Through Nov. 22

Scholastic Book Fair: at St. Joseph School Parish Center lobby (910 Wilson Ave., Menomonie); hours are Nov. 16, 8 a.m.-7 p.m.; Nov. 17, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; Nov. 18, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. and 5:30-7:30 p.m. (during Family Fun Night of Games); Nov. 19 after 4 p.m. Mass; Nov. 20, 9:30 a.m. to noon; Nov. 21 and 22 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Online shopping available at http://www.scholastic.com/bf/stjosephcatholicschool15 Nov. 10-23. Shipping free if the order is sent to St. Joseph School for pickup. Open to all. Contact Cindy Marach at 715-232-4920 or at cindy.marach@menomoniecatholic.org with questions.

Nov. 18-20, 25-27

Christmas & craft bazaar: 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at Finder Farm (N6015 280th St, Menomonie). Original crafts by local crafters. Coffee and door prizes. For info, call 715-235-7103.

Nov. 18-19

Fine Arts & Crafts Faire: Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.to 5 p.m. at Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts (205 E. Main St., Menomonie). Event features the work of 30 local and regional artists and craftsmen. Admission is free.

Saturday, Nov. 19

Beginning ukulele: 10-11:30 a.m. at ACT School of the Arts (behind Wilson Place at 107 Wilson Ct., Menomonie) through Oct. 26. Instructor is Rhonda Whitman; cost is $15. Learn to play in one easy lesson. Registration form available at zenwarrior.com/ACTreg.pdf; mail with class fee to ACT, 107 Wilson Ct., Menomonie 54751. Questions: 715-233-4293.

Community conversations: 1 to 3 p.m. at Menomonie Public Library (600 Wolske Bay Road). Featuring a presentation by Michel Brandt on “America’s War Machine” by James and Molly McCartney. All are welcome.

Holiday Bazaar in the Park: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at Dunn County Historical Museum's Holtby Auditorium (Wakanda Park). Homemade crafts, bask sale items and vendor products. Food and beverages service. Proceeds support Historical Society programs.

Monday, Nov. 21

Mr. Menomonie Pageant: 7-8:30 p.m. at Menomonie High School Main Gym (1715 Fifth St. W.). DECA senior officers Kira Bundy and Lexey Beffa planned this second year community service project featuring junior and senior boys competing in the events of Talent, Q&A, Professional Dress and School Spirit. The winner will donate the proceeds to a charity of his choice. Questions or info may be directed to Kayla Oliver by phone: (608) 498-0561 or e-mail: kayla_oliver@msd.k12.wi.us

Winter Haven Shelter volunteer orientation: 6-7 p.m. at Winter Haven (1518 Stout Road, Menomonie). Volunteers at Stepping Stones' overnight shelter for the homeless are desperately needed. Call 715-235-2920 for info and details.

Nov. 26-Dec. 26

A Wilson Family Christmas exhibit, tour: Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Wilson Place Mansion (101 Wilson Ct., Menomonie). Tour features history of Menomonie families, and the nation during the Civil War, especially the story of the city's founder, Captain William Wilson and his family. Tickets are $5 per person (cash only, please).

Saturday, Nov. 26

Small Business Saturday Craft/Vendor Event: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Spring Valley Event Center (S120 McKay Ave). Over 20 vendors, lunch and Great Raffle (drawing at 3 p.m.-do not need to be present to win). All proceeds will benefit the sponsors of the event, Junior Redbird Youth Football and Cheerleading. Info/questions: Darcie Larrieu by phone: (715) 309-9640 or e-mail: ldlarrieu@gmail.com.

Country Christmas benefit concert: 2 p.m. at the Menomonie High School Auditorium (1715 Fifth St. W., Menomonie). All proceeds from Nashville artist Red Higgins' performans will benefit Freedom Honor Flight. Tickets are $12 in advance, available at Dick's Fresh Market, Marketplace Foods, and Menomonie Parks and Recreation Dept. Also be available at the door for $15. For info, call Rose Christianson at 715-235-7673.

Monday, Nov. 28

Mental health services info session: 6-7:30 p.m. at Menomonie Public Library (600 Wolske Bay Road). Hosted by the Dunn County Mental Health Improvement Project, session provides info about local mental health-related issues and related education. Free; open to the public. For info, call 715-235-4537, ext. 224 or email smetzger@arborplace.com.

Saturday, Dec. 3

Scandinavian Bake Sale: 9-10:30 a.m. at Our Savior's Lutheran Church (910 Ninth St., Menomonie). Arrive early to enjoy a treat and cup of coffee. Baked goods include: Lefse, rosettes, krumkake and many other cookies and candies. OSL Cookbook: "Welcome to Our Table" will be available. Contact Sally Schendel at 715-232-8118 or smschend@wwt.net.

2016 Tour of Homes: 12:30-4:30 p.m. at the First Congregational UCC Church (420 Wilson Ave, Menomonie). Features the church and three local homes decorated for the holidays, soup sampling soup, raffles, live music, shopping for homemade gifts and holiday baked goods. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $5 from individual church members, the church office (9 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday), Dick's Fresh Market and La Dee Dah gift shop, or $6 the day of the tour at the church or any tour house. For info: Carol Ropella at 715-235-7980 or e-mail at carol_ropella@msd.k12.wi.us.

Postcards from the Past: 1-3 p.m. at Menomonie Public Library (600 Wolske Bay Road). Author and photographer David Tank will shares his experience of taking photos for his popular series. Call 715-232-2164, ext. 10 for detail.

Aveda holiday open house, coat drive: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at Leissa's Hair Studio & Day Spa (226 Main St., Menomonie). Bring in a new or gently worn coat to enter for a chance to win a makeover and spa package and enjoy complimentary Aveda hand treatments, chair massage, hors d'oeuvres and holiday treats. For info: 715-235-4700 or www.leissas.com

Monday, Dec. 5

Santa & Mrs. Claus open house: 4-6 p.m. at Menomonie Public Library (600 Wolske Bay Road).

Tuesday, Dec. 6

Water Quality Seminar: 7 p.m. at Rock Creek Town Hall (N995 County Road H, Mondovi). Kevin Masarik groundwater education specialist, addresses issues of groundwater, drinking water standards, important tests to perform on a well, factors affecting groundwater quality and ways to improve well water quality. Seminar offered through the UW-Extension.

Wilson Place Mansion Tour: 11 a.m. & 1 p.m. at Wilson Place Mansion (101 Wilson Ct., Menomonie). Friends of the Menomonie Public Library and the Menomonie Public Library sponsor two free tours of the museum which includes "A Wilson Family Christmas - The Holidays during the Civil War", featuring a history of Menomonie families during the Civil War and sharing the story of Captain William Wilson and his family. Must sign up at the library, space limited, ages 16+. Info/Questions to Kate - phone: (715) 232-2164 or e-mail: info@menomonielibrary.org.

Thursday, Dec. 8

WinterDaze parade: Downtown Menomonie. Visit www.mainstreetmenomonie.org for details.

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Dunn County News editor

Barbara Lyon is the editor of The Dunn County News in Menomonie, WI.

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