Tuesday, Jan. 3

Grant Writing 101: 2-3:30 p.m. at Menomonie Public Library (600 Wolske Bay Road). New grant seekers are encouraged to attend an upcoming free grant writing training by the Community Foundation and the United Way of Dunn County. Visit www.cfdunncounty.org to register.

Thursday, Jan. 5

Western Wisconsin Ag Lenders Conference: 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Stout Ale House/Off Broadway Banquet Center in Menomonie. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. The program provides lenders with crop and livestock, dairy market and general economy outlooks for 2017, and the impacts of the election on the agriculture industry. For info, contact Josh Rynes, BMO Harris Bank at 715-232-7235 or josh.rynes@bmo.com.

Friday, Jan. 6

Dementia Conversations: 10 -11 a.m. at Shirley Doane Senior Center (1412 Sixth St., Menomonie). Sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association, the program offers tips on how to have honest and caring conversations with family members about doctor visits, driving and legal and financial planning. Pre-registration is encouraged by calling 1-800-272-3900. Class details can be found on at www.alz.org/gwwi

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: info@menomonielibrary.org.

Monday, Jan. 9

Public hearings: 2-4 p.m. and 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Chippewa Valley Technical College (620 W. Clairemont Ave., Business Education Center, Room 103A, Eau Claire. One of several hearings hosted by Wisconsin Dept. of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection on proposed changes to ATCP 50, the state’s soil and water conservation rule. Department is proposing revisions to incorporate changes to the USDA’s 590 Nutrient Management Standard.

Jan. 9-Feb. 27

Trauma informed parenting: 9-11:30 a.m. at Dunn County Community Services Building (off Stout Road, east of Menomonie). Free 8-week workshop provides parents, foster parents, relative caregivers, guardians and professionals the knowledge and skills to effective care for and support children who have experienced trauma. Contact Amy White at 715-231-6416 to register.

Tuesday, Jan. 10

Invitation to sing: 7-9 p.m. at Stout Ale House/Off Broadway Banquet room (1501 Broadway, Menomonie). Dunn County Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society invites men of all ages to join them in a capella 4-part harmony. For info: call 715-902-3038 or 715-495-4523, visit www.dcbarbershop.org or Dunn County Barbershoppers on Facebook.

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 dunnedc.com, email cherie.haglund@dunnedc.com, or call 715-232-4009.

Saturday, Jan. 21

Community Conversation: 1-3 p.m. at Menomonie Public Library (600 Wolske Bay Road). The public is invited to a presentation by Jim Swanson entitled “An American Heritage, Public Lands in the U.S.: Their History, Philosophy and Use”.

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: info@menomonielibrary.org.

Monday, Jan. 23

Suicide prevention info session: 6-7:30 p.m. at Menomonie Public Library (600 Wolske Bay Road). Free and open to the public, the program is hosted by Dunn County Mental Health Improvement Project. For info, contact Sheli Jo Metzger at 715-235-4537 or smetzger@arborplaceinc.com

Before the Flood documentary: 6:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall at First Congregational UCC (420 Wilson Ave., Menomonie). Film presents accounts of dramatic changes occurring worldwide due to climate change. Free, w/discussion following film. For info, call 715-235-5838 or visit www.menomonieucc.org

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 katie.wantoch@ces.uwex.edu.

Intro to bees and beekeeping workshop: 8 a.m.-4:15 p.m. at Menomonie Alliance Church (502 21st St. N). Presented by Dunn County Beekeepers and intended for those with no experience. Cost is $48 per person ($8 for each additional family member), or $25 for 4-H, FFA or Scout youth members; includes meals, breaks, materials and course book. Limited to 50 families. Pre-registration required by Jan. 28. Form available at http://www.dunncountybeekeepers.org/beekeeper-workshop, or call 715-265-9284.

Friday, Jan. 27

Candlelight ski: 6-9 p.m. at Red Cedar Trail Depot (off Highway 29 West in Menomonie). Three candlelit trails to cross country ski, snowshoe or hike. Limited ski rentals available in advance from Stout Adventures (715-235-5625). Snowshoes provided by Mayo Clinic Health System. Hot chocolate and warm fire included. For info: 715-232-1242. (In case on no snow, event will be held for walking.)

Saturday, Jan.28

Paula Poundstone: 9:30 p.m. at Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts (205 E. Main St., Menomonie). A second show has been added for the popular comedian. One of the country’s foremost humorists, Paula Poundstone is a regular panelist on NPR’s “Wait Wait ... Don’t Tell Me”. For ticket info, visit mabeltainter.org

Wednesday, Feb. 1

Menomonie Chamber annual banquet: 5 p.m.-reception & raffle; 6:30 p.m.-dinner & program at UW-Stout’s Great Hall (in Memorial Student Center). Special guest Deputy Secretary of Tourism Sarah Klavas will speak about the impact of tourism on businesses and communities. Tickets are $65/person or $475.00/table of 8 (by Jan. 20). To purchase or for info, call Donna Nygard at 715-235-90987, or visit www.menomoniechamber.org/annual-banquet

Saturday, Feb. 4

Learn how to snowshoe: 10 a.m.-noon at Glen Hills Park (1049 RR #3, Glenwood City). Bring your own snowshoes or rent one of our limited pairs for $5. Cos tis $7/person—children under 16 free with paying adult. To register, contact Aleisha Miller at 715-531-1915 or aleisha.miller@co.saint-croix.wi.us

Monday, Feb. 6

Pages and Pints book club: 6:30-8 p.m. at The Duke and Dagger in Menomonie. Meeting the first Monday of the month, sign up at the Menomonie Public Library (600 Wolske Bay Road), the club’s sponsor. Event is free, but patrons are responsible for purchasing their own sustenance! For info, call 715-232-2164, or email info@menomonielibrary.org

Saturday, Feb. 11

Menomonie Polar Plunge: Noon-3 p.m. at Wakanda Park (909 Pine Ave. East). Fundraiser for Special Olympics Wisconsin invites participants to put on a wacky costumer, raise money ($75 minimum) and jump in a lake to benefit 1,000 local S.O. athletes. Food, music, bonfires, prizes. Groups can register at PlungeWI.org. Call Karen Kraus at 715-833-0833 for info.

Sunday, Feb. 12

Author visit: 1:30-3 p.m. at Menomonie Public Library (600 Wolske Bay Road). Local author and photographer Bruce Siebold will share his new book, “Thank You Sun”, a collection of 26 years of sunsets and a chronicle of the history of his Eighty Acres Farm while celebrating and protecting the land for future generations. Books will be available for purchase. For info, call 715-232-2164.

Wednesday, Feb. 15

Michael Perry and the Long Beds: 7:30 p.m. at Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts (205 E. Main St., Menomonie). Best-selling author Perry is also a musician with a unique country music perspective. For ticket info, visit mabeltainter.org

Thursday, Feb. 23

Long-term care planning for future needs: 1-3 p.m. at Dunn County Community Services Building (Room 202, 3001 USH 12 East, Menomonie). Presented by Steve Shapiro, Medigap insurance specialist for Wisconsin Board on Aging and Long Term Care. Hosted by Dunn County UW-Extension. Pre-registration requested. Call 715-232-1636, or email katie.wantoch@ces.uwex.edu.

Saturday, Feb. 25

National Archery in Schools Tournament: 8 a.m.-5p.m. at Menomonie High School Fieldhouse (1715 Fifth St.) At least 600-800 participants in grades 4-12 from around the state expected. Admission is $5/adults; $3/14 and under. For info, call Jeff Clark at 608-330-1785.

Thursday, March 9

Red Cedar Watershed Conference: UW-Stout’s Memorial Student Center in Menomonie. Learn more at www.uwstout.edu/profed/redcedar.

Thursday, March 23

Medicaid eligibility and recover: 1-3 p.m. at Dunn County Community Services Building (Room 202, 3001 USH 12 East, Menomonie). Presented by attorney Anthony Schmoldt of Schmoldt Law Office. Hosted by Dunn County UW-Extension. Pre-registration requested. Call 715-232-1636, or email katie.wantoch@ces.uwex.edu.

July 31-Aug. 1

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

Thursday, Sept. 28

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

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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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