Nov. 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. 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: Throughout downtown Menomonie. For details, visit

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:

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

December through April

Winter market: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturdays at The Raw Deal (603 S. Broadway, Menomonie). Features vendors from the Menomonie’s farmers and art markets.

Dec. 2-4, 9-11

MTG’s A Little House Christmas: 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 2, 3, 9 & 10; 2 p.m. on Dec. 3, 4, 10 & 11 at Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts (205 E. Main St., Menomonie). Menomonie Theater Guild presents a family-friendly play based on “Little House on the Prairie” by Laura Ingalls Wilder and adapted for the stage by James DeVita. A special Little House Christmas Party on Sunday, Dec. 4 following the 2 p.m. show features hot cocoa, peppermint sticks, rustic Christmas crafts, photos with the cast, a chance to make homemade butter and more. Cost to attend the party is $8/person or $35/family. Tickets for the play are $15/adults and $12/students & seniors, available by visiting or calling 715-231-7529 for tickets.


Dec. 2

Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease: 10:30–11:30 a.m. at Shirley Doane Senior Center (1412 Sixth Street, Menomonie). Family education program explores the difference between normal age-related memory changes and more serious memory problems that may require medical attention. All programs are free and open to families, caregivers and community. Pre-registration is encouraged; call 1-800-272-3900. Class details can be found at

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

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. Advance tickets are $5 and can be purchased 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

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

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.

Thursday, Dec. 8

WinterDaze parade: Downtown Menomonie. This year’s theme is “Do you want to build a snowman?” Visit Santa, enjoy horse-drawn wagon ride from 4-6 p.m. at Clocktower Plaza on Main Street. Parade starts at 6:30 p.m., followed by fireworks over the lake. Visit for details.

Friday, Dec. 9

Coffee with a Cop: 8-10 a.m. at Acoustic Cafe (102 Main St., Menomonie). Officers from Menomonie Police Department will be on hand to visit with community members of all ages to talk about issues and build relationships over a cup of coffee in a relaxed atmosphere.

Saturday, Dec. 10

Community Conversations: 1 to 3 p.m. at Menomonie Public Library (600 Wolske Bay Road). Discussion centers on the documentary “Before the Flood” by Leonardo DiCaprio, made over three years, presents issues about climate change. The public is welcome.

Free showing: 7 p.m. at Menomonie Seventh-day Adventist Church (E6451 S. County Road E., Menomonie). Documentary film “The Conscientious Objector” tells the World War II story of Desmond T. Doss, a 24-year-old medic from Lynchburg, Va. For info: call 715-946-3497 or visit Menomonie SDA Church Facebook page.

Friday, Dec. 16

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”. Must sign up at the library, space limited, ages 16+. Contact Kate at 715-232-2164 or e-mail:

Dec. 17 & 18

The Memories: 7:30 p.m. on Saturday; 2 p.m. on Sunday at Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts ( 205 E. Main St., Menomonie). Tim Stevens and Warren Petryk return for their annual concert of Christmas tunes. Tickets are $30; available at

Tuesday, Dec. 20

The Bad Plus with Ethan Iverson: 7:30 p.m. at Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts (205 E. Main St., Menomonie). Inventive alternative jazz performed by Menomonie native Ethan Iverson on piano, bassist Reid Anderson and drummer David King. Tickets are $25; call 715-235-0001, ext. 100; online at; or visit the box office Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. or one hour before the show.

Sunday, Jan. 8

Indie Film Series: 2-3:30 p.m. at Menomonie Public Library (600 Wolske Bay Road). “Southside With You” kicks off the library’s new Indie Film Series showing every other Sunday beginning in Jan. The first film in this new series features the inspirational love story of the first romantic date between Barack Obama and the First Lady. Information can be directed to Kate by phone at 715-232-2164 or by e-mail:

Tuesday, Jan. 17

DCEDC annual meeting: 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at UW-Stout’s Memorial Student Center (10th Street, Menomonie). Speaker Jim Bensen, president emeritus of Bemidji State University, on “Honor yesterday — Appreciate today — Celebrate tomorrow.” To register, visit, email, or call 715-232-4009.

Sunday, Jan. 22

Indie Film Series: 2-3:30 p.m. at the Menomonie Public Library (600 Wolske Bay Road). “Love and Friendship” set in 1790’s London, centers on the recently widowed Lady Susan Vernon (Kate Beckinsale) who seeks refuge with her in-laws to escape the scandalous rumors surrounding her private life. Rated PG. Information can be directed to Kate by phone at 715-232-2164 or by e-mail:

Thursday, Jan. 26

Estate planning: 1-3 p.m. at Dunn County Community Services Building (Room 202, 3001 USH 12 East, Menomonie). Presented by attorney Bridget Finke of Valley Crossing Law. Hosted by Dunn County UW-Extension. Pre-registration requested. Call 715-232-1636, or email

Thursday, March 9

Red Cedar Watershed Conference: UW-Stout’s Memorial Student Center in Menomonie. Learn more at


Dunn County News editor

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

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