Saturday, July 8

Graze River Country pasture walk: 9:30 a.m.-noon at Dave and Will Peasley farm (N7271 State Hwy 12, Black River Falls). Pasture layout and land conservation projects to move cattle to grazing acres.

Community Conversations: 1 to 3 p.m. at Menomonie Public Library (600 Wolske Bay Road). Titled “Who is Ayn Rand?”, Dr. Tim Shiell, professor of philosophy at UW-Stout, will be discussing Rand's philosophy of “Objectivism”. In addition to rabid critics, devoted followers of her teachings include Wisconsin’s Senator Ron Johnson and Representative Paul Ryan. All are welcome.

Sunday, July 9

T.G. Sheppard: 2-4 p.m. at Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts (205 E. Main St., Menomonie). Listed among the Top 100 Country Artists, T.G. Sheppard boasted more than 20 #1 hits in the 1970s and 80s inccluding "I Love 'em Everyone", "Last Cheater's Waltz", and "Party Time". Tickets are $43-$55. Call 715-235-0001, ext. 100; online at www.mabeltainter.org; or visit the box office Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. or one hour before the show.

Tuesday, July 11

Ludington Guard Band concert: 8 p.m. at Wilson Park, Menomonie. In addition to a 90-minute concert by the state's oldest municipal band, the free family friendly event also features a pie-and-ice-cream social, beverages and popcorn for sale.

Thursday, July 13

Music Over Menomin: 7 p.m. at Menomonie Public Library (600 Wolske Bay Road). Free live concert on the lawn features Weapons of Mass Destruction. New Orleans style street band meets the Chippewa Valley. Bring a picnic and favorite beverage to enjoy during the performance.

Music in the Park: 7 p.m. in Colfax's Tower Park (Highway 40 next to the Municipal Building; rain location: Colfax Lutheran Church, 2 blocks east of the park). On the program: White Pine Dixieland Ramblers. Popcorn and root beer floats available.

Ice cream social: 4-6:30 p.m. at Peace Lutheran Church (917 Seventh St., Menomonie). On the menu: BBQ, turkey, hot dogs or coney dogs, potato salad, fruit salad, baked beans, pie (a la mode), beverages. Cost is $7; proceeds to the youth for Luther Park Bible Camp.

Homemade ice cream social: 5 p.m. at Rock Elm United Methodist Church (1/2 mile off Hwy 72, north on 170th St.) On the menu: homemade ice cream, fresh pies and cakes, sandwiches.

U.S. Rep. Ron Kind office hours: 1-2 p.m. at Colfax Village Library (613 Main St.). Representatives from his district offices will be available to assist people having issues dealing with the Department of Veteran Affairs, the Internal Revenue Service, the Social Security Administration, Immigration and Naturalization Service, and a number of other federal agencies.

Local League of Women Voters organizational meeting: 6:30 p.m. at Menomonie Public Library (600 Wolske Bay Road). LWV-Greater Chippewa Valley will hold its organizational meeting. Visit LWVWI.org for membership forms and to learn more.

Friday, July 14

Show Me Friday: 8:45 a.m. (drop off and registration) to noon at Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum (in Menomonie’s Wakanda Park). Interactive programs focused on the animal world geared toward fourth and fifth graders. This week children will travel to the Red Cedar State Trail visitor center where they will learn about the trail, wildlife of Wisconsin, and view exhibits in this former railroad depot. Lunch included. Registration is $5 per session.

July 15 & 16

20th annual Hay River quilt show and raffle: Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Prairie Farm American Legion Hall. Frequent bed-turning shows; raffle tickets for queen-sized quilt, wall hanging, and table runner (drawings at 2 p.m. on Sunday). Admission $2; proceeds going to Prairie Farm-Ridgeland Food Pantry.

Tuesday, July 18

Crime Book Club-Evans Above: 6 p.m-8 p.m. at Menomonie Public Library (600 Wolske Bay Road, Menomonie). Discuss the book Evans Above, the first Constable Evans mystery. For more info, contact Tim at (715) 232-2164 or e-mail at info@menomonielibrary.org.

Ludington Guard Band concert: 8 p.m. at Wilson Park, Menomonie. In addition to a 90-minute concert by the state's oldest municipal band, the free family friendly event also features a pie-and-ice-cream social, beverages and popcorn for sale.

The Great American Eclipse: 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Menomonie Public Library (600 Wolske Bay Road). John Heasley, astronomy educator of Driftless Stargazing, will share his knowledge of eclipses and how to be wowed by the upcoming eclipse on Aug. 21 when the U.S. will experience a total eclipse of the sun for the first time since 1979. Free; call 715-232-2164 or email info@menomonielibrary.org

Wednesday, July 19

Tuesday's/Thursday's Table guest server night: 6-9 p.m. at Barrel Room (320 Main St. E., Menomonie). All cash and check tips go to support free community meals at Tuesday's Table at St. Joseph Catholic Church and Thursday's Table at First Congregational UCC Church. Thursday's Table's proceeds will go to Feed My People Food Bank's Food for More Challenge (runs from July 6-Aug. 17).

Thursday, July 20

Music Over Menomin: 7 p.m. at Menomonie Public Library (600 Wolske Bay Road). Free live concert on the lawn features Take2Day Quartet perform originals, new music and arrangements of old jazz and cross-over favorites. Bring a picnic and favorite beverage to enjoy during the performance.

Music in the Park: 7 p.m. in Colfax's Tower Park (Highway 40 next to the Municipal Building; rain location: Colfax Lutheran Church, 2 blocks east of the park). On the program: Eau Claire Ukulele Club. Popcorn and root beer floats available.

Ladies Night Out: 3- 8 p.m. throughout downtown Menomonie. Features shopping, dining and fun. Stop at each participating business and register for the opportunity to win over $1000 in prizes.

Author talk: 5:30-7:03 p.m. at Bookends on Main (214 Main St. E., Menomonie). Rich Cornell, author of The Chippewa: Biography of a Wisconsin Waterway, to speak and sign books.

Friday, July 21

Show Me Friday: 8:45 a.m. (drop off and registration) to noon at Russell J. Rassbach Heritage Museum (in Menomonie’s Wakanda Park). Interactive programs focused on the animal world geared toward fourth and fifth graders. This week Jim Schweibert of Beaver Creek Reserve will introduce children to herptiles, a class that includes amphibians and reptiles. Schweibert will bring some friends including toads, snakes and frogs. Lunch included. Registration is $5 per session.

Sunday, July 23

Family swim: 6-8 p.m. at Wakanda Waterpark (909 Pine Ave., Menomonie). Hosted by Mayo Clinic Health System-Red Cedar. Call 1-866-375-7464 to register by July 20. (Rain date: Sunday, July 30).

Tuesday, July 25

Ludington Guard Band concert: 8 p.m. at Wilson Park, Menomonie. In addition to a 90-minute concert by the state's oldest municipal band, the free family friendly event also features a pie-and-ice-cream social, beverages and popcorn for sale.

July 26-30

Dunn County Fair: at Dunn County Rec Park in Menomonie. Admission is $1 per person; $2 after 4 p.m. on Friday and Saturday; $10 for season pass; free parking. For full details, visit http://dunncountyfair.org/

Thursday, July 27

Music Over Menomin: 7 p.m. at Menomonie Public Library (600 Wolske Bay Road). Free concert features The Cutaways describe themselves as "a bunch of old guys who like to play and sing together", rocking it out or acoustic and subdued. Bring a picnic and favorite beverage to enjoy during the performance.

Music in the Park: 7 p.m. in Colfax's Tower Park (Highway 40 next to the Municipal Building; rain location: Colfax Lutheran Church, 2 blocks east of the park). On the program: Dean Langby and the Bear Valley Band. Popcorn and root beer floats available.

Ice cream social: 5 p.m. at Rock Elm United Methodist Church (1/2 mile off Hwy 72, north on 170th St.) On the menu: homemade ice cream, fresh pies and cakes, sandwiches.

July 31-Aug. 1

Brewers conference: at UW-Stout. Registration opens Feb. 4. Visit MCBC website, or contact Anna McCabe at mccabea@uwstout-edu

Tuesday, Aug. 1

Ludington Guard Band concert: 8 p.m. at Wilson Park, Menomonie. In addition to a 90-minute concert by the state's oldest municipal band, the free family friendly event also features a pie-and-ice-cream social, beverages and popcorn for sale.

Thursday, Aug. 3

Music Over Menomin: 7 p.m. at Menomonie Public Library (600 Wolske Bay Road). Free concert features Chasing Mabel, taking us back to the 90s, 2000s and beyond. Bring a picnic and favorite beverage to enjoy during the performance.

Music in the Park: 7 p.m. in Colfax's Tower Park (Highway 40 next to the Municipal Building; rain location: Colfax Lutheran Church, 2 blocks east of the park). On the program: Red Cedar Sounds Sweet Adelines and Northern Lights Barbershoppers. Popcorn and root beer floats available.

Tuesday, Aug. 8

Ludington Guard Band concert: 8 p.m. at Wilson Park, Menomonie. In addition to a 90-minute concert by the state's oldest municipal band, the free family friendly event also features a pie-and-ice-cream social, beverages and popcorn for sale.

Thursday, Aug. 10

City town hall meeting: 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Shirley Doane Senior Center (1412 Sixth St. E, Menomonie). City administrative officials will give updates on the status of city projects and answer any questions. Geared toward residents and those working in the city, all are welcome to attend.

Music in the Park: 7 p.m. in Colfax's Tower Park (Highway 40 next to the Municipal Building; rain location: Colfax Lutheran Church, 2 blocks east of the park). On the program: Poppa Bear Norton, with Bronson Bergeson and Zak Norton. Popcorn and root beer floats available.

Ice cream social: 5 p.m. at Rock Elm United Methodist Church (1/2 mile off Hwy 72, north on 170th St.) On the menu: homemade ice cream, fresh pies and cakes, sandwiches.

Saturday, Aug. 12

Graze River Country pasture walk: 1-3 p.m. at Randy and Liz Mittag farm (N6834 County Road E., River Falls). Grazing system establishment and dealing with excess flooding, establishing waterways, beef cow-calf, and Hereford genetics.

Tuesday, Aug. 15

Crime Book Club-Laidlaw: 6 p.m-8 p.m. at Menomonie Public Library (600 Wolske Bay Road). Discuss the book Laidlaw, the first book of the series featuring Jack Laidlaw, a hard-drinking philosopher-detective whose tough exterior only partly hides a rich humanity and keen intelligence. For info, contact Tim at (715) 232-2164 or e-mail at info@menomonielibrary.org.

Thursday, Aug. 17

Music in the Park: 7 p.m. in Colfax's Tower Park (Highway 40 next to the Municipal Building; rain location: Colfax Lutheran Church, 2 blocks east of the park). On the program: Jim Herrick & Friends, playing "whatever we like." The Colfax Municipal Building Restoration Group will have its annual pie and ice cream sale during the concert. Popcorn and root beer floats available.

Saturday, Aug. 19

Graze River Country pasture walk: 10 a.m- noon at Brad Midtling, Townside Jerseys (3891 U.S. Hwy. 12, Wilson) Lane improvements and organic dairy.

Thursday, Aug. 24

Networking brown bag lunch: Noon-1 p.m. at Dunn County Community Services Building (Conference Room #60, lower level, 3001 U.S. Hwy 12 E., Menomonie). Bring your lunch and join a group discussion on outcomes measurement with Kathy Asper of Arbor Place. No RSVP needed; microwave available. Hosted by Community Foundation of Dunn County to help strengthen charities and nonprofits in and around Dunn County.

Tuesday, Aug. 29

Graze River Country pasture walk: 6:30  p.m. at Ashly & Stacy Steinke's Sedge Wood Farms (30101 190th Ave., Cornell). Beginning stages of starting a beef farm and conversion from row crops to grass pasture.

Friday, Sept. 8

Graze River Country pasture walk: Noon to 3 p.m. hosted by Joe and Kristy (Rosemary) Lulich (63375 U.S. Hwy 63, Mason). Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship Program and pasture layout improvements.

Saturday, Sept. 9

Fundraising concert: 7-9 p.m. at First Congregational-UCC (420 Wilson Ave., Menomonie). Yata and Friends headline an evening of original songs, poetry and reading to raise awareness of homelessness in Menomonie. Proceeds go to The Bridge to Hope and Stepping Stones of Dunn County. Admission by donation.

Thursday, Sept. 14

Great Community Cook-out: 4-8 p.m. in downtown Menomonie. Popular food festival includes locally prepared food, regional beer and wines, live music, Fritter the Clown, wiener dog races, and children's activities.

Saturday, Sept. 23

Graze River Country pasture walk: 11 a.m.-3 p.m., hosted by Charles Flodquist and John Richmond (12454 20th St., Colfax). Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship Program, farm transition tips and River Country RC&D annual picnic.

Thursday, Sept. 28

Networking brown bag lunch: Noon-1 p.m. at Dunn County Community Services Building (Conference Room #60, lower level, 3001 U.S. Hwy 12 E., Menomonie). Bring your lunch and join a group discussion on annual reports and storytelling with Ashley DeMuth of United Way of Dunn County. No RSVP needed; microwave available. Hosted by Community Foundation of Dunn County to help strengthen charities and nonprofits in and around Dunn County.

Run With the Cops 5K for Special Olympics: 5:30-9 p.m. at UW-Stout campus. In addition to 5k run and 1-mile walk is a kids' obstacle course and donuts eating contest. Registration is $25; includes t-shirt, coffee and donuts at finish line. For info, contact Karen Kraus at 715-833-0833, or kkraus@specialolympicswisconsin.org

Graze River Country pasture walk: 10 a.m.-noon, hosted by Brad and Melissa Larson (N10688 County Road M, Colfax). Fall cover crops and how they fit in with a grazing operation.

Thursday, Oct. 26

Networking brown bag lunch: Noon-1 p.m. at Dunn County Community Services Building (Conference Room #60, lower level, 3001 U.S. Hwy 12 E., Menomonie). Bring your lunch and join a group discussion on boards and fundraising with ARC of Dunn County. No RSVP needed; microwave available. Hosted by Community Foundation of Dunn County to help strengthen charities and nonprofits in and around Dunn County.

Tuesday, Oct. 31

Trick or treating: 3-5 p.m. in downtown Menomonie. Visit participating businesses to receive treats. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

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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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