Saturday, Jan. 20

Community conversations: 1-3 p.m. at Menomonie Public Library (600 Wolske Bay Road). Showing of "Chasing the Dragon", a documentary by the FBI and DEA in an effort to combat the growing epidemic of prescription drug and heroin abuse.  Locals with experience in treating drug addiction and those who have personal stories about drug addiction will join the discussion on the opioid crisis. All are welcome.

Sunday, Jan. 21

Church of Cash: 2 p.m. at Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts (205 E. Main St., Menomonie). Whether you're an old timer who grew up listening to Johnny Cash on your tractor or a young soldier driving your tank across the deserts of the Middle East with the Man in Black in your headphones, the Church of Cash band will bring his music, with style and energy, to fans everywhere. Tickets are $18-$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.

Crime Book Club: 2-3:30 p.m. at Menomonie Public Library (600 Wolske Bay Road). "What Angels Fear: A Sebastian St. Cyr Mystery, Book" 1 by C. S. Harris. It's 1811, and the threat of revolution haunts the upper classes of King George III's England. A beautiful young woman is found savagely murdered on the altar steps of an ancient church near Westminster Abbey. A dueling pistol found at the scene and the damning testimony of a witness both point to one man-Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin, a brilliant young nobleman shattered by his experience in the Napoleonic Wars. For details, call 715-232-2164 or email info@menomonielibrary.org

Man In His Canoe: 1:30-3 p.m. at Menomonie Public Library (600 Wolske Bay Road). Jim Swanson, outdoor writer and educator presents, has been canoeing since the late 1960s — over 30 trips to the Boundary Waters, an 800-mile canoe trip in the arctic, paddled the Red Cedar River enough times to consider it part of his backyard. Tainter Menomin Lake Improvement Association book discussion on "Crossing The Driftless" by Lynn Diebel to follow.

Middle of the Winter Meatball Dinner: 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at Norton Lutheran Church (E6806 State Road 170,Colfax). On the menu: great big homemade meatballs, mashed potatoes and all the fixings, plus dessert. Free will offering.

Monday, Jan. 22

Voter registration drive: 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at Menomonie Public Library (600 Wolske Bay Road). Hosted by the League of Women's Voters-Greater Chippewa Valley. Registration for new Wisconsin voters, and for persons who have address or name changes. Bring your Wisconsin drivers license or State ID Card. If you do not have either, you may provide the last four digits of your Social Security number. You must also provide proof of your residence address. Bring a utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, or vehicle registration that has your name and current address.

Death with Dignity: 7 p.m. at First Congregational UCC  (420 Wilson Ave., Menomonie). Continuing discussion series. Progressive Christian Discussion Group will watch a video-taped presentation on the subject by Janis Landis, president of the Final Exit Network. Discussion will follow, facilitated by Mike Cundiff.

Art exhibition: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at 178 Micheels Hall (UW-Stout Campus, Menomonie). The Furlong Gallery will present works on paper from its permanent collection, including drawing, printmaking and mixed media artworks. Many pieces have never been exhibited in the gallery. Some of the artists include Larry Rivers, Lee Krasner, William Bailey, Adolph Gottlieb, Victor Vasarely, Beverly Pepper, Terry Frost, Elisabeth Frink, Patrick Caufield, Francesco Clemente, Robert Motherwell and Peter Busa. Exhibit will remain up until Feb. 24.

Jan. 22, 24

Menomonie Singers auditions: 6 p.m. at at UW-Stout (Applied Arts, Rm 315). Auditions for all parts — soprano, alto, tenor, bass. Must be 18 or post high school. Includes a range check, sight-singing and tonal memory exercises, and musicality showcase (singers will be asked to sing one of the following: Silent Night, Happy Birthday, or My Country Tis of Thee). For an appointment: 715-505-3525 or themenomoniesingers@gmail.com.

Wednesday, Jan. 24

Dunn County Democrats meet: 6:30 p.m. at Menomonie Library (600 Wolske Bay Road).  At 6:45 p.m., Mike McCabe, guest speaker and Wisconsin gubernatorial candidate, will share his vision for Wisconsin. Listen, learn, ask questions.  Refreshments will be served. All are welcome.

Friday, Jan. 26

Winston Churchill-The Blitz: 7:30 p.m. at Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts (205 E. Main St., Menomonie). One-man show written and performed by Ryan Otto whose passion is all things Churchill related: "My goal is to bring Churchill to life ... to present him in such a manner that people will understand him as a person and what made him tick. That's the essence of my presentation." Tickets are $18-$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.

Candlelight Ski: 6-9 p.m. at Red Cedar State Trail Depot off Highway 29. Three candlelit trails to cross country ski, snowshoe or hike. Limited ski rentals available in advance from Stout Adventures (call 715-232-5625). Snowshoes provided by Mayo Clinic. Hot chocolate and a warm fire included. Event is held for walking if there is no snow. All events are free. Call 232-1242 for more information.

Saturday, Jan. 27

Run Like Hell (Pink Floyd Tribute Band): 7:30 p.m. at Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts (205 Main St., Menomonie). Based in St. Paul, MN, this band meticulously recreates the unique sound and spectacular visual show of Pink Floyd. The attention to detail and energetic performance recreates the excitement of the original Pink Floyd experience in a way that even the most serious fan can appreciate. Tickets are $23-$30. 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.

Wine and Craft Beer Tasting: 5-7:30 p..m. at Colfax Health and Rehabilitation Center. Drawings, raffles—$500 grand prize, hors d'oeuvres and desserts. Music by Jordan Herrick; wine and beer selection provided by the Barrel Room. $20; $25 at the door. Contact Leslie Burcham-McKee at 715-962-3186 or leslie.burcham@colfaxhealthandrehab.com

Published author discussion panel: 1-3 p.m. at Menomonie Public Library (600 Wolske Bay Road). Panel discussion featuring local authors on writing and publishing in the Chippewa Valley. Gain from the experience of successful authors, ask the people who have written and published their writing. All genres of creative writing represented. Moderated by Steve Nelson; panelists are CeCelia Zorn, Sheila Wilkinson, Sandra Stanton, Ev Houkom.

Base ball and beer: 4 to 8 p.m. at The Raw Deal (603 S. Broadway, Menomonie). Join the Menomonie Blue Caps for the debut of the Blue Caps Lager. The event will include live music from The Cutaways, Dunn County Base Ball history, giveaways -- and beer.

Monday, Jan. 29

Horizons Book Club: 2 p.m. at Menomonie Public Library (600 Wolske Bay Road). "Attic" by Katherine Dunn Attic follows a young woman named Kay who has joined a cult-like organization that sells magazine subscriptions in small towns. When Kay tries to cash a customer’s bad check, she lands in jail, and Dunn’s visceral prose gives us a vivid, stream-of-consciousness depiction of the space in which she’s held. For details, call 715-232-2164 or email info@menomonielibrary.org

Knights of Columbus Knowledge Contest: 6-8 p.m. at St. Joseph Parish Center/School (910 Wilson Ave., Menomonie). Free; open to students in grades 5-8 in any home schooled groups, private or public schools in Menomonie, Colfax, Elk Mound, and Boyceville school districts. Written spelling registration at 6 p.m.; test at 6:30 p.m.  Written math registration at 7 p.m.; test begins at 7:15 p.m. Register for tests by e-mailing cindy.marach@menomoniecatholic.org or call 715-232-4920. Walk ins are welcome, but pre-registration helps to have tests prepared in advance.

Jan. 29 & 30

Mental Health First Aid training: 5-9 p.m. at Arbor Place Inc. Community Room (4076 Kothlow Ave., Menomonie). Offered free from Dunn County Health Improvement Project to any community members to help move the community toward wide-scale knowledge of behavioral health issues and how to address them over the course of two evenings. Late arrivals or early departures will not qualify for certification. Limited seats available. To register, visit http://smetzger3.wixsite.com/dunncountymhfa/register-for-a-course.

Tuesday, Jan. 30

Voter registration drive: Noon-4 p.m. at Menomonie Public Library (600 Wolske Bay Road). Hosted by the League of Women's Voters-Greater Chippewa Valley. Registration for new Wisconsin voters, and for persons who have address or name changes. Bring your Wisconsin drivers license or State ID Card. If you do not have either, you may provide the last four digits of your Social Security number. You must also provide proof of your residence address. Bring a utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, or vehicle registration that has your name and current address.

Saturday, Feb. 3

Snow Ball: 7 p.m. at Rassbach Heritage Museum (1820 Wakanda St NE, Menomonie). Hosted by Dunn County Historical Society, event features live music by The Thundermen, dancing, a raffle, a one night only, themed display, and more. Pull out your best evening wear and dance the night away. Prizes for best dressed and best '50s and '60s vintage for men and women. Tickets are $20 each and come with a one-year DCHS membership ($5 each for existing members). To order tickets, call 715-232-8685.

Comedic Magician David Harris: 7:30 p.m. at Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts (205 Main St., Menomonie). A Midwest Emmy Award-winning comedian and magician from Minneapolis, David Harris brings his personal and person-driven approach to performing humor that is clean, interactive and tailored to each audience he entertains — even grandmas. Tickets are $18-$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.

Intro to bees & beekeeping workshop: 8 a.m.-registration; 8:30-4:15 p.m.-workshop at Menomonie Alliance Church (502 21st St. N.) Presented by Dunn County Beekeepers, workshop provides basic info necessary to start beekeeping. Intended for those with no experience. Cost is $48/person ($8 for each additional family member) or $25 for 4-H, FFA or Scout youth. Includes meals, breaks, materials and coursebook. Limited to 50 families, registration required by Jan. 27.  Visit https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=sites&srcid=ZHVubmNvdW50eWJlZWtlZXBlcnMub3JnfGR1bm4tY291bnR5LWJlZWtlZXBlcnN8Z3g6NjVhYzc5ZmU1NmQyN2MxZQ

Tuesday, Feb. 6

SPAY-ghetti & No Balls fundraiser dinner: 4-7 p.m. at Christ Lutheran Church (1306 Wilcox St., Menomonie). Join the Dunn County Humane Society in celebrating World Spay Day. Enjoy a plate of spaghetti, with a salad, garlic bread and dessert. Cost is $8 for teens and adults; $4 for kids between the ages of 4 & 12; free for kids 3 and under.

Wednesday, Feb. 7

Seek & Speak: 4-7 p.m. at Boyceville Ambulance Service ( 504 Race St.) Dunn County Partnership for Youth and Boyceville community officials sponsor a mock drug room to share information about hidden compartments and paraphernalia related to drugs and alcohol. Julia Sherman, coordinator for the Wisconsin Alcohol Policy Project, will speak to about community and state alcohol policies in our community and state. Free; beverages and snacks provided. Contact Sheli Jo Metzger at 715-235-4537 or smetzger@arborplaceinc.org

The Gustavus Choir: 7 p.m. at Our Savior's Lutheran Church (910 Ninth St., Menomonie). As the premier choir at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn., the group regularly performs for audiences on campus and around the world. Conducted by Dr. Gregory J. Aune, the ensemble is regarded as one of America’s foremost Lutheran college choirs. The event is free and open to the public  — a freewill offering will be taken at the concert.

Pages and Pints Book Club: 6:30-8 p.m. at Duke & Dagger (120 Sixth Ave., Menomonie). Sponsored by the Menomonie Public Library. (Patrons are responsible for purchasing their own sustenance.) "The Leavers" by Lisa Ko. One morning, Deming Guo’s mother, Polly, an undocumented Chinese immigrant, goes to her job at a nail salon — and never comes home. No one can find any trace of her. With his mother gone, 11-year-old Deming is left mystified and bereft. Eventually adopted by a pair of well-meaning white professors, Deming is moved from the Bronx to a small town upstate and renamed Daniel Wilkinson. Far from all he’s ever known, Daniel struggles to reconcile his adoptive parents’ desire that he assimilate with his memories of his mother and the community he left behind.

Thursday, Feb. 8

Introduction to Montaigne in Barn Boots: 7-8:30 p.m. at Menomonie Public Library (600 Wolske Bay Road). Monica Berrier, professor of philosophy at UW-Stout, will introduce this year's Menomonie Reads title, Montaigne in Barn Boots: An Amateur Ambles Through Philosophy by Michael Perry. Free and open to the community. Check-out a copy of the book at the library.

Friday, Feb. 9

Robby Vee & His Rock-n-Roll Caravan: 7:30 p.m. atMabel Tainter Center for the Arts (205 Main St., Menomonie). This tribute to "The Night the Music Died" and his father, Bobby Vee, is an evening of electricity and music hosted by second generation Rockabilly Hall of Famer Robby Vee. Tickets are $18-$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.

Red Cross Blood Drive: 10 a.m.–4 p.m. at Mayo Clinic Health System-Red Cedar (2321 Stout Road, Menomonie). Call 1-800-733-2767 (toll-free) to register.

Saturday, Feb. 10

Mental Health First Aid: 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. at Arbor Place Inc. Community Room (4076 Kothlow Ave., Menomonie). Free 8 hour course from the Dunn County Health Improvement Project, course is open to any community members. Training begins at 9 a.m. sharp and ends around 5:30 p.m. Late arrivals or early departures will not qualify for certification. Limited seats available. To register, visit http://smetzger3.wixsite.com/dunncountymhfa/register-for-a-course

Kevin Kling & Simone Perrin: 7:30 p.m. at Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts (205 Main St., Menomonie). Entitled "Kindly Relying on the Strangeness of Others", NPR's All Things Considered storyteller Kevin Kling's sharp perspective on the world pairs with Simone Perrin's music in this humorous and poignant show full of eccentric yet familiar characters. Tickets are $23-$30. 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.

Snowshoe and winter hike: 10–11:30 a.m. at Lakeside Park on Wolske Bay Road, Menomonie. Register online by Feb. 9 by searching Classes & Events at mayoclinichealthsystem.org 

Sunday, Feb. 11

John Raymond and Real Feels: 2 p.m. at Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts (205 Main St., Menomonie). Jazz trumpeter and composer John Raymond comes to the historic theater.Tickets are $18-$20. 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.

Truth Be Told-Valentine edition: 5:45 p.m. music by Colfax High School Choir, 6 p.m.-featured storytellers at Colfax Municipal Building (710 University Ave.) Four featured storytellers — Trevor Hovde, Jaci Ackerlund, Lisa Hurlburt, and Michelle Knutson, each with their own unique story of love. Those with a love story to tell can join the open mic segment of the evening. Free will offering to help pay for further renovations to the theater and building. Hosted by Steve Russell, event is appropriate for all ages.

Tuesday, Feb. 13

Suicide prevention class: 6–7:30 p.m. at Mayo Clinic Health System-Red Cedar (2321 Stout Road, Menomonie). Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR). Call 1-800-733-2767 (toll-free) to register by Feb. 9.

Feb. 16-18, Feb. 22-24

MHS presents The Addams Family: Feb. 16-17, Feb. 22-24 at 7:30 p.m.; Feb. 18 at 1:30 p.m. at Menomonie High School auditorium (1715 Fifth St. W). In this new musical comedy, Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a good family. She confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before — keep a secret from his wife, Morticia.  Everything changes for the family when her "normal" boyfriend and his family come to dinner.  Tickets available at the door: $3 seniors and students, $5 adults.

Friday, Feb. 16

Harmonious Wail: 7:30 p.m. at Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts (205 Main St., Menomonie). Harmonious Wail has caught numerous listeners by total surprise during its more than 20-year history. Smoldering vocals laced among the jazzy mandolin and guitar; an infectious blend of continental jazz, swing, gypsy music and melodic vocals. The bouncy rhythm, the delicate music arrangement and good musicianship, the Wail write a new page in the folk-jazz idiom. Tickets are $25-$30. 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.

Saturday, Feb. 17

Gifts of the Heart 13th annual benefit: 6:30-9 p.m. at Off Broadway Banquet Center (1501 N. Broadway St., Menomonie). Fellowship, good food, a time to give to those in need, and a chance to have fun while bidding on auction items to benefit the Free Clinic of the Greater Menomonie Area which provides access to primary health care and preventive health education every Tuesday evening for those who have no health care alternative or are under-insured. Tickets are $45 each; contact Kay Chastan at freeclinic21@gmail.com

Sunday, Feb. 18

Crime Book Club: 2-3:30 p.m. at Menomonie Public Library (600 Wolske Bay Road). "I'm Traveling Alone", international bestseller by Samuel Bjork who makes his U.S. debut with a chilling and fast-paced thriller in which two detectives must hunt down a vengeful killer — and uncover the secret that ties each of them to the crime. For details, call 715-232-2164 or email info@menomonielibrary.org

Speed Friending: 1-3 p.m. at Menomonie Public Library (600 Wolske Bay Road). Join the UW-Stout Library and Menomonie Public Library, in the event. Meet your neighbor or other community members for the first time. This is a "drop-in" event. Free; all ages welcome. Share ideas, knowledge, or laughter. Snack will be provided.

Thursday, Feb. 22

Best movies of 2017: 1:30-2:20 p.m. at Bookends on Main (214 Main St. E., Menomonie). Dustyn Dubuque shares his wide-ranging knowledge of films.

Saturday, Feb. 24

Community Veterans Chili Feed: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at Dean & Sue's Bar & Grill (2002 Midway Rd. Menomonie). On the menu: Chili, garlic bread, and dessert. Raffles and silent auction items. Free will offering. All proceeds will go to help the remodeling of the Home for Veterans in Menomonie.

Monday, Feb. 26

Horizons Book Club: 2 p.m. at Menomonie Public Library (600 Wolske Bay Road). "The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story" by Douglas Preston. Since the days of conquistador Hernán Cortés, rumors have circulated about a lost city of immense wealth hidden somewhere in the Honduran interior, called the White City or the Lost City of the Monkey God. Indigenous tribes speak of ancestors who fled there to escape the Spanish invaders and warn that anyone who enters this sacred city will fall ill and die. In 1940, journalist Theodore Morde returned from the rainforest with hundreds of artifacts and a story of having found the Lost City of the Monkey God — but then committed suicide without revealing its location. Three quarters of a century later, bestselling author Doug Preston joined a team of scientists on a groundbreaking new quest. For details, call 715-232-2164 or email info@menomonielibrary.org

Friday, March 2

JA Business Challenge: 8 a.m.-3 p.m. at Chippewa Valley Technical College-Business Education Center, Eau Claire. Hosted by Junior Achievement, a one-day business strategy tournament that  teaches high school students how to run their own business where they can earn post-high school scholarships. Local businesses professionals mentor the student teams and guide them to make decisions in a real world environment. Sponsorship available. Contact Lynn Barrie at 7715-214-1126 or lwbarrie@jawis.org for info.

Saturday, March 3

Traditional & green skills event: 8 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. at Prairie Farm High School. Hosted by Hay River Transition Initiative, more than 25 classes and presentations ranging from wine making to alternative lawns for pollinators-less mowing and watering.  Lunch included as well as local vendors and drawings for door prizes. Free childcare available. Cost is $12; kids and family rates apply. For more info, visit www.hayriverti.org

Spring Begins! with Dunn County Master Gardener Association: 9 a.m. to noon at Dunn County Services Building (3001 U.S. Highway 12 East, Menomonie). Two speakers focus on a variety of ways of vegetable gardening: 9-10:15 a.m. — Faye Ryszkiewicz: Growing Edibles Without a Garden and 10:45 a.m.-noon — Sandra Lindow: A Hedge Witch and Her Raised Beds. Cost is $8 until Feb. 23, or $10 after or at the door. Fee includes materials, coffee, snacks and door prizes. Sponsored by Dunn County Master Gardener Association and UW-Extension Dunn County. For info or to register, call 715-232-1636, or visit  https://dunn.uwex.edu/.​

Thursday, March 8

Red Cedar Watershed Conference: UW-Stout Memorial Student Center, Menomonie. For details, visit www.uwstout.edu/profed/redcedar

Saturday, March 10

Beau Soleil avec Michael Doucet-Cajun Legends: 7:30 p.m. at Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts (205 Main St., Menomonie). Since forming in 1975, Grammy winners BeauSoleil have claimed their undisputed role as the most esteemed Cajun group in music. BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet take the rich Cajun traditions of Louisiana and artfully blend elements of zydeco, New Orleans jazz, French-Creole, country, blues and more into a satisfying musical recipe.Tickets are $40-$45. 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.

Monday, March 12

Ed Asner in 'A Man and his Prostate': 7:30 p.m , at Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts (205 Main St., Menomonie). A Man and His Prostate, written by Ed Weinberger and based on true-life experiences and follows an Italian vacation gone awry. Ed Asner stars in this one-man comedy about a man who discovers his inner self by means of near tragedy. The audience goes on a journey of pain, anatomy, and laughter in this show, as Asner takes them on a hilarious visit to the hospital in preparation for the surgery he doesn't want. Tickets are $50-$65. 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.

Sunday, March 18

Crime Book Club: 2-3:30 p.m. at Menomonie Public Library (600 Wolske Bay Road). "The Crow Girl". Novel by Erik Axl Sund begins in a Stockholm city park where the abused body of a young boy is discovered. Detective Superintendent Jeanette Kihlberg heads the investigation, battling an apathetic prosecutor and a bureaucratic police force unwilling to devote resources to solving the murder of an immigrant child. But with the discovery of the mutilated corpses of two more children, it becomes clear that a serial killer is at large. For details, call 715-232-2164 or email info@menomonielibrary.org

Saturday, March 24

Them Coulee Boys: 7:30 p.m. at Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts (205 Main St., Menomonie).  With every strum, the energy coming from the band is infectious. These local valley boys and church camp counselor graduates are sure to kick down an equal dose of punk-folk calamity and Americana balladry, four-part harmonies learned in dive bars and church basements alike. Tickets are $18-$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.

Sunday, March 25

Sweet Dreams and Honky Tonks: 7:30 p.m. at Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts (205 Main St., Menomonie).  A tribute to the music and lives of Hank Williams, Loretta Lynn, Patsy Cline and Johnny Cash starring Tom Waselchuk and Lindsey Giese. Tickets are $23-$30. 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.

Monday, March 26

Horizons Book Club: 2 p.m. at Menomonie Public Library (600 Wolske Bay Road). "The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir" by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich. Before the author begins a summer job at a law firm in Louisiana, working to help defend men accused of murder, she thinks her position is clear. The child of two lawyers, she is staunchly anti-death penalty. But the moment convicted murderer Ricky Langley’s face flashes on the screen as she reviews old tapes ― the moment she hears him speak of his crimes — she is overcome with the feeling of wanting him to die. Shocked by her reaction, she digs deeper and deeper into the case. Despite their vastly different circumstances, something in his story is unsettlingly, uncannily familiar. For details, call 715-232-2164 or email info@menomonielibrary.org

Saturday, March 31

Hornucopia: 7:30 p.m. at Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts (205 Main St., Menomonie). A band of talented musicians and singers from the Twin Cities and upper Midwest that pays tribute to many musical groups that feature substantial horn sections and features a 4-piece horn and rhythm sections plus three vocalists whose melodies and harmonies are far-reaching and inspiring. Tickets are $18-$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.

Saturday, April 14

Tribute to John Denver: 7:30 p.m. at Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts (205 Main St., Menomonie). Featuring guitar, fiddle and upright bass, Layne Yost, Carol McDowell and Jon Shimoda weave songs and stories, capturing the simple soul of John Denver, giving insights into his life and legacy. Tickets are $18-$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.

Thursday, April 26

JA "Hero" Gala: 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Wild Ridge Golf & Event Center, Eau Claire. Opportunity to recognize board members, teachers, students, volunteers, alumni, student teachers and past staff of the Junior Achievement Wisconsin-Northwest District who have all participated in JA over the years in an evening that will be marked by fellowship, great food and celebration of the year's accomplishments. For info, contact Lynn Barrie at 715-214-1126 or lbarrie@jawis.org.  

Sunday, May 13

The Kingston Trio: 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts (205 Main St., Menomonie). Formed in 1957, the Kingston Trio has played on through changing times, remaining popular for a simple reason — great songs that sound as good today as the first time you heard them. The Trio is still on the road 30 weeks a year, bringing back all the great memories and making new ones. This is an ideal Mother's Day celebration. Tickets are $45-$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, May 22

Judy Collins: 7:30 p.m. at Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts (205 Main St., Menomonie). This iconic award-winning singer-songwriter has inspired audiences for five decades. In the 1960s, she evoked both the idealism and steely determination of a generation. Fifty years later, her luminescent presence shines brightly as new generations bask in the glow of her 50-album body of work. Tickets are $50-$65. 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.

Thursday, Aug. 16

JA golf outing: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. at Wild Ridge Golf & Event Center, Eau Claire. Fun-filled day that provides local business professionals an opportunity to golf 18 holes with a sports legend. Participants also have access to network with area business leaders, club house auctions, on course games and raffles. Wrapping up the event, attendees enjoy a dinner while supporting Junior Achievement. For info, contact Lynn Barrie at 715-214-1126 or lbarrie@jawis.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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