MTG presents The Crucible: Friday, Saturday at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Sunday at 2 p.m. at Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts (205 E. Main St., Menomonie). Opening night of the Menomonie Theater Guild’s production of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible will feature “The Witching Hour” in the downstairs Public Room bar before and after the opening night performance on Oct. 21. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students/seniors. For more info and to purchase tickets, visit www.menomonietheaterguild.org, or by calling the Box Office at 715-231-PLAY.
Fall book sale: at Menomonie Public Library (600 Wolske Bay Road). Selling books and media. Friday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday: 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Sunday, 1-3 p.m. ($5/bag sale). Visit friends.menomonielibrary.org for details and like them on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/friendsofmenomonielibrary/ to keep up member happenings.
Saturday, Oct. 29
Madame Lanita: 10 a.m. at Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts (205 E. Main St., Menomonie). A mysterious middle-aged gypsy shares the three most important aspects of gypsy life: storytelling, singing and dancing. Tickets are $5, general admission. 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.
Dance clinic for kids: 11 a.m. at UW-Stout’s Sports & Fitness Center (west gym, Room 54). Kids will dance along with Blue Devil dance team at halftime of UW-Stout vs UW-Platteville football, scheduled to kickoff at 2 p.m. For info: bluedevilsdanceteam @gmail.com
Harvest of Harmony: 2 p.m. matinee, 5:15 p.m. evening shows at Martin Anderson Gymnasium (601 University, Colfax). Red Cedar Sounds Ladies Barbershop Chorus presents its 10th annual show. Matinee — $8/adult, $3/child — includes dessert and refreshments; evening show — $12/adult (presale $10), $5/child — includes soup dinner with dessert and refreshments. Tickets at the door, for purchase from members, or by calling 715-556-3267.
Benefit pancake breakfast: 7 a.m.-noon at Countryside Bakery (Highway 85, 5 miles south of Rock Falls). On the menu: pancakes, eggs, pure maple syrup, whole hog sausage, ham, juice and coffee. Bake sale and homemade ice cream available.
Benefit: 2 p.m. until ? at Torch’s Valley Bar on Highway 29 (west of Menomonie). Event to raise money to set up a savings account, CD or trust fund for the future of the late Janell Javis-King’s 4- and 9-year-old daughters. For details, call Torch at 715-235-9266.
The Social Impacts of Frac Sand Mining: 1-3:30 p.m. at Veteran’s Center of Menomonie. Presentations by Thomas W. Pearson, associate professor of anthropology in the Social Science Department at the University of Wisconsin-Stout; and Kimberlee Wright, environmental attorney and executive director of Midwest Environmental Advocates. Dave Carlson, outdoors journalist, will moderate. Short preview of Jim Tittle’s new documentary “Promise in the Sand” will be presented.
Monday, Oct. 31
Trick-or-treating: 5:30-7:30 p.m. in Menomonie and in Elk Mound; 5-8 p.m. in Boyceville; 4-7 p.m. in Colfax.
Tuesday, Nov. 1
My Night to Cook: 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Menomonie High School (1715 Fifth St., W—classroom kitchen). Free class for children ages 10 and older. Sponsored by Mayo Clinic Health System. For info and to register by Oct. 28, visit Menomonie’s Classses & Events page at mayoclinichealthsystem.org, or call 1-866-375-7464.
Thursday, Nov. 3
Screening of Food For Change: 7-8:30 p.m. at Menomonie Market classroom (814 Main St.) Directed by Steve Alves, documentary tells the story of the cooperative movement in the U.S. Space is limited; reserve free ticket at www.mmfc.coop/calendar.
Meatball dinner & fall fest: 4:30—6:30 p.m. at Menomonie United Methodist Church (2703 Bongey Dr.) On the menu: Homemade meatballs, mashed potatoes, carrots, salads, pie and other desserts, and beverages. The cost is adults/$8, children (5-12 yrs.)/$5, families/$25 maximum. Carry–out available—call 715-235-0654 after 3 p.m. The Fall Fest also includes a craft and produce sale. Goal is to raise $3,000 for local and worldwide mission projects that help women, children and youth. Local projects supported are Stepping Stones Food Pantry, Stepping Stones Shelter, Bridge to Hope and The Free Clinic of the Greater Menomonie Area.
Free showing: 7 p.m. at Durand High School. Documentary “Audrie & Daisy” examines effects on families, friends, schools and communities when two teen girls find that sexual assault crimes against them had been caught on camera. Direct questions to The Bridge to Hope at 715-235-9074.
In Capable Hands: 6:30 p.m. at Colfax Municipal Auditorium. Featuring the talents — juggling, magic, music and audience interaction — of Colfax-based artists Steve Russell and Kobi Shaw to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the village’s civic building. Free show (no tickets required) is sponsored by Colfax Public Library. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 715-962-4334 for info.
Nov. 3-5, 11-12
‘Peter and the Starcatcher’: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 3-5 and Nov. 11, 1:30 p.m. Nov. 11 at UW-Stout’s Harvey Hall Theatre. Play is the prequel to J.M. Barrie’s 1911 novel “Peter and Wendy”. Play is appropriate for all ages. Tickets are $12/adults, $6/children 11 and younger; purchase online at http://tickets.uwstout.edu or at Memorial Student Center service desk, 715-232-1431.
MHS presents ‘Harvey’: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday at Menomonie High School Auditorium. Heartwarming comedy features Elwood P. Dowd whose best friend is a six-foot tall invisible rabbit. Tickets are $5/adults, $3/students and seniors available at the door; free with activity pass.
Friday, Nov. 4
RavensFire benefit concert: 7:30 p.m. at Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts (205 Main St., Menomonie). Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for a “pub-style” social hour in the theater prior to the event to benefit Stepping Stones. General admission tickets $25; 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.
Former Minn. Supreme Court Justice to speak: 10:30 a.m. at Menomonie Public Library (600 Wolske Bay Road). Justice Paul Anderson, a lifelong Republican who is voting for Hillary Clinton, addresses community in event sponsored by Dunn County Democrats.
Saturday, Nov. 5
Jeans & jewels charity gala: 5-9 p.m. at Off Broadway Banquet Center, Menomonie. Fundraiser benefits the Community Foundation of Dunn County. Black tie or Western wear, event features dinner, dancing, raffles, silent and live auctions. For details, visit jeansandjewels.cfdunncounty.org
Keys to Success Conference: 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at UW-Stout’s Memorial Student Center, (302 10th Ave., Menomonie). Conference provides information, resources and support to all who live and work with children with special needs. Free, but pre-registration by Oct. 28 is required. Brochure is available through local school districts or by clicking on the icon on the calendar link at cesa11.k12.wi.us. For info or to register, contact Kate Hoff at 715-986-2020 ext. 2126 or email@example.com.
Mission festival and bazaar: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Peace Lutheran Church (917 Seventh St., Menomonie). Featuring crafts and homemade baked goods. Brunch with beverages served 9 a.m. to noon; 12:30 raffle item drawings.
Paint & Sip with Lisa: 1-5 p.m. at Simply Dunn (E4606 County Road C, Downsville). Instructor Lisa Kleinow leads afternoon of painting a scene from a West Wisconsin Land Trust protected property. Hors d’oeuvres, wine and other beverages provided. Cost is $40 person, a portion of which supports WWLT. For info/to register: 715-235-8850 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jazz & Wine at the Mabel: doors open 6:30 p.m., music 7-9 p.m. at Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts (205 E. Main St., Menomonie). Take2Day quartet — Patrick Pesek-Herriges on piano, vocalist Barbara Lyon, Dale Freberg on guitar, David Kile on drums — performs jazz, blues, standards and PPH original tunes downstairs in the Public Room. Cover charge is $5; Encore Bar will be open.
Tribute to music of John Denver: 7-9 p.m. at Sand Creek Arts Building (E9311 County I). Concert features Layne Yost accompanied by John Shimado and Carol McDowall. Freewill donation; proceeds benefit local food pantries in Bloomer, Chetek, Colfax and Menomonie. For info: 715-658-1889.
Dunn County Energy Fair: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Dunn County Community Services Building (3001 Highway 12 E., Menomonie). Vendors include utility and bulk fuel companies.
Sunday, Nov. 6
Classical music: 2 p.m. Our Savior’s Lutheran Church (910 Ninth St., Menomonie). The Menomonie Art Music Society will present “Animalia”, a program of classical music about animals. No charge, but free-will donation is appreciated in order to cover expenses. Refreshments will follow the recital.