3 noon-2 pm. 715-443-2221. www.marathoncity.org Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art · Open noon-5 pm Tues-Sat. Exhibit on display: ANJE Annual National Juried Exhibition from 11/412/31. Face masks required. Wmoca.org

KIDS/TEENS Grab & Go Craft for Kids: Fine Motor Aquarium · Wed.-Fri. 12/1-12/31, hosted by the Marathon County Public Library at all MCPL locations. Grab a kit containing supplies for making a paper plate aquarium. Pick up the kits anytime the library is open. Free. Call 715-261-7220 for more info 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 https:// forms.office.com/pages/responsepage. aspx?id=rUucIBTfckGH3wYPhPAaEQ Santa is coming! · Fri. 12/3, WOW Art Park, Wittenberg. Enjoy holiday carols, cider, cookies and a visit from Santa. Starts at 7 pm. wallsofwittenberg.com Old Fashioned Christmas Festival · Sat. & Sun. 12/4-12/5, Willow Springs Garden, Wausau. Enjoy a Christmas feast on Sat., Christmas brunch on Sun., arts and crafts, food, coloring contest and horse drawn sleigh rides. Event starts at 10 am, feast served at 5 pm, brunch served at 9:30 am, and horse drawn sleigh rides start at noon on Sat. Free admission. $15 adults, $4 children 6-10, free under 5 for feast, $10 adults, $4 children 6-10 and under 5 free for brunch and $2 per person for sleigh rides. 715-675-1171 Family Story Time: Magic! · Tues. 12/7, hosted online by the Marathon County Public Library. Listen to stories about magic and learn about the copperband butterfly fish in the library aquarium. Starts at 10 am. Free. https://www.youtube.com/ user/MCPLwausau Family Storytime · Wed. 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. Wild Workouts · Wed. 12/8, UWSP Museum of Natural History, Stevens Point. Learn about how animals move and mimic their movements

through an obstacle course. Starts at 5 pm. Free. Uwsp.edu Educational Programs · Thurs. 12/9, UWSP Museum of Natural History, Stevens Point. Learn through hands-on activities about nature-related topics. Starts at 5 pm. Free. https://www.uwsp. edu/cols-ap/museum/Pages/default.aspx Christmas for Kids at the Conservatory · Sun. 12/12, Wausau Conservatory of Music, 404 Seymour St, Wausau. Celebrate Christmas at the Conservatory with holiday crafts, games, snacks and refreshments, holiday music, pictures with Santa and more. Starts at 12:30 pm, 2 pm, & 3:30 pm. $5 per child, free for adults. https://wausauconservatory.org/Christmas/ Family Story Time: Socks! · Tues. 12/14, hosted online by the Marathon County Public Library. Listen to stories about socks and learn about the flame hawkfish in the library aquarium. Starts at 10 am. Free. https://www.youtube.com/user/ MCPLwausau Family Story Time: Winter Wishes! · Tues. 12/21, hosted online by the Marathon County Public Library. Listen to stories about winter. Starts at 10 am. Free. https://www.youtube.com/user/ MCPLwausau Family Story Time: All Things New! · Tues. 12/28, hosted online by the Marathon County Public Library. Listen to stories that revolve around the theme “new” and learn about the Grab & Go craft for kids in January. Starts at 10 am. Free. https://www.youtube.com/user/MCPLwausau Wednesday Learning Centers · Every Weds., hosted by the Stevens Point Area YMCA and Boys & Girls Club of Portage County. Available for students in K thru 6th grade. Young learners will get the chance to socialize and learn after school. Centers are open all day. $10 per child. More info at https://www.bgclubpc.org/ Ongoing Bounce House · Wednesdays, Greenheck Field House, Weston. Starts at 5:30 pm. $5 per child 12 and under. https://www.dce.k12.wi.us/ greenheckfieldhouse

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Greater Wausau Children’s Museum, Cedar Creek Mall, Rothschild. Open Tues-Thurs 9 am-2 pm, Fri. & Sat. 9 am-5 pm, Sun. 12 pm-5 pm. Closed Monday. $5 per child 1-12 years, free for children under 1 and parents or caregivers. http://www. wausauchildrensmuseum.org/ or 608-408-4668 Mini Monets · Select Wednesdays, Greater Wausau Children’s Museum, Rothschild. Preschool Art program for children ages 2-5. Starts at 10 am. http://www.wausauchildrensmuseum.org/ or 608-408-4668 Young Picassos · Select Saturdays, Greater Wausau Children’s Museum, Rothschild. Art program for children ages 7+. Starts at 10 am. More info at http://www.wausauchildrensmuseum.org/ 608-408-4668 Weekly Play and Learn · Thursdays, hosted by Children’s Wisconsin-Marathon County Family Resource Center at Cornerstone Lutheran Church, Wausau. Children can enjoy fun, educational activities. Registration required and masks required. Starts at 9:30 am or 10:30 am. No cost. 715-660-8103 Wisconsin 4-H Art Contest · from now to 12/31, hosted online by Wisconsin 4-H Foundation. Art contest for 4-H youth. More info at https:// wis4hfoundation.org/celebrate-the-arts/

LIFELINES Stepping On Virtual Workshop · Thursdays 10/2112/9, hosted online by the Aging & Disability Resource Center of Central Wisconsin. Learn about how you can prevent yourself from falling. No class on Thanksgiving. Starts at 1 pm. $10 suggested contribution. 888-486-9545 to register Blood Drive · Thurs.-Fri. 12/2-12/3, Stevens Point Blood Donation Center, 3210C Main St, Stevens Point. Starts at 8:15 am. Redcrossblood.org Blood Drive · Thurs. 12/2, St. John Lutheran Church, 901 Eleventh St, Mosinee. Starts at 12:30 pm. Redcrossblood.org Blood Drive · Fri. 12/3, West High School, 1200 W Wausau Ave, Wausau. Starts at 9 am. Redcrossblood.org

Blood Drive · Mon. 12/6, Plover Municipal Building, 2400 Post Rd, Plover. Starts at 11 am. Redcrossblood.org Blood Drive · Mon. 12/6, Stevens Point Blood Donation Center, 3210C Main St, Stevens Point. Starts at 11:45 am. Redcrossblood.org Blood Drive · Tues. 12/7, UW-Stevens Point, UC Center, 1015 Reserve St, Stevens Point. Starts at 10 am. Redcrossblood.org Blood Drive · Tues. 12/7, Stevens Point Blood Donation Center, 3210C Main St, Stevens Point. Starts at 11:45 am. Redcrossblood.org Blood Drive · Thurs. 12/9, Stevens Point Blood Donation Center, 3210C Main St, Stevens Point. Starts at 8:15 am. Redcrossblood.org Blood Drive · Thurs. 12/9, St. Paul’s United Methodist, 600 Wilshire, Stevens Point. Starts at 10 am. Redcrossblood.org Blood Drive · Fri. 12/10, Stevens Point Blood Donation Center, 3210C Main St, Stevens Point. Starts at 8:15 am. Redcrossblood.org Blood Drive · Mon. 12/13, Stevens Point Blood Donation Center, 3210C Main St, Stevens Point. Starts at 11:45 am. Redcrossblood.org Blood Drive · Mon. 12/13, Peace Lutheran Church, 293 S Main St, Amherst. Starts at 1 pm. Redcrossblood.org Blood Drive · Tues. 12/14, Stevens Point Blood Donation Center, 3210C Main St, Stevens Point. Starts at 11:45 am. Redcrossblood.org Blood Drive · Thurs. 12/16, Stevens Point Blood Donation Center, 3210C Main St, Stevens Point. Starts at 8:15 am. Redcrossblood.org Blood Drive · Thurs. 12/16, Marshfield Health Clinic System YMCA, 410 West McMillan St, Marshfield. Starts at 9 am. Redcrossblood.org Blood Drive · Fri. 12/17, Stevens Point Blood Donation Center, 3210C Main St, Stevens Point. Starts at 8:15 am. Redcrossblood.org Blood Drive · Mon. 12/20, Stevens Point Blood Donation Center, 3210C Main St, Stevens Point. Starts at 11:45 am. Redcrossblood.org

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VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITIES Volunteer Opportunities for the Week of November 29th, 2021 Find More Donation + Volunteer Opportunities! Go to the United Way Volunteer Connection volunteer website at www.unitedwaymc. galaxydigital.com. Welcome Museum Visitors as a Greeter. The Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum seeks volunteers interested in welcoming visitors at the main entrance. In addition to initial training with a staff member, the greeter corps participates in an educator-led tour for each new exhibition. Contact info@lywam.org to learn more or to get involved.

Donations Drop-off Site Volunteer. New Beginnings is looking for support on Saturdays from 9am until noon receiving and organizing donations for refugees who will be resettling in our community. All donations will be delivered to the lower level of Whitewater Musical Hall on River Drive in Wausau. Contact info@ newbeginningswi.org to get involved. e-CYCLING Environmental Help- Good News Project has an ongoing need for volunteers to help with the e-CYCLING program. Volunteers are needed on Fridays between the hours of 9-4. Scheduling is very flexible. Role involves lifting, unloading cars, and weighing electronics, and sorting them into the appropriate containers. Non-lifting customer service positions are also available. This is warehouse work, please dress for the weather and wear closed toe shoes. Contact Susie with questions or interest: susie@ goodnewswi.org Office Help Needed. Assist the Boys and Girls Club of Wausau with data entry, filing sign in sheets and as needed make new membership folders or volunteer folders, stuff envelopes for campaign, tally Club Surveys, etc. Volunteers will be onsite at least once a week. Flexible hours on Monday-Friday between 9 am - 6 pm. For more information, please contact Mao at 715-845-2582 ext. 203 or maot@bgclub.com. In-Kind Donated Items Needed Men’s Jeans. The Emerging Leaders’ Career Closet is in need of men’s jeans in all sizes in new or gently used condition. Please deliver your donations to United Way at 705 S 24th Ave Ste 400B Monday-Friday between 8am and 5pm. Adopt a Resident/Client. North Central Health Care has several people on their Christmas list that need to be “adopted”. If you or your organization are interested in adopting someone for the holidays please call 715-848-4450.

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How are Florida’s manatees faring? Dear EarthTalk: How are Florida’s manatees faring lately and what has the government and/or conservationists been doing to protect them? —JoAnne B., Sumter, SC Indeed, Florida’s manatees have come back from where they stood on the brink of extinction in the late 1960s, when only a few hundred individuals remained in the wild. Today over 6,000 of the herbivorous “sea cows” swim the Indian River Lagoon and Florida’s other nearshore waterways. But newer threats including the die-off of their preferred browse (seagrass), habitat destruction due to shoreline development and runoff, an uptick in commercial and recreational activities and global warming have put Florida’s manatees back on the ropes, and conservationists are again ramping up efforts to protect them. Given all we know about being respectful to wildlife and giving them space, it’s hard to believe that 2021 has been the worst year in recorded history for manatees, with Florida wildlife officials reporting a whopping 1003 manatee deaths in state waters so far this year. That’s a 37 percent increase in manatee deaths over 2020, when biologists recorded 637 kills. More than half of 2021’s deaths have been in the Indian River Lagoon, a 156-mile east central Florida coastal estuary that stretches across six counties. Manatees have long thrived in the Lagoon’s warm, brackish waters and consumed its abundant seagrass. Over the past 20 years, however, tens of thousands of acres of seagrass have vanished; the University of Florida estimates that up to 95 percent of seagrass is gone from some areas of the Lagoon. The main culprit is runoff from fertilizer and septic systems, which has polluted the water and promoted toxic algae blooms. These blooms deplete the water’s oxygen levels and cloud its surface, decreasing the amount of light available to seagrasses for photosynthesis.

While it is currently illegal in Florida to feed manatees in the wild, conservation groups like Save the Manatee Club are now considering taking matters into their own hands by providing “supplemental feedings” to halt the unprecedented starvations. Meanwhile, rescuing injured or starving manatees remains a top priority of the group, which has helped rescue upwards of 130 manatees in 2021 alone while also funding facilities to rehab injured manatees so they can return to the wild. Meanwhile, biologists from the University of Florida, University of Central Florida and elsewhere are working to restore water-filtering oyster populations along the Lagoon. These bivalves consume and remove harmful contaminants from the water, nurturing otherwise dwin-

dling seagrass communities that serve as the lifeblood and main nutrient of manatees. Just four years ago, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) down-listed the manatee from endangered to threatened. In light of this year’s population plight, Florida Congressmen Vern Buchanan and Darren Soto are currently backing the Manatee Protection Act, which would place the manatee back into endangered status under the Endangered Species Act. An upgraded endangered status would require the FWS to accelerate action on manatee repopulation efforts. EarthTalk® is produced by Roddy Scheer & Doug Moss for the 501(c)3 nonprofit EarthTalk. See more at https://emagazine.com. To donate, visit https//earthtalk.org. Send questions to: question@earthtalk.org.

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